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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Life movesso fast,
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  • but is it taking youwhere you want to go?
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  • You can spend years searchingfor something you do not have,
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  • only to end upwhere you don't want to be.
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  • Exploring what the world hasto offer we often find nothing.
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  • However, your journeythrough the twists and turns
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  • of this worlddoesn't have to put you
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  • on the path of discouragementand despair.
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  • Let me tell you how to takethe journey of your lifetime.
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  • It's an adventure with Godas your guide,
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  • where you'll discover the peace,the purpose,
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  • and the poweryou've been seeking.
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  • It's a journeyof unimaginable blessing
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  • and here is the amazing part:
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  • with God you already haveeverything you need
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  • for life's journey,not half of what you need
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  • or a whole lotof what you need.
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  • God has given youeverything you need.
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  • God never intended for youto stumble your way
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  • through the course of each day
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  • and certainly not journeyunprepared into your future.
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  • So where do you wanna go?
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  • It's time to unpackall that God has given you.
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  • Discover how you have beenequipped for this journey
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  • and can live with confidence
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  • because you, my friend,have everything you need.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:Every great exploration
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  • has an experienced guide.
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  • Now, a guide is one who hasthe wisdom and insight
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  • that helps a traveler navigateunfamiliar situations,
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  • avoid pitfalls, and reachtheir destination safely.
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  • The Holy Spirit isthat guide for us.
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  • Hello, I'm David Jeremiah andas we continue with our study,
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  • "Everything You Need,"we're going to discuss
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  • the importance of self-control.
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  • Self-control is availableby listening to the Holy Spirit
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  • who guides you throughthe challenges of today.
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  • Learn how self-controlcan keep you on the path
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  • of your Christian walkand get you safely
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  • to your ultimate destinationwith the fewest bumps
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  • along the way.
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  • So, join me today as we examinefive steps to developing
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  • self-control in today's message,"Personal Discipline."
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  • So, travel with me acrossthe United States and join me
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  • in New York City,high above Central Park
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  • in The Appel Room,at Jazz at Lincoln Center
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  • for my series,"Everything You Need."
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  • announcer: In Dr. Jeremiah'sbook,
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  • "Everything You Need,"he invites you to consider
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  • how would your life changeif you had the energy
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  • to diligently fulfillGod's purpose for you,
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  • or the confidence to always dowhat pleases God,
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  • or had an intimate knowledgeof his Word.
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  • What would your faith be likeif you replaced a harmful habit
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  • with a positive one,or developed a determination
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  • that could carry youthrough any difficulty?
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  • Do you wanna see yourselfbecoming more like Christ,
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  • sharing his kindness and loveto those around you?
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  • It may surprise you to knowthat God has already given you
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  • everything you need to doall this and more.
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  • In "Everything You Need,"learn practical ways to unleash
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  • the power of God in your lifeand cultivate a faith
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  • that will change you andeveryone around you.
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Personal Discipline."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:The Golden State Warriors
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  • have a player namedDraymond Green
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  • who's one of their star players,but his career
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  • has really been markedby a lot of emotional outbursts.
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  • He gets a lotof technical fouls.
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  • In fact, every year duringthe playoffs,
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  • you only get a certain amountof technical fouls, and then,
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  • you're suspended for two games,he never does it but he gets
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  • so close everybody worriesthat he's gonna say something
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  • or do somethingand he won't be able to play
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  • for the rest of the playoffs.
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  • He's known for screamingat referees;
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  • arguing with officials;kicking his opponents;
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  • turns flopping which isdeliberately falling down
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  • pretending to be fouled,he turned that into an art form.
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  • But recently,he's been different.
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  • According to his own testimony,he met his match.
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  • He was playing withhis two-year-old son,
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  • Draymond Junior, and the toddlerwas trying to throw
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  • a small basketballinto this little kid-sized hoop
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  • and that's not all he was doing.
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  • This little two-year-old boy wasstomping around mimicking
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  • his dad's emotional outbursts.
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  • He was flopping with every shot.
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  • Green was so stunned,he suddenly saw himself
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  • as he was and admitted thatit made him disgusted.
