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Tough-Minded About Heaven

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September 6, 2020
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Too often we concentrate only on the things we can see now; but our focus should be on that place we can only envision; but will enjoy for all eternity.

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Tough-Minded About Heaven

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  • ♪♪♪
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  • male announcer: For millennia,humans have looked up
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  • into the sky and wonderedwhat lies ahead of them
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  • in the afterlife.
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  • Our souls innately desirean answer
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  • to what is perhapslife's greatest mystery,
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  • that which awaits uswhen we walk through the door
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  • into the world beyond.
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  • But God doesn't concealthe details
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  • about your eternalresting place.
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  • Look in God's Word
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  • and you'll find a glimpseinto heaven:
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  • streets brighter than gold,God's radiant throne,
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  • and the eternal homeof Jesus Christ.
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  • All the magnificent detailsare written in the pages
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  • of Scripture:what heaven will look like,
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  • how your soul will get there,
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  • if you'll be reunitedwith loved ones once you arrive,
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  • and how your bodywill appear for eternity.
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  • That is but just a sliverof what we can know
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  • about eternity,
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  • which promises to be a placebeyond your wildest dreams.
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  • All you have to dois open the Bible
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  • and you'll find that inside,
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  • God is revealingthe mysteries of heaven.
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  • Now, here's your hostand Bible teacher,
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: I don'tknow who said it first but we've
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  • all heard heaven referred toas "pie in the sky bye and bye"
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  • as if heaven is a fableor fairytale,
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  • something for dreamersto contemplate.
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  • But nothing could be furtherfrom the truth.
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  • As we are learning in ourseries, "Revealing the Mysteries
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  • of Heaven," heaven is as reala place as earth.
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  • So don't let the fact that it isinvisible to us now distract you
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  • from pursuing it withall your heart and soul.
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  • It's easy to get distractedin life and to lose sight
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  • of our goals and purposes.
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  • Staying focusedon any worthwhile goal requires
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  • the traits of diligence,perseverance, faith, and other
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  • qualities we'll talk aboutin today's message which I call,
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  • "Tough-Minded About Heaven."
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  • So I hope you'll stay tunedfor today's edition
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  • of "Turning Point."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ You've been faithfulthrough every storm ♪
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  • ♪ You'll be faithfulforevermore ♪
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  • ♪ You have donegreat things ♪
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  • ♪ And I know you will do itagain, for your promise is ♪
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  • ♪ "Yes and amen" ♪
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  • ♪ You will do great things,yes, you will ♪
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  • ♪ God, you do great things ♪
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  • Michael Sanchez:Come on, church,
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  • "Oh, hero--"
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Oh, hero of heaven,you conquer the grave ♪
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  • ♪ You free every captiveand break every chain ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, God, you have donegreat things ♪
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  • ♪ We dance in your freedom,awake and alive ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, Jesus, our Savior,your name lifted high ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, God, you have donegreat things ♪
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  • Michael: Oh, say, "Hallelujah."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Hallelujah,God, above it all ♪
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  • ♪ Hallelujah, God,unshakable ♪
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  • ♪ Hallelujah, you have donegreat things ♪
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  • Michael: Oh,yeah, hallelujah.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Hallelujah,God, above it all ♪
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  • ♪ Hallelujah, God,unshakable ♪
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  • ♪ Hallelujah, you have donegreat things ♪
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  • ♪ You've done great things ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, hero of heaven,you conquer the grave ♪
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  • ♪ You free every captiveand break every chain ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, God, you have donegreat things ♪
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  • ♪ We dance in your freedom,awake and alive ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, Jesus, our Savior,your name lifted high ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, God, you have donegreat things ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, you have donegreat things ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, God, you dogreat things ♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: Coming upon "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Someday,we're gonna go and live
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  • with a holy God.
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  • We're to be in processright now,
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  • becoming more and more like himin holiness
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  • and righteousnessand godly conduct.
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  • Now, put that over here,and then put over here
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  • what you're exposed toevery day on television,
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  • in the media, in the placeswhere you work.
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  • Do you understand why you haveto be tough-minded about this?
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  • You have to get upin the morning.
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  • You've got to makesome decisions about
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  • how you're gonnalet your life be lived.
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  • announcer: There are a lotof myths, rumors, and conjecture
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  • about heaven,but what can you believe?
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  • What is factand what is fiction?
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  • Now there's a biblically basedbook you can trust.
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  • A look insideDr. David Jeremiah's book,
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  • "Revealing the Mysteriesof Heaven,"
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  • gives you a glimpseinto eternity as Dr. Jeremiah
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  • answers your most pressingquestions about the afterlife.
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  • Questions likehow do we get to heaven?
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  • Who will be there?
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  • And where exactly is it?
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  • Dive into this studywith Dr. Jeremiah
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  • and discoverhow our understanding
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  • of heaven matters today
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  • and can focus every other partof our Christian life.
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  • This inspiring ten-chapter bookis only available exclusively
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Lord, I surrender all ♪
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  • ♪ to your strongand faithful hand ♪
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  • ♪ In everything I will givethanks to you ♪
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  • ♪ and I'll just trustyour perfect plan ♪
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  • ♪ When I don't knowwhat to do ♪
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  • ♪ I'll lift my hands ♪
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  • ♪ When I don't knowwhat to say ♪
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  • ♪ I'll speak your praise ♪
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  • ♪ When I don't knowwhere to go ♪
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  • ♪ I'll run to your throne ♪
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  • ♪ When I don't knowwhat to think, Lord ♪
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  • ♪ I'll standon your truth ♪
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  • ♪ when I don't knowwhat to do ♪
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  • ♪ oh, oh, oh ♪
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  • ♪ Lord, I'll surrender all ♪
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  • ♪ Though I'll never,never understand ♪
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  • ♪ all the mysteriesaround me, yeah ♪
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  • ♪ I'll just trustyour perfect plan ♪
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  • ♪ When I don't knowwhat to ♪
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  • ♪ I'll lift my hands ♪
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  • ♪ When I don't knowwhat to say ♪
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  • ♪ I'll speak your praise ♪
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  • ♪ When I don't knowwhere to go ♪
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  • ♪ I'll run to your throne ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, when I don't knowwhat to think ♪
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  • ♪ I'll standon your truth ♪
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  • ♪ when I don't knowwhat to do ♪
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  • ♪ when I don't knowwhat to do, yeah ♪
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  • ♪ As I bow my knee,send your perfect peace ♪
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  • ♪ send your perfect peace,Lord ♪
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  • ♪ As I lift my hands,let your healing come ♪
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  • ♪ let your healingcome to me ♪
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  • ♪ As I bow my knee,send your perfect peace ♪
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  • ♪ send your perfect peace,Lord ♪
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  • ♪ As I lift my hands,let your healing come ♪
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  • ♪ let your healingcome to me ♪
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  • Michael: Come on.
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  • ♪ As I bow my knee,send your perfect peace ♪
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  • ♪ send your perfect peace,Lord ♪
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  • ♪ As I lift my hands,let your healing come ♪
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  • ♪ let your healingcome to me ♪
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  • ♪ As I bow my knee,send your perfect peace ♪
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  • ♪ send your perfect peace,Lord ♪
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  • ♪ As I lift my hands,let your healing come ♪
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  • ♪ let your healingcome to me ♪
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  • ♪ yeah, oh, yeah ♪
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  • ♪ When I don't know whatto do, I'll lift my hands ♪
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  • ♪ When I don't knowwhat to say, Lord ♪
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  • ♪ I'll speak your praise ♪
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  • ♪ When I don't knowwhere to go ♪
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  • ♪ I'll run to your throne ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, when I don't knowwhat to think ♪
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  • ♪ I'll stand on your truth ♪
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  • ♪ When I don't knowwhat to do, yeah ♪
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  • ♪ I'll lift my hands ♪
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  • ♪ When I don't knowwhat to say, Lord ♪
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  • ♪ I'll speak your praise ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, when I don't knowwhere to go ♪
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  • ♪ I'll run to your throne ♪
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  • ♪ Yes, Lord,when I don't know ♪
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  • ♪ what to think ♪
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  • ♪ I'll stand on your truth ♪
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  • ♪ when I don't knowwhat to do ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, when I don't knowwhat to do, Lord ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, I'll run to you,Lord, oh ♪
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  • ♪ when I don't knowwhat to do ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, yes, Lord, Lord,Lord, Lord, yeah ♪
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  • ♪ [vocalizing] ♪
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  • ♪ I love you,Lord, oh ♪
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  • ♪ when I don't knowwhat to do ♪♪
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  • female announcer:For more than three decades,
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  • David Jeremiah and Turning Pointhave delivered
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  • the unchanging Word of Godto an ever-changing world,
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  • through radio, books,and print resources,
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  • television and online,people around the world
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  • have received the gospel.
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  • The strength and encouragementto help them through
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  • their greatest trials andconsistent Bible-strong teaching
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  • for their walk with God.
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  • And it has only been possiblewith the help
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Michael:Before we sing a song,
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  • I wanted to encourage youwith a verse here.
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  • Out of Matthew, it says,"Come to me,
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  • all you who laborand are heavy laden,
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  • and I will give you rest.
