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A Life of Joy

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November 23, 2020
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During this message; Dr. Jeremiah shares the source and the secret to continual joy in Christ.

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Each of ushas 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 aboutthis because, you see,
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  • an unfulfilled lifeis just no way to exist.
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  • And from what I read in theScripture, God promises us
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  • a life of blessings beyond ourcomprehension, literally
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  • a life beyond amazing.
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  • So I asked a few friendsof mine, friends who I believe
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  • demonstrate a life beyondamazing, to sit down together
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  • with me and discuss what ittakes to live a vibrant
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  • and victorious life.
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  • We gathered together for a mealin San Diego and what you're
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  • about to see is a partof our amazing conversation.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I wanna thankyou for joining me today.
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  • Let's just put this stake downdeep in the ground.
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  • Happiness is about happeningsand joy is about Jesus.
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  • Why do you think that is?
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  • David Green: I don't thinkwe understand what really
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  • makes us happy.
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  • I think too many timeswe think it's fame
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  • or we think it's abundance.
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  • We think it's achievement,things of this nature, instead
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  • of really our relationship withthe Lord and walking with him.
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  • My mother and dad were very,very poor because they were
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  • preachers of small churchesbut I saw the joy that they had
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  • in their life and they didn'thave this abundance.
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  • But they had the Lord and theywalked with him and it was
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  • incredible to see them livetheir life out.
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  • Mandisa: Awesome.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Mandisa,you came into our lives in 2006
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  • when you were a finaliston "American Idol."
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  • Since then, you've releasedsix albums and your vibrant
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  • personality is a driving forceto the success of your music but
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  • there was a time when you lostyour joy, wasn't there?
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  • Tell us about that.
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  • Mandisa: Yeah, it wasrecently, actually.
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  • My previous album, "Overcomer,"was inspired
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  • by my friend Keisha.
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  • She was pregnant with her secondchild when she was diagnosed
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  • with breast cancerand so I really wanted songs
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  • to help her stay in the fight'til the final round.
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  • I just didn't know the finalround was gonna come
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  • as soon as it did.
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  • And so as I prayed for herI really believed that God was
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  • gonna heal her here on earth.
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  • So when she went away to be withthe Lord, it just shook my faith
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  • in a way that, honestly, Ididn't expect and did not think
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  • was gonna happen.
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  • And so I went into a deepdepression for 3 years.
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  • And I did nothing but sit in myhouse and I turned to my old
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  • default which has always beenfood so it's really interesting
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  • sitting at this table right now.
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  • But I just think about thatseries of years where I just
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  • sat and I shut out the world.
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  • I didn't go to church, I didn'topen my Bible, I didn't wanna
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  • pray because I was angry at God,if I'm being honest.
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  • And it was the hardest timeof my life.
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  • And now that the Lord hasbrought me out of it, through a
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  • series of things, it's making merealize truly what abundance is
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  • and truly what I'm praying for.
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  • And so I'm just trying to learnhow in my circumstance instead
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  • of just saying, "Lord, takemy circumstance and change it,
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  • Lord, what are you trying toteach me in this circumstance?"
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  • And part of it is walkingwith joy in spite
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  • of my circumstances.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Amen, amen.You know what?
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  • Kirk, one time, I don't knowwhere this came from but I got
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  • an article--somebody gave mean article on "What Happens
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  • To People's Super Bowl Rings."
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  • And, you know, for all the guysin the NFL, that's
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  • the Holy Grail, you know,you gotta get to the Super Bowl.
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  • If you don't have a ring,you haven't arrived.
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  • But so many guys who lived forthat got that and you know some
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  • of those stories, don't you?
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  • Kirk Cousins: Oh, sure.
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  • I mean, I have previous trophies
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  • and a conference championshipring from college
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  • which was everything to mewhen I was in college.
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  • That's what we were chasing.
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  • Our coaches preached itconstantly and you felt like you
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  • were somewhat less of a personuntil you had that championship.
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  • And then we achieved it andI don't know that I've looked
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  • at that ring since the daythat it was handed to me.
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  • And those days have come andgone and what hasn't changed is
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  • the fact that my relationshipswith those people are what
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  • really matter nowas time has passed.
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  • Not the ring, not eventhe accomplishments or the
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  • accomplishments were fun to havetogether and great memories
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  • of success.
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  • The people are what reallymatter and, as we know,
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  • the only thing that's gonna lastfor eternity is God's Word
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  • and people.
