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How to Have a Great Workout Part 1

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July 20, 2019
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The Connection with Skip Heitzig

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  • Looking for a ray of light, looking for something
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  • better than this.
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  • Oh, so tired of the black and white,
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  • longing for prism light,
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  • oh the bliss.
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  • Forward at the speed of life,
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  • choose the color and the life.
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  • Moving at the speed of life,
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  • choose the color and the life.
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  • Joy unspeakable and full of colors,
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  • found a hope so bright and clear.
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  • Living in the realm of grace so vivid.
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  • The Savior's radiance so very near to me.
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  • male announcer: A recent survey found that the average
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  • American spends about $155 a month on health and fitness.
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  • If we value our physical health for a temporary body this much,
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  • how much more should we value the spiritual health
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  • of our eternal soul?
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  • Today on "Connect with Skip Heitzig,"
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  • Skip talks about how you can get in top spiritual shape.
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  • Skip Heitzig: Kenneth Leverich, world class athlete,
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  • went to a very famous beach in Southern California--Venice
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  • Beach at a particular place called Muscle Beach
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  • on Venice Boardwalk.
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  • It's place--it sort of cordoned off with chain-link fence,
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  • and weightlifters go there and show off their physique
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  • and what they can do to everybody who comes.
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  • It's a wild crazy place.
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  • So this 29-year old, Kenneth Leverich, goes to Muscle Beach
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  • and he challenges the people who are there
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  • to a weightlifting competition.
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  • Now, that would not be unusual, except he decided to go
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  • disguised as an 84-year-old man, and the disguise was so good.
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  • I mean, he had a Hollywood class makeup artist put wrinkles on
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  • him, give him a gray receding hairline, gray hair, little
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  • wire-rimmed glasses, cardigan sweater, khaki pants, just--and
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  • he shuffled out there, you know, in his tennis shoes,
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  • and so he goes, "I'm challenging you guys.
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  • You know, let's see what you got."
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  • And they looked at him like, "You can't be serious."
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  • And so they started lifting weights, and he smoked them.
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  • And so get this.
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  • He lifted 465 pounds doing a back squat,
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  • and to say that the crowd was amazed would sell it short.
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  • I mean, they were just flabbergasted.
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  • All the phones were going out like,
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  • "I can't believe what I'm seeing.
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  • There is an old man who's just beating everybody out here."
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  • And I saw it on YouTube.
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  • It has been seen 110 million times on YouTube.
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  • So you may want to just check that out,
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  • Kenneth Leverich, and look it up.
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  • Don't do that now.
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  • There's not--it's not a church activity, but just remember that
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  • and look it up later.
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  • So at the end of this workout, these, you know,
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  • young weightlifting kids are just shaking their heads.
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  • They finally went up to him and said,
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  • "Well, do you have any advice for us?
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  • Could you tell us, you know, what--we obviously need
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  • to learn from you.
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  • So what can you tell us?"
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  • And he said--kind of in his older voice he goes,
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  • "Just keep doing this. Just keep working hard.
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  • Just get strong every day."
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  • And for a few minutes the crowd thought an 84-year-old
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  • had beaten the 25-year-olds, but what it amounted to
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  • in the disguise was all off is Kenneth Leverich
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  • just had a great workout.
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  • And what I want to show it--share with you today out
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  • of Philippians 2 is how to have a great workout,
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  • how to have a great spiritual workout.
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  • I want to talk about your spiritual exercise routine,
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  • working out what God is working in you, and that comes
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  • from Philippians chapter 2, verse 12.
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  • "Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed not as in my
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  • presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own
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  • salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who
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  • works in you both to do--or both to will and to do
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  • for his good pleasure."
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  • Today we're covering only two verses, and that helps us.
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  • It allows us to really dig deep into it and uncover truth
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  • by truth, phrase by phrase what Paul was writing
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  • to the Philippian church.
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  • But here's a little interesting background.
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  • In the United States of America, there are 30.000 health clubs,
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  • gyms; 30.000 of them in the United States along with 273.500
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  • personal trainers to go around.
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  • How many people do you think in the United States
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  • are working out at these gyms?
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  • Fifty-eight million of us go to a gym and work out.
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  • We have any people here that do that, work out at a gym?
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  • God bless you. I see that hand.
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  • God bless you. Yeah, a lot of us do that.
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  • It's a lucrative business.
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  • In the United States alone, gym membership revenue
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  • is $27 billion, $27 billion.
