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August 10, 2020
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Controlling Your Mind & Emotions Part 1

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  • -ANNOUNCER: What would youchange in your life?
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  • - What if you could unleash themiraculous in your
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  • everyday life?
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  • - Experience freedom, live inpeace, change the world. Become
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  • Spirit Contemporary. Join LeonFontaine, world renowned
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  • conference speaker, seniorpastor of Canada's fastest
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  • growing church, and CEO ofCanada's only Christian TV
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  • station. Today, on THE SPIRITCONTEMPORARY LIFE.
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  • -LEON FONTAINE: Now, why wouldwe magnify the Lord? Because
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  • whatever you focus on, whateveryou're thinking about, whatever
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  • you're imagining, whateveryou're projecting into your
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  • imagination and working onin your imagination,
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  • you make bigger in your life.
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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 in sharingJesus' message of love? THE
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  • SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is theanswer. It's being led by Holy
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  • Spirit, but in a contemporaryway. It's being Jesus, and
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  • demonstrating His love in wayspeople can understand and
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  • appreciate. Spirit Contemporaryis unique for everyone. It never
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  • compromises the truth, and itnever makes others feel
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  • uncomfortable. It's freeingyourself from religious
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  • constraints, and walking freelyin God's amazing grace, for His
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  • purpose. THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARYLIFE is absolutely crucial if
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  • the global church and her peopleare going to change the world.
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  • - Later in the show, we'll tellyou how you can reserve your
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  • copy of today's resource.
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  • - And now, from Winnipeg,Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: Because your heart hasbeliefs that deal with your
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  • identity, your entire futureright now is mapped out. Okay,
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  • right now with the beliefs ofyour heart, your entire future
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  • has already got its boundaries,how wealthy you will be, how
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  • happy you will be, howsuccessful you will be. Will
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  • your relationships be good? Willyou make wise decisions? And in
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  • which areas will you not makewise decisions, and which areas
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  • you will make wise decisions.All of these things are
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  • determined by this thing. I'mgonna call it the autopilot
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  • because the plane goes up in theair. You can't see where you're
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  • going. You have cloudsunderneath you. But that plane
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  • will land exactly within inches,not just in the right city, in
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  • the right country, and the rightcontinent. It will land exactly
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  • where it should to that degreeand because an autopilot is so
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  • amazing at course correcting. Ifthe wind blows it off, the
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  • autopilot will bring it rightback on course and so does your
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  • heart. If you succeed too muchand you go beyond what your
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  • heart believes and theboundaries it has set, you will
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  • begin to fail somewhere andslide back down to what your
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  • heart believes. And so this isnot been dealt with much by
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  • Christianity either, yet theBible is filled with it. In
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  • Proverbs 4 somewhere betweenverse 16 to 19. It prefaces a
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  • powerful verse and it says itthis way. Those without Christ
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  • do not know what they stumble atin life. Now, this is so crucial
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  • because Christians who can'tseem to get Christianity to
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  • work, the Bible says you justhave a lack of knowledge of the
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  • Word. But Christians when theyget proud, "I got it all figured
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  • out. The Bible doesn't haveanswers." They begin to look to
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  • the world. And it's importantfor us to understand that we
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  • appreciate the sciences and thethings of their learning in
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  • every area. But that the Biblehas incredible things that are
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  • far deeper and when we look toit, we can get a lot more help.
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  • Now, so the world, it says theystumble, and what they stumble
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  • at they do not know. In theworld they don't know why they
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  • can't find joy. The won't knowwhy the depression and the blues
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  • is so strong in the mornings.They won't understand why they
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  • devalued themselves so much andthink others are so much better.
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  • They won't understand why theyseem to succeed in finances and
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  • then it always fails at acertain point. They won't know
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  • why marriage after marriage thatit just, they want it so bad.
