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A Life of Peace

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December 10, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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A Life of Peace

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Each of us has just one life to live.
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  • Our life should count.
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  • It should matter.
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  • It should have purpose and, frankly, it should be amazing.
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  • But as I look around me, I see lives lived in disarray,
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  • in defeat, and discouragement.
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  • I've been deeply burdened about this because, you see,
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  • an unfulfilled life is just no way to exist.
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  • And from what I read in the Scripture, God promises us
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  • a life of blessings beyond our comprehension, literally
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  • a life beyond amazing.
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  • So I asked a few friends of mine, friends who I believe
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  • demonstrate a life beyond amazing, to sit down together
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  • with me and discuss what it takes to live a vibrant
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  • and victorious life.
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  • We gathered together for a meal in San Diego and what you're
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  • about to see is a part of our amazing conversation.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I want to thank you for joining me today.
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  • One of the things that we talk
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  • about a lot these days is peace.
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  • Everybody wants peace internationally,
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  • they want peace in their family, they want peace in their heart.
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  • How do we as Christians
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  • get this peace in our heart?
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  • I'm not talking about controlled panic here.
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  • I'm talking about real, genuine, original peace in our hearts.
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  • Where does that start?
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  • Bobby Schuller: Well, you can't have peace
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  • without Jesus, right?
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  • Because I think undergirding all of this restlessness with
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  • our culture is a fear of death.
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  • And what Christ promises us is that this is just a small bit
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  • of the eternal, amazing life that he's given us.
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  • But there's still a lot of believers who believe in heaven
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  • who still don't have peace.
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  • And I think a lot of that is us buying into the world's culture
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  • of, "I've got to constantly do things to make the most
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  • of this very short life."
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  • And then believers buy into that in practice,
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  • even though they don't believe it.
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  • So, we have to stop cramming our schedule full of stuff.
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  • We got to stop hurrying so much.
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  • We need to bond deeply with our friends and family.
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  • We need to be generous and serving.
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  • And I think when that happens, that's when the peace of heaven
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  • kind of meets us at our heart.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: We can all have peace when things are going good
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  • and it seems like there's not a lot of conflict
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  • in our own lives and in our community.
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  • But David, I watched carefully as you fought in the courts to
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  • keep from having to pay for something we didn't believe in.
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  • And I saw the things they were writing about you and the things
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  • they were saying about you.
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  • Tell me, what was it like?
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  • David Green: You know, when we first found out
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  • that we may lose our business
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  • because we knew we were not going to pay for
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  • prescriptions that would take life, and the fine would be
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  • $1.3 million a day if we didn't provide this because of
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  • the number of employees we had, and I have to admit that
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  • I didn't sleep for a few nights.
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  • Barbara and I finally came to the point that we said,
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  • "We only have one decision, right or wrong."
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  • And we were 100% convinced that we made the right decision.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: So actually, peace is related to truth,
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  • isn't it?
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  • And when you know the truth and you do it,
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  • God gives you this peace in your heart.
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  • David Green: I think a part of having peace too is not
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  • absorbing so much of the news.
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  • I mean, if you want to absorb the news,
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  • you will not have peace.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: And you know, we do have the right
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  • to turn it off.
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  • Bobby: I did that recently. I took 6 weeks off in January.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: You took a fast?
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  • Bobby: I just felt so exhausted, and I thought,
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  • "I am just taking a sabbatical from news."
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  • And I'll tell you, it's interesting
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  • that gospel means good news.
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  • It's nice to focus on some good news for awhile
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  • instead of just, like, always focusing on bad news.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: And 6 weeks later,
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  • you turned it on and it was the same place
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  • where you turned it off, right?
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  • Bobby: It really changed, I know.
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  • Mandisa: Same thing with social media as well.
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  • Like, it's easy to look at it and kind of feel discontent,
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  • to feel like you don't have peace in certain areas.
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  • So, my go-to is always Philippians 4, that for me,
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  • when I'm faced in circumstances where I feel like
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  • everything is going crazy around me, I don't just present
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  • my requests to God.
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  • I try to do it with thanksgiving.
