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Fully Engaged With God

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January 7, 2021
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What does it mean to be fully engaged with God? In this message learn how to express love to God as you worship Him.

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  • announcer: Passionate,courageous, bold, resolute.
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  • All around us,people live fully engaged.
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  • We witness in real timeas athletes push the boundaries
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  • of their physical ability,entrepreneurs drive industry
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  • forward, and creatives explorethe potentials of art
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  • and performance.
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  • Ours is a life best livedfully engaged.
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  • But what if we did the samewith our faith?
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  • What if we took our faithto more than we thought it
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  • could be?
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  • If we as believers livedfully engaged?
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  • Be undeniably dedicated,utterly committed.
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  • Even you might be surprisedby who you can be
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  • through the power of God.
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  • You are unlimited,and you are fully engaged.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: And now, here isyour host, Dr. David Jeremiah.
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  • David Jeremiah:Football coaches yell,
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  • "Put your shoulder into it."
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  • And construction foremen say,"Put your back into it."
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  • Chemistry teachers beg,"Put your brain into it."
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  • But guess what Jesus said?
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  • He said, "Put your heart,your soul, your strength,
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  • and your mind into it."
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  • What was he talking about?
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  • Well, he was talking aboutloving God, about knowing God
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  • and pursuing God.
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  • He was talking about beingfully engaged with God.
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  • And that's the titleof my message today,
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  • "Fully Engaged with God."
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  • Whether it's football,hard labor, or schoolwork,
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  • life returns our investment.
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  • And the same goesfor our relationship with God.
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  • When we seek Godwith our whole life,
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  • every part of our life benefits.
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  • Our joy, our wisdom,our decision making,
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  • and our direction in life,everything is impacted when we
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  • are fully engaged with God.
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  • So please join mefor today's edition
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  • David Jeremiah:What does it really mean
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  • to be fully engaged with God?
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  • How do we even talk with him?
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  • How do we love God?
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  • How do we engage with God?
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  • I mean, God is spirit.
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  • I'm flesh and blood,I can't give him a hug.
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  • What do I do to love God?
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  • And how can I express that loveto him as I worship him?
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  • That's what I want to talkwith you about today
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  • in these moments that we have.
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  • Actually, the story beginsin the Old Testament, primarily
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  • in the book of Deuteronomy,but even earlier than that.
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  • Let me set the stage.
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  • As you know, the childrenof Israel were in bondage
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  • in Egypt for 400 years.
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  • And when they came out of Egypt,it was called the exodus, and we
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  • have a book in our Bible calledExodus, and it's the story
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  • of the people of Israel comingout of Egypt, their exodus.
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  • When they came out of Egypt,they were going to be away
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  • from any central place.
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  • They needed some informationabout how to worship.
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  • So the book of Leviticusis ours to tell us how they were
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  • instructed to worship the Lord,all the ceremonies,
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  • all the feast days,all of the ins and outs
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  • of the Tabernaclein the book of Leviticus.
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  • Then you getto the book of Numbers,
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  • and it's a sad storybecause the children of Israel
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  • have come to the placewhere they're about to enter
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  • into the Promised Land,but they send spies
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  • into the land to check it out,and ten of the spies come
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  • back and say, "We are not ableto go in and take this land."
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  • And in their disbelief of God,the whole nation was punished.
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  • Do you rememberwhat the punishment was?
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  • No one in that generationwould be allowed to go
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  • into the Promised Land.
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  • Everybody in the generationthat refused to obey God
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  • had to die, and the only peopleout of that generation
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  • who entered the Promised Landwere Joshua and Caleb.
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  • So, in the book of Numbers,what you have is you have
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  • an obituary column on steroids,everybody dying.
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  • Then you cometo the book of Deuteronomy.
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  • I love that book,it means the second time.
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  • Deuteronomy, the second time,that's kind of the meaning
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  • of the word.
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  • On the brinkof the Promised Land,
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  • Moses remindsthe people of Israel
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  • of the Ten Commandments.
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  • And then he pauses to focus onthe most important commandment
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  • that God ever gave.
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  • And the introductionto loving God is found
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  • in Deuteronomy 6:4 and 5,in a passage called the Sh'ma,
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  • or the Shema.
