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A Life of Self-Discipline

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December 2, 2020
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During this message Dr. Jeremiah explains how and why we should win the battle for a disciplined life.

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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,I see 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 beyondour comprehension, literally
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  • a life 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 discuss what ittakes 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 you're
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  • about to see is a partof our amazing conversation.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: You know,so many of these things
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  • we've been talking about today,we all know that
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  • we have a long way to go.
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  • Interestingly enough,the thing that people
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  • believe today that's not true,maybe you've even heard
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  • people say that and I don't meanthis in any critical way
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  • but I've heard people say,"You need to let go
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  • and let God."
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  • And I see a lot of peopleletting go.
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  • They let go of everythingand they want God
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  • to do everything for them.
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  • God has given us everythingwe need for life and holiness
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  • and then he's given usall the wonderful promises
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  • of the Word of God.
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  • But every oneof these disciplines that
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  • we've talked about is commandedof us in the New Testament.
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  • We're all commanded to loveone another.
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  • We're commandedto rejoice evermore.
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  • We're commanded to livein peace.
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  • And it takes self-disciplineto do that.
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  • Interestingly enough,the word "self-discipline"
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  • in the New Testamentis the word from which we get
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  • the word "government."
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  • It means to govern ourselves.
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  • So anybody haveany issues with that?
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  • Kirk Cousins: As an athlete,discipline shows up
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  • all the time.
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  • We constantly have to bedisciplined and
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  • the most disciplined playersare the one who are successful.
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  • The most disciplined teamsare the ones who are successful.
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  • And it takes great coaches whodemand discipline and preach
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  • discipline and, as you said,no more importantly
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  • than in our spiritual livesas well where discipline
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  • is what ties allthe other fruits of the Spirit
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  • together.
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  • Bobby Schuller: One ofthe mistakes that people make,
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  • though, is that, like,you take football playing
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  • as an analogy,a lot of people think
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  • self-discipline meanstrying harder.
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  • But that's not what it isin football, right?
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  • It means training, right?
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  • And very often we forgetthe fact that a discipline
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  • is actually a form of training.
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  • It's something you do to prepareyou for the time of testing.
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  • So a lot of people waituntil that time of testing
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  • and then they wanna get throughwith sheer will-power but they
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  • haven't done the things likebonding with one another,
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  • studying the Bible daily,praying, and a lot of the key
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  • disciplines, even things likefasting or caring for the poor,
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  • other things that build into uscharacter beforehand before
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  • the time of testing comes.
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  • It's just like a football team.
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  • If you don't catch itin the end zone,
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  • it's like, well, where didthe breakdown happen
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  • in training, right?
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  • So it's also true in faith.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Actually,Paul wrote to Timothy.
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  • In 1 Timothy 4:7 he said,"Train yourself to godliness."
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  • And the word "train" is the wordfrom which we get
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  • the word "gymnasium."
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  • In other words, work outspiritually like you work out
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  • physically, and you don't putyour Bible under your pillow
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  • at night and wake up godlythe next day.
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  • I mean, you have to get involvedin this and you have
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  • to take responsibility for it.
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  • It's like anything else.
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  • There is a parallelbetween physical training
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  • and spiritual training.
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  • There is a certain amountof effort that goes into it.
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  • Bobby: And the lesson thereis don't give up
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  • on your training, right?
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  • Because so many of us,we beat ourselves up
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  • when we fail morallyor when we're just--
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  • or other areasof our lives where
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  • we lack discipline, we're, like,"Oh, I wanna be in this place."
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  • And Paul shows us right there,like,
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  • "I'm an apostle of Jesus Christand I've got some thorn and,"
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  • in Romans, "I do the thingsI don't wanna do and I don't do
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  • the things I wanna do."
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  • And so I think it's so importantthat we don't, like,
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  • just beat up ourselves,bully ourselves,
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  • when we're notwhere we wanna be at.
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  • Mandisa: Yeah,I'm so good at that.
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  • I beat myself up on adaily basis and so you and I,
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  • when we got together,we were talking about that,
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  • how it's so easy for me to lookin the mirror and to nitpick
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  • every little thing that I do notlike about myself and,
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  • if I'm being honest,the main area of these nine
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  • that we're talking about,the main area that
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  • I struggle the most withis self-discipline.
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  • And so I like how you define it.
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  • When I think of it as training,you don't think of training
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  • as how far do I have to goa year from now.
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  • You just--today, I need to traintoday and what can I do today?
