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Knowing a Changeless God

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July 23, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Some say that the greatest question
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  • in life is: "Does God exist?"
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  • I say the greatest question is:
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  • "Do I know the God who does exist?
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  • Do I know about him?
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  • Do I know him personally?"
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  • The study of God as he reveals himself in Scripture
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  • is the supreme study of a lifetime.
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  • It lifts our thoughts, steadies our nerves,
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  • purifies our motives, expands our confidence,
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  • and strengthens our influence.
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  • It's the greatest subject we could ever study,
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  • for God is the apex of all reality.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Discover more about God than you know
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  • and become closer to him than you are.
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  • male announcer: And now, here is your host,
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: God created the universe, the world,
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  • and each of us with distinct purposes in mind.
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  • His plans were established from before the foundation
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  • of the world.
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  • His intentions and decrees don't evolve
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  • with more knowledge for he is all-knowing.
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  • He doesn't second-guess himself like we do.
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  • The fact that God is changeless is a source of profound security
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  • for you and me.
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  • Because it's the opposite of how we live,
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  • we can take hope in knowing that when we are afflicted,
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  • overwhelmed, and encircled by our enemies,
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  • we can turn our eyes to him who is always the same.
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  • In today's message titled, "Knowing a Changeless God,"
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  • I will share with you how God's promises, purposes,
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  • and provisions cannot and will not ever change.
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  • So stay tuned for today's edition of "Turning Point."
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  • announcer: Do you know God as well as you think?
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  • It may be time to take the journey
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  • from knowing about God to deeply knowing him.
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  • In Dr. David Jeremiah's book,
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  • "The God You May Not Know," Dr. Jeremiah shares
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  • the powerful characteristics
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  • that God himself wants you to understand.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I've spent my life being overwhelmed
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  • with the wonder of the person of God
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  • and it's my greatest joy to share with you
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  • some eternal truths about the God you may not know.
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  • My prayer is that this book will enable you
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  • to know more about God than you do
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  • and for you to grow closer to him than you are.
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  • announcer: "The God You May Not Know"
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  • is yours for a gift of any amount
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  • in support of this program.
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  • Or with a generous gift of $60 or more, you'll receive
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  • the "God You May Not Know" set
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  • containing Dr. Jeremiah's book, study guide,
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  • online Leader's Guide, and the "Knowing God" bookmark,
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  • plus Dr. Jeremiah's current teaching series on DVD.
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  • "The God You May Not Know" book or set,
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  • contact Turning Point today.
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  • female announcer: In appreciation
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  • of your viewership today, Dr. Jeremiah would like
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  • to give you the "Knowing God" bookmark, a daily reminder
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  • of God's presence and power in your life.
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  • Receive the "Knowing God" bookmark completely free
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  • when you contact Turning Point today.
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  • Now, here is Dr. Jeremiah with his message,
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  • "Knowing a Changeless God."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Our planet is facing an onslaught
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  • of global threats but there's one menace that you and I face
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  • every day and we probably don't even know it.
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  • We feel it but it's hard to grasp all of its implications.
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  • Experts call it ROC, "rate of change."
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  • That's an appropriate acronym because it's not just the change
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  • but it's the rate of change that's rocking our world.
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  • We're in a world that changes every single moment
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  • and we can't seem to keep up yet the consequences
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  • of not keeping up are very frightening.
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  • Now don't get me wrong.
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  • I'm all for the right changes at the right times.
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  • In fact, the greatest change we'll ever experience
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  • in this world in which we live is the change we experience
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  • when we place our faith in Jesus Christ.
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  • He forgives us, he pardons us, he gives us eternal life.
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  • And the Bible says when we put our trust in Jesus Christ
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  • he comes into our life and we are different people:
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  • "Old things pass away and all things become new."
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  • You talk about change.
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  • When we come to Christ we are redeemed from the inside out.
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  • We're made new in light of the Word of God.
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  • We literally pass from death to life when we are born again.
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  • The Bible says when Jesus comes again,
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  • we shall all be changed.
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  • One mortal moment and then an immortal eternity.
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  • 1 Corinthians 15 says: "In a moment,
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  • in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet
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  • we shall be changed."
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  • And we're gonna be changed to be like Christ.
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  • We're gonna get a body like his Resurrection body.
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  • Change is at the very heart of redemption.
