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September 28, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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  • all God has given you and discover a stumble-proof faith.
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Life moves so fast,
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  • but is it taking you where you want to go?
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  • You can spend years searching for something you do not have,
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  • only to end up where you don't want to be.
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  • Exploring what the world has to offer we often find nothing.
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  • However, your journey through the twists and turns
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  • of this world doesn't have to put you
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  • on the path of discouragement and despair.
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  • Let me tell you how to take the journey of your lifetime.
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  • It's an adventure with God as your guide,
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  • where you'll discover the peace, the purpose,
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  • and the power you've been seeking.
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  • It's a journey of unimaginable blessing
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  • and here is the amazing part:
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  • with God you already have everything you need
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  • for life's journey, not half of what you need
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  • or a whole lot of what you need.
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  • God has given you everything you need.
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  • God never intended for you to stumble your way
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  • through the course of each day
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  • and certainly not journey unprepared into your future,
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  • so where do you wanna go?
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  • It's time to unpack all that God has given you.
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  • Discover how you have been equipped for this journey
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  • and can live with confidence
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  • because you, my friend, have everything you need.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Hello, I'm David Jeremiah.
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  • I think we can agree that no one would ever attempt
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  • to climb Mount Everest without first embarking
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  • on less challenging climbs.
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  • Although the goal would be to reach the highest summit
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  • on earth, an experienced climber would diligently spend
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  • many hours in training to build up their strength,
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  • endurance, and lung capacity in preparation
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  • for the ultimate climb.
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  • Did you know that growing our faith also requires
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  • an investment of our time?
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  • God has given us all the faith we need.
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  • In fact, the Bible says that if you have the faith
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  • of a mustard seed, you can move mountains.
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  • So, how do you and I become stronger in our faith
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  • with the tools to conquer life's greatest challenges?
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  • Today, on "Turning Point," I will share
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  • those practical steps in a message entitled,
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  • "Muscular Faith."
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  • So, travel with me across the United States
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  • for my series, "Everything You Need."
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  • announcer: God has given you everything you need
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  • so he can bless you in every imaginable way.
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  • In Dr. David Jeremiah's new book,
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  • "Everything You Need," Dr. Jeremiah will teach you
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  • how to unleash the power of God in your life
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  • by developing a muscular faith, practicing moral excellence,
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  • pursuing spiritual knowledge, applying personal discipline,
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  • strengthening relentless determination,
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  • growing Christ-like character, magnifying radical kindness,
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  • and demonstrating selfless love,
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  • powerful principles for today's believer.
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  • female announcer: And now here is Dr. Jeremiah
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  • with his message, "Muscular Faith."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I don't know what your political view may be,
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  • but whatever it is, if you watched
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  • the televised funeral of George H.W. Bush,
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  • you probably wiped a tear from your eyes more than once.
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  • When George W. Bush gripped the pulpit, he bent over,
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  • choked in grief and he called his dad a "great and noble man,
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  • and the best father a son or a daughter could ever have."
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  • That poignant moment occurred near the end of Bush's eulogy
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  • of his father and, as I listened to the tribute,
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  • I was particularly struck by one statement.
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  • The younger Bush said of his father:
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  • "He taught us that a day was not meant to be wasted.
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  • He played golf at a legendary pace.
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  • I always wondered why he insisted on speed golf.
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  • He was a good golfer.
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  • Well, here's my conclusion.
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  • He played golf fast so they could move on to the next event,
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  • to enjoy the rest of the day, to expend his enormous energy.
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  • He was born with just two settings:
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  • full throttle and then sleep."
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  • I believe the Apostle Peter was a full-throttle guy, too.
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  • His adrenaline never seemed to run out,
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  • and he encouraged his readers to be fully engaged
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  • in their pursuit of Christ and the Christ-like life.
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  • Peter uses a word that is frequently found in the Bible.
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  • It's the word "diligence."
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  • That's a quality I keep bumping into whenever I read
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  • the biographies of productive, effective people.
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  • People of yesterday, people of today,
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  • one of the common denominators of people who seem to succeed is
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  • they're known for living a life of diligence.
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  • One of my better-known heroes as a pastor is a man by the name
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  • of Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
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  • Back in 1850, Spurgeon in his mid teens
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  • decided to follow Jesus Christ and he started preaching
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  • the very next year and there's just no stopping him.
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  • At age 19 he became the pastor of the New Park Street Church
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  • in London and almost instantly no auditorium in London
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  • could hold the crowds that were coming to hear this man preach.
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  • With few or no notes, he stood in the pulpit
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  • and with great eloquence expounded the Word of God.
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  • Without question, he was a brilliant young man.
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  • So stenographers-- this was before the recordings
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  • that we have available now.
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  • Stenographers would sit in the audience
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  • and they would record his sermon,
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  • that way and he would edit them immediately after the sermon
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  • and the next day on Monday his sermon that he preached
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  • in church on Sunday would be in the London newspaper
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  • in its entirety.
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  • By the end of Spurgeon's life, the total volumes of his sermons
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  • represented the largest single set of Christian books
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  • by one author in the history of Christianity.
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  • How many words was that?
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  • Well, he had 3561 sermons bound in 63 volumes,
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  • filled with 20 million words, the equivalent
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  • of the 27 volumes of the, "Encyclopedia Britannica."
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  • And by the way, he died at the age of 57,
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  • and maybe there's a reason, the way he lived, you know?
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  • Spurgeon was an amazing person.
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  • He was a ravenous reader.
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  • His personal library was over 12.000 in number of volumes.
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  • He usually read six books a week.
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  • He devoured commentaries.
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  • He read works that were written by Puritan writers,
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  • and if you've ever tried that, that is not easy reading.
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  • He read newspapers and periodicals.
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  • His Bible was always open, his pen was always working.
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  • He answered correspondence, he started dozens of agencies,
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  • benevolent agencies.
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  • He published a magazine.
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  • The magazine was called, "The Sword and the Trowel."
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  • He established a college where he lectured.
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  • He wrote one book after another on many subjects
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  • and he often worked 18 hours a day.
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  • He preached ten times a week.
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  • Now the problem with everybody who tried to figure him out
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  • was that he was like George H.W. Bush.
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  • He had two speeds: full throttle and then sleep.
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  • He once said, I love this statement.
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  • He said, "A man cannot be idle
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  • and yet have Christ's sweet company.
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  • Christ is a quick walker and when his people would talk
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  • with him, they must travel quickly, too,
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  • or else they will soon lose his company."
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  • One day, he said, "The sin of doing nothing is
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  • about the biggest of all sins, for it involves
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  • all of the other sins together.
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  • Horrible idleness, God save us from it."
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  • So, there were two men: one was a president
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  • and one was a preacher.
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  • They both shared a common virtue:
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  • they were both men of diligence, and they both changed the world.
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  • Let's face it, men and women.
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  • We don't get very far if we idle through life.
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  • When your car is idling, it's not going anywhere
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  • and when you're idling you're wasting the one resource
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  • which is not recoverable: you're wasting your time,
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  • the very hours of your life.
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  • So, I wanna talk to myself today and talk to all of us
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  • about the importance of diligence.
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  • First, let's talk about understanding
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  • the heart of diligence.
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  • According to the book of 2 Peter,
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  • diligence is an ingredient that we need to withstand
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  • the pressures of this world.
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  • We have to grab hold of the things that God has given us,
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  • those special great promises, that great power
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  • that he's made available to us, all of his provisions.
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  • But what do you do when you get a gift?
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  • You unwrap it and, hopefully, you use it.
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  • And God has given us such a gift and we need to do our part.
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  • If we're going to experience
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  • true transformation of character,
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  • we have to understand what diligence means.