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  • For now at least,it's made a huge difference
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  • in his performance.
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  • His coaches, his teammates,and his fans feel like
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  • they have a new player.
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  • I always hate to reportsomething like this
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  • because this story'sas only good as the next game,
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  • but reporters have noticedthat something's different
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  • about Draymond Greenand when they ask him,
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  • one of the reporters fromthe "San Francisco Chronicle,"
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  • here's what they found out:He gives credit
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  • for his newfound maturityand self-control
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  • to a two-year-old child.
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  • The point I wanna make is ifa child can teach sportsmanship
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  • and self-controlto a famous athlete,
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  • what do you think we can learnfrom somebody like Simon Peter?
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  • Most of you know a little bitabout Peter.
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  • When he started following Jesus,
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  • he was a lot likeDraymond Green.
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  • He was impetuous,impulsive, headstrong,
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  • always arguedwith his teammates,
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  • argued even with his coach.
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  • One moment he acted likea leader, and the next moment
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  • he acted like, well,like a two-year-old.
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  • But Peter met his matchwhen he met Jesus Christ.
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  • And it was our Lordwho patiently, gradually,
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  • brought Peter to a newfoundmaturity including self-control.
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  • And that's somethinghe can do for all of us.
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  • I'm always anxious to learnmore about that
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  • because it's a needthat all of us have.
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  • Let me begin this discussionabout self-control by saying,
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  • first of all,it deserves priority.
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  • There's a sense in whichevery failure that
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  • you read about in the Bibleis a failure of self-control.
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  • For instance, Adam and Evesinned in the Garden of Eden
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  • 'cause they yieldedto the devil's temptation.
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  • Cain killed his brother Abel
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  • because he couldn't masterhis anger.
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  • Moses had troublecontrolling his temper
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  • and it kept him fromthe Promised Land.
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  • And during the daysof the judges, the Bible says:
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  • "Everyone did what was rightin their own eyes,
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  • what felt good to them."
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  • And one of the judges wasa guy named Samson
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  • who was the strongest manon the earth
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  • but he couldn't controlhis own passion.
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  • And then there's King Davidwhose failure was his lack
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  • of control when he sawand lusted
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  • after a beautiful womannamed Bathsheba,
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  • and the nation of Israelwas destroyed by Babylon
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  • after losing a senseof self-control and spiraling
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  • into rebellion and indulgence.
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  • So, you go through the Bibleand you say,
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  • "Is self-control in the Bible?"
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  • Well, the lack of it sure is'cause almost every story
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  • where there's failure,the failure is,
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  • somebody who knewwhat to do,
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  • knew what was right
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  • and couldn't control themselvesto do it.
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  • In the New Testament,self-control was
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  • one of the main implicationsof the gospel.
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  • Do you know this passage?
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  • Jesus said it this way:
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  • "If anyone desiresto come after Me,
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  • let him deny himself,and take up his cross,
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  • and follow Me.
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  • For what profit is it to a manif he gains the whole world,
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  • and loses his own soul?"
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  • And the message the apostlestressed to new Christians
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  • in the early church,wherever you look,
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  • it's about self-control.
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  • Paul wrote to the believerswho lived in Rome
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  • and this is what he saidto them: "Let us walk properly,
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  • as in the day, not in revelryand drunkenness,
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  • not in lewdness and lust,not in strife and envy.
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  • But put onthe Lord Jesus Christ,
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  • and make no provisionfor the flesh,
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  • to fulfill its lusts."
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  • Ladies and gentlemen,self-control is not only about
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  • the things we don't do thatcould destroy us if we did them.
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  • Self-control is aboutthe things we should do,
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  • that if we did,we would prosper greatly.
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  • Self-control involves makingeveryday decisions
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  • as well as long-term goals.
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  • Think of it as a trade-off.
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  • You deny yourself an immediateindulgence to accomplish
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  • a higher-lever goal thatwon't be realized for some time.
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  • Here's what it means.
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  • Self-control means saying"No" when you wanna say "Yes."
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  • It means saying enoughwhen you wanna say more.
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  • It means "I won't"when you'd rather say,
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  • "I will."