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  • Of course worldwide--that is $75.700.000.000 are taken in by
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  • these people, on people like us who paid the money to go.
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  • But here's the digger.
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  • Did you know that 80% of those people who join health clubs,
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  • 80%, that's a significant number,
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  • will quit after 5 months?
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  • So I'm thinking they have good intentions.
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  • It's probably January, New Year's resolution.
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  • "I'm going to hit it. I'm going to do it.
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  • I'm going to do this this year."
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  • And they're good for January, February, March,
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  • but come April, May, peace out.
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  • They're--they just--they quit.
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  • Question is, why?
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  • Why do 80% of the people quit a workout program?
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  • Easy answer. 'Cause it's hard, right?
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  • It hurts to do that. It's not easy.
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  • As one jokester put it, "My first workout back
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  • at the gym was great.
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  • I did 15 minutes of cardio, 10 minutes on the defibrillator,
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  • then 3 days in the hospital."
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  • Or you might have heard that old joke: "When I feel the urge
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  • to exercise, I lie down until the feeling passes."
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  • But the truth is, we can't be passive in spiritual matters.
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  • We do have to be aggressive.
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  • We have to--when it comes to spiritual health,
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  • we need to exercise our faith.
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  • We need, in short, to work out what God is working in to us.
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  • That is the thrust of this passage.
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  • And why must we do that?
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  • Why does Paul think that he should devote two verses to kind
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  • of hammering this thought home in this correspondence
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  • to the Philippian church?
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  • Well, it's because Christianity is more than just a decision
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  • to make Jesus your Savior.
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  • It's also a determination to walk with Jesus as your Lord,
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  • as your Master.
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  • If you don't do that, you're going to become what so many
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  • in the church of Jesus Christ around the globe,
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  • and especially I would say in this country, have become.
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  • A lot of people have become pew potatoes.
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  • That's the spiritual equivalent of a couch potato.
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  • They are a pew potato. They are lounge lizard.
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  • They're viewers.
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  • They watch things happen, but they're not doers of the Word.
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  • And so we have to guard against that.
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  • G.K. Chesterton, one of my favorite authors,
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  • poet, statesman, theologian, said,
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  • "The Christian faith has not been tried and found wanting.
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  • It has been found difficult and left untried."
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  • So you have a gym membership, so to speak.
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  • God is at work in you.
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  • That's good news, and we love to hear that truth.
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  • "God's working, man. God's working.
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  • God's working in me."
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  • What that doesn't mean is that you can just hang out, you know.
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  • It doesn't mean let go and let God.
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  • I used to hear that all the time.
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  • "Just let go and let God."
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  • Let go of what? Let God do what?
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  • It's almost like you don't do anything
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  • and you just watch God do stuff.
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  • So what I want to do in looking at these two verses and drilling
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  • down with you is give you five choices to make if you're going
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  • to have a great workout.
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  • Number one, get a good trainer, get a good trainer.
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  • You'll notice the first word in verse 12 is the word what?
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  • Your Bible says therefore.
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  • "Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed,
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  • not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence,
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  • work out your own salvation with fear and trembling."
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  • Now, whenever Paul uses a therefore--and by the way,
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  • this is the third time he has done so in this chapter alone.
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  • What he is doing is pulling back something
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  • he just told you into the present.
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  • "I just told you about this.
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  • Therefore--" And he brings that truth to bear now.
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  • So what he has been talking about is Jesus Christ
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  • who humbled himself and then God exalted him.
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  • So what he is saying is he is our example.
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  • That has been his thrust for the entire chapter so far.
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  • Jesus is our great example.
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  • Mark Twain used to write a lot of quippy things.
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  • One of the things he wrote was: "Few things are harder
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  • to put up with than the annoyance of a good example."
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  • And what annoys us about a good example?
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  • Well, good examples set a standard, don't they?
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  • And it's sometimes hard to watch a good example because they set
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  • a standard for us that it's hard to hit on some occasions.
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  • And what if that example isn't just a good example,
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  • but he's the perfect example?
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  • I mean, Paul is saying, "Here's Jesus.
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  • Look what he's done. Do that."
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  • You're going, "Aah, I'd like to, but I don't think
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  • that's going to happen."
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  • However, a good example can inspire us, it can incentivize
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  • us, and that is the thought of Paul's use of the word
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  • "therefore" at this particular time.
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  • When he says therefore in this verse, he is saying,
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  • "On this basis or on the basis of Christ, on the basis
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  • of Jesus's example of love and humility, do this."
