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  • ♪[dramatic theme music]♪
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  • -John Bradshaw:This is It Is Written.
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  • I'm John Bradshaw.Thanks for joining me.
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  • Well, it's about that time, thetime when people are thinking
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  • about New Year's resolutions.
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  • Now, if you don't makeNew Year's resolutions,
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  • that's okay.
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  • There's still plenty for youto be thinking about,
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  • as we are going tofind out together.
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  • If you do, then you're amongthe 60% of people who do.
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  • And how do they do?
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  • Well, it is said that 48%
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  • of New Year's resolutions
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  • are kept for six months,
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  • which I find quite surprising.
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  • Evidently, 25% of New Year'sresolutions make it
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  • as long as...one week.
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  • By the time January the 7throlls around,
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  • no more. It's over.
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  • If I were to ask youwhat the most common
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  • New Year's resolutions are,well, I'm pretty sure
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  • you'd be able to guess.
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  • Most common New Year'sResolutions
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  • have people resolvingto get in shape,
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  • eat healthier, lose weight,
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  • get more exercise,
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  • enjoy life to the fullest--
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  • whatever that means--
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  • spend less, save more,
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  • spend more timewith family and friends,
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  • get organized, learn somethingnew or try something new,
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  • travel more, drink less,stop smoking, get more sleep,
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  • floss regularly, read more,make new friends,
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  • be happier, have less stress,
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  • and go to church.
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  • That's 20 or so commonNew Year's resolutions.
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  • And together we'll look atsome important resolutions
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  • and how you canactually achieve them.
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  • And I'm going to sharewith you the one resolution
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  • you should never make, thepromise you can never keep.
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  • And it's going to surprise youbecause it's the one thing
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  • that you might not expect meto say here on It Is Written.
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  • But there's one resolutionyou should never, ever make,
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  • and if you don't knowwhat it is,
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  • you absolutely have to know.I'm dead serious about that.
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  • It's said that the firstNew Year's resolutions
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  • were made 4.000 years agoby the Babylonians.
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  • They made promises to theirgods to pay their debts
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  • and return items thatthey'd borrowed--
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  • which sounds like a good idea.
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  • Evidently the Babyloniansbelieved that if they kept
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  • their word, the godswould favor them.
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  • But if they didn't, thecoming year would not be good.
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  • And no one wanted that.
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  • The Romans evidently didmuch the same sort of thing.
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  • Julius Caesar establishedthe first day of January
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  • as the first day of the year.
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  • January was named after Janus,the god of new beginnings,
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  • who was typically depictedas having two faces--
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  • the one looking to the past andthe other looking to the future.
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  • The Romans offeredsacrifices to Janus,
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  • hopeful of experiencing goodfortune in the year to come.
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  • So starting the New Year witha bang isn't a new thing at all.
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  • And really, an opportunityto turn the page and start over
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  • is a good thing.
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  • Many of us need that.
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  • Let's look at some areaswhere we might actually want
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  • to reboot our lives.
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  • Let's look at some of thosecommon New Year's resolutions.
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  • What about this one?:To look after your health.
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  • Many people in the Westernworld are profoundly unhealthy.
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  • Now, I'm not referring toa condition you were born with
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  • or some terrible thing that cameat you from out of nowhere.
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  • More than 42% ofAmericans are obese.
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  • Mississippi wins that contest,with Alabama, Arkansas,
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  • Kentucky, Tennessee,West Virginia, Oklahoma,
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  • South Carolina, Indiana,Kansas, Louisiana,
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  • and Michiganall straining the scales.
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  • All of those states haveobesity rates above 35%.
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  • In 2012, no state had anobesity rate higher than 35%.
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  • In 2000, there wasn'ta single state in the union
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  • that had an obesity rateabove 25%.
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  • Obesity costs the countryabout $180 billion a year.
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  • So could we think aboutlooking after our health?
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  • Absolutely.
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  • Eat better.
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  • Drink more water.
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  • Drink less alcohol--better yet,drink no alcohol.
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  • Exercise.
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  • And if you don'tknow where to start,
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  • start right where you areand do what you can.
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  • And build up to whereyou can exercise more.
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  • It's profoundly good for you.
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  • Taking a walk aroundthe block just isn't hard,
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  • for the vast majority of people.
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  • But instead, we're spending allkinds of time and tons of money
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  • looking for cures for sicknesseswhich, in a lot of cases,
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  • could be treated witha pair of walking shoes.
