Taking Aim Part 2 | TBN

Taking Aim Part 2

Watch Taking Aim Part 2
February 16, 2021
27:29

Feeling aimless? God has perfect aim.

Closed captions

Taking Aim Part 2

Show timecode
Hide timecode
  • ...
  • 00:00:00.633 --> 00:00:00.025
  • This culture we live inwill trigger us constantly
  • 00:00:00.392 --> 00:00:03.629
  • if we don't get this thing
  • 00:00:03.762 --> 00:00:06.365
  • overcome in the powerof the Spirit,
  • 00:00:06.498 --> 00:00:09.201
  • and if we don't start believingthat who Jesus says we are
  • 00:00:09.301 --> 00:00:12.771
  • is who we are,that we are beloved of God.
  • 00:00:12.905 --> 00:00:15.374
  • Listen, all you needto be gorgeous
  • 00:00:15.507 --> 00:00:18.043
  • is the Spirit of the Living God.
  • 00:00:18.143 --> 00:00:20.646
  • That is it.
  • 00:00:20.779 --> 00:00:20.979
  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:00:23.048 --> 00:00:35.227
  • Paul is about taking aim.
  • 00:00:30.055 --> 00:00:39.131
  • What is it in your few moments,I think he would challenge us
  • 00:00:39.131 --> 00:00:43.102
  • to say, that you are aimingyour life toward?
  • 00:00:43.102 --> 00:00:48.674
  • What is your aim?
  • 00:00:48.674 --> 00:00:51.110
  • Go with me to 2 Timothy 3:10.
  • 00:00:51.110 --> 00:00:53.479
  • "You, however, have followedmy teaching, my conduct,
  • 00:00:53.479 --> 00:00:57.449
  • "my aim in life, my faith,my patience,
  • 00:00:57.449 --> 00:01:01.286
  • my love, and my steadfastness."
  • 00:01:01.286 --> 00:01:04.189
  • Do you have an aim in life?
  • 00:01:04.189 --> 00:01:07.793
  • Because it is crucial to us,and every single one of us
  • 00:01:07.793 --> 00:01:14.766
  • is called into this aim,this aim.
  • 00:01:14.766 --> 00:01:20.439
  • You are going to seescriptural evidence
  • 00:01:20.439 --> 00:01:24.543
  • that you are the furthest thing
  • 00:01:24.543 --> 00:01:27.479
  • from aimless,the furthest thing.
  • 00:01:27.479 --> 00:01:32.151
  • There is nothing moredepressing than aimless.
  • 00:01:32.151 --> 00:01:38.724
  • When that gets in your bones andgets down in your belief system,
  • 00:01:38.724 --> 00:01:43.495
  • if for whatever reasonyou have outlived
  • 00:01:43.495 --> 00:01:45.898
  • your purpose orbecause your marital status
  • 00:01:45.898 --> 00:01:49.368
  • tragically changedfor whatever reason,
  • 00:01:49.368 --> 00:01:52.271
  • or you're no longermaybe the thing
  • 00:01:52.271 --> 00:01:54.740
  • that you love more thananything else
  • 00:01:54.740 --> 00:01:56.275
  • in all of life was raisinga house full of kids,
  • 00:01:56.275 --> 00:01:58.977
  • they're grownand they've moved away.
  • 00:01:58.977 --> 00:02:00.612
  • And you've decided,"I have no aim.
  • 00:02:00.612 --> 00:02:02.414
  • I'm aimless."
  • 00:02:02.414 --> 00:02:04.483
  • Somebody else is justin the middle of college
  • 00:02:04.483 --> 00:02:06.218
  • and you're thinking,"You know what?
  • 00:02:06.218 --> 00:02:07.553
  • I thought I knew."
  • 00:02:07.553 --> 00:02:08.887
  • You know how we know,
  • 00:02:08.887 --> 00:02:10.222
  • the first dayof our freshman year
  • 00:02:10.222 --> 00:02:12.191
  • we know exactly what we wantto be when we grow up.
  • 00:02:12.191 --> 00:02:15.627
  • And like by Christmaswe're going, "I don't know,
  • 00:02:15.627 --> 00:02:17.829
  • I have absolutely no,
  • 00:02:17.829 --> 00:02:19.398
  • I have no aim in lifewhatsoever.
  • 00:02:19.398 --> 00:02:21.600
  • I know nothing.I know absolutely nothing."
  • 00:02:21.600 --> 00:02:25.404
  • Because that feeling
  • 00:02:25.404 --> 00:02:26.838
  • of just like,"I just feel aimless."
  • 00:02:26.838 --> 00:02:30.642
  • When that gets in there and thenwe just live,
  • 00:02:30.642 --> 00:02:32.844
  • we're just like wandering.
  • 00:02:32.844 --> 00:02:35.280
  • We don't, we don't haveany idea where we're going.
  • 00:02:35.280 --> 00:02:38.217
  • We don't knowwhere this is heading.
  • 00:02:38.217 --> 00:02:40.352
  • It is a game changerwhen we figure out,
  • 00:02:40.352 --> 00:02:43.989
  • "I am the furthest thingfrom aimless."
  • 00:02:43.989 --> 00:02:48.627
  • I want to show you something.
  • 00:02:48.627 --> 00:02:50.095
  • I want to show you a definitionbecause it's really powerful.
  • 00:02:50.095 --> 00:02:52.197
  • Remember that we've just read2 Timothy 3:10 that says,
  • 00:02:52.197 --> 00:02:56.602
  • "You, however,followed my teaching,
  • 00:02:56.602 --> 00:02:58.103
  • my conduct, my aim in life."
  • 00:02:58.103 --> 00:03:00.239
  • Everybody say, "My aim in life."
  • 00:03:00.239 --> 00:03:02.541
  • My aim in life, I want youto know what that aim,
  • 00:03:02.541 --> 00:03:05.744
  • what that word is coming from.
  • 00:03:05.744 --> 00:03:07.212
  • I want to show youthe Greek word on the screen.
  • 00:03:07.212 --> 00:03:11.183
  • "Prothesis"is how you would say it.