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  • Deuteronomy 6:4 and 5 says,"Hear, O Israel!
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  • The Lord our God,the Lord is one!
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  • You shall love the Lord your Godwith all your heart,
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  • and with all your soul,and with all your strength."
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  • Now, before we dig into thisand how it teaches us
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  • to be fully engaged with God,there are three things
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  • we should noteabout this little passage.
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  • First of all,the priority of God.
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  • The purpose of the Shema wasto impress upon the people
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  • of Israel the privilegeand the sheer grace
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  • of their relationship with God.
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  • They were to love Godbecause God had first of all
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  • shown his love to them.
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  • It's in the very same waythat we read
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  • in the New Testament,"In this is love, not that we
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  • loved God, but that he loved usand sent his Son to be
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  • the propitiation for our sins.
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  • We love himbecause he loved us."
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  • The priority of God.
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  • The second point hasa very interesting word,
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  • the particularity of God.
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  • Here we read, "The Lord our God,the Lord is one!"
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  • What in the world doesthat mean?
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  • Here are some of the ways it istranslated in other paraphrases
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  • and versions, "The Lord our God,the Lord is one!
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  • The Lord our God,the Lord alone.
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  • God, our God!
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  • God the one and only!
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  • The Lord our God is one Lord!
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  • The Lord is our God,the Lord is one!"
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  • Now, in order to understandthe meaning of this,
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  • you have to see itagainst the backdrop of where
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  • the Israelites have come fromand where they're going.
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  • For instance,they've just come out of Egypt,
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  • a land full of idolatry.
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  • They have been exposedfor all those years
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  • to the idolatryof the Egyptian nation.
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  • And where are they headed?
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  • They're headedtoward the most wicked,
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  • polytheistic, idolatrous nationthat ever had any space
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  • on this earth, the Canaanites.
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  • And so, in these messagesthat Moses preached
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  • to the Jewish peoplein the book of Deuteronomy
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  • as he's preparing themto go into the land,
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  • one of the main key thingsis that they understand they
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  • are not to get caught upin this idolatry,
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  • their Lord is one.
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  • They have one God,and one God alone.
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  • There are not many gods,there are not some gods,
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  • there is one God.
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  • Our God is Yahweh,Yahweh alone is our God.
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  • That's what the Shema wascommunicating to them, and why
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  • it was so critical that theyrepeat that often,
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  • and never forget they haveone God, not many.
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  • And then there wasthe purpose of God.
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  • The purpose of God is foundin the last part of the verse,
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  • "You shall lovethe Lord your God."
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  • Now, on the surface, that soundsvery simple and not very hard
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  • to understand,but it's profound.
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  • First of all, how can youcommand somebody to love?
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  • Love is not something you doby virtue of a command,
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  • at least not the way we thinkof it in our culture today.
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  • Love is an emotion,love is a feeling, love is
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  • something right in herewhen you're near the person
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  • that's special to you.
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  • Love is more something you feelthan anything that you do.
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  • I have a little notein the Jeremiah Study Bible
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  • that says,"How can love be commanded?"
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  • And it cannot be understoodapart from the fact
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  • that the love,as it is described
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  • in the Old and New Testament,is far different than anything
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  • we know about love,at least normally.
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  • You see, biblical loveis not merely an emotion.
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  • It's notjust a pleasant disposition
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  • towards somebody else,but it is a commitment
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  • that is demonstratedby your action.
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  • John 14:15, "If you love me,keep my commandments."
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  • John 14:21, "He who hasmy commandments and keeps them,
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  • it is he who loves me."
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  • John 14:23, "Jesus answeredand said to him,
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  • 'If anyone loves me,he will keep my word.'"
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  • 1 John 5:3, "And this isthe love of God, that we keep
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  • his commandments.
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  • And his commandments are notburdensome."
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  • The introduction to loving Godis simply a reminder to us
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  • that, as important as it isthat we express our love to God
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  • verbally, that isn't reallythe essence of loving God.
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  • How many of you know you can goout into the world and live like
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  • the rest of the worldwithout any knowledge
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  • or reference to God all week,come to church on Sunday,
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  • and stand up and singhow much you love God?
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  • But how empty is that?
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  • Our words should be expressed,absolutely,
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  • but not without content.
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  • And the content of loving God isobedience.
