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Overcoming Evil with Good

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January 17, 2020
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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Overcoming Evil with Good

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Are you feeling powerless?
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  • Powerless to control your destiny,
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  • the fate of our nation, your career, financial security,
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  • and even your daily life?
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  • We are in a spiritual battle for our hearts and minds,
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  • sometimes with little strength to be victorious.
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  • What if I told you there is one who can empower you
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  • to prevail over the emotional, physical,
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  • and spiritual chaos in your life,
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  • one who can give you the power to be more than a conqueror,
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  • more than a winner, more than a victor,
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  • but an overcomer?
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  • As an overcomer, you are no longer defined
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  • by your trials, but by your victories.
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  • As an overcomer, you put on God-given armor
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  • that both protects you from the enemy
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  • and empowers you to conquer your greatest obstacles.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: We're called to be overcomers, men and women.
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  • We're called to walk in victory and strength and peace and love.
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  • Sometimes I hear people say when I ask them how they're doing,
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  • "I'm doin' okay down under the circumstances."
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  • But we don't belong under the circumstances.
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  • We belong above the circumstances.
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  • We're not undercomers, we're overcomers, amen?
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Live a life of unstoppable strength,
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  • unmovable faith, and unbelievable power.
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  • Discover how you can be an overcomer.
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  • male announcer: A new day has dawned.
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  • Hope is on the horizon.
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  • Discover eight ways to live a life
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  • of unstoppable strength, unmovable faith,
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  • and unbelievable power
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  • in Dr. David Jeremiah's book, "Overcomer."
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  • In a world where we often feel so powerless,
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  • applying these straightforward spiritual truths
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  • will awaken the power of God in you
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  • so you can conquer life's everyday challenges
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  • and become an overcomer.
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  • You will discover how to overcome falsehood with truth,
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  • anxiety with peace, fear with faith, and more.
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  • of any amount in support of this program.
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  • you'll receive the comprehensive "Overcomer" study set,
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  • which contains the "Overcomer" book,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah's complete teaching series on DVD,
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  • including his interview hosted by Sheila Walsh,
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  • a correlating study guide,
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  • and "The Warrior's Prayer" bookmark.
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  • stunning cards highlighting
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  • the God-given powers of an overcomer.
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  • Stop living in defeat.
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  • God created you to be an overcomer.
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  • Order Dr. Jeremiah's book, "Overcomer,"
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  • or the complete study set today.
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  • female announcer: Thank you for watching "Overcomer,"
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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  • In appreciation of your viewership,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah would like to send you
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  • "The Warrior's Prayer" bookmark absolutely free.
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  • Contact Turning Point today.
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiah with his message,
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  • "Overcoming Evil with Good."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Let's look at the instruction
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  • Paul gave the Ephesian believers when he told them to:
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  • "Put on the breastplate of righteousness."
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  • The breastplate of the common Roman soldier
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  • was a piece of armor made of reinforced leather.
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  • And for an officer, the leather was covered
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  • with metal plating for extra protection.
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  • And the breastplate covered the torso
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  • and protected the soldier's vital organs,
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  • especially his heart.
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  • A warrior without his breastplate
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  • was vulnerable and dangerously exposed to the enemy.
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  • So, in his letter, Paul used this literal breastplate
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  • that was used to protect
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  • the physical heart of a Roman soldier.
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  • He used it as a metaphor.
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  • Righteousness, he inferred, acts like a breastplate
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  • to protect your spiritual heart,
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  • the spiritual center of your life and my life.
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  • It is by appropriating the righteousness of Jesus Christ
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  • and his moral perfection and his sinless life
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  • and living righteously that we are able to overcome
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  • the evil that is within us, the evil that is around us.
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  • So, how do we do this?
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  • When we think about overcoming evil with good,
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  • we tend to focus on the evil that's all around us.
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  • The Bible says, "There is none righteous,
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  • no, not one; there is none who understands;
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  • there is none who seeks after God.
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  • All have turned aside;
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  • they have all together become unprofitable;
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  • there is none who does good, no, not one."
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  • You say, "Well, Pastor Jeremiah, that's not what I believe."
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  • Let me tell you somethin'.
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  • Doesn't matter whether you believe it or not,
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  • it's true.
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  • We don't get to create truth
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  • by what we believe or don't believe.
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  • This is the truth. This is the Word of God.