  • 00:03:11.183 --> 00:03:13.885
  • "a setting forth, presentation,and exposition,
  • 00:03:13.885 --> 00:03:18.991
  • "determination, plan, or will.
  • 00:03:18.991 --> 00:03:21.793
  • "It involves purpose, resolve,and design.
  • 00:03:21.793 --> 00:03:25.831
  • "A placing in viewer openlydisplaying something,
  • 00:03:25.831 --> 00:03:29.701
  • a thought or purpose."
  • 00:03:29.701 --> 00:03:31.436
  • Couple of words again,it involves purpose,
  • 00:03:31.436 --> 00:03:33.872
  • resolve, and design.
  • 00:03:33.872 --> 00:03:36.375
  • I want you to knowthat is used in the Scripture
  • 00:03:36.375 --> 00:03:39.711
  • for both God and his own,
  • 00:03:39.711 --> 00:03:44.283
  • God and his own,that God has every bit of this
  • 00:03:44.283 --> 00:03:49.087
  • toward us,and he has called us
  • 00:03:49.087 --> 00:03:52.190
  • to have this toward our livesin aim of him.
  • 00:03:52.190 --> 00:03:58.163
  • Now, let me tell you, rememberthat it says a setting forth,
  • 00:03:58.163 --> 00:04:00.399
  • a presentation, exposition,something that's right out
  • 00:04:00.399 --> 00:04:03.435
  • in front.
  • 00:04:03.435 --> 00:04:04.936
  • It is a word that is used to,in the Greek,
  • 00:04:04.936 --> 00:04:11.076
  • in a Greek versionof the Old Testament,
  • 00:04:11.076 --> 00:04:12.911
  • the Septuagint.
  • 00:04:12.911 --> 00:04:14.446
  • And several timesin the New Testament
  • 00:04:14.446 --> 00:04:16.148
  • and regarded the same thing
  • 00:04:16.148 --> 00:04:17.783
  • when it's talking aboutthe bread of presence
  • 00:04:17.783 --> 00:04:20.118
  • that was set on the table,
  • 00:04:20.118 --> 00:04:22.321
  • the showbread,the word is being used there as
  • 00:04:22.321 --> 00:04:26.325
  • something that was set forth,it was set out on the table.
  • 00:04:26.325 --> 00:04:30.529
  • Listen carefully and trackwith me here for a moment.
  • 00:04:30.529 --> 00:04:33.198
  • At no time doesGod forget his plan.
  • 00:04:33.198 --> 00:04:37.436
  • Every bit of God's agenda,he knows exactly
  • 00:04:37.436 --> 00:04:40.172
  • what he's doing at all of time.
  • 00:04:40.172 --> 00:04:42.207
  • So, there was eternitywithout end or beginning,
  • 00:04:42.207 --> 00:04:45.444
  • there's eternity,and then he sets time in it.
  • 00:04:45.444 --> 00:04:50.015
  • So, here's time.
  • 00:04:50.015 --> 00:04:51.416
  • So, time is always earth relatedbecause in the throne room
  • 00:04:51.416 --> 00:04:56.722
  • of God in the heavenlies
  • 00:04:56.722 --> 00:04:58.357
  • where God abides,there is no time.
  • 00:04:58.357 --> 00:05:02.027
  • Time is always an earthlyand human thing.
  • 00:05:02.027 --> 00:05:04.696
  • Every time you see it,it's in reference
  • 00:05:04.696 --> 00:05:06.898
  • to something going on with man.
  • 00:05:06.898 --> 00:05:09.067
  • So, he's already got that thinglaid out.
  • 00:05:09.067 --> 00:05:11.770
  • He knows the beginning,he knows the end of it,
  • 00:05:11.770 --> 00:05:13.905
  • and then he brings a newbeginning and it's without end.
  • 00:05:13.905 --> 00:05:17.542
  • So, in this whole periodof time,
  • 00:05:17.542 --> 00:05:19.644
  • at all times,his plan is set out
  • 00:05:19.644 --> 00:05:22.647
  • in front of him.
  • 00:05:22.647 --> 00:05:24.116
  • I want you to pictureit like on a table.
  • 00:05:24.116 --> 00:05:26.551
  • And I'm not meaning thatliterally, but I want you
  • 00:05:26.551 --> 00:05:28.387
  • to get the picture of it,that he has resolved
  • 00:05:28.387 --> 00:05:31.356
  • where his plan is concerned.
  • 00:05:31.356 --> 00:05:33.091
  • Nothing is turning itupside down.
  • 00:05:33.091 --> 00:05:35.560
  • Everything, he knows exactlywhat he's doing at all times.
  • 00:05:35.560 --> 00:05:39.698
  • It is a presentation before him.
  • 00:05:39.698 --> 00:05:42.267
  • He's got determinationwhere it's concerned.
  • 00:05:42.267 --> 00:05:44.736
  • There is a plan, and it's gotpurpose, and it's got resolved,
  • 00:05:44.736 --> 00:05:48.306
  • and it's got design.
  • 00:05:48.306 --> 00:05:49.941
  • I love that because when youand I have an aim in life,
  • 00:05:49.941 --> 00:05:54.012
  • I need somebody to listen reallycarefully to me,
  • 00:05:54.012 --> 00:05:56.248
  • when we have an aim in life,it's out on the table
  • 00:05:56.248 --> 00:05:59.251
  • in front of us at all times.
  • 00:05:59.251 --> 00:06:01.620
  • And when we do,when that's out on the table,
  • 00:06:01.620 --> 00:06:05.223
  • then that's before mein any kind of situation.
  • 00:06:05.223 --> 00:06:08.226
  • Okay, say for instance,let me give you an example
  • 00:06:08.226 --> 00:06:10.462
  • that just hit me.
  • 00:06:10.462 --> 00:06:12.197
  • I know a young woman that,somebody I love very, very much,
  • 00:06:12.197 --> 00:06:16.902
  • a good friendof mine's daughter,
  • 00:06:16.902 --> 00:06:19.771
  • who was offered a job
  • 00:06:19.771 --> 00:06:24.276
  • here recently by an older man
  • 00:06:24.276 --> 00:06:27.012
  • with a whole lot of moneywho drove a really,
  • 00:06:27.012 --> 00:06:29.481
  • really nice car,offered a very inappropriate job
  • 00:06:29.481 --> 00:06:33.985
  • where he said, "You willbe set up financially."
