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Where the Wild Things Are Part 2

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July 14, 2019
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Fresh Life with Levi Lusko

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  • You take on the character of what you come in contact with. You know the funniest thing to me
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  • about huckleberry picking is how everyone hands soon become purple you become like
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  • who you spend time with.Let me just ask you a practical question, are you givin Jesus time?
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  • Well thank you so much for joining us here on fresh life tv we're in a series of messages cd
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  • chasing huckleberries don't worry we ll explain everything about what that means but I hope
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  • you ll enjoy this message from gods word and that it will move you forward in your journey of
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  • following Jesus.
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  • Jesus declared the Father.He is the word of God made visible and made audible to us. He
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  • came as the lifeguard into the deep end of the pool to save us. And Moses and Elijah are here
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  • saying, you're the man now,dog, Sean Connery style, Finding Forrester. Anybody remember
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  • that movie? Great movie.
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  • Anyhow,I love so much that the Bible says, that after Moses and Elijah had come and God,
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  • the Father,spoke and gave His praise over the situation,His stamp of approval on all of this
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  • the Bible says, that Moses and Elijah faded into the background And verse 8 puts it this way,
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  • and they saw only Jesus.They saw only Jesus. You see,here's the beauty and the power of
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  • this moment,those who would want to return to the Old Testament are doing what Moses and
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  • Elijah would say, not to do.
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  • You see, we're returning to the 10 commandments,returning to a system that we would build.
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  • Returning to a religious ideology that we would say,we can box it up and here's how you have
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  • to do it,and here's how you approach God.Moses and Elijah, they faded into the background
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  • leaving only Jesus because it's not a religious approach you need, it's a relationship with God
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  • made possible through his Son. It's not about what you can do, it's about what He has done for
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  • you. That's the power of the gospel.
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  • And it is alone,how one can be made right with God and heal from what plagues us within, but
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  • only Jesus remain. And we are so quick to try and rebuild these old systems. But here, Jesus,
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  • as he put it in John chapter 5, the searching the scriptures,for in them thinking you have
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  • eternal life,trying to go to Leviticus, trying to rebuild this religious construct, these are they
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  • Jesus said, which testify of me
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  • So the whole point of the Old Testament was to get things ready for Jesus. And this moment
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  • here is when Moses and Elijah, the figureheads of the Old Testament, came to say, it's all
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  • about Jesus.Everything we were writing about, it was just a preview of coming attractions and
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  • once the movie comes out,you don't need to watch the preview no more, you can watch the movie
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  • So many churches full of religion today, so many people trying to get right with God, all they're
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  • doing is watching the preview. We have the movie.Let's go straight to Jesus. Let's keep it
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  • about Jesus.That's what we're all about.So that's what's happening here. This is a super
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  • significant moment and it occurred on High Mountain.And I love that because what we've
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  • learned of huckleberries,and what we've learned here of this moment of following Christ, as
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  • they went up higher on the mountain, Christ was transfigured before them.
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  • I am going to tell you something The truth is in our walks with God, we are kind of climbing a
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  • mountain.And here's my whole sermon in a sentence,the higher you climb, the more glory
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  • you'll find.You will always find frustration if you try and move forward and walk in your walk
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  • with God without being willing to risk higher elevation.We have to keep going up.
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  • And so of the journey of faith and of chasing after huckleberries, I've boiled down some
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  • takeaway truths so jot these down real quickly,OK?Here's the first one, there are six of them
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  • try and catch them all.
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  • The first is this,little by little eventually becomes a lot. I got discouraged the first time I went
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  • huckleberry picking. I told you about some of the attempts where I tried to go huckleberry
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  • picking, didn't work out so good You got nothing but leave,right? But when we finally found
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  • them and my family was there, and it was like, oh, my gosh, here they are, there are
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  • huckleberries everywhere.And we've all got containers and it's a beautiful view,I thought OK, I
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  • shall get one and I put it in my bucket.And I watched it hit and I thought, oh, my gosh.OK.
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  • It was the least satisfying sound I've ever heard in my life. I wish I could say,oh, this is going to
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  • be a great day. I literally thought, e should go.We should tell them these are poisonous, let's
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  • just go,we'll go buy some huckleberry licorice at the gift shop, right? Because it was so pitiful,
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  • blink.I was like,oh,my gosh. You know what kids, I like raspberries. Driscoll, let's go get
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  • some.You can have all you could eat,all the raspberries for days right, they're delicious. And
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  • because it just seemed so pathetic.
