Flesh or Demons Part 2 | TBN

Flesh or Demons Part 2

Watch Flesh or Demons Part 2
November 9, 2019
27:31

Leon Fontaine

Closed captions

Flesh or Demons Part 2

Show timecode
Hide timecode
  • -ANNOUNCER: What would you change in your life?
  • 00:00:01.040 --> 00:00:02.160
  • - What if you could unleash the miraculous in your
  • 00:00:06.150 --> 00:00:08.290
  • everyday life?
  • 00:00:09.000 --> 00:00:09.200
  • - Experience freedom, live in peace, change the world. Become
  • 00:00:13.040 --> 00:00:19.140
  • Spirit Contemporary. Join Leon Fontaine, world renowned
  • 00:00:19.150 --> 00:00:24.030
  • conference speaker, senior pastor of Canada's fastest
  • 00:00:24.040 --> 00:00:26.280
  • growing church, and CEO of Canada's only Christian TV
  • 00:00:26.290 --> 00:00:30.190
  • station. Today, on THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE.
  • 00:00:30.200 --> 00:00:35.000
  • -LEON FONTAINE: Satan has no authority.
  • 00:00:36.140 --> 00:00:38.140
  • You can't give him authority because Jesus has all authority.
  • 00:00:38.150 --> 00:00:42.170
  • But you can give him opportunity.
  • 00:00:42.180 --> 00:00:45.030
  • -ANNOUNCER: In John 10:10, it says that Jesus came to give us
  • 00:00:46.120 --> 00:00:49.080
  • life, and life more abundantly. So, why is there such a
  • 00:00:49.090 --> 00:00:52.260
  • disconnect between this biblical promise, and how most Christians
  • 00:00:52.270 --> 00:00:56.180
  • live today? Why have so many believers become spiritually
  • 00:00:56.190 --> 00:01:00.070
  • weak, and ineffective at sharing Jesus' message of love? THE
  • 00:01:00.080 --> 00:01:04.210
  • SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is the answer. It's being led by Holy
  • 00:01:04.220 --> 00:01:08.260
  • Spirit, but in a contemporary way. It's being Jesus and
  • 00:01:08.270 --> 00:01:12.230
  • demonstrating His love in ways people can understand and
  • 00:01:12.240 --> 00:01:16.080
  • appreciate. Spirit Contemporary is unique for everyone. It never
  • 00:01:16.090 --> 00:01:20.200
  • compromises the truth, and it never makes others feel
  • 00:01:20.210 --> 00:01:23.210
  • uncomfortable. It's freeing yourself from religious
  • 00:01:23.220 --> 00:01:26.120
  • constraints, and walking freely in God's amazing grace, for His
  • 00:01:26.130 --> 00:01:30.130
  • purpose. THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is absolutely crucial if
  • 00:01:30.140 --> 00:01:34.110
  • the global church and her people are going to change the world.
  • 00:01:34.120 --> 00:01:38.000
  • - Later in the show, we'll tell you how you can reserve your
  • 00:01:38.010 --> 00:01:40.290
  • copy of today's resource. Enrich your soul and renew your mind
  • 00:01:41.000 --> 00:01:44.110
  • with this timely series.
  • 00:01:44.120 --> 00:01:45.240
  • - And now, from Calgary, Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
  • 00:01:47.010 --> 00:01:50.130
  • -LEON: Hey, everybody! It's so good to have you with us again.
  • 00:01:52.200 --> 00:01:55.080
  • It's exciting to get into God's Word. I find that if you're
  • 00:01:55.090 --> 00:01:58.110
  • bored with the Bible, then you haven't really begun to
  • 00:01:58.120 --> 00:02:01.030
  • understand the concepts that are being taught in the Bible. It's
  • 00:02:01.040 --> 00:02:06.100
  • just become a book about how to deal with your behavior and
  • 00:02:06.110 --> 00:02:09.120
  • dealing with behavior is important but nowhere near as
  • 00:02:09.130 --> 00:02:12.260
  • important to being completely transformed and living in such
  • 00:02:12.270 --> 00:02:15.250
  • freedom and joy. Now, this is a second and final message in a
  • 00:02:15.260 --> 00:02:20.150
  • series called Flesh or Demons. So we did one. This is a second
  • 00:02:20.160 --> 00:02:24.120
  • one and we quickly review. We talked about so much of the body
  • 00:02:24.130 --> 00:02:29.260
  • of Christ believes its demons that are messing with them. And
  • 00:02:29.270 --> 00:02:34.280
  • so we have incredible doctrines. Now, by incredible, I don't mean
  • 00:02:34.290 --> 00:02:39.050
  • good, just incredibly long and detailed about how to deal with
  • 00:02:39.060 --> 00:02:44.010
  • the devil. As though once you command him to go, he's not
  • 00:02:44.020 --> 00:02:47.120
  • going to reattack. As though, and so what we've done is we
  • 00:02:47.130 --> 00:02:50.250
  • have given him power over our lives. Now, not authority but
  • 00:02:50.260 --> 00:02:55.050
  • opportunity. And so many believers have the devil issues
  • 00:02:55.060 --> 00:02:59.160
  • in their own power against them. You know, if I walk out of my
  • 00:02:59.170 --> 00:03:03.270
  • house and leave the door wide open and thieves are walking by
  • 00:03:03.280 --> 00:03:08.290
  • the streets. I haven't given them authority to come into my
  • 00:03:09.000 --> 00:03:13.120
  • house. I've simply given them opportunity. Satan has no
  • 00:03:13.130 --> 00:03:18.030
  • authority. You can't give him authority because Jesus has all
  • 00:03:18.040 --> 00:03:22.030
  • authority. But you can give him opportunity and he will come in
  • 00:03:22.040 --> 00:03:26.280
  • and steal from your peace. He'll steal from your joy. He'll help
  • 00:03:26.290 --> 00:03:29.270
  • wreck your relationships, etcetera. But you don't have to
  • 00:03:29.280 --> 00:03:34.250
  • be screaming or binding the devil. You just simply got to
  • 00:03:34.260 --> 00:03:37.170
  • learn like we talked last time about renewing your mind in the
  • 00:03:37.180 --> 00:03:41.290
  • Word, knowing who you are, putting off, putting on. And so
  • 00:03:42.000 --> 00:03:46.160
  • I'm gonna continue. We're just going to dive in again today.