  • 00:06:33.985 --> 00:06:37.489
  • Listen, he took a wad of cash,rolled up cash,
  • 00:06:37.489 --> 00:06:42.661
  • and he set it in her hand
  • 00:06:42.661 --> 00:06:44.830
  • and wrapped her hand around it.
  • 00:06:44.830 --> 00:06:50.035
  • And she's like, drop it,drop it.
  • 00:06:50.035 --> 00:06:57.476
  • 'Cause you know why?
  • 00:06:57.542 --> 00:06:59.678
  • It did not go with heraim in life.
  • 00:06:59.678 --> 00:07:04.216
  • When that aim is on the tableright in front of me,
  • 00:07:04.216 --> 00:07:07.719
  • whoever's sitting on the otherside of it was between me
  • 00:07:07.719 --> 00:07:10.355
  • and you is my aim in life.
  • 00:07:10.355 --> 00:07:12.624
  • I love you so much,I love you so much.
  • 00:07:12.624 --> 00:07:14.793
  • But if you try to lead mesomewhere that's not
  • 00:07:14.793 --> 00:07:18.597
  • within my aim in life
  • 00:07:18.597 --> 00:07:21.166
  • then you knowwhat's sitting between me
  • 00:07:21.166 --> 00:07:22.901
  • and you is my aim.
  • 00:07:22.901 --> 00:07:26.371
  • And if you're not goingwhere I could still have my aim
  • 00:07:26.371 --> 00:07:29.641
  • in life to go with you,
  • 00:07:29.641 --> 00:07:31.776
  • then I'm gonnastart getting unnerved here
  • 00:07:31.776 --> 00:07:33.478
  • because what's in front of me atall times is I've got, somebody,
  • 00:07:33.478 --> 00:07:36.982
  • I got a resolveand determination
  • 00:07:36.982 --> 00:07:42.654
  • for my aim in life.
  • 00:07:42.654 --> 00:07:45.323
  • And here's the beauty of it.
  • 00:07:45.323 --> 00:07:46.858
  • Here's the beauty of it.
  • 00:07:46.858 --> 00:07:48.760
  • When the things of Godbecome our aim in life,
  • 00:07:48.760 --> 00:07:53.999
  • he has promised us
  • 00:07:53.999 --> 00:07:56.401
  • that if we set everythingelse aside to this one in,
  • 00:07:56.401 --> 00:08:02.173
  • to this one in, lose everythingelse to gain him, he said,
  • 00:08:02.173 --> 00:08:06.811
  • "You will end up gainingeverything of value.
  • 00:08:06.811 --> 00:08:11.850
  • "You seek my kingdomand my righteousness,
  • 00:08:11.850 --> 00:08:15.654
  • "and I will add everythingto your life that was valuable
  • 00:08:15.654 --> 00:08:20.392
  • "for you to do what you havebeen called to do
  • 00:08:20.392 --> 00:08:23.461
  • and live a life that reallydoes mean something."
  • 00:08:23.461 --> 00:08:28.133
  • My aim, my aim in life.
  • 00:08:28.133 --> 00:08:32.337
  • He cannot lead you astray.
  • 00:08:32.337 --> 00:08:34.839
  • He cannot lead youinto worthless things.
  • 00:08:34.839 --> 00:08:37.609
  • He cannot lead youinto just vain things
  • 00:08:37.609 --> 00:08:40.478
  • that didn't end upmeaning anything.
  • 00:08:40.478 --> 00:08:42.781
  • He cannot waste your time.
  • 00:08:42.781 --> 00:08:45.250
  • He cannot waste your life.
  • 00:08:45.250 --> 00:08:46.685
  • He's incapable of doing it.
  • 00:08:46.685 --> 00:08:50.422
  • So, when we take on his aim andwe begin to aim that direction,
  • 00:08:50.422 --> 00:08:56.561
  • and then our priority energiesthat we're,
  • 00:08:56.561 --> 00:08:58.663
  • that how we're checkingeverything else
  • 00:08:58.663 --> 00:09:01.800
  • that gets our attention is,does it go
  • 00:09:01.800 --> 00:09:05.570
  • in contrast to my aim?
  • 00:09:05.570 --> 00:09:08.974
  • And there are many,many things that wouldn't.
  • 00:09:08.974 --> 00:09:11.009
  • Listen, never think thatif we're gonna have that aim
  • 00:09:11.009 --> 00:09:13.278
  • in life,
  • 00:09:13.278 --> 00:09:14.646
  • then we have to beginsome kind of ministry.
  • 00:09:14.646 --> 00:09:18.350
  • God wants us all overthe world in any kind.
  • 00:09:18.350 --> 00:09:21.586
  • Listen, if it's honestand ethical,
  • 00:09:21.586 --> 00:09:24.522
  • God can use you for the sakeof the gospel.
  • 00:09:24.522 --> 00:09:27.859
  • We need to be in placesof government, in medicine,
  • 00:09:27.859 --> 00:09:30.996
  • in school systems,in banking,
  • 00:09:30.996 --> 00:09:36.901
  • in retail,that we're just strung
  • 00:09:36.901 --> 00:09:39.704
  • out all over the worldin whatever kind of commerce
  • 00:09:39.704 --> 00:09:42.907
  • and in software development,whatever it may be,
  • 00:09:42.907 --> 00:09:47.178
  • that we're bearing outfor the sake of the gospel.
  • 00:09:47.178 --> 00:09:50.882
  • That our aim, this is our aim,that no matter what I do
  • 00:09:50.882 --> 00:09:55.754
  • between meand that screen is my aim.
  • 00:09:55.754 --> 00:09:59.457
  • Somebody getting that with me?
  • 00:09:59.457 --> 00:10:02.327
  • (Beth Moore)I have never seen aday come that I thought called
  • 00:10:02.394 --> 00:10:06.164
  • for more deep focus on studyingthe Scriptures.
