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Dealing with Stress

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June 13, 2019
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Leon Fontaine

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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: The beliefs of your mind is what allow or does
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  • not allow the presence of God to be released in your life.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: In John 10:10, it says that Jesus came to give us
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  • life, and life more abundantly. So, why is there such a
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  • disconnect between this biblical promise, and how most Christians
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  • live today? Why have so many believers become spiritually
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  • weak, and ineffective at sharing Jesus' message of love? THE
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  • SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is the answer. It's being led by Holy
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  • Spirit, but in a contemporary way. It's being Jesus and
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  • demonstrating His love in ways people can understand and
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  • appreciate. Spirit Contemporary is unique for everyone. It never
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  • compromises the truth, and it never makes others feel
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  • uncomfortable. It's freeing yourself from religious
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  • constraints, and walking freely in God's amazing grace, for His
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  • purpose. THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is absolutely crucial if
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  • the global church and her people are going to change the world.
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  • - Later in the show, we'll tell you how you can reserve your
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  • copy of today's resource. Enrich your soul and renew your mind
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  • with this timely series.
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  • - And now, from Calgary, Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: We hear a lot about stress today and when people
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  • begin to get stress out, they always make the same mistake.
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  • They begin to back out of the things that stress them out.
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  • They begin to, you know, simplify their lives. I'm not
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  • saying that any of these things are bad. But they tend to get
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  • stress and their life's going kind of crazy and they don't
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  • know what to do. So if I'm stressed, I've gotta lessen what
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  • I'm involved in. They almost always choose church to ditch
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  • first. You know, they'll stop going to church, stop
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  • volunteering at church. Get the family ready Sunday morning. We
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  • need a morning to chill out rather than get to church and
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  • all this language. And I begin to look at this and realize that
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  • people don't know how to deal with stress in their lives. And
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  • so, I'm gonna entitle this message today, "Be Stressed or
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  • Be Bigger." Be Stressed or Be Bigger. You see, God has built
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  • you to continue to grow. And when you begin to spin your
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  • wheels and when you begin to get stress out and you begin to get
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  • a little bit emotional and you begin to get a little bit
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  • fearful, stuff pushes you. We keep backing off, shutting down,
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  • slowing down. We quit things. We get sick. We get to financial
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  • crisis. We have relationship issues. But stress or there's so
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  • many different definitions of it, but as you begin to find
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  • yourself spinning your wheels and going at high RPMs, it's not
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  • the time to just kind of figure out a way to stay where you are.
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  • I learned to drive on a Strato Chief three on the three clutch.
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  • And so when I got my learners, you know, I had to learn really
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  • quick and there wasn't a tachometer on it, so it didn't
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  • tell you when to shift. You could just listen to it. And
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  • when that old Strato Chief, I'd be in first gear and just, and
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  • when I first knew, well, you know. This thing is just, in
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  • first gear the pistons were almost going to the hood as this
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  • car go, then you gotta shift gear because if you don't and
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  • you keep that car going, you're gonna start blowing stuff and
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  • people live that way. They live with themselves ramp up and
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  • their world, their relationships, their jobs. I
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  • have news for you. You have limitless gears. And then cool
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  • thing happened when you push the clutch in and you learn to just
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  • touch off the gas for a second and you pull that baby into
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  • second. It goes and way down it. It's already going faster than
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  • first gear. So I'm on second gear now, and in second gear I'm
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  • doing two times faster, three times faster. I'm covering way
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  • more distance going way quicker. And then second gear is going,
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  • so what do I do? Ah, I'm stressed the motor is still
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  • going. I mean, there's a little bit of smoke coming to the dash.
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  • What do we do? Oh, I just back off a little bit. No. You don't
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  • back off. You actually move quicker. By what? Clutch shift.
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  • And then you're in third gear and when you're going in third
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  • you're doing twice as fast in second. Life, so many people
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  • stay in first gear. They're just stressed. They're maxed. The
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  • engine is going like crazy. That they're probably gonna blow a
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  • piston. They're gonna blow something. This engine is gonna
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  • shutdown. It's gonna do -, and life gets like that. Listen,
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  • when we go through life and you begin to increase, you begin to
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  • be blessed. You begin to stress or this ability to feel maxed.
