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The Bait of Satan

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September 12, 2019
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Leon Fontaine

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The Bait of Satan

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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: Stop protecting what you think you know and just
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  • say, "Jesus, I'm gonna be a repentant attitude all the time.
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  • I wanna change. I wanna learn. I wanna grow.
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  • Help me to embrace truth."
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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: One thing I've noticed as a pastor is offended people
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  • are proud and at the same time they're victims. Somebody else
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  • made me this way. Somebody else did this to me. Offenses can
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  • never be given. Jesus said that offenses will come. Everybody
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  • here has been hurt by others. If you can speak the English
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  • language and understand it, you've been offended. You've
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  • been hurt by people. But your response is whether or not you
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  • begin to judge them and be offended and bitter or whether
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  • you let it go. Let it go. Forgiveness is not about them.
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  • It's about you cut that umbilical cord and having the
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  • pain that you feel right now. You see, you cannot make me
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  • offended. Now, don't take this personal. I'm just gonna say it,
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  • so that you can say it this way. You cannot make me offended.
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  • Now, you can hurt me but you can't make me suffer because to
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  • suffer with offense and all the junk here. I would have to
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  • literally judge you, get offended by you, and then live
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  • in this horrible trap of the enemies. Where the Bible says he
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  • gets me to do what he wants at his will because I'm living in
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  • offense. And I can't get the, in offense you won't get miracles
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  • to work. You can't get relationships to work. You can't
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  • get your kids to love you. You don't even know what love is.
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  • You can't get love. You can't accept love. There's just a host
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  • of stuff that people who live in offense. And so you need to look
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  • at offense as literally horrid. It's the bait of the trap and
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  • the trap is to stop all miraculous flow, all love.
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  • Anything the enemy would want to do begins to happen in your life
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  • and you can cry all you want. In fact, if you grab the bait.
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  • Watch this. Let's say, you grab the bait. And let's say this is
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  • boiling water in this cup. Maybe you just touch the boiling water
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  • and you say, "Jesus, help me for go. Jesus please take the pain
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  • away." Let go of the cup. "Help me. Help me. Help me. Oh, the
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  • pain is bad." Let go! "God, where are You? What's the matter
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  • with You. I'm praying." Let go. That's what the whole world is
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  • like. Hold on to the offense because they deserve your scorn.
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  • Hold on to what's going on because bless God I'm -, While
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  • you hold on to that your entire life dissolves into one hell of
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  • a mess if you don't learn dealing with offense. Because
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  • most Christians don't, so many churches I coach churches all
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  • over the world. That they just live in this constant offense.
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  • One person gets offended, there's nothing worse than
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  • offended Christian. They'll quote verses in their offense.
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  • But brilliant, the Bible says, and we talk about how to become
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  • mature in this. That if a Christian gets offended, it's an
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  • immediate sign they are an immature person. I don't care
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  • how much they can spout. I don't care how many verses they can
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  • quote. When someone gets offended, that is an immature
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  • Christian because the Bible teaches us that we must develop
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  • the skill of learning God's Word, getting into God's Word,
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  • and know the tricks of the enemy. And when people begin to
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  • come against you, hurt you, or you think they are. Do not take
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  • the bait. Do not get offended and start -, When you judge
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  • somebody, it's when you say, "Why did you do that?" And then
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  • you think you know their motives. You think you know
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  • their intentions but you're not. All right. I'm gonna give you
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  • some. I'm gonna just give you nine things. I'm gonna just go
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  • to them fast. Here we go number one, to allow God's Word to
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  • confront you and to change you rather than be offended is why
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  • you're here. It's why you should be at church. Jesus said blessed
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  • is he, who's not offended in me. Oh, who's gonna get offended by
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  • a little Jesus, not little bit. A Jesus walking around healing
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  • people, being nice, being good. Who's gonna get offended?
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  • Everybody who had a religious mindset was offended by the
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  • things that He said. Everywhere. It was so bad they want to kill
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  • Him. Why would they get offended? Because He was saying
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  • things that was going against their religious beliefs. When
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  • you come to church and as the Word is being taught. It should,
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  • all truth is confrontational. It should confront something in
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  • your life. It should give you a truth that you will, I need to
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  • go there. Now, Matthew 15:12 says, "Then came his disciples,
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  • and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were
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  • offended, after they heard this saying?" Who were the Pharisees?
