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Alive with Christ

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March 14, 2020
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Join Leon on the show today as he explains how to release the kingdom of heaven here on earth.

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  • -ANNOUNCER: What would youchange in your life?
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  • - What if you could unleash themiraculous in your
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  • everyday life?
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  • - Experience freedom, live inpeace, change the world. Become
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  • Spirit Contemporary. Join LeonFontaine, world renowned
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  • conference speaker, seniorpastor of Canada's fastest
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  • growing church, and CEO ofCanada's only Christian TV
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  • station. Today, on THE SPIRITCONTEMPORARY LIFE.
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  • -LEON FONTAINE: You are bornagain when you give your life to
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  • Christ and He's gonna help youto start a new life from where
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  • you are today. The rest ofyour life is gonna be
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  • the best of your life if youhave Jesus involved.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: In John 10:10, itsays 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 biblicalpromise, and how most Christians
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  • live today? Why have so manybelievers become spiritually
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  • weak, and ineffective at sharingJesus' message of love? THE
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  • SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is theanswer. It's being led by Holy
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  • Spirit, but in a contemporaryway. It's being Jesus and
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  • demonstrating His love in wayspeople can understand and
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  • appreciate. Spirit Contemporaryis unique for everyone. It never
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  • compromises the truth, and itnever makes others feel
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  • uncomfortable. It's freeingyourself from religious
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  • constraints, and walking freelyin God's amazing grace, for His
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  • purpose. THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARYLIFE is absolutely crucial if
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  • the global church and her peopleare going to change the world.
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  • - Later in the show, we'll tellyou how you can reserve your
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  • copy of today's resource.
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  • - And now, from Winnipeg,Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: It's interesting thattoday few people understand the
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  • cross. They, we kind of knowthat someone died. We kind of
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  • know that people's sins gotforgiven and that's kind of it.
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  • And Christianity, well, you knowme. I hate religion. And the
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  • word "Christianity" is prettymuch just a religious term that
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  • refers to anybody going to aChristian church, and anybody
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  • born into a Christian family,and anyone go to a Christian
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  • country and it's just soreligious. And religion is just
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  • a bunch of man-made rules. It'sjust about a bunch of people
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  • judging one another to see who'sgonna make it and who ranks
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  • higher and it's just allbaloney. Following Jesus is
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  • different than religion.Religion sucks. But knowing
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  • Jesus is very amazing. I want totalk about that for just a few
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  • minutes today. I hope that inthe words that I say, that you
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  • can see how much God loves you.A lot of us can't see that
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  • because religion has taught usthat if you're bad, you're gonna
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  • get nailed. And God's displeasedand He's unhappy and He's mad at
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  • you and there's no way you couldever live up to the list of
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  • rules you have to do to be good.But none of it is true. None of
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  • it is true. Jesus died to giveyou acceptance into God's
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  • family. Jesus died on the crossso that you and I could have a
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  • connection with God. You knowwhen something is disconnected,
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  • you know it. You know, justdisconnect your hairdryer and
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  • you won't have your hair dry. Orin relationships, do you ever
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  • feel disconnected? You can bedisconnected even if you're
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  • still legally married. You canbe disconnected even they're
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  • still legally your kid. You canbe disconnected even if it still
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  • is your brother and there's justa disconnection. Did you know
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  • that there was disconnectionbetween God and between us and
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  • it was Jesus that made itpossible. Now, why was this
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  • disconnect so bad? Because youwere designed to have God's
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  • presence within you. And whenyou feel God's presence, you
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  • feel love because God is love.And that word "love" means to
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  • feel valued. You know what lifedoes to you and I? It devalues
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  • us. Every failure, everycriticism. Everything that you
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  • don't measure up to someone'sassessment makes us feel guilty,
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  • makes us feel condemn, makes uslive our lives disconnected. We
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  • look for this connection. Welook for this love. We look for
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  • this pleasure. We look forsomething to make us feel
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  • connected again and only Jesuscan do that. You know, it's
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  • interesting that when you studyGod's Word, it's very clear that
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  • when Jesus died on the cross,you and I died with Him. I give
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  • you an example. In Colossians2:20, listen to this weird
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  • verse. It says, "Since you diedwith Christ and were made free."