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  • This feeling of, I don't know if I can handle anymore, makes
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  • people back off. And when you back off, you just stay in first
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  • gear. So what you gonna do? You have to make a decision that you
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  • can get bigger. You can go faster. But the enemy has an
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  • amazing strategy that works on so many people. He begins to
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  • whisper lies. He begins to shoot thoughts into your head. And
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  • it's, you're tired. He does it on the first person the thought
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  • will come, "Oh, I'm so tired. No one knows how much stress I'm
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  • going through. There's so many things I gotta look after. I'm
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  • responsible for so much stuff." And I call it weariness.
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  • Weariness. Weariness is of the mind. Tiredness is of the body.
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  • In Galatians chapter 6, it says let us not be weary in well
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  • doing, for in due season you'll reap, if you don't faint. So for
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  • you to go on in life, to have the blessings that God wants you
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  • to have relationally, financially. I mean, you know,
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  • in every area of your life. Then, you gonna have to
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  • recognize you can handle it. You'll be okay. You're gonna
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  • make it. But what the enemy is doing is, "You're so stressed.
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  • You're so stressed. You're so stressed. No one puts up with
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  • that kind of spouse you gonna put up with. No one's kids are
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  • as bad as your kids are and no one understand them." And he
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  • just knows how to make you begin to accept this bit that you're
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  • weary. But the Bible says let us not be weary. Now, if God tells
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  • you to do something, it's because you got the ability to
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  • do it. Weariness is a lie. Weariness is a lie that comes at
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  • the brain and tells you, you can't go any further. I can't
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  • keep doing this! Biggest lie on the planet. I see Christians
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  • bailing on marriages, bailing on careers, bailing on church. Stop
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  • in giving. Stop volunteering. We gotta, we gotta. And so the
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  • enemy who is literally, all he can really do is shoot thoughts
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  • at you and hope to turn your own power against you. He has become
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  • good at making people its weariness. But we just call it
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  • stress. It is all forms of fear. Grumpiness is based in fear.
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  • Stress is based in fear. Weariness is based in fear.
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  • There's some kind of a fearful thought that is owning you.
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  • Weariness will might be something like, "Nothings ever
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  • gonna change." You know how awful that thought if you're
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  • going through hell. If you're in a relationship that needs to
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  • change, and every relationship needs to change. Regularly, all
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  • the time. But he did get you with this thought, "Nothing ever
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  • changes." The weariness begins to set in. And what God is
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  • telling us in Galatian is don't be weary. Don't allow weary
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  • thoughts in. Don't let things come in that begins to get you.
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  • You ever meet a sigher? How you doing? I'm doing good. Or if
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  • you're a supervisor over a team and you happen to walk on to the
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  • floor and all of a sudden, the guys haven't done anything like
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  • for three hours but he sees you coming and, you know, he's
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  • sighing. People for some reason always have to put on that
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  • they're so busy or they're so stressed and it's as though we
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  • get an award for it. But when you show a stressful sigh,
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  • you're giving in to the lies of the enemy. And I'm promising
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  • you. You will never get bigger and better and go places in life
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  • with that attitude stress out weary. You have to choose that
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  • God's gonna guide me. I've got a mind that can be renewed. I've
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  • got a body that's healthy and I'm gonna take control of my
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  • life and my appointments and what's going on and I'm gonna
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  • enjoy life. This is an attitude. That's where you start. If you
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  • don't start there, no one's gonna want to work with you or
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  • for you or around you. And you're gonna stressed yourself
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  • out and your body's gonna start listening to you. Then you
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  • wonder why all of a sudden you got joint problems and heart
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  • problems and arrhythmias. It's because of the words and the way
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  • you act. You act stressed. If I want to right now just standing
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  • here, I can make my heart raise. If I want to right now I could
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  • raise my blood pressure to a really high level. If I want to
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  • right now I could make myself pass out. You know, just try
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  • breathing really heavy. You got about 60 seconds. You gonna pass
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  • out. And so, and I can make my blood pressure by making myself
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  • stressed out and breathing heavy and hard. Like, we have got to
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  • make a decision. I'm gonna walk in the peace of God, the
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  • blessing of God, the joy of God. I'm gonna handle anything that
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  • comes my way. I'm gonna rise up and be blessed. And every
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  • blessing that I get I'm gonna manage, I'm gonna handle, I'm
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  • gonna administrate my life. And the people around me, I'm gonna
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  • enjoy. I'm gonna be right in the moment. These are decisions you
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  • have to make about your life or you're just gonna be another
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  • statistic. It's a weary stressed out dude walking around and
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  • going, "What is wrong?" The Bible's got some incredible
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  • things we need to be aware of. Isaiah 40:28, listen to this
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  • verse and listen to it as though God is saying it to you right
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  • now. "Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting
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  • God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, faints
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  • not and He is not weary. There is no searching His
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  • understanding and He gives power to the faint and to them that
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  • have no might he increases their strength. Even the youth shall
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  • faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall.
