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The Gentle Nudge That Could Save Your Life Part 2

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November 17, 2019
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Fresh Life with Levi Lusko

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The Gentle Nudge That Could Save Your Life Part 2

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  • Your conscious is in your corner, God put that inside of you to
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  • further you. Finish His sentence for Him; don't kill joy, no, no,
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  • no, not kill joy, real joy.
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  • He's bringing you to real joy He's not a kill joy He's trying to get
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  • you to real joy. Real joy not just happiness for a minute, not just a
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  • couple good years, not just a lot of fun on a Friday night after you
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  • swipe right, no no, He's got real joy in mind.
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  • Life and life everlasting you don't trust Him, He died on the cross
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  • to save you. I think the matter of His love is settled.
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  • Can't we go with Him, can't we believe that He sees something we don't see.
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  • Why did He light your conscious up? Because He wants to hold
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  • you back from danger.
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  • Hey thank you so much for tuning in to Fresh Life TV. It is such a
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  • privilege to have you with us.
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  • We're in a series of messages called Rumble Strip. You
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  • know, that brr, brr, brr that you feel when your car drifts on the
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  • highway, drifts on the road and all of a sudden, you're
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  • grabbing something on the ground, or tuning the radio and now
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  • you're hearing a sound, a sound that could save your life.
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  • Keep you from collision, keep you from the ditch. Keep you
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  • from 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
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  • and through conviction and good friends who speak into our lives.
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  • Those opportunities to course correct, before danger.
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  • If we can lean into this powerful protection, we can be
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  • prevented from disaster.
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  • So this really could be one of the most important series you ever
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  • really hear.
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  • If this message blesses you in any way, we would love to hear about
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  • it. Shoot me an email to levi@freshlife.church.
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  • And if you want to support this ministry and help bring
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  • this message to more people you can partner with us by clicking
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  • the donate button at levilusko.com.
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  • Well thank you so much, please enjoy this message from God's word.
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  • God is to be worshiped above all other
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  • things. People are to be treated with the same value and love
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  • you'd want to show yourself.
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  • We sense right. We sense wrong. Taking life, taking something
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  • that doesn't belong to us, telling a lie-- there's something inside of
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  • our souls that goes mm, mm, mm, mm, mm, mm, mm, mm, mm,
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  • mm. It's built into us all. It's the first thing that we need to
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  • understand about the conscience.
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  • The second thing is that it's, generally speaking, a quiet voice
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  • that's the conscience. This rumble strip of the internal
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  • conscience-- it's a quiet one.
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  • I like how it's put in the book of 1 Kings where we read this, when
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  • Elijah encountered the voice of God, it was a gentle quiet
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  • whisper-- as distinct from thunder, as distinct from a volcano
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  • erupting, as distinct from a wind blasting by, or an earthquake.
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  • No, no. This is something within. We all feel it, and it often comes
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  • in a still, small voice, or as I put it, as this gentle nudge that could save your life.
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  • What is the conscience? It's something we all have. It's
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  • something that is quiet. Thirdly, it's something trying to hold you
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  • back from danger. Now don't miss the last two words, because
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  • that changes everything.
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  • Because how it feels in the moment-- can we be honest-- is my
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  • conscience feels like it's holding me back. Holding me back. I
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  • want to do that business deal. I don't care that every alarm bell is
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  • going off in my head. I don't care that I realize these people are
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  • not the kind of people you should be in business with.
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  • But it feels like I could make money in this. It feels so good. I feel
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  • the pressure of this party. I feel the pressure of this moment, of
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  • what everyone's doing. I feel myself surging towards this.
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  • But when I feel that anh, anh, anh, anh, anh, and you want to say
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  • shut up to Jiminy Cricket, what is that? That is you feeling like
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  • your conscience is trying to hold you back, and it is-- but finish it-
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  • from danger. It's trying to hold you back from danger. It's trying to
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  • hold you back from danger.
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  • It's trying to hold me-- you don't want me to have any fun, you're
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  • so restrictive, God-- He's trying to hold you back. Yes, yes, He is.
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  • He has no shame in that. And that's why He put that conscience
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  • in you. It's not a cricket or a grasshopper. It's the signature of
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  • God on your soul.
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  • And He does want to hold you back-- from danger, from an early
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  • grave, from a prison cell. He wants to hold you back from just
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  • doing whatever feels good in your diet and ending up struggling
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  • with obesity, doing whatever you feel like with your finances,
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  • which leads to insolvency. We're do whatever it feels like when it
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  • comes to drinking, which looks like cirrhosis of the liver. Doing
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  • whatever it feels like when it comes to who you roll with, which
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  • leads to what? Problems and difficulties down the road.
