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How To Stand When They Want You To Fall Part 2

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June 1, 2019
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How To Stand When They Want You To Fall Part 2

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  • Looking for a ray of light.
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  • Looking for something better than this.
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  • Oh, so tired of the black and white,
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  • longing for prism light or the bliss.
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  • Forward at the speed of life
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  • towards the color and the light.
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  • Moving at the speed of life
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  • towards the color and the light.
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  • Joy unspeakable
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  • and full of colors found a hope
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  • so bright and clear.
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  • Living in the realm of grace so vivid,
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  • the Savior's radiance so very near to me.
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  • male announcer: Christians all over the world are
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  • persecuted for their faith, but there are many brave
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  • believers still risking imprisonment and even
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  • death to live boldly for Christ.
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  • Today on "Connect With Skip Heitzig," Skip encourages you
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  • to stand strong in your faith in the face of opposition.
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  • Skip Heitzig: I just gotta say,
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  • there are some great metaphors in this section.
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  • Paul, the apostle, uses some great words.
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  • The words for striving together, a single
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  • Greek word, sonathleto.
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  • Son, the prefix for together.
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  • Athleto, we get the term athletic or athlete from it.
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  • So, come together as athletes, you might say.
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  • Strive and stand together in this race as athletes.
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  • It is clear, it is evident, that Paul saw the church as a team
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  • sport, not as some little, private,
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  • personal island experience that I have with God all by myself.
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  • No, he said, "Our team is in conflict.
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  • Our team is in a battle, and it takes teamwork.
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  • We have to stand together.
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  • We need unity."
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  • Now, I would like to explain when the New Testament talks
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  • about unity, what it doesn't mean and what it does mean.
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  • Unity in the Bible doesn't mean necessarily unanimity
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  • where everybody thinks exactly the same.
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  • It doesn't necessarily mean uniformity where everybody
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  • acts exactly the same.
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  • If you think that you're gonna get every Christian to agree on
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  • every point of doctrine and style of worship, good luck.
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  • Not gonna happen.
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  • You may not agree with my view on certain things.
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  • You may not agree with my view on eschatology,
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  • the rapture of the church.
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  • You may not agree with my view on spiritual gifts.
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  • You may not agree with my view on the election of the believer.
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  • And I always give anybody the privilege to be wrong.
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  • You can believe whatever you'd like.
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  • Somebody once said, if you find two people that agree on
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  • everything, one of them is not thinking.
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  • So, I think vigorous debate can be good,
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  • it can be healthy, it can be helpful,
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  • as long as we don't divide over it.
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  • Can you imagine if we could assemble the great Christian
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  • minds throughout the centuries and put them
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  • in one room together?
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  • For example, if we were to go back to the 4th century and get
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  • Augustine of Hippo, North Africa,
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  • who spiritualized so many texts of the Scripture,
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  • put him in the room and sit next to him,
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  • the 10th century Bernard of Clairvaux,
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  • and for fun let's add the 16th century reformer
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  • John Calvin next to him.
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  • And then to really spice things up,
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  • we'll go to the 18th century, we'll get John Wesley,
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  • Charles Wesley, and George Whitfield.
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  • Just those three in and of themselves would be fireworks.
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  • Then let's go to the 19th century and put in
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  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon, and D.L. Moody.
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  • We'll go to the 20th century, we'll put
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  • C.S. Lewis in that room and Billy Graham.
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  • We'll go to the 21st century and put the likes
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  • of N.T. Wright in there.
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  • I'm gonna tell you something, there is not gonna be unanimity
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  • on every single point.
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  • It'll be a very, very lively discussion.
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  • But at the end of the day what you will have is unity when it
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  • comes to the essential historic Christian gospel.
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  • We're not much different than an athletic team.
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  • You've all heard of teams.
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  • Every season, the season starts out where there's bickering
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  • between some of the individual players on that team.
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  • They're kind of out for their own glory,
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  • out for themselves.
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  • But as the season moves on and they near the playoff,
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  • they know they need to act together because
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  • victory is in sight.
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  • If they've made the playoff, they better give their best
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  • parts of who they are to the team so they can win the battle.
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  • So, unity then doesn't mean uniformity or unanimity.
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  • It does, however, mean harmony.
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  • It means harmony.