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  • The Bible says we are born,
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  • and we inherit a sin nature from our parents,
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  • and sometimes that sin nature is grown
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  • like it was a wild flower,
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  • and it just becomes who we are.
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  • One of the great surprises
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  • that most of us have along the way
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  • is that the people who get in trouble
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  • sometimes are the last people you would expect
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  • would ever do such a thing because,
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  • "Man looks on the outward appearance,
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  • but God looks on the heart."
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  • One of the most dangerous thoughts a human being,
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  • even a Christian, can have is this one:
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  • "Oh, I would never do anything that evil."
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  • And that thought reveals a sad naivete about one's own heart,
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  • and a dangerous possibility because the Bible says,
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  • "Let him that thinketh he stands take heed lest he fall."
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  • "And pride goes before destruction,
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  • and a haughty spirit before a fall."
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  • You know, the bad news is that we all have evil in us,
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  • but the good news is that Jesus Christ,
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  • in his goodness and mercy,
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  • overcame that evil by dying on the cross
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  • and offering to us his righteousness.
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  • So, if you haven't heard this before,
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  • let me just kinda package this good news
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  • in a few sentences.
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  • Here's what happened when Jesus went to the cross.
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  • It's the most wonderful truth in the Bible.
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  • In 23 words, Paul gives us this message
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  • in 2 Corinthians 5: "For God made Christ
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  • who knew sin to be sin for us, that we might become
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  • the righteousness of God in him."
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  • Now, watch this.
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  • When Jesus died on the cross,
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  • he took on our identity as a sinner,
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  • and when we believe in him,
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  • we take on his identity as the righteous Son of God.
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  • By this incredible moment at the cross,
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  • Christ became sin for us, and when he forgave us our sin,
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  • he gave us his righteousness.
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  • And God wants to give you his righteousness
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  • and take your sin and forgive you,
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  • and he will do it.
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  • All you have to do is ask him.
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  • All you have to do is say,
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  • "Lord Jesus, I know I'm a sinner,
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  • and I want your righteousness in my life.
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  • Please forgive me of my sin and give me your righteousness,"
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  • and he will do it.
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  • He's never turned anybody down who has asked him that question.
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  • So, that's the basic thing.
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  • So, now, I always say this little poem
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  • whenever I can 'cause it's so profound.
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  • It goes like this: "Two natures beat within my breast.
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  • The one is foul, the one is blessed.
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  • The one I love, the one I hate. The one I feed will dominate."
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  • You got two natures, all of us,
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  • and your old nature's still with you.
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  • When you get saved, you get a new nature,
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  • but the old one doesn't go away.
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  • So, guess what?
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  • After you become a Christian,
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  • you still have the tendencies to repay evil with evil.
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  • So, I wanna talk with you
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  • in these last moments of this message
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  • about how we overcome the evil that is around us.
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  • How do we deal with the evil things people do to us?
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  • How do we overcome?
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  • Anybody here ever have anybody do evil to you?
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  • Well, it's universal, and it's more so now,
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  • it seems to me, than ever before.
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  • And the temptation for us as Christians
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  • is to use the world's method
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  • of trying to find a way to get even.
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  • The Bible gives us clear direction
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  • on how we can overcome evil with good,
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  • and there's a central passage that does it.
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  • I love it when the Bible does this.
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  • Sometimes the verses are strewn all over the place,
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  • but sometimes there's a central passage
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  • where the most important truth is in one place.
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  • So, if you ever discover
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  • that you're struggling with revenge
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  • or the desire to hurt somebody because they hurt you,
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  • read Romans 12:17 through 21.
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  • Put a box around it.
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  • This is the revenge passage: "Repay no one evil for evil.
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  • Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.
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  • If it is possible, as much as depends on you,
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  • live peaceably with all men.
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  • Beloved, do not avenge yourselves,
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  • but rather give place to wrath; for it is written,
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  • '"Vengeance is mine, I will repay," says the Lord.'
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  • Therefore, 'If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
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  • if he's thirsty, give him a drink;
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  • for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.'
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  • Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
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  • Let me read that last phrase again:
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  • "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
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  • And I wanna give you six principles
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  • that will help you learn how to overcome evil with good.
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  • Somewhere, someplace,
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  • somebody's gonna do somethin' to you that's really ugly.
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  • How are you gonna deal with that as a follower of Jesus Christ?
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  • Maybe you're in a situation right now.
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  • Maybe you're in a broken marriage,
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  • where your spouse is just trashin' you.
