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December 1, 2019
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Fresh Life with Levi Lusko

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Ten and Two Part 2

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  • You can't be an influence while you're being influenced at the same
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  • time. Jesus drank and Jesus ate and Jesus was at parties and
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  • Jesus was yes, He was but who were the core voices in His life?
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  • He would be willing to hang out with anyone, go to dinner with
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  • anyone, go to someone's house, yes, yes, yes, yes but He had 12
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  • key friends in His life. His small group you could say.
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  • His community, that you could say. Even from there a greater 70 and
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  • even from there a greater 500.
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  • And even within the 12 disciples, did He not have three best friends?
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  • Peter, James and John who He really did life with. You seldom see
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  • Jesus doing anything without Peter and James and John around
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  • And so I think that's the posture, hello, should we just do it like Jesus?
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  • that sound like a plan? Let's minister to everyone
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  • love everyone, realize that we're sent out to work and be in this world
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  • and live in community and seek the peace of the cities that we're living in
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  • and the schools and the parks and the soccer leagues
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  • and your kids gymnastics deal the whole thing, and be around
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  • people and be salt and be light.
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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, that
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  • brr, brr, brr that you feel when your car drifts on the highway, drifts
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  • on the road and all of a sudden, you're grabbing something on the
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  • ground, or tuning the radio and now you're hearing a sound, a sound
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  • 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 prevented
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  • 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 this
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  • message to more people you can partner with us by clicking the donate
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  • 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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  • And we have one band all across the entire church. One click track.
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  • And I was just thinking about people at every one of our 12 different
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  • locations. All of us together clapping-- well, doing our very best to clap
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  • to the beat. Yes, yes, we know you're here. And God loves you too who
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  • can't keep a beat to save your life.
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  • But we're all falling into the same rhythm as we all make much of
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  • Jesus, as we all lift up His name. We're all becoming like each other,
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  • and the pull of the world is diminishing as our eyes are open once again
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  • to the majesty of God. We're becoming like each other, because we're
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  • spending time together. My friend Pastor Craig Groeschel likes to put it
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  • this way-- and I don't think I could put it better than this-- show me your
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  • friends and I'll show you your future.
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  • If you show me who you're hanging out with, who you're doing life with,
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  • who are the core relationships in your life, I'll know where you're
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  • heading, because you're going to drift towards those things. We
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  • become like those that we do life with. Why? Because they're going to
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  • be there to rumble certain things and to not rumble certain things. And if
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  • you're hanging out with the wrong people, they're going to rumble the wrong things.
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  • They'll discourage your desire to serve God. Discourage the dreams
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  • that God's put in your heart. The sacrifice that God's going to call you
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  • to. We're not told to be like this world. We're told to be not conformed to
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  • it. But to be transformed by the renewing of our mind that's found in this
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  • word. We're told to be a peculiar people. So if the core voices speaking
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  • into your life are not sold out, passionate, dedicated followers of Jesus,
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  • they're not going to rumble things that would be dangerous and
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  • detrimental to you. But they are going to rumble things that God
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  • told you to do. And as you laugh with them, as you drink with them, as
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  • you party with them, you're going to think like them. You're going to
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  • value like them. You're going to prioritize like them. You become-- listen
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  • to me-- like those you do life with.
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  • So you need to choose to do life with the right people. Now what's the
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  • inherent tension into such a statement. Well, aren't we supposed to
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  • reach the world? That's not very loving to tell people, I'm sorry. I can't
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  • keep hanging out with you like this. I can't keep doing this with you like
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  • this. Isn't that going to ostracize them? How am I going to reach a world
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  • that I've abandoned? Therein lies the tension. And the church tends
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  • towards polars. And the church tend towards sides of the pendulum and extremes.
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  • Now someone said that the devil doesn't care which side of the horse
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  • you fall off of, so long as you don't stay in the saddle and ride. And this
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  • is an area where we need to acknowledge the tension. What's the one
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  • side of the tension? Living in a monastery. I don't want to get any
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  • cooties. Everybody, go get your burlap sack and follow me. We are not
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  • for-- that's what the Pharisees- you laugh but that's what the Pharisees
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  • did. And the church loves to do this.
