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700 Club Interactive: Who Do You Think You Are? - March 12, 2013

Pastor Mark Driscoll shares about our nation's current identity crisis in his new book "Who Do You Think You Are?" Read Transcript


Gordon: IT'S A QUESTION

THAT HAS PLAGUED MAIN KIND.

WHEN YOU KNOW WHO YOU

ARE, THEN YOU NO WHAT TO

DO.

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TRUTH OF WHO YOU ARE ON

TODAY'S "700 CLUB

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WITH THE SUCCESS OF TV SHOWS

LIKE "WHO DO YOU THINK YOU

ARE?"

AND WEBSITES SUCH AS

ANCESTRY.COM, AMERICA IS IS

PLAGUED WITH ANCESTORY BUT

MANY STILL STRUGGLE TO FIND

THEMSELVES.

TODAY'S GUEST BELIEVES THERE

IS ONLY ONE ANSWER.

WATCH THIS.

[LAUGHTER]

HI, I'M HOLLY.

JOSHUA.

I'M A LAWYER.

I'M IN THE FASHION

INDUSTRY.

I WORK IN A LAW FIRM.

I WORK IN COMMERCIAL REAL

ESTATE.

I'M A PROFESSIONAL.

I DO E-MAILS AND CLIENT

CALLS.

A TYPICAL DAY IS WAKING

UP NEXT TO MY WIFE.

I CAN'T GET HER OUT OF MY

HEAD.

I'M THE TALLEST PERSON IN

MY FAMILY.

I LIKE TO READ COMIC

BOOKS.

I LIKE TATTOOS.

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU

ARE.

Gordon: JOINING US VIA

SKYPE IS PASTOR AND

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR MARK

DRISCOLL.

GOOD MORNING.

IT IS A PLEASURE TO BE WITH

YOU.

Gordon: IN YOUR BOOK,

YOU WRITE ABOUT AMERICANS

HAVING A REAL IDENTITY

CRISIS.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?

A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T

KNOW WHO THEY ARE IN

CHRIST.

A LOT OF TIME, IN THIS AGE

OF SOCIAL MEDIA, IS SPENT

CREATING AN IDENTITY, TO

BANDS WE LIKE TO PEOPLE WE

FOLLOW TO TRENDS WE COMMENT

ON.

I THINK THE RESULT IS WE

HAVE FORGOTTEN WHO WE ARE IN

CHRIST.

AND THE THINGS THAT SHOULD

MERELY EXPLAIN US START TO

DEFINE US.

THAT CAN BE BE YOUR WEIGHT.

YOUR G.P.A., HOW PEOPLE

RESPOND TO YOU.

IT CAN BE JO YOUR JOB, YOUR

SPOUSE, YOUR KIDS.

SOMETIMES THE THINGS IN OUR

LIFE, RATHER THAN JESUS,

STARTS TO DEFINE WHO WE

ARE.

Gordon: A LOT OF WHAT

WE'RE PUTTING UP ON SOCIAL

MEDIA IS ACTUALLY A MASK.

IT IS NOT EVEN A REAL

PERSONA.

IT IS WHAT WE WANT PEOPLE TO

THINK WE ARE.

ARE WE CREATING, IN THIS

PROCESS, IDOLS OUT OF OUR

OWN LIVES?

I THINK WE ABSOLUTELY

ARE.

AN IDOL IS WHEN YOU TAKE A

GOOD THING AND MAKE IT A GOD

THING, WHICH IS A BAD

THING.

WHAT I ALWAYS SAY IS IF

JESUS DEFINES WHO YOU ARE,

THEN YOUR IDENTITY IS

SECURE.

AND YOU CAN BE HONEST ABOUT

YOUR FAILURES AND YOUR

STRUGGLES AND YOUR HURTS AND

YOUR NEEDS.

AND YOU CAN INVITE PEOPLE IN

TO KNOW THE REAL YOU.

BUT IF YOU'VE MADE YOUR

IDENTITY INTO YOUR IDOL

IDOLATRY, THEN ALL OF A

SUDDEN YOUR LIFE IS FRANTIC

TO MAINTAIN THIS PERSON WHO

IS NOT REALLY YOU.

WHICH IS WHY SOME PEOPLE

LIVE UNDER A GREAT DEAL OF

STRESS.

WHEN THEY START TO FAIL IN

AN AREA IN THROUGH LIFE OR

SOMETHING STARTS TO FALL

APART, IT IS NOT JUST A HARD

TIME.

BUT THEIR WHOLE IDENTITY

CRUMBLES AROUND THEM, AND IT

BECOMES A REAL PAINFUL

CRISIS SEASON FOR THEM.

Gordon: WHY IS THAT?