  • 00:03:46.170 --> 00:03:49.230
  • Now, we've teaching from Galatians 5 where it talks about
  • 00:03:49.240 --> 00:03:54.030
  • the flesh. Now, I believe the NIV it was, in one of its former
  • 00:03:54.040 --> 00:03:59.050
  • translations took the word "flesh" and called it nature. As
  • 00:03:59.060 --> 00:04:03.200
  • though a Christian had two natures. The nature of Christ
  • 00:04:03.210 --> 00:04:10.000
  • and the nature of death, the nature of sin. And that because
  • 00:04:10.010 --> 00:04:15.290
  • you can still commit sin. You must have the nature of sin. But
  • 00:04:16.000 --> 00:04:21.020
  • its, you know, and that's not our topic. But there is no way
  • 00:04:21.030 --> 00:04:24.130
  • you have two natures. You have one nature which is in your
  • 00:04:24.140 --> 00:04:29.070
  • spirit and your nature flows out of your spirit. And so Jesus is
  • 00:04:29.080 --> 00:04:34.260
  • in there. But you do have a body, you've got to retrain. And
  • 00:04:34.270 --> 00:04:37.290
  • you do have a mind, you have to renew because the old you
  • 00:04:38.000 --> 00:04:43.080
  • allowed every desire, every fleshly thing. It's very
  • 00:04:43.090 --> 00:04:48.040
  • self-centered selfish. And so that's why it says in Romans
  • 00:04:48.050 --> 00:04:52.040
  • 12:1 and 2, we have to make our body a living sacrifice. Now,
  • 00:04:52.050 --> 00:04:57.140
  • it's not, "Oh, it's such a struggle. I've really." No, no,
  • 00:04:57.150 --> 00:05:00.120
  • no. You have the power to do it. Because greater is He who is in
  • 00:05:00.130 --> 00:05:04.260
  • you than anything you've got to deal with. I just can't control
  • 00:05:04.270 --> 00:05:07.110
  • my temper. I can't control my drinking. I can't control my
  • 00:05:07.120 --> 00:05:10.210
  • food. See, that belief empowers it. And as you get into God's
  • 00:05:10.220 --> 00:05:15.100
  • Word, you will discover the incredible power that you do
  • 00:05:15.110 --> 00:05:20.170
  • have. Now, in addition to what we talked about last time. I
  • 00:05:20.180 --> 00:05:23.290
  • want to go in the 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, it says here, "For
  • 00:05:24.000 --> 00:05:30.030
  • though we walk, we live in this flesh body, we are not carrying
  • 00:05:30.040 --> 00:05:37.100
  • on our warfare." Okay, one of the things that we're fighting.
  • 00:05:37.110 --> 00:05:42.240
  • We're not carrying it on according to the flesh and using
  • 00:05:42.250 --> 00:05:46.180
  • mere human weapons. Here is where many Christians struggle.
  • 00:05:46.190 --> 00:05:51.040
  • You know, they look at their fear, their jealousy. You know,
  • 00:05:51.050 --> 00:05:55.260
  • their strong sexual desires are out of control and they're
  • 00:05:55.270 --> 00:06:00.110
  • trying to just have more willpower. But willpower is of
  • 00:06:00.120 --> 00:06:07.050
  • the mind. It's of the soul. And last time we talked about the
  • 00:06:07.060 --> 00:06:10.270
  • fruit of the Spirit. It's not the fruit of the soul or your
  • 00:06:10.280 --> 00:06:14.170
  • mind where you have to have -, Now, you should initiate
  • 00:06:14.180 --> 00:06:18.160
  • willpower absolutely. But be very aware that within you is
  • 00:06:18.170 --> 00:06:24.050
  • the power of the Spirit. And so the way for you to become
  • 00:06:24.060 --> 00:06:29.060
  • powerful in life, have a mind that is so at peace is to
  • 00:06:29.070 --> 00:06:34.060
  • develop these nine fruits. These nine fruits of the Spirit will
  • 00:06:34.070 --> 00:06:39.000
  • give you such peace that in business if you're running. I
  • 00:06:39.010 --> 00:06:42.030
  • run multiple organizations, all have a need millions of dollars
  • 00:06:42.040 --> 00:06:45.210
  • with staff and issues going on. And people say, "I have never
  • 00:06:45.220 --> 00:06:48.140
  • seen you freaked out. I've never -," Well, that's not me. I've
  • 00:06:48.150 --> 00:06:51.130
  • just learned to develop these fruits. And the word fruit is a
  • 00:06:51.140 --> 00:06:55.150
  • heart. But these strengths, these attributes, that are
  • 00:06:55.160 --> 00:06:59.230
  • attributes and strengths of God but they're mine and they will
  • 00:06:59.240 --> 00:07:04.260
  • grow up in me. And a fruit means it starts small and it gets
  • 00:07:04.270 --> 00:07:09.260
  • bigger and bigger and bigger. So for the rest of your life joy
  • 00:07:09.270 --> 00:07:13.040
  • can become stronger and stronger and grow into such a crop. Like
  • 00:07:13.050 --> 00:07:17.230
  • if you plant one apple seed, you're not gonna just get one
  • 00:07:17.240 --> 00:07:20.250
  • apple seed back. You're gonna get a tree of apples and seven
  • 00:07:20.260 --> 00:07:23.170
  • to ten seeds in every apple. Tens of thousands of apple seeds
  • 00:07:23.180 --> 00:07:27.130
  • comeback to you. When you begin to plant God's Word into your
  • 00:07:27.140 --> 00:07:31.030
  • heart according to teachings of Mark 4. Feeding on God's Word,
  • 00:07:31.040 --> 00:07:35.160
  • studying, listening to teachers who know what they're talking
  • 00:07:35.170 --> 00:07:38.020
  • about because there are some that don't. You can tell. But as
  • 00:07:38.030 --> 00:07:40.260
  • you begin to get into God's Word, you will be stunned to
  • 00:07:40.270 --> 00:07:44.100
  • recognize that this strength just begins to grow. And you
  • 00:07:44.110 --> 00:07:48.270
  • don't have this instantaneous power. You have this fruit
  • 00:07:48.280 --> 00:07:52.140
  • begins to grow. You begin to find yourself being able to put
  • 00:07:52.150 --> 00:07:55.150
  • off anger. You begin to put on peace. You begin to put on joy.
