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I Give You Jesus

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February 29, 2020
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Leon Fontaine challenges viewers that a life following Jesus is so much more than a formula of faith; but rather its a deep; life-producing relationship.

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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 you chooseJesus, He ignites your human
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  • spirit and it becomes alive.With what? With Jesus. His
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  • peace, His joy, His direction,His faith. Everything about
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  • Jesus is within you.
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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 Winnipeg,Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: You know, a lot of timewhen we study the Word of God,
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  • we're looking for formulas. Iknow, I am. If I can just find
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  • some steps. If I can just getsome directions, with some hints
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  • as to how to begin to seeresults, how to begin to know
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  • Him better, and I don't thinkthere's anything wrong with
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  • that. But if you move too far inthat direction, you treat your
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  • life with God like a formula.Like some kind of a book that's
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  • going to be read and obeyed, andyou can miss the relationship.
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  • You can miss the relationship.And today, I want to entitle my
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  • message, I Give You, Jesus. IGive You, Jesus. When Jesus
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  • walked the planet, He wouldteach the Word of God to people
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  • and He would always talk aboutthings like, "The kingdom of God
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  • is at hand. The kingdom of Godis near you." He would pray with
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  • people and when they got amiracle, majority of the time He
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  • would say, and the rest of thetime Bible scholars say it is
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  • understood. He would say, "Goyour way. Your faith has made
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  • you whole." And even though theywere not a born again, born of
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  • the spirit person, their spiritman was still dead on the
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  • inside, no life from Christ. Hehad not died yet. The miraculous
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  • would come into their lives.And so often we pattern
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  • ourselves after the things thatwent on and how Jesus did things
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  • and I think that's good. Butwe've got to remember that today
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  • with the life that you and Ihave, that Jesus is within us.
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  • And if you want to know the bestplace to look to get an
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  • understanding of how we walkwith Jesus, how we talk with
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  • Jesus. You look at the book ofActs. The book of Acts is the
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  • man that Jesus trained andequipped going out into a world
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  • and using the knowledge, thewisdom, using that the things
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  • that Jesus taught them. But mostof all, and here's where a lot
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  • of people miss it, giving peopleJesus. Giving them Jesus. One of
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  • the first miracles in Actschapter 3 and Acts chapter 4 is
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  • when Peter walks by a gate wherethere's a crippled man and he
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  • asked for money. Peter said, "Idon't have money but what I have
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  • I give you." Now, this is adifferent way to minister to
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  • somebody. We don't find thosewords being used in Matthew,
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  • Mark, Luke, and John. What Ihave I give you. It was just we
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  • would talk. They would teachabout the kingdom being near.
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  • And then as they opened up andbelieved, their faith would be
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  • reckoned and then there'srighteousness and the presence
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  • of God would touch them. Butnow, we've got Peter and he says
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  • what I have I give you. And hereaches out and he grabs this
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  • man's hand and he pulls him tohis feet, and he walks, and he
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  • jumps, and he leaps. And there'sa war later on if you'll study
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  • this out these chapters. They'reasking him how that this
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  • happened. And he talks about afaith that, and now he is
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  • zeroing in more than ever beforeas to how this faith works. He
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  • says this faith is in the nameof Jesus. Other times the Bible
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  • alludes to a faith that rises upin you and I that is like, like
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  • it's Christ faith that is withinus. So many people will say to
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  • me, "I just don't know if I havethe faith." And they keep
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  • talking about how much faith.It's not about how much faith
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  • you have. It is about what youbelieve. And here's where people
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  • do not push in and understandthe life of Jesus is in you.
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  • From the book of Acts and on iscompletely different in the area
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  • of prayer and ministry than thetransitional books of Matthew,
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  • Mark, Luke, and John, and theold covenant books of the Old
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  • Testament. This is as neverbefore. This is a mystery that
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  • has been prophesied by prophetsof old. This is a prophecy that
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  • starts right with God Himself.That this mystery in Colossians
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  • chapter 1 where Paul says, "Themystery is Christ within you."
