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The Priority of a Disciplined Mind

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January 1, 2021
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During this in-depth message of Romans 12:2, discover how to renew and transform your mind through the Holy Spirit and God’s Word.

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  • male announcer: You're notwhat you think you are,
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  • but what you think, you are.
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  • Did you get that?
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  • Think about it.
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  • You're not what you thinkyou are, but what you think,
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  • you are.
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  • Whatever is going on in yourmind has everything to do
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  • with what you put there.
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  • Whatever you put in is goingto find its way out.
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  • It affects every part of you.
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  • What you think, say, dostarts in the mind.
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  • So, if someone could read yourmind, would they be surprised
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  • by what they would see?
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  • Because you're notwhat you think you are,
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  • but what you think, you are.
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  • "What Do You Think?"
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  • with Dr. David Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: In theopening segment of each of our
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  • programs, we have been remindedthat you are not what you think
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  • you are, but what you think,you are.
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  • We may have opinions about whowe are, but how we think really
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  • determines who we become.
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  • Today, we reach the finalmessage in our series,
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  • "What Do You Think?"
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  • I've saved this message for lastbecause it's based on one of the
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  • most important Scriptures inthe entire Bible, Romans 12:2.
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  • In that verse, Paul saysthat the renewing of our mind
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  • is the key to discerningGod's will for our life.
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  • I hope that connection willencourage you to join me
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  • for today's message entitled"The Priority
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  • of a Disciplined Mind."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: God has calledeach of us to love the Lord
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  • our God with all of our minds.
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  • He's told us that we canhave the mind of Christ,
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  • and the mind of Christ isthe mind of humility.
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  • When we were together the lasttime, we learned that God has
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  • required of us that we gird upthe loins of our minds
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  • so that we can be diligentin following him.
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  • And today, we talk about thepriority of a disciplined mind,
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  • and I want to talk with youtoday and teach from one verse
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  • of Scripture, one verse.
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  • Don't get your hopes up, justone verse, but it's a wonderful
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  • Word from the Lord.
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  • It's a verse that wehave seen before.
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  • It's usually the verse thatis left off when we quote
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  • the verse before it.
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  • It's Romans 12:2, and it's upon the screen, and I'd like you
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  • to read it out loud togetherwith me.
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  • Let's read it together, "And donot be conformed to this world,
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  • but be transformed by therenewing of your mind, that you
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  • may prove what is that goodand acceptable and perfect
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  • will of God."
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  • Here in this well-knownpassage from the book of Romans,
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  • Paul makes an amazing statementabout the possibility we have as
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  • Christians to grow in our faith.
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  • He tells us that the mind canbe, indeed must be renewed.
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  • He makes it so plain thatthe difference between being
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  • conformed and being transformedis the renewing of our mind.
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  • Let's begin with the purposeof the renewed mind.
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  • Remember the verse says,"By the renewing of your mind."
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  • It is in our minds, men andwomen, that our new nature and
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  • our old nature are intermixed.
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  • It is in the mind that we makechoices as to whether we
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  • will express our new nature inholiness or allow our old nature
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  • to act in sinfulness.
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  • When Paul uses the word "world,"when he says, "Do not
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  • be conformed to the world,"he's talking about the condition
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  • of humanity, its fads and itsfashions, and everything
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  • in the existing order of thingswhich is outside
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  • of the kingdom of God.
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  • Sometimes, that phrase isreferred to as the age, like in
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  • Galatians 1:4, we read thathe gave himself for our sins,
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  • that he might deliver usfrom this present evil age,
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  • that's the world.
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  • You do know that when he sayswe're not to be conformed to the
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  • world, he's not talking aboutthe round globe which
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  • is where we exist.
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  • He's talking about the systemof the world, the culture,
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  • the things around us.
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  • What Paul is saying is this.
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  • Don't allow the world in whichyou live as a Christian, the
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  • fashion, the fads, the culture,don't allow that world to
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  • pressure you into such a waythat you become
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  • just like the world.
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  • Don't be conformedto the world."
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  • The reason why your mind needsto be renewed is so that you do
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  • not become conformed tothe world in which you live in.
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  • That's the normal,natural thing, isn't it?
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  • Even when we become Christians,we try to fit in.
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  • We try to be a partof the community.
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  • We are subject to the peerpressure that the world
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  • puts on us.
