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A Great Promise for the New Year

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December 27, 2020
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As we put this year behind us and look toward a new year, we have God’s promise found in Romans 8:28—He is working all things together for our good.

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  • male announcer:From David and Donna Jeremiah
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  • and the entireTurning Point family,
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  • From our homes to yours,we are wishing you
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  • a Christ-centered Christmasand a very blessed New Year.
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah:This verse, this promise,
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  • this wonderful encouragement,
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  • this motivation for the newyear is for those who love God,
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  • so the question I needto ask you today,
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  • are you a God-lover?
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  • No, don't just tellme you believe in God.
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  • No, God-lovers are those whohave taken God's wonderful gift
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  • of eternal life to themselves.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor watching "Turning Point."
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  • Now here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "A Great Promisefor the New Year."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Listen toPaul's words from one of the
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  • most famous verses in all ofthe Bible, verse 28 of Romans 8.
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  • "And we know that all thingswork together for good
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  • to those who love God,to those who are
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  • the called accordingto his purpose."
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  • Romans 8:28 is the foundationstone of the very workings
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  • of your destiny and mine.
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  • It is both ourbirthmark and our epitaph.
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  • Christians cling to this verseduring the difficult times
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  • of their lives like you wouldcling to a life raft
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  • in a stormy sea, so herefrom this verse are
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  • five great truths to launch youinto confidence and excitement.
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  • Number one, this isa definite promise.
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  • The verse begins "and we know."
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  • How incrediblyimportant it is to know.
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  • In this age where people say youcan't know anything for sure,
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  • where truth and knowledgeseem to have taken a backseat
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  • to errors and opinions, I amhere to tell you that what
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  • you know is important.
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  • We want to know what we know,and here we are told
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  • something we can know.
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  • The phrase "we know"is used five times
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  • in the book of Romans.
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  • Paul says that you and I canknow beyond all doubt that
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  • every aspect of our lives isin the hand of God and will
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  • divinely be used by the Lordnot only to manifest his glory,
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  • but to work out ourown ultimate blessing.
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  • Now, earlier in this context,Paul has spoken of other things
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  • we can know,but it's interesting,
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  • in verse 26, he tells ussomething we can't know.
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  • In the context of what wecan know is a Word about
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  • what we can't know.
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  • Notice verse 26.
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  • "Likewise the Spirit alsohelps in our weaknesses.
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  • For we do not know what weshould pray for as we ought--"
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  • Now, the adjacency of thesetwo verses close to each other
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  • is not an accident, one aboutknowing and the other about
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  • not knowing, for here isthe difficult road that
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  • we walk on as believers.
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  • While we can know that Godis ultimately in control
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  • of our lives, we don'tknow the details,
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  • and we can't seewhat he's up to.
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  • And in ourday-to-day experience,
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  • we don't even know howto pray about it sometimes.
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  • Can I get a witness?
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  • One of the paradoxical thingsabout being a Christian is this:
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  • we are often the most certainabout the ultimate when we are
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  • the most uncertainabout the immediate.
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  • I mean, I know what God's upto, and I know that one day
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  • I'm gonna bewith him in heaven.
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  • I know he's gotcontrol of my life,
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  • but he doesn't let mein on the details
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  • of the day-to-day experience.
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  • So, I have to believe with allof my heart that while I can't
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  • see it--and sometimes it'sso confusing I don't even know
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  • how to pray about it.
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  • God is in control.I can know that.
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  • I want you to stop for a momentand think about the importance
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  • of knowing what you know,because there's going to come
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  • a day in your life and in minewhere all of the other things
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  • are gonna be unimportantand the only thing
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  • that's gonna matteris what you know.
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  • What do you know?
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  • And the Bible says we can knowthat all things work together
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  • according to God's plan.
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  • I'm so thankful.
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  • And that's not justthe only thing we know.
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  • Every week, we come togetherhere and open the Word of God,
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  • and we learn, and we know.
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  • And the more you knowabout what God is up to,
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  • the more you know aboutwhat he's communicated to you
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  • through his Word, the betteryou're gonna be prepared
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  • for whatever happens.
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  • It's importantto know something.
