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Living in Excellence

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July 17, 2019
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Leon Fontaine

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  • -ANNOUNCER: What would you change in your life?
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  • - What if you could unleash the miraculous in your
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  • everyday life?
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  • - Experience freedom, live in peace, change the world. Become
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  • Spirit Contemporary. Join Leon Fontaine, world renowned
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  • conference speaker, senior pastor of Canada's fastest
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  • growing church, and CEO of Canada's only Christian TV
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  • station. Today, on THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE.
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  • -LEON FONTAINE: When people walk into our church, our
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  • homes. When they walk into our office. When they meet us, there
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  • ought to be a sense of majesty, there ought to be
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  • a sense of excellence.
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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: I wanna talk today about excellence. Now, excellence is
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  • something that everybody thinks they are, everyone thinks they
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  • have. But let's dive in and let's take a look at what God
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  • says about excellence and how quickly we can move away from
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  • excellence. We're gonna get some verses and some points in just a
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  • minute. But one of the things I've noticed is that everyone of
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  • us is a leader. If you're a parent, you must lead your
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  • children. No one wants to be just managed. Leadership is far
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  • more powerful in the next generation, your children. The
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  • children of our school, our church, the families that we're
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  • teaching as MIRACLE CHANNEL across this nation, around this
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  • world. If we do not understand and learn to have and exhibit
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  • excellence, the next generation will not be fascinated by us the
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  • kingdom of God, the church of Jesus Christ. And over the years
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  • now, it's been decades that I've been teaching the Word,
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  • counseling with families, watching who rises up, who gets
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  • destroyed, what disappears, what works. It's been an amazing ride
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  • to see this is what works and excellence is crucial. And so
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  • we're gonna take a look at what is excellence and why some
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  • people are not excellent. And I pray that everyone of us, this
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  • is something by the way I have to push myself to. I have to
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  • yield to the excellence that is in God who is in me. It's who I
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  • am. If you are in Christ, excellence is within you. And or
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  • you can lead to the carnal mind which is a lot of laziness,
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  • excuses, victim mentality. I'm doing good enough. That's all
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  • self-centered selfishness. That's the carnal mind Romans 5
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  • says. But then, if you will literally focus and make sure
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  • that you are focus in the things of the Spirit, that is where you
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  • can walk in the sense of excellence like it's just a
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  • stunning thing. So we wanna be excellent as people. There's
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  • nothing worse than trying to be something you know you're not.
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  • And that's where so many Christians are today because
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  • they're trying so hard to be like Jesus knowing they can't.
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  • It's what they've been taught that, you know, we can't be like
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  • Jesus. That was Jesus that could do that not us. And actually,
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  • the Bible says very clearly as He is Jesus in this world, so
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  • are we. Another words, all that Jesus has is in us, all that He
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  • was and is, has access to His inheritance is within us. So,
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  • all right. Let's dive in this some teaching stuff in the Bible
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  • and I hope this really, because it's the Word of God that can
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  • plant a teaching deep for us. Daniel was excellent. The Bible
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  • says God is an excellent God. But in Daniel chapter 1 it talks
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  • about Daniel and his friends. Out of here is where we get the
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  • story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. And it says that his
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  • friends were now, they were held captive because their country
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  • was overrun. The leader saved certain wisemen and he would,
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  • what he would do is, he would bring the wisdom of every
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  • country that he took over. He would bring their wisest people
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  • and he would learn from them in war, in things of wisdom,
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  • running a state, the thing, their Gods. He would learn
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  • anything he could, so he took Daniel and his friends. And it
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  • says when he tested them, they were ten times wiser than any
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  • person in this land, his wisemen and all the other wisemen from
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  • the other countries that he had stolen and taken captive. In
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  • Daniel chapter 5 says he had an excellent spirit. And the new
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  • king of the country saw this in Daniel 6 and sit him over the
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  • entire realm and the story of Daniel goes on. It's a beautiful
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  • study in being excellent. Solomon was excellent. And it
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  • says his kingdom, his buildings, his leadership. When you get
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  • into Chronicles chapter 1, God's talking to Solomon, what do you
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  • want? He said, "I want to lead your people." He had an
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  • excellent character. Later on, he got into sin and while did
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  • the pain take him and destroy things. But here when his heart
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  • was right. And so we need to understand that to be excellent
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  • is to have a right heart with God, a heart that is connected
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  • to God, a relationship with God. If you and your spouse want an
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  • excellent marriage, then it doesn't come from reading books
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  • on men and then reading books on women. Please do that, but then
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  • you need to have an excellent relationship. Put it to
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  • practice. Connect to each other. Love each other. Forgive each
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  • other. Be patient, kind. All the fruit of the Spirit. You must
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  • learn to show love to each other even if its for and how you were
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  • raised. You could say, "That's not me." I don't care what was
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  • you and how you were raised. Become like Christ. And so as
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  • you look at Solomon. I mean, in 2 Chronicles chapter 9, the
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  • queen of Sheba just goes off about this guy and how
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  • everything's incredible right to the person who is looking after
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  • his house, setting his table, closing and opening his doors.
