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December 30, 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: Your sins are not just forgiven. But you have
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  • been made alive. You are alive to a place, to a degree that you
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  • have never known, that mankind has never known before.
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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: Probably one of the mistakes of modern Christianity
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  • is the inordinate focus on this one thought, "My sins are
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  • forgiven." And so that's, we're gonna go to heaven and that's a
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  • wonderful point. No one wants to spend eternity in hell. So thank
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  • you. That our sins are forgiven, that Jesus has done that. And
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  • but it doesn't change people's lives much. In fact, as I
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  • travel, as I work here in the church, as we teach, as we watch
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  • the counseling offices and the issues that are going on. I've
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  • found that people who know their sins are forgiven don't change
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  • much. And they just kind of struggle through life like
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  • everybody else. There's not much of a change in the percentages
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  • of issues, go through divorce, lying, cheating, you know,
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  • depression, sickness. There's just not much of a change.
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  • Pretty much you come to church for psychological relief of the
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  • issues you're going through this season in your life and Jesus
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  • comforts you in your hours of grief. Jesus is there through
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  • all your losses and poverties and etcetera. And of course, He
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  • is. But it just makes living the Christian life not much
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  • different in living in the world. And quite frankly, now
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  • take this the way I'm saying it. People like taking clips out of
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  • what I say. I can't think of anymore boring than being a
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  • Christian and you've only gone as far as your sins being
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  • forgiven. It doesn't do much for your life. I mean, it's amazing
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  • for heaven. But on this planet, you walk along season after
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  • season from single to married to family to grandparent, from poor
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  • to rich to wealthy, from nobody to somebody and back to nobody
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  • or whatever the seasons of your life are, pretty much nothing
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  • changes. And we've never focused on the things that Jesus talks
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  • about the most. And that is that your sins are not just forgiven.
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  • But you had been made alive. You are alive to a place, to a
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  • degree that you have never known that mankind has never known
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  • before. The Bible calls this the mystery of godliness. That you
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  • can live like God. You can sound, act like God. You can
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  • have the emotions of God. You can have the thinking of God.
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  • You can walk in the life of God. You can love people with the
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  • love of God. You can live a life where Jesus is living it through
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  • you or you can just be my sins are forgiven but I'm gonna live
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  • as weak and as defeated and as fearful and as sick and as
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  • confused and as unhappy as everybody else. And that's not
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  • the Christian life. And so today, I wanna challenge you as
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  • we go into this message, to listen closely to what I say as
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  • we go through some of these teachings. The Bible shows us,
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  • and I'll show you in the Word that when you listen to the
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  • teaching of Word right now, right now, the devils in the
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  • room, demons are in the room. They go to church. Hey, the
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  • Bible says they were at the last supper because the devil entered
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  • Judas right there in the room. Do you believe on demons? The
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  • whole world believes on them. It's just the Christians are
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  • embarrass about talking about it. All the movies are about
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  • demons and fallen angels and every TV series out there and
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  • every book that's the most popular book is all about
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  • wizardry and witchcraft and Harry Potter and you name it.
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  • The world has no problem with the spirit world. It's the
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  • Christians who have the truth who are quiet about it. So this,
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  • this is a spirit world and they're here at church today.
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  • Now, they have a job. Their job is to steal the Word that you
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  • are listening to right now. Their job is to take your
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  • attention away. Their job is to move your mind off of the
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  • teaching of the Word. I'm gonna show you why that is so crucial.
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  • They do not want the Word of God to all of a sudden impact you
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  • where you reach out with your mind and your will and you grab
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  • a teaching and you pull it in because all of a sudden
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  • everything changes. So most don't, it floats in one ear and
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  • out the other. They give me a high five and say, "Good
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  • preaching, pastor." I'll ask them, what was your favorite
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  • point? They don't have one. They don't remember the message 10
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  • minutes after, you know, in the hallways. Sorry, well you've
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  • said, I've done that with. But if you do not begin to
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  • understand this process not much is gonna change. And so today,
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  • this is a life message that I'm showing you and I challenge you,
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  • see if you can actually keep your brain glued in for 30
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  • minutes because you'll find the enemy trying to draw you off.
