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August 6, 2019
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  • -ANNOUNCER: What would you change in your life?
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  • - What if you could unleash the miraculous in your
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  • everyday life?
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  • - Experience freedom, live in peace, change the world. Become
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  • Spirit Contemporary. Join Leon Fontaine, world renowned
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  • conference speaker, senior pastor of Canada's fastest
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  • growing church, and CEO of Canada's only Christian TV
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  • station. Today, on THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE.
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  • -LEON FONTAINE: If you wanna walk in victory, study Jesus,
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  • believe Jesus. What is that mean? It's what He did. It's
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  • what Jesus has done.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: In John 10:10, it says that Jesus came to give us
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  • life, and life more abundantly. So, why is there such a
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  • disconnect between this biblical promise, and how most Christians
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  • live today? Why have so many believers become spiritually
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  • weak, and ineffective at sharing Jesus' message of love? THE
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  • SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is the answer. It's being led by Holy
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  • Spirit, but in a contemporary way. It's being Jesus and
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  • demonstrating His love in ways people can understand and
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  • appreciate. Spirit Contemporary is unique for everyone. It never
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  • compromises the truth, and it never makes others feel
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  • uncomfortable. It's freeing yourself from religious
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  • constraints, and walking freely in God's amazing grace, for His
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  • purpose. THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is absolutely crucial if
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  • the global church and her people are going to change the world.
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  • - Later in the show, we'll tell you how you can reserve your
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  • copy of today's resource. Enrich your soul and renew your mind
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  • with this timely series.
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  • - And now, from Winnipeg, Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: We live in a world that is struggling with not belonging
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  • anywhere. This feeling of isolation, a feeling of
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  • disconnection. So there's a lot of research going on right now
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  • about this, because many people struggling with mood disorder,
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  • many people with depression, and even many other mental
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  • illnesses. And there's lot of reasons for it, so this is not a
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  • message about how to. It's just saying that in all of these
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  • people's lives almost without exception they have this
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  • horrible of I do not belong. I'm lonely. I'm disconnected.
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  • They'll stare at their entire family at a family get together
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  • and feel like, "I don't belong." They live in a wonderful place
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  • filled with happy great people and they'll feel disconnected.
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  • People leave marriages. They leave churches. They leave their
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  • families, their friendships. Or they never developed them
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  • because they've always felt like, "I don't belong." And then
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  • preachers always add to that by using messages out of context
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  • like, "We're strangers in another land. We're foreigners
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  • just passing through. Heaven is our home." Now, that's an Old
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  • Testament teaching. And when you study this out, it's not true.
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  • And we'll get to that. But when they look at loneliness
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  • researches. We're doing a series on this. I'm gonna spend a
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  • little bit of introduction for each of these messages. They
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  • know that it shortens your lifespan. Now, the test that are
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  • being done or the studies that these universities are doing
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  • they're saying that, when you look at a human being's
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  • lifespan, pollution can compromise your lifespan 5%,
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  • obesity about 20%, excessive drinking 30%, loneliness 45%.
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  • One of the stats I'm aware of is that usually women outlived men
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  • between 7 to 10 years longer, if they're the same age. And people
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  • often wonder why, and they got lots of different ideas. You
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  • know, in 35 years of pastoring and counseling with families and
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  • couples and doing marriages and funerals for a couple of
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  • decades, three decades now. I tell you what I think. I
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  • believed that men are lousy for example, at building
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  • relationships, friendships, opening up, and talking and
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  • having a circle that gets bigger. So, they're lonelier
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  • often and they'll tell me that. And many of them die when
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  • they're older just alone. And they're telling us that this
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  • loneliness, this feeling of disconnectedness. This feeling
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  • of I don't belong there is shortens our lifespan horribly.
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  • So today, I wanna talk about that, because the enemy of our
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  • soul is the biggest mind game player on the planet. And he
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  • knows how to take this and to isolate you and to make you feel
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  • isolated and to bring people across your path that might say
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  • things or do things so that you feel like everyone's like this.
