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4 Keys to a Rock Solid Identity Part 1

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December 5, 2019
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Leon Fontaine

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4 Keys to a Rock Solid Identity Part 1

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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 want to build something that's
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  • generational, families, and the purposes of God, etcetera.
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  • Then today, what I'm gonna cover with you is gonna be a stunning
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  • revelation for you as you focus on, where do I get my identity
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  • so that I can build rock solid self-worth.
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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 Calgary, Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: Hey, welcome! It's so good to have you with us in the
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  • program today. We're gonna talk about something that is so
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  • crucial to the Christian life. It is so basic, yet at the same
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  • time it is so powerfully deep. And so few people I run into
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  • seem to understand it. I'm gonna talk today about helping you
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  • anchor your identity and develop a self-worth that is truly
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  • biblical. So many people anchor their identity in their looks,
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  • their achievements, their skillsets, what they've learned.
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  • We have an entire nation who has learned to look good, look like
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  • you're under control, look confident, be able to walk
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  • through life with a mask of confidence rather than true
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  • confidence. To be able to walk through life like you are secure
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  • in your self-worth. But if your self-worth is in the wrong
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  • thing, you are going to hit a brick wall. You're going to hit
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  • storms that you'll have a hard time getting out of. I give you
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  • an example. So many people are confident because of their looks
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  • and maybe their parents taught them their manners. So you go
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  • into school and high school. You're sharp looking guy. You're
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  • beautiful looking woman and the looks get you along for a while,
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  • but at some point in life, if gravity happens to us all,
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  • others are gonna come along better looking which will
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  • challenge your looks. If you've developed skills. You're very
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  • intelligent in school and so you rise to the top and your
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  • security, your identity, and your self-worth is in your
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  • scholastic ability. And from there, you're able to get a
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  • great job and you rise up with finances. You could go a long
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  • way for a while with your identity in the wrong thing. But
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  • no, when your identity is in the wrong thing, it will never last.
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  • There will be certain storms that will come along that will
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  • leave you emotionally struggling. It will leave you
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  • with deep insecurities. And I've talked to so many great leaders.
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  • I've talked to talented people. I've talked to wealthy
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  • businessman. I've talked to people who, they're so gifted
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  • that they've risen to the top but somewhere in there they'll
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  • hit a storm and they just struggle. Many of them nosedive.
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  • They lost their careers, their relationships. Many of them
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  • begin to struggle with depression, emotional issues,
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  • etcetera, etcetera. And when they get counseling, if the
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  • person doesn't know what they're doing, they're trying to solve
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  • problems but not deep enough. For example, you know, if I look
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  • at a tree and every leaf on that tree is a problem and I pull all
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  • those leaves off, a horrible thing happens if that's a
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  • problem in the spring. The roots make it all come back and that's
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  • when you deal with symptoms instead of with problems. So as
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  • we talk about identity, what should we look at for our
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  • identity? And by the way, it's not wrong to develop a
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  • confidence in your abilities, to develop a confidence in what you
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  • look like instead of being so insecure about every little
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  • issue. My legs are too short, and my hair is too short and
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  • it's not straight enough. Some people can get so messed up
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  • there. But let's go to the most basic of basics. What do you
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  • look at for your identity? And you must look at God. There is
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  • nothing else that is secure. That God loves you. That He
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  • cares about you. You must focus on God. And then many Christians
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  • have a problem because they don't believe the truth about
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  • God. They believe that God could, you know, do things to
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  • them, allow things happen to them. So they've never trusted
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  • God. They believe in God. They revere God. But they don't trust
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  • God because what if this is the marriage. He's gonna allow
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  • things to happen to my business, my kids, my marriage. And so you
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  • must begin to look at God's love. And then as you do that,
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  • that key that really anchors believers' hearts is in
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  • understanding the cross. So His death, Jesus burial, His
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  • resurrection, and His ascension to the throne, to the right hand
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  • of God in the throne room. Now, these are crucial to believers
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  • who don't have an understanding of what Jesus did for them. They
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  • will always focus their identity on wrong things. It will help
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  • you in some areas depending on what you focus on to succeed for
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  • a while or even for a part of a lifetime. But if you want to
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  • build something that's generational, families, and the
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  • purposes of God, etcetera. Then today, what I'm gonna cover with
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  • you is gonna be a stunning revelation for you as you focus
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  • on where do I get my identity so that I can build rock solid
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  • self-worth. Now, the Bible teaches us in John 14:12, I tell
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  • you the truth, Jesus says, whoever believes in Me will do
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  • the same things that I do. So Jesus very clearly saying here
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  • that He's an example of what a normal Christian should look
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  • like. A normal Christian should be able to function like Jesus.