IT SEEMS THAT EVEN GOES BACK

TO THE GARDEN OF EDEN, WHERE

WE BELIEVE THE LIE THAT WE

CAN BE LIKE GOD IF WE EAT

THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT.

I KNOW TODAY A LOT OF PEOPLE

SPEND A LOT OF TIME, WHETHER

IT IS I WANT TO HAVE SUCH

AND SUCH A JOB, OR BE SUCH

AND SUCH A PERSON, OR BE

POPULAR, OR WHATEVER IT IS.

WHY DO WE CONTINUE TO BUY

INTO THAT LIE?

WELL, IT'S VERY

POWERFUL.

I APPRECIATE YOU BRINGING IT

UP.

IN GENESIS 3, THE FIRST LIE

TOLD TO OUR PARENTS IS "YOU

CAN BECOME LIKE GOD."

GOD ALREADY TOLD THEM, I

MADE YOU IN MY IMAGE AND

LIKENESS.

IN THAT REGARD, WE'RE MADE

IN THE LIKENESS OF GOD.

WE DON'T NEED TO DO ANYTHING

TO BECOME LIKE GOD.

SO THE FIRST LIE IS YOUR

IDENTITY IS NOT GIVEN BY

GOD, BUT IT IS ACHIEVED BY

YOU.

YOU NEED TO DO SOMETHING.

AND SATAN COMES TO JESUS AND

TEMPTS HIM, AND JESUS

REMEMBERS AND RECALLS HIS

IDENTITY.

HE SAYS, YOU KNOW, IF YOU'LL

DO THIS AND DO THAT, AND

JESUS SAYS, WELL, THE BIBLE

SAYS DO NOT PUT THE LORD

YOUR GOD TO TEST.

SO THE REASON OUR FIRST

PARENTS FELL INTO SIN IS

THEY FORGOTTEN THEIR

IDENTITY.

THE REASON THAT JESUS WAS

ABLE TO RESIST TEMPTATION IS

BECAUSE HE REMEMBERED HIS

IDENTITY.

HE KNEW, EH?

WAS.

HE -- HE KNEW HE WAS, AND

WHEN YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE,

YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO.

Gordon: BUT WE TEPID

TEND INTO A AWARD ANALYSIS

WITH OUR HEAVENLY FATHER,

THAT IF WE BEHAVE IN A GOOD

WAY, WE'LL GET A BLESSING

FROM GOD.

AND IF WE BEHAVE IN A BAD

WAY, WE'RE GOING TO GET A

CURSE FROM GOD.

WE'RE STILL SORT OF STUCK IN

THAT LIE AS WELL.

WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE TO

THAT?

WHERE I START THE BOOK, I

START WALKING THROUGH THE

BOOK OF EPHESIANS, WHERE

PAUL OUTLINES IN GREAT

DETAIL WHAT OUR IDENTITY IS

IN CHRIST.

AND HE USES THAT PHRASE SOME

30 TIMES.

HE STARTS BY SAYING WE'RE

SAINTS.

IF YOU ASK THE AVERAGE

CHRISTIAN, THEY DON'T SEE

THEMSELVES AS THEIR PRIMARY

IDENTITY AS SAINT.

PRIMARILY A SINNER, A

GUILTY, ROTTEN, VIAL SINNER,

AND GOD IS VERY UNHAPPY WITH

ME AND I NEE NEED TO DO

BETTER.

BUT YOUR A SAINT IN TERMS OF

CHRIST.

GOD DOESN'T SEE US WITH WHAT

WE'VE DONE, BUT WHAT CHRIST

HAS DONE.

SO THEN WE START TO LIVE

FROM OUR IDENTITY RATHER

THAN FOR OUR IDENTITY.

THAT ALLOWS US TO CHANGE AND

GROW AND HAVE HOPE AND

HELP.

IT DOESN'T MEAN WE'RE NOT

SINNERS, BUT GOD SEES US AS

HE'LL BE COMPLETED WITH US,

NOT WHERE HE STARTS WITH

US.

Gordon: IN YOUR BOOK,

YOU SAY THAT CHRISTIANS

SHOULD EXPECT TO SUFFER.

WHERE ARE YOU GOING WITH

THAT ONE?

WELL, I BELIEVE IF YOU

LOVE JESUS, YOU KNOW THAT

SATAN AND DEMONS DON'T LOVE

HIM, AND THERE ARE GOING TO

BE CERTAIN PEOPLE WHO DON'T

LOVE THEM.

AND SATAN, DEMONS, AND THOSE

PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO BE

VERY EXCITED ABOUT YOUR LOVE

FOR JESUS.