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  • They want to try so hard. Theydo not know why or at what they
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  • stumble. And so, and then itgoes on to the teaching of the
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  • heart in verses 19 to the restof the chapter showing you the
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  • autopilot, showing you howbelievers know and how they can
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  • change these things. In Mark 4is one of the most stunning
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  • teachings of Jesus, and He saysthat when you understand the
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  • teaching of Mark 4, that therest of parables will open up to
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  • you and in it He talks about theheart. And He says the heart
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  • isn't something that can't bechanged. It's not we know once
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  • something has been placed inyour heart, it's there forever.
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  • No. He says the heart is likesoil. Then and that it's like
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  • your garden and that soil iscontinually growing new seeds.
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  • Now, because we've taught onthis so much, you'll have to go
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  • back and get the teaching onthat. I want to go a couple of
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  • things. It says in there thatthe sower sows the Word or that
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  • a believer plants God's Word.And the seed according to
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  • 1 Peter 2:24 is the Word of God.And that if you want to change
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  • your future, that you must renewyour mind begin to concentrate
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  • on the theories, the thoughts,or the truths that are in the
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  • Word. And that as you think andfocus on them, they get planted
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  • in your heart. And as they getplanted in your heart, some will
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  • take, and some will not. Andthis is a crucial point. He says
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  • in this chapter that there are,your heart can have thorns and
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  • thistles and weeds in it. Andthat when you begin to meditate
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  • on God's Word as a believer.I'm talking to believers this
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  • morning. You've given your lifeto Christ. That as you begin to
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  • plant God's Word in your heart,that you begin to see some
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  • success that the Word begins togrow. This is an exciting time
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  • as a believer. But then it saysas it's growing thorns and
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  • thistles begin to slowly chokeit out. And it tells us what
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  • these thorns and thistles are.And as a pastor I've been
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  • teaching God's Word for 40 yearsand watching people embrace it
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  • and not embrace it. People laughat it and move on. And I am so
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  • sold on this because I've beenpracticing it for decades and
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  • watching others around me ignoreit, practice it, or just play
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  • with it. But it begins to teachus and I'm gonna just read this
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  • to you. In Mark 4, it says, "Andthe ones that are sown among the
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  • thorns are others who hear theWord. Then the cares of this
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  • world, the anxieties of thisworld, the distractions of this
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  • age, the pleasures and thedelights and the false glamour
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  • and the deceitfulness of riches,and the craving and the
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  • passionate desires for otherthings creep into your heart and
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  • they choke and suffocate theWord, and it becomes fruitless."
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  • Now, the interesting thing isthat every desire that you have,
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  • God has a promise to it. Youhave a desire for food. He said
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  • He'll provide the bread. Youhave a desire to live a
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  • significant life. God wants tomeet that. You have a desire for
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  • romance and sexuality and Goddesigned it, created every nerve
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  • ending on your body and He'screated the best way to have
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  • romance. He created friendships.He created family. He created
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  • joy and laughter and pleasure.The Bible says at His right hand
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  • are pleasures forever more. Now,we know that people as a normal
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  • human being that we are alwaysseeking pleasure and avoiding
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  • pain. Okay, most of thepsychology out there they're
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  • like 200 different kinds. Theywill agree on that. That the
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  • human being has always trying toavoid pain, emotional pain,
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  • relational pain, physical pain,any kind of pain. We're always
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  • trying to avoid it and we'realways moving towards pleasure
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  • because pleasure gives us thiskind of relief. And so if
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  • there's no pleasure for youexcept getting drunk or getting
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  • stoned or just going numb,that's the limit of
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  • your pleasure not realizingthere are others
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  • who don't get drunkor stoned but move to a level
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  • of pleasure you've neverexperienced because
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  • getting numbed is the best youcan get where you're at. But
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  • when you are with God and yourspirit man becomes alive, He
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  • provides. And so everything youneed is in God. He'll show you
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  • how to have the bestrelationships, the best
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  • sexuality. It's an importantarea. The best finances. And
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  • when you study the Word, you'llfind that all of these areas
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  • have promises and these promisesare to fulfill you. So that when
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  • you look at the world you go,"There's nothing I want." To
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  • think that God will not providepleasure is a stupid thing.