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  • Now, I say thatbecause in our world today,
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  • especially in a lot of churches,
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  • they've almostlegitimized ignorance.
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  • They've almost said,"Turn your mind off.
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  • Let your emotions take over."
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  • I wanna tell you something.
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  • When you getinto a deep problem,
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  • your emotionsaren't gonna help you.
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  • They're gonna hurt you.
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  • What you know, whatyou know for certain,
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  • that's what's going to makea difference in your life.
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  • I love this little phrase,"and we know."
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  • Say that with me, "And we know."
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  • It's a definite promise,and then it's a divine promise.
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  • We know that God works.
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  • Here is how the NIVtranslates Romans 8:28.
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  • I think it's more accurate.
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  • At least, it's more in keepingwith the word order
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  • in the languageof the New Testament.
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  • "And we know that in all thingsGod works for the good of those
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  • who love him,who have been called
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  • accordingto his purpose."
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  • We know that it is Godwho is involved in all of this.
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  • Now, if you said, "Pastor,I want you to know I'm doing
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  • my best to help you,"I'd be encouraged,
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  • but I don't know that I'd feela whole lotta confidence,
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  • depending on who youare and what you do
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  • and what kindof influence you have.
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  • But when the Godof the universe says to you,
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  • "You can know this,here's what I want you to know:
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  • I am for you.
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  • I am with you.
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  • In fact, I am working behindthe scenes in your behalf,"
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  • you can count on it.
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  • You can take it to the bank.
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  • God is working.
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  • This is not onlya definite promise,
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  • and we know.
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  • And a divine promise,that God works.
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  • It's a definitive promise.
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  • In other words, there aresome words here that tell us
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  • what this includes.
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  • "And we know that God works--"
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  • What are the next two words?"All things."
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  • The text actually saysthat in everything God
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  • works for good.
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  • Now, let me juststop for a moment,
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  • because some of you alreadygot question marks on your face.
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  • This verse does not say thatit is good if I break my leg,
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  • or my house burns down,or I get robbed and beaten,
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  • or my child dies, but it doessay that God uses these events
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  • and weaves them togetherwith every other facet
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  • of my life in order to producewhat he knows to be
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  • the very best for me.
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  • Please hear me.
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  • Don't go outof here and say,
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  • "Dr. Jeremiah brought usthrough the Scripture today,
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  • and he told us thatevery bad thing is good,
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  • and every good thing isokay, and it's all the same.
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  • There's no difference."
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  • No, that's not what I'm saying.
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  • Please hear me.
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  • All I'm saying is that Godunderstands what's going on.
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  • He knows what's going on.
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  • He takes what happens inthis world in which we live,
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  • and he weaves it togetherinto a plan that is
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  • for your good and for his glory.
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  • Now, we get a little moreinsight into it when we
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  • come to this next point.
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  • This is a definite promise,and we know.
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  • It is a divine promisethat God is working.
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  • It's a definitive problem,all things,
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  • but it's a dynamic promise,together for good.
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  • God is working all thingstogether for good.
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  • Now, let me tell yousomething I've learned
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  • from the study of this passagein the language
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  • in which it was written.
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  • This expression translatesa word in the Greek language
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  • which is pronounced "sunergeó,"
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  • and it is the word from whichwe get our word "synergism."
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  • Synergism is the workingtogether of various elements
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  • to produce an effectthat's greater than,
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  • often completely different
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  • from the sum of each elementacting separately.
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  • I know that's a wordystatement, but,
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  • in other words, synergism istaking things that you wouldn't
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  • think have anythingto do with each other,
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  • have their own purpose,and synergism brings them
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  • together and creates somethingout of that that is usually
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  • greater than thesum of the parts.
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  • In the physical world, the rightcombination of otherwise harmful
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  • chemicals can produce substancesthat are extremely beneficial.
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  • If you don't believe that, whenyou go home for dinner today
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  • don't put any salt on anything,because ordinary table salt
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  • is composed of two poisons:sodium and chlorine.
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  • But when you put 'emtogether you sprinkle it
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  • on everything you eat.
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  • It's good on French fries.
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  • Once again, it's importantto point out that this is
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  • not saying that thingswill just work out.
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  • It is saying that Godcauses the synergism to happen.