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  • And that's very encouraging because if you're like me,
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  • you've noticed you could use a little changing here and there,
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  • amen?
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  • Amen.
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  • Even in human civilization many of our changes are good.
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  • I mean, who wants to go back to the days before indoor plumbing?
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  • Do we need to vote on that one?
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  • We all love the benefits of electricity and medical advances
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  • and instant communications with people that we love.
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  • But some changes are not good.
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  • Some change is for the worse.
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  • In the midst of all of this change, enter God.
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  • Unchanging, unchangeable, immutable, forever,
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  • and unalterably steadfast.
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  • Our God never changes.
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  • So, in light of that, that we have this unchanging God,
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  • I would like to give you five things that
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  • this means to us and how it affects our lives today.
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  • Yes, God is unchanging.
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  • What does it mean?
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  • First of all, it means that his promises are unchangeable.
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  • The terms "unchangeable" and "immutable" are hard to grasp.
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  • You've probably heard the word "immutability."
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  • Maybe you wonder what in the world that is.
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  • Well, I'll help you understand that word
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  • and you'll never forget what it means.
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  • If you've studied science at all,
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  • you've heard about mutations.
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  • Mutations are changes.
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  • Immutability means no change.
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  • It's changes with the "imu" on the front of it so
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  • there's no change.
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  • The word "immutability" is about change
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  • and the Bible says God does not do that.
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  • He does not change.
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  • The promises of the Bible are just as sure
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  • as the character of God.
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  • Because God does not change, his promises do not change.
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  • I remember when I was growing up,
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  • we had this little tradition in my house.
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  • I don't know if this was my mom or my dad,
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  • but I rather suspect it was my mom.
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  • She brought home one day and what she called
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  • the promise box and stacked together in this box
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  • were promises.
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  • And she put this on the kitchen table
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  • and every time us kids would get ready to come to dinner,
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  • we would sit down for the prayer and,
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  • before we would pray, she would get this box out
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  • and she'd hand out one of these to everybody around the table
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  • and we would read a promise from God before we prayed.
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  • And then we'd gather them all up and put them at the back
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  • of the box so they didn't circulate too quickly
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  • and we'd go through that box.
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  • And over the years that I grew up,
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  • one of my memories was constantly
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  • being exposed to the promises of God.
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  • And here are some of the cards from our kitchen table.
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  • I'd like you to help me remember them.
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  • Maybe some of them are what you need for today.
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  • So as I put 'em up on the screen,
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  • let's read 'em out loud together.
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  • Shall we do that? Let's go.
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  • "Have I not commanded you?
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  • Be strong and of a good courage; do not be afraid,
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  • nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is
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  • with you wherever you go."
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  • "Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you."
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  • "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed,
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  • for I am your God.
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  • I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you,
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  • I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
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  • "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God,
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  • who gives to all liberally and without reproach,
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  • and it will be given to him."
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  • "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just
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  • to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us
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  • from all unrighteousness."
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  • To grow stronger in our faith we must focus our mental energy on
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  • the unfailing promises of God, on the unchangeable God
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  • who is behind those promises.
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  • I love what the Apostle Peter said about these promises.
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  • He called them "exceedingly great and precious,"
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  • and they are.
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  • They're exceedingly great and precious.
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  • There was a man who owned a company and he was
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  • a Christian man and he had a young laborer
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  • who worked for him who was also a Christian.
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  • And this owner began to notice that this young man who was
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  • a Christian was handling life a whole lot better than he was.
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  • They went through some trouble and some difficulty
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  • and it was tearing apart the owner,
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  • but the young man who came to work
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  • just came every day with a smile on his face
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  • and never seemed to be moved at all by what was happening.
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  • And one day the owner couldn't take it any longer
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  • and he went to his young employee and he said,
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  • "What is it with you, sir?"
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  • He said, "You don't seem to be bothered by anything."
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  • He said, "Well, the secret is the promises of God."
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  • He said, "Well, I have them too.
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  • I stand on the promises of God."
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  • He said, "That's your problem."
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  • He said, "You can't stand on 'em.
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  • You've got to lay down on 'em and hold on to 'em with both
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  • hands and embrace them."
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  • He said, "If you stand on 'em, the wind can blow you off of 'em
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  • but if you hang on with both hands and you hug it
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  • with all your--you've got to hug your promises," he said.
