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November 10, 2019
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Fresh Life with Levi Lusko

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The Gentle Nudge That Could Save Your Life Part 1

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  • Your conscious is in your corner, God put that inside of you to
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  • further you. Finish His sentence for Him; don't kill joy, no, no,
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  • no, not kill joy, real joy.
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  • He's bringing you to real joy. He's not a kill joy He's trying to get
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  • you to real joy. Real joy not just happiness for a minute, not just a
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  • couple good years, not just a lot of fun on a Friday night after you
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  • swipe right, no no, He's got real joy in mind.
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  • Life and life everlasting you don't trust Him, He died on the cross
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  • to save you. I think the matter of His love is settled.
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  • Can't we go with Him, can't we believe that He sees something we don't see.
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  • Why did He light your conscious up? Because He wants to hold
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  • you back from danger.
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  • Hey thank you so much for tuning in to Fresh Life TV. It is such a
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  • privilege to have you with us.
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  • We're in a series of messages called Rumble Strip. You know,
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  • that brr, brr, brr, that you feel when your car drifts on the
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  • highway, drifts on the road and all of a sudden, you're grabbing
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  • something on the ground, tuning the radio and now you're
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  • hearing a sound, a sound that could save your life.
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  • Keep you from collision, keep you from the ditch. Keep you from
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  • damaging your car by coming into contact with the guardrail.
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  • Similarly, God has put into our heart and through His voice and
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  • through conviction and good friends who speak into our lives.
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  • Those opportunities to course correct, before danger.
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  • If we can lean into this powerful protection, we can be
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  • prevented from disaster.
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  • So this really could be one of the most important series you ever really hear.
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  • If this message blesses you in any way, we would love to hear about it.
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  • Shoot me an email to levi@freshlife.church.
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  • And if you want to support this ministry and help bring
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  • this message to more people you can partner with us by clicking the
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  • donate button at levilusko.com.
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  • Well thank you so much, please enjoy this message from God's word.
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  • Before we jump in, I do want to say hello to podcast audience. Let
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  • me segment that. Let me segment that off. I always greet locations
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  • and Church online.
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  • But someone told me this week, they said, you always say hello to
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  • people watching church online, which is during worship experiences
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  • where we have worship on there, and hosts on there chatting, and
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  • all that. That happens at Freshlife.church. And there's a schedule
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  • that's always on there, when those are happening.
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  • And they say, you always greet those. And you always greet the
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  • locations. They go, but you don't very regularly greet the podcast
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  • audience. And I always take a walk and listen. And so you know what I want to say, hi.
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  • If you're listening to this on the podcast or watching this -- hi. Hi from
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  • us at Fresh Life. We're glad. We don't always remember to say hi
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  • specifically, but hi. And we're glad that you're here.
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  • One of the most traumatic moments of my childhood -- it's a long list.
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  • How long do you have? One of the most traumatic moments of my
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  • childhood was on a vacation, where I was sleeping in the basement
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  • on a bunk bed.
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  • I'm one of five kids. And so it was like always the big deal if-- you
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  • know, top bunk's a big deal. And this vacation house-- you know,
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  • there's different rooms, and kind of scury, and picked your spots.
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  • Well, on this particular night, I had got that top bunk. I had that.
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  • And it was a basement. And it was high, and it was dangerous. And
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  • I was in fifth grade, and I was ready for it-- maybe fourth grade. I
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  • might even have been a little younger than that.
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  • But I remember vividly everything about that night, because I fell out
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  • of that bunk bed in my sleep, breaking my arm and my nose. There
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  • was no guardrail. And like I said, it was in the basement.
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  • And so all that was protecting me from hitting a slab of concrete that
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  • this structure was built on was a very thin layer of carpeting. And at
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  • some point in the night, I rolled over as I do, usually 60 to 70 times
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  • per night. Some people are saying, are you sleeping on your side,
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  • do you sleep on your back, do you sleep on your stomach? My
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  • answer is yes, but none of them for very long.
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  • But always with my arm under my wife's pillow right as I'm falling
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  • asleep, which she loves. She knows when I'm really falling asleep--
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  • when my arm goes under her pillow. And she's like, oh, my head got
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  • lifted. Any married people feel the struggle of any of that that I'm
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  • talking about? No? OK, all right. We're weird. It's OK. So TMI, my wife says.
