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Wash Your Hands

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January 3, 2021
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Pastor Levi Lusko from Fresh Life Church teaches the Bible and brings a message of hope.

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  • Hey this is Levi and I want tothank you so much fortuning in
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  • for Fresh Life TV. This is aseries of messages calledNot Quickly Broken
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  • and its all about God doinga work in our hearts thatmakes us not just
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  • not fragile, it makes us anti-fragile. That is to say,wheredifficult things come our way
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  • that we actually becomestronger in the midst of it.Paul said, hard pressed
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  • but not destroyed that wecarry the death of our LordJesus but we actually
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  • walk in the power of Hisressurrection life every singleday
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  • and I really believe that in thsnew year that even thoughwe're long past 2020
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  • thank God, we're still going toif we're realistic realize thatthere's going to be
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  • difficulties and challenges andI'm believing as God does thisgreat deep work inside
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  • you, you will not be quicklybroken. Now we always lovehearing emails
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  • from people, stories ofwhat God's doing, so if thesemessages, this ministry
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  • means anything to you,please send me an email,levi@freshlife.church
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  • I would love to hear, A, howwe could pray for you and alsojust what has stood out to you
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  • what God's doing in your partof the world. As well wewelcome any
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  • messages like this possibleto encourage people allaround the world
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  • and you can do that on mywebsite, levilusko.com
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  • tax deductable and we would beso honored to partner with youas we continue to reach out
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  • to see more people touchedwith the love of God. Wellthank you so much
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  • and I hope you enjoy thismessage.
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  • [laughter]
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  • [laughter]
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  • If you could open yourbibles to Mark, Chapter 9--
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  • [laughter]
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  • I want to preach amessage to you that I'm
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  • calling "Wash Your Hands."
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  • It says in Mark, Chapter 9--
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  • and by the way, just to setthe scene before I jump in,
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  • this happens just aftera miracle the Bible calls
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  • the transfiguration.
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  • If you are familiar withthe story of scripture,
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  • you know the Biblesays that Jesus
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  • took three of his 12disciples and led them
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  • up a high mountain, where he wastransfigured before them, which
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  • is to say that he gave them asmall peak of the glory that he
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  • will have throughoutall eternity.
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  • When we encounter Jesus he won'tbe gentle Jesus, meek and mild.
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  • When he returnsthere's a glory to him.
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  • There's a shining tohim, a power to him.
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  • And so he gave them,on the mountain,
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  • just a small peak ofthe miracle of heaven,
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  • of the power of heaven.
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  • And for the occasion he evenpulled a Bill & Ted's Excellent
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  • Adventure and broughtMoses and Elijah--
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  • Old Testament saintswho were no longer
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  • on the earth, Mosesbecause he died,
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  • Elijah because one dayGod sent a fiery chariot
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  • to pick him up--
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  • OK.
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  • And these two came back to hangout with Jesus on the mountain
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  • and to talk about the cross,because the cross was coming.
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  • And they weretalking with Jesus,
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  • just speaking about whatwas about to happen,
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  • the death that he wasgoing to die on our behalf.
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  • And Peter, James, andJohn got to witness this.
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  • And then Jesus andhis disciples began
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  • to head down the mountain.
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  • Now, Peter would'vehad them stay there.
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  • In fact, while they weretalking Peter interrupted
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  • Jesus speaking to Mosesand Elijah and said,
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  • man, this is great.
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  • We should stay here forever.
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  • Which is alwaysthe temptation when
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  • God does somethingpowerful in your life,
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  • to want to keep it to yourself.
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  • We should juststay here forever.
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  • But the point was not toremain on the mountain,
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  • but to go back downthe mountain and die
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  • for the sins of theworld so that all of us
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  • could experiencethe power of heaven.
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  • Come on.
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  • This is too good tokeep to ourselves.
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  • [applause]
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  • The work that Godhas done in our life,
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  • we've got to sharewith the world.
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  • We want more people to know.
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  • [applause]
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  • And so God the Fatherinterrupted Peter and
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  • said, hey, Peter,could you please
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  • be quiet and listen to Jesus?
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  • He's got something to say.
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  • And then they wentback down the mountain.
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  • And as they werecoming down, the Bible
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  • says an enormous crowd rushedup to Peter and James and John
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  • and, of course, Jesus.
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  • And that's where we are inverse 17 of Mark, Chapter 9.
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  • It says then, one of the crowdanswered and said, teacher,
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  • I brought you my son,who has a mute spirit.
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  • And wherever it seizes,him it throws him down.
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  • He foams at the mouth, gnasheshis teeth, and becomes rigid.
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  • So I spoke to your disciples,that they should cast it out.
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  • But they could not.