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  • Now, I wanna read this passage from 2 Peter 1:5,
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  • and I think you'll get where I'm headed.
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  • Peter writes: "For this very reason,"
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  • and you have to stop and ask, "What reason?"
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  • Because we've been given all this from God.
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  • "For this very reason," he says, "giving all diligence."
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  • It's not just diligence, it's all diligence.
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  • You wanna ask God to help you, work diligently at your life
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  • and do the things that God has called you to do
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  • and grow in maturity and take the blessings
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  • that God has given you and unwrap them
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  • and utilize them in your life every day.
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  • Make that your purpose,
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  • make that your divine determination.
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  • The meaning of diligence.
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  • Now, what is the motivation for diligence?
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  • Peter comes back and he says, "For this very reason."
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  • What is the reason?
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  • Because you have been blessed so much by God.
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  • "For this very reason, add to your faith diligence,"
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  • and everything covers it all.
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  • It's not just your spiritual life.
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  • I think God wants us all to live diligently.
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  • That doesn't mean we have to be all,
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  • you know, energy bunnies.
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  • I know some people that they burn all their energy,
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  • but they don't go anywhere.
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  • They just sort of, you know, you know, they just move.
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  • But God wants us to do what we do with a purpose.
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  • People ask me all the time, why I'm still doing
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  • what I'm doing at this stage of life, whatever stage that is.
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  • You heard about the lady who said she was 49 and holding?
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  • Her little grandson said,
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  • "Grandma, how old would you be if you let go?"
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  • Well, I don't know how old I would be if I let go.
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  • I love what one man said, you know,
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  • "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?"
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  • But age isn't anything.
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  • Age has nothing to do with where we are
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  • and how we live our lives.
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  • We may not always be able to do some of the things we used to do
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  • but I always think about Caleb.
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  • You know what it says about Caleb?
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  • He was as strong when he was 80, as he was when he was 40.
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  • That gives me great hope, amen?
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  • That ought to be a goal for all of us.
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  • Let me just ask you this question.
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  • How do we incorporate diligence into our lives?
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  • Are we living a diligent life?
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  • Am I living a life of diligence?
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  • Do I take every day as a gift from God,
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  • realizing that he's given me all these great promises,
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  • all this great potential, and my goal is to max it out
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  • for his glory and give him everything I've got
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  • and leave nothing--
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  • nothing left to look back on that I wish I had done.
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  • Let me show you how important diligence was to Peter.
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  • He devoted nine verses in this passage to the subject
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  • of living a godly life and, twice in this little passage,
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  • he talks about diligence.
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  • He says in verse 5: "But also for this very reason,
  • 00:13:41.290 --> 00:13:45.100
  • giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue."
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  • And then in verse 10 he says, "Therefore, brethren,
  • 00:13:48.170 --> 00:13:51.000
  • be even more diligent to make your call and election sure."
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  • God has given us everything we need through his great
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  • and precious promises so we can live a truly godly life and,
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  • for this reason, we should be diligent
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  • to take advantage of everything he's given to us.
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  • Now, let's pause for a moment and acknowledge,
  • 00:14:08.240 --> 00:14:11.040
  • this puts us right in the middle
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  • of kind of a hairy confrontation among Christians.
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  • And it probably goes something like this and you've maybe heard
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  • people teach this: "When you become a Christian,
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  • you rest in the Lord.
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  • You rest in the Lord," amen?
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  • I believe that. That means you trust him.
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  • And then other people say, "No, when you become a Christian
  • 00:14:32.170 --> 00:14:35.010
  • you get up on your horse and you start galloping toward heaven."
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  • Some people say Christianity is, "Let go and let God,"
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  • and they're very passive about their faith.
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  • I've noticed as I've watched them that many
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  • of these people don't grow.
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  • They don't fall in love with the Lord more,
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  • they're not actively pursuing the Lord.
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  • They're not actively trying to serve the Lord.
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  • I would rather run the risk of being too energetic for God
  • 00:14:57.090 --> 00:15:00.290
  • than not being energetic at all.
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  • I would rather say, "Lord, slow me down," than,
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  • "Lord, speed me up."
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  • And how many of you know, God has a calling for all of us?
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  • There's not any of us here that God has not given a gift to.
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  • Every one of us who's a Christian has a gift
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  • and there is not such a thing as a giftless Christian.
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  • We all have gifts and our responsibility is to take
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  • that spiritual gift that God has given us and develop it
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  • and make it the best it can be and use it for the glory of God.
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  • Make sure that we diligently follow God's plan for our life.
  • 00:15:31.080 --> 00:15:36.220
  • So, that's the meaning of diligence
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  • and that's sort of the motivation for it.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: When I was a young man,
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  • everybody else had a life verse, and so, I got some, too.
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  • I got these life verses from Colossians and I wanna
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  • just help you see how this works as it outlines
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  • what diligence is all about.
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  • Colossians 3:23-24.
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  • Here's what those verses say: "And whatever you do,
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  • do it heartily, as unto the Lord and not to men,
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  • knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward
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  • of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ."
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  • Now, this will help us understand what it means
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  • to develop the habits of diligence.
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  • So, we're gonna take these one at a time.
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  • I'm gonna ask you to look in some different directions.
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  • I want you to look around.
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  • Here's what the text says: "Whatever you do."
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  • If you read the entire 3rd chapter of Colossians
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  • where these verses are found, you will discover that
  • 00:16:42.120 --> 00:16:45.160
  • these verses are right in the section
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  • of a context of husbands, wives, children,
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  • fathers, bondservants.
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  • So impressive is that to me.
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  • Because that means that my diligence isn't just
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  • about when I go to church.
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  • It's the way I'm supposed to live my life all the time.
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  • Now, you can't live, you know, 100 miles an hour all the time.
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  • You burn out in a week or so.
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  • But you can live your life with this sense of urgency
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  • and diligence in all that you do.
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  • You can't just switch it on and switch it off.
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  • You can't say, "Oh, it's Sunday, it's time to be diligent,"
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  • you know?
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  • No, you have to be diligent in the way you live.
  • 00:17:21.040 --> 00:17:22.230
  • And once you do that,
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  • it becomes a part of who you are.
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  • We're to dive into all of our relationships
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  • and dive into them diligently.
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  • "Challenges like," somebody wrote,
  • 00:17:30.110 --> 00:17:32.060
  • "fixing a leaky faucet, changing diapers,
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  • paying bills, resolving conflicts,
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  • grocery shopping, job hunting, building your career,
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  • the word 'whatever' means whatever.
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  • It covers anything and everything we do,
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  • no matter who we are as followers of Christ."
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  • Whatever you do, do it heartily.
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  • Do it with diligence.
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  • And most of you know what I'm talking about.
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  • You have some project in your life
  • 00:17:56.160 --> 00:17:58.080
  • that just seems overwhelming.
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  • You look at it and it's like a huge mountain
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  • and you say to yourself,
  • 00:18:01.290 --> 00:18:03.110
  • "How am I ever gonna get over that mountain?"
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  • Let me tell you how you get over there.
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  • One step, one day, one determination,
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  • one bit of obedience to the Lord, one at a time.
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  • That's diligence.
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  • We as believers, if we're not careful,
  • 00:18:17.110 --> 00:18:19.060
  • we just sort of-- we just sort of float along.
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  • We just sort of go along with what's happening
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  • and God has called us to a different way of life.
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  • You say, "Well, I'm the only one in my church."
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  • Well, be the best only one you can be.
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  • Make a difference, whoever sees you, amen?
  • 00:18:31.210 --> 00:18:36.220
  • Well, so that's the first step.
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  • Look around.
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  • If you look around, you will see whatever you do.
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  • Here's the second step: look within.