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  • And so you realize at the end ofthe day that's what I wanna be
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  • about to at the end of my lifesay, "I left a legacy.
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  • I lived an abundant lifeand I walked the path
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  • that the Lord had for me."
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  • It's--people have to beat the center of that.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Right.
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  • So many times, I read aboutpeople going after this goal
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  • whether it's in sports or evenin the ministry, and when they
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  • get there, it's kind of like,"Is this all there is?"
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  • And joy isn't aboutwhat's happening to you.
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  • It's about your relationshipwith Jesus Christ
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  • and it's a great thing to knowthat joy is a decision.
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  • We have about as much joyas we decide to have, you know?
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  • And when we're Christians weknow that our joy is connected
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  • to the one who lives within us,amen?
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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 joy is a decision,
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  • a decision that transforms one'slife and in the next few minutes
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  • I will share with you how a lifeof joy is necessary to live
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  • a 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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  • Discover the steps to the lifeof blessings God has for you
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  • in Dr. David Jeremiah'sinspiring 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 bookfrom Dr. Jeremiah today when you
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  • give a gift of any amountin 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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  • Scripture cards.
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  • Decide today to start livinga life beyond what you thought
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: If there'sa country on this earth where
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  • people should be filled withjoy, one would certainly think
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  • it would bethe United States of America.
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  • But most current polls showthat only about 35% of Americans
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  • are very happy.
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  • Depression affects more than19% of American adults, anxiety
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  • disorders affect 40 millionor 18% of the population.
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  • In 2016 a federal data analysisfound that suicide rates
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  • in America had surged totheir highest level in 30 years,
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  • rising in that period by 64%among women and 43% among men.
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  • And a worldwide studyof 90.000 people showed that
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  • the 10 richest countries in theworld also had the highest rates
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  • of depression.
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  • The United States had the secondhighest rate, exceeded only
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  • by that of France.
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  • What this tells us is that joyand happiness may not be
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  • necessarily dependenton your circumstances.
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  • And those who have the mostreason to be joyful often turn
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  • out to be the mostoften depressed.
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  • So let me begin this discussionabout joy with two profound
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  • statements that comes to usstraight from the Bible.
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  • These may surprise you.
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  • They kind of surprise me eventhough I've studied
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  • this over the years.
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  • One of the first things you needto understand about joy
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  • in the Bible is that Godexperiences joy.
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  • Isaiah 62:5 says: "As thebridegroom rejoices over
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  • the bride, so shall your Godrejoice over you."
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  • The Bible actually teaches usthat God enjoys us.
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  • He looks down over humanityand he enjoys some of us more
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  • than others but he enjoys us.
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  • Isaiah 65:19 says:"I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
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  • and joy in My people."
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  • And Zephaniah 3:17 says: "TheLord your God in your midst, the
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  • Mighty One, will save; He willrejoice over you with gladness,
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  • He will quiet you with His love,He will rejoice over you
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  • with singing."
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  • I don't know if you've everthought about that before but
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  • God in heaven is a joyful personand he rejoices in us.
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  • He likes us.
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  • If you've been brought up ina culture, where so many have,
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  • where God is viewed as a Godof judgment, stern and angry
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  • all of the time,listen to the Word of God.
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  • God experiences joy.
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  • And right on the heels of that,we need to understand that God
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  • wants you to experience joy.
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  • If he's a joyful God, he wantshis creatures to be joyful.
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  • For those who believe the Bible,there is no debate,
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  • no doubt about this.
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  • What God desires for us,he provides for us.
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  • Listen to the wordsof the Lord Jesus
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  • from the Gospel of John:"These things I have spoken to
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  • you," he said, "that My joymay remain in you, and that
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  • your joy may be full."
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  • Later, in the 17th chapter,he said, "Now I come to You,
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  • and these things I speakin the world, that they may
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  • have My joy in themselves."
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  • Almighty God wants his joyto be our joy.
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  • He wants the experience of joythat he has in heaven to be
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  • our experience of joywhile we're on this earth.
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  • And the Bible describesthat as his own joy.
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  • The Bible tells us that God notonly wants you to be joyful,
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  • but see if you can figurethis one out.
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  • He commands you to be joyful.
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  • Here's what it says inPhilippians 4: "Rejoice in the
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  • Lord always," and in case youdidn't get it the first time,
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  • "again I say, rejoice!"