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  • He's the accuser of the brethren. He's the one who's
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  • trying to tempt you. Right now, the temptation is away from the
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  • Word, away from the Word, away from what pastor is saying. It's
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  • not pastor's gonna change your life. It's the presence of God
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  • attach to His Word. His Word works. It accomplishes what it
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  • is sent forth to do. And right now, I'm sending it to you. What
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  • are you doing with it? Because if you don't mix faith in what
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  • you hear, it profits you nothing. It's a complete waste
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  • of time being here. If you don't mix faith, accept God's Word. In
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  • Matthew 22:29, Jesus is talking to religious people and there
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  • some in the room. And He says, "You err, not knowing the
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  • scriptures, nor the power of God." You err not knowing the
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  • scriptures, nor the power of God. Now, there's a hope ton of
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  • stuff in here. Let me just pull out a couple of points. Where
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  • you will have errors in life, where you will make mistakes in
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  • life, is where you don't know the scripture and where you
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  • don't know the presence and the power of God. We must know the
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  • scripture and we must know the presence and the power of God.
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  • If you do not know these two things, you will make error
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  • after error after error in life. This is crucial. In John 5:39,
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  • He's talking to the Pharisees. But I really believe this is
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  • portion of scripture that we as mature Christians need to be
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  • concerned about John 5:39. You carefully study, search, and
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  • examine the scriptures because you think they give you eternal
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  • life. They do in fact testify, witness about me, concerning me
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  • on my behalf. So many people discovered Christianity at the
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  • time of trouble in their lives. They're sick, marriage is
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  • struggling. They're dealing with fear, depression. Something is
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  • going on in their life. And so they're attracted to the Word of
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  • God to this the way of following Jesus because of heartache. And
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  • I'm glad they're attracted to Him. But when you go to the
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  • scripture, if you simply try to meet the need that you have,
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  • then once the need is fulfilled you simply move on in your
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  • normal way of life. And you don't, you miss the entire
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  • purpose is that you're not, you shouldn't be looking for the
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  • life that isn't healing or prosperity or peace. But you
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  • should be looking for the life giver, Jesus. And to some of you
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  • mature saints that are here that your life does not differ much
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  • from your unsaved friends and family other than you get to go
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  • to heaven and you're secure in that fact. You, your sins are
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  • forgiven. And that's a beautiful thing but you do not understand
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  • the life, the alive, the relationship with Jesus that
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  • will take you through this world in a superhuman ability to live
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  • this life, to walk through everything that life has. It's
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  • not about learning formulas. It's not about learning the six
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  • steps to everything. We use that in teaching, but it is
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  • practically useless to the person who has not discovered
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  • Jesus. It's about Jesus. Jesus is talking to the most learned
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  • men of the Bible and He says, "You know the scripture and the
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  • scripture talks about Me and here I am, and you don't even
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  • recognize Me." How ridiculous is that? But you know today I
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  • noticed the same thing. We've got Christians who think that
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  • who you vote for. Every Christians should be voting over
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  • here. We got Christians who think that if you're a
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  • Christian, that you should be over here. You should be caring
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  • about the political thing. You should be -, And when you follow
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  • the life of Jesus, His entire purpose was to please God. Even
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  • a lot of the good things you do, I wonder if they're God things.
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  • Some of you are praying about God's will and every time some
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  • good thing opens a door, you think it's God. Good things
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  • don't mean they're God things for your life. The direction for
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  • your life has been decided centuries ago because He's
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  • created paths for you to follow. That you should walk in them.
