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Bears and Berries Part 2

Watch Bears and Berries Part 2
June 30, 2019
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Fresh Life with Levi Lusko

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  • You have to remember,just like when you're out in the woods you have to keep your eyes scanning.
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  • Always on guard not letting your life just go by, paying attention.
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  • If you're smart and you're huckleberry picking you're keeping your eyes up,you're scanning is there a
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  • moose coming in from over here, is there a grizzly bear, similarly, you need to be sober and vigilant
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  • You can't be sober or vigilant when you're drunk!When you're drunk you're no longer in the drivers
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  • seat of your mind.
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  • Much better than creating new fallout and collateral damage for god then to work in would be for us to
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  • honor God in the present.
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  • You'll never exhaust the grace of god.
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  • Well thank you so much for joining us here on fresh life tv were in a series of messages called chasing
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  • huckleberries.Don't worry we'll explain everything about what that means but we hope you'll enjoy this
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  • message from gods word and that it will move you forward in you journey of following Jesus.
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  • And you are much more dangerous to yourself than the Devil is. The Devil has to ask God permission
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  • to mess with you, you don't have to check with anybody before you make a mess of yourself.
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  • OK.So what you assume,that's the first thing--jot this down.Your safety and success is attached to
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  • what you see.To what you see. When you go out into the woods, when you go out picking
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  • huckleberries--I'm out for the great things that God has for me, I'm going to walk with Jesus, I'm
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  • going to be a Christian dad, I'm going to be a Christian businessman--you have to remember, just
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  • like when you're out in the woods, you have to keep your eyes scanning.You don't just keep your
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  • eyes only on the berries.
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  • You also have to be aware that I need to look around,I need to be scanning the area,keep your
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  • eyes--I hate this expression-- peeled. It just-- it grosses me out, I don't like the sound of it at all, it
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  • sounds so horrible.But keeping your eyes scanning to and fro, you need a watch. You need to watch.
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  • Come on, say it with me. You need to watch.
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  • And that's why the text says to be sober and be vigilant.To be sober and to be vigilant. What does
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  • sober mean?Well,the actual word speaks to being clearheaded.Not being fuzzy headed. Having
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  • your wits about you.Keeping yourself in the right frame of mind. What is the word vigilant mean? The
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  • word vigilant means being always on guard Always on guard. Always on guard.Not letting your life
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  • just go by.Like paying attention what's happening?Where is this going to lead? What will this with
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  • compounded interest be like eventually?
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  • What is this small thing going to?You're always on guard.I-- if you're smart and you're huckleberry
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  • picking,you're keeping your eyes up. What's happening? Is there a moose coming in from over here?
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  • Is there a grizzly bear with a cub? Like, that's a problem-- you want to keep your eyes scanning.
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  • Similarly, you need to be sober and to be vigilant.
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  • Now here's something I wrote down-- you can't be sober or vigilant when you're drunk. You can't. It's
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  • impossible to be sober if you're not sober, and it's impossible to be vigilant when you're not sober,
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  • right?When you're drunk,you cant be vigilant.When you're drunk, you can't be sober.Now listen to
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  • me,there are great reasons not to abuse alcohol.There are great reasons not to abuse alcohol. Like
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  • this recent American Journal from the Medical Association that reported that one out of eight
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  • Americans are alcoholics now. One out of eight.
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  • And they said this-- it's up 49% since the year 2000. So from 2000 it is just skyrocketing. They point
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  • to stress and they point to a sense of despair in our culture. A growing sense of despair and the
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  • growing sense of stress.And they say for those under 30,it's one out of four. So one out of eight
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  • Americans,but under 30,one out of four say that they are alcoholic according to the current definition
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  • And it's killing people at a crazy high rate. 88.000 deaths a year in America, alcohol related. From
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  • alcohol abuse.88.000 deaths a year related to alcohol abuse. And scripture puts a very balanced
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  • perspective on alcohol,it's something that can be enjoyed, but should be enjoyed cautiously. It's
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  • something that can be enjoyed, but you should-- you should understand the dangers associated. You
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  • should understand how easily it can swing from just the enjoyment of something that God has given
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  • to us to something that can be abused and take control of your life and do great harm.