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  • And maybe you're thinking, "Youjust can't walk up to somebody
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  • and say, 'Start being joyful.'
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  • You can't just command joy."
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  • But I would say to you,"Why not?"
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  • We're supposed to bein charge of our attitudes.
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  • When you read the New Testament,you discover that the ministry
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  • of Jesus in his lifetimewas always surrounded by joy.
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  • Jesus was a joyful person andwherever he went he brought joy.
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  • When he was born,that was the promise, wasn't it?
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  • That he would bring joy.
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  • We have a word that we singduring the Christmas season,
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  • "Joy to the world,the Lord has come."
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  • In fact, I remember oneof the first books of the Bible
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  • I taught as a young pastorwas the Gospel of John.
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  • And you don't even get outof the 2nd chapter
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  • in the Gospel of Johnbefore you see Jesus performing
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  • his first miracle at a wedding.
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  • Jesus went to a wedding.
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  • He went to a wedding to performa miracle that became one of
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  • the sign miracles in the bookof John so that those who saw
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  • the miracle would believe thathe was indeed the son of God.
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  • But if you go back to thatchapter in the book of John,
  • 00:12:44.380 --> 00:12:47.016
  • chapter 2, and you read thestory of that wedding,
  • 00:12:47.049 --> 00:12:50.052
  • you see Jesus involved in thecelebration of a young couple
  • 00:12:50.085 --> 00:12:52.955
  • making their vowsto one another.
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  • When they ran out of wine,Jesus took care of the problem.
  • 00:12:55.791 --> 00:12:58.394
  • He was always aroundwhere joy was happening.
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  • I've discovered that joy isthe atmosphere in which our
  • 00:13:02.464 --> 00:13:05.401
  • Christian livesare supposed to be lived.
  • 00:13:05.434 --> 00:13:08.904
  • When Paul was writing tothe believers in Thessalonica,
  • 00:13:08.938 --> 00:13:11.740
  • he settled it once and for all.
  • 00:13:11.774 --> 00:13:13.108
  • He said, "Rejoice always."
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  • Always.
  • 00:13:16.579 --> 00:13:18.814
  • And do you know that joyis present in every major event
  • 00:13:18.848 --> 00:13:21.517
  • that we experience as believers?
  • 00:13:21.550 --> 00:13:24.186
  • Let me ask you a question,class.
  • 00:13:24.220 --> 00:13:25.988
  • How many of you rememberthe day you were saved?
  • 00:13:26.021 --> 00:13:27.623
  • Let me see your hands?
  • 00:13:27.656 --> 00:13:29.658
  • Was that a happy day?
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  • Oh happy day, oh happy daywhen Jesus washed my sin away.
  • 00:13:32.328 --> 00:13:38.067
  • The joy of salvation is the joyof realizing you're not guilty
  • 00:13:38.100 --> 00:13:40.870
  • anymore, that you've beenforgiven, that God has given
  • 00:13:40.903 --> 00:13:43.873
  • you the gift of eternal lifeand you're gonna spend
  • 00:13:43.906 --> 00:13:45.841
  • eternity with him.
  • 00:13:45.875 --> 00:13:47.176
  • Salvation is a joyous time.
  • 00:13:47.209 --> 00:13:48.844
  • In fact, the Bible says whena person is saved Almighty God
  • 00:13:48.878 --> 00:13:52.381
  • throws a party in heaven.
  • 00:13:52.414 --> 00:13:54.316
  • Did you know that?
  • 00:13:54.350 --> 00:13:55.651
  • In Luke chapter 15 andin verse 10, we are told:
  • 00:13:55.684 --> 00:13:59.989
  • "There is joyin the presence of the angels
  • 00:14:00.022 --> 00:14:02.625
  • of God over one sinnerwho repents."
  • 00:14:02.658 --> 00:14:06.729
  • So every time you hear somebodygive their testimony of
  • 00:14:06.762 --> 00:14:08.998
  • salvation, when a person comes
  • 00:14:09.031 --> 00:14:11.600
  • to Christ, we should allrejoice in that because
  • 00:14:11.634 --> 00:14:14.003
  • that's a moment of great joy.
  • 00:14:14.036 --> 00:14:16.071
  • That's where it all starts.
  • 00:14:16.105 --> 00:14:17.773
  • And, you know, the Bible tellsus this Christian joy
  • 00:14:17.806 --> 00:14:20.142
  • is so unique it even shows up intimes of difficulty and trial.
