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Living the Good Life

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July 3, 2019
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Leon Fontaine

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Living the Good Life

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  • -ANNOUNCER: What would you change in your life?
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  • - What if you could unleash the miraculous in your
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  • everyday life?
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  • - Experience freedom, live in peace, change the world. Become
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  • Spirit Contemporary. Join Leon Fontaine, world renowned
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  • conference speaker, senior pastor of Canada's fastest
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  • growing church, and CEO of Canada's only Christian TV
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  • station. Today, on THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE.
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  • -LEON FONTAINE: You and I need to begin to live our lives with
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  • purpose, with destiny, with His calling, which is what?
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  • Get to know Him.
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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 Winnipeg, Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: Today I'm gonna entitled my message, Living the Good
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  • Life. Living the Good Life. Now, the world has a definition for
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  • what the good life is, and it depends on what program you
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  • watch. To sports fanatics, it's playing on the field and making
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  • millions. To business people, it's having a yacht, a few
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  • cabins at beaches and a few condos in cities around the
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  • world. We've all got different definitions the world has of the
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  • good life. But let me read you a verse in the Bible because we
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  • better figure out what this life looks like. Ephesians 2:10 in
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  • the Amplified says, "We are God's own handiwork His
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  • workmanship, recreated in Christ Jesus, born anew that we may do
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  • those, look at this word, good works which God predestined,
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  • planned, beforehand for us taking paths which He prepared
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  • ahead of time, that we should walk in them." It doesn't say
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  • we're forced to. "We should walk in them living the good life
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  • which He prearranged and made ready for us to live." God has
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  • called us to live the good life. God has put within us and
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  • created within us with His workmanship. How amazing is God?
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  • If you can find the greatest artist, what was God's
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  • workmanship like when He built into you everything you would
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  • need for the paths that are ahead of you? You're created by
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  • Him, made by Him. Things are placed within you for whatever
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  • is ahead of you. It was an amazing day for me to realize
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  • that every opportunity that God had called me into, He'd already
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  • planted within me the workmanship in my giftedness,
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  • skillset, psyche, whatever it was you wanna call that. He had
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  • placed within me whatever it would take, whatever I would
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  • need to walk those paths, and to whatever He had called me to,
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  • and I want you to know that you are the same. That something
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  • within you, it rises up and God wants you to walk these paths
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  • the good life. Now the word good, I don't like the word good
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  • the way we use it. Everybody in our staff if they tell me that,
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  • they have to redo it. If I ask them, "How did this go?" They
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  • said, "It went good." I said, "Redo it." We don't do good
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  • around here. We do excellence. It's never good enough. And so
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  • with the spirit of excellence we don't like the word good. My, I
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  • even tease people who do my makeup. How do I look? Good.
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  • Okay, redo it. TV makeup. The other day I was, I totally
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  • forgot my makeup on and they had done it pretty strong. And so I
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  • rush from the studio and we're sitting eating, and people are
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  • just staring at me. Oh, no. I forgot my makeup on again. But
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  • God has called us to live this good life. But the word good,
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  • although I don't like the way we use in our language. What does
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  • it mean in the Bible? Because this word good, it means
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  • honorable, integrous, excellent. When God says good, it is
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  • something that comes out of the right intentions, the right
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  • motives. There's something. You know, today we're always
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  • wondering, "What's the motive of the guy that's talking to me
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  • right now?" If someone does something good for you before we
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  • embrace it, we always go, "Is there anything they want from me
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  • by doing this good deed?" We're all like that. We meet somebody,
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  • and they want to get together with us and right away we're
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  • going, "I wonder what they want." Because we rarely anymore
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  • trust the motives and the intentions of people. And so
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  • we've gotta understand that when God says you're created for good
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  • works, I had to kind of change my thinking that that word good.
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  • When God says good, it's so far beyond anything I could imagine.
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  • He means good, amazing. That's what your life has been called
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  • to be. Now, I was talking with an author, a very famous author
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  • who wrote a book on destiny years ago. And so we're in the
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  • car, we're talking about it and he said, "Leon, I wish I had
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  • never written that book." I said, "What? What are you
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  • talking about?" He said, "Every person I hire in our ministry
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  • leaves us to go fulfill their destiny." I said, "Well, we had
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  • this discussion and we're getting to that as long-, so
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  • many people think that destiny ahead of you is to make you
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  • famous, is to make you number one. Somehow the
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  • American-Canadian thing is wherever you are in any
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  • organization, you should always rise up to number one whatever
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  • number one is and it's such a ridiculous concept. But it
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  • destroys teams because can you imagine if everybody on a
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  • football field was continually making their way to be the
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  • quarterback. What a mess. Everyone's trained in different
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  • places for this team to work together. What is your destiny?
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  • You know, we use words like purpose, calling, destiny.