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  • But here's the thing,the power of just not being discouraged by the small beginning. If you just
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  • keep going.Just keep going.Just keep going.Just--pretty soon, you look down, you go, I've
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  • made some momentum.I've not made some--I made--I covered some ground. It's the same
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  • thing with hiking.I haven't done a lot of hiking,but I've done a little hiking, enough to know that
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  • one step, you look to the top and you're like, is there a chairlift? Like, what's happening here?
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  • We've evolved beyond this, this is barbaric and savage. Somebody, please, pave that, blow a
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  • hole in it, get me to the top. I-- let's go to Disneyland, we'll go to the top of the Matterhorn. I'll
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  • take you all the way to Space Mountain or Thunder Mountain, any mountain you want.There's
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  • a splash at the end of one of them, but you can ride to the top.
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  • You know the problem with walking? You only can get there one step at a time. And when you
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  • take that one little step,you look up at all that you need to cover and it can be overwhelming. I
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  • wonder if you ever felt like that in your walk with God. You had great hopes when you gave
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  • your life to Jesus.You had great hopes at the beginning of a new year. You had great hopes
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  • when God spoke to you in a moment, you thought this time it's going to be different.
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  • But then you try to react differently to your spouse.Then you try to respond differently to
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  • temptation.Then you tried to quit yelling at your kids. Just me? And then you found yourself
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  • discouraged by the pitiful smallness of your first attempt at holiness, and you almost got
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  • discouraged like,forget about it But what I came to say,is just keep going. One little thing
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  • after another little thing. One berry after another berry.
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  • Come on, just take another step. I don't care if it's ugly or pretty. Just keep walking, just keep
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  • going.I just came to tell you, if you just keep going, little by little, eventually becomes a lot. You
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  • can't expect that you can give the devil 20 years,then come to church for three weekends and
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  • look at your life and expect to see a different version of yourself. You can't steal from God, but
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  • then try one time and expect the heavens to open up and rain down on you.
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  • You can't eat unhealthy things n entertainment and read books that are going to rot your soul
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  • but then read three versions of scripture and expect to see yourself represent Christ. You've got
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  • to get into a groove.You've got to grow all up and grow.You've got to keep going. If you don't
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  • grow weary-- come on,is anybody with me? It's just that steadiness, that steadiness. I don't
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  • want my walk with Jesus to be like, a firework that is big, and I love God, and explodes. I don't
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  • want to be a good dad on Instagram. I don't want to be a good husband only on date night. I
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  • don't want to be a good pastor only for the big conference or the big thing, I want steadiness.
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  • I want to preach when I'm 50, I want to preach when I'm 70, I want to still be walking with
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  • Jesus.I want to still be holy, want to fight for integrity,I want to be financially smar and make
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  • good investments.And when it comes time to retire, I don't want to hang on to a job that would
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  • hurt the church and hurt me because I have no other choice, I want to have made good
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  • investments and been smart with it so I can make the right decision. Do you see what I'm saying?
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  • I want to think long term.I want to think the big picture. I want to be a great grandfather. I want
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  • 100 years from now,if Christ hasn't come back, for people to be able to talk about what
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  • happened when,what God did at Fresh Life, not that it flamed out in scandal.Not that it was
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  • taken out by some device of the enemy. But that we were smart, that we were bear aware,that
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  • we made right decisions. Little by little, eventually becomes a lot.
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  • Don't you be discouraged,who are watching this show in prison. Don't you be discouraged,
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  • who have been through three divorces. Don't you let somebody write you off. Your best days
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  • are still to come.You just got to make some good decisions to sow some good seeds. Come
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  • on,is there anybody who just believes God's going to do something powerful? It's going to
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  • take a while, but you're going to be committed to it just like He's committed to it. All right that's
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  • just the first of six, I'm just talking. Sit down.
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  • All right, I got second for you. The second is this, you take on the character of what you're in
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  • contact with. You now what I love about huckleberry picking? You can't hide that you did it. You
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  • see people walking around town with purple fingers, right? I guess you could fake it. Purple
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  • poser,putting paint on your pinky. You'll watch it on the TV, like, what are they talking about?
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  • When you spend an afternoon picking berries, your hands are purple, your face is purple. My
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  • dog had a purple mustache.