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  • Paul wrote to the Colossians: "Whatever you do,
  • 00:18:45.200 --> 00:18:47.180
  • do it heartily."
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  • Looking within means that you ask yourself,
  • 00:18:49.260 --> 00:18:53.150
  • "What does my motivation look like?
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  • What does it mean to do something heartily?"
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  • Well, it means to do it with all your heart.
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  • You know that in the New Testament
  • 00:19:00.250 --> 00:19:02.070
  • there are three possible temperatures for your heart?
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  • First of all, there's the cold heart.
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  • Matthew 24:12 describes the people
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  • of the last days as those whose love shall wax cold.
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  • And then, in Revelation chapter 3 you read
  • 00:19:16.260 --> 00:19:19.070
  • about the people who have a heart that's lukewarm.
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  • Writing to the church at Laodicea,
  • 00:19:22.050 --> 00:19:23.270
  • the Lord described his disdain for a half-lived life.
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  • He said, "I know your works, that you are neither cold
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  • nor hot.
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  • I could wish you were cold or hot.
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  • So then, because you are lukewarm,
  • 00:19:32.200 --> 00:19:34.110
  • and neither cold nor hot, I'm gonna vomit you
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  • out of My mouth."
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  • Those are the words of God.
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  • And then there's the burning heart.
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  • Luke 24 tells us that two disciples talked
  • 00:19:42.120 --> 00:19:44.050
  • with Jesus on the road to Emmaus and they described
  • 00:19:44.060 --> 00:19:47.170
  • their experience with him like this:
  • 00:19:47.180 --> 00:19:49.110
  • "Did not our heart burn within us when he talked with us
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  • on the road, and while he opened the Scriptures to us?"
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  • A cold heart, a lukewarm heart, a burning heart.
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  • Which one describes you?
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  • I read about this swimmer whose name is "Rowdy" Gaines.
  • 00:20:04.270 --> 00:20:08.050
  • Rowdy Gaines tabulated how much practice it took to develop
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  • the stamina, the technique, the confidence,
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  • and the judgment to win an Olympic gold medal,
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  • and he did this during an eight-year period leading up
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  • to the 1984 Games.
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  • He swam in increments of 50-yard laps
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  • at least 20.000 miles.
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  • Of course, if you add in the years before and after,
  • 00:20:31.080 --> 00:20:33.140
  • the odometer goes even higher.
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  • But I'll never forget the statement that he made.
  • 00:20:35.170 --> 00:20:37.230
  • He said: "I swam around the world for a race
  • 00:20:37.240 --> 00:20:42.050
  • that lasted 49 seconds."
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  • And I wanna pose a question to all of us
  • 00:20:45.180 --> 00:20:47.230
  • who are followers of Christ.
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  • If diligence would drive a man to swim around the world,
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  • what kind of diligence should we be striving for
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  • with eternity as our goal?
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  • I think I hear the Apostle Paul saying,
  • 00:20:57.290 --> 00:21:00.100
  • "They do it to obtain a perishable crown
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  • but we for an imperishable crown."
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  • Look around, whatever you do.
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  • Look within. Do it heartily.
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  • And then look above, "as to the Lord."
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  • The real secret to developing diligence in your life is
  • 00:21:14.010 --> 00:21:16.120
  • to realize that you don't serve people.
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  • You serve God.
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  • And you serve the Lord, not men.
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  • This is reoccurring theme in Paul's letters
  • 00:21:23.250 --> 00:21:26.010
  • if you read them carefully.
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  • He constantly is reminding of this, like in Romans 14:
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  • "For none of us lives to himself,
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  • and none of us dies to himself.
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  • If we live, we live to the Lord; if we die, we die to the Lord.
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  • Therefore, whether we live or die,
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  • we're the Lord's."
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  • Or Colossians 3:17:
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  • "Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name
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  • of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to the Father through Him."
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  • If we would just really comprehend the fact
  • 00:21:49.040 --> 00:21:51.080
  • that when we go out to do our duty,
  • 00:21:51.090 --> 00:21:53.220
  • to do our thing that God has called us to do,
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  • we're really doing it before an audience of one.
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  • We're not doing it before the audiences of people around us.
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  • You know, some of them are gonna like it and some of 'em aren't.
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  • I found that a long time ago.
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  • If you're the pastor of a church the size I have
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  • and you're trying to please everybody, good luck.
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  • I get notes every week that are put in the offering bag
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  • and they aren't always saying, "Oh, we love you, Pastor.
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  • We love you."
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  • They're about how cold it is in the church,
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  • how loud the music is, couldn't find a place to park.
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  • You've got it all.
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  • But you know what?
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  • Sometimes I just back up and say,
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  • "God, you haven't called me to please all these people.
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  • Help me to remember my job is to please you.
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  • Let me please you," amen?
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  • [audience applauding]
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  • In his book, "Lyrics," songwriter and producer,
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  • Oscar Hammerstein II, tells of seeing a picture
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  • of the Statue of Liberty that was taken from a helicopter.
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  • The photo showed the top of the statue's head and Hammerstein
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  • was impressed with the detail and excellence the sculptor
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  • had taken to complete a portion of the statue
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  • that few eyes would ever see.
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  • "He was artist enough," wrote Hammerstein,
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  • "to finish off this part of the statue with as much care
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  • as he had devoted to her face and her arms and the torch
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  • and everything that people can see as they sail up the bay."
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  • Whatever we do, we should be doing for God.
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  • Look around, whatever you do.
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  • Look within. Do it heartily.
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  • Look above, as to the Lord.
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  • And then, look ahead, you will receive the reward.
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  • That brings us to the best part: looking ahead.
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  • The same God who has given us everything we need for a life
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  • of goodness and godliness is gonna reward us
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  • for living our lives that way.
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  • My life verse ends by saying: "Knowing that from the Lord
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  • you will receive the reward of the inheritance;
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  • for you serve the Lord Christ."
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  • This is the same reward Peter mentions
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  • as he wraps up his paragraph in 2 Peter 1.
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  • Peter commands believers to add one quality after another
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  • to their lives, and then, he makes this word.
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  • And he says, "If you do that, an entrance will be supplied
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  • abundantly into the everlasting kingdom
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  • of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
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  • He wasn't saying you will get to heaven by doing
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  • all of these things, but he says you'll go to heaven like
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  • a lot of other people won't.
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  • You'll go to heaven with your hands up high.
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  • You'll go to heaven with a sense of victory
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  • because you've lived the way God has called you to live
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  • and I believe that's living with diligence.
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  • Back when Elvis Presley was in his heyday,
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  • he hired a bodyguard named, "Sonny" West.
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  • Sonny West served with him all the days that Elvis
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  • was around and he gave him all the energy he could muster.
  • 00:24:36.270 --> 00:24:40.290
  • Sonny broke into "The King's" inner circle and became part
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  • of what was known as the Memphis Mafia.
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  • Elvis was the best man at Sonny's wedding
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  • and the two were best friends.
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  • Sonny even appeared in a movie with Elvis Presley.
  • 00:24:51.280 --> 00:24:55.270
  • But then, Elvis died, and Sonny's life began
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  • to spiral downwards.
  • 00:24:59.220 --> 00:25:01.090
  • He and his wife battled cancer, faced foreclosure
  • 00:25:01.100 --> 00:25:04.070
  • because of mounting medical bills.
  • 00:25:04.080 --> 00:25:06.200
  • He eventually began selling
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  • all of his Elvis Presley memorabilia,
  • 00:25:08.010 --> 00:25:10.160
  • including the jewelry Presley gave him.
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  • He said, "I don't wanna leave my family behind.
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  • I just feel very depressed."
