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Pick Up Your Cross

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September 16, 2019
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Leon Fontaine

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Pick Up Your Cross

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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: If you want to walk in the power of God to
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  • change any and every behavior, you first must understand
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  • your new identity.
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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
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  • your copy of today's resource. Enrich your soul and renew
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  • your mind with this timely series.
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  • - And now, from Winnipeg, Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: Everyone thinks that pick up your cross means that if
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  • you've got a real big problem, just suck it up, pick up that
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  • cross and keep going. If your husband is a real loser, that's
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  • your cross to bear. If you've got a problem somewhere in your
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  • home, then it's just your cross to bear. You know, whatever the
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  • problem is, it's just kind of means, "Well, you know, get
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  • brave just bear up underneath it, pick up your cross." And it
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  • is not what it means. It means the opposite. And so as I go
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  • into this, I wanna show you that picking up your cross, the cross
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  • is a symbol that means die. Die. It's not some cute little thing.
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  • It means death. So when Jesus said pick up your cross, He's
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  • saying die. Die to what? Well, when you give your life to Jesus
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  • Christ, the old you is dead and the brand-new nature comes
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  • within you. But so many people hang on to their old identity.
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  • And when the Bible says pick up your cross, it means die to
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  • every version of you. Die to everything you thought you were
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  • and that is against to God says you are. And if you don't do
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  • that, even though you are a new creation, what you believe about
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  • the old you will keep messing with your life. It will mess up
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  • your relationships. It will mess up your health, your mind. It
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  • will mess up everything. Because even though you're a new
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  • creation, Christ is on the inside of you, what you believe
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  • is your old identity. Identity is everything. What is this new
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  • nature? What is this new identity? And if you don't begin
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  • to renew your mind to this new identity, you will still live
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  • out the junk, the weakness, the addictions, the stuff from that
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  • old. Matthew 16:24 says, "Jesus said to His disciples, 'If
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  • anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, take up
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  • his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life
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  • will lose it, whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.'"
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  • Okay, stop right there. All right! What buddy? I gotta lose
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  • my life. That's what it means pick up your cross. Lose the old
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  • you. Lose the you that is, that person filled with fear and sin,
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  • the very nature. You see, when we don't have Jesus Christ
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  • within us our spirit man, we are literally we have a nature of
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  • fear, a nature of sin, a nature that hardly can say no to
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  • temptation because its fear based, sin based, and any sin
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  • comes along it just grabs you and it gets you addicted to it
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  • and it's brutal. But when you say Jesus, come into my life.
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  • This is a new you. There're things that go on. There's
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  • behaviors that will do. And in order for you and I to see
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  • incredible change in our lives, you either are gonna work on the
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  • outside of your life which is really hard to change the old
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  • behavior or you change in here. Renew your mind to this new
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  • identity, then it's effortless change. Jesus said My yoke is
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  • easy, and my burden is light. Colossians 1:20 says, "And
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  • having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to
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  • reconcile all things unto himself by him, I say, whether
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  • they be things in earth, or things in heaven." All right.
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  • This is saying very clearly that there is peace between you and
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  • God. There's peace between you and God. Now, you know, if your
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  • dad has a really cool garage full of some nice cars and
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  • motorbikes and he's gone on holiday, so you throw a party.
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  • And somebody breaks the windows on his Harleys and someone bust
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  • up his nice cars. And he's got a man cave in there and the TVs
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  • are busted down. You're not sure that you and your dad are gonna
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  • be at peace when he gets home. And probably depending on him,
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  • it won't be peace. In fact, it could be a few months of you
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  • making the money and him being ticked off with you, depending
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  • on what your dad is like. There's no peace there. And
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  • that's the way people often sense them and God because, and
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  • they know what they're struggling with. They know what
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  • their behaviors over here. They know who they are when nobody is
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  • watching. They've given their lives to Christ, but they are
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  • struggling. There's no way they're gonna have peace with
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  • God if they think that this peace comes because they have to
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  • behave perfectly before them and Him, you and God have peace. So
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  • this is saying Colossians 1:20 that having made peace, past
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  • tense, through the blood of His cross, me and God are at peace
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  • even though my behavior is not perfect because of the cross.