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  • So, sometimes if I'm watching the news and I see something
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  • that is trying to steal my peace,
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  • I can present my request to God.
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  • I pray about the situation, but when I think about
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  • the circumstance and I find something to be thankful for,
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  • it's like an immediate sense of peace is what overtakes me
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  • in that moment.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: The Bible is so clear that peace is a gift
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  • from the Lord.
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  • The Bible tells us not to let our hearts be troubled,
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  • and to be anxious for nothing, but in everything,
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  • by prayer and supplication, let your requests
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  • be made known unto God, amen.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: As I sat with my friends and reflected on what
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  • we shared, I was once again reminded that peace is
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  • a decision, a decision that transforms one's life.
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  • And in the next few minutes, I will share with you how
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  • a life of peace is necessary to live a life beyond amazing.
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  • male announcer: What are the signs
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  • of a life beyond amazing?
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  • Among them, joy that is not dependent on circumstance,
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  • integrity that settles for no exceptions,
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  • and self-discipline that stands firm.
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  • But how do you get them into your life?
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  • It takes a decision; actually, nine decisions each day
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  • to commit these into your heart and actions.
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  • Discover the steps to the life of blessings God has for you
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  • in Dr. David Jeremiah's inspiring book,
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  • "A Life Beyond Amazing: 9 Decisions That Will Transform
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  • Your Life Today."
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  • Order this transformational book from Dr. Jeremiah today when you
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  • give a gift of any amount in support of this program,
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  • and if you give $60 or more, Dr. Jeremiah will send you
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  • in appreciation, his comprehensive
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  • "A Life Beyond Amazing" set.
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  • It contains his book, his entire teaching series on CD or DVD,
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  • a correlating study guide, and the "Life Beyond Amazing"
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  • Scripture cards.
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  • workbook.
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  • Implement the 9 key decisions from "A Life Beyond Amazing"
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  • in powerful and practical ways; plus, it includes a DVD
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  • on its own for $30 or more
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  • Decide today to start living a life beyond what you thought
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  • possible, a life beyond amazing.
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  • female announcer: Thank you for watching
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  • "A Life Beyond Amazing" here on "Turning Point."
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  • In appreciation of your viewership,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah would like to send you the
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  • "Life Beyond Amazing" Scripture cards absolutely free.
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  • Contact "Turning Point" today.
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiah with his message,
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  • "A Life of Peace."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: The Prince of Peace is
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  • just 1 of 250 names given to the Lord Jesus
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  • in the New Testament.
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  • When he appeared for the first time on this earth
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  • in a manger in Bethlehem,
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  • the angels announced his arrival, as you remember,
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  • with these words, "Glory to God in the highest,
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  • and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"
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  • The world into which Jesus was born had
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  • a very different idea of peace.
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  • Our English word "peace" originates from an old
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  • French word which means to be reconciled,
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  • or to have an agreement with, or to have
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  • the absence of hostility.
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  • But the Hebrew word "shalom" has a much richer meaning.
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  • That's the only Hebrew word I probably know to say out loud.
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  • Would you like to have the privilege of speaking Hebrew
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  • this morning?
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  • Let's say the word "shalom" out loud together, shalom.
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  • This word is found 355 times in the Old Testament, and its
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  • basic meaning is to be whole, or safe, or sound.
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  • Shalom designates a condition in which life can best be lived.
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  • A review of shalom in the Old Testament
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  • reveals that it never refers to inner psychological
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  • or emotional peace.
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  • Shalom is the condition of everything being set right.
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  • It's about the total wellbeing of the person and the community.
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  • It's one of the deepest longings of the human heart.
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  • Say it again, shalom.
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  • Jesus is the one who brings the deepest longings of our hearts
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  • for peace to satisfaction.
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  • But if we are honest, we can easily
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  • become discouraged when we see so little peace
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  • in our world and in our hearts.
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  • We long mostly for international peace, but Jesus, I believe,
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  • cares more about individual peace, internal peace.
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  • Yes, the world needs to come to peace,
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  • but how many of you know if peace comes to our hearts,
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  • pretty soon it comes to our culture?
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  • And so, you start where you need to start, and that is with the
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  • importance of individual peace.