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  • The people who knew the Word the best, were the Pharisees. You
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  • know, one of the reasons this is something about. The one of the
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  • reasons Jesus came to the planet was because Israel did not
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  • understand properly or live properly what the Old Testament
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  • covenant was. And so they thought God was this, this,
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  • this, and this. And Jesus had to come to show who God was. The
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  • God of the Old Testament and the God of the New is all in Jesus
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  • and what He acted like in three years and how we were treated.
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  • That's God. You know, we sing this verse. Emmanuel, Emmanuel.
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  • His name shall be called Emmanuel. God with us. Jesus was
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  • a physical look at God and what He would do in every situation.
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  • Whenever the Bible doesn't line up. A verse you read doesn't
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  • line up with who you see in Jesus. Then you need to keep
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  • researching because you've got the wrong truth. Jesus walking
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  • this planet, all right. So they were offended. The people who
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  • knew the Old Testament the best were offended the most. So those
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  • of you who've been raised in religion or raised. Be careful,
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  • stop protecting what you think you know and just say, "Jesus,
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  • I'm gonna be a repentant attitude all the time. I wanna
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  • change. I wanna learn. I wanna grow. Help me to embrace truth."
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  • All right. The second thing, going through hard times is when
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  • many get offended. Where is my help? In Mark 4:17 it says, when
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  • God's Word planted in your heart and they have no root in
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  • themselves, so endure but for a time. Afterwards, when
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  • affliction or persecution arise for the word's sake, immediately
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  • they are what? Offended. When you get offended in God's Word
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  • rather than let God's Word bring truth. God's Word will not only
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  • bring truth. It will bring life and you will know the truth and
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  • the truth will make you free. God's Word comes, and You hear
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  • His Word. If you do not accept His Word and mix faith with His
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  • Word, then you get offended by the Word. I'm not coming back
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  • this church. That pastor thinks he's got it all figured out and
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  • I tell you, I've been studying the Bible for years now. I know
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  • that's just not true. Anything that bothers you, you probably
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  • the sitting soak a little bit. They absorb a Proverb. When you
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  • throw a rock at a pack of dogs, the hit dog barks. When you come
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  • to church and a certain truth hits you. It causes pain, or it
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  • causes the reaction, or it makes you. Don't just reject. Just
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  • stay. You know, everything I say is not gonna be true because I
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  • don't have all truth. So you should judge everything that I
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  • say with the Bible. But when you begin to feel something, you
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  • need to recognize. Maybe I need to look at this because truth
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  • confronts but truth sets free. Truth will take you places
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  • you've never been able to go. The next season, the next level,
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  • the next place you desire to go but can't get there is only a
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  • truth away and Holy Spirit knows which one. Which one that will
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  • set relationships free, finances free. That will set your mind
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  • free. That will bring you to peace. That will bring you to
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  • joy. And He's trying to bring that principle into your life.
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  • All right. A third thought, growing and staying in God's
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  • Word is huge for Christians to stay clear of the offense trap,
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  • okay? You gotta stay clear. In Matthew 13, Yet hath he no root
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  • in himself. Now, the roots on the plant take time. Which is
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  • why you don't see the plant above the ground because the
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  • plant below the ground is driving roots further down and
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  • that's getting this thing rooted. So, "Yet hath he no root
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  • in himself, but dureth for a while, for when tribulation or
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  • persecution arises because of the word, by and by he is
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  • offended." In each of these cases the plant dies. All right.
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  • So when you learn truths from God's Word, if you do not mix
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  • faith with what you hear. If you do not die to pride and stay
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  • open to say, "I wanna have repentant attitude. I wanna
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  • learn and grow." If you do not keep that, if you get into
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  • offense the Word is finished and that it is finished. And this
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  • offense will destroy you, family, home. And the reason
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  • that people struggle when they're going through hard times
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  • is because in this earth stuff can go up and down, okay? Now,
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  • God's Word does not promise that everybody around you is gonna
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  • treat you good. In fact, it promises you the treat other
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  • than that. Offenses are gonna come. People are gonna hurt you.