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  • It means we choose to work together.
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  • We choose to cooperate over the essentials, the essentials.
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  • I've always loved that little axiom from the Reformation.
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  • You've heard it. In essentials, unity.
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  • In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, charity.
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  • That was Jesus's passion.
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  • He prayed for unity in his high priestly prayer of John 17.
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  • Jesus prayed that, "they all may be one,
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  • that they also may be one in us, that the
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  • world may believe that you sent me."
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  • Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
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  • was a medical doctor who became a pastor.
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  • Very interesting story on a personal level.
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  • He was a medical doctor, became an assistant pastor to
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  • Dr. G. Campbell Morgan of Westminster Chapel.
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  • When Morgan died, the church was given to as
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  • the pastor D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
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  • And one of the stories that Jones told is that before the
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  • Spanish Civil War in the great cities of Spain like Barcelona
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  • and Madrid, that the psychological clinics treated
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  • large numbers of people for what he called little issues,
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  • personal problems, personal anxieties.
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  • But then the Civil War broke out and when it did,
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  • one of the most striking effects the Civil War had on the
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  • Spanish population is it virtually emptied the
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  • medical clinics overnight.
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  • They were suddenly all cured by a greater anxiety.
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  • No longer are they worried about little personal problems.
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  • Now they're worried about, "Will my husband
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  • be alive because of this war?"
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  • Will my son come home from the battlefield?
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  • And says Martyn Lloyd Jones, "Greater anxieties,
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  • get rid of lesser anxieties."
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  • Why am I sharing that with you?
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  • Because just in case you're the type of person who likes to
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  • bicker, and banter, and meddle, and gossip,
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  • and divide, let me just say, get into the real battle.
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  • Quit using your sword against other Christians and realize
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  • there's this huge demonic onslaught and world
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  • that wants you to fall.
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  • So, the team needs to get together.
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  • We need to sonathleto, we need to work together
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  • and strive together.
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  • Unity, unity will help you stand,
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  • Consistency followed by unity.
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  • Here's a third leg on that stool, bravery.
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  • Now, watch Paul.
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  • Again, Paul's a prisoner facing Caesar Nero,
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  • and he practiced what he preached.
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  • Verse 28, "And not in any way terrified by your adversaries,
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  • which is to them a proof of perdition,
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  • but to you of salvation, and that from God."
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  • The New Living Translation renders it this way,
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  • "Don't be intimidated by your enemies."
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  • Or let's put it this way, "Don't let unbelievers scare you.
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  • Don't let unbelievers scare you."
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  • Now, look at that word, "terrified" in verse 28.
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  • That's a word there refers to horses who easily get spooked
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  • and throw their riders off.
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  • You know, sometimes a horse will become afraid or terrified by
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  • meaningless things like a little rabbit jumps out or a person
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  • gets too close.
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  • And they get all nervous and they shoot up,
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  • and they buck their riders off.
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  • And so, when that happened, when a horse became terrified,
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  • what they would say in antiquity is,
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  • "The horse is battle shy.
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  • Don't take this horse into battle.
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  • He's battle shy."
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  • Paul is saying, "Don't be a battle shy believer.
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  • Don't be a battle shy.
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  • Don't be afraid of unbelievers."
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  • Nobody wants to fight unless you're insane.
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  • Nobody looks for a fight.
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  • Nobody wants to rush into battle.
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  • But when the battle comes from the unbelieving world,
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  • Paul is saying, "Don't be afraid to face the enemy."
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  • Don't you love that slogan, have you seen it, "No fear"?
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  • It's been around a while, "no fear."
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  • When I first saw that I said, hey, that's our slogan.
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  • That belongs to the church.
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  • We can't be motivated by fear, why?
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  • Because fear controls people. It cripples people.
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  • Fearful people can be manipulated easily,
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  • they can be shut down easily.
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  • I've told you stories about some of my college professors who
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  • wanted to make me a public example because I was the stupid
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  • little Christian guy who believed Jesus,
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  • and they would go out of their way to threaten,
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  • or ridicule, or intimidate me.
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  • Now, the Philippians, they had some good reasons to be scared
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  • because believing in Jesus in Philippi,
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  • this colony of Rome.
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  • Well, we saw what happened to Paul there.
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  • He got thrown into jail, he got beaten up.