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  • He answered him and said, ohfaithless generation, how long
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  • shall I be with you?
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  • How long shall I bear with you?
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  • Bring him to me.
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  • Then they brought him to him.
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  • And when he saw him, immediatelythe spirit convulsed him.
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  • And he fell on the ground andwallowed, foaming at the mouth.
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  • So he asked his father, how longhas this been happening to him?
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  • And he said, from childhood.
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  • And often he has thrown himboth into the fire and the water
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  • to destroy him.
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  • Can you imagine this?
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  • Seeing this child doing thisto himself, harming himself?
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  • But if you can do anything, havecompassion on us and help us.
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  • Jesus said to him,if you can believe,
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  • all things are possibleto him who believes.
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  • Immediately thefather of the child
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  • cried out and said withtears, Lord, I believe.
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  • Help my unbelief.
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  • When Jesus saw that thepeople came running together,
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  • he rebuked the uncleanspirit, saying to it, deaf
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  • and dumb spirit, I commandyou, come out of him
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  • and enter him no more.
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  • Then the spirit cried out,convulsed him greatly,
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  • and came out of him.
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  • And he became as one dead, sothat many said, he is dead.
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  • But Jesus took him by thehand and lifted him up.
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  • And he arose.
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  • And when he hadcome into the house
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  • his disciples askedhim privately,
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  • why could we not cast it out?
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  • So he said to them,this kind can come out
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  • by nothing butprayer and fasting.
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  • And Father, we pray that youwould speak something special,
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  • precious, andimportant to our hearts
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  • as we quiet ourselves fora moment to listen to you.
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  • Entering into a new yearis nothing to take lightly,
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  • because your word says youcrown the year with goodness.
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  • And your paths, theydrip with abundance.
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  • And so we want all you havefor us in this new year.
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  • We want to see Jesus.
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  • We ask this in his name, amen.
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  • Amen.
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  • Before we jump into thetalk, if you could just
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  • shake someone's hand near you.
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  • Come on, just right hand, lefthand-- doesn't really matter.
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  • And now your second choice--for whatever reason--
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  • shake their hand as well.
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  • Very good, very good, very good.
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  • Everyone's got a hand shaken?
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  • Excellent.
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  • You know, they say globally,four out of five people
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  • don't wash their hands whenthey leave the bathroom.
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  • [groaning]
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  • I'm sure the people youjust shook hands with do.
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  • I'm just saying, on the earth,out of all the human beings
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  • on this planet,four out of five--
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  • when they use the toilet,they don't wash their hands,
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  • which is devastating.
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  • And as a result, many peopledie of unnecessary, preventable
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  • diseases.
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  • Many kids especially--
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  • 6.6 million children will notreach their fifth birthday
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  • this year.
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  • The two primary killersare diarrhea and pneumonia,
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  • both of which can beprevented, both of which
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  • can be treated inmany instances.
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  • They actually say that ifpeople around the world
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  • just washed their hands,when you're just coming out
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  • of the bathroom, you justwashed your hands as a rule,
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  • then worldwide, diarrheadeaths would be cut down
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  • by as many as a half.
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  • Wow.
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  • And that respiratory diseaseswould be cut by a third.
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  • Now, the interestingthing about this
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  • is that the problem isn'tthat they don't have soap.
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  • Most homes in the worldhave a bar of soap in them.
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  • As high as 90%, even indeveloping countries,
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  • have access to soap.
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  • It's been aroundsince 2800 BC, when
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  • the Babylonians discovered it.
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  • So soap is normal.
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  • And soap is widely availableand relatively inexpensive.
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  • In many homes, though,throughout the world,
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  • soap is reserved forspecial occasions.
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  • It's viewed as thiscommodity, this luxury that's
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  • there for washing clothesand washing dishes.
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  • And yeah, when youtake a bath every once
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  • in a while, whenever thathappens, yes, you use soap.
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  • But it's not viewedas something you need
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  • to use all the time, every day.
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  • So here we have people dying--
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  • like this child here,who's throwing himself
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  • in the fire, this child who'sin grave need, people dying not
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  • because they don'thave access to soap,
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  • but because they don'ttake advantage of the soap.
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  • The problem isn't availability.
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  • It's awareness and action.
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  • Interestingly enough,here's these disciples
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  • who are unable to cast thisdemon out, unable to help
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  • this child-- which, by theway, they have successfully
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  • done before.
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  • These disciples, Jesus had sentout on ministry assignments.
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  • And they had come back,literally, and said,
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  • the demons listen to us.
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  • We do ministry inyour name, Jesus.
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  • And it works.
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  • And Jesus said,just remember, you
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  • shouldn't brag aboutthe fact that you've
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  • done great things for me.