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  • So when I think of discipline,instead of thinking how far
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  • I have to go, I simply say,"Okay, what can I do today
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  • to get me the next stepthat I know that
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  • I'm gonna wanna be in tomorrow?"And so, for me, just because
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  • of the way that my mind works,instead of being overwhelmed
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  • with how far I have to go,I like thinking of it as
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  • "Just today, what can I do?"
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: We can makesome of these choices but we
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  • have to be aware that there arechoices that need to be made.
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  • Some say we live in thisself-absorbed world and there's
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  • nothing you can do about it.
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  • You just gotta flow in it.
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  • And I say, "No, that's not true.
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  • We can make a difference."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: As I sat withmy friends and reflected on what
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  • was shared, I was once againreminded that self-discipline
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  • is a decision, a decisionthat transforms one's life
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  • and in the next few minutesI will share with you
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  • how a life of self-disciplineis necessary to live a life
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  • beyond amazing.
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  • male announcer:From Tampa, Florida,
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  • this is "Turning Point"
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  • with Dr. David Jeremiah.
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  • announcer: Coming upon "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: The Beatitudessays we are blessed
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  • when we hunger.
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  • We are blessed when we thirst.
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  • We are blessed whenwe are unsatisfied with where
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  • we are and want to get onto the next place, amen?
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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 theseinto your heart and actions.
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  • And now, here's Dr. Jeremiahwith his message:
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  • "A Life of Self-Discipline."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:The last characteristic
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  • of the fruit of the Spiritis self-control.
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  • Let's face it,if you wanna love more
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  • but you don't have anyself-control, you won't do it.
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  • If you want to have greatergenerosity in your life,
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  • you don't have any self-control,you won't be more generous.
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  • If you wish that you were morecompassionate, you gotta get
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  • a hold of yourself.
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  • Someone has said,"Self-discipline is choosing
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  • to do what's right when youfeel like doing what's wrong."
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  • It's knowing you canbut deciding that you won't.
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  • I love this one.
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  • It's not eating all the popcornbefore the movie starts.
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  • My favorite descriptionof this character trait is this,
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  • self-control is the ability tomaintain progress toward a goal
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  • even when you're notin the mood,
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  • when you don't feellike making the effort,
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  • when you wouldmomentarily enjoy something else
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  • or find workingtoward your goal
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  • downright unpleasant.
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  • The New Testament uses a wordto describe this characteristic
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  • that I wanna share with youtonight, and it's related to
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  • our English word, "democracy."
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  • In other words, self-disciplineis about governing yourself.
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  • And contrary to the opinionof many,
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  • this is not a limiting life.
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  • This is a life that totallyfrees you up to be the person
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  • God created you to be.
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  • Let me explain to us all tonightso we understand it
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  • why we all struggle with this.
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  • No exemptions.
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  • This is a message for everybodyhere, if you will receive it.
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  • The Bible tells us very honestlythat, as Christians, we have
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  • a struggle going on within us.
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  • Here are the words of Paulto the Galatian church.
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  • He said, "For the flesh,"that's the old nature,
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  • "lusts against the Spirit,"that's the new nature,
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  • "and the Spirit againstthe flesh; and these two natures
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  • are contrary to one another,so that you do not do
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  • the things that you wish."
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  • Can I get a witness?
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  • We live in a conflicted state,even as believers.
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  • And if we don't understand that,we will never be able to have
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  • any kind of self-disciplinein our lives.
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  • We will be victimizedall the time.
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  • Years ago, somebody gave mea little bit of poetry that set
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  • this in my spirit so thatI would never forget it.
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  • I hope you'll never forget this.
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  • I am not a poet and I don't usea lot of poetry but listen
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  • to this poem.
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  • "Two natures beatwithin my breast.
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  • The one is foul,the one is blessed.
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  • The one I love, the one I hate.
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  • But the one I feedwill dominate."
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  • Isn't that true?
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  • So one of the first thingsyou learn when it comes to
  • 00:12:46.048 --> 00:12:48.317
  • self-control is that you gottatake control of which of your
  • 00:12:48.350 --> 00:12:51.520
  • two natures you're gonna feed.
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  • I mean, let's face it,if you spend all of your time
  • 00:12:53.989 --> 00:12:56.192
  • watching modern television,you're feeding the old nature.
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  • In fact, you might have to spendhours finding anything on many
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  • televisions that would feedthe new nature.
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  • If you're into pornography,you're on a road to destruction.
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  • You will self-destruct becauseyou're feeding your old nature
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  • and your old nature has onepurpose and that's to destroy
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  • you and your influence for God.
