Listen: Levi Lusko chats to Laura Bennett
Leading Fresh Life Church in Montana and father to five children (including daughter Lenya who’s in heaven), Pastor Levi Lusko isn’t afraid of getting into nitty-gritty with people.
In his latest book ‘I Declare War’, Levi uses his own battles with bad habits and negative thoughts to show us how we can rise above a bad mood, and be who God’s called us to be.
“I just got so tired of seeing the same patterns again and again in my life.”
Asked why he wrote the book Levi said, “I just got so tired of seeing the same patterns again and again in my life… I would have a fight with my wife, or I would get into a bad mood at work… and the same version of me that I don’t want to be, would come out.”
“…I realised ‘enough is enough’,” said Levi. “The Bible says only a fool gets hit in the same place again and again and again; the wise person learns to duck.”
Throughout ‘I Declare War’, Levi likens that internal tug-o-war to a battle, and we are the wolves that must rise up within it. It’s an evocative metaphor, stemming from a time in American history Levi admires.
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“In the States we had this amazing President named Teddy Roosevelt,” said Levi. “…he always idealised [battle], until he got into it, and then he’s like, “Oh crap there’s bullets coming at me”, and he wanted to run away. But he decided to press forward anyway, and crossed over a barbwire fence and committed himself to the battlefield.”
“…[Teddy] described it in his journal as the greatest day of his life,“ said Levi, “because when he crossed that fence power like a wolf rose up in his heart… I believe the same can happen to us when we stop explaining away our faults.”
I Declare War is available now.