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  • There's excellence and it was the way they were dressed. It
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  • was how passionate they looked after their work, how much they
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  • love their leader, their character, their emotions,
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  • everything about this entire team was excellent. She was in
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  • awe of it. Many times, Christian leaders they just feel like
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  • because we're getting volunteers a lot if you're involved in
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  • church, we can't really expect too much of them. And I think
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  • that we have to be careful with unrealistic expectations of how
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  • much time they have to give us because you've gotta use wisdom.
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  • They're raising families and businesses and careers. But as
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  • far as being excellent at what they do that should not even be
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  • a consideration to take it out. We serve God. We are excellent.
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  • So God does everything with excellence. There's nothing in
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  • God's work in the atmosphere, you know, and as far as the
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  • skies can see and out in the universe everything is
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  • excellent. Psalm 8:9 says, "O Lord our Lord, how excellent is
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  • Your name in all the earth." And then in the Amplified it says
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  • majestic and glorious. Did you know that, when you begin to
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  • live with excellence, yield to the Spirit of Christ, His
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  • excellence is within you. If you say, "Leon," One guy just told
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  • me, "I'm lazy. I'm never on time. That's just kind of who I
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  • am." I said, "No. You're not. That's who you were trained and
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  • raised up and allowed to be. But if you have given your life to
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  • Christ, and He is excellent, and He is in you. Then let, just
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  • yield to that excellence, rise up with a determination and it
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  • will make you and your life majestic and glorious because
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  • that's who God is. In Psalm 76:4, "Glorious and excellent
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  • are You from the mountains of prey splendid, majestic, more
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  • than the everlasting mountains." When people walk in to our
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  • church, our homes. When they walk in to our office. When they
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  • meet us, there ought to be a sense of majesty, there ought to
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  • be an excellence. Because where we are excellent in character,
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  • emotion, appearance, how we talk, how treat people, the work
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  • of our hands, how, you know, etcetera. This excellence wows
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  • people. They sense God in you when we make a choice to be
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  • excellent. Now, you were created to be excellent and to do
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  • everything with excellence. Listen to this verses in
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  • Philippians chapter 1, "And this I pray, that your love may
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  • abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment."
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  • You'll notice that your love. How does love abound? One
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  • growing in love. No. It's the showing of love. Love that is
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  • not shown is almost wasted. So you show people love. You learn
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  • to give compliments. You learn to treat them with honor. You
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  • learn to be excellent. You learn -, So this showing of love is
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  • crucial. Verse 10 of Philippians 1 says, "That you may approve
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  • things that are excellent and that you may be sincere and
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  • without offence until the day of Christ." We just did a really
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  • good series on Sunday. Three parts on Offence. Oh, man.
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  • People's eyes were opened. We had so many questions and people
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  • picking up that series. But whenever people do not live or
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  • work with excellence. I often look at them and know there's an
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  • offense. They've been offended. Haven't been given the position
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  • they want. They don't think they're paid enough. They don't
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  • think they're looked after enough. They aren't noticed
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  • enough. And so they judged their leaders. They judged the team,
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  • the school, the church, the television station, me, people
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  • around them, or just life in general and God. And so once
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  • they begin to judge and get offended about something, they
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  • no longer have the spirit of excellence and it just shows in
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  • their work. It's just kind of, you know, good enough for
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  • gospel. It's just kind of well, let's just get through today.