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  • God's the one who inventedpleasures, created pleasures.
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  • You know, partying that theworld thinks you're so good at.
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  • He created partying. AndChristians gonna learn how to
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  • get together and whatever youdo, from skiing parties to fire
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  • sides to, you know, weddings. Weare, God's the one that created
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  • all of this. So pleasuresforever more. And that's not
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  • talking about heaven. Reallyreligion, "That's in heaven,
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  • when we get to heaven. Or we'regonna live like this down here."
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  • That's ridiculous. So when webegin to look at the world, it's
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  • because we feel the sense oflack. Some pleasures we do not
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  • feel we get enough of and isn'tcoming into our world. We begin
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  • to look at the world thinkingthat they're happier because
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  • they talk that way, movies lookthat way. I mean, someone's
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  • gonna kiss you and your legsgonna pop and so forget it. No.
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  • The world is, they're so farbelow in all of these areas. So
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  • when we begin to look withpassionate desire at the world,
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  • it's false glamour, that it hasanswers. See, focus and thinking
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  • is what begins to change theheart. Whatever you are
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  • continually focus about andthinking on is seeding your
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  • heart. Your heart is being, thisdeep subconscious is being
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  • seeded by your constant thinkingand everybody here is
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  • meditating. Meditating is simplythe taking of a thought.
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  • Imagining it, seeing it,analyzing it, day after day and
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  • everybody here does that. Youjust do it by default. You do it
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  • in the negative. You know, why'smy life so garbagy? Why is my
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  • marriage so bad? Why is ourfinances so hard? Why do I feel
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  • so lonely? And then you start,when you have this thinking is
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  • asking questions. If you want toknow what thinking is, thinking
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  • is asking yourself questions andanswering them to yourself. You
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  • know, that's your thinking. Andso when you ask the wrong
  • 00:11:36.612 --> 00:11:38.581
  • questions or when you focus onthe wrong questions, you're
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  • continually bringing up answers.Like if I ask you, what's wrong
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  • with you? Where is thatinstantly put your analyzes on
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  • all your problems. What wouldyou say if I said what's right
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  • with you? No one even ask thatquestion. And so when you study
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  • the Word of God, it has astunning phenomenal way. When
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  • you give your life to Christ,and your spirit man becomes
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  • alive. It is your duty now tobegin to do the work. Work? Not
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  • to earn God's love or to earnGod's blessings but to renew
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  • your mind to the new you and toput into your heart a new
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  • autopilot. It's not hard. It'svery simple. And so as you focus
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  • on the Word, there's a verse inthe Bible in the Amplified in
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  • Mark 4:22, that says, "Themeasure of thought and study you
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  • give is the measure of virtueand knowledge that comes back to
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  • you and more besides." And itgoes on to say, "And more
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  • besides will be given to you whohear. For to him who has more
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  • will be given and from him whohas nothing, even what he has
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  • will be taken away by force."Once the heart is engaged and it
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  • begins to move into a direction.If the direction is a positive
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  • growing, it begins, the beliefsgets established and you just
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  • begin to flow in that area.There're things I rarely confess
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  • about in my life. I mean, I do.But it's because it so well
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  • established after years, that mylife just flows in that area and
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  • it's just moving in that areaand it just keeps being added to
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  • me because the Bible says inMark 4:26 and on, that the heart
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  • even when you're sleeping isproducing something. Just like a
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  • farmer goes to bed and the soilkeeps growing even when you're
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  • sleeping. Your heart, theautopilot is producing the
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  • beliefs. It's producing andattracting the things into your
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  • life even while you're asleep.So that's why some people wake
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  • up exhausted, negative, angry.It's like they've hanged on to
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  • the horrible thoughts fromyesterday and they went to sleep
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  • with it, and they wake up withthis dread, anger, depression.