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  • Then he goes on to say, "Andthis power works in me
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  • mightily." He's working mightilybut by this power that is within
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  • him. And yet today as I train,equip pastors, leaders, preach
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  • to our own people, talk withpeople in the midst of crisis
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  • and emergencies. In the midst ofan emergency people they begin
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  • to opt out of understanding thisnew life. And you'll hear terms
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  • and prayer like, "Father, pleaseheal me." Waiting for Him to
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  • make a move, showing they don'tbelieve right. That's not how we
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  • pray today. We are notrequesting as in begging a God
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  • to make a decision on healing.Everything about the cross and
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  • on that makes Jesus so special,is that He died on the cross for
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  • you and took your sin, yourpunishment, and the curse. He
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  • arose again and in Hisresurrection He gives you a new
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  • life that you can choose. Andwhen you choose Jesus, He
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  • ignites your human spirit and itbecomes alive. With what? With
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  • Jesus. His peace, His joy, Hisdirection, His faith. Everything
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  • about Jesus is within you. Sowhen God directs you toward
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  • something, and you say somethinglike, "Well, I don't know if I
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  • have faith to do that." Yeah,you don't. If you're talking
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  • about some kind of a faith thatmakes it all happen because
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  • Jesus made it all happened. Anduntil you understand that and
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  • until you begin to treat Jesusas this revelation, this
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  • relationship, and you treat HisWord as something you need to
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  • get into. You'll always be aChristian trying. I was like
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  • that. I was always a Christiantrying. I was trying to get
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  • healed, trying to rise up,trying to make a marriage work,
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  • trying to be a good father,trying to be a good pastor,
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  • trying to get people miracles.And in this trying, I didn't
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  • realize that there is such doubtthat was rising up and I didn't
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  • need more faith, because wesomehow we've got this thing
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  • twisted in our mind of, "I needmore excitement. I need more
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  • passion. I need more belief."But we see this as some kind of
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  • a container or a graph where thefaith level goes higher and
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  • higher and higher. And that'snot what the Word of God is
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  • bringing out. It's bringing outwhat do you believe about Jesus?
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  • What do you know about Jesus?Which is why truth sets you
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  • free. Do you understand thatcross? Do you understand this
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  • Jesus on the inside of you? TheBible uses different things
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  • about Jesus like He is the breadof life. The bread of life.
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  • Well, what does that mean? Thatmeans that when you partake of
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  • Jesus, energy, sustenance,strength, aliveness, begins to
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  • flow in you as never before. Andin His Word, Jesus, in His Word,
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  • He talks about Him being theLogos, the Word of God. And yet
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  • we treat the Bible like it someother book. I'm shock at the
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  • pastors on the planet who arelooking at new age techniques
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  • and psychological issues overhere and trying to -, I don't
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  • mind them using the language tobring clarity to Jesus. But to
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  • look for other ways to setpeople free because Jesus
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  • doesn't have it. It's just doubtand unbelief. And the Bible's
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  • very clear the reason God'speople in the Old Testament
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  • coming out of Egypt did not walkinto the promised land is
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  • because they, of their unbelief.And so how do you begin to deal
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  • with all the dangling chads. Thethings that you don't know. When
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  • people asked me, why didn'tJesus heal me? I tell them
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  • because you don't understand thetruth about healing. Oh, yes.
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  • No, you don't. The questionshows me you don't understand
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  • it. It's not why He didn'tbecause He did, and He deposited
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  • it within you all that you'reever going to need. He's given
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  • you all things that pertain toyour life, to live godly, to
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  • walk in blessing, and the powerof Jesus in your life and it's
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  • all in Him. You're looking for aformula. You're looking trying
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  • to rev yourself up. But youwon't even spend the time to get
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  • into His Word. His book isalive. Jesus said, "The words
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  • that I speak into you. They arespirit and they are life." And
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  • then you'll say, "Yeah, but Ikind of get lost. I get bored."