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  • So, there are three major ways that we are affected by
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  • this peace which God brings.
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  • Let me explain them to you as we go along
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  • and we'll share them together.
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  • First of all, the Bible says that you and I can have peace
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  • with God.
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  • Underline the word "with."
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  • Romans 5:1 says that, "Therefore, having been
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  • justified by faith, we have peace with God through
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  • our Lord Jesus Christ."
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  • Peace with God was brought
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  • to us when Jesus Christ came down from heaven and went
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  • to the cross as the God man, and hung there between heaven
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  • and earth, and paid the price for our sin,
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  • our sin which separated us from God.
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  • Jesus paid the price for all of it.
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  • He took it all away.
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  • And when we put our trust in him, we are forgiven
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  • and that sin is erased.
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  • And then we can have a relationship with God.
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  • Then we can say, "Therefore, being justified by faith,
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  • I have peace with God."
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  • You have to start there before you can know the other kinds
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  • of peace that we're going to talk about this morning.
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  • So, let me just stop for a moment and say
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  • if you've not made peace with God, it's not hard to do,
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  • but it means you have to make a decision.
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  • You have to decide to deal with your sin at the cross,
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  • give it all over to Jesus, and ask him to forgive you.
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  • And when you do that and invite him to come and live
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  • in your heart, a relationship with God the Father
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  • is established immediately,
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  • so that it is even possible, as the Lord God says,
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  • to come boldly before the throne of grace to receive help
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  • in the time of trouble.
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  • Wow.
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  • Then, of course, there's not only peace with God,
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  • but there's peace from God.
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  • John 14:27 says-- Jesus is saying,
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  • "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you;
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  • not as the world gives do I give to you.
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  • Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
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  • There's a wonderful moment that the Apostle John
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  • records in his Gospel.
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  • Jesus is in a room making his first post-resurrection
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  • appearance to his gathered disciples.
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  • "Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week,
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  • when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled,
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  • for the fear of the Jews, Jesus stood in the midst,
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  • and said to them, 'Peace be with you.'"
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  • It is what he did next that perfectly illustrates what we
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  • had been talking about in these last few verses,
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  • for the next verse in John chapter 20 says this,
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  • "And when he had said this, he showed them his hands
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  • and his side."
  • 00:11:52.130 --> 00:11:54.250
  • He was showing them his hands and his side obviously for the
  • 00:11:54.260 --> 00:11:57.190
  • purpose of identifying himself to them, but I believe he was
  • 00:11:57.200 --> 00:12:01.130
  • also saying, "These wounds are why I can say to you,
  • 00:12:01.140 --> 00:12:07.170
  • 'Peace be with you.'"
  • 00:12:07.180 --> 00:12:09.280
  • His death on the cross made it possible for him
  • 00:12:09.290 --> 00:12:13.220
  • to offer us the peace we so desperately crave.
  • 00:12:13.230 --> 00:12:17.060
  • But here's the best news of all, there's not only peace with God
  • 00:12:17.070 --> 00:12:19.280
  • and the peace from God, but there's the peace of God.
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  • It's the best of all.
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  • We read about this in Philippians chapter 4.
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  • Here's what Paul wrote to the Philippian believers,
  • 00:12:27.160 --> 00:12:29.290
  • "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and
  • 00:12:30.000 --> 00:12:33.010
  • supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known
  • 00:12:33.020 --> 00:12:37.190
  • to God," now watch this, "and the peace of God, which
  • 00:12:37.200 --> 00:12:42.030
  • surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds
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  • through Jesus Christ."
  • 00:12:45.200 --> 00:12:49.100
  • The peace of God acts, according to Paul,
  • 00:12:49.110 --> 00:12:52.050
  • as a sentinel or a soldier who walks back and forth
  • 00:12:52.060 --> 00:12:56.240
  • in the front of the door of your heart to provide security.
  • 00:12:56.250 --> 00:13:02.020
  • The picture here is that our hearts and our minds are always
  • 00:13:02.030 --> 00:13:05.040
  • under assault, guilt, worries, threats, confusions,
  • 00:13:05.050 --> 00:13:09.020
  • uncertainties.