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  • I've been told by a number of accomplished athletes
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  • that what has made their routine work, their workout routine
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  • work out is a personal trainer.
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  • Said it was always the difference to them between
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  • failure and success.
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  • And why is that?
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  • Because a personal trainer will incentivize you,
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  • will encourage you.
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  • "You can do this. You can do this.
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  • I'll spot you. Don't use too much weight.
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  • Do it this way.
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  • You're not having the right form."
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  • So a good trainer will help you get the most out
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  • of your workout.
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  • Well, who can you think of is the best trainer
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  • for all things spiritual?
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  • None better than Jesus.
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  • That's why Jesus said--it is recorded no less
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  • than 19 times in the Four Gospels.
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  • He said the two simple but profound words:
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  • follow me, follow me.
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  • Jesus said, "Follow me."
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  • He didn't say, "Follow my people."
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  • He didn't say, "Follow my disciples."
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  • He didn't say, "Follow my preachers."
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  • He said, "Follow me."
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  • Even when Jesus washed people's feet like the disciples
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  • in the Last Supper, he was washing their feet
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  • 'cause they couldn't be bothered with it.
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  • They're arguing about who's going to be the greatest
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  • in the kingdom.
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  • So Jesus gets down, washes their feet, and then he said to them,
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  • "I have given you an example that you should do
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  • as I have done."
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  • So he becomes their spiritual trainer.
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  • Now, it's good to have more human examples,
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  • we might say, of integrity and honor that we can follow.
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  • Paul was one of those.
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  • He said to his brothers and sisters,
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  • "Follow me as I follow the Lord."
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  • But the real key to spiritual success is beginning
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  • with the right template, and for the Philippians and
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  • for Paul that template, that model was Jesus Christ.
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  • Now, notice what he says.
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  • "Therefore," using Jesus as the basis or example, "my beloved,"
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  • he calls them my beloved, "as you have always obeyed not
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  • as in my presence only when I'm with you, but now much more
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  • in my absence, work out your own salvation."
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  • What a sweet description Paul has for this group
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  • of Christian believers.
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  • "You've always obeyed."
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  • I love that.
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  • "You guys are always responsive."
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  • In fact, the word he uses here for obeyed is the same word
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  • he uses in Ephesians 6 when he says,
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  • "Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is the first
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  • commandment with a promise."
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  • So here's the thought.
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  • Just like a child would be responsive to a parent,
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  • the Philippians were responsive to Paul's spiritual leadership
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  • but now they have a problem.
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  • Paul's in jail. He's incarcerated.
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  • They don't have Paul around any longer,
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  • but they still have the example of Jesus Christ.
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  • See, that's Paul's point.
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  • "Whether I'm with you or not with you,
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  • therefore obey, therefore do this."
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  • So Jesus becomes the ultimate model for them.
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  • There's a principle to be found here.
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  • The real test of spiritual maturity is how you live
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  • when the props are gone.
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  • When you don't have somebody there to tell you how to do it
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  • or what to do or show you how to do it, who do you look to?
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  • Paul's in jail saying, "I'm absent from you,
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  • but Jesus is present with you.
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  • He's spotting you. He's watching over this."
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  • You know, some people on jobs will work very hard
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  • when the boss is looking.
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  • Most bosses can figure out pretty quickly who those people
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  • are, but they can always spot.
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  • And they're around the corner and all of a sudden
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  • that employee sits up and puts that phone down like,
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  • "No, I'm not on Instagram.
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  • Hi, what can I do? I'm just all about work.
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  • This is who I am. I'm a worker."
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  • But they're that way only when the eye of the boss is on them.
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  • I think what Paul is saying to them is,
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  • "Your boss, he's always watching.
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  • He's always looking.
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  • Whether I'm with you or not, Jesus is always there."
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  • He is that personal trainer.
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  • Not long ago, I was driving my car rounding a corner.
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  • I saw a runner in the distance.
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  • The runner didn't know that I spotted him.
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  • I knew he was a runner 'cause he had Nike shoes on,
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  • he had shorts and shirt.
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  • I mean, he was like Nike in per--you know, personified.
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  • But he was walking, sort of dragging his feet.
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  • But when I rounded the corner and came toward him,
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  • you know what he started doing?
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  • You know, waving like, "Yep, yep, yep.
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  • I'm a runner. I'm doing this."
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  • But I could tell he's only a runner as long
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  • as I'm watching him run.