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  • What about thisNew Year's resolution?
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  • As well as lookingafter your health,
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  • what about lookingafter your finances?
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  • Instead of spending $4 on acoffee five or six times a week,
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  • drink water.
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  • Keep that money in your pocket.
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  • Twenty or more dollarsa week on coffee,
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  • you're easilyspending $1.000 a year!
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  • You know, the average monthlycar payment for a new car
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  • is around $560 a month.
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  • Buy a reliable used car; youjust saved thousands of dollars.
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  • Now, you might not need to
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  • if your finances aren'tunder any pressure.
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  • Okay.
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  • But many publications havereported that nearly 80%
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  • of Americans are livingpaycheck to paycheck.
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  • A Nielsen study said that 1 in 4families earning $150.000 a year
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  • are living paycheck to paycheck.
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  • And you can do something aboutthat by curbing your spending.
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  • If Emily and Noahdidn't earn scholarships,
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  • you tell them they're gonnahave to go to a state college
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  • rather than to a private onethat you can't afford.
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  • If you can't afforda vacation to Europe,
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  • go to a state park.They're fantastic!
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  • And if you're all concernedthat you can't afford to buy
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  • a pile of toys for yourkids at Christmas,
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  • or you're going to have to gointo debt in order to do so,
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  • then make the very responsibledecision to not spend money
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  • you don't have for thingsyou don't need.
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  • "But what will we tellthe children?"
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  • Well, we'll tell the childrenthat we don't have the money
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  • for all that, so we're goingto give you what we can afford,
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  • and we're going to havea happy time,
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  • and we're still allgoing to be grateful,
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  • because that's not whatChristmas is all about anyway.
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  • Easy.
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  • Financial challengesare very real.
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  • And they're not any fun.
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  • But a marvelous thing happenswhen you live within your means
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  • and you don't spendmoney that you don't have.
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  • So you resolve to look afteryour health and your finances.
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  • You might resolve tolook after each other,
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  • to see more of your family,
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  • to spend more time aroundthe dining room table,
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  • less time on computer games,
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  • more time withGrandma and Grandpa,
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  • more time with friends.
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  • Those are good things to do.
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  • You might choose to wasteless time, to read more books,
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  • to spend less timeon social media,
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  • to make more time for God,to go to church more,
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  • to go to church, to pray,to read the Bible.
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  • You know, there are1.189 chapters in the Bible,
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  • 365 days in a year.
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  • If we do the math, wediscover that 1.189 chapters
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  • divided by 365 days equalsabout 3 1/4 chapters a day.
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  • You can do that.
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  • You could easily readthrough the Bible in a year.
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  • If you never have,you really should.
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  • But think about this with me.
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  • These are your typicalNew Year's resolutions.
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  • And what do we know already?
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  • A quarter of people onlymake it as far as a week,
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  • and about a half of those whomake New Year's resolutions
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  • make it six months.
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  • Although, honestly, I kind ofdoubt that number.
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  • You start the year meaningto improve your health.
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  • That's a laudable goal.
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  • You're going to be morecareful with your money,
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  • do the family thing,all of that.
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  • And we know people tryand fail all the time,
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  • which brings me to whatI said we'd look at:
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  • the promise youshould never make, ever.
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  • And it has everythingto do with God.
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  • I'll tell you what it isin just a moment.
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  • ♪[music swells and ends]♪
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  • -John Bradshaw: Thanks forjoining me on It Is Written.
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  • New Year's resolutions.
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  • Now, I'm about to tell youabout the one resolution
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  • you should never make
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  • because it's the one promiseyou can never keep.
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  • And it's serious.
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  • It has major repercussionsfor your experience
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  • as a believer in God.
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  • There's one promisethat no person of faith
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  • should ever make.
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  • Now, let's think aboutcommon promises we make.
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  • You go to a wedding, andthe happy couple make vows
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  • to each other, and traditionallythe vows go something like this:
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  • "I, A, take you, B, to be mylawfully wedded husband or wife,
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  • "to have and to holdfrom this day forward,
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  • "for better, for worse,for richer, for poorer,
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  • "in sickness and in health,to love and to cherish,
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  • for as long as we bothshall live."
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  • Now, the vast majority ofpeople who get married mean it.
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  • Like, they really mean it.
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  • They are happy.They're invested.