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  • Just be stoked that you know me.
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  • Right.
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  • Yeah.
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  • Just rejoice that yourname is written in heaven.
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  • Rejoice that you have a nameon a table setting in heaven.
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  • That is to say, stay humble.
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  • Stay small in your own eyes.
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  • Don't get too bigfor your britches.
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  • Don't start feeling your oatsand talking with an accent.
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  • Oh, yeah, look what we did.
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  • You don't have an accent.
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  • What are you doing?
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  • Right?
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  • Don't start wearingsunglasses at night, right?
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  • Just be grateful to be saved.
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  • Stay humble.
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  • And if you stay humble, there'sno telling where you'll go.
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  • Someone said that thereis no end to what God
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  • can do with a man or woman who'swilling to give Him the credit.
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  • Yeah.
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  • And so here's the disciples,able to command demons when
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  • they were humble, when theywere small in their own eyes
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  • and dependent.
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  • So obviously here,what's happened
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  • is they have gone outin their own strength.
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  • They went to try and dothis in their own strength.
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  • Now you're like, well, hold on.
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  • Why did Jesus take thegood disciples with him?
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  • Of course, these other nine--
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  • Bartholomew, whathas he ever done?
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  • He took Peter, James, andJohn with him on the mountain.
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  • He left the JV team down below.
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  • Of course they couldn't do it.
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  • Nah, I think you haveit exactly backwards.
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  • I think the reason he alwaystook Peter, James, and John
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  • with him is becausethey needed supervision.
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  • I think these were the mostresponsible of the whole team
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  • here at the bottom.
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  • And they couldn't do it.
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  • The ones who were able to beleft without a babysitter,
  • 00:12:56.632 --> 00:12:58.501
  • they couldn't do it, becausethey had gotten their eyes off
  • 00:12:58.601 --> 00:13:01.737
  • of Jesus, which iswhy he tells them,
  • 00:13:01.838 --> 00:13:04.040
  • you weren't praying and fasting.
  • 00:13:04.140 --> 00:13:05.608
  • Now, of course, hedoesn't literally
  • 00:13:05.708 --> 00:13:07.009
  • mean like, encounter the demon--
  • 00:13:07.109 --> 00:13:08.411
  • OK, stop eating.
  • 00:13:08.511 --> 00:13:09.445
  • Everyone at lunch, don't eat!
  • 00:13:09.545 --> 00:13:10.146
  • Don't eat!
  • 00:13:10.246 --> 00:13:10.646
  • Don't eat!
  • 00:13:10.746 --> 00:13:11.347
  • Don't eat!
  • 00:13:11.447 --> 00:13:12.181
  • We can't take this demon out.
  • 00:13:12.281 --> 00:13:13.716
  • No, the point is, theseare the two things that
  • 00:13:13.816 --> 00:13:14.917
  • foster the kind ofspirit of humility
  • 00:13:15.017 --> 00:13:17.119
  • that is needed for us to be ableto do the things that God has
  • 00:13:17.220 --> 00:13:20.289
  • called us to do, adependence on God which
  • 00:13:20.389 --> 00:13:23.125
  • we foster through prayer,a dependence on God
  • 00:13:23.226 --> 00:13:26.295
  • which we foster whenwe set aside a time
  • 00:13:26.395 --> 00:13:28.931
  • and say we're going tofast, so we could have
  • 00:13:29.031 --> 00:13:30.833
  • a time devoted toseeking the Lord,
  • 00:13:30.933 --> 00:13:33.102
  • to make that space to seek him.
  • 00:13:33.202 --> 00:13:35.371
  • So the disciplescouldn't help this child,
  • 00:13:35.471 --> 00:13:38.074
  • not because they didn't haveaccess to what they needed
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  • Maybe like us, theymade the mistake
  • 00:14:43.306 --> 00:14:46.742
  • of treating prayer likepeople in the Third World use
  • 00:14:46.842 --> 00:14:49.245
  • soap-- for special occasions,for dire situations.
  • 00:14:49.345 --> 00:14:56.018
  • We betray our viewingprayer this way when
  • 00:14:56.118 --> 00:14:58.888
  • we say things like, we justhave done everything we can do.
  • 00:14:58.988 --> 00:15:03.492
  • Now it's in God's hands.
  • 00:15:03.592 --> 00:15:04.727
  • All we can do is pray now.
  • 00:15:04.827 --> 00:15:07.897
  • Hey, news flash-- prayershouldn't be a last resort.
  • 00:15:07.997 --> 00:15:11.634
  • It should be yourfirst line of defense.
  • 00:15:11.734 --> 00:15:14.837
  • [applause]
  • 00:15:14.937 --> 00:15:16.906
  • Prayer should be thefirst thing we do.
