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Nowhere to Go But Up Part 1

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October 18, 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 1

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  • I want to preach a message toyou that I'm calling nowhere
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  • to go but up.
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  • Nowhere to go but up.
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  • Come on, shove your neighbor.
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  • Tell them there's nowhere to go but up.
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  • In Isaiah 6, we findsome powerful words
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  • that I'm almostembarrassed to preach out
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  • of them because there'sreally just no--
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  • there's no words that coulddo-- once we read this,
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  • you'll see what I mean.
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  • It's almost like Ishould just read this,
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  • and we all just go sitsomewhere quietly for a while,
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  • but I'm going to domy best to preach
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  • a little bit from this passage.
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  • It says in the yearthat King Uzziah died,
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  • I saw the Lord sitting on athrone, high and lifted up,
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  • and the train of hisrobe filled the temple.
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  • Above it stood Seraphim;each one had six wings.
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  • With two he covered his face,with two he covered his feet,
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  • and with two he flew.
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  • And one cried to anotherand said, 'holy, holy, holy
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  • is the Lord of hosts; the wholeearth is full of his glory!"
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  • And the posts ofthe door were shaken
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  • by the voice of him who criedout, and the house was filled--
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  • say this next word outloud with me-- with smoke.
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  • So I said, woe isme, for I am undone
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  • because I'm a manof unclean lips,
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  • and I dwell in the midst ofa people of unclean lips,
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  • for my eyes have seen theKing, the Lord of hosts.
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  • Then one of the Seraphim flewto me, having in his hand
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  • a live coal which he had takenwith the tongs from the altar,
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  • and he touched my mouthwith it, and said,
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  • "Behold, this hastouched your lips,
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  • your iniquity is takenaway, and your sin purged."
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  • Also I heard thevoice of the Lord
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  • saying, "Whom shall I send,and who will go for us?"
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  • Then I said, "Heream I, send me."
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  • If there is a good thing aboutbeing knocked down, and then
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  • kicked while you're down.
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  • If there's a good thing aboutbeing knocked down, and then
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  • from there, finding therewas a whole other level
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  • you didn't know about.
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  • If there was a good thingabout having a bad day,
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  • and then finding outit was a worse day,
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  • and then finding outthat was just the warm up
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  • for the really bad part ofyour day that was coming.
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  • If there's a benefit--
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  • and we're all agreeing thequestion is this, if there's
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  • a benefit to findingout something horrible
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  • has happened on the wayto someone telling you
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  • something else happenedthat was even worse.
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  • If there is a benefitto being knocked down
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  • so low that you don'tthink you could possibly
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  • get any lower than that, it'sthat you can come to a place
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  • where you're so low wherethere's only one way to go,
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  • and that's up.
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  • If there's something to besaid for getting knocked down,
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  • it's that when God picks youup, you can get back up again.
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  • If there's something to be saidfor being kicked while you're
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  • down, is that there'sonly one place
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  • to go when you're hurting thatbad, and that place is up.
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  • Here in thispassage, I know it's
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  • hard to really catchthe emotion just
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  • from the initial read of itbecause we get so quickly swept
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  • away by the passion, andthe beauty, and the romance,
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  • and the unbelievablescene that is pictured
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  • where we only get glimpses of afew points in all of the Bible.
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  • The presence, it's hinted at,but only a few people really
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  • got to get to see it, and thenhad the gall to describe it.
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  • Paul, I like how Paul approachedit because John tried,
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  • Ezekiel tried, and Ezekiel,he just spun his wheels.
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  • That's a really funny wayto describe it because he's
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  • like there's a bunch of wheels.
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  • He was describingGod's car, I think.
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  • I'm not positive.
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  • Ezekiel got to seeGod and he was like,
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  • there was wheels in wheels.
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  • Wheels in wheels in wheels.
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  • The classic guy.
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  • It's like he onlynotices the wheels.
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  • Wheels are on that ride.
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  • And we read, here, Isaiah'sattempt to describe it for us.
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  • John did the best that he could.
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  • He goes it waskind of like this.
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  • If you read John'sdescription of heaven,
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  • he was just like it was likethis, and kind of like that,
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  • but he just keepsusing the word like,
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  • like he's from the valley.
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  • You know what I'm saying?
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  • Like, you know?
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  • Like.