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  • It's a real mistake when Christians talk down from their
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  • lofty perch as though they're Christians. What's wrong with
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  • the rest of you? Huge mistake. Huge mistake. You're not a
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  • Christian because of you're better behaved. You're just a
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  • Christian because you accepted Christ. And when you start
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  • talking and acting, amen!
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  • [Applause]
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  • When you start talking and acting
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  • like you're better than that person that doesn't know Jesus
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  • or, you know, the world. Do you ever wonder why the world judges
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  • Christians so harshly? It's because we've judged them. When
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  • someone says come to church, they will, "You know, what can I
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  • do with your church?" Oh, you can't drink, chew, dance, like
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  • we have this whole list. Are you kidding me?" And so we judged
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  • the world, then we've got preachers on TV pointing at
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  • their sin and going, "You gotta stop here. What are you doing
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  • over there?" Wait a minute. The only sin that stops you from
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  • going to heaven is to not believe on Jesus Christ as Lord.
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  • All of the other sins, wrong behavior, it will just destroy
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  • your life down here. Okay? So it's crucial that we understand
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  • that you and God are at peace. "Yeah, but Leon, I busted his
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  • Harley and I scratched up his car and I wrecked his TV." Yeah,
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  • I know. I know. You got, and your behavior is not where you
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  • want it yet. Okay? But the most important thing is your identity
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  • and to understand your nature. Because once you add your
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  • believing in this new identity, all the power that you need to
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  • change externally is there for you. Colossians 2:14 says,
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  • "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us,
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  • which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing
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  • it to his cross." You need to get a picture of Jesus hanging
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  • on the cross, right? And then somebody wrote down every one of
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  • your problems, every one of your faults, every one of your
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  • addictions, every one of the hurtful, horrible things you've
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  • done or will do in the future and it is all written down on a
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  • sheet of paper or sheets of paper and nailed to the cross
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  • because Jesus took them to the grave with Him. And it says,
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  • those have been blotted out. What's been blotted out? The
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  • handwriting of ordinances against you. The list of things
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  • you've done wrong. That, you know, everybody has things they
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  • hope no one ever finds out. Boy, when I was this age, I did this.
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  • And if people knew I was struggling with that and my
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  • whole life I'm just a guy to make sure that -, No, God knows
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  • it all and this ordinances against you were all nailed to
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  • the cross and then blotted out as Jesus died for them. That's
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  • why when you say, "Pick up the cross!" It means you were
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  • crucified with Christ. You're at peace with God now because of
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  • that. In Galatians 2:20 it says, "I am crucified with Christ." So
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  • why do you have a cross? No, your cross is Jesus cross. You
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  • have been crucified with Christ. So I am crucified with Christ.