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  • Take my yoke upon youand learn from me,
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  • for I am gentleand lowly in heart,
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  • and you will find restfor your souls.
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  • For my yoke is easyand my burden is light."
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  • I love that verse, but I lovethe beginning it too where
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  • it says, "Come to me," andthat's what God wants us to do.
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  • He wants us to bringour burdens.
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  • He wants us to bringour praises right to him.
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  • So I wanna encourage you,during this song,
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  • bring those to him.
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  • Bring thoseto the throne of God.
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  • Bring your good times,your bad times,
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  • what you're worried about,what you're thankful for,
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  • and you'll be blessed.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ I've carried a burdenfor too long on my own ♪
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  • ♪ and I wasn't createdto bear it alone ♪
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  • ♪ I hear your invitationto let it all go ♪
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  • ♪ and I see it now ♪
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  • ♪ I'm layin' it down ♪
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  • ♪ and I know thatI need you ♪
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  • ♪ I run to the Father ♪
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  • ♪ I fall into grace ♪
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  • ♪ I'm done with the hiding,no reason to wait ♪
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  • ♪ My heart needsa surgeon ♪
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  • ♪ My soul needsa friend ♪
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  • ♪ so I run to the Fatheragain and again ♪
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  • ♪ and again and again ♪
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  • ♪ oh, oh, oh,oh, oh, oh ♪
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  • ♪ You saw my condition,had a plan from the start ♪
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  • ♪ Your Son for redemption,the price for my heart ♪
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  • ♪ And I don't have a contextfor that kind of love ♪
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  • ♪ I don't understand ♪
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  • ♪ I can't comprehend ♪
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  • ♪ All I know is I need you ♪
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  • ♪ I run to the Father ♪
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  • ♪ I fall into grace ♪
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  • ♪ I'm done with the hiding,no reason to wait ♪
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  • ♪ My heart needsa surgeon ♪
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  • ♪ My soul needs a friend,and so I run to the Father ♪
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  • ♪ again and again andagain and again, oh, oh ♪
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  • ♪ oh, oh, again and againand again and again ♪
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  • ♪ oh, oh, oh, oh,again and again ♪
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  • ♪ My heart has beenin your sights ♪
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  • ♪ long beforemy first breath ♪
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  • ♪ Runnin' into your arms isrunnin' to life from death ♪
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  • ♪ and I feel this rushdeep in my chest ♪
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  • ♪ Your mercy is calling out ♪
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  • ♪ Just as I am,you pull me in ♪
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  • ♪ and I knowI need you now ♪
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  • ♪ I'll run to the Father ♪
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  • ♪ I fall into grace ♪
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  • ♪ I'm done with the hiding,no reason to wait ♪
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  • ♪ My heart needsa surgeon ♪
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  • ♪ My soul needs a friend,and so I run ♪
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  • ♪ to the Fatheragain and again ♪
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  • ♪ I run to the Father ♪
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  • ♪ I fall into grace ♪
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  • ♪ I'm done with the hiding,no reason to wait ♪
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  • ♪ My heart founda surgeon ♪
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  • ♪ My soul found a friend,so I run to the Father ♪
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  • ♪ again and againand again and again ♪
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  • ♪ oh, oh, oh, oh ♪
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  • ♪ again and againand again and again ♪
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  • ♪ oh, oh, oh, oh ♪
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  • ♪ again and againand again and again ♪♪
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  • And now here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Tough-Minded About Heaven."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:Often, people tell me,
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  • when they know that we're gonnabe talking about this subject
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  • or even after they've been hereto hear the teaching on it,
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  • that perhaps we are not reallybeing very practical.
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  • The way they say it is usuallysomething like this:
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  • "You know, Pastor,we shouldn't be
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  • so concerned about heaven.
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  • After all,when we get to heaven,
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  • there'll be plenty of timeto be worried about heaven.
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  • We need to be spendin' ourenergies and our time here.
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  • Will we not have all eternityto worry about heaven?
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  • And aren't peoplewho are heavenly minded
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  • usually no earthly good?"
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  • I've actually had peopletell me that.
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  • Now, if we didn't havethe New Testament,
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  • we might be ableto reason like that,
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  • but one of the most consistenttruths of the New Testament
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  • is this: What you thinkabout heaven determines
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  • how you live today.
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  • The future is like an anchorthat has been cast ahead of us,
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  • and it is pulling usinto the future.
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  • In his 2nd epistle, Peter endshis letter with a question.
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  • After describing the renovationof the earth at the end of
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  • the age--and you all know aboutthat because we studied it,
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  • how the earth is going to berenovated and made new.
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  • At the end of his discussionof the renovation of the earth,
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  • Peter, in verse 11,of chapter 3,
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  • of 2 Peter, says this:
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  • "Therefore, since allthese things will be dissolved,
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  • what manner of personsought you to be?"
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  • Not "What manner of personsought you to be in the future?"
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  • but "What manner of personsought you to be now?"
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  • His question is at the veryheart of our discussion today.
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  • What difference does it make nowthat we know about heaven
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  • and God's future plans for us?
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  • How should we live nowin light of what we know
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  • about the future?
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  • In the next versesof this chapter,
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  • the apostle tells usin straightforward language
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  • what kind of peoplewe ought to be.
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  • Let me remind us all that,when we learn new truth,
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  • with that truth comesnew responsibility.
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  • Because we know some thingsnow that we did not know before,
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  • we can never live the sameas we lived before.
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  • We must be different peoplebecause of our exposure
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  • to God's Word.
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  • I've been thinking and prayinglately about the importance
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  • of these days in my own life,and I believe with all my heart,
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  • if you and I are to realizeall that God has for us,
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  • we are gonna have to disciplineour minds to think biblically.
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  • The explosion of informationthat is assaulting our minds
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  • and hearts from the mediais not leading us toward
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  • a biblical mind-set, and we aregoing to drown in all of this
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  • if we don't make up our mindsabout a few things.
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  • And when I say,"make up our minds,"
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  • I mean, be tough-mindedabout these things.
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  • Hold your place nowin 2 Peter 3,
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  • and go back, if you would,to 1 Peter chapter 1,
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  • and look at verse 13.
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  • I wanna give you a little phrasethat I hope
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  • you will never forget.
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  • 1 Peter 1, in verse 13,and I wanna just read
  • 00:23:57.909 --> 00:24:00.712
  • the first part of that verse.
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  • Here's what it says:"Therefore, gird up the loins
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  • of your mind and be sober."
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  • It's the only place where thatexact expression is found
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  • in the New Testament.
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  • Peter is using an orientalexpression in this verse that
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  • described how a Jewish personwould get ready to run
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  • or get ready to engagein battle.
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  • As you know, the Jewswore long, flowing robes,
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  • and when it was time for themto move quickly,
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  • to be disciplined in theirapproach to some process,
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  • the Jews would take that long,flowing robe,
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  • and they would gather it up,and they would stuffed it down
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  • in their belt or in the girdlethat went around their waist
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  • so that the long, flowing robewouldn't get in the way
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  • of their moving forward.
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  • Now, using that expression,Peter says--
  • 00:24:47.826 --> 00:24:49.995
  • now, watch this--
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  • "It's time for us to gird upthe loins of our mind."
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  • One translator has put itthis way:
  • 00:24:56.167 --> 00:24:57.969
  • "Roll up the sleevesof your mind."
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  • Does that communicatewhat you need to hear?
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  • He's saying we can't be sloppyin our thinking anymore.
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  • We can't be casualin how we think about life.
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  • We really have to gird upthe loins of our mind.
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  • We have to roll up the sleevesof our mind
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  • and begin to be tough-mindedand think critically about
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  • some things because,if we just float along
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  • with the culture,we will be victimized by it.
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  • We are not like everyonearound us.
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  • We are not like the worldin which we live.
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  • We are God's people.
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  • We're different.
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  • But in order for us to maintainthat difference,
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  • we have to gird up the loinsof our mind.
  • 00:25:35.440 --> 00:25:38.076
  • Now, Peter says,back in 2 Peter,
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  • that when we know what we knowabout what God has planned
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  • for us, it's gonna changethe way we think.
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  • And I wanna just take youthrough this passage
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  • of Scripture, and I wannashow you what Peter has to say.
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  • Here, in 2 Peter chapter 3,are five things that demand
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  • our tough-mindedness.
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  • These are five thingsthat are true
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  • because Jesus is coming back.
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  • Five things that are truebecause there is a heaven,
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  • and there is a hell.
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  • Five things that we all needto take seriously because
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  • we know where we're goin'.
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  • Now, notice, first of all,we're to be tough-minded
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  • about our purity.
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  • Tough-minded about our purity.
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  • 2 Peter, chapter 3, verse 11,
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  • "Therefore, since allthese things will be dissolved,
  • 00:26:25.890 --> 00:26:29.294
  • what manner of personsought you to be
  • 00:26:29.327 --> 00:26:31.763
  • in holy conduct and godliness?"
  • 00:26:31.796 --> 00:26:36.167
  • In this one verse,Peter describes the lifestyle
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  • of a Christ-followerwho understands
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  • the future plan of God.
