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October 20, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Life moves so fast
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  • but is it taking you where you want to go?
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  • You can spend years searching for something you do not have,
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  • only to end up where you don't want to be.
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  • Exploring what the world has to offer,
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  • we often find nothing.
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  • However, your journey
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  • through the twists and turns of this world
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  • doesn't have to put you
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  • on the path of discouragement and despair.
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  • Let me tell you how to take the journey of your lifetime.
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  • It's an adventure with God as your guide
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  • where you'll discover the peace, the purpose,
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  • and the power you've been seeking.
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  • It's a journey of unimaginable blessing
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  • and here is the amazing part.
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  • With God, you already have everything you need
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  • for life's journey.
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  • Not half of what you need or a whole lot of what you need.
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  • God has given you everything you need.
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  • God never intended for you to stumble your way
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  • through the course of each day
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  • and certainly not journey unprepared into your future.
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  • So where do you wanna go?
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  • It's time to unpack all that God has given you.
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  • Discover how you have been equipped for this journey
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  • and can live with confidence because you, my friend,
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  • have everything you need.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: If you look at the success
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  • of those who compete in outdoor wilderness sports,
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  • you will find something they all have in common:
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  • they just don't give up.
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  • Whether it's climbing a mountain,
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  • rappelling down the face of a cliff,
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  • or rafting the raging waters of white water rapids,
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  • these athletes demonstrate
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  • a level of resolve and fortitude that is admirable.
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  • Well, I'm David Jeremiah.
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  • Determination is the focus of our teaching today
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  • but in 2 Peter 1
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  • the apostle Peter calls it perseverance.
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  • Perseverance moves us forward when the circumstances of life
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  • conspire to hold us back and motivates us
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  • to climb past adversity and pushes us past suffering.
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  • When you develop perseverance,
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  • you are a force to be reckoned with
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  • because you will have a supernatural resolve
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  • to face life's challenges with the strength of God.
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  • Discover that perseverance in today's message entitled,
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  • "Relentless Determination," here on "Turning Point."
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  • So, travel with me across the United States
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  • and join me in New York City, high above Central Park
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  • in The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center
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  • for my series, "Everything You Need."
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  • male announcer: In Dr. Jeremiah's new book,
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  • "Everything You Need,"
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  • he invites you to consider how would your life change
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  • if you had the energy to diligently
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  • fulfill God's purpose for you,
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  • or the confidence to always do what pleases God,
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  • or had an intimate knowledge of his Word.
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  • What would your faith be like if you replaced a harmful habit
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  • with a positive one, or developed a determination
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  • that could carry you through any difficulty?
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  • Do you wanna see yourself becoming more like Christ,
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  • sharing his kindness and love to those around you?
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  • It may surprise you to know that God has already given you
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  • everything you need to do all this and more.
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  • In "Everything You Need," learn practical ways
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  • to unleash the power of God in your life
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  • and cultivate a faith that will change you
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  • and everyone around you.
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  • female announcer: Thank you for watching
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  • "Everything You Need" 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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  • Contact Turning Point today.
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiah with his message,
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  • "Relentless Determination."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Back in 1983, the Australian Ultra Marathon
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  • was a foot race of 544 grueling miles
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  • from Sydney to Melbourne and, at this particular race,
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  • a very odd competitor showed up.
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  • Everyone else was highly trained,
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  • commercially sponsored, professional,
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  • but this particular participant, a guy named Cliff Young,
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  • was a 61-year-old farmer.
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  • Unlike the others who were clad in professional running shoes
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  • and cool athletic wear with sponsored logos,
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  • Cliff wore a loose white shirt flopping over baggy overalls.
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  • He had rubber galoshes over his boots
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  • and a white baseball cap
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  • hung over his head with sunscreens.
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  • Well, the officials thought it was a joke.
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  • They began to laugh and they were being set up by this guy
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  • but Cliff was dead serious and he was ready to run.
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  • His name went down on the roster,
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  • someone pinned a number on his faded overalls,
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  • and uncertainty about Cliff continued
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  • as the runners lined up to start the race.
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  • Was this old man really gonna compete
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  • against young, highly trained athletes
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  • with sculpted bodies?
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  • Some still thought it was a joke.
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  • Others, they weren't too sure what to make of it.
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  • They thought maybe he was just a little deranged
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  • or starting in the early stages of Alzheimer's,
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  • and they shouted insults and some of them made fun.
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  • When the starting gun fired, the runners took off,
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  • the crowd laughed at the contrast
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  • between the young contestants
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  • who had these disciplined strides
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  • and Cliff's odd-gaited shuffle.
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  • Well, 5 days later, 14 hours, and 4 minutes later,
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  • no one was laughing.
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  • Cliff Young crossed the Melbourne finish line
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  • almost ten hours ahead of the second-place runner.
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  • The astounded press descended on him en masse.
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  • How did this aging farmer
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  • accomplish such a spectacular run?
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  • Two things emerged when they did the research:
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  • first, he was a shepherd who was too poor to own a horse
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  • so he often herded entire flocks of sheep alone,
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  • running day and night; and secondly,
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  • he didn't realize that runners in the Ultra Marathons
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  • stopped at night to sleep
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  • so he ran the entire distance without sleeping.
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  • He had perseverance.
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  • He just kept on going and when his competitors
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  • eased their ordeal with rest,
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  • he just pushed through his exhaustion.
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  • His eyes were on the goal and nothing mattered.
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  • He ran all the way from the beginning to the end.
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  • That quality of perseverance is in short supply these days,
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  • have you noticed?
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  • Did you know that the average lifespan of a pastor
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  • going to an individual church
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  • in today's culture's less than two years?
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  • You know what happens is they go to a church,
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  • they run into their first little issue,
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  • and they pack up their stuff
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  • and the sermons they prepared for that church,
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  • they go and give 'em to the next church.
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  • And that's what happens and, of course,
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  • it's impossible to build anything like that.
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  • It's impossible to make much of an impact
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  • if that's what you do.
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  • Well, the apostle Peter
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  • has given us this list of qualities
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  • that we're supposed to develop in our lives.
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  • God has given us everything we need
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  • for life in godliness.
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  • He's given us his power, he's given his provision,
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  • and all of this comes to us
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  • through the promises of God's Word,
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  • these great and exceedingly precious promises of the Bible.
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  • Then Peter tells us,
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  • "Once you have these wonderful blessings from God,
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  • these gifts that he gives you,
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  • it's your responsibility to develop them."
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  • You're to take the gifts that God gives you,
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  • don't sit on them, don't admire them,
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  • take them and develop them in your life.
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  • And he gives us the list of the gifts.
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  • He says, "Add to your faith, virtue.
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  • And to your virtue, knowledge.
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  • And to your knowledge, self-control.
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  • And to your self-control, add perseverance."
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  • The word "perseverance" is a really interesting word.
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  • It means to bear up under something
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  • but the word itself is the key to its understanding.
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  • The word "per" means through and the word "severe,"
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  • we know what that is.
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  • So to persevere is to go through something severe,
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  • to go through something,
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  • all the way through it to the end, to per-severe.
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  • To go through the severance
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  • and everybody knows that there are some things like that
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  • in every one of our lives.
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  • We all have stuff we have to go through.
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  • Isn't that right?
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  • Perseverance is what God uses in our lives
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  • to turn our ordeals into opportunities.
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  • It gives us the opportunity to finish what we begin,
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  • to outlast our pain and our sorrow,
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  • to strive until we accomplish things that are difficult,
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  • and to demonstrate God's grace
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  • in the difficult seasons of life.
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  • To go through the severe.
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  • Eugene Peterson wrote:
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  • "Perseverance is not resignation,
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  • just putting up with things the way they are,
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  • staying in the same old rut year after year
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  • or being a doormat for people to wipe their feet on.
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  • Perseverance is not a desperate hanging on
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  • but a traveling from strength to strength.
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  • Perseverance is triumphant, perseverance is alive.
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  • Perseverance isn't something,
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  • 'Well, I just guess I'll get through it completely.'
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  • Perseverance is getting through it
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  • with your hands up high in victory,
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  • all the way through to the edge," amen?
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • So let's begin talking about the force of persevering.
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  • Back in Luke chapter 8, Jesus told a parable
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  • about four different kinds of soil.
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  • This soil had seed sown into it by a sower.
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  • "Some of the seed," Jesus said,
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  • "fell on good ground and it germinated."
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  • Jesus was actually, of course, speaking about our heart.
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  • Someone who embraced the gospel, somebody who heard the message.
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  • The seed of God's Word fall on the heart.
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  • Notice the way he put it.
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  • He said: "The good soil stands for those
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  • with noble and good hearts, who hear the word, retain it,
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  • and by persevering they produce a crop."