  • 00:07:55.160 --> 00:08:00.150
  • You begin to put on longsuffering. And it just gets
  • 00:08:00.160 --> 00:08:03.060
  • better and better and better until literally you can walk
  • 00:08:03.070 --> 00:08:06.270
  • through situations where everybody's freaking,
  • 00:08:06.280 --> 00:08:09.170
  • everybody's in fear. And you're solving it and you never give
  • 00:08:09.180 --> 00:08:13.100
  • into it because the peace that you've been growing and it's
  • 00:08:13.110 --> 00:08:17.060
  • like a fruit of the Spirit. It's from your spirit. It's not from
  • 00:08:17.070 --> 00:08:22.100
  • your mind. Now, it engages your mind but it's not from your
  • 00:08:22.110 --> 00:08:25.260
  • mind. Now, this is crucial. So it says, "For though we walk,
  • 00:08:25.270 --> 00:08:28.200
  • live in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare
  • 00:08:28.210 --> 00:08:31.010
  • according to the flesh and using mere human weapons. For the
  • 00:08:31.020 --> 00:08:35.020
  • weapons of our warfare are not physical, but they are mighty
  • 00:08:35.030 --> 00:08:39.120
  • before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds."
  • 00:08:39.130 --> 00:08:42.280
  • Okay, stop right there. These strongholds are not strongholds
  • 00:08:42.290 --> 00:08:46.130
  • over cities, not strongholds over countries, not strongholds
  • 00:08:46.140 --> 00:08:51.010
  • over companies. That's not what it's talking about, okay? And
  • 00:08:51.020 --> 00:08:54.140
  • people take it way out of context. This is speaking to the
  • 00:08:54.150 --> 00:08:57.190
  • individual. And here's what it says, that we are mighty.
  • 00:08:57.200 --> 00:09:02.000
  • Whatever strongholds it's talking about, we are incredibly
  • 00:09:02.010 --> 00:09:05.090
  • powerful to pull them down. Here they are. "Inasmuch as we refute
  • 00:09:05.100 --> 00:09:10.050
  • arguments, theories, reasonings." And then it says,
  • 00:09:10.060 --> 00:09:17.040
  • "And every proud lofty thing that sets itself up against the
  • 00:09:17.050 --> 00:09:23.140
  • knowledge of God." All right. So here it is saying that if you
  • 00:09:23.150 --> 00:09:27.140
  • want to know the power to get up and walk through your life out
  • 00:09:27.150 --> 00:09:30.240
  • in power and victory, then you develop the fruit of the Spirit.
  • 00:09:30.250 --> 00:09:35.090
  • These incredible weapons, it doesn't say it's screaming at
  • 00:09:35.100 --> 00:09:39.060
  • the devil. It doesn't say I bind the devil. In fact, even the
  • 00:09:39.070 --> 00:09:42.090
  • verses in Matthew in chapter 16 and chapter 18 where it talks
  • 00:09:42.100 --> 00:09:46.020
  • about that whatever we bind is bound, whatever we loose is
  • 00:09:46.030 --> 00:09:51.170
  • loosed. It's talking about us in everyday life. It's what we
  • 00:09:51.180 --> 00:09:56.170
  • believe. That what's being loosed into our lives is either
  • 00:09:56.180 --> 00:10:01.150
  • happening by default because we haven't known this. We're the
  • 00:10:01.160 --> 00:10:05.010
  • ignorant of it. And we aren't needed to lose good things into
  • 00:10:05.020 --> 00:10:08.260
  • our lives, and we need to say no to all the negative things.
  • 00:10:08.270 --> 00:10:13.070
  • Okay? So this is not a prayer of binding and loosing. There's a
  • 00:10:13.080 --> 00:10:16.230
  • lot of you thought it was a prayer. Have you say, "Oh, I
  • 00:10:16.240 --> 00:10:18.270
  • bind the spirit of lust in the name of Jesus." How long does it
  • 00:10:18.280 --> 00:10:22.270
  • stay bound? Do you actually tie him up? Do you throw him into
  • 00:10:22.280 --> 00:10:26.050
  • hell? There's a lot of crazy list. None of the above. In
  • 00:10:26.060 --> 00:10:29.000
  • fact, all you need to do to push off a lust for other things that
  • 00:10:29.010 --> 00:10:34.150
  • are wrong and is to get God's Word, grow God's Word in your
  • 00:10:34.160 --> 00:10:39.270
  • heart, and then you begin to develop love. The true love of
  • 00:10:39.280 --> 00:10:45.100
  • God. You begin to grow patience. You begin to grow longsuffering.