  • 00:26:41.806 --> 00:26:43.775
  • Notice, first of all,he says that we're to be people
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  • of holy conduct.
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  • The word "holy,""hagios," means,
  • 00:26:48.680 --> 00:26:51.182
  • "to be set apartfor the service of God."
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  • Peter, over in chapter 1, again,in that very same verse--
  • 00:26:53.952 --> 00:26:57.555
  • we looked at it a minute ago--
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  • Peter addresses the same issuein his first letter.
  • 00:26:59.357 --> 00:27:02.027
  • Go back to 1 Peter chapter 1,and verse 13.
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  • Now, notice what he saysin the rest of that passage:
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  • "Therefore, gird upthe loins of your mind,
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  • and be sober, and rest your hopefully upon the grace
  • 00:27:10.635 --> 00:27:13.905
  • that is to be brought to you atthe revelation of Jesus Christ.
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  • As obedient children,not conforming yourselves
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  • to the former lusts,as in your ignorance,
  • 00:27:20.578 --> 00:27:23.481
  • but as he who hascalled you is holy,
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  • you also be holyin all your conduct,
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  • because it is written,'Be holy, for I am holy.'"
  • 00:27:29.954 --> 00:27:34.092
  • Peter tells us that we are to betough-minded about godliness,
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  • and this illustratesthe importance
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  • of the inward attitudetoward God.
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  • Now, Peter is telling us--and ifwe're gonna be godly people
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  • in this generation, we've gottaput some exercise into it.
  • 00:27:46.671 --> 00:27:50.175
  • We gotta exert ourselves.
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  • It doesn't just happen to us.
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  • You don't just wake up one day,and it's all different.
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  • The exercises and the readingof the Word of God and in prayer
  • 00:27:56.514 --> 00:27:59.451
  • and in making sure you'rein church and doing the things
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  • that you know are goingto cause you to be a more
  • 00:28:02.320 --> 00:28:04.823
  • godly person--you're not gonnajust become godly automatically.
  • 00:28:04.856 --> 00:28:08.693
  • In Titus chapter 2,in verse 12, he says,
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  • not only are we to pursuegodliness,
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  • but we're to deny ungodliness.
  • 00:28:13.231 --> 00:28:16.668
  • These are all action words.These are not spiritual terms.
  • 00:28:16.701 --> 00:28:19.738
  • This is not some sortof a mystery.
  • 00:28:19.771 --> 00:28:22.040
  • This is everyday experienceon our part.
  • 00:28:22.073 --> 00:28:24.909
  • Because we know someday,we're gonna go and live
  • 00:28:24.943 --> 00:28:28.079
  • with a holy God, we're to bein process right now,
  • 00:28:28.113 --> 00:28:31.449
  • becoming more and morelike him in holiness
  • 00:28:31.483 --> 00:28:34.452
  • and righteousnessand godly conduct.
  • 00:28:34.486 --> 00:28:36.788
  • Now, put that over here,and then put over here
  • 00:28:36.821 --> 00:28:39.457
  • what you're exposed toevery day on television,
  • 00:28:39.491 --> 00:28:42.060
  • in the media, in the placeswhere you work.
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  • Do you understand why you haveto be tough-minded about this?
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  • You have to get upin the morning.
  • 00:28:47.499 --> 00:28:49.100
  • You've got to makesome decisions about
  • 00:28:49.134 --> 00:28:50.902
  • how you're gonna letyour life be lived--
  • 00:28:50.935 --> 00:28:54.105
  • tough-minded about purity.
  • 00:28:54.139 --> 00:28:57.008
  • Now, if you sensitize yourselfto what I'm saying today,
  • 00:28:57.041 --> 00:29:01.613
  • if you let this be a little gridthat you have in your mind,
  • 00:29:01.646 --> 00:29:04.549
  • you will discover thatover and over and,
  • 00:29:04.582 --> 00:29:07.318
  • I mean, over againin the New Testament,
  • 00:29:07.352 --> 00:29:10.722
  • the Holy Spirit associatesgodliness and holiness
  • 00:29:10.755 --> 00:29:15.126
  • and purity with the returnof the Lord to this earth.
  • 00:29:15.160 --> 00:29:19.931
  • Those of you who say, "Well,knowing about the future doesn't
  • 00:29:19.964 --> 00:29:23.168
  • have anything to do with today,"you're giving yourself away.
  • 00:29:23.201 --> 00:29:26.037
  • You haven't read your Bible.
  • 00:29:26.070 --> 00:29:28.873
  • I have known some of this,but this week,
  • 00:29:28.907 --> 00:29:31.342
  • I became fully equippedon this particular subject,
  • 00:29:31.376 --> 00:29:35.213
  • and it has stunned me to seehow often in the New Testament
  • 00:29:35.246 --> 00:29:38.783
  • you have the truth of Jesuscoming back,
  • 00:29:38.817 --> 00:29:42.587
  • or heaven or the future,and in the same verse,
  • 00:29:42.620 --> 00:29:45.523
  • because of that, this iswhat you should be like.
  • 00:29:45.557 --> 00:29:48.660
  • Now, I'm just gonna give youa little survey,
  • 00:29:48.693 --> 00:29:50.495
  • and here's what I wannaassign you to do.
  • 00:29:50.528 --> 00:29:52.297
  • I want you to notice two thingsin every passage.
  • 00:29:52.330 --> 00:29:55.867
  • I want you to noticethe return of Christ,
  • 00:29:55.900 --> 00:29:58.570
  • the Second Coming, the future,and holiness, godliness,
  • 00:29:58.603 --> 00:30:02.040
  • impurity, all right?
  • 00:30:02.073 --> 00:30:03.441
  • You ready for this?Here we go.
  • 00:30:03.474 --> 00:30:04.976
  • 1 Corinthians 1:7-8,"Waiting for the revelation
  • 00:30:05.009 --> 00:30:09.314
  • of the Lord Jesus Christ--"there's the future--
  • 00:30:09.347 --> 00:30:11.549
  • "who will conform youto the end, that you might be
  • 00:30:11.583 --> 00:30:14.285
  • blameless in the dayof the Lord Jesus Christ."
  • 00:30:14.319 --> 00:30:17.422
  • There's holiness.
  • 00:30:17.455 --> 00:30:19.123
  • Colossians 3:4-5, "When Christwho is our life appears,
  • 00:30:19.157 --> 00:30:22.493
  • then you will also appearwith him in glory.
  • 00:30:22.527 --> 00:30:25.063
  • Therefore put to death yourmembers which are on the earth:
  • 00:30:25.096 --> 00:30:28.733
  • fornication, uncleanness,passion, evil desire,
  • 00:30:28.766 --> 00:30:31.402
  • covetousness, and idolatry."
  • 00:30:31.436 --> 00:30:33.838
  • 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13,"And may the Lord make you
  • 00:30:33.872 --> 00:30:36.975
  • increase and abound in loveto one another and to all,
  • 00:30:37.008 --> 00:30:39.777
  • just as we do to you,so that he may establish
  • 00:30:39.811 --> 00:30:42.046
  • your hearts blamelessin holiness before
  • 00:30:42.080 --> 00:30:45.083
  • our God and Father at the comingof the Lord Jesus Christ."
  • 00:30:45.116 --> 00:30:49.254
  • There it is again.
  • 00:30:49.287 --> 00:30:51.055
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23,"May the God of peace himself
  • 00:30:51.089 --> 00:30:53.458
  • sanctify you completely,and may your whole spirit,
  • 00:30:53.491 --> 00:30:56.861
  • soul, and body be preservedblameless at the coming
  • 00:30:56.895 --> 00:31:00.598
  • of our Lord Jesus Christ."
  • 00:31:00.632 --> 00:31:02.934
  • 1 John 2:28, "And now,little children, abide in him,
  • 00:31:02.967 --> 00:31:06.304
  • that when he appears,we may have confidence
  • 00:31:06.337 --> 00:31:09.641
  • and not be ashamedbefore him in his coming."
  • 00:31:09.674 --> 00:31:13.378
  • 1 John 3:2-3, "Beloved,now are we the children of God,
  • 00:31:13.411 --> 00:31:17.181
  • and it has not yet revealedwhat we shall be,
  • 00:31:17.215 --> 00:31:19.651
  • but we know thatwhen he is revealed,
  • 00:31:19.684 --> 00:31:22.921
  • we shall be like him,for we shall see him as he is.
  • 00:31:22.954 --> 00:31:26.190
  • And everyone--" watch this.
  • 00:31:26.224 --> 00:31:28.226
  • "Everyone who has this hopein home purifies himself,
  • 00:31:28.259 --> 00:31:31.796
  • just as he is pure."
  • 00:31:31.829 --> 00:31:34.732
  • You got that?
  • 00:31:34.766 --> 00:31:36.901
  • When you read about the future,it always has an impact
  • 00:31:36.935 --> 00:31:40.171
  • on the present.
  • 00:31:40.204 --> 00:31:42.040
  • Because he's coming back,it ought to motivate us
  • 00:31:42.073 --> 00:31:44.909
  • to live in a more godly way.