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  • We're forming a church softball league so we don't have to play softball
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  • with the heathens. You know what I'm saying? This is that tendency
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  • towards everything Christian. I only drink milk from Christian cows. I
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  • only send my kids to Christian schools. I only listen to music that's
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  • Christian music. Someone asked C.S. Lewis one time what it felt like to
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  • write Christian books? And he stopped and said, my books don't have a soul.
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  • Books can't be Christian. Only people can be Christian. I'm a Christian.
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  • I write books. But this mentality of thinking we can make our Christian
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  • little existence, that is completely a train wreck. Why? Because sin
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  • comes in, even into the monastery. Why? We all smuggle it into our
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  • heart. And it's this formalism. And it's this legalism. And it's this
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  • religiosity which is so icky and so gross and so devastating.
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  • So that's one extreme. What's the other extreme? So much like the
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  • world that we're doing exactly what the world's doing, and now we have
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  • nothing to offer the world anymore. Because you can't be an influence
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  • while you're being influenced at the same time. And the case for this
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  • would be well, Jesus was a friend of sinners. Yes. And Jesus drank,
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  • and Jesus ate and Jesus was at parties, and Jesus was-- Yes, He was.
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  • But who are the core voices in His life?
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  • He would willing to hang out with anyone. Go to dinner with anyone. Go
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  • to someone's house. Yes, yes, yes, but he had 12 key friends in his life.
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  • His small group, you could say. His community that you could say. And
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  • even from there, a greater 70. And even from there, a greater 500. And
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  • then you see key friendships He identified like Lazarus, and Mary and
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  • Martha and others that would follow and support the ministry. He had
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  • His community for sure. And even within the 12 disciples, did He not
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  • have three best friends? Peter, James, and John who He really did life
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  • with. You seldom see Jesus doing anything without Peter and James and John around.
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  • And so I think that's the posture. Hello, should we just do it like Jesus?
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  • That sound like a plan? Let's minister to everyone. Love everyone.
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  • Realize that we're sent out to work, and be in this world, and live in
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  • community. And seek the peace of the cities that we're living in the
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  • schools and the parks and the soccer leagues and your kids gymnastic
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  • deal. And the whole thing. And be around people. And be salt and be
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  • light and not stay in the salt shaker, but get out into the world and love
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  • people. And realize we're no better than anybody. We just have been
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  • saved by somebody. And His name is Jesus. And He wants us to be in people's lives.
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  • But also know there's also that pull. And if we're not careful, we'll let the
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  • wrong voices get into the core seats of our soul and speak into and
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  • inform the decisions that we're making. And then we will end up getting
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  • pulled from our mission. And then we'll end up making decisions that
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  • cause the watching, waiting world go, well, the church is full of
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  • hypocrites anyway. And then we're aking decisions that put into harm
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  • the calling that Jesus wants us to walk out.
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  • So right people. It is incredibly important that you have in your ear
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  • voices that are going to light the nose up. Remember operation? Light
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  • the nose up at the right things and encourage the right things as well.
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  • And when the right voices rumble you-- here's the second thing-- right
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  • spirit. We need to have the right spirit. What's the right spirit? Humility and gratitude.
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  • When someone in your Fresh Life group pulls you to the side and says,
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  • hey, can I talk to you about something? I just noticed that every time
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  • we're in conversation your husband's telling a story. You're always
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  • correcting him. That's not how it was, and then you tell it. And I just feel
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  • like, what could it be like if, instead, you were a little more affirming?
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  • What could that do? I just wonder how you respond when something like that happens?
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  • You know your impact team lead at the church on the team that you
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  • serve on just says, hey, I noticed a lot of times you say you're going to
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  • be there and then you're not. Everyone's here, and you breeze in late,
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  • and you always have 17 reasons. But we all have lives too. And it's
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  • just- I don't know if you've noticed this-- but just the way that you
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  • breeze in late just sends the message to all of us serving on this team,
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  • it's just not that important.