  • 00:13:09.030 --> 00:13:10.120
  • They all threaten our peace, and Paul says that God wants
  • 00:13:10.130 --> 00:13:13.060
  • to guard our hearts and minds,
  • 00:13:13.070 --> 00:13:15.060
  • and he guards our hearts with his peace
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  • when we commit ourselves to him.
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  • I like that picture of my heart and God's soldier walking back
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  • and forth in front of a door to keep all the junk out that would
  • 00:13:24.200 --> 00:13:28.120
  • come in and destroy my peace.
  • 00:13:28.130 --> 00:13:32.000
  • So, we look back at the wonder of God's peace.
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  • I want to encourage you to cultivate that peace
  • 00:13:34.140 --> 00:13:36.070
  • in your life.
  • 00:13:36.080 --> 00:13:37.220
  • And there are four main highways upon which the peace of God
  • 00:13:37.230 --> 00:13:40.090
  • travels, the Spirit of God, the Son of God,
  • 00:13:40.100 --> 00:13:43.060
  • the Word of God in prayer.
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  • I want to say just a few words about each one of them.
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  • First of all, peace in the Spirit of God.
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  • Did you know that when Jesus was teaching his disciples and
  • 00:13:50.010 --> 00:13:52.270
  • telling them that he was going to have to go back to heaven,
  • 00:13:52.280 --> 00:13:55.070
  • he told them that it was a good thing that he was going back to
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  • heaven because when he was going to go back to heaven, he was
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  • going to send the Holy Spirit down to take his place.
  • 00:14:00.160 --> 00:14:03.270
  • You say, "Well, how could the Holy Spirit be better
  • 00:14:03.280 --> 00:14:06.080
  • than the Son of God?"
  • 00:14:06.090 --> 00:14:07.260
  • In one way.
  • 00:14:07.270 --> 00:14:09.100
  • When Jesus Christ was on this earth, he confined himself
  • 00:14:09.110 --> 00:14:13.030
  • to the limitations of his human body, so that Jesus was
  • 00:14:13.040 --> 00:14:17.070
  • where he was while he was on this earth only where
  • 00:14:17.080 --> 00:14:20.120
  • we could be personally.
  • 00:14:20.130 --> 00:14:22.090
  • And as you know the story of the Bible, Jesus really
  • 00:14:22.100 --> 00:14:24.140
  • never left the land of Israel.
  • 00:14:24.150 --> 00:14:27.200
  • "But you see, when I go back to heaven, I'm going to send you
  • 00:14:27.210 --> 00:14:29.250
  • my Holy Spirit, and he will not be so confined.
  • 00:14:29.260 --> 00:14:32.270
  • The Holy Spirit will come to live within the heart of every
  • 00:14:32.280 --> 00:14:35.130
  • single person who puts their trust in me, therefore through
  • 00:14:35.140 --> 00:14:38.180
  • the Holy Spirit I will be available to you wherever
  • 00:14:38.190 --> 00:14:41.060
  • you go, whatever you do, whatever happens to you."
  • 00:14:41.070 --> 00:14:44.260
  • The Bible teaches us that when we accept Jesus Christ as our
  • 00:14:44.270 --> 00:14:47.220
  • personal Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within our hearts
  • 00:14:47.230 --> 00:14:53.050
  • and becomes our perpetual, eternal Savior.
  • 00:14:53.060 --> 00:14:58.020
  • John 16:33, Jesus finished his speech to his disciples
  • 00:14:58.030 --> 00:15:03.150
  • about his going back to heaven, and said,
  • 00:15:03.160 --> 00:15:06.070
  • "These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may
  • 00:15:06.080 --> 00:15:08.230
  • have peace."
  • 00:15:08.240 --> 00:15:10.170
  • The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, and peace.
  • 00:15:10.180 --> 00:15:13.080
  • When you have the Holy Spirit in your heart,
  • 00:15:13.090 --> 00:15:15.150
  • you have the possibility of peace in your life.
  • 00:15:15.160 --> 00:15:19.200
  • And the Bible says that peace is the inevitable result
  • 00:15:19.210 --> 00:15:22.040
  • of the Holy Spirit controlling your life.