  • 00:14:20.175 --> 00:14:25.314
  • One of my favorite Biblestories, probably one
  • 00:14:25.347 --> 00:14:27.416
  • of yours too, is the storyof Paul and Silas recorded
  • 00:14:27.449 --> 00:14:30.119
  • in the 16th chapterof the book of Acts
  • 00:14:30.152 --> 00:14:32.154
  • and they're put in prison.
  • 00:14:32.187 --> 00:14:33.489
  • Remember that one?
  • 00:14:33.522 --> 00:14:35.157
  • And before they were putin prison, they're taken to
  • 00:14:35.190 --> 00:14:37.026
  • the stocks and they're beaten.
  • 00:14:37.059 --> 00:14:40.129
  • And now they're in prisonand the Bible says
  • 00:14:40.162 --> 00:14:41.797
  • in verse 25 of Acts 16:"But at midnight Paul and Silas
  • 00:14:41.830 --> 00:14:45.067
  • were praying and singinghymns to God, and the prisoners
  • 00:14:45.100 --> 00:14:47.703
  • were listening to them."
  • 00:14:47.736 --> 00:14:51.674
  • Now the kind of joy that can getyou happy in jail at midnight
  • 00:14:51.707 --> 00:14:55.511
  • with your back bleedingand your life in danger,
  • 00:14:55.544 --> 00:14:57.680
  • that's the kind of joy I want.
  • 00:14:57.713 --> 00:15:00.115
  • I want that kind of joy.
  • 00:15:00.149 --> 00:15:02.918
  • We may not be able to rejoicein our load but, as we learn,
  • 00:15:02.952 --> 00:15:06.255
  • we can rejoice in our Lord.
  • 00:15:06.288 --> 00:15:09.925
  • And Christian joy is soincredible that it even stays
  • 00:15:09.959 --> 00:15:13.796
  • with us when we're dying.
  • 00:15:13.829 --> 00:15:16.799
  • I've been with Christian peoplethrough the process of death
  • 00:15:16.832 --> 00:15:20.002
  • and see the smile on their face.
  • 00:15:20.035 --> 00:15:22.738
  • Some of them have told methey've seen Jesus in the
  • 00:15:22.771 --> 00:15:24.640
  • process and they wouldn't comeback here for anything.
  • 00:15:24.673 --> 00:15:28.377
  • When Paul was getting readyto finish his journey he said in
  • 00:15:28.410 --> 00:15:32.514
  • Acts chapter 20: "None of thesethings move me," all the things
  • 00:15:32.548 --> 00:15:36.652
  • that were going on around him.
  • 00:15:36.685 --> 00:15:37.987
  • He said they don't bother me.
  • 00:15:38.020 --> 00:15:40.255
  • "These things don't move me,"or they don't get in my way.
  • 00:15:40.289 --> 00:15:43.392
  • "I don't even count my life dearto myself, so that I can finish
  • 00:15:43.425 --> 00:15:47.596
  • my race with joy."
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  • Joy all the way to the end.
  • 00:15:51.900 --> 00:15:53.969
  • So in the 15th chapter of thebook of John, this is all played
  • 00:15:54.003 --> 00:15:57.272
  • out in a few words and I'm gonnatake you through these few words
  • 00:15:57.306 --> 00:16:00.175
  • but if you don't have yourScriptures in front of you you
  • 00:16:00.209 --> 00:16:02.511
  • can watch, we'll put them upon the screen.
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  • Write the reference down.
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  • Let's talk for a moment aboutthe source of joy in your life.
  • 00:16:06.715 --> 00:16:09.084
  • We've already establishedthat this joy comes from Jesus.
  • 00:16:09.118 --> 00:16:12.121
  • Listen to his words inJohn 15:11: "These things I have
  • 00:16:12.154 --> 00:16:14.957
  • spoken to you, that My joy,"said Jesus,
  • 00:16:14.990 --> 00:16:18.694
  • "My joy may remain in you."
  • 00:16:18.727 --> 00:16:21.063
  • Say that with me."My joy."
  • 00:16:21.096 --> 00:16:23.265
  • "And that your joymight be full."
  • 00:16:23.298 --> 00:16:25.734
  • Jesus says, "I want your joyto be the result of my joy."
  • 00:16:25.768 --> 00:16:31.473
  • This joy is Christ's joy.
