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April 4, 2020
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Have you ever wondered how you can have a more effective prayer life? Join Leon on the show today as he explores effective prayer.

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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: When we confusethe old agreement between God
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  • and man, with the new agreementbetween God and man.
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  • We literally make prayersomething that causes
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  • great unbelief in people.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: In John 10:10, itsays that Jesus came to give us
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  • life, and life more abundantly.So, why is there such a
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  • disconnect between this biblicalpromise, and how most Christians
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  • live today? Why have so manybelievers become spiritually
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  • weak, and ineffective at sharingJesus' message of love? THE
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  • SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is theanswer. It's being led by Holy
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  • Spirit, but in a contemporaryway. It's being Jesus and
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  • demonstrating His love in wayspeople can understand and
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  • appreciate. Spirit Contemporaryis unique for everyone. It never
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  • compromises the truth, and itnever makes others feel
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  • uncomfortable. It's freeingyourself from religious
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  • constraints, and walking freelyin God's amazing grace, for His
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  • purpose. THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARYLIFE is absolutely crucial if
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  • the global church and her peopleare going to change the world.
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  • - Later in the show, we'll tellyou how you can reserve your
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  • copy of today's resource. Enrichyour soul and renew your mind
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  • with this timely series.
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  • - And now, from Calgary,Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: What I have found intraveling and training pastors
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  • and leaders and speaking indenominations around the world
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  • is very few people know how topray. Today, I want to talk
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  • about this. I want to talk aboutpowerful praying. I want to talk
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  • about prayer has changed sincethe cross. Someone said to me,
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  • "Well, Leon, God understand. Itdoesn't matter how you prayer.
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  • You just talk to God." No,that's ignorance gone to seed.
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  • That's like saying sports issports. It doesn't matter what
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  • the rules are. So are youplaying basketball, one of the
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  • guys tucks it under his arm andruns for a touchdown straight
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  • arming every basketball playerdown the court. Gets to the end
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  • zone. Throws the basketball.Yeah! Touchdown! No, you can't
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  • use football rules inbasketball. You need basketball
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  • rules in basketball, and youneed football -, And prayer
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  • isn't just prayer. There'sdifferent kinds of prayer. There
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  • are principles that rule prayer.It's not because God tried to
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  • make it hard. It's just thereare principles about the spirit
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  • realm and what took place on thecross. And how to transfer this
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  • amazing miraculous ability ofGod into our lives. There are
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  • principles in the Word. And thatis why today there are so many
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  • books on unanswered prayer.Everyone's got a theory. So I
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  • got a new theory. Maybe we don'tknow how to pray. So let me talk
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  • to you about prayer. You see, inthe Old Testament your faith is
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  • where you put your trust. Weknow through reading book of
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  • Hebrews chapter 11 and 12, thatthere were men and women of
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  • faith like Moses, like Abraham,the Father of faith. But what
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  • people don't know was that, whatwas the foundation for Abraham's
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  • faith? What was the foundationfor Moses' faith? What's the
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  • foundation? Well, it was a Wordfrom God. Whether it was a
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  • dream, or an angel talking toyou, or God speaking through a
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  • burning bush. But Moses what didhe put his faith in? Abraham
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  • what did he put his faith in?They put their faith in a Word
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  • from God. Abraham was spoken to.Other men and women in the
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  • Bible, God spoke to them. Andthe words that were spoken to
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  • them, their faith was anchoredin those words. When He hit the
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  • burning bush and He said toMoses, "You go tell him. Let my
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  • people go." You don't tell themost powerful man on the planet
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  • to let go two million of hisslaves. A guy who's about
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  • butcher, a killer for sport. Imean, it wasn't a sweet -, You
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  • know, pharaohs weren't sweetpeople. You mess with them.
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  • They'll kill you. He waspromised every place your feet
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  • trod, I'm giving it to you.Think of the things that God
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  • said to specific people in theOld Testament, because they
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  • anchored their faith in thewords that God spoke to them.