  • 00:15:17.006 --> 00:15:18.841
  • We should call on Godbefore anything else.
  • 00:15:18.941 --> 00:15:21.177
  • Someone said, you cando more after you pray.
  • 00:15:21.277 --> 00:15:23.079
  • But you can't do anythinguntil you've prayed, truly.
  • 00:15:23.179 --> 00:15:26.949
  • And so we shouldview as, like I said,
  • 00:15:27.049 --> 00:15:30.820
  • a first line of defense, thisidea of praying and fasting,
  • 00:15:30.920 --> 00:15:33.656
  • to keep seeking God paramount.
  • 00:15:33.756 --> 00:15:37.059
  • Because the problem in thissituation wasn't the things
  • 00:15:37.159 --> 00:15:39.595
  • the disciples tried to do.
  • 00:15:39.695 --> 00:15:41.097
  • No doubt, they tried to domany things for this child.
  • 00:15:41.197 --> 00:15:43.165
  • They tried to do many things.
  • 00:15:43.265 --> 00:15:44.433
  • The reason they werepowerless wasn't
  • 00:15:44.533 --> 00:15:45.868
  • because of what they did do.
  • 00:15:45.968 --> 00:15:47.703
  • But it was because ofwhat they didn't do.
  • 00:15:47.803 --> 00:15:50.840
  • And maybe you feel stuck.
  • 00:15:50.940 --> 00:15:52.174
  • Do you ever feel like,in your walk with God,
  • 00:15:52.274 --> 00:15:53.876
  • you're not takingground like you should?
  • 00:15:53.976 --> 00:15:55.644
  • And you're going,what's the problem?
  • 00:15:55.745 --> 00:15:57.079
  • Maybe I read my Bible,or this or that.
  • 00:15:57.179 --> 00:15:58.814
  • Maybe the problem isn'twhat you're doing.
  • 00:15:58.914 --> 00:16:01.450
  • The problem is whatyou're not doing--
  • 00:16:01.550 --> 00:16:03.953
  • to take some time to pray andto fast, to cultivate humility
  • 00:16:04.053 --> 00:16:07.823
  • and hunger for God, to watch himmove in your life in that way.
  • 00:16:07.923 --> 00:16:10.926
  • I jotted down threethings that will
  • 00:16:11.027 --> 00:16:13.029
  • happen if you give yourselfover to praying and fasting.
  • 00:16:13.129 --> 00:16:16.599
  • Number one, itwill slow you down.
  • 00:16:16.699 --> 00:16:19.368
  • It will slow you down.
  • 00:16:19.468 --> 00:16:20.936
  • Literally, physically, it willslow you down a little bit.
  • 00:16:21.037 --> 00:16:24.340
  • When you're feelinganxious, when
  • 00:16:24.440 --> 00:16:28.944
  • you're feeling justsluggish spiritually,
  • 00:16:29.045 --> 00:16:33.182
  • I wonder if you don't noticethat oftentimes you're hurried,
  • 00:16:33.282 --> 00:16:37.253
  • you're rushing.
  • 00:16:37.353 --> 00:16:39.255
  • The enemy of the spirituallife is rushing around,
  • 00:16:39.355 --> 00:16:42.792
  • hurrying to and fro.
  • 00:16:42.892 --> 00:16:44.760
  • So when we pray,we intentionally
  • 00:16:44.860 --> 00:16:47.263
  • slow down a little bit.
  • 00:16:47.363 --> 00:16:48.964
  • And there's somethingbeautifully inefficient
  • 00:16:49.065 --> 00:16:51.300
  • about prayer.
  • 00:16:51.400 --> 00:16:52.735
  • Think about it-- to geton your knees and to pray,
  • 00:16:52.835 --> 00:16:55.538
  • you know what you're not doing?
  • 00:16:55.638 --> 00:16:57.139
  • Anything else-- namely, all thethings you need to do that day.
  • 00:16:57.239 --> 00:17:00.476
  • Right.
  • 00:17:00.576 --> 00:17:01.243
  • I can't pray.
  • 00:17:01.343 --> 00:17:02.011
  • I'm very busy.
  • 00:17:02.111 --> 00:17:03.412
  • Someone said that on those days,you're too busy not to pray--
  • 00:17:03.512 --> 00:17:08.117
  • Yes.
  • 00:17:08.217 --> 00:17:09.085
  • Because you needthat strength to go
  • 00:17:09.185 --> 00:17:10.553
  • about the rest of your day.
  • 00:17:10.653 --> 00:17:11.654
  • So it's inefficient.
