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Nowhere To Go But Up Part 2

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October 25, 2020
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Pastor Levi Lusko from Fresh Life Church teaches the Bible and brings a message of hope.

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Nowhere To Go But Up Part 2

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  • looking at you, it's likethere's no more of me
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  • to go around.
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  • That's OK because wherethere's less of you,
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  • there's more of God.
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  • And if you find yourselfat the end of your rope,
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  • then just look up.
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  • Just look up to heaven,and you will see
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  • that there is no end to God.
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  • That he is still in charge.
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  • That he still rules.
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  • That he's still sovereign.
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  • And so Uzziah canstay on the throne,
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  • but we can lift our eyesup to the heavenly throne.
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  • That's the first thing.
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  • There's the secondconnection, and the connection
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  • is the connectionbetween praise and power.
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  • Praise, on the one hand,and power on the other hand.
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  • I believe there's a connectionbetween praise and power.
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  • You think aboutcause and effect.
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  • Cause and effect relationships.
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  • You sneeze, someone acrossthe room, God bless you.
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  • And it's so obligatory.
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  • Have you ever sneezed,and you found out
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  • the end of the patienceof the polite person.
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  • What is it, the fourthsneeze, the fifth sneeze?
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  • They shift so quickly fromGod bless you to really?
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  • Really?
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  • I'm not going to keepsaying it if you're
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  • going to keep doing that.
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  • It's like wait just a second agoyou were hoping God's blessings
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  • upon my life.
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  • I need his blessingmore than ever
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  • because I'm on my fifth sneeze.
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  • There's a cause andeffect relationship
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  • to so many differentthings in life.
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  • There's a cause and effect whereyou have this cause of worship.
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  • There's an effect, there'san impact that follows.
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  • Look with me at versefour one more time.
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  • We have these angels crying out.
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  • And when the angels cryout, the posts of the door
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  • were shaken by the voiceof him who cried out,
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  • and the house wasfilled up with smoke.
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  • The cause was praise,the effect was power.
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  • The sneeze was the angelcrying out in praise,
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  • and bringing Godglory, and the God
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  • bless you was smokefilling up the place,
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  • and the walls almost shaking andreverberating with God's power.
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  • Now, what you knowabout smoke is
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  • it's always this picturethroughout the Bible
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  • of the glory of God.
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  • The glory of God fills the housewhen God's people praise Him
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  • with their whole heart.
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  • There's this beauty ofsmoke rising of God's glory
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  • being felt, and being seen.
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  • And I just want you tounderstand from this text
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  • that time every timethese angels cried out
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  • holy, holy, holy, thewalls shook all over again.
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  • The walls shook all over again.
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  • The smoke, it roseall over again,
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  • and that's happening right now.
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  • That's, in fact, why when theArk of the Covenant was made,
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  • they were told to put metalangels, golden angels above it
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  • with their wingsspreading out because it's
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  • this picture in miniatureof reality where
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  • in God's presence,even now, and ever,
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  • and always, there'sthese angels that
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  • cover God's throne with praise.
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  • They're flying around.
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  • They're covering histhrone with praise,
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  • and every time theycry out in praise,
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  • there's a reaction of smoke,and power, and shaking.
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  • And when we join our voicesin worship, and praise,
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  • when we declare that God isgood, and God is glorious,
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  • there's a sense in which weare uniting with the unseen
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  • eternal, ever continuingreality of God.
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  • There is an effect that's felt.We don't get to see the smoke,
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  • but we get to sense Hisglory, and feel his nearness.
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  • We can change as weexperience and encounter
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  • what those in heaven areseeing in perfection.
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  • Now, I wonder if there is notone or two who are like yeah,
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  • but doesn't that get old?
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  • You see this, and italmost seems like a joke.
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  • Like really?
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  • They have no choicein the matter?
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  • They're just flying around?
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  • Are they on strings?
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  • Do they have a choice?
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  • Do they move theirarms jerkily each time?
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  • How ridiculous is this?
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  • They keep praising, saying thesame thing-- holy, holy, holy.
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  • What does that even mean?
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  • Holy means other than.
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  • Other than, categorykiller, don't even
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  • know where to put him.
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  • There's never beenanybody like him.
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  • He's the greatest.
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  • He's the best.
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  • I've never seen-- that'swhat they're saying.