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  • And Paul says the only wayyou will be able to be a true
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  • Christian, to really walk whatyou believe, is to make sure
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  • that you do not let this worldpressure you from the outside
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  • in into being somethingthat you're really not.
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  • Now, I don't have to illustratethat because we all know it.
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  • It probably happened severaltimes during this past week,
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  • when we found ourselvesin a situation and we allowed
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  • ourselves to be pressured intoacting, saying, doing,
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  • thinking something that was notrepresentative of who we really
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  • are in Jesus Christ.
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  • So, there are two purposesfor the renewing of the mind.
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  • The first is kindof a negative one.
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  • We need to renew our mindsso that we won't be conformed
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  • to the world in which we live.
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  • But secondly, and this is thepositive part, we need to have
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  • a renewed mind so that wedo become transformed
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  • by the Word of God.
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  • The Greek word for transformedis our English word
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  • "metamorphosis, metamorphosis."
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  • And the Bible tells us that oneday that metamorphosis,
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  • that change from the inside out,is going to be perfectly
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  • experienced by every single oneof us who are Christians.
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  • 1 John chapter 3 says, "Beloved,now are we the children of God;
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  • and it is not yet revealedwhat we shall be, but we know
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  • that when he is revealed,we shall be like him,
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  • for we shall see him as he is."
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  • Just as when Jesus wastransfigured and he was totally
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  • changed from the inside out,just as Moses when he came down
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  • from the mountain was changedfrom the inside out.
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  • The Bible says that one day,
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  • when we get to heaven,when we see Jesus,
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  • we're going to take on thisincredible metamorphosis, and
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  • we're going to be just like him.
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  • We're going to be changedto be just like him.
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  • Do we understand that?
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  • One minister that I read aboutthis week used to remind his
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  • people of this transformationevery time they took Communion.
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  • And he would ask them thesepenetrating and hope-filled
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  • words as they got readyto receive the Lord's Supper.
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  • He would say, "Do you believewhat I am telling you?
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  • Do you believe a day is coming,really coming when you will
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  • stand before the throne of God,and the angels will whisper
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  • together and say,'How like Christ he is'?"
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  • That is not easy to believe,and yet not to believe it is
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  • blasphemy, for that,no less than that is
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  • what Christ promises to us.
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  • That one day, we will stand nextto the Lord and the angels will
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  • say, "Look at Jeremiah, do yousee how much like Christ he is?"
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  • Wow.
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  • Griffith Thomas used to say itthis way: "The only way to
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  • prevent the outward shape of ourlife from being fashioned like
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  • that of the world is to takecare that the inward spirit
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  • of our being is transformedby the renewing of our mind."
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  • Do you get the picture?
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  • The Bible says we stand in aposition as Christians where we
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  • are either going to be pressuredby the outside world to be
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  • conformed like they are,or we're going to be transformed
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  • from the inside outto be like Christ.
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  • Now, that's the purposeof the renewing of the mind.
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  • And now, let's look at theprocess of this whole thing.
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  • It says, "Be not conformed,but be transformed," and then it
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  • tells us how that transformationtakes place for every one of us.
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  • It takes placeby the renewing of the mind.
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  • Now, if you look up the word"renewal" either in the
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  • English dictionary or you followit through in its meaning in
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  • the Greek text, you willdiscover that the word "renewal"
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  • means renovation.
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  • We may not understand renewal,but we do understand renovation.
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  • When the Bible says to renewyour mind, it is talking about
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  • the complete renovation or thereplacement of what was formerly
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  • present in your mind,and you replace it
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  • with something better.
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  • Some of you here may ownapartment buildings, and when
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  • someone moves out and it's timeto get ready for a new tenant,
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  • you renovate the apartment.
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  • You tear out the old materialsthat do not fit in
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  • with the new design.
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  • And if you can't find a wayto use the old things in
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  • the new plan, you throw it outand you replace it
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  • with something that does.
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  • And this is what happens to uswhen we have our minds renewed.
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  • We take all the stuff thatpreviously occupied our minds
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  • and we replace it withthat which is in line
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  • with God's plan for our lives.
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  • When we fill our minds withthe Word of God, which contains
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  • the mind of God, it helps usdiscover his will for our lives.
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  • Now, the Bible says, "Don't beconformed from the outside in,
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  • but be transformed from theinside out by the renewing
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  • of your mind," and we've got it,we understand that.
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  • But the question remains,what does it mean
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  • to have your mind renewed?
