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A Life of Endurance

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November 25, 2020
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During this message Dr. Jeremiah explains six ways to build up the power of our spiritual endurance.

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A Life of Endurance

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  • about to see is a partof our amazing conversation.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I wannathank you for joining me today.
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  • I like to tell peoplethe hard thing about being
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  • a Christian is it's so daily.
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  • You know, you wake upevery morning and it's there
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  • for you to live and it's nota 100-yard dash.
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  • It's a marathon run.
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  • And in Hebrews 10 it says:"You have need of endurance,"
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  • and I go, "Amen, we do."
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  • Endurance or patience is beingable to hang in there when the
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  • going gets tough and not give upand keep working toward the goal
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  • that God has put towards you,and one of the problems of
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  • developing endurance in yourlife is that one of God's tools
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  • for developing it is adversity.
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  • And you have to learn howto embrace your adversity
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  • because the Bible says that"tribulation works patience."
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  • And so if you want to haveendurance,
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  • you have to go through stuff.
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  • How do we keep goingwhen we don't want
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  • to keep going anymore?
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  • Now, let's talk about it.
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  • Kirk, how do you do that?
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  • Kirk Cousins: Well,it is a challenge.
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  • As an athlete, we know all aboutendurance and you get winded
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  • and you literally, you know,are tired, physically tired.
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  • And then not to mention how acareer can drag on and you have
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  • to keep going out there on thedays your body doesn't feel like
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  • it and the days that you wishyou could sleep in or that you
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  • wish you could have a bye week,you know?
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  • Those aren't thereand you have to keep pushing.
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  • But the same is true inour spiritual walk and it all
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  • is connected in the sense thatwhen you're spiritually healthy
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  • and you have endurance froma spiritual standpoint then,
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  • typically, I've found,you tend to have endurance
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  • in your career, you tend to haveendurance in your relationships,
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  • you tend to have endurance inevery area of your life because
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  • the spiritual qualities that youtalked about before, when those
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  • are intact, you're ableto handle the adversity
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  • that comes your way.
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  • But I think all of us have thoseadversity stories and the
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  • challenges and I've read hisbooks and heard of some moments
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  • where he's been under his desk,you know, praying, "Lord,"
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  • you know, "I'm facing adversity,what are you gonna do?"
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  • And the Lord has brought himout of it and it's developed
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  • character and it's provideda testimony for a guy like me
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  • to learn from, so.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: David,I don't think I read that part
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  • in your book about youbeing under the desk.
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  • Maybe you should tell usabout that.
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  • David Green: Well, in 1985,the banks were threatening to
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  • foreclose on us and it was very,
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  • very, very difficult times,like we all go through
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  • at some time or another.
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  • And so I found myself undermy desk, you know,
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  • month in, month out,it seemed like it was year in,
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  • year out, you know, just tryingto cry out to God and find out,
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  • you know, what I needed to do
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  • and what I needed to changebecause I really felt like
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  • it was a test for me personallyand God wanted to take me
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  • to another level.
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  • At the time,we only had 12 stores
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  • and I think God wanted meto have 1200 stores
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  • but I had almost too much pridefor 12 stores.
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  • And so I think it was reallya thing God was speaking
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  • to me about my pride.
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  • And so it was a good thing.
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  • It was the worst time of my lifebut also the best times
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  • in my life.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: So you lookback on it now and you realize
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  • that that was a building blockthat God was putting together
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  • for you?
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  • David: We have to, every day,work to make sure that we give
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  • God the glory for everythinghe does in our life.
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  • Bobby Schuller:Stress helps us understand:
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  • "This is what matters."
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  • I think one of the moststressful experiences
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  • in my life was my son.
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  • He's had epilepsyso why is my son sick?
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  • I need to do ministry, like,and he needs to live a good life
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  • and I don't--we don't--my wife is crying at night and,
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  • like, how can this befor your glory?