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  • They've got family andfriends there with them,
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  • some of whom have traveledfrom other time zones,
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  • other countries, evensometimes other continents
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  • to be there for the happy day.
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  • The couple--and the families--have spent real money
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  • on the occasion.
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  • They've gone through thetrouble of organizing a wedding.
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  • And yet the divorce rate invirtually every Western country
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  • is frightening.
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  • Now, the truth is it'schallenging to really interpret
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  • those statistics correctly.
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  • But, you'll find that moststatistics say 40-50%
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  • of all marriages in theUnited States end in divorce,
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  • 42% in the United Kingdom,slightly over 50% in France,
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  • almost 40% in Canada.
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  • So in spite of best intentionsand financial commitments,
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  • promises made in front ofparents and grandparents,
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  • the "resolution" to getmarried often falls flat.
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  • I'm not blaming anyone.
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  • But what we see is that eventhe most exciting, meaningful,
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  • important promisesoften don't get kept.
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  • Which leads me to this...
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  • There's a promise, a resolutionyou should never make
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  • because it's the onethat you can never, ever keep.
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  • And we find a spectaculardemonstration of this
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  • in the Bible.
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  • Spectacular.
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  • In Exodus 14, the childrenof Israel leave Egypt
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  • under truly miraculouscircumstances.
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  • Miracle after miracle,plagues were poured out.
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  • They were given greatwealth by the Egyptians.
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  • Darkness walled off Israelfrom their Egyptian pursuers.
  • 00:12:20.061 --> 00:12:23.932
  • Then the Red Sea opened up.
  • 00:12:23.965 --> 00:12:25.466
  • God's people walkedacross the sea to freedom.
  • 00:12:25.500 --> 00:12:28.469
  • The Egyptians pursued, buttheir chariots got bogged down
  • 00:12:28.503 --> 00:12:31.573
  • on the seafloor.
  • 00:12:31.606 --> 00:12:32.807
  • And then, the seafolded back together,
  • 00:12:32.841 --> 00:12:35.610
  • and the Egyptians perished.
  • 00:12:35.643 --> 00:12:37.245
  • Two chapters later, God feedsthe people with manna,
  • 00:12:37.278 --> 00:12:39.848
  • which miraculouslyappeared on the ground.
  • 00:12:39.881 --> 00:12:42.650
  • Chapter 17, watercame out of a rock.
  • 00:12:42.684 --> 00:12:45.520
  • Who ever heard of such a thing?
  • 00:12:45.553 --> 00:12:47.322
  • Chapter 18, Jethro advises Mosesso that Israel can function
  • 00:12:47.355 --> 00:12:51.426
  • more smoothly, and then inchapter 19, we see this,
  • 00:12:51.459 --> 00:12:54.796
  • starting in verse 3:
  • 00:12:54.829 --> 00:12:56.731
  • "And Moses went up to God,
  • 00:12:56.764 --> 00:12:58.766
  • "and the Lord called to himfrom the mountain, saying,
  • 00:12:58.800 --> 00:13:01.703
  • "'Thus you shall sayto the house of Jacob,
  • 00:13:01.736 --> 00:13:03.972
  • "'and tell the childrenof Israel:
  • 00:13:04.005 --> 00:13:06.140
  • "'"You have seen what I didto the Egyptians,
  • 00:13:06.174 --> 00:13:08.376
  • "'"and how I bore you on eagles'wings and brought you to myself.
  • 00:13:08.409 --> 00:13:12.213
  • "'"Now therefore, if youwill indeed obey my voice
  • 00:13:12.247 --> 00:13:15.049
  • "'"and keep my covenant, thenyou shall be a special treasure
  • 00:13:15.083 --> 00:13:18.786
  • "'"to me above all people;for all the earth is mine.
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  • And you shall be to me a kingdomof priests and a holy nation."'"
  • 00:13:22.156 --> 00:13:25.627
  • And you'll noticethese words are repeated
  • 00:13:25.660 --> 00:13:27.095
  • in the book of 1 Peter, wherePeter applies these words
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  • to the Christian church.
  • 00:13:30.832 --> 00:13:32.367
  • God continues:
  • 00:13:32.400 --> 00:13:33.735
  • "'These are the words which youshall speak to the children
  • 00:13:33.768 --> 00:13:36.104
  • "of Israel.' So Moses cameand called for the elders
  • 00:13:36.137 --> 00:13:39.407
  • "of the people, and laidbefore them all these words
  • 00:13:39.440 --> 00:13:42.343
  • which the Lord commanded him."