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  • Like, you know.
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  • Why does he keep saying like?
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  • Because it was theonly thing he could do.
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  • It was like this,but it wasn't this.
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  • It was like that.
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  • If you've ever been weirdedout by descriptions of heaven
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  • because you're like well, Idon't want to be in a place
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  • where it's a sea ofglass, or golden streets.
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  • He didn't say itwas those things.
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  • He said it was like that.
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  • It was like that.
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  • That was the best he could do.
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  • My favorite,perhaps, approach is
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  • Paul's, who got tosee heaven, but just
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  • said I'm not even going to try.
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  • I'd ruin it.
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  • I'd ruin it.
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  • And he literally said it wouldbe against the law for me
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  • to even describe what Isaw there on that day,
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  • but we can't be in a hurry toget to describing all of this,
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  • and try and figure out whatthese angelic creatures are,
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  • and all of thatwithout realizing
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  • the significanceof the time stamp
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  • because no detail isgiven to us for no reason.
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  • God wasn't worried the Biblewasn't going to be long enough.
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  • Like you just get to a randomdetail, and he's like well,
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  • I just needed filler material.
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  • No, that's seriouslynot his concern.
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  • And so when we come to the firstverse, and you see this phrase,
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  • this all happened when?
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  • In the year thatKing Uzziah died.
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  • We must not be on aquest to figure out
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  • who the Seraphim are thatwe forget that this really
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  • matters.
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  • When did this revelationof who God is take place?
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  • The answer is it's in the sameyear that King Uzziah died.
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  • Now, that doesn't even helpyou unless you know something
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  • about the kings of Israel.
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  • Most of the kingsthat Israel ever
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  • had-- and there was differentlists because they split up.
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  • They had a civilwar, only it took.
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  • They had a civilwar, only it stuck,
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  • and they ended up astwo different nations.
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  • And of those two nationsthat at one point were one,
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  • let's just talkabout it this way--
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  • the great majority of kingsthey had were really bad.
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  • Terrible, bad, no good,lousy, and then this
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  • was punctuated bya few good ones.
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  • A few good ones.
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  • And outside ofDavid and Solomon,
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  • this is probably top threebest king Israel ever had.
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  • Meet Josiah, there were somegood moments with Hezekiah,
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  • but when you really get downto it, Uzziah, King Uzziah,
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  • was one of the bestkings Israel ever had.
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  • And listen to me, hewas king for 52 years.
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  • Now, we can't evenrelate to that
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  • because the longest our chiefexecutive would be in office
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  • would be four oreight years today.
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  • So we can't relate to aKing who is the king for 52.
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  • And Israel, they did notjust have a president,
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  • they had a literal king.
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  • So you have this guywho's on the throne,
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  • and so there are people whonever have no life without him.
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  • Probably Isaiah.
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  • He was born, Uzziah was King.
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  • His entire life,Uzziah was King.
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  • And listen to me verycarefully, Uzziah sought God,
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  • and that's whatmade him different
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  • because I could talk to youabout all the things he did.
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  • You should readsecond chronicles 16.
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  • There's an amazing list,all the stuff that he did.
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  • It's fantastic.
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  • It's actually secondchronicles 26.
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  • At the end of the day, ifyou want to jot that down,
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  • you might want to get it right.
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  • You're like secondchronicles 16,
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  • I didn't read much about Uzziah,but it was a good chapter.
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  • Second chronicles 26.
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  • Listen to this.
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  • He invented devicesthat could throw stones.
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  • He was figuring out Lordof the Rings type behavior.
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  • He was inventing things,and he was really big
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  • on vineyards, andagricultural innovation,
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  • and during his reign, thenation experienced peace,
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  • and experienced victory.
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  • It was a higheconomic times, but it
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  • was all because of his spiritualheart beat towards God.
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  • In fact, if you look at secondchronicles chapter 26 verse 5,
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  • it says this.
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  • He sought God in thedays of Zechariah.
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  • Who's that?
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  • That was the prophetprior to Isaiah
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  • who had understandingin the visions of God.
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  • And listen, as long as Uzziah--
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  • that's the pronoun-- saw theLord, God made him prosper.
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  • So for much of his 52 years,this is the guy who sought God.
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  • Now what's amazing about thatis if you read into his life,
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  • Uzziah became king at 16.