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  • Everybody goes through those times
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  • when evil enters their life,
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  • even after you become a Christian.
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  • What do you do with evil when it shows up at your door?
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  • I'm gonna give you some thoughts
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  • right from this passage of Scripture.
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  • First of all, leave vengeance to God.
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  • Here's what it says: "Repay no one evil.
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  • Beloved, do not avenge yourselves.
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  • For it is written, 'Vengeance is mine,
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  • I will repay.'"
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  • Have you ever noticed
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  • the way we talk about getting revenge?
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  • Now, listen, this is really interesting.
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  • We say we want to get even, which means we want to get even
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  • so we can even out the balance sheet.
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  • We want the person who's done evil to us
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  • to experience the same amount of evil from us.
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  • In other words, whatever you do,
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  • don't let anybody get ahead of you in doin' evil.
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  • Keep the scales perfectly balanced, get even.
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  • That's how we think.
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  • But then we read this in the Bible,
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  • and the Bible says, "Don't repay evil for evil.
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  • For it is written,
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  • 'Vengeance is mine, I will repay.'"
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  • When we attempt to take vengeance
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  • on another person, here's what we're doin', folks.
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  • We're usurping the role of God.
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  • God says vengeance is his,
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  • and we have no right or authority
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  • to take on a role that he reserves from himself.
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  • The Bible very clearly tells us what to do,
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  • and it does explicitly.
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  • Leviticus 19 says: "'You shall not take vengeance,
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  • nor bear any grudge against the children of your people,
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  • but you shall love your neighbor as yourself:
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  • I am the Lord.'"
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  • Listen to me,
  • 00:12:36.030 --> 00:12:37.120
  • if we try to do God's work, we will fail.
  • 00:12:37.130 --> 00:12:40.150
  • God vindicates his people in due time,
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  • and we must have patience
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  • and let God's work go forward according to his plan.
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  • Leave vengeance to God, that's hard.
  • 00:12:49.070 --> 00:12:55.000
  • Here's the second principle.
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  • Learn to plan ahead.
  • 00:12:56.170 --> 00:12:58.210
  • Romans 12:17 says:
  • 00:12:58.220 --> 00:13:00.220
  • "Have regard for good things in the sight of all men."
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  • Paul always gives good illustrations
  • 00:13:04.020 --> 00:13:05.270
  • to these principles.
  • 00:13:05.280 --> 00:13:07.070
  • He said: "See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone,
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  • but always pursues what is good both for yourself and for all."
  • 00:13:12.020 --> 00:13:18.140
  • So, let's just talk about that for a moment.
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  • When it comes to how to handle evil in our lives,
  • 00:13:20.230 --> 00:13:22.290
  • most of us are reactive.
  • 00:13:23.000 --> 00:13:25.030
  • In other words, when somethin' happens to us,
  • 00:13:25.040 --> 00:13:28.100
  • we react.
  • 00:13:28.110 --> 00:13:30.240
  • But Paul is calling upon us to be proactive.
  • 00:13:30.250 --> 00:13:34.170
  • In other words, to plan ahead, to pursue what is good
  • 00:13:34.180 --> 00:13:37.160
  • instead of just reacting to what is bad.
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  • No one is immune to the daily irritations in life.
  • 00:13:40.250 --> 00:13:44.190
  • I mean, some situations and people just naturally
  • 00:13:44.200 --> 00:13:46.230
  • bring the worst out of us, don't they?
  • 00:13:46.240 --> 00:13:50.130
  • Paul challenges us to strategize
  • 00:13:50.140 --> 00:13:53.000
  • so we can do good even in unpleasant situations.
  • 00:13:53.010 --> 00:13:56.240
  • Our task is to learn how we can do better
  • 00:13:56.250 --> 00:13:59.090
  • the next time we face the events
  • 00:13:59.100 --> 00:14:01.200
  • that are drivin' us up the wall this time.
  • 00:14:01.210 --> 00:14:04.150
  • Leave vengeance to God. Learn to plan ahead.
  • 00:14:04.160 --> 00:14:07.080
  • Lean in to the next thing.
  • 00:14:07.090 --> 00:14:09.250
  • Whether we've planned for them or not,
  • 00:14:09.260 --> 00:14:11.130
  • times of trial will come, and when they do,
  • 00:14:11.140 --> 00:14:14.030
  • we have to decide how to respond.