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  • And that's not a bad truth.
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  • It's not just read it once and say, "Well, there it is."
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  • And take that promise to heart.
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  • Put your arms around it, hug it to your soul,
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  • and God will meet your need.
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  • His promises are unchangeable.
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  • His purposes are unchangeable.
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  • That's the second thing.
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  • Not only are God's promises unchanging, so are his purposes.
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  • Did you know that when God created you,
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  • he already knew what you were gonna be like because he saw you
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  • before the foundation of the world and his purpose
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  • for you was already in his mind.
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  • There's no one here that doesn't have a purpose from God.
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  • You may not feel very purposeful,
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  • you may not feel very close to God,
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  • but if you're a Christian, if you know Jesus Christ,
  • 00:11:47.290 --> 00:11:50.080
  • if you've accepted Christ, Almighty God has
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  • a purpose for your life.
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  • And it's your responsibility to find out what that is.
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  • He's not gonna send you an email.
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  • You have to get that.
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  • You have to get in the Word of God and find out
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  • what God is up to in your life.
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  • It's part of the growth that you go through.
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  • As humans, we have a hard time understanding this because
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  • let me tell you what we are.
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  • We're not immutable.
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  • We're improvisers.
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  • We improvise.
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  • I mean, we start cooking supper and we don't have
  • 00:12:18.050 --> 00:12:19.260
  • all the ingredients, and so, we improvise.
  • 00:12:19.270 --> 00:12:22.190
  • How's that turn out?
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  • We create a business plan but we forget there's some obstacles
  • 00:12:24.250 --> 00:12:27.250
  • out there that we didn't see, so we improvise.
  • 00:12:27.260 --> 00:12:31.060
  • We form a game plan for our team but the opponents
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  • call an audible and run a trick play, so we improvise.
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  • But God never improvises.
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  • He already knows all the contingencies and his providence
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  • marches toward his goals and his immutable decrees.
  • 00:12:47.240 --> 00:12:52.030
  • Perhaps you're saying, "Well, I've read the Bible,
  • 00:12:52.040 --> 00:12:54.160
  • Dr. Jeremiah, and I've read some verses
  • 00:12:54.170 --> 00:12:56.100
  • and I got some questions."
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  • If you ever hang around young people,
  • 00:12:58.250 --> 00:13:00.060
  • especially college-age kids, they know
  • 00:13:00.070 --> 00:13:01.180
  • where all these places are.
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  • Somebody told 'em.
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  • They didn't read it in their devotional time.
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  • They heard it from some ungodly professor
  • 00:13:06.200 --> 00:13:08.040
  • in a school they go to.
  • 00:13:08.050 --> 00:13:10.040
  • But here are some of the things that you hear
  • 00:13:10.050 --> 00:13:11.230
  • when you talk about the changeless nature of God.
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  • "Does not the Bible tell us that God changes his mind?
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  • For instance, when God saw the wickedness of the world before
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  • the flood he was "sorry that he had made man on the earth."
  • 00:13:23.160 --> 00:13:29.170
  • Or this one is the one we're gonna talk about.
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  • The prophet Jonah delivered his message
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  • to the people of Nineveh.
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  • Here was his message: "Yet 40 days and Nineveh
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  • shall be overthrown," and yet when you read Jonah chapter 3,
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  • God spared Nineveh.
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  • What do you say when people say to you,
  • 00:13:50.030 --> 00:13:52.130
  • "Well, God told the people of Nineveh that he was gonna
  • 00:13:52.140 --> 00:13:55.110
  • destroy them and then we found out that he didn't do that.
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  • Did God change his mind?"
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  • And I answer it like this.
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  • God's threat to wicked Nineveh was not unqualified
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  • and unconditional.
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  • God did not go to the king on the throne of Nineveh,
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  • hearing Jonah's message and the parliament as it met to discuss
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  • what might happen and the women as they wept at the well
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  • and the beggars as they wondered what to do.
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  • He did not go to them and say, "It doesn't matter
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  • how you change your ways, you repent deeply
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  • or cry for mercy and destroy your idols and trust in me,
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  • I am still gonna nuke you."
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  • God did not say that.
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  • If God had treated them after their repentance in the same way
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  • as he was going to treat them in their cruelty and contempt,
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  • then God would have been an implacable and unjust God.