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  • That could happen to them. They could be executed.
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  • They had already been ostracized by family
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  • members and by society.
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  • But here's what Paul says, here's the gold in this verse.
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  • When that happens, when opposition comes your way for
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  • the sake of Christ, it's a sign from God.
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  • Look at verse 28.
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  • "Which is to them a proof of perdition but to you of
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  • salvation, and that from God."
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  • That's just a way of saying, "When that happens,
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  • it shows you which side you're on and which side they're on."
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  • If you're getting hassled by unbelievers for the sake of
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  • Christ, when that happens, it shows you
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  • it's darkness against light.
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  • It proves who I am. It's a badge of honor.
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  • It's a sign from God.
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  • So, can I encourage you, be a brave nonconformist?
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  • I like nonconformists, I am one.
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  • Be a brave nonconformists.
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  • When you are, you will stand out like a diamond against a dark
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  • backdrop of this world.
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  • In a world that has rejected God for you to step forward and
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  • bravely announce your allegiance to Christ,
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  • you will be a refreshing exception and you'll
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  • make a difference.
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  • Remember, when they tried to arrest Jesus?
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  • Well, they did arrest him, but they came to the garden,
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  • soldiers well equipped like swords and shields.
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  • And they come to the Garden of Gethsemane and Jesus said,
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  • "Who are you looking for?"
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  • They said, "Jesus of Nazareth."
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  • He stood up and said, "I am he."
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  • They all fell backward.
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  • He didn't shrink away and go, "No," he stood up,
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  • he presented himself.
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  • Or how about Stephen when he is surrounded by hostile people who
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  • want to kill him and they eventually did.
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  • And he says--he can't keep his mouth shut.
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  • He says, "Look, I see the heavens open,
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  • and Jesus standing at the right hand of the Father."
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  • Or how about Peter?
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  • Now, he was a little skittish.
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  • He denied Christ three times to a servant chick in the garden
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  • of the high priests.
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  • He couldn't even give a testimony to a woman who
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  • had said, "Aren't you one of the guys that followed him?"
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  • "Oh no, I'm not him."
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  • But then we see him filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of
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  • Pentecost after an encounter with the resurrected Christ,
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  • and he boldly, bravely preaches.
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  • So, it says the audience was cut to the heart.
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  • That's bravery. That's bravery.
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  • And that courage, verse 28, proves you're saved.
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  • And if you don't have it, ask God for it
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  • and step out and try it.
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  • Don't shrink from your world, stand up to it.
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  • One person can make a difference and actually change history.
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  • Have you heard the story of Telemachus?
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  • Some of you have.
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  • Around 400 A.D., well, you know what was happening
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  • in Rome and 400 A.D.
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  • The Colosseum was filled with spectators watching bloodsport.
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  • They would sit there and their entertainment was watching
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  • people kill other people, or animals kill other people.
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  • It's not unlike what we like to watch on violent television,
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  • but they just saw it in real life.
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  • And they were entertained by it.
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  • One day, a Syrian monk by the name of Telemachus,
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  • this little Syrian monk, was in the crowd,
  • 00:14:19.110 --> 00:14:21.170
  • saw what was happening, was repulsed by it.
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  • And so, this little Syrian monk runs down,
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  • jumps over the balustrade, goes out into the arena floor,
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  • waves his little monk arms and says,
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  • "In the name of Christ, forbear, stop this.
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  • This is senseless. This is nonsense."
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  • Because he interrupted their entertainment,
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  • like somebody switched the channel,
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  • they ordered him to be thrust through with a sword and killed.
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  • Some accounts say he was stoned to death,
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  • others say he was cut with a blade, but he died.
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  • His blood fill the arena floor and he died that day.
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  • But something happened, over the next few months,
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  • the flow of people to be entertained by that bloodsport
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  • diminished and a few months later,
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  • it ended all together because one person stood bravely
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  • and said, "That's not right."
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  • So, here's the point.
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  • If you bow before God, you can stand before anyone.
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  • If you bow before God, you can stand before anyone.
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  • Remember, Jesus said, "Don't fear people.
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  • Don't feel fear man who can kill the body,
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  • fear God who can cast both body and soul into hell, fear him."