  • 00:17:11.754 --> 00:17:12.955
  • But I've found thatwhen I take that time
  • 00:17:13.055 --> 00:17:15.825
  • and set aside a space toseek God, there is more of me
  • 00:17:15.925 --> 00:17:20.496
  • and a better version of me toface all the things on my list
  • 00:17:20.596 --> 00:17:24.066
  • than if I just wereto rush into the day.
  • 00:17:24.166 --> 00:17:27.837
  • I watched this TED Talk abouthow, supposedly worldwide--
  • 00:17:27.937 --> 00:17:32.308
  • this is crazy; this numberis just outrageous--
  • 00:17:32.408 --> 00:17:36.078
  • 13 billion poundsof paper towels
  • 00:17:36.178 --> 00:17:38.848
  • get thrown away everysingle year in this country.
  • 00:17:38.948 --> 00:17:41.684
  • 13 billion pounds of these--
  • 00:17:41.784 --> 00:17:44.386
  • it's a lot.
  • 00:17:44.487 --> 00:17:45.688
  • And the answer, to thisTED Talk was saying,
  • 00:17:45.788 --> 00:17:47.823
  • is for us all to just cut back.
  • 00:17:47.923 --> 00:17:49.925
  • Because if you're likeme, you sit there and--
  • 00:17:50.025 --> 00:17:53.362
  • [mechanical sounds] right?
  • 00:17:53.462 --> 00:17:57.967
  • And you get all these out there.
  • 00:17:58.067 --> 00:17:59.435
  • And then you're just like--
  • 00:17:59.535 --> 00:18:00.870
  • sometimes it's so irritatingwhen it only spits out
  • 00:18:00.970 --> 00:18:02.705
  • four inches.
  • 00:18:02.805 --> 00:18:04.106
  • You're like, what am Isupposed to do with that?
  • 00:18:04.206 --> 00:18:05.074
  • [laughter]
  • 00:18:05.174 --> 00:18:06.008
  • What am I supposedto do with that?
  • 00:18:06.108 --> 00:18:07.309
  • I don't like the littlecrank thing, either.
  • 00:18:07.409 --> 00:18:08.844
  • I don't want to touchanything in a bathroom.
  • 00:18:08.944 --> 00:18:10.012
  • I'm like, get inthere with my elbow.
  • 00:18:10.112 --> 00:18:11.580
  • I don't like it.
  • 00:18:11.680 --> 00:18:12.314
  • [laughter]
  • 00:18:12.414 --> 00:18:13.082
  • I don't like it.
  • 00:18:13.182 --> 00:18:14.016
  • I don't like it.
  • 00:18:14.116 --> 00:18:15.551
  • And so when we designedthese bathrooms,
  • 00:18:15.651 --> 00:18:17.920
  • we made sure there was no doors.
  • 00:18:18.020 --> 00:18:19.488
  • I don't know if you noticed,you don't touch anything go in.
  • 00:18:19.588 --> 00:18:20.956
  • And you don't touchanything going out.
  • 00:18:21.056 --> 00:18:22.491
  • It's very beautiful.
  • 00:18:22.591 --> 00:18:25.161
  • And so he was like, but whenyou think about it, he said,
  • 00:18:25.261 --> 00:18:28.898
  • if we all just useone of these a year,
  • 00:18:28.998 --> 00:18:30.833
  • I mean just think ofmillions of pounds less going
  • 00:18:30.933 --> 00:18:33.602
  • into the landfill every year.
  • 00:18:33.702 --> 00:18:35.871
  • And he says,though, the secret--
  • 00:18:35.971 --> 00:18:37.940
  • this is crazy-- thesecret to using one
  • 00:18:38.040 --> 00:18:40.676
  • paper towel is tofold and to shake.
  • 00:18:40.776 --> 00:18:46.415
  • To fold-- so youhave to fold it.
  • 00:18:46.515 --> 00:18:48.017
  • And then you have to shake.
  • 00:18:48.117 --> 00:18:49.585
  • All right, so when you havewet hands what you have to do--
  • 00:18:49.685 --> 00:18:54.423
  • you already folded it.
  • 00:18:54.523 --> 00:18:55.424
  • You already did that.
  • 00:18:55.524 --> 00:18:56.592
  • You have to dothat ahead of time.
  • 00:18:56.692 --> 00:18:57.760
  • Otherwise it'sgoing to be a mess.
  • 00:18:57.860 --> 00:18:58.894
  • So your hands arewet now, right?
  • 00:18:58.994 --> 00:18:59.895
  • You have to shake 12 times.
  • 00:18:59.995 --> 00:19:01.397
  • He said there's somethingsecret about the number 12.
  • 00:19:01.497 --> 00:19:03.832
  • In the video, he says 12is the number of apostles.
  • 00:19:03.933 --> 00:19:06.602
  • 12 is the number of tribes.