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  • Perseverance has always been a part
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  • of God's plan for our lives.
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  • He wants to teach us not to be quitters,
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  • not to be people who walk away when things get tough.
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  • It's in the process of perseverance
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  • that we build our spiritual muscles.
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  • Just like in the gymnasium,
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  • when you keep lifting when it starts to hurt and feel bad,
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  • it's the lifting beyond the point where it hurts
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  • that builds the muscles to be stronger
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  • so that you can get stronger and stronger in the process.
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  • Byron Janis, a world-class concert pianist,
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  • played with the world's top orchestras
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  • and he recorded many albums.
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  • It wouldn't surprise me at all to learn that he played
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  • in this facility here at one time.
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  • From early childhood, he studied with top teachers,
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  • he practiced for many hours every day.
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  • Whenever he would play,
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  • audiences would just marvel at the grace and the nimbleness
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  • of his fingers as they flew across the keyboard,
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  • bringing to life the classical repertoire's
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  • most difficult pieces.
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  • Back in 1975, at the peak of his career,
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  • Janis noticed a creeping stiffness in his fingers.
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  • After several tests,
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  • doctors gave him the devastating diagnosis.
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  • He had severe psoriatic arthritis
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  • in both his hands and his wrists.
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  • The prognosis was bleak.
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  • His fingers would become stiff as wood
  • 00:12:26.280 --> 00:12:29.150
  • and he would become severely crippled.
  • 00:12:29.160 --> 00:12:33.010
  • When the arthritis fused joints in nine of his fingers,
  • 00:12:33.020 --> 00:12:36.020
  • it appeared his concert career was over.
  • 00:12:36.030 --> 00:12:39.110
  • But Byron Janis was determined to challenge this.
  • 00:12:39.120 --> 00:12:43.240
  • Without revealing his disease to the public,
  • 00:12:43.250 --> 00:12:46.110
  • he spent long hours
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  • adapting his playing technique to his new reality.
  • 00:12:48.080 --> 00:12:52.200
  • He relied on regular medication, acupuncture, ultrasound,
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  • even tried hypnosis to cope with the pain.
  • 00:12:56.210 --> 00:12:59.140
  • His wife, Maria, who was--
  • 00:12:59.150 --> 00:13:02.030
  • who is the daughter of actor Gary Cooper,
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  • she learned and applied a therapeutic massage technique
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  • to restore flexibility to his joints.
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  • Now, watch what happened.
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  • Janis continued playing the piano for 12 more years.
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  • Despite several more surgeries on his hands,
  • 00:13:17.180 --> 00:13:20.100
  • he continued to play the piano
  • 00:13:20.110 --> 00:13:22.040
  • and became an active fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation.
  • 00:13:22.050 --> 00:13:25.250
  • He credits faith, hope, and perseverance for his success
  • 00:13:25.260 --> 00:13:29.220
  • in overcoming his severe trial.
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  • As he put it, "I have arthritis but arthritis doesn't have me."
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Now, as you know, in this world,
  • 00:13:40.140 --> 00:13:41.290
  • we've got a lot of challenges and sufferings
  • 00:13:42.000 --> 00:13:44.010
  • and let me see if you agree with me.
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  • They don't all go away when we become Christians.
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  • The good news is that perseverance
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  • can transform our curses into blessings.
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  • Let me tell you some things that happen when you persevere.
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  • First of all, perseverance produces trust.
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  • It teaches you to believe.
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  • Probably the best illustration of this is in the Old Testament.
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  • We all know history's best-known sufferer.
  • 00:14:07.140 --> 00:14:11.050
  • His name was Job.
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  • And for much of his life, Job was an exemplary,
  • 00:14:14.180 --> 00:14:17.010
  • godly man with extravagant wealth and a huge family.
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  • One day, this has to be the worst day
  • 00:14:21.230 --> 00:14:23.290
  • anybody ever had in their life, one day everything changed.
  • 00:14:24.000 --> 00:14:28.010
  • Satan targeted Job for an attack
  • 00:14:28.020 --> 00:14:30.110
  • and in a series of mind-numbing disasters,
  • 00:14:30.120 --> 00:14:33.080
  • all in a single day, Satan destroyed his wealth,
  • 00:14:33.090 --> 00:14:37.040
  • took away his servants, and killed all of his children.
  • 00:14:37.050 --> 00:14:40.100
  • All in one day.
  • 00:14:40.110 --> 00:14:42.170
  • Then the devil struck Job with a painful and disfiguring disease
  • 00:14:42.180 --> 00:14:46.130
  • and Job was reduced to groveling in the ashes
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  • and the Bible says this.
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  • This is gross.
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  • "Scraping his sores with a pottery shard."
  • 00:14:51.220 --> 00:14:55.090
  • His friends came to analyze his problems
  • 00:14:55.100 --> 00:14:57.240
  • and they did more harm than good.
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  • But Job never gave up. He maintained his trust in God.
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  • He showed up at the end of the book
  • 00:15:06.040 --> 00:15:08.000
  • on a whirlwind and restored Job
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  • to a place of unparalleled blessing.
  • 00:15:10.200 --> 00:15:13.130
  • And the Bible says that
  • 00:15:13.140 --> 00:15:15.010
  • "the Lord blessed the latter days of Job
  • 00:15:15.020 --> 00:15:18.070
  • more than he blessed the beginning days."
  • 00:15:18.080 --> 00:15:21.230
  • Job learned that God,
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  • who is big enough to control all the facets of the universe,
  • 00:15:23.150 --> 00:15:26.180
  • is able to direct the paths of his people.
  • 00:15:26.190 --> 00:15:29.010
  • And Job confessed at the end of his story, he said,
  • 00:15:29.020 --> 00:15:32.030
  • "God, I know that you can do everything,
  • 00:15:32.040 --> 00:15:34.110
  • and that no purpose of yours can be withheld from you."
  • 00:15:34.120 --> 00:15:38.000
  • He learned to trust God
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  • even in the midst of a difficult time in his life
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  • and the fact that God rewarded him
  • 00:15:42.060 --> 00:15:44.210
  • for his perseverance
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  • was just a little more icing on the cake.
  • 00:15:46.020 --> 00:15:49.020
  • Job learned to trust God. How do we learn to trust God?
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  • Can you learn to trust God in times of prosperity?
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  • I guess you can but it's not easy.
  • 00:15:56.160 --> 00:15:59.020
  • Because in times of prosperity
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  • you usually think it's because of you, right?
  • 00:16:00.190 --> 00:16:03.190
  • "I'm doing so good, I'm so great.
  • 00:16:03.200 --> 00:16:05.100
  • Look at all that I've done."
  • 00:16:05.110 --> 00:16:07.000
  • But when you go through times of difficulty
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  • and there's nobody left to blame it on,
  • 00:16:10.200 --> 00:16:13.180
  • and all of a sudden you realize
  • 00:16:13.190 --> 00:16:15.050
  • that God is still with you and he's helped you,
  • 00:16:15.060 --> 00:16:17.280
  • you come out of that and you know
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  • that the God you serve
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  • is a God who is worthy of your trust, amen?
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Perseverance produces trust. Got it?
  • 00:16:29.120 --> 00:16:34.040
  • Number two: perseverance produces transformation.
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  • Romans 5:3-4 tells us to rejoice in our sufferings.
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  • Listen to this.
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  • Because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
  • 00:16:45.090 --> 00:16:50.010
  • and perseverance, character; and character, hope."
  • 00:16:50.020 --> 00:16:55.020
  • In the book of James we read these words:
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  • "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,
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  • whenever you face trials of any kind,
  • 00:17:02.210 --> 00:17:05.260
  • because you know the testing of your faith
  • 00:17:05.270 --> 00:17:08.260
  • produces perseverance.
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  • Let perseverance finish its work
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  • so that you may be mature and complete,
  • 00:17:13.290 --> 00:17:16.020
  • not lacking anything."
  • 00:17:16.030 --> 00:17:18.110
  • The Bible teaches us in these two key passages
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  • that the way that you learn perseverance
  • 00:17:21.270 --> 00:17:24.050
  • is through suffering and trial and difficulty.
  • 00:17:24.060 --> 00:17:27.280
  • So when we maintain our trust in God
  • 00:17:27.290 --> 00:17:30.030
  • in spite of difficulty or disaster,
  • 00:17:30.040 --> 00:17:32.150
  • when we don't throw in the towel when it gets tough,
  • 00:17:32.160 --> 00:17:35.140
  • what we do when we do that
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  • produces a strength of conviction
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  • and Paul sums it up in Romans 5 as character and maturity.
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  • So when you're going through stuff,
  • 00:17:45.210 --> 00:17:47.150
  • maybe you shouldn't always use the "why" question.