  • 00:14:14.040 --> 00:14:17.090
  • As an overcomer, you have to realize
  • 00:14:17.100 --> 00:14:19.230
  • that you won't be able to fix everything now.
  • 00:14:19.240 --> 00:14:22.150
  • But you say, "Oh, I'm in this situation,
  • 00:14:22.160 --> 00:14:23.280
  • and this and this and this is happening,
  • 00:14:23.290 --> 00:14:25.080
  • and I don't know what to do."
  • 00:14:25.090 --> 00:14:26.180
  • Well, just do the next right thing.
  • 00:14:26.190 --> 00:14:27.280
  • Don't worry until you get 'em all right.
  • 00:14:27.290 --> 00:14:30.010
  • Do the next right thing. God will show you what that is.
  • 00:14:30.020 --> 00:14:33.090
  • Just pray, "Lord God,
  • 00:14:33.100 --> 00:14:34.190
  • I don't know how to fix all of this.
  • 00:14:34.200 --> 00:14:35.290
  • I don't know how to make this right,
  • 00:14:36.000 --> 00:14:37.150
  • but there's somethin' in here I can do.
  • 00:14:37.160 --> 00:14:39.030
  • Show me what the next thing is,"
  • 00:14:39.040 --> 00:14:40.190
  • and then lean in to that and do the next right thing.
  • 00:14:40.200 --> 00:14:42.250
  • Guess what?
  • 00:14:42.260 --> 00:14:44.050
  • When you do the next right thing,
  • 00:14:44.060 --> 00:14:45.210
  • you will learn what the next right thing after that is.
  • 00:14:45.220 --> 00:14:48.140
  • And sometimes we just get overwhelmed.
  • 00:14:48.150 --> 00:14:50.090
  • Have you been paralyzed by the,
  • 00:14:50.100 --> 00:14:51.290
  • "It's just so overwhelming, I don't know what to do"?
  • 00:14:52.000 --> 00:14:54.250
  • So we don't do anything, and we stay stuck.
  • 00:14:54.260 --> 00:14:59.010
  • And God doesn't want you to stay stuck.
  • 00:14:59.020 --> 00:15:01.110
  • Leave vengeance to God.
  • 00:15:01.120 --> 00:15:03.180
  • Learn to plan ahead. Lean in to the next right thing.
  • 00:15:03.190 --> 00:15:06.230
  • And then the Bible says, "Leave peaceably with all men."
  • 00:15:06.240 --> 00:15:09.240
  • That's Romans chapter 12, verse 18.
  • 00:15:09.250 --> 00:15:12.290
  • It says: "If it is possible, as much as depends on you,
  • 00:15:13.000 --> 00:15:18.220
  • live peaceably with all men."
  • 00:15:18.230 --> 00:15:21.220
  • Very pregnant statement.
  • 00:15:21.230 --> 00:15:23.280
  • I'm deeply concerned, and I know you are,
  • 00:15:23.290 --> 00:15:26.010
  • about what's happening in the angry spirit
  • 00:15:26.020 --> 00:15:30.130
  • that's taken over in our nation.
  • 00:15:30.140 --> 00:15:33.090
  • Political rivalry has become political animosity,
  • 00:15:33.100 --> 00:15:36.220
  • and opponents spit hatred and vitriol at each other
  • 00:15:36.230 --> 00:15:39.270
  • like vicious animals.
  • 00:15:39.280 --> 00:15:42.010
  • When we watch that, no matter what side we may be on
  • 00:15:42.020 --> 00:15:46.020
  • with any issue, we should say,
  • 00:15:46.030 --> 00:15:47.280
  • "Whatever it is they believe, what they're doing is wrong."
  • 00:15:47.290 --> 00:15:51.070
  • You may even believe what they believe,
  • 00:15:51.080 --> 00:15:53.170
  • but you can't believe that the way they express it
  • 00:15:53.180 --> 00:15:56.100
  • is the way God would have it expressed.
  • 00:15:56.110 --> 00:15:58.080
  • Listen to what he said: "Blessed are the peacemakers,
  • 00:15:58.090 --> 00:16:02.050
  • for they shall be called the sons of God."
  • 00:16:02.060 --> 00:16:05.050
  • "Pursue peace with all people, and holiness,
  • 00:16:05.060 --> 00:16:08.020
  • without which no one will see the Lord."
  • 00:16:08.030 --> 00:16:10.210
  • When we overcome evil with good, the evil is smothered,
  • 00:16:10.220 --> 00:16:15.050
  • lacking the fuel of animosity to keep it alive.