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  • You know, whatever is going onin their life. And others wake
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  • up with a sense of joy. And why?Because their focus, what they
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  • are focused on. The Bible in theOld Testament teaches us this
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  • way. O magnify the Lord. Now,why would we magnify the Lord?
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  • Because whatever you focus on.Whatever you're thinking about.
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  • Whatever you're imagining.Whatever you're projecting into
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  • your imagination and working onin your imagination. You make
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  • bigger in your life. That's whyyou can be sitting here with a
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  • little, wee little pebble inyour shoe. And you just picked
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  • it up walking down the sidewalkand you haven't had the chance
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  • to untie your shoes and takethat little pebble out, okay.
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  • And so it's sitting there, youknow, right in that little arch
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  • and so you can still feel itright now. You want to untie
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  • your shoe and it's bugging you.And if you focus on that, you'll
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  • miss the whole message. Andit's a nothing situation.
  • 00:14:50.239 --> 00:14:53.375
  • It literally means nothing. It'sjust an uncomfortable thing and
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  • it's there. But your focus willmagnify that so big that it's
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  • all you can think about.Whatever you focus on is
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  • magnified. And once you magnifythis thing, you begin to
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  • prejudge what's going on. And soyou heard me teach that if I was
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  • to act when I get donepreaching, shake everybody's
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  • hand on this row and miss theperson in the middle. Just avoid
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  • them or seemingly and they walkout. They have now a new subject
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  • matter to think about or todismiss. If they think about the
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  • fact, I don't think pastor likesme. He didn't shake my hand. He
  • 00:15:30.412 --> 00:15:33.549
  • shook all the other people'shands. He wouldn't even look me
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  • in the eye. Now, your thinkingmoves from the facts to judging.
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  • Judging is when you decide why Ididn't shake your hand and what
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  • my motives were for not shakingyour hand. So, then this person
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  • begins to look at me. God couldhave sent him to this church. I
  • 00:15:52.034 --> 00:15:54.903
  • could be his pastor. I could be,this is a God thing. But instead
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  • of focusing on why he's here andthe Word of God that's changing
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  • his life. He begins to focus onthis little issue that I don't
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  • think he likes me. And as hethinks about it tomorrow and he
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  • talks to his friends. Why woulda guy shake few people's hand
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  • and ignore me and shake few morepeople's hands and not shake my
  • 00:16:12.354 --> 00:16:15.457
  • hand? There's no way he didn'tsee me standing there. I had my
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  • hand out. There's no way. Andthis thinking and thinking and
  • 00:16:18.427 --> 00:16:21.563
  • thinking begins to seed yourheart. And all of a sudden, deep
  • 00:16:21.597 --> 00:16:25.034
  • feelings against me. Whenever Iwalked by, I'd just be, hey. I'm
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  • pretty sure you don't even wantto be here. You're a hypocrite.
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  • You don't practice what youpreach. You say you love people.
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  • You didn't shake my hand. Youshake everybody else's hand but
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  • not mine. And this thinkingmagnifies this issue until it
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  • controls your life. And so theBible teaches us these things.
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  • That focus is crucial. You know,and so as you begin to go to
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  • God's Word, you need to begin todevelop the ability to focus on
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  • His truths. Now, as you focus onHis truths, you are seeding your
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  • heart with new thinking, newprinciples with the way God
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  • thinks. The way truth is. Jesussay, I am the way, the truth,
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  • and the life. You're seedingthat into your heart. Now, will
  • 00:17:04.973 --> 00:17:09.511
  • that new crop of thinking andfeeling come up? I don't know.
  • 00:17:09.545 --> 00:17:16.685
  • Because if you begin to, whileyou're hoping for God's Word to
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  • come up in your heart, you'reback at judging people. And this
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  • guy didn't shake my hand. Thatperson at work will look at me
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  • funny and I was in the bus andthe guy was staring at me. And
  • 00:17:25.627 --> 00:17:28.430
  • it could just be he liked yourglasses. But you're sure he
  • 00:17:28.464 --> 00:17:30.732
  • thinks he's better than you. Andyour brain is so focused on
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  • stuff to judge people and tothink you know what they're
  • 00:17:34.470 --> 00:17:37.005
  • thinking about, that your lifeis out of control. And one of
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  • the worse things is and we did awhole bunch of teaching on
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  • judging which is why I'mflushing through this. That you
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  • are forbidden to judge accordingto the Word of God in Matthew 7.