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  • So I rolled over at some point and crashed to the ground, breaking
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  • my nose, breaking my arm-- and woke up crying. And no one heard
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  • me, because I was in the basement. And so well, I remember, when
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  • my family finally found me, I was halfway up the stairs in a pool of
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  • blood, sleeping, as they tell the story.
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  • Because apparently, when they didn't hear me crying out to them in
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  • the dark from the basement, I began crawling as best as you can
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  • crawl with a broken arm, and a broken nose, and blood streaming
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  • down your face, up the stairs with a trail of blood. We checked out that thing.
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  • Whoever came in probably thought someone had been murdered in
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  • that basement. That's where they died. This is where the body was
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  • dragged. But it stopped halfway up the stairs, so they probably
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  • assumed that's where they zipped the body into a duffel bag. So we
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  • did not get the deposit back, is the moral-- no, I'm joking.
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  • But the point is that there wasn't anything to wake me up. There
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  • was no guardrail. So there was nothing to stop me from falling. But
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  • there was nothing there to wake me up in those crucial, critical
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  • moments as I was turning towards the edge, moving towards the
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  • edge, and then eventually hitting that point of no return where I fell.
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  • Sadly, for me, and my broken arm and broken nose, there was
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  • nothing to help me on that night, wake me up. No alarm to go off.
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  • But fortunately for us, there is, when it comes to our souls. And
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  • that's exactly what we find in Ephesians Chapter 5. We're making
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  • our home the book of Ephesians as a Church.
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  • If you're just coming in now, we've encouraged everybody to read
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  • some portion of Ephesians throughout every day of the four weeks
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  • of this series. And if you're watching this down the road later on,
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  • four messages in a row, you could get some people together and
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  • read a little bit of Ephesians every day and join the fun.
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  • In the first half, we said he talks all about how amazing it is to follow
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  • Jesus. And then in the second half of the book, he talks about what
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  • that looks like-- when you understand how amazing it is, all that's
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  • happened as a follower of Christ, then you begin to change things
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  • in your life as a natural outflow of the blessings.
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  • It's the blessings that changes the behavior. It's not the behavior
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  • that gets the blessings. God gives His best. And then we go, what?
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  • You're going to give me all this? What have I got to do? Nothing.
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  • And that makes you want to change, the fact that you don't have to
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  • do anything to have God love you. His love comes with no
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  • conditions. And it's really that good.
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  • So that's what Paul is talking about. But we're camping out in just a
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  • small section, verses 14 to 21, of Chapter 5. Why? Well, because
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  • we're talking about sleeping, and we're talking about in our sleep
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  • doing something dangerous.
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  • We're talking about the need to be wakened, the need to be shook,
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  • the need to have someone say, no! The need to have someone say,
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  • there's no barrier here. You're going to fall. This is going to be
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  • terrible. Someone needs to say, you're going to have a crooked
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  • nose the rest of your life if you fall and-- pray for me. This is
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  • cheaper than counseling.
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  • OK, so here's what we find. This is Ephesians 5. It says this, awake.
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  • Look at it."Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ
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  • will give you light. See then that you walk"-- or as we're kind of
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  • comparing to, see that you drive. Walking was the driving of the
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  • ancient world. That's how they got around. We get around in cars
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  • most of the time.
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  • See then that you walk circumspectly. That means super carefully.
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  • That means pay attention to where you're going. "Not as fools. Fools
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  • just go wherever they want to go. They don't think about it. They
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  • don't play out what's going to happen if I do this.
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  • But be wise, redeeming the time. Why? Because man, the days are
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  • evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the
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  • Lord is. And don't be drunk with wine"-- we're going to talk about that
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  • in the series-- "in which is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit.
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  • What does that look like?
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  • Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs
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  • singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks
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  • always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord
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  • Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God."
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  • Jesus, please speak to us. Thank you so much for the blessing it is
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  • to know you, and how that changes our lives, and how we're all in
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  • that process. We ask that what needs to be fixed, what needs to be
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  • tweaked, what needs to be shifted, we would have ears to hear you speaking to us.
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  • And we also ask that if anyone listening to this has never
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  • experienced your love in a powerful way, they would sense you,
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  • even right now, just showering your love upon them. We are asking
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  • for the impossible and the miraculous, for dead people to rise up in
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  • faith by your grace and have everything changed in their life. We
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  • ask this in Jesus' name.
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  • The series is called Rumble Strip. And we're talking about those
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  • little lines on the highway that go, de, de, de, de, de, de, de, de, de,
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  • de, de, de, de when you drive over them. And they're there to do
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  • one thing. They have one function. They have one job in life-- why
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  • they get up in the morning, their mission statement, their purpose statement.