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  • Or you're serving on one of our worship teams. And you consistently
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  • haven't memorized the songs and someone says, hey, could you
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  • maybe focus a little bit this week on working the songs. Do see what
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  • happens when you're singing something different than what's on the
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  • screen? And the person who comes in they're like, wait, wait. Do I listen
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  • to you, or do I read it? And lovingly the correction is given hey, this is important.
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  • Here's the question. In those moments if our response is humility, we
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  • will respond with gratitude. Hey thanks for saying that. that was
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  • awkward and hard, and I realize that wasn't easy for you to do. So
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  • thanks for that. Thanks for giving me that chance to grow. Thanks for
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  • giving me that coverage on my life that I didn't see.
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  • If our response is gratitude and our response is humility, guess what?
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  • We're demonstrating the right spirit. But what do we so often do? Well,
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  • you're not miss perfect singer yourself. Awesome. Well, you should talk.
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  • I've noticed you're married-- hold on a second. What does the Bible say
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  • about that? Well, here's what it says. "Pride goes before destruction,
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  • and a haughty spirit before a fall."
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  • We shouldn't puff ourselves up when someone in our life that we are
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  • voluntarily putting ourselves under their authority by being a part of
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  • community that we're craving. We should all be craving, hopefully, that
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  • kind of critique, that kind of coaching. That kind of help that will help us
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  • get to the next level of our development. And not miss out on any of the
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  • things that God's called us to do. We should have the heart that says,
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  • thanks for telling me. I didn't see it like that. And the way you put it, that makes sense.
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  • And then with a humility that God wants us to have, we will yield
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  • ourselves to that amazing instruction. The fact that they're rumbling
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  • some behavior that's holding you back. That you're monopolizing
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  • conversation, or you're cliqish You're only talking to these people.
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  • Whatever it is that someone would speak into your life, it's just a
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  • chance for you to grow.
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  • And you can either get bitter and you can always-- if you go home and I
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  • can't believe they would say that. How did they know? And they don't
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  • know how busy I am? It's like, hold on a second. Do I want to grow or
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  • not? And if so, then let's demonstrate the right spirit when the right
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  • people speak up in our lives about something we're moving towards.
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  • Something we're veering away from, and they're asking those right
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  • questions. We should as parents, want to be the best parents we
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  • can be. So someone says, hey, have you been spending time one on
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  • one with your kids? Have you been getting along with them? Are you
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  • putting the phone down at the dinner table? That kind of input into our
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  • lives. We should all be craving. Right spirit.
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  • And then jot this down. We should be asking the right questions, the
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  • right questions. What is this? This is questions that will provoke a
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  • rumble strip. Questions that will provoke a rumble strip. We should not
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  • be relying on the people in our lives-- our campus pastors, people
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  • within the church-- seeing something before we bring something in our
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  • lives to them. We should be asking the right questions to get their
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  • wisdom and bring it into our life for situations they may not even be
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  • knowing about. They may not be aware of because they don't see us at
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  • work. Or they don't see how we spend our money. We should be asking the right questions.
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  • Check out this verse from Proverbs on the subject. It says, "Counsel--
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  • what's counsel? Counsel's good advice from the right people--
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  • "Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water. But a man of
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  • understanding will draw it out."
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  • This is a great verse. I was new on staff at a church. I was brought on
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  • as an intern for a summer. And it was as unglamorous as unglamorous
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  • can get. Mopping and sweeping, rushing off to hospitals and funeral
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  • homes. And setting up for weddings and anything-- addressing
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  • envelopes for the typewriter. Look it up if you don't know what it is. It's
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  • on Google. And just anything and everything.
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  • And a part of it was-- there was times throughout the internship where I
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  • would spend some time with the pastor of the church. And our first
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  • time- he drove me to a Starbucks, and we were on a street called
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  • Eubank. And I'll never forget. He said to me, hey, there's a verse in
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  • Proverbs that says, "Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water. But
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  • a person of understanding will learn how to draw it out."