  • 00:17:47.160 --> 00:17:51.050
  • Maybe you should ask the "what" question.
  • 00:17:51.060 --> 00:17:53.220
  • "Lord, what are you trying to teach me during this time?
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  • What do I need to learn
  • 00:17:56.250 --> 00:17:58.040
  • that I can't learn in any other time?"
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  • Statistics have proven over the years
  • 00:18:01.090 --> 00:18:03.230
  • that prosperity is not a good teacher.
  • 00:18:03.240 --> 00:18:06.270
  • Prosperity is not a good teacher,
  • 00:18:06.280 --> 00:18:08.280
  • but adversity is a good teacher.
  • 00:18:08.290 --> 00:18:11.080
  • For every person who learns something through prosperity,
  • 00:18:11.090 --> 00:18:14.250
  • there are a hundred more
  • 00:18:14.260 --> 00:18:16.210
  • who learn something better through adversity.
  • 00:18:16.220 --> 00:18:19.190
  • Adversity is God's messenger to us
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  • to help us be better people.
  • 00:18:22.240 --> 00:18:25.010
  • Writer Chris Tiegreen wrote:
  • 00:18:25.020 --> 00:18:27.090
  • "Technological advancement has made travel, communication,
  • 00:18:27.100 --> 00:18:30.220
  • and daily chores incredibly time efficient,
  • 00:18:30.230 --> 00:18:34.190
  • if not instantaneous.
  • 00:18:34.200 --> 00:18:36.070
  • And the result is that we're not trained in perseverance.
  • 00:18:36.080 --> 00:18:40.060
  • We're not accustomed to pains that can't be relieved
  • 00:18:40.070 --> 00:18:42.190
  • and problems that can't be corrected.
  • 00:18:42.200 --> 00:18:45.030
  • When they come we send up prayers
  • 00:18:45.040 --> 00:18:46.220
  • with almost the same expectation
  • 00:18:46.230 --> 00:18:48.120
  • as when we press the buttons on our microwave.
  • 00:18:48.130 --> 00:18:51.230
  • A few seconds, we think, and we should be done with it.
  • 00:18:51.240 --> 00:18:54.030
  • God usually doesn't work that way.
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  • He is thorough and precise and he will not be rushed.
  • 00:18:56.050 --> 00:18:59.020
  • When he tries us in the fire, as he did Job,
  • 00:18:59.030 --> 00:19:02.000
  • nothing can get us out.
  • 00:19:02.010 --> 00:19:04.100
  • The time cannot be shortened and our growth
  • 00:19:04.110 --> 00:19:06.050
  • cannot come more quickly.
  • 00:19:06.060 --> 00:19:07.260
  • We have to learn perseverance in the fire."
  • 00:19:07.270 --> 00:19:12.290
  • He continues: "No one has ever
  • 00:19:13.000 --> 00:19:14.120
  • become a true disciple without perseverance."
  • 00:19:14.130 --> 00:19:17.200
  • Learn to persevere. Learn to keep going.
  • 00:19:17.210 --> 00:19:21.010
  • Don't quit. When it's tough, don't give up.
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  • Because if you do, you will live to regret it
  • 00:19:24.230 --> 00:19:28.110
  • and it will make it much more difficult
  • 00:19:28.120 --> 00:19:30.050
  • the next time you face trouble to stay the course.
  • 00:19:30.060 --> 00:19:34.040
  • That's the force of persevering.
  • 00:19:34.050 --> 00:19:36.140
  • So now let me talk to you for a moment
  • 00:19:36.150 --> 00:19:38.030
  • about the formula of it.
  • 00:19:38.040 --> 00:19:40.050
  • God knows we need trials to form character,
  • 00:19:40.060 --> 00:19:43.050
  • just like athletes need resistance
  • 00:19:43.060 --> 00:19:45.050
  • to tone their muscles.
  • 00:19:45.060 --> 00:19:46.220
  • In God's pursuit of us,
  • 00:19:46.230 --> 00:19:48.090
  • he will not leave us in our comfort zone
  • 00:19:48.100 --> 00:19:51.000
  • when our spiritual muscles will atrophy from the lack of use.
  • 00:19:51.010 --> 00:19:55.100
  • He exposes us to things that strengthen our faith.
  • 00:19:55.110 --> 00:19:59.080
  • He exposes us to things that humble our hearts.
  • 00:19:59.090 --> 00:20:03.010
  • He exposes us to things that refine our character.
  • 00:20:03.020 --> 00:20:06.000
  • That's why Paul urged Timothy to "pursue righteousness
  • 00:20:06.190 --> 00:20:09.210
  • and a godly life, along with faith,
  • 00:20:09.220 --> 00:20:12.070
  • love, perseverance, and gentleness."
  • 00:20:12.080 --> 00:20:14.180
  • So how do you pursue perseverance?
  • 00:20:14.190 --> 00:20:16.260
  • First of all, put your problems in perspective.
  • 00:20:17.140 --> 00:20:20.260
  • Learn to put your problems in perspective.
  • 00:20:20.270 --> 00:20:23.250
  • The Bible tells us we're to look at our problems today
  • 00:20:23.260 --> 00:20:27.190
  • in light of eternity.
  • 00:20:27.200 --> 00:20:29.040
  • Listen to what he said in 2 Corinthians 4.
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  • He said, "We do not lose heart.
  • 00:20:32.000 --> 00:20:34.090
  • Even though our outward man is perishing,
  • 00:20:34.100 --> 00:20:37.030
  • the inward man is being renewed every day.
  • 00:20:37.040 --> 00:20:40.030
  • For our light affliction,"
  • 00:20:40.040 --> 00:20:41.230
  • he calls our problems light affliction,
  • 00:20:41.240 --> 00:20:44.120
  • "which is but for a moment,
  • 00:20:44.130 --> 00:20:46.030
  • is working for us a far more exceeding
  • 00:20:46.040 --> 00:20:49.060
  • and eternal weight of glory."
  • 00:20:49.070 --> 00:20:52.200
  • When you weigh the outcome
  • 00:20:52.210 --> 00:20:54.090
  • against the cost of your perseverance,
  • 00:20:54.100 --> 00:20:57.020
  • not only does perseverance become your first response,
  • 00:20:57.030 --> 00:21:00.150
  • it comes to you more easily.
  • 00:21:00.160 --> 00:21:02.250
  • You realize, "Yes, I'm going through some stuff right now
  • 00:21:02.260 --> 00:21:06.120
  • but in light of what God has planned for me for eternity,
  • 00:21:06.130 --> 00:21:10.240
  • this ain't nothing.
  • 00:21:10.250 --> 00:21:13.080
  • This ain't nothing."
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  • Put your problems in perspective and just tackle today.
  • 00:21:15.190 --> 00:21:20.290
  • In light of that, your job is to keep putting
  • 00:21:21.000 --> 00:21:22.280
  • one foot in front of another.
  • 00:21:22.290 --> 00:21:24.260
  • Tackle one step at a time.
  • 00:21:24.270 --> 00:21:27.030
  • In other words, you can't make any progress
  • 00:21:27.220 --> 00:21:29.150
  • unless you go forward one step at a time,
  • 00:21:29.160 --> 00:21:32.290
  • but every single step is a step toward ultimate victory.
  • 00:21:33.000 --> 00:21:36.280
  • You don't have to conquer your whole problem at once.
  • 00:21:36.290 --> 00:21:39.010
  • You don't need to accomplish your life's work in one day.
  • 00:21:39.020 --> 00:21:41.140
  • God's plan is step by step
  • 00:21:41.150 --> 00:21:43.100
  • and we have to take life day by day.
  • 00:21:43.110 --> 00:21:45.230
  • Ask God to give you the grace for today.
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  • In the morning, tell him you don't know
  • 00:21:48.210 --> 00:21:50.160
  • if you can make it all the way
  • 00:21:50.170 --> 00:21:51.260
  • but you're gonna trust him for today.
  • 00:21:51.270 --> 00:21:53.210
  • And try not to think about what happened yesterday
  • 00:21:53.220 --> 00:21:55.260
  • and don't get down the road too far tomorrow.
  • 00:21:55.270 --> 00:21:58.060
  • Learn to live in day-tight compartments.
  • 00:21:58.070 --> 00:22:01.260
  • That's how perseverance functions best:
  • 00:22:01.270 --> 00:22:04.250
  • if you just take it one day at a time.
  • 00:22:04.260 --> 00:22:07.230
  • Just tackle today.
  • 00:22:07.240 --> 00:22:10.070
  • Surround yourself with encouragers.