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  • So, how can I tell if I'm controlled
  • 00:15:24.250 --> 00:15:26.170
  • by the Holy Spirit of God?
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  • By the quietness within me when there's turmoil around me.
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  • How do I know if the Holy Spirit's working
  • 00:15:34.060 --> 00:15:36.010
  • at peace in my life when I have some moments
  • 00:15:36.020 --> 00:15:38.020
  • when everything should be coming unglued?
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  • And I just feel this little-- this little sense in my heart,
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  • "I'm going to be okay.
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  • God is with me.
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  • I'm going to make it."
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  • That's what God says he will give to us through his Spirit.
  • 00:15:49.090 --> 00:15:53.240
  • And then the peace of the Son of God.
  • 00:15:53.250 --> 00:15:56.110
  • When Jesus was preparing his disciples for his departure
  • 00:15:56.120 --> 00:15:59.000
  • from them, he encouraged them with these words, he said,
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  • "Let not your heart be troubled.
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  • You believe in God, believe also in me.
  • 00:16:03.220 --> 00:16:07.140
  • Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you;
  • 00:16:07.150 --> 00:16:10.210
  • not as the world gives do I give to you.
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  • Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
  • 00:16:13.030 --> 00:16:16.100
  • Just a few verses later, Jesus expounded
  • 00:16:16.110 --> 00:16:18.270
  • on his earlier promise.
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  • He said, "These things I have spoken to you,
  • 00:16:20.180 --> 00:16:23.080
  • that in me you may have peace.
  • 00:16:23.090 --> 00:16:24.250
  • Now, to be honest with you," he said,
  • 00:16:24.260 --> 00:16:27.080
  • "in the world you're going to have tribulation; but be
  • 00:16:27.090 --> 00:16:29.240
  • of good cheer 'cause I have overcome the world."
  • 00:16:29.250 --> 00:16:34.020
  • I love this question that is tucked away in the book of Job.
  • 00:16:34.030 --> 00:16:38.060
  • I never realized this was there.
  • 00:16:38.070 --> 00:16:40.060
  • I've read the book of Job a lot of times, but this was escaped
  • 00:16:40.070 --> 00:16:42.140
  • me, but it's worth writing down.
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  • Job 34:29, "When he gives quietness,
  • 00:16:45.170 --> 00:16:50.110
  • who then can make trouble?"
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  • Isn't that a great verse?
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  • If he, and this is obviously speaking of God,
  • 00:16:55.200 --> 00:16:58.230
  • if he then brings quietness here,
  • 00:16:58.240 --> 00:17:03.080
  • who's going to make trouble?
  • 00:17:03.090 --> 00:17:06.040
  • Here's my prayer for all of us borrowed from the prayer
  • 00:17:06.050 --> 00:17:08.240
  • Paul prayed for his friends in Thessalonica.
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  • Here's what he prayed, "Now may the Lord of Peace
  • 00:17:11.160 --> 00:17:14.040
  • himself give you peace always in every way."
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  • That's my prayer.
  • 00:17:19.020 --> 00:17:21.120
  • Then there's peace in the Word of God.
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  • "I will hear what God the Lord will speak,
  • 00:17:24.010 --> 00:17:29.190
  • for he will speak peace to his people
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  • and to his saints."
  • 00:17:32.230 --> 00:17:34.070
  • I will hear what God the Lord will have to say 'cause when I
  • 00:17:34.080 --> 00:17:38.180
  • listen to him, he speaks peace.
  • 00:17:38.190 --> 00:17:42.150
  • Did you know that the Bible is the key to your peace?
  • 00:17:42.160 --> 00:17:47.200
  • And when I'm going through some times and I don't know
  • 00:17:47.210 --> 00:17:50.050
  • what to do, I try to find a way to spend
  • 00:17:50.060 --> 00:17:52.070
  • more time in the Scripture, not to prepare a sermon,
  • 00:17:52.080 --> 00:17:55.210
  • but for my own help and encouragement.
  • 00:17:55.220 --> 00:17:59.190
  • And once in a while, you guys, you should memorize a few verses
  • 00:17:59.200 --> 00:18:02.190
  • from this Book because they act as anti-terrorism agents
  • 00:18:02.200 --> 00:18:06.160
  • in your life.