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  • So here's the thing. When we feel that, it's like, but that's just
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  • trying to keep me from, from danger. It's trying to keep me back-- even
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  • if I don't see it, even if I don't feel it, even if there's consequences
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  • from honoring the conscience and not honoring how I feel in the
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  • moment, I believe, God, that you have my best good in mind.
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  • What's the conscience? It's something we all have. It's something
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  • that's quiet. It's something that is trying to keep us back and is
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  • trying to keep us back from danger. And that's why it's foolish to
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  • silence your conscience, it's foolish. And that's what the text says in
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  • verse 15, "walk circumspectly, heed the wake up calls, not as fools."
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  • What do foolish people do? What I do sometimes when I'm in the
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  • passenger seat of a car, and I know it's a really short drive, and I
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  • hear bing, bing, bing, bing, bing, and I'm irritated and frustrated
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  • because I know I'm going a short distance and I don't want to put
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  • my seatbelt on. And so I go, you stupid car, just shut up. Oh, this
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  • thing's so stupid. It's so-- oh, it's so stupid.
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  • And I'm thinking to myself-- I go, this car is trying to save my life.
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  • And I'm so dumb that I'm irritated by something that's trying to
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  • help me. Am I the only one? Am I the only one? And I just wonder
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  • how many of us have been so foolish that we are attacking our own bodyguard.
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  • We're attacking someone who's been sent to help us. Your
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  • conscience is in your corner. God put that inside of you to further
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  • you, to bless you, to cause you to prosper. So we would fight
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  • against that at our own detriment.
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  • And that's what we see in these verses. We see the loving hand
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  • of God trying to help us. Whenever He says don't, what does He
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  • mean? Don't hurt yourself. Finish His sentence for Him, don't--
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  • aw, killjoy. No, no. Not killjoy. Real joy.
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  • He's bringing you to real joy. He's not a killjoy. He's trying to get
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  • you to real joy-- real joy, not just happiness for a minute, not just
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  • a couple good years, not just a lot of fun on a Friday night after
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  • you swipe right. No, He's got real joy in mind, life and life everlasting.
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  • You don't trust Him? He died on the cross to save you. I think the
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  • matter of His love is settled. Can't we go with Him? Can't we
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  • believe that He sees something we don't see? Why did He light
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  • your conscience up? Because He wants to hold you back from danger.
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  • I like what one modern translation says in Romans 2. It says, "If
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  • you go against the grain, you're going to get splinters." God's put
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  • a grain into this universe. And we all think we know better. And
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  • when we go against that grain, we end up with splinters. Why?
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  • Because we went against the grain.
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  • And we are here, well, it's not my truth. You can have whatever
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  • truth you want. That's fine. But the truth is whatever God put into
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  • this universe, the grain that He put in. And when we go against
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  • that-- He's given us permission to live whatever we want to live.
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  • But when we do that and we end up with splinters, it's for a
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  • reason-- we went against the grain that God put in.
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  • So now that we have that foundation laid, like, what is a
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  • conscience? A conscience is something we all have. It's
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  • something that's quiet. And it's something that's trying to keep us
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  • back from danger. Let's now take this a little bit further and talk
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  • about three reasons why we should listen to that conscience. Sound good?
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  • Number one, because the more you ignore it, the harder it is to
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  • hear it. Whooh. That's intense. The more you ignore it, the quieter it gets.
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  • I was in a dentist's office one time. All my stories involve broken
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  • bones and broken teeth. I don't know what to say. But I was in a
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  • dentist's office, and they were putting a-- I have a fake tooth, this
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  • one right here, and it's made out of porcelain-- and at this point, I
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  • was getting some other version of that tooth on there.
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  • If you're like, how did you lose your tooth? I wrote about it in my
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  • book Swipe Right, so you can check it out-- product placement. So they're
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  • available at every Fresh Life location.
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  • So when that tooth got knocked out, they were putting this new
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  • one on. And I remember seeing a sign on the wall that I'll never
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  • be able to stop seeing. And it said this, ignore your teeth and
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  • they'll go away. Man, I just found a new desire to floss, just right
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  • then and there. I just found it.