  • 00:31:44.943 --> 00:31:48.646
  • I've been recommending to you,during this series,
  • 00:31:48.680 --> 00:31:50.581
  • a book by Randy Alcorn,which is, in my estimation,
  • 00:31:50.615 --> 00:31:52.917
  • the best book on heaventhat's ever been written.
  • 00:31:52.951 --> 00:31:55.954
  • One place in the bookhe was talking a little bit
  • 00:31:55.987 --> 00:31:57.789
  • around this subject.
  • 00:31:57.822 --> 00:31:59.123
  • Here's what he said.
  • 00:31:59.157 --> 00:32:00.458
  • He said, "If my wedding date ison the calendar and I'm thinking
  • 00:32:00.491 --> 00:32:03.828
  • of the person I'm gonna marry,I shouldn't be an easy target
  • 00:32:03.861 --> 00:32:07.265
  • for seduction.
  • 00:32:07.298 --> 00:32:09.200
  • Likewise, when I've meditatedon heaven,
  • 00:32:09.233 --> 00:32:12.070
  • sin is terribly unappealing.
  • 00:32:12.103 --> 00:32:14.072
  • It's when my mind driftsfrom heaven
  • 00:32:14.105 --> 00:32:16.407
  • that sin seems attractive.
  • 00:32:16.441 --> 00:32:18.776
  • Thinking of heaven leadsinevitably to pursuing holiness.
  • 00:32:18.810 --> 00:32:22.580
  • Our high tolerance for sintestifies of our failure
  • 00:32:22.613 --> 00:32:26.784
  • to prepare for heaven.
  • 00:32:26.818 --> 00:32:30.021
  • If I believe I'll spend eternityin a world of unending beauty
  • 00:32:30.054 --> 00:32:34.625
  • and adventure, will I be contentto spend all my evenings staring
  • 00:32:34.659 --> 00:32:38.763
  • at game shows, sitcoms,and ball games?
  • 00:32:38.796 --> 00:32:42.033
  • Even if I keep my eyes off ofimpurities," he wrote, "how much
  • 00:32:42.066 --> 00:32:46.070
  • time will I want to investin what doesn't really matter?"
  • 00:32:46.104 --> 00:32:50.375
  • You see, the futureis like an anchor out there,
  • 00:32:50.408 --> 00:32:54.345
  • and it's reeling us in.
  • 00:32:54.379 --> 00:32:55.880
  • And on the way through,it's calling us
  • 00:32:55.913 --> 00:32:58.149
  • to a holiness of life.
  • 00:32:58.182 --> 00:33:00.651
  • I'll tell you what, that'sa message that's needed
  • 00:33:00.685 --> 00:33:02.787
  • in our culture today more thanany other message because,
  • 00:33:02.820 --> 00:33:04.989
  • little by little,we are allowing the world
  • 00:33:05.023 --> 00:33:07.225
  • to pour us into its mold.
  • 00:33:07.258 --> 00:33:09.193
  • Do you know how I know that?
  • 00:33:09.227 --> 00:33:10.928
  • Just think about all the thingsthat used to be
  • 00:33:10.962 --> 00:33:13.064
  • almost intolerable to youthat you now tolerate.
  • 00:33:13.097 --> 00:33:16.768
  • Think about the thingsthat you used to never dream
  • 00:33:16.801 --> 00:33:19.203
  • you'd be involved in and,little by little, you've gained
  • 00:33:19.237 --> 00:33:21.539
  • a comfort with it.
  • 00:33:21.572 --> 00:33:23.141
  • The world has,little by little--
  • 00:33:23.174 --> 00:33:24.675
  • And so, what I'm sayingto you men is this.
  • 00:33:24.709 --> 00:33:26.511
  • What I'm sayingto you women is this.
  • 00:33:26.544 --> 00:33:28.379
  • We need to be tough-mindedabout purity.
  • 00:33:28.413 --> 00:33:32.984
  • All right, let me give youthe second one.
  • 00:33:33.017 --> 00:33:34.719
  • Secondly here,back in 2 Peter chapter 3,
  • 00:33:34.752 --> 00:33:36.788
  • I want you to noticethat we're to be tough-minded
  • 00:33:36.821 --> 00:33:39.157
  • about his promises.
  • 00:33:39.190 --> 00:33:41.526
  • 2 Peter 3:12 says: "Lookingfor and hastening the coming
  • 00:33:41.559 --> 00:33:46.431
  • of the day of the Lord."
  • 00:33:46.464 --> 00:33:48.633
  • Now what Peter's talkingabout here is that we must
  • 00:33:48.666 --> 00:33:52.570
  • be tough-minded about this factthat Jesus is coming back
  • 00:33:52.603 --> 00:33:56.641
  • because, you know, a lotof people who call themselves
  • 00:33:56.674 --> 00:33:58.576
  • evangelicalsdon't really believe it or,
  • 00:33:58.609 --> 00:34:00.711
  • if they do believe it,they don't think
  • 00:34:00.745 --> 00:34:02.280
  • it's very important.
  • 00:34:02.313 --> 00:34:03.614
  • I've actually had people say,"You know, I don't care if
  • 00:34:03.648 --> 00:34:05.116
  • you're pre-Trib, mid-Trib,post-Trib, whatever you are,
  • 00:34:05.149 --> 00:34:08.953
  • doesn't matter.
  • 00:34:08.986 --> 00:34:10.288
  • You shouldn't be studyingall that stuff.
  • 00:34:10.321 --> 00:34:11.923
  • You're just wasting your time.
  • 00:34:11.956 --> 00:34:13.558
  • It's like trying to figure outhow many angels can perch
  • 00:34:13.591 --> 00:34:15.493
  • on the head of a pin, you know?"
  • 00:34:15.526 --> 00:34:16.894
  • That's what they think,you know?
  • 00:34:16.928 --> 00:34:18.563
  • It's just reallynot really important.
  • 00:34:18.596 --> 00:34:20.098
  • But people who say that don'treally have the right attitude
  • 00:34:20.131 --> 00:34:25.002
  • and they've losttheir tough-mindedness
  • 00:34:25.036 --> 00:34:28.005
  • about the future.
  • 00:34:28.039 --> 00:34:29.707
  • You see, the Bible teachesabout the future.
  • 00:34:29.740 --> 00:34:33.144
  • If you take all of theinformation out of the Bible
  • 00:34:33.177 --> 00:34:35.780
  • that has to do with everythingthat's gonna happen after
  • 00:34:35.813 --> 00:34:37.582
  • you and I aren't here or afterthe Rapture, you would take
  • 00:34:37.615 --> 00:34:42.086
  • about one-fourth of the Bibleand destroy it.
  • 00:34:42.120 --> 00:34:45.623
  • One-fourth or betterof the Bible is all about
  • 00:34:45.656 --> 00:34:48.426
  • what's gonna happenin the future.
  • 00:34:48.459 --> 00:34:50.194
  • Now, if God thought it wasimportant enough to put it in
  • 00:34:50.228 --> 00:34:52.263
  • this book and preserve this bookfor all these years accurately,
  • 00:34:52.296 --> 00:34:56.300
  • I'd best be finding outwhat that's all about.
  • 00:34:56.334 --> 00:34:59.470
  • Not just out of curiosity,but out of a desire to find out
  • 00:34:59.504 --> 00:35:02.907
  • how that's gonna affect my life.
  • 00:35:02.940 --> 00:35:05.543
  • And Peter says we needto be tough-minded
  • 00:35:05.576 --> 00:35:07.278
  • about the promises of God.
  • 00:35:07.311 --> 00:35:08.713
  • He has promised that he iscoming back, that Christ
  • 00:35:08.746 --> 00:35:11.516
  • is coming back to this earth.
  • 00:35:11.549 --> 00:35:12.950
  • We believe he's coming firstin the Rapture and then later
  • 00:35:12.984 --> 00:35:15.520
  • coming with his saints to set uphis kingdom on this earth.
  • 00:35:15.553 --> 00:35:18.656
  • The Bible says Jesusis coming back.
  • 00:35:18.689 --> 00:35:20.558
  • Do you believe that?
  • 00:35:20.591 --> 00:35:21.893
  • "Well, yeah, I suppose."
  • 00:35:21.926 --> 00:35:23.227
  • No, no, it can't be like that.
  • 00:35:23.261 --> 00:35:25.329
  • You have to believe itwith all your heart
  • 00:35:25.363 --> 00:35:26.898
  • and with all your mind.
  • 00:35:26.931 --> 00:35:28.232
  • You've gotta develop atough-mindedness about it.
  • 00:35:28.266 --> 00:35:30.735
  • You see, Peter already knewwhat our generation
  • 00:35:30.768 --> 00:35:34.238
  • was gonna be like.
  • 00:35:34.272 --> 00:35:35.573
  • Look down in your Biblesat chapter 3 of 2 Peter
  • 00:35:35.606 --> 00:35:38.242
  • and verses 3 and 4.
  • 00:35:38.276 --> 00:35:39.577
  • Listen to what it says: "Knowingthat first that scoffers will
  • 00:35:39.610 --> 00:35:43.447
  • come in the last days, walkingaccording to their own lusts,
  • 00:35:43.481 --> 00:35:47.818
  • and saying, 'Where isthe promise of His coming?