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  • In fact, I did this series on our church and everybody that I
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  • talked to was stunned by the fact. They thought they were the
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  • only one. Well, the only one gets you a life-giving church
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  • just make you feel like you're disconnected. Greatest mistake
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  • that people make as well is, they're always believing their
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  • thinking. That's crazy. You can't believe your thinking. If
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  • you believe your thinking, you're gonna think everything in
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  • your head is true. And I'd say 80% of the stuff minimum, that
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  • goes to your head is not true. It's you processing, thinking
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  • and it always seems to go negative until you go to the
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  • process of renewing your mind, establishing your heart,
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  • fellowshipping with Holy Spirit, staying filled with the Spirit.
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  • These things are paramount. They're so important. And so
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  • today, I wanna dive down a little deeper. We've talked so
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  • far, just gonna skim along the surface outlining this huge
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  • problem, that is there even for born again spirit-filled
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  • believers. Now, when you give your life to Jesus Christ, you
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  • are a three-part being. You have a body. This is your earth suit.
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  • This is my earth suit. And I have a mind, a will, emotions
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  • are all in my head. We call that the soul. Then you are a spirit,
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  • deep inside of you there's an inner man that is the real you.
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  • When Jesus comes into your life, forgives you, and you become
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  • born again. His presence completely changes your nature.
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  • Completely changes you from a nature of fear and sin to a
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  • nature of joy, faith, love. And that's deep in your spirit and
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  • Holy Spirit is sealed in there, meaning, the Bible says that
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  • He's sealed inside of us. That you, you can't get rid of Him.
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  • You know, you can't make a mistake tomorrow and, He's gone.
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  • So, then we need to renew our mind so we're not living in our
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  • old way of thinking. So today, I wanna talk about God's grace and
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  • then how to live by faith. There's a version in the Bible
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  • that says for whatever is born of God overcomes the world.
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  • Okay, stop right there. We gotta talk about this. When you give
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  • your life to Jesus Christ, you are born again. You are born of
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  • God. That means that His presence, Holy Spirit is deep in
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  • your spirit. And you have access to Him in there. He's no longer
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  • up there where you're begging and bugging and pleading. God,
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  • help me. No, He's inside of you. In Romans 8 teaches that He
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  • flows out of your innermost being. And so whatever is born
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  • of God. If you are born again, there is not a thing on this
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  • planet that can overcome you. You know, one of the things in
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  • my ministry that has happened quite often, is people who are
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  • really demonically oppressed or even possessed. That see weird
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  • things that are controlled by stuff. They'll come for help.
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  • And they often wonder, you know, if I have the power to help them
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  • because they're so in awe of the devil's power. They've seen what
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  • he does. They've seen little signs and wonders from the enemy
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  • that makes them think he's all powerful or they've talked to
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  • Christians who don't know how do it. No, there is nothing on this
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  • planet, no demonic power, no force of sickness, no force of
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  • anything that can overcome a believer. Because it says for
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  • whatever is born of God, overcomes poverty, sickness,
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  • depression, unhappiness. And you, I need to know this. This
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  • verse goes on to explain what overcomes the world. And this is
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  • the victory. If you wanna walk in victory in every area of your
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  • life. This is it. This is what overcomes the world, our faith.
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  • Now, someone says right away, "Okay, I've heard that before. I
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  • just don't have enough." Now, it's not saying how much faith.