  • 00:16:31.507 --> 00:16:34.743
  • This joy is the lifeof the Lord Jesus Christ
  • 00:16:34.777 --> 00:16:37.746
  • being lived out inside of you.
  • 00:16:37.780 --> 00:16:40.082
  • Christian joy is Christ's joyin the Christian.
  • 00:16:40.115 --> 00:16:44.586
  • Christian joy is letting Christlive his life through you
  • 00:16:44.620 --> 00:16:48.090
  • so that what he is you become.
  • 00:16:48.123 --> 00:16:52.161
  • Peter called it a joyinexpressible and full of glory.
  • 00:16:52.194 --> 00:16:57.032
  • This joy isn't dependent on us.It's dependent on him.
  • 00:16:57.066 --> 00:16:59.668
  • And if we will trust him, heproduces that joy in our hearts.
  • 00:16:59.701 --> 00:17:04.606
  • And the characteristic of thisjoy is that it was full joy.
  • 00:17:04.640 --> 00:17:09.311
  • This is not imperfector incomplete.
  • 00:17:09.344 --> 00:17:11.980
  • It is not an almost joyor a sometimes joy.
  • 00:17:12.014 --> 00:17:15.050
  • This is an everyday,100% complete joy.
  • 00:17:15.084 --> 00:17:19.955
  • And the uniqueness of thisjoy is captured in words that
  • 00:17:19.988 --> 00:17:22.925
  • Peter wrote in the 1st chapterof his 1st letter.
  • 00:17:22.958 --> 00:17:26.161
  • See if you can get your armsaround this one.
  • 00:17:26.195 --> 00:17:28.063
  • Here's what he said: "Whomhaving not seen you love.
  • 00:17:28.097 --> 00:17:34.103
  • Though now you do not see Him,yet believing, you rejoice
  • 00:17:34.136 --> 00:17:36.572
  • with joy inexpressibleand full of glory."
  • 00:17:36.605 --> 00:17:41.076
  • Let me pause for a momentand say if you're looking
  • 00:17:41.110 --> 00:17:42.911
  • for joy outside of Jesusyou're wasting your time.
  • 00:17:42.945 --> 00:17:46.782
  • But I'm here to tell you, he'salways open for business.
  • 00:17:46.815 --> 00:17:50.352
  • He's always readyfor you to come.
  • 00:17:50.385 --> 00:17:53.122
  • And if you want joy, real joy,wonderful joy, you've got to let
  • 00:17:53.155 --> 00:17:57.192
  • Jesus come into your heart.
  • 00:17:57.226 --> 00:17:59.862
  • And if you've never done that, Ihope you will do that 'cause all
  • 00:17:59.895 --> 00:18:02.865
  • the rest of this is not gonnawork for you unless you
  • 00:18:02.898 --> 00:18:04.933
  • have Jesus in your heart.
  • 00:18:04.967 --> 00:18:07.035
  • That's where it starts.
  • 00:18:07.069 --> 00:18:09.238
  • The Bible also tells usthat this joy that is my joy,
  • 00:18:09.271 --> 00:18:12.608
  • says Jesus, and full joy,this joy is continual joy.
  • 00:18:12.641 --> 00:18:16.778
  • Friends, have you everdiscovered how simple it is for
  • 00:18:16.812 --> 00:18:20.415
  • your gladness of today to becomeyour sadness of tomorrow?
  • 00:18:20.449 --> 00:18:25.254
  • Have you ever noticedthat your sweetness
  • 00:18:25.287 --> 00:18:27.523
  • of the morning can turninto your bitterness at night?
  • 00:18:27.556 --> 00:18:32.227
  • Or the friends you thought wereyour friends yesterday become
  • 00:18:32.261 --> 00:18:34.630
  • your enemies today?
  • 00:18:34.663 --> 00:18:37.766
  • Or the wisdom you thoughtwas so cool yesterday is now
  • 00:18:37.799 --> 00:18:41.203
  • so foolish today?
  • 00:18:41.236 --> 00:18:43.872
  • The one thing that all of usshare as we take this journey
  • 00:18:43.906 --> 00:18:46.275
  • together with humanityis that nothing we get involved
  • 00:18:46.308 --> 00:18:48.610
  • with ever seems to last.
  • 00:18:48.644 --> 00:18:52.080
  • But the joy of Christ of whichwe speak today is a continual,
  • 00:18:52.114 --> 00:18:55.784
  • never-ending, absolutelyconstant, lasting joy.