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  • And you're likewell, but doesn't it
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  • get old to say the same thingabout what they're seeing?
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  • No, because they're sayingit because of something they
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  • haven't seen eachtime they say it.
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  • You see, every timethey take another pass,
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  • every time they takeanother lap, they look over,
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  • and they see something inGod they haven't seen before.
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  • They're worshipping Him forsome fresh aspect of who he is.
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  • They're crying out another time.
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  • They're crying outa brand new time.
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  • They're not saying holy forwhat they saw last time.
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  • They're seeing somethingnew in who he is,
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  • and they're crying out, I'venever seen anything like it.
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  • He's holy, he's holy, he's holy.
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  • There's never beenanyone like Him.
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  • He's set apart.
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  • There's no categoryyou can put him into.
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  • There's no one youcan compare him to.
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  • He's the greatest.
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  • He's the best.
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  • He's above He'sbetter than that.
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  • He's holy.
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  • And each time there's a shaking,and each time the smoke rises,
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  • and then they preparefor another lap.
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  • And they're just like man,that was really power--
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  • oh my God, holy!
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  • And it starts all over again.
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  • It's a brand new chain reaction.
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  • And I just love somuch what it tells us.
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  • It tells us that yourworship can never
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  • get old if you keep lettingGod show you something new.
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  • And when we cometogether to praise Him,
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  • our worship never gets old.
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  • It doesn't matter if we areattending multiple worship
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  • experiences, if it's asong we sang last time,
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  • or if it's a song we'venever sung before.
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  • Your worship can't everget old if you're praising
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  • God for something brand new.
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  • At the end of theday, what I'm doing
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  • every single week ispreaching the same message.
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  • Jesus is awesome,look what he's done.
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  • You're like that gets old.
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  • I see where this is going.
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  • We're in need of help, and hedid it, and he's on the cross,
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  • and he's-- and you'relike that's so old,
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  • only if you're not coming tohim to see something new in it,
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  • allowing him to show you somenew beauty of his character,
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  • and believing that the newexperiences that you just lived
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  • out between last Sunday andthis Sunday are not now in need
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  • of some fresh dose of his power,and his love, and his grace,
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  • and not understanding who heis, and that he's actually
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  • infinite, and you're notpraising him for what you once
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  • saw.
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  • If you'd open youreyes, you would
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  • see there's something newfor you to praise Him for.
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  • Worship can't get oldif you keep letting
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  • God show you something new.
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  • I love also that worshipstarts in heaven,
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  • but its effectsare felt on Earth.
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  • You see, they're flyingaround the throne
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  • saying, holy, holy, holy, LordGod, and how mighty he is.
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  • They're praising God,and then the effect
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  • is in heaven, butwhat happens next?
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  • Then they declareprophetically, the whole Earth
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  • is full of his glory.
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  • The whole Earth isfull of his glory.
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  • So worship starts in heaven,but its impact is felt on earth,
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  • and there's a takeaway truth.
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  • If we would look up toGod from our problems,
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  • we'd be able to lookback at our problems,
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  • and see something different.
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  • That's the power.
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  • So often, we juststare at our problems.
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  • We just stare.
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  • There's not enoughmoney, and the kids
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  • don't behave enough, andlook at this marriage,
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  • and this is difficult, andlook at this health problem,
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  • and look at thisreport from the doctor,
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  • and we walk around juststaring at our problems.
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  • But if you would just--
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  • what was the earthfull of on that day?
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  • Mess, and about to get worse.
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  • About to get worse.
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  • You're not with me on this.
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  • Look at what Franz Delitzsch--
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  • anytime I can quotea Franz, I'll do it.
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  • I'm not scared.
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  • Franz Delitzschsaid about this day,
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  • "The national glory of Israeldied out with King Uzziah,
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  • and has neverrevived to this day."
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  • So the whole Earth problems,the glory of Icabah,
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  • the glorious depart,it's gone bad,
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  • and it's about to get worse,and it would get worse,
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  • and it would get worse.
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  • That's not what theangels see, though.
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  • When the angels look to God,they look back at the Earth,
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  • and they see somethingthey didn't see before.
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  • The whole Earthis full of glory.
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  • And if you'll look upfrom your problems,
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  • and you look towho God is, you'll
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  • be able to look backat your problems,
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  • and see his gloryis all around it.
