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Overcoming Weakness

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January 15, 2020
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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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,
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  • men and women.
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  • We're called to walk in victory, and strength,
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  • and peace, and love.
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  • Sometimes I hear people say
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  • when I ask them how they're doing,
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  • "I'm doing 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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  • 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 of unstoppable strength,
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  • unmovable faith, 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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  • 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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  • 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 Weakness With Strength."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I've always been a high energy person.
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  • You can ask my wife or the people that work with me,
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  • they will tell you that's true.
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  • And when I was a boy, I often heard my mother say this,
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  • "David Paul, where do you get all of that energy?"
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  • And it was not a statement of admiration,
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  • but it was frustration and exhaustion on her part.
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  • For instance, in high school, I sang in the choir,
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  • I played in the band, I played baseball and basketball,
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  • I ran track, I went to college on a basketball scholarship,
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  • I carried a full class load, worked at two different
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  • radio stations during my junior and senior year,
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  • I went to Dallas seminary, I worked as a dock hand
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  • at the Illinois California Freight Company.
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  • Every weekend, my wife and I drove to Fort Worth
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  • to serve as interns in the Northwest Bible Church,
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  • and somehow, I managed to play basketball and Industrial League
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  • in my spare time.
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  • After seminary, we moved to a place called Haddon Heights,
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  • New Jersey, and served the youth of the Baptist Church
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  • in that area, in a frenetic, seven-day-a-week commitment.
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  • Two years later, we followed the direction of
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  • the Lord to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where alongside seven families,
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  • we planted the Blackhawk Baptist Church.
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  • Ask anyone who's ever started a church, and they'll tell you
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  • it's the hardest thing they've ever done.
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  • My wife, Donna, and I, would certainly agree.
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  • In 1981, God called me to San Diego to take the reins
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  • of the church pastored by Dr. Tim LaHaye.
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  • Wasn't just a church, no.
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  • No, it was a primary and secondary school system.
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  • It was one church in three locations
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  • long before venues had come along.
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  • At that time, they were thinking about building
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  • a retirement center, and I was involved in all of it.
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  • I was going to board meetings almost every night of the week,
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  • I was preaching five times every weekend.
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  • I always seemed to have all the energy I needed.
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  • I don't need much sleep.
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  • But on the September 26th, 1994, everything changed.
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  • I was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma cancer,
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  • and immediately, they put me into a protocol
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  • of chemical treatments.
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  • What I remember most about those chemical treatments was not
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  • the nausea everybody predicted, because by that time even,
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  • they had a lot of anti-nausea medicine
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  • and I wasn't getting sick.
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  • But what I remember was the profound weakness
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  • I got from all of those chemicals.
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  • I would get up, maybe at 9 o'clock
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  • in the morning, and about an hour and a half later,
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  • I was ready to go back to bed.
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  • I went from being a high energy guy who never stopped
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  • to being constantly fatigued, confused, frightened,
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  • by this weakened state in which I found myself.
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  • Never before had I understood what it felt like to be weak.
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  • Now, most of us think of weakness like it's an illness,
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  • like the flu; oh, you get weakness.
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  • But interestingly enough, it's not that at all.
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  • In fact, there really is no such thing as weakness.
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  • Weakness isn't a thing; it's the absence of a thing.
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  • Did you know that there are other words that describe
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  • not the presence of something, but the absence of something?
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  • Take darkness, for example. Darkness is not an actual thing.
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  • Darkness is the word we use to describe the absence of light.
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  • And silence isn't an actual thing.
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  • Silence is the word we use to describe the absence of sound.
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  • And weakness is not an actual thing.
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  • It's simply the word we use to describe
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  • the absence of strength.
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  • In other words, where this is no strength,
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  • there's weakness.
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  • And strength comes to us in many forms,
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  • but so does weakness.
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  • There's marital and moral weakness.
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  • There's financial and physical weakness.
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  • There's parental and job related weakness.
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  • But the most debilitating weakness of all,
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  • is weakness in your spiritual life;
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  • weakness in your walk with God.
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  • Suffering, and challenges and hardships are universal,
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  • and at some time, all of us face that.