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  • 16 years old, he's being handedthe keys to his first chariot.
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  • Now he's got the keysto the city, you guys.
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  • He's getting nuclearlaunch codes.
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  • This is not a good idea.
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  • This is crazy, but his fatherwas killed, he becomes king,
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  • and his first decisionwas to seek God.
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  • So I don't know whatthe heck I'm doing.
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  • I'm just a kid.
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  • So he seeks God, and God's pactwas as long as you seek me,
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  • you're going to prosper.
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  • I'm telling you, Godstill is making that deal.
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  • If you put God first,he really will.
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  • If you seek him first, addall these things unto you.
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  • And so that's whatcauses him to enter
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  • into the mind ofleadership that he had,
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  • and to come up withthe ideas he did,
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  • and the strategies he did, andthe reason the economic success
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  • followed was all because thisis the guy who sought God,
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  • and that was howhe lived his life.
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  • But tragically, hisstory does not end well.
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  • Tragically, towardsthe end of Usiah's life,
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  • the Bible says aslong as he sought God,
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  • God made him prosper.
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  • But towards the verytail end of his life,
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  • Uzziah had experienceda great fall.
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  • He got lifted up withpride, and he eventually
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  • thought he could do no wrong,and he went beyond a line
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  • that God said not to cross.
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  • He went beyond an area,an area in which God
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  • said he had no business being.
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  • He crossed a line thatshouldn't have been crossed,
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  • and as a result,he became a leper,
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  • and he had leprosy forthe rest of his life,
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  • and eventually,his life-- he had
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  • to live out the lastfew years of his life
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  • in seclusion, andhis story ends sadly.
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  • And so here's this great--
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  • imagine 52 years ofeverything going really well,
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  • and the way peopleget used to that.
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  • But we also know that thatalso caused for some people,
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  • this sort of easing off thepedal of their spiritual faith
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  • because when things are good,it's easy to think things
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  • are always going to begood, and forget that God is
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  • the giver of all that goodness.
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  • And so people began tobecome lax, spiritually,
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  • and we know Uzziah didthe same thing himself,
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  • and so he dies just as they'regetting a little bit lazy,
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  • just as they're shiftinga little bit into a cruise
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  • control mentality, and all oftheir enemies are noticing too.
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  • And so at the sameexact time, you
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  • have the Assyriansbeginning to move in,
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  • and this leader who theythought could do no wrong,
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  • he dies, and nowthe entire nation,
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  • Isaiah included, all of a suddenare feeling pretty vulnerable.
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  • The closest Iguess comparison we
  • 00:14:41.404 --> 00:14:43.739
  • could make in ourday in relatively
  • 00:14:43.839 --> 00:14:46.309
  • modern American historywould be to compare this
  • 00:14:46.409 --> 00:14:48.544
  • to the way America feltafter John F Kennedy was
  • 00:14:48.644 --> 00:14:51.681
  • assassinated.
  • 00:14:51.781 --> 00:14:53.015
  • And they talk about thisis the end of Camelot,
  • 00:14:53.115 --> 00:14:56.719
  • and this era of wow, it'sidealistic, and it's beautiful,
  • 00:14:56.819 --> 00:15:00.723
  • and everything's so good.
  • 00:15:00.823 --> 00:15:02.058
  • All of a sudden, thisnasty, sinister reality
  • 00:15:02.158 --> 00:15:05.361
  • inserting itself.
  • 00:15:05.461 --> 00:15:06.595
  • There will be good presidentsJackie said, again,
  • 00:15:06.696 --> 00:15:09.231
  • but there will neverbe another Camelot.
  • 00:15:09.332 --> 00:15:11.934
  • That articulatedfor the nation how
  • 00:15:12.034 --> 00:15:13.903
  • everyone felt aboutthis loss of innocence
  • 00:15:14.003 --> 00:15:16.973
  • over this great charismaticleader being taken out,
  • 00:15:17.073 --> 00:15:20.476
  • or perhaps, we couldgo in our lifetime,
  • 00:15:20.576 --> 00:15:23.012
  • some of us who areyounger, to how
  • 00:15:23.112 --> 00:15:25.348
  • it felt to watch9/11 take place,
  • 00:15:25.448 --> 00:15:27.583
  • and to see this great iconof our country, our nation,
  • 00:15:27.683 --> 00:15:31.921
  • just be all of asudden so vulnerable.