  • 00:19:06.702 --> 00:19:08.404
  • 12 is the number of the zodiac.
  • 00:19:08.504 --> 00:19:10.239
  • And 12 is the largest numberwith only one syllable.
  • 00:19:10.339 --> 00:19:13.909
  • All right, so now we'veshaken our hands out 12 times.
  • 00:19:14.009 --> 00:19:16.111
  • And now, with thefolded paper towel,
  • 00:19:16.212 --> 00:19:19.114
  • you can perfectly dryyour hands only using one.
  • 00:19:19.215 --> 00:19:24.753
  • [applause]
  • 00:19:24.853 --> 00:19:25.654
  • Hey, and check this out.
  • 00:19:25.754 --> 00:19:27.389
  • If you take the time to--
  • 00:19:27.489 --> 00:19:31.227
  • that's not fast.
  • 00:19:31.327 --> 00:19:32.428
  • Sit there in the sink--
  • 00:19:32.528 --> 00:19:33.529
  • you're never goingto forget that.
  • 00:19:33.629 --> 00:19:35.064
  • The rest of your life you'relike, one, two, three, four,
  • 00:19:35.164 --> 00:19:36.732
  • five, six, seven, eight, nine--
  • 00:19:36.832 --> 00:19:40.102
  • baby steps, baby steps tothe trash can, baby steps.
  • 00:19:40.202 --> 00:19:44.740
  • But that'sinefficient, time-wise.
  • 00:19:44.840 --> 00:19:47.142
  • But there's lesswaste because of it.
  • 00:19:47.243 --> 00:19:49.044
  • I'm telling you, if you takethe time to slow down long
  • 00:19:49.144 --> 00:19:52.982
  • enough to pray, if you take thetime to begin a year by seeking
  • 00:19:53.082 --> 00:19:56.685
  • God through fasting, you willsee a better version of you
  • 00:19:56.785 --> 00:20:01.023
  • because of that inefficientuse of your time.
  • 00:20:01.123 --> 00:20:05.361
  • Don't you notice that it's soeasy just to tear through life
  • 00:20:05.461 --> 00:20:08.731
  • at warp speed,multitasking all the time?
  • 00:20:08.831 --> 00:20:12.067
  • CNN on, and thing overhere, and oh, yeah, I
  • 00:20:12.167 --> 00:20:14.370
  • got to watch that onNetflix, and just always
  • 00:20:14.470 --> 00:20:17.206
  • something to do.
  • 00:20:17.306 --> 00:20:18.540
  • And we're all feeling likesmoldering fear of missing out,
  • 00:20:18.641 --> 00:20:22.044
  • right?
  • 00:20:22.144 --> 00:20:23.379
  • Because I'm here, but is theresomething better going on?
  • 00:20:23.479 --> 00:20:24.747
  • Did I not get invited?
  • 00:20:24.847 --> 00:20:25.848
  • Are they having fun without me?
  • 00:20:25.948 --> 00:20:28.050
  • And as a result, wecan sometimes not
  • 00:20:28.150 --> 00:20:30.653
  • be present anywhere.
  • 00:20:30.753 --> 00:20:33.188
  • Ravi Zacharias, in hisbook The Logic of God,
  • 00:20:33.289 --> 00:20:37.693
  • he talks about howthere was a day when
  • 00:20:37.793 --> 00:20:39.528
  • he was in Russia at a museum.
  • 00:20:39.628 --> 00:20:40.829
  • His wife wanted tosee some paintings.
  • 00:20:40.929 --> 00:20:42.298
  • And he tolerated it, wentto the museum with her.
  • 00:20:42.398 --> 00:20:44.767
  • And she was lookingat all the paintings.
  • 00:20:44.867 --> 00:20:46.068
  • And he was like, comeon, honey, let's go.
  • 00:20:46.168 --> 00:20:47.670
  • Come on-- at her elbow the wholetime-- let's get through this.
  • 00:20:47.770 --> 00:20:50.005
  • We've got to get outof here, got to speak,
  • 00:20:50.105 --> 00:20:51.407
  • got to go to the airport.
  • 00:20:51.507 --> 00:20:52.975
  • And so he didn't really getanything out of the experience.
  • 00:20:53.075 --> 00:20:55.077
  • And later on-- a coupleof years went by--
  • 00:20:55.177 --> 00:20:57.613
  • he was reading abook by Henri Nouwen.
  • 00:20:57.713 --> 00:20:59.682
  • And in the book,Henri Nouwen talked
  • 00:20:59.782 --> 00:21:01.083
  • about how he soughtout a time in his life
  • 00:21:01.183 --> 00:21:04.286
  • to go to St. Petersburg, Russia,and go to that exact museum
  • 00:21:04.386 --> 00:21:08.257
  • because he had seen aduplication of a painting
  • 00:21:08.357 --> 00:21:11.493
  • by Rembrandt on theprodigal son, the return
  • 00:21:11.593 --> 00:21:14.463
  • of the prodigal son.
