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What is a Miracle?

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August 5, 2019
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Leon Fontaine

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What is a Miracle?

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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: When people say, "God's in control. He's got
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  • the whole world in His hands." Really? Millions of babies
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  • died last year. How can God be in control?
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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: What is a miracle? How would you define miracle? We've
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  • got kind of, for every mile of truth, there's two miles of
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  • ditch. So on one side of the religious spectrum we've got
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  • mystical people. This is, I mean, you'll never know what
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  • God's gonna do, but God's in control. You'll never know God's
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  • gonna do and we just pray, bug, plead, you know. You know, cry a
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  • little bit if you can and that will move God. God's gotta move
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  • and there's different ways to get God. That's kind of a
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  • mystical approach, okay? But then way over on the other side
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  • we've got the reasoning, the intellectual approach. And
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  • that's now that we've got the five sciences, and we can do
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  • studies on this, so we can do test and things. If you can't
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  • prove it to me in a lab, and we can't have before and after
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  • studies, and walk it through and prove it with all the committee
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  • that we have, I'm not gonna believe it. And, or they have to
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  • believe miracles that way. And so, neither works. In fact, when
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  • you study Jesus, this amazing man that walked the planet,
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  • history proves that. He didn't get mystical. He was not weird.
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  • He was not wooo. And at the same time, He didn't sit down and
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  • teach people for 42 hours, all the incredible languages and
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  • Aramaic. Oh, that's what He spoke but, I mean, He didn't go
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  • and then teach the Feast of the Tabernacle and all this deep
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  • teaching. He was very simple. He would say things like, "Just
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  • keep believing. Don't let fear in. Believe." He would tell
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  • stories that, like stories about dirt and seeds and He talked
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  • about lambs and shepherds, and because He was talking to an
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  • agricultural society, He would try to help them connect somehow
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  • to the miraculous realm. And you'll notice the miraculous
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  • realm doesn't touch us through our head which is where we have
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  • reasoning. It's where our intellect is. It's doesn't come
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  • from our feelings, which can be all over the place any given
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  • time and change every three minutes. But there is something
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  • else and the Bible calls this the heart. There's a lot spoken
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  • about in the Bible about the heart and there's lots of
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  • confusion about it. Now, the heart is the center of your
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  • belief system. What do you believe? The heart is where your
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  • identity is, what you believe about yourself. And it's
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  • interesting that when you study even today, that a lot of us we
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  • read the stories about Jesus. But we can't really connect
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  • because I bet you, most of us here have never even planted a
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  • garden. Well, a few of you, so okay. But about two thirds of us
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  • don't even know about seeds and soil. And so as He's teaching on
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  • the miraculous world, it's not a language or they're not
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  • analogies or stories that we even relate to. But today, did
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  • you know that even science has been in to show us that there's
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  • something about a human being that is different. Example, you
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  • know, we've got quantum mechanics, and quantum mechanics
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  • is a fundamental theory in Physics. And they will tell you
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  • point blank that consciousness affects the subatomic field. We
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  • studied atoms. We know there are atoms out there, but there are
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  • sub-atomic particles. And they've proven with quantum
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  • physics that there is that consciousness affects it. Well,
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  • the Bible's been saying that for years, at what you believe, what
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  • you feel, what you think, what you -, There's something about a
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  • human being that changes. I spent seven years as a paramedic
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  • working at a hospital. And because I worked at a hospital,
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  • they used me in the OR's and in the Resus rooms where people be
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  • brought in with heart attacks. And doctors who, you know, we've
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  • got doctors that attend here and they're awesome people. But some
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  • of them are like little demigods, you know. When you go
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  • to the hospital, they think they're all that and a bag of
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  • chips. And they think everything can be explained through
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  • medicine. But what I saw was perfectly healthy people with
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  • minor surgeries dying and they have no idea what happened. And
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  • then they do postmortem, they couldn't figure out what
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  • happened. And they would talk about, there's just some people
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  • that they've got fear. And other people, they knew they were
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  • gonna die. There was no way to keep living and they would make
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  • it. And they would talk about things like a phenomena, like I
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  • had a great will to live. They talk about love because it was a
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  • mom that beat something because she had a -, This is a nebulous
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  • area the doctors can't put their finger on. Yet, they all know
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  • that phenomenon's happen. You talk to anybody in any science
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  • and they'll tell you. There are so many things they don't
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  • understand. What is going on on the inside of a person? And so
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  • maybe just a thought. Maybe the Bible is pretty accurate at
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  • saying that we are spirits living in a body. That we have a
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  • mind. And that there is power and ability in the spirit world.