  • 00:15:32.021 --> 00:15:33.456
  • This impregnable city ofNew York, all of a sudden
  • 00:15:33.556 --> 00:15:36.425
  • to see planes flyinginto buildings,
  • 00:15:36.525 --> 00:15:38.227
  • and people jumpingout of windows,
  • 00:15:38.327 --> 00:15:40.262
  • and just the way we allfelt like oh my gosh.
  • 00:15:40.363 --> 00:15:43.032
  • If it can happen there,it can happen anywhere.
  • 00:15:43.132 --> 00:15:46.902
  • Or I think about in my own life,one of the kind of high horror
  • 00:15:47.003 --> 00:15:51.974
  • moments for me wasColumbine, where so many
  • 00:15:52.074 --> 00:15:55.378
  • of us-- that was the beginningof realizing that someone could
  • 00:15:55.478 --> 00:15:59.015
  • just walk into a school,and tragically, Columbine
  • 00:15:59.115 --> 00:16:02.118
  • has been repeated,and carried out
  • 00:16:02.218 --> 00:16:04.053
  • many, many, many, manytimes, over and over again.
  • 00:16:04.153 --> 00:16:06.722
  • But just this all of asudden feeling so borderless.
  • 00:16:06.822 --> 00:16:10.726
  • Feeling like at any moment,you could become a victim.
  • 00:16:10.826 --> 00:16:15.965
  • If you bring all of thattogether, and maybe even
  • 00:16:16.065 --> 00:16:18.367
  • throw in how the nation feltafter losing Abraham Lincoln,
  • 00:16:18.467 --> 00:16:22.471
  • you'd probably beat the place where
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  • Isaiah and the rest ofthe people of Israel
  • 00:16:24.707 --> 00:16:28.444
  • were as they were mourningthe death of Uzziah.
  • 00:16:28.544 --> 00:16:33.315
  • And it was exactly at thatmoment, the text tells us,
  • 00:16:33.416 --> 00:16:36.485
  • if we look at the secondhalf of verse one.
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  • It says in the year King Uzziahdied, look what Isiah says now.
  • 00:16:38.421 --> 00:16:41.123
  • The follow up here.
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  • I saw the Lord.
  • 00:16:42.558 --> 00:16:46.862
  • I saw the Lord.
  • 00:16:46.962 --> 00:16:51.534
  • It was when King Uzziahdied that I saw the Lord.
  • 00:16:51.634 --> 00:16:56.238
  • Were have to explorethe connection here
  • 00:16:56.338 --> 00:16:57.973
  • because there'ssomething in this.
  • 00:16:58.074 --> 00:16:59.275
  • And the connectionthat we need to explore
  • 00:16:59.375 --> 00:17:00.876
  • is the connection betweentribulation and revelation.
  • 00:17:00.976 --> 00:17:04.113
  • There's, I believe,listen to me,
  • 00:17:04.213 --> 00:17:05.448
  • a connectionbetween tribulation,
  • 00:17:05.548 --> 00:17:08.617
  • that hard times that you face,difficult things that you
  • 00:17:08.717 --> 00:17:11.554
  • go through is connectedto the revelation.
  • 00:17:11.654 --> 00:17:15.124
  • Would he have ever seenthis encounter of God
  • 00:17:15.224 --> 00:17:17.626
  • as he did on this day ifit weren't first walking
  • 00:17:17.726 --> 00:17:20.496
  • through something painful, andthrough something difficult,
  • 00:17:20.596 --> 00:17:23.699
  • and through something hard?
  • 00:17:23.799 --> 00:17:25.034
  • It was when King Uzziahdied he says and there
  • 00:17:25.134 --> 00:17:28.270
  • was an empty throne thatmy eyes were lifted up,
  • 00:17:28.370 --> 00:17:31.373
  • and I saw there'sa throne in heaven,
  • 00:17:31.474 --> 00:17:33.476
  • and it's never going to be emptybecause the most high rules
  • 00:17:33.576 --> 00:17:37.780
  • forever.
  • 00:17:37.880 --> 00:17:39.648
  • It was when a ruler I looked to,and I trusted-- a good person
  • 00:17:39.748 --> 00:17:43.452
  • who was blessed by God, and theywere blessed to be a blessing,
  • 00:17:43.552 --> 00:17:46.155
  • and they blessed me.