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  • I was like, I hate flossing. I was like, I will floss every day. I will
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  • floss every day. Ignore your teeth, they'll go away. It's kind of like
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  • that when it comes to the conviction. The better you get at
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  • ignoring it, the quieter-- it already starts out as a whisper. It just
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  • gets fainter, and fainter, and fainter.
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  • Look, I'm going to need a verse for that. Here you go. It says in 1
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  • "Timothy that through hypocrisy"-- what's that? Pretending like
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  • you're not what you are or you are what you aren't. And so when
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  • we clearly hear God's voice but we choose to act and live as
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  • though we don't realize that, we're living a lie.
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  • "And the pretensions of liars whose consciences are seared." Your
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  • conscience can get seared. We all have one, but it can get
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  • cauterized, is the point. Cauterized, meaning you don't have
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  • feeling anymore. You don't feel it anymore.
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  • So we can live in such a way-- listen-- where one thing leads to
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  • another. And that's the story of rumble strips. The problem with
  • 00:11:08.260 --> 00:11:11.190
  • rumble strips isn't, oh, you drove on a rumble strip, naughty you.
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  • The rumble strip leads to the shoulder, the shoulder leads to the
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  • guardrail, the guardrail leads to the cliff. The rumble strip leads to
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  • the double yellow, which leads to head-on collision, which leads
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  • to cross on the side of the freeway.
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  • The problem with ignoring the voice is that one thing leads to
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  • another thing, leads to another thing, leads to another thing. And
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  • when we think in a moment, I can handle this-- yes, you can. You
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  • can handle this. But the Devil doesn't play checkers, he plays chess.
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  • He's thinking six moves down the road. He's thinking, I can get
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  • him here, I can get him there, I can get him over here. I'm going
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  • to get him there-- to checkmate, to in the casket, to the jail door
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  • slamming shut, to the gavel slamming down. He's thinking bigger
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  • picture, like you should be, like I should be.
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  • So that's the first thing that I think is reason enough for us all to
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  • want to listen to our consciences. Now listen. Just pause right
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  • here. You don't have to be a Jesus follower for this to make your life better.
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  • So I'm telling you, if you haven't made the decision to follow, put
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  • some of this stuff into practice, and you'll see the positive impact
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  • in your life just from this right here. There's reasons to follow
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  • Jesus, and I think on the journey as you keep leaning into that,
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  • you'll watch God move in your life in ways you can't imagine. But
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  • this is stuff you can apply right now, even if you're not on that
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  • journey yet of following Jesus.
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  • Second thing you need to know is this. The more you respond to
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  • it, the more you'll anticipate it. The more you respond when you
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  • do-- so you don't ignore it-- and leads to another thing, leads to
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  • another thing, leads to another thing. Instead you say, OK, this
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  • sucks. And I want to do this thing, but I'm not going to do it, God's
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  • rumble in me. And by the way, a lot of times He rumbles us
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  • through an absence of peace.
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  • As you're walking with Jesus, you'll sense peace. You'll sense
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  • that Shalom. You'll sense that. And what happens is you start to
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  • move somewhere and you feel that peace drifting out. That's why
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  • Paul, in the book of Colossians, he said this, let the peace of God
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  • be the umpire of your heart, calling fair from foul.
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  • So as we make decisions and do things, we can sense, if we're
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  • walking with Him, peace. And when we sense that lack of peace,
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  • we know we're moving-- not hotter, we're moving colder, colder,
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  • colder, colder. And so as we're doing that and we do respond-- and
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  • it doesn't matter how it feels because He's God, and He made the
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  • whole universe, and I'm not in charge. And so He put the rumble in,
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  • He put the world in, He breathed the stars out. So I'm just going to
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  • jump when He says jump and trust that He sees what I don't see.
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  • So as we live that way, the more you do it, the better you're going
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  • to get at responding to it. Why? Because you'll start to recognize
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  • patterns. And that's wisdom. A lot of wisdom is patterns.
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  • And that's why I look in the text one more time. We're not
  • 00:13:44.050 --> 00:13:47.040
  • supposed to be fools. What are we supposed to be? Wise. We're
  • 00:13:47.060 --> 00:13:50.160
  • supposed to be wise. Wise people spot patterns, so as in the stock
  • 00:13:50.180 --> 00:13:54.120
  • market-- patterns. Being good at surfing, it's patterns of the swell,
  • 00:13:54.140 --> 00:13:58.240
  • patterns on the tennis court, patterns, pattern. Patterns on the
  • 00:13:58.260 --> 00:14:02.020
  • basketball court. Patterns. We're noticing patterns. We're noticing
  • 00:14:02.040 --> 00:14:04.190
  • trends. Wise people spot patterns.