  • 00:13:42.377 --> 00:13:43.878
  • And here's whereit gets...tricky.
  • 00:13:44.812 --> 00:13:48.716
  • It's Exodus 19 and verse 8:
  • 00:13:48.750 --> 00:13:51.753
  • "Then all the peopleanswered together and said,
  • 00:13:51.786 --> 00:13:54.322
  • "'All that the Lordhas spoken we will do.'
  • 00:13:54.355 --> 00:13:57.525
  • So Moses brought back the wordsof the people to the Lord."
  • 00:13:57.558 --> 00:14:01.562
  • Now, you might listento that and say,
  • 00:14:01.596 --> 00:14:03.331
  • "Well, that's a great idea.They're wanting to obey God."
  • 00:14:03.364 --> 00:14:07.235
  • And for sure,it is a great idea.
  • 00:14:07.268 --> 00:14:10.505
  • We'll give them an A for intent.
  • 00:14:10.538 --> 00:14:12.874
  • But we'll give theman F for methodology.
  • 00:14:12.907 --> 00:14:16.044
  • This is a disastrous mistake;
  • 00:14:16.077 --> 00:14:18.780
  • it's one that toomany people make.
  • 00:14:18.813 --> 00:14:20.915
  • And you might haveeven made it yourself.
  • 00:14:20.949 --> 00:14:22.917
  • "You just say the word,Lord, and I'll do it."
  • 00:14:22.951 --> 00:14:26.587
  • No! You've just setyourself up for failure.
  • 00:14:26.621 --> 00:14:31.092
  • I know a lot of peopleapproach their faith that way,
  • 00:14:31.125 --> 00:14:33.661
  • but it's not good.
  • 00:14:33.695 --> 00:14:35.196
  • It's not healthy.It can't be successful.
  • 00:14:35.229 --> 00:14:37.598
  • If you do this, you aredoomed to defeat.
  • 00:14:37.632 --> 00:14:42.136
  • The solemnity of the wholesituation was strongly impressed
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  • upon Israel.
  • 00:14:47.575 --> 00:14:48.743
  • They were told to washtheir clothes,
  • 00:14:48.776 --> 00:14:50.278
  • to consecrate themselves to God.
  • 00:14:50.311 --> 00:14:52.814
  • God was communicating tothem the need to be pure,
  • 00:14:52.847 --> 00:14:55.783
  • to put sin away.
  • 00:14:55.817 --> 00:14:57.452
  • They weren't to touchthe mountain, Mt. Sinai.
  • 00:14:57.485 --> 00:14:59.754
  • God came down.The mountain quaked.
  • 00:14:59.787 --> 00:15:02.757
  • There were thunderingsand lightnings.
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  • A thick cloud descended.
  • 00:15:04.759 --> 00:15:06.594
  • There was a soundlike that of a trumpet,
  • 00:15:06.627 --> 00:15:08.329
  • and it was so loudthe people trembled.
  • 00:15:08.363 --> 00:15:11.132
  • Moses spoke, and Godanswered him by voice.
  • 00:15:11.165 --> 00:15:16.070
  • Then in Exodus 20, God gavethem the Ten Commandments.
  • 00:15:16.104 --> 00:15:19.240
  • Just think of how impressivethat scene had to have been.
  • 00:15:19.273 --> 00:15:23.644
  • Hebrews 12:21 says,
  • 00:15:23.678 --> 00:15:25.480
  • "And so terrible wasthe sight, that Moses said,
  • 00:15:25.513 --> 00:15:29.017
  • 'I exceedinglyfear and quake.'"
  • 00:15:29.050 --> 00:15:31.819
  • The people said, "You speakwith us, and we will hear;
  • 00:15:31.853 --> 00:15:34.722
  • but let not God speakwith us, lest we die."
  • 00:15:34.756 --> 00:15:38.292
  • The Bible says,"The people stood afar off,
  • 00:15:38.326 --> 00:15:41.429
  • but Moses drew near the thickdarkness where God was."
  • 00:15:41.462 --> 00:15:45.767
  • God gave judgments to thepeople, comprehensive judgments
  • 00:15:45.800 --> 00:15:49.170
  • that would guide their lives andkeep them in the path of God.
  • 00:15:49.203 --> 00:15:52.974
  • Moses went up into the mountaininto the presence of God.