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  • But we watched--and so, we invited Christ
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  • in the midst of all thosedifficult situations.
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  • He builds us deeperwith each other so I grow
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  • in my relationship with my son,
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  • with my wife,and the stress of life
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  • actually makes us strongerjust like the stress of a gym
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  • makes your body stronger.
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  • You look at Paul, I mean,that guy was under
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  • a lot of stress.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: You knowwhat's really true?
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  • And now, David, you said itand you all have agreed to it.
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  • Prosperity is nota very good teacher.
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  • But adversity isa very good teacher.
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  • And most of the people whoselives I've read in books that
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  • have succeeded have said thatthey learned the most important
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  • things about life and how itworks and how it's supposed
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  • to work when they went throughthe dark times, not through
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  • the successful times.
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  • Endurance is a very importantissue and I think more important
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  • now than maybe ever before.
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  • We gotta make surethat we don't quit.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: As I sat withmy friends and reflected on what
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  • was shared, I was once againreminded that endurance
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  • is a decision, a decision thattransforms one's life and in the
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  • next few minutes I will sharewith you how a life of endurance
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  • is necessary to livea life beyond amazing.
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  • ♪♪♪
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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 notdependent on circumstance,
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  • integrity that settlesfor no exceptions,
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  • and self-disciplinethat stands firm.
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  • But how do you get theminto your life?
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  • It takes a decision; actually,nine decisions each day
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  • to commit these into your heartand actions.
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  • And now, here's Dr. Jeremiahwith his message:
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  • "A Life of Endurance."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Almostevery day when I'm in San Diego,
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  • I go to a gymto work out with a trainer.
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  • I know you think it should bemore obvious, but I do.
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  • My trainer is a guy namedTodd Durkin.
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  • He's one of the best trainersin the country, one of
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  • the best things that happenedto me in recent years.
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  • Turned out to be a great friend.
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  • Beside the fact that he'san incredible physical fitness
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  • expert and a dynamic motivator,Todd Durkin is also
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  • a Christ follower.
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  • And we often talk aboutthe similarities
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  • of physical trainingand spiritual training.
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  • Recently, we were talkingabout weight lifting
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  • and the two approachesthat athletes adopt
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  • when they're in training.
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  • And here's what I learned.
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  • Heavy weights lifted fewer timesin succession produce
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  • greater strength.
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  • Lighter weights liftedwith more repetitions produce
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  • greater endurance.
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  • When it comes to life,most of us can lift
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  • a heavy weight now and then.
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  • We only have to do itonce or twice.
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  • In other words, major problemsthat come and then go away
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  • quickly, we can deal with that.
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  • But for me,for me it's not the big problems
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  • that are the hardest.
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  • For me, the problems that arethe toughest to overcome
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  • are the problems that never seemto get solved, the ones
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  • that keep coming back.
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  • And I believe that God wantsyou and me to be strong men
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  • and women of faith.
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  • And to achieve that, we haveto become men and women
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  • of resilience and endurance.
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  • If I cannot stand strong underthe adversity of unrelenting
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  • pressure, I will lose the joyof my journey and be not
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  • very valuable as a warriorof the faith.
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  • There's a verse in the Biblethat never ceases
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  • to challenge me.
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  • It's Hebrews 10:36,
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  • and I want you to read itwith me out loud.
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  • It's real short.
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  • Are you ready?Here we go.
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  • "You have need of endurance."
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  • You also have needof a little volume.
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  • Let's try that again.
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  • All right, here we go.
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  • "You have need of endurance."
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  • And now, just to make sure yougot it, turn to your neighbor
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  • and say to your neighbor:"You have need of endurance."
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  • All right, for me,endurance is needed because,
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  • as someone once told me,the Christian life is so daily.
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  • It requiresa sustained determination.
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  • And that's why God wantsto infuse in you and in me this
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  • can-do attitude of supernaturalendurance and perseverance.
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  • We cannot give upin the midst of the stress.
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  • Stress we will have; what we dowith it's our decision.