  • 00:10:06.164 --> 00:10:11.169
  • I have been enthralled for many,many months, and I've asked
  • 00:10:11.169 --> 00:10:13.571
  • myself over and over again,what took you so long
  • 00:10:13.571 --> 00:10:17.142
  • to write a Bible studyon this fascinating book?
  • 00:10:17.142 --> 00:10:20.378
  • But you know what I think?
  • 00:10:20.378 --> 00:10:21.713
  • I think God timed itfor exactly this moment.
  • 00:10:21.713 --> 00:10:28.620
  • In a day of such a lackof focus,
  • 00:10:28.620 --> 00:10:31.256
  • would you be willingto come on in the Word of God
  • 00:10:31.256 --> 00:10:33.725
  • and study it diligently,study it hard,
  • 00:10:33.725 --> 00:10:36.828
  • meditate over every single word,every single phrase,
  • 00:10:36.828 --> 00:10:39.931
  • see concepts and phrasesand sentences jump off that page
  • 00:10:39.931 --> 00:10:44.536
  • and into your present reality
  • 00:10:44.536 --> 00:10:46.504
  • as if they werewritten yesterday.
  • 00:10:46.504 --> 00:10:49.674
  • We're not meant to beoverwhelmed by this darkness.
  • 00:10:49.674 --> 00:10:53.845
  • We're meant to be lightsright in it.
  • 00:10:53.845 --> 00:10:57.749
  • Grab your copy todayat bethmoore.org.
  • 00:10:57.749 --> 00:11:02.520
  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:11:02.587 --> 00:11:07.192
  • I've gotta tell you,we have all been through
  • 00:11:07.192 --> 00:11:09.527
  • a lot in the last years,
  • 00:11:09.527 --> 00:11:11.763
  • but I have never in my life,I say to you,
  • 00:11:11.763 --> 00:11:15.600
  • I have never had more confidence
  • 00:11:15.600 --> 00:11:18.403
  • in the pure gospelof our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:11:18.403 --> 00:11:23.274
  • ♪ Oh, my soul, lift up the nameof The One who saves ♪
  • 00:11:23.274 --> 00:11:27.812
  • ♪ He reigns forever ♪
  • 00:11:27.812 --> 00:11:29.581
  • ♪ Oh, my soul,lift up Your praise ♪
  • 00:11:29.581 --> 00:11:32.517
  • ♪ I will riseand bless the Lord ♪
  • 00:11:32.517 --> 00:11:35.386
  • ♪ Oh my soul ♪
  • 00:11:35.386 --> 00:11:38.590
  • ♪ oh my soul ♪
  • 00:11:38.590 --> 00:11:41.926
  • ♪ Oh my soul ♪
  • 00:11:41.926 --> 00:11:45.263
  • ♪ oh my soul ♪♪
  • 00:11:45.263 --> 00:11:47.198
  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:11:47.198 --> 00:11:49.768
  • Let me tell you something,he's come to speak in power
  • 00:11:49.768 --> 00:11:52.470
  • to us this weekend
  • 00:11:52.470 --> 00:11:53.805
  • because his Word is freshand alive.
  • 00:11:53.805 --> 00:11:56.775
  • That's the miracleof the Scriptures.
  • 00:11:56.775 --> 00:12:00.678
  • (female announcer)Come join usin a city near you.
  • 00:12:00.745 --> 00:12:02.914
  • You go back to 1 Corinthians 9,
  • 00:12:06.484 --> 00:12:09.554
  • and I'm going to read yousomething out
  • 00:12:09.554 --> 00:12:11.589
  • of the Ephesians 1:9 through 11,
  • 00:12:11.589 --> 00:12:14.425
  • something I love,something I love.
  • 00:12:14.425 --> 00:12:16.895
  • Ephesians 1:9 through 11says--well, I have to start at 7
  • 00:12:16.895 --> 00:12:22.801
  • because it startsthe sentence there.
  • 00:12:22.801 --> 00:12:24.736
  • "In him we have redemptionthrough his blood,
  • 00:12:24.736 --> 00:12:27.438
  • "the forgivenessof our trespasses,
  • 00:12:27.438 --> 00:12:29.207
  • "according to the richesof his grace,
  • 00:12:29.207 --> 00:12:31.342
  • "which he lavished upon us,in all wisdom and insight
  • 00:12:31.342 --> 00:12:35.914
  • "making known to us the mysteryof his will,
  • 00:12:35.914 --> 00:12:38.383
  • "according to his purpose,
  • 00:12:38.383 --> 00:12:39.851
  • "which he set forthin Christ as a plan
  • 00:12:39.851 --> 00:12:42.787
  • "for the fullness of time,
  • 00:12:42.787 --> 00:12:45.123
  • "to unite all things in him,things in heaven
  • 00:12:45.123 --> 00:12:48.827
  • "and things on earth.
  • 00:12:48.827 --> 00:12:50.929
  • "In him we have obtainedan inheritance,
  • 00:12:50.929 --> 00:12:53.131
  • "having been predestinedaccording to the purpose,
  • 00:12:53.131 --> 00:12:55.934
  • purpose of him,"
  • 00:12:55.934 --> 00:12:57.502
  • purpose is our word, "of himwho works all things according
  • 00:12:57.502 --> 00:13:01.206
  • to the counsel of his will."
  • 00:13:01.206 --> 00:13:03.141
  • The word that is a translationof our word here
  • 00:13:03.141 --> 00:13:06.744
  • "prothesis" is purpose.
  • 00:13:06.744 --> 00:13:09.180
  • Have you been predestinedaccording to the purpose of him
  • 00:13:09.180 --> 00:13:11.549
  • who works all things accordingto the counsel of his will,
  • 00:13:11.549 --> 00:13:14.786
  • the counsel of his will?
  • 00:13:14.786 --> 00:13:16.554
  • In other words,he's already thought
  • 00:13:16.554 --> 00:13:17.889
  • this through.
  • 00:13:17.889 --> 00:13:19.324
  • He said, Listen, a lotof thought went into you.
