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A Life of Self-Discipline

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December 17, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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A Life of Self-Discipline

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Each of us has just one life to live.
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  • Our life should count.
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  • It should matter.
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  • It should have purpose and, frankly, it should be amazing.
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  • But as I look around me, I see lives lived in disarray,
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  • in defeat, and discouragement.
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  • I've been deeply burdened about this because, you see,
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  • an unfulfilled life is just no way to exist.
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  • And from what I read in the Scripture, God promises us
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  • a life of blessings beyond our comprehension, literally
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  • a life beyond amazing.
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  • So I asked a few friends of mine, friends who I believe
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  • demonstrate a life beyond amazing, to sit down together
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  • with me and discuss what it takes to live a vibrant
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  • and victorious life.
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  • We gathered together for a meal in San Diego and what you're
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  • about to see is a part of our amazing conversation.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: You know, so many of these things
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  • we've been talking about today, we all know that
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  • we have a long way to go.
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  • Interestingly enough, the thing that people
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  • believe today that's not true, maybe you've even heard
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  • people say that and I don't mean this in any critical way
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  • but I've heard people say, "You need to let go
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  • and let God."
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  • And I see a lot of people letting go.
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  • They let go of everything and they want God
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  • to do everything for them.
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  • God has given us everything we need for life and holiness
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  • and then he's given us all the wonderful promises
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  • of the Word of God.
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  • But every one of these disciplines that
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  • we've talked about is commanded of us in the New Testament.
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  • We're all commanded to love one another.
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  • We're commanded to rejoice evermore.
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  • We're commanded to live in peace.
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  • And it takes self-discipline to do that.
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  • Interestingly enough, the word "self-discipline"
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  • in the New Testament is the word from which we get
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  • the word "government."
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  • It means to govern ourselves.
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  • So anybody have any issues with that?
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  • Kirk Cousins: As an athlete, discipline shows up
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  • all the time.
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  • We constantly have to be disciplined and
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  • the most disciplined players are the one who are successful.
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  • The most disciplined teams are the ones who are successful.
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  • And it takes great coaches who demand discipline and preach
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  • discipline and, as you said,
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  • no more importantly than in our spiritual lives
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  • as well where discipline is what ties all
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  • the other fruits of the Spirit together.
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  • Bobby Schuller: One of the mistakes that people make,
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  • though, is that, like, you take football playing
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  • as an analogy, a lot of people think
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  • self-discipline means trying harder.
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  • But that's not what it is in football, right?
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  • It means training, right?
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  • And very often we forget the fact that a discipline is
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  • actually a form of training.
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  • It's something you do to prepare you for the time of testing.
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  • So a lot of people wait until that time of testing
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  • and then they wanna get through with sheer will-power but they
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  • haven't done the things like bonding with one another,
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  • studying the Bible daily, praying, and a lot of the key
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  • disciplines, even things like fasting or caring for the poor,
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  • other things that build into us character beforehand before
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  • the time of testing comes.
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  • It's just like a football team.
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  • If you don't catch it in the end zone,
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  • it's like, well, where did the breakdown happen
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  • in training, right?
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  • So it's also true in faith.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Actually, Paul wrote to Timothy.
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  • In 1 Timothy 4:7 he said, "Train yourself to godliness."
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  • And the word "train" is the word from which we get the word
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  • "gymnasium."
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  • In other words, work out spiritually like you work out
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  • physically, and you don't put your Bible under your pillow
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  • at night and wake up godly the next day.
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  • I mean, you have to get involved in this and you have
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  • to take responsibility for it.
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  • It's like anything else.
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  • There is a parallel between physical training
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  • and spiritual training.
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  • There is a certain amount of effort that goes into it.
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  • Bobby: And the lesson there is don't give up
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  • on your training, right?
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  • Because so many of us, we beat ourselves up
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  • when we fail morally or when we're just--
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  • or other areas of our lives where
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  • we lack discipline, we're, like, "Oh, I wanna be in this place."
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  • And Paul shows us right there, like,
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  • "I'm an apostle of Jesus Christ and I've got some thorn and,"
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  • in Romans, "I do the things I don't wanna do and I don't do
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  • the things I wanna do."
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  • And so I think it's so important that we don't, like,
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  • just beat up ourselves, bully ourselves,
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  • when we're not where we wanna be at.
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  • Mandisa: Yeah, I'm so good at that.