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  • "Therefore do not cast awayyour confidence,
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  • which has great reward.
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  • For you have need of endurance,so that after you have done
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  • the will of God,you may receive the promise."
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  • We have need of endurance.
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  • We need to remember, all of us,that the Christian life
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  • is not a 100-yard dash.
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  • It's a marathon run.
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  • As we mentioned already,it's so daily.
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  • You get up every morning andthere it is, the Christian life
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  • staring you right in the face.
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  • What are you gonna do with ittoday?
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  • How are you gonna respond whenyou go through the trouble that
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  • always accompanies life for us?
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  • So here,from the 58th book of the Bible,
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  • here from the book of Hebrews,are some strategies to help you
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  • develop this qualityof endurance in your life.
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  • And let me just take themone by one,
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  • and we'll explore themfrom this book.
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  • First of all,embrace your adversity.
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  • You say, "Pastor, I have heardyou say a lot of things.
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  • That's the most counterintuitivething I have ever heard
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  • in my life.
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  • Whoever in the world embracestheir adversity?"
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  • But the Bible is very clear thatthe way God teaches his children
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  • endurance is through adversity.
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  • So often when stuff happensto me that I wasn't expecting,
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  • had a few of those thingsrecently,
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  • I'm tempted first of allto ask why.
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  • And I've told you before,you can ask God why
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  • all you want.
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  • He's just not obligatedto answer.
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  • But I think our question oughtnot to be why all the time.
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  • Perhaps it ought to be what.
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  • "Well, God, what do you wanna dowith 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 adversityto become a more enduring
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  • follower of Christ?"
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  • Here's the second thing.
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  • Surround yourselfwith champions.
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  • Once again fromthe book of Hebrews,
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  • this time from the 12th chapter.
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  • The 12th chapter of Hebrews,as you know,
  • 00:12:17.486 --> 00:12:18.988
  • begins with the word"Therefore."
  • 00:12:19.021 --> 00:12:21.857
  • In order to understandthe "therefore" of Hebrews 12,
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  • you have to understandthe content of Hebrews 11
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  • and most of you already do.
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  • You may not remember that it'sHebrews 11 but you know there's
  • 00:12:28.531 --> 00:12:31.333
  • a chapter in the Bible whereall of the Old Testament saints
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  • are listed and they're givenaccolades for their faith and
  • 00:12:34.570 --> 00:12:37.973
  • for their faithfulness to Godand for their endurance
  • 00:12:38.007 --> 00:12:41.210
  • and they're champions.
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  • Hebrews 11 is often calledthe Hall of Fame of the Bible,
  • 00:12:43.345 --> 00:12:46.882
  • or the Hall of Faithof the Bible.
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  • Hebrews 12, verse 1,
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  • makes sure we understandhow important that chapter is
  • 00:12:52.254 --> 00:12:55.191
  • because here's what it says.
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  • Now let me finish the verse:"Therefore we also, since we are
  • 00:12:56.792 --> 00:13:02.031
  • surrounded by so greata cloud of witnesses, let us run
  • 00:13:02.064 --> 00:13:06.368
  • with endurance the racethat is set before us."
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  • I need you to understand thatyou will never know the value of
  • 00:13:11.207 --> 00:13:14.176
  • Hebrews 11 unless you understandthat the witnesses of Hebrews 11
  • 00:13:14.210 --> 00:13:18.047
  • are not seeing witnesses;they're saying witnesses.
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  • They're speaking to us outof history about their victories
  • 00:13:21.650 --> 00:13:26.956
  • and we learn about themthrough studying their lives and
  • 00:13:26.989 --> 00:13:29.692
  • following their faith journeyand watching how God
  • 00:13:29.725 --> 00:13:32.595
  • used them in a mighty way.
  • 00:13:32.628 --> 00:13:34.797
  • When you're going throughsomething,
  • 00:13:34.830 --> 00:13:37.233
  • call up one of the witnessesand let them speak to your life.