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  • The battlefor a disciplined life.
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  • Let me talk to you aboutthe blessings of such a life.
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  • As you and I mature asChristians, we increasingly
  • 00:13:26.622 --> 00:13:29.658
  • experience the many battlesof self-discipline.
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  • Think about what commonlyderails all of us:
  • 00:13:34.263 --> 00:13:37.299
  • impulsiveness, procrastination.
  • 00:13:37.333 --> 00:13:40.236
  • How many of you haveever been on a diet?
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  • Just about everybody herehas been on a diet.
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  • We all have our diet.
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  • We all have our diet stories.
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  • So here's what I've triedto do in this book more than
  • 00:13:50.446 --> 00:13:52.581
  • any book I've ever written.
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  • At the beginning of a chapter,I kind of explain
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  • what the discipline is.
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  • But I spend most of the chaptertrying to help us
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  • find strategiesthat we can put to work
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  • that help us become the peopleGod wants us to be.
  • 00:14:04.560 --> 00:14:07.696
  • So let me run through some ofthose tonight in this message.
  • 00:14:07.730 --> 00:14:09.698
  • The building blocksof a disciplined life.
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  • Here are some strategies.
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  • First of all,here's one that I never really
  • 00:14:15.504 --> 00:14:18.207
  • thought of but this isso powerful I don't want you
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  • to miss it:embrace your dissatisfactions.
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  • Say that with me.
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  • Embrace your dissatisfaction.
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  • Now, if that doesn't sound likedouble-talk,
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  • I don't know what does.
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  • In fact, I remembered thinkingabout this as I read
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  • the Beatitudes one day.
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  • One of the great Beatitudesthat's misunderstood
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  • but should be understood betteris this one: "Blessed are those
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  • who hunger and thirstafter righteousness."
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  • Do you know how we read that?
  • 00:14:47.303 --> 00:14:48.938
  • We read it this way:"Blessed are those
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  • who are righteous."
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  • That's not what it says.
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  • I mean, that's true but that'snot what the Beatitude says.
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  • The Beatitude says:"We are blessed
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  • when we hunger.
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  • We are blessed when we thirst.
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  • We are blessed whenwe are unsatisfied with where
  • 00:15:03.819 --> 00:15:07.623
  • we are and want to get onto the next place," amen?
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  • The Bible says God wantsto make something beautiful
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  • out of us.
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  • He wants us to have an amazinglife but it's not going to
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  • happen if we don't understandthere's more to this than
  • 00:15:18.968 --> 00:15:21.603
  • what we are experiencingand we hunger for it
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  • and we desire that Godwould give it to us.
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  • And I believe that whenwe do that, God will respond.
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  • So ask yourself this tonight.
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  • Have I justkind of mailed it in?
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  • Have I just come to the placewhere, hey, I'm not where
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  • I should be, I know that,but I'm okay with it.
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  • I'm gonna just kind of coaston into heaven?
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  • If we're not unhappyand dissatisfied with how much
  • 00:15:45.694 --> 00:15:48.397
  • and what kind of love, joy,and peace we have in our hearts,
  • 00:15:48.430 --> 00:15:51.667
  • nothing will change.
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  • If we're not convinced thatwe fall short in generosity
  • 00:15:53.369 --> 00:15:56.538
  • and compassion,we'll stay the same.
  • 00:15:56.572 --> 00:15:59.274
  • And if we think we're humbleand resilient when we're not,
  • 00:15:59.308 --> 00:16:03.012
  • we fool ourselvesand a life beyond amazing
  • 00:16:03.045 --> 00:16:05.514
  • for us will just be a nice titleto a new book.
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  • So embraceyour dissatisfactions.
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  • Go home tonight andsay, "Lord, I'm thankful
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  • that I don't have this,'I'm already there.
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  • I finally made it.
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  • I'm all the way,'"'cause none of us are.
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  • Give him praise that he's putwithin your heart this hunger
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  • and thirst for righteousness.
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  • It will take you places younever thought you would ever go.
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  • Number two:beware of good intentions.
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  • Be careful that you don't foolyourself that you're doing
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  • something when you're not.
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  • And don't get vicariousblessings when you read
  • 00:16:40.916 --> 00:16:43.419
  • the stories of other peoplewho are doing it.
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  • Get motivated but ifyou're not careful you'll say,
  • 00:16:45.320 --> 00:16:48.090
  • "Oh, that is so wonderful.