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  • But if we are just gonna go religious, then we think God's
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  • in control. You're like a puppet on a string. And everything that
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  • happens to you is God. Everything that doesn't happen
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  • to you is God. As though God is gonna favor one of you and not
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  • the other. So He was going, "Hmnn, let's see. You can be
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  • rich. Well, you're gonna be poor, sucker. Poor guy. Boom!
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  • Poverty." No. God's no respecter of persons. So it doesn't make
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  • sense when people say, "God's in control. He's got the whole
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  • world in His hands." Really? Millions of babies died last
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  • year. How can God be in control? And so, now, I don't have time
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  • to drive down a lot of this. I simply wanna talk to you about
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  • the word miracle. Because the Christian world and the
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  • religious world amongst all religions believes that a
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  • miracle is when a force like God overrides physical laws and it
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  • just, then a miracle happens. But that's actually not what the
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  • Bible says. In fact, I'm gonna read you in the Greek word that
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  • we pull it from, the word that is use for the word "miracle."
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  • Now, there are two of them, one of them is the word dunamis or
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  • dynami and the other one means science and wonders. And they're
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  • both used a lot in the New Testament. Now, this word for
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  • miracle doesn't say it's where God appears and done something,
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  • and He overrides all the laws of nature, all the laws of health,
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  • all the laws of physics, all the laws of science, all the laws of
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  • psychology. Pop! You got a miracle. You got your price.
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  • Good on you. One for you. No. Here's what it says, a miracle,
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  • okay, is strength, power, and ability. It is inherent power
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  • residing in a thing by virtue of its nature. All right. When you
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  • give your life to Christ a new nature comes in. The one of fear
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  • and sin that controls people is gone and you have a new nature
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  • of love and ability, strength and power. So this new nature.
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  • Then it says that this power of which a person can exert it and
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  • put it forth. Well, that's not at all what we've all kind of
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  • learn through religion. That we pray, bug, plead, you know. Do
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  • hand out tracks, give more money. Do something to appease
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  • this stubborn God to release a miracle. But the very term
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  • itself is talking about, that within a person who is a
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  • believer in Christ. There is a power residing within you by
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  • virtue of that nature, His nature. And that you can
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  • literally exert that power, that force. You know the Bible
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  • actually has a ton of verses that where Jesus says in John
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  • chapter 14, the things that I do shall you do also. Did you know
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  • that when Jesus became a human being, you know, He gave up any
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  • of His extra power and He function and He was to show us
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  • what a person operating with God's power could do on this
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  • planet. There are many incredible verses, like when you
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  • go to Proverbs 4:20-24, it says that stay in God's Word, focus
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  • on God's Word, and He'll bring health to your body. Then it
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  • says guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it flows
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  • the forces of life. There are forces that flow from us. We
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  • think they flow from heaven. But even Romans 8 says that if the
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  • same spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you, it
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  • quickens your mortal body. This is beginning to show us that we
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  • are somehow off the rails of just praying to the stubborn
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  • God, that we have to do more, we gotta please Him somehow. When
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  • literally, everything that the Word is teaching, is that
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  • there's a power force within you. It's Jesus. It's Holy
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  • Spirit. But that there's something we need to do to have
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  • this force flow out. And when you study the New Testament, the
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  • book of Acts and on, you don't find them praying for miracles.