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  • "Inside Edition," which reported this story months before
  • 00:25:18.240 --> 00:25:21.240
  • his death in 2017, said: "Sonny West once rode
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  • Elvis Presley's coattails to fame
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  • as his best friend and bodyguard,
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  • but decades later the glitz and the glamour has faded away."
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  • And this story provides a tremendous contrast for me
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  • and for you.
  • 00:25:39.140 --> 00:25:40.280
  • Here was this man who served "The King" with all of his heart
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  • but the experience ended, and the glitz evaporated,
  • 00:25:45.270 --> 00:25:49.030
  • and the glory faded.
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  • On the other side, I have a "King" I'm serving
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  • with all my heart, and you know what?
  • 00:25:55.040 --> 00:25:58.090
  • Let me tell you something.
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  • The best is yet to come.
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  • The best is yet to come.
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  • All of us who live full throttle for Jesus Christ,
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  • all of us who diligently advance from glory to glory,
  • 00:26:06.230 --> 00:26:09.140
  • all of us who do whatever we do heartily to the Lord,
  • 00:26:09.150 --> 00:26:11.290
  • will receive our reward from an eternal inheritance with God
  • 00:26:12.000 --> 00:26:16.000
  • and there'll be no end to the hallelujahs and no end
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  • to the joy and no end to the fellowship with Jesus
  • 00:26:18.150 --> 00:26:20.270
  • and no end to the days of our lives
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  • or the answers to our prayers.
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  • No end to our passion and purpose,
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  • for even in heaven his servants will serve him.
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  • male announcer: Today, Dr. Jeremiah gave us
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  • female 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: Are you ready to go all in
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  • as you develop diligence in your spiritual journey?
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  • A muscular faith will help you conquer any mountain
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  • in your way.
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  • But before you can overcome life's greatest challenges,
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  • you must start by making sure that you have Jesus Christ
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  • in your life.
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  • announcer: Next time on, "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Don't let anything get in the way
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  • of your being the person God wants you to be.
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  • Take whatever action you have to take but be resolved
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  • by the grace of God: "I am not gonna be a victim.
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  • I am a victor in Jesus Christ and I'm gonna live that way."
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  • announcer: Join us next time for Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "Moral Excellence," here on, "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Life moves so fast,
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  • but is it taking you where you want to go?
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  • You can spend years searching for something you do not have,
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  • only to end up where you don't want to be.
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  • Exploring what the world has to offer we often find nothing.
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  • However, your journey through the twists and turns
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  • of this world doesn't have to put you
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  • on the path of discouragement and despair.
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  • Let me tell you how to take the journey of your lifetime.
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  • It's an adventure with God as your guide,
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  • where you'll discover the peace, the purpose,
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  • and the power you've been seeking.
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  • It's a journey of unimaginable blessing
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  • and here is the amazing part:
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  • with God you already have everything you need
  • 00:31:21.150 --> 00:31:24.130
  • for life's journey, not half of what you need
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  • or a whole lot of what you need.
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  • God has given you everything you need.
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  • God never intended for you to stumble your way
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  • through the course of each day
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  • and certainly not journey unprepared into your future.
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  • So, where do you wanna go?
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  • It's time to unpack all that God has given you.
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  • Discover how you have been equipped for this journey
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  • and can live with confidence
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  • because you, my friend, have everything you need.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Hello, I'm David Jeremiah.
  • 00:32:01.180 --> 00:32:03.260
  • I think we can agree that no one would ever attempt
  • 00:32:03.270 --> 00:32:06.220
  • to climb Mount Everest without first embarking
  • 00:32:06.230 --> 00:32:09.260
  • on less challenging climbs.
  • 00:32:09.270 --> 00:32:12.280
  • Although the goal would be to reach the highest summit
  • 00:32:12.290 --> 00:32:15.290
  • on earth, an experienced climber would diligently spend
  • 00:32:16.000 --> 00:32:19.060
  • many hours in training to build up their strength,
  • 00:32:19.070 --> 00:32:22.290
  • endurance, and lung capacity in preparation
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  • for the ultimate climb.
  • 00:32:26.230 --> 00:32:28.270
  • Did you know that growing our faith also requires
  • 00:32:28.280 --> 00:32:32.250
  • an investment of our time?
  • 00:32:32.260 --> 00:32:34.250
  • God has given us all the faith we need.
  • 00:32:34.260 --> 00:32:37.090
  • In fact, the Bible says that if you have the faith
  • 00:32:37.100 --> 00:32:39.270
  • of a mustard seed, you can move mountains.
  • 00:32:39.280 --> 00:32:43.070
  • So, how do you and I become stronger in our faith
  • 00:32:43.080 --> 00:32:47.040
  • with the tools to conquer life's greatest challenges?
  • 00:32:47.050 --> 00:32:51.100
  • Today, on "Turning Point," I will share
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  • those practical steps in a message entitled,
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  • "Muscular Faith."
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  • So, travel with me across the United States
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  • and join me in New York City, high above Central Park
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  • in The Appel Room, at Jazz at Lincoln Center
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  • for my series, "Everything You Need."
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  • announcer: God has given you everything you need
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  • so he can bless you in every imaginable way.
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  • In Dr. David Jeremiah's new book,
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  • "Everything You Need," Dr. Jeremiah will teach you
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  • by developing a muscular faith, practicing moral excellence,
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  • pursuing spiritual knowledge, applying personal discipline,
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  • strengthening relentless determination,
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  • growing Christ-like character, magnifying radical kindness,
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  • and demonstrating selfless love,
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  • powerful principles for today's believer.
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  • "Everything You Need" releases worldwide October 1,
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  • female announcer: And now here is Dr. Jeremiah
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  • with his message, "Muscular Faith."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I don't know what your political view may be,
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  • but whatever it is, if you watched
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  • the televised funeral of George H.W. Bush,
  • 00:34:52.270 --> 00:34:56.020
  • you probably wiped a tear from your eyes more than once.
  • 00:34:56.030 --> 00:35:02.060
  • When George W. Bush gripped the pulpit, he bent over,
  • 00:35:02.070 --> 00:35:04.290
  • choked in grief and he called his dad a "great and noble man,
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  • and the best father a son or a daughter could ever have."
  • 00:35:09.030 --> 00:35:14.030
  • That poignant moment occurred near the end of Bush's eulogy
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  • of his father and, as I listened to the tribute,
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  • I was particularly struck by one statement.
  • 00:35:20.110 --> 00:35:24.130
  • The younger Bush said of his father:
  • 00:35:24.140 --> 00:35:27.050
  • "He taught us that a day was not meant to be wasted.
  • 00:35:27.060 --> 00:35:31.140
  • He played golf at a legendary pace.
  • 00:35:31.150 --> 00:35:34.070
  • I always wondered why he insisted on speed golf.
  • 00:35:34.080 --> 00:35:37.250
  • He was a good golfer.
  • 00:35:37.260 --> 00:35:39.050
  • Well, here's my conclusion.
  • 00:35:39.060 --> 00:35:41.010
  • He played golf fast so they could move on to the next event,
  • 00:35:41.020 --> 00:35:45.000
  • to enjoy the rest of the day, to expend his enormous energy.
  • 00:35:45.010 --> 00:35:49.270
  • He was born with just two settings:
  • 00:35:49.280 --> 00:35:53.060
  • full throttle and then sleep."
  • 00:35:53.070 --> 00:35:57.090
  • I believe the Apostle Peter was a full-throttle guy, too.
  • 00:35:57.100 --> 00:36:02.050
  • His adrenaline never seemed to run out,
  • 00:36:02.060 --> 00:36:05.180
  • and he encouraged his readers to be fully engaged
  • 00:36:05.190 --> 00:36:08.110
  • in their pursuit of Christ and the Christ-like life.