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  • He is the one whois stirring the mix.
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  • This is a definite promise,and we know.
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  • This is a divine promise,that God works.
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  • This is a definitive promise,he works all things,
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  • and it's a dynamic promise.
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  • He works themall together for good.
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  • And finally, this isa defined promise.
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  • Now, Romans 8:28 isone of the most absolute
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  • verses in all of the Scripture.
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  • We absolutely know thatabsolutely all things work
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  • absolutely togetherfor absolute good.
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  • It's absolutely wonderful,but now comes the part
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  • that's not absolute.
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  • This promise does not applyto absolutely everyone.
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  • There is a preconditionthat must be met
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  • before the promiseworks for you.
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  • Notice that the verse says,"To those who love God,
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  • to those who are calledaccording to his purpose."
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  • Now, let's takethose two phrases
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  • and sort them out.
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  • First of all, this promiseis for those who love God.
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  • "Those who love God"
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  • is the fraternity pinof the believer.
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  • I've been totally blessed athow many times in the Bible we,
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  • as believers, are describedsimply as those who love God.
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  • What a great name for believers.
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  • We're God-lovers.
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  • Deuteronomy 7:9 says,"Therefore know that the Lord
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  • your God, he is God,the faithful God
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  • who keeps covenant and mercy
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  • for a thousand generationswith those who love him."
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  • Psalm 145: "The Lordpreserves all who love him."
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  • 1 Corinthians 2:9:"Eye has not seen,
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  • nor ear heard, nor haveentered into the heart of man
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  • the things which Godhas prepared," who?
  • 00:12:57.459 --> 00:12:59.595
  • "For those who love him."
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  • 1 Corinthians 8:3:
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  • "But if anyone loves God,this one is known by him."
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  • James 1:12: "Blessed is the manwho endures temptation;
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  • for when he has been approved,
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  • he will receive the crownof life which the Lord
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  • has promised to thosewho love him."
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  • What religion do you belong to?
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  • I belong to the God-lovers.
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  • I'm a God-lover.
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  • The Bible says this verse,this promise,
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  • this wonderful encouragement,this motivation for the new year
  • 00:13:28.190 --> 00:13:32.428
  • is for those who love God,so the question I need
  • 00:13:32.461 --> 00:13:36.765
  • to ask you today,are you a God-lover?
  • 00:13:36.799 --> 00:13:38.267
  • No, don't just tellme you believe in God.
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  • No, God-lovers are those whohave taken God's wonderful gift
  • 00:13:40.970 --> 00:13:44.206
  • of eternal life to themselves.
  • 00:13:44.240 --> 00:13:46.642
  • In fact, these two phrases,"those who love God,"
  • 00:13:46.675 --> 00:13:51.647
  • "those who are called,"are really two sides
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  • of the same coin.
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  • Those who love God looksat it from our perspective,
  • 00:13:56.252 --> 00:13:58.821
  • we love God, but those whoare called looks at it
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  • from God's perspective.
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  • He calls us to himself.
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  • And I don't wanna getinto all of the nuances
  • 00:14:05.561 --> 00:14:07.930
  • that go along with that wholetruth, but let me just tell you,
  • 00:14:07.963 --> 00:14:10.566
  • you are here todaybecause God has called you here.
  • 00:14:10.599 --> 00:14:13.235
  • He's brought you here.
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  • If you're not a God-lover,he wants you to be a God-lover.
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  • Once you becomea God-lover, you will not only
  • 00:14:18.641 --> 00:14:20.876
  • be a God-lover,you'll be a called one.
  • 00:14:20.910 --> 00:14:24.947
  • God has a purposefor our lives.
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  • All of these wonderful truthsthat we have unpacked today
  • 00:14:27.783 --> 00:14:30.953
  • about God workingin your life and in mine,
  • 00:14:30.986 --> 00:14:33.689
  • they all belong to a certaingroup of people,
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  • those who love God and arecalled by God for his purposes.
  • 00:14:35.958 --> 00:14:41.630
  • What an important moment,for us to just stop
  • 00:14:41.664 --> 00:14:44.400
  • at the beginning of this newyear and ask this question:
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  • have I come to the placein my life where
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  • I could truly be calleda God-lover?