  • 00:13:19.324 --> 00:13:22.527
  • But what I want youto understand,
  • 00:13:22.527 --> 00:13:23.995
  • with the same forethoughtand plan for man in general,
  • 00:13:23.995 --> 00:13:29.701
  • and heaven and earth,God has that for you.
  • 00:13:29.701 --> 00:13:34.973
  • Somebody in the house needsto know God has perfect aim,
  • 00:13:34.973 --> 00:13:40.211
  • absolutely perfect aim.
  • 00:13:40.211 --> 00:13:43.414
  • Genesis to Revelation,he never ever misses the mark.
  • 00:13:43.414 --> 00:13:48.253
  • I jotted a few things down.
  • 00:13:48.253 --> 00:13:49.921
  • I hope to prove this.
  • 00:13:49.921 --> 00:13:51.256
  • God aimed his Son for the world,and not just any part
  • 00:13:51.256 --> 00:13:54.459
  • of the world.
  • 00:13:54.459 --> 00:13:55.860
  • He had already foretoldin the Old Testament
  • 00:13:55.860 --> 00:13:58.396
  • that he would be bornin Bethlehem.
  • 00:13:58.396 --> 00:14:00.798
  • He was not born five milesfrom Bethlehem.
  • 00:14:00.798 --> 00:14:03.468
  • He was born in Bethlehembecause God chose Bethlehem
  • 00:14:03.468 --> 00:14:07.071
  • and so Bethlehem
  • 00:14:07.071 --> 00:14:08.406
  • was where Jesuswas going to be born.
  • 00:14:08.406 --> 00:14:10.575
  • Jesus was not more thanfive minutes too early
  • 00:14:10.575 --> 00:14:13.044
  • or five minutes too late.
  • 00:14:13.044 --> 00:14:14.913
  • He was born when the time camethat she should be delivered,
  • 00:14:14.913 --> 00:14:20.285
  • and he chose it.
  • 00:14:20.285 --> 00:14:24.055
  • And he had perfect aim.
  • 00:14:24.055 --> 00:14:27.325
  • He aims his Word,Isaiah 55 says,
  • 00:14:27.325 --> 00:14:30.161
  • and it never returnsto him empty.
  • 00:14:30.161 --> 00:14:32.030
  • He aimed for everysingle writer
  • 00:14:32.030 --> 00:14:35.366
  • that he inspiredto write Scripture.
  • 00:14:35.366 --> 00:14:38.036
  • And if you don't thinkthat's impressive,
  • 00:14:38.036 --> 00:14:40.104
  • I want you to understandwith me,
  • 00:14:40.104 --> 00:14:41.839
  • now I'm approximating herebecause nobody knows for sure
  • 00:14:41.839 --> 00:14:44.409
  • down to the year.
  • 00:14:44.409 --> 00:14:45.743
  • But do you realize thatthe inspiration of Scripture
  • 00:14:45.743 --> 00:14:48.746
  • from Genesis to Revelationtook place
  • 00:14:48.746 --> 00:14:51.316
  • over the courseof about 1400 years?
  • 00:14:51.316 --> 00:14:56.054
  • How patient and how specificcould God possibly be
  • 00:14:56.054 --> 00:15:00.158
  • that he's gonna--I mean,
  • 00:15:00.158 --> 00:15:01.492
  • if I'd have gone like,you know what,
  • 00:15:01.492 --> 00:15:02.827
  • let's get it over with.
  • 00:15:02.827 --> 00:15:04.162
  • I choose you.You know what I'm saying?
  • 00:15:04.162 --> 00:15:05.563
  • Like, wow,why wait 400 years here?
  • 00:15:05.563 --> 00:15:08.566
  • Like go ahead with the next one,for crying out loud.
  • 00:15:08.566 --> 00:15:11.102
  • It's so interestingbecause the Old Testament
  • 00:15:11.102 --> 00:15:13.404
  • is written--I'mapproximating here.
  • 00:15:13.404 --> 00:15:15.573
  • It's written overabout a millennium,
  • 00:15:15.573 --> 00:15:18.142
  • so right arounda thousand years,
  • 00:15:18.142 --> 00:15:19.911
  • whereas the New Testament,it is like then time
  • 00:15:19.911 --> 00:15:22.981
  • is on steroids becauseit's getting closer and closer
  • 00:15:22.981 --> 00:15:25.984
  • and closer to the returnof Christ.
  • 00:15:25.984 --> 00:15:28.186
  • So, the New Testament is writtenin only a couple of decades,
  • 00:15:28.186 --> 00:15:31.255
  • beautiful.
  • 00:15:31.255 --> 00:15:32.690
  • He aimed rightfor Saul of Tarsus.
  • 00:15:32.690 --> 00:15:35.593
  • He knew exactly wherehe'd be on that road,
  • 00:15:35.593 --> 00:15:37.929
  • exactly where he'd be.
  • 00:15:37.929 --> 00:15:40.098
  • Paul said it himselfout of the Book of Galatians
  • 00:15:40.098 --> 00:15:41.933
  • when he said,
  • 00:15:41.933 --> 00:15:43.334
  • "When he who set me apartbefore I was born,
  • 00:15:43.334 --> 00:15:45.937
  • and you called me by his grace
  • 00:15:45.937 --> 00:15:47.905
  • was pleased to reveal his Sonto me."
  • 00:15:47.905 --> 00:15:51.209
  • I want to ask you,does anybody in the room
  • 00:15:51.209 --> 00:15:53.745
  • know Jesus Christ personally?
  • 00:15:53.745 --> 00:15:57.949
  • Do you realize that if you knowJesus Christ personally,
  • 00:15:57.949 --> 00:16:02.987
  • that it wasbecause Jesus was pleased
  • 00:16:02.987 --> 00:16:06.524
  • to reveal his Son to you?
  • 00:16:06.524 --> 00:16:08.559
  • I want somebody to try to wrapyour brain around that
  • 00:16:08.559 --> 00:16:11.496
  • for a minute.
  • 00:16:11.496 --> 00:16:12.830
  • You did not get inon a group pass.
  • 00:16:12.830 --> 00:16:16.934
  • You didn't get inbecause your family got in.