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  • Then we go and I'm going throughlike about 40 hours of doctrine.
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  • Let me just-, And you go studythis out, think this thing
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  • through. Then we've got Matthew,Mark, Luke, and John
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  • transitional books in the Bible.And what did people put their
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  • faith in there, and Jesus wouldsay to them, "Go thy way. Thy
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  • faith has made you whole." Theyput their faith in Jesus. God in
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  • the flesh walking on the planet.Here He was in skin, speaking,
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  • loving, calming the winds,walking on water, raising the
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  • dead. This is God in flesh.Where did they put their faith
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  • in? In Jesus. The centurion say,"You! You just speak the word
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  • and my servant will be madewhole." Their faith was in that
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  • physical Jesus. Now, when you goafter the cross, since Jesus has
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  • died, we are now in a newcovenant. Which simply means a
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  • new agreement between God andthe human race. This new
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  • agreement how, what is our faithin now? Do we all have to hear,
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  • have a vision from God? Do weall have to have an angel
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  • appeared to us and give us amandate? What do we put our
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  • faith in? Well, all through theNew Testament, you'll see
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  • teaching after teaching thatsays you must put your faith in
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  • the completed work of Jesus onthe cross. That's what our faith
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  • is in. And so if you don't knowthis, then you are going to pray
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  • old covenant prayers from theold deal. And that is why
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  • Christians today, they don'thave any idea how to pray. They
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  • are bugging, pleading, crying,asking God to do something. That
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  • God has already done. They donot understand the new covenant.
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  • The new deal. And, you know, ifwe were doing business together
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  • and I said to you, "Hey, couldyou come shingle my roof and
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  • I'll give you this much money."And so we agree. I sign the
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  • deal. And, you know, then, woo,woo, woo. Just the day before
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  • you come to my house I go, "Iwant to do a new deal. Included
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  • in that, I want whirlybirds. Iwant the soffit's done. I want
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  • this." So we talk and wenegotiate the price a little bit
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  • and you go, "Deal!" We shakehands. And I sign a new deal
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  • with him. Then as he comes in tolook after my place. He goes to
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  • whichever deal he wants. Yeah, Idecided not to put the so, you
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  • know, the whirlybird's on. Ididn't do the soffits. Like, you
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  • know, the second deal. I wentback to the first deal. Woo,
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  • woo, woo! The second deal meansthe first deal's kaput. Gone!
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  • This is the second deal. Butpeople don't get that. They
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  • think that read the OldTestament and if the Old
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  • Testament has it, then we can doit. Are you kidding me? The Old
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  • Testament must come through thecross because we have a Hebrews
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  • says we have a better covenant,a better deal with God. And
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  • prayer has completely changedsince the cross. You don't go
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  • praying Moses prayers andAbraham prayers and I want the
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  • double portion. Double portion?I've got the Man Himself on the
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  • inside of me. Double portion?I'm going to pray for everyone
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  • to have a double portion of God.I've got God. How do I get
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  • double God if I've got God? Wehave all these Old Testament
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  • teachings, all the Old Testamentdoctrines. Well, we're going to
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  • pray for a fresh anointing, anew anointing. Well, if you've
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  • got the God Himself on theinside of you, I don't think
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  • that the unique anointing on thepriest in the Old Testament and
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  • upon the king in the OldTestament and upon prophets in
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  • the Old Testament. Those wereOld Testament times. In the new
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  • covenant, you have God Himselfon the inside of you. Why? Are
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  • you? See, the Old Testament iseasier to preach out of. You
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  • know, David and Goliath. That'san exciting message. Or let's
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  • talk about filling up the oiland those little -, They're
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  • such, it's so easy to preachwith the Old Testament. But you
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  • go take apart Acts, Galatians.Go take apart Romans and
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  • Corinthians. And you better knowyour Bible. So a lot of people
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  • don't like preaching out ofthere because you've got to know
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  • the new covenant. Now, yourfaith. If you want to walk in a
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  • powerful kind of praying, thenyou've got to move out of that
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  • first deal faith. That firstcovenant that is gone. Hebrews
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  • says it's gone. And now we arein a new covenant. What is this
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  • new covenant? What is our faithin? Our faith is in the death,
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  • the burial, the resurrection,and the ascension of Jesus to
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  • the right hand of the Father.These things which are taught
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  • all through the epistles. Paulgot them by revelation from
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  • Jesus and then Jesus showed him.If you look at the New
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  • Testament, you will notice it isliterally a rewrite of the Old
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  • Testament. All of the NewTestament writings. If you get a
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  • Bible like the Expanded version.You can buy a Bible called the
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  • Expanded version. And every NewTestament verse that finds its
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  • place in the Old Testament. Itwill tell you where it is. It's
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  • a stunning read to realize thatthey didn't just write letters.