  • 00:17:46.255 --> 00:17:47.690
  • It wasn't wrong that Isaiahand the rest of the country
  • 00:17:47.790 --> 00:17:49.258
  • was grateful for the leadership.
  • 00:17:49.358 --> 00:17:50.526
  • We should always begrateful if we have
  • 00:17:50.626 --> 00:17:52.695
  • a leader God uses in our life.
  • 00:17:52.795 --> 00:17:54.163
  • We should always bethankful for the pastor,
  • 00:17:54.263 --> 00:17:56.565
  • for the teacher, for theperson who just knows God,
  • 00:17:56.665 --> 00:17:58.667
  • walks with God, that we areblessed spiritually by just
  • 00:17:58.767 --> 00:18:01.770
  • being around.
  • 00:18:01.871 --> 00:18:02.638
  • That's a good thing.
  • 00:18:02.738 --> 00:18:04.306
  • But listen, the mistakethat we could easily make
  • 00:18:04.406 --> 00:18:07.042
  • is to stop lookingto God for ourselves,
  • 00:18:07.143 --> 00:18:10.045
  • and to look to aperson to give you
  • 00:18:10.146 --> 00:18:12.381
  • what only God could give you.
  • 00:18:12.481 --> 00:18:14.583
  • This is so specialto me because I'm
  • 00:18:14.683 --> 00:18:17.553
  • holding in my handa cassette tape,
  • 00:18:17.653 --> 00:18:19.488
  • and this cassette tape isthe first sermon I ever
  • 00:18:19.588 --> 00:18:21.724
  • preached in my entire life.
  • 00:18:21.824 --> 00:18:23.125
  • And it says-- I don'tknow if you can read it--
  • 00:18:23.225 --> 00:18:24.660
  • it says right here, Isaiah6, who's your Uzziah?
  • 00:18:24.760 --> 00:18:29.098
  • The first time I everpreached in my entire life
  • 00:18:29.198 --> 00:18:31.100
  • an entire messagewas, kids, Google it.
  • 00:18:31.200 --> 00:18:33.802
  • This is like a dinosaur bonethat I'm holding in my hand
  • 00:18:33.903 --> 00:18:37.106
  • here.
  • 00:18:37.206 --> 00:18:38.140
  • This is my first sermon ever.
  • 00:18:38.240 --> 00:18:39.308
  • Who's your Uzziah?
  • 00:18:39.408 --> 00:18:40.843
  • I got up and preached a sermonafter I read these verses,
  • 00:18:40.943 --> 00:18:43.345
  • and I just said,who's your Uzziah?
  • 00:18:43.445 --> 00:18:45.314
  • Who has God used tobless you, but you're not
  • 00:18:45.414 --> 00:18:48.317
  • looking to God anymorebecause you're just
  • 00:18:48.417 --> 00:18:50.152
  • looking at that person?
  • 00:18:50.252 --> 00:18:51.554
  • It's one of the mostdangerous things we can do.
  • 00:18:51.654 --> 00:18:53.455
  • And listen, it's oneof the worst things you
  • 00:18:53.556 --> 00:18:55.357
  • can do for that relationship.
  • 00:18:55.457 --> 00:18:57.593
  • Let me tellsomething, I hope God
  • 00:18:57.693 --> 00:18:59.528
  • blesses you am my wifeas we leave this house.
  • 00:18:59.628 --> 00:19:02.431
  • I hope God blesses youthrough your campus pastors,
  • 00:19:02.531 --> 00:19:05.167
  • and I hope that he willcontinue to for many years.
  • 00:19:05.267 --> 00:19:08.037
  • But the mistakethat you could make
  • 00:19:08.137 --> 00:19:09.972
  • in identifying themessenger who brings
  • 00:19:10.072 --> 00:19:12.841
  • the message with the messiahwho is using that person
  • 00:19:12.942 --> 00:19:15.778
  • to bring the message to youis you then look to a person
  • 00:19:15.878 --> 00:19:18.447
  • to give you what only God can.
  • 00:19:18.547 --> 00:19:19.648
  • And what's going toinevitably happen
  • 00:19:19.748 --> 00:19:21.517
  • is that person'sgoing to let you down.