  • 00:10:45.110 --> 00:10:49.140
  • These nine strengths all begin to rise up. So then it says, the
  • 00:10:49.150 --> 00:10:55.040
  • warfare that really pulls down, just rips down. What is it
  • 00:10:55.050 --> 00:11:00.080
  • ripping down? Theories. Everybody listening to me has
  • 00:11:00.090 --> 00:11:03.090
  • got a theory on something. You've got a theory as to why
  • 00:11:03.100 --> 00:11:05.270
  • some people don't get healed. You've got a theory about why
  • 00:11:05.280 --> 00:11:08.120
  • you struggle with lust. You've got a theory as to why you deal,
  • 00:11:08.130 --> 00:11:11.190
  • and you've read something somewhere that it's a
  • 00:11:11.200 --> 00:11:13.260
  • generational sin and you can't control it for one guy. And
  • 00:11:13.270 --> 00:11:16.130
  • another guy saying, "Well, you know, this is just the way I am.
  • 00:11:16.140 --> 00:11:19.020
  • So people will just have to love me the way I am." Others might
  • 00:11:19.030 --> 00:11:22.090
  • use the grace teaching and say, "You know, God still loves me,
  • 00:11:22.100 --> 00:11:24.290
  • anyway." And of course, He does. But they don't see that God's
  • 00:11:25.000 --> 00:11:27.120
  • grace isn't just His unmerited favor. That's how you get God's
  • 00:11:27.130 --> 00:11:31.170
  • grace. God's grace is His ability given to you to pull
  • 00:11:31.180 --> 00:11:35.200
  • down all these arguments, all these theories. You've reason
  • 00:11:35.210 --> 00:11:39.000
  • through why your marriage doesn't get any better and you
  • 00:11:39.010 --> 00:11:41.080
  • always blame your spouse. You always blame somebody else.
  • 00:11:41.090 --> 00:11:46.010
  • Whereas God's Word teaches us to simply look at ourselves, get
  • 00:11:46.020 --> 00:11:50.030
  • God's Word in us. So where is this power? Is as we refute
  • 00:11:50.040 --> 00:11:54.190
  • arguments, theories, reasonings. There are things in you that
  • 00:11:54.200 --> 00:11:58.190
  • caused you to believe. And you believe this is just who you
  • 00:11:58.200 --> 00:12:02.160
  • are, an angry, lustful, or a bluesy down person that rarely
  • 00:12:02.170 --> 00:12:07.080
  • laughs. Well, that's a lie from the enemy. Because joy is
  • 00:12:07.090 --> 00:12:11.140
  • something that a believer can grow. It's not just an
  • 00:12:11.150 --> 00:12:14.240
  • instantaneous. Pray for me so I can have your joy. I've been
  • 00:12:14.250 --> 00:12:18.050
  • growing joy my entire life. And there are times I don't do well
  • 00:12:18.060 --> 00:12:22.160
  • at that and I've got to get back into God's Word. So I just can't
  • 00:12:22.170 --> 00:12:27.020
  • give you the level of joy that I have by just praying for you,
  • 00:12:27.030 --> 00:12:31.090
  • okay? I've developed, and some of the fruits are developed good
  • 00:12:31.100 --> 00:12:34.220
  • and some aren't like everybody else here. I've developed a
  • 00:12:34.230 --> 00:12:38.060
  • longsuffering so that people around me, situations around me
  • 00:12:38.070 --> 00:12:41.190
  • that I'm not in control of but they affect me. That I can just
  • 00:12:41.200 --> 00:12:45.160
  • walk through it. And you say, "Pray for me that I can have
  • 00:12:45.170 --> 00:12:47.220
  • longsuffering." You can't transfer the fruit of the
  • 00:12:47.230 --> 00:12:51.080
  • Spirit. You can only grow it in your life. And so if you want
  • 00:12:51.090 --> 00:12:55.180
  • joy, peace, love, patience. If you want this goodness, this
  • 00:12:55.190 --> 00:13:00.080
  • kindness, this self-control. There's a good one. Did you know
  • 00:13:00.090 --> 00:13:03.200
  • that self-control is a thing of the soul, because you've got
  • 00:13:03.210 --> 00:13:08.230
  • soulless self-control. People in the world use it all the time
  • 00:13:08.240 --> 00:13:12.030
  • and some powerfully. But there's a self-control that is a fruit
  • 00:13:12.040 --> 00:13:15.160
  • of the Spirit. It grows out of your spirit. So when we talk
  • 00:13:15.170 --> 00:13:19.080
  • about the flesh and about demons, I want you to see and
  • 00:13:19.090 --> 00:13:23.110
  • minimize how much you think the devil's got power. It's not the
  • 00:13:23.120 --> 00:13:28.260
  • devil's power. It's simply you not doing the work of renewing
  • 00:13:28.270 --> 00:13:34.000
  • your mind putting off old thoughts, old emotions. Put that
  • 00:13:34.010 --> 00:13:39.090
  • emotion off. It shouldn't be there. What emotion? That
  • 00:13:39.100 --> 00:13:41.270
  • emotion that you feel left out. That emotion everyone is talking
  • 00:13:41.280 --> 00:13:45.050
  • about you. You believed. You've got these theories about how
  • 00:13:45.060 --> 00:13:48.260
  • people treat you. You've got these arguments that every time
  • 00:13:48.270 --> 00:13:51.230
  • you try to go do something positive. This argument starts
  • 00:13:51.240 --> 00:13:54.180
  • going in your mind. Did you know, that thinking is asking
  • 00:13:54.190 --> 00:13:58.050
  • yourself questions and answering. That's what thinking
  • 00:13:58.060 --> 00:14:00.180
  • is. And so if you ask yourself the wrong questions, an argument
  • 00:14:00.190 --> 00:14:03.270
  • begins to go on in your head. I don't think they want me. Well,
  • 00:14:03.280 --> 00:14:06.190
  • maybe. I don't think so. And you begin to have this argument.