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  • But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.
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  • They're gonna mount up with wings as eagles. They're gonna
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  • run and not be weary. They shall walk, and not faint." One of my
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  • favorite verses in the Bible. That wherever I need energy,
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  • wherever I've allowed myself to get weary. Weariness of the
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  • mind, tiredness of the body. If you got both going on and you're
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  • spiritually at the same time not feeding yourself. You're in
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  • trouble. But I found many times in life, it is literally a
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  • three-second fix for me. I'm going somewhere. I'm going okay,
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  • well. And I realized I'm letting weariness thinking get into my
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  • head. I'm getting myself begin to -, And all of a sudden I go,
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  • "No, no. I am not." I'm walking in there and the joy of the Lord
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  • is my strength. The peace of God passes understanding and I am
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  • not getting under this thing. Now, I'm not talking the people
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  • who avoid making a decision, okay? Like, you're an abused,
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  • physically abused woman in a marriage. And you're telling me
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  • not to be weary. I'm telling you walk, make a decision. I'm not
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  • saying don't make any decision in life. You should be problem
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  • solving all the time. You should be confronting problems,
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  • relationships, finances, making changes, make your life better.
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  • But in this process of doing that, the enemy wants you weary.
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  • Now, here is what's interesting. The enemy wants you weary of
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  • what you've got and God's ready to shift the gear and gets you
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  • going twice as fast. "Leon, how does that work?" I don't know
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  • but it happened to my life. I ended up in the hospital the
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  • first time I started pastoring Springs Church. I think we're
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  • running about 1.500 people. I was the only pastor on staff. I
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  • hadn't hire anybody yet and I was maxed, so maxed. I didn't
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  • know what to do and I was freaking out. I ended up in the
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  • hospital and they gave me all these checkups. Then we can't
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  • find a single thing wrong with you. And I went, "Thank you.
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  • Okay, that's good to know." Then it's just, and I began to get up
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  • and speak the Word of God over my body and over my mind and
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  • declare that I walk in the joy of the Lord. Declare that the
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  • peace of God that passes any kind of mental understanding
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  • governs my life and I would get in to the Word of God and I
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  • would begin to change the way I thought. I want to change the
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  • way I am because our culture admires stress out, max out
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  • people for some reason. I'm not living that way. I'm gonna be
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  • happy and blessed. And you're gonna have to make a decision
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  • about your life. In Isaiah 54:2-3, it says, "Enlarge the
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  • place of thy tent." Enlarge it? Enlarge your life. It says, "And
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  • let them stretch forth the curtains of your habitations,
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  • spare not, lengthen the cords, strengthen the stakes." When
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  • you're tenting. If you've got a tent and you wanna go bigger,
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  • you have to have longer cords and you gotta have deeper
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  • stakes. And the bigger that tent gets, the longer those cords and
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  • the deeper those stakes. This is how they lived in that
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  • agricultural kind of tribal society. And to get bigger meant
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  • you had -, And so I love the way it says this, strengthen your
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  • stakes, lengthen your cords. For you're gonna break forth on the
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  • right hand and on the left. It's talking about blessing and
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  • increase and bigger. And you're going, "Okay, I don't know
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  • Leon." No, no. You're just in your first gear going -, What's
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  • the clutch for your life? What's the next gear? I don't know.