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  • What? I'm not dead. Here I am.I'm alive. I'm very much alive.
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  • No. But since you died withChrist and were made free from
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  • the ruling spirits and theelementary teachings of this
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  • world, why do you act as if youstill belong to this world by
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  • following rules like these. See,when Jesus died on the cross
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  • 2.000 years ago, He died in yourplace because all of us have
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  • sinned. And the Bible saysfallen short of God's glory. The
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  • right to be in His family. Jesuscame and He died in our place
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  • and He paid the price. And so itsays we died with Him. So then,
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  • when you see the cross, you needto begin to now realize it. I
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  • died with Jesus when He died2.000 years ago, and God said
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  • that's good enough. I considerit done. And so He then forgives
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  • us. He comes to live within us.And that connection is feeling
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  • valuable, feeling loved, feelingspecial. You know, within every
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  • one of us is little children isa desire to be special. I have
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  • five kids and four grandkids andmore on the way I hope.
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  • Grandkids. There's somethingabout little girls that just
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  • want to be loved and special.There's something about that
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  • little guy that just wants yourattention undivided and we never
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  • lose that. But only God can loveus and value us the way that we
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  • need. There's no man that canmeet that need. There's no woman
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  • that can meet that need. There'sno parent that can meet that
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  • need. Only Jesus. And so here itsays that we were crucified with
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  • Christ. We died with Him.Meaning that all the debts, all
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  • the things we deserve. If aperson's dead, you can't
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  • collect. Okay? If I owe youmoney and I die, good luck!
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  • That's what He's saying hereabout your past. That's what
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  • He's saying about all themistakes you've made. All the
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  • hurtful things we've done. He'ssaying that we died with Christ.
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  • There is nothing left thatanybody can come and say, "You
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  • owe me." That Leon is dead. Andwhat it does, it gives you the
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  • answer to a clean consciencewhen you realize as your
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  • subconscious, as your memorybank begins to remind you of all
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  • the dumb stupid things you'vedone to people you've hurt. That
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  • the stuff you weren't goodenough. He's gonna, no, no, that
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  • Leon is dead. And that shows usthe second thought I want to
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  • give you. That when you die withChrist, you also rise up in a
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  • new life. Listen to this.Colossians 3:1, "If you then be
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  • risen with Christ, seek thosethings which are above, where
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  • Christ sitteth on the right handof God." What makes the cross so
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  • special is that when you, thatyou died with Jesus. The whole
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  • planet did, every color of skin,every nationality, every
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  • religion. The God Himself sentHis Son and He died for
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  • everyone. He took the sin. Andwhen Jesus came back to life,
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  • the Bible says that you now havea new life. It's not that you
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  • just be forgiven. You know, haveyou ever had someone that
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  • apologizes all the time? Butdoes the same thing anyway. Next
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  • day, next day. You're gonnaapologize 4.000 times. And the
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  • apology after a while doesn'tmean much because you keep doing
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  • what you're doing. So to beforgiven isn't enough. To have a
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  • new life, that's amazing. Andwhen you give your life to
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  • Christ, the Christ who died inyour place and He comes into
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  • your life. He is the new lifethat begins to impact your life.
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  • The third thing in Ephesians2:6, it says, "And He hath
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  • raised us up together." Who? Youand Jesus. "And made us sit
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  • together in heavenly places inChrist Jesus." Jesus today is
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  • sitting at the righthand of theFather. The Bible says He's the
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  • King of Kings. He's the Lord ofLords with all authority. And
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  • this authority, He has shared itwith you and I. Jesus is saying
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  • that you are a child of God. Youhave been adopted into God's
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  • family. And that you have beenforgiven. You have a brand-new
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  • life. You've got a brand-newchance. His power is on the
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  • inside of you and He's saying,"Come on! Get up and walk like a
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  • King's kid." Walk like someonewho's been given a new life.