  • 00:18:06.170 --> 00:18:08.290
  • So, when bad stuff is happening and terror is going on, you know
  • 00:18:09.000 --> 00:18:12.040
  • there's a verse some place you can grab hold of and use it
  • 00:18:12.050 --> 00:18:15.070
  • as a weapon against anxiety.
  • 00:18:15.080 --> 00:18:20.160
  • And finally, there's peace in prayer.
  • 00:18:20.170 --> 00:18:25.070
  • Listen to what Paul says to the Philippians in chapter 4,
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  • "Be anxious for nothing," listen to this.
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  • Anxious means worried.
  • 00:18:31.110 --> 00:18:34.090
  • Did you know the old King James of this verse says,
  • 00:18:34.100 --> 00:18:37.170
  • "Be careful for nothing."
  • 00:18:37.180 --> 00:18:39.100
  • I always thought that was kind of like a proof text
  • 00:18:39.110 --> 00:18:41.070
  • for when you're a teenager, "Be careful for nothing."
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  • And then I realized the word "careful" means anxiety.
  • 00:18:45.120 --> 00:18:48.280
  • "Be anxious for nothing," says the Scripture,
  • 00:18:48.290 --> 00:18:51.270
  • "but in everything by prayer and supplication,
  • 00:18:51.280 --> 00:18:56.030
  • let your request be made known to God."
  • 00:18:56.040 --> 00:19:00.030
  • Now, here's the way I sort that out in my mind.
  • 00:19:00.040 --> 00:19:03.290
  • In essence, Paul says the Christian life
  • 00:19:04.000 --> 00:19:05.200
  • is composed of three circles.
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  • First of all, there's the worry circle or the anxiety circle.
  • 00:19:07.250 --> 00:19:11.040
  • And if you read the text, what belongs in that circle?
  • 00:19:11.050 --> 00:19:13.180
  • Be anxious for what?
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  • Nothing.
  • 00:19:15.170 --> 00:19:17.130
  • And then, there's the prayer circle,
  • 00:19:17.140 --> 00:19:19.210
  • and what should you pray about?
  • 00:19:19.220 --> 00:19:21.130
  • What goes in the prayer circle?
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  • Everything.
  • 00:19:23.200 --> 00:19:24.290
  • And then there's the thanksgiving circle,
  • 00:19:25.000 --> 00:19:27.010
  • and what goes in that circle?
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  • Anything that God does for you, always be thankful.
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  • In the very act of being thankful for what God has done
  • 00:19:31.150 --> 00:19:33.240
  • for you, he begins to dissipate the anxiety that's trying
  • 00:19:33.250 --> 00:19:37.050
  • to hurt your heart.
  • 00:19:37.060 --> 00:19:39.290
  • So, in other words, we must be anxious for nothing,
  • 00:19:40.000 --> 00:19:42.140
  • prayerful for everything, and thankful for anything.
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  • That's the kind of peace that never fails to produce
  • 00:19:45.290 --> 00:19:49.270
  • that quiet center in your heart.
  • 00:19:49.280 --> 00:19:54.000
  • Some years ago, I was given the opportunity to speak
  • 00:19:54.010 --> 00:19:57.140
  • at the Moody Pastors Conference in Chicago.
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  • After I went back to my room that night, I decided to catch
  • 00:20:00.170 --> 00:20:03.190
  • an earlier flight home the next day that was to leave at 7 a.m.
  • 00:20:03.200 --> 00:20:09.100
  • As I was getting ready for bed, I began to calculate how early
  • 00:20:09.110 --> 00:20:12.110
  • I would have to get up in order to make that flight.
  • 00:20:12.120 --> 00:20:16.170
  • On my time, which was 2 hours earlier,
  • 00:20:16.180 --> 00:20:19.200
  • I asked for a 2:30 wakeup call.
  • 00:20:19.210 --> 00:20:23.140
  • I made it to the airport in plenty of time
  • 00:20:23.150 --> 00:20:25.150
  • and I went to my gate, only to discover that my flight
  • 00:20:25.160 --> 00:20:27.180
  • was delayed for an hour, which later became 2 hours.