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  • He's working in the midst of it.
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  • You'll be able toprophesied to your trial,
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  • God's glory is goingto be revealed to you.
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  • And this may look bad, andit may look like it's over,
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  • but God's not done.
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  • God's got a plan.
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  • God's up to something.
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  • He hasn't even begun to fight.
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  • His glory is going tobe revealed right here
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  • in the midst of this.
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  • Our song rises toheaven, but its effects
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  • are felt here on Earth.
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  • I also loved that theseangels are rocking six wings.
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  • That's casual.
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  • It's epic.
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  • Not two.
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  • So I don't know whatangels you grew up seeing,
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  • but these ones got six, andif you read revelation 4,
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  • there are also angelsthat have different animal
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  • faces they can rock fordifferent occasions.
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  • So make it out what you will.
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  • This one looked like anox, and then I looked,
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  • and that one waslooking like a lion,
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  • and this one manwas like an eagle.
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  • That's intense.
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  • But we don't know whatthese angels faces
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  • look like because they'recovering their faces with two
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  • of their six wings.
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  • So here's what you see.
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  • You see two wingsover their face,
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  • and you see twowings over their feet
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  • like the messengerstyle Greek God Hermes.
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  • That's pretty cool, right?
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  • He had the wing feet.
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  • That's cool.
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  • That's four of thesix, and then you've
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  • got two they'reactually flying with.
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  • Now, the four wingson the feet om
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  • the face, we'll talkabout that in a second.
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  • That's actually aposture of reverence.
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  • A posture ofreverence, we'll talk
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  • about why that's significant.
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  • What does that mean then?
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  • That only two of theirsix wings they're
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  • actually using to carryout their mission.
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  • The other four areconsumed by praise.
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  • The other four are consumed.
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  • That is to say, we shouldnever allow the things
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  • that we do for God tobe over and above what
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  • God has done for us.
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  • Our worship should alwaysmark us and not just our work.
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  • Now, I hesitated sayingthat because I actually
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  • believe that work and worshipshould be the same thing.
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  • That you should view yourworship as your work.
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  • So the better wayto say it is we
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  • should never allow whatwe're doing for God--
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  • I'm flying around thisthrone on an assignment--
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  • to be the thing.
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  • I love that four wingsare dedicated to worship,
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  • but only two dedicated towhat they're doing for God.
  • 00:12:52.133 --> 00:12:55.436
  • You see, when weare worshipping God,
  • 00:12:55.503 --> 00:12:57.972
  • we're postured toreceive from God,
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  • and that will actuallygive us the strength
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  • to do the thingswe're doing for God.
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  • So you need to givefour of your wings
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  • out in praise soyou'll have the energy
  • 00:13:04.312 --> 00:13:06.080
  • to use those two wings todo your assignment that he's
  • 00:13:06.147 --> 00:13:08.583
  • called you to do.
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  • What do you meanworshipping allows
  • 00:13:11.152 --> 00:13:12.820
  • us to get something from God?
  • 00:13:12.920 --> 00:13:14.155
  • It's about us givingsomething to God.
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  • No, you completely miss it.
  • 00:13:15.923 --> 00:13:17.191
  • And if you even read thistext, and you're like
  • 00:13:17.325 --> 00:13:18.860
  • doesn't God tell theangels what to do?
  • 00:13:18.993 --> 00:13:20.761
  • So he's telling them tofly around him, and declare
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  • he's glorious.
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  • How sick is hethat he needs that?
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  • No, you don't get it.
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  • He's allowing thoseangels to praise Him.
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  • God wants us to show up atchurch, and raise our hands,
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  • and sing how great he is.
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  • What is he on an egotrip of all ego trips?
  • 00:13:33.307 --> 00:13:34.775
  • No, he doesn't--you're missing it.
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  • When we don't praise Him,he stays just as glorious,
  • 00:13:37.645 --> 00:13:41.015
  • but we miss outon the experience
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  • to becoming glorious.
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  • We miss out on it.
  • 00:13:44.986 --> 00:13:46.187
  • Why?
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  • Because you becomelike what you worship.
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  • Look how C.S Lewis put itin his book, Reflections
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  • on the Psalms.
  • 00:14:50.418 --> 00:14:51.452
  • This is kind of a longquote, but stay with me.