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  • What's your purpose? Well, my purpose is to, and people
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  • struggle. What's your destiny? My destiny is, and they'll list
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  • their jobs. They'll mention their gifts. They'll talk about
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  • something. But most people struggle when you start using
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  • words like, "What's your purpose? What's your calling?
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  • What's your destiny?" And they'll read some stupid book
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  • written by a guy or a girl who doesn't know what in the world
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  • they're talking about and they'll throw them way off what
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  • they're called to do. So what is it? "Oh, Leon, it's different
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  • for everyone." Sorry, it's the same for everybody. You are
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  • called as a believer to get to know Jesus, number one. Number
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  • two, you are called to follow His specific directions for your
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  • life. Two things. You do this, and everything else is as easy
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  • as pie. But you call your business your purpose, it will
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  • cost you your wife and your kids. You call your wife your
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  • purpose, it will cost you your kids and your business. You call
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  • your kids your purpose, and you're gonna wipe out your wife
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  • and then a giftedness and whatever you do can go on. We
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  • kind of get all this stuff a little mess up. But if you
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  • pursue a relationship with Jesus. You get to know Him. You
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  • begin to everyday enjoy Him, His presence, His Word. How do you
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  • get to know Jesus? It's very easy. Two things to get to know
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  • Jesus. You know Him through His Word because Jesus is the Word.
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  • And you know Him through prayer because that's talking to Jesus.
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  • Dialogue. So many people are, you know, they'll say, "I just
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  • feel so discontent, Leon. I gotta know what my purpose is."
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  • Well, do you know? "Oh, I give my life to Jesus years ago." No,
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  • no. You're missing it, dude. You've actually given your life
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  • and get to heaven one day. You're supposed to get to know
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  • Him. The apostle Paul after seeing all the doctrine taught
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  • to him by Jesus Himself in the New Testament, at the end of his
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  • life didn't go, "Oh, I wish I could have written down some
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  • more doctrine." So that I might know Him. Oh, that I might know
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  • Him. And then John 10 teaches us, that My sheep hear My voice,
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  • and I call them by name. How does God lead you? Well, to
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  • basic areas. He leads you through His Word. He's never
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  • gonna go against His Word so get to know His Word. And He's gonna
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  • lead you by that still small voice on the inside. Now,
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  • there's lots of other ways that He can do it. That are not as
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  • often, He can guide someone else to give you word of knowledge,
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  • someone else can. He can give you a dream, a vision, yes, yes,
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  • yes. But predominantly in the New Testament, He will lead you
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  • by His Spirit within your spirit. So to not know Jesus is
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  • a major crisis. People who do find out they have a gift and
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  • they begin to pursue that gift. They end up succeeding but
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  • losing. They succeed in the area of the giftedness, but they lose
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  • every other purpose. Family, marriage, homes, mind, health,
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  • etcetera. When I was 18 and I had this question, "What do I do
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  • with the rest of my life?" And back then, I kind of had one
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  • skill, one gift. It was to throw things. Man, could I throw
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  • things. And I almost miss my destiny as I thought, "Yeah, why
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  • would God give me an ability to throw things further than almost
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  • anybody else?" If He didn't want me to go maybe get medals or
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  • then there was some scout. In other words, looking at me when
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  • it came to football team here. And should I? So everything was
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  • focused around this one gift. I can throw things. Maybe you are
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  • like that. Maybe you think you are one gifted person. I had no
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  • idea that I had leadership gifts or public speaking gifts or
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  • gifts that would help me. And oh, you are all multi-gifted.
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  • You're not supposed to follow your gift. Okay, someone just
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  • had an epiphany. You don't have to follow your gift. You're
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  • supposed to follow Jesus. And you'll discover gift after gift
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  • after gift. So many people agonize like I did as a young
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  • teenage boy as to what I'm gonna do with the rest of my life. And
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  • I had to come to it. I'm gonna follow Jesus. And He is never
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  • gonna, you know, lead me in the wrong direction. So we need to
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  • understand. You need to have a relationship with Jesus. Pursue
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  • Him, knowing Him. Getting to know Him through His Word and
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  • prayer every day. And then listen to Him. Follow Him. You
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  • think that your destiny is your gift. So if it's a business,
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  • boy, you're working it. And you can literally make excuses for
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  • the time away from home. The time away from church, kids,
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  • your own personal devotions, because you've got a career! Oh,
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  • golly, gee. You see, if you don't put Jesus first in getting
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  • to know Him and listening to Him, then something else is.
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  • Something else is. You can still be a good person. You know, so
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  • many people think that to be a good person is to just do no
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  • wrong. I hear this all the time from people, "I'm not hurting
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  • anybody. I'm not hurting anybody." Okay, as a Christian
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  • your job is not to stay away from wrong. That is such a low
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  • bar. Your job is to go do right. Your job is to do good deeds.
