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December 8, 2019
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  • that you think were missed, passed over, ignored,
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  • on God's clock,
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  • he knows how to bring that thing back up at the right time
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  • to accomplish his bigger purposes.
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  • You don't know who you're dealin' with
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  • so you can praise the Lord today
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  • that Goliath does not have the last say over your life,
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  • over your circumstance, over your family,
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  • over your feelings, over your world,
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  • 'cause you know somebody up there
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  • that's bigger than the somebody you're facing down here,
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  • and if he will not remove himself from ruining your life,
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  • he's got enough forces to remove them from you.
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  • That's the name of the Lord.
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  • He can turn your Goliath around 'cause he's a game changer.
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  • My closing question this morning is
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  • "Does anybody need a reversal?
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  • Is anybody here today who's terminal?
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  • Is anybody here who's in a crisis,
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  • and you can't fix it?
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  • It's too big, it's too deep,
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  • you can't get your arms around it,
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  • and you are literally dying?
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  • It's killing you."
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  • God knows the right time to turn a situation around.
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  • I'm tryin' to tell you,
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  • you don't know who you're dealin' with.
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  • That's what you do in communion.
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  • "Do this in remembrance of me that I defeated him on Calvary,
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  • and I'm still whippin' him today."
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  • I wanna challenge you to live
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  • under the providential hand of God
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  • even when it looks like it's not working out.
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  • Tony: I am seeking, too, for me, you, and us,
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  • to make a radical shift in your expectation,
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  • which will create a radical shift
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  • in our behavior and be transforming for our lives.
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  • The principle that we are sharing with you is simply this:
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  • The greater your expectation is of heaven,
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  • the better life you'll have on Earth.
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  • The lower your expectation is of heaven,
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  • the lower will be your life on Earth
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  • because expectations affect behavior.
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  • And what Peter wants to teach the ones he's writing to,
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  • which includes us, is that,
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  • if you really wanna live life on Earth
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  • in the way it ought to be lived and maximize it,
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  • you must learn to live it with eternity in mind.
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  • He writes to those who are to read his epistle
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  • because many of us live in defeat in time
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  • because of poor expectations about eternity.
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  • So if I can, by the Holy Spirit's help,
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  • make that bigger and make this life smaller.
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  • See, 'cause the problem is this life is bigger,
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  • and the life-to-come is smaller.
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  • So we throw all of our marbles in the time basket
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  • because we miss the eternity basket.
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  • We throw all of our marbles in history
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  • because we miss heaven.
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  • We can reverse that. We can shift the focus.
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  • We can transform the life.
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  • That's what Peter wants to argue.
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  • The first thing that Peter says,
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  • the first of three things
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  • is to develop this eternal perspective.
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  • You and I are going to have to learn to live
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  • in light of God's Word.
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  • He speaks about the writing that has come beforehand,
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  • verse 2, from the prophets in the New Testament,
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  • from the apostles, and he says, "I want you to know this first,"
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  • so, let's put this out front,
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  • "that you will live in a time of mockery.
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  • Mockers will come."
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  • These mockers, a "mocker" is a person
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  • who makes light of something that's serious.
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  • And they will raise the challenge--
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  • according to verse 4,
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  • "Where is the promise of his coming?"
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  • He says that you need to understand, first of all,
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  • that one of the primary motivations
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  • for this challenge being raised
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  • is so that they are free
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  • to live any kind of life they wanna live.
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  • He says, "following after their own lusts."
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  • In other words, the more they can dismiss the eternal,
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  • the more they free themselves up
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  • to unrighteousness in the present
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  • 'cause, if I can get God off of my mind
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  • and if I can get eternity so far out there
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  • that it's vague to me,
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  • then I don't have to be concerned with how I live.
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  • The closer heaven becomes,
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  • the more concerned I have to be about my life decisions,
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  • choices, and priorities,
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  • but the further I can push it off,
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  • the less I need to worry about it.
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  • What the enemy does is make this world bigger
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  • and the world-to-come smaller
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  • so I can do what I wanna do and not have to worry about it
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  • so that I can follow after my own lust,
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  • do my own lifestyle the way I wanna do it.
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  • It's a form of deism.
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  • "Deism" is that philosophy of life that says,
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  • "God is out there somewhere, but he's not close in here.
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  • He's way out there,
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  • and he has little or no involvement
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  • in the day-to-day realities of life,"
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  • and so what these people do and what we do
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  • is we "do enough God" to cover our bases.
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  • We do enough God to cover our back, just in case.
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  • You know the person who's a mocker.