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  • And I want you to understand how this internship's going to go. I'm
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  • going to get time with you. And when we have time together, I'm not
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  • coming up with a syllabus of things I'm going to teach you. I'm going to
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  • rely on you having and asking good questions to get wisdom out of me.
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  • That puts the onus on you to get as much out of this as you can.
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  • Because I'll answer whatever question you're willing to ask. But if you
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  • ask the right questions you'll draw out the deep wisdom. You'll draw out the good water.
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  • OK, so that-- bring that now with you into this concept of rumble strip,
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  • and the people around you that you've identified as the right people.
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  • Godly voices, Godly people in my life. And you can have different ones.
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  • As an author, I have author rumble strips. I have people I'm running
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  • stuff by. I'm grateful to hear what Max Lucado thinks of the new book.
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  • Yes, I'm going to listen with both of my ears what he has to say about it.
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  • You see, we can install different rumble strips for different seasons and
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  • different life. Basically, you want to pick people who you want your
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  • future to be like theirs. And that's who you want to listen to in subjects,
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  • OK? And so as you've installed these voices in your life, you should be
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  • drawing out rumbles about things they wouldn't know about unless you
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  • ask the right questions. What does that mean? That means you go to
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  • them before you've made your decision. That's huge for good counsel.
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  • You go to them before you've made your decision, and you involve
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  • them-- listen to me-- in the process.
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  • A lot of times people go for counsel, and it's really just a formality,
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  • because they've already made their mind up. They'll come to you and
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  • say, what should I do here? And as you dig in a little bit, you're like, oh,
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  • wait. You've already made your decision. You've already acted on it.
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  • You're coming now not for my recommendation. You're coming for my
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  • validation on what you've already decided is going to be what you're
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  • going to do. So you don't want to rumble strip, you just want a rubber
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  • stamp. Cool. I'll tell you you're going great. But you're not coming for
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  • deep water, because you've already clearly made your mind up.
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  • And so one of the things that's really important for me in my life is I'm
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  • going to get counsel early, early, early, and involving in the process.
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  • And not just making my mind up, but then texting a few friends or
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  • calling a few people so that so they can tell me yay, you. Because
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  • that's not what I want. I want people who are down in the dirt and down
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  • in the weeds and know the issue and know the struggle and are
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  • walking through it with me. Don't you see how different that is when
  • 00:16:55.150 --> 00:16:59.080
  • you're going to people early on and involving them in the process
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  • before you buy the house, accept the job, and decide you're taking the
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  • transfer? Or whatever else you might be seeking out their counsel on?
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  • You're getting pretty quiet, so I don't think this is helping you. Is it
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  • good? Is it all right? All right, so right people, right spirit, right questions,
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  • then right posture. Right posture. This has to do with the rumbling that
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  • you're meant to do. As a part of the community, you're not just to
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  • receive it, there's going to come days where people are going to ask
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  • you to be their rumble strip. And that is critical.
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  • Let me tell you how that works. You go to someone and you say, would
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  • you please speak into my life when you see something that's out of
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  • whack. I give you permission. I'm asking you, if you love me enough
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  • would you call me out on the weeds. Would you ask me where I'm at?
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  • Would you ask me what's going on? Would you involve me in the process?
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  • I'm thinking about dating this girl, and what do you think? Well, have
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  • you guys already gotten married? OK, no. Great. Then let's talk about
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  • it. It's a different answer if you've already gotten married. But if you're
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  • saying will I be around and watch the dating play out? And if you see
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  • one of us-- this is what Jennie and I did, by the way. When we were first
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  • starting to date, we went to someone right away and said, if you see
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  • either of us drifting in our relationship with Jesus or drifting in our
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  • commitment to serve here in the house, would you please call us out
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  • on it? Because we want this relationship to push us towards Jesus and
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  • towards serving God and not away from it. These are key priorities.
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  • And so we were involving voices in our lives with the permission to call
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  • us out. One of the best rumble strips we had was her roommate. That's
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  • all I'm going to say about that. A lot of Friday nights her roommate got a
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  • call, hey, what are you doing? We're coming over. We'd like you to be
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  • there. And she's like, I'm the supervisor, aren't I? And we're like, yes.