  • 00:22:10.080 --> 00:22:13.260
  • As Christians, we need each other,
  • 00:22:13.270 --> 00:22:15.130
  • and God has so wonderfully provided for us,
  • 00:22:15.140 --> 00:22:18.090
  • first of all, in the family and then in the larger family,
  • 00:22:18.100 --> 00:22:22.040
  • which is the body of Christ.
  • 00:22:22.050 --> 00:22:24.100
  • Let me warn you that when you're going through times
  • 00:22:24.110 --> 00:22:26.160
  • when you need to persevere,
  • 00:22:26.170 --> 00:22:28.110
  • you may have to sort out some of your friends.
  • 00:22:28.120 --> 00:22:31.200
  • Some people just really don't know
  • 00:22:31.210 --> 00:22:33.000
  • how to deliver a positive message.
  • 00:22:33.010 --> 00:22:34.210
  • Have you noticed that?
  • 00:22:34.220 --> 00:22:36.010
  • They just don't--they've never learned how to do that.
  • 00:22:36.020 --> 00:22:37.230
  • Even in trying to deliver a positive message,
  • 00:22:37.240 --> 00:22:40.120
  • they end up messing it all up at the end.
  • 00:22:40.130 --> 00:22:42.080
  • Have you noticed that?
  • 00:22:42.090 --> 00:22:43.210
  • When you're going through something
  • 00:22:43.220 --> 00:22:45.010
  • and you need to persevere, get people to help you.
  • 00:22:45.020 --> 00:22:48.040
  • And you know what?
  • 00:22:48.050 --> 00:22:49.140
  • The people that really love you are just looking for a way
  • 00:22:49.150 --> 00:22:52.210
  • to encourage you and strengthen you
  • 00:22:52.220 --> 00:22:54.190
  • when you're going through a tough thing.
  • 00:22:54.200 --> 00:22:57.060
  • Here's number four: know when to take a break.
  • 00:22:57.070 --> 00:23:01.090
  • Know when to take a break. Jesus is a good example.
  • 00:23:01.100 --> 00:23:04.210
  • He took periods of rest during his mission on earth.
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  • You study his life.
  • 00:23:07.100 --> 00:23:09.000
  • He rested on the seventh day after creating the world.
  • 00:23:09.010 --> 00:23:12.060
  • To rest is one of his commandments,
  • 00:23:12.070 --> 00:23:13.290
  • did you know that?
  • 00:23:14.000 --> 00:23:15.090
  • "Six days you shall do your work,
  • 00:23:15.100 --> 00:23:16.190
  • and on the seventh day you shall rest."
  • 00:23:16.200 --> 00:23:19.050
  • Rest is not a lapse in perseverance.
  • 00:23:19.060 --> 00:23:22.020
  • Rest is stopping to take stock, reorganize, regroup,
  • 00:23:22.030 --> 00:23:26.180
  • turns your conscious mind off and enables you to refocus
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  • and see the problem from a new angle.
  • 00:23:29.170 --> 00:23:32.080
  • I love what David said in Psalm 3.
  • 00:23:32.090 --> 00:23:34.240
  • He said: "I lay down and slept;
  • 00:23:34.250 --> 00:23:37.010
  • I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.
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  • I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
  • 00:23:39.210 --> 00:23:42.100
  • who have set themselves against me all around."
  • 00:23:42.110 --> 00:23:45.280
  • Despite enemies assailing him, David rested, unafraid,
  • 00:23:45.290 --> 00:23:49.130
  • knowing that God was his strength
  • 00:23:49.140 --> 00:23:51.100
  • and his protection.
  • 00:23:51.110 --> 00:23:53.140
  • Here's the fifth thing:
  • 00:23:53.150 --> 00:23:55.100
  • cultivate positivity along the way.
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  • Jesus said, "In the world you will have tribulation;
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  • but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
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  • And as believers,
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  • we ought to be people who are positive.
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  • I mean, sometimes, you gotta be negative
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  • because negativity's a part of life.
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  • But listen to me,
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  • you don't have to try to be negative.
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  • That comes naturally.
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  • You have to really work hard to be positive sometimes.
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  • Isn't that true?
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  • Our minds are so wired that when something happens
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  • we're more apt to take the negative attitude about it
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  • but we need to cycle back and say,
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  • "If we believe God is good," and we do,
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  • "God has something in store for us
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  • if we'll just take stock of it."
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  • Then let me just add this last thought:
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  • refuse to quit.
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  • That's what perseverance is. Don't quit.
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  • What if the theme of your life is,
  • 00:24:51.250 --> 00:24:54.220
  • "I don't care what happens, I'm not quitting"?
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  • Over and over in the book of Hebrews,
  • 00:24:57.190 --> 00:24:59.180
  • there's this little phrase: "Let us go on."
  • 00:24:59.190 --> 00:25:03.020
  • Let us go on. Let's keep going.
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  • Let's keep doing what God has called us to do.
  • 00:25:05.080 --> 00:25:08.070
  • And if we do that, we will persevere.
  • 00:25:08.080 --> 00:25:11.280
  • One of the most inspiring things we can do, men and women,
  • 00:25:11.290 --> 00:25:14.230
  • is to learn how to be perseverers.
  • 00:25:14.240 --> 00:25:18.140
  • Learn how to stay the course and to say,
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  • "I'm never gonna quit, no matter what."
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  • If we'd just get a few more people
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  • to persevere in our culture
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  • for the things that are good and godly and right,
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  • we could turn this world upside down.
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  • It seems like--it seems like, to me,
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  • just when some people are getting their knowledge,
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  • just when they know what to do,
  • 00:25:38.060 --> 00:25:39.200
  • just when they're ready to make a difference, they quit.
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  • I don't find any place in the Bible says:
  • 00:25:44.170 --> 00:25:46.070
  • "When you get to be 62 you gotta quit."
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  • It isn't in the Bible. And here's the problem.
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  • By the time you get 62, you've learned most of the stuff
  • 00:25:53.080 --> 00:25:56.000
  • you need to learn to be successful
  • 00:25:56.010 --> 00:25:58.060
  • so why would you quit then?
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • And I know this is sometimes hard for my wife to hear,
  • 00:26:04.020 --> 00:26:08.170
  • but I'll tell you what,
  • 00:26:08.180 --> 00:26:09.270
  • she's so supportive and such a blessing to me,
  • 00:26:09.280 --> 00:26:12.100
  • we're so blessed as a couple to do what we love to do.
  • 00:26:12.110 --> 00:26:14.210
  • You know, the Bible says there's only two things eternal.
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  • One is the soul of a man or a woman
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  • and the other is the Word of God.
  • 00:26:19.250 --> 00:26:21.240
  • And every day of my life,
  • 00:26:21.250 --> 00:26:23.040
  • I get to get up in the morning and concentrate
  • 00:26:23.050 --> 00:26:25.270
  • on the only two things that are gonna be here forever:
  • 00:26:25.280 --> 00:26:29.170
  • God's Word and God's people.
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  • And what a blessing that is, amen?
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Amen.
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  • gave us practical steps to unleash
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  • for today's program, here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Never forget the key to persevering
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  • over our problems
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  • begins by placing them in perspective of eternity.
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  • I mean, it's difficult seeing past a mountain on our path
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  • when it's right in front of us.
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  • But remember that at the end of our journey,
  • 00:27:47.230 --> 00:27:50.250
  • we'll look back and realize many of today's problems
  • 00:27:50.260 --> 00:27:54.050
  • were just--well, they were just small speed bumps
  • 00:27:54.060 --> 00:27:57.180
  • when compared to an eternity with Jesus Christ.
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  • announcer: Next time on "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Just as Jesus Christ reveals God to us,
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  • God has put the responsibility on us
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  • to reveal Jesus Christ to others.
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  • We're to be like Christ, that's what it means to be godly,
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  • so that others will see God in our lives.
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  • announcer: Join us next time for Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "Christlike Character," here on "Turning Point."
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  • Spend an inspirational evening with Dr. David Jeremiah
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  • December 12, in New York City.
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Life moves so fast
  • 00:30:01.170 --> 00:30:04.240
  • but is it taking you where you want to go?
  • 00:30:04.250 --> 00:30:09.170
  • You can spend years searching for something you do not have,
  • 00:30:09.180 --> 00:30:13.150
  • only to end up where you don't want to be.
  • 00:30:13.160 --> 00:30:17.090
  • Exploring what the world has to offer,
  • 00:30:17.100 --> 00:30:20.090
  • we often find nothing.
  • 00:30:20.100 --> 00:30:23.290
  • However, your journey
  • 00:30:24.000 --> 00:30:25.090
  • through the twists and turns of this world
  • 00:30:25.100 --> 00:30:27.050
  • doesn't have to put you
  • 00:30:27.060 --> 00:30:28.190
  • on the path of discouragement and despair.