  • 00:15:53.007 --> 00:15:56.344
  • But Moses was in that mountainwith God for a while,
  • 00:15:56.377 --> 00:15:59.614
  • and it was during that timethat...things went bad.
  • 00:15:59.647 --> 00:16:04.218
  • Remember what they'd said?
  • 00:16:04.252 --> 00:16:05.753
  • "All that the Lord hasspoken we will do."
  • 00:16:05.787 --> 00:16:08.823
  • They were sincere.
  • 00:16:08.856 --> 00:16:10.525
  • They had resolved, they'dmade a resolution to serve God.
  • 00:16:10.558 --> 00:16:15.863
  • And now we read this,Exodus 32, verse 1:
  • 00:16:15.897 --> 00:16:20.501
  • "Now when the people saw thatMoses delayed coming down
  • 00:16:20.535 --> 00:16:23.871
  • "from the mountain, the peoplegathered together to Aaron,
  • 00:16:23.905 --> 00:16:27.208
  • "and said to him, 'Come, make usgods that shall go before us;
  • 00:16:27.241 --> 00:16:31.913
  • "'for as for this Moses,the man who brought us up
  • 00:16:31.946 --> 00:16:34.949
  • "'out of the land of Egypt,
  • 00:16:34.982 --> 00:16:36.384
  • "we do not know whathas become of him.'
  • 00:16:36.417 --> 00:16:38.719
  • "And Aaron said to them,'Break off the golden earrings
  • 00:16:38.753 --> 00:16:41.889
  • "'which are in the ears ofyour wives, your sons,
  • 00:16:41.923 --> 00:16:44.258
  • "and your daughters,and bring them to me.'
  • 00:16:44.292 --> 00:16:47.061
  • "So all the people broke offthe golden earrings
  • 00:16:47.095 --> 00:16:49.230
  • "which were in their ears,and brought them to Aaron.
  • 00:16:49.263 --> 00:16:52.100
  • "And he received the goldfrom their hand,
  • 00:16:52.133 --> 00:16:54.435
  • "and he fashioned itwith an engraving tool,
  • 00:16:54.469 --> 00:16:56.404
  • "and made a molded calf.
  • 00:16:56.437 --> 00:16:58.473
  • "Then they said,'This is your god, O Israel,
  • 00:16:58.506 --> 00:17:01.843
  • that brought you [up] outof the land of Egypt!'"
  • 00:17:01.876 --> 00:17:04.212
  • The same people who said thatthey would do whatever God asked
  • 00:17:04.946 --> 00:17:09.550
  • had just made a golden calf.
  • 00:17:09.584 --> 00:17:13.087
  • And they worshiped it--naked.
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  • So what happened to "everythingthe Lord says we will do"?
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  • I'll be right back.
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  • -John Bradshaw: One day thechildren of Israel assured God
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  • that they would dowhatever He said.
  • 00:18:06.040 --> 00:18:08.509
  • A few short weeks later,they've built a golden calf.
  • 00:18:08.543 --> 00:18:12.947
  • "So when Aaron saw it,he built an altar before it.
  • 00:18:12.980 --> 00:18:16.617
  • "And Aaron made a proclamationand said, 'Tomorrow is a feast
  • 00:18:16.651 --> 00:18:20.087
  • "to the Lord.' Then they roseearly on the next day,
  • 00:18:20.121 --> 00:18:23.257
  • "offered burnt offerings,and brought peace offerings;
  • 00:18:23.291 --> 00:18:26.661
  • and the people sat down to eatand drink, and rose up to play."
  • 00:18:26.694 --> 00:18:31.098
  • This was idolatry, the kind ofthing they'd witnessed in Egypt.
  • 00:18:31.132 --> 00:18:35.803
  • Their good intentionsjust all fell apart.
  • 00:18:35.836 --> 00:18:39.540
  • They had heard God say,
  • 00:18:39.574 --> 00:18:41.442
  • "You shall have no othergods before me,"
  • 00:18:41.475 --> 00:18:43.978
  • and yet here they are.
  • 00:18:44.011 --> 00:18:45.279
  • God said to Moses, "Let mealone, that my wrath
  • 00:18:45.313 --> 00:18:48.816
  • may burn hot against themand I may consume them."
  • 00:18:48.849 --> 00:18:51.686
  • In fact, God referredto them as "your people"
  • 00:18:51.719 --> 00:18:54.889
  • when He spoke to Moses.