  • 00:36:08.120 --> 00:36:12.290
  • Peter uses a word that is frequently found in the Bible.
  • 00:36:13.000 --> 00:36:17.090
  • It's the word "diligence."
  • 00:36:17.100 --> 00:36:20.040
  • That's a quality I keep bumping into whenever I read
  • 00:36:20.050 --> 00:36:23.030
  • the biographies of productive, effective people.
  • 00:36:23.040 --> 00:36:26.020
  • People of yesterday, people of today,
  • 00:36:26.030 --> 00:36:28.150
  • one of the common denominators of people who seem to succeed is
  • 00:36:28.160 --> 00:36:33.030
  • they're known for living a life of diligence.
  • 00:36:33.040 --> 00:36:37.150
  • One of my better-known heroes as a pastor is a man by the name
  • 00:36:37.160 --> 00:36:41.000
  • of Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
  • 00:36:41.010 --> 00:36:43.220
  • Back in 1850, Spurgeon in his mid teens
  • 00:36:43.230 --> 00:36:47.050
  • decided to follow Jesus Christ and he started preaching
  • 00:36:47.060 --> 00:36:50.140
  • the very next year and there's just no stopping him.
  • 00:36:50.150 --> 00:36:54.050
  • At age 19 he became the pastor of the New Park Street Church
  • 00:36:54.060 --> 00:36:59.090
  • in London and almost instantly no auditorium in London
  • 00:36:59.100 --> 00:37:04.040
  • could hold the crowds that were coming to hear this man preach.
  • 00:37:04.050 --> 00:37:08.270
  • With few or no notes, he stood in the pulpit
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  • and with great eloquence expounded the Word of God.
  • 00:37:11.210 --> 00:37:15.230
  • Without question, he was a brilliant young man.
  • 00:37:15.240 --> 00:37:20.010
  • So stenographers-- this was before the recordings
  • 00:37:20.020 --> 00:37:22.260
  • that we have available now.
  • 00:37:22.270 --> 00:37:24.130
  • Stenographers would sit in the audience
  • 00:37:24.140 --> 00:37:26.140
  • and they would record his sermon,
  • 00:37:26.150 --> 00:37:29.050
  • that way and he would edit them immediately after the sermon
  • 00:37:29.060 --> 00:37:33.230
  • and the next day on Monday his sermon that he preached
  • 00:37:33.240 --> 00:37:37.120
  • in church on Sunday would be in the London newspaper
  • 00:37:37.130 --> 00:37:41.010
  • in its entirety.
  • 00:37:41.020 --> 00:37:42.120
  • By the end of Spurgeon's life, the total volumes of his sermons
  • 00:37:43.060 --> 00:37:47.240
  • represented the largest single set of Christian books
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  • by one author in the history of Christianity.
  • 00:37:51.220 --> 00:37:55.250
  • How many words was that?
  • 00:37:55.260 --> 00:37:58.170
  • Well, he had 3561 sermons bound in 63 volumes,
  • 00:37:58.180 --> 00:38:04.290
  • filled with 20 million words, the equivalent
  • 00:38:05.000 --> 00:38:08.210
  • of the 27 volumes of the, "Encyclopedia Britannica."
  • 00:38:08.220 --> 00:38:12.260
  • And by the way, he died at the age of 57,
  • 00:38:12.270 --> 00:38:15.030
  • and maybe there's a reason, the way he lived, you know?
  • 00:38:15.040 --> 00:38:18.270
  • Spurgeon was an amazing person.
  • 00:38:18.280 --> 00:38:20.180
  • He was a ravenous reader.
  • 00:38:20.190 --> 00:38:21.290
  • His personal library was over 12.000 in number of volumes.
  • 00:38:22.000 --> 00:38:26.180
  • He usually read six books a week.
  • 00:38:26.190 --> 00:38:30.110
  • He devoured commentaries.
  • 00:38:30.120 --> 00:38:32.060
  • He read works that were written by Puritan writers,
  • 00:38:32.070 --> 00:38:35.000
  • and if you've ever tried that, that is not easy reading.
  • 00:38:35.010 --> 00:38:38.130
  • He read newspapers and periodicals.
  • 00:38:38.140 --> 00:38:40.290
  • His Bible was always open, his pen was always working.
  • 00:38:41.000 --> 00:38:44.110
  • He answered correspondence, he started dozens of agencies,
  • 00:38:44.120 --> 00:38:48.020
  • benevolent agencies.
  • 00:38:48.030 --> 00:38:49.220
  • He published a magazine.
  • 00:38:49.230 --> 00:38:51.210
  • The magazine was called, "The Sword and the Trowel."
  • 00:38:51.220 --> 00:38:54.280
  • He established a college where he lectured.
  • 00:38:54.290 --> 00:38:57.060
  • He wrote one book after another on many subjects
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  • and he often worked 18 hours a day.
  • 00:39:00.180 --> 00:39:03.070
  • He preached ten times a week.
  • 00:39:03.080 --> 00:39:05.160
  • Now the problem with everybody who tried to figure him out
  • 00:39:05.170 --> 00:39:07.220
  • was that he was like George H.W. Bush.
  • 00:39:07.230 --> 00:39:10.140
  • He had two speeds: full throttle and then sleep.
  • 00:39:10.150 --> 00:39:14.220
  • He once said, I love this statement.
  • 00:39:14.230 --> 00:39:16.270
  • He said, "A man cannot be idle
  • 00:39:16.280 --> 00:39:19.000
  • and yet have Christ's sweet company.
  • 00:39:19.010 --> 00:39:21.220
  • Christ is a quick walker and when his people would talk
  • 00:39:21.230 --> 00:39:24.270
  • with him, they must travel quickly, too,
  • 00:39:24.280 --> 00:39:27.130
  • or else they will soon lose his company."
  • 00:39:27.140 --> 00:39:30.280
  • One day, he said, "The sin of doing nothing is
  • 00:39:30.290 --> 00:39:33.070
  • about the biggest of all sins, for it involves
  • 00:39:33.080 --> 00:39:35.250
  • all of the other sins together.
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  • Horrible idleness, God save us from it."
  • 00:39:37.290 --> 00:39:41.140
  • So, there were two men: one was a president
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  • and one was a preacher.
  • 00:39:43.080 --> 00:39:44.250
  • They both shared a common virtue:
  • 00:39:44.260 --> 00:39:46.220
  • they were both men of diligence, and they both changed the world.
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  • Let's face it, men and women.
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  • We don't get very far if we idle through life.
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  • When your car is idling, it's not going anywhere
  • 00:40:00.110 --> 00:40:03.110
  • and when you're idling you're wasting the one resource
  • 00:40:03.120 --> 00:40:06.030
  • which is not recoverable: you're wasting your time,
  • 00:40:06.040 --> 00:40:09.110
  • the very hours of your life.
  • 00:40:09.120 --> 00:40:12.210
  • So, I wanna talk to myself today and talk to all of us
  • 00:40:12.220 --> 00:40:16.040
  • about the importance of diligence.
  • 00:40:16.050 --> 00:40:19.100
  • First, let's talk about understanding
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  • the heart of diligence.
  • 00:40:21.130 --> 00:40:23.190
  • According to the book of 2 Peter,
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  • diligence is an ingredient that we need to withstand
  • 00:40:25.190 --> 00:40:29.050
  • the pressures of this world.
  • 00:40:29.060 --> 00:40:31.220
  • We have to grab hold of the things that God has given us,
  • 00:40:31.230 --> 00:40:34.180
  • those special great promises, that great power
  • 00:40:34.190 --> 00:40:37.270
  • that he's made available to us, all of his provisions.
  • 00:40:37.280 --> 00:40:40.140
  • But what do you do when you get a gift?