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  • You individually. And Christians get caught up in all the good
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  • things to do. It was a struggle that I had in my life years ago
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  • as Springs began to, you know, get territory and ground and
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  • people began to come out and we get to pack out buildings and
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  • stuff. And all of a sudden, there was a hundred good things
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  • that we should be involved in. Every parent church ministry out
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  • here that you need to be concerned about and then make
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  • the list, from abortion to single moms to the government to
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  • this and we are concerned about all of them. But to do them all
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  • would bankrupt us in one month. To give the stage to every
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  • person who wanted the stage. You know, well, we're here. We want
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  • the stage. Don't you care? Don't you care? I say, "Look, we here
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  • are following Jesus for Springs." Okay. What does He
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  • called us to do? We're following Him one step at a time. And you
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  • need to understand that the same way. That you can get your life
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  • involve in all these good things. Go do good things. And
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  • if you don't have a relationship with Jesus, you will miss the
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  • God things that He's called you to. You get all wrap up in. You
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  • know, it's interesting. I'm not gonna preach on this. But it's
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  • interesting that Jesus not once took a potshot at the government
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  • and the government was one messed of a government. I mean,
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  • killing, stealing, dominating. Rome was dominating. Jesus never
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  • raised a bunch of people up and went after the political realm.
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  • I'm not saying you shouldn't vote. Absolutely. I'm just
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  • saying that as Christians we get going on things. We get going on
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  • where things aren't going good. We've gotta go after and help
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  • the marginalized people. Of course. We've gotta go after and
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  • help this group. Of course, of course. But your purpose, isn't
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  • that your purpose is to follow Jesus? And it's easy to
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  • differentiate between the bad things and the God things, where
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  • it's hard to differentiate is between the good things and the
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  • God things. I've had people leave us who I knew God sent to
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  • us because they found something good and they get a better
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  • position to go there. And they're gonna just go. It's a
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  • good thing. But it wasn't a God thing. When I was a young man
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  • people would stand in pulpits and they would preach these
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  • messages and they would inspire everyone to get down to the
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  • front and get to the mission field. I mean, I watch altars
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  • fill up everywhere I went, at camps and youth ministries and
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  • our church beggars would come in. And the Bible says go into
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  • the world and preach the gospel. What do you do? And it was, and
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  • they would just guilt you and motivate you and with tears
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  • we would fall down. I literally only know a couple of
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  • the hundreds of young people my age I watched go to the mission
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  • field. Their marriages are a mess, their kids are a mess.
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  • There's lots of missionary kids they go to our church. They have
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  • talked to me in the hallways about how brutal it was being on
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  • the field with their parents as their marriage fell apart and
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  • their family fell apart nothing really happened. And you go,
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  • "What happened there?" Well, they probably were chasing good
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  • things but not God things. They probably were being motivated by
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  • somebody else than motivated by the Spirit of God. And so it's
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  • crucial for you to know God. One of the things that keeps Springs
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  • Church healthy is I refused to tell you what to do. People
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  • often stop me in the hallways and give me a situation and
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  • they'll say, "What shall I do?" And they're looking at me and I
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  • don't mind that. They're looking at me with a sense of, "Whose
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  • gonna answer a question God?" And sometimes I'll guide them
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  • say, "Think about this. Go listen to this." But most cases
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  • I listen to them. Give a few verses and say, "Let's pray. I'm
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  • gonna pray that God's gonna direct you." Because I don't
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  • wanna direct people. I don't wanna be people's God because
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  • it's impossible for me to tell you which of the seven good
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  • things. Well, it's easy to tell you, "Oh, that's sin. That's
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  • sin." But you know that. But what should I do? Yes, there's
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  • lots of good things. But are they God things? And so I wanna
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  • challenge you that John 5:39, Jesus talking to people who are
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  • know the Word. You carefully study. You search the
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  • scriptures. You're looking for eternal life. Now, when they say
  • 00:15:59.110 --> 00:16:02.160
  • looking for eternal life, the word "eternal life" does not
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  • just mean the length of life. It's also the quality of life.