I WOULD SAY, QUITE FRANKLY,

THE CULTURE WE'RE IN IS

GROWING VERY QUICKLY, NOT

JUST POST-CHRISTIAN, BUT

ANTI-CHRISTIAN.

VERY HOSTILE TOWARDS

CHRISTIAN FAITH AND LOVED

FOR JESUS, WHERE CHRISTIANS

ARE BEING MOCKED FOR

CHRISTIAN BELIEFS.

I GET A LOT OF NEW

CHRISTIANS AND YOUNG PEOPLE

PASTORING A CHURCH IN A VERY

UNCHURCHED CITY, AND THE

TRUTH IS CHRISTIANS NEED TO

UNDERSTAND THAT TO WALK WITH

JESUS IS SOMETIMES TO SUFFER

LIKE JESUS DID.

Gordon: YOU ALSO, IN

THE LAST CHAPTER OF THE

BOOK, "I AM VICTORIOUS," YOU

REALLY GET INTO SOME REAL

KEYS AS TO HOW TO UNDERSTAND

SPIRITUAL WARFARE.

AND ONE OF THE FIRST KEYS IS

TO UNDERSTAND WE'RE IN IT.

WHY IS IT WE TEND TO NOT GO

THAT ROUTE, EVEN THOUGH

WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF

SUFFERING, EVEN THOUGH WE'RE

IN THE MIDDLE OF

PERSECUTION.

WE'RE NOT LOOKING AT IT AS A

SPIRITUAL BATTLE.

WE TEND TO LOOK AT IT AS

VERY TEMPERAL AND VERY

MATERIAL.

WHAT DO YOU SAY TO OPEN

THEIR EYES, THAT, YES, IT IS

SPIRITUAL, AND THERE ARE

SPIRITUAL FORCES.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT, AND

PAUL USES THE LANGUAGE OF

BATTLE AND WAR AND THE

ENEMY, AND ALL OF THAT IS TO

BE TAKEN VERY, VERY

LITERALLY.

I THINK WHAT HAPPENED FOR

SOME CHRISTIANS, THEY THINK

I HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH

THE LORD, SO EVERYTHING GETS

INTERPRETED IN TERMS OF

WELL, IS IT ME OR IS IT THE

LORD?

SO IF THEY'RE SUFFERING OR

BEING ATTACKED OR OPPRESSED,

THEY THINK, WHAT IS THE LORD

DOING TO ME?

WHY DOES THE LORD NOT LOVE

ME?

WHY IS THE LORD HARMING ME?

THEY FORGET THAT THIRD

CATEGORY OF SATAN AND

DEMONS.

IF YOU FORGET THAT THIRD

CATEGORY OF SATAN AND

DEMONS, YOU'RE GOING TO

START TO WONDER IF GOD IS

GOOD AND LOVING.

THAT IS THE TACTIC OF THE

ENEMY, TO GET US TO THINK

THAT GOD IS THE ONE WHO IS

NOT GOOD AND THAT HE IS NOT

REALLY INVOLVED.

Gordon: WHY IS PRAYER

SO CRUCIAL TO REALLY

ESTABLISH OUR IDENTITY IN

CHRIST?

YEAH, WELL PRAYER FOR ME

IS ALL ABOUT GETTING TO KNOW

GOD AS FATHER.

I THINK SOME CHRISTIANS

STRUGGLE WITH PRAYER.

AND I THINK THE EASIEST WAY

TO GROW IN PRAYER IS TO DO

WHAT JESUS SAYS, WHICH IS TO

PRAY TO GOD AS FATHER.

ONCE WE KNOW THAT GOT IS A

FATHER WHO LOVES US, HE

ADORES US, HE FORGIVES US,

AND HE IS GENEROUS TO US,

WE'LL TALK TO HIM MORE

EASILY AND MORE NATURALLY.

I THINK THE EASY WAY TO GROW

IN PRAYER IS NOT TO FOCUS AS

MUCH IN PRAYER, BUT TO LOOK

AT KIDS WHO HAVE A DAD WHO

REALLY, REALLY LOVES THEM,

AND A DAD THEY REALLY LOVE

AND ENJOY, AND SEE THE

FREEDOM AND THE JOY AND THE

SIMPLICITY AND FREQUENCY

THAT THE KIDS GO TALK TO

THEIR DAD.

THAT'S THE BEST PICTURE OF

WHAT PRAYER LOOKS LIKE SINCE

GOD REALLY IS OUR FATHER.

A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T HAVE A

DAD OR THEY HAVE A BAD DAD.

THE MAJORITY OF KIDS BORN TO

WOMEN UNDER 30 ARE BORN OUT

OF WEDLOCK, WITHOUT A

FATHER.