  • 00:40:40.150 --> 00:40:42.150
  • You unwrap it and, hopefully, you use it.
  • 00:40:42.160 --> 00:40:45.020
  • And God has given us such a gift and we need to do our part.
  • 00:40:45.030 --> 00:40:48.250
  • If we're going to experience
  • 00:40:48.260 --> 00:40:50.080
  • true transformation of character,
  • 00:40:50.090 --> 00:40:53.170
  • we have to understand what diligence means.
  • 00:40:53.180 --> 00:40:56.180
  • Now, I wanna read this passage from 2 Peter 1:5,
  • 00:40:56.190 --> 00:40:59.220
  • and I think you'll get where I'm headed.
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  • Peter writes: "For this very reason,"
  • 00:41:02.180 --> 00:41:04.270
  • and you have to stop and ask, "What reason?"
  • 00:41:04.280 --> 00:41:06.230
  • Because we've been given all this from God.
  • 00:41:06.240 --> 00:41:09.120
  • "For this very reason," he says, "giving all diligence."
  • 00:41:09.130 --> 00:41:15.180
  • It's not just diligence, it's all diligence.
  • 00:41:15.190 --> 00:41:18.240
  • You wanna ask God to help you, work diligently at your life
  • 00:41:20.010 --> 00:41:23.150
  • and do the things that God has called you to do
  • 00:41:23.160 --> 00:41:26.000
  • and grow in maturity and take the blessings
  • 00:41:26.010 --> 00:41:29.270
  • that God has given you and unwrap them
  • 00:41:29.280 --> 00:41:31.270
  • and utilize them in your life every day.
  • 00:41:31.280 --> 00:41:34.210
  • Make that your purpose,
  • 00:41:34.220 --> 00:41:36.070
  • make that your divine determination.
  • 00:41:36.080 --> 00:41:39.050
  • The meaning of diligence.
  • 00:41:39.060 --> 00:41:40.210
  • Now, what is the motivation for diligence?
  • 00:41:40.220 --> 00:41:42.280
  • Peter comes back and he says, "For this very reason."
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  • What is the reason?
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  • Because you have been blessed so much by God.
  • 00:41:46.160 --> 00:41:48.180
  • "For this very reason, add to your faith diligence,"
  • 00:41:48.190 --> 00:41:52.210
  • and everything covers it all.
  • 00:41:52.220 --> 00:41:54.150
  • It's not just your spiritual life.
  • 00:41:54.160 --> 00:41:56.050
  • I think God wants us all to live diligently.
  • 00:41:56.060 --> 00:41:58.180
  • That doesn't mean we have to be all,
  • 00:41:58.190 --> 00:42:00.030
  • you know, energy bunnies.
  • 00:42:00.040 --> 00:42:01.270
  • I know some people that they burn all their energy,
  • 00:42:01.280 --> 00:42:04.170
  • but they don't go anywhere.
  • 00:42:04.180 --> 00:42:05.270
  • They just sort of, you know, you know, they just move.
  • 00:42:05.280 --> 00:42:09.180
  • But God wants us to do what we do with a purpose.
  • 00:42:09.190 --> 00:42:13.060
  • People ask me all the time, why I'm still doing
  • 00:42:13.070 --> 00:42:16.160
  • what I'm doing at this stage of life, whatever stage that is.
  • 00:42:16.170 --> 00:42:22.170
  • You heard about the lady who said she was 49 and holding?
  • 00:42:22.180 --> 00:42:30.050
  • Her little grandson said,
  • 00:42:30.060 --> 00:42:31.220
  • "Grandma, how old would you be if you let go?"
  • 00:42:31.230 --> 00:42:36.130
  • Well, I don't know how old I would be if I let go.
  • 00:42:36.140 --> 00:42:38.070
  • I love what one man said, you know,
  • 00:42:38.080 --> 00:42:40.180
  • "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?"
  • 00:42:40.190 --> 00:42:45.000
  • But age isn't anything.
  • 00:42:45.010 --> 00:42:46.100
  • Age has nothing to do with where we are
  • 00:42:46.110 --> 00:42:48.060
  • and how we live our lives.
  • 00:42:48.070 --> 00:42:49.230
  • We may not always be able to do some of the things we used to do
  • 00:42:49.240 --> 00:42:52.050
  • but I always think about Caleb.
  • 00:42:52.060 --> 00:42:53.150
  • You know what it says about Caleb?
  • 00:42:53.160 --> 00:42:54.250
  • He was as strong when he was 80, as he was when he was 40.
  • 00:42:54.260 --> 00:42:58.110
  • That gives me great hope, amen?
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  • That ought to be a goal for all of us.
  • 00:43:01.160 --> 00:43:03.210
  • Let me just ask you this question.
  • 00:43:03.220 --> 00:43:05.230
  • How do we incorporate diligence into our lives?
  • 00:43:05.240 --> 00:43:08.270
  • Are we living a diligent life?
  • 00:43:08.280 --> 00:43:10.160
  • Am I living a life of diligence?
  • 00:43:10.170 --> 00:43:12.280
  • Do I take every day as a gift from God,
  • 00:43:12.290 --> 00:43:15.160
  • realizing that he's given me all these great promises,
  • 00:43:15.170 --> 00:43:18.250
  • all this great potential, and my goal is to max it out
  • 00:43:18.260 --> 00:43:22.120
  • for his glory and give him everything I've got
  • 00:43:22.130 --> 00:43:24.260
  • and leave nothing that I wish I had done.
  • 00:43:24.270 --> 00:43:28.050
  • I would rather run the risk of being too energetic for God
  • 00:43:28.060 --> 00:43:31.240
  • than not being energetic at all.
  • 00:43:31.250 --> 00:43:34.040
  • I would rather say, "Lord, slow me down," than,
  • 00:43:34.050 --> 00:43:36.220
  • "Lord, speed me up."
  • 00:43:36.230 --> 00:43:39.060
  • And how many of you know, God has a calling for all of us?
  • 00:43:39.070 --> 00:43:42.050
  • There's not any of us here that God has not given a gift to.
  • 00:43:42.060 --> 00:43:45.290
  • Every one of us who's a Christian has a gift
  • 00:43:46.000 --> 00:43:47.170
  • and there is not such a thing as a giftless Christian.
  • 00:43:47.180 --> 00:43:51.200
  • We all have gifts and our responsibility is to take
  • 00:43:51.210 --> 00:43:55.030
  • that spiritual gift that God has given us and develop it
  • 00:43:55.040 --> 00:43:58.190
  • and make it the best it can be and use it for the glory of God.
  • 00:43:58.200 --> 00:44:02.040
  • Make sure that we diligently follow God's plan for our life.
  • 00:44:02.050 --> 00:44:07.190
  • So, that's the meaning of diligence
  • 00:44:07.200 --> 00:44:09.100
  • and that's sort of the motivation for it.
  • 00:44:09.110 --> 00:44:11.110
  • Dr. Jeremiah: When I was a young man,
  • 00:44:14.160 --> 00:44:15.250
  • everybody else had a life verse, and so, I got some, too.
  • 00:44:15.260 --> 00:44:21.140
  • I got these life verses from Colossians and I wanna
  • 00:44:21.150 --> 00:44:25.170
  • just help you see how this works as it outlines
  • 00:44:25.180 --> 00:44:29.080
  • what diligence is all about.
  • 00:44:29.090 --> 00:44:31.200
  • Colossians 3:23-24.
  • 00:44:31.210 --> 00:44:35.000
  • Here's what those verses say: "And whatever you do,
  • 00:44:35.010 --> 00:44:40.080
  • do it heartily, as unto the Lord and not to men,
  • 00:44:40.090 --> 00:44:45.070
  • knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward
  • 00:44:45.080 --> 00:44:48.030
  • of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ."