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  • Paul was going back into Isaiah.He was going back to Hezekiah.
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  • He was going back to theseprophets of old, minor prophets,
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  • major prophets. And he wasquoting and putting all this
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  • doctrine into place because itwas all prophesied about.
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  • There's going to come a daythere would be a people who
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  • would have God within theirspirit man. They would have
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  • authority. They would speak tomountains. They would declare
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  • and it wouldn't just be a littleanointing on a priest, a king, a
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  • prophet, or -, No, no. Thispresence of God, the anointed
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  • One would be within in them. Andso when we confuse as pastors.
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  • When we confuse the oldagreement between God and man,
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  • with the new agreement betweenGod and man. We literally make
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  • prayer something that causesgreat unbelief in people. You
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  • need to understand how crucialthis is. Now, in the old
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  • covenant, they would ask Godabout stuff and God would
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  • decide, okay? And so, inMatthew, Mark, Luke, and John,
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  • okay? Jesus was here. They wouldask Jesus, "If You will, You can
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  • heal me." Jesus said, "I will.Be healed." But in the new
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  • covenant, it is a done deal. TheBible says in 2 Peter. Let's go
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  • there and I'm going to just readthis verse together. Grace and
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  • peace be multiplied to you inthe knowledge of God and of
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  • Jesus our Lord, as His divinepower is going to give us
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  • something. No, it's not what itsays. It says, His divine power.
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  • Now, this word divine powermeans the biggest power, the
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  • greatest power in the universe.This is divine. This is God's
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  • power, has given, past tense tous, all things. How many? All
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  • things that pertain to life andgodliness. So life is this life
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  • on the planet. Godliness is tolive like Him. He's empowering
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  • you to do it. Now, move on. Thenit says, through the knowledge
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  • of Him. Who's Him? Jesus. Wheredoes this knowledge come from?
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  • Understanding Jesus. His death,His burial, His resurrection,
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  • and His ascension. So throughthe knowledge of Him who called
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  • us. It doesn't say who is goingto call us. Who called us by
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  • glory and virtue, by which havebeen given. Isn't, doesn't say
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  • is going to give. Have beengiven. So you've already been
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  • given what? Exceedingly greatand precious promises, that
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  • through these you may be. Now,that's future tense. Partakers
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  • of the divine nature, havingescaped the corruption that is
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  • in the world through lust. Youneed to take that home and
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  • meditate on those three versesbecause that is one of the key
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  • scriptures for understanding NewTestament faith. No, new
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  • covenant faith because the firstfour books of the New Testament
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  • aren't in the new covenant yet.Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
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  • are transitional books. So tounderstand the new covenant, you
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  • have to understand this is oneof the verses. That Jesus 2000
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  • years ago died for all of yoursin and He has given you a gift
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  • of being right with God. Youcould never be right enough on
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  • your own. So He's given yourighteousness as a gift. And
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  • then he says there is promisesin the Bible. These promises
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  • have been given to you so thatyou may change your life. So you
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  • have already been qualified forthese promises. So any prayer
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  • that is begging, pleading,crying, bawling, squalling.
