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A Chosen Vessel

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October 21, 2020
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Leon Fontaine is showing people across the earth how to unleash the miraculous in their everyday lives and take Jesus to their families; friends; and communities.

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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 CEOof Canada's only
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  • Christian TV station.
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  • -LEON FONTAINE: Now, the word"vessel" means a certain kind of
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  • implement, armament. You've beenmade a certain way for the
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  • assignment. The gifts that arewithin you. The temperament that
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  • you have. The abilities that youmight not even know are there
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  • until you begin to go for Godand get into His Word.
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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. Enrichyour soul and renew your mind
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  • with this timely series.
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  • - And now, from Winnipeg,Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: Daniel 11:32 is aportion of scripture that is
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  • unique. It's special. Let meread it to you. It says, "And
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  • such as do wickedly against thecovenant shall be corrupt by
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  • flatteries, but the people thatdo know their God shall be
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  • strong, and do exploits." It'stime to think like God. It's
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  • time to have the mind of Christ.It's time to rise up and
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  • recognize that everybody isspecial. You are called to be
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  • strong. Ephesians 6:10 saysdon't be strong in your
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  • strength. You be strong in theLord and in the power of His
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  • might. Five points that I wantyou to be strong and I want you
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  • to do exploits. Number one: Itis not possible for you to
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  • create lasting impact foreternity until you conquer your
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  • personal inner challenges. Yourpersonal inner controversies.
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  • There's a war that goes on inthe minds. The Bible says we
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  • don't wrestle with flesh andblood but with demonic
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  • principalities. This wrestlingis not a physical wrestling
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  • because no one has wrestled ademon. This is not a spiritual
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  • wrestling because in your spiritis Jesus Christ. And there's
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  • nothing that a demon couldwrestle with that. It is in the
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  • thoughts that attack your mind.The mind is the battlefield. And
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  • so if you do not deal with yourchallenges, your controversies.
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  • Everybody's got differentbeliefs that harassed them.
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  • Different challenges that justseemed to be too great to
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  • overcome, to go do somethingwith your life and to be great
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  • for God. One of the great liesof the enemy is to let, try to
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  • make us think that we arenothing. We are filthy rags. It
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  • takes all these verses out ofcontext. Let me show you how
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  • special and important you are.When it comes to all of the
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  • beings that have been made onthis planet. When it comes to
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  • all existent being spirit orphysical. We are just between
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  • God Himself and the angelic hostof heaven. We're not some animal
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  • roaming the planet. Just one DNAstrand off of a chimpanzee or
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  • all the crazy things the worldtries to cheapen the fact that
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  • we are made in the likeness andthe image of God. In Psalm 8:3
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  • it says, "When I consider theheavens, the work of Your
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  • fingers, the moon, the stars,which You've ordained. What is
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  • man, that thou art mindful ofhim? And the son of man that You
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  • visit him? For thou hast madehim a little lower than the
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  • angels, crowned him with gloryand honour, dignity and worth.
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  • Thou madest him to have dominionover the works of Your hands,
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  • thou hast put all things underhis feet. All sheep and oxen,
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  • beasts of the field, fowls ofthe air, fish of the sea,
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  • whatever passes through thepaths of the sea. O Lord our
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  • Lord, how excellent is thy namein all the earth." You are made
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  • in the likeness and the image ofGod. You know, there's a really
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  • unique thing about this chapterbecause when the translators of
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  • the King James went to this wordin verse 5 where it says,
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  • "You've made man a littlelower." In the Hebrew, it is
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  • Elohim. You've made people alittle lower than Elohim. Now,
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  • every other time in the Bibleit's translated God. But they
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  • couldn't fathom this. So theyput angels in there. And that
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  • word is never used anywhere inthe Bible except this one time.
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  • And so he is saying here we'vebeen made a little lower than
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  • God Himself. We're not lowerthan angels. Hebrews chapter 1
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  • says they're our servants. TheBible doesn't teach that we're
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  • lower than angels. We areliterally a being. And if you
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  • want to find our class, it isbetween angels and God Himself.
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  • We're made just a little lower.It's His words. Just a little
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  • lower than God Himself. Now, yousay that. People get upset.
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  • Religious people get upset. AndI go, "Are you kidding me?"
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  • Listen, cows have calves. Horseshave colts. Dogs have puppies.