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  • Zoe life. Everyone is looking for a quality of life. Everybody
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  • here wants a better marriage including me. Are you admitting
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  • that? Are you kidding me? I'm working on everything. I want to
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  • be a better father, better grandpa, better husband. I wanna
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  • be a better pastor. I wanna handle finances. We all should
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  • be growing and leading. So it says you want this life but you
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  • didn't find Me, Jesus said. Here I am. And you're missing this
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  • relationship for a whole bunch of trying to find life in areas
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  • of your life. The Word is very interesting because if you do
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  • not discover Jesus, if you do not build a relationship with
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  • Jesus, you are simply another religious person. If you believe
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  • on Him, you get to go to heaven. But other than that, give me a
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  • Buddhist, give me a Hindu, give me you. There not much
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  • difference. Why? Because you don't have, and haven't
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  • developed a relationship with Jesus. You've just learned how
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  • to get healed, how to get happy, how to get to church. You've put
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  • more formulas in place. If you're addicted before to
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  • something you try to get on it. There's not much difference. And
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  • so when people argue about what religion is right. You know,
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  • there's just no place to get. The difference between following
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  • Jesus and all the other world religions was that Jesus didn't
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  • come to start another religion. He came to end all religions and
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  • give everybody a personal relationship with Jesus.
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  • Discover Jesus. Discover a relationship with Jesus. How do
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  • we do that? In Mark chapter 4, speaking to mature believers
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  • today is that there's a talk there that Jesus is teaching a
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  • parable. And He says if you do not understand this parable,
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  • you'll understand no other parables. That makes Mark 4 a
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  • key to the entire New Testament of parables. If you do not
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  • understand the parable in Mark chapter 4, you will struggle
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  • with all parables. The parable in Mark chapter 4 is the one
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  • where Jesus says that the sower sows the Word. And then it says,
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  • remember some were on the pathway, some go into shallow
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  • soil, some go into thistles and thorns. And so it says the birds
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  • of the air come and eat the seed. Then the seed gets choked
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  • out. Then the sun scorches other seed. And it talks about how
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  • that the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches
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  • pulls us away. And what this entire scripture is talking
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  • about is the power of your heart. Your heart is a womb.
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  • Sorry guys, this sounds weird. But your heart is like soil. And
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  • you and I were dead because of sin, okay, and inequity. And
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  • then when Jesus came in and made you alive. This life means your
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  • heart is alive and it can produce the Word of God in an
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  • incredible way. And so as you begin to focus on God's Word,
  • 00:19:06.150 --> 00:19:10.170
  • and so God's Word is the seed and your heart is the soil. And
  • 00:19:10.180 --> 00:19:16.070
  • when that seed of God's Word begins to come into the soil
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  • which is what's happening right now and there are four kinds of
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  • people sitting in this room listening. There are some that
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  • yeah, cool, nice message, wasn't enough story. They didn't have
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  • enough entertainment value in that one. And so the seed just
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  • kind of lands on top of the path and the enemy comes in which is
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  • what the birds of air are, and they just eat it. Somebody
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  • else's says the soil the seed gets planted in a heart that is
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  • just kind of shallow. You maybe gonna try Jesus or maybe you're
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  • a believer. But you just kind of try the Word and try it for a
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  • couple of days, pastor. That didn't work. You know that
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  • you're shallow. And when the sun scorches or when the life begins
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  • to push at you, you abandon your teachings and run to anything
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  • else that will bring you pleasure or relief from the pain
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  • that you're going through rather than standing strong with Jesus.
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  • Then it says there's other soil that is so full of thorns and
  • 00:20:05.280 --> 00:20:09.070
  • it's the thorns are the deceitfulness of riches. The
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  • beliefs that had been planted into you by life, by school, by
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  • parents, and by grandparents are in this heart. And as you try
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  • that the thorn and the thistles, they just choke God's Word out.