  • 00:18:54.922 --> 00:18:56.390
  • So Moses intercededfor the people,
  • 00:18:56.424 --> 00:18:58.859
  • and God was merciful.
  • 00:18:58.893 --> 00:19:01.329
  • Now, you might look at thatand ask yourself how a group
  • 00:19:01.362 --> 00:19:04.398
  • of believers could see and hearand experience all that they did
  • 00:19:04.432 --> 00:19:09.870
  • and then revert backwards soquickly, so, so radically,
  • 00:19:09.904 --> 00:19:13.908
  • so destructively,back to their old ways.
  • 00:19:13.941 --> 00:19:17.712
  • The key is found in howthey approached God's call
  • 00:19:17.745 --> 00:19:20.147
  • on their lives.
  • 00:19:20.181 --> 00:19:21.415
  • And my guess isyou can relate to this.
  • 00:19:21.449 --> 00:19:24.218
  • This is the promiseyou should never make:
  • 00:19:24.252 --> 00:19:28.389
  • "All that the Lord hasspoken we will do."
  • 00:19:28.422 --> 00:19:33.427
  • No. That just doesn't work.
  • 00:19:33.461 --> 00:19:39.233
  • You've tried to hold yourtemper, and you've failed.
  • 00:19:39.267 --> 00:19:41.636
  • You've tried not to dothis thing or that thing,
  • 00:19:41.669 --> 00:19:43.804
  • and you've failed.
  • 00:19:43.838 --> 00:19:44.705
  • You've tried to bemore like Jesus,
  • 00:19:44.739 --> 00:19:46.407
  • and you've failed.
  • 00:19:46.440 --> 00:19:47.875
  • And that's because whenyou think for even a moment
  • 00:19:47.908 --> 00:19:51.279
  • that you can do it,you're bound for disaster.
  • 00:19:51.312 --> 00:19:54.649
  • It's the same withNew Year's resolutions.
  • 00:19:54.682 --> 00:19:56.684
  • If you think that you have thestrength to give up smoking
  • 00:19:56.717 --> 00:19:59.587
  • or lose weight or stickwith a Bible reading plan
  • 00:19:59.620 --> 00:20:02.290
  • or whatever it might be,well, there's a chance
  • 00:20:02.323 --> 00:20:06.060
  • you might be ableto do it on willpower,
  • 00:20:06.093 --> 00:20:08.396
  • but more than likely,
  • 00:20:08.429 --> 00:20:09.463
  • in fact, almostcertainly, you won't.
  • 00:20:09.497 --> 00:20:13.501
  • But let's talk aboutwhat really matters.
  • 00:20:14.502 --> 00:20:17.038
  • What about how you treat people?
  • 00:20:17.071 --> 00:20:19.674
  • What about how you reactto the way people treat you?
  • 00:20:19.707 --> 00:20:22.943
  • What about the words you use?
  • 00:20:22.977 --> 00:20:25.780
  • What about the thoughtsyou think?
  • 00:20:25.813 --> 00:20:29.417
  • I'll share a verseof the Bible with you
  • 00:20:29.450 --> 00:20:31.252
  • that will make some peoplequake in their boots.
  • 00:20:31.285 --> 00:20:34.855
  • Paul wrote these words:
  • 00:20:34.889 --> 00:20:36.490
  • "Casting down argumentsand every high thing
  • 00:20:36.524 --> 00:20:39.460
  • "that exalts itselfagainst the knowledge of God,
  • 00:20:39.493 --> 00:20:42.630
  • "bringing every thoughtinto captivity
  • 00:20:42.663 --> 00:20:46.233
  • to the obedience of Christ."
  • 00:20:46.267 --> 00:20:48.569
  • That's 2 Corinthians 10in verse 5.
  • 00:20:48.602 --> 00:20:51.272
  • That seems like a lot.
  • 00:20:51.305 --> 00:20:55.743
  • And it seems, quitehonestly, impossible.
  • 00:20:55.776 --> 00:20:58.746
  • But unlike a New Year'sresolution,
  • 00:20:58.779 --> 00:21:01.916
  • faith in God isn'tabout what you can do.
  • 00:21:01.949 --> 00:21:05.586
  • It's about what Godcan do in your life.
  • 00:21:05.619 --> 00:21:08.122
  • Faith in God is faith in God.