  • 00:16:15.060 --> 00:16:18.270
  • Of course, we don't have total control over how people respond.
  • 00:16:18.280 --> 00:16:22.190
  • Notice what it says: "As much as it depends on you."
  • 00:16:22.200 --> 00:16:27.130
  • Sometimes peace doesn't depend on you.
  • 00:16:27.140 --> 00:16:29.240
  • You might do all the right thing,
  • 00:16:29.250 --> 00:16:31.190
  • and they still are angry,
  • 00:16:31.200 --> 00:16:33.020
  • and they're still cussin' you out
  • 00:16:33.030 --> 00:16:34.160
  • and sayin' all these ugly words.
  • 00:16:34.170 --> 00:16:36.120
  • The Bible says, "If that happens,
  • 00:16:36.130 --> 00:16:38.070
  • you're not responsible for that."
  • 00:16:38.080 --> 00:16:40.100
  • "As much as is possible for you to do it,
  • 00:16:40.110 --> 00:16:43.000
  • as much as depends on you, live in peace with all men."
  • 00:16:43.010 --> 00:16:47.070
  • Don't let it be said, "We're not at peace,
  • 00:16:47.080 --> 00:16:49.080
  • because I'm not at peace."
  • 00:16:49.090 --> 00:16:51.130
  • Get in peace with God, and he will help you
  • 00:16:51.140 --> 00:16:53.190
  • get in peace with others.
  • 00:16:53.200 --> 00:16:54.290
  • And if they don't respond,
  • 00:16:55.000 --> 00:16:56.230
  • thank God that you've done the right thing, all right.
  • 00:16:56.240 --> 00:17:01.040
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:17:01.180 --> 00:17:05.180
  • Here's the next one, and this is the most central truth
  • 00:17:06.130 --> 00:17:10.110
  • in this whole message.
  • 00:17:10.120 --> 00:17:12.170
  • Let good overcome evil.
  • 00:17:12.180 --> 00:17:16.170
  • Now, listen to these words again from Romans 12:20:
  • 00:17:16.180 --> 00:17:20.010
  • "If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
  • 00:17:20.020 --> 00:17:23.280
  • if he's thirsty, give him a drink;
  • 00:17:23.290 --> 00:17:27.120
  • for in so doing," says the Scripture,
  • 00:17:27.130 --> 00:17:29.270
  • "you will heap coals of fire on his head.
  • 00:17:29.280 --> 00:17:33.040
  • Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good."
  • 00:17:33.050 --> 00:17:39.040
  • Let me tell you a little personal story.
  • 00:17:39.200 --> 00:17:42.120
  • "Turning Point Radio," believe it or not,
  • 00:17:42.130 --> 00:17:44.040
  • is heard on 2.200 radio stations every day,
  • 00:17:44.050 --> 00:17:48.110
  • over 6.000 times a day,
  • 00:17:48.120 --> 00:17:50.240
  • "Turning Point" is released across the country.
  • 00:17:50.250 --> 00:17:53.210
  • We have a lot of wonderful stations,
  • 00:17:53.220 --> 00:17:55.130
  • and we have very little conflict with the station managers,
  • 00:17:55.140 --> 00:17:59.060
  • but one day,
  • 00:17:59.070 --> 00:18:01.200
  • I got a call from a station in Southern California,
  • 00:18:01.210 --> 00:18:04.110
  • where the manager said he was gonna take our program
  • 00:18:04.120 --> 00:18:08.030
  • off the air, and this was a good station,
  • 00:18:08.040 --> 00:18:11.250
  • covered a lot of territory.
  • 00:18:11.260 --> 00:18:13.060
  • We had a lot of response from this station.
  • 00:18:13.070 --> 00:18:14.200
  • And I said, "Why would you do that?"
  • 00:18:14.210 --> 00:18:18.060
  • Well, he tried to explain that new people owned the station,
  • 00:18:18.070 --> 00:18:21.220
  • and I wasn't in the preferred group of speakers
  • 00:18:21.230 --> 00:18:25.290
  • that they wanted on their station,
  • 00:18:26.000 --> 00:18:27.140
  • and they were gonna take me off
  • 00:18:27.150 --> 00:18:29.090
  • and put somebody else in my place.
  • 00:18:29.100 --> 00:18:30.270
  • And I knew the person that he said
  • 00:18:30.280 --> 00:18:32.260
  • they were gonna put in my place, and you know what?