  • 00:35:47.852 --> 00:35:52.223
  • For since the fathersfell asleep, all things continue
  • 00:35:52.256 --> 00:35:54.692
  • as they were from the beginningof creation.'"
  • 00:35:54.725 --> 00:35:58.396
  • Now, that's just exactlywhat the attitude is today.
  • 00:35:58.429 --> 00:36:00.932
  • You know, "Hey, Pastor,what do you mean,
  • 00:36:00.965 --> 00:36:02.266
  • the Lord's coming back?
  • 00:36:02.300 --> 00:36:03.601
  • Look, he's been gonefor 2000-plus years.
  • 00:36:03.634 --> 00:36:04.936
  • He's not coming back.
  • 00:36:04.969 --> 00:36:06.270
  • If he was coming back,he'd be back."
  • 00:36:06.304 --> 00:36:08.206
  • And they forget that 1 dayis with the Lord is 1000 years,
  • 00:36:08.239 --> 00:36:10.641
  • and 1000 years is 1 day, that hedoesn't keep time the way we do.
  • 00:36:10.675 --> 00:36:14.946
  • You know, since he madethat promise,
  • 00:36:14.979 --> 00:36:16.380
  • a few minutes has gone by.
  • 00:36:16.414 --> 00:36:18.716
  • But one day, he's coming back.
  • 00:36:18.749 --> 00:36:21.485
  • And we have to rememberthat what God has said is true.
  • 00:36:21.519 --> 00:36:24.889
  • Let me tell you something,there are countless numbers of
  • 00:36:24.922 --> 00:36:26.924
  • prophecies in the Old Testamentabout his First Coming and
  • 00:36:26.958 --> 00:36:29.427
  • every single one of them werefulfilled in exact proportion
  • 00:36:29.460 --> 00:36:32.663
  • to the prophecy.
  • 00:36:32.697 --> 00:36:34.932
  • The same God who fulfilledhis prophecies of his coming
  • 00:36:34.966 --> 00:36:37.435
  • at Bethlehem has made somestatements about his coming
  • 00:36:37.468 --> 00:36:39.804
  • in the future and they will befulfilled as exactly as the ones
  • 00:36:39.837 --> 00:36:42.607
  • were in the First Coming.
  • 00:36:42.640 --> 00:36:45.209
  • So Peter says be tough-mindedabout his return.
  • 00:36:45.243 --> 00:36:50.181
  • C.S. Lewis wrote this.
  • 00:36:50.214 --> 00:36:51.582
  • He said, "I must keep alivein myself the desire for
  • 00:36:51.616 --> 00:36:54.685
  • my true country which I shallnot find until after my death.
  • 00:36:54.719 --> 00:36:59.223
  • I must never let it get snowedunder or turned aside.
  • 00:36:59.257 --> 00:37:03.027
  • I must make it the main objectof life to press on to that
  • 00:37:03.060 --> 00:37:06.297
  • other country and help as manyas I can do the very same."
  • 00:37:06.330 --> 00:37:11.369
  • We need to be tough-mindedabout the promises of God.
  • 00:37:11.402 --> 00:37:14.038
  • He tells us that we're to belooking for
  • 00:37:14.071 --> 00:37:16.374
  • and hastening his coming.
  • 00:37:16.407 --> 00:37:18.476
  • Philippians 3:20 says: "We'reto eagerly wait for the Savior."
  • 00:37:18.509 --> 00:37:22.113
  • Titus 2:13 says: "We're to lookfor his coming."
  • 00:37:22.146 --> 00:37:25.616
  • Hebrews 9:28 says: "We'reto eagerly wait for his coming."
  • 00:37:25.650 --> 00:37:30.321
  • And when Peter writesin verse 12 that we are
  • 00:37:30.354 --> 00:37:32.223
  • hastening the coming ofthe Lord, he is reminding us
  • 00:37:32.256 --> 00:37:35.159
  • that we're to earnestly desirethe coming of the Lord.
  • 00:37:35.192 --> 00:37:39.730
  • Paul put it this way toward theend of his life: 2 Timothy 4:8:
  • 00:37:39.764 --> 00:37:43.801
  • "Finally, there is laid up forme the crown of righteousness,
  • 00:37:43.834 --> 00:37:46.370
  • which the Lord,the righteous Judge,
  • 00:37:46.404 --> 00:37:48.639
  • will give to me on that Day,
  • 00:37:48.673 --> 00:37:50.308
  • and not to me only butto also to all who have," what?
  • 00:37:50.341 --> 00:37:54.045
  • "Loved His appearing."
  • 00:37:54.078 --> 00:37:56.247
  • Do you love his appearing?
  • 00:37:56.280 --> 00:37:58.516
  • We ought to thinkabout it regularly.
  • 00:37:58.549 --> 00:38:00.918
  • You know, I think we dothat maybe as we get
  • 00:38:00.951 --> 00:38:02.253
  • a little bit older.
  • 00:38:02.286 --> 00:38:03.587
  • We keep thinking maybe theRapture's gonna come and beat us
  • 00:38:03.621 --> 00:38:05.156
  • out of death, you know?
  • 00:38:05.189 --> 00:38:07.425
  • But we're to think about thatbecause that's the Word of God.
  • 00:38:07.458 --> 00:38:10.328
  • Number three, not only should webe tough-minded about purity and
  • 00:38:10.361 --> 00:38:13.931
  • tough-minded about his promises,but we need to be tough-minded
  • 00:38:13.964 --> 00:38:17.435
  • about our purpose.
  • 00:38:17.468 --> 00:38:19.036
  • Notice verse 14,2 Peter chapter 3: "Therefore,
  • 00:38:19.070 --> 00:38:21.906
  • beloved, looking forwardto these things," what things?
  • 00:38:21.939 --> 00:38:25.843
  • The things we've been talkingabout: heaven and
  • 00:38:25.876 --> 00:38:27.778
  • the dissolution of the earth,and all the promises God has.
  • 00:38:27.812 --> 00:38:29.947
  • "Looking forward to thesethings," watch this,
  • 00:38:29.980 --> 00:38:32.616
  • "be diligent to be found by Himin peace,
  • 00:38:32.650 --> 00:38:35.953
  • without spot and blameless."
  • 00:38:35.986 --> 00:38:38.522
  • Now, the words "be diligent"here in 2 Peter are found
  • 00:38:38.556 --> 00:38:41.959
  • three times in this Epistle.
  • 00:38:41.992 --> 00:38:44.829
  • The first time is in 2 Peter 1:5through 7 where we're told
  • 00:38:44.862 --> 00:38:48.232
  • to "be diligence,to add to our faith virtue,
  • 00:38:48.265 --> 00:38:51.969
  • and to our virtue knowledge."
  • 00:38:52.002 --> 00:38:53.304
  • That's a good passage.
  • 00:38:53.337 --> 00:38:54.638
  • We should go and reviewthat again sometime.
  • 00:38:54.672 --> 00:38:57.141
  • The second time isin 2 Peter 1:10:
  • 00:38:57.174 --> 00:38:59.577
  • "Therefore, brethren, be evenmore diligent--be even more
  • 00:38:59.610 --> 00:39:03.481
  • diligent to make your calland your election sure,
  • 00:39:03.514 --> 00:39:07.418
  • for if you do these thingsyou will never stumble."
  • 00:39:07.451 --> 00:39:11.355
  • Many of you have told me thatduring these days God has put
  • 00:39:11.389 --> 00:39:13.758
  • on your heart what it is you'resupposed to do with your life.
  • 00:39:13.791 --> 00:39:16.427
  • We've actually, as you know,had some people leave our church
  • 00:39:16.460 --> 00:39:18.829
  • and move to another part of thecountry because God told them
  • 00:39:18.863 --> 00:39:21.265
  • that this is somethingthey should do.
  • 00:39:21.298 --> 00:39:22.967
  • And one of our best friends,because of the messages
  • 00:39:23.000 --> 00:39:25.503
  • I preached, went to Floridabecause she felt God
  • 00:39:25.536 --> 00:39:30.274
  • calling her there.
  • 00:39:30.307 --> 00:39:31.842
  • And that was the purpose Godhad for her life.
  • 00:39:31.876 --> 00:39:34.345
  • We know, all of us,that we have been given a gift.
  • 00:39:34.378 --> 00:39:37.681
  • We spent a whole serieson the gifts of the Spirit.
  • 00:39:37.715 --> 00:39:40.651
  • But we have to be tough-mindedabout this, says Peter.
  • 00:39:40.684 --> 00:39:44.655
  • We have to be diligentto make our election
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  • and our calling sure.
  • 00:39:47.858 --> 00:39:49.427
  • We have to be diligent to makesure that our lives are matching
  • 00:39:49.460 --> 00:39:52.763
  • the purpose for whichwe were created.
  • 00:39:52.797 --> 00:39:55.866
  • Do you realize how easy it isto just let days and weeks and
  • 00:39:55.900 --> 00:39:59.837
  • months go by and all of a suddenyou wake up and the thing
  • 00:39:59.870 --> 00:40:03.974
  • to which you have been calledhas been put on the back burner
  • 00:40:04.008 --> 00:40:07.144
  • and it's not even in playin your life.