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  • That scares me. That scares -,It shows a person who, you know,
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  • if you and I were goingsomewhere together, you're kind
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  • of be this half-baked, to temptthe five fellow we're cleared
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  • for. Something went wrong in mylife. Yeah, I tried. But we
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  • couldn't help Leon. I wantsomeone who doesn't try but they
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  • enter in. They push in. And I'mgoing to challenge you this
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  • year. That you have a choice.You can live like the rest of
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  • the world that goes, "I'mwondering what will happen." I
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  • don't wonder. I declare. I don'tbegin to hope and pray. I
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  • declare. I pray, intercede. Ijust get a hold of God's Word
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  • and declare that what's going togo on in my life is according to
  • 00:12:54.332 --> 00:12:57.702
  • God's will for my life. And Iknow what's His will is in a
  • 00:12:57.735 --> 00:13:01.072
  • very general way. It is tosucceed in faith. It is to walk
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  • in health. It is to walk inblessing. It is to reach out and
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  • to represent Christ. It is tobring glory to God. It is to
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  • live with a peace and a joy thatthe world does not know. I am
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  • not worried that this year, itsucks just to hope it's not
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  • going to be a whole lot morepain. Yes, the world's got
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  • stuff. Yes, there's heartache.Yes, there's storms. But did you
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  • understand, that in this lifeyou need to stay focused on
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  • Christ. And that is when themiraculous of walking on water,
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  • speaking to mountains. This iswhere you can walk through the
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  • things that are going on thisplanet rather than being this
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  • victim. One of my pet peeves.Give Jesus a hand, amen! One of
  • 00:13:40.845 --> 00:13:50.288
  • my pet peeves at some churchesthat I'll go to speak at is the
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  • way they worship. Every song isabout, "Jesus." And so people
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  • who, you know, it's -, I'm goingto be very blunt about some
  • 00:14:05.570 --> 00:14:08.506
  • things. Often people towards theend of careers, the end of their
  • 00:14:08.539 --> 00:14:13.144
  • lives that they kind of likethat. But young people who are
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  • growing up and they want tosucceed in business. They want a
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  • great exciting marriage and asex life and raise kids. They
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  • want to know how to get up andreally live. They're not looking
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  • for a worship service thatrepresent God as, every here is
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  • begging. They're going like,"Oh, man." Like, "Is there
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  • victory anywhere in Jesus? Isthere any kind of life in Jesus?
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  • Is there something that I canjust trust and believe and get
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  • up? And He's not just going tobe there when I call. But He's
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  • going to be there helping me tosucceed and to rise up and to be
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  • the husband I want to be, thefather I want to be, the
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  • financer I want to be. He'sgoing to help me solve problems.
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  • The Bible says, "In Him arehidden all the treasures of
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  • wisdom and knowledge."Everything about computers.
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  • Everything about space travel.Everything is hidden in Christ.
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  • You say, "Well, Leon, whatyou're talking about?" You think
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  • God made the universe and didn'tknow the human race is going to
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  • put a rocket to the moon? Youthink He doesn't understand
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  • satellite? You don't think Hedidn't bury a satellite in that
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  • mountain full of ore and watchas mankind begin to grow in
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  • knowledge and wisdom andunderstand flight and understand
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  • all these things. You don'tthink He understood. You don't
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  • think that the most brilliantman that ever walked the planet
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  • whoever that is, Einstein orwhoever. That he's not even a
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  • drop in the ocean compared tothe wisdom of God on every
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  • science, every spiritual thinggoing on? Yes! Where the Spirit
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  • of the Lord is, there's liberty.Liberty to walk in health.
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  • Liberty to be wise. Liberty torise up and make decisions.
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  • Liberty to get up and live likeyou've never lived before. It's
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  • what the presence of God is. Andso this year, I'm going to
  • 00:15:44.402 --> 00:15:47.472
  • challenge you. Do you have arelationship with Jesus? Or are
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  • you going to just keep waitingsaying, "Give me four points to
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  • healing, three points to peace,two points to joy, eight points
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  • to a great sex life, sevenpoints to -, There's great stuff
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  • in God's Word about that. All ofthat. But if you don't treasure
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  • Jesus, then your Christian faithis just transactional. What kind
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  • of a transaction can me andJesus do today? And I'm so glad
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  • that all of the promises are yesand amen in Him. I'm so glad
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  • that I can look to the futureand with confidence. No, that
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  • God is with me. And that as wewalk, we can walk through the
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  • valleys of the shadow of death.He prepares a table before me in
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  • the presence of my enemies,lying, shooting, backstabbing.