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  • That's why we studythe Old Testament.
  • 00:13:40.202 --> 00:13:41.770
  • That's why I love the stories ofthe Bible, because these stories
  • 00:13:41.804 --> 00:13:44.807
  • are witnesses to us,"You can make it."
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  • Why do we know that?
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  • Because they did andthey're gonna tell you about
  • 00:13:49.979 --> 00:13:51.914
  • what happened in their life.
  • 00:13:51.947 --> 00:13:53.382
  • And as you study their faithjourney, you're gonna be blessed
  • 00:13:53.415 --> 00:13:55.751
  • and encouragedlike you wouldn't believe.
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  • Ladies and gentlemen,you have to gather around you
  • 00:13:57.786 --> 00:13:59.922
  • some championsif you're gonna make it.
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  • One of the best and mostenjoyable things we can do to
  • 00:14:03.125 --> 00:14:05.594
  • develop endurance in our livesis to learn how it was achieved
  • 00:14:05.628 --> 00:14:08.797
  • in the lives of others.
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  • Read the stories of thechampions and see if it doesn't
  • 00:14:10.799 --> 00:14:14.203
  • bring energy and determinationto your own heart.
  • 00:14:14.236 --> 00:14:19.108
  • And the Bible is one of thegreat sources for these stories.
  • 00:14:19.141 --> 00:14:22.444
  • Some people say,"Well, you should only read
  • 00:14:22.478 --> 00:14:24.079
  • the Bible."
  • 00:14:24.113 --> 00:14:24.914
  • No, no, no.
  • 00:14:24.947 --> 00:14:26.415
  • Even people who don't know Godand don't know Jesus
  • 00:14:26.448 --> 00:14:28.651
  • can help you with their life.
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  • You say,"Well, they're not Christians.
  • 00:14:31.086 --> 00:14:32.154
  • How could they help me?"
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  • Watch what they do.
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  • You know inthe book of Philippians
  • 00:14:35.391 --> 00:14:36.859
  • when Paul is giving usthe story of how we're to deal
  • 00:14:36.892 --> 00:14:38.994
  • with anxiety, he gets all donewith the prayer section and
  • 00:14:39.028 --> 00:14:41.597
  • he says then, "By the way,think on these things."
  • 00:14:41.630 --> 00:14:44.633
  • And then he listsall these qualities of things
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  • we should think on.
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  • Not any of them are necessarilyspiritual qualities,
  • 00:14:48.170 --> 00:14:50.873
  • things that are good,things that are truthful.
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  • They're kind ofgeneral qualities.
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  • And I think that gives us somepermission to realize that while
  • 00:14:54.977 --> 00:14:57.947
  • not everyone in our world isa Christian, most people have
  • 00:14:57.980 --> 00:15:01.684
  • something to contribute and,even if they get it,
  • 00:15:01.717 --> 00:15:04.753
  • their truth, their truthultimately came from God
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  • 'cause all truth is from God.
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  • So embrace your adversityand then surround yourself
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  • with champions.
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  • Could I just say a word here.
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  • I don't have timeto say much about it.
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  • There are some people inyour life who aren't champions.
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  • In fact,they're tearing you down.
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  • I wanna tell you, you can'tafford to have too many
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  • of those speaking into your lifeif you're gonna keep going.
  • 00:15:25.007 --> 00:15:29.011
  • You need championsto speak into your life.
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  • You say, "Well, I'm supposedto be their friend."
  • 00:15:30.879 --> 00:15:32.548
  • Yeah, you can be their friendbut here's the key.
  • 00:15:32.581 --> 00:15:34.083
  • If they're tearing you down morethan you're lifting them up,
  • 00:15:34.116 --> 00:15:37.419
  • you might wanna think aboutnot doing that anymore.
  • 00:15:37.453 --> 00:15:41.290
  • So embrace your adversity andsurround yourself with champions
  • 00:15:41.323 --> 00:15:44.293
  • and then find your passionand pursue it.