PARTICULARLY FOR YOUNGER

GENERATIONS, WHEN THEY HEAR

THAT GOD IS A DAD THAT

REALLY LOVES YOU AND HE

WANTS TO LISTEN TO YOU AND

HELP YOU AND HE IS THERE FOR

YOU, IT INVITES THEM TO A

LIFESTYLE OF PRAYER.

Gordon: MARK, THANKS

FOR THE BOOK, "WHO DO YOU

THINK YOU ARE?"

IT IS AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO READ

MARK'S BOOK, "WHO DO YOU

THINK YOU ARE" IS AVAILABLE

WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD.

THANKS FOR BEING WITH US,

MARK.

COOL.

THANK YOU.

Gordon: STILL AHEAD,

ONE COUPLE LEARNS IT IS NOT

WHAT YOU GET, BUT WHAT YOU

GIVE IN LIFE THAT MATTERS.

RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Gordon: FOR YEARS,

DANNY SMITH WORKED ON

COMMISSION AND STRUGGLED TO

PAY THE BILLS.

THEN ONE DAY HE FOUND THE

SOLUTION TO TO HIS MONEY

PROBLEMS WHILE HE WAS

WATCHING TV.

Reporter: DANNY SMITH

WAS ALWAYS WORRIED ABOUT

MONEY.

GROWING UP, WE DIDN'T

HAVE A LOT.

MY DAD LOST HIS JOB DURING

THE RECESSION IN THE '80s,

SO I ACTUALLY REMEMBER GOING

TO THE SAME CHURCH WE TAKE

MY DAUGHTER TO -- WE WOULD

GO THERE FOR THE FOOD

DRIVE.

I TOOK FROM MY EXPERIENCE AS

A KID THAT YOU NEED TO WORK

A LOT.

YOU NEED TO FIND A WAY TO

GET MORE MONEY.

Reporter: BUT NO MATTER

HOW HARD HE WORKED, IT

SEEMED AS THOUGH HE NEVER

MADE ENOUGH.

HE WOULD GO INTO

DEPRESSION.

HE WOULD COMPLETELY SHUT

DOWN.

AT FIRST I WAS, YOU KNOW,

WHAT'S WRONG?

HE WOULD SHUT OFF.

I REALIZED IT WAS THE

MONEY.

AND I STARTED SAYING, YOU

HAVE TO TRUST TO GOD IS

GOING TO TAKE CARE OF US.

AND HE ALWAYS DID.

Reporter: BOTH DANNY

AND JESSICA BECAME

CHRISTIANS AT A YOUNG AGE,

BUT DANNY NEVER LEARNED

ABOUT THE BIBLICAL

PRINCIPLES OF GIVING.

IT WAS JUST NONSENSE TO

ME TO THINK THAT YOU GIVE

YOUR MONEY AWAY.

IT WASN'T SOMETHING THAT I

WAS TAUGHT.

Reporter: JESSICA,

FAITHFUL VIEWER OF "THE 700

CLUB," KNEW SHE AND HER

HUSBAND NEEDED FINANCIAL

GUIDANCE, SO SHE ENCOURAGED

DANNY TO WATCH, TOO, AND

TOGETHER THEY LISTENED TO

GORDON ROBERTSON TEACH ABOUT

GIVING.

WHILE LISTENING TO GORDON

TEACH ON THE PRINCIPLES OF

GIVING, DANNY HAD A

REVELATION.

ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS

I HAD TO LEARN TO DO

PERSONALLY WAS GIVE UP,

RELINQUISH, CONTROL OVER MY

LIFE AND OVER EVERYTHING.

ONCE YOU DO THAT AND YOU DO

THAT 100%, A WEIGHT HAS BEEN

LIFTED OFF YOUR SHOULDER.

Reporter: NOT ONLY DID

DANNY GIVE ALL OF THEIR

FINANCIAL PROBLEMS OVER TO

THE LORD, HE AND JESSICA

BECAME "THE 700 CLUB"

PARTNERS.

AROUND THAT SAME TIME, THEY

TOOK ANOTHER STEP OF FAITH,

AND STARTED THEIR OWN

BUSINESS INSTALLING HOME

ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESSES.

THEY SAY GOD BLESSED THEIR

BUSINESS ALMOST

IMMEDIATELY.

AS WE STARTED TO MAKE A

LIVING, WE STARTED TO GIVE

MORE.

AND OUR BUSINESS STARTED TO

GROW WITH IT.

Reporter: WITHIN MONTHS

OF BECOMING CBN PARTNERS,

THEY INCREASED THEIR GIVING

FROM $20 A MONTH TO $100 A

WEEK.

FROM THERE WE REALLY SAW

OUR BUSINESS REALLY START TO

SNOWBALL AND PICK UP.