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  • Your job is to do good works. It's not to just, you know, just
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  • make sure yeah get me. We're gonna arrive at death safely.
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  • That's basically people's lives. Gonna do no wrong. And may spend
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  • their whole life looking at every little sin. Oh, I had a
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  • bad feeling there. I shouldn't have that thought there. And I
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  • get it! But you're gonna find that to just sit around it and
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  • try not to do much wrong is a really low bar. When He said,
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  • He's prepared good works for you to do. And that you should do
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  • them. And when you do, you're living this good life because
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  • there's a sense of doing something with purpose. Today,
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  • we have a landslide of executives, CEO's, men and women
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  • who are business owners who live at the top echelons of the
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  • business world who are so used to making money. And of course,
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  • most people here who make money have had to learn people skills.
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  • Okay? Now, I know there's areas to make money where they don't
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  • need people's skills. But in most cases, you need people
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  • skills. And so you continually meeting people, you know, wining
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  • and dining, going to parties, meeting the right people.
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  • Because that person can help your business out if they open
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  • up that door. That person can help your business out if they
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  • get to know you and you begin to apply. Man, that could get you
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  • in the door. So we're continually working
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  • relationships. And as this business people, you know, rise
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  • up they begin to get depressed. And depression is a huge issue
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  • amongst successful executives and business owners. And when
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  • they meet some of the best counselors, they will make them
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  • do this. They will try to get them to do good works where
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  • nobody can bless them back. Because usually if you own a
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  • fencing company there's no problem to meet some guy who,
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  • you know, he's a, he looks after all this, "Oh, let's do your
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  • fence for you." You know right now that guy is gonna be putting
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  • work towards you because you built him a fence for free. You
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  • go out and take this guy out and you buy him lunch. But it's not
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  • really because you're trying to be kind. This guy has got an
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  • ability to open this door for you and without, I'm not saying
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  • that's wrong. I'm not saying it's wrong. I'm just saying that
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  • people have lost the ability to have intentions of just being a
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  • blessing with no ability for that person to look after me
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  • back. Just this beautiful clear, I wanna be a blessing. So they
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  • get these executives to go do things like ladle soup at a Soup
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  • Kitchen because not one of those street people could help look
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  • after your business. Go coach that, you know, 10-year old
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  • hockey team for free and give them two, three nights a week
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  • because none of those 10 year old's are gonna help your
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  • business. And you began to do things where nobody can bless
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  • you back. And this incredible sense of giving, you see, giving
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  • with an expectation to get back in your relationships. That's
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  • not giving. That's just business. All you're doing is
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  • business. But everywhere through the Bible, He talks about
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  • giving, generosity. He talks about doing good works. It's not
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  • a good work when you've got a motive of business back and
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  • forth. And recognize that, I'm not saying you shouldn't build a
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  • fence for that guy. That'll be smart. The Bible's got another
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  • verse that talk about using gifts to open doors. It's not
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  • wrong, just recognize that's not giving. It's just business. You
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  • get so caught up in your business. You've forgotten to
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  • give. You're so caught up in money that you think the end
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  • justifies the means. I'm called to money and business and
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  • finance the gospel. Praise the Lord! Do it. But the end goal
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  • doesn't justify the means. What you do daily still is of
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  • importance to God, of primary importance. Because what we do
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  • daily is how our reputations and how we represent Christ in this
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  • life to do good works. Good works is something that God is
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  • opening doors every day. It might be something as simple as
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  • go to that coffee shop, sit down have a conversation with that
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  • guy and all he might sense is your love. All he might sense is
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  • just an acceptance that something transfers, and hope
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  • rises up in him and he begins to look for things for God to do in
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  • his life. In Matthew 5:16, it says, "Let your light so shine
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  • before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify
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  • your Father which is in heaven." Most people who watch your good
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  • works feel like you're doing it for an angle. They don't
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  • consider, the world doesn't consider your good works, good
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  • works until they can see nothing coming back to you. You
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  • literally are doing this because it's just you want to give and
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  • there's nothing you gonna receive back these good works.
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  • And so you and I must live this life and if people are gonna see
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  • the light of life on the inside of us, they're gonna see it
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  • through our good works. How we talk it tells what we do in our
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  • businesses. What we say, everywhere we go, it might just
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  • be how we're doing business. Of course, it's always an area. But
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  • what is God guiding you in? What is God saying through you? So
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  • many people say, "Well, Leon, when I'm great one day, I'm
  • 00:18:36.290 --> 00:18:39.160
  • gonna make a statement for God." I got good news and I got bad
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  • news. Good news is you don't have to do that to make a
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  • statement for God. The bad news is you've been making a
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  • statement for God for the last how many years in your business,
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  • to your family, to your kids, to the people around you,
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  • to the business people, to the neighbors.