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  • What are the patterns of the things that rumble? If you respond to
  • 00:14:07.200 --> 00:14:10.200
  • it, and then you go, oh, I'm glad I responded to that. And
  • 00:14:10.220 --> 00:14:13.150
  • eventually you see why. Eventually you realize why.
  • 00:14:13.170 --> 00:14:15.100
  • Eventually you go, oh, man, I'm so glad I didn't do that. I really
  • 00:14:15.120 --> 00:14:18.050
  • thought that she was the one. I really thought that was supposed
  • 00:14:18.070 --> 00:14:20.070
  • to be. That was the jam, right? I really thought that that
  • 00:14:20.090 --> 00:14:22.230
  • Abercrombie and Fitch tattoo would be a good decision. Down the
  • 00:14:22.250 --> 00:14:26.150
  • road, you're like, thank you, Jesus.
  • 00:14:26.170 --> 00:14:29.060
  • Someone asked me, why did you start getting tattoos only in your
  • 00:14:29.080 --> 00:14:32.030
  • 30's? I said, because I didn't know what the heck I was doing. By
  • 00:14:32.050 --> 00:14:35.080
  • the time you're in your 30's, at least you figured some stuff out a
  • 00:14:35.100 --> 00:14:37.170
  • little bit. I shudder to think of what I would have tattooed onto my
  • 00:14:37.190 --> 00:14:39.250
  • body at 17. You know what I mean?
  • 00:14:39.270 --> 00:14:41.290
  • And so we grow into ourselves a little bit. And so as you look back
  • 00:14:42.010 --> 00:14:46.110
  • and you have some of those moments where you go, wow, I'm
  • 00:14:46.130 --> 00:14:49.000
  • glad I didn't do that. Whoo, If I'd have burned through that light--
  • 00:14:49.020 --> 00:14:52.100
  • man, there was a semi coming. Man, you have those Back to the
  • 00:14:52.120 --> 00:14:56.190
  • Future moments, where you-- oh, wow. Some of you have no idea
  • 00:14:56.210 --> 00:15:01.050
  • what I'm talking about. Ask your parents.
  • 00:15:01.070 --> 00:15:04.250
  • And then what happens? Now you're starting to anticipate them.
  • 00:15:04.270 --> 00:15:07.250
  • And listen, the more you respond to the rumbling, here's what's
  • 00:15:07.270 --> 00:15:10.110
  • going to happen-- eventually, the less you're going to experience rumbling.
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  • Because you're anticipating things before you get to them.
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  • You're moving. You're leaning into curves of roads. You're sensing
  • 00:16:01.080 --> 00:16:05.160
  • the flow. And what happens is as you anticipate these things, you
  • 00:16:05.180 --> 00:16:09.010
  • do what the book of Proverbs says. Look at this, "the prudent
  • 00:16:09.030 --> 00:16:11.120
  • person foresees-- he sees in advance-- danger and takes the
  • 00:16:11.140 --> 00:16:15.270
  • proper precautions. The simpleton-- dum, dum, dum, dum dum--
  • 00:16:15.290 --> 00:16:19.030
  • just goes on blindly and suffers the consequences." Right?
  • 00:16:19.050 --> 00:16:23.140
  • So that's why Paul talked about, about not falling for the Devil's
  • 00:16:23.160 --> 00:16:26.230
  • tricks-- tricks, like as though we could figure out his playbook.
  • 00:16:26.250 --> 00:16:28.280
  • Yeah. He's got a couple, and he doesn't mix it up very often. Why?
  • 00:16:29.000 --> 00:16:32.220
  • Well, when the fish are biting, you don't switch your bait out.
  • 00:16:32.240 --> 00:16:35.200
  • He would come up with new tricks to mess us all up if we didn't
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  • keep just going, that's a shiny hook. I think I'll eat that. There not
  • 00:16:40.010 --> 00:16:42.160
  • even bait on it. It's just shiny.
  • 00:16:42.180 --> 00:16:44.280
  • Huh, money? [GNAWING SOUND] Oh, sex? Oh, power? And the
  • 00:16:45.000 --> 00:16:49.280
  • demons are like, why don't you put a worm on it? He's like,
  • 00:16:50.000 --> 00:16:52.040
  • because these idiot fish just keep biting on the hook. Maybe that'll make me happy.