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  • That is, they only live by natural laws.
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  • They only exist by the scientific method.
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  • If the five senses can't validate it,
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  • then they don't buy it, even if it comes from God.
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  • When your professors in your secular universities,
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  • and sometimes even in the religious ones,
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  • when they deny the eternal
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  • while they seek to promote the scientific, it says,
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  • "When they maintain this, it escapes their notice
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  • that, by the Word of God, the heavens existed long ago.
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  • They were formed.
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  • The world was then destroyed
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  • and all of its surrounding water."
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  • He says two things:
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  • "They have forgotten or have rejected
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  • the fact that God himself intervened for them
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  • even to have an Earth and a universe
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  • to extract natural laws from,
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  • that creation itself shows that God intervenes in history.
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  • Things are sourced in a reality beyond the thing itself."
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  • And he says, "They willingly reject that."
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  • Why?
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  • Because they don't want any interference
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  • in their life decisions
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  • 'cause, see, if you take God seriously,
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  • now you gotta do somethin' with what he wants,
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  • so you'll keep him vague or even deny him altogether
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  • so you don't have to be accountable to him.
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  • He says, "Not only is it reflected in creation," he says,
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  • "it's also reflected in judgment by the Word, his Word.
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  • The present heavens and earth are reserved for fire,"
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  • coming out of verse 6, which says,
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  • "The world at that time was destroyed."
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  • It's talkin' about Noah and the flood.
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  • Let's rehearse Noah.
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  • God comes to Noah and says,
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  • "Noah, I want you to do something
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  • that's gettin' ready to sound ridiculous.
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  • I want you to build a boat on dry land
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  • 'cause it's gon' rain."
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  • Now, what you have to know, in case you didn't know it,
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  • is that up to this point, it has never rained.
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  • The earth had never seen rain.
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  • The Bible says the earth was watered from beneath,
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  • so the waters came from beneath.
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  • There was a canopy over the earth
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  • that held the waters up there
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  • separate from the waters that came underneath,
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  • so they had never seen rain.
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  • So God's Word came about a subject
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  • that was not his experience.
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  • Oh, by the way, many things in God's Word
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  • will contradict your experience.
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  • So, "Noah, you're gonna have to build a boat,
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  • lookin' like a fool, on dry land,
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  • simply because my word told you to," right?
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  • You have no other basis for doing it
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  • other than you've heard the word of the Lord.
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  • The Bible says Noah was a preacher of righteousness,
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  • so he and his family
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  • are building a boat during the day.
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  • During the evening, he's goin' out, preachin'.
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  • It's a real short sermon, three words, "It's gon' rain."
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  • It ain't that deep. "It's gon' rain."
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  • The man is lookin' like a fool.
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  • The reason we know he's lookin' like a fool
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  • is nobody believed him,
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  • and nobody believed him for 120 years,
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  • and all he had to go on
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  • and all he had to tell his family was,
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  • "Folks, I know, I know, I know it sounds crazy,
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  • I know we look ridiculous,
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  • but sometimes in obeying God's word,
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  • you gon' look like a fool."
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  • 'Cause it goes against the culture.
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  • It goes against the standard.
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  • It goes against what everybody else thinks
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  • and what everybody else says.
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  • Tony: I studied the Bible in college for four years.
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  • I studied the Bible for four years,
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  • workin' on my master's degree,
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  • another four years, workin' on my doctorate degree,
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  • and then I've been preaching all of these years,
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  • and I'm still learning new things
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  • from this awesome, inexhaustible book,
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  • the Word of God.
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  • That's why I'm so excited about "The Tony Evans Study Bible"
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  • and its accompanying work,
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  • "The Tony Evans Bible Commentary."
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  • It will take all of this training and this teaching,
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  • and make it available to you to understand, utilize,
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  • and apply God's most powerful Word.
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  • Tony: That calls into question in our minds and heart
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  • and, most certainly, in our society,
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  • but the eternal perspective says
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  • that "God's Word is true even though
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  • I don't see it happening right now,"
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  • because he's intervened in the past.
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  • Noah could live a different kind of life
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  • because he was looking at a different kind of word.
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  • Secondly, we are to live in light of God's perspective.
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  • Versus 8 and 9,
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  • "Don't let this one fact escape your notice, beloved,"
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  • the Christians, "that with the Lord
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  • one day is like a thousand years,
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  • and a thousand years is like one day."
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  • Wow, here's our problem.
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  • We live life linearly:
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  • one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten,
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  • linearly, from this point to this point to this point,
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  • then this point.