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  • And Holy Spirit that empowered Jesus has been given to us to be
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  • empowered as well. So we've got to understand that our behavior
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  • always follows our deepest heart beliefs. And so if we don't have
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  • correct heart beliefs, it's gonna move our lives in so many
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  • areas whether it's behavior with money, behavior in
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  • relationships, behavior sexually, behavior with drugs
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  • and alcohol, behavior -, All behavior comes out of the
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  • deepest beliefs of your heart. So we've got to make sure that
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  • we cover what I'm talking about today, and that is to understand
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  • Jesus and what He did for you and I. To not understand this is
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  • to struggle as a Christian for the rest of your life. Now, the
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  • doorway to the kingdom of God as a Christian, to walking in
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  • kingdom principles and the culture of God's kingdom. He
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  • says for the kingdom of God is not meet and drink but
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  • righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. So He's saying
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  • here that to walk in the kingdom of God which is to walk in the
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  • power, the peace, the joy of God. It isn't about external
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  • things like food and drink. It's about internal things. The
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  • kingdom of God is not meet and drink, external. But
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  • righteousness which is internal, peace and joy in the Holy
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  • Spirit. So the doorway to walking in the kingdom of God
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  • with all of its advantages is a heart that believes, not a mind
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  • that is inform. Now, as you look at the church today, you'll
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  • notice that much of the church looks at God and scriptures.
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  • They're trying so hard to get everything together. But all of
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  • the teachings of the Bible are literally anchored in Christ, in
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  • Him. And so your faith has to be in Jesus. People say, "I believe
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  • in the Word." I understand what you're saying. But the Bible
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  • says that our faith should be in Jesus. He is the Word. But in
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  • what He's done for us because it gives us a look at who we are
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  • and who God is. So we must understand the finished work of
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  • Jesus. And if you begin to focus on that, begin to meditate on
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  • that, confess that. You will literally begin to believe at
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  • the deepest levels in your identity. And I'm telling you,
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  • there are mature Christians listening to me right now. That
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  • if you'll practice what I'm gonna show you in the next
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  • couple of sessions, today and the next one. You can, whether
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  • you're a brand-new believer or whether you're a pastor who's
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  • taught the Word your whole life but yet missed this. There is a
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  • peace. There's a joy. There's an ability to understand
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  • righteousness and to move with Holy Spirit in hearing His
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  • voice, operating in the gifts of the Spirit that you've never
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  • been able to rise up in. So, let's just dive in for the first
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  • couple. Here we go. The first thing to understand is Jesus
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  • death on the cross. Now, in 2 Corinthians 5:19, it says, "For
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  • God was in Christ, making peace between the world, reconciling
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  • the world to Himself. In Christ, God did not hold the world
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  • guilty of its sins or count their trespasses against them.
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  • And He committed to us this message of peace and
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  • reconciliation." Jesus on the cross dealt with the sin
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  • situation. He dealt with, yes, all the sins you've committed,
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  • you know, in your whole life. Someone say, "Well, He dealt
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  • with the sins that I committed in my past." Well, when Jesus
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  • died on the cross for you 2.000 years ago all of your sins were
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  • in the future. And when you cover verses that talk about,
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  • you know, how sin separates, how sin -, You can't allow the enemy
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  • to use the word like that because the devil loves to take
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  • the Bible out of context. He used the Bible on Jesus. He
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  • could take out of context and he'll make you feel guilty. Now,
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  • sin is things that you do that are not God's best for your
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  • life. And whenever you sin, it's got a real impact on your
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  • relationships down here on your mind, your heart, everything.
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  • But between you and God, Jesus secured the relationship between
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  • you and God through Jesus' actions. He lived a holy life.
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  • He died and He exchanged His righteousness literally for
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  • yours. There is a great exchanged that took place on the
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  • cross. And so wherever you go to believe who you are, the enemy
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  • will try to tell you who you are through your failures. What
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  • failures have you had? What sins have you committed in your past?