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  • I beat myself up on a daily basis and so you and I,
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  • when we got together, we were talking about that,
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  • how it's so easy for me to look in the mirror and to nitpick
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  • every little thing that I do not like about myself and,
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  • if I'm being honest, the main area of these nine
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  • that we're talking about, the main area that
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  • I struggle the most with is self-discipline.
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  • And so I like how you define it.
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  • When I think of it as training, you don't think of training
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  • as how far do I have to go
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  • a year from now.
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  • You just--today, I need to train today and what can I do today?
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  • So when I think of discipline,
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  • instead of thinking how far I have to go, I simply say,
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  • "Okay, what can I do today to get me the next step
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  • that I know that I'm gonna wanna be in tomorrow?"
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  • And so, for me, just because of the way that my mind works,
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  • instead of being overwhelmed with how far I have to go,
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  • I like thinking of it as "Just today, what can I do?"
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: We can make some of these choices but we
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  • have to be aware that there are choices that need to be made.
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  • Some say we live in this self-absorbed world and there's
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  • nothing you can do about it.
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  • You just gotta flow in it.
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  • And I say, "No, that's not true.
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  • We can make a difference."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: As I sat with my friends and reflected on what
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  • was shared, I was once again reminded that self-discipline
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  • is a decision, a decision that transforms one's life
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  • and in the next few minutes I will share with you
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  • how a life of self-discipline is necessary to live a life
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  • beyond amazing.
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  • male announcer: From the USF Sun Dome Arena
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  • in Tampa, Florida, this is "Turning Point"
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  • with Dr. David Jeremiah.
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  • Give thanks to the Lord our God and King
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  • His love endures forever
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  • For He is good
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  • He is above all things
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  • His love endures forever
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  • Sing praise
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  • Sing praise
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  • With a mighty hand and an outstretched arm
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  • His love endures forever
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  • And for the life that's been reborn
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  • His love endures forever yeah
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  • Sing praise
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  • Sing praise
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  • Sing praise
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  • Sing praise
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  • Forever God is faithful
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  • Forever God is strong
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  • Forever God is with us forever
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  • Forever God is faithful
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  • Forever God is strong
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  • He is strong
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  • Forever God is with us
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  • Forever, yeah
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  • His love endures forever
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  • Whoa
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  • announcer: Coming up on, "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: The Beatitudes says we are blessed
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  • when we hunger.
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  • We are blessed when we thirst.
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  • We are blessed when we are unsatisfied with where
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  • we are and want to get on to the next place, amen?
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  • announcer: What are the signs of a life beyond amazing?
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  • Among them, joy that is not dependent on circumstance,
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  • integrity that settles for no exceptions,
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  • and self-discipline that stands firm.
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  • But how do you get them into your life?
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  • It takes a decision; actually, nine decisions each day
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  • to commit these into your heart and actions.
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  • Discover the steps to the life of blessings God has for you
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  • in Dr. David Jeremiah's inspiring book,
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  • "A Life Beyond Amazing: 9 Decisions That Will Transform
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  • Your Life Today."
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  • Order this transformational book from Dr. Jeremiah today when
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  • you give a gift of any amount in support of this program,
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  • and if you give $60 or more, Dr. Jeremiah will send you
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  • in appreciation, his comprehensive
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  • "A Life Beyond Amazing" set.
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  • It contains his book, his entire teaching series on CD or DVD,
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  • a correlating study guide, and the "Life Beyond Amazing"
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  • Scripture cards.
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  • Also available, the "30 Days to a Life Beyond Amazing"
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  • workbook.
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  • Implement the 9 key decisions from "A Life Beyond Amazing"
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  • in powerful and practical ways; plus, it includes a DVD
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  • with video instructions from Dr. Jeremiah,
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  • available on its own for $30 or more
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  • Decide today to start living a life beyond what you thought
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  • possible, a life beyond amazing.
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  • Order these resources when you contact Turning Point today.
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  • female announcer: Thank you for watching
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  • "A Life Beyond Amazing" here on "Turning Point."
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  • In appreciation of your viewership,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah would like to send you
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  • the "Life Beyond Amazing" Scripture cards absolutely free.
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  • Contact "Turning Point" today.
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  • And now, here's Dr. Jeremiah with his message:
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  • "A Life of Self-Discipline."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: The last characteristic
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  • of the fruit of the Spirit is self-control.
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  • Let's face it, if you wanna love more
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  • but you don't have any self-control, you won't do it.
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  • If you want to have greater generosity in your life,
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  • you don't have any self-control, you won't be more generous.