  • 00:40:07.178 --> 00:40:10.381
  • And one day when you standbefore the Lord as a Christian
  • 00:40:10.414 --> 00:40:12.316
  • you're gonna give an accountfor the things done in the body
  • 00:40:12.349 --> 00:40:15.352
  • and God is gonna tell you,"I gave you a gift.
  • 00:40:15.386 --> 00:40:18.155
  • What did you do with it?"
  • 00:40:18.189 --> 00:40:20.458
  • And you know,there's a lot of teaching
  • 00:40:20.491 --> 00:40:22.493
  • in the teaching of Jesusthat tell us
  • 00:40:22.526 --> 00:40:24.061
  • that's a real situationthat's gonna happen.
  • 00:40:24.094 --> 00:40:26.130
  • And so Peter is saying in lightof the fact that Jesus is
  • 00:40:26.163 --> 00:40:28.766
  • coming back, be diligentabout your purpose.
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  • Make sure you get up every dayand think Christianly.
  • 00:40:32.002 --> 00:40:35.606
  • Gird up the loins of your mindaround the thing God has called
  • 00:40:35.639 --> 00:40:38.742
  • you to do and say, "This is whatI'm--this is what I'm all about.
  • 00:40:38.776 --> 00:40:42.246
  • And a lot of other things aregonna come and try to take me
  • 00:40:42.279 --> 00:40:44.215
  • away from what I'm supposedto be doing
  • 00:40:44.248 --> 00:40:46.383
  • but I'm gonna be tough-minded."
  • 00:40:46.417 --> 00:40:48.919
  • You can't always put God at thebottom of the list and then say,
  • 00:40:48.953 --> 00:40:51.055
  • "I'm making God my priority."
  • 00:40:51.088 --> 00:40:55.125
  • You need to be diligentabout your calling.
  • 00:40:55.159 --> 00:40:58.095
  • Paul understood that heavenwas his goal
  • 00:40:58.128 --> 00:41:00.197
  • and his life reflected this.
  • 00:41:00.231 --> 00:41:02.700
  • He eloquently wroteto the Philippians in
  • 00:41:02.733 --> 00:41:04.835
  • Philippians 3:13-14 these words.
  • 00:41:04.869 --> 00:41:07.104
  • He says: "Brethren,I do not count myself to have
  • 00:41:07.137 --> 00:41:09.974
  • apprehended; but one thingI do," listen to this.
  • 00:41:10.007 --> 00:41:13.177
  • "Forgetting those things whichare behind and reaching forward
  • 00:41:13.210 --> 00:41:17.181
  • to those things which are ahead,I press toward the goal
  • 00:41:17.214 --> 00:41:21.585
  • for the prize of the upward callof God in Christ Jesus."
  • 00:41:21.619 --> 00:41:25.756
  • What was he saying?
  • 00:41:25.789 --> 00:41:27.091
  • "I've had to say noto some stuff.
  • 00:41:27.124 --> 00:41:28.459
  • I had to forget about the pastand I've gotta press toward and
  • 00:41:28.492 --> 00:41:30.928
  • focus in and get tough-mindedabout what God
  • 00:41:30.961 --> 00:41:33.764
  • has called me to do."
  • 00:41:33.797 --> 00:41:35.099
  • Are you tough-minded aboutGod's purpose in your life?
  • 00:41:35.132 --> 00:41:37.868
  • That's one of the things Petersays should come when we realize
  • 00:41:37.902 --> 00:41:39.837
  • that one day we're gonna reportfor the final time.
  • 00:41:39.870 --> 00:41:44.408
  • We're gonna stand beforethe Lord and give an account
  • 00:41:44.441 --> 00:41:46.544
  • of how we've lived our lives.
  • 00:41:46.577 --> 00:41:48.512
  • In light of that, gird upthe loins of your mind, roll up
  • 00:41:48.546 --> 00:41:52.650
  • the sleeves of your mind and betough-minded about your purpose.
  • 00:41:52.683 --> 00:41:56.720
  • Now, here's the fourth one.
  • 00:41:56.754 --> 00:41:58.289
  • Tough-mindedabout your profession.
  • 00:41:58.322 --> 00:42:00.791
  • 2 Peter chapter 3, verse 17:"You therefore, beloved,
  • 00:42:00.824 --> 00:42:04.328
  • since you know this beforehand,"know what?
  • 00:42:04.361 --> 00:42:07.197
  • Know that God's got the futureall lined out for you, "beware,"
  • 00:42:07.231 --> 00:42:10.801
  • now watch this.
  • 00:42:10.834 --> 00:42:12.136
  • "Beware lest you fallfrom your own steadfastness,
  • 00:42:12.169 --> 00:42:16.240
  • being led awaywith the error of the wicked."
  • 00:42:16.273 --> 00:42:19.977
  • Now, please note he didn't say,"Beware that you fall
  • 00:42:20.010 --> 00:42:22.179
  • from your salvation."
  • 00:42:22.212 --> 00:42:24.248
  • You can't do that.
  • 00:42:24.281 --> 00:42:25.749
  • He says, "Beware that you fallfrom being steadfast."
  • 00:42:25.783 --> 00:42:28.752
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:42:28.786 --> 00:42:30.087
  • Solid, you know what youbelieve, you know
  • 00:42:30.120 --> 00:42:32.923
  • why you believe it, and nothingcan sway you from it.
  • 00:42:32.957 --> 00:42:36.026
  • You're not just a surfaceChristian but the roots
  • 00:42:36.060 --> 00:42:38.429
  • go down deep into your heart.
  • 00:42:38.462 --> 00:42:39.763
  • And when someone knocks atyour door, maybe it's two guys
  • 00:42:39.797 --> 00:42:43.734
  • who are traveling in theneighborhood and they want
  • 00:42:43.767 --> 00:42:46.937
  • to engage you in some sort ofconversation, you already know
  • 00:42:46.971 --> 00:42:51.342
  • who Jesus is, who he was,and who he always will be.
  • 00:42:51.375 --> 00:42:56.614
  • And so you're not moved fromthe steadfastness of your faith.
  • 00:42:56.647 --> 00:43:00.517
  • Peter says, "In light of thefact that Jesus is coming back
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  • and that one day you're gonna gobe with him, you better beware
  • 00:43:02.820 --> 00:43:05.990
  • lest you be drawn awayfrom your steadfastness
  • 00:43:06.023 --> 00:43:08.959
  • and drawn into error."
  • 00:43:08.993 --> 00:43:10.761
  • And do you knowwhy he said that?
  • 00:43:10.794 --> 00:43:12.262
  • Because elsewhere in the text,it says that when the Lord is
  • 00:43:12.296 --> 00:43:15.432
  • about to come back there's gonnabe an increased amount of demons
  • 00:43:15.466 --> 00:43:19.837
  • and an increased amountof diverse opinions
  • 00:43:19.870 --> 00:43:24.241
  • and increased amount of cultsand isms and wasms
  • 00:43:24.274 --> 00:43:27.878
  • and all of the other things.
  • 00:43:27.911 --> 00:43:30.114
  • And I'm seeingthat happen right now.
  • 00:43:30.147 --> 00:43:31.582
  • Are you?
  • 00:43:31.615 --> 00:43:32.983
  • Every time you turn around,somebody's come up with
  • 00:43:33.017 --> 00:43:34.585
  • a new religion, come upwith some new crazy idea
  • 00:43:34.618 --> 00:43:38.255
  • about how you know God.
  • 00:43:38.288 --> 00:43:40.290
  • And Peter says, "In light of thefact that Jesus is coming back,"
  • 00:43:40.324 --> 00:43:43.027
  • he says, "I want youto be steadfast.
  • 00:43:43.060 --> 00:43:45.362
  • I want you to be--I want youto be tough-minded
  • 00:43:45.396 --> 00:43:47.965
  • about what you believe."
  • 00:43:47.998 --> 00:43:49.366
  • Finally, last of all,number five, he says,
  • 00:43:49.400 --> 00:43:53.871
  • "I want you to be tough-mindedabout your progress."
  • 00:43:53.904 --> 00:43:56.607
  • We have to be tough-mindedabout our progress.
  • 00:43:56.640 --> 00:43:58.409
  • Did you know that when you read2 Peter chapter 3,
  • 00:43:58.442 --> 00:44:00.944
  • you're readingPeter's swan song?
  • 00:44:00.978 --> 00:44:02.780
  • Did you know that?
  • 00:44:02.813 --> 00:44:04.114
  • It's the last thing we haveof him having said or written.
  • 00:44:04.148 --> 00:44:07.084
  • Do you know what the last thingPeter said was,
  • 00:44:07.117 --> 00:44:09.853
  • before he shut it all down?
  • 00:44:09.887 --> 00:44:12.022
  • Here's what he said: "But growin grace and in the knowledge
  • 00:44:12.056 --> 00:44:16.527
  • of our Lord and SaviorJesus Christ.
  • 00:44:16.560 --> 00:44:18.862
  • To him be the glory both nowand forever, amen."
  • 00:44:18.896 --> 00:44:21.765
  • Do you know how to keepfrom getting carried away
  • 00:44:21.799 --> 00:44:23.567
  • with some weird person who comesknocking at your door?