  • 00:16:48.123 --> 00:16:49.391
  • It's like it happened to me."
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  • But it didn't happen to you.
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  • It happened to them.
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  • Now, this one, you're gonna haveto hang in there with me 'cause
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  • I'll explain it and you'll feelbetter about it when I'm done.
  • 00:17:00.335 --> 00:17:03.072
  • But here's the third principle:begin working out.
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  • Now, wait a minute,don't get mad at me.
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  • I'm gonna tell you the Scripturetells us that we should do this.
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  • When Paul wrote to young Timothyto instruct him
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  • in his Christian life, he gavehim the secret to godliness
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  • and this is what he said.
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  • 1 Timothy 4:7:"Train yourself to be godly."
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  • When he says, "Train yourself,"he means train with a plan
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  • and with discipline.
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  • When the text says:"Work out your own salvation,"
  • 00:17:35.737 --> 00:17:38.574
  • in Philippians chapter 2,it means working something
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  • through to its full completion.
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  • Working out our salvationis working out what God
  • 00:17:43.612 --> 00:17:47.015
  • has already worked in.
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  • One way to masterself-discipline
  • 00:17:49.118 --> 00:17:50.719
  • is to create new habits.
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  • Begin to read the Bible.
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  • I know I'm speaking to the choirtonight and I'm sure your pastor
  • 00:17:54.556 --> 00:17:57.059
  • talks to you about thisall the time.
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  • You have to begin working out.
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  • Here's one: talk backto your body.
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  • Do you ever have conversationswith your body?
  • 00:18:04.700 --> 00:18:09.304
  • In one of the great athleticpassages of the New Testament,
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  • the Apostle Paul likensthe Christian life
  • 00:18:12.040 --> 00:18:15.077
  • to an Olympic eventand zeroes in on the rigors
  • 00:18:15.110 --> 00:18:18.046
  • of personal training.
  • 00:18:18.080 --> 00:18:20.282
  • Here's what he wrote in1 Corinthians chapter 9:
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  • "Don't you realize thatin a race everyone runs,
  • 00:18:23.218 --> 00:18:26.722
  • but only one persongets the prize?
  • 00:18:26.755 --> 00:18:29.825
  • So run to win!
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  • All athletes are disciplinedin their training.
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  • They do it to win a prize thatwill fade away,
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  • but we do itfor an eternal prize."
  • 00:18:36.632 --> 00:18:40.335
  • Then Paul giveshis own personal testimony.
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  • Listen to what he said.
  • 00:18:43.038 --> 00:18:44.840
  • "So I run with purposein every step.
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  • I am not shadowboxing.
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  • I discipline my body likean athlete, training it
  • 00:18:48.844 --> 00:18:52.614
  • to do what it should.
  • 00:18:52.648 --> 00:18:54.416
  • Otherwise, I fear that afterpreaching to others I myself
  • 00:18:54.449 --> 00:18:57.586
  • might be disqualified."
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  • The older I get, the more thispassage resonates with my life.
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  • There are some days whenmy body tells me
  • 00:19:06.528 --> 00:19:10.732
  • it doesn't want to obey meanymore.
  • 00:19:10.766 --> 00:19:14.203
  • I have arguments with my body.I talk back to it.
  • 00:19:14.236 --> 00:19:18.840
  • My body wants to sleep.I need to get up.
  • 00:19:18.874 --> 00:19:25.347
  • My body wants to eat.I've eaten enough.
  • 00:19:25.380 --> 00:19:29.718
  • My body wants to stopexercising.
  • 00:19:29.751 --> 00:19:31.954
  • I know that if I stop,I might not ever start again.
  • 00:19:31.987 --> 00:19:36.458
  • My body resists the effortto pray and read the Bible
  • 00:19:36.491 --> 00:19:39.528
  • but I cannot let my bodywin this battle.
  • 00:19:39.561 --> 00:19:42.731
  • My body wants to give upwhen the going gets tough
  • 00:19:42.764 --> 00:19:45.467
  • but I know I must go on.
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  • Paul gives us this clue.
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  • He says, "I keep my body under."
  • 00:19:50.072 --> 00:19:53.208
  • Under what?
  • 00:19:53.242 --> 00:19:54.042
  • Under control.
  • 00:19:54.076 --> 00:19:56.612
  • And I find more and moreas I've gotten older, there are
  • 00:19:56.645 --> 00:19:58.814
  • a lot of days when I siton the floor after I get up
  • 00:19:58.847 --> 00:20:02.017
  • and pray and I say,"Body, I don't wanna do today.