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  • So, now we cometo the interpretation
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  • of loving God,that's the introduction to it.
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  • When you getto the New Testament,
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  • an amazing thing happens.
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  • The Lord Jesus givesa little sermon on this text.
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  • One day, a lawyer comesto Jesus, and he says,
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  • "Lord Jesus,what's the greatest commandment
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  • in the Bible?"
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  • And the Lord Jesus just grabbedhold of the question, he said,
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  • "The greatest commandment isto love the Lord your God
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  • with all your heart, soul,and mind.
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  • And the second is like unto it,'You should love your neighbor
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  • as yourself.'"
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  • When Jesus was asked aboutthe one greatest commandment,
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  • he answered by giving them two.
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  • To the Shema,he added the command to love
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  • your neighbor as yourself.
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  • And he lists two commandments,but he only lists one command,
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  • and that is the command to love.
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  • And by making loveof your neighbor part
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  • of loving God,he's simply saying, "If you love
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  • me, keep my commandmentsbecause I've commanded you
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  • to love one another.
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  • So, when you love one another,what are you doing?
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  • You're loving one another,and you're loving me."
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  • But the key issuein our message today
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  • is that this whole discussionof love has nothing really to do
  • 00:12:42.244 --> 00:12:46.248
  • with emotion until itfirst of all has something
  • 00:12:46.282 --> 00:12:49.852
  • to do with obedience.
  • 00:12:49.885 --> 00:12:53.222
  • The introduction to loving God,Jesus said, "Here is
  • 00:12:53.255 --> 00:12:57.059
  • the greatest commandment,'Love the Lord your God
  • 00:12:57.092 --> 00:12:59.461
  • with all your heart,soul and mind,' and,
  • 00:12:59.495 --> 00:13:01.630
  • 'Love your neighboras yourself,' because
  • 00:13:01.664 --> 00:13:03.866
  • that illustrates how much youlove God."
  • 00:13:03.899 --> 00:13:08.270
  • There is a real sense,men and women, in that we
  • 00:13:08.304 --> 00:13:11.173
  • cannot love God unless welove others.
  • 00:13:11.207 --> 00:13:14.476
  • And Jesus himself saidon one occasion, "If you do it
  • 00:13:14.510 --> 00:13:17.880
  • unto the least of thesemy brethren,"
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  • what's the rest of it, class?
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  • "You have done it unto me."
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  • How we treat others usually isa pretty good illustration
  • 00:13:24.787 --> 00:13:31.894
  • of how we treat God.
  • 00:13:31.927 --> 00:13:35.197
  • The fully engaged partof this message is caught up
  • 00:13:35.231 --> 00:13:37.967
  • in one little wordin Deuteronomy 6:5,
  • 00:13:38.000 --> 00:13:40.870
  • and it's the word "all."
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  • "You shall lovethe Lord your God
  • 00:13:43.606 --> 00:13:45.007
  • with all your heart,"fully engaged.
  • 00:13:45.040 --> 00:13:48.911
  • "You shall lovethe Lord your God
  • 00:13:48.944 --> 00:13:50.279
  • with all your soul,"fully engaged.
  • 00:13:50.312 --> 00:13:53.749
  • "You shall lovethe Lord your God
  • 00:13:53.782 --> 00:13:55.017
  • with all your strength,"fully engaged.
  • 00:13:55.050 --> 00:13:59.088
  • Notice in this text there arethree things we're told that are
  • 00:13:59.121 --> 00:14:02.791
  • a part of our loving God, lovingGod with all of our heart.
  • 00:14:02.825 --> 00:14:06.128
  • The heart in the New Testamentand in the Old Testament
  • 00:14:06.161 --> 00:14:08.297
  • wasn't necessarily what wethink of as the heart.
  • 00:14:08.330 --> 00:14:11.066
  • The heart represented the centerof command in your life,
  • 00:14:11.100 --> 00:14:15.070
  • where decisions were made,where plans are hatched.
  • 00:14:15.104 --> 00:14:18.173
  • It is the control centerof the inner being.
  • 00:14:18.207 --> 00:14:21.610
  • It controls your feelings,your emotions, your desires,
  • 00:14:21.644 --> 00:14:25.014
  • and your passions.