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  • I mean, why had he bothered to go to such lengths to get Jonah
  • 00:14:49.250 --> 00:14:53.000
  • by hook or by crook, by storm or by whale,
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  • to come and preach to them if he intended just to destroy them?
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  • Why not simply kill the lot of them?
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  • The unchangeable nature of God means that God is
  • 00:15:02.190 --> 00:15:05.220
  • always consistent, that he is always the same,
  • 00:15:05.230 --> 00:15:09.130
  • that whatever happens in life, it is not God who is
  • 00:15:09.140 --> 00:15:13.060
  • on the changing end of it.
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  • It is man.
  • 00:15:14.250 --> 00:15:16.070
  • It is like the sun that hardens clay and melts butter.
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  • Is it the sun's fault that that happens?
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  • No, it's the character and quality of the object.
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  • He is changeless.
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  • He is always the same.
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  • He will always do the right thing.
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  • That is the consistency of the God that we serve.
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  • So don't let any would-be skeptic blow you off course
  • 00:15:33.140 --> 00:15:38.140
  • because the Bible is true and if you just take
  • 00:15:38.150 --> 00:15:41.100
  • a little extra time you can figure it out.
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  • 1 Samuel 15:29 puts it this way: "The Strength of Israel
  • 00:15:44.170 --> 00:15:48.000
  • will not lie nor relent.
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  • For he is not a man, that he should relent."
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  • The unchangeableness of God means that God always does
  • 00:15:55.160 --> 00:15:58.070
  • what's right always.
  • 00:15:58.080 --> 00:15:59.180
  • In other words, God's immutability
  • 00:15:59.190 --> 00:16:02.050
  • is God's absolute consistency.
  • 00:16:02.060 --> 00:16:04.280
  • You can depend on God, you can trust in him,
  • 00:16:04.290 --> 00:16:07.000
  • he will always do what is right.
  • 00:16:07.010 --> 00:16:09.210
  • And then his provisions are unchangeable and I like this one
  • 00:16:11.060 --> 00:16:13.270
  • best of all because I have needs like you do and we like to know
  • 00:16:13.280 --> 00:16:18.140
  • that we have a God up there who cares about all that.
  • 00:16:18.150 --> 00:16:21.180
  • Here's what the Bible says in James 1:17:
  • 00:16:21.190 --> 00:16:24.260
  • "Every good endowment that we possess
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  • and every complete gift that we have received
  • 00:16:26.280 --> 00:16:29.090
  • comes from above, from the Father of all lights,
  • 00:16:29.100 --> 00:16:32.200
  • with whom there is never the slightest variation
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  • or shadow of inconsistency."
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  • God is unchangeable and his grace never diminishes.
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  • From his hand comes one blessing after another.
  • 00:16:42.220 --> 00:16:45.030
  • Are we blessed or are we blessed?
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  • The same God who provided a spring of water for Hagar
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  • created streams in the desert for the Israelites,
  • 00:16:51.060 --> 00:16:55.010
  • brought bread by ravens for Elijah, delivered fish
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  • on the Galilean hillside and food for the widows
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  • in the book of Acts.
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  • He's the God who will provide for you.
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  • He's the father of lights and the maker of stars.
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  • He knows how to meet our needs and he always is faithful
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  • when we trust him.
  • 00:17:14.190 --> 00:17:16.090
  • And here's the good news, men and women.
  • 00:17:17.190 --> 00:17:20.080
  • The same God who provided for the heroes of the Bible
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  • is caring for you.
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  • I love to think that the God who hears my cries for help
  • 00:17:25.250 --> 00:17:28.170
  • is the same God who heard Daniel and David and Peter and Paul
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  • and all the rest of the people that I love to study
  • 00:17:32.270 --> 00:17:36.010
  • in my Bible.
  • 00:17:36.020 --> 00:17:38.060
  • The same God.
  • 00:17:38.070 --> 00:17:40.040
  • His promises are unchangeable, his purposes are unchangeable,
  • 00:17:40.050 --> 00:17:46.000
  • his provisions are unchangeable, and his personality
  • 00:17:46.010 --> 00:17:49.060
  • is unchangeable.
  • 00:17:49.070 --> 00:17:51.180
  • Let me just say this right up front.
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  • This is one of my favorite things about this point.
  • 00:17:53.130 --> 00:17:55.090
  • God is never in a bad mood.
