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A Christian's Purpose

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October 17, 2019
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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: As a Christian you have been given a purpose
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  • for your life. Once you give your life to Christ,
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  • Jesus said that we are to go into the world
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  • and share the good news of Jesus.
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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: When you give your life to Jesus, the Bible says that
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  • the Spirit of Christ comes within you, Holy Spirit. Now,
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  • there are two things that Holy Spirit does in you, and this is
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  • very important. Christians who tried to live the Christian life
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  • without understanding these two things about Holy Spirit.
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  • Usually make a mess of it, get discouraged, fall away, because
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  • they don't understand these two areas. Here's what they are,
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  • Holy Spirit when you give your life to Christ is within you and
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  • this indwelling presence you must learn to relate to Him,
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  • have fellowship with Him. Because this indwelling presence
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  • according to Galatians 5:22 is where His joy, His peace, His
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  • self-control, His ability is on the inside of you. And it will
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  • minister to you. Christians who have never learned to rely on
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  • Holy Spirit. That as you spend time in God's Word, as you
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  • worship like you did today. But everyday of your life you're
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  • doing this. This indwelling presence is where your peace,
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  • your joy, your patience. You know, there are nine fruits of
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  • the Spirit written in Galatians 5:22, like joy, love, peace,
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  • patience, goodness, kindness, self-control. Did you know that
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  • when a person doesn't have this? They are horrid to leave with,
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  • awful to be around. Who wants to be with someone who has no joy?
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  • Who wants to be with someone who has no peace? Who wants to be
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  • with someone who's got no self-control. They're gonna do
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  • what they want, when they want, how they want, regardless of
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  • what you think or say. These beautiful fruits of the Spirit
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  • are called fruits because they grow. You can't just have them
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  • instantly. The Bible says work out your own salvation with fear
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  • and trembling. As you get into God's Word, as you begin to get
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  • out to church and get involved and get to know Jesus because
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  • it's not sitting in church that makes you a Christian. But this
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  • incredible relationship it does something. And you will find
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  • that deep inside of you a flowing of peace. Someone asked
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  • me one time, "How in the world you stay at peace with all these
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  • things going on?" I said because my peace doesn't come from
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  • peaceful situations. My peace comes from the Prince of Peace
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  • who is within me. You know, if that was the case, then see,
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  • churches are all about helping people in crisis. I'm never
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  • gonna have a peaceful time. That's like telling an emergency
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  • doctor. You know, when there's no emergencies, you go ahead and
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  • grab lunch. Well, he's never gonna eat. No one schedules
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  • their emergencies. And so peace doesn't come from the absence of
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  • problems. It comes from internal. Joy doesn't come
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  • because we're doing something fun today like kid's day. What
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  • are we doing today mom? Well, we're gonna be -, as though joy
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  • comes from what you're doing. It can. Happiness can come from
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  • happenings. But there's a joy that is a source of joy within
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  • you. And that joy can just radiate and flow on a regular
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  • basis regardless of what you're doing. This self-control, this
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  • patience, this goodness, this kindness. These beautiful fruits
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  • of the Spirit they grow in your life as you follow Jesus and you
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  • follow the teachings of the Bible. Have a relationship with
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  • Him. Now, there's another part that Holy Spirit has in our
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  • lives and that is His outflowing power. For example, when you
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  • give your life to Jesus, something changes on the inside
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  • that is so profound and you can learn to live in this indwelling
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  • presence. But then there is this outpouring power. In 1
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  • Corinthians 12, and starting to read at verse 7. 1 Corinthians
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  • 12, it says, "But the manifestation of the Spirit is
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  • given to every man to profit withal." It says, "For to one is
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  • given by the Spirit the word of wisdom, another the word of
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  • knowledge by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the
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  • same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another
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  • prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another divers
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  • kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But
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  • all of these are working that one and the selfsame Spirit,
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  • dividing to every man severally as He will." What does this
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  • mean? This literally means that as a Christian, you have been
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  • given a purpose for your life. People often ask me. What's my
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  • purpose? I gotta find my purpose. If you're looking for a
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  • career, then figure that out. But actually, once you give your
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  • life to Christ, Jesus said that we are to go into the world and
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  • share the good news of Jesus. And that wherever you are, and
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  • the Bible says in Acts 1, look at this verse in Acts 1:8, and
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  • it's talking here about power to be a Christian so that you can
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  • help others. It says, and you. Who? You shall receive power,
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  • power, after the Holy Ghost has come upon you, and you shall be
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  • witnesses. I want you to notice the word "witnesses." If I was
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  • subpoena to court because of the big accident that took place in
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  • front of my house. And the judge says, "Leon, did you witness the
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  • accident?" And I go, "No, your honor." Oh, why are you here.