  • 00:14:06.200 --> 00:14:09.030
  • These arguments need to be pulled down. They need to be
  • 00:14:09.040 --> 00:14:13.060
  • destroyed. These reasonings. These proud thoughts. What is a
  • 00:14:13.070 --> 00:14:16.260
  • proud thought? Anything that is not in agreement with the Word
  • 00:14:16.270 --> 00:14:20.180
  • of God is a proud thought. And if you're gonna be ready. You
  • 00:14:20.190 --> 00:14:24.260
  • know, in verse 6 it talks about a readiness to punish these
  • 00:14:24.270 --> 00:14:30.010
  • disobedient thoughts. What it means is this, as you begin to
  • 00:14:30.020 --> 00:14:34.070
  • and I'm giving you stuff I've taught for hours.
  • 00:14:34.080 --> 00:14:36.200
  • I'm giving you in one 22-minute message. So get this message and
  • 00:14:36.210 --> 00:14:39.150
  • listen to it over and over, and get your Bible and begin to
  • 00:14:39.160 --> 00:14:42.070
  • study it for yourself. You can have the nine strengths,
  • 00:14:42.080 --> 00:14:46.060
  • attitudes of the Spirit growing from your spirit and they
  • 00:14:46.070 --> 00:14:50.060
  • continue to grow in strength. So that as you begin to go out into
  • 00:14:50.070 --> 00:14:55.200
  • this world, as you have people that stab you in the back, lie
  • 00:14:55.210 --> 00:14:58.250
  • about you, hurt you, people you love going through bad seasons
  • 00:14:58.260 --> 00:15:01.200
  • of life. That you know how to handle it, deal with it, and it
  • 00:15:01.210 --> 00:15:04.100
  • does not encroach into your joy. You know, even you married
  • 00:15:04.110 --> 00:15:09.060
  • people. You're not supposed to be so intertwined with your
  • 00:15:09.070 --> 00:15:12.070
  • spouse that when they have a bad day, you can't have a good day.
  • 00:15:12.080 --> 00:15:16.140
  • I heard this crazy thought. If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody
  • 00:15:16.150 --> 00:15:19.240
  • happy. You know, that's a demonic thought. I don't care. I
  • 00:15:19.250 --> 00:15:22.140
  • know you say it. Men look after your wives. Absolutely. Wives
  • 00:15:22.150 --> 00:15:25.110
  • look after your husbands. But to say that I cannot be happy until
  • 00:15:25.120 --> 00:15:29.070
  • my wife is happy is to give somebody else complete control
  • 00:15:29.080 --> 00:15:33.150
  • of your moods, of your emotions, and get so enmeshed with the
  • 00:15:33.160 --> 00:15:37.220
  • word one. No. It says you're one flesh. It's talking about
  • 00:15:37.230 --> 00:15:41.180
  • sexuality. It's talking about this beautiful romance and
  • 00:15:41.190 --> 00:15:44.290
  • coming together of a man and a wife and there's so much that
  • 00:15:45.000 --> 00:15:47.260
  • you share and join together on. But you are not so enmeshed that
  • 00:15:47.270 --> 00:15:52.080
  • when one person goes off the rails, you're off the rails.
  • 00:15:52.090 --> 00:15:54.270
  • When one person is angry, you're angry. When one person is not
  • 00:15:54.280 --> 00:15:57.090
  • happy, you have to be unhappy. That's becoming too enmeshed.