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  • Faith is about what you believe in. You know, I believe there's
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  • been a mistake made in much of the teaching on faith to the
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  • world. I'm glad for the resurgence of the teaching on
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  • faith. But it tends to look at how much you've got. So when
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  • people are believing God for a miracle in their home, their
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  • marriage. You know, the peace of God in their own life, dealing
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  • with depression, sickness. They tend to think, "Oh, it's not
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  • happening so I don't have enough faith." And then they look at
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  • trying to get more, trying to get more, trying to get more or
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  • God's withholding it, etcetera. But you have to understand
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  • something. Everyone's been given the measure of faith. So it's
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  • not about having more. It's what you believe. Often, I would meet
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  • with people, when they finally open up and talk about their
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  • situation. They would always share with me that, you know, I
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  • know that God is a good God. That God is -, And then they'd
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  • always have this but. "But, you know." And they'd tell me that
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  • maybe they had an abortion. Or that, you know, they had maybe
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  • committed adultery on their spouse and the spouse never
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  • heard about it. They hid that. No one knows what I did in my
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  • last life. And one person told me how they pretty sure they
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  • killed a person. And they run from the scene with their
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  • vehicle and never did go back. And then, and just story after
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  • story. So in other words, they have this misbelief that there's
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  • something in their life that disqualifies them from this
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  • miracle. So when you're believing God, for your life to
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  • be fuller for peace, for joy, for healing, for freedom, for
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  • God to bless you and for you to rise up filled with joy, of
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  • peace, and success. What stops it is often a misbelief. It is
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  • something that the enemy has shoot into your head that you
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  • believed. Now, this verse goes on and it actually talks about
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  • this. It says, "Who is he who overcomes the world?" So who are
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  • the people that do this? "But he who believes that Jesus is the
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  • Son of God." It doesn't say who overcomes the world? Those whose
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  • lives are perfect. No, it doesn't say that. Those who
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  • worked everything out, every mess they've ever had. No, it
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  • doesn't say that. It says the overcomers believe on Jesus.
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  • Now, right there a lot of people have a disconnect. Well, what
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  • does that mean to believe on Jesus? Okay, I don't know if I
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  • believe that Jesus is a Son of God. I struggled with that. Was
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  • it a virgin birth? Did He arise again? Did He come out of the
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  • grave? Like all these things I don't know. History just says we
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  • can prove He walked the planet. But all the other historical
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  • Jesus has been proven. Okay? There's so many records besides
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  • the Bible. That this Jesus Christ was alive at that time
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  • frame. Others wrote about Him. Even Roman leaders wrote about
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  • Him. So we know that Jesus walked the planet. The issue is,
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  • was He the Son of God? Did He really die and rise again? Did
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  • He really take the sins of world? Did He really go into
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  • heaven? All of these things are the things people struggled
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  • with. So this is where you must look into the Bible and you must
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  • study Jesus. One person talked to me one time. You know, I
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  • really wanna be free from my addiction and so I just been
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  • studying every scripture I can on faith. And I said, "That's
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  • good." Others, "I'm believing God for healing, so I've been
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  • studying every promise in the Bible that teaches healing." And
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  • I said, "Good." Others will tell me, "I've been believing for my
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  • marriage to be restored. So I'm going through everywhere in the
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  • Word that gives advice on marriage and promises on
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  • marriage." And every time I heard that I said, "Good."
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  • However, there's something that most Christians miss. And it's
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  • covered in Romans 5:1-5, and it talks about how faith triumphs
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  • in the troubled times of our lives. And it says here,
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  • "Therefore, having been justified by faith," The word
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  • justified is very similar to the word righteous. Justified means
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  • just as if I'd never sin. Just as if I'd never sin. Justified.
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  • And righteousness, I like little plays on words to help people
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  • remember them. Righteousness means in right standing with
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  • God. Righteous in God. Righteousness. So it says you've
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  • been justified by faith. You were justified by what you
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  • believed. And then it says, "We have peace with God through our
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  • Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith
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  • into healing. No. Into prosperity. No. Into
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  • deliverance. No. What does faith do? It gives us access to grace.