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  • You know, speaking, none of itaffects me because I am
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  • following Jesus. I'm with Jesus.In John 10 says He leads me by
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  • name. By name. Jesus. This Jesusdidn't come to this planet to
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  • give us another religion, togive us another whole code of
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  • conduct. He came to give us arelationship. And I often tell
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  • people worse than the sin you doas all the self-righteous things
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  • you do trying to earn God'sgrace. All these Christians who
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  • judged and looked. And theworld's the same by the way, the
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  • world is the most judgmentalthing you can ever imagine. But
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  • Jesus, in God's Word and I'vebeen quoting a whole bunch of
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  • verses for you but let me justread you a verse here. It says,
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  • for who, in 1 Corinthians 2:16in the Amplified, "For who has
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  • known or understood the mind,the counsels, and purposes of
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  • the Lord as to guide andinstruct Him and give Him
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  • knowledge? But we have the mindof Christ, the Messiah and we do
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  • hold the thoughts, the feelings,and the purposes of His heart."
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  • Can I talk to you about that fora minute? To have the mind of
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  • Christ, to have His thoughts,His feelings, His purposes. Life
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  • is short and our purpose is tobring glory to Jesus, not number
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  • one is to make money. Ourpurpose is to know Him, not to
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  • whatever the miracle is thatyou're seeking for. And with all
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  • of the teachings in thecharismatic world, the faith
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  • world, and all the beautifulpromises that have been given to
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  • us. They can be so exciting. Andwhen you live in your world,
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  • you're always looking for whichpromise that you're needing this
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  • month. But I wonder sometimes ifyou just want to fellowship with
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  • Jesus. If you just want to getinto the Word and get to know
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  • who He is, what He has done.Anytime you begin to feel low.
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  • Anytime you begin to feel empty.Anytime you begin to feel like,
  • 00:19:11.509 --> 00:19:16.681
  • "Well, who am I and what's mylife about?" Your mind is set on
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  • the things of the flesh and notof the things of the spirit. And
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  • it will bring death into yourlife because death is a
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  • continuum. You've got to lift upyour head by looking into His
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  • Word and finding out who you arein Christ. And then begin to
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  • recognize what He has done fromthe cross, His death, His
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  • burial. His resurrection withnew life for you. His ascension
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  • to the right hand of the Father.All authority, all power is in
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  • Jesus and He's in you. Pick anyof the Old Testament prophets,
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  • kings, high priest, and you haveto understand none of them have
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  • what you have. None of them knewChrist like you can know Christ.
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  • Are we just transactional? Bythat, I mean, are we always to
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  • try and make a transaction withthe presence of God where,
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  • "Okay, we're working for somehealing and this one we're
  • 00:20:14.839 --> 00:20:16.807
  • working for some prosperity,working for my marriage." Good.
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  • But maybe if you would seekfirst this kingdom that Jesus
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  • has provided through what He didon the cross and begin to fall
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  • in love with Jesus. Your lifewould have such purpose. You
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  • would find that when you seekfirst the kingdom of God, all
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  • the things you're worried aboutbegin to take place in your life
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  • easy. And when we begin tounderstand this, there's an
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  • interesting teaching that Jesusmakes in John chapter 15. He
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  • says, "I am the vine. You arethe branches. If any remain and
  • 00:20:50.207 --> 00:20:56.714
  • abide in me. I remain and abidein them. They produce much
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  • fruit, not periodical, muchfruit. But without and apart
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  • from Me, they can do nothing." Ithink we understand as
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  • Christians, that when you beginto move away from Jesus and
  • 00:21:13.464 --> 00:21:16.734
  • treat the Bible as simple wisesteps like so much of the world
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  • does. That you begin to moveaway from Jesus. It says Jesus
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  • is the root. We are thebranches. He goes on to say that
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  • you should produce much fruitand show that you are My
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  • followers and bring glory to MyFather. You have a choice to
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  • simply look at the Bible as awise book and find answers. I
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  • know, I'm telling you. It'sincredible. But doesn't touch
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  • for a moment knowing Jesus. Whenmy heart begins to get filled
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  • full of fear and worry as I lookat the millions of dollars we've