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  • So I don't know what--if he's just like dragging the rest of
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  • the day and only when the cars come by, he's doing that.
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  • Charles Spurgeon said, "If you desire Christ for perpetual
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  • guests, give him all the keys of your heart.
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  • Let not one cabinet be locked from him.
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  • Give him range over every room and the key of every chamber."
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  • So make sure Jesus is your personal trainer, your template,
  • 00:16:54.040 --> 00:16:59.100
  • your model when no one else is around.
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  • So first of all, get a good trainer.
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  • The second choice you need to make if you're going
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  • to have a great workout is you got to pump some iron.
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  • You got to get in there and work it out.
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  • So look at what it says.
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  • 'Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed,
  • 00:17:13.260 --> 00:17:16.030
  • not as in my presence only, but
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  • now much more of my absence, work out, work out
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  • your own salvation with fear and trembling."
  • 00:17:22.280 --> 00:17:27.090
  • Now, this is been a problem verse of Scripture
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  • for a lot of people for a long time.
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  • "What is Paul mean work out your own salvation?"
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  • It's problematic, especially when they find
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  • out what the words actually mean.
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  • The words actually mean maintain constant energy
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  • and effort to finish a task.
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  • And when I say it's become a problematic task
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  • is because some people think it means self-help salvation.
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  • That I'm going to work really hard to get saved,
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  • sort of the equivalent of God helps
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  • those who help themselves.
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  • So they think, "If I work hard, if I earn my way there,
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  • then God is going to save me."
  • 00:18:05.000 --> 00:18:06.140
  • And by the way, that's how most people think you get saved.
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  • By working hard. Ask someone.
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  • Ask the average person where you live, your neighbor
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  • or--"Hey, are you going to heaven?
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  • Are you saved?"
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  • You know what most of them are going to tell you?
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  • "Well, I'm trying. I work real hard.
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  • I go to church."
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  • You know, unless they say, "No, I don't believe in that stuff."
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  • But if they want to go there, they will usually point
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  • to something they have done in working hard
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  • to earn God's favor.
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  • "I'm working it out, man. I'm working it out."
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  • But please notice that Paul doesn't say work
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  • for your salvation.
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  • He doesn't say work toward your own salvation
  • 00:18:46.090 --> 00:18:48.290
  • or work at your salvation.
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  • He says work out your own salvation, and you can't work
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  • out what God hasn't first worked in.
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  • And what I want you to see is this.
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  • He's not writing to unbelievers but to believers.
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  • He's not telling unbelievers how to get to heaven.
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  • He's telling believers this.
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  • He calls them beloved.
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  • He says in verse 1 of chapter 1,
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  • "You are saints in Christ Jesus."
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  • Those are believing people, not unbelievers.
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  • But he's telling believers, "You got to go work out.
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  • You got to pump some iron.
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  • You got to--you have to do something.
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  • You have to apply some energy into this process."
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  • I was reading this week about another athlete
  • 00:19:34.090 --> 00:19:37.050
  • named Shane Hamman.
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  • He's been called America's Strongest Man.
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  • Some of you may have heard of Shane Hamman.
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  • He was in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
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  • He weighed in at the time--this is his training weight.
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  • He weighed in, his weight, 350 pounds.
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  • He's a big boy. Three hundred and fifty pounds.
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  • His chest 62 inches, his neck 22 inches.
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  • I mean, think "Incredible Hulk."
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  • His biceps almost 24 inches, 2 feet of bicep.
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  • This guy's a monster.
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  • And he could squat-lift 1.008 pounds.
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  • America's Strongest Man.
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  • But Shane Hamman is also a believer in Jesus Christ.
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  • Raised in a Christian home in Oklahoma on a farm.
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  • He said, "When I was a kid, my parents, strong Christians,
  • 00:20:31.120 --> 00:20:33.290
  • they--" He said, "They dragged me to church.
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  • They made me go to church even when I didn't want to go."
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  • And he looks back and he goes, "I'm glad they did.
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  • That's a good thing.
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  • So they worked really hard at getting the right things
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  • put into me."
  • 00:20:42.260 --> 00:20:44.070
  • But he said, "When it wasn't the weekends,
  • 00:20:44.080 --> 00:20:46.060
  • when it was the weekdays, I grew up lifting melons on a farm."
  • 00:20:46.070 --> 00:20:52.070
  • So his first workout was melon.