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  • I didn't know dogs like huckleberries. Tabasco loved huckleberries. Yeah, I got a dog named,
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  • Tabasco.Although, at this point, I almost kind of give him cat status because he's a neutered
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  • poodle. And so I was like, he was almost a cat, he's just a half a cat, he's a half a dog half a
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  • cat. But anyhow, Tabasco-- I heard that you got to train them to eat the berries of the bush, not
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  • the berries in the bucket because they'll take all your little by little, eventually be got eaten by
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  • your dog. They got their face in your bucket. But you've got to watch out because Tabasco has
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  • purple ears right now. He's a messy huckleberry eater.
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  • But it's because of what's your touching, it's what color is on you. Here's my question, are you
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  • touching Jesus?Are you touching God's word? You take on the character of what you're in
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  • contact with.Are you spending time with Christ? Are you spending time in His word? Are you
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  • making it a priority in your life to let these things touch you, to let these things get in you?
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  • You will become more like Christ as you spend time with Christ. You cannot outlive your friends
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  • so spend time with Jesus, just like you would spen time with a friend. You can tell when people
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  • hang out with each other.They start talking the same, they got the same jokes, they got the
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  • same mannerisms, they're posting the same style of stuff, they're interested in these things.Get
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  • yourself interested in what God is interested in by letting his word get-- let his word dwell in you richly.
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  • I love that from Colossians Let God's word dwell in you richly. Someone said, you could translate
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  • that,let God's word be home in your heart.You can tell when someone's at home in your house
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  • because they put their feet up, they don't have to dress up. Really when someone makes
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  • themselves at home,they don't even knock any more,they just come in. Love God's word, put
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  • its feet up on the coffee table. Is there a formal relationship, a stiff relationship that you have
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  • with God's word? Where it's only let into one specific part of your house, where you clean up
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  • your house,then bring it-- OK, you can sit here. OK, great, we're going to move over here.
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  • No. We don't want God's word to only have access to the formal dining room of our heart. We
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  • want to let God's word into the bedroom. We want to let God's word into the den. We want to let
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  • God's word into the office. We want to let God's word dwell in us richly because you take on the
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  • character of what you're in contact-- all right, there's the third, jot this down.
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  • You see more of what you stare at. What I noticed about huckleberry picking and what I notice
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  • about life is that things you stare at, you tend to see more of. When I first got into a patch of
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  • huckleberries-- and I got a style, I got a style and it's like, I find a good patch and I just lie down
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  • into a bush. Like, make myself a La Z Boy out of a bush. My fingertips aren't the only things that
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  • are purple, all my jean thighs for my picking pants.What? Like, you don't have picking pants.
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  • No, they're just skinny jeans, whatever. So but, I make sure black ones. You know,otherwise
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  • there would be a real problem in light denim. But I should invest in some picking pants, if you
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  • ever have-- come across a good pair.What?Like, you-- just stop, get off it leave--
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  • So I'm lying in a bush--as all good sentences begin, right? So I was lying in a bush and I'm
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  • picking huckleberries.And when I would first get in there I would do a pretty decent job of
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  • getting them all out and then I would contemplate leaving. But then just as I was-- I would get
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  • ready to leave,I would see one more out of the corner of my eye and I'd grab it. And then as
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  • I'm grabbing,I'm like,holy,all your friends are still here.Hey, guys. OK, I'm going to be here a
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  • while.And then I'd pick it clean And then I would-- you know what? I should just check one last
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  • time. I would lift the bush up a little bit, my goodness gracious, they're hiding under the leaves.
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  • And the more I would stare at them the more that I would find because you see more of what you stare at.
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  • Let me ask you this? Do you look for hurt? Do you look for offense? Do you look for reasons to
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  • write people off?Because you will always find it.You're going to find what you look for. Do you
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  • look for a reason to leave in a huff?Do you look for a reason to stiffen up? You're going to find
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  • it. You see more--but what if yu started to look for the good in people? What if you started
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  • being surprised when someone didn't like you? Because you were so sure you were going to
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  • find something good in them, I bet you if you look for potential, I bet you if you look for the good
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  • in someone,I bet you find it.I bet if you started to look for God, I bet if you started to look for
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  • divine opportunities,I bet-- you're going to see what you stare at, you're going to find what you're looking for.