  • 00:30:28.200 --> 00:30:32.250
  • Let me tell you how to take the journey of your lifetime.
  • 00:30:32.260 --> 00:30:35.180
  • It's an adventure with God as your guide
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  • where you'll discover the peace, the purpose,
  • 00:30:39.110 --> 00:30:42.000
  • and the power you've been seeking.
  • 00:30:42.010 --> 00:30:44.090
  • It's a journey of unimaginable blessing
  • 00:30:45.020 --> 00:30:48.140
  • and here is the amazing part.
  • 00:30:48.150 --> 00:30:50.260
  • With God, you already have everything you need
  • 00:30:50.270 --> 00:30:53.240
  • for life's journey.
  • 00:30:53.250 --> 00:30:55.210
  • Not half of what you need or a whole lot of what you need.
  • 00:30:55.220 --> 00:30:59.010
  • God has given you everything you need.
  • 00:30:59.020 --> 00:31:03.240
  • God never intended for you to stumble your way
  • 00:31:03.250 --> 00:31:06.050
  • through the course of each day
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  • and certainly not journey unprepared into your future.
  • 00:31:07.240 --> 00:31:12.050
  • So where do you wanna go?
  • 00:31:12.060 --> 00:31:14.130
  • It's time to unpack all that God has given you.
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  • Discover how you have been equipped for this journey
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  • and can live with confidence because you, my friend,
  • 00:31:22.130 --> 00:31:25.250
  • have everything you need.
  • 00:31:25.260 --> 00:31:28.050
  • Dr. Jeremiah: If you look at the success
  • 00:31:31.070 --> 00:31:32.230
  • of those who compete in outdoor wilderness sports,
  • 00:31:32.240 --> 00:31:36.170
  • you will find something they all have in common:
  • 00:31:36.180 --> 00:31:39.180
  • they just don't give up.
  • 00:31:39.190 --> 00:31:42.040
  • Whether it's climbing a mountain,
  • 00:31:42.050 --> 00:31:43.290
  • rappelling down the face of a cliff,
  • 00:31:44.000 --> 00:31:46.060
  • or rafting the raging waters of white water rapids,
  • 00:31:46.070 --> 00:31:49.240
  • these athletes demonstrate
  • 00:31:49.250 --> 00:31:51.260
  • a level of resolve and fortitude that is admirable.
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  • Well, I'm David Jeremiah.
  • 00:31:56.230 --> 00:31:58.260
  • Determination is the focus of our teaching today
  • 00:31:58.270 --> 00:32:02.110
  • but in 2 Peter 1
  • 00:32:02.120 --> 00:32:04.040
  • the apostle Peter calls it perseverance.
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  • Perseverance moves us forward when the circumstances of life
  • 00:32:08.090 --> 00:32:12.140
  • conspire to hold us back and motivates us
  • 00:32:12.150 --> 00:32:16.020
  • to climb past adversity and pushes us past suffering.
  • 00:32:16.030 --> 00:32:21.130
  • When you develop perseverance,
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  • you are a force to be reckoned with
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  • because you will have a supernatural resolve
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  • to face life's challenges with the strength of God.
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  • Discover that perseverance in today's message entitled,
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  • "Relentless Determination," here on "Turning Point."
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  • So, travel with me across the United States
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  • and join me in New York City, high above Central Park
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  • in The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center
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  • for my series, "Everything You Need."
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  • male announcer: In Dr. Jeremiah's new book,
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  • "Everything You Need,"
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  • he invites you to consider how would your life change
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  • if you had the energy to diligently
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  • fulfill God's purpose for you,
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  • or the confidence to always do what pleases God,
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  • or had an intimate knowledge of his Word.
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  • What would your faith be like if you replaced a harmful habit
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  • with a positive one, or developed a determination
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  • that could carry you through any difficulty?
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  • Do you wanna see yourself becoming more like Christ,
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  • sharing his kindness and love to those around you?
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  • to unleash the power of God in your life
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  • female announcer: Thank you for watching
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  • "Everything You Need" here on "Turning Point."
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  • In appreciation of your viewership,
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiah with his message,
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  • "Relentless Determination."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Back in 1983, the Australian Ultra Marathon
  • 00:34:34.040 --> 00:34:38.140
  • was a foot race of 544 grueling miles
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  • from Sydney to Melbourne and, at this particular race,
  • 00:34:43.030 --> 00:34:47.150
  • a very odd competitor showed up.
  • 00:34:47.160 --> 00:34:50.030
  • Everyone else was highly trained,
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  • commercially sponsored, professional,
  • 00:34:51.280 --> 00:34:54.110
  • but this particular participant, a guy named Cliff Young,
  • 00:34:54.120 --> 00:34:58.020
  • was a 61-year-old farmer.
  • 00:34:58.030 --> 00:35:02.020
  • Unlike the others who were clad in professional running shoes
  • 00:35:02.030 --> 00:35:05.040
  • and cool athletic wear with sponsored logos,
  • 00:35:05.050 --> 00:35:09.170
  • Cliff wore a loose white shirt flopping over baggy overalls.
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  • He had rubber galoshes over his boots
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  • and a white baseball cap
  • 00:35:17.130 --> 00:35:19.020
  • hung over his head with sunscreens.
  • 00:35:19.030 --> 00:35:23.130
  • Well, the officials thought it was a joke.
  • 00:35:23.140 --> 00:35:25.130
  • They began to laugh and they were being set up by this guy
  • 00:35:25.140 --> 00:35:29.020
  • but Cliff was dead serious and he was ready to run.
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  • His name went down on the roster,
  • 00:35:32.280 --> 00:35:34.170
  • someone pinned a number on his faded overalls,
  • 00:35:34.180 --> 00:35:37.150
  • and uncertainty about Cliff continued
  • 00:35:37.160 --> 00:35:39.110
  • as the runners lined up to start the race.
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  • Was this old man really gonna compete
  • 00:35:42.110 --> 00:35:44.080
  • against young, highly trained athletes
  • 00:35:44.090 --> 00:35:46.090
  • with sculpted bodies?
  • 00:35:46.100 --> 00:35:48.040
  • Some still thought it was a joke.
  • 00:35:48.050 --> 00:35:49.160
  • Others, they weren't too sure what to make of it.
  • 00:35:49.170 --> 00:35:51.290
  • They thought maybe he was just a little deranged
  • 00:35:52.000 --> 00:35:54.290
  • or starting in the early stages of Alzheimer's,
  • 00:35:55.000 --> 00:35:58.000
  • and they shouted insults and some of them made fun.
  • 00:35:58.010 --> 00:36:02.030
  • When the starting gun fired, the runners took off,
  • 00:36:02.040 --> 00:36:04.100
  • the crowd laughed at the contrast
  • 00:36:04.110 --> 00:36:05.290
  • between the young contestants
  • 00:36:06.000 --> 00:36:07.190
  • who had these disciplined strides
  • 00:36:07.200 --> 00:36:09.130
  • and Cliff's odd-gaited shuffle.
  • 00:36:09.140 --> 00:36:12.070
  • Well, 5 days later, 14 hours, and 4 minutes later,
  • 00:36:12.080 --> 00:36:16.050
  • no one was laughing.
  • 00:36:16.060 --> 00:36:18.080
  • Cliff Young crossed the Melbourne finish line
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  • almost ten hours ahead of the second-place runner.
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  • The astounded press descended on him en masse.
  • 00:36:26.050 --> 00:36:29.090
  • How did this aging farmer
  • 00:36:29.100 --> 00:36:31.040
  • accomplish such a spectacular run?
  • 00:36:31.050 --> 00:36:35.150
  • Two things emerged when they did the research:
  • 00:36:35.160 --> 00:36:37.220
  • first, he was a shepherd who was too poor to own a horse
  • 00:36:37.230 --> 00:36:41.020
  • so he often herded entire flocks of sheep alone,
  • 00:36:41.030 --> 00:36:44.150
  • running day and night; and secondly,
  • 00:36:44.160 --> 00:36:47.260
  • he didn't realize that runners in the Ultra Marathons
  • 00:36:47.270 --> 00:36:50.250
  • stopped at night to sleep
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  • so he ran the entire distance without sleeping.
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  • He had perseverance.
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  • He just kept on going and when his competitors
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  • eased their ordeal with rest,
  • 00:37:04.280 --> 00:37:07.110
  • he just pushed through his exhaustion.
  • 00:37:07.120 --> 00:37:09.220
  • His eyes were on the goal and nothing mattered.
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  • He ran all the way from the beginning to the end.
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  • That quality of perseverance is in short supply these days,
  • 00:37:17.160 --> 00:37:22.040
  • have you noticed?