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  • And I'd like to suggestthree things about this that
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  • have helped me understand this.
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  • First of all, there are twoagents involved in the renewal
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  • of your mind, two essentialagents that are necessary.
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  • The same two agents that arenecessary for you to become
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  • a Christian are necessary foryou to have your mind renewed.
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  • There are two things the Biblesays that are necessary
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  • for you to become a Christian.
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  • One of them is the Word of God,and the other
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  • is the Holy Spirit.
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  • You cannot become a Christianwithout the Word of God
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  • and without the Spirit of God.
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  • They work in tangent with eachother to bring you under
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  • conviction and to cause youto be born again.
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  • But interestingly enough, inthe Bible, we are told that our
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  • minds cannot be renewed unlessthe Holy Spirit is involved.
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  • In fact, one of the ways we knowthat is the word "renewed"
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  • in its very special applicationis only used two times
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  • in the New Testament,once in Romans 12:2,
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  • which we are looking at today,and one other time in Titus 3:5.
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  • And here's what it saysin Titus 3:5, "Not by works
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  • of righteousness which we havedone, but according to his mercy
  • 00:12:58.093 --> 00:13:00.796
  • he saved us, through the washingof regeneration and the renewing
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  • of the Holy Spirit."
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  • One of the reasons we knowthe Holy Spirit is an essential
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  • agent in the renewing process isbecause this word "renewal" is
  • 00:13:11.173 --> 00:13:15.344
  • only used two timesin the Greek Bible,
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  • Romans 12:2, Titus 3:5.
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  • Both of them refer to whathappens in the process
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  • of renovation.
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  • We are being renovated in ourminds, and the two agents who
  • 00:13:25.087 --> 00:13:29.024
  • are involved are the Holy Spiritand the Word of God.
  • 00:13:29.058 --> 00:13:32.361
  • The Word of God is takenin by listening to sermons, or
  • 00:13:32.394 --> 00:13:35.331
  • reading, or studying, hopefullyby reading some
  • 00:13:35.364 --> 00:13:38.200
  • of the Bible every day.
  • 00:13:38.234 --> 00:13:39.635
  • The Spirit of God then takesthe Word of God that has been
  • 00:13:39.668 --> 00:13:43.105
  • ingested into your system, andhe uses that Word to show you
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  • the things in your life thatought not to be there, or
  • 00:13:47.376 --> 00:13:50.746
  • to bring things into your lifethat should be there.
  • 00:13:50.779 --> 00:13:53.148
  • And little by little, there isa replacement of the old things
  • 00:13:53.182 --> 00:13:56.418
  • with the new things.
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  • Somebody said the old thingsbegin to fall off of your life
  • 00:13:58.120 --> 00:14:00.890
  • like barnacles off of a ship,and little by little the new
  • 00:14:00.923 --> 00:14:04.560
  • things begin to take hold.
  • 00:14:04.593 --> 00:14:06.262
  • The Bible says, "Therefore,if any man be in Christ, he is
  • 00:14:06.295 --> 00:14:08.530
  • a new creature; old thingsare passing away; behold,
  • 00:14:08.564 --> 00:14:11.600
  • all things are becoming new."
  • 00:14:11.634 --> 00:14:13.903
  • The agents involved in thatprocess are the Word of God
  • 00:14:13.936 --> 00:14:17.573
  • and the Spirit of God.
  • 00:14:17.606 --> 00:14:18.741
  • They work together incooperation to change the way
  • 00:14:18.774 --> 00:14:22.311
  • you think and to change the wayyou go about life, two agents.
  • 00:14:22.344 --> 00:14:27.783
  • Then there are two actions.
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  • There are two actionsthat take place
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  • in the renewing of the mind.
  • 00:14:31.320 --> 00:14:32.721
  • Not only does the Holy Spiritand the Word of God work
  • 00:14:32.755 --> 00:14:35.324
  • together, but there aretwo actions,
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  • and this is very simple.
  • 00:14:37.826 --> 00:14:38.761
  • One action is an actionfrom the outside in.
  • 00:14:38.794 --> 00:14:42.231
  • That's the Word of God.
  • 00:14:42.264 --> 00:14:44.199
  • How do you get this informationin your system?
  • 00:14:44.233 --> 00:14:46.869
  • The Bible becomesimportant to you.
  • 00:14:46.902 --> 00:14:51.140
  • You begin to read things thathelp you understand the Bible.