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  • And the cause can be all kinds of things,
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  • like injury, or loss, or mistreatment by other people.
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  • It could be internal like self-doubt or inflated pride.
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  • Maybe, even addiction.
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  • But in our core passage in Ephesians,
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  • we are told to face all the realities
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  • of an oppositional world with a strength that isn't ours.
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  • Paul was making his final appeal to the Ephesians
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  • and he wrote these words, "Finally, my brethren,
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  • be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might."
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  • In the Philips translation, it reads like this,
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  • "Be strong, not in yourselves, but in the Lord
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  • and in the power of his boundless resource."
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  • So when you read Paul's motivational words
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  • to the Ephesians, you might logically assume
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  • the command is to be strong in order to fight.
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  • Maybe, you think, well, this is a military passage so this about
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  • getting strong so you can be a good soldier
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  • and fight against the enemy.
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  • But we are not called to be strong to fight.
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  • We're called to be strong to stand.
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  • Four times in Ephesians 6, the Apostle Paul
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  • uses the language of standing.
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  • He says, "Be strong to stand."
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  • And I've written next to that in my Bible, "Strong to stand."
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  • Why aren't we committed to fight, you guys?
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  • Let me tell you why, because Christ,
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  • by his death and resurrection has already defeated the enemy.
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  • Satan's already been defeated.
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  • And you know how I know that?
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  • I read these verses in my Bible.
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  • Romans 8:37, "Yet, in all these things
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  • we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."
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  • 1 Corinthians, 15:57, "But thanks be to God,
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  • who gives us the victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ.
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  • 2 Corinthians, 2:14, "Now thanks be to God,
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  • which always leads us in triumph in Christ."
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  • From the spiritual perspective, we are not fighting for victory.
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  • We're fighting from victory. The victory's already been won.
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  • We are called to be strong so that we can stand
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  • in the victory that's been won for us by Jesus Christ.
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  • So as we look back, we can rest in Christ's victory over sin,
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  • and Satan, and death, and as we look forward, we face
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  • the future knowing that God will always lead us in victory.
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  • On the first Sunday, after completing the stem cell
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  • transplant therapy that God used to cure me of cancer,
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  • I was trying to figure out, what do you say to your church
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  • when you've been out eight weeks and you'd been going through
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  • what I had been going through?
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  • I didn't know what to say.
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  • I worked on it, and I was doing okay in that service,
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  • 'til our choir began singing the song, "Total Praise"
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  • by Richard Smallwood.
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  • It wasn't the first time I had heard that song,
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  • but on this day, it affected me deeply.
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  • The words grabbed hold of my heart.
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  • Here are the words, "You are the source of my strength.
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  • You are the strength of my life."
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  • I sat on the front row, and I was already
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  • kind of an emotional mess, but I began to cry.
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  • I knew those words were true.
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  • I mean, they were true because they were in the Bible,
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  • but they were also true for me because
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  • I had experienced that in my recovery.
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  • Almighty God was the source of my strength.
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  • He was the strength of my life.
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  • This is the truth of the Scripture, men and women.
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  • Our God is an awesome God.
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  • He is a God of ultimate strength.
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  • God doesn't have any weakness.
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  • God is strong.
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  • The Bible says, "The God of Israel,
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  • is he who gives strength and power to this people.
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  • Blessed be God," Psalm 68:35.
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  • "Have you not known?
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  • Have you not heard?
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  • The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends
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  • of the earth, neither faints nor is weary?
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  • His understanding is unsearchable.
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  • He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might,
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  • he increases strength."
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  • What part of that don't we understand?
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  • Or Isaiah 41:10, "Fear not, for I am with you.
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  • Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
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  • I will strengthen you.
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  • Yes, I will help you.
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  • I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
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  • If you translate all of those Old Testament verses
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  • into the New Testament, you come up with a verse like
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  • Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things
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  • through Christ who strengthens me."