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  • So like I said,there are a lot of reasons not to abuse alcohol. Cirrhosis of the liver, that's-- clearly
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  • that's kind of a problem,OK?But to me, the biggest reason not to abuse alcohol, not to come to a
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  • place where you are drunk--which is what the scripture says is a sin-- never in the Bible will you find
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  • that the drinking is a sin,but being drunk is clearly something we're told is something that's a sin. And
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  • the biggest reason I would say for you to not do so has to do with who's in the driver's seat of your mind
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  • When you're drunk,you're no longer in the driver's seat of your mind. And it's this that Ephesians
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  • says is the reason we shouldn't get drunk. Look what it says in Ephesians 5. It says, don't be drunk
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  • with wine,because that will ruin your life. It's pretty good.It's pretty good. Instead, be filled with the
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  • Holy Spirit.Why would he all of a sudden shift gears and talk about who's controlling it?Being filled
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  • with Spirit is synonymous to being controlled with the Spirit.
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  • Because get this-don't miss it, listen to me very carefully-not only while you're under the influence
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  • of alcohol-and those words are just so charged, aren't they? When you get drunk,you're putting
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  • yourself under the influence of who?Good question.Not God's spirit-- the spirits. Maybe they should
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  • call it-- oh, they do! OK. Right?
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  • So you're under the control of these spirits while you're intoxicated, and not only is it easier to do
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  • things you'll regret while you're under the spirits' influence,but it's harder to put yourself under God's
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  • influence while you're under the other thing's influence.You cant be voluntarily-- because here's the
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  • thing-- as we follow Jesus,we're all hopefully trying to each moment, each minute,each day, we're
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  • trying to put ourselves under God's influence in the situations that we're in.We're in a conversation,
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  • we're in an interaction,we're driving down the road--hopefully we can say, God, take the wheel. God,
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  • take the wheel.Give me the words to speak, help me know what to do, help me know how to say,
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  • help know how to deal with this situation, right?
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  • So to the extent that you're under the spirits' control--and that would be being drunk,where you're
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  • under the spirits' control, you're no longer under your own influence. That's why you should not be
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  • driving a car legally,right?When that happens, you can not be cognitively putting yourself under
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  • God's influence--so you can more easily do things that you'll regret, and you'll have a harder time
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  • feeling the spirits' tug,who's trying to interfere-who's trying to influence your decisions and actions
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  • and words.So what you see is exceedingly important.
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  • We need a fight to stay sober and vigilant, because the enemy is looking for any way he can to get
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  • into your home.He's looking for any way he can to get in-between you and your spouse;to get you to
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  • violate your marriage vows;to get you to do something that you're going to live with down the road,
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  • something that just takes a moment to do, an hour to do,an evening to do, but that you can then live
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  • with for decades,live with for the rest of your life,and your family can even have lingering about them forever.
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  • And of course,in all of these things, God can work.In all of these things,no matter what you've done.
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  • If you're here like,gosh,I was in a drunk traffic accident.I don't have my license,or I did this and I
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  • regret this,let me tell you something-you'll never-you'll never-- you'll never-you'll never-- you'll
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  • never exhaust the grace of God. And today can be a new day,and today can be an opportunity for
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  • God to begin to build something new and to restore trust.It takes that line in the sand, it takes that
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  • from here on out.
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  • But much better than creating new fallout and collateral damage for God then to work,it would be for
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  • us to honor God in the present, and that's where we are today hopefully, wet cement that we can see
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  • God build what he wants to in our hearts. So we have to get to safety and to get to success with these
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  • wild huckleberries God wants for us. We have to take care what we see.That's the second-- there is a
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  • third,jot this down-what you think.What you think.If you're in the woods and you want to make it out
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  • safely,if you're in the woods and you want to come out of that with everything going right,it's
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  • important what you think.And what you've got to do is learn to think like a bear.You gotta to learn to
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  • think like a bear
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  • Now how do you think like a bear?You gotta get desperate.If you want to think like a bear chasing
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  • huckleberries,you gotta get desperate.You're like,I need some answers on what that means Well
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  • here's a little research I did-- bears sleep five-to-seven months a year.Five-to-seven months-- now, I
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  • wish I was a bear.That sounds-- that sounds the best.Five-to- seven months of the year they're
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  • sleeping,that leaves then seven to-five months of the year to eat for a whole year.Since while they're
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  • sleeping, they can't do any eating.