  • 00:14:51.552 --> 00:14:53.187
  • "I think we delightto praise what
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  • we enjoy because thepraise not merely expresses
  • 00:14:55.523 --> 00:14:59.093
  • but completes the enjoyment.
  • 00:14:59.193 --> 00:15:01.762
  • It is its appointedconsummation.
  • 00:15:01.862 --> 00:15:04.732
  • It is not out of complimentthat lovers keep on telling one
  • 00:15:04.865 --> 00:15:07.768
  • another how beautiful they are.
  • 00:15:07.868 --> 00:15:09.403
  • The delight is incompletetill it is expressed.
  • 00:15:09.537 --> 00:15:13.274
  • It is frustrating to havediscovered a new author,
  • 00:15:13.374 --> 00:15:15.876
  • and not be able to tellanyone how good he is.
  • 00:15:15.977 --> 00:15:18.112
  • To come suddenly atthe turn of the road
  • 00:15:18.212 --> 00:15:21.282
  • upon some mountain valleyof unexpected grandeur,
  • 00:15:21.382 --> 00:15:24.385
  • and then have to keep silentbecause the people with you
  • 00:15:24.452 --> 00:15:26.821
  • care for it no more thana tin can in the ditch.
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  • To hear a good joke, andfind no one to share it with.
  • 00:15:30.291 --> 00:15:34.161
  • The Scotch catechismsays that man's chief end
  • 00:15:34.261 --> 00:15:38.299
  • is to glorify God,and enjoy him forever,
  • 00:15:38.399 --> 00:15:41.235
  • but we shall then know thatthese are the same thing.
  • 00:15:41.335 --> 00:15:45.139
  • Fully to enjoy is to glorify.
  • 00:15:45.239 --> 00:15:48.843
  • In commanding usto glorify him, God
  • 00:15:48.943 --> 00:15:51.078
  • is inviting us to enjoy Him."
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  • Come on, somebody.
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  • In our expressingour praise to God,
  • 00:15:59.353 --> 00:16:01.856
  • we actually enjoy God more.
  • 00:16:01.956 --> 00:16:04.425
  • We become like Him.
  • 00:16:04.492 --> 00:16:05.493
  • We receive from him.
  • 00:16:05.593 --> 00:16:07.028
  • We should understandthe connection
  • 00:16:07.128 --> 00:16:09.030
  • between praise and power.
  • 00:16:09.130 --> 00:16:11.632
  • When praises go up--
  • 00:16:11.766 --> 00:16:13.000
  • come on, you know--power comes down.
  • 00:16:13.100 --> 00:16:14.502
  • All right, there'sa third connection.
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  • It's the connection betweenhumility and wholeness.
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  • Jot it down.
  • 00:16:18.839 --> 00:16:20.141
  • Humility, on the one hand,wholeness on the other.
  • 00:16:20.274 --> 00:16:21.442
  • There's a lot ofhumility in this passage.
  • 00:16:21.509 --> 00:16:23.177
  • I already mentioned the fourwings of the angels not willing
  • 00:16:23.277 --> 00:16:25.780
  • to even look at God directly,and uncovering their feet
  • 00:16:25.846 --> 00:16:30.618
  • would be a sign of--
  • 00:16:30.684 --> 00:16:31.452
  • rocking bare feet aroundsomeone is not really
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  • a high sign of respect.
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  • Got to keep thosebad words covered up
  • 00:16:38.125 --> 00:16:39.794
  • until you really know somebody.
  • 00:16:39.894 --> 00:16:42.163
  • They're respectfullykeeping their feet covered,
  • 00:16:42.296 --> 00:16:44.732
  • and so there's humilityon the part of the angels.
  • 00:16:44.832 --> 00:16:48.035
  • What about of Isaiah?
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  • What of Isaiah who is in hispain, in his poor spirit state,
  • 00:16:49.970 --> 00:16:55.543
  • stands before God.
  • 00:16:55.643 --> 00:16:56.644
  • And in response to what he seeswith the shaking of the posts,
  • 00:16:59.013 --> 00:17:03.651
  • and the smoke rising, andobserving God's throne
  • 00:17:03.751 --> 00:17:07.388
  • with these terriblecreatures gazing upon God,
  • 00:17:07.488 --> 00:17:12.426
  • and crying out afresh howgreat he is, how large he is,
  • 00:17:12.526 --> 00:17:16.497
  • how other than his,his only right response
  • 00:17:16.564 --> 00:17:20.234
  • is to fall to his faceand to declare woe
  • 00:17:20.334 --> 00:17:25.206
  • is me, for I am undone.