  • 00:17:55.100 --> 00:17:59.100
  • Do you know anybody like that?
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  • You're not married to one.
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  • I know that for sure.
  • 00:18:03.150 --> 00:18:05.230
  • God never has a bad day.
  • 00:18:05.240 --> 00:18:07.280
  • There's never a place where you need to stop and say,
  • 00:18:07.290 --> 00:18:09.290
  • "Well, let's wait until next week.
  • 00:18:10.000 --> 00:18:11.090
  • Maybe God will be doing better by then."
  • 00:18:11.100 --> 00:18:15.130
  • Our Lord possesses the same wisdom,
  • 00:18:15.140 --> 00:18:18.130
  • grace, benevolence, compassion, power, glory,
  • 00:18:18.140 --> 00:18:21.210
  • and attitude as he did when he walked on this earth.
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  • You know how I know that?
  • 00:18:24.190 --> 00:18:25.280
  • Because Hebrews 13:8 says: "Jesus Christ is the same
  • 00:18:25.290 --> 00:18:29.290
  • yesterday, today, and forever."
  • 00:18:30.000 --> 00:18:34.090
  • We change but God does not change.
  • 00:18:34.100 --> 00:18:37.000
  • When we are afflicted and overwhelmed and complaining,
  • 00:18:37.180 --> 00:18:40.100
  • when we can't sleep and we're encircled by our enemies,
  • 00:18:40.110 --> 00:18:43.190
  • we have to turn our eyes to him who is always the same,
  • 00:18:43.200 --> 00:18:47.030
  • whose years have no end.
  • 00:18:47.040 --> 00:18:50.080
  • Let me just add one little thought for all of us
  • 00:18:50.090 --> 00:18:53.090
  • who are believers today.
  • 00:18:53.100 --> 00:18:55.090
  • I hope you will grab hold of this.
  • 00:18:55.100 --> 00:18:58.100
  • The Christian knows no change in regard to God.
  • 00:18:58.110 --> 00:19:03.150
  • Listen to me.
  • 00:19:03.160 --> 00:19:05.000
  • You may be rich today and poor tomorrow.
  • 00:19:05.010 --> 00:19:07.030
  • You may be sick today and well tomorrow.
  • 00:19:07.040 --> 00:19:09.200
  • You may be happy today and distressed tomorrow.
  • 00:19:09.210 --> 00:19:12.090
  • But there is no change with regard
  • 00:19:12.100 --> 00:19:14.240
  • to your relationship with God.
  • 00:19:14.250 --> 00:19:17.010
  • God is not affected by riches or poverty,
  • 00:19:17.020 --> 00:19:20.220
  • by sickness or wellness.
  • 00:19:20.230 --> 00:19:22.210
  • If you are God's child, you are with him.
  • 00:19:22.220 --> 00:19:26.040
  • If he loved you yesterday, he loves you today.
  • 00:19:26.050 --> 00:19:28.230
  • You are neither better nor worse in God than you ever were.
  • 00:19:28.240 --> 00:19:32.020
  • Let all your prospects be blighted,
  • 00:19:32.030 --> 00:19:34.050
  • let all your hopes be blasted, let all your joy be withered,
  • 00:19:34.060 --> 00:19:37.080
  • you haven't lost anything with what you have in God
  • 00:19:37.090 --> 00:19:41.140
  • because your relationship with God is above
  • 00:19:41.150 --> 00:19:43.220
  • and beyond all of that other stuff that I mentioned.
  • 00:19:43.230 --> 00:19:48.130
  • When our world spins too fast and changes too much,
  • 00:19:48.140 --> 00:19:51.260
  • we need to contemplate the immutability of our God,
  • 00:19:51.270 --> 00:19:55.010
  • his promises, his purposes, his provision,
  • 00:19:55.020 --> 00:19:57.100
  • his personality cannot change.
  • 00:19:57.110 --> 00:20:00.170
  • And there's one last thought:
  • 00:20:00.180 --> 00:20:02.260
  • his prophecies cannot change either.
  • 00:20:02.270 --> 00:20:06.090
  • And I'm not talking about the promises that I mentioned
  • 00:20:06.100 --> 00:20:08.160
  • at the early part of this message.
  • 00:20:08.170 --> 00:20:10.200
  • I wish I could tell you that there is no dark side
  • 00:20:10.210 --> 00:20:13.290
  • to the immutability of God.
