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Building Your Personality

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October 18, 2019
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Leon Fontaine

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Building Your Personality

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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: You were crucified with Christ.
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  • Nevertheless, I live but it is Christ. It is the life of God.
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  • The presence of God. The character of God. It is the
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  • nature of God. The strength of God. It is God who is alive
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  • on the inside of me.
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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.
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  • - And now, from Winnipeg, Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: Everybody here including me. Maybe not everybody, but
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  • most people here including me. There're always things you'd
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  • like to change about your personality. Someone says to me,
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  • "I just wish I was, oh, more social. I just freeze all the
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  • time." Someone else say, "You know what, I just wish I could
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  • deal with my anger and my jealousy and be kinder." Someone
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  • else might say, "You know, I wish I had more courage."
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  • Someone else say, "I wish I was more creative." Everybody is
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  • always got something that they wish they could change about
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  • themselves. And the Bible is unique in teaching us about
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  • this, but our problem is, is that we have different language
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  • today. Modern psychology is interesting. I value it to a
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  • certain degree and then I think it's utter rubbish to a certain
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  • degree. Now, sitting within our ranks as a congregation are
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  • psychologists, psychiatrists, and counselors. And so they've
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  • heard me preached for years. They're not gonna get offended.
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  • There is no way that some guy, you know, 70 years ago can put
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  • together an understanding of a human being's mind when God
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  • created it. Are you with me? And so I love its ability to
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  • coordinate and identify problems. I love psychology's
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  • ability to even put together and pigeonhole people into different
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  • groupings. They are developing new words every year. But I'm
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  • shock at Christians adherence to the teaching of psychology as
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  • though it is greater than the teaching of the Word. And
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  • whatever you believe in, you magnify. Whatever you magnify,
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  • controls you. And so we must see the teachings of the human race
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  • that God's wisdom is here. And I'm glad that they can look at
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  • things and say, "Listen, you're dealing right now with a mood
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  • disorder." Well, what does that mean? Well, they've got all
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  • these, you know, signs and symptoms for you to identify it.
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  • But they're the first ones to admit, we'll help you control
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  • behavior, but we will not see great change, is what they'll
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  • say almost every time if they're opened and honest, and we need
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  • counselors. We need them as far as that goes for people to get
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  • help with. Predominantly the world has an, and psychology has
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  • an understanding of the dual human being. Brain and body and
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  • then they get all caught there. Whereas the Bible teaches a
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  • triunity, a three-part being. Body, soul, and spirit. And even
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  • teaches how the three work together. So today, I'm gonna
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  • say some things that might challenge. If you're already
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  • offended, well, it's, you're not get anything out of this
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  • message. But I want you to understand that the Bible is not
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  • an archaic book that doesn't understand human beings or their
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  • feelings, their emotions, their psyche. And a lot of the words
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  • that had been created by psychology doesn't mean that
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  • they're accurate. And if you stay too long focused on that,
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  • you are going to begin to walk away from the Word of God. And
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  • what the world has embraced with much of the teaching of
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  • psychology is a, how could I put it? It's shallow and
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  • complicated. What the Bible gives us is simple but deep. So
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  • the study of man and the study of the problems that people
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  • have, in their emotions, in their character, in their
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  • willpower, doesn't mean it's accurate. I'll give you an
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  • example. You know, if you had a Mercedes SUV, four-wheel drive,
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  • drive as deep as it could into the jungle. And then get abandon
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  • there with the windows down and some ancient tribe that's never
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  • really been discovered modernity of the modern world finds it.
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  • What would they judge that four-wheel drive as being? They
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  • are studying it. It's a hard shell and it's got kind of a
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  • rubbery tire and it's got one window that's opened. What is
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  • this thing? And as they study it and try to figure out what it
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  • is. If they do not know its original purpose of the creator
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  • to build that Mercedes SUV and they have not seen it
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  • functioned, then they're gonna think it's a chicken coop. Put
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  • your chickens in it. They're gonna think if they can actually
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  • crawl through that window, that it's actually a place to rest or
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  • to sleep. It's a tent! They have no idea that if you turn the
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  • key. If you have the key to it and you turn the key, that this
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  • thing would cool you down. This thing could drive a 130 miles an
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  • hour. If you're gonna be walking, this thing can actually
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  • bring voices and music with all the things that this Mercedes
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  • SUV is designed to do. They'll never understand it in the years
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  • and years and years and years of studying this Mercedes Benz
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  • sitting in the middle of the jungle right beside their
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  • tribes. You know, location it will become an idol. It will
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  • become, they'll build it up as God, who knows. But until you
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  • understand the purpose, and until you understand its
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  • function or even get a chance to see it work. You will never be
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  • able to explain this thing. And I believe that's what a human
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  • being is to other human beings. We can study one another. We've
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  • never seen a human being function the way they were
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  • originally designed to. Now, what is the presence of God
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  • look like on a human being? What are the miraculous things
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  • that human being can do? And how does it function this way, that
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  • way, etcetera. The fact that you can diagnose a problem. The fact
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  • that you can see an issue doesn't mean that you have the
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  • ability to fix it. And here is where God's Word becomes so
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  • unique and so powerful. So let's go back on the topic. We're
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  • still on topic. What would you change about your personality?