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  • There's a missing link for many faith believers. Many people who
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  • are believing God for miracles of situations to go away in
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  • their life. And it's important to know the promises. It's
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  • important to understand. But this is very much so focusing
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  • on, if you wanna walk in victory, study Jesus, believe
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  • Jesus. Well, what is that mean? It's what He did. It's what
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  • Jesus has done. Jesus went on the cross. He died for you and
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  • I. He was buried. He rose again. He ascended into heaven. We call
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  • that from the cross to the throne. This spiritual period of
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  • time or it was a period of time but the things that happened
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  • there are not written in one story. They're found buried in a
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  • beautiful code all through the Old Testament. These are the
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  • scriptures of Paul and Peter referred to. And they began to
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  • quote all these verses that were hidden in the old. The Bible
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  • says it was so magnificent that if Satan would have understood
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  • this he'd have never touched or crucify Jesus. This was the
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  • biggest mistake he ever made because Jesus died for you and
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  • I. As you begin to study, really study what the cross is. Why He
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  • died in our place? How He exchanged His life for our life?
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  • He took our mess, our sin, our fear, our guilt. We took His
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  • peace. It says here we have peace with God, not because we
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  • deserve peace but through our Lord Jesus Christ. It says we
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  • have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we
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  • rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Now, anytime. Anytime that
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  • you need to see the glory of God or let's put it this way,
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  • because everyone argues about the word glory mean. We got so
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  • many crazy definitions of God's glory. Now, God's glory is His
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  • results, His presence, flowing in our lives. And so when God
  • 00:15:46.010 --> 00:15:51.000
  • flows through us, when a man and a woman is walking in their
  • 00:15:51.010 --> 00:15:53.160
  • gifting, you can see God's glory. Because it's not them,
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  • it's His presence, His results, His power flowing through you
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  • and I, so we have access by faith into this grace. And I
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  • wanna camp on this for the remainder of this message,
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  • because I've heard so many times, literally weekly, I'll
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  • hear someone that hasn't seen victory in their life. And
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  • they'll look at me with tears in their eyes. I've got faith. I
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  • believed. You know, or they've lost a loved one or a friend of
  • 00:16:18.060 --> 00:16:21.230
  • theirs died believing God for a miracle. They also said things
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  • like, "I know they had faith. You can't, nobody can tell me
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  • they didn't have faith." Well, I totally agree with you. Of
  • 00:16:28.040 --> 00:16:31.130
  • course, they had faith. Every believer has the exact same
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  • amount. They got the same measure. But what you do with
  • 00:16:33.230 --> 00:16:37.170
  • your faith is important. The Bible says that what we need to
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  • do with our faith is access grace. And then we stand in this
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  • grace. We rejoice in the glory of God. And then it goes on to
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  • say, "Not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing
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  • that tribulation produces perseverance, perseverance
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  • character, character hope. And hope does not disappoint,
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  • because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the
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  • Holy Spirit who was given to us." Here's a story that will
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  • help you. When I was a young man, my dad taught me in grade
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  • school I should never fight. "Leon, we don't fight. We love
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  • God. We love people. We don't fight with people." And he
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  • forbade me to fight. Now, the town that we grew up in Weldon,
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  • Saskatchewan, Canada. I went to school there. And because, for
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  • some reason because my dad was a pastor, I was persecuted. And I
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  • had an acute sense of not belonging and being rejected
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  • because of it. I would be teased about being a pastor's son, and
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  • a Christian. They would, right on Grade-Four and on I have
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  • memories of this. And so finally one day, I was getting beat up
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  • so much by even the little kids at school because they knew they
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  • can actually punch me in the face and I would never touch
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  • them. They knew they could tackle me on the ground, hit me
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  • with stuff, throw rocks at me and I would just duck my head
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  • and try to escape, because I was forbidden to fight back. And I
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  • remember one day my Mama telling, she's a tough little
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  • French, tell my dad, "You have to teach him to fight or I'll
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  • pay for lessons for himself to defend himself." So my dad took
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  • me aside and began to teach me. He was kind of, he was a really
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  • good boxer. He had trophies for boxing when he was a young man,
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  • and he taught me how to use my fist. Then from there, I went
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  • and joined at that time there was karate and there was also a
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  • lot of Savate or French foot fighting. We put the gloves on
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  • your feet as I would spar all the time with the young guys in
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  • their early teens, and I learned to fight. Now, then whenever I
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  • would go to school my dad said to me, "Leon, you're allowed to
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  • protect yourself and you're allowed to protect others. But
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  • if I ever hear that you are bullying people with these
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  • things, you're gonna get a spanking. You're gonna get whip
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  • when you get home." And so I never did. But an interesting
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  • thing happened. Before I would go to school with this fear and
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  • this trepidation in my heart. And as soon as school was done,
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  • I would bolt for the door knowing the bullies would be at
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  • the edge of the playground watching for someone to pick on
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  • and often me and so I would always run. So I was always
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  • living in fear. I fear about recess time. And at recess time
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  • there's times I'd be punched out. There's times they would, I
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  • remembered being tied to a tree by these bullies and everyone
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  • left no one could find me. And finally, someone found me and
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  • help me. How was that in grade school? I was just a preteen.