  • 00:18:32.270 --> 00:18:37.240
  • That got under my skin.
  • 00:18:37.250 --> 00:18:40.190
  • And for a couple of days,
  • 00:18:40.200 --> 00:18:41.290
  • I walked around barkin' at myself and how my--
  • 00:18:42.000 --> 00:18:45.180
  • "That's not right.
  • 00:18:45.190 --> 00:18:46.280
  • I'm gonna send a letter out to all my listeners
  • 00:18:46.290 --> 00:18:49.070
  • and tell 'em what this guy has done."
  • 00:18:49.080 --> 00:18:52.150
  • Don't laugh at me like you don't know
  • 00:18:52.160 --> 00:18:54.050
  • what I'm talking about, yeah.
  • 00:18:54.060 --> 00:18:57.290
  • And the Lord got ahold of me,
  • 00:18:59.010 --> 00:19:01.180
  • and this was in the middle of the month,
  • 00:19:01.190 --> 00:19:03.110
  • and we pay monthly rates, and I had only--
  • 00:19:03.120 --> 00:19:08.130
  • hadn't paid for that month yet.
  • 00:19:08.140 --> 00:19:09.280
  • I was gettin' ready to pay for it.
  • 00:19:09.290 --> 00:19:11.110
  • So I was only gonna have to pay for half of it.
  • 00:19:11.120 --> 00:19:14.190
  • So, I wrote a letter to this guy and I said,
  • 00:19:14.200 --> 00:19:17.060
  • "Look, I don't know why you're doin' what you're doin',
  • 00:19:17.070 --> 00:19:19.260
  • but I'm gonna send my full check,
  • 00:19:19.270 --> 00:19:21.260
  • and I want you to use what's left of my check
  • 00:19:21.270 --> 00:19:25.010
  • after my time is gone to help the guy
  • 00:19:25.020 --> 00:19:27.240
  • who's gonna take my place get started."
  • 00:19:27.250 --> 00:19:30.140
  • Now, wait a minute. I'm no saint.
  • 00:19:30.150 --> 00:19:32.160
  • I was doin' that to see if I could fix this ugly spirit
  • 00:19:32.170 --> 00:19:35.180
  • in my heart, you know?
  • 00:19:35.190 --> 00:19:38.070
  • So, he got the letter.
  • 00:19:38.080 --> 00:19:42.220
  • I heard back from the broadcaster.
  • 00:19:42.230 --> 00:19:45.260
  • Six months later, he called me and he said,
  • 00:19:45.270 --> 00:19:47.200
  • "Hey, Dr. Jeremiah, we have a new time for you,"
  • 00:19:47.210 --> 00:19:50.240
  • and it was way better than the time I had before,
  • 00:19:50.250 --> 00:19:53.160
  • and I've been on there ever since,
  • 00:19:53.170 --> 00:19:54.260
  • and we're just knockin' the ball out of the park on that station.
  • 00:19:54.270 --> 00:19:57.110
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:19:57.120 --> 00:19:59.190
  • So, what did I do that day, you guys?
  • 00:19:59.200 --> 00:20:02.170
  • What did I do? I overcame evil with good.
  • 00:20:02.180 --> 00:20:05.270
  • Do you think I wanted to do that?
  • 00:20:05.280 --> 00:20:07.250
  • Not down deep in my heart, but I knew this principle,
  • 00:20:07.260 --> 00:20:11.260
  • that if you overcome evil with good,
  • 00:20:11.270 --> 00:20:14.280
  • God will take the evil away.
  • 00:20:14.290 --> 00:20:19.100
  • So, here's some of the best advice
  • 00:20:19.110 --> 00:20:21.180
  • I have ever received about responding to evil.
  • 00:20:21.190 --> 00:20:24.150
  • When someone strikes out at you to hurt you with an evil act,
  • 00:20:24.160 --> 00:20:28.000
  • don't curse it, don't rehearse it,
  • 00:20:28.010 --> 00:20:31.100
  • don't nurse it, reverse it.
  • 00:20:31.110 --> 00:20:35.070
  • There you go. Let me say that again.
  • 00:20:35.080 --> 00:20:37.230
  • Don't curse it, don't rehearse it,
  • 00:20:37.240 --> 00:20:42.030
  • don't nurse it, reverse it.