  • 00:15:57.100 --> 00:16:00.040
  • You are to be one with Christ. Okay. That's where you're to be
  • 00:16:00.050 --> 00:16:03.140
  • one with and you're to be an incredible blessing. And as you
  • 00:16:03.150 --> 00:16:06.060
  • grow the fruit of the Spirit, the strengths of the Spirit in
  • 00:16:06.070 --> 00:16:09.280
  • Galatians 5, you are one of the most loveable persons that the
  • 00:16:09.290 --> 00:16:14.280
  • world can ever find because you're so full of love. You're
  • 00:16:14.290 --> 00:16:17.100
  • so full of joy. You're so full of peace. You're so full
  • 00:16:17.110 --> 00:16:20.140
  • patience. You're so full of these incredible strengths and
  • 00:16:20.150 --> 00:16:24.240
  • attributes. That as you keep growing them in your life by
  • 00:16:24.250 --> 00:16:28.110
  • just spending time in the Word and having a relationship with
  • 00:16:28.120 --> 00:16:31.060
  • Jesus. That this relationship with Him literally makes you
  • 00:16:31.070 --> 00:16:36.240
  • incredibly powerful, incredibly strong. Now, as you go into the
  • 00:16:36.250 --> 00:16:42.290
  • Word of God in Ephesians 6:10-20, it talks about this,
  • 00:16:43.000 --> 00:16:53.010
  • from another direction. Let's go here. It says, "In conclusion,
  • 00:16:53.020 --> 00:16:56.270
  • in Ephesian 6:10, be strong in the Lord, be empowered through
  • 00:16:56.280 --> 00:17:04.090
  • your union with Him, draw your strength from Him." But now when
  • 00:17:04.100 --> 00:17:09.130
  • I point up, I should actually be pointing here because greater is
  • 00:17:09.140 --> 00:17:12.260
  • He who is in you. There's a strength in you. There is a joy
  • 00:17:12.270 --> 00:17:17.000
  • in you. There's a peace. So it says draw your strength from
  • 00:17:17.010 --> 00:17:19.280
  • Him. That strength which His boundless might provides. Then
  • 00:17:19.290 --> 00:17:25.240
  • it says put on God's whole armor. Now, as you go into the
  • 00:17:25.250 --> 00:17:32.150
  • teaching on the armor, there's just a bunch of crazy stuff
  • 00:17:32.160 --> 00:17:34.250
  • that's been taught about that. Each piece of the armor is
  • 00:17:34.260 --> 00:17:38.200
  • actually a belief. You need to understand what is
  • 00:17:38.210 --> 00:17:42.180
  • righteousness, what is truth, what is salvation, what is the
  • 00:17:42.190 --> 00:17:47.200
  • sword of the Spirit. When you read this, Paul is just trying
  • 00:17:47.210 --> 00:17:52.040
  • to show us that when you understand righteousness, oh,
  • 00:17:52.050 --> 00:17:56.130
  • man are you protected. When you understand salvation, oh, man.
  • 00:17:56.140 --> 00:18:01.190
  • And so as you learn and grow in these things in God's Word, then
  • 00:18:01.200 --> 00:18:07.250
  • the enemy has no ability because he's got no power and you're not
  • 00:18:07.260 --> 00:18:12.130
  • giving him any opportunity. You can't give him authority, okay.
  • 00:18:12.140 --> 00:18:16.090
  • But you can give him opportunities where he uses.
  • 00:18:16.100 --> 00:18:19.050
  • Literally, you're believing against you because you begin to
  • 00:18:19.060 --> 00:18:22.030
  • believe in him. But as it goes on in Romans, we've got a few
  • 00:18:22.040 --> 00:18:28.240
  • minutes left. And then it says after these different pieces of
  • 00:18:28.250 --> 00:18:31.240
  • the armor, it talks about the sword that the Spirit wields
  • 00:18:31.250 --> 00:18:37.070
  • which is the Word of God. Now, a lot of people think this sword.
  • 00:18:37.080 --> 00:18:42.220
  • Now, listen close. You don't miss this. This is concluding
  • 00:18:42.230 --> 00:18:45.180
  • thought. This gonna help many of you mature believers. This sword
  • 00:18:45.190 --> 00:18:48.220
  • of the Spirit doesn't mean that you're screaming at demons and
  • 00:18:48.230 --> 00:18:52.240
  • waving the sword and speaking the Word at demons all the time.
  • 00:18:52.250 --> 00:18:56.050
  • If you go to Hebrews 4:12, there it says the word of God is quick
  • 00:18:56.060 --> 00:19:00.140
  • and powerful sharper than any double-edged sword. And it
  • 00:19:00.150 --> 00:19:04.040
  • doesn't talk about fighting demons with the sword. If you go
  • 00:19:04.050 --> 00:19:08.010
  • to the last part of that verse, it talks about able to divide
  • 00:19:08.020 --> 00:19:12.040
  • between soul and spirit. And the very thoughts and intentions of
  • 00:19:12.050 --> 00:19:18.100
  • the heart. Did you know that I would look at this Word for
  • 00:19:18.110 --> 00:19:22.180
  • sword? And yes, of course, God's Word pushes back the enemy.
  • 00:19:22.190 --> 00:19:28.070
  • Absolutely! But I don't even think about it. I just grow in
  • 00:19:28.080 --> 00:19:31.280
  • God's Word, grow in the strengths, and without even
  • 00:19:31.290 --> 00:19:34.230
  • thinking about this guy. There are the odd times that I'm in a
  • 00:19:34.240 --> 00:19:38.160
  • middle of doing something for the kingdom of God and I can see
  • 00:19:38.170 --> 00:19:41.240
  • the enemy. It's just a weird thing when you just know he's
  • 00:19:41.250 --> 00:19:44.060
  • bringing people against us to stop it and I'll command the
  • 00:19:44.070 --> 00:19:47.000
  • assignment to stop in Jesus name. But that's, you know, but
  • 00:19:47.010 --> 00:19:51.220
  • other than that, me myself what's going on in my life. I
  • 00:19:51.230 --> 00:19:56.130
  • simply grow these nine strengths, all right. Then, and
  • 00:19:56.140 --> 00:19:58.130
  • so this sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God prayed.
  • 00:19:58.140 --> 00:20:03.110
  • When you pray with God's Word, there is something that goes on
  • 00:20:03.120 --> 00:20:07.080
  • deep in you that is like a cutting off almost like a
  • 00:20:07.090 --> 00:20:11.020
  • scalpel we could say. Where it's cutting off that growth that is
  • 00:20:11.030 --> 00:20:14.200
  • no good and putting it off and bringing God's Word on the
  • 00:20:14.210 --> 00:20:19.240
  • inside. And so this powerful Word of God needs to be prayed.