  • 00:44:48.040 --> 00:44:53.040
  • Now, this will help us understand what it means
  • 00:44:53.050 --> 00:44:56.140
  • to develop the habits of diligence.
  • 00:44:56.150 --> 00:44:59.250
  • So, we're gonna take these one at a time.
  • 00:44:59.260 --> 00:45:01.180
  • I'm gonna ask you to look in some different directions.
  • 00:45:01.190 --> 00:45:04.140
  • I want you to look around.
  • 00:45:04.150 --> 00:45:06.060
  • Here's what the text says: "Whatever you do."
  • 00:45:06.070 --> 00:45:10.230
  • If you read the entire 3rd chapter of Colossians
  • 00:45:10.240 --> 00:45:13.080
  • where these verses are found, you will discover that
  • 00:45:13.090 --> 00:45:16.130
  • these verses are right in the section
  • 00:45:16.140 --> 00:45:18.150
  • of a context of husbands, wives, children,
  • 00:45:18.160 --> 00:45:22.200
  • fathers, bondservants.
  • 00:45:22.210 --> 00:45:25.060
  • So impressive is that to me.
  • 00:45:25.070 --> 00:45:28.120
  • Because that means that my diligence isn't just
  • 00:45:28.130 --> 00:45:30.140
  • about when I go to church.
  • 00:45:30.150 --> 00:45:32.070
  • It's the way I'm supposed to live my life all the time.
  • 00:45:32.080 --> 00:45:35.050
  • Now, you can't live, you know, 100 miles an hour all the time.
  • 00:45:35.060 --> 00:45:37.250
  • You burn out in a week or so.
  • 00:45:37.260 --> 00:45:39.220
  • But you can live your life with this sense of urgency
  • 00:45:39.230 --> 00:45:42.100
  • and diligence in all that you do.
  • 00:45:42.110 --> 00:45:44.150
  • You can't just switch it on and switch it off.
  • 00:45:44.160 --> 00:45:47.080
  • You can't say, "Oh, it's Sunday, it's time to be diligent,"
  • 00:45:47.090 --> 00:45:49.180
  • you know?
  • 00:45:49.190 --> 00:45:51.280
  • No, you have to be diligent in the way you live.
  • 00:45:51.290 --> 00:45:53.180
  • And once you do that,
  • 00:45:53.190 --> 00:45:54.280
  • it becomes a part of who you are.
  • 00:45:54.290 --> 00:45:56.110
  • We're to dive into all of our relationships
  • 00:45:56.120 --> 00:45:59.040
  • and dive into them diligently.
  • 00:45:59.050 --> 00:46:01.070
  • "Challenges like," somebody wrote,
  • 00:46:01.080 --> 00:46:03.030
  • "fixing a leaky faucet, changing diapers,
  • 00:46:03.040 --> 00:46:06.110
  • paying bills, resolving conflicts,
  • 00:46:06.120 --> 00:46:08.190
  • grocery shopping, job hunting, building your career,
  • 00:46:08.200 --> 00:46:11.290
  • the word 'whatever' means whatever.
  • 00:46:12.000 --> 00:46:14.060
  • It covers anything and everything we do,
  • 00:46:14.070 --> 00:46:16.230
  • no matter who we are as followers of Christ."
  • 00:46:16.240 --> 00:46:20.290
  • Whatever you do, do it heartily.
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  • Do it with diligence.
  • 00:46:23.110 --> 00:46:25.000
  • And most of you know what I'm talking about.
  • 00:46:25.010 --> 00:46:27.120
  • You have some project in your life
  • 00:46:27.130 --> 00:46:29.050
  • that just seems overwhelming.
  • 00:46:29.060 --> 00:46:30.250
  • You look at it and it's like a huge mountain
  • 00:46:30.260 --> 00:46:32.230
  • and you say to yourself,
  • 00:46:32.240 --> 00:46:34.060
  • "How am I ever gonna get over that mountain?"
  • 00:46:34.070 --> 00:46:37.110
  • Let me tell you how you get over there.
  • 00:46:37.120 --> 00:46:38.250
  • One step, one day, one determination,
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  • one bit of obedience to the Lord, one at a time.
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  • That's diligence.
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  • We as believers, if we're not careful,
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  • we just sort of-- we just sort of float along.
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  • We just sort of go along with what's happening
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  • and God has called us to a different way of life.
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  • You say, "Well, I'm the only one in my church."
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  • Well, be the best only one you can be.
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  • Make a difference, whoever sees you, amen?
  • 00:47:02.180 --> 00:47:07.190
  • Well, so that's the first step.
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  • Look around.
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  • If you look around, you will see whatever you do.
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  • Here's the second step: look within.
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  • Paul wrote to the Colossians: "Whatever you do,
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  • do it heartily."
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  • Looking within means that you ask yourself,
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  • "What does my motivation look like?
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  • What does it mean to do something heartily?"
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  • Well, it means to do it with all your heart.
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  • You know that in the New Testament
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  • there are three possible temperatures for your heart?
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  • First of all, there's the cold heart.
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  • Matthew 24:12 describes the people
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  • of the last days as those whose love shall wax cold.
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  • And then, in Revelation chapter 3 you read
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  • about the people who have a heart that's lukewarm.
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  • Writing to the church at Laodicea,
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  • the Lord described his disdain for a half-lived life.
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  • He said, "I know your works, that you are neither cold
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  • nor hot.
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  • I could wish you were cold or hot.
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  • So then, because you are lukewarm,
  • 00:48:03.170 --> 00:48:05.080
  • and neither cold nor hot, I'm gonna vomit you
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  • out of My mouth."
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  • Those are the words of God.
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  • And then there's the burning heart.
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  • Luke 24 tells us that two disciples talked
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  • with Jesus on the road to Emmaus and they described
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  • their experience with him like this:
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  • "Did not our heart burn within us when he talked with us
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  • on the road, and while he opened the Scriptures to us?"
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  • A cold heart, a lukewarm heart, a burning heart.
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  • Which one describes you?
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  • Look around, whatever you do.
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  • Look within. Do it heartily.
  • 00:48:37.060 --> 00:48:38.290
  • And then look above, "as to the Lord."
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  • The real secret to developing diligence in your life is
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  • to realize that you don't serve people.
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  • You serve God.
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  • And you serve the Lord, not men.
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  • This is reoccurring theme in Paul's letters
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  • if you read them carefully.
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  • He constantly is reminding of this, like in Romans 14:
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  • "For none of us lives to himself,
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  • and none of us dies to himself.
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  • If we live, we live to the Lord; if we die, we die to the Lord.
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  • Therefore, whether we live or die,
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  • we're the Lord's."
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  • Or Colossians 3:17:
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  • "Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name
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  • of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to the Father through Him."
  • 00:49:14.250 --> 00:49:17.270
  • If we would just really comprehend the fact
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  • that when we go out to do our duty,
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  • to do our thing that God has called us to do,
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  • we're really doing it before an audience of one.
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  • We're not doing it before the audiences of people around us.
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  • You know, some of them are gonna like it and some of 'em aren't.
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  • I found that a long time ago.
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  • If you're the pastor of a church the size I have
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  • and you're trying to please everybody, good luck.
  • 00:49:36.130 --> 00:49:39.250
  • I get notes every week that are put in the offering bag
  • 00:49:39.260 --> 00:49:42.090
  • and they aren't always saying, "Oh, we love you, Pastor.
  • 00:49:42.100 --> 00:49:45.080
  • We love you."
  • 00:49:45.090 --> 00:49:46.280
  • They're about how cold it is in the church,
  • 00:49:46.290 --> 00:49:48.190
  • how loud the music is, couldn't find a place to park.