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  • We move from seconds, to minutes, to hours,
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  • to days, to months, to years.
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  • We move linearly from point A to point Z.
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  • So that's how we measure time.
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  • Time is only meaningful because of linear movement.
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  • However, God does not operate by linear time.
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  • In other words, he transcends time,
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  • which is why the Bible calls him the eternal God.
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  • We live in three phases:
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  • what was, what is, and what is to come.
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  • Now, those are our three phases of our linear lives:
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  • yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
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  • That's how we live our lives because we live in time.
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  • God transcends that because he only exists in the present.
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  • God does not have a yesterday, and he does not have a tomorrow.
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  • He communicates to us that way because we do have a yesterday,
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  • and we do have a tomorrow, but he does not.
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  • Everything is now.
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  • When Moses said, "When I go to your people,
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  • they're gonna ask me who sent me.
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  • Who shall I tell them sent me?"
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  • God said, "You tell them I Am that I Am sent you."
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  • "I," personal pronoun, "Am," present tense,
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  • defined by "I," personal pronoun,
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  • "Am," present tense.
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  • "I Am that I Am."
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  • "One day with the Lord is as 1.000 years,
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  • and 1.000 years is as one day."
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  • In other words, it's outside of your scope of operation,
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  • or as Isaiah 55 puts it, "My ways are not your ways,
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  • and my thoughts are not your thoughts.
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  • As high as the heaven is above the earth,
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  • that's how different we are,
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  • so don't use your watch to measure my time."
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  • So God wants you and me
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  • to live from a different vantage point,
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  • not from the vantage point of the temporal,
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  • but from the vantage point of the eternal
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  • while still living in the temporal.
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  • He gets deeper
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  • because he makes this point about God's perspective.
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  • "The Lord is not slow concerning his promises."
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  • The Word says, "He's not slow,"
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  • so we gon' take God at his word.
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  • So why does he seem slow?
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  • He says, "The Lord is not slow concerning his promises,
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  • as some count slowness, as we look at it--"
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  • let me talk about this next phrase--
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  • "but is patient toward you."
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  • Mm, remember, he's writing "beloved."
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  • He's writing Christians.
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  • "God is not slow, but you are holding him up."
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  • Mm, "God is only slow 'cause you gettin' in the way.
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  • God is only slow
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  • 'cause he's waiting not on him but on you,"
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  • on the beloved, on the Christian.
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  • "You are holding him up."
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  • This raises the theological conundrum
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  • between God's sovereignty and our responsibility.
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  • The theological tension
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  • between a God who's in control of everything
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  • and what that God who's in control of everything
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  • expects from me.
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  • 'Cause if he's in control of everything, sovereignty,
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  • then why isn't everything happening like it's supposed to?
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  • Because, within his sovereignty, he's crafted out responsibility,
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  • so when God says he's waiting on you,
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  • he is literally saying,
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  • while you do not affect what he ultimately determines to do,
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  • you do affect timing.
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  • It's a 35-day walk from Egypt to the Promised Land
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  • that took 40 years.
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  • God never changed his plan:
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  • "I'm gonna take you out of Egypt,
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  • and I'mma take you to the Promised Land,
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  • but you will affect how long it takes.
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  • It should've taken 35 days.
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  • It is now takin' you 40 years
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  • because you left me out of the time."
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  • Abraham and Sarah had to wait 25 years
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  • to have a promise fulfilled of a blessing,
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  • but because they introduced the flesh,
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  • what should've happened a lot earlier took 25 years.
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  • It didn't change what God said,
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  • but it did change when it happened
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  • because God is waiting on us with regard to the timing,
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  • not with regard to the promise.
  • 00:18:19.140 --> 00:18:22.230
  • So some of us have been waiting on things for decade,
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  • that God is not free to do
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  • because we will not walk in faith in the time.
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  • He says, "I'm waiting for you."
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  • "Not willing that any should perish
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  • but that all should come to repentance,"
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  • he brings in evangelism.
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  • You're praying for somebody to get saved,
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  • who you will not take the time to witness to.
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  • He finally says, "We are to live in light of God's priorities."
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  • "The day of the Lord," verse 10,
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  • "will come like a thief, unexpected.
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  • The heavens are gon' pass away.
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  • They're gonna pass away with the roar.
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  • The elements are gonna be destroyed
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  • with intense heat.
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  • Since all these things are to be destroyed--"
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  • Whoa, whoa.
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  • He introduces you and me to the un-creation.
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  • We know about the creation. This is the un-creation.