  • 00:20:27.190 --> 00:20:32.160
  • You guys know what that's all about.
  • 00:20:32.170 --> 00:20:35.200
  • When I checked in, I asked the young lady at
  • 00:20:35.210 --> 00:20:37.130
  • the desk if she knew what was going on with my flight.
  • 00:20:37.140 --> 00:20:40.100
  • She said, "There's a storm hovering over Chicago,
  • 00:20:40.110 --> 00:20:43.090
  • would you like to see it?"
  • 00:20:43.100 --> 00:20:45.280
  • I said, "What do you mean?"
  • 00:20:45.290 --> 00:20:47.150
  • She said, "Well, come around here and I'll show you the storm
  • 00:20:47.160 --> 00:20:49.160
  • on my computer screen."
  • 00:20:49.170 --> 00:20:51.270
  • So, I went around the welcome desk, and there on the screen
  • 00:20:51.280 --> 00:20:56.030
  • of her computer I could see the storm.
  • 00:20:56.040 --> 00:20:58.170
  • Here was Chicago, and surrounding it
  • 00:20:58.180 --> 00:21:00.230
  • was this red mass.
  • 00:21:00.240 --> 00:21:03.100
  • That red mass literally swallowed Chicago up
  • 00:21:03.110 --> 00:21:06.110
  • on the screen.
  • 00:21:06.120 --> 00:21:08.000
  • And we were right in the center of the storm.
  • 00:21:08.010 --> 00:21:10.060
  • The storm was over the top of Chicago so no planes could land
  • 00:21:10.070 --> 00:21:13.260
  • and no plans could take off.
  • 00:21:13.270 --> 00:21:15.150
  • Everything was shut down.
  • 00:21:15.160 --> 00:21:19.090
  • So, I went back, sat down in my comfortable chair, and began
  • 00:21:19.100 --> 00:21:23.100
  • working on my computer.
  • 00:21:23.110 --> 00:21:26.020
  • And for the next few moments, I watched as the storm
  • 00:21:26.030 --> 00:21:28.260
  • I had seen on the computer rolled into the city of Chicago.
  • 00:21:28.270 --> 00:21:34.070
  • I saw this ferocious storm, the rain beating against
  • 00:21:34.080 --> 00:21:37.270
  • the glass windows.
  • 00:21:37.280 --> 00:21:39.070
  • You could actually see the windows moving with the pressure
  • 00:21:39.080 --> 00:21:41.120
  • of the wind and the rain.
  • 00:21:41.130 --> 00:21:43.250
  • I had a moment of clarity right then, a moment of truth.
  • 00:21:43.260 --> 00:21:46.290
  • I was surrounded by a storm.
  • 00:21:47.000 --> 00:21:49.240
  • In fact, I was sitting at the very center of that storm.
  • 00:21:49.250 --> 00:21:54.090
  • But I was sitting in a comfortable chair
  • 00:21:54.100 --> 00:21:55.240
  • with a cup of coffee in my hands,
  • 00:21:55.250 --> 00:21:57.170
  • working on my computer, and I was just as safe
  • 00:21:57.180 --> 00:21:59.160
  • as anybody could be.
  • 00:21:59.170 --> 00:22:02.010
  • I was sheltered in the midst of the storm.
  • 00:22:02.020 --> 00:22:07.160
  • And I remembered this psalm, "Hear my cry, O God;
  • 00:22:07.170 --> 00:22:15.010
  • attend to my prayer.
  • 00:22:15.020 --> 00:22:17.040
  • When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock
  • 00:22:17.050 --> 00:22:21.000
  • that is higher than I.
  • 00:22:21.010 --> 00:22:22.250
  • For you have been a shelter for me,
  • 00:22:22.260 --> 00:22:25.210
  • a strong tower from the enemy.
  • 00:22:25.220 --> 00:22:30.190
  • I will abide in your tabernacle forever.
  • 00:22:30.200 --> 00:22:33.280
  • I will trust in the shelter of your wings."
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  • For you have been a shelter for me.