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  • Get out of my courtroom. We don't need you. If you're not a
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  • witness, you're of no help. Did you know that when it comes to
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  • spreading this beautiful message of Jesus, He doesn't say to do
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  • it theologically. He doesn't say to go out there and just debate
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  • people until you win. He says be a witness. Well, what is a
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  • witness? It is somebody who has witnessed it, seen it, worked
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  • for them. Something has happened in their life. They had seen the
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  • good news of God. And when you go to tell others, you share
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  • with them His goodness in your life. The Christian life can be
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  • one of the most boring things going if you don't recognize
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  • your purpose. Your purpose is to share Christ everywhere you go.
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  • And not to do it in a religious stupid crazy way. But just to be
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  • aware that God is bringing people pass in your world, and
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  • He'll show you which one it is that you need to speak to. And
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  • the Bible says that when you give your life to Christ, that
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  • the next thing you should do is pray for this baptism of Holy
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  • Spirit. His power to come on your life because then it talks
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  • about healings. It talks about be able to discern spirits. It
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  • talks about having words of knowledge, words of wisdom,
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  • working of miracles. Something gets on your life that's hard to
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  • explain. You're not smarter. You're not more intelligent.
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  • You're not an amazing, you know, person in the Bible. It's just
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  • you care for people and because Holy Spirit is within you and
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  • He's upon you that when you begin to talk to people
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  • beautiful things happen. Did you know that God can show you
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  • things to help people? You know, people who are really insecure.
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  • People who have really low self-image, they love being star
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  • of the show and look at me and God spoke to me and I need to
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  • do. And it's just, that is just your insecurity. Spirit
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  • Contemporary is why I often talk about. The ability to be
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  • spiritually alive and filled with God's Word, His presence.
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  • But when you talk to people, you're relevant. You're
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  • contemporary. As you will, do you mind if I grab lunch with
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  • you? He goes, no. Take him out for lunch and spoke for two
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  • hours with him about the things of God. Another time, I was just
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  • walking into and I've shared this story a lot, too. I was
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  • just walking into a Starbucks. I got my coffee and I looked
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  • around for a place to sit and I saw a guy sitting at a table by
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  • himself and I just knew inside. You guys ever have those
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  • knowing? Everybody gets them. It's like gut feelings. It's
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  • like kind of a sense of don't do this or do that or don't hire
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  • that guy, hire that guy. How do you know? I don't know. I just,
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  • just a gut feeling. That's, as you give your life to Christ, He
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  • begins to guide you more and more through those things. And
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  • then as you get involved with people, there is a power of God
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  • that begins to flow off of you and it helps other people. So, I
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  • looked at this guy and I'm like yeah. So I just walked up. I
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  • said, "Excuse me." I said there, "Do you mind if I'd join you for
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  • coffee?" And he kind of surprised I asked. He goes, "No,
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  • not at all. Have a sit." We just chatted hockey and different
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  • stuff. And then he told me why he was there by himself. His
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  • wife was dying in the hospital nearby and this is just his
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  • break. He just kind of by her bedside as a vigil. She's gonna
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  • go and, she's gonna die. And so he just shared this and I did
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  • not share to dive into a big witnessing thing. So I just
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  • said, man. I said, I go to a cool church. I said, where we
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  • have, we pray for people. Would you mind if I put your wife's
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  • name on our prayer list. And he goes, "No, not at all." But
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  • tears were coming to his eyes. Because when people are going
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  • through stuff, and someone does any kind of kindness. Have you
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  • noticed how much it touches you? So I got his wife's name. We
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  • kind of laughed and talked and left. He had no idea I was a
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  • pastor. He didn't know I was on tel. He didn't know nothing
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  • other than we're just two guys chatting. So we put her name and
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  • our teams prayed. And about three months later, I don't
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  • remember how long. I was back in that Starbucks and I run into
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  • this guy and he sees me. He goes, "You! I got to talk to
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  • you." He said, "Do you know that later weeks after that I run
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  • into you and you said the church was gonna pray." He said, "One
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  • morning, the doctors came in to say she's not dying." He says,
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  • "And we didn't think she had the strength for this intervention.
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  • Now, we think we could do this." So they did the intervention.