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  • If you get a chance, go backand read Philippians chapter 3
  • 00:15:49.031 --> 00:15:53.369
  • and Paul's discussion of howhe pressed forward to the goal
  • 00:15:53.402 --> 00:15:57.039
  • and he wouldn't look either way,forgot those things which
  • 00:15:57.072 --> 00:16:00.542
  • were behind and pressed towardthose things which are before.
  • 00:16:00.576 --> 00:16:05.080
  • So if you're gonna buildendurance in your life you have
  • 00:16:05.114 --> 00:16:06.982
  • to embrace your adversity,surround yourself with
  • 00:16:07.016 --> 00:16:10.052
  • champions, find your passionand pursue it, and get rid
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  • of what's holding you back.
  • 00:16:15.824 --> 00:16:18.193
  • Here's what Hebrews says:"Let us lay aside every weight,
  • 00:16:18.227 --> 00:16:21.363
  • and the sin whichso easily ensnares us."
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  • The writer of Hebrews saysthat the Christian life is like
  • 00:16:26.435 --> 00:16:28.470
  • running a race and nobody runsa race in an overcoat and boots.
  • 00:16:28.504 --> 00:16:34.877
  • No, you've noticed they justhave on enough clothing to be
  • 00:16:34.910 --> 00:16:38.647
  • less than indecentand they run the race.
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  • We all know from painfulexperience that unbelief erodes
  • 00:16:43.886 --> 00:16:47.256
  • our confidence in God andI believe that was the sin that
  • 00:16:47.289 --> 00:16:50.559
  • was holding back the Hebrews.
  • 00:16:50.592 --> 00:16:54.129
  • They had once believed that Godwas sufficient but now they had
  • 00:16:54.163 --> 00:16:56.598
  • lost that confidence andthey were afraid to go forward
  • 00:16:56.632 --> 00:16:59.968
  • because they had forgottenthat God who had helped them
  • 00:17:00.002 --> 00:17:02.871
  • then would help them now.
  • 00:17:02.905 --> 00:17:05.607
  • It's particular form of unbeliefthat's very damaging.
  • 00:17:05.641 --> 00:17:09.878
  • They started feeling sorryfor themselves and this became
  • 00:17:09.912 --> 00:17:13.415
  • a weight around them.
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  • I'm not gonna spend much timehere this morning, identifying
  • 00:17:17.386 --> 00:17:20.823
  • what weight is holding you back.
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  • The reason I don't have to dothat is because you already
  • 00:17:25.394 --> 00:17:27.763
  • know what that is.
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  • You know.
  • 00:17:29.364 --> 00:17:30.599
  • It's the thing that gets inyour way over and over again.
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  • You're trying to have somemomentum for God.
  • 00:17:32.568 --> 00:17:34.336
  • You're trying to move forward,men, and serve him but
  • 00:17:34.369 --> 00:17:36.171
  • every time you turn around,this weight gets in the way.
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  • I'm challenging you todayin the words of Hebrews
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  • to get rid of that weight.
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  • Get rid of it.
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  • Don't just put it to the side.
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  • Destroy it.
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  • Get it completelyout of your experience.
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  • Don't let that weight hold youback from serving God
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  • and knowing the joythat he wants you to have.
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  • Number five: don't even thinkabout quitting.
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  • Oh, do I wanna preachon this one.
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  • Hebrews 12:1 says: "Let us runwith endurance the race
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  • that is set before us."
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  • Did you know thatin the book of Hebrews
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  • the little phrase "Let us"occurs 13 times
  • 00:18:14.209 --> 00:18:16.578
  • in the book of Hebrewsand it speaks to us every time.
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  • Yes, God helps us and we cannever do it without his grace
  • 00:18:19.748 --> 00:18:22.684
  • but we have a part, too.
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  • Let us go forward.
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  • Let's us get in this race.