  • 00:14:25.047 --> 00:14:26.181
  • And so, what we're told to dohere is to love our God
  • 00:14:26.215 --> 00:14:30.552
  • with all of our thoughts,and with all of our choices,
  • 00:14:30.586 --> 00:14:33.522
  • and with all of our decisions.
  • 00:14:33.555 --> 00:14:35.791
  • Love the Lord your Godwith all your heart.
  • 00:14:35.824 --> 00:14:38.494
  • And then he sayswith all your soul.
  • 00:14:38.527 --> 00:14:42.398
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:14:42.431 --> 00:14:43.599
  • Well, the word "soul" is a wordfor who we are as a person,
  • 00:14:43.632 --> 00:14:46.468
  • including body and spiritand all that.
  • 00:14:46.502 --> 00:14:48.370
  • Have you ever heard somebodysay, "Well, that poor soul,
  • 00:14:48.404 --> 00:14:52.775
  • that poor soul"?
  • 00:14:52.808 --> 00:14:54.043
  • What they mean isthat poor person.
  • 00:14:54.076 --> 00:14:56.445
  • So your soul is the lifethat you live.
  • 00:14:56.478 --> 00:15:00.316
  • It is used to express the self,with all of its emotion, desire,
  • 00:15:00.349 --> 00:15:04.320
  • the personal characteristicsthat make you who you are.
  • 00:15:04.353 --> 00:15:08.791
  • When you die, your soul goesto heaven.
  • 00:15:08.824 --> 00:15:12.261
  • "Bless the Lord, O my soul;and all that is within me,
  • 00:15:12.294 --> 00:15:17.199
  • bless his holy name!"
  • 00:15:17.232 --> 00:15:19.635
  • So your soul is who you are.
  • 00:15:19.668 --> 00:15:21.303
  • Now, watch what's happening,the Lord says, "Love the Lord
  • 00:15:21.337 --> 00:15:23.839
  • your God with everythingthat's inside of you.
  • 00:15:23.872 --> 00:15:26.875
  • Love the Lord Godwith everything
  • 00:15:26.909 --> 00:15:28.877
  • that's part of you."
  • 00:15:28.911 --> 00:15:30.646
  • And then he says,"With all of your strength."
  • 00:15:30.679 --> 00:15:35.017
  • Oh, what does that mean?
  • 00:15:35.050 --> 00:15:37.386
  • This is not simply a termfor people who work out,
  • 00:15:37.419 --> 00:15:41.924
  • although it could include that.
  • 00:15:41.957 --> 00:15:44.493
  • Literally, the Hebrew wordfor strength is this,
  • 00:15:44.526 --> 00:15:49.431
  • it's the word "very muchness."
  • 00:15:49.465 --> 00:15:53.002
  • Love the Lordwith all your very muchness.
  • 00:15:53.035 --> 00:15:57.339
  • Now, in the Shema,there's only three categories,
  • 00:15:57.373 --> 00:15:59.808
  • but if you've read carefully,you know that when Jesus
  • 00:15:59.842 --> 00:16:01.877
  • got a hold of this passage,he added a fourth one.
  • 00:16:01.910 --> 00:16:04.713
  • He says you're to love the Lordyour God with all of your mind.
  • 00:16:04.747 --> 00:16:07.883
  • That's notin the Deuteronomy passage,
  • 00:16:07.916 --> 00:16:10.019
  • but it's in the passagesin the New Testament.
  • 00:16:10.052 --> 00:16:12.955
  • And I think that was putin there maybe even
  • 00:16:12.988 --> 00:16:15.357
  • for such a time as this.
  • 00:16:15.391 --> 00:16:17.393
  • Have you ever heard the term"mindless Christianity"?
  • 00:16:17.426 --> 00:16:22.164
  • In fact, there are some versionsof quote unquote Christianity
  • 00:16:22.197 --> 00:16:25.768
  • where they actually tell youto divorce your mind
  • 00:16:25.801 --> 00:16:29.138
  • from whatever you're doing,and to get
  • 00:16:29.171 --> 00:16:30.873
  • in kind of a free spacewhere your mind isn't working
  • 00:16:30.906 --> 00:16:33.542
  • at all, and that's when youcan worship God the most.
  • 00:16:33.575 --> 00:16:36.712
  • If you ever hear that,that is jumbo gibberish.