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  • And what does the word personality mean? Well, there
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  • you go again. That's not a word that you'll find in the Bible
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  • but basically what we mean in our language is the outer
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  • showing of you. What? What's the outer showing when you're
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  • amongst the people of you? And by the way, it's not even
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  • accurate anyway. Some of our best comedians today have the
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  • most charming wonderful personalities who are so
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  • depressed inside. They killed themselves, take their own
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  • lives. So what's being presented outward doesn't even mean that
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  • that's what they feel like inwardly. Now, the Bible teaches
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  • that. It talks about the inner man and the outer man. It talks
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  • about the real you isn't the personality that is being
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  • presented. The real you is the inner man of the heart. That as
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  • a man thinks in his heart, is who he really is, is how he sees
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  • himself. It's how he, etcetera. So when you look at the Word,
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  • they're stunning, amazing, phenomenally deep truths. But
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  • there's a simplicity to them that really helps you and I.
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  • What would you change? Well, here's a startling verse in
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  • Galatians 2:20. It says here, "I have been crucified with Christ
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  • and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in
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  • me, and the life which I now live in this flesh body, I live
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  • by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for
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  • me." Okay? I do not. Let's stop right there. It's still verse
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  • 20. So I have been crucified with Christ, it's no longer I
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  • who live, but it's Christ who lives in me. So now it's talking
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  • about we're gonna study your mental life but actually your
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  • mental life isn't the real you because you were crucified with
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  • Christ. Nevertheless, I live but it is Christ. It is the life of
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  • God. The presence of God. The character of God. It is the
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  • nature of God. The strength of God. It is God who is alive on
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  • the inside of me. And in the Greek the word Zoe is His life
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  • is inside of me. I'm not just this poor physical meat and bone
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  • body walking through a world of woe with this on-board computer
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  • called the mind that is struggling and suffering and
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  • self-analyzing and thinking and feeling and messed up. But
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  • that's what life is like without Christ. You can suddenly change
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  • some behavior but the deepest needs of who you are never
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  • seemed to change. Here it is saying that as a believer and
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  • when you give your life to Jesus Christ is actually, originally
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  • not a forgiveness of sins. You just died. Ever tried to collect
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  • the debt of somebody who's dead? Do you ever try to hold somebody
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  • accountable for what they've done to you when they're dead?
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  • They're gone. And so death wipes all of that clean. So when a
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  • believer comes and gives their life to Christ, they have been
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  • crucified, killed. They're dead with Christ. Yet, this flesh
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  • body seems to still be alive. But what is now working in this
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  • flesh body, this earth suit, is the life of Christ. And the
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  • entire teaching of this New Testament is this understanding
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  • of how a believer, a born-again believer functions. And as you
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  • go through the functioning of you with Christ in you, it will
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  • deal with your fears. It will deal with your personality. It
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  • will deal with your values. It will deal with characteristics,
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  • character issues, traits. It will deal with everything that
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  • you'll need to know to live a life where you live in the God
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  • class. I'm tired of boring religious Christians. They don't
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  • have a new thought. They're just, they walk around like some
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  • religious area of just be good till Jesus comes back. Yet, when
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  • you have the life of Christ within you, and the Bible says
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  • that you can have the mind of Christ, His feelings, His
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  • emotions, what drives Him. You and I can have them. We ought to
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  • have the most amazing personalities filled with
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  • creativity, filled with courage, leaders rising out of our ranks
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  • to lead countries and the best song writers and actors. We
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  • ought to have kids and that so full of personality if you want
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  • to use that word. So full of life, so full of everything that
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  • God has given us. But we've allowed religion to kind of just
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  • bring us down to this judgmental where you just judge one
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  • another. All you worry about is how good you can be and thank
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  • God that the presence of God within us gives us the ability
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  • to live morally. The very word power in Acts 1:8 is literally
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  • saying this ability for you to live right and to live righteous
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  • doesn't come from your willpower. It comes from the
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  • presence of God that is within you assisting your willpower.
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  • When you begin to study the Bible and recognize this
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  • incredible ability for a believer to live in this place
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  • of stunning joy, amazing love, such peace, such patience, and
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  • such creativity. All of this beauty has been given to the
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  • human race. Why do we get stuck in religion? When you get into
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  • religion, religion will depress you. When you get into religion,
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  • religion which is this man-made looking for a God trying to
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  • please some hardnosed God. And literally, religion is just
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  • everywhere shutting us down when Jesus came to end all religions.