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  • You find them just literally speaking in a natural way. Just
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  • believing things would take place and they happen. You know,
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  • there's a verse in Matthew chapter 12 and verse, the entire
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  • chapter talks about the heart. But one of these verses says
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  • that a good man from the good deposits of his heart brings
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  • forth good things. And that an evil man from evil deposit. It
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  • doesn't mean evil there as in, you know, he's an ax murderer.
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  • It's just saying that you allow doubt and unbelief in. In fact,
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  • when you study Jesus doing miracles, you know what's
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  • interesting? You don't find Him giving a lot of reasons why
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  • people weren't walking out a miracle or a recovery or
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  • something beginning to turn out for your best. He would always
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  • just kind of say two simple things, believe and don't doubt
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  • in your heart. He talked about fear and heart is a deeper
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  • belief. Now, in the Bible your heart is like I was saying
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  • early, is what you believed about you. Are you a winner? Are
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  • you a loser? Are you a good person? Are you an evil person?
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  • And say, "Well, I'm gonna be honest Leon. I'm a jerk." No,
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  • just a minute. When you give your life to Christ, you have a
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  • new nature. And you must start acknowledging that new nature,
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  • even if you're failing in multiple fronts. To acknowledge
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  • that you are now, His presence is within you. He has forgiven
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  • you. You are born again. You have a brand-new start. Who
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  • wouldn't say, if I can have a brand -, if I can do it all over
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  • again. How would I change how I treated my spouse, how I raise
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  • my kids, how I handle that financial? We'd all say yes. And
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  • He's saying, "I'm gonna give you a fresh start." And when He
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  • comes in, these miracles that we need aren't deter-, you're not
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  • waiting. When someone says to me, "I don't know why God hasn't
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  • healed me yet." I know they don't understand doctrine yet.
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  • Because the book of Peter teaches us, that when you give
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  • your life to Christ, that He knows the future and He has
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  • placed within you all that you need for every situation you
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  • will face. Peter says that God has given us all things that
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  • pertain to life and to godliness. In other words, you
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  • got the power to live morally right and love and laugh and
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  • enjoy it. You got the power to change, to grow, and then it's
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  • already past tense, given it to you. So within you is all that
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  • you're gonna need. You know, how that makes you feel when you
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  • begin to read the Bible and go, "He's placed His power within
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  • me. That He says that every storm that comes my way that He
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  • has already defeated it." When you begin to realize that, all
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  • of a sudden, it's not, "I'm gonna walk around. I sure hope
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  • God shows up because I got a really big problem. I got a sick
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  • kid. I got a sick wife. I'm gonna go bank. I'm gonna loss
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  • everything. Oh, God, where are you? Oh, God. Help me please,
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  • God." No. That's not the way the New Testament is teaching us. It
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  • is saying, now, here's another interesting thing about Proverbs
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  • 4:23, where its teaching us that guard your heart with all
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  • diligence for out of it flow the boundaries of life. The word
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  • forces and the word boundaries both are the same there. Now,
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  • get your brain wrap around this. Your beliefs that come from your
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  • heart create the boundaries of where healing stops, where
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  • prosperity stops, where happiness stops. And the problem
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  • with that, is that none of us have determined our core
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  • beliefs. We know by age six that all of your beliefs about
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  • yourself, your actual personality, and your deepest
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  • beliefs are determined by age six. Okay? So, "Leon, I didn't
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  • decide any of the beliefs that I've got." That's right.