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  • We should be spotting patterns. I think about when I was a little kid
  • 00:17:03.110 --> 00:17:08.010
  • and we had Super Mario Bros. It was the only video game in our
  • 00:17:08.030 --> 00:17:13.150
  • life was this one video game. And so when we came home from
  • 00:17:13.170 --> 00:17:18.090
  • school, we played Super Mario Bros. You know, and you think
  • 00:17:18.110 --> 00:17:20.270
  • about just all the overwhelming options today, so many things. But
  • 00:17:20.290 --> 00:17:24.100
  • now we're more bored than ever, you know.
  • 00:17:24.120 --> 00:17:26.220
  • But it was like one game system. How many hundreds of hours I
  • 00:17:26.240 --> 00:17:30.260
  • spent playing Super Mario Bros, right? Eventually we would walk
  • 00:17:30.280 --> 00:17:34.290
  • to Circle K, which was a gas station where I lived, and we would
  • 00:17:35.010 --> 00:17:37.140
  • play Mortal Kombat with quarters. But "your soul is mine." That
  • 00:17:37.160 --> 00:17:41.280
  • eventually would come. "Get over here."
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  • I liked being Raiden. I liked being Scorpio. I liked being Sub-Zero.
  • 00:17:45.020 --> 00:17:50.230
  • I could think about the combinations right now, how to freeze
  • 00:17:50.250 --> 00:17:54.120
  • people. The reptile guy would spit out-- who am I preaching to? You
  • 00:17:54.140 --> 00:17:59.130
  • guys aren't giving me nothing. But I wish you would come alive a
  • 00:17:59.150 --> 00:18:02.000
  • little bit. I'm talking Mortal Kombat.
  • 00:18:02.020 --> 00:18:04.030
  • But I played Super Mario Bros. 1 the other day and I found myself,
  • 00:18:04.050 --> 00:18:09.000
  • without even thinking about it, flying through it. Because I
  • 00:18:09.020 --> 00:18:12.030
  • recognized the patterns. This is where I need to jump. This is
  • 00:18:12.050 --> 00:18:16.020
  • where I need to wait for the flower to come up. This is where I'm
  • 00:18:16.040 --> 00:18:19.000
  • going to get the mushroom. This is where I'm going to break
  • 00:18:19.020 --> 00:18:20.240
  • through the ceiling, run across the top, and get to the super warp
  • 00:18:20.260 --> 00:18:23.010
  • level where I can get to 6, 7, 8, right? You know what I'm talking about?
  • 00:18:23.030 --> 00:18:25.050
  • So there's patterns. There's patterns to life. And the better we are at
  • 00:18:25.070 --> 00:18:30.040
  • responding to God's voice, the less He's going to have to rumble
  • 00:18:30.060 --> 00:18:32.220
  • us because we're spotting the patterns. We're knowing the danger
  • 00:18:32.240 --> 00:18:36.080
  • zones. We're going to get into a groove with it. We're going to see it coming.
  • 00:18:36.100 --> 00:18:39.170
  • And we're not going to put ourselves in places where we shouldn't
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  • be, where He's going to have to come in with the rumbling because
  • 00:18:43.240 --> 00:18:47.040
  • we know-- I know myself. I'm not going to put myself there.
  • 00:18:47.060 --> 00:18:50.030
  • I think about this great advice given in the book of Proverbs. You
  • 00:18:50.050 --> 00:18:53.290
  • know, this young man is being told, hey, you're going to want to
  • 00:18:54.010 --> 00:18:56.040
  • date this girl. She's a loose girl. You're friends are going to want to hook up with her.
  • 00:18:56.060 --> 00:18:59.040
  • And same could be said-- girls, you could go with that guy, but
  • 00:18:59.060 --> 00:19:04.260
  • don't do it. And don't date her, because it's going to end this way.
  • 00:19:04.280 --> 00:19:08.060
  • Here's what's going to happen. She's going to be amazing. Here's
  • 00:19:08.080 --> 00:19:10.190
  • what's going to happen. You're going to give yourself away, give
  • 00:19:10.210 --> 00:19:12.070
  • you heart away. He's going to be-- you're going to-- and let me just
  • 00:19:12.090 --> 00:19:13.170
  • play it out for you.
  • 00:19:13.190 --> 00:19:15.020
  • Here's how it ends up, with regret. Here's how it ends up, with
  • 00:19:15.040 --> 00:19:16.270
  • heartache with that decision. And then he says, so don't date that
  • 00:19:16.290 --> 00:19:20.120
  • girl. Spiritful advice, right? So don't date that guy. Some of you are
  • 00:19:20.140 --> 00:19:24.030
  • like, you just heard the message God brought you to Church to
  • 00:19:24.050 --> 00:19:26.180
  • hear this week. But then I love this.