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  • He didn't come to start a new one and He came to give you
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  • relationship with Him. He'll change who you are. I never
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  • forget a friend of mine who was a, we played basketball
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  • together. I was the best man at his wedding. Wonderful,
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  • wonderful man, so shy. He turned to talk to somebody. And girls,
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  • I mean, we were teenagers then, and getting around girls he just
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  • turned beet red. He was so embarrassed of himself. I never
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  • forget the day he made a decision for Christ and was
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  • filled with the Spirit. The confidence that came all over
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  • him. It was literally that year, a little later that he met his
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  • wife. And when you meet him today, you'd never guess that
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  • this shy, backward, unable to communicate or talk, so filled
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  • with social fears and inadequacies. That just this
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  • feeling of the presence of God and his adherence to the Word of
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  • God, massively changed who he was. When I look around this
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  • auditorium today, I know some of your stories BC, before Christ
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  • and after Christ. And it's stunning to me who you were
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  • before controlled by substances, controlled by fears, controlled
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  • by every negative thing that caused your behavior to be of
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  • such. That it destroyed family and marriage and your own mind,
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  • your own body, and you made a decision for Christ and His
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  • presence came within you and all of a sudden, this powerful
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  • change that took place. Now, don't stop. What do you mean
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  • Leon don't stop? Well, it's not enough that Jesus is in your
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  • human spirit. You need to do what's possible and what's
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  • necessary to get this incredible life of God in your spirit into
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  • your mind. This incredible, it's gotta be a renewing of the mind.
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  • The Bible teaches us as a born-again believer, you must
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  • put off and put on. That means that as you take a look at some
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  • of the things you don't like about yourself. I am such an
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  • arrogant person. Okay, Father, I put off this trust in my own
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  • ability and I put on a reliance on Jesus. When you identify and
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  • know characteristics or features that you do not like about
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  • yourself, then the Bible says put it off. How do you put if
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  • off? Well, first of all knowing what it is and declaring that. I
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  • put off this fear of being in public and developing
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  • relationships and I put on the confidence that Christ brings.
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  • Should be a confession that you make with God's Word. This
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  • putting off and putting on, He has taught in Ephesians 4:22 and
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  • on and Romans 12:1 and on says that you can be transformed.
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  • Now, the word "transform" doesn't mean a little bit
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  • better. The word transform is actually the word that we use
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  • when a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. It's not just a
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  • little bit better. He's been crawling his whole life and into
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  • the time and living on one little limb of an entire tree
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  • maybe, but now as he becomes a butterfly and spins his cocoon,
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  • he becomes, this butterfly that can fly and get caught by this
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  • wind for miles and miles and miles and has access and full of
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  • color and beauty. When you give your life to Christ, stop
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  • thinking that all you've become is good. And recognize that you
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  • have a life, and that this life will impact your mind, your
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  • emotions, your character. That this life that is within you
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  • will literally help you to know who you are. And you will begin
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  • to understand incredibly deep things the world struggles with.
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  • You'll begin to understand it in a moment when you accept Christ
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  • as the truth. Jesus said I am the way, the truth, and the
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  • life. I always make sure that anything I'm studying or
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  • learning in any of the sciences or any of the disciplines today
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  • that are out there. I always take it over to Christ and say,
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  • "Is there anything that Jesus disagrees with this on?" Because
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  • I have found that if anything disagrees with what Christ has
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  • shown or taught, that I'd be very, very careful and not
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  • accept that. But I'm stun how if we're not careful, we can stick
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  • to religion. You have the mind of Christ is yours it says in 1
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  • Corinthians 2:16, "For who has known or understood the mind and
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  • the counsels and purposes of the Lord so as to guide and instruct
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  • and give Him knowledge? But we, we have the mind of Christ, the
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  • Messiah and we hold the thoughts, the feelings, and the
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  • purposes of His heart." Do you know what it is to be so stable
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  • in your purpose? That you wake up each morning and there's not
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  • a question in your mind to rise up. Get into your career. Go
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  • raise your family. But who you are in your purpose is rock
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  • solid the very purposes of God. You have the mind of Christ. Do
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  • you know what it feels like to get up each morning and not
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  • wonder and worry about your things gonna be okay and this
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  • and that. And you have this trust and this faith in Jesus
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  • who is literally, He is the alpha and the omega. The
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  • beginning and the end. As you begin to recognize the power of
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  • God that is within you. It is supposed to affect your head,
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  • your mind, your emotions, your feelings. It is supposed to
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  • affect your memory. It's supposed to affect your future,
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  • your imagination. It is to take you and make you more like God.