  • 00:14:51.173 --> 00:14:53.976
  • There is an intaking of theWord of God, that's necessary.
  • 00:14:54.009 --> 00:14:58.180
  • That's the outside in action.
  • 00:14:58.213 --> 00:15:00.816
  • Without it, it doesn't work.
  • 00:15:00.849 --> 00:15:03.152
  • But ladies and gentlemen,there's an inside out
  • 00:15:03.185 --> 00:15:05.387
  • action too.
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  • Let me say it this way.
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  • If you take the Word of God inand you're not prepared in your
  • 00:15:08.357 --> 00:15:11.460
  • heart to receive it, if God hasnot done a work to plow up the
  • 00:15:11.493 --> 00:15:17.399
  • hard soil of your heart so thathe's willing to accept the seed
  • 00:15:17.433 --> 00:15:22.171
  • of God's Word,then nothing will happen.
  • 00:15:22.204 --> 00:15:26.075
  • If you listen to the testimoniesin our baptistery, you will get
  • 00:15:26.108 --> 00:15:29.078
  • a pretty good clue of this.
  • 00:15:29.111 --> 00:15:31.180
  • One time, I took these and wrotethem all down after a period
  • 00:15:31.213 --> 00:15:33.849
  • of some baptisms, andit was kind of shocking to me.
  • 00:15:33.882 --> 00:15:37.086
  • Here's what I heard.
  • 00:15:37.119 --> 00:15:38.587
  • "I was going through a divorce,God got my attention.
  • 00:15:38.620 --> 00:15:42.191
  • My husband left me,God got my attention.
  • 00:15:42.224 --> 00:15:46.328
  • My health went southand I didn't know what to do,
  • 00:15:46.362 --> 00:15:49.898
  • and God got my attention."
  • 00:15:49.932 --> 00:15:51.333
  • Usually, God gets ahold of usthrough life situations,
  • 00:15:51.367 --> 00:15:54.803
  • doesn't he?
  • 00:15:54.837 --> 00:15:56.005
  • He takes us through thingsand in those things that we go
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  • through, however they may be,however serious they may be to
  • 00:15:58.407 --> 00:16:01.143
  • us, we discover that we are notsufficient to deal with them,
  • 00:16:01.176 --> 00:16:04.213
  • and so we begin to havea hungering and a yearning
  • 00:16:04.246 --> 00:16:07.349
  • in our heart for somethingthat can help us.
  • 00:16:07.383 --> 00:16:09.551
  • And here comes the Word of God,and now our hearts
  • 00:16:09.585 --> 00:16:12.154
  • are ready to receive it.
  • 00:16:12.187 --> 00:16:13.322
  • And when our heartsare ready to receive it,
  • 00:16:13.355 --> 00:16:15.090
  • a renewing process starts.
  • 00:16:15.124 --> 00:16:17.726
  • There is a necessity in therenewing process for two agents
  • 00:16:17.760 --> 00:16:22.131
  • to be involved, the Holy Spiritand the Word of God.
  • 00:16:22.164 --> 00:16:25.667
  • There's a necessityfor two actions to be involved,
  • 00:16:25.701 --> 00:16:28.137
  • the outside in actionand the inside out action.
  • 00:16:28.170 --> 00:16:31.306
  • And then there's a necessity fortwo attitudes to be involved.
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  • We are consistently andcontinually, and will be
  • 00:16:35.210 --> 00:16:37.980
  • for the rest of our lives, beingtransformed by the ministry
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  • of the Holy Spiritand the Word of God.
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  • We will becoming somethingother than what we are.
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  • Can we all say an amen to that?
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  • You know, we'd like to besomething other than we are.
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  • There's hope for all of us,and we're all in the process.
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  • But not only must we havea serious attitude, we must have
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  • a submissive attitude.
  • 00:16:56.265 --> 00:16:57.733
  • And here's another little lessonfrom the language
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  • of the New Testament,for the word "be transformed"
  • 00:17:00.335 --> 00:17:03.972
  • is in the passive voice.
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  • You say, "What in the worlddoes that mean?"
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  • Well, let me explain itthis way.
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  • If that phrase were in theactive voice, it would say
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  • something like this,"And transform your minds."
  • 00:17:12.815 --> 00:17:17.653
  • You do it.
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  • But notice what it says, itsays, "But be transformed,"
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  • which meansyou do not do the action.
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  • The action is done by somebodyelse and you receive the action.