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  • They sleep five-to-seven,but then during the flip side of that is, during the seven-to five months, they
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  • have to eat for the entire year. So they wake up hungry,and they wake up anxious,and they wake
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  • up--what was the word I told you?Desperate.Gotta eat,gotta eat,gotta eat-- why? So I can go sleep
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  • again.Their entire year is, gotta eat,gotta eat,gotta eat; gotta sleep,gotta sleep,gotta sleep. Gotta
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  • eat, gotta eat, gotta eat; gotta sleep, gotta sleep, gotta sleep.
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  • So they have to in five-to seven months cram in a whole year of eating, so they're desperate to begin
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  • with.But late in the season,they enter into a final feeding frenzy. Late in the season,they enter into a
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  • final feeding frenzy,just at the same time as the huckleberries begin to ripen.
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  • And this is why huckleberries in particular are indispensable to the survival of grizzly bears and black
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  • bears,because they're in that last stretch towards fall when they're going to move towards lethargy
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  • and then eventually to hibernation,because they know intuitively that winter is coming. And so they're
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  • in a final feeding frenzy as they move towards lethargy and then hibernation.That sounds to me a
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  • whole lot like Satan.
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  • Satan knows what you need to know--that winter is coming. Satan knows what you need to know--
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  • that the end is coming.Spoiler alert-he has read the back of the book and he knows that in the end,God wins
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  • Matter of fact,Romans puts it this way-- now the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
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  • I'm telling you something--God is going to crush Satan.It's going to be over for him.He's no longer
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  • going to be able to tempt.He's no longer going to be able to destroy. He's no longer going to be able
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  • to afflict God's people.He will no longer be able to do anything because in the new Heaven and the
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  • new Earth,he will be cast out. There will be nothing that defiles.There will be nothing that causes us
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  • to be sorrowful.There will be nothing of disease or decay or death or saying goodbye.
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  • So he knows and he understands that's happening.And that makes him crazy and that makes him
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  • dangerous.Think about it this way-he's got nothing to lose,hes got nothing-- he's just-- he's a
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  • lunatic.He's a deranged wild animal who's--all he wants to do is kill. I think you could best
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  • understand the Devil's modus operandi by a Batman quote. Right? I mean, look at-look at- look at
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  • how Michael Caine put it.
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  • Some men aren't looking for anything logical like money.They can't be bought,bullied, reasoned, or
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  • negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn and that explains the Devil.He wants
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  • to thrill you so he can kill you he wants to fascinate you so he can assassinate you he wants to take
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  • you down.There's no talking him out of anything,all he wants is to extinguish your witness. He knows
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  • if you're a believer, he can't take you to Hell, so he wants to keep you from living for Heaven so you
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  • won't take anyone with you when you go, because newsflash-all we can bring to Heaven is people.
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  • That's all that we can send on ahead of us is people and the resource that we give to God so he can
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  • reach more people.
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  • And as we understand that about the Devil, we can learn to think like he thinks. And that will help us to
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  • understand,there's no buying him off.And so the lies that he tells us about him won't work. What are
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  • the two lies?Here they are. Number one-just once more and then I'll be done.Just once more and
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  • then I'll be done.And the second one is like it-I can stop at anytime I want. I'm in control.
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  • The Devil likes to keep you thinking you're in control.He likes to keep you thinking that you are the
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  • one driving,and if you just do it one more time, you'll be happy If you just do it one more time, you'll
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  • be happy.That's the lie that pornography tells us.If I just look at this just one last time, I'll be happy,
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  • and then I'll never do it again. I'll quit tomorrow.I'll stop tomorrow. The drugs,if I just could get this
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  • high one last time, I'll be happy and then I'll stop, and then I'll stop-- and these are the lies that Satan
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  • tells us all the way to death, which is all that he has planned for us. We have to think like the Devil if
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  • we're to stand up to the opposition that he brings.
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  • There is a fifth-a fourth,rather and the fourth is this-- to get to success and safety-- surrounded by
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  • bears, trying to get these berries--we have to know where we're going.Where you go is the fourth,
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  • write that down.Where you go. And specifically,where you go when you're standing on a burn site.