  • 00:21:14.563 --> 00:21:15.631
  • And he wanted tosee the real thing.
  • 00:21:15.731 --> 00:21:17.266
  • And so he got on a plane,flew all the way to Russia
  • 00:21:17.366 --> 00:21:19.535
  • just to see this painting,and went to the exact museum
  • 00:21:19.635 --> 00:21:22.905
  • that Ravi had blazed throughand found the painting.
  • 00:21:23.005 --> 00:21:25.908
  • And when he found it,he sat down on a bench
  • 00:21:26.008 --> 00:21:28.777
  • and stared at it for four hours.
  • 00:21:28.877 --> 00:21:31.814
  • And in the book Ravi--that's too long.
  • 00:21:31.914 --> 00:21:33.315
  • But in the book Ravi wasreading Henri was saying,
  • 00:21:33.415 --> 00:21:38.187
  • that day changed my life.
  • 00:21:38.287 --> 00:21:40.222
  • While looking at that painting,God so spoke to me clearly
  • 00:21:40.322 --> 00:21:42.991
  • about what I wasto do with my life
  • 00:21:43.092 --> 00:21:44.593
  • and how I was to transitionout of one career,
  • 00:21:44.693 --> 00:21:47.029
  • go into another career.
  • 00:21:47.129 --> 00:21:48.230
  • So life was neverthe same for Henri
  • 00:21:48.330 --> 00:21:51.200
  • because of what God did whilelooking at that painting.
  • 00:21:51.300 --> 00:21:53.802
  • And Ravi says, reading the bookhe felt like such an idiot,
  • 00:21:53.902 --> 00:21:56.905
  • because he had looked atthat exact same painting
  • 00:21:57.005 --> 00:21:59.541
  • and gotten nothing out of it,because he saw it in a hurry.
  • 00:21:59.641 --> 00:22:05.514
  • And then in the book--
  • 00:22:05.614 --> 00:22:06.648
  • Ravi concludes itby quoting A. W.
  • 00:22:06.749 --> 00:22:08.584
  • Tozer from Tozer'sdevotional, Mornings with God,
  • 00:22:08.684 --> 00:22:12.154
  • where he says, and Iquote, I have often
  • 00:22:12.254 --> 00:22:15.557
  • wished that there was someway to bring modern Christians
  • 00:22:15.657 --> 00:22:19.895
  • into a deeper spirituallife painlessly
  • 00:22:19.995 --> 00:22:23.465
  • by short, easy lessons.
  • 00:22:23.565 --> 00:22:25.901
  • But such wishes are in vain.
  • 00:22:26.001 --> 00:22:29.805
  • No shortcuts exist.
  • 00:22:29.905 --> 00:22:33.375
  • May not the inadequacy of muchof our spiritual experience
  • 00:22:33.475 --> 00:22:37.346
  • be traced back toour habit of skipping
  • 00:22:37.446 --> 00:22:40.249
  • through the corridors of thekingdom like little children
  • 00:22:40.349 --> 00:22:42.551
  • through the marketplace,chattering about everything
  • 00:22:42.651 --> 00:22:44.953
  • but pausing to learn thetrue value of nothing?
  • 00:22:45.053 --> 00:22:48.857
  • God has not bowedto our nervous haste
  • 00:22:48.957 --> 00:22:51.960
  • nor embraced the methodsof our machine age.
  • 00:22:52.060 --> 00:22:55.130
  • It is well that we acceptthe hard truth now.
  • 00:22:55.230 --> 00:22:57.966
  • The man-- don't miss this--
  • 00:22:58.066 --> 00:22:59.701
  • the man who would knowGod must give time to him.
  • 00:22:59.802 --> 00:23:03.939
  • That's right.
  • 00:23:04.039 --> 00:23:06.175
  • Or as another theologian put it,if you end your training now,
  • 00:23:06.275 --> 00:23:08.677
  • if you choose the quickand easy path as Vader did,
  • 00:23:08.777 --> 00:23:11.346
  • you will becomean agent of evil.
  • 00:23:11.447 --> 00:23:12.981
  • [laughter]
  • 00:23:13.081 --> 00:23:14.316
  • All right, so now we'vegone from Yoda to Tozer.
  • 00:23:14.416 --> 00:23:19.021
  • And in it all, whatwe're discovering
  • 00:23:19.121 --> 00:23:21.790
  • is that we all need to beslowed down a little bit, to not
  • 00:23:21.890 --> 00:23:26.195
  • rush into our day, to notrush into another year
  • 00:23:26.295 --> 00:23:29.364
  • without pausing.