  • 00:20:19.250 --> 00:20:25.170
  • It says the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God pray at
  • 00:20:25.180 --> 00:20:30.240
  • all times on every occasion, in every season in the Spirit, with
  • 00:20:30.250 --> 00:20:35.080
  • all manner of prayer and entreaty. And keep alert watch
  • 00:20:35.090 --> 00:20:39.140
  • with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in
  • 00:20:39.150 --> 00:20:42.170
  • behalf of all the saints God's consecrated people. And then
  • 00:20:42.180 --> 00:20:46.160
  • Paul says, pray for me, that freedom of utterance may be
  • 00:20:46.170 --> 00:20:49.220
  • given to me, that I may open my mouth to proclaim boldly the
  • 00:20:49.230 --> 00:20:53.110
  • mystery of the good news the Gospel. For which I am an
  • 00:20:53.120 --> 00:20:56.140
  • ambassador in a coupling chain in prison. Pray that I can
  • 00:20:56.150 --> 00:21:00.080
  • declare it boldly and courageously, as I ought to.
  • 00:21:00.090 --> 00:21:03.260
  • Paul does not ask for prayer to keep the devil back. He does not
  • 00:21:03.270 --> 00:21:07.120
  • ask for prayer for protection. He does not ask for prayer to be
  • 00:21:07.130 --> 00:21:11.030
  • free. He's simply saying I want to be able to speak boldly more
  • 00:21:11.040 --> 00:21:15.040
  • clearly. I want it to cut through when I speak to
  • 00:21:15.050 --> 00:21:17.200
  • soldiers, I want to get them saved. When I speak to kings, I
  • 00:21:17.210 --> 00:21:20.020
  • want to understand their language and get them saved. He
  • 00:21:20.030 --> 00:21:22.180
  • says pray for me. Begin to pray God's Word. And as you pray
  • 00:21:22.190 --> 00:21:28.000
  • God's Word, recognize who you are. The authority that you
  • 00:21:28.010 --> 00:21:32.120
  • have. Recognize the devil as a defeated foe. And as you begin
  • 00:21:32.130 --> 00:21:36.110
  • to declare God's Word, maybe you should stick to Galatians 5:22
  • 00:21:36.120 --> 00:21:42.000
  • and on for weeks and just pray it and declare that I am growing
  • 00:21:42.010 --> 00:21:47.040
  • in joy. I am growing in love. I am growing in longsuffering, in
  • 00:21:47.050 --> 00:21:53.100
  • goodness, in self-control. I'm growing. This is a fruit of my
  • 00:21:53.110 --> 00:21:58.000
  • recreated spirit and these strengths are mine and I am like
  • 00:21:58.010 --> 00:22:02.230
  • Christ. And as you begin to see that, when something comes on
  • 00:22:02.240 --> 00:22:06.110
  • that is against those nine strengths, anger, jealousy. You
  • 00:22:06.120 --> 00:22:10.190
  • just stop and put it off. You don't even believe a minute that
  • 00:22:10.200 --> 00:22:13.200
  • that is you. You don't even believe for a minute that it's
  • 00:22:13.210 --> 00:22:16.170
  • got power over you. That was my old training and that old man is
  • 00:22:16.180 --> 00:22:20.000
  • dead. I'm putting that off and I'm putting on this new man.
  • 00:22:20.010 --> 00:22:24.230
  • These beautiful strengths. This Jesus that I have a
  • 00:22:24.240 --> 00:22:27.260
  • relationship. I'm gonna live as He is, so are we in this world.
  • 00:22:27.270 --> 00:22:33.110
  • Well, I've packed a lot of teaching into that 22 minutes. I
  • 00:22:33.120 --> 00:22:36.240
  • hope you get a hold of this message and just play it over
  • 00:22:36.250 --> 00:22:38.240
  • and over. You're gonna find a level of freedom. You've never
  • 00:22:38.250 --> 00:22:41.250
  • been able to find in your entire life of reading the Word and not
  • 00:22:41.260 --> 00:22:46.130
  • understanding the teaching from the cross to the throne.
  • 00:22:46.140 --> 00:22:50.140
  • Your authority who you are in Christ. Put off all that stuff.
  • 00:22:50.150 --> 00:22:56.030
  • Put on these incredible strengths, attributes in
  • 00:22:56.040 --> 00:23:00.020
  • Galatians 5:22. We love you. We'll see you same time.
  • 00:23:00.030 --> 00:23:03.000
  • -ANNOUNCER: Did you know that God gave you your abilities,
  • 00:23:05.260 --> 00:23:08.100
  • and dreams, for a reason? God wants you to use the skills He
  • 00:23:08.110 --> 00:23:12.010
  • has given you, and the success you have, to influence others
  • 00:23:12.020 --> 00:23:15.210
  • for Jesus. No matter what your background, circumstances,
  • 00:23:15.220 --> 00:23:19.050
  • or personality, you can make a huge impact on someone's life.
  • 00:23:19.060 --> 00:23:23.090
  • And there is absolutely nothing more rewarding.
  • 00:23:23.100 --> 00:23:26.130
  • In Leon's series, Unlock Your Destiny, you will
  • 00:23:26.140 --> 00:23:29.170
  • understand your true identity as a child of Christ.
  • 00:23:29.180 --> 00:23:33.120
  • Learn what your purpose is, and how to use your
  • 00:23:33.130 --> 00:23:35.270
  • skills to achieve your full potential. You will gain
  • 00:23:35.280 --> 00:23:38.240
  • incredible insights into your own dreams, and desires.
  • 00:23:38.250 --> 00:23:42.090
  • And learn keys to unlocking the destiny God wants for you.