Reporter: LAST YEAR,

WHEN THE RECESSION HIT, HE

STARTED HAVING SECOND

THOUGHTS ABOUT GIVE.

I WAS GIVING EVERY WEEK,

AND THEN BUSINESS SLOWED

DOWN.

AND SO I DROPPED IT DOWN.

AND JESSICA ALMOST SLAPPED

ME UPSIDE THE HEAD, AND SAID

WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

YOU PROMISED THEM YOU

WOULD GIVE THIS MUCH.

THAT'S WRONG.

YOU NEED TO HONOR YOUR

COMMITMENT.

YOU NEED TO KEEP GIVING WHAT

YOU SAID YOU WOULD GIVE.

SHE WAS RIGHT.

AS I STARTED TO CONSISTENTLY

GIVE, THAT JOB THAT WAS

PENDING FOR THREE MONTHS HAD

CLOSED.

Reporter: AND AS THEY

REFLECT ON GOD'S GOODNESS,

THEY CREDIT THEIR SUCCESS TO

ONE THING.

I ATTRIBUTE IT TO GOD.

HE IS BEING FAITHFUL TO US

BECAUSE WE'RE BEING FAITHFUL

TO HIM.

Gordon: GIVE AND IT

WILL BE GIVEN UNTO YOU.

OUR NATURE SEEMS TO WANT TO

SAY WHEN I HAVE ENOUGH

MONEY, THEN I'LL GIVE.

BUT THAT'S NOT GOD'S WORD.

GOD'S WORD IS GIVE, AND IT

WILL BE GIVEN UNTO YOU.

AND IT WILL BE POURED INTO

YOUR LAP.

THE MEASURE YOU USE IS HOW

IT WILL BE MEASURED BACK TO

YOU.

IF YOU WANT TO START GIVING,

JUST GIVE US A CALL.

THE NUMBER IS ON THE SCREEN,

1-888-777-1999.

OR YOU CAN GO TO cbn.com

AND SAY, YES, I WANT TO JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB."

HOW MUCH IS IT?

JUST $20 A MONTH, 65 CENTS A

DAY.

WHEN YOU CALL AND JOIN, I

WANT YOU TO HAVE THIS.

IT IS LIF "LIFE BEYOND THE

GRAVE, PART TWO."

THEY ARE WONDERFUL STORIES,

EYE WITNESS ACCOUNTS OF

PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIED, GONE

TO HEAVEN, AND SOME WENT TO

HELL.

BUT THEY CAME BACK.

GOD BROUGHT THEM BACK TO

LIFE SO THAT THEY COULD

SHARE THEIR STORIES WITH

YOU.

IF YOU WANT THESE EYE

WITNESS ACCOUNTS, LIFE

BEYOND THE GRAVE, IT IS

YOURS WHEN YOU JOIN "THE 700

CLUB."

WHEN YOU CALL, ASK FOR

PLEDGE EXPRESS.

THE BANK DOES ALL OF THE

WORK.

AND YOU KNOW EVERY SINGLE

MONTH YOUR GIFT IS GOING TO

BE COMING IN.

WHEN YOU CALL, ASK FOR

PLEDGE EXPRESS.

1-888-777-1999.

THE NUMBER IS ON THE

SCREEN.

WELL, DIANA WAS A HAPPY

TEENAGER UNTIL HER BOYFRIEND

DUMPED HER.

SOON ENOUGH, I DROPPED

FROM A HEALTHY 120 POUNDS TO

110, AND THEN BELOW

100 POUNDS WITHIN MONTHS.

PRETTY UNANIMOUSLY, THERE

WAS A CAUSE FOR CONCERN

AMONG MY FRIENDS.

Gordon: HOWEVER, THAT

WAS JUST THE BEGINNING OF

HER PROBLEM.

SHE'LL SHARE HER STORY WHEN

WE RETURN.

Gordon: DIANA ANDERSON

WAS ONCE A HEALTHY HIGH

SCHOOL STUDENT.

SOON, THOUGH, SHE WAS LOSING

SLEEP, HER LOOKS, AND HER

MIND.

DIANA DIDN'T THINK THERE WAS

ANYTHING WRONG.

SHE JUST THOUGHT IT WAS THE

PRICE SHE HAD TO PAY TO BE

PERFECT.

Reporter: WHEN DIANA

ANDERSON STARTED HIGH

SCHOOL, SHE WAS A HEALTHY

ATHLETE.

SHE ALSO HAD A WONDERFUL

FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND A

CHURCH LIFE.

IN HER SENIOR YEAR, WHEN HER

LONG-TERM BOYFRIEND BROKE UP

WITH HER, THE PICTURE WASN'T

SO ROSY.