  • 00:18:55.817 --> 00:19:00.689
  • This joy is not hingedon happenings.
  • 00:19:00.722 --> 00:19:02.991
  • It's perfected in a person.
  • 00:19:03.025 --> 00:19:07.296
  • At one of the lowest times inthe lives of Jesus' disciples,
  • 00:19:07.329 --> 00:19:10.799
  • the days just before he wastaken away from them to go
  • 00:19:10.832 --> 00:19:13.402
  • to the cross, in the midstof their sorrow and anxiety,
  • 00:19:13.435 --> 00:19:17.306
  • Jesus comforted his disciples
  • 00:19:17.339 --> 00:19:19.508
  • with these words, John 16:22:"Therefore you now have sorrow;
  • 00:19:19.541 --> 00:19:25.614
  • but I will see you againand your heart will rejoice,"
  • 00:19:25.647 --> 00:19:28.817
  • and this is the part I love,"and your joy no one
  • 00:19:28.850 --> 00:19:32.854
  • will take from you."
  • 00:19:32.888 --> 00:19:36.458
  • So how do you get this joy?
  • 00:19:36.491 --> 00:19:37.826
  • We've already talked aboutthe fact that you have
  • 00:19:37.859 --> 00:19:40.162
  • to surrender your lifeto the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:19:40.195 --> 00:19:44.333
  • You have to give Jesus Christfirst place in your life.
  • 00:19:44.366 --> 00:19:49.238
  • I want to say againif you don't know Jesus Christ
  • 00:19:49.271 --> 00:19:50.906
  • that's where joy starts.
  • 00:19:50.939 --> 00:19:53.475
  • One of the things you needto do if you wanna have joy
  • 00:19:53.508 --> 00:19:55.444
  • in your life you have to submityour life totally
  • 00:19:55.477 --> 00:19:56.979
  • to the Spirit of God.
  • 00:19:57.012 --> 00:19:58.780
  • You see, joy is the fruitof the Spirit.
  • 00:19:58.814 --> 00:20:01.450
  • And when you're filledwith the Spirit of God
  • 00:20:01.483 --> 00:20:03.318
  • you get that fruit.
  • 00:20:03.352 --> 00:20:04.653
  • We're talking about howyou cultivate the fruit
  • 00:20:04.686 --> 00:20:06.355
  • but you don't get it.
  • 00:20:06.388 --> 00:20:07.689
  • You have to trustthe Lord Jesus Christ
  • 00:20:07.723 --> 00:20:09.024
  • and then the Spirit of Godcomes to live within your heart
  • 00:20:09.057 --> 00:20:12.628
  • and if you want that joyto be full and complete you
  • 00:20:12.661 --> 00:20:15.831
  • have to say to the Lord Jesusand to the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:20:15.864 --> 00:20:19.701
  • "Here's my life.
  • 00:20:19.735 --> 00:20:21.103
  • Do with it as you please."
  • 00:20:21.136 --> 00:20:23.672
  • I may have told you years agothat when I first understood the
  • 00:20:23.705 --> 00:20:26.475
  • importance of fully dedicatingyour life to the Lord, I didn't
  • 00:20:26.508 --> 00:20:29.711
  • wanna do it because for somereason in my mind I thought God
  • 00:20:29.745 --> 00:20:32.281
  • was gonna send me to Africa.
  • 00:20:32.314 --> 00:20:35.384
  • For some reason, I thought if Isaid, "Lord Jesus, you can have
  • 00:20:35.417 --> 00:20:38.420
  • my whole life," I thoughtif I did that I'd end up
  • 00:20:38.453 --> 00:20:40.922
  • on a mission field in Africa.
  • 00:20:40.956 --> 00:20:43.492
  • And now I know that wouldn'thave been all that bad because a
  • 00:20:43.525 --> 00:20:45.827
  • lot of good things happen there.
  • 00:20:45.861 --> 00:20:48.330
  • But you see, until you cometo the place where
  • 00:20:48.363 --> 00:20:50.098
  • it's not you anymore, it's him,you're willing to say,
  • 00:20:50.132 --> 00:20:52.601
  • "Lord Jesus, here's my life.
  • 00:20:52.634 --> 00:20:55.904
  • You chart it.
  • 00:20:55.937 --> 00:20:57.673
  • I'll sign at the bottom."
  • 00:20:57.706 --> 00:20:59.141
  • I faced that early in my lifewhen I believed God
  • 00:20:59.174 --> 00:21:01.476
  • wanted me to be a preacher.