  • 00:17:26.195 --> 00:17:30.032
  • What have we learnedso far, class?
  • 00:17:30.065 --> 00:17:31.834
  • We have learned that we do nothave the power to transform our
  • 00:17:31.867 --> 00:17:34.303
  • minds, it actually takes theHoly Spirit and the Word of God
  • 00:17:34.336 --> 00:17:37.773
  • to do that.
  • 00:17:37.806 --> 00:17:38.740
  • So, what is our role?
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  • Our role is to be submissiveto the process that God
  • 00:17:40.576 --> 00:17:44.179
  • wants to use to change us.
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  • We're to be serious about itbecause it's an ongoing thing,
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  • but we're to be submissivebecause we do not do the work,
  • 00:17:50.452 --> 00:17:54.089
  • God does the work.
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  • Our role is to just say, "LordGod, I will read the Word of God
  • 00:17:55.357 --> 00:17:59.128
  • so the Spirit of Godhas something to work with.
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  • And I will be submissive to thework you're doing in my life."
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  • When Paul wrote, "Be transformedby the renewing of your mind,"
  • 00:18:06.068 --> 00:18:09.438
  • he wrote it in this sense,that our role in all of this
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  • is to have a willingnessthat God would work in us.
  • 00:18:14.276 --> 00:18:19.448
  • So, let's get to the end of thisverse, this little verse of
  • 00:18:19.481 --> 00:18:22.117
  • Scripture, and let's talk aboutthe proof of the renewed mind.
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  • What happenswhen your mind is renewed?
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  • And you know, there's a crisisin the church today, it's
  • 00:18:29.892 --> 00:18:32.127
  • a crisis of the will of God.
  • 00:18:32.161 --> 00:18:33.395
  • Everybody wants to know, "Whatis the will of God for my life?"
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  • And I do believe that there areoften times when God reveals his
  • 00:18:36.765 --> 00:18:39.101
  • will to us, and it can be in amoment of time when God brings
  • 00:18:39.134 --> 00:18:42.371
  • certain things together, we say,"Oh, so this is what you
  • 00:18:42.404 --> 00:18:44.873
  • want me to do."
  • 00:18:44.907 --> 00:18:46.575
  • But I rather believe havingstudied this passage that
  • 00:18:46.608 --> 00:18:48.977
  • it's much more likely that thewill of God is sort of a natural
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  • thing that happens to us that'sthe result of our minds having
  • 00:18:53.949 --> 00:18:57.386
  • been renewed, and we begin tothink about things through the
  • 00:18:57.419 --> 00:19:00.722
  • mind of Christ, and the willof God becomes apparent to us.
  • 00:19:00.756 --> 00:19:05.327
  • Notice what the text says,"That you may prove what
  • 00:19:05.360 --> 00:19:09.064
  • is the perfect will of God."
  • 00:19:09.097 --> 00:19:12.234
  • When you have your mind renewedand you're not being conformed
  • 00:19:12.267 --> 00:19:15.904
  • by the world, but you're beingtransformed by the Word of God
  • 00:19:15.938 --> 00:19:18.907
  • and the Spirit, one thing thatwill happen is you will learn
  • 00:19:18.941 --> 00:19:22.110
  • the will of God,you will know God's will.
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  • The new English Bible translatesthis verse very accurate when it
  • 00:19:24.680 --> 00:19:28.016
  • says, "Then you will be ableto discern the will of God,
  • 00:19:28.050 --> 00:19:32.054
  • and to know what is goodand acceptable and perfect."
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  • What I'm saying here is this,that if we get into the habit of
  • 00:19:35.557 --> 00:19:39.728
  • willingly allowing God to workin our lives through his Word
  • 00:19:39.761 --> 00:19:43.665
  • and his Spirit, we will beginto sort of almost unconsciously
  • 00:19:43.699 --> 00:19:48.570
  • know what it is that Godis up to in our lives.
  • 00:19:48.604 --> 00:19:51.974
  • It won't be like,"Oh, I had this "aha" moment,
  • 00:19:52.007 --> 00:19:56.912
  • and now my whole life's goingin a different direction."
  • 00:19:56.945 --> 00:19:59.047
  • I don't find that to be truein my life.
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  • I find that God leads me kind oflike a shepherd leads his sheep.
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  • My job is to stay behind theshepherd, and it's no big deal
  • 00:20:07.623 --> 00:20:11.460
  • that he does this,it's just a daily kind of thing.