  • 00:16:36.745 --> 00:16:39.782
  • Don't ever listen to it.
  • 00:16:39.815 --> 00:16:42.184
  • It's crazy.
  • 00:16:42.217 --> 00:16:43.652
  • It has nothing to dowith the Word of God.
  • 00:16:43.685 --> 00:16:45.387
  • The Word of God tells usthat we're to love
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  • the Lord our Godwith all of our minds.
  • 00:16:47.523 --> 00:16:50.292
  • How many of you know we couldstand a little more dedication
  • 00:16:50.325 --> 00:16:53.195
  • to the thinking processamong evangelicals today?
  • 00:16:53.228 --> 00:16:57.066
  • We need some people to thinkwith their minds,
  • 00:16:57.099 --> 00:16:59.334
  • give their minds to God.
  • 00:16:59.368 --> 00:17:01.770
  • So, here we arewith the implications
  • 00:17:01.804 --> 00:17:03.972
  • of loving God.
  • 00:17:04.006 --> 00:17:05.707
  • We're to love himwith all of our heart,
  • 00:17:05.741 --> 00:17:07.543
  • and our soul, and our strength,our very muchness,
  • 00:17:07.576 --> 00:17:11.814
  • and our mind.
  • 00:17:11.847 --> 00:17:13.749
  • We look at that and we say,"Wow, has anybody
  • 00:17:13.782 --> 00:17:16.785
  • ever done that?"
  • 00:17:16.819 --> 00:17:18.754
  • Well, you know, the Lord Jesusdid that when he was here
  • 00:17:18.787 --> 00:17:20.889
  • on this earth.
  • 00:17:20.923 --> 00:17:21.990
  • He did always those thingsthat pleased the Father.
  • 00:17:22.024 --> 00:17:25.427
  • He came to live completelyunder the complete control
  • 00:17:25.461 --> 00:17:29.031
  • of the Father.
  • 00:17:29.064 --> 00:17:30.132
  • He never sinned, he walkedperfectly on this earth,
  • 00:17:30.165 --> 00:17:32.801
  • so the Lord Jesus Christ isa great example.
  • 00:17:32.835 --> 00:17:34.470
  • But I don't want to put himon the table and leave him
  • 00:17:34.503 --> 00:17:36.905
  • there alone because wearen't Jesus Christ,
  • 00:17:36.939 --> 00:17:40.075
  • and we're not in his category.
  • 00:17:40.109 --> 00:17:41.643
  • Was there anybody else who lovedthe Lord like this?
  • 00:17:41.677 --> 00:17:43.779
  • I just want to give youa couple of examples
  • 00:17:43.812 --> 00:17:45.414
  • that have touched my heart.
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  • First of all, I do not--I don'tknow what this woman's name is.
  • 00:17:46.849 --> 00:17:49.485
  • She has this unfortunate titlein the Bible, she's called
  • 00:17:49.518 --> 00:17:52.654
  • the woman of ill-repute.
  • 00:17:52.688 --> 00:17:55.691
  • And the Bible tells us in Luke 7that she showed up one day
  • 00:17:55.724 --> 00:17:59.628
  • at a meal where Jesuswas in attendance
  • 00:17:59.661 --> 00:18:01.663
  • in a Pharisee's home.
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  • And she breaks open a flaskof real expensive ointment
  • 00:18:04.399 --> 00:18:07.436
  • that she brings in the doorwith her.
  • 00:18:07.469 --> 00:18:09.104
  • And weeping over Jesus' feet,she pours that oil all down
  • 00:18:09.138 --> 00:18:13.775
  • on his feet, and she wipeshis feet with her hair,
  • 00:18:13.809 --> 00:18:19.381
  • anointing them with oil.
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  • Let me just addthis little dimension
  • 00:18:22.351 --> 00:18:24.319
  • to how to love God.
  • 00:18:24.353 --> 00:18:26.855
  • The secret to loving God muchis contemplating
  • 00:18:26.889 --> 00:18:31.760
  • the immeasurable debt Jesus paidfor you, and how vast
  • 00:18:31.793 --> 00:18:36.498
  • in his mercy and graceyou are living.