  • 00:21:08.155 --> 00:21:12.026
  • Too many people make itfaith in themselves,
  • 00:21:12.059 --> 00:21:15.396
  • and that can only fail.
  • 00:21:15.429 --> 00:21:17.732
  • It can't possibly succeed.
  • 00:21:17.765 --> 00:21:20.134
  • Now, look at what Paul wrotejust before that:
  • 00:21:20.167 --> 00:21:22.837
  • "For though we walkin the flesh,
  • 00:21:22.870 --> 00:21:25.039
  • "we do not waraccording to the flesh.
  • 00:21:25.072 --> 00:21:27.675
  • "For the weapons of ourwarfare are not carnal
  • 00:21:27.708 --> 00:21:31.178
  • but mighty in God forpulling down strongholds."
  • 00:21:31.212 --> 00:21:35.483
  • So this is about whatGod wants to do in us,
  • 00:21:35.516 --> 00:21:39.053
  • not what we can doin our own strength.
  • 00:21:39.086 --> 00:21:42.757
  • God said back in Leviticus,
  • 00:21:42.790 --> 00:21:44.759
  • "You shall be holy;for I am holy."
  • 00:21:44.792 --> 00:21:48.629
  • And Peter quoted that versein 1 Peter 1:16,
  • 00:21:48.662 --> 00:21:51.999
  • "Because it is written,'Be holy, for I am holy.'"
  • 00:21:52.032 --> 00:21:56.270
  • Who can do that?
  • 00:21:56.303 --> 00:21:58.205
  • So when you say to God, "Okay,I'll do better; I'll obey;
  • 00:21:58.239 --> 00:22:02.076
  • I'll get it right; I won'tdo that anymore,"
  • 00:22:02.109 --> 00:22:05.246
  • you know what you're doing:
  • 00:22:05.279 --> 00:22:06.514
  • You're settingyourself up to fail,
  • 00:22:06.547 --> 00:22:08.883
  • because you failed torealize that faith in God
  • 00:22:08.916 --> 00:22:10.885
  • is not what you can do for God,
  • 00:22:10.918 --> 00:22:13.287
  • but it's about what Godcan do in you.
  • 00:22:13.320 --> 00:22:16.090
  • God gives the Holy Spiritso the presence of Jesus
  • 00:22:16.123 --> 00:22:18.893
  • can come into your life.
  • 00:22:18.926 --> 00:22:21.095
  • This is what all those NewTestament promises are about.
  • 00:22:21.128 --> 00:22:24.064
  • "Being confidentof this very thing,
  • 00:22:24.098 --> 00:22:26.300
  • "that He who has begun a goodwork in you will complete it
  • 00:22:26.333 --> 00:22:29.336
  • until the day of Jesus Christ."
  • 00:22:29.370 --> 00:22:31.238
  • That's Philippians 1, verse 6.
  • 00:22:31.272 --> 00:22:33.207
  • Look at Galatians 2:20.
  • 00:22:33.240 --> 00:22:35.109
  • "I am crucified with Christ:nevertheless I live;
  • 00:22:35.142 --> 00:22:38.446
  • "yet not I, but Christliveth in me:
  • 00:22:38.479 --> 00:22:42.616
  • "and the life which I nowlive in the flesh
  • 00:22:42.650 --> 00:22:44.819
  • "I live by the faithof the Son of God,
  • 00:22:44.852 --> 00:22:47.021
  • who loved me, andgave Himself for me."
  • 00:22:47.054 --> 00:22:50.257
  • You see that?
  • 00:22:50.291 --> 00:22:51.459
  • God doesn't ask usto make Him promises.
  • 00:22:51.492 --> 00:22:55.129
  • We're simply calledto believe the promises
  • 00:22:55.162 --> 00:22:58.065
  • that He makes to us.
  • 00:22:58.098 --> 00:22:59.633
  • We learn from Exodus 19 thatpromises to God of that nature
  • 00:23:00.468 --> 00:23:05.039
  • are simply doomed to fail.
  • 00:23:05.072 --> 00:23:07.208
  • But when we learn to surrenderto the presence of Jesus
  • 00:23:07.241 --> 00:23:09.610
  • in our lives, to welcome theHoly Spirit into our lives,
  • 00:23:09.643 --> 00:23:13.514
  • then you've got the same powerwho called light out of darkness
  • 00:23:13.547 --> 00:23:17.952
  • working in your life.