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  • Have I loved Godwith my heart and my soul?
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  • Have I received hiswonderful gift of eternal life?
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  • Am I one of the called ones?
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  • Let me tell you something,men and women.
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  • The incidents in ourlives are not incidental.
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  • The trials in ourlives are not trivial.
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  • God is up to somethingin your life and in mine.
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  • He is using our setbacksto advance our
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  • spiritual maturity to a placewhere we could never go
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  • without them.
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  • He's up to somethingwith what's happening
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  • in your life and in mine.
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  • And if you're a God-lover,if you're a called one,
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  • listen carefully.
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  • This is about you.
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  • This is about what Godis doing in your life.
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  • The story of Job isone of the saddest stories
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  • I have ever readin my whole life.
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  • Here's this mature, upright manwho's described in the Bible
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  • as a man who fearedGod and shunned evil,
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  • and one day rustlersstole his 500 yoke of oxen,
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  • his 500 donkeys.
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  • Lightning killedhis 7.000 sheep.
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  • Chaldean bandits stolehis 3.000 camels
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  • and killed all of his servants.
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  • He's having a bad day.
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  • Finally, a building collapsedon his seven sons
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  • and three daughters,and Job was left with nothing.
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  • Job's response to these manytragedies is recorded at the end
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  • of the first chapterthat you read when you
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  • read the book of Job.
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  • He said, "Naked I camein--from my mother's womb,
  • 00:16:13.088 --> 00:16:15.591
  • naked shall I return there.
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  • The Lord gave,and the Lord has taken away;
  • 00:16:17.726 --> 00:16:20.162
  • blessed be the nameof the Lord."
  • 00:16:20.195 --> 00:16:24.533
  • Then, Job was strickenwith boils from head to feet.
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  • He called his friendsto come and help him.
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  • All they did was heapguilt and misery on him,
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  • telling him in so many wordsthat he was only getting
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  • what he deserved.
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  • Even his wife triedto encourage Job.
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  • She told him to curseGod and die,
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  • but Job stoodfirm in this faith.
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  • And even though he did notunderstand all that God was
  • 00:16:45.988 --> 00:16:48.424
  • doing, he expressed his faithin the sovereignty of God
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  • when we read in Job 23:10,"He knows the way that I take;
  • 00:16:51.894 --> 00:16:55.397
  • when he has tested me,I shall come forth as gold."
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  • Why did Job say that?
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  • Because he knew something.
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  • He knew his God.
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  • Though he was being testedat the very core of his life,
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  • he stood strongin the midst of it all.
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  • You and I havehad some bad days.
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  • Maybe you'vehad a couple this year.
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  • I promise you nobody in thisroom gonna have a bad day
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  • like Job had.
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  • If God is faithful evenin the midst of all of that,
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  • he's gonnabe faithful to you.
  • 00:17:19.488 --> 00:17:21.657
  • What can we say about Joseph?
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  • Joseph's one of the fewcharacters in the Bible
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  • about whom no evilreport is ever given.
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  • When he was 17 years old,his father asked him to go
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  • and check up on his brothers,who were caring for his
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  • father's herds, and when Josephfound them they threw Joseph
  • 00:17:34.703 --> 00:17:38.273
  • into a dry cistern, intendingto leave him there to die.
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  • But then, someMidianite traders came by,
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  • and they seized the opportunity,and they sold Joseph as a slave.
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  • The Midianitestook Joseph to Egypt,
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  • sold him to Potiphar,one of Pharaoh's soldiers.
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  • For a period of time,Joseph prospered under Potiphar,
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  • but when Potiphar's wifetried to seduce Joseph
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  • into sexual activity,he was uncooperative.
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  • And he was then arrestedand spent the next two years
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  • of his life in prison.
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  • Finally, Joseph is summoned byPharaoh to interpret the king's
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  • dreams, and when Joseph gavethe correct interpretation
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  • he was released from prison andinstalled as the number-two man
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  • in Egypt, with a responsibilityand authority over all
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  • the food suppliesin the entire country.
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  • Joseph followed the Lord,was the savior of his own family
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  • and all of Egypt, as well.