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  • The enemy will be trying to tell you that your identity is in
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  • your mistakes. Now, all your classmates may never let you
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  • forget that you're a drug addict. They might have had -,
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  • Your nickname might had been Druggie. Your classmates might
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  • had never forgotten what you function like sexually in high
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  • school or college. And so they've got a name for you
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  • there. And they'll even try to use nicknames or things. And the
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  • enemy will use it as well. This is who you are. And what you
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  • have done does not determine who you are. I could sit here and
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  • bark. It doesn't make my identity a dog. Even though I am
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  • barking, and it looks like I'm a dog. Okay, or sounds like I'm a
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  • dog. So Jesus dealt with the sin question, not just the acts that
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  • you did but He dealt with sin at its very nature. You no longer
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  • have a sin nature. You have the nature of God. And so now as you
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  • get into God's Word and understand the things I'm
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  • teaching. You'll find out that the nature of God rises up and
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  • it begins to give you strength and power to live right, to
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  • laugh, to love, to function as a real follower of Christ. So why
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  • is the cross so important? Because as He hung on the
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  • cross, if you could see Jesus just before He died looked just
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  • at you and say, "I'm doing this for you." If you could recognize
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  • that He took your sin. He took the sin nature and He died with
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  • it. So that you and I could have a new nature, not two natures, a
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  • new nature. And even though your actions might follow your past
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  • addictions, your past problems. The power of God that is within
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  • you will now empower you to rise out of it. So the enemy will try
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  • to get your identity into your addictions, your failures, the
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  • things that you struggle with, because if you believe an
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  • identity, you follow that identity out. I teach Christians
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  • all the time. Don't call your young children liars. Don't say,
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  • "You little liar. You stop doing this." No, no, his identity is
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  • not liar. When I would talk to our kids when they were small
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  • and my grandkids now if they've lied to me. I'd say, "Hey, just
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  • a minute. You're not a liar. You are a child of God. You are an
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  • honorable honest. So we don't lie." So I give them the
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  • identity of God's Word even well, I talk to them about an
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  • action that I'm trying to teach them to stop doing. So you can't
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  • look at someone like a little child or even teenagers or even
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  • friends and begin to define them by a failure, to define them by
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  • an addiction. Which is what the world does. Some people even
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  • define themselves by their sickness, you know, etcetera. So
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  • like in the Bible it talks about blind Bartimaeus. Why would, you
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  • know, Bartimaeus could have been, you know, could be as well
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  • tall Bartimaeus. It could have been, you know, a lot other
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  • descriptive. But he knew himself by this sickness that was there.
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  • So, Jesus death on the cross was to deal with the sin that is in
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  • the human race. And the Bible says He reconciled the world to
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  • Himself. You must find scriptures like this about the
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  • cross and you must begin to meditate on them. Focus on them.
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  • Speak them out loud as a confession. That you are
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  • forgiven because of Jesus. That you literally are righteous
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  • because of Jesus. It's a gift Romans 5:17 says. So I'm
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  • righteous. I'm in right standing with God. I'm in His family
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  • because Jesus qualifies me by dealing with the sin situation,
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  • dealing with my spirit, and in me is the presence of God. I
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  • have a new nature. This is something that you've got to
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  • begin to speak, meditate, confess, believe, so that you
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  • begin to identify with Christ and that see yourself there not
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  • as your past. Now, the Bible also says in Galatians 3:13 that
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  • Christ took away, redeemed us. He bought us, bought our freedom
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  • from the curse the law. That the Law put on us. It says, He
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  • changed places with us and put Himself under that curse by
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  • becoming a curse for us. Because it is written in the Scriptures,
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  • "Anyone whose body is displayed, hung on a tree is cursed." So
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  • it's talking here about the curse. That if you read
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  • Deuteronomy 28 verses around 16 and on, it will list every
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  • negative thing on the planet, and it calls them curses. I
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  • mean, physical curses, mental curses, relationship curses,
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  • curses in finances, etcetera. And that all of these curses
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  • Christ has bought our freedom from them. See, when I begin to
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  • deal with this and just really securing my identity. I
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  • confessed and actually I still do. I get up in the morning and
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  • declare that I've got the nature of Jesus. I'll declare there's
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  • not a curse that can touch me because Jesus dealt with all the
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  • curses and I now know God is not going to just allow one on to my
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  • life aside from this. He's not going to try to put something on
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  • me to teach me something because His Holy Spirit is the best
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  • teacher. Everyone thinks experience is the best teacher.
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  • No, Holy Spirit is. And so I don't believe at all that my sin
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  • from the past identifies me or any failures I make or things
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  • I've done wrong. That they no longer just destroy my life as
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  • in, "Man, you know, I was mean to that person or I didn't
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  • handle that right." And, you know, mistakes that I've made
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  • they don't identify me. And when it comes to the curses,
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  • sicknesses, diseases, and poverty and relationship issues
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  • and short life. All these curses written in Deuteronomy 28. I
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  • just believe that's not for me. Jesus took everyone of them.
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  • Now, look what I'm focusing on for my identity. I'm in God's
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  • family because Jesus qualified me to be there. My sins are
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  • forgiven everything in the past, everything in the future between
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  • me and God. And so now He sees me through the blood of Jesus. I
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  • am righteous as a gift. All of the blessings are mine, not just
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  • the curses, none of the curses are mine because of what
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  • Jesus did. So as I'm looking at this, I'm realizing God loves
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  • me. Look what He did, He sent His Son. Now my identity is
  • 00:19:46.020 --> 00:19:50.130
  • being secured in what Jesus did. And so I no longer, and I can
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  • have the enemy attack me and just say, "You are a loser. You
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  • are a liar. You are a thief. You are a blasphemer." Or whatever
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  • sin he can find that he begins to harass me with. And in my
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  • future, anything that I've got, that I'm struggling with, that I
  • 00:20:10.030 --> 00:20:13.100
  • need to get through. Holy Spirit will help me. And because of
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  • that struggle doesn't mean that it changes my relationship with
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  • God. Now, you're gonna find out and this should be in our
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  • conversation next time. That other people don't forgive you.