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  • I dwell amongst apeople of unclean lips,
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  • and I myself have unclean lips.
  • 00:17:33.180 --> 00:17:36.717
  • There is a humility there.
  • 00:17:36.851 --> 00:17:40.287
  • What is it with the lips thing?
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  • You had to knowsomething about Isaiah.
  • 00:17:41.956 --> 00:17:44.291
  • Isaiah was an orator.
  • 00:17:44.391 --> 00:17:46.293
  • Isaiah was a prophetpar excellence.
  • 00:17:46.393 --> 00:17:50.698
  • Isaiah wrote what has beencalled the Bible in miniature,
  • 00:17:50.798 --> 00:17:54.368
  • the 66 books of his propheticletter being somehow lined up
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  • with--
  • 00:17:58.372 --> 00:18:00.207
  • there's vistas that hedescribes in this prophetic book
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  • that nobody has been able toequal or surpass in greatness.
  • 00:18:02.877 --> 00:18:07.715
  • So Isaiah was a manquick with his tongue.
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  • He was known.
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  • He could speak, andpeople would just be like.
  • 00:18:12.419 --> 00:18:14.255
  • So when he talksabout his lips, he's
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  • talking about the greatestthing about him, his greatest
  • 00:18:18.392 --> 00:18:21.562
  • natural ability.
  • 00:18:21.629 --> 00:18:22.663
  • So you're talking aboutIsaiah at his greatest.
  • 00:18:22.763 --> 00:18:26.400
  • So what he's choosing todo here in this moment is
  • 00:18:26.467 --> 00:18:28.435
  • say the greatest thing aboutme I proclaim a curse upon.
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  • It's terrible comparedto who I'm seeing.
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  • Woe is me.
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  • My lips are dirty.
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  • I can't say a word because he'sactually looking at greatness.
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  • And this is, I believe,where we need to come to.
  • 00:18:44.752 --> 00:18:47.188
  • A place where weactually see God.
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  • Listen to me, seeingGod gloriously
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  • is what will help yousee yourself accurately.
  • 00:18:52.693 --> 00:18:56.463
  • So many of us walk aroundwith an inaccurate view
  • 00:18:56.597 --> 00:19:00.100
  • of ourselves.
  • 00:19:00.201 --> 00:19:01.702
  • Not that we need to walk aroundin a place of self-abasement,
  • 00:19:01.802 --> 00:19:04.939
  • but where we're confronting God,we then admit we are undone.
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  • We have nothing to give.
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  • We've nothing to offer.
  • 00:19:10.945 --> 00:19:12.446
  • And it's that is the secret towalking out, and understanding
  • 00:19:12.513 --> 00:19:14.715
  • who has called us to be.
  • 00:19:14.815 --> 00:19:16.150
  • And all of us in ournatural condition
  • 00:19:16.283 --> 00:19:17.651
  • is sinners, and all of usin our natural condition
  • 00:19:17.785 --> 00:19:19.954
  • as frail, and as weak.
  • 00:19:20.054 --> 00:19:21.155
  • When we bring thatbrokenness to God,
  • 00:19:21.288 --> 00:19:22.790
  • and we admit that he is sofar and above, so other than,
  • 00:19:22.890 --> 00:19:26.794
  • so different thananything that we are,
  • 00:19:26.860 --> 00:19:29.463
  • that we then come toterms with who we are,
  • 00:19:29.530 --> 00:19:32.299
  • and our sin, and ourfrailty, and our brokenness,
  • 00:19:32.366 --> 00:19:34.368
  • and are wretchednesswithout him,
  • 00:19:34.468 --> 00:19:36.904
  • that we then are posturedwith our humility to receive
  • 00:19:37.004 --> 00:19:40.140
  • the wholeness that we need.
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  • To receive themending that we need.
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  • To receive thecure that we need.
  • 00:19:43.377 --> 00:19:44.578
  • To receive what happenedto Isaiah on this day
  • 00:19:44.678 --> 00:19:47.581
  • that God picks himup, and changes him.