  • 00:21:01.510 --> 00:21:03.078
  • I had been so totally involvedin the broadcast industry.
  • 00:21:03.111 --> 00:21:07.649
  • I'd taken many courses inbroadcast industry, in speech,
  • 00:21:07.683 --> 00:21:11.353
  • and I was working in a coupleof radio stations 'cause this
  • 00:21:11.386 --> 00:21:14.256
  • is what I wanted to do, and thenGod called me to preach and
  • 00:21:14.289 --> 00:21:16.525
  • I thought the worst thing aboutthat was I was gonna leave all
  • 00:21:16.558 --> 00:21:18.894
  • that broadcasting stuff away andI was gonna go be a preacher.
  • 00:21:18.927 --> 00:21:23.065
  • But God was just training meback here for what he knew
  • 00:21:23.098 --> 00:21:25.200
  • he wanted me to do out hereand I would never have found
  • 00:21:25.233 --> 00:21:27.836
  • that out if I hadn't just said,"Lord, okay, whatever.
  • 00:21:27.869 --> 00:21:30.205
  • You want me to go to seminaryand be a preacher, here I am."
  • 00:21:30.238 --> 00:21:34.009
  • And what I thoughthe took away from me,
  • 00:21:34.042 --> 00:21:35.377
  • he gave me back multiple times.
  • 00:21:35.410 --> 00:21:38.046
  • The Bible says, "Commit your wayunto the Lord and he," what?
  • 00:21:38.080 --> 00:21:40.415
  • "Gives you the desiresof your heart."
  • 00:21:40.449 --> 00:21:43.452
  • But it doesn't start until yousay, "Yes," until you say,
  • 00:21:43.485 --> 00:21:46.455
  • "Lord God, I want your joy.
  • 00:21:46.488 --> 00:21:48.357
  • I know I'm not gonna get itmy way so here I am.
  • 00:21:48.390 --> 00:21:51.426
  • Here's the page of my life.
  • 00:21:51.460 --> 00:21:52.928
  • I've signed the bottom,you fill in the details."
  • 00:21:52.961 --> 00:21:56.865
  • Thirdly, you've got to studythe Word of God.
  • 00:21:56.898 --> 00:21:59.468
  • Do you know why?
  • 00:21:59.501 --> 00:22:00.802
  • Because thisis God's handbook on joy.
  • 00:22:00.836 --> 00:22:03.372
  • This is the book that God gaveus so that we would know
  • 00:22:03.405 --> 00:22:06.141
  • how to live the Christian life.
  • 00:22:06.174 --> 00:22:07.809
  • And if you wanna know about joy,ha, ha, man, this is it.
  • 00:22:07.843 --> 00:22:10.545
  • You'll find joy everywherein this book.
  • 00:22:10.579 --> 00:22:13.815
  • Let me just tell you that if youwant really to have joy
  • 00:22:13.849 --> 00:22:15.984
  • cultivated in your life you'vegotta share your life
  • 00:22:16.017 --> 00:22:17.953
  • with others.
  • 00:22:17.986 --> 00:22:19.287
  • You're not gonna be happyby yourself.
  • 00:22:19.321 --> 00:22:21.390
  • God never intended youto be happy by yourself.
  • 00:22:21.423 --> 00:22:23.759
  • He created the churchso that we could be together.
  • 00:22:23.792 --> 00:22:26.728
  • How many of you know how hard itwould be to live the Christian
  • 00:22:26.762 --> 00:22:28.830
  • life today if we didn't haveeach other,
  • 00:22:28.864 --> 00:22:30.165
  • if we didn't have the church?
  • 00:22:30.198 --> 00:22:31.500
  • Look at all the scary mess we'rein right now in this country.
  • 00:22:31.533 --> 00:22:33.468
  • Look at all the crazinessthat's going on.
  • 00:22:33.502 --> 00:22:36.471
  • You know, the only kind ofsanity you ever feel is when you
  • 00:22:36.505 --> 00:22:38.440
  • come to church on Sunday.
  • 00:22:38.473 --> 00:22:40.642
  • Then you have to go backinto that mixed-up world.
  • 00:22:40.675 --> 00:22:43.678
  • You gotta have other peoplein your life.
  • 00:22:43.712 --> 00:22:46.782
  • You know,Christianity is joyful.