  • 00:19:26.200 --> 00:19:28.240
  • And then He says this. And this is the person who's learned a little
  • 00:19:28.260 --> 00:19:30.220
  • bit of wisdom and spotted the patterns. He says at the end of it, in
  • 00:19:30.240 --> 00:19:33.060
  • verse 8, he says, "but don't even go near the door of her house." It's
  • 00:19:33.080 --> 00:19:39.070
  • awesome. Don't date that girl. Yep, for sure.
  • 00:19:39.090 --> 00:19:41.170
  • But also remove your way from her, meaning if you're not going to
  • 00:19:41.190 --> 00:19:45.130
  • date her, don't just be showing up around her to hang out with her.
  • 00:19:45.150 --> 00:19:49.070
  • The person who's trying to eat low carb shouldn't just be hanging
  • 00:19:49.090 --> 00:19:54.140
  • out at Krispy Kreme because I like their coffee. Like, don't go there
  • 00:19:54.160 --> 00:19:59.080
  • and eat the doughnuts. I get it.
  • 00:19:59.100 --> 00:20:00.250
  • But how about also, find another place to get your coffee-- you see
  • 00:20:00.270 --> 00:20:04.270
  • what I'm saying-- because we're noticing the patterns, and we
  • 00:20:04.290 --> 00:20:07.020
  • know ourselves. And why put yourself in a place-- that's what's
  • 00:20:07.040 --> 00:20:10.180
  • going to happen as you lean into your conscience, it gets quieter
  • 00:20:10.200 --> 00:20:14.000
  • when you-- it actually gets louder when you're listening to it, responsive to it.
  • 00:20:14.020 --> 00:20:18.080
  • And then here's the beautiful. Here's the payoff. Here's the end.
  • 00:20:18.100 --> 00:20:20.270
  • Here's the crescendo. The easier it is to lead you, the more places
  • 00:20:20.290 --> 00:20:24.270
  • there are you can be taken to. That's good.
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  • The horses that are not surefooted-- the horses that are stubborn,
  • 00:20:32.160 --> 00:20:42.290
  • the horses that are wild crackers-- you never know what they're
  • 00:20:43.010 --> 00:20:46.230
  • going to do when you get on them. They stay in the pen. They
  • 00:20:46.250 --> 00:20:50.210
  • might get ridden, but they're going to get ridden in very controlled
  • 00:20:50.230 --> 00:20:53.100
  • environments, very safe outing.
  • 00:20:53.120 --> 00:20:57.020
  • But the horse that you trust and that trusts you can be taken to the
  • 00:20:57.040 --> 00:21:03.030
  • mountain. The horse that's the surefooted and can be directed off
  • 00:21:03.050 --> 00:21:08.040
  • the trail-- even if it's a little bit sketchy, even if there's going to be
  • 00:21:08.060 --> 00:21:11.140
  • something that's going to jump out, even if there's going to be
  • 00:21:11.160 --> 00:21:13.170
  • something that's wild and unplanned and sketchy-- that's the horse
  • 00:21:13.190 --> 00:21:17.170
  • that you take to the top of the mountain. That's the horse that gets
  • 00:21:17.190 --> 00:21:20.030
  • taken to the wilderness.
  • 00:21:20.050 --> 00:21:21.190
  • Why? Because the easier it is to lead you, the more places I can
  • 00:21:21.210 --> 00:21:25.230
  • take you. We can go somewhere, because I know if I say go,
  • 00:21:25.250 --> 00:21:28.280
  • you're not going to stop and go, no, no, no, here's what I feel.
  • 00:21:29.000 --> 00:21:31.110
  • You're going to say, you say it, that settles it. You put the bit in my
  • 00:21:31.130 --> 00:21:34.070
  • mouth, you put the saddle on me, here we go.
  • 00:21:34.090 --> 00:21:36.190
  • God wants to take you somewhere. God wants to take you
  • 00:21:36.210 --> 00:21:41.200
  • somewhere. The rumble was never about the rumble. He doesn't
  • 00:21:41.220 --> 00:21:45.160
  • rumble you just so He can be like, I'm God. I just put rules out
  • 00:21:45.180 --> 00:21:49.120
  • there. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. I'll say watch this, Gabriel. No. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.