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  • If you have a healthy fear of the Lord,
  • 00:15:45.270 --> 00:15:48.040
  • a healthy respect for God, and you bow before him,
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  • that will give you the power, the ability,
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  • the strength, to stand.
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  • So, we have three legs on this four-legged stool.
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  • We have consistency, unity, and we have bravery.
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  • Let's finish it off and make it even more stable.
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  • You're not gonna like this one: agony, agony.
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  • Verse 29, "It has been granted to you on behalf of Christ,
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  • not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for his sake."
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  • I know you're saying, "Oh, boy."
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  • "Having the same conflict, which you saw in me,
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  • and now here is in me."
  • 00:16:32.030 --> 00:16:35.280
  • Now, look at how he phrases that.
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  • It has been granted on behalf of Christ,
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  • not only to believe, but to suffer.
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  • There's two parts of that.
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  • And the first part always guarantees the second part.
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  • If you believe in him, that's the first part,
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  • then you'll suffer for him, that's the second part.
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  • Paul said, all those--finish out this verse with me.
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  • "All those who live godly in Christ Jesus shall
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  • suffer persecution."
  • 00:17:11.020 --> 00:17:13.270
  • You know, we never mention that, do we,
  • 00:17:13.280 --> 00:17:16.100
  • to new believers, new converts?
  • 00:17:16.110 --> 00:17:18.040
  • Probably rightfully so.
  • 00:17:18.050 --> 00:17:20.190
  • But I think sometimes we give the impression to younger
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  • believers or brand-new converts in the faith,
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  • that, okay, you've made this decision,
  • 00:17:28.270 --> 00:17:32.120
  • now the birds are just gonna sing louder than ever before,
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  • the sky is gonna be bluer, and all your
  • 00:17:36.060 --> 00:17:38.000
  • problems are gonna go away.
  • 00:17:38.010 --> 00:17:39.120
  • All your struggles are gonna go away.
  • 00:17:39.130 --> 00:17:41.080
  • It's true that the biggest battle has been won,
  • 00:17:41.090 --> 00:17:44.030
  • but you have now invited a whole host of new battles because
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  • Jesus said, "In this world, you shall have tribulation."
  • 00:17:50.050 --> 00:17:55.020
  • Jesus said, "They have hated me.
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  • Don't be surprised when they hate you because you
  • 00:17:57.270 --> 00:18:00.180
  • align yourself with me."
  • 00:18:00.190 --> 00:18:03.190
  • But please look at how Paul writes.
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  • He says, "It's been granted to you.
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  • It's been given you the privilege."
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  • He's saying, God's doing you a favor.
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  • Oh good, what is it? He's gonna let you suffer.
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  • You're going, "Can I not have that favor, please?
  • 00:18:20.000 --> 00:18:22.270
  • Could God like give that gift to somebody else, but not me?
  • 00:18:22.280 --> 00:18:25.290
  • I like God's other gifts."
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  • I wish health and wealth preachers would study
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  • these verses more carefully.
  • 00:18:29.260 --> 00:18:31.150
  • Because Paul see suffering far differently
  • 00:18:31.160 --> 00:18:34.090
  • than Americans see suffering.
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  • We think it's just the evil of all evils to suffer anything.
  • 00:18:37.130 --> 00:18:40.060
  • Paul says, "If you suffer well and you suffer for the right
  • 00:18:40.070 --> 00:18:43.260
  • reason, it's a privilege."
  • 00:18:43.270 --> 00:18:47.120
  • In fact, the word he uses "granted" comes
  • 00:18:47.130 --> 00:18:50.070
  • from the word "grace."
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  • Just as God has given you the grace to believe,
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  • God has given you the grace to suffer,
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  • the grace to suffer.
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  • Listen, I know you don't see it as a gift,
  • 00:19:02.190 --> 00:19:04.120
  • but I'll tell you, this gift will do more to build up your
  • 00:19:04.130 --> 00:19:06.150
  • life and make you strong and bless you than
  • 00:19:06.160 --> 00:19:09.010
  • just about anything else.
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  • It will.
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  • My challenge is that you become like popcorn.
  • 00:19:13.090 --> 00:19:18.120
  • What I mean is, you know, most grains,
  • 00:19:18.130 --> 00:19:22.060
  • when you heat them up, shrivel up and get hard,
  • 00:19:22.070 --> 00:19:24.180
  • not so with popcorn, right?