  • 00:16:16.934 --> 00:16:21.406
  • You didn't get in becauseyou had some kind of Christian
  • 00:16:21.406 --> 00:16:27.045
  • heritage that made youwhere you just got
  • 00:16:27.045 --> 00:16:31.349
  • somehow a free passwith everybody else.
  • 00:16:31.349 --> 00:16:34.152
  • God knows that you yourselfare here.
  • 00:16:34.152 --> 00:16:37.655
  • Somebody needs to know that,that he aimed at you,
  • 00:16:37.655 --> 00:16:41.225
  • he aimed where your seatwould sit in this house.
  • 00:16:41.225 --> 00:16:46.431
  • He knows the exact numberof hairs on your head
  • 00:16:46.431 --> 00:16:50.068
  • and how many of themhave color on them.
  • 00:16:50.068 --> 00:16:53.504
  • Knows exactly how many are gray,how many are brown,
  • 00:16:57.542 --> 00:17:02.213
  • how many are grayunder the brown, he knows.
  • 00:17:02.213 --> 00:17:05.716
  • He knows all of that.
  • 00:17:05.716 --> 00:17:07.485
  • And we've been targeted
  • 00:17:07.485 --> 00:17:10.621
  • by the great affection of God
  • 00:17:10.621 --> 00:17:14.559
  • through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:17:14.559 --> 00:17:17.295
  • Like you didn't justlike somehow slipped in.
  • 00:17:17.295 --> 00:17:20.965
  • He planned for you.
  • 00:17:20.965 --> 00:17:22.733
  • He has resolvewhere you are concerned.
  • 00:17:22.733 --> 00:17:25.269
  • He has a will for your life.
  • 00:17:25.269 --> 00:17:29.040
  • He's got design for you,a design about
  • 00:17:29.040 --> 00:17:31.442
  • how he intends for itto come to pass.
  • 00:17:31.442 --> 00:17:36.314
  • Like, of all the millionsof people on the planet,
  • 00:17:36.314 --> 00:17:42.553
  • he sees you.
  • 00:17:42.553 --> 00:17:45.323
  • And he really does know,he knows the real you.
  • 00:17:45.323 --> 00:17:50.194
  • He chose you.
  • 00:17:50.194 --> 00:17:52.130
  • He knows all your passwordsthat you can no longer remember.
  • 00:17:52.130 --> 00:17:57.702
  • I mean, we aim to just have fun,but the fun always wore off.
  • 00:17:57.702 --> 00:18:02.974
  • Does anybody getwhat I'm saying?
  • 00:18:02.974 --> 00:18:06.043
  • That level of fun always woreoff and then we needed more fun,
  • 00:18:06.043 --> 00:18:10.648
  • and then fun wouldn't paythe bills.
  • 00:18:10.648 --> 00:18:16.988
  • We aim to please people,
  • 00:18:16.988 --> 00:18:18.890
  • but we can't keep them pleased.
  • 00:18:18.890 --> 00:18:24.662
  • We aim to live happilyever after,
  • 00:18:24.662 --> 00:18:28.332
  • but we forgot the afterin happily ever.
  • 00:18:28.332 --> 00:18:32.670
  • Is there are a lotof happy times in this life?
  • 00:18:35.873 --> 00:18:39.644
  • But the happily ever after
  • 00:18:39.644 --> 00:18:42.013
  • is promised actuallyafter after.
  • 00:18:42.013 --> 00:18:48.286
  • We aimed to impress,but what we got was criticism,
  • 00:18:48.286 --> 00:18:53.157
  • or maybe we did impressand then we had to figure out
  • 00:18:53.157 --> 00:18:56.827
  • how to impress againand be more impressive.
  • 00:18:56.827 --> 00:19:00.965
  • Anybody?
  • 00:19:00.965 --> 00:19:02.400
  • Have you ever been impressiveand then now
  • 00:19:02.400 --> 00:19:04.769
  • that you were impressive,
  • 00:19:04.769 --> 00:19:06.137
  • like it only lastsfor about three minutes.
  • 00:19:06.137 --> 00:19:08.506
  • It only lastsuntil you get to the car
  • 00:19:08.506 --> 00:19:10.975
  • because man wasn'tthat impressive.
  • 00:19:10.975 --> 00:19:12.977
  • And now it's, what am I goingto do to be more impressive?
  • 00:19:12.977 --> 00:19:16.948
  • And it has to be biggerand better.
  • 00:19:16.948 --> 00:19:18.816
  • And now we're not justcompeting with one another.
  • 00:19:18.816 --> 00:19:21.152
  • We're competingwith our own self
  • 00:19:21.152 --> 00:19:23.421
  • with last time's impression.
  • 00:19:23.421 --> 00:19:26.457
  • This is no way to live.
  • 00:19:26.457 --> 00:19:30.261
  • Now, this is a wonderful thing,
  • 00:19:30.261 --> 00:19:31.929
  • but I'm saying asan aim in life,
  • 00:19:31.929 --> 00:19:33.698
  • some of us that we aimjust to help people.
  • 00:19:33.698 --> 00:19:37.868
  • Oh, that's a good thing,that's a good thing.
  • 00:19:37.868 --> 00:19:40.271
  • But as an aim in life,here's what happens,
  • 00:19:40.271 --> 00:19:44.275
  • we cannot do enough.
  • 00:19:44.275 --> 00:19:47.912
  • Some of you are going like,"I'm trying to help you.
  • 00:19:47.912 --> 00:19:49.880
  • I'm trying to help you.I'm trying to--"
  • 00:19:49.880 --> 00:19:51.849
  • Have you ever noticedthat people
  • 00:19:51.849 --> 00:19:53.317
  • have to want to be helped?
  • 00:19:53.317 --> 00:19:57.822
  • Have you ever noticed that somepeople will just like cooperate
  • 00:19:57.822 --> 00:20:00.658
  • with just enough of your helpto keep you hanging on,
  • 00:20:00.658 --> 00:20:03.594
  • keep you hanging on?
  • 00:20:03.594 --> 00:20:06.163
  • I mean, also you tried to helpone person for 25 years,
  • 00:20:06.163 --> 00:20:08.532
  • they have not been helped yet,not been helped yet.