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  • Parents, grandparents, religion is a big one, schooling, the
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  • culture you grew up in, help established. Where you treated
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  • bad, where you treated good, where you told you're the black
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  • sheep of the family. You're a liar. You're a loser. One of the
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  • things that took placed that form these beliefs that become
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  • your core beliefs. These core beliefs create the boundaries
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  • that your life is now living by. You might look at others and go,
  • 00:14:08.000 --> 00:14:10.260
  • "They're so lucky." No, they probably have a boundary way
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  • beyond yours when it comes to finances. Maybe you've gone
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  • through 14 relationships and you can't make any of them works, so
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  • you just give up. You're called to be single. Because good Lord,
  • 00:14:19.180 --> 00:14:22.070
  • you're a lousy relationship person. No. That's because
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  • somewhere in the beliefs of your heart, you don't believe you
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  • can. You don't believe you are. Your core beliefs are your
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  • identity beliefs. And until those change, you will struggle.
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  • Even though you've been given the kingdom. Even though you
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  • have everything. Smith Wigglesworth, I believed it was
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  • him. He was an older evangelist years ago from England,
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  • phenomenal ministry of miracles. It was him or one of the other
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  • guys who's telling the story of how he walked into this room,
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  • this old home to pray for this elderly lady, living in real
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  • poverty and not having much. And as he went in there to talk with
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  • her, she was in the washroom. And when she came out, he was
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  • kind of just looking at the picture on her wall when he saw
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  • this one picture and it was framed and he says, "Do you know
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  • what this is?" And she goes, "Yes, I worked my whole life for
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  • this very wealthy merchant man. And, you know, when he died, and
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  • then they left me this document just, you know." She couldn't
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  • read. She has it years ago. And he says, "No, it actually says
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  • here that he left it to you." She was, "What?" He says, "This
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  • is a will and a testament. And it's saying in this thing that
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  • put in a nice little frame thinking it was cute. It tells
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  • you that this is all yours. And you've been living in poverty
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  • even though you are a multimillionaire." Many
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  • Christians are like that. They've never taken the time to
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  • read the Bible and understand how amazing it is. And so they
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  • lived at a level of life so low. They think it's all about what
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  • you can't do, what you can do. It's about all these laws and
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  • legalistic and we watch religion just suck the life out of us. Or
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  • it's like the guy who got on a ship and he wanted to come to
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  • America and he didn't have the money. And so he saved
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  • everything he had, he just barely could afford the ticket.
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  • He got the ticket and all he had money for was just food. How am
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  • I gonna go for a couple of weeks on this ocean voyage with no
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  • food? So he bought as much cheese, the oldest cheese and
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  • biscuits he could find. And he had them with him and he packed
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  • them into his little cubicle where he had gotten. So every
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  • day he would walk by the dining room of this big ship, so
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  • everybody's eating beautifully and wonderfully. And he just
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  • wished he could go in there. I mean, there was roast lamb. And
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  • I mean, all the great food. And he go back to his little cabin
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  • and he would portion out. He had exactly how many days this
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  • little bit of cheese and he's so hungry. One day, he's had
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  • enough. He's about to go crazy. I'm gonna run in there. I'm
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  • gonna eat as fast as I can. I'm gonna put as much food down as I
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  • can, and they put me in jail. They'll gonna let me out when I
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  • get to America anyway. So he walks in there, he looks around
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  • and he runs to the table and he sits down and just start eating
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  • and eating. And then the captain walks over, and he says, "Mr. So
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  • and So is that ever good." He thought he's got to be arrested.
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  • "It's so good to see you here today." And he goes, "It is?"
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  • Yeah. He said like, "I wondered why we never saw you in the
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  • dining hall." Well, I'm sorry sir. But I only had enough for
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  • my ticket. And he says, "So I got crackers and cheese to get
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  • me across to America and I'm sorry, I know this is wrong." He
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  • goes, "Sir, what are you talking about? Included in the price of
  • 00:17:23.020 --> 00:17:26.220
  • the ticket is all the meals." You see, when it comes to
  • 00:17:26.230 --> 00:17:33.030
  • serving Jesus, we live far below what He intends us to live. But
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  • it's not His will how low you live. It's not His best how far
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  • down you go. It's not Him making all these incredible judgments
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  • and rules as though you have to, you know, that your life is
  • 00:17:46.060 --> 00:17:48.240
  • gonna be this religious monk living on an island. No, He's
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  • got a way for you to live. That's beautiful and better than
  • 00:17:51.140 --> 00:17:54.130
  • anything you could do. And so when you go to God's Word, you
  • 00:17:54.140 --> 00:17:57.260
  • know, I can unpack verse after verse after verse to prove the
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  • few stories I just told you, but the stories stick better.