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  • If you're someone who is facing something in your life
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  • in some area that I would never know, maybe,
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  • the person sitting next to you has no clue,
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  • even if it's your spouse, and you feel so weak
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  • in this area, and so lacking in the strength
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  • you need to be an overcomer, listen carefully
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  • to the strategies that the Bible lays out for us
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  • to download the strength of God into our own spiritual lives.
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  • Let me begin with this one, "We Download God's Strength
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  • Through His Word."
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  • You know, I love to see people come and get their Bibles signed
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  • and they give me this old Bible that the pages are all falling
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  • out and there's marks all over the pages and in the front.
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  • I usually feel like that person's probably okay
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  • 'cause they've been in the Word of God.
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  • They've let the Word of God help them.
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  • They're downloading the strength of God through his Word.
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  • The Psalmist said it this way, "My soul melts from heaviness.
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  • Strengthen me according to your Word."
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  • God's Word is filled with great and precious promises
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  • that pertain to live and godliness.
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  • And all the strength we need for all the challenges of life,
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  • are found in this Bible.
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  • And a Bible sitting on a shelf is
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  • full of strength-giving truth, but that truth changes nothing
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  • until it's moved from the shelf into your heart,
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  • and into your mind.
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  • We access the power of God by reading, memorizing,
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  • listening, meditating, and obeying the Bible.
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  • Like loving words from an encouraging friend,
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  • the words you find in the pages of Scripture,
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  • will strengthen your soul with wisdom, and joy and light.
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  • They will give you the strength you've been looking for.
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  • Here's a second strategy,
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  • "We Download God's Strength From Worship."
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  • Now, listen up, when your heart is caught up
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  • with the worship of God,
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  • something happens to you inwardly.
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  • Worship fills your heart with the worthiness of God.
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  • It uplifts your spirit.
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  • And that's why the Bible is filled with verses like these:
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  • Psalm 21:13, "Be exalted, O Lord, in your own strength.
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  • We will sing and praise your power."
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  • Psalm 59:17, "To you, O my strength,
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  • I will sing praises.
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  • For God is my defense, my God of mercy."
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  • We worship the Lord.
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  • We love, adore and praise God's name.
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  • No matter what's going on around us.
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  • We know he's going march with us to the farthest corners
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  • of the earth and to the end of the age.
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  • And that's why worship is one of the great keys
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  • to bring strength into your life and into mine.
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  • I know a lot of preachers, believe it or not,
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  • who stay in the back until the worship service is over,
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  • then they walk out and preach.
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  • Now, why in the world would you ever do that?
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  • If worship is going to give you the strength to preach,
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  • why would you not go and get strengthened?
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  • When we worship the Lord, he strengthens our heart.
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  • That's the truth of the Word of God.
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  • Amen?
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  • Here's the third one. This is the hardest one.
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  • "We Download God's Strength by Waiting."
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  • Anybody here, like me, not fond of waiting?
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  • But the Bible says, "that when we wait on the Lord,
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  • we get his strength.
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  • Listen to these words, "Wait on the Lord,
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  • be of good courage,
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  • and he will strengthen your heart."
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  • Isaiah 40, "Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
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  • and the young men shall utterly fall,
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  • but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength."
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  • Twice, in just a few verses, we're told,
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  • if you want to renew your strength,
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  • you have to learn how to wait on the Lord.
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  • But waiting for us, is so hard because it's the opposite
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  • of everything that's going on in our lives.
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  • I mean, our fast paced world teaches us
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  • that you can't wait for anybody.
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  • So if you're going to learn to get strength by waiting,
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  • here's a couple of things you have to do.
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  • Number one, "You got to slow down."
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  • Take a moment and consider how the frantic pace of our lives
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  • affects the peace of our souls.
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  • To download strength from God, we need to make time
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  • to be with God.
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  • We need to slow down, and get quiet and pray.
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  • That is so hard today in our world, is it not?
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  • Isaiah said, "In quietness and in confidence,
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  • shall be your strength."
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  • You need a quiet time where you can get alone with God,
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  • just you and God, probably not on the treadmill at the club.
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  • Just you and God.
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  • Isaiah's word for quiet means ceasing activity
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  • rather than ceasing noise.
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  • This is the message of Isaiah 30.