  • 00:18:26.822 --> 00:18:28.724
  • When he ultimately reunitedwith his brothers and they
  • 00:18:28.757 --> 00:18:32.394
  • realized who he was, that he wasactually the brother that they
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  • had sold into slavery and nowhe was number two in Egypt,
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  • they remembered whathad been done to them,
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  • they were terrified.
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  • Then, Joseph gave 'em this Word,which is the Romans 28
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  • of the Old Testament.
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  • "But as for you, you meant itevil against me,"
  • 00:18:50.045 --> 00:18:53.081
  • Joseph said to his brothers,"but God meant it for good,
  • 00:18:53.115 --> 00:18:56.952
  • in order to bring itabout as it is this day,
  • 00:18:56.985 --> 00:18:59.054
  • to save many people alive."
  • 00:18:59.087 --> 00:19:02.291
  • When all that washappening to Joseph,
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  • during all the timeof the famine,
  • 00:19:03.992 --> 00:19:05.627
  • the pit experience,the false accusations,
  • 00:19:05.661 --> 00:19:07.462
  • the time in prison, the exilefrom his father and his family,
  • 00:19:07.496 --> 00:19:11.366
  • God was still at workin Joseph's behalf,
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  • working all thingsaccording to his plan.
  • 00:19:14.403 --> 00:19:16.772
  • Joseph wasn'taware of any of it,
  • 00:19:16.805 --> 00:19:18.640
  • but God was doing it anyway.
  • 00:19:18.674 --> 00:19:21.710
  • Now we get to look backon it and we see
  • 00:19:21.743 --> 00:19:24.313
  • the hand of God in it all.
  • 00:19:24.346 --> 00:19:27.015
  • And Joseph had enough insightinto it to say to his brothers,
  • 00:19:27.049 --> 00:19:30.018
  • "All that you did,you meant it for evil,
  • 00:19:30.052 --> 00:19:32.087
  • but that's not the big deal.
  • 00:19:32.120 --> 00:19:33.989
  • The big deal is thatwhat you meant for evil,
  • 00:19:34.022 --> 00:19:35.857
  • God was meaning for good,and he was orchestrating it
  • 00:19:35.891 --> 00:19:38.760
  • in his great plan, bringing ustogether at this moment."
  • 00:19:38.794 --> 00:19:45.200
  • And what God did for Joband what God did for Joseph,
  • 00:19:45.234 --> 00:19:49.571
  • God's doing for us.
  • 00:19:49.605 --> 00:19:52.007
  • And then, let me just tell youa word or two about
  • 00:19:52.040 --> 00:19:55.077
  • the Jewish people.
  • 00:19:55.110 --> 00:19:56.478
  • In the midst of their captivity,in the midst of all
  • 00:19:56.511 --> 00:19:59.081
  • of the difficult things theywere going through,
  • 00:19:59.114 --> 00:20:01.783
  • on behalf of God, Jeremiahwrote to the Jewish people,
  • 00:20:01.817 --> 00:20:04.686
  • and he said, "'I know the plansI have for you,'
  • 00:20:04.720 --> 00:20:07.689
  • declares the Lord, 'plansto prosper you, not to harm
  • 00:20:07.723 --> 00:20:12.694
  • you, but plans to give youa hope and a future.'"
  • 00:20:12.728 --> 00:20:19.301
  • When all the bad things werehappening to the Jewish nation,
  • 00:20:19.334 --> 00:20:21.937
  • God was just taking itand stirring it
  • 00:20:21.970 --> 00:20:24.573
  • and incorporating itbecause he had a plan.
  • 00:20:24.606 --> 00:20:28.810
  • When all the tough thingsare going on in your life
  • 00:20:28.844 --> 00:20:30.812
  • or in mine, we may notunderstand it, but we can know.
  • 00:20:30.846 --> 00:20:33.949
  • We can know one thing:God is at work,
  • 00:20:33.982 --> 00:20:36.618
  • making all things worktogether for his good.
  • 00:20:36.652 --> 00:20:39.688
  • And then, the finaland most impressive illustration
  • 00:20:39.721 --> 00:20:43.225
  • of this is whathappened to Jesus.
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  • Listen carefully to whatI'm about to read.