  • 00:22:46.815 --> 00:22:48.283
  • One of the great things peopletell me when they visit
  • 00:22:48.316 --> 00:22:50.085
  • our church, "Dr. Jeremiah,there's so much joy
  • 00:22:50.118 --> 00:22:51.987
  • in your church."
  • 00:22:52.020 --> 00:22:53.622
  • Isn't that what should be here?
  • 00:22:53.655 --> 00:22:55.323
  • If you've got Jesus,shouldn't you be full of joy?
  • 00:22:55.357 --> 00:22:59.027
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:22:59.060 --> 00:23:04.433
  • Joy is contagious and to catchthe infection you have to expose
  • 00:23:04.466 --> 00:23:10.038
  • yourself to the virus and becomepart of the blessed epidemic,
  • 00:23:10.071 --> 00:23:16.011
  • amen?
  • 00:23:16.044 --> 00:23:18.013
  • So if you wanna be a joyfulperson, I've been learning
  • 00:23:18.046 --> 00:23:20.682
  • this the hard way and someof you know it already.
  • 00:23:20.715 --> 00:23:22.918
  • If you wanna be joyful,hang out with joyful people.
  • 00:23:22.951 --> 00:23:26.221
  • You say, "How do I knowthe kind of people to go
  • 00:23:26.254 --> 00:23:28.023
  • and hang out with?"
  • 00:23:28.056 --> 00:23:29.357
  • Find those who are joyfulbecause if a person
  • 00:23:29.391 --> 00:23:31.493
  • has authentic joy,you've just solved your problem.
  • 00:23:31.526 --> 00:23:33.628
  • You've got the right person.
  • 00:23:33.662 --> 00:23:35.897
  • Find joyful people.
  • 00:23:35.931 --> 00:23:37.299
  • Hang out with joyful people.
  • 00:23:37.332 --> 00:23:38.934
  • Become a part of the epidemic.
  • 00:23:38.967 --> 00:23:40.902
  • Catch the virus.
  • 00:23:40.936 --> 00:23:43.472
  • Get infected with the joyof Jesus Christ, amen?
  • 00:23:43.505 --> 00:23:47.742
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:23:47.776 --> 00:23:51.880
  • So let me go back to that lyricof an old song we used
  • 00:23:51.913 --> 00:23:54.583
  • to sing growing up.
  • 00:23:54.616 --> 00:23:55.917
  • Here it is.
  • 00:23:55.951 --> 00:23:57.252
  • "If you want joy, real joy,wonderful joy, let Jesus
  • 00:23:57.285 --> 00:24:01.423
  • come into your heart."
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  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return with one more
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  • inspirational word to closetoday's "A Life Beyond Amazing"
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  • 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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  • give a gift of any amountin 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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  • It contains his book, his entireteaching 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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  • Also available, the "30 Daysto a Life Beyond Amazing"
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  • in powerful and practical ways;plus, it includes a DVD
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  • Decide today to start livinga life beyond what you thought
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  • announcer: And now, with onelast word for today's program,
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  • here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: In today'smessage I quoted a number
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  • of statistics about the questfor happiness.
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  • For many, true joy seems to bean elusive experience.
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  • Perhaps this is truebecause we seek happiness
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  • in the wrong places.
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  • True joy is only foundwhen we come to know God and
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  • we anticipate spending eternityin his presence.
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  • The path to knowingGod's joy is through faith
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  • in his Son Jesus Christfor Christ is the only path
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  • to living a contented lifeand a joyful life.
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  • To assist you in livinga joy-filled life, I would love
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  • to send you three free gifts.
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  • First, "Life Beyond Amazing"Scripture cards to help you stay
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  • focused every day on the amazinglife we have in Christ.
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  • Second, a booklet about knowingand living for Christ called,
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  • "Your Greatest Turning Point,"and third, our monthly
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  • devotional magazine,"Turning Points," to encourage
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  • And we'll send all these giftsto you, free of charge,
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  • announcer: Next timeon "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 how we can makethe decision to live
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  • a life of peace.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: How do I knowif the Holy Spirit's working
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  • at peace in my life?
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  • When I have some moments wheneverything should be coming
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  • unglued and I just feel thislittle--this little sense
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  • in my heart, "I'm gonna be okay.
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  • God is with me.
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  • I'm gonna make it."
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today
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  • for Dr. Jeremiah's series,"A Life Beyond Amazing."
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  • Join us next timefor Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "A Life of Peace,"here on "Turning Point."
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