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  • If you wish that you were more compassionate, you gotta get
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  • a hold of yourself.
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  • Someone has said, "Self-discipline is choosing
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  • to do what's right when you feel like doing what's wrong."
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  • It's knowing you can but deciding that you won't.
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  • I love this one.
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  • It's not eating all the popcorn before the movie starts.
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  • My favorite description of this character trait is this:
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  • self-control is the ability to maintain progress toward a goal
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  • even when you're not in the mood,
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  • when you don't feel like making the effort, when you
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  • would momentarily enjoy something else,
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  • or find working towards your goal downright unpleasant.
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  • The New Testament uses a word to describe this characteristic
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  • that I wanna share with you tonight, and it's related to
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  • our English word, "democracy."
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  • In other words, self-discipline is about governing yourself.
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  • And contrary to the opinion of many,
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  • this is not a limiting life.
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  • This is a life that totally frees you up to be the person
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  • God created you to be.
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  • Let me explain to us all tonight so we understand it
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  • why we all struggle with this, no exemptions.
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  • This is a message for everybody here, if you will receive it.
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  • The Bible tells us very honestly that, as Christians,
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  • we have a struggle going on within us.
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  • Here are the words of Paul to the Galatian church.
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  • He said, "For the flesh," that's the old nature,
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  • "lusts against the Spirit," that's the new nature,
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  • "and the Spirit against the flesh; and these two natures
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  • are contrary to one another, so that you do not do
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  • the things that you wish."
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  • Can I get a witness?
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  • We live in a conflicted state, even as believers.
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  • And if we don't understand that, we will never be able to have
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  • any kind of self-discipline in our lives.
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  • We will be victimized all the time.
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  • Years ago, somebody gave me a little bit of poetry that set
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  • this in my spirit so that I would never forget it.
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  • I hope you'll never forget this.
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  • I am not a poet and I don't use a lot of poetry but listen
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  • to this poem.
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  • "Two natures beat within my breast.
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  • The one is foul, the one is blessed.
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  • The one I love, the one I hate.
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  • But the one I feed will dominate."
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  • Isn't that true?
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  • So one of the first things you learn when it comes to
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  • self-control is that you gotta take control of which of your
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  • two natures you're gonna feed.
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  • I mean, let's face it, if you spend all of your time
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  • watching modern television, you're feeding the old nature.
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  • In fact, you might have to spend hours finding anything on many
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  • televisions that would feed the new nature.
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  • If you're into pornography, you're on a road to destruction.
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  • You will self-destruct because you're feeding your old nature
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  • and your old nature has one purpose and that's to destroy
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  • you and your influence for God.
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  • The battle for a disciplined life.
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  • Let me talk to you about the blessings of such a life.
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  • As you and I mature as Christians, we increasingly
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  • experience the many battles of self-discipline.
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  • Think about what commonly derails all of us:
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  • impulsiveness, procrastination.
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  • How many of you have ever been on a diet?
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  • Just about everybody here has been on a diet.
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  • We all have our diet.
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  • We all have our diet stories.
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  • So here's what I've tried to do in this book more than
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  • any book I've ever written.
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  • At the beginning of a chapter, I kind of explain
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  • what the discipline is.
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  • But I spend most of the chapter trying to help us
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  • find strategies that we can put to work
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  • that help us become the people God wants us to be.
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  • So let me run through some of those tonight in this message.
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  • The building blocks of a disciplined life.
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  • Here are some strategies.
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  • First of all, here's one that I never really
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  • thought of but this is so powerful I don't want you
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  • to miss it: embrace your dissatisfactions.
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  • Say that with me.
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  • Embrace your dissatisfaction.
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  • Now, if that doesn't sound like double-talk,
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  • I don't know what does.
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  • In fact, I remembered thinking about this as I read
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  • the Beatitudes one day.
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  • One of the great Beatitudes that's misunderstood
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  • but should be understood better is this one: "Blessed are those
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  • who hunger and thirst after righteousness."
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  • Do you know how we read that?
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  • We read it this way: "Blessed are those
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  • who are righteous."
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  • That's not what it says.
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  • I mean, that's true but that's not what the Beatitude says.
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  • The Beatitude says: "We are blessed
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  • when we hunger.
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  • We are blessed when we thirst.
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  • We are blessed when we are unsatisfied with where
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  • we are and want to get on to the next place," amen?
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  • The Bible says God wants to make something beautiful
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  • out of us.