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  • It's this. It's to tell you, yo, you are moving in the wrong direction.
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  • When you drive over rumble strips and you hear that, and when you
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  • feel that-- and that's how they work. They both work through a
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  • tactile and an audible cue. You can hear it, and you can feel it.
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  • They're telling you, you're moving in the wrong direction. Don't keep
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  • going this way. I've experienced them, you've experienced them--
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  • on the outside of roads, on the shoulder of roads. But we've also
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  • experienced them on the internal side of the road, in the median, in
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  • the center of a road.
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  • There's a need for them in both occasions. It's probably more
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  • common to experiencing them on the shoulder. But we also need
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  • them in the center, inside and outside-- internal rumble strips,
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  • external rumble strips. Why are they so important? Because the
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  • best protection is early detection.
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  • It's awesome that the doctor set my bone, put me in a cast. It's
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  • amazing they stuffed gauze up my nose. That's fantastic. But how
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  • much better would it have been if I could have just been shook and
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  • told, you know, maybe you need the bottom bunk, pal. You know what I'm saying?
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  • You're a wild sleeper. What was I doing on the top bunk with no
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  • guardrail? That is no place for me. I was in a place where I was
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  • moving towards danger. It's far better to have that early detection
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  • than it is to fix the damage afterwards.
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  • What do we need? We need advanced notification of imminent
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  • devastation. Why is that so important, we would say. Well, look
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  • back in your life. Think about the things that you regret. Don't you
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  • wish you could have had notification?
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  • Don't you wish you would have known to not do those things? Well,
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  • now play that out in the future. We're going to ask God to put those
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  • rumble strips in place and ask ourselves to listen to Him when He
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  • speaks, so we can do that.
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  • Next week, we're going to be talking about the external rumble
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  • strips, the ones on the outside. But this week, we're going to talk
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  • about the internal ones. And trust me when I say this, you're going
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  • to want to come back next week.
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  • And then in the final week of the series, we're going to talk about
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  • what's going to help us, what's going to guide us, to stay in between
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  • those lines. We're going to lay out one, we're going to lay out the
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  • other. And we're going to talk about what's going to help us keep
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  • going straight in the middle towards where we want to go. That's a little outline there.
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  • I want to talk to you about the internal rumble strip this week. And
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  • I'm speaking specifically about your conscience. Your conscience.
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  • The title from my message, if you like to jot things down, is this,
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  • "The Gentle Nudge That Could Save Your Life." So there's that. The
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  • gentle nudge-- internal, your conscience-- that could save your life.
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  • When we talk about a conscience, what are we talking about? Well,
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  • we're talking about, first of all, something that's built into all of us,
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  • built into all of us. You've felt it. I've felt it. We've all at some point
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  • felt just the unmistakable sensation that what I'm about to do, I shouldn't do that.
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  • You should not do that. You feel it right there. You feel it, you feel it.
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  • Deep down, you feel it. It's no, no, no, no, no. It's ehn, ehn, ehn,
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  • ehn. It's brh, brh, brh, brh, brh. It's (ROLLING TONGUE). It's anh,
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  • anh, anh, anh anh, anh, anh, anh, anh. You feel it. You feel it.
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  • And you're looking around, does anybody else hear that? Does
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  • anybody else hear that? Yes, we all do, but different ways at
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  • different times. What is your conscience? Your conscience is
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  • something hardwired into you that is built into all of us.
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  • In Romans Chapter 2-- an amazing passage, the early part of
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  • Romans, another letter that Paul wrote as well-- he talks about
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  • conscience. And he actually points to conscience, the fact that it's
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  • universally felt by people as evidence for the existence of God. He
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  • makes a case that there is a God based on conscience.
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  • You think about what we can know of God. We can, of course, know
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  • that there is a God because of the fact that this creation is beautiful.
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  • He makes that case. He makes the case that we all feel when we
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  • look at the sunset. We all feel when we watch clouds in the distance
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  • dump out rain and lightning bolts shoot out of them.
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  • If you've ever experienced that-- even on a computer screen, even
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  • on a Nat Geo program-- the way you feel inside when you see it,
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  • the way you get swept away. And right there in your soul, God says, that was me.
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  • And Paul makes the case that there's proof for the existence of God
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  • based on that, that in our hearts, we have to lie to ourselves to say
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  • that there is not something that made that, there's not intentionality
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  • to that, there's not beauty to that. We just-- right there in our hearts,
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  • we're like, that's not an accident.