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  • Cats have kitties. And God hadus. He's our Father. We are His
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  • children. Would you stopthinking you're just another one
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  • of the baboons swinging througha tree and picking lice off your
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  • spouse. We are made in thefamily of God, in the likeness
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  • and the image of God. Just alittle lower than God. And
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  • you've got a problem for God touse you in some great way? The
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  • problem is your presumption. Youjust presumed you can't do
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  • anything great. Presuming thingsis a huge mistake. There's a
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  • mindset amongst believers ofself-underestimation. Sounds
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  • like a lousy English. But man,it's true. There is this
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  • mindset. We underestimate whatGod has placed within us. He
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  • made the entire universe and Hiscrowning creation is you. It's
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  • me. It's our physical body, oursoul, our spirit. What one
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  • person could do if they everstarted to believe the Word. But
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  • we've got this false humility.Well, we got to stay humble,
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  • Leon. Well, what is that mean?Well, is it a posture? Do we
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  • walk around. You don't walkstraight with your chest out and
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  • your shoulder. Don't walk withgood posture. You look arrogant.
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  • Just walk a little stoop over.And so life is just awful and
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  • we're just barely -, No!Humility is not abasing
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  • yourself. It's not saying, "I'ma nothing." No! How can you call
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  • yourself nothing when you'remade in the likeness and the
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  • image of God Himself? What ishumility? Humility is giving God
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  • all the praise for everythingand anything that you do. But
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  • it's not making yourself so lowthat you're scraping the ground
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  • with your belly while you crawlthrough life. Hoping for heaven
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  • and the sweet by and by. He saidto make His enemy your
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  • footstool. He said He's comingback for a church without spot
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  • or wrinkle. He says within youis Jesus, His Son. And that
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  • you've been given His name asyour inheritance. And that
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  • everything bows to the name ofJesus. We've got to get in the
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  • Word. Are you spending timelistening to the Word, reading
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  • the Word? I just shake my head.I don't even say anything
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  • anymore when I tell someone getinto the Word. Well, you know,
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  • pastor. Just hard to find time.Listen you fool. You ain't going
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  • to make it on your own and I'mnot the one calling you a fool.
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  • Proverbs calls you a foolchapter after chapter when you
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  • try to live your life on yourown, do your marriage on your
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  • own, raise your kids on yourown, go try to fulfill your
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  • destiny on your own. There willcome a day when you'll be ready
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  • to die and go into eternity andyou'll look back and you'll
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  • recognize what in the world thatI do, not recognizing that upon
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  • everyone individual person onthis planet is the call of God.
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  • You know what, abortion ishorrible morally. It is wrong.
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  • It is murder. But listen to me.You know what something people
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  • forget and don't understand, isthat every person God has placed
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  • within them unique gifts andabilities. And I wonder how many
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  • babies have gone, and inside ofthat gifted baby was a cure for
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  • cancer, a cure for globalshortages, cures for how to do
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  • government, systems, andleadership and things that we
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  • never dream of because thenevery being that is conceived in
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  • the womb the Bible says in Psalm139, God forms their inward
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  • parts. He puts the gifts, theabilities there within them. And
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  • you know what, anything you dothat is great for God, you're
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  • going to have the peanut gallerycall you proud. You're going to
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  • have the peanut gallery call youarrogant. I had about 25
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  • pastors, you know, a littlewhile ago come and just asked me
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  • if they could watch our weekendservices. They want if they
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  • could talk to me afterwards andI said sure. And so after the
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  • service I was so excited to meetsome fellow pastors and high
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  • five. What's God doing here?What God doing there? So they
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  • had some questions for me andone of the questions was,
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  • "Pastor, where do you go fromhere?" I shared with them church
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  • and television and languagesaround the world. Oh, I was so
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  • excited. I thought that they'regoing to be rejoicing with me.
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  • And they kind of just looked atthe ground and then finally,
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  • eldest pastor the white hairlooked at me and crossed his
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  • arms. And here's what he did. Hewent, "Tsk, tsk, tsk. Ah, pastor
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  • Leon, when is enough, enough?"When is enough, enough? He
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  • thinks it's about my ego. Hethink it's about me needing the
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  • accolades. I said, "Well, it'snever going to be enough and I'm
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  • never going to stop because myfather who trained and equipped
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  • me in the Word said that untilall here. Don't stop. Until
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  • every language gets God's Word.Don't stop. Every child that
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  • rises up equip them. Everyperson who's dying in the slum
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  • is worth sharing Jesus with.Every church we can build. Every
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  • camera we can buy. Every studiowe can put in any language in
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  • the world is there. Number two:God's choice in choosing us for
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  • assignments is out of His mercy.So we don't' need to get
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  • arrogant and proud. Romans9:23-24 write that down. It
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  • literally says that when Godcreated us as vessels, and He
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  • placed the gifts within us. Hedid it out of His mercy. Stop
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  • looking at gifted people. Stoplooking at someone that you
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  • admire and go, "Oh, man, do theyhave it from God. I sure don't
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  • have it." No! God has given usgifts. I stand up here literally
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  • useless without the mercy ofGod. But I recognize the gifts
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  • that He's placed within me andI'm going to use them for Him. I
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  • recognize the talents. The one,the two, the five. I'm not going
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  • to bury mine. I'm going to usewhatever gift I've got even if
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  • it's just one and I'm going touse it for the glory of God, and
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  • it's His mercy. Everybody hasbeen given gifts and abilities.