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  • Nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me, in your
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  • spirit and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the
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  • faith of the Son of God, who loved me, gave Himself for me. I
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  • do not frustrate the grace of God for if righteousness come by
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  • the law, by my behavior, then Christ is dead in vain. This is
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  • a crucial point of Christianity. That when Jesus died on the
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  • cross, you died with Him. He died in your place and
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  • everything, every problem, every sin, every dumb thing, hurtful
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  • thing, horrible things. I don't care what it was. Those
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  • ordinances, these are the laws that you've broken. The things
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  • that are held against you, these ordinances we're nailed to that
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  • cross. And if you've given your life to Jesus Christ today, then
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  • you are righteous. You are in right standing with God. The
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  • peace is not gone between you and God. God is at peace with
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  • you. Jesus paid. Jesus took it all. And until you understand
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  • this, you will struggle as a Christian with the same problems
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  • that people in the world without Christ have. Now, if you want to
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  • walk in the power of God, to change any and every behavior,
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  • you first must understand your new identity. This new identity
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  • is that you are a child of God. That He, Jesus is within you and
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  • all of His power is available to you and when you believe who you
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  • are. So righteousness. In Romans 5:17, look at this. It says, "If
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  • by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one
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  • man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant
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  • provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness. They're
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  • gonna reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ." Now, I
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  • want you to notice the word righteous. If you look at
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  • somebody and say, "That's a righteous man." You will mean in
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  • our vocabulary, you mean that guy controls himself. That man
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  • is a man of his word. He doesn't do wrong. He'll be as good as
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  • his word. He's a clean-living guy, good living guy. That's a
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  • righteous man. That's what we mean when we use the word
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  • righteous. But that's not what the Bible means here. It means
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  • that righteousness is a gift. What? It's a gift. And when you
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  • begin to believe what has happened to you, all of a
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  • sudden, this place of righteousness, this identity,
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  • this nature of who you are, it begins to flow out of you and
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  • you begin to be, your behavior will always follow your identity
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  • and your nature. Here's where Christians they just don't do
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  • the work. Why do you have to work to serve Jesus? Are kidding
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  • me? The Bible says workout your salvation with fear and
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  • trembling. Renew your mind with God's Word or you're gonna slide
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  • back into the behavior of your last life even though that guy's
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  • dead. You are righteous as a gift. So that every time you
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  • make a little mistake. Every time something goes wrong and
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  • you're trying to go, "Oh, I guess it didn't take. It didn't
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  • work. Look at me, I'm still struggling with this." Now, that
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  • wrong behavior doesn't mean that you haven't been saved. It means
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  • you haven't established who you are in your own mind and heart
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  • which takes getting into God's Word. Getting out to church. If
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  • the church is teaching you the right, so that you can begin to
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  • meditate and listen to who you are. And as you listen to who
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  • you are, and you begin to believe who you are, you begin
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  • to rise up. I tell a story. It's worth repeating right here about
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  • an African farmer who was out one day in the jungle and he
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  • found a dead lioness. All of her cubs were dead, newborns, except
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  • for one little lion cub. So he picked it up and took it home,
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  • didn't know what to feed it but his poodle just had pups. So he
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  • put this little lion cub down and this little thing went over
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  • and the poodle didn't mind. It let this little lion cub nurse.
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  • And this lion cub grew up believing he's a poodle. It's
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  • never seen a lion. It's never seen the actions of a lion, the
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  • roars of a lion. It's never seen the ferocity of a lion. All it
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  • sees is, it thinks his mother is a poodle. So the poodle, it eats
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  • Alpo, dry dog food so does the lion. I mean, the lion designed
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  • to eat fresh red meat but it's eating dry dog food. There's a
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  • great big pitbull next door and when that pitbull sees the dog
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  • come out to play in the backyard it lunges towards it. It hits
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  • the end of that chain go roar and the poodle, then it runs
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  • off. And the lion doesn't know any better. It doesn't know who
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  • he is, so he runs off following his poodle mom. When the owner
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  • has to discipline the poodle, he just rolls up a piece of paper
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  • and when he smacks it, he makes that sound and the poodle just
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  • feels and it just he smacks that lion. He's afraid of a pitbull.