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  • I'm giving them my money's worth. You're paying me $10 an
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  • hour. I'm giving them $10 an hour worth. And no one's getting
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  • paid that low. But anyway, so we gotta understand that. So we
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  • must prove things that are excellent. We must be excellent.
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  • In Psalm 16:3, listen to this. It says he delights in his
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  • excellent ones, us. Wow, you know God love excellence. Even
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  • when you, you know, people think, sometimes husbands get
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  • annoyed with their wives because they have this nesting instinct.
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  • And they want certain couches and paints and fabrics and
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  • styles. And husbands they get upset, "All you want is to
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  • change stuff. You're always looking for stuff." Did you
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  • know, that this desire to be surrounded by beautiful things,
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  • to have things looked great and excellent. You know, just how
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  • the room is set up and how the home functions, etcetera,
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  • etcetera. That this is from God. God's not making heaven a
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  • desert. It's not the desert of Eden when He put us on the
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  • planet. It was the Garden of Eden. I bet you it was a
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  • magnificent. In fact, I know it was. And so He delights in us,
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  • His excellent ones. Now, we are called. If you've given your
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  • life to Christ, you are called to ministry every one of us but
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  • it's a ministry of excellence. Hebrews 8:6, "But now hath he
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  • obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is
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  • the mediator of a better covenant, which was established
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  • upon better promises." This new covenant is better in every way.
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  • But when Jesus does ministry, it is excellent in every way and we
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  • must do it excellent in every way. Now, I know that we can
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  • talk about, "Well, we just do it as good as we can for now." No,
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  • I'm not talking about perfectionist. Okay, that's a
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  • whole another teaching. A perfectionist is a person who
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  • there's something wrong on the inside and because they deal
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  • daily with their self-worth. They need perfection on the
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  • outside because they feel so low or little on the inside. They'll
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  • spend hours on clothes and makeup and inordinate amount of
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  • time on details nobody cares about because they only have a
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  • sense of excellence on the outside because on the inside
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  • they don't have a sense of excellence. And you must spend
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  • time with God. You must know who you are in God. You must
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  • recognize what Jesus did at the cross. One of the greatest lies
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  • being preached from pulpits today is that God is perfect and
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  • wonderful. And you, lowdown little two-tone skunk aren't
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  • worth anything. And so you better just be happy with God
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  • and realized, and they think that's humility. But the Bible
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  • doesn't even teach that. Now, when it talks about your own
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  • righteousness, in other words you trying to be right with God
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  • with your own power. Now, that's when the Bible will take
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  • potshots at you. But when you've given your life to Christ, and
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  • you know who you are in Christ. That righteousness is a gift. To
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  • be right with God is a gift from Jesus. To be qualified for every
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  • promise in an amazing life is a gift. That grace is a gift. That
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  • everything in God's Word Jesus qualified us for and you are
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  • excellent. He's in love with you. And that you can work out
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  • at your own salvation with fear and trembling. Meaning, that
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  • this power of God is available to you to live, to act, to feel.
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  • You can have the mind of Christ, His emotions, His feelings,
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  • etcetera. So this is crucial that we know, that we have an
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  • excellent spirit. At your core you are excellent. Why? Because
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  • Jesus is in your spirit and you have a new nature. The old
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  • nature is dead and gone. You don't have two natures. The old,
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  • but you have the nature of Christ. Now, what is this looked
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  • like this sense of excellence? Well, this sense of excellence
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  • has to start with how you knew you. And so you've gotta know
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  • and meditate on in your devotional times that Jesus is
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  • within me, His Spirit is within me, His nature is within me.
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  • Therefore, I am excellent at the core. So I'm gonna yield to that
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  • and be who I am. I'm not trying to be something I'm not. And if
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  • you've always been a person and you know it. That lazy, late,
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  • lousy attitudes, lousy emotions. There's nothing excellent.