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  • Walk like someone who's beenforgiven. Don't allow guilt.
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  • Don't allow condemnation to comein and suck the very life out of
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  • you. Now, it says look to Himfor newness of life. Do you
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  • realize that because of thecross you have a new identity.
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  • You are born again when you giveyour life to Christ, and He's
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  • gonna help you to start a newlife from where you are today.
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  • The rest of your life is gonnabe the best of your life if you
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  • have Jesus involved. When youlook at the Word of God, in
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  • Romans 8:17 it says that if weare His children, then we are
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  • heirs. Heirs of God, joint-heirswith Christ. If so be that we
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  • suffer with Him, that we may bealso glorified together. What
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  • does that mean? Well, when youdecide to follow Christ. Now,
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  • first of all, I don't like theway a lot of people show
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  • Christians. I mean, if aChristian is in a movie, it's
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  • gonna be some wimpy littlepastor whose kind of
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  • limp-wristed and he takesadvantage and he probably abuses
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  • children. Or you know, theyalways paint Christians like
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  • we're some weirdos. And there'sa reason for that. The world
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  • knows that there is a God. Deepinside they know. And when you
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  • give your life to Christ, andsomething pure and clean takes
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  • place on the inside of youbecause it's Jesus that comes in
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  • and forgives. They kind of wantto resist that. I don't like,
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  • I've never am gonna be this kindof preachy, judgmental
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  • Christian. I want to becontemporary, relevant, cool. I
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  • want to be able to love peoplethe way they are, accept them
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  • the way they are, rather thanhold them to my judgments and
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  • they have to rise up to myexpectations. I want to love
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  • them the way they are becauseit's only God in them are gonna
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  • bring changes. Okay? Thatdoesn't mean I have to agree
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  • with everything they believed.Hello. We could still be
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  • friends. We could still dobusiness. But we've got to
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  • recognize that when we give ourlives to Christ, we are joint
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  • heirs with Jesus. Now, listen tothis. Whatever Jesus inherited.
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  • Whatever authority and power andblessing that is on Jesus and
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  • within. It is for us as wellbecause we are joint heirs. How
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  • can I explain that? Okay, allright. If, you know, the king of
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  • some amazing country had a sonwho's his heir. And then he
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  • writes on the will, oh, by theway, you are gonna be a joint
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  • heir with that son. That meanseverything that's his,
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  • everything is yours, too. Thisis what God has done for you and
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  • I. For some reason religion hastaken Jesus and it beats people
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  • up with it. You're gonna go tohell you dirty rotten good for
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  • nothing two-toned skunk'ssinner. If you don't, you're
  • 00:12:43.087 --> 00:12:45.657
  • gonna die. All these preacherson TV with the crooked fingers,
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  • you know. They just point andthey just destroyed it for
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  • people. That's not what Jesusdid. When Jesus came to the
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  • planet, He walked and laughedand loved people, taught them
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  • about the kingdom. When theybrought this woman to Him that
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  • have been caught right in sin.He said, hey. You know, He
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  • didn't judge people. He didn'tcriticize people. The only
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  • people He nailed were thereligious people. I want you to
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  • understand that because of thecross you died with Jesus. When
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  • you ask Jesus, come into myheart. Lord, I make You the Lord
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  • of my life. Because 2.000 yearsago Jesus died for you. That
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  • means that with a prayer the oldyou is gone and you're a new
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  • creation. That means with asimple prayer, that a new life
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  • comes within you. Because whenJesus rose again, He says you
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  • rose with Him. Because of Jesus,He is an heir. He is the Son of
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  • God and He inherits everything.We are joint heirs with Him. As
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  • you begin to study this cross,now, there's two ways to look at
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  • the crucifixion. The first wayis the historical Jesus. This is
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  • where Matthew, Mark, Luke, andJohn and other books that were
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  • written back then talked aboutthis Jesus. And this Jesus
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  • walked on the planet He died onthe cross. But there's hundreds
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  • of people that saw Jesus die andthere's hundreds of people that
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  • saw Him rise again and walkedamongst them risen from the
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  • dead. It's a proven fact, okay.But nobody saw what happened
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  • from the cross until Jesus roseto be seated at the righthand of
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  • the Father. Only God saw it. Andso there is a view of the cross
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  • you must learn by studying God'sWord. And as you do, you'll
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  • realize that when Jesus hangedon the cross, He died for you.