  • 00:19:47.681 --> 00:19:50.017
  • He has this encounterin God's presence
  • 00:19:50.150 --> 00:19:51.852
  • when he's accurately describinghimself to God because of who
  • 00:19:51.986 --> 00:19:55.222
  • God is that everything changes.
  • 00:19:55.322 --> 00:19:57.658
  • This is a far cry fromGod, my buddy, and God,
  • 00:19:57.725 --> 00:20:00.995
  • could you do this for me?
  • 00:20:01.095 --> 00:20:02.263
  • And I'll check in withyou here, but this
  • 00:20:02.363 --> 00:20:03.664
  • is an act ofreverence, and worship,
  • 00:20:03.731 --> 00:20:05.566
  • and God is completely tobe praised with everything.
  • 00:20:05.666 --> 00:20:09.770
  • I was listening toa message this week
  • 00:20:09.870 --> 00:20:12.106
  • by a pastor who talkedabout the encounter that
  • 00:20:12.206 --> 00:20:14.341
  • changed everything for himwhen he saw the bigness of God.
  • 00:20:14.408 --> 00:20:16.677
  • Because if you haven'thad a moment like this,
  • 00:20:16.744 --> 00:20:18.746
  • we'll pray and believethat it will happen to you,
  • 00:20:18.846 --> 00:20:21.015
  • but the momentwhere you just see--
  • 00:20:21.115 --> 00:20:22.716
  • it just snaps intoplace how big God is,
  • 00:20:22.850 --> 00:20:25.719
  • and then you realizehow small you are,
  • 00:20:25.853 --> 00:20:27.421
  • and you were walkingaround thinking
  • 00:20:27.521 --> 00:20:28.889
  • you were such a big deal,and such a strong person.
  • 00:20:29.023 --> 00:20:30.891
  • And at the end of day,all of us are like vapor.
  • 00:20:31.025 --> 00:20:34.728
  • We're here one moment,we're gone the next.
  • 00:20:34.862 --> 00:20:36.764
  • We matter.
  • 00:20:36.864 --> 00:20:37.698
  • We were made inthe image of God.
  • 00:20:37.798 --> 00:20:39.199
  • We're meant to riseup in power, but only
  • 00:20:39.300 --> 00:20:40.534
  • in connection to who he is.
  • 00:20:40.601 --> 00:20:42.369
  • When we lose ourselvesin his story,
  • 00:20:42.469 --> 00:20:45.239
  • we can make sense ofour own because we're
  • 00:20:45.372 --> 00:20:47.941
  • a part of whathe's doing, and we
  • 00:20:48.042 --> 00:20:49.476
  • are redeemed at a great price.
  • 00:20:49.576 --> 00:20:50.744
  • But this pastor wastelling the story
  • 00:20:50.878 --> 00:20:52.379
  • of how he was at asummer camp, and one
  • 00:20:52.479 --> 00:20:53.914
  • of the speakers at summercamp was this woman
  • 00:20:54.048 --> 00:20:55.816
  • who was talking aboutscience, and talking
  • 00:20:55.916 --> 00:20:57.618
  • about how big the universe is.
  • 00:20:57.718 --> 00:20:59.219
  • And she said this, she goes, youknow how far the sun is away?
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  • 92 some million miles away.
  • 00:21:02.723 --> 00:21:05.059
  • That's so far away.
  • 00:21:05.125 --> 00:21:06.393
  • But let's say we couldbring it really close.
  • 00:21:06.460 --> 00:21:07.961
  • You say let's say the distancefrom the Earth to the sun, 92
  • 00:21:08.062 --> 00:21:10.564
  • million miles, wasa sheet of paper.
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  • The distance betweenEarth and our nearest star
  • 00:21:13.600 --> 00:21:16.437
  • would have to be 70feet high of paper.
  • 00:21:16.570 --> 00:21:19.807
  • OK, so Earth to sun, onesingle sheet of paper.
  • 00:21:19.907 --> 00:21:22.910
  • Earth to the next neareststar would be 70 feet high,
  • 00:21:23.010 --> 00:21:27.414
  • a stack of paper.
  • 00:21:27.514 --> 00:21:29.083
  • And to get to the diameter ofour universe, of our galaxy,
  • 00:21:29.183 --> 00:21:33.754
  • rather, the diameter of ourgalaxy, the stack of paper
  • 00:21:33.821 --> 00:21:37.157
  • would reach 310 miles high.