  • 00:20:42.040 --> 00:20:45.160
  • And the way you reverse it is you overcome that evil
  • 00:20:45.170 --> 00:20:49.190
  • by doing something good.
  • 00:20:49.200 --> 00:20:51.160
  • Jesus talked about reversing the impact of evil.
  • 00:20:51.170 --> 00:20:54.060
  • He said, "You've heard that it was said,
  • 00:20:54.220 --> 00:20:56.280
  • 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.'
  • 00:20:56.290 --> 00:20:59.020
  • But I tell you not to resist an evil person.
  • 00:20:59.030 --> 00:21:02.010
  • Whoever slaps you on the right check,
  • 00:21:02.020 --> 00:21:03.220
  • turn the other to him also.
  • 00:21:03.230 --> 00:21:05.220
  • And if anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic,
  • 00:21:05.230 --> 00:21:09.030
  • give him your cloak."
  • 00:21:09.040 --> 00:21:11.170
  • And Peter wrote, "Not returning evil for evil
  • 00:21:11.180 --> 00:21:15.040
  • or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing,
  • 00:21:15.050 --> 00:21:19.130
  • knowing that you were called to this,
  • 00:21:19.140 --> 00:21:21.280
  • that you may inherit a blessing."
  • 00:21:21.290 --> 00:21:24.030
  • The last one is this.
  • 00:21:24.040 --> 00:21:25.260
  • Let me go over them again: Leave vengeance to God.
  • 00:21:25.270 --> 00:21:30.110
  • Learn to plan ahead. Lean in to the next right thing.
  • 00:21:30.120 --> 00:21:34.130
  • Live peaceably with all men. Let good overcome evil.
  • 00:21:34.140 --> 00:21:38.080
  • And love your enemy. Oh, my goodness.
  • 00:21:38.090 --> 00:21:44.100
  • The phrase Paul used in Romans 12:20 says:
  • 00:21:44.110 --> 00:21:47.250
  • "If you do that, you will heap coals of fire on his head."
  • 00:21:47.260 --> 00:21:51.250
  • I never knew what that was until I studied this passage in depth.
  • 00:21:51.260 --> 00:21:56.150
  • Here's what it means.
  • 00:21:56.160 --> 00:21:59.000
  • In Egyptian times, heaping coals upon the head of a person
  • 00:21:59.010 --> 00:22:04.000
  • was what happened when a person
  • 00:22:04.010 --> 00:22:05.130
  • wanted to demonstrate public contrition.
  • 00:22:05.140 --> 00:22:08.010
  • He would carry on his head a pan of burning coals
  • 00:22:08.020 --> 00:22:11.000
  • to represent the burning pain of his shame and guilt.
  • 00:22:11.010 --> 00:22:14.210
  • The point here is that when we love our enemy
  • 00:22:14.220 --> 00:22:16.270
  • and seek to meet his needs, we shame him for his hatred.
  • 00:22:16.280 --> 00:22:21.290
  • We make him feel ashamed for what he's done.
  • 00:22:22.000 --> 00:22:25.080
  • How do you do that?
  • 00:22:25.090 --> 00:22:26.180
  • When he does evil, you do good.
  • 00:22:26.190 --> 00:22:28.260
  • Someone has said wisely that "the enemy has overcome us
  • 00:22:28.270 --> 00:22:31.270
  • when he makes us like himself."
  • 00:22:31.280 --> 00:22:36.080
  • To repay evil for evil is to become like Satan.
  • 00:22:36.090 --> 00:22:40.010
  • To adopt the methods of your enemy
  • 00:22:40.020 --> 00:22:41.280
  • is to become an enemy yourself.
  • 00:22:41.290 --> 00:22:44.030
  • But to repay good for evil is to become like God.
  • 00:22:44.040 --> 00:22:47.270
  • The essential victory over evil is the work of love.
  • 00:22:47.280 --> 00:22:51.070
  • Jesus said, "Love your enemies, bless those who curse you,
  • 00:22:51.080 --> 00:22:54.130
  • do good to those who hate you,
  • 00:22:54.140 --> 00:22:56.080
  • and pray for those who spitefully use you
  • 00:22:56.090 --> 00:22:58.050
  • and persecute you."
  • 00:22:58.060 --> 00:22:59.270
  • Love, bless, do good, pray,
  • 00:22:59.280 --> 00:23:04.200
  • that's how you overcome evil with good.
  • 00:23:04.210 --> 00:23:08.150
  • This is no imaginary victory.