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  • Recognize, if something isn't going in the direction you
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  • desire and it's good, and it's your desire. That it's not God
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  • withholding it from you. It's not the devil as though he's so
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  • powerful. He hasn't the ability to stop you when Jesus defeated
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  • him. But the Bible is the software program for you the
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  • hardware. And as you begin to realize how much He loves you,
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  • cares for you. That when it comes to miraculous, it's not
  • 00:18:25.280 --> 00:18:28.290
  • sitting around waiting for God. But that, whatever miracles do
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  • or don't happen somehow. Now, don't get guilty or feel beat up
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  • by this. That if God's already done the miracles, every miracle
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  • you'll ever need, financially, physical, mentally,
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  • relationship. He's already given you the power, the presence of
  • 00:18:42.240 --> 00:18:45.110
  • God, the miracles you need. Then somehow, we've lost the ability
  • 00:18:45.120 --> 00:18:49.000
  • to connect from our heart. Because the language of our
  • 00:18:49.010 --> 00:18:51.230
  • heart is not reasoning, is not mystical. The language of our
  • 00:18:51.240 --> 00:18:54.250
  • heart is more perceiving things. It's more this ability to see.
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  • You see with your memory, you rewind into your past with your
  • 00:18:59.260 --> 00:19:03.080
  • imagination you fast forward into your future. But the
  • 00:19:03.090 --> 00:19:06.080
  • fast-forward button of your future is all controlled by the
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  • beliefs of your heart. I'm talking really fast and I'm
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  • getting those-, but I just wanna accomplish one thing with this
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  • message today. I want you to know how much God loves you. How
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  • much the plan for your life is beyond anything you could
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  • imagine according to Ephesians 3. And if it's not, there's
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  • nothing outside of you. You didn't, you see, if bad things
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  • have happened to you, hurt has happened to you. You got a
  • 00:19:29.240 --> 00:19:31.230
  • horrible life. Listen to me. You aren't probably responsible for
  • 00:19:31.240 --> 00:19:36.130
  • much of what got you there, okay? Maybe there's beliefs and
  • 00:19:36.140 --> 00:19:40.140
  • heartaches and hurts and brokenness that caused you to
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  • act that way, think that way. It affects what you reach forward,
  • 00:19:43.010 --> 00:19:45.250
  • etcetera. But now, wherever you are, you're the only person that
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  • can help you. Go live the things God has prepared for you. So get
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  • into His Word. And when you give your life to Jesus, He comes in,
  • 00:19:54.120 --> 00:19:58.180
  • He forgives. He washes you clean. But it's more than that.
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  • He begins to help you expand your boundaries of this little
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  • life. All you can have this -, You can't have your cake and eat
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  • it, too. You know, all these dumb beliefs. Murphy's Law says
  • 00:20:09.150 --> 00:20:12.070
  • things are going so good, somethings gotta go bad. Who
  • 00:20:12.080 --> 00:20:15.000
  • made these stupid things up? People who experienced it. But
  • 00:20:15.010 --> 00:20:19.250
  • your experiences can change by heart beliefs. And the Bible's
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  • the most profound, of all the religion that I've studied, of
  • 00:20:24.220 --> 00:20:27.030
  • all the things that I've read, I've never found anything as
  • 00:20:27.040 --> 00:20:29.200
  • beautiful as the Bible, as incredible as the Bible. And as
  • 00:20:29.210 --> 00:20:33.050
  • psychology and physics and the sciences, all begin to learn
  • 00:20:33.060 --> 00:20:36.180
  • more, we find that it is so true. It's not wrong to turn to
  • 00:20:36.190 --> 00:20:41.120
  • God and say, "Jesus, You're my answer." I was on a plane with a
  • 00:20:41.130 --> 00:20:45.250
  • guy and brilliant man. And we had an interesting conversation.