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  • We would like to have you there for the pleasure of your company. Just
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  • don't talk to us. We'll just-- just be there somewhere in the room.
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  • Rumble strip. Someone say rumble strip. OK, but when people come to
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  • you and ask you to rumble them, and you see something, and you're
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  • now called to say something, how do you do it? You do with the right
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  • posture. What's the right posture? L-O-V-E, love.
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  • You let all that you do and say be done with love. Love that can be
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  • seen in your eyes. Love that can be felt. Love that it is so- here's what
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  • you want. Here's what you pray for before you confront someone in
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  • love. You say, God, please help them see how much I care about them,
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  • and how much I want the best for them.
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  • God, help them to be unmistakably clear that I don't think I'm better
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  • than them. That I'm not relishing the opportunity, excited about the
  • 00:19:46.250 --> 00:19:52.040
  • prospect of pointing out sin in their lives. Let it not be at all from a place
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  • of superiority. Let it be a gentle humility that I, with love, tell them, hey,
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  • you asked me to speak this out. And by being on this team or by being
  • 00:20:02.060 --> 00:20:05.240
  • in this group, you're inviting it. And just God's put something on my
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  • heart to share with you. That's hard to take badly, when it comes from that spirit.
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  • Look what Paul says on the subject in Galatians 6:1. He says this,
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  • "Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin-- look at this--
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  • forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You
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  • might be needing forgiveness before the day is out." Dang. Drops mic.
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  • Walks off the stage, right?
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  • This mentality that says as I come to you, I recognize I'm blowing it too
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  • in lots of ways. We all need help. I just wanted to put this
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  • on your radar. And that also means that you're not gossiping about it
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  • around town to other people. You're just going to them, and you're
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  • loving them to wholeness and to wellness.
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  • Doesn't that sound like a life changing, game changing way to handle
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  • relationships? I think so. Going to your husband-- Jennie's really good
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  • about this. Hey, we're going to have-- we need to talk about something.
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  • It's probably going to be a little challenging, but I love you. And I
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  • noticed this. And that makes it real easy for me too respond well too. That
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  • I see in her eyes, she just wants what's best for us. And there's a real
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  • sense of that tender humility there.
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  • And we've even adopted language that allows our kids to help us to
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  • see our parenting through their eyes. We want that. We crave that.
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  • They've never been our kids before. We've never been their parents
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  • before. We're all on this journey together. And we know we're going to make mistakes
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  • All right. Well, that's really the message. But to tie a bow on it. I want to
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  • point your attention to a story in the Old Testament that I think sort of really
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  • highlights the importance of the right voices in your life. Some of you
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  • might know-- and if you haven't, you'll, discover at some point as you
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  • read commentaries-- that the book of Ephesians has an Old Testament
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  • parallel. And that's the book of Joshua. That Ephesians, they say, is a
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  • lot like the Book of Joshua. Now, Joshua you know led the children of
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  • Israel into the promised land. That was originally Moses's job, but
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  • Joshua got to do it.
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  • Why? Because the children of Israel entered into a 40 year long
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  • holding period. A 40 year long period wandering in the wilderness
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  • because the first opportunity they had to go into the promised land
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  • under Moses, they backed out. Why did they back out and enter into 40
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  • years of delays? Because they listened to the wrong voices and ended
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  • up in the wrong places.
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  • The story is in Numbers Chapter 13. Just before they went in. They
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  • were about to go in, and they just come from Egypt. They were
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  • smoking hot out of the Red Sea. And they were on a tear. But just
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  • before they went in, Moses picked 12 spies-- one from each of the
  • 00:22:50.120 --> 00:22:54.050
  • tribes of Israel-- and he said, go do a recon mission-- they didn't have
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  • drones to fly over so they sent people in-- check it out. Give a good
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  • report to the people. He assumed that come back and go, dude. Bro,
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  • guy. The land is awesome. Let's go.
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  • That's not what happened. Because it says in Numbers 13 "After
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  • exploring the land for 40 days, the men returned to Moses, Aaron, and
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  • the whole community of Israel at Kadesh in the wilderness of Paran.