I DIDN'T HAVE THIS PERSON

THAT I HAD JUST GIVEN MY

HEART TO.

IT WAS EARTH-SHATTERING TO

ME AS AN 18-YEAR-OLD.

I REALLY TURNED TO FITNESS

AS A WAY TO CONTROL MY LIFE,

I THINK.

AND I REALLY TURNED TO FOOD

AND COUNTING CALORIES AND

COUNTING MY MINUTES ON THE

TREADMILL OR AT THE GYM AS A

WAY JUST TO GARNER STRENGTH

IN MY VIEW, BUT I WASN'T

TURNING TO GOD OR TO MY

FAMILY OR TO MY FRIENDS.

SOON ENOUGH, I DROPPED FROM

A HEALTHY 120 POUNDS, WHICH

FOR 5' 5" IS VERY HEALTHY,

TO 110, AND THEN 100 POUNDS

AND BELOW 100 POUNDS IN

MONTHS.

Reporter: AS DIANA'S

BODY DWINDLED AWAY, THE

CONCERNS OF HER FRIENDS AND

FAMILY GREW.

I DON'T THINK THE CHANGES

WITH DIANA WERE JUST

SUDDEN.

THEY WEREN'T OVERNIGHT, BUT

OVER TIME, SHE SEEMED TO

LOSE TO JOYFULNESS SHE HAD

ALWAYS HAD.

THERE BEGAN TO BE PHYSICAL

SYMPTOMS AS WELL AS A CHANGE

IN HER MOOD.

PRETTY UNANIMOUSLY THERE WAS

A CAUSE FOR CONCERN AMONG MY

FRIENDS.

I WAS SLEEPING INORDINATE

AMOUNTS.

I WAS GETTING 10 HOURS OF

SLEEP A NIGHT, AND FEELING

DROWSY IN SCHOOL AND

ACTIVITIES.

MY HAIR WAS THIN.

MY NAILS WERE REAL BRITTLE,

AND MY SKIN HAD THAT

YELLOWISH TINT TO IT, AND

SUNKEN EYES, AND ALL OF

THAT.

BUT TO ME IT WAS A NECESSARY

INCONVENIENCE TO BE THIN.

AND I WAS SO FEARFUL OF

GAINING WEIGHT IN ANY FORM

OR FASHION.

FOOD WAS MY GOD.

ABSOLUTELY WAS AN IDOL.

IT WAS ALL CONSUMING.

I THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT I'D

EATEN THAT DAY, IF I COULD

AFFORD MORE CALORIES.

IT WAS HORRIBLE.

AND I WAS IN SUCH BOND

BONDAGE.

Reporter: DIANA'S

PARENTS LOOKED TO A MYRIAD

OF MEDICAL SPECIALISTS FOR

AN ANSWER.

BECAUSE OF HER PHYSICAL

SYMPTOMS, WE THOUGHT THERE

HAD TO BE AN EXPLANATION.

IT STILL HADN'T DAWNED ON ME

IT COULD BE AN EATING

DISORDER.

Reporter: AS A LAST

RESORT, DIANA'S MOTHER

DECIDED TO RESEARCH ALL OF

HER SYMPTOMS ON LINE.

MY MOM -- ONE DAY I CAME

HOME FROM SCHOOL, AND SHE

WAS SITTING IN FRONT OF THE

COMPUTER.

HE ASKED ME TO SIT DOWN AND

LOOK AT WHAT WAS ON THE

MONITOR.

THERE WERE ALL OF THESE

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF

ANOREXIA OF WHICH I HAD THEM

ALL.

I LOOKED AT THE LIST AND I

CRIED.

AND I LOOKED AT HER AND HE

LOOKED AT ME, AND WE BOTH

HAD THAT AGREEMENT.

THERE WAS NO LONGER AN

OPPORTUNITY FOR HER TO DENY

IT OR TO IGNORE IT.

AND SO WE BEGAN FROM THAT

POINT.

FROM THEN I JUST BEGAN TO

GO TO GOD AND TO PRAY AND

SAY I CAN'T DO THIS.

I'VE TRIED EVERYTHING TO

DENY IT FOR ALL OF THIS

TIME.

AND MY FRIENDS AND MY FAMILY

ARE CONCERNED.

I DON'T WANT TO BE ONE OF

THOSE STATISTICS OF GIRLS

WHO LET IT GO TOO FAR.

Reporter: DIANA BEGAN

LOOKING TO THE BIBLE AND

PRAYER IN ORDER TO RESHAPE

HER THINKING.

YOU HAVE TO, I THINK,

REALIZE THAT THE PHYSICAL

ROOT IS IN THE SPIRIT WORLD,

AND IN YOUR OWN RELATIONSHIP

WITH GOD.