  • 00:20:45.260 --> 00:20:50.200
  • He was telling me how he doesn't have, he said, "I envy you
  • 00:20:50.210 --> 00:20:53.220
  • because you have faith." He said, "I don't have faith." And
  • 00:20:53.230 --> 00:20:56.130
  • so, hmnn. And so he, we talked. I talked about what the Bible
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  • says about creation and God. He had all these questions. I kind
  • 00:21:00.130 --> 00:21:04.100
  • of answered them what I thought, but I couldn't answer all those
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  • questions. So I said, "You know, instead of you just tearing
  • 00:21:06.110 --> 00:21:08.280
  • apart, you know, what I believe. What do you believe?" Well, you
  • 00:21:08.290 --> 00:21:12.170
  • know, I really don't know. I said, "No, no." I said, "You're
  • 00:21:12.180 --> 00:21:15.090
  • pretty good at analyzing what you do and don't believe about
  • 00:21:15.100 --> 00:21:19.050
  • Christian. What do you believe?" Well, you know, Leon, I'm
  • 00:21:19.060 --> 00:21:22.000
  • searching. That's everybody says that I talked to, but then they
  • 00:21:22.010 --> 00:21:24.250
  • take apart whatever I share. What's the best shot you have as
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  • to where does the world come from? Is there a God? Well, you
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  • know, he says, I guess. He's a brilliant man. I guess I would
  • 00:21:32.080 --> 00:21:35.120
  • tend to go with that, you know, we were seeded from another
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  • planet. I went, "Seeded from another planet. Okay, so a
  • 00:21:38.120 --> 00:21:43.050
  • spaceship came from another galaxy and did something on the
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  • planet to put mankind here." Yeah. I said, "So, where did
  • 00:21:47.240 --> 00:21:52.140
  • those people come from?" And I begin to examine his beliefs and
  • 00:21:52.150 --> 00:21:57.200
  • he realized really quickly he didn't know what to believe. You
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  • know, I've interviewed some of the most brilliant minds on the
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  • planet on our TV shows. Thousands of scientists believe
  • 00:22:04.000 --> 00:22:07.100
  • in creation and laugh at evolution. We keep thinking
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  • that, no, people are just, you know, that all the smartest
  • 00:22:11.010 --> 00:22:13.240
  • minds laugh at -, Oh, no, they don't. I have literally
  • 00:22:13.250 --> 00:22:17.130
  • interviewed some of those brilliant people on this planet.
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  • And after looking at evolution, looking at the big bang, looking
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  • at all this stuff. We understand that science knows a ton of
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  • stuff. But they can't interpret creation, where life comes from.
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  • You know, what's the purpose of life, the meaning of life. When
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  • I die, am I just dead like a dog or does the me keep going on
  • 00:22:32.230 --> 00:22:37.080
  • somewhere? The Bible answers all these problems. No other
  • 00:22:37.090 --> 00:22:39.240
  • religion does. So it's not a religion. God wants a
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  • relationship with us. And this thing called a miracle that you
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  • need, stop begging, bugging, and pleading and hoping that God
  • 00:22:46.010 --> 00:22:51.030
  • interrupts all the physical laws, and recognize that within
  • 00:22:51.040 --> 00:22:55.200
  • you is the strength. The Helper, Holy Spirit, and that He will
  • 00:22:55.210 --> 00:22:59.230
  • help you and guide you. That He'll flow through you, that
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  • life and it looks so miraculous. And I use the word miracles and
  • 00:23:02.230 --> 00:23:07.270
  • I'm starting to be careful because I'm finding people's
  • 00:23:07.280 --> 00:23:09.270
  • definition of the word miracle, is they're waiting for God. I
  • 00:23:09.280 --> 00:23:12.180
  • go, "What are you waiting for? He already gave it to you." So
  • 00:23:12.190 --> 00:23:15.040
  • now, what do I do? Leon, how do I exert the presence of God?