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  • Everybody is a vessel that Godhas made. You and I need to
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  • recognize. In Acts 9:15, it saysin there that Paul, whose name
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  • was Saul. He was a murderingevil, grumpy, angry man. And a
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  • light knocked him off his horseone day on his way to kill more
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  • Christians. The Lord spoke tohim and then sent Ananias to
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  • talk to him. Ananias didn't wantto go. "But the Lord said to
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  • him, 'Go thy way, for he is achosen vessel unto me, to bear
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  • my name before the Gentiles, andkings, and the children of
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  • Israel.'" I want you to know.You are a two things. Chosen and
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  • a vessel. Now, the word "chosen"means that you are chosen by
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  • God. It is a spiritual choosing.God has chosen you for a special
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  • assignment and He made you avessel. Now, the word "vessel"
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  • means a certain kind ofimplement, armament. You've been
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  • made a certain way for theassignment. The gifts that are
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  • within you. The temperament thatyou have. The abilities that you
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  • might not even know are thereuntil you begin to go for God
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  • and get into His Word and thingsbegins to rise up on the inside
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  • of you. You, you are a chosenvessel. You're not just a
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  • meandering humanoid. You are achosen vessel. And when you give
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  • your life to Jesus Christ andyou begin to get into His Word,
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  • you're going to find out thereare things in you. So it's His
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  • mercy that He's gifted everyoneof us. Humility is just thanking
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  • Him. It's all about Jesus. Butdon't abase yourself and shut
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  • your calling down. Number three:God wants to deliver you from
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  • irrelevance. You know so much ofthe church is irrelevant. I got
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  • a question. If our churchdisappeared tonight, everything.
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  • Would the city miss us? If yourchurch disappeared today. Would
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  • your city even care? So manytimes we have literally become
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  • irrelevant because we're justmealy-mouthed another religion,
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  • or we're shouting at the sin ofthe world. What in the -, The
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  • Bible doesn't say shout at thesin of the world. It doesn't say
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  • to judge them. It says presentJesus, the good news. But some
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  • people get on their soapboxespointing their squiggly fingers
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  • into the camera screaming at sinand the world just judges the
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  • church right back and doesn'twant to be a part of it. No! God
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  • wants to deliver you as wellpersonally from irrelevance. He
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  • wants to make you relevant. Hewants to make you a cutting
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  • edge. The Bible says that youand I are salt and light in
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  • Matthew 5:13-16. We're the saltof the earth. And if the salt
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  • isn't being used properly and itloses its flavor. It's useless
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  • the Bible says. Throw it out.Woo! If you're not going to use
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  • the giftedness and the callingof God on the inside of you to
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  • reach out and touch people andlove people and present Jesus
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  • and confront evil and be therefor the hurting and all the
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  • wonderful teachings in the Wordof God. If you're not going to
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  • be salty, then you might as wellget chucked out. You're useless.
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  • Is there anybody you're relevantto for the kingdom of God? Is
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  • there anyone that you'veembraced and spoken with? Is
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  • there anyone that you've beenkind to and you're looking for
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  • an opportunity to share thegreatest find you've ever found?
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  • No, it's not your spouse. No,it's not your kids. No, it's not
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  • your career. It's Jesus. Themost important decision on the
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  • planet before you die, is whereare you going to spend eternity?
  • 00:17:04.181 --> 00:17:09.686
  • Because spirits don't end. Theylive forever. And there is a
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  • heaven, and there is a hell.Regardless of what some new
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  • pastors have all started writingon. There's a purpose for us to
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  • share the gospel because whenyou die, who owns you takes you.
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  • And unless you've given yourlife to Jesus Christ by default.
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  • The kingdom of darkness owns youwhether you believe it or not.