  • 00:21:37.257 --> 00:21:39.927
  • 310 miles of paper would bethat the diameter of our galaxy,
  • 00:21:39.993 --> 00:21:45.432
  • which is just a tinyspeck, this woman said,
  • 00:21:45.532 --> 00:21:49.370
  • of what the entire universe is.
  • 00:21:49.470 --> 00:21:51.839
  • And of all that, God measuresit with the span of his hand,
  • 00:21:51.939 --> 00:21:59.646
  • and it came out of his mouth,and the thought and imagination
  • 00:21:59.780 --> 00:22:04.818
  • of his heart.
  • 00:22:04.952 --> 00:22:05.452
  • No, that's great.
  • 00:22:05.552 --> 00:22:06.854
  • That's great, but that'snot what got this pastor.
  • 00:22:06.954 --> 00:22:10.391
  • He said the counselor thensaid-- the speaker then
  • 00:22:10.491 --> 00:22:12.693
  • said at the camp, and if youever meet a person like that,
  • 00:22:12.793 --> 00:22:17.297
  • you don't invitethem into your heart
  • 00:22:17.364 --> 00:22:19.233
  • to be your personal assistant.
  • 00:22:19.333 --> 00:22:21.402
  • He said that changed everythingfor him because it snapped
  • 00:22:24.972 --> 00:22:28.742
  • into place like a contactlens going into his eye
  • 00:22:28.842 --> 00:22:30.911
  • how big God is, and hefelt like Issiah did.
  • 00:22:31.011 --> 00:22:35.516
  • Woe is me, for I am undone.
  • 00:22:35.649 --> 00:22:38.652
  • What I think the bestthing about me is,
  • 00:22:38.752 --> 00:22:40.721
  • turns out is nothing comparedto the greatness of who you are.
  • 00:22:40.821 --> 00:22:44.691
  • And he lost himself from thatmoment on in the power of God.
  • 00:22:44.825 --> 00:22:49.663
  • And if we would come to aplace of that kind of humility,
  • 00:22:49.763 --> 00:22:52.766
  • the kind of humility thatwould cover up our feet,
  • 00:22:52.866 --> 00:22:55.169
  • and to fly with wings over ourface, but then like Isaiah,
  • 00:22:55.269 --> 00:22:59.072
  • to say, God, my peopleare unclean, I'm unclean,
  • 00:22:59.173 --> 00:23:02.242
  • I'm messed up, myfamily's messed up,
  • 00:23:02.342 --> 00:23:04.445
  • everything's messedup, and I'm this big,
  • 00:23:04.545 --> 00:23:07.748
  • and you are like that,then we will discover
  • 00:23:07.848 --> 00:23:11.051
  • what Isaiah discovered.
  • 00:23:11.185 --> 00:23:12.519
  • God doesn't leave you inthat place of self-abasement.
  • 00:23:12.619 --> 00:23:14.588
  • God does not want you towalk around with your head
  • 00:23:14.688 --> 00:23:16.690
  • down because immediately,he's picked up,
  • 00:23:16.790 --> 00:23:19.460
  • and humility islinked to a wholeness.
  • 00:23:19.560 --> 00:23:22.629
  • Because a coal is taken from thealtar, and his sin is purged.
  • 00:23:22.729 --> 00:23:28.469
  • And then all of a sudden,we are at our final point,
  • 00:23:28.569 --> 00:23:30.938
  • which is what the connectionbetween availability
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  • and opportunity.
  • 00:23:34.575 --> 00:23:36.276
  • Because out fromGod's mouth, when
  • 00:23:36.376 --> 00:23:38.712
  • Isaiah is humbled, and thereforehealed, humbled and therefore
  • 00:23:38.812 --> 00:23:43.750
  • whole, realizing who he isbecause of who God is, and then
  • 00:23:43.884 --> 00:23:47.721
  • postured to face life properly,what's the next thing God says?
  • 00:23:47.821 --> 00:23:51.291
  • He says I got a question.
  • 00:23:51.391 --> 00:23:52.960
  • Whom shall-- look at it--
  • 00:23:53.060 --> 00:23:54.261
  • I send?
  • 00:23:54.394 --> 00:23:55.963
  • Whom shall go for us?