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  • They reported to the whole community what they had seen and
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  • showed them the fruit they had taken from the land. This was their
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  • report to Moses. 'We entered the land you sent us to explore, and
  • 00:23:24.010 --> 00:23:27.280
  • indeed it is a beautiful, bountiful country. A land flowing with milk and
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  • honey. And here's the kind of fruit it produces." Legend has it they
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  • brought a giant cluster of grapes they had to carry on a giant stick
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  • between their shoulders. It was like, look how great the fruit is?
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  • But notice the problem, verse 28 "But the people living there are
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  • powerful. And their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants
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  • there. The descendants of Anak. The Amalekites live in the Negeve.
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  • The Hittites, Jebusites, and the Amorites are in the hill country. The
  • 00:23:56.010 --> 00:23:59.270
  • Canaanites live along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and along
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  • the Jordan Valley.-- they're making a case as to why they shouldn't go
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  • because how hard it's going to be. But verse 30, "Caleb, he tried to
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  • quiet the people as they stood before Moses. 'Let's go at once to take
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  • the land.' he said, 'We can certainly conquer it.'
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  • But the other man who had explored the land with him disagreed. They
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  • said, 'We can't go against them. They're stronger than we are.' So they
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  • spread this bad report about the land among the Israelites saying, 'The
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  • land we traveled through and explored will devour anyone who goes to
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  • live there. It's the pit of despair. All the people we saw were huge. We
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  • even saw giants there, these descendants of an Anak. Next to them we
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  • felt like grasshoppers. And that's what they thought too."
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  • So the whole community began weeping aloud, and they cried all night.
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  • They rose their voices in a great chorus of protest against Moses and
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  • Aaron. If only we had died in Egypt or even here in the wilderness, they
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  • complained. Why is the Lord taking us to this country only to have us
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  • die in battle? Our wives and our little ones will be carried off as plunder.
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  • Wouldn't it be better for us all just to go back to Egypt where we were
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  • slaves?" Yeah, that'd be great. "They plotted among themselves. 'Let's
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  • choose a new leader and go back to Egypt."
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  • "And Moses and Aaron fell down on the ground before the whole
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  • community of Israel." They were just so shocked and so appalled at
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  • this. "Two of the men, though, who had explored the land-- we already
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  • met Caleb-- "Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunmeh,
  • 00:25:25.260 --> 00:25:29.280
  • they tore their clothing. And said to all the people of Israel, 'The land
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  • we traveled through and explored is a wonderful land. And if the Lord is
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  • pleased with us, He'll bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It's
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  • rich. It's flowing with milk and honey. So don't rebel against the Lord.
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  • Don't be afraid of the people of the land. They're going to be helpless
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  • prey to us. They have no protection, because the Lord is with us. Don't
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  • be afraid of them." What a great speech.
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  • But notice the people's reaction. They've heard the case from the
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  • people who are focused on the giants. And now they've heard the case
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  • from the people who are focused on God. And they chose in verse 10,
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  • "The whole community began to talk about stoning Joshua and Caleb."
  • 00:26:09.110 --> 00:26:16.010
  • So to recap, they're standing there at the edge of Ephesians just like
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  • we are, poised to enter into all the blessings that God's called to give to
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  • us. And to keep us from losing any of them-- to keep us from living
  • 00:26:25.240 --> 00:26:29.000
  • foolishly God sent a rumble strip into our lives to rumble some things
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  • and to be silent on some things. To encourage us on. And that's what
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  • they had on that day. And ten spies said no, we can't do it. Ten spies
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  • said we can't enter the land. But only two said go. You have ten and
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  • you have two. Ten and two.
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  • You had some people saying don't go. But you had some voices saying
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  • to go, and they listened to the wrong voices and ended up in the wrong
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  • places. But the good news is if we will listen to the right voices we can
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  • end up in the right places. And God wants you to be prospered. He
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  • wants you to be blessed. He wants you to follow Him and to follow His
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  • people and the right things will follow you all the days of your life.
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