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  • And by the way, He didn't die asa loser or as a weak person. The
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  • Bible teaches us that anytime Hewanted to, He could have called
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  • 10.000 angels destroy this worldand set Himself free. They
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  • weren't strong enough to put Himon the cross. He was like the
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  • dad in the video. He freely gaveHimself up and someone who die
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  • for you, so you could have arelationship with God. So you
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  • and I could be connected again.We can have this sense of love.
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  • This sense of value. Thispresence and the Spirit of God
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  • that is supposed to be in everyhuman being. In fact, literally
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  • until we give our lives toChrist, we are walking around
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  • two-thirds of a human being fromthe way God designed you. He
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  • designed you to be incredible,with all three of your parts.
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  • Body, soul, and spirit. You're athree-part being. And when Adam
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  • and Eve sinned, and God'spresence left them. They
  • 00:15:28.720 --> 00:15:32.123
  • literally began to function astwo-thirds the way God designed
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  • them. Which is why so manypeople try so many things. Some
  • 00:15:35.126 --> 00:15:38.463
  • try sex, some try alcohol, sometry drugs, some try relationship
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  • after relationship, some trywisdom, some try success. Some
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  • of you smarter than everybodyelse. Some people, whatever it
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  • is you think is gonna help youto feel like you're better, that
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  • you're special, that you'resignificant. Which is why God
  • 00:15:53.578 --> 00:15:55.780
  • wants you to feel. None of it isgonna do that except the love of
  • 00:15:55.813 --> 00:16:01.285
  • God, the value of God. You see,if I get my value from
  • 00:16:01.319 --> 00:16:06.791
  • preaching, then I'm handing youmy self-worth. And if I have a
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  • bad day, then I feel really low.If I have a good day and
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  • everyone loves it, but yourself-worth can't be attached to
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  • what you do to your skillset. Itcan't be attached to what you
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  • think is your calling. It can'tbe attached to your looks
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  • because gravity happens to usall. Wherever you attach your
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  • self-worth, it will be a rockyroad. But if you attach your
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  • self-worth, that God loves me,God made me. I'm designed in
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  • heaven made by God. And itdoesn't matter how many human
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  • tests I fail. It doesn'tdiminish one bit how special I
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  • am to Him. When you begin toanchor yourself in that, all of
  • 00:16:51.602 --> 00:16:58.242
  • a sudden there's a peace. Otherscan succeed around you. You can
  • 00:16:58.276 --> 00:17:02.080
  • go. "High five, man! Good foryou." Whereas in the past, "Oh,
  • 00:17:02.113 --> 00:17:04.982
  • you think you're somethingspecial now." But your
  • 00:17:05.016 --> 00:17:08.219
  • self-worth is no longer in yourperformance, your looks, or any
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  • of your skills. It's in Jesus. Ican explain to you the
  • 00:17:12.190 --> 00:17:16.994
  • phenomenal peace, the incrediblejoy. This sense of identity that
  • 00:17:17.028 --> 00:17:23.568
  • becomes yours when youdisconnect from the approval of
  • 00:17:23.601 --> 00:17:26.904
  • everybody else and you only careabout one guy's approval, God.