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  • And notice sometimeswhen I'm reading it,
  • 00:20:49.264 --> 00:20:51.366
  • it sounds likeJesus was a victim,
  • 00:20:51.400 --> 00:20:53.835
  • and sometimes it sounds like itwas supposed to happen
  • 00:20:53.869 --> 00:20:57.105
  • the way it happened all along.
  • 00:20:57.139 --> 00:20:59.374
  • Listen carefully.
  • 00:20:59.408 --> 00:21:01.376
  • "Him, being delivered bythe determined purpose
  • 00:21:01.410 --> 00:21:04.613
  • and foreknowledge of God,you have taken
  • 00:21:04.646 --> 00:21:09.151
  • and by lawless hands,have crucified,
  • 00:21:09.184 --> 00:21:11.753
  • and put to death."
  • 00:21:11.787 --> 00:21:13.789
  • "For truly againstyour holy servant Jesus,
  • 00:21:13.822 --> 00:21:16.958
  • whom you anointed, bothHerod and Pontius Pilate,
  • 00:21:16.992 --> 00:21:19.761
  • with the Gentilesand the people of Israel,
  • 00:21:19.795 --> 00:21:21.997
  • were gathered together,"listen carefully,
  • 00:21:22.030 --> 00:21:24.633
  • "to do whatever your handand your purpose determined
  • 00:21:24.666 --> 00:21:27.936
  • before to be done."
  • 00:21:27.969 --> 00:21:31.139
  • It looks like Jesus is a victim,but then it looks
  • 00:21:31.173 --> 00:21:32.708
  • like he's not a victim.
  • 00:21:32.741 --> 00:21:34.142
  • That God isinvolved in this.
  • 00:21:34.176 --> 00:21:35.877
  • That he's involved somehowin allowing it to happen.
  • 00:21:35.911 --> 00:21:39.247
  • No, in determining it to happen.
  • 00:21:39.281 --> 00:21:43.719
  • God took the most absoluteevil that Satan could devise
  • 00:21:43.752 --> 00:21:47.556
  • and turned it into the greatestconceivable blessing he could
  • 00:21:47.589 --> 00:21:51.727
  • ever offer to fallen mankind,eternal salvation from sin.
  • 00:21:51.760 --> 00:21:57.065
  • God wants to take all that stuffand bring it to the place
  • 00:21:57.099 --> 00:22:03.338
  • where it brings honorand glory to his name.
  • 00:22:03.372 --> 00:22:07.309
  • Well, as I've meditatedupon this I've come up
  • 00:22:07.342 --> 00:22:10.912
  • with a couple of conclusions.
  • 00:22:10.946 --> 00:22:12.247
  • Number one, I amdetermined to trust God.
  • 00:22:12.280 --> 00:22:15.884
  • I believe God isworthy of my trust,
  • 00:22:15.917 --> 00:22:18.220
  • and I'm determined to trust him.
  • 00:22:18.253 --> 00:22:19.721
  • Listen to whatIsaiah says about God.
  • 00:22:19.755 --> 00:22:21.323
  • "For I am God,and there is no other;
  • 00:22:21.356 --> 00:22:23.592
  • I am God,and there is none like me,
  • 00:22:23.625 --> 00:22:25.560
  • declaring the endfrom the beginning,
  • 00:22:25.594 --> 00:22:27.295
  • and from ancient timesthings that are not yet done,
  • 00:22:27.329 --> 00:22:29.765
  • saying, 'My counsel shall stand,and I will do all my pleasure.'
  • 00:22:29.798 --> 00:22:33.268
  • Indeed I have spoken it;I will bring it to pass.
  • 00:22:33.301 --> 00:22:36.071
  • I have purposed it;I will also do it."
  • 00:22:36.104 --> 00:22:41.610
  • Are you gonnatrust God this year?
  • 00:22:41.643 --> 00:22:43.278
  • Trust him.
  • 00:22:43.311 --> 00:22:44.880
  • Number two, I'm determinedto be grateful.
  • 00:22:44.913 --> 00:22:47.582
  • Count your blessingsand see what God has done.
  • 00:22:47.616 --> 00:22:50.085
  • God wants to bless us.
  • 00:22:50.118 --> 00:22:51.887
  • That's the one thingthat comes from Romans 8:28.