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  • That's what this fast is.
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  • It's to disrupt our schedule.
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  • It's to disrupt the regularlyscheduled broadcasting that
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  • is your life, becauseyou're going to blink
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  • and it's going to be gone.
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  • You're going to blink andyou're going to be at the end.
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  • So this is a chance tosay, hold on a second.
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  • I want to smell the flowersthat God has put in this world.
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  • I know it's all covered insnow, or mud, at the moment.
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  • But I want to smell theflowers, come spring.
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  • I want to seek God.
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  • I want to slowdown a little bit,
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  • because God wants tospend time with us.
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  • And the person who wants to knowGod must spend time with God.
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  • Second thing that prayer andfasting will do is tap you in.
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  • They'll slow youdown and tap you in.
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  • And when I say "tap you in," Imean tap you into new energy,
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  • tap you into new power.
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  • I think all of us at timesfeel run down, feel tired.
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  • Coming to the end of oneyear, beginning of another,
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  • sometimes it'spossible to think,
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  • I don't know how Ican do this again.
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  • Look, I'm going tobe honest with you.
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  • I feel that a lot.
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  • It's been-- next yearwe'll celebrate 14 years.
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  • I hope you'll comeout next week,
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  • as we celebrate our birthday.
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  • And I'll continue the series,preaching on fasting some more
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  • and prayer some more.
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  • We'll just really seethis journey unfold in
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  • this "Not QuicklyBroken" series,
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  • so that God can makeus anti-fragile,
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  • strong on the inside.
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  • But there is sometimesa fatigue that sets in.
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  • I remember-- just one yearending, another beginning--
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  • I was driving to church forthe evening service the weekend
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  • we gave the 2020 offering.
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  • And as amazing and as muchof a high mountaintop it was,
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  • I remember feeling tiredthinking about writing a 2020
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  • year-end giving sermon.
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  • And I don't know whythat popped into my head,
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  • like, hey, you'regoing to have to write
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  • another sermon like thatin a whole 'nother year.
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  • And I literally was like, ugh--
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  • just tired.
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  • Life is like that.
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  • It's monotonous.
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  • And there's times like,I have to do this.
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  • My reward for this mountainis another mountain
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  • in the distance.
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  • [laughter]
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  • Awesome!
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  • And yet, the Bible says, when weare run down, when we are weak,
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  • guess what?
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  • He is not.
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  • He is strong.
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  • He doesn't get tired.
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  • [applause]
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  • He doesn't get weary.
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  • So what's so beautiful is thatwhen I get down on my knees
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  • and I stop strivingand stop working,
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  • and I just stop for a minute,he's like, hey, guess what?
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  • I didn't stop working.
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  • Hey, guess what?
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  • I didn't stop.
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  • I'm not tired.
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  • And I want you onyour knees so I can
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  • put my strength inside of you.
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  • God will give you new strength.
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  • He'll tap you.
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  • Don't you need it?
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  • Don't you feelyour need for a God
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  • who can mount you upwith wings like eagles
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  • so you can run and not growweary, and walk and not faint?
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  • Come on, God doesn't justwant you to be slowed down.
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  • [applause]
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  • He wants to slow you downso he can tap you in,
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  • so he can mainline His HolySpirit into your heart.
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  • Jesus said, youshall receive power
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  • when the Holy Spiritcomes upon you.
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  • Come on, life isdraining and taxing.
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  • We need the powerof the Holy Spirit.
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  • [applause]
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  • And when you have the powerof the Holy Spirit on you,
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  • you could stare down a giant.
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  • You can run over a valley.
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  • You can leap over a wall.
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  • When you sense the HolySpirit of God upon you,
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  • you just think,there's nothing I
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  • can't do because I have the Godwho created the world in me.
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  • When I feel tired,when I feel worried,
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  • it's because I'm not praying.
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  • I've never been singing to himand exalting the Resurrection
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  • of Jesus Christ and at thesame time felt run down.
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  • It's just impossible to do that.
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  • You sense the Holy Spirit.
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  • So it'll slow you down.
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  • It'll tap you in tohis energy inside you.
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  • And then thirdly,it'll clean you out.
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  • It'll clean you out.
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  • There is truly a sense in whichthe water of the Word-- when
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  • you meet with Godin scripture, when
  • 00:27:12.454 --> 00:27:13.855
  • you pray to him, the Spiritwill just cleanse you.
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  • There's a cleansingthat happens.
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  • We live in a dirty world.
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  • Now, Jesus hascleansed our heart.
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  • And this all fulfillsthe Old Testament,
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