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  • Now, you can turn as a newcreation and appreciate others,
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  • love others, relationships workbetter, when everything is not
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  • about you feeling good aboutyou. You feel good because of
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  • Jesus. The Bible teaches us thatwhen you give your life to
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  • Christ, you must learn what tookplace from the cross to the
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  • throne. It's God's view of thedays that Jesus was dead. You
  • 00:17:55.133 --> 00:17:59.270
  • know, when Jesus died on thecross, for three and a half days
  • 00:17:59.303 --> 00:18:02.173
  • it says He was dead. The Biblesays that as Jonah was three
  • 00:18:02.206 --> 00:18:07.078
  • days in the belly of the whale,so the Son of Man was in the
  • 00:18:07.111 --> 00:18:09.580
  • center of the earth. Basicallysaying that He was dead. You
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  • know, the Bible talks a lot ofthings that went on. But when
  • 00:18:13.718 --> 00:18:16.621
  • Jesus came back to life, He rosetriumphant over every sin, over
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  • the curse of the Law. Becausewhen Jesus was on the cross and
  • 00:18:23.394 --> 00:18:25.763
  • He took my sin and He took yoursin, the next thing that follow
  • 00:18:25.796 --> 00:18:29.167
  • sin was the curse. The cursealways follow sin. And so here's
  • 00:18:29.200 --> 00:18:33.504
  • Jesus, He became sin for themankind. The next thing that hit
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  • Him was the curse, which meansHe died. He died pretty quick on
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  • the cross. They were surprisedHe died so fast. I used to
  • 00:18:41.913 --> 00:18:44.982
  • think, "Well, wasn't Jesus evenman enough to like last longer
  • 00:18:45.016 --> 00:18:47.852
  • than most guys?" No. They weresurprised how quickly He died.
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  • They didn't have to break Hislegs when He was crucified
  • 00:18:50.821 --> 00:18:53.824
  • because He was dead. Well, whatkilled Him wasn't the cross
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  • anyway. What killed Him was thecurse that comes with sin. And
  • 00:18:56.661 --> 00:19:00.965
  • the curse was poured out onJesus and there's no curse left
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  • to give you. When you hearpreachers talk about, you're
  • 00:19:05.169 --> 00:19:09.373
  • gonna be cursed. That's baloney.Jesus took the curse of the Law.
  • 00:19:09.407 --> 00:19:15.046
  • Jesus died in your place.There's no curse left to give
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  • you. If something bad happens,stop blaming God. Like the
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  • insurance company. We can't giveyou anything for the flood.
  • 00:19:21.819 --> 00:19:24.255
  • That's an act of God. Oh,really? Where's that? It's an
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  • easy way to get out of it. No,God doesn't do bad things to you
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  • and I. Now, life will. There'sstuff on this planet. There's
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  • death. There's anger. There'shatred. There's a lot of stuff
  • 00:19:34.966 --> 00:19:38.169
  • that you and I have to walkthrough in our lives, but He'll
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  • be with us. He'll never leaveus. He'll never forsake us. And
  • 00:19:40.938 --> 00:19:44.675
  • the miraculous power of Godbecomes ours when we begin to
  • 00:19:44.709 --> 00:19:48.879
  • identify with Jesus and realizeI died with Him. I rose again
  • 00:19:48.913 --> 00:19:54.218
  • with Him. That I'm seated at therighthand of the Father with