  • 00:19:21.617 --> 00:19:23.385
  • If I haven't yet, Iwill let you down.
  • 00:19:23.485 --> 00:19:25.955
  • I probably willbefore the day's over.
  • 00:19:26.055 --> 00:19:28.324
  • I just can't give you whatonly God can give you.
  • 00:19:28.424 --> 00:19:30.693
  • A person can't give youwhat only God can give you.
  • 00:19:30.793 --> 00:19:33.195
  • So when you look toa person to give you
  • 00:19:33.295 --> 00:19:35.297
  • what only God can give you,your identity, your value,
  • 00:19:35.397 --> 00:19:38.133
  • your salvation, yourhealing, your everything
  • 00:19:38.234 --> 00:19:41.470
  • has to come from him, andbe thankful for the people
  • 00:19:41.570 --> 00:19:44.306
  • that God uses, butkeep your eyes on God
  • 00:19:44.406 --> 00:19:46.675
  • because then when theperson lets you down,
  • 00:19:46.775 --> 00:19:48.510
  • it's easy to getsideways with the person
  • 00:19:48.611 --> 00:19:50.613
  • because you were looking tothem to do what they never
  • 00:19:50.713 --> 00:19:53.782
  • were equipped to do.
  • 00:19:53.882 --> 00:19:55.284
  • Uzziah was never meant togive Isaiah any inner peace.
  • 00:19:55.384 --> 00:19:59.822
  • He was never meant to givehim a sense of security.
  • 00:19:59.922 --> 00:20:02.358
  • He was meant to be thankful forUzziah, and pray for Uzziah,
  • 00:20:02.458 --> 00:20:05.828
  • and be submissive toUzziah's authority,
  • 00:20:05.928 --> 00:20:08.330
  • but he was alwayssupposed to be focusing
  • 00:20:08.430 --> 00:20:10.199
  • on his own personalwalk with God,
  • 00:20:10.299 --> 00:20:11.934
  • and praying that God wouldbless the leadership that he
  • 00:20:12.034 --> 00:20:14.570
  • put in his life.
  • 00:20:14.670 --> 00:20:15.604
  • But he was, instead,looking to Uzziah,
  • 00:20:15.704 --> 00:20:17.506
  • it seems, to give himwhat only God could.
  • 00:20:17.606 --> 00:20:20.843
  • So it took, tragically, Uzziahdying for Isaiah to see this.
  • 00:20:20.943 --> 00:20:26.448
  • Now, the power ofit is we don't have
  • 00:20:26.548 --> 00:20:28.717
  • to have the earthly Uzziah'sin our own lives die.
  • 00:20:28.817 --> 00:20:34.123
  • I am hoping.
  • 00:20:34.223 --> 00:20:35.257
  • I am hoping.
  • 00:20:35.357 --> 00:20:37.092
  • I held my breathfor a second there,
  • 00:20:37.192 --> 00:20:39.461
  • but we don't haveto make the mistake,
  • 00:20:39.561 --> 00:20:41.430
  • and let it see that ultimateapplication if we'll just
  • 00:20:41.530 --> 00:20:44.466
  • choose to lift our eyes abovethe people in our lives,
  • 00:20:44.566 --> 00:20:47.069
  • and look to God ourselves.
  • 00:20:47.169 --> 00:20:48.570
  • If we look to God who blessesus through the people,
  • 00:20:48.671 --> 00:20:51.240
  • then we can be gratefulfor the people,
  • 00:20:51.340 --> 00:20:52.875
  • but know their shortcomings,and know there's brokenness,
  • 00:20:52.975 --> 00:20:56.245
  • and know there'sweakness, and know
  • 00:20:56.345 --> 00:20:57.913
  • that even the best ofwomen are women at best,
  • 00:20:58.013 --> 00:21:01.650
  • and even the best ofmen are men at best.
  • 00:21:01.750 --> 00:21:04.720
  • And the reason we get hurt, andthe reason we have unfulfilled
  • 00:21:04.820 --> 00:21:07.389
  • expectations, and the reasonwe walk around with a fence,
  • 00:21:07.489 --> 00:21:09.892
  • and we carry these things isbecause we were hoping someone
  • 00:21:09.992 --> 00:21:12.928
  • would do what they could neverdo, what they weren't even
  • 00:21:13.028 --> 00:21:15.631
  • rated to do.