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  • That's not who you are if you are a believer. That simply how
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  • you were trained or how people in your world tolerated you and
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  • allow that to happen. And so you must become now a person that's
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  • self-motivated, self-driven. But that I mean quit waiting for
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  • someone to change you, quit waiting for someone else to
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  • discover you and raise you up. You know, David encouraged
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  • himself in the Lord. Begin to yield to Jesus, His Word. Begin
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  • to study and know who you are. Then your work habits will
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  • become excellent. Even your choice of who you hang with will
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  • become excellent. You know, there's many people that I would
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  • have raised up and worked with because they look so excellent,
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  • but their choice of friends was so horrendous. That I knew there
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  • was a problem somewhere because like attracts like and who they
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  • hang with. I just knew that wow. You need, you know, if they're
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  • allowing, and I don't mean that they weren't quite up to par. I
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  • mean, people that were negative, anti-church, anti whatever we
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  • were doing, anti-school, anti-MIRACLE CHANNEL and that
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  • they just had a lousy attitude and people were hanging with
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  • them. The second I saw that, I knew right away they were capped
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  • or I didn't know if they were gonna make it. Because it's so
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  • crucial that you have excellent relationships. People often,
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  • that's been my friend for years. Cool. Then make sure you're the
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  • leader and not them. Make sure that they are following your
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  • example and that you're not going down to their gossip,
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  • their negative attitude, their problem. This excellence will
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  • follow you and your marriage and how you do your home, your
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  • family, how you raise your kids, your choice of who you hang
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  • with. Because if, see, if you feel like you're really a
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  • nobody, then that's all you'll reach for is people who feel the
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  • same way. You'll have a hard time even reaching out. In fact,
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  • you'll even think that people who know who they are in Christ
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  • are proud. Because you don't feel that way and you don't know
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  • how they can feel that way. We should be excellent in our
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  • health. Well, the reason with God wants healing in our lives
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  • is to be excellent in health. Energize, able to go do what
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  • He's called us to do. We should be excellent in our conduct.
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  • Excellent in our thinking. These are crucial. The spirit of
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  • excellence will allow you to be content by the way. This desire
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  • for perfection is never happy within itself. Now, a lot of
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  • people don't recognize that you think you'll be happy when you
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  • are making more money, higher up the leadership ladder, in a
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  • different job, etcetera. And that's one of the greatest lies
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  • of career. The greatest lies that you have swallowed. Because
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  • you see, when you begin to yield to this excellence that is in
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  • your spirit which is Jesus, and you begin to decide, I am going
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  • to do excellence. I'm gonna be excellent. My attitude is gonna
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  • be excellent. When I get up in the morning and I feel mighty
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  • low, I'm just gonna choose. Now I choose excellence. These are
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  • choices. This is the day the Lord has made. I will. Your will
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  • must be involved. I will rejoice and be glad in it. One person
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  • told me, "I'm not a phony like you. When I don't feel happy,
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  • I'm not put that on that I'm happy." Well, what a foolish
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  • thing to think through. That's a person that doesn't even
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  • understand how you live by faith. Faith is believing what
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  • you don't have in which you haven't got yet. And making the
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  • determination that nobody wakes up happy every morning. But I
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  • can literally rejoice my way happy. This is the day the Lord
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  • has made I will. It's not if I feel like it, I'll rejoice. You
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  • know, if that's kind of a day, I'll rejoice. No, no. It says I
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  • will. These are choices that we make to be excellent. Now, I've
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  • noticed that people who are excellent, that there's a
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  • contentment that is about them. That like we said earlier, that
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  • you just think that a better job, more money, more power,
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  • etcetera is gonna make you happier. But the Bible says I've
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  • learned and whatever state I'm in to be content. You see, when
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  • you do where you are and what you are. I mean, positional and
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  • leadership or management or career, etcetera, that if you do
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  • that, with excellence. You know, one of the decisions every
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  • person must make is who they are all by them self. Not who you
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  • are with your spouse, not who you are in your career, not who
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  • you are -, Who are you? What is your character? And what is your
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  • emotional makeup? You must choose this and then believe and
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  • begin to act that out. Then with your spouse isn't there with
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  • you, you still are who you are. If the people around you begin
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  • to go someplace else, you still are who you are. You know, when
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  • the king was looking at Daniel, he looked around at all this
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  • people and they just rose up because of their excellent
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  • spirit. How they handled things, how they acted. They're not
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  • gonna be betraying that one man. You know, we were talking about
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  • being offended just a little while ago and how that when you
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  • get offended that you begin to betray the people closes to you.