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  • Let's don't sit back andpassively watch life go by
  • 00:18:27.689 --> 00:18:30.659
  • when there's somethingGod has called us to do.
  • 00:18:30.692 --> 00:18:34.296
  • Here's a secular bookthat spoke to my life this year.
  • 00:18:34.329 --> 00:18:37.733
  • And the book hasan interesting name.
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  • It's called, "Grit."
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  • That's the title of the book.
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  • Written by Angela Duckworth.
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  • And in this bookshe does a study on what
  • 00:18:45.174 --> 00:18:47.009
  • makes people succeed.
  • 00:18:47.042 --> 00:18:48.377
  • And she's trying to play offtwo different ideas of success.
  • 00:18:48.410 --> 00:18:50.879
  • One idea of success says yousucceed because you were born
  • 00:18:50.913 --> 00:18:53.248
  • with the right genes,you have great parenting,
  • 00:18:53.282 --> 00:18:56.618
  • and you grew upin a good home, and had all
  • 00:18:56.652 --> 00:18:58.453
  • the advantages so you succeed.
  • 00:18:58.487 --> 00:19:01.290
  • The other model says, no,success has a little to do
  • 00:19:01.323 --> 00:19:03.825
  • with that but not very much.
  • 00:19:03.859 --> 00:19:05.227
  • Success is about your passionand your perseverance
  • 00:19:05.260 --> 00:19:09.932
  • in going after a goal.
  • 00:19:09.965 --> 00:19:12.334
  • She determined that grit--that was the term she gave it--
  • 00:19:12.367 --> 00:19:15.170
  • was the key to succeed.
  • 00:19:15.204 --> 00:19:18.140
  • And here's how she defines grit.
  • 00:19:18.173 --> 00:19:20.175
  • She said, "To be grittyis to keep putting one foot
  • 00:19:20.209 --> 00:19:22.811
  • in front of the other.
  • 00:19:22.844 --> 00:19:24.446
  • To be gritty is to hold fastto an interesting
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  • and purposeful goal.
  • 00:19:26.848 --> 00:19:28.317
  • To be gritty is to investday after week after year
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  • in challenging practice.
  • 00:19:31.453 --> 00:19:33.555
  • To be gritty is to fall downseven times
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  • and get back up eight."
  • 00:19:36.191 --> 00:19:38.894
  • And she shares so many storiesin this book about people
  • 00:19:38.927 --> 00:19:41.563
  • who have been through that.
  • 00:19:41.597 --> 00:19:43.232
  • One of my favorites is aboutactor Will Smith who explains
  • 00:19:43.265 --> 00:19:47.336
  • his success in theentertainment industry this way.
  • 00:19:47.369 --> 00:19:50.939
  • He said, "The only thingthat I see that's distinctively
  • 00:19:50.973 --> 00:19:52.941
  • different about me is I'm notafraid to die on the treadmill.
  • 00:19:52.975 --> 00:19:57.713
  • I will not be outworked, period.
  • 00:19:57.746 --> 00:19:59.548
  • You might have more talentthan me,
  • 00:19:59.581 --> 00:20:01.283
  • you might be smarter than me,you might be
  • 00:20:01.316 --> 00:20:03.385
  • all of those things,you've got it on me
  • 00:20:03.418 --> 00:20:05.387
  • in nine categories,but if we get on the treadmill
  • 00:20:05.420 --> 00:20:08.991
  • together there's two things.
  • 00:20:09.024 --> 00:20:10.325
  • You're either getting offfirst or I'm gonna die.
  • 00:20:10.359 --> 00:20:13.195
  • It's really that simple."
  • 00:20:13.228 --> 00:20:16.465
  • What he was saying ishe wasn't gonna quit.
  • 00:20:16.498 --> 00:20:19.768
  • What he was saying ishe was gonna stay after it.
  • 00:20:19.801 --> 00:20:22.237
  • The Bible says we must runwith perseverance the race
  • 00:20:22.271 --> 00:20:25.107
  • that is set before us.