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  • People are gonna lie about you, cheat you, steal from you. Now,
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  • yes, the Bible says God will lead you and guide you. But He
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  • is not going to take over somebody else's will for your
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  • promise, not that person becomes a weapon, because the promises
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  • says no weapon form against me will prosper. I get that. I'm
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  • just saying that in the world you live in, the neighborhood
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  • you live in, the career path you've taken. It will be filled
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  • with people who are offended, who will try to get you
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  • offended. And the enemy will try to use this because the second
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  • he can get you into offense, miracles are so hard to get to
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  • happen. And you cannot function until you get out of this
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  • offense. Deal with it so that you can be free to get up and
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  • walk in the favor and the blessing of God. Number four
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  • simply says being offended stops miracles in your life. Don't get
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  • offended. Don't get offended and do not pick up another person's
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  • offense. If I was to go around every person here today, almost
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  • no one will say, "Oh, yeah. I am offended about something."
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  • Because we've been trained not to. Yet, if I'm struggling with
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  • this every day. What do you mean pastor? You're strug-,
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  • Absolutely, I'm struggling with this every day. This is
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  • something I must train myself in because the lies, people,
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  • saying, doing, what they're going. I have to be on guard all
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  • the time. That's why I do not take offense because when I take
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  • offense it's gonna cause me what I'm believing God for. So I
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  • cannot let you offend me and I won't. You can't offend me. You
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  • can make me hurt. You can make me suffer. A little bit I'll
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  • have pain is a better way to say it. You can say stuff about me,
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  • do stuff about me. But I'll never, never allow, and I'll
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  • have to work at this. You to cause me to be offended. When
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  • someone says you offended me. That's a lie. Offense is
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  • something you do with the event that just took place. But when
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  • you're offended, welcome to hell before you get there. All right,
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  • so it stops. Number five, many are offended when someone they
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  • know intimidates them through success. Isn't that interesting?
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  • In Matthew chapter 13, Jesus comes to His hometown who is
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  • now, this Jesus is like the hero of the villages and the cities.
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  • And here's what His hometown friends who grew up with Him
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  • said, "Is this not the carpenter's son? Is this not
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  • this His mother called Mary? And His brothers and James and Joses
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  • and Simon and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with
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  • us? Whence then hath this man all these things? And they were
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  • offended in him." All right. "Jesus then says unto them, 'A
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  • prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in
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  • his own house.' And he did not many mighty works there because
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  • of their unbelief." I read this as a young man as my kids were
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  • growing up and it really touched me because I realized that for
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  • my kids to do their best they would need to leave me. They
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  • would need to leave me because you can't in your own house is
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  • where you don't have honor. And I made this, I say, "God, I
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  • don't want my kids to have to go." Then become their number
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  • one cheerleader. Cheer them on. Make sure that you believe in
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  • them and when they're, when they see Gods saying this, cheer them
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  • on. Be the platform they stand on, not the thing they stumble
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  • on. And then, that's when I realized, okay, I've gotta
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  • always do that because in your own house amongst who you grew
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  • up with, when people succeed around you is where people get
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  • offended. And so recognize that, that there's someone getting
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  • better than you all of a sudden, don't get offended. You know, in
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  • little way it's kind of funny watching girls. If someone who's
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  • in really good shape, a woman walks into a crowded room of
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  • ladies and she's in really good shape. And she knows how to do
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  • make up. She knows how to do nails and she knows how to put
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  • clothes together. This girl has been at the places. That's the
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  • dress I want. Those are Jimmy Choo shoes. And it's like
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  • everybody just, I mean, it's like the cat claws come out. She
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  • thinks she's something. You begin to judge her. Same thing
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  • happens to guys. A guy walks in. I mean, put together. He's got a
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  • six-pack. I mean, this guy has got muscles on muscles. But he's
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  • good looking. He's got the style, his glasses, the hair
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  • mousse just right. I mean, the clothes are picked. Everything
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  • just, I mean, every eyes on this guy. And all the guys pulling a
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  • little bit, chest goes out. You know, we have a hard time just
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  • encouraging. The Bible says weep with those who weep, rejoice
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  • with those who rejoice. The church has always weep with
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  • those who weep. Do you know the church has a hard time? That
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  • someone walked in, that everything's going good for
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  • them. Successful, driving something you wish you had,
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  • wearing stuff you wish you had, with everybody's favor known.