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  • It will first start in your thinking as you look down upon
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  • them, as you begin to judge them, and then you'll develop a
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  • hatred. No way! Yes. You'll begin to betray the people
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  • close to you. The boss you used to love. You'll begin to steal
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  • from him. Go work for his competition and share all of his
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  • secrets. You begin to talk about the people who pay your salary
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  • in a betrayal way. There is no honor, no integrity there and
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  • you begin to hate. It doesn't show up at first, but it just
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  • begins to creep through you. The Bible says that when you allow
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  • offenses in, everybody around you becomes bitter. I see whole
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  • families. I've seen generations of families and offense and
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  • bitterness begin to just creep through every generation. And
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  • they don't understand excellence is for first it's in the spirit,
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  • then it's gotta be on our mind, our emotions, our choosing, our
  • 00:21:25.060 --> 00:21:29.010
  • believing. Then it's gotta be in our actions, in our physical
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  • world and all that we put our hands to. Excellent is crucial.
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  • Now, as you go into Gods' Word, excellence is doing as good as
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  • you can for now knowing you'll be better. Excellence is letting
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  • where you are, doing what you're doing, and knowing that there's
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  • new seasons coming as I learn new skills. God's got new
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  • opportunities. Everybody is always transitioning. Now listen
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  • close to me. Everybody is entering and leaving
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  • opportunities. You will leave what you've learned and done
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  • now, and you will transition into that next season of life,
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  • of opportunity where your skillset has grown, where your
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  • wisdom has grown, where this excellence within you has grown
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  • and a wise leader is seeing that and watching you and knowing
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  • there's much more that you could do. This excellence, it just
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  • begins to flow off of us. And you've gotta find that in Christ
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  • first. So I just wanna say that in closing. Find that in Christ
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  • first, from the cross to the throne is the new covenant. What
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  • did Jesus do at His death, His burial, His resurrection? He is
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  • now seated at the righthand of the Father. And you are made in
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  • His likeness and image. You're not junk. You're not nobody. And
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  • so you are excellent in nature. You are excellent at the very
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  • spirit level because Jesus is there. Now, renew your mind to
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  • it and make your body a living sacrifice. Make it, do the
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  • things that you are. I am excellent, so body you're gonna
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  • be excellent. I'm excellent so I'm gonna think excellent. I'm
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  • excellent so I'm gonna have excellent emotions. And these
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  • decisions, and then yield into God's Word. Yield into Jesus is
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  • where the true power really is.
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  • -LEON: One of the greatest things people struggle with
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  • today is, who am I? So many people are trying to get their
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  • DNA checked out to see if they've got European in them, if
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  • they've got Mongol in them, or they're from Indian descent from
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  • India. That they want to know and that they seem to feel a
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  • sense of, "I've gotta find out who I am." And none of those
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  • things are your identity. It's good to be proud and not
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  • embarrassed of where you come from and to be excited about it,
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  • but your identity is in Christ. And I wanna challenge you that
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  • you might think, "I'm Canadian. I'm American. I'm East Indian.
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  • Or whatever word but you are have Indian first." You are made
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  • in the likeness and the image of God. The language that you
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  • speak, the color of your skin, and whoever your forefathers
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  • were, is not your identity. Your identity is in Christ. You're
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  • made in the likeness and image of God, designed in heaven made
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  • by God and that is the family. That is predominant thing that
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  • you need to understand. God may use everything else in His
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  • purposes in your life, language, color of skin, background, and
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  • He will. But your identity is Jesus. Don't let anything take
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  • that away from you. And that is where you'll have a peace. That
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  • is where you will have a strength. Because whenever the
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  • enemy comes in to tempt you off course or to begin to make you
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  • feel like you are not enough. You need to know, I am a child
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  • of God. I know that the King of kings is on the inside of me.
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  • That I was born with a purpose and there's something I'm gonna
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  • do for Him. Father, I pray right now. That we would release the
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  • things we cling to as our identity, failures, even
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  • victories. And we would look to You, Father, as the author, the
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  • finisher of our faith. We would look to You, Father, as our
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  • Father and we would believe the things You say about us, not the
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  • things that our even human father, or human people say
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  • about us. But what Your Word says about us and what You say
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  • about us. In Jesus' name I pray, amen and amen.
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