  • 00:23:15.050 --> 00:23:18.280
  • Well, instead of confessing at Him until you get Him. Instead
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  • of being as good as you can to make God do it. Instead the
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  • Bible teaches us to believe it from the heart. Corinthians says
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  • do not look at the things that are seen but look at the things
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  • that are not seen, because the things that are seen, are,
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  • they're terminal. But the things that are not seen are eternal.
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  • Another words, what do you see when you say, "God, I pray for
  • 00:23:41.280 --> 00:23:46.000
  • my marriage." Do you see the laughter and the joy? We have a
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  • hard time getting past the bitterness and the heartache.
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  • When you pray about career and family. You know, the Bible says
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  • seeing with the eyes of faith is believing that God has blessed
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  • me, and He's placed something within me. And when I look ahead
  • 00:23:59.140 --> 00:24:02.200
  • into my future, which is what imagination is, I see healing, I
  • 00:24:02.210 --> 00:24:07.040
  • see laughter, I see joy. That every time you pray, rather than
  • 00:24:07.050 --> 00:24:10.260
  • go into your past where all your problems had been, allow God's
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  • presence to paint a vivid picture of the beauty
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  • of His power.
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  • [Segment Music]
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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,
  • 00:24:29.100 --> 00:24:32.220
  • anxiety, and emotional pain, and struggle to feel a sense of
  • 00:24:32.230 --> 00:24:36.120
  • lasting happiness. Did you know, you were designed for so much
  • 00:24:36.130 --> 00:24:40.040
  • more than happiness? Purpose, is often the missing key to true
  • 00:24:40.050 --> 00:24:44.100
  • joy. In this incredible audio series, Leon Fontaine goes deep
  • 00:24:44.110 --> 00:24:48.120
  • into the scripture, and beautifully unravels the lie of
  • 00:24:48.130 --> 00:24:51.160
  • the enemy that a happy life will result if we just pursue it. The
  • 00:24:51.170 --> 00:24:55.170
  • truth is, when the pursuit of pleasure becomes our number one
  • 00:24:55.180 --> 00:24:58.280
  • priority, we make flawed decisions that actually lead to
  • 00:24:58.290 --> 00:25:02.100
  • pain, not pleasure. Jesus wants us to enjoy our lives, but we
  • 00:25:02.110 --> 00:25:07.010
  • need to learn what truly leads to a life of fulfillment and
  • 00:25:07.020 --> 00:25:10.170
  • joy. Get your hands on this timely audio series, now
  • 00:25:10.180 --> 00:25:15.250
  • available on USB or on CD, and start to live with joy
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  • and purpose.
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  • [Segment Music]
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  • -LEON: You know, when it comes to walking in the miraculous,
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  • it's something that it is our birthright. Did you know that
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  • you are an heir, the Bible says, of all these promises? One of
  • 00:25:32.130 --> 00:25:36.240
  • the things that are a part of your world is this right to live
  • 00:25:36.250 --> 00:25:42.040
  • supernaturally. That miracles are a part of your everyday
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  • life. And when you meet people, that miracles should flow easily
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  • from you to them, not in a religious, weird, charismaniac
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  • way. But in a natural way that just say, "Hey, can I pray for
  • 00:25:55.120 --> 00:25:59.030
  • you?" Or prays for them without them knowing it because you see
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  • someone in need. Father, I pray right now that there would be a
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  • hunger and a desire for miracles. That Father, they
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  • would desire earnestly the spiritual gifts. That they would
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  • be attracted to the hurting and the needy that are around them.
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  • That they would find courage and never allow the enemy to make
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  • them feel ashamed for the hope that is within them. I pray that
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  • agreement with them now. In Jesus's name, amen.
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