  • 00:20:11.493 --> 00:20:14.529
  • I learn the will of God.
  • 00:20:14.563 --> 00:20:17.432
  • And then the Bible saysthe second thing that happens
  • 00:20:17.466 --> 00:20:19.334
  • is I live the will of God.
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  • It says that you may provewhat is the perfect will of God.
  • 00:20:21.503 --> 00:20:26.508
  • How do you prove it?
  • 00:20:26.541 --> 00:20:27.809
  • You do it, and you discoverthat it is indeed God's will.
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  • You live what Godtells you to do.
  • 00:20:30.712 --> 00:20:33.348
  • You begin to do the things thathe impresses upon you as you
  • 00:20:33.382 --> 00:20:35.917
  • read the Scripture and as heuses his own Spirit to change
  • 00:20:35.951 --> 00:20:39.454
  • you from glory to glory.
  • 00:20:39.488 --> 00:20:41.089
  • And then day by day, you beginto walk in the will of God, and
  • 00:20:41.123 --> 00:20:44.293
  • you discover as you look backthe affirmations of God,
  • 00:20:44.326 --> 00:20:47.829
  • it is true.
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  • We have proven that it is true.
  • 00:20:49.698 --> 00:20:53.435
  • We will know beyond doubtwhat we should do.
  • 00:20:53.468 --> 00:20:56.505
  • And knowing to do it,we will have a confidence that
  • 00:20:56.538 --> 00:21:00.575
  • we are living the will of God.
  • 00:21:00.609 --> 00:21:03.745
  • And I don't think I'm stretchingthe text when I say we
  • 00:21:03.779 --> 00:21:06.281
  • will love the will of God.
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  • We will learn it, we will liveit, and we will love it.
  • 00:21:08.350 --> 00:21:10.852
  • It says the will of God,notice this, it's good, and
  • 00:21:10.886 --> 00:21:14.056
  • acceptable, and it's perfect.
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  • I believe with all of my heart,ladies and gentlemen, that the
  • 00:21:18.126 --> 00:21:20.829
  • will of God for you and for meis the most exciting, most
  • 00:21:20.862 --> 00:21:24.666
  • thrilling, most enjoyable wayyou can ever live your life.
  • 00:21:24.700 --> 00:21:29.805
  • There's nothing like it.
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  • There's nothingeven closely second to it.
  • 00:21:30.906 --> 00:21:33.809
  • When you live in the willof God, when you do what God
  • 00:21:33.842 --> 00:21:35.744
  • is telling you to do, there'san excitement about life that
  • 00:21:35.777 --> 00:21:38.213
  • begins the moment you awake inthe morning, and you get up, and
  • 00:21:38.246 --> 00:21:40.949
  • you get started, and you sensethat God is with you.
  • 00:21:40.982 --> 00:21:44.553
  • And though you may go on somedetours here and there, when you
  • 00:21:44.586 --> 00:21:46.955
  • stay on the hard road and Godis leading you, his will is good
  • 00:21:46.988 --> 00:21:50.359
  • and perfect and acceptable.
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  • Can I even usethe word it's fun?
  • 00:21:52.194 --> 00:21:56.698
  • And I don't know if that wordbelongs in the vocabulary
  • 00:21:56.732 --> 00:22:00.001
  • of an Evangelical preacher, somepeople don't think it does, but
  • 00:22:00.035 --> 00:22:03.739
  • I love to serve the Lord, andit is fun serving Jesus Christ.
  • 00:22:03.772 --> 00:22:07.743
  • When you know for certain thatyou're in his will, that you're
  • 00:22:07.776 --> 00:22:12.047
  • doing the best you knowhow by the grace of God to live
  • 00:22:12.080 --> 00:22:14.116
  • in his will, every dayis an exciting day.
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  • Every day is an--doesn't meanevery day is without stress.
  • 00:22:17.953 --> 00:22:21.256
  • I have my--I have my momentsof stress.
  • 00:22:21.289 --> 00:22:25.694
  • Some people I know are alwaysgoing through life thinking
  • 00:22:25.727 --> 00:22:28.029
  • about what might have been.
  • 00:22:28.063 --> 00:22:29.865
  • You know, "If I had done this,I could've been this,
  • 00:22:29.898 --> 00:22:31.733
  • or I could've been that."