  • 00:21:15.731 --> 00:21:16.632
  • I had to hang somethingthe other day,
  • 00:21:16.732 --> 00:21:18.233
  • and so I went to the hardwarestore with my daughter Clover.
  • 00:21:18.334 --> 00:21:19.868
  • She's my tool buddy.
  • 00:21:19.968 --> 00:21:21.103
  • Whenever we go tothe hardware store,
  • 00:21:21.203 --> 00:21:22.438
  • I'm like hey, kids, whowants to come with me?
  • 00:21:22.538 --> 00:21:23.839
  • Clover is like I do, andshe always wants to come.
  • 00:21:23.939 --> 00:21:25.507
  • So Clover and I go scamperingoff to the tool store.
  • 00:21:25.607 --> 00:21:28.477
  • And I was looking atanchors, and I asked the guy
  • 00:21:28.577 --> 00:21:30.713
  • about the wall anchor,and he said, well,
  • 00:21:30.813 --> 00:21:32.481
  • that one's not rated to carryas much weight as you need.
  • 00:21:32.581 --> 00:21:35.284
  • And so I couldn't buy it.
  • 00:21:35.384 --> 00:21:36.485
  • I set it down realquickly because it
  • 00:21:36.585 --> 00:21:37.886
  • wasn't rated to hold whatI wanted to put on it.
  • 00:21:37.986 --> 00:21:40.322
  • Let me tell you something.
  • 00:21:40.422 --> 00:21:41.523
  • Only God is ratedto hold your soul.
  • 00:21:41.623 --> 00:21:43.359
  • Only God is ready to hold you.
  • 00:21:43.459 --> 00:21:45.294
  • If you put yourweight on any person.
  • 00:21:45.394 --> 00:21:47.296
  • If you put yourweight on any hobby,
  • 00:21:47.396 --> 00:21:48.931
  • you put your weight onanything on this Earth,
  • 00:21:49.031 --> 00:21:51.233
  • it can't hold you.
  • 00:21:51.333 --> 00:21:52.701
  • There's going to bestress fractures.
  • 00:21:52.801 --> 00:21:54.470
  • There's going to be cracks.
  • 00:21:54.570 --> 00:21:55.704
  • Things are going tocome falling down.
  • 00:21:55.804 --> 00:21:57.039
  • It's going to damage the wall.
  • 00:21:57.139 --> 00:21:58.340
  • What you're holdingonto it with is going
  • 00:21:58.440 --> 00:22:00.275
  • to fall down to the ground.
  • 00:22:00.376 --> 00:22:01.543
  • But if you will putyour hope in God,
  • 00:22:01.643 --> 00:22:04.279
  • if you will look youreyes up to the throne,
  • 00:22:04.380 --> 00:22:08.817
  • if you'll find whatyou need in him,
  • 00:22:08.917 --> 00:22:12.654
  • then you won't walk aroundlooking for people to give you
  • 00:22:12.755 --> 00:22:17.860
  • what they can, and yetwe see the goodness
  • 00:22:17.960 --> 00:22:21.330
  • of this death bringing life.
  • 00:22:21.430 --> 00:22:25.267
  • Uzziah's death was abad thing, obviously,
  • 00:22:25.367 --> 00:22:28.303
  • but good came out of it.
  • 00:22:28.404 --> 00:22:29.838
  • Uzziah-- because some peoplesay it wasn't his actual death
  • 00:22:29.938 --> 00:22:33.842
  • that he's referencinghere, but it was just
  • 00:22:33.942 --> 00:22:36.245
  • the death of himin Isaiah's eyes
  • 00:22:36.345 --> 00:22:38.614
  • when he became a leperafter having committed
  • 00:22:38.714 --> 00:22:41.116
  • a transgression.
  • 00:22:41.216 --> 00:22:42.117
  • You're like what did he do?
  • 00:22:42.217 --> 00:22:43.719
  • What did he do?
  • 00:22:43.819 --> 00:22:44.653
  • Don't we alwayswant to know that?
  • 00:22:44.753 --> 00:22:45.988
  • I'm sure Uzziah's like shut up.
  • 00:22:46.088 --> 00:22:47.556
  • You have your ownmess, and I had mine.
  • 00:22:47.656 --> 00:22:50.025
  • What did he do?