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  • You put 400 degrees Fahrenheit to that kernel of popcorn,
  • 00:19:26.290 --> 00:19:30.120
  • and a gas is emitted on the inside of that kernel that
  • 00:19:30.130 --> 00:19:33.110
  • pushes out that hard exterior and cracks it
  • 00:19:33.120 --> 00:19:37.020
  • and it becomes enlarged.
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  • And it becomes a blessing, a delight to people.
  • 00:19:39.250 --> 00:19:43.050
  • You know, suffering will do that for you.
  • 00:19:43.060 --> 00:19:46.140
  • It will enlarge your life.
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  • It'll make you a delight to other people,
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  • as you are tempered by that suffering and you become more
  • 00:19:52.000 --> 00:19:55.030
  • valuable by that experience if you do it well,
  • 00:19:55.040 --> 00:19:59.100
  • and you do it for the right reason.
  • 00:19:59.110 --> 00:20:01.120
  • In fact, in Philippians chapter 3,
  • 00:20:01.130 --> 00:20:05.000
  • if by God's grace we ever get there, and we will.
  • 00:20:05.010 --> 00:20:09.160
  • Here's Paul's prayer.
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  • Listen to this, "That I may know him and the power of his
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  • resurrection and the fellowship of his suffering,
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  • and even be shaped by death."
  • 00:20:21.290 --> 00:20:24.270
  • That's his prayer.
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  • "I want to fellowship with the sufferings of Christ so that
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  • when I suffer for the reason that I'm attuned
  • 00:20:30.190 --> 00:20:34.120
  • to and following Christ, I'm entering into a
  • 00:20:34.130 --> 00:20:38.000
  • certain kind of fellowship."
  • 00:20:38.010 --> 00:20:40.170
  • I've done many studies on the value of suffering,
  • 00:20:40.180 --> 00:20:43.260
  • let me just shoot out a few little truths.
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  • When you suffer on earth, it makes you long for heaven.
  • 00:20:46.270 --> 00:20:52.030
  • It does.
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  • I mean, you're a citizen of heaven so the more you suffer
  • 00:20:53.140 --> 00:20:55.030
  • because of Christ on this earth, you're thinking,
  • 00:20:55.040 --> 00:20:58.020
  • "Man, I can't wait to get home and get a reward for this.
  • 00:20:58.030 --> 00:21:00.180
  • It looks pretty good."
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  • Second, when you suffer on this earth,
  • 00:21:02.200 --> 00:21:05.220
  • it produces patience in you.
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  • It's very productive.
  • 00:21:09.250 --> 00:21:11.160
  • It's like the young preacher that went to the old preacher
  • 00:21:11.170 --> 00:21:13.160
  • and he said to the old man, "Could you pray for me?
  • 00:21:13.170 --> 00:21:15.230
  • I'm an impatient young man."
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  • You ever have that problem, you're impatient?
  • 00:21:17.160 --> 00:21:19.040
  • This guy said, "Pray for patience."
  • 00:21:19.050 --> 00:21:20.160
  • So, the old preacher said, "I'd love to."
  • 00:21:20.170 --> 00:21:22.060
  • He bowed his head and he prayed, "Father give this young man
  • 00:21:22.070 --> 00:21:25.100
  • tribulation and suffering."
  • 00:21:25.110 --> 00:21:28.120
  • The young guy said, "Whoa, preacher, I didn't ask for that.
  • 00:21:28.130 --> 00:21:31.290
  • I want patience."
  • 00:21:32.000 --> 00:21:33.090
  • And the old man quoted to him the Scripture,
  • 00:21:33.100 --> 00:21:35.180
  • "Tribulation worketh patience."
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  • This is how you get patience.
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  • You don't get it from reading the latest Christian book on it.
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  • You get it from going through the suffering that produces it.
  • 00:21:45.080 --> 00:21:49.120
  • So, it'll orient you toward heaven.
  • 00:21:49.130 --> 00:21:51.280
  • It'll give you patience on the earth.
  • 00:21:51.290 --> 00:21:54.020
  • And the third thing suffering will do is make you sensitive
  • 00:21:54.030 --> 00:21:57.230
  • to other believers who are suffering, at least it ought to.