  • 00:21:49.140 --> 00:21:55.140
  • He says no because He wants to keep you back from danger. He
  • 00:21:55.160 --> 00:22:00.210
  • says don't because He knows what could harm you. And that's
  • 00:22:00.230 --> 00:22:05.080
  • because He wants to know that you can listen to Him, then He can take you places.
  • 00:22:05.100 --> 00:22:08.290
  • Another example. The horse one didn't get you? You're like, I don't
  • 00:22:09.010 --> 00:22:12.210
  • know about that. You seem like you didn't quite know what you
  • 00:22:12.230 --> 00:22:15.110
  • were saying. OK, agreed. Let's switch to an analogy I'm more
  • 00:22:15.130 --> 00:22:18.050
  • comfortable with. But I was trying.
  • 00:22:18.070 --> 00:22:19.210
  • We were talking to some friends the other day, and they're in the
  • 00:22:19.230 --> 00:22:24.050
  • same life zone we are-- travel, preach, life-- that kind of thing. And
  • 00:22:24.070 --> 00:22:29.090
  • we said, did you, when you were young, take the kids out a lot?
  • 00:22:29.110 --> 00:22:32.140
  • You know, we like to bring the kids along the journey as much as we can.
  • 00:22:32.160 --> 00:22:34.220
  • And they said, no, because they were terrible on airplanes. Terrible
  • 00:22:34.240 --> 00:22:39.160
  • on airplanes. And it was because they found out later it was the
  • 00:22:39.180 --> 00:22:43.010
  • ears. It was the ears. They had to have eight different ear
  • 00:22:43.030 --> 00:22:45.140
  • surgeries on their different kids over the years. And so, of course,
  • 00:22:45.160 --> 00:22:48.190
  • a highly pressurized environment would be murder on that, and
  • 00:22:48.210 --> 00:22:52.040
  • you'd feel popping, can't pop, or pain, and all that.
  • 00:22:52.060 --> 00:22:54.280
  • And so they said, because we brought kid on plane, take off,
  • 00:22:55.000 --> 00:22:57.250
  • scream bloody murder for three hours, made it miserable for
  • 00:22:57.270 --> 00:23:00.200
  • everybody on the plane, including me. So I had to limit for that
  • 00:23:00.220 --> 00:23:02.250
  • season where we could take them.
  • 00:23:02.270 --> 00:23:05.090
  • I wonder where your lack of responsiveness to God is keeping Him
  • 00:23:05.110 --> 00:23:10.050
  • from being able to take you. I wonder where He wants you to be in
  • 00:23:10.070 --> 00:23:13.250
  • your business. I wonder what He wants to trust to you. I'm
  • 00:23:13.270 --> 00:23:17.110
  • wondering what He wants your life to look like, what your life could
  • 00:23:17.130 --> 00:23:20.160
  • look like, what your life will look like.
  • 00:23:20.180 --> 00:23:22.210
  • But first, He has to know, when He says this way, you go, OK. I
  • 00:23:22.230 --> 00:23:26.270
  • don't feel it. I'm OK. I'm going to trust you, OK. We're going this
  • 00:23:26.290 --> 00:23:31.090
  • way, OK. You say this, I'm going to follow you. I'm going to say, you are God.
  • 00:23:31.110 --> 00:23:35.210
  • Let me tell you something. The world is waiting to watch what God
  • 00:23:35.230 --> 00:23:39.000
  • will do with the life that's yielding to Him. And God always gives His
  • 00:23:39.020 --> 00:23:42.140
  • best to people who let Him write the contract.
  • 00:23:42.160 --> 00:23:45.220
  • So we got to be in a place where we respond to His rumbling,
  • 00:23:45.240 --> 00:23:49.260
  • anticipate the rumbling, and then we will just watch Him take us
  • 00:23:49.280 --> 00:23:53.180
  • where He wants to take us. And where is it that He wants to take
  • 00:23:53.200 --> 00:23:55.080
  • us? To His will for your life. To His will for your life.
  • 00:23:55.100 --> 00:23:59.160
  • Look at it. Don't be foolish. Walk circumspectly. Know what the will
  • 00:23:59.180 --> 00:24:04.110
  • of God is. That's the payoff. You'll get to see what God's will is for
  • 00:24:04.130 --> 00:24:07.170
  • you. You'll get to see what He's been dreaming about for you from
  • 00:24:07.190 --> 00:24:11.210
  • the foundation of the world.