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  • It's thinking before we actand controlling our appetites,
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  • our tongues, our tempers,our thoughts, our eyes.
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  • Self-control for the Christianis a make-or-break discipline.
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  • It's the differencebetween success and failure
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  • if you wanna live a godly life.
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  • So, that's whyit deserves priority.
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  • It's not justan incidental thing.
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  • It's not just something thatwe should never talk about.
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  • I've already told you thatif you examine the failures
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  • of the Bible they all haveone thing in common:
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  • they have in common peoplewho couldn't do
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  • what they knew to doand did what they knew
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  • they shouldn't do.
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  • Now, let me just say somethingpositive about this quality,
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  • that it is something thatdisplays maturity in your life.
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  • There's perhaps no other qualitythat displays maturity
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  • like self-control.
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  • The Bible tells us that the samegrace that brought you salvation
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  • can teach you to say"No" to ungodliness.
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  • The same grace that you usedto get saved is the grace God
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  • wants to fire up in your lifeso that when these temptations
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  • come because of the environmentin which you live,
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  • you learn how to havethe control
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  • in your own heart to say,"No thank you.
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  • No, I don't wanna do that.
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  • No, I don't wanna go there.
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  • No, I don't wanna watch that.
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  • No, I don't wanna drink that.
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  • No, I don't wanna smoke that,no."
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  • It can support you in livingthis controlled life
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  • as you wait for the blessed hopeof the Lord's return.
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  • God wants to purify youas he wants to purify me
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  • so that I will have the controlof my life by the basis
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  • of the Holy Spiritwho lives within me
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  • and I will bea Spirit-controlled,
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  • self-controlled,disciple of Jesus Christ.
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  • So, self-controldeserves priority.
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  • Self-control displays maturity.
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  • And then the third thingI want you to notice is,
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  • self-control deepensyour discipline.
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  • You see, true freedomis impossible
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  • without some constraint.
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  • Let me just talk to you aboutthat for a few minutes because
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  • there's a lot going on inour world today about freedom.
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  • And most people,freedom means
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  • do anything you want,anywhere you want,
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  • to whoever you want,whenever you want,
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  • no matter what happens,just be free to do
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  • whatever you want.
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  • Most of us hear that andwe know there's something
  • 00:11:51.994 --> 00:11:54.697
  • wrong with it as Christians.
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  • And the thing that's wrongwith it is,
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  • freedom is not the absenceof restraint.
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  • Freedom is the lengthof a cord from a given stake.
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  • We have a little puppyin our life right now
  • 00:12:08.177 --> 00:12:10.946
  • named Benji.
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  • We've had him for a year.
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  • Benji likes to run,and he runs all over our house
  • 00:12:14.817 --> 00:12:19.054
  • like a scared rabbit.
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  • And if we let him outsidehe would run all over outside
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  • of our house where the coyotesare and if we gave him
  • 00:12:25.928 --> 00:12:29.799
  • no restraint to his freedom,he wouldn't last 24 hours.
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  • He would--he would be dead.
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  • We used to live,as a young couple
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  • when we first got married,on a street called Trier Road
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  • in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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  • It was a busy little street,two-way street.
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  • Cars going up and downthe street as fast
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  • as they could.
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  • We didn't let our children playin the front yard.
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  • Isn't that awful of us?
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  • We made them playin the backyard
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  • where there was a fence.
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  • We gave them total freedomin the backyard.
  • 00:13:03.499 --> 00:13:05.401
  • If they'd have beenin the front yard,
  • 00:13:05.434 --> 00:13:06.735
  • there would have been no freedomfor them or no freedom
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  • for us either.
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  • Freedom is always the lengthof a cord from a given stake.
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  • In Christianity,we're free in Christ
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  • but we're not free to dowhatever we want.
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  • We're free within the boundariesof godliness that are set
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  • in the Scripture.
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  • Once you get understandingof that, you'll get used to it,
  • 00:13:23.152 --> 00:13:25.421
  • it just sets you so freebecause, you know,
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  • I don't go there.
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  • I won't be free there.
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  • I'll be enslaved if I goover this line.