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  • And he said, "My week was this: 8 hours every day
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  • I worked out in the field, after which I went to the gym
  • 00:21:03.270 --> 00:21:07.260
  • 2 1/2 hours every day."
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  • Ten and a half hours of work out every day.
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  • So that boy had a good workout.
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  • Now, look at the words in your text.
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  • It says, "Work out your own salvation."
  • 00:21:20.010 --> 00:21:24.160
  • Those two words are one single word
  • 00:21:24.170 --> 00:21:27.290
  • in the original--the Greek language.
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  • The word is katergazomai, or katergazomai,
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  • however you want to pronounce that,
  • 00:21:38.020 --> 00:21:39.270
  • and it means to work something to full completion.
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  • Like you would work out a math problem.
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  • You're not inventing math. You're not producing math.
  • 00:21:45.260 --> 00:21:48.260
  • You've been given a problem, now you work it
  • 00:21:48.270 --> 00:21:51.000
  • out to full completion.
  • 00:21:51.010 --> 00:21:53.040
  • In ancient times, this word "workout",
  • 00:21:53.050 --> 00:21:56.280
  • katergazomai was used for working a mine
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  • or working a field.
  • 00:22:01.070 --> 00:22:03.130
  • So let's take that first example, working a mine.
  • 00:22:03.140 --> 00:22:05.160
  • Let's say you own a silver mine.
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  • Let's say it has even been given to you by your parents.
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  • They--give you the title deed. "You own this silver mine."
  • 00:22:12.060 --> 00:22:14.270
  • There's silver or gold and them bar hills, and you have it.
  • 00:22:14.280 --> 00:22:19.240
  • Now, is that silver going to work its way out toward you
  • 00:22:19.250 --> 00:22:22.220
  • and just land in your hand?
  • 00:22:22.230 --> 00:22:24.160
  • You have to go in and work it out.
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  • It's yours.
  • 00:22:28.020 --> 00:22:29.110
  • In fact, it's been given to you as a gift, but you got to work
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  • it out if you're going to enjoy it.
  • 00:22:31.280 --> 00:22:34.230
  • Okay, now think of a field, owning a field.
  • 00:22:34.240 --> 00:22:36.290
  • You have a field.
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  • Produce a little bit might grow on its own, but not much.
  • 00:22:38.200 --> 00:22:42.050
  • You have to go work out the produce by plowing and planting
  • 00:22:42.060 --> 00:22:48.180
  • and watering and fertilizing and maintaining.
  • 00:22:48.190 --> 00:22:50.290
  • You have to work it out.
  • 00:22:51.000 --> 00:22:53.100
  • Let's take a more modern example, a different example.
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  • Let's say you are a musician and you have been handed
  • 00:22:57.040 --> 00:23:01.130
  • by a composer a composition.
  • 00:23:01.140 --> 00:23:04.030
  • He puts it or she puts it in your hand.
  • 00:23:04.040 --> 00:23:06.080
  • Now, the composer has done it all.
  • 00:23:06.090 --> 00:23:08.260
  • It's the composer that has thought of the melody, he has
  • 00:23:08.270 --> 00:23:11.120
  • written the score, he has provided the timing and all of
  • 00:23:11.130 --> 00:23:14.200
  • the notations, and now you have it and your task is to work it
  • 00:23:14.210 --> 00:23:19.290
  • out, make it sound good, put it to music, apply your skill,
  • 00:23:20.000 --> 00:23:25.250
  • and give it the melody that has been given to you.
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  • Work it out.
  • 00:23:29.220 --> 00:23:31.120
  • Another example, you go to a doctor.
  • 00:23:31.130 --> 00:23:33.060
  • Doctor looks at you, does an exam, go, "You got problems."
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  • So he gives you diagnosis.
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  • He says, "You need surgery."
  • 00:23:38.250 --> 00:23:40.040
  • Takes you into the surgical room, performs an operation.
  • 00:23:40.050 --> 00:23:42.260
  • After the operation, you wake up in recovery.
  • 00:23:42.270 --> 00:23:44.260
  • And he says, "You're going to need rehab
  • 00:23:44.270 --> 00:23:46.280
  • and you're going to need medication."
  • 00:23:46.290 --> 00:23:48.250
  • So effectively the doctor is done it all.
  • 00:23:48.260 --> 00:23:51.190
  • He's given you the diagnosis, perform the operation,
  • 00:23:51.200 --> 00:23:54.280
  • given you the meds and the rehab schedule.
  • 00:23:54.290 --> 00:24:00.100
  • At this point, you need to work it out.