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  • Whether it was a surgery or whatever and it worked. And they
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  • did something else and this, her whole life began to just turn,
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  • and she began to get better. And eventually, so by the time he
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  • talked to me, she was home with him. And he looked at me and he
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  • goes, he was just surprised, shocked. And now I had the
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  • chance to share. Listen to me. When you simply reach out to
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  • people and tell them about Jesus but not in a preachy condemning
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  • way. Just be a witness of what He did to your life, what He
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  • means to you. The second you engage somebody. Did you know
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  • Holy Spirit marks that person and He begins to go to work on
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  • that person. Was that a bad thing? No, it's a good thing
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  • because it's the goodness of God that leads a man to repentance.
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  • All these screaming preachers, screaming and pointing their
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  • fingers and condemning and you're going to hell you dirty
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  • rotten sinner. Like very few people will be one like that to
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  • Christ. It's the good news of God that leads a man to
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  • repentance. And the second God brings someone to cross your
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  • path. You'll know this person starts talking. You're going,
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  • "How you're doing?" Yeah. Man, they just open up. People would
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  • just open up and starts talking to me. On a plane or every time
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  • strangers will open up to stranger but to nobody in their
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  • world. When that happen, it's a sign. Or when you're just
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  • somewhere and someone just stands out to you. You start
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  • talking with them. Holy Spirit knows they are ready for someone
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  • to just to share in their own way. What you've noticed since
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  • you gave your life to Christ? Now, when you begin to be a
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  • witness. You begin to share your experience with that person.
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  • Holy Spirit begins to go to work. And so it's important for
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  • you to pray for that person. Sometimes you can just pray for
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  • them right there. And if, go ahead. Don't be ashamed. Don't
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  • be embarrassed. The world's got all sorts of crazy things people
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  • believed. But when you begin to care about, you stop looking at
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  • yourself, you know. Everybody if you've got your binoculars on,
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  • they're always looking at their own life, their own messes,
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  • their own stuff, their own issues. They've never got enough
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  • and just said I need to look out there and go, "I'm gonna go help
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  • some people." In fact, I'll tell you one of my little formulas.
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  • When stuff starts messing with me and it seems like very right
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  • turn, I got a problem. I got an issue. I kind of go, "Argh." You
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  • know what I do? I just walk away from it and I go share Jesus
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  • with somebody. I go to somebody in good term. I go figure
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  • somebody I wanna phone call. How you're doing? I just go be kind
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  • and start helping people. Because I know if I keep my
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  • brain on myself right now, I'm just gonna go, argh. And it's
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  • amazing how it helps us. You are called to share your story of
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  • what God is doing in your life. Leon, I don't know the Bible. It
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  • doesn't say go explain the Bible. You've been given power
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  • to be witnesses. You're not given power to be theologians.
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  • You're not given power to go and proselytize. You just, you go
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  • and everywhere you go there are people who are hurting. They're
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  • needy. They don't know Christ. On the inside of them is just
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  • this great big empty hole. Some of you have been going to church
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  • and volunteering. You're getting bored and you got your job and
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  • your career. And you just, yeah, you know, what more is there?
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  • Well, it's your purpose. What's your purpose? People are dying.
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  • They're going into eternity without Christ. And somehow, we
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  • forget that. And we got our careers and our families and
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  • inside, you, you, you, you, you, you, you. Your eyes are always
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  • on you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you. No
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  • wonder you're upset, depressed, down, bored. I would be too if I
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  • was looking at you all the time. Your purpose is all around you.
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  • Beautiful people, hurting lives, messed up lives, perfect lives,
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  • financially and everything else. But deep inside so empty and
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  • searching. And you have a unique calling upon your life. That
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  • this Jesus that you know, is not to get a row. Oh, we need more
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  • people in our church. We're gonna get another star on the
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  • attendance stickers. No. There's an eternity without Christ and
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  • heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people. And if you
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  • don't choose Jesus, that's the only way to get to heaven. Well,
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  • doesn't God send. No. God doesn't send anybody to hell,
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  • okay? It's just you can't get into heaven without Jesus. And
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  • so that's what's left. God takes everything He owns to heaven.
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  • Satan takes everything he owns to hell. And so this is a
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  • decision. It's crucial. And you'll never know which people
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  • walk past you or the people you begin to talk to. A young lady
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  • one time told me this story. She was involved in witchcraft, got
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  • involved so much. She's involved in Satanism. I mean, I could
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  • tell you stories that make you just sick. Just sacrificing
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  • animals, sick things with people, drugs, you know, demons,
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  • of this whole area that some people get all caught up in. And
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  • she was walking down the street one day, and she ran right into
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  • me as I was walking past her. And she said, "You walk past
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  • me?" And I got immediately sick to my stomach. I went, "What?"