  • 00:37:22.050 --> 00:37:23.200
  • Did you know that the average lifespan of a pastor
  • 00:37:23.210 --> 00:37:26.110
  • going to an individual church
  • 00:37:26.120 --> 00:37:27.250
  • in today's culture's less than two years?
  • 00:37:27.260 --> 00:37:30.100
  • You know what happens is they go to a church,
  • 00:37:30.270 --> 00:37:33.020
  • they run into their first little issue,
  • 00:37:33.030 --> 00:37:34.230
  • and they pack up their stuff
  • 00:37:34.240 --> 00:37:36.140
  • and the sermons they prepared for that church,
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  • they go and give 'em to the next church.
  • 00:37:38.190 --> 00:37:40.050
  • And that's what happens and, of course,
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  • it's impossible to build anything like that.
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  • It's impossible to make much of an impact
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  • if that's what you do.
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  • Well, the apostle Peter
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  • has given us this list of qualities
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  • that we're supposed to develop in our lives.
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  • God has given us everything we need
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  • for life in godliness.
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  • He's given us his power, he's given his provision,
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  • and all of this comes to us
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  • through the promises of God's Word,
  • 00:38:03.260 --> 00:38:06.060
  • these great and exceedingly precious promises of the Bible.
  • 00:38:06.070 --> 00:38:10.180
  • Then Peter tells us,
  • 00:38:10.190 --> 00:38:12.060
  • "Once you have these wonderful blessings from God,
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  • these gifts that he gives you,
  • 00:38:15.130 --> 00:38:17.080
  • it's your responsibility to develop them."
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  • You're to take the gifts that God gives you,
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  • don't sit on them, don't admire them,
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  • take them and develop them in your life.
  • 00:38:24.250 --> 00:38:27.060
  • And he gives us the list of the gifts.
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  • He says, "Add to your faith, virtue.
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  • And to your virtue, knowledge.
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  • And to your knowledge, self-control.
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  • And to your self-control, add perseverance."
  • 00:38:39.180 --> 00:38:45.010
  • The word "perseverance" is a really interesting word.
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  • It means to bear up under something
  • 00:38:48.190 --> 00:38:50.170
  • but the word itself is the key to its understanding.
  • 00:38:50.180 --> 00:38:55.000
  • The word "per" means through and the word "severe,"
  • 00:38:55.010 --> 00:38:57.270
  • we know what that is.
  • 00:38:57.280 --> 00:38:59.070
  • So to persevere is to go through something severe,
  • 00:38:59.080 --> 00:39:02.170
  • and everybody knows that there are some things like that
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  • in every one of our lives.
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  • We all have stuff we have to go through.
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  • Isn't that right?
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  • Perseverance is what God uses in our lives
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  • to turn our ordeals into opportunities.
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  • Perseverance isn't something,
  • 00:39:16.290 --> 00:39:18.140
  • 'Well, I just guess I'll get through it completely.'
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  • Perseverance is getting through it
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  • with your hands up high in victory,
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  • all the way through to the edge," amen?
  • 00:39:24.160 --> 00:39:26.230
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:39:27.120 --> 00:39:29.180
  • So let's begin talking about the force of persevering.
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  • Back in Luke chapter 8, Jesus told a parable
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  • about four different kinds of soil.
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  • This soil had seed sown into it by a sower.
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  • "Some of the seed," Jesus said,
  • 00:39:44.270 --> 00:39:46.210
  • "fell on good ground and it germinated."
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  • Jesus was actually, of course, speaking about our heart.
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  • Someone who embraced the gospel, somebody who heard the message.
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  • The seed of God's Word fall on the heart.
  • 00:39:56.040 --> 00:39:58.240
  • Notice the way he put it.
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  • He said: "The good soil stands for those
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  • with noble and good hearts, who hear the word, retain it,
  • 00:40:03.170 --> 00:40:08.050
  • and by persevering they produce a crop."
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  • Perseverance has always been a part
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  • of God's plan for our lives.
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  • He wants to teach us not to be quitters,
  • 00:40:16.000 --> 00:40:18.150
  • not to be people who walk away when things get tough.
  • 00:40:18.160 --> 00:40:21.160
  • It's in the process of perseverance
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  • that we build our spiritual muscles.
  • 00:40:23.230 --> 00:40:26.290
  • Byron Janis, a world-class concert pianist,
  • 00:40:27.000 --> 00:40:31.120
  • played with the world's top orchestras
  • 00:40:31.130 --> 00:40:33.060
  • and he recorded many albums.
  • 00:40:33.070 --> 00:40:35.040
  • It wouldn't surprise me at all to learn that he played
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  • in this facility here at one time.
  • 00:40:37.150 --> 00:40:40.160
  • From early childhood, he studied with top teachers,
  • 00:40:40.170 --> 00:40:43.240
  • he practiced for many hours every day.
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  • Whenever he would play,
  • 00:40:47.090 --> 00:40:48.190
  • audiences would just marvel at the grace and the nimbleness
  • 00:40:48.200 --> 00:40:51.140
  • of his fingers as they flew across the keyboard,
  • 00:40:51.150 --> 00:40:54.060
  • bringing to life the classical repertoire's
  • 00:40:54.070 --> 00:40:56.160
  • most difficult pieces.
  • 00:40:56.170 --> 00:40:59.080
  • Back in 1975, at the peak of his career,
  • 00:40:59.090 --> 00:41:03.080
  • Janis noticed a creeping stiffness in his fingers.
  • 00:41:03.090 --> 00:41:07.070
  • After several tests,
  • 00:41:07.080 --> 00:41:08.220
  • doctors gave him the devastating diagnosis.
  • 00:41:08.230 --> 00:41:11.280
  • He had severe psoriatic arthritis
  • 00:41:11.290 --> 00:41:15.280
  • in both his hands and his wrists.
  • 00:41:15.290 --> 00:41:18.280
  • The prognosis was bleak.
  • 00:41:18.290 --> 00:41:20.230
  • His fingers would become stiff as wood
  • 00:41:20.240 --> 00:41:23.110
  • and he would become severely crippled.
  • 00:41:23.120 --> 00:41:26.270
  • When the arthritis fused joints in nine of his fingers,
  • 00:41:26.280 --> 00:41:29.280
  • it appeared his concert career was over.
  • 00:41:29.290 --> 00:41:33.070
  • But Byron Janis was determined to challenge this.
  • 00:41:33.080 --> 00:41:37.200
  • Without revealing his disease to the public,
  • 00:41:37.210 --> 00:41:40.070
  • he spent long hours
  • 00:41:40.080 --> 00:41:42.030
  • adapting his playing technique to his new reality.
  • 00:41:42.040 --> 00:41:46.160
  • He relied on regular medication, acupuncture, ultrasound,
  • 00:41:46.170 --> 00:41:50.160
  • even tried hypnosis to cope with the pain.
  • 00:41:50.170 --> 00:41:53.100
  • His wife, Maria, who was--
  • 00:41:53.110 --> 00:41:55.270
  • who is the daughter of actor Gary Cooper,
  • 00:41:55.280 --> 00:41:58.240
  • she learned and applied a therapeutic massage technique
  • 00:41:58.250 --> 00:42:02.090
  • to restore flexibility to his joints.
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  • Now, watch what happened.
  • 00:42:05.130 --> 00:42:06.250
  • Janis continued playing the piano for 12 more years.
  • 00:42:06.260 --> 00:42:11.130
  • Despite several more surgeries on his hands,
  • 00:42:11.140 --> 00:42:14.060
  • he continued to play the piano
  • 00:42:14.070 --> 00:42:16.000
  • and became an active fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation.
  • 00:42:16.010 --> 00:42:19.210
  • He credits faith, hope, and perseverance for his success
  • 00:42:19.220 --> 00:42:23.180
  • in overcoming his severe trial.
  • 00:42:23.190 --> 00:42:25.210
  • As he put it, "I have arthritis but arthritis doesn't have me."
  • 00:42:25.220 --> 00:42:30.180
  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Now, as you know, in this world,
  • 00:42:34.100 --> 00:42:35.250
  • we've got a lot of challenges and sufferings
  • 00:42:35.260 --> 00:42:37.270
  • and let me see if you agree with me.
  • 00:42:37.280 --> 00:42:39.210
  • They don't all go away when we become Christians.
  • 00:42:39.220 --> 00:42:42.210
  • The good news is that perseverance
  • 00:42:42.220 --> 00:42:44.130
  • can transform our curses into blessings.
  • 00:42:44.140 --> 00:42:48.030
  • Let me tell you some things that happen when you persevere.
  • 00:42:48.040 --> 00:42:50.060
  • First of all, perseverance produces trust.
  • 00:42:50.070 --> 00:42:54.180
  • It teaches you to believe.