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  • This is where he will disintegrate the universe,
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  • as we now know it,
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  • and replace it with a new heaven,
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  • and a new heavens and a new earth
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  • that will be perfect in righteousness forever.
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  • That's the un-creation.
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  • Watch this now:
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  • "Since all these things are to be destroyed,
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  • why are you treating them like they won't?"
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  • "That new car is gonna be destroyed.
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  • That new house is gonna be destroyed.
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  • Those new clothes are gonna be destroyed.
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  • That money will be destroyed,
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  • and the bank that holds it will be destroyed.
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  • Wall Street will melt.
  • 00:20:06.000 --> 00:20:09.020
  • All the things that men hold high
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  • are going to evaporate into nothing,
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  • so why are you treating it like it's gon' be here forever?"
  • 00:20:14.160 --> 00:20:19.020
  • Because we've lost the eternal perspective,
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  • because history has become more important than eternity,
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  • and so we make idols of things that are gon' burn.
  • 00:20:26.280 --> 00:20:32.200
  • Now, we live in this world, so you need a car,
  • 00:20:32.210 --> 00:20:34.190
  • you need a house, you need clothes,
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  • you need money in the bank, yeah.
  • 00:20:36.180 --> 00:20:38.130
  • He's not saying, "Don't have those things."
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  • He is saying, "Put 'em in their right perspective.
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  • This is not it."
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  • In fact, God will often remind us that it's not it,
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  • by snatching them.
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  • That's why James 1, says,
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  • "Let the rich man, when he loses his riches,
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  • focus on eternity.
  • 00:21:02.050 --> 00:21:05.000
  • Let the poor man praise God in spite of the fact
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  • that he doesn't have a lot."
  • 00:21:07.080 --> 00:21:08.170
  • Why?
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  • Because he uses the loss of things to force us up.
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  • All the stuff that we long for and live for,
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  • he says it's gon' disintegrate,
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  • and so we are to hold them loosely, not intimately.
  • 00:21:21.250 --> 00:21:28.220
  • So what am I supposed to do?
  • 00:21:28.230 --> 00:21:30.050
  • He tells you, "Since these things are gonna be destroyed,"
  • 00:21:30.060 --> 00:21:34.010
  • verse 11, "what sort of people are we to be
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  • in holy conduct and godliness."
  • 00:21:35.240 --> 00:21:39.000
  • To live a life pleasing to God must be our goal
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  • since the things that would take us from God
  • 00:21:41.100 --> 00:21:43.090
  • are not even gon' last.
  • 00:21:43.100 --> 00:21:44.270
  • And then, three times, he uses the phrase,
  • 00:21:44.280 --> 00:21:47.030
  • verse 12, "looking for."
  • 00:21:47.040 --> 00:21:48.160
  • Verse 13, "We are looking."
  • 00:21:48.170 --> 00:21:50.030
  • Verse 14, "Since you look for."
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  • Notice the word "look," "look."
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  • Ah, here's the key, three times, he tells you to look.
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  • Shift what you're looking at.
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  • You cannot now shift where you live.
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  • You can, we can, adjust where we look.
  • 00:22:06.280 --> 00:22:12.240
  • What he is asking us to do is to look at this life
  • 00:22:12.250 --> 00:22:17.100
  • from the life-to-come,
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  • to make the life-to-come bigger than the life we're now living.
  • 00:22:19.150 --> 00:22:22.290
  • And if we make the life-to-come bigger
  • 00:22:23.000 --> 00:22:25.110
  • than the life we're now living, we will live better in this life
  • 00:22:25.120 --> 00:22:29.050
  • 'cause we're looking at that life.
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  • Where you look, where I look, will determine how we live.
  • 00:22:34.020 --> 00:22:42.090
  • "We're looking," he says, in verse 13,
  • 00:22:42.100 --> 00:22:44.040
  • "for a new heaven and a new earth."
  • 00:22:44.050 --> 00:22:51.060
  • When you do that, look at what will happen.
  • 00:22:51.070 --> 00:22:55.030
  • He says in verse 12,
  • 00:22:56.210 --> 00:22:58.170
  • "looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God,"
  • 00:22:58.180 --> 00:23:03.130
  • wow.
  • 00:23:03.140 --> 00:23:04.280
  • "Looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God."
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  • "To hasten" something is "to speed it up."
  • 00:23:11.250 --> 00:23:15.090
  • You're speedin' somethin' up when you hasten it.
  • 00:23:15.100 --> 00:23:18.290
  • He says, "We are to have any eternal perspective
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  • as our priority
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  • while we're living an earthly life now."
