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Flesh or Demons Part 1

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November 7, 2019
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Flesh or Demons Part 1

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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: You have one nature now. It's the nature of
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  • Christ and your nature comes from your spirit. You just have
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  • a flesh that is untrained.
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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: Hey, everyone! It's so good to have you with us today.
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  • I'm excited about the message that we're gonna be talking
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  • about because so many people are confused about this issue. As a
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  • Christian, why am I dealing with things in my life? Is it demons
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  • or is it my flesh? What's the difference? How do they work
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  • together? Because we have this, the Christian body of Christ
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  • seems to be polarized. It's either they're really into
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  • demons and everything is about binding the devil, commanding
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  • his power broken. No one has been able to tell me when you
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  • bind the devil, how long do they stay bound? If you command him
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  • to go, how long does he stay gone? Is it a 24-hour thing?
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  • Some believe they can bind him up and throw him into the pit.
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  • Others are trying to take him to court and the court of the
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  • heavens. I have heard so much teaching on this thing. That
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  • we've got to stick to the Bible especially the new covenant. So
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  • when you go to Galatians 5:15 and on, we're talking here to
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  • Christians, to the churches of Galatia. And I'm gonna, we can
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  • talk on this whole chapter, but Paul is teaching on this topic.
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  • And it's worth us to read because I can show you quickly
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  • how to deal with anger, lust, bad habits in your life as a
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  • believer, addictions. So many of these things that the body of
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  • Christ seems to scream at demons, bind demons, take demons
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  • to court. Whatever your doctrine is, that never works. So let us
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  • listen what Paul has to say about this. It says verses 15 of
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  • Galatians 5, "But if you bite and devour one another, take
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  • heed that you be not consumed one of another." He is saying
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  • here that if you don't get your act together, you're going to
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  • destroy your relationships. And it goes on to talk and we'll
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  • read some of it. That hatred and anger and jealousy and then just
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  • pursuing pleasure from partying. Actually, getting involved in
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  • things like witchcraft and sorcery. That this is the works
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  • of the flesh, it goes on to say. But I've met a lot of people
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  • who've given their lives to Jesus Christ who struggle.
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  • They're angriest people you ever saw. They are the most jealous
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  • people you've ever seen. Some people would teach this and say
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  • this is before you give your life to Jesus Christ. But I've
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  • got news for you. I, in the 40 years of ministering to people
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  • have ministered to Christians with every one of the works of
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  • the flesh that is talked about here because until you go to
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  • heaven, you have a flesh. Now, the word flesh in the Bible, I
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  • think it's Sarx. S-A-R-X. It just means your physical body.
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  • That this physical body has desires. A desire for sex, a
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  • desire for food, a desire for pleasure, a desire for things.
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  • And then there's, and it tends to be selfish. In fact, the
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  • Bible says that the flesh wars against the spirit. And so even
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  • in your own life, if you begin to get focused on the flesh,
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  • it's desires. And if you'll follow the teachings we're about
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  • to go to, you could be a Christian who when you die,
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  • you're gonna go to heaven. But you'll never be able to live and
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  • function in the kingdom of God on the planet. Because Jesus
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  • said the kingdom of God is within you. Meaning, that the
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  • kingdom of God is not meet and drink but righteousness, peace,
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  • and joy in the Holy Spirit. So until we get to heaven where
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  • everything is gonna be so much easier, while you're on this
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  • planet the kingdom of God is within you. And if you want to
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  • walk in the power, the incredible of the kingdom of
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  • God. You can have incredible peace, not anxiety, worry,
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  • anxiousness. This peace is so incredible, Jesus said the world
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  • can't have it. But you as a believer can have it and it's
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  • already there within you. You just don't know how to access
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  • it. The kingdom of God is not meet and drink. Let's start with
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  • righteousness, too. Righteousness, this incredible
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  • gift that you are in right standing with God because of
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  • Jesus' behavior. And yes, you should be working on your
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  • behavior and the power of God is there to win every time with
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  • your own behavior. Which we're talking about, your own
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  • behavior. But as we look at this righteousness. You are
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  • righteous. You are in right standing with God. It's a gift
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  • from Jesus. This brings incredible peace to you. When
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  • others are freaking out, worrying, stress out, dreaming,
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  • looking ahead with horrible foresight just believing that
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  • the worse is gonna happen. You're at peace, just total
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  • peace. Then it says joy. Well, so many Christians today don't
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  • have joy. Many of them are going back to where they have a little
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  • bit of happiness. Which is getting drunk, doing drugs, you
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  • know, pursuing pleasure in areas that the Bible says don't do
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  • this because this is going to destroy your life. So if you