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  • That is not a fluke. That is beautiful. That is a painting. There's a
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  • painter. There's brush strokes. There's fingerprints. There's little hair
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  • left from where the brush went by. And we sense God's brush
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  • strokes on our soul when we look at the beauty of creation.
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  • But then he also says, we also know there is a God deep down in
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  • our guts, when we come to an impasse between right and wrong.
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  • Animals don't equivocate like that. Animals don't go back and forth.
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  • You're not going to catch your dog with this-- his paws, it's like, ah,
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  • in turmoil-- I know I shouldn't do that, but I did. I feel terrible about it.
  • 00:16:47.250 --> 00:16:53.230
  • My wife made me the most amazing breakfast the other day,
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  • avocado toast with the sea salt on it-- oh my, the big flakes of the
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  • salt-- you can't just put table salt on it. I'm just speaking to any
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  • restaurants out there that are offering avocado toast, but it's a bad
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  • one. It's a false avocado toast. Because, like, avocado toast-- and
  • 00:17:11.150 --> 00:17:15.130
  • just avocados on bread. No, no, no. There's an art to it. There's a
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  • science to it. And it has to definitely involve the big salt.
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  • Anyhow, she made me this avocado toast with scrambled eggs.
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  • And she comes in-- I'm making myself hungry preaching this
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  • message-- she sets it down. I'm like, thank you, give her a kiss, look
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  • her in the eyes for a minute, went to do something else. Tabasco
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  • gets on-- that's not the seasoning, it's my dog. When Tabasco gets
  • 00:17:35.060 --> 00:17:40.040
  • on your breakfast, it's usually good. In my case, it was a problem.
  • 00:17:40.060 --> 00:17:42.210
  • Tabasco ate the entire thing. All that was left was the bread The
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  • eggs were gone. The avocado was gone. The sea salt was gone.
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  • And so I killed him. And-- no, I'm joking. I'm joking. But I did think
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  • about it, just really briefly. I Offended all the dog lovers. I offended all
  • 00:17:56.080 --> 00:18:02.070
  • the dog lovers.
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  • But we feel-- we feel what animals don't feel. A lion takes over a
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  • pride of lions, what's the first thing they do? They eat all the lion
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  • cubs, every single one, on the spot. And we're appalled by that, but
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  • lions aren't. Lions aren't. I mean, animals don't have that
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  • conscience thing that God gave to us.
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  • So Paul says, you know there is a God, because look at beauty.
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  • You know there's a God because look how you feel. You feel, anh,
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  • anh, anh, anh, anh. You feel anh, anh, anh, anh, anh. You feel de,
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  • de, de, de, de, de, de, de, de, de, de, de, de, de, de, de, de, de, de.
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  • So Romans 2-- as he makes his case, look at one of the things he says. I love this.
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  • He talks about the baked-in sensation of conscience. He talks about
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  • how it's not something alien imposed on us from without, meaning
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  • you don't have it pushed into you from the outside. But this is woven
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  • into the very fabric of our creation. Look at that.
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  • There's something deep within, echoing God's yes and His no, His
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  • right and His wrong. God is to be worshiped above all other things.
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  • People are to be treated with the same value and love you'd want to show yourself.
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  • We sense right. We sense wrong. Taking life, taking something that
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  • doesn't belong to us, telling a lie-- there's something inside of our
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  • souls that goes mm, mm, mm, mm, mm, mm, mm, mm, mm, mm.
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  • It's built into us all. It's the first thing that we need to understand about the conscience.
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  • The second thing is that it's, generally speaking, a quiet voice that's
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  • the conscience. This rumble strip of the internal conscience-- it's a quiet one.
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  • I like how it's put in the book of 1 Kings where we read this, when
  • 00:19:44.190 --> 00:19:48.060
  • Elijah encountered the voice of God, it was a gentle quiet whisper--
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  • as distinct from thunder, as distinct from a volcano erupting, as
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  • distinct from a wind blasting by, or an earthquake. No, no. This is
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  • something within. We all feel it, and it often comes in a still, small
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  • voice, or as I put it, as this gentle nudge that could save your life.
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  • What is the conscience? It's something we all have. It's something
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  • that is quiet. Thirdly, it's something trying to hold you back from
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  • danger. Now don't miss the last two words, because that changes everything.