  • 00:49:48.200 --> 00:49:51.100
  • You've got it all.
  • 00:49:51.110 --> 00:49:54.000
  • But you know what?
  • 00:49:54.010 --> 00:49:55.100
  • Sometimes I just back up and say,
  • 00:49:55.110 --> 00:49:56.200
  • "God, you haven't called me to please all these people.
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  • Help me to remember my job is to please you.
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  • Let me please you," amen?
  • 00:50:02.060 --> 00:50:04.060
  • [audience applauding]
  • 00:50:04.110 --> 00:50:10.100
  • In his book, "Lyrics," songwriter and producer,
  • 00:50:10.110 --> 00:50:13.170
  • Oscar Hammerstein II, tells of seeing a picture
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  • of the Statue of Liberty that was taken from a helicopter.
  • 00:50:16.250 --> 00:50:20.200
  • The photo showed the top of the statue's head and Hammerstein
  • 00:50:20.210 --> 00:50:24.190
  • was impressed with the detail and excellence the sculptor
  • 00:50:24.200 --> 00:50:27.120
  • had taken to complete a portion of the statue
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  • that few eyes would ever see.
  • 00:50:30.040 --> 00:50:32.040
  • "He was artist enough," wrote Hammerstein,
  • 00:50:32.050 --> 00:50:34.050
  • "to finish off this part of the statue with as much care
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  • as he had devoted to her face and her arms and the torch
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  • and everything that people can see as they sail up the bay."
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  • Whatever we do, we should be doing for God.
  • 00:50:46.210 --> 00:50:49.000
  • Look around, whatever you do.
  • 00:50:49.010 --> 00:50:50.130
  • Look within. Do it heartily.
  • 00:50:50.140 --> 00:50:51.290
  • Look above, as to the Lord.
  • 00:50:52.000 --> 00:50:53.220
  • And then look ahead, you will receive the reward.
  • 00:50:53.230 --> 00:50:58.180
  • That brings us to the best part: looking ahead.
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  • The same God who has given us everything we need for a life
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  • of goodness and godliness is gonna reward us
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  • for living our lives that way.
  • 00:51:07.000 --> 00:51:10.000
  • My life verse ends by saying: "Knowing that from the Lord
  • 00:51:10.010 --> 00:51:13.020
  • you will receive the reward of the inheritance;
  • 00:51:13.030 --> 00:51:15.220
  • for you serve the Lord Christ."
  • 00:51:15.230 --> 00:51:18.110
  • This is the same reward Peter mentions
  • 00:51:18.120 --> 00:51:20.180
  • as he wraps up his paragraph in 2 Peter 1.
  • 00:51:20.190 --> 00:51:23.290
  • Peter commands believers to add one quality after another
  • 00:51:24.000 --> 00:51:27.050
  • to their lives, and then, he makes this word.
  • 00:51:27.060 --> 00:51:29.050
  • And he says, "If you do that, an entrance will be supplied
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  • abundantly into the everlasting kingdom
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  • of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
  • 00:51:34.250 --> 00:51:37.090
  • He wasn't saying you will get to heaven by doing
  • 00:51:37.100 --> 00:51:39.190
  • all of these things, but he says you'll go to heaven like
  • 00:51:39.200 --> 00:51:42.090
  • a lot of other people won't.
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  • You'll go to heaven with your hands up high.
  • 00:51:43.290 --> 00:51:45.270
  • You'll go to heaven with a sense of victory
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  • because you've lived the way God has called you to live
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  • and I believe that's living with diligence.
  • 00:51:50.260 --> 00:51:54.000
  • Back when Elvis Presley was in his heyday,
  • 00:51:54.010 --> 00:51:57.120
  • he hired a bodyguard named, "Sonny" West.
  • 00:51:57.130 --> 00:52:01.060
  • Sonny West served with him all the days that Elvis
  • 00:52:01.070 --> 00:52:05.180
  • was around and he gave him all the energy he could muster.
  • 00:52:05.190 --> 00:52:09.210
  • Sonny broke into "The King's" inner circle and became part
  • 00:52:09.220 --> 00:52:12.070
  • of what was known as the Memphis Mafia.
  • 00:52:12.080 --> 00:52:15.160
  • Elvis was the best man at Sonny's wedding
  • 00:52:15.170 --> 00:52:18.080
  • and the two were best friends.
  • 00:52:18.090 --> 00:52:20.190
  • Sonny even appeared in a movie with Elvis Presley.
  • 00:52:20.200 --> 00:52:24.190
  • But then, Elvis died, and Sonny's life began
  • 00:52:24.200 --> 00:52:28.130
  • to spiral downwards.
  • 00:52:28.140 --> 00:52:29.290
  • He and his wife battled cancer, faced foreclosure
  • 00:52:30.000 --> 00:52:32.270
  • because of mounting medical bills.
  • 00:52:32.280 --> 00:52:35.100
  • He eventually began selling
  • 00:52:35.110 --> 00:52:36.200
  • all of his Elvis Presley memorabilia,
  • 00:52:36.210 --> 00:52:39.060
  • including the jewelry Presley gave him.
  • 00:52:39.070 --> 00:52:42.040
  • He said, "I don't wanna leave my family behind.
  • 00:52:42.050 --> 00:52:44.190
  • I just feel very depressed."
  • 00:52:44.200 --> 00:52:46.150
  • "Inside Edition," which reported this story months before
  • 00:52:47.140 --> 00:52:50.140
  • his death in 2017, said: "Sonny West once rode
  • 00:52:50.150 --> 00:52:54.240
  • Elvis Presley's coattails to fame
  • 00:52:54.250 --> 00:52:57.100
  • as his best friend and bodyguard,
  • 00:52:57.110 --> 00:52:59.270
  • but decades later the glitz and the glamour has faded away."
  • 00:52:59.280 --> 00:53:05.070
  • And this story provides a tremendous contrast for me
  • 00:53:05.080 --> 00:53:08.050
  • and for you.
  • 00:53:08.060 --> 00:53:09.200
  • Here was this man who served "The King" with all of his heart
  • 00:53:09.210 --> 00:53:14.180
  • but the experience ended, and the glitz evaporated,
  • 00:53:14.190 --> 00:53:17.250
  • and the glory faded.
  • 00:53:17.260 --> 00:53:20.030
  • On the other side, I have a "King" I'm serving
  • 00:53:20.040 --> 00:53:23.250
  • with all my heart, and you know what?
  • 00:53:23.260 --> 00:53:27.010
  • Let me tell you something.
  • 00:53:28.060 --> 00:53:29.150
  • The best is yet to come.
  • 00:53:29.160 --> 00:53:31.110
  • The best is yet to come.
  • 00:53:31.160 --> 00:53:33.010
  • All of us who live full throttle for Jesus Christ,
  • 00:53:33.020 --> 00:53:35.120
  • all of us who diligently advance from glory to glory,
  • 00:53:35.130 --> 00:53:38.040
  • all of us who do whatever we do heartily to the Lord,
  • 00:53:38.050 --> 00:53:40.190
  • will receive our reward from an eternal inheritance with God
  • 00:53:40.200 --> 00:53:44.200
  • and there'll be no end to the hallelujahs and no end
  • 00:53:44.210 --> 00:53:47.040
  • to the joy and no end to the fellowship with Jesus
  • 00:53:47.050 --> 00:53:49.170
  • and no end to the days of our lives
  • 00:53:49.180 --> 00:53:51.230
  • or the answers to our prayers.
  • 00:53:51.240 --> 00:53:53.130
  • No end to our passion and purpose,
  • 00:53:53.140 --> 00:53:55.180
  • for even in heaven his servants will serve him.
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