  • 00:23:17.985 --> 00:23:19.854
  • And now your New Year'sresolutions aren't so big
  • 00:23:19.887 --> 00:23:23.090
  • that they cannotbe accomplished.
  • 00:23:23.123 --> 00:23:24.758
  • You were going to quit coffee.
  • 00:23:24.792 --> 00:23:26.093
  • Well, if you've got the personliving His life in you
  • 00:23:26.126 --> 00:23:29.096
  • who brought water out of a rock,who opened up the Red Sea,
  • 00:23:29.129 --> 00:23:32.967
  • who calmed a storm, then you'vegot more than enough power
  • 00:23:33.000 --> 00:23:37.037
  • in your life to give you successin your daily spiritual battles.
  • 00:23:37.071 --> 00:23:41.642
  • It's a matter of connectingwith that power.
  • 00:23:41.675 --> 00:23:45.045
  • Workers dredging a harborin September of 2019
  • 00:23:45.079 --> 00:23:49.083
  • in the northwest of Poland founda massive unexploded bomb.
  • 00:23:49.116 --> 00:23:53.687
  • It was a "Tallboy,"an "earthquake" bomb
  • 00:23:53.721 --> 00:23:56.824
  • weighing six tons, dropped bythe Royal Air Force in a raid
  • 00:23:56.857 --> 00:24:01.228
  • that sank a Germancruiser, the Lützow.
  • 00:24:01.262 --> 00:24:04.265
  • For 75 years all that powerhad sat on a harbor floor,
  • 00:24:04.298 --> 00:24:10.037
  • which of coursewas a good thing.
  • 00:24:10.070 --> 00:24:11.805
  • When it was detonatedin October 2020,
  • 00:24:11.839 --> 00:24:14.508
  • the explosion was impressive.
  • 00:24:14.542 --> 00:24:17.845
  • You know, many people havein their living room or bedroom
  • 00:24:17.878 --> 00:24:22.516
  • or on their phone somethingfar more powerful
  • 00:24:22.550 --> 00:24:26.387
  • than a Tallboy bomb.
  • 00:24:26.420 --> 00:24:28.656
  • The Bible is the Word of God.
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  • Hebrews says it "is quick,and powerful,
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  • and sharper thanany two-edged sword."
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  • Unleash the power of Godin your life
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  • and you'll meet withsuccess, not failure,
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  • as you grow in your faith,
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  • as God's power becomesthe foundation of your life.
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  • You'll experiencea New Year's revolution
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  • as God's power takes youplaces that you've never been
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  • and allows you victoriesand successes
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  • that you've neverthought possible.
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  • -John: Thank you forremembering that It Is Written
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  • exists because of the kindnessof people just like you.
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  • To support this internationallife-changing ministry,
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  • please call us now at800-253-3000.
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  • You can send yourtax-deductible gift
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  • or you can visit us online atitiswritten.com.
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  • Thank you for your prayersand for your financial support.
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  • Our number again is800-253-3000,
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  • or you can visit us online atitiswritten.com.
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  • -John Bradshaw:Let's pray together, shall we?
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  • Let's pray that God would giveus the victories that we need,
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  • that God in this New Yearwould lead us to rely on Him
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  • and trust in His powerin our lives,
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  • rather than trustingin our own power,
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  • which just doesn'tget us far at all.
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  • Come on, let's pray and believethat God will work wonderfully
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  • in our lives. Let's pray.
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  • Our Father in heaven, we thankYou that in spite of the fact
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  • that our resolutions arelike "ropes of sand,"
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  • Your promises arecertain and sure,
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  • and that Your powerand presence in our lives
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  • is exactly and all that we need.
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  • So in this New Year,turn us to Yourself,
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  • give us grace to leanon You, to trust in You,
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  • to expect You to do in our lives
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  • what we couldnever do ourselves.
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  • Friend, are you willingto ask God right now,
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  • "Take my heart;make it Your fortress;
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  • defend me; give meYour strength"?
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  • Would you pray that prayer?
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  • Lord, hear the prayerof our hearts,
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  • and we thank You for doingwhat for us is impossible.
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  • And we pray in Jesus' name,
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  • amen.
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  • Thanks so much for joining me.
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  • I look forward to seeing youagain next time.
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  • Until then, remember:
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  • "It is written, 'Man shallnot live by bread alone,
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  • but by every word that proceedsfrom the mouth of God.'"
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  • ♪[dramatic theme music]♪
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