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  • Because how it feels in the moment-- can we be honest -- is my
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  • conscience feels like it's holding me back. Holding me back. I want
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  • to do that business deal. I don't care that every alarm bell is going
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  • off in my head. I don't care that I realize these people are not the
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  • kind of people you should be in business with.
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  • But it feels like I could make money in this. It feels so good. I feel
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  • the pressure of this party. I feel the pressure of this moment, of what
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  • everyone's doing. I feel myself surging towards this.
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  • But when I feel that anh, anh, anh, anh, anh, and you want to say
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  • shut up to Jiminy Cricket, what is that? That is you feeling like your
  • 00:21:03.210 --> 00:21:07.010
  • conscience is trying to hold you back, and it is-- but finish it-- from
  • 00:21:07.030 --> 00:21:12.000
  • danger. It's trying to hold you back from danger. It's trying to hold
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  • you back from danger.
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  • It's trying to hold me-- you don't want me to have any fun, you're so
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  • restrictive, God-- He's trying to hold you back. Yes, yes, He is. He
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  • has no shame in that. And that's why He put that conscience in you.
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  • It's not a cricket or a grasshopper. It's the signature of God on your soul.
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  • And He does want to hold you back-- from danger, from an early
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  • grave, from a prison cell. He wants to hold you back from just doing
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  • whatever feels good in your diet and ending up struggling with
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  • obesity, doing whatever you feel like with your finances, which leads
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  • to insolvency. We do whatever it feels like when it comes to
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  • drinking, which looks like cirrhosis of the liver. Doing whatever it
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  • feels like when it comes to who you roll with, which leads to what?
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  • Problems and difficulties down the road.
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  • So here's the thing. When we feel that, it's like, but that's just trying
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  • to keep me from danger. It's trying to keep me back-- even if I don't
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  • see it, even if I don't feel it, even if there's consequences from
  • 00:22:14.110 --> 00:22:17.250
  • honoring the conscience and not honoring how I feel in the moment,
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  • I believe, God, that you have my best good in mind.
  • 00:22:21.100 --> 00:22:27.060
  • What's the conscience? It's something we all have. It's something
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  • that's quiet. It's something that is trying to keep us back and is trying
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  • to keep us back from danger. And that's why it's foolish to silence
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  • your conscience, foolish. And that's what the text says in verse 15,
  • 00:22:40.030 --> 00:22:44.080
  • "walk circumspectly, heed the wake up calls, not as fools"
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  • What do foolish people do? What I do sometimes when I'm in the
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  • passenger seat of a car, and I know it's a really short drive, and I
  • 00:22:50.220 --> 00:22:53.190
  • hear bing, bing, bing, bing, bing, and I'm irritated and frustrated
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  • because I know I'm going a short distance and I don't want to put
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  • my seatbelt on. And so I go, you stupid car, just shut up. Oh, this
  • 00:23:03.050 --> 00:23:06.220
  • thing's so stupid. It's so-- oh, it's so stupid.
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  • And I'm thinking to myself-- I go, this car is trying to save my life.
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  • And I'm so dumb that I'm irritated by something that's trying to help
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  • me. Am I the only one? Am I the only one? And I just wonder how
  • 00:23:17.280 --> 00:23:22.080
  • many of us have been so foolish that we are attacking our own bodyguard.
  • 00:23:22.100 --> 00:23:27.100
  • We're attacking someone who's been sent to help us. Your
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  • conscience is in your corner. God put that inside of you to further
  • 00:23:32.030 --> 00:23:36.280
  • you, to bless you, to cause you to prosper. So we would fight
  • 00:23:37.000 --> 00:23:40.250
  • against that at our own detriment.
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  • And that's what we see in these verses. We see the loving hand of
  • 00:23:43.220 --> 00:23:46.250
  • God trying to help us. Whenever He says don't, what does He
  • 00:23:46.270 --> 00:23:50.010
  • mean? Don't hurt yourself. Finish his sentence for Him, don't-- aw,
  • 00:23:50.030 --> 00:23:55.030
  • killjoy. No, no. Not killjoy. Real joy.
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  • He's bringing you to real joy. He's not a killjoy. He's trying to get you
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  • to real joy-- real joy, not just happiness for a minute, not just a
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  • couple good years, not just a lot of fun on a Friday night after you
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  • swipe right. No, He's got real joy in mind. Life and life everlasting.