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  • You have to be aware of where you're going for these berries. Now week one, we talked a lot about
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  • burnt Earth and how that eventually becomes a fantastic place for berries,because of the fact that the
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  • fire,which 1 Peter 4 talks about this fiery trial that comes has an unlikely effect of actually bringing
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  • greater fruitfulness eventually. Well bears are hip to that,too.
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  • Listen to this that I found in a book called The Huckleberry Book. Oh yeah. It says, bears may
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  • establish an ongoing relationship with burn sites and return to the same place year after year. It's in
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  • this sense that they mark their patches and they will be troubled to find them picked by other hands.
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  • So bears will come back to burn sites.Bears have a way of returning back to the same old place, the
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  • same old place,the same old place-- and guess what? The Devil's the same way too.
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  • Wether you recognize it or not you are at war with yourself. There's anxiety, selfishness, self
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  • sabotaging tendencies,narcissism the black dog of depression,the inability to do the great things you long to do.
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  • his struggles and identifies four weapons you have at your disposal along with the practical tools from
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  • gods word to help you win the war against yourself.
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  • Matter of fact,the Bible says that we are not to be ignorant of his devices. That is to say, that he tends
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  • to do the same thing over and over again.You're like,why wouldn't he be more creative? Why
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  • wouldn't he mix it up?Well as the old fisherman put it,you don't mix up the bait when the fish are
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  • biting.So as long as we'll keep biting on these same few things the Devil's going to keep using the same few things.
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  • And really, to understand his-- I think his two primary ones,its temptation and trial.Temptation and
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  • trial.He comes out as a temptation-- why? To deceive us. And he comes at us with trial-- why? To
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  • discourage us.Temptation,he wants--listen to me,Christian-- he wants to keep you from your zeal;
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  • Christian mother,he wants to keep me from leading in the home like you're meant to;Student, for
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  • being the light you're meant to be at your high school campus-- he wants to keep you from being the
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  • light you're meant to be by discouraging you through temptation or deceiving you-- discouraging you
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  • through trial or deceiving you through temptation.
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  • You'll feel so good if you do this, if you take this,if you wear this, if you buy this,if you eat this. If you
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  • do that,you'll feel amazing-- that's a deception.And then he'll cause you to feel so bad about what
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  • you've done that you- it's a lie but that you can't shine your light any longer. And then to discourage
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  • you through the hardship that you face.
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  • Understanding this about your fire-he knows that it can become fruitful, and he doesn't want to keep
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  • you--he doesn't want to see that happen in your life.So listen to me very carefully. If you have pain in
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  • your life, because you have pain in your life-- and I've told you again and I've told you again and I've
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  • told you again,that that fire hasn't been there to destroy you God allowed it to deepen you, and there
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  • can be greater fruitfulness in the midst of your hurt,in the midst of your season of affliction, in the
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  • midst of that hardship.
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  • But the moment you rise up and try to shine your light where you've been at your darkest, you should
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  • expect blowback.You should almost like,where is it?Where is it? Where is it? And when it comes,
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  • use that as confirmation that you're on the right track and not in any other direction as like, well,
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  • maybe I was wrong and maybe I shouldn't do it and, well, if God really loved me, where is he in the
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  • midst of this difficulty?The moment the Devil comes,that almost be to you like,aha! I see what you're
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  • up to,and it's not going to work! Listen to me, listen to me the Devil understands, and he's terrified of
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  • the fact that your wound will become a weapon if you let it get washed by worship.
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  • So he doesn't want you--the Devil doesn't want you to become the victor, he wants you to stay the
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  • victim.He wants you don't wallow in sadness and not rise up and learn to wield your hardship, your
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  • pain as power.Come on,praise God if you believe that where you have been at your darkest and your
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  • loneliest and your saddest,you can rise up in strength and in power and in usefulness in God's hands,
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  • and that fire can prove to burn away things-it will only let the light in that can bring you to the next
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  • level that God has for you.