  • 00:22:31.767 --> 00:22:32.934
  • I never have those thoughtsbecause I know I'm exactly what
  • 00:22:32.968 --> 00:22:35.404
  • I should be, that God has givenme the wonderful privilege
  • 00:22:35.437 --> 00:22:38.740
  • of finding his will for my lifewhen I was young.
  • 00:22:38.774 --> 00:22:41.343
  • And staying in that willprimarily all my life,
  • 00:22:41.376 --> 00:22:43.745
  • I've never thought about being acongressman, I've never thought
  • 00:22:43.779 --> 00:22:46.281
  • about being a presidentof a school or anything
  • 00:22:46.314 --> 00:22:50.218
  • of that nature.
  • 00:22:50.252 --> 00:22:51.420
  • I've always wanted to be onething, and that's to preach the
  • 00:22:51.453 --> 00:22:53.822
  • Word of God and to be a pastor.
  • 00:22:53.855 --> 00:22:55.257
  • I'm in the will of God, I livein the will of God, and I've
  • 00:22:55.290 --> 00:22:58.193
  • come to love the will of God.
  • 00:22:58.226 --> 00:23:00.562
  • And you know how that happens?
  • 00:23:00.595 --> 00:23:01.997
  • It's through the constantrenewing of your mind that keeps
  • 00:23:02.030 --> 00:23:05.167
  • the world from pressuring youinto thinking you
  • 00:23:05.200 --> 00:23:07.369
  • should be something else.
  • 00:23:07.402 --> 00:23:09.805
  • It's the renewing of your mindthat transforms you
  • 00:23:09.838 --> 00:23:12.240
  • from the inside out sothat you can become like God.
  • 00:23:12.274 --> 00:23:18.747
  • One of the words that we havenot talked about during
  • 00:23:18.780 --> 00:23:23.084
  • this series on the mindis the word "repentance."
  • 00:23:23.118 --> 00:23:27.756
  • In fact, the word "repentance"isn't talked about hardly
  • 00:23:27.789 --> 00:23:30.892
  • at all anymore.
  • 00:23:30.926 --> 00:23:33.595
  • But let me tell youabout repentance.
  • 00:23:33.628 --> 00:23:35.330
  • Did you know that the word"repentance" literally means
  • 00:23:35.363 --> 00:23:38.066
  • nothing more, nothing lessthan to change your mind?
  • 00:23:38.099 --> 00:23:42.871
  • That's what it means.
  • 00:23:42.904 --> 00:23:44.306
  • You say, "Well, didn't I haveto repent when I got saved?"
  • 00:23:44.339 --> 00:23:47.409
  • Yes, here's what happened.
  • 00:23:47.442 --> 00:23:48.677
  • One day, you were walking along,and you were following your own
  • 00:23:48.710 --> 00:23:51.913
  • desires, and God wasn'tin the picture.
  • 00:23:51.947 --> 00:23:54.382
  • Somebody presented the gospelto you, and you repented
  • 00:23:54.416 --> 00:23:57.452
  • of your sin, you repentedof the way you were going.
  • 00:23:57.486 --> 00:24:00.322
  • And what the Bible says is whenyou repented, you turned away
  • 00:24:00.355 --> 00:24:02.791
  • from walking that way and youstarted to walk the other way.
  • 00:24:02.824 --> 00:24:05.894
  • You changed your mind.
  • 00:24:05.927 --> 00:24:07.028
  • When you change your mind,you change your direction.
  • 00:24:07.062 --> 00:24:10.232
  • There's never a timein anybody's life where
  • 00:24:10.265 --> 00:24:13.068
  • we have to say, "I give up, it'snever going to be different."
  • 00:24:13.101 --> 00:24:15.937
  • It can always be different.
  • 00:24:15.971 --> 00:24:18.773
  • It can always be differentbecause we serve a God who makes
  • 00:24:18.807 --> 00:24:22.978
  • a difference, and he's willingto make a difference
  • 00:24:23.011 --> 00:24:26.515
  • in your life.
  • 00:24:26.548 --> 00:24:27.716
  • Here's the question, are youserious and are you submissive?
  • 00:24:27.749 --> 00:24:31.820
  • And if you are,he will do all the rest.
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  • He will do it.
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  • He will do it.
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  • And then one day, somebodywill come along and say,
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  • "You should see her now.
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  • You should see him now."
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  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return in a moment
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  • to close today's programright after this.
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  • announcer: And now with onelast word for today's program,
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  • here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Did you knowthat the human mind responds
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