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  • want to literally walk in the kingdom of God, I mean, at His
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  • right hand are pleasures forever more. What an incredible promise
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  • and he's not talking about heaven. We know heaven is. He
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  • means down here. You can walk in a place of peace, a place of
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  • joy. And what's unique about this peace and this joy is that
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  • the world has a peace and the joy only when you control the
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  • storms. You stop them. You can meditate for a while, use some
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  • of that form and find peace. But when you get right back up and
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  • walk into your life off with your meditation or off with your
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  • meditation mat. Then it all comes back on you. But a
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  • believer can learn to live in the kingdom, to learn to work
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  • the kingdom of God. The Bible says in Matthew 6, seek first
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  • the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Not this crazy,
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  • you gotta do it all yourself. You gotta be good enough for God
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  • to look after you kind of righteousness. And then you're
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  • gonna find a completely different area and way of
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  • living. So when you go on to Galatians, it goes on to talk
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  • about. I'm a reading from the Expanded and listen to what
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  • says. It says, "The wrong things that this flesh does are very
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  • clear and very evident, very obvious. I mean, sexually
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  • unfaithful, not pure, taking part in sexual sins, a
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  • depravity, a promiscuity, worshiping other gods, idolatry.
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  • Putting something before God. You know, whether it's your
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  • money. Whether it's your status. Something is there before God,
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  • doing witchcraft literally somehow. And this could be
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  • talking about Christians doing things that aren't in the Bible
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  • in their prayer life or in their talking. Literally are getting
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  • involved in witchcraft, sorcery. Then it talks about being
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  • hateful, hostile, antagonistic, making trouble for people. So
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  • you're bringing discord and strife. You're being jealous.
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  • You're being angry. You're being selfish. You're making people
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  • angry with each other. You're causing trouble between other
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  • people, causing divisions amongst people. Feeling envy,
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  • being drunk, having wild parties, carousing, orgies, and
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  • doing things like these. I say I warn you now as I warned you
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  • before. Those who do these things will not inherit the
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  • kingdom of God." So it's talking here about this thing called
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  • flesh. Now, other people teach, and they'll teach as though you
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  • have two natures. The nature of sin and the nature of
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  • righteousness. And that these two natures are here fighting
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  • each other. Which you can't have two natures because you would
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  • be, like it'd be, would drive you crazy. You have one nature
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  • now. It's the nature of Christ and your nature comes from your
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  • spirit. You just have a flesh that is untrained. There's a new
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  • nature within you. It's the nature of Christ. And yes, you
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  • do have to renew your mind and make your body a living
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  • sacrifice. So we've got to understand this, otherwise, so
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  • many Christians, you think it's the devil. And because of your
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  • belief, you give the devil power. The devil has no power.
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  • But if you believe he does, wow, then he just comes in and takes
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  • that opportunity. You can't give the devil authority, but you can
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  • give the devil opportunity. So many Christians with the
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  • authority to change their lives, with the power to live their own
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  • lives in a better way. They're teaching in what they believe is
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  • so off that they are unwittingly giving the devil power. And they
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  • believe in his power more and more as this addiction spirals
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  • out of control, as anger spirals out of control. And begins to
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  • control their thought life, every emotion, their work, even
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  • their relationship with God, their church relationships. If
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  • you don't deal with these things by putting them to death,
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  • because the flesh is easily controlled. According to the
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  • Bible, by the power of God that is within you. And I will show
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  • you how simple that this is. So first of all, let's just
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  • remember. It's very rare that we see the devil being dealt with
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  • in the New Testament. There are times where, you know, the demon
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  • possessed girl was trying to tell Paul's fortune, or she was
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  • just saying some things when the apostles were in that city and
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  • finally, one just totally quiet and come out. So led by the
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  • Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit guide them. This woman wants
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  • freedom. She'll take freedom and commanded it to go and he has
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  • authority there. Other than that, we don't have crazy wild
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  • times of prayer that some intercessory prayer people go
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  • to. We literally have them believing in the cross. Paul
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  • said that he did not just preach crazy things. He preached the
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  • cross of Christ. And then there was an incredible man at the
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  • station of miracles and signs and wonders. So many Christians
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  • don't want to go back to the incredible teaching of the
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  • scripture. They want to make up. There are so many Christian
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  • books today that aren't worth reading. I know because I buy
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  • them, and I throw them out. I buy them. I throw them out
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  • because they're not scriptural. And it's like beating the air.