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  • got to raise. When things beginto rise up and push at us. You
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  • know, and when my heart beginsto be filled with fear or worry,
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  • where I find myself gettingstressed out. I know that I have
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  • taken my eyes off of the Jesuswithin me who provides all that
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  • I need. And I've gotten, begunto look at the Leon who can't do
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  • anything. It's a quick trip toone mess up afternoon. Why
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  • aren't we just thankfullypraising and praying the Word
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  • with an overflow of what Jesushas done. Here is where the
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  • power lies, not the begging, thebugging, the bawling, the
  • 00:22:35.146 --> 00:22:38.315
  • squalling as though, "What'swrong with my life?" And
  • 00:22:38.349 --> 00:22:41.485
  • beginning to give the enemy thecredit. Every time something
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  • happens to me that's negative.Someone will say, "Oh, the
  • 00:22:46.323 --> 00:22:49.894
  • devil was on your case." I go,"Nah, that was just life." A
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  • baseball hit me. That was thedevil. Nah, I was just playing
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  • baseball and getting closer tothe pit, the batter. I never
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  • give him. I never give himcredit for anything that's going
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  • wrong in my life. Just empowerhim right up. The devil. The
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  • devil. That fallen angel. Life'sjust got stuff. Oh, I got into
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  • two accidents. Well, take adefensive driving course. Why
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  • are we giving the devil so muchpower as though he's doing it?
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  • No, life's got stuff. Why I hadone hell of a bad year? Yes. But
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  • you're going to give the devilthe credit for that? Is he
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  • really that power? He can bendyour car. He can move semi's. He
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  • can -, No, he can't. ButChristians love to sing song.
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  • Oh, Jesus, Jesus. And the worldlook at us going, "You know,
  • 00:23:35.139 --> 00:23:40.244
  • does Jesus help us? Does Hegives us life? Does He help me
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  • rise up with joy?" Yes, He does.Jesus, I've come to give you
  • 00:23:42.947 --> 00:23:46.283
  • life and more abundantly. Mytime is up. This year change
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  • your praying. Get to know Jesus.Get into His Word. Let's make it
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  • happen. Amen?
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  • [Music]
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  • -ANNOUNCER: Did you know, thatyou were created to be loved by
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  • God? So many Christians areliving under the false illusion
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  • that somehow they were designedto work at getting to heaven.
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  • This simply isn't true. God isyour Father, and you are His
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  • child. No works will ever changethat. It's time to jumpstart
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  • your heart. This audio seriesfrom Leon Fontaine will refresh
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  • you like no other. When you cometo a clear understanding of
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  • God's unconditional love withhelp from Holy Spirit, you
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  • unlock the miraculous in yourlife, and make incredible
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  • supernatural strength available.God wants you to believe in and
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  • receive His love wholeheartedly.Jumpstart your heart today,
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  • aligning your beliefs with God'sWord, and seeing yourself how
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  • God sees you, is the first stepto starting an incredible
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  • journey. One that will leave youtransformed, and better
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  • positioned to step into yourGod-given destiny.
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  • -LEON: How should we pray whenwe're discouraged? You know,
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  • when I'm discouraged and it'snot very often, okay? Because
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  • I've learned something here. Theword courage is something that
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  • you do even when you feelafraid. Like I've taught on
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  • courage to leaders and told themthat everybody feels fear push
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  • at them, but you have to usecourage. Courage is not the
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  • absence of fear. Courage isfeeling the fear and doing the
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  • right things anyway, going tothat next level anyway, and it's
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  • amazing how fear justdissipates. There can be a lot
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  • of reasons for feelingdiscourage. But the Bible says
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  • that David encourage himself inthe Lord. Something you can do
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  • is this, if you are looking atthe results of your life and
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  • discouraged because ofrelationships, finances, or some
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  • measurement that you're makingto your external life. I think
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  • you've got your eyes off ofJesus. Your self-identity and
  • 00:26:13.697 --> 00:26:18.369
  • your self-worth must be focusedon Him and what He thinks about
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  • you. And as you begin to turnyour eyes on Jesus, you're going
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  • to find a sense of courage thatsays it's not over. You are
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  • going to win. Keep going. And Ifind courage rises up in me when
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  • I get my eyes back on Jesus andwhat He thinks about me.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: It's no accidentthat you watched today's show.
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