  • 00:23:24.190 --> 00:23:28.020
  • He says, "You can hasten the day of the Lord"
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  • by your movement.
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  • You may remember the story of the shoe cobbler.
  • 00:23:34.280 --> 00:23:41.280
  • Man drove up to get his shoes repaired,
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  • and there were no cars out there,
  • 00:23:50.020 --> 00:23:52.020
  • so he thought it was too late.
  • 00:23:52.030 --> 00:23:53.120
  • He went up to the door and knocked on the door,
  • 00:23:53.130 --> 00:23:55.240
  • but the cobbler was in there.
  • 00:23:55.250 --> 00:23:57.260
  • It was after hours, but he let him in.
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  • Brought his shoes. Said, "Can you repair this?"
  • 00:24:01.120 --> 00:24:03.060
  • He said, "Yeah, I'll take care of your shoes."
  • 00:24:03.070 --> 00:24:06.140
  • He says, "I noticed your car is not out here.
  • 00:24:06.150 --> 00:24:10.240
  • How you gon' get home?"
  • 00:24:10.250 --> 00:24:12.260
  • "Oh," he says, "oh, it's easy for me."
  • 00:24:12.270 --> 00:24:15.270
  • He says, "I work down here, but I live up there."
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  • He had an apartment above the store.
  • 00:24:21.000 --> 00:24:24.000
  • He said, "I work down here, but I live up there."
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  • Yeah, God wants you to work down here.
  • 00:24:28.050 --> 00:24:31.000
  • He wants you to live up there.
  • 00:24:31.010 --> 00:24:32.100
  • He wants you to have that perspective.
  • 00:24:32.110 --> 00:24:35.070
  • 00:24:35.220 --> 00:24:45.220
  • Tony: A father asked his son one day, he said,
  • 00:24:46.200 --> 00:24:50.000
  • "I will give you one piece of candy right now,
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  • or if you wait 30 minutes,
  • 00:24:53.250 --> 00:24:56.080
  • I'll give you five pieces of candy.
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  • Which do you choose?"
  • 00:24:59.120 --> 00:25:01.230
  • Well, of course, the little boy chose the one piece right now,
  • 00:25:01.240 --> 00:25:05.290
  • causing him to lose out on the five pieces later.
  • 00:25:06.000 --> 00:25:10.110
  • See, he had a short-term perspective,
  • 00:25:10.120 --> 00:25:13.200
  • and he didn't get a long-term benefit.
  • 00:25:13.210 --> 00:25:16.290
  • Well, that tells us the way
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  • a lot of people live their lives.
  • 00:25:18.180 --> 00:25:20.290
  • They don't live for an eternal benefit.
  • 00:25:21.000 --> 00:25:25.150
  • They don't have an eternal perspective.
  • 00:25:25.160 --> 00:25:27.170
  • They just have a "right now" perspective,
  • 00:25:27.180 --> 00:25:30.070
  • and that reflects immaturity in life
  • 00:25:30.080 --> 00:25:33.290
  • and spiritual immaturity in our faith.
  • 00:25:34.000 --> 00:25:37.180
  • God wants us to live our lives now
  • 00:25:37.190 --> 00:25:40.060
  • with eternity in mind,
  • 00:25:40.070 --> 00:25:42.070
  • and if we will live now with eternity in mind,
  • 00:25:42.080 --> 00:25:46.080
  • we not only get the benefits
  • 00:25:46.090 --> 00:25:48.100
  • that will accrue to us in eternity,
  • 00:25:48.110 --> 00:25:51.200
  • but we get the fulfillment
  • 00:25:51.210 --> 00:25:53.110
  • because we prioritize God in the now.
  • 00:25:53.120 --> 00:25:57.080
  • When investors invest,
  • 00:25:57.090 --> 00:25:58.290
  • you're encouraged to look long-term
  • 00:25:59.000 --> 00:26:02.120
  • because, if you only live for today,
  • 00:26:02.130 --> 00:26:05.240
  • then you don't get the benefits of tomorrow.
  • 00:26:05.250 --> 00:26:09.140
  • That's why God encourages us to live for his kingdom
  • 00:26:09.150 --> 00:26:13.020
  • and to let where we are going influence how we live right now,
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  • and when that becomes our perspective,
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  • that heaven's destiny drives Earth's decisions,
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  • then we have a better life on Earth,
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  • and we have greater reward in heaven.
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  • So I challenge you, keep an eternal perspective
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  • so that you can have a better life in time.
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