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  • It literally is saying three quarters of the believers who
  • 00:20:23.020 --> 00:20:25.060
  • listen to God's Word won't prosper, not because the Word
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  • doesn't work, but because the soil's not been prepared. And so
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  • if you wanna see change this year, it won't be by learning
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  • new formulas. It won't be by memorizing new scriptures. It
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  • will be by hearing and understanding. And for times let
  • 00:20:42.240 --> 00:20:46.050
  • me give you one thought to go through in Mark chapter 4, it
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  • says here, and those that are planted on good, well-adapted
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  • soil are the ones who hear the Word, receive the Word, accept
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  • the Word, welcome the Word and bear fruit. Now let me get this
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  • point across to you because, you know, you can go as deep as you
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  • want. You'll just be another Pharisee in the Christian world.
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  • You can go memorize all the scriptures, listen to every TV
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  • preacher you want, go amalgamate all the Greek and Hebrew. You'll
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  • just be another Pharisee and Sadducee. But if you want God's
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  • Word to radically change you, okay. Radically change you. Then
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  • you must hear it. Then you must receive it. Now, how do you
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  • receive God's Word? It is a choice that goes even in my mess
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  • up head and my inability to pay attention like I want to. I
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  • receive Your Word Father and you reach out by your own will and
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  • you desire God's Word. The word "accept" means to accept it like
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  • you are an heir. It's like a son receiving. Receive God's Word.
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  • Accept God's Word. Anytime you hear God's Word fight to be
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  • disciplined in your attention so that you begin to hear it and
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  • you mix faith with what you hear. Then it says God's Word
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  • comes into your heart and it begins to grow in your entire -,
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  • If you've given your life to Jesus, you are alive. And you
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  • can grow God's Word at an alarming rate, at a beautiful
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  • rate, in an incredible way. And as you hear His Word, as during
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  • the week you read the Word. Listen to messages. Feed on
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  • God's Word. You are planting fields. If you could just for a
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  • minute imagine you as a farmer looking out over miles countless
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  • miles of beautiful black chernozem soil and you begin to
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  • plant fields of peace. You begin to plant fields of joy. You
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  • begin to plant fields of prosperity. You begin to plant
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  • fields of healing. You begin to plant fields of just walking in
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  • a relationship. All of, that's like your heart. Your heart is
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  • eternal. You could never stop planting God's Word as much as
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  • you want. And if you will hear, accept, listen, cling to God's
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  • Word, those crops will come up. You see, I'm not at peace
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  • because I learned a new trick. I'm at peace because I planted
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  • decades of peace. I'm not joyful because I figured out the key.
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  • No, there's not a key. It's not because I've got greater will
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  • power than you. In fact, I don't. All I've learned is that
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  • in my weakness as a human being, my only hope is to go to God's
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  • Word which Jesus is the Word. And to feed on the Word and
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  • enjoy Jesus as I do that. And as I feed on God's Word and listen
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  • to messages and read great teaching books and read God's
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  • Word, it begins to get planted into my heart. And the Bible
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  • says in Mark 4, that you'll go to sleep, and the seed will
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  • grow. And you don't know how it's growing. You don't know
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  • why it's growing.
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  • -LEON: The Bible has a verse that says ask and you shall
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  • receive, that your joy maybe full. Now, it's interesting to
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  • me when we use the words in our English language joy and
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  • happiness. Happiness tends to come from happenings, and I like
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  • that. You know, when I get out with my kids and as a family. We
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  • might play a game, go to a movie, have a-, These things
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  • that we do that bring such happiness and I love having a
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  • life filled with great things to do, fun things to do. But a lot
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  • of people happiness is all they have, and so they have always
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  • looking for new things, new happenings because when some
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  • things happening, I'm happy. Something far deeper and greater
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  • than happiness and it's joy. The Bible says the joy of the Lord
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  • is our strength. And when nothing's happening in my life,
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  • I don't get depressed. I don't go down into worse areas. In
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  • fact, this joy is such an amazing sense of fulfillment in
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  • life that when things, I'm not doing things that are really
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  • happening. I am still enjoying life. This joy, do you have it?
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  • Make sure that you know Jesus. And the second thing is,
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  • not what's going on in your life.
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