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  • So your vertical relationship between you and God is secure
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  • because of Jesus. But he can't force your boss to accept you if
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  • you're stealing from him. He can't force your friends to love
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  • you, if you lie to them and you're mean to them. He can't
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  • force the freewill in all the other humans, if you're gonna go
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  • rob a store. They're probably gonna pursue you. You're
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  • probably gonna go to jail. The police probably won't forgive
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  • you. The judge probably won't forgive you. I've known lots of
  • 00:20:56.060 --> 00:21:00.170
  • Christians who got into a really bad areas and God has worked
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  • with them and given them real favor as they've walked out of
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  • that. But the sin, the failures, all these things between you and
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  • God. Jesus secure that umbilical cord if you want, between you
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  • and God. But now for the rest of the world all your
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  • relationships, it's crucial that you develop good, you know, just
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  • good ways to live. And that you walk in the fruit of the Spirit
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  • and honoring and loving because it will help you in all the
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  • other areas. Your marriage, your career, dealing with other
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  • people at work, dealing with opportunities that are ahead of
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  • you. The Bible teaches us that wisdom is the principle thing.
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  • So I got to close up here. We're gonna continue here a little
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  • later. If want to know the most powerful way to begin to have an
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  • identity that is rock solid and then your self-worth begins to
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  • rise up. Which is where you begin to believe God in every
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  • situation and everything in your world changes. Then your
  • 00:22:00.070 --> 00:22:05.000
  • identity is what comes from what Jesus did on the cross. And when
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  • you recognize He dealt with sin, stop worrying about sin and get
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  • up and easily win over all sin. And that the curse, okay. The
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  • curse that is harassing so many people. That it can't touch you.
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  • Now, if its' there, rise up and command it to go. Get up and
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  • keep going because Jesus took the curse of the law. So it's no
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  • longer allowed on my life. Now, starting with these two things.
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  • We've got two more areas to go that we'll deal with next time.
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  • To speak these verses. Go into the Bible and find verses in the
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  • New Testament or in the Old Testament that promise us that
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  • Jesus on the cross, you know, help us to become a brand-new
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  • creation and then believe that. That Jesus on the cross took the
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  • penalty for sin, the curse of the law, and it no longer can
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  • affect us. He died on the cross. He was buried. He spent for
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  • three days it says dead, paying for the price to have you and I
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  • be able to follow Jesus with a new spirit. Now, remember that
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  • as you begin to speak this, you need to spend some time. I'm
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  • gonna challenge everybody. Why don't you use the rest of this
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  • year, use a couple of months to just get into great teaching on
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  • this. Begin to speak and declare who you are. So that your
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  • identity is not on physical things. It's not on your looks,
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  • your career. It's not on your failure and it's not on your
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  • successes either. If I anchor my identity in where I've succeeded
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  • in life, then when those things begin to fail, or I retire from
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  • them. I no longer have an identity. Your identity must
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  • always be in how God values you. And He values you which means
  • 00:23:52.020 --> 00:23:57.070
  • love so much that His own Son came to die for you. Sin, the
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  • curse had been dealt with for you. You're brand-new. Anchor
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  • yourself in weeks and months of meditating and speaking that.
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  • All right, next time we're gonna cover the last half of this.
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  • It's gonna radically change your life.
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  • -LEON: When it comes to living for Jesus, so many people think
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  • that living for Jesus is just ho-hum, religious Bible-reading
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  • boring life. But according to Jesus, He says that I have come
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  • that you might have life and more abundantly. In the Greek,
  • 00:25:39.070 --> 00:25:44.050
  • it literally means life that is so good, and you can't even
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  • count it. It's innumerable, of such a high quality. That it's
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  • the highest level of quality. That means whatever you do, from
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  • sports to holidays, to romance, to all that is involved in
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  • family and home. This ought to be lived at a level that is just
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  • exciting and amazing. And that Jesus brings this fullness, this
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  • passion, this zeal. Father, I pray in Jesus name. That You put
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  • a hunger in each person. That they're not gonna live their
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  • lives in a religious boring manner but they would shine.
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  • That Father, they'd be the flavor for everything they do
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  • and everywhere they go. Father, I ask You to wake up every
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  • person that has fallen asleep when it comes to living
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  • a life filled with joy, excitement in You.
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  • I ask this in Jesus' name, amen.
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