  • 00:20:08.532 --> 00:20:12.270
  • But there are 400 peopleout there
  • 00:20:12.270 --> 00:20:14.405
  • that might really be helped.
  • 00:20:14.405 --> 00:20:17.675
  • But we keep trying to helpwho doesn't want any,
  • 00:20:17.675 --> 00:20:20.378
  • and we're exhausted.
  • 00:20:20.378 --> 00:20:23.080
  • Let me tell you something,we aim for fame,
  • 00:20:23.080 --> 00:20:25.149
  • what we get is the firesof hell.
  • 00:20:25.149 --> 00:20:27.585
  • And boy, am I not kidding,boy, am I not kidding?
  • 00:20:27.585 --> 00:20:32.123
  • We aim for painlessness.
  • 00:20:32.123 --> 00:20:34.725
  • It's a huge aim, especiallyfor those of us in first world
  • 00:20:34.725 --> 00:20:39.163
  • countries where we haveall of these comforts
  • 00:20:39.163 --> 00:20:42.333
  • and where in regardto the entire globe,
  • 00:20:42.333 --> 00:20:47.338
  • every single one of uswould be considered wealthy,
  • 00:20:47.338 --> 00:20:50.274
  • every one of us in this room,whether you could pay
  • 00:20:50.274 --> 00:20:53.010
  • your bills this month or not,we would be considered wealthy.
  • 00:20:53.010 --> 00:20:57.648
  • And so, one of the thingsthat we have just adapted to
  • 00:20:57.648 --> 00:21:00.184
  • is we're constantlyseeking painlessness,
  • 00:21:00.184 --> 00:21:04.221
  • every kind of comfort.
  • 00:21:04.221 --> 00:21:05.623
  • So, we aim for painlessnessand what we end up with
  • 00:21:05.623 --> 00:21:08.092
  • is an addiction.
  • 00:21:08.092 --> 00:21:09.860
  • Anybody know whatI'm talking about?
  • 00:21:09.860 --> 00:21:12.330
  • We aim for financial security,
  • 00:21:12.330 --> 00:21:18.269
  • and you can have a vaultfull of money
  • 00:21:18.269 --> 00:21:20.471
  • and you stilldo not feel secure.
  • 00:21:20.471 --> 00:21:25.776
  • It's never enough,it's never enough.
  • 00:21:25.776 --> 00:21:32.483
  • And we can so aim to winone earthly thing,
  • 00:21:32.483 --> 00:21:38.989
  • that we lose everything else.
  • 00:21:38.989 --> 00:21:43.327
  • One thing just drove usand drove us
  • 00:21:43.327 --> 00:21:48.899
  • and drove us and drove us.
  • 00:21:48.899 --> 00:21:53.904
  • But where they hadthat one thing,
  • 00:21:53.904 --> 00:21:56.774
  • but we got nothing else,nothing else.
  • 00:21:56.774 --> 00:22:02.680
  • I want you to turn with me
  • 00:22:02.747 --> 00:22:04.081
  • to Philippians chapter 3,verses 12 through 14.
  • 00:22:04.081 --> 00:22:08.085
  • "Not that I have alreadyobtained this
  • 00:22:08.085 --> 00:22:10.087
  • "or am already perfect,
  • 00:22:10.087 --> 00:22:11.856
  • "but I press on to makeit my own,
  • 00:22:11.856 --> 00:22:15.493
  • "because Christ Jesushas made me his own.
  • 00:22:15.493 --> 00:22:18.562
  • "Brothers, I do not considerthat I have made it my own.
  • 00:22:18.562 --> 00:22:22.066
  • "But this I do:forgetting what lies behind
  • 00:22:22.066 --> 00:22:24.902
  • "and straining forwardto what lies ahead,
  • 00:22:24.902 --> 00:22:27.738
  • "I press on toward the goalfor the prize
  • 00:22:27.738 --> 00:22:31.208
  • of the upward callof God in Jesus Christ."
  • 00:22:31.208 --> 00:22:37.248
  • The word being usedfor the prize is the same one.
  • 00:22:37.248 --> 00:22:40.050
  • It's the only two timesthe Greek word
  • 00:22:40.050 --> 00:22:42.019
  • is used in all the New Testamentis right here
  • 00:22:42.019 --> 00:22:45.022
  • and back in 1 Corinthianschapter 9 where Paul says,
  • 00:22:45.022 --> 00:22:50.661
  • "You run so that you canobtain the prize."
  • 00:22:50.661 --> 00:22:56.367
  • It's a really great word,
  • 00:22:56.367 --> 00:22:58.035
  • but I read in a coupleof commentaries
  • 00:22:58.035 --> 00:23:00.571
  • that it was oftenthat in the games,
  • 00:23:00.571 --> 00:23:03.507
  • it was often a celery wreath.
  • 00:23:03.507 --> 00:23:06.610
  • Now, I don't know what that doesto you,
  • 00:23:06.610 --> 00:23:09.013
  • but I'm gonna tell yousomething, I have zero interest
  • 00:23:09.013 --> 00:23:14.852
  • in doing all of this for acelery wreath,
  • 00:23:14.852 --> 00:23:19.590
  • zero interest.
  • 00:23:19.590 --> 00:23:22.092
  • And can you, can you imaginehow wilted the celery,
  • 00:23:22.092 --> 00:23:26.230
  • after it has been on your sweatyhead out in the heat
  • 00:23:26.230 --> 00:23:32.803
  • trying to have a little dignitywith your prize.
  • 00:23:32.803 --> 00:23:36.774
  • One other commentarywas even worse,
  • 00:23:36.774 --> 00:23:39.610
  • it called it a vegetable wreath.
  • 00:23:39.610 --> 00:23:43.180
  • It said that a perishable crownwould have been like,
  • 00:23:43.180 --> 00:23:46.183
  • at the end of the games,
  • 00:23:46.183 --> 00:23:47.518
  • would have beena vegetable wreath.
  • 00:23:47.518 --> 00:23:48.853
  • And I'm like whatis that like green peppers
  • 00:23:48.853 --> 00:23:51.355
  • and like cherry tomatoesand onions?