  • 00:42:54.190 --> 00:42:57.000
  • Probably the best illustration of this is in the Old Testament.
  • 00:42:57.010 --> 00:43:01.090
  • We all know history's best-known sufferer.
  • 00:43:01.100 --> 00:43:05.010
  • His name was Job.
  • 00:43:05.020 --> 00:43:08.130
  • And for much of his life, Job was an exemplary,
  • 00:43:08.140 --> 00:43:10.270
  • godly man with extravagant wealth and a huge family.
  • 00:43:10.280 --> 00:43:15.180
  • One day, this has to be the worst day
  • 00:43:15.190 --> 00:43:17.250
  • anybody ever had in their life, one day everything changed.
  • 00:43:17.260 --> 00:43:21.270
  • Satan targeted Job for an attack
  • 00:43:21.280 --> 00:43:24.070
  • and in a series of mind-numbing disasters,
  • 00:43:24.080 --> 00:43:27.040
  • all in a single day, Satan destroyed his wealth,
  • 00:43:27.050 --> 00:43:31.000
  • took away his servants, and killed all of his children.
  • 00:43:31.010 --> 00:43:34.060
  • All in one day.
  • 00:43:34.070 --> 00:43:36.130
  • Then the devil struck Job with a painful and disfiguring disease
  • 00:43:36.140 --> 00:43:40.090
  • and Job was reduced to groveling in the ashes
  • 00:43:40.100 --> 00:43:42.180
  • and the Bible says this.
  • 00:43:42.190 --> 00:43:44.070
  • This is gross.
  • 00:43:44.080 --> 00:43:45.170
  • "Scraping his sores with a pottery shard."
  • 00:43:45.180 --> 00:43:49.050
  • His friends came to analyze his problems
  • 00:43:49.060 --> 00:43:51.200
  • and they did more harm than good.
  • 00:43:51.210 --> 00:43:55.050
  • But Job never gave up. He maintained his trust in God.
  • 00:43:55.060 --> 00:43:59.270
  • He showed up at the end of the book
  • 00:43:59.280 --> 00:44:01.260
  • on a whirlwind and restored Job
  • 00:44:01.270 --> 00:44:04.150
  • to a place of unparalleled blessing.
  • 00:44:04.160 --> 00:44:07.090
  • And the Bible says that
  • 00:44:07.100 --> 00:44:08.270
  • "the Lord blessed the latter days of Job
  • 00:44:08.280 --> 00:44:12.030
  • more than he blessed the beginning days."
  • 00:44:12.040 --> 00:44:15.190
  • Job learned that God,
  • 00:44:15.200 --> 00:44:17.100
  • who is big enough to control all the facets of the universe,
  • 00:44:17.110 --> 00:44:20.140
  • is able to direct the paths of his people.
  • 00:44:20.150 --> 00:44:22.270
  • And Job confessed at the end of his story, he said,
  • 00:44:22.280 --> 00:44:25.290
  • "God, I know that you can do everything,
  • 00:44:26.000 --> 00:44:28.070
  • and that no purpose of yours can be withheld from you."
  • 00:44:28.080 --> 00:44:31.260
  • He learned to trust God
  • 00:44:31.270 --> 00:44:33.130
  • even in the midst of a difficult time in his life
  • 00:44:33.140 --> 00:44:36.010
  • and the fact that God rewarded him
  • 00:44:36.020 --> 00:44:38.170
  • for his perseverance
  • 00:44:38.180 --> 00:44:39.270
  • was just a little more icing on the cake.
  • 00:44:39.280 --> 00:44:42.280
  • Job learned to trust God. How do we learn to trust God?
  • 00:44:42.290 --> 00:44:46.260
  • Can you learn to trust God in times of prosperity?
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  • I guess you can but it's not easy.
  • 00:44:50.120 --> 00:44:52.280
  • Because in times of prosperity
  • 00:44:52.290 --> 00:44:54.120
  • you usually think it's because of you, right?
  • 00:44:54.130 --> 00:44:57.130
  • "I'm doing so good, I'm so great.
  • 00:44:57.140 --> 00:44:59.040
  • Look at all that I've done."
  • 00:44:59.050 --> 00:45:00.260
  • But when you go through times of difficulty
  • 00:45:00.270 --> 00:45:04.150
  • and there's nobody left to blame it on,
  • 00:45:04.160 --> 00:45:07.140
  • and all of a sudden you realize
  • 00:45:07.150 --> 00:45:09.010
  • that God is still with you and he's helped you,
  • 00:45:09.020 --> 00:45:11.240
  • you come out of that and you know
  • 00:45:11.250 --> 00:45:14.030
  • that the God you serve
  • 00:45:14.040 --> 00:45:15.260
  • is a God who is worthy of your trust, amen?
  • 00:45:15.270 --> 00:45:19.280
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:45:20.150 --> 00:45:23.070
  • Perseverance produces trust. Got it?
  • 00:45:23.080 --> 00:45:28.000
  • Number two: perseverance produces transformation.
  • 00:45:28.010 --> 00:45:33.020
  • Romans 5:3-4 tells us to rejoice in our sufferings.
  • 00:45:33.030 --> 00:45:37.010
  • Listen to this.
  • 00:45:37.020 --> 00:45:39.040
  • Because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
  • 00:45:39.050 --> 00:45:43.270
  • and perseverance, character; and character, hope."
  • 00:45:43.280 --> 00:45:48.280
  • In the book of James we read these words:
  • 00:45:48.290 --> 00:45:52.070
  • "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,
  • 00:45:52.080 --> 00:45:56.140
  • whenever you face trials of any kind,
  • 00:45:56.150 --> 00:45:59.200
  • because you know the testing of your faith
  • 00:45:59.210 --> 00:46:02.220
  • produces perseverance.
  • 00:46:02.230 --> 00:46:05.190
  • Let perseverance finish its work
  • 00:46:05.200 --> 00:46:07.240
  • so that you may be mature and complete,
  • 00:46:07.250 --> 00:46:09.280
  • not lacking anything."
  • 00:46:09.290 --> 00:46:12.070
  • The Bible teaches us in these two key passages
  • 00:46:12.080 --> 00:46:15.220
  • that the way that you learn perseverance
  • 00:46:15.230 --> 00:46:18.010
  • is through suffering and trial and difficulty.
  • 00:46:18.020 --> 00:46:21.240
  • So when we maintain our trust in God
  • 00:46:21.250 --> 00:46:23.290
  • in spite of difficulty or disaster,
  • 00:46:24.000 --> 00:46:26.110
  • when we don't throw in the towel when it gets tough,
  • 00:46:26.120 --> 00:46:29.100
  • what we do when we do that
  • 00:46:29.110 --> 00:46:31.130
  • produces a strength of conviction
  • 00:46:31.140 --> 00:46:34.040
  • and Paul sums it up in Romans 5 as character and maturity.
  • 00:46:34.050 --> 00:46:39.160
  • So when you're going through stuff,
  • 00:46:39.170 --> 00:46:41.110
  • maybe you shouldn't always use the "why" question.
  • 00:46:41.120 --> 00:46:45.010
  • Maybe you should ask the "what" question.
  • 00:46:45.020 --> 00:46:47.180
  • "Lord, what are you trying to teach me during this time?
  • 00:46:47.190 --> 00:46:50.200
  • What do I need to learn
  • 00:46:50.210 --> 00:46:52.000
  • that I can't learn in any other time?"
  • 00:46:52.010 --> 00:46:55.030
  • Learn to persevere. Learn to keep going.
  • 00:46:55.040 --> 00:46:58.140
  • Don't quit. When it's tough, don't give up.
  • 00:46:58.150 --> 00:47:02.070
  • Because if you do, you will live to regret it
  • 00:47:02.080 --> 00:47:05.260
  • and it will make it much more difficult
  • 00:47:05.270 --> 00:47:07.200
  • the next time you face trouble to stay the course.
  • 00:47:07.210 --> 00:47:11.190
  • That's the force of persevering.
  • 00:47:11.200 --> 00:47:13.290
  • So now let me talk to you for a moment
  • 00:47:14.000 --> 00:47:15.180
  • about the formula of it.
  • 00:47:15.190 --> 00:47:17.200
  • God knows we need trials to form character,
  • 00:47:17.210 --> 00:47:20.200
  • just like athletes need resistance
  • 00:47:20.210 --> 00:47:22.200
  • to tone their muscles.
  • 00:47:22.210 --> 00:47:24.070
  • In God's pursuit of us,
  • 00:47:24.080 --> 00:47:25.240
  • he will not leave us in our comfort zone
  • 00:47:25.250 --> 00:47:28.150
  • when our spiritual muscles will atrophy from the lack of use.
  • 00:47:28.160 --> 00:47:32.250
  • He exposes us to things that strengthen our faith.