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  • Maybe it's just changing the way you think. Maybe it's renewing
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  • your mind like Romans 12 says that you'll never gonna fulfill
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  • God's perfect role for your life until you change the way you
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  • think and renew your mind. Maybe you have never put on the armor
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  • of a prayer warrior. In Ephesians 6:10, it says, "Be
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  • strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might." And then it
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  • talks about this armor that you gotta put on. The breastplate,
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  • the helmet, and every piece of the armor is a teaching from
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  • God's Word. And your mind which protects your heart, your mind
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  • is the walls of your heart. Like in the old days the walls
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  • protected the city inhabitants. Your mind is what protects your
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  • heart. The beliefs of your mind is what allows or does not allow
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  • the presence of God to be released in your life. Your mind
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  • makes that decision. Spirit or flesh? And you don't have two
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  • natures, but your body's been trained to get whatever it
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  • wants. So when it screams at something which we call the
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  • flesh, then it's gonna get what it wants or the spirit of God.
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  • And it's your mind, the renewing of your mind that makes the
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  • difference. So even the armor that goes on, it is actually
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  • talking about the renewing of the mind. You're gonna
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  • understand righteousness, understand salvation, understand
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  • truth, understand prayer, understand faith. When you know
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  • these teachings, you're gonna find that the enemy will come at
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  • you and you're just confident. I'm going through and I'm gonna
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  • win. I was chatting with some guys the other day. We're
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  • talking about going to new levels. He said to me, "New
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  • levels, new devils. You better have a new anointing. You go
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  • that new place in life. And I'm telling you, the devil's gonna
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  • mess with you. All of us who try to go down the level and the
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  • enemy he just comes along, and he nails you and you better be
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  • having an intercessory prayer group who's working on your
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  • behalf and you better be ready. Are you ready? Is there an
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  • anointing upon you to go to that next level?" And I've never in
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  • my life done any of that. What do you mean Leon? I'm not
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  • worried about a new anointing because the anointed One, Jesus,
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  • is in me. In the Old Testament there were three anointings, the
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  • prophet, the priest, and the king. In the New Testament, if
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  • you're a born again believer, we're all anointed with Jesus.
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  • The anointed One is inside of us. I think when we use the word
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  • anointing like maybe once or twice in the entire New
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  • Testament because it's no longer about specific unique
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  • anointings. You have a prophetic anointing and you have a kingly
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  • anointing. No, we all have God in us. Now, we might have
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  • different functions, but the presence of God is in me. I
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  • don't have to go back to the well for a second level of the
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  • anointing in my life. He's never left me. And so I've never
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  • treated every change in life has, "Oh, boy! This gonna be a
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  • big transition. The devil's gonna be messing with me. God
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  • might be holding me back. He might be slapping me upside the
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  • head with sickness, diseases, or poverty to teach me something.
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  • We're gonna go through it." It's never been like that. For
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  • instance, let's go to the next level. Come on. What you gonna
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  • do? I change some systems and make the decisions. Let's go.
  • 00:18:09.140 --> 00:18:14.090
  • Now, for all of you super spiritual people who are deeper
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  • than me, when I talked to many different denominations of
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  • pastors or just people who've been raised in this kind of a
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  • teaching. They would look at me and they would see the breadth
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  • of the ministry, how many languages this message is gonna
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  • go into around the world. And the fact that we're gonna run it
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  • a television network station as well as churches, as well as
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  • well. And they look at me go, "You must be stressed, or you
  • 00:18:37.130 --> 00:18:40.260
  • must have gone through great suffering to get where you are
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  • today. I go, "No, nothing I can't take of. No." And they
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  • just don't know what to do with that because the prevailing
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  • doctrine is to do anything great means you gotta through great
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  • suffering and they'll pull a few verses out of. Everybody goes
  • 00:18:56.260 --> 00:19:01.110
  • through suffering, everybody. A mom suffers when her little boy
  • 00:19:01.120 --> 00:19:05.020
  • goes to Grade One. That little boy suffers when he falls off
  • 00:19:05.030 --> 00:19:08.200
  • the teeter-totter. He needs four stitches in his knee and he's in
  • 00:19:08.210 --> 00:19:10.280
  • pain. Life's got stuff. The Bible wasn't saying that begin
  • 00:19:10.290 --> 00:19:14.100
  • to believe for a whole bunch of new suffering. It's just saying
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  • life's got stuff. Someone say, "Well, pastoring is hard. They
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  • stab you in the back. They talk about you. They blog about you.