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  • So where you go, be aware--am I on a burn site? I'm treading on ground that is one of those old
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  • things the Devil's going to come through again and again and again? I'll see him coming and I'll call it
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  • what it is the moment I see it, knowing he will strike with fury if you're on to something.So that means
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  • then that the opposition doesn't mean something's gone wrong in your life necessarily. It could very
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  • well mean that something's gone right, that you're on the right track. Learn to read it properly interpret
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  • it correctly.
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  • All right, there's a fifth,jot this down-- if you want to be successful in safety hunting huckleberries, you
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  • gotta make sure you bring the right things.That's a fifth thing, what you bring.What you bring.
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  • Namely,you want to bring bear spray.If you're picking huckleberries, you want to have bear spray. I
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  • mean, it is so exceedingly important. Matter of fact, some people I know who'd like know things like
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  • this really well, like,I was like, yeah,but you got a gun too.
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  • I'm like,yeah, but I'd rather have bear spray than a gun, because, you know, for most people, the
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  • ability to get that kill shot with a charging bear,I mean, you've got to really know your stuff and be
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  • calm under pressure and this thing's coming at you.I mean, look at that picture one more time. I
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  • mean, this thing coming at you, you want to really,really like be calm under pressure. And because
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  • the bear spray shoots out a big old cloud, you don't have to be as accurate with it for it to be effective
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  • and you're probably better off with that.
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  • Why does bear spray work so good? Here's why--because bear smell 200 times better than humans.
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  • 200 times.You like, how--what's that like, exactly? It would be like this. A bear smells everything the
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  • way you smell skunk.A bear smells everything they smell the way that a human being Smells skunk.
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  • And I was reading in one article, it said,to understand this, you had better know this. Like, if a bear
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  • crosses a trail that you crossed on two days ago--so a bear's hitting this trail you were on two days
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  • ago--it doesn't just know that you are a boy or a girl,it also has a pretty good idea what you ate for
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  • breakfast.That's how good a bear smells,OK?So what you bring-- pepper spray-- it inflames the
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  • bear's, you know,tissues all in its nose and stuff to such a degree that hopefully it makes it want to go away.
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  • And the thing that I was excited about reading is like, one-to- wo second bursts. Don't use all your
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  • bear spray in one charge. you use it all up, and then it's like, oh, when he comes back in for a second
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  • round, you want to have a little spurts of--spurts of--this is-- I'm just trying to help you out, just keep
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  • you alive.That's why I'm trying to do--you're like, what's the biblical parallel to this?What you bring
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  • into this world that you walk in every day is essential.And there's a lot of things we could say about it
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  • in scripture what you should be bringing,but I just wrote down these two things--truth and a team.
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  • Truth and a team.
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  • And I took it from Jesus.How can I do better, right? I looked at it,I was like, is there times where
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  • Jesus was attacked by the Devil?And there are two specific times when it seems stronger than any
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  • other-- the Garden of Gethsemane and the 40 days in the wilderness. Those are times when it
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  • seemed-- I mean, Satan's always messing with everybody, right? Or at least one of his demons is,
  • 00:21:52.220 --> 00:21:56.070
  • right?One of the JV demons.We talk about the Devil like the Devil did this--the Devil probably isn't
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  • messing with any of us.It's probably like some 15th string demon, you know? The Devil's probably in
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  • Vegas or something.
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  • But here's the thing.Here's the thing.What Jesus brought out in moments of full court press
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  • opposition was truth and a team. In the 40 days in the wildernes, every time the Devil tempted him
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  • what did he say?He said, it is written.It is written.It is written.He had something from God's word hid
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  • in your heart, which is why it's so important that you're reading God's word every day and hiding
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  • your heart. That's why every time we gather, we're going to open up this book-- so there's some truth
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  • in our hearts for a battle.Thats why it's not about whether you felt like it applied to your life today or
  • 00:22:32.280 --> 00:22:37.150
  • not, you might be in a battle in a month and you need something from this message to pull out in that moment.
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  • So when he comes with temptation to deceive you, you need God's word to help you see clearly.
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  • Because temptation will get your blood pumping. Temptation will get you thinking less about
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  • consequences and more--it magnifies pleasure and diminishes consequences. That's why gamblers
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  • feel like this inflamed sense of I could win! They're not thinking about having no money for groceries,
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  • having no money for rent--it magnifies-- temptation magnifies pleasure and minimizes any
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  • consequences.It makes you feel invincible, it makes you feel courageous, it makes you feel like you
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  • could do anything. Then you do what you did and you're like, what the heck was I thinking? it worked.