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  • He wants us to have an amazing life but it's not going to
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  • happen if we don't understand there's more to this than
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  • what we are experiencing and we hunger for it and we desire
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  • that God would give it to us.
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  • And I believe that when we do that, God will respond.
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  • So ask yourself this tonight.
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  • Have I just kind of mailed it in?
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  • Have I just come to the place where, hey, I'm not where
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  • I should be, I know that, but I'm okay with it.
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  • I'm gonna just kind of coast on into heaven?
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  • If we're not unhappy and dissatisfied with how much
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  • and what kind of love, joy, and peace we have in our hearts,
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  • nothing will change.
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  • If we're not convinced that we fall short in generosity and
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  • compassion, we'll stay the same.
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  • And if we think we're humble and resilient when we're not,
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  • we fool ourselves and a life beyond amazing
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  • for us will just be a nice title to a new book.
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  • So embrace your dissatisfactions.
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  • Go home tonight and say, "Lord, I'm thankful that I don't have
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  • this 'I'm already there.
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  • I finally made it.
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  • I'm all the way,'" 'cause none of us are.
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  • Give him praise that he's put within your heart this hunger
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  • and thirst for righteousness.
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  • It will take you places you never thought you would ever go.
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  • Number two: beware of good intentions.
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  • Be careful that you don't fool yourself that you're doing
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  • something when you're not.
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  • And don't get vicarious blessings when you read
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  • the stories of other people who are doing it.
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  • Get motivated but if you're not careful you'll say,
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  • "Oh, that is so wonderful.
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  • It's like it happened to me."
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  • But it didn't happen to you.
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  • It happened to them.
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  • Now, this one, you're gonna have to hang in there with me 'cause
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  • I'll explain it and you'll feel better about it when I'm done.
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  • But here's the third principle: begin working out.
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  • Now, wait a minute, don't get mad at me.
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  • I'm gonna tell you the Scripture tells us that we should do this.
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  • When Paul wrote to young Timothy to instruct him in
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  • his Christian life, he gave him the secret to godliness
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  • and this is what he said.
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  • 1 Timothy 4:7: "Train yourself to be godly."
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  • When he says, "Train yourself," he means train with a plan
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  • and with discipline.
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  • When the text says: "Work out your own salvation,"
  • 00:17:35.110 --> 00:17:38.060
  • in Philippians chapter 2, it means working something
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  • through to its full completion.
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  • Working out our salvation is working out what God
  • 00:17:43.070 --> 00:17:46.190
  • has already worked in.
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  • One way to master self-discipline
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  • is to create new habits.
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  • Begin to read the Bible.
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  • I know I'm speaking to the choir tonight and I'm sure your pastor
  • 00:17:54.050 --> 00:17:56.200
  • talks to you about this all the time.
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  • You have to begin working out.
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  • Here's one: talk back to your body.
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  • Do you ever have conversations with your body?
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  • In one of the great athletic passages of the New Testament,
  • 00:18:09.110 --> 00:18:12.010
  • the Apostle Paul likens the Christian life to an
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  • Olympic event and zeroes in on the rigors of personal training.
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  • Here's what he wrote in 1 Corinthians chapter 9:
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  • "Don't you realize that in a race everyone runs,
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  • but only one person gets the prize?
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  • So run to win!
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  • All athletes are disciplined in their training.
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  • They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it
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  • for an eternal prize."
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  • Then Paul gives his own personal testimony.
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  • Listen to what he said.
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  • "So I run with purpose in every step.
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  • I am not shadowboxing.
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  • I discipline my body like an athlete, training it
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  • to do what it should.
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  • Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself
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  • might be disqualified."
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  • The older I get, the more this passage resonates with my life.
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  • There are some days when my body tells me it doesn't want
  • 00:19:06.170 --> 00:19:10.230
  • to obey me anymore.
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  • I have arguments with my body.
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  • I talk back to it.
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  • My body wants to sleep.
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  • I need to get up.
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  • My body wants to eat.
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  • I've eaten enough.
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  • My body wants to stop exercising.
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  • I know that if I stop, I might not ever start again.
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  • My body resists the effort to pray and read the Bible
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  • but I cannot let my body win this battle.
  • 00:19:39.170 --> 00:19:42.220
  • My body wants to give up when the going gets tough
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  • but I know I must go on.
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  • Paul gives us this clue.
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  • He says, "I keep my body under."
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  • Under what? Under control.
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  • And I find more and more as I've gotten older, there are
  • 00:19:56.190 --> 00:19:58.240
  • a lot of days when I sit on the floor after I get up
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  • and pray and I say, "Body, I don't wanna do today.