  • 00:20:14.000 --> 00:20:17.020
  • But there is.
  • 00:20:17.030 --> 00:20:19.200
  • I would be less than faithful if I didn't tell you about it.
  • 00:20:19.210 --> 00:20:23.000
  • Just as God does not change one word of his promise,
  • 00:20:23.010 --> 00:20:26.070
  • you need to know that if you reject him,
  • 00:20:26.080 --> 00:20:28.060
  • you will go to a Christless eternity when you die.
  • 00:20:28.070 --> 00:20:32.010
  • His justice and judgment are unchanging.
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  • His warnings are consistent throughout the Scripture.
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  • At the beginning of the Bible he told Adam and Eve that
  • 00:20:37.160 --> 00:20:39.240
  • if they disobeyed him, "You shall surely die."
  • 00:20:39.250 --> 00:20:43.150
  • In the middle of the Bible we read:
  • 00:20:43.160 --> 00:20:44.280
  • "The soul who sinneth shall die."
  • 00:20:44.290 --> 00:20:47.110
  • Jesus warned in John 8:24 that if you reject him
  • 00:20:47.120 --> 00:20:50.120
  • "you will die in your sins."
  • 00:20:50.130 --> 00:20:52.130
  • In Romans 6:23 Paul wrote: "The wages of sin is death."
  • 00:20:52.140 --> 00:20:56.200
  • Near the end of the Bible James describes how sin
  • 00:20:56.210 --> 00:20:59.050
  • "when it is finished, brings forth death."
  • 00:20:59.060 --> 00:21:02.200
  • At the final pages of Revelation,
  • 00:21:02.210 --> 00:21:06.290
  • at the judgment before God's Great White Throne,
  • 00:21:07.000 --> 00:21:09.220
  • we read: "Anyone not found written in the Book of Life
  • 00:21:09.230 --> 00:21:14.200
  • was cast into the lake of fire."
  • 00:21:14.210 --> 00:21:18.260
  • Now listen to me carefully and hear my heart.
  • 00:21:18.270 --> 00:21:21.070
  • I am so excited to tell you about the promises of God
  • 00:21:21.160 --> 00:21:24.250
  • that never fail.
  • 00:21:24.260 --> 00:21:26.150
  • But I am also frightened that if you do not listen to me,
  • 00:21:26.160 --> 00:21:31.020
  • you will think that it's only the good promises of God
  • 00:21:31.030 --> 00:21:33.190
  • that do not fail.
  • 00:21:33.200 --> 00:21:35.050
  • When God tells us what happens when we reject him,
  • 00:21:35.060 --> 00:21:37.270
  • he keeps his word at the same rate as keeping his word
  • 00:21:37.280 --> 00:21:41.050
  • with his positive promises.
  • 00:21:41.060 --> 00:21:43.030
  • He never can lie.
  • 00:21:43.040 --> 00:21:44.140
  • God could not tell you these things will happen to you
  • 00:21:44.150 --> 00:21:46.150
  • if you reject him and then not do them.
  • 00:21:46.160 --> 00:21:49.010
  • The whole message of Scripture is bound up in God's
  • 00:21:49.210 --> 00:21:51.250
  • wonderful plan: to reconcile humanity with himself.
  • 00:21:51.260 --> 00:21:56.060
  • He wants all of us to be in heaven with him.
  • 00:21:56.070 --> 00:21:59.010
  • It is his desire that we become a part of his forever family
  • 00:21:59.020 --> 00:22:04.180
  • and spend eternity in heaven with our Creator.
  • 00:22:04.190 --> 00:22:08.040
  • In Malachi chapter 3, we read these words: "For I am the Lord,
  • 00:22:08.050 --> 00:22:13.090
  • I do not change; therefore you are not consumed,
  • 00:22:13.100 --> 00:22:16.080
  • O sons of Jacob."
  • 00:22:16.090 --> 00:22:18.050
  • Change and decay all around us but we have a changeless God.
  • 00:22:18.060 --> 00:22:23.260
  • If you're a Christian today and you know him,
  • 00:22:24.210 --> 00:22:26.290
  • put your arms around him today in your time of devotion.
  • 00:22:27.000 --> 00:22:30.150
  • Read his Word and rejoice and give him thanks that he is
  • 00:22:30.160 --> 00:22:33.220
  • the one on whom you count.