  • 00:18:36.532 --> 00:18:41.603
  • One of the things weshould always do
  • 00:18:41.637 --> 00:18:43.138
  • when we come to communion,and I try to encourage you
  • 00:18:43.172 --> 00:18:45.607
  • and instruct you to do this,it's to remember
  • 00:18:45.641 --> 00:18:49.178
  • what Jesus Christ has donefor us.
  • 00:18:49.211 --> 00:18:51.914
  • It's a really good thingto remember from whence we
  • 00:18:51.947 --> 00:18:55.117
  • have come, what wewould be like if we did not know
  • 00:18:55.150 --> 00:18:58.987
  • Jesus, what our liveswould be like if we did not know
  • 00:18:59.021 --> 00:19:01.790
  • God, and in the midstof all of that, to remember
  • 00:19:01.823 --> 00:19:04.893
  • how blessed we are.
  • 00:19:04.927 --> 00:19:06.562
  • And when we do that,we will love much.
  • 00:19:06.595 --> 00:19:10.966
  • So there's this womanof ill-repute.
  • 00:19:10.999 --> 00:19:13.235
  • And then I couldn't finisha story on love without talking
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  • to you about my favorite personin the Bible,
  • 00:19:16.338 --> 00:19:19.141
  • a man by the name of Peter.
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  • I love Peter because he makes mefeel better.
  • 00:19:21.443 --> 00:19:28.183
  • Peter was always--he messedthings up a lot, didn't he?
  • 00:19:28.217 --> 00:19:32.654
  • In John chapter 21, there'sthis marvelous passage
  • 00:19:32.688 --> 00:19:34.990
  • where the Lord Jesus comes upon the shore and begins
  • 00:19:35.023 --> 00:19:37.226
  • to talk to Peter.
  • 00:19:37.259 --> 00:19:38.760
  • And the Lord reallyis reassigning him
  • 00:19:38.794 --> 00:19:41.463
  • and re-commissioning him,but there's
  • 00:19:41.496 --> 00:19:43.198
  • this little interchangethat goes on
  • 00:19:43.232 --> 00:19:44.900
  • between the Lord and Peter.
  • 00:19:44.933 --> 00:19:46.368
  • I want you to listen carefullyto this.
  • 00:19:46.401 --> 00:19:47.769
  • I see this for the first timein a totally different light.
  • 00:19:47.803 --> 00:19:52.241
  • "So when they had eatenbreakfast, Jesus said to Peter,
  • 00:19:52.274 --> 00:19:54.376
  • 'Simon, son of Jonah,do you love me more than these?'
  • 00:19:54.409 --> 00:19:59.881
  • And he said to him,'Yes, Lord; you know
  • 00:19:59.915 --> 00:20:01.917
  • that I love you.'
  • 00:20:01.950 --> 00:20:03.018
  • And he said to him,'Feed my lambs.'
  • 00:20:03.051 --> 00:20:06.054
  • And he said to him againa second time,
  • 00:20:06.088 --> 00:20:07.389
  • 'Simon, son of Jonah,do you love me?'
  • 00:20:07.422 --> 00:20:08.991
  • And he said to him, 'Lord,you know that I love you.'
  • 00:20:09.024 --> 00:20:12.027
  • And he said to him,'Tend my sheep.'
  • 00:20:12.060 --> 00:20:14.363
  • And he said to him a third time,'Simon, son of Jonah,
  • 00:20:14.396 --> 00:20:16.632
  • do you love me?'And Peter was grieved
  • 00:20:16.665 --> 00:20:18.533
  • because he said to himthe third time,
  • 00:20:18.567 --> 00:20:20.235
  • 'Do you love me?'And he said to him,
  • 00:20:20.269 --> 00:20:21.570
  • 'Lord, you know all things;you know that I love you.'
  • 00:20:21.603 --> 00:20:24.006
  • And Jesus said to him,'Feed my sheep.'"
  • 00:20:24.039 --> 00:20:26.742
  • Now, without goinginto a lot of detail,
  • 00:20:26.775 --> 00:20:28.710
  • let me just tell you the keyto this whole story is the words
  • 00:20:28.744 --> 00:20:30.879
  • that Jesus used and the wordthat Peter used.
  • 00:20:30.912 --> 00:20:33.982
  • Jesus asks Simon Peter,"Do you agape?"