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  • It's like we begin to think we're fighting the devil and
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  • he's just laughing because in your focus on the devil as your
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  • problem. You're giving him power. If you really believe
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  • that your anger is because the attack of the devil, then every
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  • time you feel angry, you will believe the devil is here today
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  • and he's making me do this. So you're focused on the devil and
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  • you suddenly begin to believe on the inside. Man is he powerful.
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  • I'm getting angrier and angrier. The devil is really on my case.
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  • Oh, man. He must have a hoard of demons on my case because now
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  • I'm so angry. I'm punching the walls. Oh, the devil is really
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  • on my case because now. That's crazy doctrine. Okay, if you've
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  • given your life to Christ, then you are a new creation, new
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  • creation in your spirit. And here at Galatians is talking
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  • about that all these things that are going on. And then it says,
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  • "I warn you now as I warned you before. Those who do these
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  • things will not inherit God's kingdom." Okay. So some people
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  • think here that you can't go to heaven if you have any of these
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  • problems. Well, everyone of us has had thoughts that were
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  • impure. And so you had to deal with them. Everyone's dealt with
  • 00:13:20.110 --> 00:13:24.050
  • things like jealousy. Everyone's dealing with things like getting
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  • angry, being selfish. Everyone of us has probably caused
  • 00:13:27.060 --> 00:13:31.000
  • division, you know, amongst us in our relationships. So when it
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  • says you'll not inherit God's kingdom, it's talking about
  • 00:13:35.280 --> 00:13:39.020
  • living. So the kingdom of God while you're on this planet is
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  • not meet and drink but righteousness, peace, and joy in
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  • the Holy Spirit. So it's saying here even if you've given your
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  • life to Christ and you make heaven, that you will not be
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  • able to live, like in the kingdom on this planet. You're
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  • not going to enjoy the righteousness. You're not going
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  • to enjoy these things that God has given you. And so this is
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  • crucial that we understand this area. You've got Jesus on the
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  • inside of you, a new nature on the inside of you. Let's now see
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  • the power that we have. Now, here he's talking about the
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  • fruit of the Spirit. These are things that grow and it doesn't
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  • grow from willpower of the mind. Your mind makes a choice. You
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  • learn to allow the power of God to flow through you and these
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  • are the fruit. And then it goes on talking about love, joy,
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  • peace, patience, kindness, goodness, longsuffering,
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  • depending upon which version you're reading. They use
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  • different words, but they all mean the same thing. These are
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  • this incredibly powerful strengths that a Christian has.
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  • When you walk in love, when you want to be angry and jealous and
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  • you're walking in love towards another brother. You're not
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  • jealous. You're excited for him. When you began to have
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  • longsuffering, and someone that you love is going through a
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  • period of time going through something that you can't control
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  • because it's their freewill. But that affects you. This
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  • longsuffering is not, "Oh, I'm suffering through things." No,
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  • no. There is the stunning patience. This ability to
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  • believe God and a laugh and to love and to enjoy life even when
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  • someone you love like your spouse or a child or a parent or
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  • a best friend or your partner in business is going through a
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  • rough time and you can't control what they do. How do you get
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  • through that with joy and peace when they so impact your life?