  • 00:20:25.140 --> 00:20:26.441
  • We must not give up.
  • 00:20:26.475 --> 00:20:29.745
  • You may rememberI told the story of a guy
  • 00:20:31.280 --> 00:20:33.882
  • named Erik Weihenmayer,the first blind man
  • 00:20:33.915 --> 00:20:38.787
  • to successfully climbto the top of Mount Everest,
  • 00:20:38.820 --> 00:20:42.157
  • the highest point on the earth.
  • 00:20:42.190 --> 00:20:45.060
  • The story of thatherculean accomplishment
  • 00:20:45.093 --> 00:20:46.862
  • was told in the book,"Touch the Top of the World,"
  • 00:20:46.895 --> 00:20:49.531
  • and shortly after that,I got a letter from Erik's
  • 00:20:49.564 --> 00:20:52.034
  • father who saw the programand he wrote me this letter.
  • 00:20:52.067 --> 00:20:55.604
  • It was really interestingbut part of the letter,
  • 00:20:55.637 --> 00:20:58.040
  • he told me what happened nextafter Mount Everest.
  • 00:20:58.073 --> 00:21:02.144
  • He said, "As Erik was completinghis Everest descent, his team
  • 00:21:02.177 --> 00:21:06.448
  • leader spoke these wordsto him which profoundly affected
  • 00:21:06.481 --> 00:21:09.318
  • the next chapter in his life.
  • 00:21:09.351 --> 00:21:11.887
  • He said to him,'Don't let Everest
  • 00:21:11.920 --> 00:21:13.655
  • be the greatest thingyou ever do,' meaning
  • 00:21:13.689 --> 00:21:16.925
  • do not create a mausoleumof your trophies
  • 00:21:16.958 --> 00:21:19.561
  • and retire on your laurels.
  • 00:21:19.594 --> 00:21:21.963
  • And many years later,after 6 full years
  • 00:21:21.997 --> 00:21:24.499
  • of intense training,Erik solo kayaked the mighty
  • 00:21:24.533 --> 00:21:29.237
  • rapids of the Grand Canyon,277 miles, blind, a feat way
  • 00:21:29.271 --> 00:21:35.644
  • more difficult than Everest."
  • 00:21:35.677 --> 00:21:38.814
  • What did he do?
  • 00:21:38.847 --> 00:21:39.881
  • He would not stop.
  • 00:21:39.915 --> 00:21:40.882
  • He would not quit.
  • 00:21:40.916 --> 00:21:41.950
  • He would not say back,"This is what I've done."
  • 00:21:41.983 --> 00:21:43.985
  • For this man, his dreams wereway more important than his
  • 00:21:44.019 --> 00:21:46.455
  • memories and he kept fighting.
  • 00:21:46.488 --> 00:21:49.558
  • I would be so, so honored tomeet a man of such endurance.
  • 00:21:49.591 --> 00:21:55.731
  • And then the Bible also remindsus that we have to stay focused
  • 00:21:55.764 --> 00:21:58.433
  • on our goal.
  • 00:21:58.467 --> 00:22:00.535
  • Read what happened to Jesusand what he went through so that
  • 00:22:00.569 --> 00:22:03.939
  • he can accomplish his goal.
  • 00:22:03.972 --> 00:22:06.274
  • He endured the cross.
  • 00:22:06.308 --> 00:22:07.743
  • He anticipated the joythat would follow.
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  • We endure because he endured.
  • 00:22:10.679 --> 00:22:12.681
  • And he endures still,both now and forever.
  • 00:22:12.714 --> 00:22:15.617
  • In fact, it is no overstatementto say that our ability
  • 00:22:15.650 --> 00:22:18.587
  • to endure whatever life throwsat us is rooted and grounded
  • 00:22:18.620 --> 00:22:24.126
  • in the enduring quality of God.