AT THAT TIME, I HAD THE

BELIEF IN GOD.

I HAD BEEN GOING TO CHURCH

FOR YEARS, AND I KNEW GOD

CARED FOR ME, BUT I WASN'T

GIVING HIM MY BURDENS, AND I

WASN'T LOOKING TO HIM TO BE

MY SOURCE OF STRENGTH.

Reporter: AFTER A YEAR

OF STUDYING THE BIBLE AND

PRAYING ABOUT HER ANOREXIA,

DIANA WAS COMPLETELY

DELIVERED FROM HER EATING

DISORDER.

TODAY SHE IS BACK TO A

HEALTHY WEIGHT AND

NUTRITIOUS EATING HABITS.

SHE HAS EVEN WRITTEN A BOOK

CALLED "PRINCE UNIVERSITY,"

TO HELP PEOPLE AS THEY ARE

IN COLLEGE.

DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT YOUR

BODY IS THE TEMPLE OF THE

HOLY SPIRIT?

WE ARE TO HONOR GOD WITH OUR

BODIES IN ALL THAT WE DO.

I'M HEALED, I'M WITH THE

LORD, AND HE HAS GIVEN ME TO

GRACE.

I AM NOT BOUND TO FOOD.

I'M NOT BOUND TO MY BODY.

JUST TO KNOW THAT GOD CARES

ABOUT YOU SO MUCH.

HE SENT HIS SON TO DIE FOR

YOU, AND HE WANTS YOU TO BE

WELL.

HE WANTS TO YOU HAVE LIFE

AND HAVE IT ABUNDANTLY,

OVERFLOWING, TO THE FULL.

A BIG PART OF THAT IS YOUR

PHYSICAL LIFE, AND JESUS CAN

GIVE YOU THAT.

Gordon: FIND YOUR

IDENTITY IN HIM.

WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THAT

YOU'RE FEARFULLY AND

WONDERFULLY MADE, WHEN YOU

UNDERSTAND THAT HE LOVES YOU

UNCONDITIONALLY, NOT BASED

ON WHAT YOU DO OR WHAT YOU

HAVEN'T DONE.

IT'S BASED ON HIS LOVE FOR

YOU AND WHO YOU ARE.

YOU ARE HIS CHILD.

HE FORMED YOU.

HE MADE YOU.

HE KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT

YOU.

AND ALL HE WANTS IS TO GIVE

YOU HIS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.

AND FOR YOU TO BE ABLE TO

RECEIVE THAT.

START THINKING ABOUT WHAT

GOD'S DREAM WAS FOR US.

GOD WANTED US TO LIVE WITH

HIM IN A GARDEN.

WHERE HE WOULD COME DOWN IN

THE COOL OF THE EVENING AND

TALK WITH US.

AND ALL HE ASKED US TO DO

WAS GO AROUND AND APPRECIATE

THINGS.

GIVE NAMES TO THINGS.

THAT'S ALL HE WANTED US TO

DO.

AND WE MESSED IT UP.

WE STARTED OUR OWN THING.

AND THEN WE ATE OF THE

FORBIDDEN TREE AND WE GOT

THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND

EVIL.

AND EVER SINCE WE'VE BEEN

JUDGING.

WE'VE BEEN JUDGING OURSELVES

ESPECIALLY.

AND JUST LIKE DIANA, IF

YOU'RE LOOKING IN THE MIRROR

AND SAY, OKAY, I NEED TO

FIND PERFECTION HERE, IF YOU

COME AT IT WITH A

JUDGEMENTAL SPIRIT, YOU'LL

FIND PLENTY OF

IMPERFECTIONS, AND WUL START

CONDEMNING YOURSELF.

AND THEN YOU'LL START

WORKING ON HOW CAN I MAKE IT

BETTER?

HOW CAN I EXERCISE MORE?

HOW CAN I EAT LESS?

AND SUDDENLY FOOD BECOMES A

GOD.

YOU CAN TRUST GOD WITH

EVERYTHING.

YOU CAN TRUST HIM WERE YOU

WITH YOUR WEIGHT.

YOU CAN TRUST HIM WITH YOUR

EMOTIONS.

YOU CAN TRUST HIM WITH YOUR

SELF-IMAGE.

AND THE MORE YOU SPEND TIME

WITH HIM, AND THE MORE YOU

UNDERSTAND HIS UNCONDITIONAL

LOVE, THEN ALL OF THAT

STRIVING GOES AWAY, AND YOUR

CONSCIOUS GENS CLEANSED FROM

DEAD WORKS -- BECAUSE ALL

WORKS OF THE FLESH ARE

DEAD -- SO THAT YOU CAN CAN

SERVE THE LIVING GOD.