  • 00:22:50.125 --> 00:22:51.293
  • You can read it insecond chronicles 26.
  • 00:22:51.393 --> 00:22:52.694
  • You are allowedto read your Bible
  • 00:22:52.795 --> 00:22:54.229
  • when you're not in church.
  • 00:22:54.329 --> 00:22:55.397
  • So read that on your own.
  • 00:22:55.497 --> 00:22:56.598
  • But here's the thing about it.
  • 00:22:56.698 --> 00:22:59.334
  • That's not even the point.
  • 00:22:59.435 --> 00:23:00.669
  • The point is there was abad thing that happened,
  • 00:23:00.769 --> 00:23:03.205
  • but good came out of it.
  • 00:23:03.305 --> 00:23:04.740
  • And I just want to encourageyou that the bad things that
  • 00:23:04.840 --> 00:23:06.608
  • come your way, there's still aconnection between tribulation
  • 00:23:06.708 --> 00:23:09.344
  • and revelation, and whenyou get knocked down,
  • 00:23:09.445 --> 00:23:11.480
  • it's so that you canlift your eyes up.
  • 00:23:11.580 --> 00:23:13.182
  • It's so that you can look up.
  • 00:23:13.282 --> 00:23:14.483
  • It's so that you can trust God.
  • 00:23:14.583 --> 00:23:15.984
  • Sometimes, and I wonder ifI'm not preaching to people,
  • 00:23:16.084 --> 00:23:18.253
  • you're walking through thingsright now, and it hurts so bad,
  • 00:23:18.353 --> 00:23:21.457
  • and it's so hard to stopcrying, and you're just sobbing,
  • 00:23:21.557 --> 00:23:24.193
  • and you just feel like how couldit get any worse than this,
  • 00:23:24.293 --> 00:23:26.795
  • and where's God inthe midst of this?
  • 00:23:26.895 --> 00:23:28.430
  • And I'm just daringyou to believe
  • 00:23:28.530 --> 00:23:29.765
  • there's a freshrevelation of his goodness
  • 00:23:29.865 --> 00:23:31.934
  • that you are only capableof receiving because
  • 00:23:32.034 --> 00:23:34.636
  • of how bad this has hurt.
  • 00:23:34.736 --> 00:23:37.439
  • Did not Jesus say blessedare the poor in spirit,
  • 00:23:37.539 --> 00:23:41.410
  • for theirs is thekingdom of heaven.
  • 00:23:41.510 --> 00:23:43.745
  • And that's just God havinghis little secret twinkle
  • 00:23:43.846 --> 00:23:47.382
  • in his eye ofsaying in the pain,
  • 00:23:47.483 --> 00:23:49.485
  • I'm posturing you toreceive in your revelation.
  • 00:23:49.585 --> 00:23:51.954
  • Isaiah wouldn't havebeen ready to see this
  • 00:23:52.054 --> 00:23:53.789
  • and experienced the vividnessof the colors of heaven
  • 00:23:53.889 --> 00:23:56.725
  • if he weren't poorin spirit because
  • 00:23:56.825 --> 00:23:58.961
  • of the loss of this personthat he loved, and he trusted,
  • 00:23:59.061 --> 00:24:02.264
  • and that he dependenton in this way.
  • 00:24:02.364 --> 00:24:04.566
  • I like how the messagetranslation puts that
  • 00:24:04.666 --> 00:24:06.435
  • from the Sermon on the Mount.
  • 00:24:06.535 --> 00:24:08.003
  • It says you're blessed whenyou're at the end of your rope.
  • 00:24:08.103 --> 00:24:10.005
  • That's not how it feels, but ifyou're at the end of your rope,
  • 00:24:10.105 --> 00:24:12.708
  • you're blessed because with lessof you, there's more of God.
  • 00:24:12.808 --> 00:24:15.143
  • Come on, I'm encouragingsomeone's heart today.
  • 00:24:15.244 --> 00:24:17.212
  • Right now, do you feel likethere's just less of you,
  • 00:24:17.312 --> 00:24:19.381
  • and everything you need to do,and everything-- everyone who's
  • 00:24:19.481 --> 00:24:22.184
  • looking at you, it's likethere's no more of me
  • 00:24:22.284 --> 00:24:24.353
  • 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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