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  • And she goes, "I knew you had more power than anything the
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  • dark side could ever offer. So I started following you through
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  • the stores." Of course, it's getting creepy. She goes, "I
  • 00:17:54.170 --> 00:17:58.000
  • follow you until I found someone who knew who you were, and they
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  • said you're a pastor at this church." She says, "I came to
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  • the church and I gave my life to Jesus Christ." And she's telling
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  • me the story and she did. She started coming to our church.
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  • Her world was so messed up, so bad but God began to deal with
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  • her. She discovered Christ. She discovered Jesus. You never know
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  • who you're gonna run into and why. And everywhere you go are
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  • people who, they would open up to Christ if you would share.
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  • Because Holy Spirit knows who will get along with you. Ever
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  • notice there's some people you can get along just like that and
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  • the other people that just can't stand you just like that. Oh,
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  • no. Everyone loves me. That's your problem. They don't. You
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  • just don't realize it. They just put up with you. But there's
  • 00:18:44.200 --> 00:18:47.180
  • always people that you can relate to. There's people who
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  • don't want to talk to me, but they'll talk to you. And if
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  • people don't want to talk to you, they'll talk to me, and
  • 00:18:52.130 --> 00:18:54.120
  • Holy Spirit understands all of that. He brings people to cross
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  • your path. He brings you to cross their path. And a simple
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  • prayer will literally release the presence and the power of
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  • God to heal, to set captives free, to heal broken hearts, to
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  • give somebody hope. But did you know that according to the
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  • Bible, if the gospel is not shared from a human being's
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  • mouth, it cannot be shared. Angels do not share the gospel.
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  • Angels can point you. Jesus can appear and talk to somebody. But
  • 00:19:21.260 --> 00:19:26.070
  • the gospel it says must be shared from a human being. It
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  • says who, how will they hear unless someone was sent to share
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  • this good news. It's kind of a scary thing when you realize how
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  • many people have never heard about Jesus and they're around
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  • you right now. And one of the joys I find in my life, is I
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  • just look, I'm always looking for opportunities just to be
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  • kind to someone, talk with someone. It might just be an
  • 00:19:49.170 --> 00:19:52.070
  • encouraging word, or it might be a chance to sit down and chat
  • 00:19:52.080 --> 00:19:55.110
  • with somebody about -, I got some of the craziest
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  • conversations from Martian to the world being seeded, to
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  • anything about dinosaurs to all. I just get the conversation with
  • 00:20:01.020 --> 00:20:05.000
  • people and I end up being able to share what Jesus has done in
  • 00:20:05.010 --> 00:20:09.000
  • my life. I want to challenge you today that your Christian walk
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  • is not about you. It's not about you. Like could you get your
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  • faith? Your eyes off of you. And when you get your eyes off of
  • 00:20:21.280 --> 00:20:25.270
  • you, it's when you start to get better. When you start reaching
  • 00:20:25.280 --> 00:20:29.060
  • out and helping others, it's when you stop magnifying all
  • 00:20:29.070 --> 00:20:32.010
  • your little problems. And all of a sudden, great things begin to
  • 00:20:32.020 --> 00:20:37.050
  • happen around you as people begin to discover the Jesus that
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  • you know. I'll never forget walking through the hospital and
  • 00:20:41.290 --> 00:20:47.000
  • walking past this room and this elderly man, "Excuse me." And I
  • 00:20:47.010 --> 00:20:51.200
  • said, "Yes?" It's late at night. He says, "I'm cold. Could you
  • 00:20:51.210 --> 00:20:55.070
  • bring me a blanket?" So I did. And I'm telling you the story
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  • really quickly because it's a long story. Covered him up and
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  • he looks at me and he says, "Could you sit down with me?" I
  • 00:21:02.100 --> 00:21:04.290
  • said, "Sure." They tell me I'm gonna die tonight. I said,
  • 00:21:05.000 --> 00:21:10.200
  • "Really?" Yeah. So I just, I got no family, no friends. I got no
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  • one. Would you mind just staying with me? I said, "Sure." So I'm
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  • sitting beside him and I can hear his labored breathing,
  • 00:21:26.150 --> 00:21:29.250
  • covered him up right under his chin. I said, "Do you know
  • 00:21:29.260 --> 00:21:34.260
  • anything about dying?" What do you mean? I say, "Well, heaven.
  • 00:21:34.270 --> 00:21:41.030
  • It's actually a prepared place for people who died. But only
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  • you can make that decision. And Jesus died in your place, one
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  • apartment for you but only you can accept it." He said, "I live
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  • my life a mess." He said, "I'm in my 80s now." He said, "He's
  • 00:21:53.220 --> 00:21:57.090
  • not gonna take me now and me just kind of last minute just."