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  • Well, what is God like? Is He this boring, religious figure
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  • sitting in heaven? And He's got this big gray beard that just
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  • kind of rolls off Him and He sits on there with His
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  • mean-looking eyes and He's upset with you. I got news for you. If
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  • we're made in the likeness and the image of God, then God's
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  • gonna look 30 because He hasn't aged. And by the way, God's
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  • gonna look happy because joy comes from Him. And God's gonna
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  • be patient with you because that's one of the
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  • characteristics of Spirit. God's gonna be so full of imagination
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  • and creativity in life. Where do you think Disney got it from?
  • 00:20:53.130 --> 00:20:58.260
  • Where do you think architects get these big buildings from?
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  • Where do you think people who write movies and do plays that
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  • make you laugh and enjoy life. You know, they might add all the
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  • stupid stuff. But where do you think the original creative
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  • thing comes from? It doesn't come from the devil. A fallen
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  • angel has no creative ability. God, Elohim, the very first time
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  • we see God in the book of Genesis. He is the great
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  • creative God. And so the church needs to wake up to the fact
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  • that you are filled with the Spirit of God. Not to be more
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  • religious. Wooo, wooo, wooo. Are you kidding me? I wish we could
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  • have a natural look at Jesus laughing and preaching and
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  • playing with kids tag to the tree and saying to the
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  • disciples, "Leave the kids alone. I want them to come and
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  • be with Me." He wasn't going, "And what is your name my son?"
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  • My name is Leon. "Leon, it is good to meet you." That's
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  • not what Jesus was like and we get all these religious ideas.
  • 00:21:52.140 --> 00:21:55.280
  • He was filled with creativity and love and passion and
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  • excitement. He was more man than anything. Like when you
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  • understand, Jesus was our look at God. And so today, I got to
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  • stop here. But I want you to understand something. Whatever
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  • you are dealing with. Whatever you struggle with, and that you
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  • don't seem to be able to change. Would you please stop looking
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  • within yourself for it as in my ability. The Bible says the
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  • flesh. It doesn't say you have two natures. When you get
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  • born-again, you only have one nature. But your mind and your
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  • body has been trained to give it and to give into it in all of
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  • its depression and self-seeking. And the Bible says that the
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  • flesh wars against the spirit. And that the flesh wants this,
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  • and the spirit wants this. So you have to learn to crucify the
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  • flesh. All that means is I'm dead to that. Keep putting off,
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  • putting on. And in the simplicity of renewing of the
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  • mind, putting off, putting on, having a relationship with
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  • Christ. You begin to rise up and you begin to have the emotions
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  • of Jesus. The purposes of Jesus. The mind of Christ. You begin to
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  • become more creative. The gifts within you begin to rise up even
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  • greater than before. You begin to literally are able to change
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  • and grow your marriage, your family, your fatherhood, your
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  • motherhood, the business world. Whether you're in politics or
  • 00:23:14.050 --> 00:23:17.180
  • whether you're in business. There's something about you that
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  • just keeps growing and flowing. You become more alive, more
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  • free, more you, more authentic, etcetera. You become way beyond
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  • anything you could have imagined. You could live in this
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  • kind of joy. This kind of creativity. This kind of peace.
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  • This kind of fulfillment. This kind of waking up every morning
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  • feeling so good about yourself. But religion will make you wake
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  • up every morning. Oh, no. As you try to use religious things or
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  • your own strength to change and it just continues to get
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  • complicated. Remember what the world gives us without Christ is
  • 00:23:53.000 --> 00:23:59.060
  • shallow and complicated. If you start to feel everything is so
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  • complicated. It's the shallow complicated life. What Jesus
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  • gives us is simple but deep and profound. Stick to Jesus and
  • 00:24:08.010 --> 00:24:13.210
  • watch Him take you to places. You could never mastermind
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  • on your own. That you could never change on your own.
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  • And Jesus is where we can put our faith and our trust.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: God calls you favoured, healed, and
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  • courageous. Many believers know God's promises but
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  • struggle to see them at work in their lives.
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  • -LEON: I want to take a moment and pray with you. When it comes
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  • to the SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE, it is something that needs to be
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  • focused on every day of your life. You see, to be spiritually
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  • alive is something the world talks about all the time. In
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  • fact, when it talks about being spirit-filled in Ephesians 5, it
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  • says be being spirit-filled, meaning you must maintain a
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  • spirit-filled life. It's crucial. How do you do that? By
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  • praying in the Spirit, spending time with Jesus, by getting into
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  • God's Word. These are crucial to keeping yourself up aglow one of
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  • the versions say. And then to be contemporary is use your head.
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  • Make sure that everywhere you are, that there is a wisdom as
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  • how you deal with people. Father, in Jesus' name, I pray
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  • Your presence would guide them, lead them. I pray that they
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  • would keep themselves filled with Your presence. That they
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  • would look for opportunities to share Jesus. And I pray that
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  • Father, all around them miracles would begin to take place.
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  • In Jesus' name, amen. God bless you.
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