  • 00:44:23.600 --> 00:44:26.603
  • Just keep growingin your own faith.
  • 00:44:26.637 --> 00:44:28.772
  • That's the best wayto stay steadfast.
  • 00:44:28.806 --> 00:44:30.708
  • You know, the Christian life,friends, is not like something
  • 00:44:30.741 --> 00:44:32.576
  • where you get to a certain placeand where you say,
  • 00:44:32.609 --> 00:44:34.078
  • "Well, I finallyfigured this out.
  • 00:44:34.111 --> 00:44:35.412
  • I'm--I made it."
  • 00:44:35.446 --> 00:44:36.914
  • As I told you,this week I discovered
  • 00:44:36.947 --> 00:44:38.315
  • a whole bunch of new truthI didn't know before
  • 00:44:38.348 --> 00:44:39.917
  • and I've studiedthe Bible a lot.
  • 00:44:39.950 --> 00:44:42.352
  • And every time I open this bookI am so overwhelmed at what God
  • 00:44:42.386 --> 00:44:45.522
  • is willing to teach me ifI'm willing to be a learner.
  • 00:44:45.556 --> 00:44:49.493
  • And there's so much I'll neverlearn; if I live to be 100,
  • 00:44:49.526 --> 00:44:52.930
  • I'll never ever be ableto master all of the Bible.
  • 00:44:52.963 --> 00:44:57.167
  • But every day I get intothis book I learn and I grow.
  • 00:44:57.201 --> 00:45:01.071
  • Are you the same person thisyear that you were last year?
  • 00:45:01.105 --> 00:45:04.408
  • Can you identify any changeand growth in your life?
  • 00:45:04.441 --> 00:45:07.444
  • Peter says the thing you needto do in light of the fact
  • 00:45:07.478 --> 00:45:10.114
  • that Jesus is coming back,and this is his last admonition:
  • 00:45:10.147 --> 00:45:13.617
  • "Grow in grace andin the knowledge of the Lord
  • 00:45:13.650 --> 00:45:16.220
  • and Savior Jesus Christ."
  • 00:45:16.253 --> 00:45:17.554
  • Are you a growing Christianor have you just stagnated?
  • 00:45:17.588 --> 00:45:21.258
  • You know, there's a story abouta little boy who fell out of bed
  • 00:45:21.291 --> 00:45:23.794
  • one night and his motherwent up to check on him.
  • 00:45:23.827 --> 00:45:26.797
  • And she said, "Honey,why did you fall out of bed?"
  • 00:45:26.830 --> 00:45:28.499
  • He said, "Well, Mama,I guess I fell asleep too close
  • 00:45:28.532 --> 00:45:30.434
  • to where I got in."
  • 00:45:30.467 --> 00:45:32.970
  • You know, I know a lot ofChristians like that, don't you?
  • 00:45:33.003 --> 00:45:34.638
  • They fall asleep as soonas they get in the faith.
  • 00:45:34.671 --> 00:45:37.808
  • They get in,and that's it.
  • 00:45:37.841 --> 00:45:39.143
  • They never grow.
  • 00:45:39.176 --> 00:45:40.511
  • If you're not growing,you are an absolute
  • 00:45:40.544 --> 00:45:44.248
  • perfect target for the enemy.
  • 00:45:44.281 --> 00:45:47.117
  • He can come and draw you away,and you can get caught up
  • 00:45:47.151 --> 00:45:50.487
  • in something thatcan ruin your life.
  • 00:45:50.521 --> 00:45:52.256
  • So Peter is really on targethere when he's saying,
  • 00:45:52.289 --> 00:45:54.291
  • "Grow in grace andin the knowledge
  • 00:45:54.324 --> 00:45:56.760
  • of the Lord Jesus Christ."
  • 00:45:56.794 --> 00:45:58.095
  • Why?Because Jesus is coming back.
  • 00:45:58.128 --> 00:45:59.763
  • I want him to find me growing.
  • 00:45:59.797 --> 00:46:02.132
  • I want him to come backand I'm just discovering
  • 00:46:02.166 --> 00:46:04.568
  • something new about him.
  • 00:46:04.601 --> 00:46:06.403
  • And I'm just growing in himall the way to glory.
  • 00:46:06.436 --> 00:46:10.440
  • I don't want him to come backand find out that the last time
  • 00:46:10.474 --> 00:46:12.476
  • I read my Bible was6 months ago
  • 00:46:12.509 --> 00:46:14.878
  • or it's on the back shelfof my car and I can't find it.
  • 00:46:14.912 --> 00:46:19.516
  • I want him to come back,finding me a growing Christian.
  • 00:46:19.550 --> 00:46:23.287
  • And Peter says, "I want youto be tough-minded about that."
  • 00:46:23.320 --> 00:46:26.857
  • How do you be tough-mindedabout growing?
  • 00:46:26.890 --> 00:46:28.859
  • You know, in the physical realmyou don't have to do that.
  • 00:46:28.892 --> 00:46:31.628
  • You just grow.
  • 00:46:31.662 --> 00:46:32.963
  • But you've got to betough-minded about
  • 00:46:32.996 --> 00:46:34.398
  • some things even there.
  • 00:46:34.431 --> 00:46:35.732
  • You gotta eat right,you gotta exercise,
  • 00:46:35.766 --> 00:46:38.836
  • you gotta get clean air.
  • 00:46:38.869 --> 00:46:41.038
  • You gotta make sure you stayaway from contaminants or things
  • 00:46:41.071 --> 00:46:43.140
  • that can poison your system.
  • 00:46:43.173 --> 00:46:45.142
  • Not a whole lot different thanthe spiritual realm, is it?
  • 00:46:45.175 --> 00:46:47.878
  • If you wanna grow, there arecertain things that are true.
  • 00:46:47.911 --> 00:46:49.813
  • In fact, I thought it wasinteresting that there are
  • 00:46:49.847 --> 00:46:52.015
  • a number of things in the Biblethat talk about what we need
  • 00:46:52.049 --> 00:46:54.518
  • to do to grow and they'rerelated to the coming of Christ.
  • 00:46:54.551 --> 00:46:58.488
  • One of my favorite verses,for instance,
  • 00:46:58.522 --> 00:46:59.823
  • is Philippians 1:6.
  • 00:46:59.857 --> 00:47:01.825
  • It says: "Being confidentof this very thing,
  • 00:47:01.859 --> 00:47:04.928
  • that He who has beguna good work in you
  • 00:47:04.962 --> 00:47:07.464
  • will complete it until," when?
  • 00:47:07.497 --> 00:47:09.766
  • "The day of Jesus Christ."
  • 00:47:09.800 --> 00:47:11.768
  • I've written down in my notes:"Growth comes through
  • 00:47:11.802 --> 00:47:14.171
  • the will of God."
  • 00:47:14.204 --> 00:47:16.306
  • Growth comes throughthe will of God.
  • 00:47:16.340 --> 00:47:18.108
  • Did you know thatit's God's will for you to grow?
  • 00:47:18.141 --> 00:47:21.144
  • I don't know what God's will isfor your job or what his will is
  • 00:47:21.178 --> 00:47:23.547
  • for the person you're thinkingabout marrying.
  • 00:47:23.580 --> 00:47:26.049
  • I don't know about his will forwhere you're supposed to live.
  • 00:47:26.083 --> 00:47:28.552
  • I can tell you one thingfor sure.
  • 00:47:28.585 --> 00:47:30.954
  • God wants you to grow.
  • 00:47:30.988 --> 00:47:32.356
  • It's the will of God for youto be a growing Christian.
  • 00:47:32.389 --> 00:47:36.393
  • He didn't bring you into hisfamily so you could be dwarfed.
  • 00:47:36.426 --> 00:47:39.963
  • He brought you into his familyso you could grow into a strong,
  • 00:47:39.997 --> 00:47:42.766
  • vibrant, virile Christian.
  • 00:47:42.799 --> 00:47:46.036
  • Secondly, growth comes throughthe watchfulness of prayer.
  • 00:47:46.069 --> 00:47:50.507
  • 1 Peter 4:7 says: "But the endof all things is at hand,"
  • 00:47:50.540 --> 00:47:53.777
  • there's the future again.
  • 00:47:53.810 --> 00:47:55.212
  • "Therefore," what?
  • 00:47:55.245 --> 00:47:57.114
  • "Be watchful and seriousin your prayers."
  • 00:47:57.147 --> 00:48:01.852
  • Is there anything, friends,that takes more tough-mindedness
  • 00:48:01.885 --> 00:48:04.554
  • than developingyour prayer life?
  • 00:48:04.588 --> 00:48:08.926
  • Me, that's for me.
  • 00:48:08.959 --> 00:48:10.894
  • Prayer's hard work.
  • 00:48:10.928 --> 00:48:12.963
  • If you only pray when you feellike praying, you probably never
  • 00:48:12.996 --> 00:48:15.532
  • pray 'cause prayer isn't thekind of thing where you get up
  • 00:48:15.565 --> 00:48:19.603
  • and say, "Oh, I just can't waitto get on my knees and pray."