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  • The only way is by this, this fruit of the Spirit. And if you
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  • do not read this, I'm gonna tell everyone. You need to be reading
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  • this and making sure that you are focused and that you
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  • believed this. Now, this really ties in with the renewing of the
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  • mind because the renewing of the mind in Romans 12 where it says
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  • make your body a living sacrifice totally acceptable to
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  • God. Which is your reasonable service. And in verse 2 says
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  • don't be conformed to this world. Meaning, that you are
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  • going to still allow, even though you only have the nature
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  • of Jesus, your mind and body have to be retrained because
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  • they gave in to all these selfish issues. It says you need
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  • to be transformed. This transformation is amazing. It's
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  • powerful. And this transformation as you begin to
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  • renew your mind with God's Word. As you begin to realize what
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  • Jesus did on the cross, His death, His burial, His
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  • resurrection. And then He seated at the righthand of the Father
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  • is something few preachers seemed to preach about. Or I'll
  • 00:16:33.150 --> 00:16:37.000
  • preach on three keys to this and six keys to that and how to have
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  • courage. And it's all good teaching, I think. But if you've
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  • got to start at the foundation. If you as a believer, don't even
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  • know what the cross to the throne means in your life. Then
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  • you don't even understand the new covenant. And so this new
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  • covenant is crucial. So it says in the Bible in Ephesians 4 that
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  • I need to put off the old ways and put on the new. So let's say
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  • that you struggle with depression. Oh, let's say you
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  • struggle with this bluesy, this down. You're never happy. And so
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  • you begin to look at the fruit of the Spirit and you begin to
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  • realize what Jesus did on the cross. As you find out that He
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  • died for your sins. He took your punishment. He took the wrath of
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  • God. That when Jesus arose, He brought resurrection power that
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  • you have as well. Now that He's seated at the righthand of the
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  • Father in authority. That this authority that Jesus has, you
  • 00:17:34.270 --> 00:17:39.200
  • share in because you are in Christ. You begin to believe the
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  • stance of the New Testament. It changes the way you look at
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  • things. Now, you look at feeling unhappy and down and bluesy and
  • 00:17:47.230 --> 00:17:51.210
  • depress whatever verb, whatever word you want to put. And the
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  • Bible says you can put that off. What? You can put it off and you
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  • can bring on joy. Now, this joy isn't being brought on from
  • 00:18:01.130 --> 00:18:05.080
  • heaven. It's actually being brought out from your spirit
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  • where Jesus is. Greater is He who is in you than he who is in
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  • the world. Whereas most Christians are trying to pray
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  • down joy. They're trying to pray down peace. They don't realize
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  • this joy and this peace is in their spirit because that's
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  • where Jesus is. And greater is the joy in your spirit. Okay?
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  • That the unhappiness and the bluesiness and the depression
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  • that is in the world that you feel is controlling you. So once
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  • you believe and faith is such a crucial issue. And you can only
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  • believe by getting into the Word says in Romans 10:17, faith
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  • cometh by hearing and understanding the Word of God.
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  • And I'm going to continually say this, especially what does the
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  • cross mean when He dies? And what does the cross, what is,
  • 00:18:54.140 --> 00:18:58.050
  • you know, His death, His burial, His resurrection, and then He
  • 00:18:58.060 --> 00:19:02.280
  • seated at the righthand of the Father. These are all crucial
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  • meanings and are talked about through the entire New
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  • Testament. And people just seemed to not see what's there.
  • 00:19:08.280 --> 00:19:12.020
  • They just literally take New Testament scriptures and they
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  • rebuild an old covenant that says your performance is what
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  • allows God to get involved in your life. And this is not true.
  • 00:19:19.060 --> 00:19:24.010
  • So these fruits of the Spirit. This joy, this peace, this
  • 00:19:24.020 --> 00:19:28.270
  • patience is not something you have to pray for. In fact, when
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  • you pray for joy, when you pray for peace. Did you know that you
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  • are suddenly putting yourself into unbelief? If you are
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  • praying for patience. You don't pray for patience. You grow it.