  • 00:19:21.050 --> 00:19:25.080
  • They get better and they leave you." And I said, "That's not
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  • any different than any business person. You raise your business
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  • up. People gonna lie about you, stab you in the back. They're
  • 00:19:31.050 --> 00:19:33.250
  • gonna take business from you. Someone's gonna come work for
  • 00:19:33.260 --> 00:19:36.050
  • you and then steal your clientele and go raise up the
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  • company down the street." Like, why do we think as spiritual
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  • pastors are just Christians that the devils are on our tail. Deal
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  • with that doctrine or you will forever be tethered to that
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  • doctrine. Here's what scary. The Bible says according to your
  • 00:19:50.030 --> 00:19:55.200
  • faith so be it done to you. That's a scary verse. It's
  • 00:19:55.210 --> 00:20:03.240
  • basically said be careful what you believe because what you
  • 00:20:03.250 --> 00:20:05.240
  • believed will happen. What are you focus on? What are you
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  • believing for? Be careful. Because if you start to believe
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  • something is wrong, even though it's wrong it will begin to
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  • affect your life. So that's why when you come to this church and
  • 00:20:16.020 --> 00:20:20.070
  • you hear me messing with doctrine. Someone said to me
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  • today, "Leon, when you preached, I gotta go home listen to it
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  • seven times to get something out of it." I said, I mean, to get
  • 00:20:25.210 --> 00:20:29.280
  • everything that's in there. I said, "Good. You know, you
  • 00:20:29.290 --> 00:20:32.040
  • should listen to it more than that. The Word of God we've got
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  • to change what we believed, or nothing will change in the
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  • exterior until you change the interior. Don't look at your
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  • life right now and go, "We gotta back off. I guess more kids
  • 00:20:44.130 --> 00:20:47.210
  • aren't for us. We can't handle the one we got." Just get in
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  • second gear already. Learn something. Grow in something.
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  • Get some advice. Well, right now, I'm trying to handle three
  • 00:20:54.040 --> 00:20:56.130
  • staff Leon in our company. We got a new company. We got three
  • 00:20:56.140 --> 00:20:58.140
  • staff. It's driving me nuts. I'm trying to control those three
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  • staff. I'm trying to make a payroll. I'm gonna make the
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  • money to make the payroll. Everybody goes through that.
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  • Just keep learning. Just keep growing. By the way, God's
  • 00:21:06.170 --> 00:21:09.250
  • taking you bigger. And it's amazing how in life has things
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  • happen. What you believe begins to affect what happens in your
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  • world. So all I want you to get of this message today is, you've
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  • been created for more. You've been created to go bigger.
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  • You've been created to enjoy higher. You've been created to
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  • lead, to go. Don't get into a place where your wah-wah, "Yeah,
  • 00:21:31.250 --> 00:21:36.130
  • I'm unhappy here." Well, the Bible says Leon that whatever
  • 00:21:36.140 --> 00:21:39.280
  • level of life we're to be satisfied. We're to be content.