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  • Do not judge. Because if youjudge, it says you will be
  • 00:17:50.018 --> 00:17:54.289
  • judged. Now, here's theinteresting thing. People who
  • 00:17:54.323 --> 00:17:56.758
  • judge others, know everyone'sjudging them. But they're not.
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  • My world is not so little Ithink about you all the time.
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  • And your world is not so littleyou think about me all the time.
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  • Yet people because they do notunderstand the principles of
  • 00:18:13.142 --> 00:18:17.179
  • holding your mind on focus, whatis true, what is not. They live
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  • a life and their entire thoughtlife will be the judging of
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  • other people rather than thejudging of their track record
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  • which is what you're supposed todo. Not why they did it, or
  • 00:18:30.826 --> 00:18:34.830
  • their motives and the reason foryou live in this crazy world.
  • 00:18:34.863 --> 00:18:39.401
  • And this crazy world iscontinually thinking you know
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  • people and the Bible says youdon't. Only God knows the heart
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  • of people. So I'm not worriednow about this massive sin life.
  • 00:18:46.508 --> 00:18:50.078
  • My focus is Jesus. And as you dothis, you begin to redo your
  • 00:18:50.112 --> 00:18:57.553
  • heart with the truths of God'sWord. And you stop being this
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  • suicidal destroying yourselfperson, thinking in areas that
  • 00:19:03.859 --> 00:19:09.264
  • you shouldn't be about thingsthe Bible forbids. And if you
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  • can just begin to study the Wordand focus on His Word. Now,
  • 00:19:13.035 --> 00:19:17.072
  • thorns and thistles are when youget focused off of God's Word
  • 00:19:17.105 --> 00:19:21.877
  • and you're just intently focusedon a problem. And your problem
  • 00:19:21.910 --> 00:19:25.547
  • could be in job, work, home,relationships, physical, mental.
  • 00:19:25.581 --> 00:19:31.019
  • And you just stay focus on thatand you have to begin to simply
  • 00:19:31.053 --> 00:19:34.823
  • break that focus and get it backto God's Word. One of the most
  • 00:19:34.856 --> 00:19:38.193
  • powerful ways to break anunnatural focus. One of the most
  • 00:19:38.227 --> 00:19:42.598
  • powerful ways to stop a focus.You know, when something gets on
  • 00:19:42.631 --> 00:19:45.367
  • your head, you can't get it out.It's like I could be fired. I'm
  • 00:19:45.400 --> 00:19:48.303
  • gonna see the boss in a weekend.And you're just literally losing
  • 00:19:48.337 --> 00:19:51.506
  • it day after day thinking you'regonna lose your job. Well, you
  • 00:19:51.540 --> 00:19:54.142
  • try to break that. The more youtry to stop thinking about what
  • 00:19:54.176 --> 00:19:57.646
  • you're thinking about, it's likethrowing water on a grease fire.