  • 00:19:54.252 --> 00:19:57.188
  • Him. These are all verysignificant teachings that show
  • 00:19:57.221 --> 00:20:00.891
  • you and I that I'm not this poorlittle Christian. Oh, don't hit
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  • me here. I love Jesus. Orhowever you see believer. Do you
  • 00:20:03.594 --> 00:20:08.232
  • know the Old Testament? Which isthe old agreement with God. That
  • 00:20:08.266 --> 00:20:11.702
  • God's people were the greateston the planet. Solomon, Moses,
  • 00:20:11.736 --> 00:20:18.042
  • Esther, David. These men andwomen with God blessing them and
  • 00:20:18.075 --> 00:20:23.114
  • living and for them. They hadGod's favor. There wasn't
  • 00:20:23.147 --> 00:20:27.051
  • anything they couldn't do. Andtoday, when you look at
  • 00:20:27.084 --> 00:20:29.854
  • Christians for some reasonbecause it's just Christianity
  • 00:20:29.887 --> 00:20:32.623
  • is a religion. But when youfollow Christ, He'll make you
  • 00:20:32.657 --> 00:20:35.493
  • the best of who you could be.You know, some guys say, "Well,
  • 00:20:35.526 --> 00:20:40.064
  • I'm a man. I don't need,religion is a crutch." I don't
  • 00:20:40.097 --> 00:20:43.934
  • know when I was 7 years aparamedic, I was with a lot of
  • 00:20:43.968 --> 00:20:47.138
  • guys when they died. Backs ofambulances, intensive care
  • 00:20:47.171 --> 00:20:53.244
  • wards. And it's amazing howquickly they cry out to God when
  • 00:20:53.277 --> 00:20:59.717
  • life is over. I found that whenI gave my life to Christ, I was
  • 00:20:59.750 --> 00:21:04.755
  • more man than I'd ever been. AndI've talked to many other guys
  • 00:21:04.789 --> 00:21:08.693
  • who said, "Man, when I gave mylife to Christ, there was a
  • 00:21:08.726 --> 00:21:10.828
  • security, a sense of strength, asense of identity. That I didn't
  • 00:21:10.861 --> 00:21:15.733
  • have to keep proving myself toall the rest of the guys." I've
  • 00:21:15.766 --> 00:21:18.302
  • met so many women who say, "WhenI gave my life to Christ, it's
  • 00:21:18.336 --> 00:21:22.540
  • like I became more of a womanthan I'd ever been. That
  • 00:21:22.573 --> 00:21:25.810
  • something happened inside of meto help me recognize my
  • 00:21:25.843 --> 00:21:28.946
  • strength, my beauty. The callingof God. The life that was ahead
  • 00:21:28.979 --> 00:21:33.050
  • of me. And the fears left andall the comparisons that destroy
  • 00:21:33.084 --> 00:21:36.854
  • us and the snare of what peoplethink about you that just haunts
  • 00:21:36.887 --> 00:21:41.559
  • people and causes so much mentalillness, worrying about what
  • 00:21:41.592 --> 00:21:45.963
  • everyone, it was just gone."Today, I got to tell you. If I
  • 00:21:45.996 --> 00:21:50.868
  • could do it all over again, I'daccept Jesus way sooner than I
  • 00:21:50.901 --> 00:21:54.505
  • did. The cross made thedifference. If you know the
  • 00:21:54.538 --> 00:21:59.009
  • Bible, the Old Testament is theold agreement with God. The New
  • 00:21:59.043 --> 00:22:03.714
  • Testament is the new agreementwith God. And the Bible says
  • 00:22:03.748 --> 00:22:08.085
  • that the new agreement is betterthan the old. So any miracle you
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  • can find in the Old Testament.It had to be easier to access
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  • and go further in the newagreement that we have. Any
  • 00:22:15.459 --> 00:22:18.362
  • blessing you can find in the OldTestament, then that blessing is
  • 00:22:18.396 --> 00:22:21.599
  • greater and better and easier toaccess in the New Testament. If
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  • it's not, there's somethingwrong. I want to challenge you
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  • today. Take a real look atJesus. Stop looking at the
  • 00:22:28.739 --> 00:22:32.176
  • religious people. Stop lookingat religious programs. Stop
  • 00:22:32.209 --> 00:22:35.045
  • looking at the church that, youknow, that they say, Oh, yeah?