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  • Please God do something. Whereyou think God is going to make a
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  • choice, isn't even a newcovenant prayer. God already
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  • decided the kind of life thatyou're going to have. And it's
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  • super abundantly beyond all thatyou can ask or think. He's
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  • already qualified you for allthe things you'll need in life.
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  • This qualification is in Jesus.You are in Him. Every promise
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  • that used to have an if. I stillhear it preach by preachers,
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  • "Well, every promise has an ifand if you don't fulfill the if,
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  • you can't have the promise. Now,that's old covenant. In the new
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  • covenant, He says that all thepromises are in Him, yes and
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  • amen. Sealed. Jesus hasqualified you for every promise.
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  • So if Jesus has qualified youfor every promise and His
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  • presence is within you. Why areyou going to ask Him to do
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  • something that you are waitingfor Him to make a choice about?
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  • And when you do and nothinghappens, you blame Him for
  • 00:15:04.819 --> 00:15:10.224
  • making a choice against you. Theaudience's prayer is either yes,
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  • no, or wait. And so we have allthese books about why God
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  • doesn't answer prayer. Now, whenyou get into God's Word and you
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  • begin to study. I'll give you acouple of things to think about
  • 00:15:25.974 --> 00:15:28.576
  • you people who have beenChristians for years. Have you
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  • noticed for example that in thetransitional books Matthew,
  • 00:15:31.145 --> 00:15:33.614
  • Mark, Luke, and John. That Jesuswould heal somebody and say, "Go
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  • thy way. Thy faith has made theewhole." And it's never repeated
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  • again from the book of Acts andon. I wonder why. There some to
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  • study. Or have you noticed inthe Old Testament, "Thus saith
  • 00:15:47.128 --> 00:15:50.665
  • the Lord is everywhere." Butnever in the New Testament. That
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  • that argue is a few hints thatthere some things to learn about
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  • this new agreement betweenmankind and between God. The
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  • deal isn't even between you andGod. One guy said, "I have
  • 00:16:05.580 --> 00:16:08.783
  • committed unpardonable sin so Ican't come back." Oh, so really?
  • 00:16:08.816 --> 00:16:11.719
  • What do you mean? Well, he said,"I cursed God out and I cussed
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  • Him out. I called Him a bunch ofnames. I committed -, I cursed
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  • the Holy Spirit. I told Him Idon't believe You anymore. I
  • 00:16:17.291 --> 00:16:19.660
  • walked. I'm finished. I gave Himthe finger. I did everything I
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  • could with my whole life to justtell God. I said, "Oh." He said,
  • 00:16:22.296 --> 00:16:27.235
  • "There is no agreement betweenme and God. It's finished. It's
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  • done." I said, "Well, you knowwhat. Actually, it just shows
  • 00:16:30.304 --> 00:16:32.707
  • your ignorance." What do youmean? I said, "The deal isn't
  • 00:16:32.740 --> 00:16:36.544
  • between you and God." What doyou mean? I said, "That was the
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  • problem in the garden. Adam andEve had the ability to lose the
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  • garden. In the new covenant, thedeal is between Jesus
  • 00:16:45.753 --> 00:16:50.958
  • representing the human race in ahuman body. He came to make a
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  • deal, a new covenant with Godbecause you and I could never
  • 00:16:55.797 --> 00:16:58.566
  • get it or keep it. So He came asa human being. He's all God but
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  • He's all human. And when He wentto heaven, He actually took that
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  • body with Him." The disciplessaw Jesus rise bodily. And
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  • seated at the right hand of theFather is Jesus Christ in a
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  • human body representing thehuman race. So that I said, "You
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  • actually can't destroy yourability to get right with God
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  • because Jesus secured it. Youdon't have enough power." Big
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  • tears running down his face. Hesaid, "You mean, it's not over?