  • 00:20:02.010 --> 00:20:09.100
  • I just want--I just want to-- body, let's just stay here
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  • today."
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  • Then I know better than that.
  • 00:20:16.040 --> 00:20:19.000
  • The battle with our bodies is an all-inclusive struggle
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  • because--listen to this.
  • 00:20:21.290 --> 00:20:23.290
  • I wrote this down many years ago in my Bible: "our bodies and
  • 00:20:24.000 --> 00:20:28.070
  • our souls live so close together that they catch
  • 00:20:28.080 --> 00:20:32.260
  • each other's diseases."
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  • I don't know who said this but it has been in my spirit
  • 00:20:36.140 --> 00:20:39.000
  • for all these years.
  • 00:20:39.010 --> 00:20:40.030
  • When I don't feel good physically, it has an impact
  • 00:20:40.040 --> 00:20:42.110
  • on my spiritual life.
  • 00:20:42.120 --> 00:20:43.260
  • Can I get a witness?
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  • And when you get in a spiritual funk, it tears your body apart.
  • 00:20:45.160 --> 00:20:48.080
  • So we do well to talk about that and, at least, once in a while,
  • 00:20:48.090 --> 00:20:53.080
  • visit it.
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  • If you wanna serve the Lord for a long time, you gotta
  • 00:20:54.250 --> 00:20:57.110
  • take care of your body.
  • 00:20:57.120 --> 00:20:59.090
  • I used to have a chiropractor back in Fort Wayne when I was
  • 00:20:59.100 --> 00:21:02.140
  • getting started, and he had a sign on his wall and it was
  • 00:21:02.150 --> 00:21:05.190
  • a very important sign 'cause I've never forgotten it.
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  • It said this: "So when you wear out this body,
  • 00:21:08.050 --> 00:21:11.050
  • then where are you gonna live?"
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  • So isn't that a good thought?
  • 00:21:14.130 --> 00:21:16.250
  • Here's another thing for all of us here tonight
  • 00:21:16.260 --> 00:21:18.230
  • who are Christians.
  • 00:21:18.240 --> 00:21:19.270
  • Almost all the ministry we have is in our body.
  • 00:21:19.280 --> 00:21:22.290
  • We pray.
  • 00:21:23.000 --> 00:21:24.070
  • We pray, that's a ministry but the vast majority of ministry
  • 00:21:24.080 --> 00:21:26.260
  • we have is in our body.
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  • So we gotta talk back to our body.
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  • Number five: fast forward your life.
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  • The writer of Hebrews captured this principle
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  • in the life of Jesus.
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  • Here's what he said, and listen carefully to
  • 00:21:40.080 --> 00:21:42.190
  • the motivation in this passage.
  • 00:21:42.200 --> 00:21:45.100
  • "And let us run with endurance the race that God has set
  • 00:21:45.110 --> 00:21:48.160
  • before us.
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  • We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus,
  • 00:21:50.130 --> 00:21:53.200
  • the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.
  • 00:21:53.210 --> 00:21:57.030
  • Because of the joy awaiting him, Jesus endured the cross,
  • 00:21:57.040 --> 00:22:02.270
  • disregarding its shame.
  • 00:22:02.280 --> 00:22:05.030
  • Now he's seated in the place of honor beside God's throne.
  • 00:22:05.040 --> 00:22:08.090
  • Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people;
  • 00:22:08.100 --> 00:22:13.020
  • and you won't become weary."
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  • Here's what I know.
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  • Look around at your neighbors for just a moment.
  • 00:22:15.200 --> 00:22:18.110
  • You know who you guys are?
  • 00:22:18.120 --> 00:22:19.100
  • You know who we are tonight?
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  • We're the joy that the Lord Jesus endured
  • 00:22:20.200 --> 00:22:23.190
  • the cross for.
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  • We're the reason he went to the cross.
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  • The Lord Jesus was willing to go to the cross and suffer the
  • 00:22:27.070 --> 00:22:30.000
  • indignity of a Roman crucifixion because he saw beyond the cross
  • 00:22:30.010 --> 00:22:34.030
  • and beyond the grave to a day when several thousand people
  • 00:22:34.040 --> 00:22:38.060
  • would be seated in an arena in Tampa, Florida,
  • 00:22:38.070 --> 00:22:41.060
  • giving him honor and glory and praise.
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  • And he saw that and he went on.