  • 00:22:35.079 --> 00:22:37.748
  • And just take a look at Jesusand learn to or take a look at
  • 00:22:37.782 --> 00:22:43.721
  • Jesus and see what He did foryou on the cross. So that you
  • 00:22:43.754 --> 00:22:47.591
  • can then say, "Jesus I want Youin my life." There are people
  • 00:22:47.625 --> 00:22:53.030
  • here today who have never made adecision for Christ. And when I
  • 00:22:53.063 --> 00:22:56.133
  • did it, it changed my world.There's Christians here today
  • 00:22:56.167 --> 00:22:59.770
  • that kind of had a go as theysay down south, "I gave my life
  • 00:22:59.804 --> 00:23:04.642
  • to Christ and had a go." Wedon't have a go with this. We've
  • 00:23:04.675 --> 00:23:08.012
  • got to understand who Jesus is.He took our place. He died in
  • 00:23:08.045 --> 00:23:12.850
  • our place. He took the cursethat so freely seems to attach
  • 00:23:12.883 --> 00:23:17.488
  • itself to so many people on thisplanet. When He rose again, He's
  • 00:23:17.521 --> 00:23:21.792
  • saying that if you call upon Me,I'll give you new life.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: God calls youfavoured, healed, and
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  • courageous. Many believersknow God's promises but
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  • from the inside out. You too canlearn to walk in the miraculous,
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  • -LEON: One of the greatestthings people struggle with
  • 00:24:31.362 --> 00:24:33.230
  • today is, who am I? So manypeople are trying to get their
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  • DNA checked out to see ifthey've got European in them, if
  • 00:24:37.768 --> 00:24:42.106
  • they've got Mongol in them, orthey're from Indian descent from
  • 00:24:42.139 --> 00:24:45.743
  • India. That they want to knowand that they seem to feel a
  • 00:24:45.776 --> 00:24:48.679
  • sense of I've gotta find out whoI am. And none of those things
  • 00:24:48.712 --> 00:24:52.650
  • are your identity. It's good tobe proud and not embarrassed of
  • 00:24:52.683 --> 00:24:57.321
  • where you come from and to beexcited about it, but your
  • 00:24:57.354 --> 00:25:00.024
  • identity is in Christ. And Iwanna challenge you that you
  • 00:25:00.057 --> 00:25:05.029
  • might think, "I'm Canadian. I'mAmerican. I'm East Indian." Or
  • 00:25:05.062 --> 00:25:10.000
  • whatever word, but you areHeavenian first. You are made in
  • 00:25:10.034 --> 00:25:14.471
  • the likeness and the image ofGod. The language that you
  • 00:25:14.505 --> 00:25:17.207
  • speak, the color of your skin,and whoever your forefathers
  • 00:25:17.241 --> 00:25:20.878
  • were, is not your identity. Youridentity is in Christ. You're
  • 00:25:20.911 --> 00:25:25.883
  • made in the likeness and imageof God, designed in heaven made
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  • by God and that is the family.That is predominant thing that
  • 00:25:29.353 --> 00:25:33.657
  • you need to understand. God mayuse everything else in His
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  • purposes in your life, language,color of skin, background, and
  • 00:25:37.461 --> 00:25:41.098
  • He will. But your identity isJesus. Don't let anything take
  • 00:25:41.131 --> 00:25:46.070
  • that away from you. And that iswhere you'll have a peace. That
  • 00:25:46.103 --> 00:25:49.840
  • is where you will have astrength. Because whenever the
  • 00:25:49.873 --> 00:25:52.076
  • enemy comes in to tempt you offcourse or to begin to make you
  • 00:25:52.109 --> 00:25:55.546
  • feel like you are not enough.You need to know, I am a child
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  • of God. I know that the King ofkings is on the inside of me.
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  • That I was born with a purposeand there's something I'm gonna
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  • do for Him. Father, I pray rightnow. That we would release the
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  • things we cling to as ouridentity, failures, even
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  • victories. And we would look toYou, Father, as the author, the
  • 00:26:15.466 --> 00:26:19.903
  • finisher of our faith. We wouldlook to You, Father, as our
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  • Father and we would believe thethings You say about us, not the
  • 00:26:23.407 --> 00:26:28.145
  • things that our even humanfather, or human people say
  • 00:26:28.178 --> 00:26:31.815
  • about us. But what Your Wordsays about us and what You say
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  • about us. In Jesus' name I pray,amen and amen.
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