  • 00:21:57.240 --> 00:22:03.150
  • Do you know that right now over in the Middle East,
  • 00:22:03.160 --> 00:22:05.130
  • there's a genocide going on of Christians who have
  • 00:22:05.140 --> 00:22:08.010
  • been crucified, who have been beheaded,
  • 00:22:08.020 --> 00:22:10.280
  • who have been ostracized, thousands,
  • 00:22:10.290 --> 00:22:13.160
  • millions of brothers and sisters, for the
  • 00:22:13.170 --> 00:22:15.290
  • cause of Christ?
  • 00:22:16.000 --> 00:22:17.160
  • Our suffering here, if people laugh at our bumper sticker
  • 00:22:17.170 --> 00:22:21.110
  • or get mad that we're a bold Christian,
  • 00:22:21.120 --> 00:22:23.280
  • is nothing compared to the sacrifice that they have.
  • 00:22:23.290 --> 00:22:28.270
  • So, what that does is it orients us to heaven.
  • 00:22:28.280 --> 00:22:30.270
  • It brings us patience here, but it also gives us a sensitivity
  • 00:22:30.280 --> 00:22:35.090
  • toward others who are suffering.
  • 00:22:35.100 --> 00:22:37.260
  • However, as I already mentioned, make sure when you suffer,
  • 00:22:37.270 --> 00:22:43.070
  • that you suffer for the right reason.
  • 00:22:43.080 --> 00:22:47.050
  • Look at the words, look at how Paul writes.
  • 00:22:47.060 --> 00:22:50.030
  • He doesn't do it by accident.
  • 00:22:50.040 --> 00:22:51.290
  • "It has been granted on behalf of Christ,
  • 00:22:52.000 --> 00:22:56.260
  • not only to believe in him, but also the suffer for his sake."
  • 00:22:56.270 --> 00:23:02.210
  • When you suffer, it should be on his behalf for his sake.
  • 00:23:02.220 --> 00:23:08.250
  • Isn't that exactly what our Lord said?
  • 00:23:08.260 --> 00:23:12.040
  • "Blessed are those who are persecuted
  • 00:23:12.050 --> 00:23:13.260
  • for righteousness sake."
  • 00:23:13.270 --> 00:23:16.290
  • You know, Jesus never said, "Blessed are the persecuted."
  • 00:23:17.000 --> 00:23:20.130
  • It's not a blessing to be persecuted if you're just being
  • 00:23:20.140 --> 00:23:23.140
  • persecuted for no good reason because some people
  • 00:23:23.150 --> 00:23:27.020
  • get persecuted because they're weird.
  • 00:23:27.030 --> 00:23:32.180
  • They're just weird--they're obnoxious.
  • 00:23:32.190 --> 00:23:35.080
  • Their personality invites persecution.
  • 00:23:35.090 --> 00:23:40.220
  • Jesus said, "Make sure that when you get persecuted,
  • 00:23:40.230 --> 00:23:42.210
  • you get persecuted for righteousness sake."
  • 00:23:42.220 --> 00:23:45.100
  • I know people who try to represent the Lord in
  • 00:23:45.110 --> 00:23:47.250
  • such a caustic manner.
  • 00:23:47.260 --> 00:23:49.220
  • Listen, if you yell at a group of unbelievers,
  • 00:23:49.230 --> 00:23:51.180
  • "You uncircumcised Philistine, how does hell sound?"
  • 00:23:51.190 --> 00:23:57.200
  • You probably won't win their hearts,
  • 00:23:57.210 --> 00:24:01.190
  • and you probably will get persecuted.
  • 00:24:01.200 --> 00:24:04.280
  • It will not be for righteousness sake.
  • 00:24:04.290 --> 00:24:07.160
  • It will just be because you're weird.
  • 00:24:07.170 --> 00:24:12.170
  • Jesus said in the world, we need to be wise as serpents,
  • 00:24:12.180 --> 00:24:15.050
  • and harmless as doves.
  • 00:24:15.060 --> 00:24:18.090
  • Why have some of us turned that around?
  • 00:24:18.100 --> 00:24:21.020
  • Some of us are as wise as doves, which aren't too bright,
  • 00:24:21.030 --> 00:24:26.030
  • and harmless as serpents, which are deadly.