  • 00:19:57.679 --> 00:20:01.783
  • It gets worse. You don't believeme? If you love donuts, try to
  • 00:20:01.817 --> 00:20:05.854
  • stop thinking about donuts. Thefact I just brought it up put a
  • 00:20:05.887 --> 00:20:09.658
  • new thought in your head. Andthe more you think about not
  • 00:20:09.691 --> 00:20:12.527
  • thinking about donuts, the moreyou're thinking about it because
  • 00:20:12.561 --> 00:20:14.529
  • you're trying to not think aboutwhat you're thinking about. The
  • 00:20:14.563 --> 00:20:17.332
  • Bible is stunning when it saysthat life and death are in the
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  • power of the tongue. The Biblehas always taught that when you
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  • speak and confess out loud whatthe Word says that it is
  • 00:20:26.675 --> 00:20:32.881
  • literally bringing you back onto a correct focus that you
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  • really want. That's whyconfessing the Word is so
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  • powerful, not because you'regonna get what you confess
  • 00:20:39.288 --> 00:20:42.057
  • immediately. But because whatyou confess is planting it in
  • 00:20:42.090 --> 00:20:45.661
  • your heart and new thoughts, newthinking, new desires, new
  • 00:20:45.694 --> 00:20:49.097
  • emotions are now planted. Willyou do the work of staying focus
  • 00:20:49.131 --> 00:20:54.102
  • on the Word till that crop comesup? Which means there's a new
  • 00:20:54.136 --> 00:20:58.073
  • set of beliefs and you begin tochange emotionally. It begins to
  • 00:20:58.106 --> 00:21:02.911
  • go in the right direction. Mostpeople simply won't do the work.
  • 00:21:02.944 --> 00:21:06.581
  • What do I do? Every day I willlisten to teaching. I've got
  • 00:21:06.615 --> 00:21:11.987
  • CDs. I've got things I'vedownloaded and everyday minimum
  • 00:21:12.020 --> 00:21:15.624
  • at least one message. I'm gonnalisten to it especially in the
  • 00:21:15.657 --> 00:21:18.927
  • morning to feed myself. I'mgonna find some devotional time.
  • 00:21:18.960 --> 00:21:22.164
  • If you work out, listen to ateaching. You're listening to
  • 00:21:22.197 --> 00:21:24.700
  • how many countless hours ofmusic and you're just trying to
  • 00:21:24.733 --> 00:21:27.769
  • anesthetize yourself with thismusic. Get the Word in there
  • 00:21:27.803 --> 00:21:30.639
  • because it won't take long.Literally about a week or two of
  • 00:21:30.672 --> 00:21:34.743
  • just staying on of God'spromises in an area that you
  • 00:21:34.776 --> 00:21:38.447
  • want to change. And this heartwill be planted, and the crop
  • 00:21:38.480 --> 00:21:42.651
  • will come up. And every time youwant to start worrying and
  • 00:21:42.684 --> 00:21:45.320
  • thinking about the cares of thisworld. The distractions, the
  • 00:21:45.354 --> 00:21:48.490
  • worries, the fears, or thepleasures and the desires and
  • 00:21:48.523 --> 00:21:51.360
  • your mind is off the Word, bringyourself back in because the
  • 00:21:51.393 --> 00:21:55.197
  • thorns and the thistles willchoke out the Word that is half
  • 00:21:55.230 --> 00:21:58.900
  • up. You want it to continue tocome up because harvesting that,
  • 00:21:58.934 --> 00:22:05.240
  • the promise of God means it isnow coming into your emotions.