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  • I wanna stay herewhere I'm free.
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  • Free in Christ.
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  • So, self-control deepensyour discipline
  • 00:13:36.465 --> 00:13:39.001
  • but there's also somethingto be said
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  • for a strategy of self-control.
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  • And I've saved enough timeat the end of this message to do
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  • a little bit more here thanI would normally do
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  • on other messages because thisis so important to all of us.
  • 00:13:48.844 --> 00:13:51.947
  • So, here are some ideasthat I wanna give you
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  • for your little notesand for your lives.
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  • Number one,most important of all:
  • 00:13:57.953 --> 00:14:01.223
  • ask the Holy Spirit for help.
  • 00:14:01.257 --> 00:14:05.160
  • Paul said this:"Walk in the Spirit,
  • 00:14:05.194 --> 00:14:09.031
  • and you will not fulfillthe lust of the flesh."
  • 00:14:09.064 --> 00:14:12.468
  • In other words,let the Spirit of God
  • 00:14:12.501 --> 00:14:14.603
  • control you,and you won't be tempted
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  • to go outside the lines.
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  • Let the Spirit of God reignin your life and you will have
  • 00:14:19.408 --> 00:14:21.777
  • the freedom to livewhere you are
  • 00:14:21.810 --> 00:14:23.212
  • and you won't be castingyour eyes
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  • on the other side of the barrierwhere you ought not to go.
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  • Notice the order.
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  • The Bible doesn't say:"Don't fulfill the lust
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  • of the flesh and you will walkin the Spirit."
  • 00:14:31.353 --> 00:14:34.089
  • The Bible says you have to befilled with the Spirit each day
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  • under his control and,if you do that,
  • 00:14:37.459 --> 00:14:39.762
  • you will be able to say,"No," to the lusts of the flesh.
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  • Ask for the Holy Spirit's help.
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  • One of the things when you writea book like I've written,
  • 00:14:45.968 --> 00:14:47.937
  • that I fear is that peoplewill think I'm giving you
  • 00:14:47.970 --> 00:14:50.940
  • a self-help book or a bookthat you can use
  • 00:14:50.973 --> 00:14:53.909
  • to become a Christianand live the Christian life
  • 00:14:53.943 --> 00:14:56.712
  • without the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:14:56.745 --> 00:14:58.047
  • Let me just tell you something,ladies and gentlemen:
  • 00:14:58.080 --> 00:14:59.748
  • every word that I've writtenin this book
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  • about what to do is worthlessunless it's what to do
  • 00:15:01.583 --> 00:15:04.920
  • with the helpof the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:15:04.954 --> 00:15:07.323
  • because we're incapableof doing that, you know.
  • 00:15:07.356 --> 00:15:10.926
  • We are--you know,somebody says,
  • 00:15:10.960 --> 00:15:12.461
  • "Pastor, I can't do that.That's not natural."
  • 00:15:12.494 --> 00:15:14.396
  • Absolutely, it's supernaturaland that's why
  • 00:15:14.430 --> 00:15:16.565
  • you have to havethe Holy Spirit.
  • 00:15:16.598 --> 00:15:19.601
  • The Bible says: "The Spirit Godgave us does not make us timid,
  • 00:15:19.635 --> 00:15:23.872
  • but it gives us power and loveand self-discipline."
  • 00:15:23.906 --> 00:15:28.210
  • Have you ever read that verse?
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  • "The Spirit that God gave usgives us power and gives us love
  • 00:15:29.712 --> 00:15:34.216
  • and gives us,"what's the last one, class?
  • 00:15:34.249 --> 00:15:36.618
  • "Self-discipline."
  • 00:15:36.652 --> 00:15:37.987
  • Where does self-disciplinecome from?
  • 00:15:38.020 --> 00:15:39.621
  • It comes from God.
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  • How does it work in our life?
  • 00:15:40.990 --> 00:15:42.591
  • "Through the empoweringof the Holy Spirit who lives
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  • within you and in with me."