  • 00:20:34.016 --> 00:20:37.185
  • That's the Greek word for love.
  • 00:20:37.219 --> 00:20:38.920
  • "Do you agape me?
  • 00:20:38.954 --> 00:20:40.122
  • That means,"Do you love me fully?
  • 00:20:40.155 --> 00:20:42.691
  • Are you fully engaged with me?"
  • 00:20:42.724 --> 00:20:45.460
  • And Peter answered with the word"phileo."
  • 00:20:45.494 --> 00:20:48.030
  • "Lord, you knowthat I'm fond of you."
  • 00:20:48.063 --> 00:20:51.266
  • And the Lord said,"Peter, let me ask you
  • 00:20:51.300 --> 00:20:52.901
  • a question again,do you agape me?
  • 00:20:52.934 --> 00:20:55.203
  • Do you really love me?"
  • 00:20:55.237 --> 00:20:57.539
  • And Peter said, "Lord, you knowthat I'm fond of you."
  • 00:20:57.572 --> 00:21:03.812
  • And I always wondered,why would Peter do that?
  • 00:21:03.845 --> 00:21:06.782
  • Why would he not accept the wordthat Jesus used?
  • 00:21:06.815 --> 00:21:10.786
  • And finally today,I realized it.
  • 00:21:10.819 --> 00:21:13.689
  • He had violatedthe whole content of agape love
  • 00:21:13.722 --> 00:21:16.792
  • because he had not donethe things he was told to do.
  • 00:21:16.825 --> 00:21:20.495
  • In fact, he had totally,totally betrayed his Lord
  • 00:21:20.529 --> 00:21:25.200
  • three different times.
  • 00:21:25.233 --> 00:21:26.735
  • Peter knew that there was moreto love than the word
  • 00:21:26.768 --> 00:21:30.572
  • that you said.
  • 00:21:30.605 --> 00:21:32.908
  • "So, Peter, if you wantto really love me,
  • 00:21:32.941 --> 00:21:35.210
  • go do what I tell you to do.
  • 00:21:35.243 --> 00:21:36.945
  • Feed my sheep, feed my lambs.
  • 00:21:36.978 --> 00:21:39.614
  • Then you'll be teaching othersand yourself what it means
  • 00:21:39.648 --> 00:21:42.351
  • to love God."
  • 00:21:42.384 --> 00:21:43.719
  • You know, in responseto all of this about love,
  • 00:21:43.752 --> 00:21:47.222
  • there's an interestingillustration.
  • 00:21:47.255 --> 00:21:50.125
  • And that is that only oncein the Old Testament
  • 00:21:50.158 --> 00:21:52.527
  • is it said about anyonethat they loved God.
  • 00:21:52.561 --> 00:21:58.433
  • I'll show you where the passageis, it's 1 Kings 3:3,
  • 00:21:58.467 --> 00:22:01.236
  • "And Solomon loved the Lord."
  • 00:22:01.269 --> 00:22:05.640
  • Nowhere elsein the Old Testament does it say
  • 00:22:05.674 --> 00:22:08.677
  • David loved the Lord,Jonathan loved the Lord,
  • 00:22:08.710 --> 00:22:12.247
  • Samuel loved the Lord.
  • 00:22:12.280 --> 00:22:13.248
  • It's just not there.
  • 00:22:13.281 --> 00:22:16.518
  • It is even more remarkablein light of current trends
  • 00:22:16.551 --> 00:22:19.421
  • of praise and worship,that the word "love"
  • 00:22:19.454 --> 00:22:22.391
  • never occurswith the first person subject
  • 00:22:22.424 --> 00:22:24.893
  • when it has God as the object.
  • 00:22:24.926 --> 00:22:27.596
  • No one, not even the psalmistever declared that he or she
  • 00:22:27.629 --> 00:22:32.768
  • loved Yahweh.
  • 00:22:32.801 --> 00:22:35.570
  • From the words of Moses,we learn that spirituality
  • 00:22:35.604 --> 00:22:39.007
  • arises from the heart,and it extends to all of life.