  • 00:22:51.920 --> 00:22:54.623
  • God wants to workall things together what?
  • 00:22:54.656 --> 00:22:57.759
  • For good, not for bad.
  • 00:22:57.793 --> 00:23:00.996
  • He wants us to be blessed,so if he wants to bless us
  • 00:23:01.029 --> 00:23:04.199
  • let's keep score.
  • 00:23:04.232 --> 00:23:07.002
  • Let's start a revolutionaround here.
  • 00:23:07.035 --> 00:23:09.871
  • Let's get off the negativestuff that so occupies.
  • 00:23:09.905 --> 00:23:12.974
  • I mean, we have to work hardto overcome the negativity
  • 00:23:13.008 --> 00:23:15.710
  • that's in our world,do we not?
  • 00:23:15.744 --> 00:23:18.480
  • So, let's fill up thiswhole world with blessings
  • 00:23:18.513 --> 00:23:21.550
  • in the new year.
  • 00:23:21.583 --> 00:23:23.618
  • Amen.
  • 00:23:23.652 --> 00:23:25.120
  • Number three, yeah, I'mdetermined to live gritty.
  • 00:23:25.153 --> 00:23:30.725
  • It should probably be said--
  • 00:23:30.759 --> 00:23:32.527
  • [using hoarse voice]
  • 00:23:32.561 --> 00:23:33.862
  • "Live gritty."
  • 00:23:33.895 --> 00:23:35.230
  • To be gritty is to keep puttingone foot in front of the other.
  • 00:23:35.263 --> 00:23:37.732
  • To be gritty is to hold fastto an interesting
  • 00:23:37.766 --> 00:23:40.135
  • and personal goal.
  • 00:23:40.168 --> 00:23:42.037
  • To be gritty is to investday after week after year
  • 00:23:42.070 --> 00:23:45.307
  • in challenging practice.
  • 00:23:45.340 --> 00:23:47.742
  • To be gritty isto fall down seven times
  • 00:23:47.776 --> 00:23:49.744
  • and get back up eight.
  • 00:23:49.778 --> 00:23:52.013
  • Edgy.Gritty.
  • 00:23:52.047 --> 00:23:54.449
  • Don't wait for it to happen.
  • 00:23:54.483 --> 00:23:56.151
  • Make it happen.
  • 00:23:56.184 --> 00:23:58.320
  • Don't say, "I'm gonna letit come to me."
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  • Go after it and live yourlife as if you believed God
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  • has created a safetynet for you.
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  • He's created usnot to be passive,
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  • but to be active in serving him.
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  • God is good.God can be trusted.
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  • You may not knowwhat he's doing,
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  • but he's doing something.
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  • You may not understandwhat's happened to you,
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  • but it's a part of his plan.
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  • And we know that all thingswork together for good
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  • for those who are God-loversand called ones.
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  • That's your promise as youstep into the new year.
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  • female announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return to close
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  • today's special New Year'sprogram right after this.
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  • female announcer:And now with one last word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I've always lovedthe opening words of Psalm 1,
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  • "How blessed is the man--"
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  • Think about it.
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  • Who would not want to livea blessed and happy life?
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  • More specifically, who wouldn'twant to have a blessed year?
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  • That's the heart of whatthe psalmist wrote.
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  • Blessedness comes from livingaccording to the Word of God,
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  • and what better wayto start the new year?
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  • announcer: Next timeon "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: You say,"Well, Pastor Jeremiah,
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  • I'm just so overwhelmed.
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  • I don't thinkI'm gonna make it?"
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  • Why not?
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  • Could Job have said,"I'm so overwhelmed"?
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  • If anyone hadthe right to say it, he did.
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  • But Job said, "No, I'm gonnatrust God no matter what.
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  • I'm gonna stand with God.
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  • I know that my Redeemer livesand one day I'll be with him
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  • in heaven forever.
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  • And I don't understandwhat's going on down here,
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  • but I'm an overcomerbecause I'm a child of God."
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  • [applauding]
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  • announcer:Join Dr. Jeremiah next time
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  • for a brand-new messagein his series "Overcomers,"
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  • "Job: Overcomingthe Overwhelming,"
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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