  • 00:23:56.063 --> 00:23:57.998
  • I wish I could talk to you abouthow the Trinity is right there,
  • 00:23:58.098 --> 00:24:00.801
  • when God speaks both in thesingular and the plural.
  • 00:24:00.901 --> 00:24:04.071
  • Whom am I going to send?
  • 00:24:04.137 --> 00:24:05.572
  • Who's going to go for us becausethat would be a neat time,
  • 00:24:05.672 --> 00:24:07.307
  • and our heads wouldprobably explode.
  • 00:24:07.407 --> 00:24:08.742
  • Instead, let's just goright back to the question
  • 00:24:08.809 --> 00:24:10.677
  • where Isaiah says here I am,here am I, here I am, here am
  • 00:24:10.777 --> 00:24:17.084
  • I.
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  • Who am I going to send?
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  • I've got work to do.
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  • I'm this big star-creating,universe-owning,
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  • galaxy-handling God,and yet I've got a plan,
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  • and it involves people.
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  • Who wants to be used by me?
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  • But I'm going toneed someone whole.
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  • I'm going to need someonewho has been healed.
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  • I'm going to need someonewho's been humbled.
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  • Is there anyonearound here who's
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  • just been touched, andchanged, and set free?
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  • And Isaiah raises up his handconfident with his head up
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  • high, and his shoulderssquared, knowing
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  • who he is becausehe knows who God is,
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  • and the praise hasmade him powerful.
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  • So he says here I am.
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  • I'm willing.
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  • Send me.
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  • Send me to a broken world.
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  • I'll bring your glory into it.
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  • Send me to hurting people.
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  • I'll use my lips that havebeen cleansed, and as best
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  • as I can speak, and asbest as I can preach,
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  • and as best as I can lead.
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  • And I wonder if you're awarethat if we would be humbled,
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  • we could be made whole.
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  • Then God would giveus opportunities
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  • so long as we'rewilling to be available.
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  • The greatest thing the worldneeds in light of the grandeur,
  • 00:25:19.146 --> 00:25:24.318
  • and the grace ofGod is people who
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  • have the spirit of a volunteer.
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  • We need to not justreceive the grace
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  • that God wants togive us, but then
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  • when he looks at therest of the world that
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  • hasn't had that Godsized encounter yet,
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  • that hasn't been awestruck withwonder, that terrific majesty,
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  • that those whohave gone before us
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  • are even now experiencingin heaven at this minute.
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  • God is saying in this lostworld, who will I send?
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  • Who will go for usinto your neighborhood?
  • 00:25:53.580 --> 00:25:56.783
  • And who's going to go to go toPortland with the good news?
  • 00:25:56.883 --> 00:25:59.720
  • Who's going to lovethe people of Billings?
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  • Who's going to reachthe state of Wyoming?
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  • Who's going tohave a heart broken
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  • with compassion for WhiteFish and for Missoula?
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  • Who has a heart to reach peoplewho are far from God in Butte?
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  • Who will I send?
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  • Who will go for us?
  • 00:26:15.869 --> 00:26:17.137
  • And if we would have thespirit of a volunteer, who
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  • fresh with the humilityhas received the wholeness,
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  • and full of the powerthat's unleashed by praise,
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  • and in the midst of theaffliction and the tribulation,
  • 00:26:25.746 --> 00:26:28.215
  • has tapped into abrand new revelation,
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  • and knows who God is, andhas a heart for the lost,
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  • and will raise up their hand,and say, here I am, send me.
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  • Send me with your love.
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  • Send me with your grace.
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  • Send me with your mercy.
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  • Send me.
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  • Then we will seethe world change,
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  • and that's what it's like tofall madly in love with Jesus
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  • because this that we'redescribing, what Issiah saw,
  • 00:26:55.275 --> 00:26:57.511
  • what he saw was Jesus.
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  • John the beloved apostlesaid that exactly.
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  • Quoting Isaiah from thischapter, he said this.
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  • Look at it very carefully.
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  • This is John's gospel.
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  • Isaiah said everythinghe said after he
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  • got a glimpse of God'scascading brightness
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  • that would pourthrough the messiah.
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  • This is why we need to worship,and understand, and praise,
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  • and live our lives outfor the glory of Jesus.
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  • Amen?
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