  • 00:15:44.827 --> 00:15:46.829
  • So, for this reason,I'd say the first step
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  • that you need to takeif you're trying to work
  • 00:15:49.365 --> 00:15:51.734
  • on self-discipline in your life,
  • 00:15:51.767 --> 00:15:54.136
  • is just ask the Holy Spiritto help you.
  • 00:15:54.169 --> 00:15:56.205
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to takecontrol of those areas
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  • of your life thatyou're struggling with.
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  • Number two,adjust your thoughts.
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  • Let's go back to Simon Peter,2 Peter 1:3 through 8
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  • isn't the first time he mentionsself-control.
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  • This was a lesson he had learnedthe hard way
  • 00:16:12.154 --> 00:16:15.124
  • and he brought it up oftenin both of his letters.
  • 00:16:15.157 --> 00:16:17.926
  • Back in 1 Peter chapter 1and 13, he said this,
  • 00:16:17.960 --> 00:16:21.764
  • "So prepare your mindsfor action
  • 00:16:21.797 --> 00:16:24.933
  • and exercise self-control.
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  • Put all your hopein the gracious salvation
  • 00:16:27.936 --> 00:16:29.772
  • that will come to youwhen Jesus Christ
  • 00:16:29.805 --> 00:16:31.473
  • is revealed to the world."
  • 00:16:31.507 --> 00:16:34.610
  • C.S. Lewis says that,"Christians often blame
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  • their sins on their body,but in most cases
  • 00:16:37.913 --> 00:16:41.417
  • the body's just obeying impulsesthat are generated by the mind.
  • 00:16:41.450 --> 00:16:46.522
  • Sometimes,the body even resists
  • 00:16:46.555 --> 00:16:48.190
  • what the mind'stelling it to do.
  • 00:16:48.223 --> 00:16:51.093
  • Almost always,the body hated its first smoke,
  • 00:16:51.126 --> 00:16:55.664
  • its first drink,it was the mind that
  • 00:16:55.697 --> 00:16:58.434
  • insisted on continuingthe habits,
  • 00:16:58.467 --> 00:17:00.736
  • thinking indulgencewas sophisticated or cool."
  • 00:17:00.769 --> 00:17:04.773
  • Likewise, the right thoughts
  • 00:17:04.807 --> 00:17:06.608
  • circulating through our mindsempower self-restraint.
  • 00:17:06.642 --> 00:17:10.846
  • Set your mindon the things of heaven,
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  • the things thatGod has given you,
  • 00:17:12.781 --> 00:17:14.383
  • the blessing that it is to bea Christian in a world
  • 00:17:14.416 --> 00:17:16.952
  • where Christianity is,little by little,
  • 00:17:16.985 --> 00:17:19.154
  • slipping away from us all.
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  • Ask for the Holy Spirit's help,adjust your thoughts
  • 00:17:21.757 --> 00:17:24.827
  • and recognize that mostof the battles you have
  • 00:17:24.860 --> 00:17:28.464
  • with self-control don't beginwith your body;
  • 00:17:28.497 --> 00:17:31.100
  • they begin with your mind.
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  • And you let those thoughtstake control of your mind,
  • 00:17:33.735 --> 00:17:36.105
  • pretty soon your body willfollow along in obedience.
  • 00:17:36.138 --> 00:17:40.909
  • And then, there's the third one.
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  • Ask for the Holy Spirit help,adjust your thoughts,
  • 00:17:42.945 --> 00:17:45.280
  • and acquire new habits.
  • 00:17:45.314 --> 00:17:47.749
  • Paul understoodthat the godliness
  • 00:17:47.783 --> 00:17:50.152
  • every Christian desires
  • 00:17:50.185 --> 00:17:51.954
  • can be achievedwith the right habits.
  • 00:17:51.987 --> 00:17:53.989
  • Did you ever readwhat he said to Timothy?
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  • He said, "Timothy, exerciseyourself toward godliness.
  • 00:17:56.391 --> 00:18:00.729
  • For bodily exerciseprofits a little,
  • 00:18:00.762 --> 00:18:03.966
  • but godliness is profitablefor all things,
  • 00:18:03.999 --> 00:18:07.002
  • having the promiseof the life that is now
  • 00:18:07.035 --> 00:18:09.138
  • and that which is to come."