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  • So maybe look at your marriage one more time.You ready to write that bush off? Are you ready
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  • to write that patch off?You already think I've gotten all the-- but maybe look again, maybe look
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  • for something good, maybe start trying to catch your kids doing things right.Try and catch them
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  • in the act, red--purple handed of doing something awesome and praise them. Praise what you
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  • want to see repeated,start finding the good. You're going to see more of what-- I'm just trying to
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  • help people.Start looking for the right things. And you're going to find them.
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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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  • Its time to stop being your own worst enemy. In his new book I Declare War Levi Lusko shares
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  • about his struggles and identifies four weapons you have at your disposal along with the
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  • practical tools from gods word to help you win the war against yourself.
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  • For a gift of 15$ you will receive the I declare war book, get your copy today by visiting levilusko.com
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  • This experience of seeing Jesus in the mountain is so profoundly impacted Peter, James, and
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  • John, that later on Peter would write an epistle,writing back to this day. And here's how he
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  • spoke about it,he said we were eyewitnesses to His majesty. We were eyewitnesses of His
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  • majesty.Now, Jesus had almost a year to go,almost a year to go before the cross. And He
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  • wasn't glowing anymore,he wasn't imagine dragon status, radioactive. We never hear Jesus
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  • glowing again. But once you've seen Jesus glow, once you've seen His glory, you can't look at Him the same way again
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  • So for the rest of that year,I t you he'd catch Him looking at Him and their like, they've been
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  • wearing those clothes were as white as Levis jacket, no, whiter than any launderer on earth
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  • could make them--whiter-- they would catch themselves seeing him differently. And so once
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  • you've trained your eye to look for the best in people, once you've trained your eye, once you've
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  • had a moment with Jesus in His glory, once you've seen Him glow, you can pull that back to
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  • mind when you're feeling low. You're having a down moment, but you're pulling back some word
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  • that God spoke to you in that difficult season and it gives you the strength to keep going.
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  • There's a fourth.Nothing, nothing, come on, someone say nothing will change your altitude like
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  • attitude.We're trying to get to the top of a mountain.We're trying to climb up to the top so we
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  • can see Jesus transfigured. We're trying to keep climb higher and higher and higher so we can
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  • keep finding more revelation of who he is. But nothing in your life is going to change your
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  • altitude like choosing to change your attitude.
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  • I wonder if you understand how profoundly your attitude impacts your life. You're like, hold on a
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  • second there pastor,I don't see this in the text. Oh, you don't? What did Jesus say in verse 1 to
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  • the disciples?He gathered all 12 of them up and said, some of you are going to see the
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  • Kingdom of God and power before you die. Some of you.And six days after that he grabbed
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  • Peter,he grabbed James,he grabbed John and said,let's go. What did that feel for the other
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  • nine?Well, they're all up on their high mountain hanging with Bill and Ted on their excellent
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  • adventure.How are the other nine feeling?Left out?Unwanted? Junior varsity? In other words,
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  • adventure.How are the other nine feeling?Left out?Unwanted? Junior varsity? In other words,
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  • they're given the opportunity to choose to adopt the right attitude.
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  • I don't think there's any time more important to go up in your soul than when you're feeling left
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  • out here on Earth.Because if you choose to sulk, you're just going to just stew in that and what
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  • are you staring at?Offense. What are you staring at?Hurt. What are you staring at? Why didn't
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  • I get picked for that? What are you staring at?Whydidn't I get that promotion? What are you
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  • staring at?Why does dad always hang out with Billy and not me? What do you-- you're staring
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  • at the hurt,so you're going to start to see more hurt.
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  • It's just going to be this vicious savage cycle where you just go around and round and round
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  • and round and round and round. And oh, sure they didn't tag me when I re-posted my picture
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  • And oh,oh, I didn't get invited to that party. And oh, and all these petty things that we do,
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  • instead of choosing to say,hey, He chose him because he had something for Him. By the way,
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  • not even the greatest compliment to be taken. I was in fifth grade, my teacher made me sit at
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  • my desk next to her desk,she wasn't praising my ability as a student, right?
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  • I don't think Peter, James,and John were brought in this little escapade because they were
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  • holier than the rest of the nine I think Jesus knew he couldn't leave them alone or James would
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  • be biting somebody and Peter would shoplift something, and John would be doing graffiti
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  • somewhere.OK.So let people have their own space, their own place with God. Just trust He's
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  • got your blessing.Just trust He's got your back. If He leaves you at the bottom of the mountain,
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  • it's because He's got an assignment for you at the bottom of the mountain. Just give Him the
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  • space to be good.Just give Him the space to know that He's got your back. You shall not be--
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  • nothing changes your altitude like your attitude.