  • 00:17:27.328 --> 00:17:31.032
  • I thought I was done." I said,"No." I said, "What Jesus has
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  • secured." I said, "You can'tdestroy for good. Let me guide
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  • you. Let me lead you in aprayer." There's so many things
  • 00:17:39.207 --> 00:17:41.175
  • that Christians -, Are youChristian? Well, you know, I've
  • 00:17:41.209 --> 00:17:44.378
  • read the Bible, but I don'tunderstand it. Stop. Then go
  • 00:17:44.412 --> 00:17:51.219
  • find some -, Go find a goodchurch. Get a preacher that
  • 00:17:51.252 --> 00:17:55.323
  • knows what he's talking about,doesn't just going to feed candy
  • 00:17:55.356 --> 00:17:57.492
  • to an already diabetic crowd.And teach you something about
  • 00:17:57.525 --> 00:18:01.729
  • the new covenant in the Word ofGod. Because prayer isn't about
  • 00:18:01.762 --> 00:18:06.234
  • in the new covenant asking Godand He says yes or no. No. In
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  • fact, there's a great story ofshowing us the apostles or the
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  • disciples as they went forth. InActs 16, I just tell you the
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  • story, verse 22. Paul and Silasare out ministering to people
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  • doing miracles. And they did amiracle with this demon
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  • possessed person who was, youknow, these men were using her
  • 00:18:28.322 --> 00:18:31.626
  • to tell people's fortunes. Sothey got mad, their money was
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  • gone, and they beat Paul andSilas, beat them viciously the
  • 00:18:35.663 --> 00:18:39.433
  • Bible says, threw them in jail.They had handcuffs on, chains on
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  • their feet, in a deepest part ofa prison where there's rats and
  • 00:18:45.373 --> 00:18:49.177
  • no food. Although there weren'tgreat prisons back then. Now,
  • 00:18:49.210 --> 00:18:52.580
  • can you imagine Silas? So Paul'sthe leader and Silas is
  • 00:18:52.613 --> 00:18:57.318
  • following him from city to city.So if I was Silas, this is
  • 00:18:57.351 --> 00:19:00.655
  • probably something I would do."Oh, Paul. You really heard from
  • 00:19:00.688 --> 00:19:04.091
  • God about this city, didn't you?Oh, God told us to come? That's
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  • what you told me on the walkedhere. Well, we just got beaten
  • 00:19:08.396 --> 00:19:11.265
  • and whipped. I got skin hangingup my back. I'm bleeding. I'll
  • 00:19:11.299 --> 00:19:13.534
  • probably catch gangrene. Andhere we are locked in a prison.
  • 00:19:13.568 --> 00:19:16.737
  • They're probably going to killus tomorrow morning for all we
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  • know." And just, just take himon. But the Bible says that
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  • whipped and beaten and sittingin stocks in a prison. They
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  • began to sing so loud the wholeprison heard them. They began to
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  • sing praises to God. They beganto rejoice to God. And to the
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  • place where they felt it's anhonour if I'm going to get
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  • beaten because I'm talking aboutyou. And as they're singing and
  • 00:19:41.028 --> 00:19:44.599
  • worshipping and praising at thedarkest hour of that night, an
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  • earthquake hit that prison andreleased everybody's chains. Not
  • 00:19:47.969 --> 00:19:51.839
  • just theirs, everybody's chains.And we have to understand, the
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  • Bible is including these storiesfor us to learn. Now, Peter, who
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  • by the way authored 1 Peter and2 Peter under the inspiration of
  • 00:20:02.984 --> 00:20:07.154
  • the Holy Spirit. He knew thatwe've been given all promises.
  • 00:20:07.188 --> 00:20:10.691
  • You know, the disciples likePaul, Silas. They knew that
  • 00:20:10.725 --> 00:20:13.928
  • Jesus had qualified them. So asthey're sitting there in jail,
  • 00:20:13.961 --> 00:20:17.465
  • they're not going, "Oh, God.Please get us out. We just ask.
  • 00:20:17.498 --> 00:20:21.335
  • We just break the power of thedevil. In the name of Jesus, we
  • 00:20:21.369 --> 00:20:25.072
  • bind the prayer." Like all thistype of praying. They didn't.