  • 00:24:11.230 --> 00:24:13.200
  • You were on God's mind when He was creating the Heavens and
  • 00:24:13.220 --> 00:24:16.290
  • the Earth. And there were specific things He was thinking. I can't
  • 00:24:17.010 --> 00:24:19.270
  • wait till they get here. I can't wait to see this happen. I can't wait to see that happen.
  • 00:24:19.290 --> 00:24:24.030
  • But the truth is a lack of pliability limits His opportunity that He's
  • 00:24:24.050 --> 00:24:31.040
  • willing to give to you. Because if you can't be led, how could you
  • 00:24:31.060 --> 00:24:35.120
  • lead out in the way that He actually wants you to?
  • 00:24:35.140 --> 00:24:38.110
  • So a little bit of application now. I think it would be helpful for us to
  • 00:24:38.130 --> 00:24:42.080
  • say, OK, what are some of the things we need to do to take this
  • 00:24:42.100 --> 00:24:45.060
  • message on the conscience and live it out, this gentle nudge that
  • 00:24:45.080 --> 00:24:48.090
  • could save my life from ending prematurely or from just being wasted.
  • 00:24:48.110 --> 00:24:52.180
  • I define wasted as, not living up to what He sees it could have
  • 00:24:52.200 --> 00:24:56.240
  • been. None of us want our life to be a story of what could have
  • 00:24:56.260 --> 00:24:59.060
  • been, a story of wasted potential.
  • 00:24:59.080 --> 00:25:02.030
  • So the gentle nudge that could save your life, how do we respond
  • 00:25:02.050 --> 00:25:07.170
  • to this? Two things. Number one, if it's such a quiet thing the
  • 00:25:07.190 --> 00:25:10.130
  • whisper, let's get quiet this week. Could I encourage you to take
  • 00:25:10.150 --> 00:25:14.060
  • five minutes, to take ten minutes, to take one minute?
  • 00:25:14.080 --> 00:25:19.020
  • We fight so hard against silence-- TV, right? I was talking to
  • 00:25:19.040 --> 00:25:24.020
  • someone the other day. They said, I can't go to sleep without
  • 00:25:24.040 --> 00:25:25.190
  • Sports Center on. Just turn it on, go to sleep with it on. I'm just
  • 00:25:25.210 --> 00:25:28.230
  • thinking, you should retrain your brain. You should retrain your
  • 00:25:28.250 --> 00:25:33.010
  • brain. You have trained yourself to sleep only with that. You should retrain your brain.
  • 00:25:33.030 --> 00:25:37.170
  • And all of us have different versions of I can't sleep without Sports
  • 00:25:37.190 --> 00:25:40.220
  • Center on. I can't drive without the radio on. I can't do this without
  • 00:25:40.240 --> 00:25:43.140
  • the internet. I can't do-- every 10 seconds, just hunch over, pull out
  • 00:25:43.160 --> 00:25:47.140
  • Instagram-- I'm talking to all of us here.
  • 00:25:47.160 --> 00:25:50.260
  • When do we have silence? When do we have just space? Maybe
  • 00:25:50.280 --> 00:25:55.000
  • it's just a couple of minutes for you just to ask this question, God,
  • 00:25:55.020 --> 00:25:58.160
  • what? What are you trying to say to me that I've been missing
  • 00:25:58.180 --> 00:26:00.160
  • because it's been so loud lately? That's number one.
  • 00:26:00.180 --> 00:26:03.040
  • And then number two, what was the last thing God told you to do
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  • that you didn't do? Or the last thing He told you not to do that you
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  • did? Talk to Him about it. You're like, didn't He know? Yeah, He did.
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  • And that's why it's awkward right now. Because you're acting as
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  • though nothing's wrong, but you both know He rumbled that. You
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  • shouldn't have done that. And I shouldn't have been there. We
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  • were supposed to, but we didn't.
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  • And so what was the last thing God told you to do, and what can
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  • you do to move towards that this week? Maybe that overwhelms
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  • you. Maybe you feel like Levi, you don't even know. How long do
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  • you have? You had a traumatic childhood? I don't even know where to begin.
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  • What was the last thing God told me to do that I didn't do? Let's
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  • think about 50 different-- OK-- let's simplify. How did you get into
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  • this? One step at a time. How are you going to get out of it? One
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  • step at a time. An enormous highway, thousands of miles-- how
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  • did they rumble strip it? One strip at a time. One little line.
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  • So make a move towards God this week. Make a move towards
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  • obeying. Make a move. Tell Him you're sorry. And you'll watch what
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  • God will do in your life. Amen?
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