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  • We have something, a purpose toget up and go forth. Number
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  • four: The Bible says when you doanything outside of faith that
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  • it doesn't please God. Hebrews11:6 says, "Without faith it is
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  • impossible to please Him. For hethat cometh to God must believe
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  • that He is a rewarder of themthat diligently seek Him." So
  • 00:17:53.930 --> 00:17:58.034
  • many preachers are preachingthat you're going to seek God,
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  • but God's going to make yousuffer. God's going to bring
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  • sickness to teach you something.God's going to keep you poor and
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  • humble. That's not what it says.It doesn't say that, you know,
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  • for he that comes to God mustbelieve that He is what? A
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  • rewarder. Not a God that makesyou sick. Not a person that
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  • makes you poor. Not a personthat makes you humble. You keep
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  • yourself humble. It says He's arewarder of them that diligently
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  • seek Him. So when you do things,do your business add your faith
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  • to it. Without faith it'simpossible to please God. If
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  • you're going to be a dad, do itin faith. If you're going to be
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  • a mom, do it in faith. You'regoing to be a husband, a wife,
  • 00:18:37.040 --> 00:18:40.744
  • do it in faith. You're going toneed it. Where does this faith
  • 00:18:40.777 --> 00:18:44.214
  • come from? Romans 10:17 says,"Faith cometh by hearing, and
  • 00:18:44.247 --> 00:18:47.184
  • hearing by the Word of God." Sowhen I say, "Hey! Go get some
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  • resources. Listen to somemessages every day. Get into a
  • 00:18:50.787 --> 00:18:53.423
  • great teaching book. Read yourBible. Stay in the Word every
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  • day." I don't know how people doit. I can't stay out of the
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  • Word. I've got to get into theWord. It empowers me. It makes
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  • me strong. It makes my mindjoyful. It brings a peace of
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  • God. When things around me arefailing and falling, you don't
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  • know which way to turn. Man, HisWord is a lamp under my feet, a
  • 00:19:10.207 --> 00:19:13.810
  • light under my pathway. I don'tknow how people even try. You
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  • need God's Word. Jesus is theWord. Something uniquely
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  • powerful happens when you getout to church, when you do
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  • devotions each day. When you doanything out of faith, it
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  • doesn't please God. You're inyour own energy and you're going
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  • to wear out. If we had any ideaof the presence and the power of
  • 00:19:36.433 --> 00:19:43.673
  • God ready and available to flowbut He's got to work through you
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  • and I. It says here bless thework of our hands, the words of
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  • our mouth. We need to not allowthe enemy to make us feel
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  • defeated and as though there'snot much we can do for God. Stop
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  • this self-underestimation. Stopthis sin of presumption. That
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  • you just presume this is good asyou get. That this is all who
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  • you are. What a lie from thepit. You, my friend are
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  • incredible thing made by God. Hemade Jupiter. He made gravity.
  • 00:20:13.303 --> 00:20:18.275
  • He made Adam and He calls youHis crowning creation. He made
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  • the universe. He made everyanimal. He made the deepest
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  • depths of the sea. He made thesun, the moon, and the stars and
  • 00:20:27.217 --> 00:20:30.720
  • how they all interwork together.But it is you He made it all
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  • for. So why do you underestimatewhat God can do with one man,
  • 00:20:34.524 --> 00:20:40.530
  • with one woman, with your child,with your teenager, who needs to
  • 00:20:40.563 --> 00:20:45.035
  • be taught the Word of God as towhat their identity truly is and
  • 00:20:45.068 --> 00:20:49.205
  • raise up generations. They'regoing to go out and do stunning
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  • things for the kingdom of God. 1Corinthians 6:17, says, "But he
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  • that is joined to the Lord isone spirit." Think about that.
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  • When you give your life to JesusChrist, you and God are one
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  • spirit. I don't even know how toexplain that. I don't even know
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  • how to teach that. Other thanjust believe it and declare
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  • everywhere you go. God and I onespirit. Everywhere I go the
  • 00:21:13.330 --> 00:21:17.000
  • Spirit of God goes. Everywhere Igo the spirit of healing, the
  • 00:21:17.033 --> 00:21:20.870
  • spirit of wisdom, the spirit ofknowledge. I mean, everywhere
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  • you go, you and God are onebecause of Jesus. My fifth point
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  • and I got to close here down.We've got to understand that God
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  • protects you and keeps you. Thatas you begin to learn His Word
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  • and grow in His Word. It's notso you can get sick and injured
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  • and just die alone somewhere.But that His promises are here
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  • to protect His crowningachievement. You! That as you
  • 00:21:48.131 --> 00:21:52.068
  • begin to mature in the Word, asyou get older. What in the word
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  • is it that in about 50 we expectto get sick. At 60 we expect
  • 00:21:55.605 --> 00:21:59.943
  • people to start dying. At 70,well, we just expect that, you
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  • know, you're going to becrippled and have a hard time
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  • walking up and down stairs. At80, good Lord! You're old. And
  • 00:22:05.615 --> 00:22:09.786
  • by 90, sweet Jesus. That'samazing. Yet God promises a 120.