  • 00:23:51.355 --> 00:23:53.757
  • I mean for crying out loud,I'm gonna tell you something.
  • 00:23:53.757 --> 00:23:56.660
  • Here's how I feel about it,here's how I feel about it,
  • 00:23:56.660 --> 00:23:58.496
  • here's how I feel about it.
  • 00:23:58.496 --> 00:24:00.097
  • If I am going to have a foodcrown, I want a carb,
  • 00:24:00.097 --> 00:24:06.504
  • I do, I do.
  • 00:24:06.504 --> 00:24:08.806
  • Lace me up some tortillas.
  • 00:24:08.806 --> 00:24:12.510
  • Give me oneof those bread braids.
  • 00:24:12.510 --> 00:24:15.679
  • I'll take, I'll take homea pretzel,
  • 00:24:15.679 --> 00:24:18.782
  • I'll take a pretzel.
  • 00:24:18.782 --> 00:24:20.484
  • I'll take a pretzel, just cutout the inside of it,
  • 00:24:20.484 --> 00:24:24.054
  • leave it--set that on my head.
  • 00:24:24.054 --> 00:24:25.990
  • If I'm gonna have a food wreath,I want it to be good.
  • 00:24:25.990 --> 00:24:28.626
  • I want it to be good.
  • 00:24:28.626 --> 00:24:31.161
  • But you see,it's not perishable.
  • 00:24:31.161 --> 00:24:33.397
  • It's an imperishable wreath.
  • 00:24:33.397 --> 00:24:37.401
  • Because I'm about to give yousomething
  • 00:24:37.401 --> 00:24:38.836
  • that we're gonna call
  • 00:24:38.836 --> 00:24:41.205
  • five spiritualfitness resolutions.
  • 00:24:41.205 --> 00:24:47.945
  • You and I are aboutto take down
  • 00:24:47.945 --> 00:24:51.348
  • five spiritualfitness resolutions.
  • 00:24:51.348 --> 00:24:58.656
  • Every one of us in this room,no matter what,
  • 00:24:58.722 --> 00:25:03.994
  • if we are in Christ,
  • 00:25:03.994 --> 00:25:05.696
  • is fully empoweredand invited
  • 00:25:05.696 --> 00:25:10.367
  • to step into every oneof these resolutions.
  • 00:25:10.367 --> 00:25:17.041
  • Number one is this,I'm following Jesus
  • 00:25:17.041 --> 00:25:19.443
  • en route to Jesus.
  • 00:25:19.443 --> 00:25:21.312
  • So, he's with us,but he's waiting for us.
  • 00:25:21.312 --> 00:25:23.614
  • That metaphor is gonna tell usat the very beginning
  • 00:25:23.614 --> 00:25:25.616
  • of Hebrews chapter 12,
  • 00:25:25.616 --> 00:25:27.585
  • that we run this racebefore such a great cloud
  • 00:25:27.585 --> 00:25:29.119
  • of witnesses, but we keepour eyes fixed on Jesus,
  • 00:25:29.119 --> 00:25:34.158
  • the author and finisherof our faith.
  • 00:25:34.158 --> 00:25:36.727
  • Number two is this,I do not run aimlessly.
  • 00:25:36.727 --> 00:25:40.564
  • I don't box air.I take good aim.
  • 00:25:40.564 --> 00:25:46.870
  • Number five,my life has a point.
  • 00:25:46.870 --> 00:25:50.975
  • You really are en route.
  • 00:25:50.975 --> 00:25:55.512
  • You're following Jesus en routeto Jesus that it--you
  • 00:25:55.512 --> 00:25:59.516
  • began in Christwhen he targeted you
  • 00:25:59.516 --> 00:26:04.254
  • for salvation,called you by name.
  • 00:26:04.254 --> 00:26:07.825
  • And you're on your waysomewhere and it has a point.
  • 00:26:07.825 --> 00:26:11.495
  • It has a point,that you're following Jesus
  • 00:26:11.495 --> 00:26:14.898
  • en route to Jesus,
  • 00:26:14.898 --> 00:26:16.266
  • that you do not run aimlessly,you really do know
  • 00:26:16.266 --> 00:26:19.403
  • where you're going.
  • 00:26:19.403 --> 00:26:20.838
  • You do not box air,you take good aim
  • 00:26:20.838 --> 00:26:23.741
  • and your life has a point.
  • 00:26:23.741 --> 00:26:25.743
  • And I'm gonna ask you this,whether or not
  • 00:26:25.743 --> 00:26:28.445
  • you could say that right now
  • 00:26:28.445 --> 00:26:29.780
  • you believe that,what if you did?
  • 00:26:29.780 --> 00:26:34.585
  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:26:34.652 --> 00:26:44.428
  • Arrows form the tongue.
  • 00:26:41.659 --> 00:26:47.131
  • I think it would be a wonderfulthing if we could just always
  • 00:26:47.131 --> 00:26:49.900
  • divide it in half and go,it is only really those
  • 00:26:49.900 --> 00:26:53.037
  • that we consider evil people
  • 00:26:53.037 --> 00:26:55.539
  • who use their tongueslike arrows,
  • 00:26:55.539 --> 00:26:58.409
  • and it's not the rest of us.
  • 00:26:58.409 --> 00:27:00.678
  • But we know better than that.
  • 00:27:00.678 --> 00:27:03.180
  • I would suggest to youthat when it comes to aiming,
  • 00:27:03.180 --> 00:27:07.351
  • that perhaps there is nothing
  • 00:27:07.351 --> 00:27:09.720
  • that we are more diligentlyaiming at any given time
  • 00:27:09.720 --> 00:27:14.658
  • than our words.
  • 00:27:14.658 --> 00:27:18.362
  • "Now That Faith Has Come:A Study Of Galatians"
  • 00:27:18.362 --> 00:27:20.964
  • is now available in aprinted workbook edition.
  • 00:27:20.964 --> 00:27:25.369
  • Grab your copy today andjoin me for Bible study.
  • 00:27:25.369 --> 00:27:30.000