  • 00:20:02.050 --> 00:20:09.358
  • I just want--I just want to--body,
  • 00:20:09.391 --> 00:20:12.761
  • let's just stay here today."
  • 00:20:12.794 --> 00:20:16.131
  • Then I know better than that.
  • 00:20:16.164 --> 00:20:19.034
  • The battle with our bodies isan all-inclusive struggle
  • 00:20:19.067 --> 00:20:21.970
  • because--listen to this.
  • 00:20:22.004 --> 00:20:24.006
  • I wrote this down many years agoin my Bible: "our bodies
  • 00:20:24.039 --> 00:20:28.277
  • and our souls live so closetogether that they catch
  • 00:20:28.310 --> 00:20:32.914
  • each other's diseases."
  • 00:20:32.948 --> 00:20:36.485
  • I don't know who said thisbut it has been in my spirit
  • 00:20:36.518 --> 00:20:39.054
  • for all these years.
  • 00:20:39.087 --> 00:20:40.155
  • When I don't feel goodphysically, it has an impact
  • 00:20:40.188 --> 00:20:42.424
  • on my spiritual life.
  • 00:20:42.457 --> 00:20:43.925
  • Can I get a witness?
  • 00:20:43.959 --> 00:20:45.560
  • And when you get in a spiritualfunk, it tears your body apart.
  • 00:20:45.594 --> 00:20:49.898
  • So we do well to talk about thatand, at least, once in a while,
  • 00:20:49.931 --> 00:20:53.669
  • visit it.
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  • If you wanna serve the Lordfor a long time, you gotta
  • 00:20:54.970 --> 00:20:57.539
  • take care of your body.
  • 00:20:57.572 --> 00:20:59.941
  • I used to have a chiropractorback in Fort Wayne when I was
  • 00:20:59.975 --> 00:21:02.544
  • getting started, and he hada sign on his wall and it was
  • 00:21:02.577 --> 00:21:05.781
  • a very important sign'cause I've never forgotten it.
  • 00:21:05.814 --> 00:21:08.150
  • It said this:"So when you wear out this body,
  • 00:21:08.183 --> 00:21:11.453
  • then where are you gonna live?"
  • 00:21:11.486 --> 00:21:14.656
  • So isn't that a good thought?
  • 00:21:14.690 --> 00:21:16.892
  • Here's another thingfor all of us here tonight
  • 00:21:16.925 --> 00:21:18.660
  • who are Christians.
  • 00:21:18.694 --> 00:21:20.062
  • Almost all the ministrywe have is in our body.
  • 00:21:20.095 --> 00:21:22.998
  • We pray.
  • 00:21:23.031 --> 00:21:24.266
  • We pray, that's a ministry butthe vast majority of ministry
  • 00:21:24.299 --> 00:21:27.202
  • we have is in our body.
  • 00:21:27.235 --> 00:21:29.271
  • So we gotta talk backto our body.
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  • Number five:fast forward your life.
  • 00:21:32.708 --> 00:21:36.812
  • The writer of Hebrewscaptured this principle
  • 00:21:36.845 --> 00:21:38.980
  • in the life of Jesus.
  • 00:21:39.014 --> 00:21:40.449
  • Here's what he said,and listen carefully
  • 00:21:40.482 --> 00:21:42.851
  • to the motivationin this passage.
  • 00:21:42.884 --> 00:21:45.387
  • "And let us run with endurancethe race that God has set
  • 00:21:45.420 --> 00:21:48.690
  • before us.
  • 00:21:48.724 --> 00:21:50.492
  • We do this by keeping our eyeson Jesus,
  • 00:21:50.525 --> 00:21:53.628
  • the champion who initiatesand perfects our faith.
  • 00:21:53.662 --> 00:21:57.165
  • Because of the joy awaiting him,Jesus endured the cross,
  • 00:21:57.199 --> 00:22:02.938
  • disregarding its shame.
  • 00:22:02.971 --> 00:22:05.107
  • Now he's seated in the placeof honor beside God's throne.
  • 00:22:05.140 --> 00:22:08.577
  • Think of all the hostilityhe endured from sinful people;
  • 00:22:08.610 --> 00:22:13.115
  • and you won't become weary."
  • 00:22:13.148 --> 00:22:14.583
  • Here's what I know.
  • 00:22:14.616 --> 00:22:15.717
  • Look around at your neighborsfor just a moment.
  • 00:22:15.751 --> 00:22:18.153
  • You know who you guys are?You know who we are tonight?