IF YOU WANT SOMEONE TO PRAY

WITH YOU, AND IF YOU'VE GOT

THINGS ON YOU THAT YOU'RE

WONDERING WHY AM I JUDGING

MYSELF?

IS THERE SOMETHING THAT HAS

HAPPENED TO YOU?

DID SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING TO

YOU?

DO YOU NEED TO FORGIVE THEM

AND SET THEM FREE?

OR ARE THERE THINGS THAT

YOU'VE DONE, WHERE YOU NEED

TO FORGIVE YOURSELF AND

RECEIVE THE FORGIVENESS THAT

GOD HAS FOR YOU?

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU.

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU 24 HOURS

A DAY.

IT'S A TOLL-FREE CALL.

THE MINISTRY IS ALWAYS

FREE.

JUST CALL US.

1-888-777-1999.

JUST TELL SOMEBODY WHAT'S ON

YOUR HEART.

IF YOU CO CONFESS YOUR

SINS, HE WILL BE FAITHFUL

AND JUST TO FORGIVE YOU AND

CLEANSE YOU FROM ALL

UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.

MAKE THAT CALL,

1-888-777-1999.

WELL, THIS IS "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE",WHERE WE GET TO

INTERACT WITH YOU ON TODAY'S

TOPICS.

SO LET'S GO TO MARGUERITE IN

THE CHATROOM.

GORDON, THIS IS FROM

CATER, WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, A

MISSIONARY PROPHESIED OF ME

THAT I WOULD BE A

MISSIONARY, TOO.

10 YEARS LATER, I'M A

WRITER.

I'VE ALWAYS REMEMBERED THAT

PROPHECY, BUT NEVER TRULY

FELT IT WAS FOR ME.

IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THE

PROPHECY WAS WRONG OR AM I

NOT DOING WHAT GOD HAS

CALLED ME TO DO?"

Gordon: THERE IS A LOT

OF WAYS TO JUDGE PROPHECY.

LET ME ASSURE YOU AS A

WRITER, YOU CAN BE A

MISSIONARY, TOO.

SOME OF THE GREATEST THINGS

THE APOSTLE PAUL HAS DONE,

AND HE IS CERTAINLY ONE OF

THE GREATEST MISSIONARIES.

BUT HIS GREATEST MISSIONARY

WORK HAPPENED FROM A PRISON

CELL BECAUSE HE WAS THEN

FORCED TO WRITE LETTERS.

AND HE WROTE LETTERS TO THE

CHURCHES HE HAD STARTED

BECAUSE HE WASN'T ABLE TO GO

TO SEE THEM PERSONALLY.

I, FOR ONE, AM GREAT FOR

GRATEFULFGRATEFUL FOR THAT

BECAUSE NOW WE HAVE A RECORD

OF THAT.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO PHYSICALLY

GO LIVE WITH A TROUBLE GROUP

TO BE A MISSIONARY.

YOU CAN BE A MISSIONARY FROM

YOUR WORDS, AND YOUR WORDS

CAN BE VERY EFFECTIVE.

NOW, ON PERSONAL PROPHECY,

IF AT THE TIME IT DIDN'T

AGREE WITH YOUR SPIRIT, THE

BIBLE SAYS LET THE PROPHETS

PROPHESY AND THE OTHERS

JUDGE.

AND WHO ARE THE OTHERS?

ALL WORDS FROM GOD ARE

CONFIRMED BY TWO OR THREE

WITNESSES.

SO IF THE WORD OVER YOU HAD

A CHECK -- YOU HAD A CHECK

OVER IT, I WOULD TAKE IT TO

YOUR PASTOR.

I WISH YOU HAD DONE IT 10

YEARS AGO.

TAKE IT TO YOUR PASTOR.

WHERE IS THE CONFIRMATION?

PROPHETS NEED TO BE UNDER

THE AUTHORITY OF THE

APOSTLES, AND UNDER THE

AUTHORITY, CERTAINLY, OF THE

SHEPHERDS OF THE FLOCK.

SO GET THAT WORD JUDGED.

IF IT COMES UP THAT YOU'RE

NOT GETTING ANY

CONFIRMATION, EITHER FROM

YOUR OWN SPIRIT, BECAUSE

USUALLY PROPHECY IS A

CONFIRMATION OF WHAT GOD HAS

ALREADY TOLD YOU.

AND IF YOU CAN'T FIND TWO OR

THREE WITNESSES, THEN GET

RID OF IT, AND HOLD FAST TO

WHAT IS GOOD AND LET THE

OTHER GO.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM EPHESIANS: "FOR

WE AS A WORKMANSHIP, CREATED

IN CHRIST JESUS, CREATED FOR

GOOD WORKS, WHICH GOD

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