  • 00:23:42.100 --> 00:23:45.280
  • If you want to experience the best year you've ever had, get
  • 00:23:45.290 --> 00:23:49.040
  • this timely series, Unlock Your Destiny, and walk in confidence
  • 00:23:49.050 --> 00:23:53.150
  • as a child of God. Stop waiting for your ship to come in.
  • 00:23:53.160 --> 00:23:56.270
  • Instead, learn to grab hold of God-given opportunities.
  • 00:23:56.280 --> 00:24:00.240
  • Call today, to receive this limited-time offer with your
  • 00:24:00.250 --> 00:24:04.060
  • generous donation of $30 or more. Don't hesitate.
  • 00:24:04.070 --> 00:24:07.290
  • Call now for Leon's 3-CD audio pack, Unlock Your Destiny.
  • 00:24:08.000 --> 00:24:12.150
  • Operators are standing by.
  • 00:24:12.160 --> 00:24:14.020
  • [Segment Music]
  • 00:24:15.210 --> 00:24:17.210
  • -LEON: You know, so few people understand that their words have
  • 00:24:19.000 --> 00:24:22.010
  • power. When you look at the words, everyone thinks they are
  • 00:24:22.020 --> 00:24:25.160
  • simply for communication. That words are simply me trying to
  • 00:24:25.170 --> 00:24:30.070
  • get you to understand something I'm trying to communicate. And I
  • 00:24:30.080 --> 00:24:33.190
  • think that's a little part of it. But did you know that God
  • 00:24:33.200 --> 00:24:38.080
  • release His power with His words. When Jesus walked the
  • 00:24:38.090 --> 00:24:42.030
  • planet, He spoke words. He didn't like snap His fingers or
  • 00:24:42.040 --> 00:24:46.260
  • fling His arm or lightning volts through His hands. He spoke
  • 00:24:46.270 --> 00:24:51.020
  • words. And the Bible says that those words went out and
  • 00:24:51.030 --> 00:24:55.000
  • accomplished the things they had been sent forth to do. So what
  • 00:24:55.010 --> 00:25:00.130
  • are your words saying about relationships, health, etcetera.
  • 00:25:00.140 --> 00:25:04.220
  • You might have to communicate to a doctor your feelings, the
  • 00:25:04.230 --> 00:25:08.040
  • things that were going on in your body. You may have to
  • 00:25:08.050 --> 00:25:10.220
  • communicate to a banker where you are in finances and you
  • 00:25:10.230 --> 00:25:13.290
  • might have to renegotiate payments. You know, we need to
  • 00:25:14.000 --> 00:25:17.190
  • speak truth as far as what is happening. But then in your
  • 00:25:17.200 --> 00:25:21.250
  • prayer time and in your regular speaking, let them be words of
  • 00:25:21.260 --> 00:25:26.000
  • victory. That God is within you and you will overcome. That the
  • 00:25:26.010 --> 00:25:30.060
  • blessing of the Lord maketh it rich and He addeth no sorrow to
  • 00:25:30.070 --> 00:25:33.070
  • it. That you are convinced that that these words, so many people
  • 00:25:33.080 --> 00:25:37.040
  • they kind of have this dual life. That they talk about all
  • 00:25:37.050 --> 00:25:40.130
  • their problems and then they'll throw this little cloth but
  • 00:25:40.140 --> 00:25:43.230
  • we're believing God. No, where your words are, what you say
  • 00:25:43.240 --> 00:25:47.280
  • regularly to your friends. How you talk about your problems to
  • 00:25:47.290 --> 00:25:52.040
  • your spouse, your friends. How you speak about things to those
  • 00:25:52.050 --> 00:25:55.200
  • around you. It's releasing power. So make sure that your
  • 00:25:55.210 --> 00:26:00.080
  • words are declaring the end from the beginning. That as far as
  • 00:26:00.090 --> 00:26:04.230
  • you're concerned, it is done. Negative things, pains,
  • 00:26:04.240 --> 00:26:07.290
  • sickness, disease power have no right in my life. And so because
  • 00:26:08.000 --> 00:26:11.160
  • of Jesus I am blessed. The favor of God is upon me and I will not
  • 00:26:11.170 --> 00:26:15.170
  • accept the negative things. Your words have power. Life and death
  • 00:26:15.180 --> 00:26:20.240
  • are in the power of the tongue. Father let this truth just move
  • 00:26:20.250 --> 00:26:25.030
  • into their hearts and minds in a powerful way and help them to
  • 00:26:25.040 --> 00:26:28.190
  • watch their tongue and help them to speak words of life and to
  • 00:26:28.200 --> 00:26:32.260
  • prophesy to their future even in their conversation with others
  • 00:26:32.270 --> 00:26:36.270
  • and to see the power of that in Jesus' name, amen.
  • 00:26:36.280 --> 00:26:40.170
  • -ANNOUNCER: It's no accident that you watched today's show.
  • 00:26:42.060 --> 00:26:44.250
  • You are special, and you have a destiny to fulfill. Our media
  • 00:26:44.260 --> 00:26:49.020
  • ministry reaches some of the darkest corners of the world,
  • 00:26:49.030 --> 00:26:52.030
  • and your support is what makes this possible week after week.
  • 00:26:52.040 --> 00:26:56.120
  • You are vital, you can change a life. Act today.
  • 00:26:56.130 --> 00:27:00.290
  • And remember, this amazing resource will be yours
  • 00:27:01.000 --> 00:27:03.280
  • as our way of saying thank you.
  • 00:27:03.290 --> 00:27:06.030
  • [Closing Theme Music]
  • 00:27:06.040 --> 00:27:08.050
  • Closed Captioned by MGD: The Miracle Channel Association
  • 00:27:23.220 --> 00:27:26.090