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  • You don't trust Him? He died on the cross to save you. I think the
  • 00:24:14.090 --> 00:24:17.150
  • matter of His love is settled. Can't we go with Him? Can't we believe
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  • that He sees something we don't see? Why did He light your
  • 00:24:21.210 --> 00:24:24.070
  • conscience up? Because He wants to hold you back from danger.
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  • I like what one modern translation says in Romans 2. It says, if you
  • 00:24:28.260 --> 00:24:34.050
  • go against the grain, you're going to get splinters. God's put a grain
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  • into this universe. And we all think we know better. And when we go
  • 00:24:38.260 --> 00:24:43.210
  • against that grain, we end up with splinters. Why? Because we
  • 00:24:43.230 --> 00:24:46.190
  • went against the grain.
  • 00:24:46.210 --> 00:24:48.280
  • And we are here, well, it's not my truth. You can have whatever truth
  • 00:24:49.000 --> 00:24:52.160
  • you want. That's fine. But the truth is whatever God put into this
  • 00:24:52.180 --> 00:24:56.230
  • universe, the grain that He put in. And when we go against that--
  • 00:24:56.250 --> 00:24:59.190
  • He's given us permission to live whatever we want to live. But when
  • 00:24:59.210 --> 00:25:03.050
  • we do that and we end up with splinters, it's for a reason-- we went
  • 00:25:03.070 --> 00:25:06.030
  • against the grain that God put in.
  • 00:25:06.050 --> 00:25:09.160
  • So now that we have that foundation laid, like, what is a
  • 00:25:09.180 --> 00:25:13.060
  • conscience? A conscience is something we all have. It's something
  • 00:25:13.080 --> 00:25:15.170
  • that's quiet. And it's something that's trying to keep us back from
  • 00:25:15.190 --> 00:25:18.240
  • danger. Let's now take this a little bit further and talk about three
  • 00:25:18.260 --> 00:25:22.000
  • reasons why we should listen to that conscience. Sound good?
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  • Number one, because the more you ignore it, the harder it is to hear
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  • it. Whooh. That's intense. The more you ignore it, the quieter it gets.
  • 00:25:30.140 --> 00:25:38.190
  • I was in a dentist's office one time. All my stories involve broken
  • 00:25:38.210 --> 00:25:42.170
  • bones and broken teeth. I don't know what to say. But I was in a
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  • dentist's office, and they were putting a-- I have a fake tooth, this
  • 00:25:46.150 --> 00:25:50.220
  • one right here, and it's made out of porcelain-- and at this point, I
  • 00:25:50.240 --> 00:25:54.290
  • was getting some other version of that tooth on there.
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  • So when that tooth got knocked out, they were putting this new one
  • 00:26:06.140 --> 00:26:10.100
  • on. And I remember seeing a sign on the wall that I'll never be able
  • 00:26:10.120 --> 00:26:15.120
  • to stop seeing. And it said this, ignore your teeth and they'll go
  • 00:26:15.140 --> 00:26:18.110
  • away. Man, I just found a new desire to floss, just right then and
  • 00:26:18.130 --> 00:26:25.070
  • there. I just found it.
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  • I was like, I hate flossing. I was like, I will floss every day. I will floss
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  • every day. Ignore your teeth, they'll go away. It's kind of like that
  • 00:26:29.210 --> 00:26:32.190
  • when it comes to the conviction. The better you get at ignoring it,
  • 00:26:32.210 --> 00:26:37.070
  • the quieter-- it already starts out as a whisper. It just gets fainter,
  • 00:26:37.090 --> 00:26:40.290
  • and fainter, and fainter.
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  • Look, I'm going to need a verse for that. Here you go. It says in 1
  • 00:26:42.220 --> 00:26:44.170
  • Timothy that through hypocrisy-- what's that? Pretending like you're
  • 00:26:44.190 --> 00:26:49.120
  • not what you are or you are what you aren't. And so when we
  • 00:26:49.140 --> 00:26:53.040
  • clearly hear God's voice but we choose to act and live as though we
  • 00:26:53.060 --> 00:26:56.010
  • don't realize that, we're living a lie.
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  • And the pretensions of liars who's consciences are seared. Your
  • 00:27:00.060 --> 00:27:05.280
  • conscience can get seared. We all have one, but it can get
  • 00:27:06.000 --> 00:27:09.180
  • cauterized, is the point. Cauterized, meaning you don't have feeling
  • 00:27:09.200 --> 00:27:13.090
  • anymore. You don't feel it anymore.
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  • So we can live in such a way-- listen-- where one thing leads to
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  • another. And that's the story of rumble strips.
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