  • 00:18:09.171 --> 00:18:10.873
  • He's saying bodily exerciseprofits little.
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  • It helps youin the here and now.
  • 00:18:14.443 --> 00:18:16.211
  • But spiritual exercise,the exercise toward godliness,
  • 00:18:16.245 --> 00:18:20.115
  • is way better becauseit not only helps you now,
  • 00:18:20.149 --> 00:18:23.185
  • but it helps youin the life to come.
  • 00:18:23.218 --> 00:18:25.354
  • Not only helps you live a betterlife now but prepares you
  • 00:18:25.387 --> 00:18:27.956
  • for heaven far better thanif you don't ever do it.
  • 00:18:27.990 --> 00:18:31.326
  • And he says, "Bodily exercise."
  • 00:18:31.360 --> 00:18:33.462
  • You know why I like this verse?
  • 00:18:33.495 --> 00:18:34.830
  • Because that word, that phrase,is the translation
  • 00:18:34.863 --> 00:18:37.266
  • of a Greek word that soundslike this:
  • 00:18:37.299 --> 00:18:39.768
  • gymnasion--gymnasium.
  • 00:18:39.801 --> 00:18:44.206
  • That's the word.
  • 00:18:44.239 --> 00:18:46.475
  • He says get into the spiritualgym and get your work done.
  • 00:18:46.508 --> 00:18:50.679
  • Do your bodily exercise.
  • 00:18:50.712 --> 00:18:52.314
  • That's great, but don't forgetwhile you're doing
  • 00:18:52.347 --> 00:18:54.616
  • your bodily exercise to doyour spiritual exercise,
  • 00:18:54.650 --> 00:18:58.220
  • the exercise toward godliness.
  • 00:18:58.253 --> 00:19:01.823
  • You say, "Well, how do I goabout that?"
  • 00:19:01.857 --> 00:19:03.692
  • Well, here's whatI would suggest.
  • 00:19:03.725 --> 00:19:05.928
  • Take some area of your lifewhere you struggle
  • 00:19:05.961 --> 00:19:07.696
  • with discipline and then ask Godto give you a small victory
  • 00:19:07.729 --> 00:19:11.733
  • in that part of your life.
  • 00:19:11.767 --> 00:19:14.336
  • Maybe you spend money someplacethat you know
  • 00:19:14.369 --> 00:19:16.572
  • you don't need to do that,so just avoid that place.
  • 00:19:16.605 --> 00:19:19.141
  • Don't do that.
  • 00:19:19.174 --> 00:19:20.475
  • Go for several daysand just don't go there
  • 00:19:20.509 --> 00:19:21.977
  • and don't spend that money.
  • 00:19:22.010 --> 00:19:23.312
  • It may not be very muchbut at least it's a start.
  • 00:19:23.345 --> 00:19:25.581
  • And then, when youconquer that area,
  • 00:19:25.614 --> 00:19:27.549
  • move on to the next one.
  • 00:19:27.583 --> 00:19:29.184
  • And after severalsmall individual victories,
  • 00:19:29.218 --> 00:19:31.920
  • your habitual self-controlwill start to get better.
  • 00:19:31.954 --> 00:19:36.592
  • No longer will you dependon sheer willpower.
  • 00:19:36.625 --> 00:19:39.127
  • Keep doing this and the habitbecomes second nature.
  • 00:19:39.161 --> 00:19:44.233
  • That's when your life changes,one small step
  • 00:19:44.266 --> 00:19:47.202
  • towards self-discipline.
  • 00:19:47.236 --> 00:19:48.537
  • You say, "I don't readbooks enough."
  • 00:19:48.570 --> 00:19:50.205
  • Well, read a page every day.
  • 00:19:50.239 --> 00:19:51.840
  • "I don't read the Biblelike I should."
  • 00:19:51.873 --> 00:19:53.575
  • Read some verses every day.
  • 00:19:53.609 --> 00:19:55.277
  • And after you read a few verses,read a paragraph and,
  • 00:19:55.310 --> 00:19:57.713
  • after you read a paragraph, say,
  • 00:19:57.746 --> 00:19:59.348
  • "This week, I'm gonna reada chapter."