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  • Stop believing that sickness,disease, crippling arthritis is
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  • all normal for you. Moses was a120 and his eye hadn't dimmed,
  • 00:22:20.497 --> 00:22:23.900
  • nor his natural force abated.The Bible says no plague, no
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  • curses can come near your life.And it didn't say, "Except when
  • 00:22:27.504 --> 00:22:30.740
  • you're in your 70." Never! Weare believing a lie. Why do we
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  • think so small of ourselves?It's time to rise up as a church
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  • and begin to declare the Word ofthe Lord over our nation. Begin
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  • to glow wherever you go. Beginto bloom where you're planted.
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  • Begin to declare I'm doingexploits. Begin to speak up in a
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  • way that is Spirit Contemporary,full in the Spirit of God yet
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  • contemporary and relevant. Weshould be an attractive force.
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  • Everywhere Jesus went peoplewere attracted to Him except for
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  • demon-possessed people andreligious people. Other than
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  • that, the then known world theylove Jesus. So if we will learn
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  • and grow in the Word of God andbe who this Jesus has called us
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  • to be. My friend, I'm tellingyou. You're life is going to
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  • become one adventure of doinggreat exploits. Take this five
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  • thoughts. Research them out thisweek. Write them down. Listen to
  • 00:23:22.859 --> 00:23:25.829
  • this message every day for thenext week at least and just make
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  • a decision starting this week.Wherever I go, I'm going to be
  • 00:23:29.299 --> 00:23:32.569
  • salt. Wherever I go, I'm goingto be a light. People are asking
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  • questions nobody seems to knowor want to answer. People don't
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  • recognize that wherever we go,if you're working for a company,
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  • you working for that companybrings blessing upon that
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  • company. If you're in aneighborhood, you brought
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  • blessing of God on thatneighborhood because you're
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  • living in that neighborhood. Ifyou've got family that doesn't
  • 00:23:49.986 --> 00:23:53.156
  • know Jesus, but you do, thatfamily is blessed because you
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  • do. And you're going to getopportunities to rise up and to
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  • shine, to be salt, to be light.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: Are you feelingstuck, unhappy, or worn down?
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  • It could be that yourautopilot needs a reset.
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  • In Leon Fontaine'sbrand-new series,
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  • "Setting Your Autopilot",learn how the beliefs
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  • you hold deep in your heartare like a plane's autopilot
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  • determining thedirection of your life.
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  • -LEON: What do yougive attention to?
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  • What you give attention toin life, is programming
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  • and planting what theBible calls your heart.
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  • Your heart is theautopilot for your life.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: In this series,Leon shares how to guard the
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  • three gateways of your heart,how to deal with faulty belief
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  • systems, and how to changeyour thoughts and attitudes.
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  • -LEON: Whatever you believe,begins to influence your life.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: Call nowto request this series.
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  • Don't just learn whatto believe, but learn
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  • how to apply what you believe.
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  • -LEON: One of the absolute keysto living this Christian life is
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  • to be directed by God. So manypeople want formulas, so many
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  • people want something they canfollow a step by step plan. And
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  • there's lots of things in lifeyou can do that with, like
  • 00:25:38.428 --> 00:25:40.930
  • disciplining yourself with Biblereading. But when it comes to
  • 00:25:40.964 --> 00:25:44.233
  • direction from God, the Biblesays, "My sheep hear My voice."
  • 00:25:44.267 --> 00:25:49.305
  • And it says that He leads us byname. There is such a specific
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  • guidance from God that it is byname. And so it's crucial to
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  • understand, even the Romansteaches us that to be sons of
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  • God that we are led by theSpirit of God. And so I wanna
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  • encourage you, if you've neverfelt like you could be led by
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  • God's presence, make sure youbegin to believe that and
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  • confess that. Father, in thename of Jesus I pray right now.
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  • That You'd put this incredibledesire inside of every person to
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  • get direction from Youspecifically. That Lord, they
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  • can trust You, Your Word andYour Spirit to guide them in the
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  • directions to make the rightdecisions and they can have a
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  • confidence in getting directionfrom You. I pray this in
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  • Jesus' name, amen.
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