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  • I said, "No. He will." Really? I said, "Yeah." He said, "Well,
  • 00:22:00.240 --> 00:22:08.240
  • how do I do it?" I said, "I'll lead you in a prayer. Can I pray
  • 00:22:08.250 --> 00:22:12.010
  • you right now?" He said, "Sure." I led him into prayer. He asked
  • 00:22:12.020 --> 00:22:16.220
  • Jesus to come into his heart to forgive him. And this big smile
  • 00:22:16.230 --> 00:22:21.060
  • came on his face. He said, "Would you hold my hand until I
  • 00:22:21.070 --> 00:22:25.270
  • die?" I said, "Yeah." Within 30 to 45 minutes he breathed his
  • 00:22:25.280 --> 00:22:31.060
  • last and he went straight to heaven. There are people
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  • everywhere that you might be their last hope. You might be
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  • the last person that that guy sees before he goes into
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  • eternity with an accident or whatever goes on. And so I want
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  • to challenge you if you've given your life to Jesus. You could
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  • just keep coming to church and looking at you, bettering you,
  • 00:22:52.170 --> 00:22:55.060
  • helping you, you, you, you, you, you, you. Or you could do the
  • 00:22:55.070 --> 00:22:58.190
  • most incredible thing the purpose of everyone of us have
  • 00:22:58.200 --> 00:23:02.190
  • been called to, is to be a witness of this amazing Jesus,
  • 00:23:02.200 --> 00:23:07.120
  • what He's done in your life and share Him with others. And when
  • 00:23:07.130 --> 00:23:11.110
  • you do that, it suddenly and powerfully changes your world.
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  • But if you continue to own like, what do you need? Oh, I need
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  • this. I need healing. I need the finances. I need this. You
  • 00:23:19.120 --> 00:23:21.290
  • literally will lead your whole life just kind of empty and just
  • 00:23:22.000 --> 00:23:25.080
  • always you. But when you focus on others, the greatest joys
  • 00:23:25.090 --> 00:23:29.030
  • you'll ever experience is in being a witness
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  • of Jesus Christ to others.
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  • [Music]
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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: That's why I've written a brand-new book called
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  • Supernatural Promises. I want to help you to take God's promises,
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  • from your head to your heart.
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  • promised to you, like never before. In his book, Leon dives
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  • deep into scripture and shows you exactly how to meditate on
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  • God's Word, connect with His Word, and then transform
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  • from the inside out. You too can learn to walk in the miraculous,
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  • -LEON: Today, we're talking about living in peace. You know,
  • 00:24:48.050 --> 00:24:51.010
  • when we were in the garden, we didn't know fear. Adam and Eve
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  • didn't know any of the horrible emotions that plague the human
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  • race today. And so the Bible says that we can have the mind
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  • of Christ. And I want to encourage you that as you get to
  • 00:25:06.090 --> 00:25:10.080
  • know Jesus through His Word and as you get to know Jesus through
  • 00:25:10.090 --> 00:25:14.000
  • prayer, communicating, spending time with Him, something
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  • powerful takes place on the inside of you. I love the
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  • Amplified version that says that when we can have the mind of
  • 00:25:20.250 --> 00:25:24.010
  • Christ, it says we can have His thoughts. We can have His
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  • feelings. We can have His desires. When you look at how
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  • powerful that is, you're going to run to God's Word each day.
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  • In my life I spend time every day in the Word. And when I'm in
  • 00:25:36.090 --> 00:25:41.060
  • the Word, I'm getting to know Jesus and His plan. And in my
  • 00:25:41.070 --> 00:25:44.210
  • prayer time, I'm getting to know Him, and something changes. The
  • 00:25:44.220 --> 00:25:49.050
  • other day I was speaking with a business person over a cup of
  • 00:25:49.060 --> 00:25:52.150
  • coffee that just said, "You know, you have a confidence that
  • 00:25:52.160 --> 00:25:56.140
  • is so peaceful." It's interesting that the world
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  • recognizes this peace is at the very foundation of all we are
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  • and all we do. You can have that peace. It can continue to grow,
  • 00:26:05.100 --> 00:26:10.030
  • and you can live in God's incredible peace. Father, I pray
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  • right now. Let there be a desire. Let there be a believing
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  • that it's in His Word and it's in relationship with Jesus that
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  • we completely change, and we live in this peace. I pray this
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  • peace upon them right now. Touch them in a powerful way and let
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  • it begin from today that they never let it go as they cling
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  • to You and as they move into Your Word.
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  • I pray this in Jesus' name, amen.
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