  • 00:22:24.159 --> 00:22:26.695
  • Colossians 1, verse 11,is a key text
  • 00:22:26.728 --> 00:22:30.932
  • and it reminds usof this divine cooperative that
  • 00:22:30.966 --> 00:22:33.535
  • we've been talking about today.
  • 00:22:33.568 --> 00:22:36.738
  • Paul wrote to the Colossiansand he said,
  • 00:22:36.772 --> 00:22:38.907
  • "Strengthened with all might,according to
  • 00:22:38.940 --> 00:22:43.512
  • God's glorious power."
  • 00:22:43.545 --> 00:22:45.881
  • Why do you need to bestrengthened with all might,
  • 00:22:45.914 --> 00:22:48.049
  • according toGod's glorious power?
  • 00:22:48.083 --> 00:22:50.285
  • "For all patience andlongsuffering with joy."
  • 00:22:50.318 --> 00:22:55.090
  • For endurance.
  • 00:22:55.123 --> 00:22:56.324
  • The Bible says that when we seekendurance and we follow God's
  • 00:22:56.358 --> 00:22:59.194
  • command and we get in the streamof what God wants to do in our
  • 00:22:59.227 --> 00:23:02.063
  • life, you can be sure that hismight and his glorious power
  • 00:23:02.097 --> 00:23:06.902
  • will be the core of your lifeand you're gonna need it to be
  • 00:23:06.935 --> 00:23:14.176
  • enduring and resilient in life.
  • 00:23:14.209 --> 00:23:15.577
  • I want to be an enduringfollower of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:23:15.610 --> 00:23:19.548
  • I don't want to be a drop-out.
  • 00:23:19.581 --> 00:23:21.116
  • I don't want to be a casualtyand I am not going to quit.
  • 00:23:21.149 --> 00:23:25.053
  • And I don't want you to quit.
  • 00:23:25.086 --> 00:23:26.455
  • I don't want you to quit on God.
  • 00:23:26.488 --> 00:23:27.989
  • I don't want you to quiton Jesus Christ.
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  • I don't want you to quiton the Scriptures.
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  • I don't want you to quiton your wife or your husband
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  • or your children.
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  • I don't want you to quiton your neighbors.
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  • I don't want you to quiton life.
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  • Quitters every time look backwith regret.
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  • So don't quit.
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  • Let's go on.
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  • Let's become God's people.
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  • Let's do God's work together.
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  • Let's strengthen one another andwhen we're going through stuff,
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  • let's remember that's notalways a negative thing.
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  • God's just getting you readyfor something special.
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  • And you're going to bea champion.
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  • male announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return with one more
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  • inspirational wordto close today's
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  • "A Life Beyond Amazing"program right after this.
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  • announcer: Discover the stepsto the life of blessings
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  • God has for youin Dr. David Jeremiah's
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  • inspiring book,"A Life Beyond Amazing:
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  • 9 Decisions That Will TransformYour Life Today."
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  • Order this transformational bookfrom Dr. Jeremiah today when you
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  • Scripture cards.
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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: Are youstruggling with a trial
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  • that seems to be unending?
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  • Might be a chronic illnessor a family issue
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  • that seems to never end.
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  • As we learnedin today's message,
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  • God provides his strengthduring adversity that not only
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  • allows us to endurebut to have his peace
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  • on the journey.
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  • He provides comfort, counsel,and courage that we cannot gain
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  • from any other source.
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  • announcer: Next time on"Turning Point."
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  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiahcontinues his conversation
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  • with Bobby Schuller, Mandisa,David Green, and Kirk Cousins.
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  • And he teaches howwe can make the decision to live
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  • a life of compassion.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Compassionis not academic.
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  • You don't learn to becompassionate in a book
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  • or even in the Bible.
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  • It's not something that happensup here; it's something
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  • that happens down here.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today for
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  • Dr. Jeremiah's series,"A Life Beyond Amazing."
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  • Join us next time forDr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "A Life of Compassion,"here on "Turning Point."
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