  • 00:48:19.636 --> 00:48:21.638
  • You do it out of obedience andwhat happens when you do it
  • 00:48:21.672 --> 00:48:23.640
  • out of obedience, God fillsyour heart with love and desire
  • 00:48:23.674 --> 00:48:26.009
  • and hope and excitement.
  • 00:48:26.043 --> 00:48:28.445
  • But you've got to betough-minded about it.
  • 00:48:28.478 --> 00:48:31.181
  • You've got to say, "I'm gonna dothis and in order to do this,
  • 00:48:31.214 --> 00:48:34.518
  • I'm not gonna do that.
  • 00:48:34.551 --> 00:48:36.186
  • Because if I do that,it's gonna wipe this out
  • 00:48:36.219 --> 00:48:38.055
  • and this is the priority."
  • 00:48:38.088 --> 00:48:40.824
  • That's how you grow.
  • 00:48:40.857 --> 00:48:42.359
  • Tough-minded about prayer.
  • 00:48:42.392 --> 00:48:44.428
  • Thirdly, you grow throughthe Word of God.
  • 00:48:44.461 --> 00:48:47.097
  • In Revelation 22:7 it says:"Behold, I am coming quickly!
  • 00:48:47.130 --> 00:48:51.535
  • Blessed is he who keepsthe words of this prophecy."
  • 00:48:51.568 --> 00:48:54.805
  • That was written about the bookof Revelation but it applies
  • 00:48:54.838 --> 00:48:56.640
  • to the whole book.
  • 00:48:56.673 --> 00:48:58.275
  • You grow through the Word of Godand finally,
  • 00:48:58.308 --> 00:49:00.143
  • you grow through the workof the church.
  • 00:49:00.177 --> 00:49:02.279
  • Hebrews 10:25 says--here againis the future: "Let us consider
  • 00:49:02.312 --> 00:49:05.782
  • one another in order to stir uplove and good works,
  • 00:49:05.816 --> 00:49:08.819
  • not forsaking the assemblingof ourselves together, as the
  • 00:49:08.852 --> 00:49:11.855
  • manner of some is, but exhortingone another," now watch this,
  • 00:49:11.888 --> 00:49:16.693
  • "and so much the moreas you see the Day approaching."
  • 00:49:16.727 --> 00:49:20.364
  • Are you getting a picturein this message?
  • 00:49:20.397 --> 00:49:21.999
  • If you don't get anything elseout of this,
  • 00:49:22.032 --> 00:49:23.600
  • I hope you get this.
  • 00:49:23.633 --> 00:49:24.935
  • That what you believeabout the future determines
  • 00:49:24.968 --> 00:49:27.404
  • how you live today.
  • 00:49:27.437 --> 00:49:29.306
  • And over and over againin the Bible, that is the truth
  • 00:49:29.339 --> 00:49:32.576
  • that we hear.
  • 00:49:32.609 --> 00:49:34.077
  • If you believe Jesus is comingback, you will develop
  • 00:49:34.111 --> 00:49:36.913
  • a tough-mindedness abouthow you live your life today.
  • 00:49:36.947 --> 00:49:40.851
  • And the more you move yourselfaway from what God has planned
  • 00:49:40.884 --> 00:49:46.456
  • for you in the future,the more apt you are to become
  • 00:49:46.490 --> 00:49:49.059
  • a person who just sort of driftsthrough life.
  • 00:49:49.092 --> 00:49:52.095
  • You see, when you knowwhere you're going,
  • 00:49:52.129 --> 00:49:54.798
  • it makes all the differencein the world how you live.
  • 00:49:54.831 --> 00:49:58.735
  • And if you keep remindingyourself that one day you're
  • 00:49:58.769 --> 00:50:00.837
  • gonna spend eternity with a holyGod and that the only way you're
  • 00:50:00.871 --> 00:50:03.573
  • gonna get rewards up there isby bringing people with you
  • 00:50:03.607 --> 00:50:05.675
  • and by encouraging people and byyour own giving and all of that,
  • 00:50:05.709 --> 00:50:09.579
  • makes all the differencein the world.
  • 00:50:09.613 --> 00:50:11.348
  • So you see, the coming of Christand the doctrine of heaven
  • 00:50:11.381 --> 00:50:13.283
  • provides some of the strongestmotivation for living
  • 00:50:13.316 --> 00:50:15.585
  • the Christian lifeyou will ever find.
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  • C.S. Lewis once againsaid it this way.
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  • He said: "If you have readhistory you will find that
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  • the Christians who did mostfor the present world
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  • were just those who thought mostof the next world.
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  • It is since Christians havelargely ceased to think
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  • of the other world that theyhave become so ineffective
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  • in this world."
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  • Then he said this,and I wrote this down.
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  • This is great.
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  • "Aim at heaven and you willget earth thrown in.
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  • Aim at earth andyou get nothing."
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  • Isn't that true?
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  • Aim at heaven and youget the earth thrown in.
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  • But you aim at the earth and youdon't get anything 'cause one
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  • of these days, as we learn atthe beginning of this chapter,
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  • this is all gonna be dissolvedand only what's eternal
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  • is gonna last.
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  • Every year, for many years,Donna and I have gone to the NRB
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  • which, by the way, is oneof those acronyms
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  • for the National ReligiousBroadcasters Association.
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  • It's always kind of a highlight.
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  • We love going there becausewe meet our friends and,
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  • every once in a while, we havea special guest speaker.
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  • Three or four times,they've had the president
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  • of the United States.
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  • I saw President Bush's father,saw President Reagan,
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  • and I sat on the front rowwhen George W. came.
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  • Shook his hand,even got my picture taken.
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  • [congregation laughing][congregation applauding]
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  • But you know,I gotta tell you something.
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  • I love it when they come butit's almost really not worth it
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  • 'cause when the president comes,I mean, when he comes
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  • to the conference,it messes everything up.
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  • From the night before until heleaves, it messes everything up.
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  • To go see the presidentwho's gonna speak at 10:45,
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  • you've got to get in line at8 o'clock in the morning.
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  • You've got to stand in a linewhere you go in and out
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  • like this, like this, like this,through several rooms.
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  • I saw people standing in line.
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  • You'd think they would befrustrated and bored.
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  • They were havingthe highest time of their life.
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  • They were greeting theirold friends and they stood
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  • in line for 3 hours just talkingto one another.
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  • Then when you finally getto the front, you've got to go
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  • through a metal detector.
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  • Now, before you go through themetal detector, you've got to
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  • have credentials showing thatyou've registered for the NRB.
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  • Oh my goodness, you should haveseen the people that stood
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  • in line from 8 all the waythrough to 11 and they got up
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  • to the gate and they didn't haveany credentials.
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  • And they had to go back to theirroom, get their credentials,
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  • and get in the back of the line.
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  • You say, "Who would put upwith that?"
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  • Nobody would put up withthat if you weren't gonna go see
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  • the president.
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  • I'll tell you one thing,friends.
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  • One day I'm gonna seethe King of kings.
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  • I wanna see the Lord of lords.
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  • I'm not in any queue line.
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  • I'm just getting ready.
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  • I wanna tell you somethingthat I've done to get ready.
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  • First of all,I've got my credentials.
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  • I've got 'em.
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  • Have you got your credentials?
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  • Amen.
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  • I've got my credentials.
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  • And I'm not gonna get turnedaway when I get
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  • to the front of the line.
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  • He's gonna see my credentials.
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  • You know what they are?
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  • I was born again,I was saved through
  • 00:53:24.107 --> 00:53:25.742
  • the blood of the Lord Jesus,and Christ is my Savior.
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  • I can't get to heaven on my own.
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  • It's gonna say on mycredentials, "David Jeremiah,
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  • in the name of Jesus Christ."
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  • That's what it's gonna say.
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  • [congregation applauding]And I hope that you understand
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  • that because the one that we'regonna go spend eternity with
  • 00:53:42.926 --> 00:53:45.362
  • is far greater than any humanpresident or human leader
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  • or king or queen or potentate,we need to start getting ready.
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  • We need to start living ourlives like we really believe
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  • that one day we're gonna spendeternity with Almighty God.
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  • We need to becometough-minded about heaven.
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  • male announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return to close
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  • today's programright after this.
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  • about the world beyond,including,
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  • announcer: And now with onelast word for today's program,
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  • here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Let mere-emphasize this truth.
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  • Being tough-minded about heavendoesn't mean we get there
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  • by our own gritand determination.
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  • Rather, it means stayingfaithful to the only one
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  • who can open heaven's doorfor us: Jesus Christ.
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  • I hope you are secure inyour understanding of heaven as
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  • your eternal home through faithin Christ, for no amount
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  • of hard work on our part canreplace Christ's death
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  • and his Resurrectionon our behalf.
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  • So if you have any questionsabout a relationship with him,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Paul says,"Forgetting those things which
  • 00:57:01.691 --> 00:57:03.526
  • are behind, I press towardthe mark for the high calling
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  • of God in Christ Jesus."
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  • And what Paul wasn't saying is,"Do away with my past,"
  • 00:57:08.665 --> 00:57:12.335
  • but what he was saying is,"I'm not gonna let,
  • 00:57:12.368 --> 00:57:14.938
  • the past control my presentor my future."
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