  • 00:19:59.381 --> 00:20:02.517
  • And you just start whereyou can and get yourself some
  • 00:20:02.551 --> 00:20:05.520
  • small victories that will buildconfidence in your life.
  • 00:20:05.554 --> 00:20:07.956
  • Can you tell me today thatyou are not capable of reading
  • 00:20:07.990 --> 00:20:11.226
  • a small paragraphin the Bible every day?
  • 00:20:11.260 --> 00:20:14.096
  • Sure you are.
  • 00:20:14.129 --> 00:20:15.631
  • Now, if I told you you needto read a chapter every day
  • 00:20:15.664 --> 00:20:17.599
  • or you should read the Biblethrough in a year,
  • 00:20:17.633 --> 00:20:19.568
  • that would be intimidatingto you.
  • 00:20:19.601 --> 00:20:21.637
  • But read your paragraphevery day.
  • 00:20:21.670 --> 00:20:24.273
  • When you do that,you will discover, first of all,
  • 00:20:24.306 --> 00:20:26.308
  • you'll want to read moreand you're able to read more
  • 00:20:26.341 --> 00:20:29.144
  • because you've provento yourself that you can do it.
  • 00:20:29.177 --> 00:20:32.714
  • Let me tell you one other thing.
  • 00:20:32.748 --> 00:20:34.283
  • Adjust your thoughts,acquire new habits,
  • 00:20:34.316 --> 00:20:36.018
  • and avoid tight spots.
  • 00:20:36.051 --> 00:20:39.755
  • As you change to bemore self-disciplined,
  • 00:20:39.788 --> 00:20:42.624
  • you're gonna study your own lifeand you know what's interesting
  • 00:20:42.658 --> 00:20:46.161
  • to most of us is we have certainfailures that happen to us
  • 00:20:46.194 --> 00:20:50.565
  • routinely at the same timeand the same place
  • 00:20:50.599 --> 00:20:54.236
  • in the same situation.
  • 00:20:54.269 --> 00:20:56.138
  • I mean, listen to me,ladies and gentlemen.
  • 00:20:56.171 --> 00:20:57.539
  • If you've fallen in a holeon your way walking home,
  • 00:20:57.572 --> 00:21:00.575
  • find another route.
  • 00:21:00.609 --> 00:21:03.545
  • You know, don't keep goingthe same way
  • 00:21:03.578 --> 00:21:05.247
  • and keep fallingin the same hole.
  • 00:21:05.280 --> 00:21:06.915
  • It's amazing to mehow we do that.
  • 00:21:06.948 --> 00:21:09.651
  • We keep making the same mistakein the same place
  • 00:21:09.685 --> 00:21:12.120
  • for the same reasonsat the same time
  • 00:21:12.154 --> 00:21:14.890
  • and we don't haveenough determination to say,
  • 00:21:14.923 --> 00:21:17.659
  • "This is not good.I need to stop doing this."
  • 00:21:17.693 --> 00:21:22.597
  • In his book, "Atomic Habits,"James Clear zeros in
  • 00:21:22.631 --> 00:21:26.335
  • on the scienceof building good habits
  • 00:21:26.368 --> 00:21:28.403
  • and breaking bad ones.
  • 00:21:28.437 --> 00:21:30.605
  • One of his most enlighteninginsights involves self-control.
  • 00:21:30.639 --> 00:21:34.309
  • He says, "Disciplined people
  • 00:21:34.343 --> 00:21:35.744
  • are betterat structuring their lives
  • 00:21:35.777 --> 00:21:38.280
  • in a way that does not requireheroic willpower."
  • 00:21:38.313 --> 00:21:41.917
  • In other words,they spend less time
  • 00:21:41.950 --> 00:21:44.419
  • in tempting situations.
  • 00:21:44.453 --> 00:21:47.889
  • The book of Proverbssays the very same thing.
  • 00:21:47.923 --> 00:21:50.359
  • "The highway of the upright isto depart from evil;
  • 00:21:50.392 --> 00:21:53.528
  • he who keeps his waypreserves his soul."