  • 00:22:05.273 --> 00:22:09.277
  • It's now coming into yournatural way of thinking. I know
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  • I'm not a loser. I know I'm nota drug addict. Now, I was
  • 00:22:12.614 --> 00:22:16.051
  • addicted to drugs but that's notmy identity. Sitting in a car
  • 00:22:16.084 --> 00:22:19.454
  • doesn't make me a garage. Parkedat McDonald's doesn't make me a
  • 00:22:19.488 --> 00:22:22.424
  • Big Mac. Failing at somethingdoesn't make me a failure. And
  • 00:22:22.457 --> 00:22:25.994
  • living an entire life of losingin this area still is not my
  • 00:22:26.027 --> 00:22:30.432
  • identity. But that's what beenformed. And so as you begin to
  • 00:22:30.465 --> 00:22:33.635
  • go into God's Word, thispowerful but simple process is
  • 00:22:33.668 --> 00:22:38.507
  • remained focus on this. And justpractice one thing through a
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  • solid week each day. You know,what are some things I need? Do
  • 00:22:43.779 --> 00:22:47.249
  • I need God's promises in thearea of fear, in the area of
  • 00:22:47.282 --> 00:22:50.786
  • whatever and just focus on it.Until this heart which is your
  • 00:22:50.819 --> 00:22:54.656
  • sub -, it's not what yoursubconscious but that's kind of
  • 00:22:54.689 --> 00:22:58.193
  • what the world would call it.This subconscious, this deep
  • 00:22:58.226 --> 00:23:00.729
  • level of believing is sown withthis new thinking which is
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  • truth. Because if you'll knowthe truth, the truth will set
  • 00:23:04.633 --> 00:23:08.170
  • you free. So you must read,renew your mind with truth
  • 00:23:08.203 --> 00:23:11.740
  • planted in your heart. Don't bedistracted to go looking at
  • 00:23:11.773 --> 00:23:14.843
  • everything else because thedistractions will get you
  • 00:23:14.876 --> 00:23:17.946
  • focused on other things. Andthen these truths which are
  • 00:23:17.979 --> 00:23:20.549
  • against God's Word rise upstronger. Leon, which one is
  • 00:23:20.582 --> 00:23:24.586
  • stronger? The one you focus on.The one you continually thinking
  • 00:23:24.619 --> 00:23:29.724
  • about. So I'd simply do this. Ikeep great teaching books, you
  • 00:23:29.758 --> 00:23:34.663
  • know, in my phone. I keep greatmessages in my phone. And
  • 00:23:34.696 --> 00:23:38.967
  • everywhere I go, I'm lovinglife. I'm out waterskiing and
  • 00:23:39.000 --> 00:23:42.237
  • kneeboarding and enjoying life.But each part of my day, I have
  • 00:23:42.270 --> 00:23:45.941
  • learned to control my mind. Andso I'm not perfect but I have to
  • 00:23:45.974 --> 00:23:51.046
  • tell you, I love what's in myhead and my heart. It's not me.
  • 00:23:51.079 --> 00:23:55.851
  • It's Jesus. But it's His truthsand it's what He thinks about
  • 00:23:55.884 --> 00:24:00.655
  • me. You get to a place where, Imean, I love you all and I hope
  • 00:24:00.689 --> 00:24:03.358
  • you think good about me. But ifyou don't, it's not gonna change
  • 00:24:03.391 --> 00:24:05.360
  • my life. Because I know what Godthinks about me and I focus on
  • 00:24:05.393 --> 00:24:09.331
  • that every day, and thisincredible sense
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  • of planting these truthsin my heart rises up.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: God calls youfavoured, healed, and
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  • courageous. Many believersknow God's promises but
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  • struggle to see them at workin their lives.
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  • from the inside out. You too canlearn to walk in the miraculous,
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  • -LEON: I want to take a momentand 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 yourlife. You see, to be spiritually
  • 00:25:39.087 --> 00:25:43.258
  • alive is something the worldtalks about all the time. In
  • 00:25:43.291 --> 00:25:47.395
  • fact, when it talks about beingspirit-filled in Ephesians 5, it
  • 00:25:47.429 --> 00:25:51.800
  • says be being spirit-filled,meaning you must maintain a
  • 00:25:51.833 --> 00:25:56.571
  • spirit-filled life. It'scrucial. How do you do that? By
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  • praying in the Spirit, spendingtime with Jesus, by getting into
  • 00:26:01.076 --> 00:26:05.447
  • God's Word. These are crucial tokeeping yourself up, aglow one
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  • of the versions say. And then tobe contemporary is use your
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  • head. Make sure that everywhereyou are, that there is a wisdom
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  • as how you deal with people.Father, in Jesus' name, I pray
  • 00:26:18.293 --> 00:26:22.764
  • Your presence would guide them,lead them. I pray that they
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  • would keep themselves filledwith Your presence. That they
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  • would look for opportunities toshare Jesus. And I pray that
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  • Father, all around them miracleswould begin to take place.
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  • In Jesus' name, amen.God bless you.
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