  • 00:22:39.040 --> 00:22:42.077
  • The people of the Bibleunderstood how awesome a thing
  • 00:22:42.110 --> 00:22:45.781
  • it was to say that you loved Godbecause it was much more
  • 00:22:45.814 --> 00:22:50.085
  • than words that rhymedwith other words and fell
  • 00:22:50.118 --> 00:22:52.888
  • into the lyric.
  • 00:22:52.921 --> 00:22:55.557
  • But it represented their life.
  • 00:22:55.590 --> 00:22:58.794
  • And I'm not saying that weshould never say to the Lord
  • 00:22:58.827 --> 00:23:01.530
  • that we love him,but I am saying that when we say
  • 00:23:01.563 --> 00:23:04.099
  • to the Lord that we love him,we should think
  • 00:23:04.132 --> 00:23:06.301
  • about the contentthat goes with that.
  • 00:23:06.334 --> 00:23:08.270
  • When we sing to the Lord,"Lord, I love you,"
  • 00:23:08.303 --> 00:23:10.872
  • we should realizethat when we're saying that,
  • 00:23:10.906 --> 00:23:12.841
  • what we're saying is,"I love you so much, I'm going
  • 00:23:12.874 --> 00:23:14.776
  • to do what you tell me to do.
  • 00:23:14.810 --> 00:23:16.111
  • I'm going to be obedient to you,I'm going to honor you
  • 00:23:16.144 --> 00:23:18.346
  • not just with my lips,but with my life."
  • 00:23:18.380 --> 00:23:22.684
  • Most of my life,like most of you,
  • 00:23:22.717 --> 00:23:25.420
  • I always realized that I knewGod, I loved God, and I wanted
  • 00:23:25.454 --> 00:23:28.156
  • to--I wanted to continueto doing what I'm doing.
  • 00:23:28.190 --> 00:23:32.160
  • And don't you ever havesome doubts once in a while?
  • 00:23:32.194 --> 00:23:34.396
  • I always, "Lord, I know Idon't love you like I should."
  • 00:23:34.429 --> 00:23:40.135
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:23:40.168 --> 00:23:41.303
  • Well, up until recently,it meant I don't pray
  • 00:23:41.336 --> 00:23:43.538
  • as much as I should.
  • 00:23:43.572 --> 00:23:46.741
  • I don't witnessas much as I should.
  • 00:23:46.775 --> 00:23:48.310
  • You know the list,all those things.
  • 00:23:48.343 --> 00:23:52.681
  • And then, over the last few daysand weeks, I began to realize
  • 00:23:52.714 --> 00:23:56.718
  • when I do what God calls meto do, I'm loving God.
  • 00:23:56.751 --> 00:24:01.056
  • Amen?
  • 00:24:01.089 --> 00:24:02.491
  • And so are you, amen?
  • 00:24:02.524 --> 00:24:05.961
  • You may not be loving Godas much as you should,
  • 00:24:05.994 --> 00:24:08.663
  • but probably you're loving Godmore than you thought.
  • 00:24:08.697 --> 00:24:12.067
  • And I just want to be here todayto tell you whatsoever you do,
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  • do it heartily as unto the Lord.
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  • Love God with all your heart,soul, and mind.
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  • If you're loving himmore than you thought,
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  • love him morethan you've loved him.
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  • And it's not just comingto church to sing praise
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  • to his name.
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  • You love God when you livefor God.
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  • Let's commit ourselves as weenter this new season,
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  • "This year is going to be a yearwhen I live for God
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  • with all of my heart,with all of my soul,
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  • with all of my very muchness,and with all of my mind."
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  • By the grace of God,let that be our commitment.
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  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiah willreturn to close today's program
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  • right after this.
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  • announcer: And now,with one last word
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  • David: The central partof my message today originated
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  • from the book of Deuteronomy,with the familiar words
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  • on how to love Godwith all of our heart,
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  • soul, strength, and mind.
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  • We don't flip a switch onand make that happen
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  • overnight.
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  • It takes timeand biblical understanding.
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  • announcer: Next timeon "Turning Point ."
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  • David: God is the onewho said
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  • of his own Son Jesus Christ,at the moment of his baptism,
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  • "This is my beloved Son,in whom I am well pleased."
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  • When was the last timethat message came
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  • from your parental mouth?
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  • announcer: Join us next weekfor Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "Fully Engaged with My Family,"here on "Turning Point ."
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  • ♪♪♪
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