  • 00:47:32.260 --> 00:47:36.230
  • He exposes us to things that humble our hearts.
  • 00:47:36.240 --> 00:47:40.160
  • He exposes us to things that refine our character.
  • 00:47:40.170 --> 00:47:43.150
  • That's why Paul urged Timothy to "pursue righteousness
  • 00:47:44.040 --> 00:47:47.060
  • and a godly life, along with faith,
  • 00:47:47.070 --> 00:47:49.220
  • love, perseverance, and gentleness."
  • 00:47:49.230 --> 00:47:52.030
  • So how do you pursue perseverance?
  • 00:47:52.040 --> 00:47:54.280
  • First of all, put your problems in perspective.
  • 00:47:54.290 --> 00:47:58.100
  • Listen to what he said in 2 Corinthians 4.
  • 00:47:58.110 --> 00:48:00.230
  • He said, "We do not lose heart.
  • 00:48:00.240 --> 00:48:03.030
  • Even though our outward man is perishing,
  • 00:48:03.040 --> 00:48:05.270
  • the inward man is being renewed every day.
  • 00:48:05.280 --> 00:48:08.270
  • For our light affliction,"
  • 00:48:08.280 --> 00:48:10.170
  • he calls our problems light affliction,
  • 00:48:10.180 --> 00:48:13.060
  • "which is but for a moment,
  • 00:48:13.070 --> 00:48:14.270
  • is working for us a far more exceeding
  • 00:48:14.280 --> 00:48:18.000
  • and eternal weight of glory."
  • 00:48:18.010 --> 00:48:21.140
  • When you weigh the outcome
  • 00:48:21.150 --> 00:48:23.030
  • against the cost of your perseverance,
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  • not only does perseverance become your first response,
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  • it comes to you more easily.
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  • You realize, "Yes, I'm going through some stuff right now
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  • but in light of what God has planned for me for eternity,
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  • this ain't nothing.
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  • This ain't nothing."
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  • Put your problems in perspective and just tackle today.
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  • In light of that, your job is to keep putting
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  • one foot in front of another.
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  • Tackle one step at a time.
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  • In other words, you can't make any progress
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  • unless you go forward one step at a time,
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  • but every single step is a step toward ultimate victory.
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  • You don't have to conquer your whole problem at once.
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  • You don't need to accomplish your life's work in one day.
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  • God's plan is step by step
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  • and we have to take life day by day.
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  • Ask God to give you the grace for today.
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  • In the morning, tell him you don't know
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  • if you can make it all the way
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  • but you're gonna trust him for today.
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  • And try not to think about what happened yesterday
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  • and don't get down the road too far tomorrow.
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  • Learn to live in day-tight compartments.
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  • That's how perseverance functions best:
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  • if you just take it one day at a time.
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  • Just tackle today.
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  • Surround yourself with encouragers.
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  • As Christians, we need each other,
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  • and God has so wonderfully provided for us,
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  • first of all, in the family and then in the larger family,
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  • which is the body of Christ.
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  • Let me warn you that when you're going through times
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  • when you need to persevere,
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  • you may have to sort out some of your friends.
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  • Some people just really don't know
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  • how to deliver a positive message.
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  • Have you noticed that?
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  • They just don't--they've never learned how to do that.
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  • Even in trying to deliver a positive message,
  • 00:50:06.160 --> 00:50:09.040
  • they end up messing it all up at the end.
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  • Have you noticed that?
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  • When you're going through something
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  • and you need to persevere, get people to help you.
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  • And you know what?
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  • The people that really love you are just looking for a way
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  • to encourage you and strengthen you
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  • when you're going through a tough thing.
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  • Here's number four: know when to take a break.
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  • Know when to take a break. Jesus is a good example.
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  • He took periods of rest during his mission on earth.
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  • You study his life.
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  • He rested on the seventh day after creating the world.
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  • To rest is one of his commandments,
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  • did you know that?
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  • "Six days you shall do your work,
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  • and on the seventh day you shall rest."
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  • Rest is not a lapse in perseverance.
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  • Rest is stopping to take stock, reorganize, regroup,
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  • turns your conscious mind off and enables you to refocus
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  • and see the problem from a new angle.
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  • I love what David said in Psalm 3.
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  • He said: "I lay down and slept;
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  • I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.
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  • I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
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  • who have set themselves against me all around."
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  • Despite enemies assailing him, David rested, unafraid,
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  • knowing that God was his strength
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  • and his protection.
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  • Here's the fifth thing:
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  • cultivate positivity along the way.
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  • Jesus said, "In the world you will have tribulation;
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  • but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
  • 00:51:31.280 --> 00:51:36.110
  • And as believers,
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  • we ought to be people who are positive.
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  • I mean, sometimes, you gotta be negative
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  • because negativity's a part of life.
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  • But listen to me,
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  • you don't have to try to be negative.
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  • That comes naturally.
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  • You have to really work hard to be positive sometimes.
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  • Isn't that true?
  • 00:51:54.290 --> 00:51:57.010
  • Our minds are so wired that when something happens
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  • we're more apt to take the negative attitude about it
  • 00:51:59.160 --> 00:52:02.250
  • but we need to cycle back and say,
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  • "If we believe God is good," and we do,
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  • "God has something in store for us
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  • if we'll just take stock of it."
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  • Then let me just add this last thought:
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  • refuse to quit.
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  • That's what perseverance is. Don't quit.
  • 00:52:17.080 --> 00:52:20.160
  • What if the theme of your life is,
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  • "I don't care what happens, I'm not quitting"?
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  • Over and over in the book of Hebrews,
  • 00:52:26.110 --> 00:52:28.100
  • there's this little phrase: "Let us go on."
  • 00:52:28.110 --> 00:52:31.220
  • Let us go on. Let's keep going.
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  • Let's keep doing what God has called us to do.
  • 00:52:33.280 --> 00:52:36.270
  • And if we do that, we will persevere.
  • 00:52:36.280 --> 00:52:40.180
  • One of the most inspiring things we can do, men and women,
  • 00:52:40.190 --> 00:52:43.130
  • is to learn how to be perseverers.
  • 00:52:43.140 --> 00:52:47.040
  • Learn how to stay the course and to say,
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  • "I'm never gonna quit, no matter what."
  • 00:52:51.130 --> 00:52:53.270
  • If we'd just get a few more people
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  • to persevere in our culture
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  • for the things that are good and godly and right,
  • 00:52:57.190 --> 00:52:59.200
  • we could turn this world upside down.
  • 00:52:59.210 --> 00:53:02.090
  • It seems like--it seems like, to me,
  • 00:53:02.100 --> 00:53:04.020
  • just when some people are getting their knowledge,
  • 00:53:04.030 --> 00:53:06.270
  • just when they know what to do,
  • 00:53:06.280 --> 00:53:08.120
  • just when they're ready to make a difference, they quit.
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  • I don't find any place in the Bible says:
  • 00:53:13.090 --> 00:53:14.290
  • "When you get to be 62 you gotta quit."
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  • It isn't in the Bible. And here's the problem.
  • 00:53:18.220 --> 00:53:21.290
  • By the time you get 62, you've learned most of the stuff
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  • you need to learn to be successful
  • 00:53:24.230 --> 00:53:26.280
  • so why would you quit then?
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • And I know this is sometimes hard for my wife to hear,
  • 00:53:32.220 --> 00:53:37.070
  • but I'll tell you what,
  • 00:53:37.080 --> 00:53:38.170
  • she's so supportive and such a blessing to me,
  • 00:53:38.180 --> 00:53:41.000
  • we're so blessed as a couple to do what we love to do.
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  • You know, the Bible says there's only two things eternal.
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  • One is the soul of a man or a woman
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  • and the other is the Word of God.
  • 00:53:48.150 --> 00:53:50.140
  • And every day of my life,
  • 00:53:50.150 --> 00:53:51.240
  • I get to get up in the morning and concentrate
  • 00:53:51.250 --> 00:53:54.170
  • on the only two things that are gonna be here forever:
  • 00:53:54.180 --> 00:53:58.070
  • God's Word and God's people.
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  • And what a blessing that is, amen?
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Amen.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Never forget the key to persevering
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  • over our problems
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  • begins by placing them in perspective of eternity.
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  • I mean, it's difficult seeing past a mountain on our path
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  • when it's right in front of us.
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  • But remember that at the end of our journey,
  • 00:55:16.160 --> 00:55:19.180
  • we'll look back and realize many of today's problems
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  • were just--well, they were just small speed bumps
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  • God has put the responsibility on us
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  • to reveal Jesus Christ to others.
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  • We're to be like Christ, that's what it means to be godly,
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  • so that others will see God in our lives.
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