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  • Everybody's got an opinion of you.
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  • Let your light to shine before men. That they may
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  • see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
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  • Doing good works is an issue of the heart. It's not the good
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  • work, okay. Anybody can go help a neighbor put up a fence, three
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  • of them are trying to get in his good books for contracts and the
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  • fourth guy not a thing that guy can do for him. He just wants to
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  • be a blessed neighbor. Only God knows the heart. And so you and
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  • I need to begin to live our lives with purpose, with
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  • destiny, with His calling. Which is what? To get to know Him and
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  • then listen to Him. And as you feel a nudge to do this, be a
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  • blessing there, help out a neighbor there. And don't forget
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  • either you're to be a blessing to your spouse, to your kids, to
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  • your parents. Sometimes we treat family like such garbage while
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  • everybody else gets our best. No, your family is your
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  • priority. You've heard me do this joke so many times.
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  • Screaming at your wife in your house and the phone ring. Yes,
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  • hi. How does a complete stranger get such peace and joy, but your
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  • house gets the worst of your anger and your judgment? And we
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  • just gotta get back to this powerful basic living the good
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  • life. Stop thinking it's attached to you being famous.
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  • Stop trying to get you ahead financially. Stop waiting for
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  • one day when I get the deceitfulness of riches is, if I
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  • had more money, things would change. If people knew me
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  • better, things would change. And so we chaste these things down
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  • and there is, that is not living the good life. God can touch you
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  • in 10 seconds. You know, when Joshua took over from Moses and
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  • Moses was about to die or had died. The Bible says God took
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  • the respect of the people and gave Joshua the same respect
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  • that Moses had. Okay, Moses went in and called down the 10
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  • plagues on Egypt. He shut down an entire country. The most
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  • powerful country in the then known world. One man. He led
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  • God's people for 40 years across seas and rivers, called down
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  • fire, ground opened up and swallow anyone that mess with
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  • him. I mean, the miracles, the incredible life that Moses had
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  • and then Joshua, this young dude is supposed to take over because
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  • Moses is gonna die. But God did something in a second that gave
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  • them all the same awe and respect for Joshua that they had
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  • for Moses. All I'm saying is quit thinking you gotta go get
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  • everyone to respect you. You gotta go win everybody over. You
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  • gotta and stop thinking and just serve Jesus. And as you do,
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  • you'll find that life become simple and easy. That if you
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  • seek first the kingdom of God, He'll add all these things to
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  • you. And stop thinking that your purpose is your career, or that
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  • your destiny is, you know, some kind of goal to help people. You
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  • know, Jesus goal wasn't to feed the hungry. Jesus goal wasn't to
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  • heal people. He walked past sick people every day. He walked past
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  • hungry people every day. But if you think then it's marginalized
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  • people hold churches do nothing but look after marginalized
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  • people, get them feed, get them healthy, and by the way, that's
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  • good. But that's not what you're called to do because to get them
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  • healthy, healed, and whole right up to the grave but spend
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  • eternity without Christ. Does it even make sense? In there has to
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  • be Jesus. In there has to be the gospel. As you reach out through
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  • all these areas to help people and all these marginalize
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  • things. It's Jesus. It's a relationship with Jesus and an
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  • ability to share it in a Spirit Contemporary way. He needs to
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  • use you. You need to get to know Jesus yourself. It will change
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  • your motives and your intentions. He'll cause you to
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  • value the relationship with Him more than any other
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  • relationship going.
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  • -LEON: Truth is so important in our lives. The other day I read
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  • a story about a man impersonating police officer. He
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  • was stopping people with a dashboard camera, handcuffing
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  • them, putting them into a-. He was on some kind of a power
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  • trip. And those people believed that he was a real policeman.
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  • But if they ever found out he's not a real policeman, it would
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  • have changed everything. There would have been no submission,
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  • no allowing him to handcuff them, no going into the
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  • backseat. You know, when you know truth, it causes something
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  • to rise up in you and that truth sets you free. And I wanna
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  • encourage you, that go to God's Word because the enemy is a
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  • master at tempting us or causing us to even believe that
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  • something else is true. That he's got power. That we can't
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  • really accomplish something. That we are deficient in some
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  • way. Who knows the truths that his truths are his lies actually
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  • he's gonna use on you. God's Word it keeps you empowered with
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  • truth and that truth makes you strong. That truth makes you
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  • energize. That truth causes you to rise up and stop anything the
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  • enemy would try to do in your life. Get into God's Word every
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  • day. The Bible says in the beginning was the Word, and the
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  • Word was with God, and the Word was God. Jesus is the Word. Get
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  • into the Bible, know the truth. And I'm telling you, your world
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  • is going to change. Father, in Jesus' name, I pray the Spirit
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  • of wisdom and of revelation upon them right now as they're
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  • the truth will rise up in them and empower them in an
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