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  • God wanted his people to stop their frantic activity
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  • by which they were trying to solve their own problems
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  • and the whole chapter is filled with people striving,
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  • and working, and trying, and pushing.
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  • And you can feel the tension in the chapter,
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  • and then comes this verse, "In quietness and confidence,
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  • that's where you're going to get your strength.
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  • Have you ever figured this out? I find this out often.
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  • I'm like you, there's been times that I'd jump out of the day and
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  • get caught up in all the stuff that's going on and don't spend
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  • the time I should with the Lord.
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  • Everybody knows what that's like.
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  • But when I come and spend time with the Lord,
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  • here's what I've discovered, things work together better
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  • during the day than I could ever have imagined.
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  • Because when you pray, God gets to work in your life,
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  • isn't that true?
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  • So we need to slow down, and then we need to get quiet.
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  • And that's so hard, man.
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  • I don't know who's doing this, but somebody's out
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  • to make sure you never have a noiseless moment.
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  • I mean, television monitors blare the news.
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  • In doctor's offices, you have to put up
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  • with game shows bellowing from the wall.
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  • At home, our televisions, our laptops, our tablets,
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  • our smartphones, I mean they're always beeping
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  • and blaring and pinging.
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  • So if you want to strengthen your soul by attuning yourself
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  • to the voice of God through his Word,
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  • you got to find some place that's quiet.
  • 00:19:01.230 --> 00:19:04.220
  • And then, of course, after you slow down
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  • and get quiet, "You have to pray."
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  • Prayer is a river through which God's strength flows
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  • into your life.
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  • If you're not sure how to ask God for strength,
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  • consider making David's prayer your own.
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  • Here's what he prayed, Psalm 6:2,
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  • "Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak.
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  • O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled."
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  • Psalm 22:19, "But You, O Lord, do not be far from me.
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  • O my strength, hasten and help me."
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  • So you got to slow down, take time to wait and pray.
  • 00:19:35.110 --> 00:19:38.010
  • The last one is kind of counterintuitive,
  • 00:19:40.010 --> 00:19:42.080
  • but it's really powerful if we can get our arms around it.
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  • We download God's strength from his Word.
  • 00:19:46.010 --> 00:19:48.090
  • We download it from worship.
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  • We download it from waiting, and,
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  • "We Download God's Strength Through Weakness."
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  • You say, "Well, pastor, that doesn't make any sense.
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  • How can he get strong from weakness?"
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  • Well, let me read a couple of verses to you and see
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  • if you can see why I am saying what I'm saying.
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  • 2 Corinthians 12:9, "My grace is sufficient for you,
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  • for my strength is made perfect in weakness."
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  • Woah.
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  • And Paul declares, "Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities,
  • 00:20:20.210 --> 00:20:24.250
  • and in reproaches, and needs, and persecutions,
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  • and distresses, for Christ's sake,
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  • for when I am weak, then I am strong."
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  • At first glance, it seems to be contradiction.
  • 00:20:36.270 --> 00:20:40.010
  • I mean, how can weakness make one strong?
  • 00:20:40.020 --> 00:20:42.140
  • But Paul understood how difficult circumstances
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  • in his life taught him a profound truth
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  • about God's method for strengthening his children.
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  • God doesn't need your strength, he's got enough of that.
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  • He needs your weakness, 'cause he doesn't have
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  • any of that.
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  • He wants to take your weakness and take it into strength.
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  • At the cross, Jesus took our weakness upon himself
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  • so that he could give to us his strength.
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  • The cross is the greatest picture of strength
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  • through weakness.
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  • The Bible says, "that Jesus was crucified in weakness,
  • 00:21:15.030 --> 00:21:18.140
  • yet he lives in the power of God.
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  • We are weak in him, but we shall live with him
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  • by the power of God."
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  • You and I who have become Christians,
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  • have received the benefit of that weakness.
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  • Jesus Christ hung on the cross, suspended between two thieves,
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  • and suspended between heaven and earth.
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  • Through his weakness, we have become strong.
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  • Could he have been strong then?
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  • The Bible says he could have called
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  • 10.000 angels and they couldn't have touched him.