  • 00:19:43.080 --> 00:19:47.160
  • You don't pray for joy. You grow it. You don't pray for love. You
  • 00:19:47.170 --> 00:19:53.130
  • grow it. Because it's already in your spirit deep within you. And
  • 00:19:53.140 --> 00:19:57.080
  • as you go into God's Word and you begin to get knowledgeable.
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  • Oh, I have authority because I am a new creation. I have
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  • authority and power over depression. Now, over this
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  • anger, over this jealousy. What do I do because I still feel
  • 00:20:12.050 --> 00:20:14.210
  • angry? The Bible says put it off and put on this joy. Put on this
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  • peace. When you know you can, then you just start speaking
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  • that way. You get up in the morning. I put off anger. I put
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  • off jealousy. I put it off and I put on joy. It's mine and in the
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  • name of Jesus I live in joy. Now, that day as you begin to go
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  • about, and you sense anger rising up. Just stop. No, I put
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  • off anger in Jesus name and I put on joy in the name of Jesus.
  • 00:20:42.070 --> 00:20:46.130
  • And as you continue to live your life this way, this joy begins
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  • to grow in a powerful way. And as the joy grows, you'll sense
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  • it. You'll know it. Now, as it grows, it never has to go back
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  • down. You just stay in God's Word joy grows. The peace is
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  • growing. I mean, over here patience is growing, kindness,
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  • and goodness. All this powerful. There are nine powerful
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  • attributes, nine powerful strengths of a believer that
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  • begin to grow in your life. And now all of your relationships
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  • change. In your own mind you live in this incredible thing
  • 00:21:18.150 --> 00:21:21.260
  • called you are now experiencing the kingdom of God because
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  • you're not living out of the flesh and all of its, the way it
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  • was trained to be angry, to be jealous. You know, this selfish
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  • side. This selfishness that you've learned in your old life
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  • and that old you is dead and gone. You are a new creation.
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  • Now, stop believing you've got a demon problem. Okay? It's so,
  • 00:21:41.290 --> 00:21:45.080
  • it's rare, rare, rare. And by the way, even if you did. Let's
  • 00:21:45.090 --> 00:21:48.110
  • say that you are a born-again believer. But the enemy saw you
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  • dealing with anger. Your whole life made you do hurtful things
  • 00:21:52.060 --> 00:21:55.050
  • to people because of your anger. You might have hurt people. You
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  • might have gone to jail because of anger issues, of assault,
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  • battery. Anger is so controlling you. And you give your life to
  • 00:22:01.000 --> 00:22:05.230
  • Jesus Christ and He comes in and you are a brand-new creation.
  • 00:22:05.240 --> 00:22:10.090
  • Now you still have to deal with this old training of giving into
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  • anger. Instantly if anger rises up, you just give in to it. Oh,
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  • no. Now I put it off. I don't give into it. I put it off. How
  • 00:22:18.080 --> 00:22:21.100
  • do you do that? It's just by knowing in your head and by
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  • often saying it. I put off anger. I put on joy. I choose
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  • joy. I choose peace. I choose the beautiful characteristics of
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  • living in the Spirit. And they're yours. They're already
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  • there. It's this believing that. And so I want to challenge you.
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  • Our time is up. We'll pick up here on this next session
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  • talking about the same thing. But I want to make sure that you
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  • understand. And today take this and just believe. I am a new
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  • creation. I'm going to challenge you to go to our messages and
  • 00:22:50.110 --> 00:22:54.050
  • find messages about what happened at the cross. What
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  • happened when Jesus took sin, became sin? What happened when
  • 00:22:57.220 --> 00:23:02.090
  • He took the curse of the law? Galatians 3:13 says that curse
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  • is gone. It's no longer allowed in your life. And then when He
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  • rose again, in this resurrection power. That may Jesus rise up,
  • 00:23:10.050 --> 00:23:14.290
  • helps you to rise up because I am crucified with Christ.
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  • Nevertheless, I live, yet not I, but it is Christ who lives in
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  • me. And the life that I now live, I live not in the flesh. I
  • 00:23:24.290 --> 00:23:29.290
  • live by the faith in the Son of God, who gave Himself for me.
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  • This new life is so different, so unique. And I'm telling
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  • you, it's gonna transform your life. We love you.
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