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  • Carol Dweck is a psychologist who has spent her entire life studying the science of success. So
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  • there's that.I mean,think about it, she spent her entire career trying to figure out what makes
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  • some people succeed and some people don't. You'd probably say, what family you're born into,
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  • what college you've got to go to how you did on the SAT's,any number of things that would make it up.
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  • She says,the number one thing is attitude. She said, attitude matters much more than IQ,
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  • because smart people when they experience adversity and setbacks and are let down and life
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  • doesn't go good, smart people tend to think, if I'm so smart, why didn't I figure out a way to get
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  • through this?I must not be-- they start to question everything and that they feel like they can't
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  • do anymore. But people who have a good attitude,they tend to exhibit the characteristics of a growth mentality.
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  • You see, there's two different types of people. Fixed mentality people and growth mentality
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  • people. It's also been described as having an internal locus of success or an external locus of
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  • success.If you have a fixed mentality and an inner or an outer locus mentality, what you tend to
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  • do is you start to feel like, whatever happens to you is what happens to you and you can't do
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  • anything about it.Well,this is the kind of person always blaming it on the company, always
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  • blaming it on the economy. They'll say things like, story of my life, that's just how it goes, well,
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  • figures it would happen to me. That's an external locus of control, where you're not choosing to
  • 00:21:24.160 --> 00:21:30.090
  • make decisions.You're just, what happens to you happens to you.
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  • But people who have good attitudes tend to have what's called, a growth mentality or an inner
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  • locus of control and they tend to say, no matter what happens, I still can make good choices.
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  • No matter--this wasn't ideal,no, that was hard, that shouldn't have happened, that was unfair, I
  • 00:21:44.190 --> 00:21:49.010
  • still can choose,I can still control. And they have a growth mentality. It's choosing to have a
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  • good attitude.I'm just telling you, it's going to make a huge difference in your life to choose to
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  • see the good,to choose to believe in God, to have the right attitude, even in difficulty, even in
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  • adversity, even in things that are really horrible.
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  • All right.There's a fifth,jot ts down.To go high,got to get low. To go high, you got to get low. I
  • 00:22:12.020 --> 00:22:20.050
  • love so much that God, the Father, audibly cut Peter off from the cloud. Peter's just like, you
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  • know what,I prepared a speech guys. Two of the most important people to ever live are there,
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  • the son of God is there.And he's like, you know what,I've came up with a list of things I wanted
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  • to say to you guys. Not knowing what to say,hey,here's a good clue, don't say anything.
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  • I heard it put this way one time If you keep your mouth closed, people can think you're a fool,
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  • but if you open it up,sometimes you'll dispel all possible doubt right? So Peter, not knowing
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  • what to say--just life tips 101 if you're invited to be in a situation or setting where youk
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  • don't belong, but your relationship with someone else has brought you into that relationship,
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  • into that moment, just shut up and listen.
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  • Just shut your mouth and listen. No,I'm going to say a lot because I don't belong here. No. If
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  • someone uses their equity to bring you into a conversation, to bring you into a table, to bring
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  • you new meaning,and you're looking around going,I see Moses, I see Elijah, one of these
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  • things just doesn't belong here. Just be quiet and smile and nod. And if anyone asks you
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  • anything, keep it quick, keep it short, and the back to you, Bill. Right? Like, Peter, like, you
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  • guys I think it's great that we're here, first of all, well done inviting me. I have taken the liberty of
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  • drawing up some schematics for some tents we could build because I like it so much, we
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  • should always be here, and you get a tent, and you get a tent, and you get a tent, and God, the
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  • Father from heaven says,I'll take it from here, Peter. Only a few times in recorded history has
  • 00:23:50.140 --> 00:23:56.220
  • God spoken, once was to cut Peter off.
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  • And what he says is what Moses and Elijah said, listen to Jesus. I'm sure Peter felt kind of
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  • taken aback because he had chosen to pridefully lift himself up. Like, I have thoughts that
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  • should be heard here.And you always get brought low when you try and lift yourself up. But in
  • 00:24:11.070 --> 00:24:16.200
  • God's economy when you take that place of humility,the Bible says, that God opposes the
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  • proud,but gives grace to the humble. So choose the humble part. Choose the humble path.