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  • So, but once I knew how to handle myself and I became good
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  • at it. Few people, my age or even bigger couldn't touch me
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  • because of the skills that I had developed in defends and in
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  • using my fist, my feet, you know, throws and flips and all
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  • these things. Now, whenever I saw trouble, they didn't even
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  • bother me. And people think that God gives you tribulation to
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  • teach you. No, tribulation doesn't teach you. The Bible
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  • teaches you. Holy Spirit teaches you. But it says tribulation
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  • produces perseverance. I remember the first fight I got
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  • into, after I was told I could defend myself. And this young
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  • guy who would always pick on me. We called him Trooper. It's a
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  • nickname, came over there, and he was just about put a wail on
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  • me. He draws back to punch me, and he's so used to me just
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  • giving in and taking it. And I remember hitting him so hard,
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  • knocked him flat on his back and he's lying there with the shock
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  • look on his face. Because all of a sudden, this trouble, this
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  • tribulation, this situation, I persevered through it and it
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  • made me even more calm I can handle myself. The next time
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  • there was bullies on me, ho, did I give them a licking. And they
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  • were just stunned. And then time and time again as I went through
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  • junior high school, high school. Whenever a situation arose, it
  • 00:20:33.090 --> 00:20:37.060
  • never ever made me fear. I begin to conquer the fear of being
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  • bullied. And so, because I had skills. And here it says that we
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  • need to understand this. We have access by faith into God's
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  • grace. And so now, we glory in tribulations. When problems
  • 00:20:49.150 --> 00:20:54.040
  • arise, what? You know you're going through. You know you're
  • 00:20:54.050 --> 00:20:56.140
  • never get taken again. You know you're not gonna be destroyed.
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  • You're not gonna be made sick. You're not going to be made
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  • poor. But that, this grace, this and grace is God's favor. His
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  • power, His ability, and it comes to you unearned. All you have to
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  • do to have God's ability in your life is believe it. So this goes
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  • on to say, "Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of
  • 00:21:18.120 --> 00:21:22.180
  • God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who
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  • was given to us." We're gonna go on and we're gonna teach more on
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  • this. So make sure you tune in right away to this. Because if
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  • you, when you give your life to Jesus Christ, you have to
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  • believe that He died for you, and that He took your sins. You
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  • don't understand at all, but then you have received Jesus.