  • 00:20:25.106 --> 00:20:29.377
  • They praised, worshipped, andthanked Him. Why? Because they
  • 00:20:29.410 --> 00:20:33.547
  • knew that all the promises weretheirs. They knew the protection
  • 00:20:33.581 --> 00:20:36.851
  • was theirs. They knew thathealing was given to them. They
  • 00:20:36.884 --> 00:20:38.919
  • knew that Jesus qualified them.So what's there left to pray
  • 00:20:38.953 --> 00:20:42.156
  • about? Meaning to beg, bug,plead, and ask, and wait for an
  • 00:20:42.189 --> 00:20:45.693
  • answer. It's no waiting for ananswer. These men praised and
  • 00:20:45.726 --> 00:20:49.597
  • worshipped God. That, you see,faith is a confidence in what
  • 00:20:49.630 --> 00:20:53.668
  • Jesus has done. And all throughthe Bible, you're going to read
  • 00:20:53.701 --> 00:20:57.204
  • to, in everything give thanks,Thessalonians says. Everywhere
  • 00:20:57.238 --> 00:21:02.009
  • you go, you're going to findevery book that was written in
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  • here and all through the OldTestament. Look up words like
  • 00:21:05.112 --> 00:21:07.648
  • rejoice evermore. That doesn'tmean on the inside. That means
  • 00:21:07.682 --> 00:21:11.185
  • say it out loud. When it says,"Be thankful." Like gratitude
  • 00:21:11.218 --> 00:21:15.823
  • and attitude. But thankfulnessis an action. Get thankful.
  • 00:21:15.856 --> 00:21:20.828
  • There's something about thankingGod and praising Him for what He
  • 00:21:20.861 --> 00:21:24.665
  • has done. So when I pray, peopleoften ask, "How do you pray,
  • 00:21:24.699 --> 00:21:27.501
  • Leon?" Well, I'm never bug andpleading. You know, I don't
  • 00:21:27.535 --> 00:21:30.171
  • bother speaking to the devil.That once in a blue moon I say
  • 00:21:30.204 --> 00:21:32.840
  • something. I say, "Shut up andgo." Other than that, I'm
  • 00:21:32.873 --> 00:21:35.142
  • thanking Him for what's alreadydone. And faith, okay. The faith
  • 00:21:35.176 --> 00:21:39.747
  • that you and I have in this newcovenant is a faith that
  • 00:21:39.780 --> 00:21:43.150
  • believes that where I am goingJesus has already made a way,
  • 00:21:43.184 --> 00:21:47.621
  • paved the way. Every promise ismine. Everything in the books
  • 00:21:47.655 --> 00:21:50.691
  • has been qualified for me.There's nothing that can stop
  • 00:21:50.725 --> 00:21:53.594
  • it. And so I'm moving on. I'mgoing to just -, Praying for me
  • 00:21:53.627 --> 00:21:57.365
  • is thanking and praising Him. Soif I've got a financial miracle,
  • 00:21:57.398 --> 00:22:00.534
  • I need something going on in myfinances. I'm not, "Okay, I got
  • 00:22:00.568 --> 00:22:03.637
  • to go praying and pull down thestrongholds." Jesus did that.
  • 00:22:03.671 --> 00:22:08.075
  • I'm going to go, "Father, I wantto thank you right now, that I'm
  • 00:22:08.109 --> 00:22:10.478
  • qualified for all the promisesof God. The one that says You've
  • 00:22:10.511 --> 00:22:13.180
  • given us the power to makewealth in Deuteronomy 8:18. The
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  • one that says, "That Father."And I just start quoting verses
  • 00:22:16.717 --> 00:22:19.086
  • and thanking Him for them. I'mnot going, "Now, you did
  • 00:22:19.120 --> 00:22:21.455
  • promise." As if He's going tomake a choice. He made a choice
  • 00:22:21.489 --> 00:22:24.792
  • and it's given to you. Sothankfulness is the way we pray.