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  • And everyone's automatically hmnn. But I thought you were
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  • supposed to rejoice? When people succeed around you is an
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  • opportunity to get offended as well. Watch it. You get
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  • offended, it will slam your life into a plateau. What number did
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  • I give you last? Number six, once offended, you will betray
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  • friends. You'll betray your own spouse in your thought life and
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  • what you do. And I've seen it all over the years. When you get
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  • offended, you think you begin to betray. You think betrayal
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  • thoughts and then hatred begins to rise up in your heart.
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  • Matthew 24:10, "And then shall many be offended, and shall
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  • betray one another, and shall hate one another." I've had to
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  • counsel with families and marriages and businesses and
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  • business guys. I stop counseling with business guys or girls
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  • because there'll be an offense between two business people on
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  • our church. And while the Bible says read it in context and so I
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  • tried to get involved not realizing there's an offense
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  • between this two. And me getting involved, and the Bible says
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  • that a brother that is offended winning him over is like taking
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  • a walled city. And I get involved and when this thing all
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  • ended, they all began from the church. Guess who's being blamed
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  • now? Because there's an offense involved. So once offended,
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  • you'll betray friends, hatred will be an issue for you. You'll
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  • struggle with anger. You'll struggle with, you think you've
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  • got an incredible ability to judge people because you're good
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  • at it. Oh, I see this, this in you. Oh, man. Everywhere I look,
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  • I see problems. Yeah, you do because this is what you're
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  • wired for right now. You're in offense and you don't need to
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  • because who care. Let Jesus deal with them. You just begin to see
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  • all the good things in people. Number eight. Seven? Most do not
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  • believe they could be offended with a friend and they don't
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  • believe it when they are. Until you learn about offense, you're
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  • sure this is okay. You don't even realize you're in offense.
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  • And you don't even know why nothing works for you. Matthew
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  • 26:33, "Peter answered and said unto him, though all men shall
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  • be offended because of you, yet will I never be offended. Jesus
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  • said unto him, Verily I say unto you, before the nights over the
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  • cocks gonna crow, you gonna deny me three times. Peter said unto
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  • Him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee.
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  • Likewise also said all the disciples." Peter recognize that
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  • every person that was involved in the Old Testament and
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  • supposed to know it. He, Jesus offended everybody. I was gonna
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  • say something but I gotta be careful. If you're in the
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  • church, you're gotta guard your heart all the time because of
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  • the teaching, you might be in the right church. If you're in a
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  • church, you go, "You're wonderful. You're amazing.
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  • You're awesome. Go out there and live an amazing life." And they
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  • don't teach the Word to you, I'd run because truth confronts.
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  • Truth sets captives free. Truth takes you to the next season of
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  • your life. Somebody needs to speak truth to you. You can
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  • defile every relationship around you especially the ones you love
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  • the most when you live on offense. Because if you're
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  • offended, it says in Hebrews 12:15, "Looking diligently lest
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  • any man fail of the grace of God, lest any root of bitterness
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  • springs up and troubles you, and thereby many become defiled."
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  • You are in such sin when you get into offense. Let's just be
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  • really honest. What? I'm offended because he hurt me. Oh,
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  • you go ahead and deal with it. There's a completely Biblical
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  • way to confront the person. You don't judge them. You tell them
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  • what they've done and then how you feel and then your job is
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  • done. They can either say I'm sorry and go, you know, forget
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  • you, and either way then you move on. But you do not get
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  • offense, hurts you, hurts your spouse, hurts your kids, hurts
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  • your business, hurts people around you and your kids are
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  • training and learning to be like you because you've got and
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  • offended. And so number nine, you will need God's grace to
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  • stay out of offense. People can take you on and say things that
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  • hurt so bad. People can do things to you that only God
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  • helps you to go, "I'll let that thing go. I can't afford that."