  • 00:22:33.230 --> 00:22:36.030
  • If you're not a Christian, take this moment
  • 00:22:36.040 --> 00:22:39.180
  • to think seriously about your life.
  • 00:22:39.190 --> 00:22:42.040
  • God loves you.
  • 00:22:42.050 --> 00:22:43.190
  • He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to die for you on the cross
  • 00:22:43.200 --> 00:22:46.100
  • so that you could be forgiven of your sin and get out from
  • 00:22:46.110 --> 00:22:49.190
  • under those negative things that God said and
  • 00:22:49.200 --> 00:22:54.160
  • get over on the side of God's good promise for your life.
  • 00:22:54.170 --> 00:23:00.130
  • One thing for sure, everything is going to change and the
  • 00:23:00.140 --> 00:23:03.230
  • change is gonna come faster and faster and some of these changes
  • 00:23:03.240 --> 00:23:07.090
  • are gonna shock us and some will encourage us but if you know
  • 00:23:07.100 --> 00:23:10.060
  • the unchanging God you are ready for whatever happens.
  • 00:23:10.070 --> 00:23:18.120
  • Lloyd Douglas was the author of, "The Robe."
  • 00:23:18.130 --> 00:23:24.040
  • And when he was a university student,
  • 00:23:24.050 --> 00:23:25.240
  • he lived in a boarding house.
  • 00:23:25.250 --> 00:23:28.050
  • Downstairs on the first floor of that boarding house
  • 00:23:28.060 --> 00:23:31.130
  • was an elderly retired music teacher.
  • 00:23:31.140 --> 00:23:34.240
  • He was very infirm and could not leave his apartment.
  • 00:23:34.250 --> 00:23:39.020
  • Douglas took a liking to this man and every morning
  • 00:23:39.030 --> 00:23:42.230
  • they had a ritual they would go through together.
  • 00:23:42.240 --> 00:23:46.280
  • Lloyd Douglas would come downstairs and he would open
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  • the man's door and ask him, "Well, sir,
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  • what's the good news today?"
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  • And the old man would pick up his tuning fork and tap it
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  • on the side of his wheelchair and hold it up and say,
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  • "That's middle C.
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  • It was middle C yesterday, it will be middle C tomorrow,
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  • and it will be middle C 1000 years from now.
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  • The tenor upstairs sings flat, the piano across the hall is
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  • out of tune but, my friend, this is middle C
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  • and that's the good news for today."
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  • And I wanna tell you Jesus Christ is my middle C.
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  • He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
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  • The world in which I live is out of tune.
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  • The prognosticators got it all wrong.
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  • Everything I look at seems messed up but I take
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  • my tuning fork and I thrust it against the hard surface
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  • and I remind myself, "My God is my middle C."
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  • And he's yours, too.
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  • We serve and love an unchanging God.
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  • male announcer: Dr. Jeremiah will return to close
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  • today's program right after this.
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  • announcer: Today on "Turning Point,"
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  • Dr. Jeremiah would like to offer you,
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  • "The God You May Not Know: Take the Journey From Knowing
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  • About God to Knowing God," inside which Dr. Jeremiah shares
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  • the powerful characteristics that God himself wants you
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  • to understand.
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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: Some people thrive on change
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  • while others don't.
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  • And all of us wish we could go back in time
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  • and do a few things differently but we can't.
  • 00:26:09.050 --> 00:26:13.000
  • But change is a foreign idea to God because
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  • he sees everything all at once.
  • 00:26:16.150 --> 00:26:19.090
  • He sees past, present, and future.
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  • In fact, the death of his Son wasn't a surprise to God.
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  • It was his plan to offer you the blessings of forgiveness
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  • and eternal life.
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  • You can discover that perfect plan for yourself
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  • with two free gifts from Turning Point.
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  • if you will contact us here at "Turning Point" today.
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  • male announcer: Next time on, "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: We are reminding ourselves of the greatness
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  • of Almighty God, the omnipotent God of the universe,
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  • the Creator of heaven and earth, the sustainer of heaven
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  • and earth, the source of the Resurrection,
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  • and the reason why you and I are on our way to heaven,
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  • hallelujah.
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  • announcer: Thank you for being with us today.
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  • Join us next time for Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "Knowing a Powerful God," here on "Turning Point."
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