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  • Choose to be a servant of other people. Choose to listen more than you speak. And you will
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  • always find humility endears you to other people.
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  • As C.S. Lewis said, humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's just thinking of yourself less. So
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  • don't you know,like,self- abasing, I'm so dumb,I'm such an idiot. No, have a God confidence,
  • 00:24:42.020 --> 00:24:46.100
  • lift your head up high,but then take that humbled track.Think of yourself less, think of other
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  • people more.My goal in preaching isn't to impress you,it's to bless you and that always sets
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  • me up for success. Well, that sermon is going to be great, they're going to re-tweet that one.
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  • No.my heart is to help you and I'm telling you, that just goes a long way in changing how you think about things.
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  • OK.I got one more thing,and then we're done. You guys encouraged by any of this? Come on
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  • up here,worship team,we're almost done. All right. All right. Listen, listen. You've got to be
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  • careful in chasing huckleberries and in chasing these moments with God on the mountain that
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  • you don't cling to the wrong thing. Don't cling to the wrong thing.
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  • One of the reasons huckleberry farms don't exist, is just that they're a tricky plant to even
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  • transplant.Forget about starting from seeds, which you can get, they're very small from in a
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  • huckleberry. But even if you get a big old patch, you're like I'm going to transplant this back to
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  • my garden at my house that's 6.000 feet elevation, I'll be fine. Huckleberries grow through
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  • something called rhizomes and because of that, a lot of their life is under the ground.
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  • That means then an entire patch, an entire patch,might be only one or two plants. So what
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  • you'll see is a whole bush,and you'll think all I got to do is dig this up and bring it back to good
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  • soil,and make sure it's acidic enough, and make sure I blow torch it first because huckleberries
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  • like fire.Right?Get a 30% shade and keep the bears away and you're like, grow. They say,
  • 00:26:08.190 --> 00:26:14.100
  • that's essentially like snapping a single branch off an apple tree and sticking it into a pot and
  • 00:26:14.120 --> 00:26:20.050
  • then expecting it to grow. Because all you managed to do is to get one branch even though you
  • 00:26:20.070 --> 00:26:24.290
  • thought you got the whole plant. In other words, it's easy to cling to the wrong thing and expect growth.
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  • I see that in Peter.Because during his speech,what did he say? This is so good here,let's just
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  • kick it here.Let's just build Casa de Heaven on top of the mountain, right? Let's just build a
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  • place and stay here,it's so good But he was clinging to the wrong thing because the revelation
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  • on top was never just for the people on top. The revelation on top is always for the people down below.
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  • And when they eventually did leave the mountain, if you read on in mark 9,you're going to see
  • 00:26:57.250 --> 00:27:02.140
  • there was a Father who is desperately worried about His son and that's what the disciples, by
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  • the way, who chose to right attitude were trying to do down below, they were trying to help a
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  • sick kid.They were trying to help a kid afflicted by the enemy. And so that's what they were
  • 00:27:09.270 --> 00:27:13.100
  • working on with their good attitude, but they weren't finding success. And so what was
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  • happening was always for the people down below.
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  • We should never try and cling to the moment, we got to be a people who are willing to multiply
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  • the moment.We don't come on the weekend and go, oh, that's so good, I just want to live and
  • 00:27:25.090 --> 00:27:29.240
  • surround myself with other Christians and oh, it's so cuddly and warm here, and the water is so
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  • good because that's the mentality of a huckleberry picker. Never reveal your patch. Find a good
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  • patch,guard that secret carefully. Where do you go? Nowhere. Where do you find them? Can't
  • 00:27:39.280 --> 00:27:44.240
  • tell you.Why?Because you want them all for yourself. There's a greedy mentality with
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  • huckleberries, but it should never be that way in the house of God.
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  • We should come to glow so that we can go down the mountain and go. What we receive from
  • 00:27:52.090 --> 00:27:57.070
  • heaven is for those who are hurting like hell.We always got to have the heart that we will
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  • multiply our miracles so we will not reach the end of them. And that's why it wasn't enough in
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  • kalispell.And that's why it wasn't enough in Montana. And that's why we're not done in Utah.
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  • And that's why we got work to do in Oregon.And that's why we're going to go to Wyoming. And
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  • that's why we're going to keep fighting and keep believing and keep going.
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  • Come on, somebody, he's never going to let us go. He's never going to fail us. We got to keep on going. We go to keep sharing.
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