  • 00:24:00.110 --> 00:24:03.040
  • You need to show up for rehab.
  • 00:24:03.050 --> 00:24:05.060
  • You need to go through those exercises.
  • 00:24:05.070 --> 00:24:07.020
  • You need to take that medication and follow orders.
  • 00:24:07.030 --> 00:24:10.150
  • So there must be cooperation with the doctor's operation.
  • 00:24:10.160 --> 00:24:16.290
  • You get the drift.
  • 00:24:17.000 --> 00:24:19.030
  • The New Living Translation translates this verse:
  • 00:24:19.040 --> 00:24:22.010
  • "Put into action God's saving work in your lives."
  • 00:24:22.020 --> 00:24:28.190
  • Think of it spiritually now. God has done all the work.
  • 00:24:28.200 --> 00:24:32.180
  • He is the one that brings salvation.
  • 00:24:32.190 --> 00:24:35.030
  • It's from God, but it takes energy to grow as a believer.
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  • If you're going to grow, you can't just let go and let God.
  • 00:24:41.050 --> 00:24:44.160
  • You have to get in the race. You have to get in the game.
  • 00:24:44.170 --> 00:24:49.230
  • You need to pump some iron.
  • 00:24:49.240 --> 00:24:52.070
  • Now, I hope this is not a new revelation to you
  • 00:24:52.080 --> 00:24:54.090
  • because it's written about all over the Bible.
  • 00:24:54.100 --> 00:24:58.080
  • This is one of those instances, but another one that I think
  • 00:24:58.090 --> 00:25:01.160
  • is just as poignant, if not more, comes to us from
  • 00:25:01.170 --> 00:25:04.120
  • 2 Peter chapter 1.
  • 00:25:04.130 --> 00:25:06.290
  • Listen to what Peter says.
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  • He says, "Therefore, his divine power has given us all things
  • 00:25:10.130 --> 00:25:19.120
  • that pertain to life and godliness through
  • 00:25:19.130 --> 00:25:22.150
  • the knowledge of him who called us.
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  • Whereby are given to us exceedingly great and precious
  • 00:25:25.120 --> 00:25:28.110
  • promises that by these you may be a partaker of the divine
  • 00:25:28.120 --> 00:25:31.250
  • nature, having escaped the corruption that
  • 00:25:31.260 --> 00:25:33.290
  • is in the world through lust."
  • 00:25:34.000 --> 00:25:35.270
  • So far, so good. God's provided it all.
  • 00:25:35.280 --> 00:25:38.180
  • God's made all the promises. God's done it all.
  • 00:25:38.190 --> 00:25:41.010
  • But listen to what he says after that.
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  • "Therefore, giving all diligence, add to your faith
  • 00:25:42.280 --> 00:25:48.260
  • virtue and to virtue knowledge and to knowledge self-control
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  • and to self-control perseverance."
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  • You get it?
  • 00:25:54.060 --> 00:25:55.240
  • Spiritual growth is not accidental.
  • 00:25:55.250 --> 00:25:58.230
  • You don't wake up one day, look in the mirror and go,
  • 00:25:58.240 --> 00:26:00.260
  • "Oh my goodness, I'm so mature.
  • 00:26:00.270 --> 00:26:05.200
  • How did I get this way?"
  • 00:26:05.210 --> 00:26:08.270
  • Spiritual growth is intentional, not accidental.
  • 00:26:08.280 --> 00:26:13.100
  • Spiritual maturity is the human cooperation
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  • with the divine operation.
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  • announcer: Now, we want to tell you about a resource that
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  • can help you conquer sin by the power of the Holy Spirit.
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  • announcer: Counselor, helper, comforter.
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  • These are some of the names for the Holy Spirit, the third
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  • person in the trinity who wants to empower your life.
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  • The Holy Spirit isn't a warm, fuzzy feeling.
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  • He's a person who loves you and works in you
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  • to become more like Jesus.
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  • We want to help you understand the Holy Spirit by sending you
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  • the DVD, "Expound Holy Spirit," plus this booklet both
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  • by Skip Heitzig.
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  • It's our way of saying thank you when you give online
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  • or call today.
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  • announcer: Join us next week as Skip shows you how
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  • God's power helps you stay fit spiritually.
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  • You don't want to miss that.
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  • "Connect with Skip Heitzig" is a presentation of connection
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  • Communications, connecting you to God's never-changing truth
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  • in ever-changing times.
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