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  • You begin to believe on Him. You don't know what to believe when
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  • it comes to everything. Someone says, "I don't know if I believe
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  • on Him." I understand what you mean by that. People think
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  • believing is you either have it or you don't have it. You have
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  • to choose what you put your trust in. And if you choose to
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  • put your trust into Jesus. You've tried other things. You
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  • say, "I choose Jesus." That beginning of believing on Him
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  • changes something in your life. And as you begin to study the
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  • cross and what He did for you. And you realize that the life
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  • you can live is not live by your perfectness. It's not live
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  • because you're living so good but it's a gift. Grace is God's
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  • unearned favor and you've gotta believed that. We're gonna
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  • unpack this some more. But I want you to look into this
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  • yourself. Read Romans chapter 5, the whole chapter, and just read
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  • it over and over before we talk about this again. And you're
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  • gonna find out that what you need to believe is in Jesus and
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  • what He did on the cross, what He did from the cross to the
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  • throne. And as you believe on this more and more you will walk
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  • in such victory, such miracles. You know, you're not gonna be
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  • afraid of tribulations. Sickness pushes at you. You just gonna
  • 00:22:56.180 --> 00:22:59.070
  • laugh. Financial problems, people push at you and you're
  • 00:22:59.080 --> 00:23:02.000
  • not even bothered because you know. And the more problems come
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  • your way, the more you win them. The more confident you can
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  • become in God's grace in your life. And the more you begin to
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  • trust Him and believe that there's nothing that's gonna
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  • stop me from victory, because grace is God's favor, His
  • 00:23:16.050 --> 00:23:20.040
  • ability in my life. All of His promises now I qualify for them.
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  • I simply believe in that Jesus qualify me for everything in the
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  • Word. Well, we just scratch the surface on this. I pray it will
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  • change your focus. To you mature Christians who are struggling
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  • with the situation. Get your faith right, begin to access
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  • grace with your faith, instead of trying to always access the
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  • miracle itself. God bless you. We'll see you same
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  • time tomorrow.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: Are you lacking purpose? Do you feel overwhelmed
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  • by your circumstances and can't seem to get happy? You are not
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  • alone. Now, more than ever, people battle depression,
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  • anxiety, and emotional pain, and struggle to feel a sense of
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  • lasting happiness. Did you know, you were designed for so much
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  • more than happiness? Purpose, is often the missing key to true
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  • joy. In this incredible audio series, Leon Fontaine goes deep
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  • into the scripture, and beautifully unravels the lie of
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  • the enemy that a happy life will result if we just pursue it. The
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  • truth is, when the pursuit of pleasure becomes our number one
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  • priority, we make flawed decisions that actually lead to
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  • pain, not pleasure. Jesus wants us to enjoy our lives, but we
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  • need to learn what truly leads to a life of fulfillment and
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  • joy. Get your hands on this timely audio series, now
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  • available on USB or on CD, and start to live with joy
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  • and purpose.
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  • -LEON: So many people struggle in the area of their mind. I
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  • have found in teaching around the world, that when I talked
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  • with people very few people can focus on something for any
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  • length of time. In fact, I would say everybody is ADD or
  • 00:25:14.250 --> 00:25:18.050
  • attention deficit disorder. Now, that's not the way God made you.
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  • He made you that you could focus and meditate on something for a
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  • long time. And so this is crucial. There are others who
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  • cannot control their emotions, their moods. We can go ahead and
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  • blame it on hormones and we can blame it on others. And I know
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  • there's a little bit of truth there. Hang around an irritating
  • 00:25:40.220 --> 00:25:43.170
  • person and it's harder. I mean, if it's, just a really bad day
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  • for you physically that hormones can be an issue. But, you know,
  • 00:25:47.100 --> 00:25:50.120
  • God gives none of those things the right. And so, He commands
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  • us to be joyful, be peaceful, to rise up with the fruit of the
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  • Spirit. I wanna pray for you. I'm gonna ask the Holy Spirit to
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  • guide you, to assist you, to begin to walk in the fruit of
  • 00:26:02.290 --> 00:26:07.080
  • the Spirit. Father, I pray right now, that those nine strengths
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  • that You've given us called the fruit of the Spirit. The
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  • patience, the joy, the kindness, the longsuffering. I pray that
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  • You'd wake each of us up to this. And then we will live our
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  • lives in a way that our minds, our thinking, our imagination is
  • 00:26:21.250 --> 00:26:27.230
  • controlled by the very Word of God and by the presence of God.
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  • Touch them now and start them on this amazing journey.
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  • In Jesus' name, amen.
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