  • 00:24:26.040 --> 00:24:29.220
  • I think when it comes to our witness for the world,
  • 00:24:29.230 --> 00:24:32.060
  • that God is looking for sharp shooters,
  • 00:24:32.070 --> 00:24:35.120
  • not machine gunners.
  • 00:24:35.130 --> 00:24:37.080
  • When you launch that arrow of truth,
  • 00:24:37.090 --> 00:24:39.020
  • when you speak that truth, when you pull that trigger of gospel
  • 00:24:39.030 --> 00:24:42.140
  • truth, make sure it's well placed and well timed.
  • 00:24:42.150 --> 00:24:47.130
  • As Paul said, "Let your speech always be filled with grace,
  • 00:24:47.140 --> 00:24:50.180
  • seasoned with salt."
  • 00:24:50.190 --> 00:24:53.280
  • So, these four qualities are like the four legs
  • 00:24:53.290 --> 00:24:59.170
  • on a chair or a stool.
  • 00:24:59.180 --> 00:25:01.130
  • They will add stability to your life when the world wants
  • 00:25:01.140 --> 00:25:04.230
  • you to fall, and they do.
  • 00:25:04.240 --> 00:25:08.240
  • So, my encouragement to you is don't fall, stand.
  • 00:25:08.250 --> 00:25:12.270
  • Stand tall, stand strong, stand together, even if it hurts.
  • 00:25:12.280 --> 00:25:20.170
  • Do you remember those toys, I don't know if they still
  • 00:25:20.180 --> 00:25:24.040
  • make them, but it used to be like this vinyl doll that was
  • 00:25:24.050 --> 00:25:26.260
  • weighted at the bottom.
  • 00:25:26.270 --> 00:25:28.190
  • You know, it had like a face painted on it.
  • 00:25:28.200 --> 00:25:31.020
  • And no matter what you do to that doll,
  • 00:25:31.030 --> 00:25:32.230
  • it always comes upright 'cause it's weighted.
  • 00:25:32.240 --> 00:25:34.270
  • So, you can punch it, it'll fall down but it comes right back up.
  • 00:25:34.280 --> 00:25:38.160
  • You can kick it, it'll fall and come right back,
  • 00:25:38.170 --> 00:25:40.240
  • or you can do it repeatedly, keeps coming back up.
  • 00:25:40.250 --> 00:25:42.070
  • I picture Paul like that.
  • 00:25:42.080 --> 00:25:45.160
  • "Lock him up in prison.
  • 00:25:45.170 --> 00:25:47.270
  • "Okay, I'll preach to the guards."
  • 00:25:47.280 --> 00:25:49.160
  • Comes back up.
  • 00:25:49.170 --> 00:25:51.280
  • "Okay, get him out of prison."
  • 00:25:51.290 --> 00:25:53.170
  • "Okay, I'll go visit the Philippian church and encourage
  • 00:25:53.180 --> 00:25:55.150
  • them," comes back up.
  • 00:25:55.160 --> 00:25:56.260
  • "Okay, we'll kill them."
  • 00:25:56.270 --> 00:25:58.060
  • "Okay, kill me but before you do,
  • 00:25:58.070 --> 00:26:00.020
  • let me tell you about Jesus."
  • 00:26:00.030 --> 00:26:02.110
  • He's like the doll that keeps coming back up.
  • 00:26:02.120 --> 00:26:07.170
  • May God make us like that.
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  • Stand, stand together, stand strong for his glory.
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  • announcer: The Christian life can sometimes feel like a
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  • battleground, but we fight under a commanding officer who has
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  • When you give today, we'll send you three powerful resources to
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  • help you fight victoriously, the music that inspired the teaching
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  • series "The War Is Over," and "Breakthrough," the brand-new
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  • worship album from Battle Drums, plus
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  • "Jesus Loves The Broken" by Skip Heitzig.
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  • It's our way of saying thank you when you
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  • give online or call today.
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  • Our God will fight for us.
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  • announcer: Just as Paul did, you can fight for the truth.
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  • You'll find that by God's grace, you can stand strong,
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  • even when the world stands against you.
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  • "Connect with Skip Heitzig" is a presentation of Connection
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  • Communications, connecting you to God's never-changing truth
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  • in ever-changing times.
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