  • 00:22:18.186 --> 00:22:20.522
  • We're the joy thatthe Lord Jesus endured
  • 00:22:20.555 --> 00:22:23.725
  • the cross for.
  • 00:22:23.759 --> 00:22:25.460
  • We're the reason he wentto the cross.
  • 00:22:25.494 --> 00:22:27.229
  • The Lord Jesus was willing to goto the cross and suffer the
  • 00:22:27.262 --> 00:22:30.665
  • indignity of a Roman crucifixionbecause he saw beyond the cross
  • 00:22:30.699 --> 00:22:34.703
  • and beyond the grave to a daywhen several thousand people
  • 00:22:34.736 --> 00:22:38.707
  • would be seated in an arenain Tampa, Florida,
  • 00:22:38.740 --> 00:22:41.343
  • giving him honorand glory and praise.
  • 00:22:41.376 --> 00:22:43.512
  • And he saw that and he went on.
  • 00:22:43.545 --> 00:22:47.482
  • And all of us are in the processhere tonight of trying to figure
  • 00:22:50.218 --> 00:22:54.923
  • out what it is that God wants usto do and trying to sort
  • 00:22:54.956 --> 00:22:58.260
  • through decisions that we have.
  • 00:22:58.293 --> 00:23:00.462
  • Don't ever minimize theimportance of your decisions.
  • 00:23:00.495 --> 00:23:05.801
  • And don't ever think that Godhas finished with you because
  • 00:23:05.834 --> 00:23:08.336
  • you are at a certain place whereyou don't have clear direction.
  • 00:23:08.370 --> 00:23:11.673
  • You keep doing what Godtells you to do every day,
  • 00:23:11.706 --> 00:23:14.276
  • knowing that whenyou get to the place where
  • 00:23:14.309 --> 00:23:16.077
  • you need to make a move,he'll help you.
  • 00:23:16.111 --> 00:23:18.747
  • I wanna tell youwhat I know about you
  • 00:23:18.780 --> 00:23:22.250
  • 'cause it's true about me.
  • 00:23:22.284 --> 00:23:24.920
  • There are moments in lifewhen we get discouraged about
  • 00:23:24.953 --> 00:23:27.689
  • how things are going,maybe where we are in our walk
  • 00:23:27.722 --> 00:23:31.059
  • or what's happening around us,and we think about quitting.
  • 00:23:31.092 --> 00:23:34.663
  • Wherever you are, whateverGod is doing in your life,
  • 00:23:34.696 --> 00:23:37.199
  • whatever disciplineyou're walking through,
  • 00:23:37.232 --> 00:23:39.501
  • don't quit.
  • 00:23:39.534 --> 00:23:41.369
  • You will never ever recoverfrom quitting.
  • 00:23:41.403 --> 00:23:46.007
  • Ask God to give youspecial grace.
  • 00:23:46.041 --> 00:23:47.943
  • Get through the challenge you'rein right now and keep going.
  • 00:23:47.976 --> 00:23:50.612
  • Almighty God is saying to us,"Keep going.
  • 00:23:50.645 --> 00:23:53.715
  • Keep running the racewith endurance.
  • 00:23:53.748 --> 00:23:55.817
  • Don't quit."
  • 00:23:55.851 --> 00:23:57.285
  • male announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return
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  • with one more inspirational wordto close today's
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  • announcer: Discover the stepsto the life of blessings
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  • announcer: And now,with one last word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Have you everconsidered that self-discipline
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  • is like a wall that protectsan ancient city?
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  • I know that's a powerful imagebut self-discipline
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  • is your personal fortress.
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  • I've seen all manner ofdestruction in human lives
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  • through the years, much of whichcould have been prevented
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  • with a bit of self-control.
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  • But we need to recognize thatself-discipline is not easy.
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  • It requires strength,courage, and endurance.
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  • It's no surprisethat Paul listed
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  • self-control as evidenceof supernatural power.
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  • And gaining that powerbegins with faith in Christ.
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  • And that relationship beginswith a biblical understanding
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  • announcer: Next timeon "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: But as long asyou keep holding on to your own
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  • ambitions and you wanna do ityour way and you wanna do
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  • your thing and you're notwilling to trust him,
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  • you will get what you can getbut it will never be as much
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  • as God wants you to have.
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  • The Bible says:"Commit your way unto the Lord."
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  • Listen to this.
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  • "And he will give youthe desires of your heart."
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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 God-Inspired Life,"here on "Turning Point."
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  • ♪♪♪
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