  • 00:22:24.825 --> 00:22:29.997
  • It's declaring what God hasdone. As you go through this new
  • 00:22:30.030 --> 00:22:36.103
  • covenant, you're going to findcontinuously you're being
  • 00:22:36.137 --> 00:22:40.107
  • admonished. Be thankful.Rejoice! Rejoice evermore. This
  • 00:22:40.141 --> 00:22:45.579
  • is the will of God in ChristJesus concerning you. Every time
  • 00:22:45.613 --> 00:22:49.183
  • it talks about anxiousness orworry. It will say, "Pray with
  • 00:22:49.216 --> 00:22:53.120
  • thanksgiving." What isthanksgiving? Thank you for
  • 00:22:53.154 --> 00:22:55.923
  • Jesus. Thank you for what He'sdone. Thank you for the promises
  • 00:22:55.956 --> 00:22:58.659
  • of God. Thank you that Jesusqualifies. I want to thank you
  • 00:22:58.692 --> 00:23:01.362
  • for the promises of healing.They're mine and I'm rejoicing
  • 00:23:01.395 --> 00:23:04.064
  • in that. That's how I pray. Ipray past tense. Done deal from
  • 00:23:04.098 --> 00:23:09.336
  • a place of victory that this -,Where is all these miracles?
  • 00:23:09.370 --> 00:23:13.307
  • It's within us because God iswithin us. And so 2000 years ago
  • 00:23:13.340 --> 00:23:17.645
  • when He died for you, He died sothat any miracle you need for
  • 00:23:17.678 --> 00:23:20.681
  • protection, any miracle you needfor health, any miracle you need
  • 00:23:20.714 --> 00:23:23.050
  • in anywhere. He qualified youfor it. So we bore everybody to
  • 00:23:23.083 --> 00:23:28.222
  • death with this long prayermeetings of, God. Like what is
  • 00:23:28.255 --> 00:23:36.730
  • it you're asking Him to do? Iwant Him to heal me. He did and
  • 00:23:36.764 --> 00:23:43.137
  • He placed that presence forhealing within you. Well, I need
  • 00:23:43.170 --> 00:23:47.274
  • financial blessing, okay. He didthat, too. He did? Yeah, 2 Peter
  • 00:23:47.308 --> 00:23:52.079
  • chapter 1. Every promise you'renot qualified, go find some
  • 00:23:52.112 --> 00:23:54.982
  • promises in the Word of God.That promise blessing and
  • 00:23:55.015 --> 00:23:57.685
  • prosperity. Take them and juststart being thankful for them.
  • 00:23:57.718 --> 00:24:00.087
  • See, to be a thankful persondoesn't mean that you are a
  • 00:24:00.120 --> 00:24:03.424
  • Pollyannaish or serendipitousperson who ignores all the
  • 00:24:03.457 --> 00:24:05.693
  • problems. No, not at all. But Irefuse to focus on and find
  • 00:24:05.726 --> 00:24:09.563
  • problems that everybody else. Iwant to live in this world of
  • 00:24:09.597 --> 00:24:12.399
  • thankful. It is all through thenew covenant. I challenge you,
  • 00:24:12.433 --> 00:24:16.103
  • go get yourself a Strong'sConcordance and look up rejoice
  • 00:24:16.136 --> 00:24:19.240
  • evermore. Look up thankfulness.Look up giving thanks.
  • 00:24:19.273 --> 00:24:22.309
  • Look up and see how muchit is through there.
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  • It is a key to answer prayer.
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  • -LEON: I want to pray for youright now. Father, I thank You
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  • for those who labor and give andpray. And I ask right now that
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  • for every partner that isfinancially taken on this dream,
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  • this goal, to take this gospelto the world. I ask You to touch
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  • them in a beautiful way. I prayto open doors, Father,
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  • financially in so many ways ofcareer, etcetera. Bless them. I
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