  • 00:21:53.562 --> 00:21:57.132
  • A couple of chapters later,in Proverbs, we read,
  • 00:21:57.165 --> 00:21:59.868
  • "Avoiding a fight isa mark of honor;
  • 00:21:59.901 --> 00:22:02.904
  • only fools insist on quarreling.
  • 00:22:02.938 --> 00:22:06.208
  • It takes self-controlto avoid reacting
  • 00:22:06.241 --> 00:22:09.211
  • to every controversyand every provocation.
  • 00:22:09.244 --> 00:22:12.714
  • Don't go where you often findyourself defeated in your life.
  • 00:22:12.748 --> 00:22:17.652
  • I mean, let me just pauseand say this.
  • 00:22:17.686 --> 00:22:19.521
  • If you strugglewith pornography,
  • 00:22:19.554 --> 00:22:22.424
  • for instance, and you don't haveself-control over what you watch
  • 00:22:22.457 --> 00:22:25.594
  • on television, Jesus said,"If your eyes offend you,
  • 00:22:25.627 --> 00:22:28.563
  • pluck them out."
  • 00:22:28.597 --> 00:22:29.898
  • Well, let me give youthe modern translation:
  • 00:22:29.931 --> 00:22:31.533
  • "If your television offends you,throw it out."
  • 00:22:31.566 --> 00:22:35.370
  • You know, don't use it,or your computer or whatever.
  • 00:22:35.404 --> 00:22:38.907
  • You've gotta stop the placeswhere these things happen to you
  • 00:22:38.940 --> 00:22:43.111
  • so that you don't have to stopthe things happening to you.
  • 00:22:43.145 --> 00:22:47.082
  • Little by little,if you do that,
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  • if you ask God to give youwisdom to show you
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  • where the pathway is thatyou get on that leads you
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  • to the land of nowhere,you'll be able to do better.
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  • Ask for the Holy Spirit's help,adjust your thoughts,
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  • acquire new habits,avoid tight spots,
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  • and accept the process.
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  • What is the process?
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  • Here it is.
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  • If you mess up, don't give up.
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  • You know what the enemy does?
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  • Yeah, I've learnedover the years and this is
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  • what I've learned personallyabout the devil,
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  • what the enemy does to me.
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  • First of all, he tells meI could never do that,
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  • and then, I do it.
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  • And then, he tells meI can never come back from it.
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  • He tells me, "You could neverdo that," and then you do it.
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  • That was--the first lie was,you can't do it
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  • 'cause the Bible says:"Pride goes before a fall,
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  • and a haughty spiritbefore destruction."
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  • Don't be all haughtyabout how good you are.
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  • Don't say, "Well, that couldnever happen to me."
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  • Yes, it could.
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  • But then, I think this topsthat lie a hundred times over.
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  • Once you do make a mistake,the enemy comes and says to you,
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  • "You can't recover from this.
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  • See, I told you,you couldn't read
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  • your Bible faithfully.
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  • I told you,you couldn't do this."
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  • Here's what I'm telling you.
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  • When you mess up, don't give up.
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  • Just pick up and go backwhere you started,
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  • where you got offand start again.
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  • Listen to what the proverb says.
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  • This will resonatewith all of us.
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  • "For though the righteous fallseven times,
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  • they rise again,"Proverbs 24:16.
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  • Someone once told methat the Christian life
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  • is nothing more thanfalling down and getting up,
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  • and falling downand getting up,
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  • and falling down and getting upall the way to heaven.
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  • So, when you fall down,just get up.
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  • Get up.
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  • So let me encourage you.
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  • "Add to your faith virtue,and to your virtue knowledge.
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  • Then when you geta little knowledge,
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  • add to your knowledgeself-control."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: If you feel likeyou can never gain control
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  • over your desires, you're wrong.
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  • Because God promisesthat you already have
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  • It all starts with askingfor help from the Holy Spirit.
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  • But to have the Holy Spirit'sinfluence in your life,
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  • first you must knowJesus Christ.
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  • "I'm never gonna quit,no matter what."
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  • If we'd just get a few morepeople to persevere in
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