  • 00:21:39.290 --> 00:21:43.070
  • The contentment Paul is talking about in context is not, "Okay,
  • 00:21:43.080 --> 00:21:47.160
  • I've reached seven people for Jesus. I'm content. I'm gonna
  • 00:21:47.170 --> 00:21:50.020
  • just stop there." No. He's going for the whole world. He's not
  • 00:21:50.030 --> 00:21:53.290
  • content as far as production of His ministry. He's not content
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  • as far as rising. Oh, no. He's just saying he's not driven
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  • trying to prove himself to people with this need. Nah, I'm
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  • serving God. I'm blessed. I'm happy. But I'm going on with new
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  • great things for God with my life. I'm challenging you. You
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  • got gifts. You got ability. When you come to church, don't allow
  • 00:22:12.070 --> 00:22:15.050
  • stress to shut you down and go, "I can't handle anymore." You
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  • don't know that. When you were two tying up your shoes, you
  • 00:22:17.280 --> 00:22:20.140
  • were stressed. When you were five trying to get your coat on,
  • 00:22:20.150 --> 00:22:24.280
  • you were stressed. When you were in Grade-One and you're trying
  • 00:22:24.290 --> 00:22:28.020
  • to learn to write, you were stressed. When you were in
  • 00:22:28.030 --> 00:22:30.160
  • Grade-Five and you saw that cute little girl and you had this
  • 00:22:30.170 --> 00:22:33.260
  • little crush with, some other guy like her, too. You were
  • 00:22:33.270 --> 00:22:36.130
  • stressed. When you're 12 and you had your first crush, it was
  • 00:22:36.140 --> 00:22:39.260
  • stress -, Come on! Wherever you are right now, it's just
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  • difficult. Let God guide you. Let His presence helped you.
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  • Wherever you are in relationships, finances,
  • 00:22:48.000 --> 00:22:50.280
  • careers, your relationship with God. There's more and that more
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  • is not harder. Remember, and if you've never driven a clutch,
  • 00:22:56.110 --> 00:23:01.090
  • maybe you don't know what I'm talking about. But if you're
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  • driving a four speed or a three on the three and that RPM is
  • 00:23:03.000 --> 00:23:06.090
  • gonna -, on an automatic it changes automatic. You can hear
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  • the car going -, But on a standard, you got to put a
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  • clutch in and pull it there. Let God give you whatever that is.
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  • The next clutch in shift for your life and have you going
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  • twice as fast, twice as big, with less RPM's, less stress.
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  • "Leon, that doesn't make sense." Yeah, welcome to
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  • God grace. Amen?
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  • [Segment Music]
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  • -ANNOUNCER: Did you know that you were created to be loved by
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  • God? So many Christians are living under the false illusion
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  • that somehow, they were designed to work at getting to heaven.
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  • This simply isn't true. God is your Father and you are His
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  • child. No works will ever change that. It's time to jumpstart
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  • your heart. This audio series from Leon Fontaine will refresh
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  • you like no other. When you come to a clear understanding of
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  • God's unconditional love with help from Holy Spirit, you
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  • unlock the miraculous in your life and make incredible
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  • supernatural strength available. God wants you to believe in and
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  • receive His love wholeheartedly. Jumpstart your heart today,
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  • aligning your beliefs with God's Word and seeing yourself how God
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  • sees you is the first step to starting an incredible journey,
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  • one that will leave you transformed and better
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  • positioned to step into your God-given destiny.
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  • [Segment Music]
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  • -LEON: You know, your words are powerful. The Bible teaches us
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  • in Ephesians 6:17, that the sword of the Spirit, which is
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  • how you fight and move forward in life, is the Word of God
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  • praying always with all manner of prayer. So when you know
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  • God's Word, you must speak it if you want to see results. It's
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  • powerful to think God's Word. I do that all the time. It's
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  • powerful to meditate on God's Word. I do that all the time.
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  • It's power to dream about God's Word. I do that all the time.
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  • But after you do those three things, you must speak His Word,
  • 00:25:39.280 --> 00:25:44.000
  • speak His promises, and declare your future. Father, I pray
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  • right now that You would touch them in a beautiful powerful
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  • way. And that whatever they desire as the outcome for the
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  • situations they're going through. That they would begin
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  • to speak promises from Your Word and declare, this is my life for
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  • the future. Father, I pray right now that they would recognize
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  • that everything they put their hand to is blessed. That they
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  • would recognize that their bodies are temple of God and
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  • health and healing is theirs in the name of Jesus. Father, I
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  • stand with them as they declare the salvation of their family.
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  • We declare the future is secure because Jesus has qualified us
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  • for every promise. Father, I pray right now, help them to
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  • speak out loud Your Word instead of fearfully retreating into
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  • silence. In Jesus name, amen.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: It's no accident that you watched todays show.
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