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  • Because all the blood pumped from the head to somewhere else, you know?
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  • And so in those moments,that's what you got to know--it is written. Truth,OK?You're going to hold
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  • God's truth up above, how you feel. You gotta hold God's truth up above, how what your heart's
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  • saying to you in that moment, cause your heart can lie to you. So truth, but also a team.A squad. In
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  • the Garden of Gethsemane, every time Jesus was really being squeezed by the Devil there in the trial
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  • now that was coming to discourage him. Discourage him from doing what God wanted him to do.
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  • What did he do?He went from him praying by himself and he woke p his friends. He woke up his
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  • friends. Peter,James,John,wake up, wake up, wake up.
  • 00:23:51.280 --> 00:23:54.090
  • And then he said to them--what did he say in Matthew's gospel about staying alert?He said, stay
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  • alert in the midst of this temptation. Be in prayer so you don't wander into temptation without even
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  • knowing you're in danger.He's said, wake up with me!Wake up and pray with me,I need you, I need you in my life.
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  • So my question to you is,when you're being squeezed in the vice of temptation,who's in your life for
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  • you to wake up?Who's in your life for you to send that text message to? Who's in your life for you to
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  • call? Who's in your life to be at your house? Who's in your life to be reminding you of Gods promises?
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  • That's not true!You're not seeing clearly!God loves you! It's not over!It's not the end! Here's what
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  • God's going to do.Here's how we're going to pray.Here's how we're going to fight.Here's how this is
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  • going to go.You need truth and you need a team.You need the Bible and you need some buddies. I'm
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  • telling you,you need God's people, you need God's promises to get through what you're going
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  • through.That's what you gotta bring with you into the difficulty that you face every day knowing that
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  • there are bears coming at you while you're trying to get you some berries.
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  • Now I one last thing.I want to close this down.I also see that for the success and for the safety,
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  • there's a huge importance that we need to put on what you say. You have to pay very close attention
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  • to what you say.When you go out into the woods, they say it's really important that you talk to the
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  • bears. You say stuff to the bears.So I've had the best fun in my life teaching this to my kids. So we
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  • walked through the trails-I dont care if we're like in a park. Like, there just houses everywhere, it's
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  • like,hey, bear.It's just me,bear Hey, bear,it's just me,bear. Hey, bear. Come around the corner. Hey,
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  • bear,just me, bear.Just getting some huckleberries.Don't want no trouble, bear. And my daughter
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  • Clover has really taken to it, and she-last time we went,she had a cape on and she's just walking the
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  • trails--hey,bear! Just us,bear! Just getting some huckleberries! Don't want trouble.Don't want
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  • nothing.Just out for the huckleberries.Hey,bear! Just me, bear!
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  • Why?Why,why?Here we go--because we don't want to surprise him. And so the sound going ahead
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  • of us gives us safety.It's a sound that keeps surprise from happening that leads us to safety, and I see
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  • a parallel--you in your life need to be very careful about the sound coming out of your mouth. There's
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  • a sound coming out of your mouth that can keep you from being surprised by the hardship, by the
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  • difficulty,by the temptation that's coming at you.You've got to pay attention to your sound. There's a
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  • power to your sound.What you say in the woods can get you to success and keep you safe. You've
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  • got to be careful of your sound
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  • So what are we to say?We're not saying,hey,bear!We don't need to talk to the Devil. What we need
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  • to focus on is Jesus.We need to say the name Jesus.We need to keep our eyes on Jesus, the author
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  • and the finisher of our faith. Our sound is worship and it's powerful and it's a weapon. Matter of fact,
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  • Philippians says His name is the name that's above every name. At the name of Jesus, every knee's
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  • gotta bow--those in heaven,those on Earth, those under the Earth. Let me tell you something--the
  • 00:26:51.250 --> 00:26:57.230
  • name of Jesus is a strong tower and the righteous can run into it and be safe.And so long as you
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  • keep that name in your heart and lift it up in your life and lift it up over your home and lift it up over
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  • your emotions,you cannot sin and focus on the Savior at the sam time. It's impossible.
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