  • 00:22:40.100 --> 00:22:44.270
  • The Lord Jesus Christ has more than I can count sheltered me
  • 00:22:44.280 --> 00:22:48.080
  • in the midst of personal storms when I didn't know what was
  • 00:22:48.090 --> 00:22:51.230
  • going to happen and the storm seemed almost unbearable.
  • 00:22:51.240 --> 00:22:56.020
  • Down in the quiet place in my heart where no one can see
  • 00:22:56.030 --> 00:22:58.230
  • but God himself, there was this quiet peace that was beyond my
  • 00:22:58.240 --> 00:23:04.050
  • understanding and didn't seem rational because it wasn't,
  • 00:23:04.060 --> 00:23:09.210
  • it was super-rational.
  • 00:23:09.220 --> 00:23:11.240
  • It was the peace of God which passes all understanding.
  • 00:23:11.250 --> 00:23:16.200
  • And that's the peace God wants you and me to have.
  • 00:23:16.210 --> 00:23:19.160
  • That's his gift to us.
  • 00:23:19.170 --> 00:23:20.260
  • He has bequeathed it to us and made it a legacy of the cross.
  • 00:23:20.270 --> 00:23:25.130
  • And if you will receive him, first of all, you can have peace
  • 00:23:25.140 --> 00:23:28.020
  • with God, but after you become a Christian, you can know
  • 00:23:28.030 --> 00:23:30.110
  • the peace that comes from God.
  • 00:23:30.120 --> 00:23:31.220
  • And most of all, you can learn how to accept the peace of God
  • 00:23:31.230 --> 00:23:34.160
  • and the God of peace who lives within your heart,
  • 00:23:34.170 --> 00:23:37.290
  • and you will be better.
  • 00:23:38.000 --> 00:23:39.180
  • And in this crazy world which seems to be spinning out
  • 00:23:39.190 --> 00:23:41.260
  • of control, he will be the only stable thing
  • 00:23:41.270 --> 00:23:43.230
  • in your whole neighborhood.
  • 00:23:43.240 --> 00:23:46.170
  • And people will look at you and say, "What's wrong with him?
  • 00:23:46.180 --> 00:23:49.130
  • Isn't he reading the news?
  • 00:23:49.140 --> 00:23:50.230
  • Isn't he hearing the story?"
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  • Oh yeah, we hear the story, but we're sheltered
  • 00:23:52.090 --> 00:23:55.090
  • by the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • male announcer: Dr. Jeremiah will return with one more
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  • inspirational word to close today's "A Life Beyond Amazing"
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  • program, right after this.
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  • announcer: Discover the steps to the life of blessings
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  • God has for you in Dr. David Jeremiah's
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  • inspiring book, "A Life Beyond Amazing:
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  • 9 Decisions That Will Transform Your Life Today."
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  • Order this transformational book from Dr. Jeremiah today when you
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  • and if you give $60 or more, Dr. Jeremiah will send you
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  • in appreciation, his comprehensive
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  • It contains his book, his entire teaching series on CD or DVD,
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  • Scripture cards.
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  • Decide today to start living a life beyond what you thought
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  • 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: There are thousands of reasons to live
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  • in fear today, but instead of focusing on these unspecified
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  • fears, we can claim the peace God grants his children.
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  • As I said in today's message, we can have the peace of God
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  • when we have peace from God if we are at peace with God.
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  • That simple truth can drive away all of our fears.
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  • And to live a life of peace, the Bible tells us we need a
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  • relationship with Jesus Christ.
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  • announcer: Next time on Turning Point, Dr. Jeremiah
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  • continues his conversation with Bobby Schuller, Mandisa,
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  • David Green, and Kirk Cousins.
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  • And he teaches how we can make the decision to live
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  • a life of endurance.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I think our question ought not to be why
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  • all the time.
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  • Perhaps it ought to be what.
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  • Lord God, what do you want to do in my life during this time?
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  • What do you want me to learn?
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  • How can I embrace my adversity to become a more enduring
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  • follower of Christ?
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  • announcer: Thank you for being with us today
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  • for Dr. Jeremiah's series, "A Life Beyond Amazing."
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  • Join us next time for Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "A Life of Endurance," here on "Turning Point."
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