  • 00:23:08.160 --> 00:23:10.260
  • It's the most revolutionary force in the world,
  • 00:23:10.270 --> 00:23:13.210
  • and I don't think anyone but Christians can do this.
  • 00:23:13.220 --> 00:23:16.190
  • If you don't have Christ in your heart,
  • 00:23:16.200 --> 00:23:18.040
  • you don't have the power to do this.
  • 00:23:18.050 --> 00:23:20.180
  • Here's the essence of this lesson in one statement:
  • 00:23:20.190 --> 00:23:23.040
  • Overcome evil with good.
  • 00:23:23.050 --> 00:23:25.000
  • Philippians 3:9 says:
  • 00:23:25.200 --> 00:23:27.080
  • "Not having our own righteousness,
  • 00:23:27.090 --> 00:23:29.130
  • but that which is through faith in Christ,
  • 00:23:29.140 --> 00:23:31.260
  • the righteousness which is from God by faith."
  • 00:23:31.270 --> 00:23:35.020
  • And Galatians 6:9 says:
  • 00:23:35.030 --> 00:23:37.210
  • "Let's don't become weary in doing good,
  • 00:23:37.220 --> 00:23:41.020
  • for at the proper time we will reap a harvest
  • 00:23:41.030 --> 00:23:44.140
  • if we don't give up."
  • 00:23:44.150 --> 00:23:46.250
  • So, I came here to tell you, if you want to hold a grudge,
  • 00:23:46.260 --> 00:23:51.070
  • you're doin' it at your own peril.
  • 00:23:51.080 --> 00:23:53.110
  • The person you hold a grudge against
  • 00:23:53.120 --> 00:23:54.240
  • probably doesn't even know you're doin' it.
  • 00:23:54.250 --> 00:23:56.170
  • They aren't hurt about it all. It's killin' you.
  • 00:23:56.180 --> 00:24:00.060
  • So, why don't you just take God at his Word,
  • 00:24:00.070 --> 00:24:03.080
  • and determine that by his grace, from this moment on,
  • 00:24:03.090 --> 00:24:06.130
  • you will overcome evil with good?
  • 00:24:06.140 --> 00:24:10.110
  • Hallelujah.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • male announcer: Dr. Jeremiah will return
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  • with one more inspirational word
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  • to close today's "Overcomer" program
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  • right after this.
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  • announcer: A new day has dawned. Hope is on the horizon.
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  • Discover eight ways to live a life
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  • and unbelievable power
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  • in Dr. David Jeremiah's book, "Overcomer."
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  • In a world where we often feel so powerless,
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  • applying these straightforward spiritual truths
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  • will awaken the power of God in you
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  • so you can conquer life's everyday challenges
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  • and become an overcomer.
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  • You will discover how to overcome falsehood with truth,
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  • anxiety with peace, fear with faith, and more.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah's complete teaching series on DVD,
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  • including his interview hosted by Sheila Walsh,
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  • a correlating study guide,
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  • stunning cards highlighting
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  • the God-given powers of an overcomer.
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  • Stop living in defeat.
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  • announcer: And now, with one last word
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  • for today's program, here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: God created you to be an overcomer.
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  • He has given you supernatural tools
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  • to use here on earth
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  • that can both protect you from the enemy
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  • and strengthen you to conquer
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  • the greatest obstacles in your life.
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  • You no longer need to be defeated and discouraged,
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  • disillusioned, or distraught by life's challenges.
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  • Being an overcomer means putting on the whole armor of God
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  • provided to us by faith in Jesus Christ.
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  • If you want to know more about the power you can have
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  • through faith in Christ,
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  • I have two free resources from Turning Point
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  • One is a booklet called "Your Greatest Turning Point,"
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  • and the other is our monthly devotional magazine
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  • called "Turning Points."
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  • We will gladly send them both to you free of charge
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  • if you will contact us here at Turning Point today.
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  • announcer: Next time on "Turning Point":
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: "I pray for your strength
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  • to be the person of God I should be.
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  • Help me to bring the influence of Jesus into this situation."
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  • Or, "I'm headed to the doctor today, Lord.
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  • I don't know what the news is gonna be,
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  • but I know you're sufficient and I pray for strength."
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  • You pray proactively.
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  • Don't pray after it happens. Pray before it happens, amen?
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  • announcer: Join Dr. Jeremiah next time for his message,
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  • "Overcoming Anxiety with Peace,"
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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