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  • You know, as a pastor who's responsible for thousands and
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  • thousands of people, organizations and I've gotta
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  • raise millions of dollars to keep this gospel going. I cannot
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  • afford offense. I cannot afford it. So people who tend to always
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  • tempt me in that area, I get away from them and I stay in the
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  • Word. I say God only for your grace. Paul said, when I am
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  • weak, then He is strong. When Jesus talked about some of these
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  • things, the disciples said increase our faith. I encourage
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  • you to get to know Jesus, only you knowing Jesus. This message
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  • will not get rid of your offense. This message will not
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  • break you free. But you coming to Jesus and saying, "I'm sorry.
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  • I release this to You." And only He can connect at your heart
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  • level and then walk you out into the beautiful joy, love,
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  • blessing that He's prepared for you. Let's get wise to the lies
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  • of the enemy, the schemes of the enemy. And let's make sure that
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  • we are growing in the skills. The Bible is filled with skills
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  • that must be learned and practiced. And those skills will
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  • build relationships. Those skills will build countries. I
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  • shared and taught a little bit about how an entire people group
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  • can live in offense. Many politicians will rise up and
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  • they'll try to get people offended about something that's
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  • been done to them. And I think they get a whole nation
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  • offended, a whole people group offended. Then they got all
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  • these votes. Politics is a dangerous place because the way
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  • they rally people quickly is to do what works and what works is
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  • to get them mad and offended. Then rally them around not
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  • realizing that people who are learning to be offended will
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  • soon be looking at you as the new leader and they'll be
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  • offended there, too. And so as I travel and even work in
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  • different countries, nations, people groups, I've seen how the
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  • offenses. Yes, hurt and harm was done but they got offended in
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  • one generation and passed it on to the next and literally raised
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  • it up thinking this offense was good but it's destroying
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  • families and homes in whatever this nation or this people group
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  • is. It's not helping. It's destroying. So I'm not saying we
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  • don't do something about it. I'm just saying that in your heart
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  • you can't be offended. Do it with wisdom. God will guide you.
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  • But let's make sure that in the area of offense, when you read
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  • the Word, make sure that you're connecting to Jesus. That you
  • 00:23:11.270 --> 00:23:15.230
  • have a relationship with Jesus. And all the things you have to
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  • make decisions on, He'll give you just kind of a gut feeling.
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  • Don't do that. Don't say that. Back off. Stay away. And you
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  • can trust the presence of God on the inside.
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  • -LEON: You know, people who cannot handle anger are people
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  • who live in fear. If you get up in the middle of the night,
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  • three in the morning and you're walking to the fridge to grab a
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  • just scares you. The first thing that courses through you is
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  • fear. The second emotion that courses through you is anger.
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  • Don't do that! You scared me. Why did you do that? And so
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  • recognize that if you are continually grumpy, irritable.
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  • If you don't laugh every day, all the time, that something is
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  • owning you in this area of anger. But as you go a level
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  • deeper there's something you're afraid of. There is a fear that
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  • is rising up on the inside of you. So do not have the spirit
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  • of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Never
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  • allow fear, never allow anger to control you. The Bible says be
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  • angry and sin not. Now that means there's times that anger
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  • will rise up and it's an emotion that means a boundary has been
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  • crossed. Maybe in a relationship. Maybe the enemy.
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  • And there's a righteous anger but do not sin. Do not leave
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  • that anger there. Move back into the peace of God. Make changes
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  • you need to make but recognize that people who struggle with
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  • anger often don't admit it because they're irritable.
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  • They're grumpy. It runs their lives every day, every
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  • relationship. You've got issues, anger issues. But they're
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  • stemming at their stem in fear. Father, I pray right now that
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  • You would touch them in a powerful way. I pray that You
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  • would help us to be opened to You as Holy Spirit guides us to
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  • walk in freedom from fear and to deal with this anger. That Lord,
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  • the blessing of the Lord is upon us. That laughter doeth good
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  • like a medicine and the joy of the Lord is our strength. Help
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