  • 00:22:43.140 --> 00:22:50.060
  • And all of us are in the process here tonight of trying to figure
  • 00:22:50.070 --> 00:22:55.000
  • out what it is that God wants us to do and trying to sort through
  • 00:22:55.010 --> 00:22:57.280
  • decisions that we have.
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  • Don't ever minimize the importance of your decisions.
  • 00:23:00.070 --> 00:23:05.200
  • And don't ever think that God has finished with you because
  • 00:23:05.210 --> 00:23:07.290
  • you are at a certain place where you don't have clear direction.
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  • You keep doing what God tells you to do every day,
  • 00:23:11.140 --> 00:23:13.240
  • knowing that when you get to the place where
  • 00:23:13.250 --> 00:23:16.030
  • you need to make a move, he'll help you.
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  • I wanna tell you what I know about you
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  • 'cause it's true about me.
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  • There are moments in life when we get discouraged about
  • 00:23:25.130 --> 00:23:27.200
  • how things are going, maybe where we are in our walk
  • 00:23:27.210 --> 00:23:31.010
  • or what's happening around us, and we think about quitting.
  • 00:23:31.020 --> 00:23:34.190
  • Wherever you are, whatever God is doing in your life,
  • 00:23:34.200 --> 00:23:36.270
  • whatever discipline you're walking through,
  • 00:23:36.280 --> 00:23:39.010
  • don't quit.
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  • You will never ever recover from quitting.
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  • Ask God to give you special grace.
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  • Get through the challenge you're in right now and keep going.
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  • Almighty God is saying to us, "Keep going.
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  • Keep running the race with endurance.
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  • Don't quit."
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  • male announcer: Dr. Jeremiah will return with
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  • one more inspirational word to close today's
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  • "A Life Beyond Amazing" program right after this.
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  • announcer: Discover the steps to the life of blessings
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  • God has for you in Dr. David Jeremiah's
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  • inspiring book, "A Life Beyond Amazing:
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  • 9 Decisions That Will Transform Your Life Today."
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  • Order this transformational book from Dr. Jeremiah today when you
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  • give a gift of any amount in support of this program,
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  • and if you give $60 or more, Dr. Jeremiah will send you
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  • in appreciation, his comprehensive
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  • "A Life Beyond Amazing" set.
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  • It contains his book, his entire teaching series on CD or DVD,
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  • a correlating study guide, and the "Life Beyond Amazing"
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  • Scripture cards.
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  • Also available, the "30 Days to a Life Beyond Amazing"
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  • workbook.
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  • Implement the 9 key decisions from "A Life Beyond Amazing"
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  • in powerful and practical ways; plus, it includes a DVD
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  • with video instructions from Dr. Jeremiah,
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  • available on its own for $30 or more
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  • or as part of "A Life Beyond Amazing" set
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  • for a gift of $85 or more.
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  • Decide today to start living a life beyond what you thought
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  • possible, a life beyond amazing.
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  • 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: Have you ever considered that self-discipline
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  • is like a wall that protects an ancient city?
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  • I know that's a powerful image but self-discipline
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  • is your personal fortress.
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  • I've seen all manner of destruction in human lives
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  • through the years, much of which could have been prevented
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  • with a bit of self-control.
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  • But we need to recognize that self-discipline is not easy.
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  • It requires strength, courage, and endurance.
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  • It's no surprise that Paul listed
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  • self-control as evidence of supernatural power.
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  • And gaining that power begins with faith in Christ.
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  • And that relationship begins with a biblical understanding
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  • of who he is.
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  • So to help you, I would love to send you these free resources
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  • from "Turning Point" that will guide you
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  • toward Jesus.
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  • First, "Life Beyond Amazing" Scripture cards to help you
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  • stay focused every day on the amazing life we have in Christ.
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  • Second, a booklet about knowing and living for Christ called
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  • "Your Greatest Turning Point," and third, our monthly
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  • devotional magazine, "Turning Points,"
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  • announcer: Next time on "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: But as long as you keep holding on to your own
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  • ambitions and you wanna do it your way and you wanna do
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  • your thing and you're not willing to trust him,
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  • you will get what you can get but it will never be as much
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  • as God wants you to have.
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  • The Bible says: "Commit your way unto the Lord."
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  • Listen to this.
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  • "And he will give you the desires of your heart."
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  • announcer: Thank you for being with us today
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  • for Dr. Jeremiah's series, "A Life Beyond Amazing."
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  • Join us next time for Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "A God-Inspired Life," here on "Turning Point."
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