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  • He willingly became weak for you and me so that
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  • we could become strong.
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  • Hallelujah.
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  • For a concert violinist, strength is four,
  • 00:22:00.210 --> 00:22:02.150
  • finely tuned strings.
  • 00:22:02.160 --> 00:22:04.280
  • The absence of a string would put most violinists
  • 00:22:04.290 --> 00:22:07.000
  • in a position of weakness, but Israeli-American violinist,
  • 00:22:07.010 --> 00:22:11.020
  • Itzhak Perlman, is not most violinists.
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  • And Perlman knows something about weakness to begin with.
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  • He's afflicted with polio as a child,
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  • wears braces on both legs and walks with the help of crutches.
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  • Getting on stage and seated for a concert
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  • for Itzhak Perlman is no small matter.
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  • One evening in 1995, while performing with
  • 00:22:30.220 --> 00:22:33.190
  • an orchestra here in New York City,
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  • one of the strings on his violin broke
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  • and hung limp on the side of the instrument.
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  • A loud snap ricocheted through the hall.
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  • It was obvious to everyone what had just happened.
  • 00:22:44.170 --> 00:22:47.070
  • The audience, as well as the conductor and orchestra
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  • assumed they would take a pause and Perlman would repair
  • 00:22:49.260 --> 00:22:54.050
  • his instrument and they would continue.
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  • Not so.
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  • The great violinist closed his eyes for a moment
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  • while the audience waiting in silence, then he motioned
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  • at the conductor to begin the piece again.
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  • He began playing this concert, not with four strings,
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  • but with three strings.
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  • And as he played, in his mind, he was adjusting,
  • 00:23:11.150 --> 00:23:13.260
  • and recomposing, and inventing, and innovating,
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  • and performing on the fly, turning a position of weakness
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  • into a performance of strength.
  • 00:23:20.210 --> 00:23:22.270
  • Itzhak Perlman's lifetime of familiarity with the violin,
  • 00:23:22.280 --> 00:23:25.260
  • allowed him to turn a moment of defeat into a masterful victory.
  • 00:23:25.270 --> 00:23:29.270
  • And your challenge is also to use the resources you need
  • 00:23:29.280 --> 00:23:33.230
  • to adjust, recompose, innovate and prevail
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  • when you're confronted with your own challenges.
  • 00:23:36.260 --> 00:23:39.270
  • As an overcomer, men and women,
  • 00:23:39.280 --> 00:23:42.010
  • your strength is in God, not in yourself.
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  • My strength is in God.
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  • It's not in me.
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  • Weakness is not anything.
  • 00:23:47.070 --> 00:23:49.140
  • Weakness is the absence of something.
  • 00:23:49.150 --> 00:23:52.060
  • Weakness is just the absence of strength.
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  • So if you don't want to be weak anymore,
  • 00:23:57.090 --> 00:23:59.130
  • get you some strength, and ask God
  • 00:23:59.140 --> 00:24:02.170
  • to download that strength in your life,
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  • and then giving some ideas about how you do it.
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  • God doesn't want his children to walk around all weak.
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  • He wants us to walk around strong with our hands up
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  • in the air, victorious, so that we can make
  • 00:24:14.240 --> 00:24:17.110
  • a difference in the world to which he has called us.
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  • I believe that with all my heart.
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  • So let's get out of here and be strong.
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  • Amen?
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  • male announcer: Dr. Jeremiah will return
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  • with one more inspirational Word to close
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  • today's "Overcomer" program, right after this.
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  • 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 of unstoppable strength,
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  • unmovable faith, 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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  • announcer: And now with one last Word for today's program,
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  • 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 to use here on earth
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  • that can both protect you from the enemy and strengthen you
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  • to conquer 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, I have two free resources from,
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  • male announcer: Next week on "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: So if we're going to change this whole issue
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  • of falsehood taking center stage instead of truth,
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  • we have to seek the truth, we have to speak the truth,
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  • but most of all, we have to live the truth.
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  • We have to be who we are all the way through to the core.
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  • male announcer: Join next week for Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "Overcoming Falsehood With Truth,"
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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