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  • He eats dry dog food and he's afraid of a rolled-up newspaper
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  • and he's a lion. Interesting thing, if that lion gets away
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  • from the backyard and one day he hears the sound of a real lion
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  • way out miles away. When a lion roars or makes that grouching
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  • sound. You can hear that thing for miles and that lion just
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  • roar. And he escapes, and he gets to hang out with some real
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  • lions. He'll learn how to hunt gazelle. He'll get to taste of
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  • fresh blood and fresh meat in his mouth. They'll teach him how
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  • to stalk, how to run and take a buffalo down. They'll show him
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  • how to hunt in a pack. They'll show him how to blatant snap a
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  • neck or choke off its prey and kill something. He begins to
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  • learn who he is. And if he ever comes back and the owner rolls
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  • up a newspaper and hits him, he's gonna lose his arm right up
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  • to the elbow. And when he walks out to the backyard now knowing
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  • who he is as a lion and that pitbull comes charging and hits
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  • the end to that chain going roar. It will be an empty chain,
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  • quick snack for that lion. He's not eating dry Alpo anymore. And
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  • that lion is not in the backyard. Now that he's had
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  • chance to see a real lion, he's not going, "Oh, God, please give
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  • the claws of a lion. Give me the teeth of a lion. Please help me
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  • to run like a lion. Give me tough skin like a lion. Give me
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  • that courage like a lion." Dude, you've got all that. Here's the
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  • only thing that needs to change on that lion, right here. And
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  • when it does, all the power, ferocity, fangs, claws, muscles.
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  • It's all there. When you give your life to Jesus Christ, it's
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  • all there. You're not trying to become something you're not. You
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  • were trying to renew this onboard computer, this mind of
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  • who you are because His peace, His joy, His power, everything
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  • it's there. And as you begin to renew your mind, you begin to
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  • rise up and you begin to feel right. So many of you right now
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  • don't feel right. You've given your life to Christ. You're
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  • coming to church. But you still feel off. You still feel like
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  • you can't beat this. You still feel like, if everybody knew
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  • what I did and what I've done then, and I still struggle.
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  • People still feel this way. And you don't, so you don't believe.
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  • You don't sense. You're not experiencing righteousness.
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  • That's why you've gotta get into God's Word. Listen, get a copy
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  • of this message. That's what you do every day this week until all
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  • of a sudden, I'm righteous as a gift from Jesus. Now,
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  • interesting thing happens. The kingdom of God is not meat or
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  • drink but righteousness peace and joy. This peace is a gift as
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  • well. Most of us only have peace when we don't have any problem.
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  • Let me ask you a question. When was the last time you had a
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  • problem so big it almost gave you a nervous breakdown? When
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  • was the last time more than one problem rose up and you didn't
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  • know how to solve it? And your brain was just going crazy. You
  • 00:19:52.040 --> 00:19:56.070
  • couldn't control your emotions and your heart is raising and
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  • your blood pressure is rising. If you don't deal with that
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  • quickly, it's gonna kill you. And most of us can't have peace
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  • until we fix something in our external life. But Jesus says in
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  • John 14:27, "The peace I leave with you, My peace I give you. I
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  • do not give to you as the world gives." Which means you have to
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  • have peace in all your life, then you have peace inside. He
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  • said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
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  • He did not say you wouldn't have storms. He did not say you
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  • wouldn't have attacks. He did not say that you wouldn't have
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  • situations and issues. Life's got stuff. He said you can walk
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  • through it knowing you're righteous, number one, and
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  • you'll walk in peace. The Greek word for peace there is a
  • 00:20:45.020 --> 00:20:48.120
  • duplicate of the Hebrew word for peace, "Shalom." This peace
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  • heals troubled minds. This peace restores the cellular structure
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  • of that body. This peace heals. It takes, it causes your health
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  • to rise up and push diseases off. This life, this zoe in the
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  • Greek, God life. This peace is amazing. Everything around you
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  • it can be a mess. And this peace, this righteousness
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  • anchors your faith and everything's gonna change for
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  • you. Everything's gonna change for the better because the Bible
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  • says this is the victory that overcomes the world even our
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  • faith. But you won't have faith where you can't have peace. And
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  • you'll never hang on to strong faith if you don't realize and
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  • sense and experience this righteousness. I am right with
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  • God. Next it says, the kingdom of God is not meat and drink,
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  • but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
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  • Designed to be joyful and you'll be amazed out from deep within
  • 00:21:49.170 --> 00:21:54.040
  • you joy will begin to rise because you believe. And faith
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  • without works is dead but faith with works will rise up on the
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  • inside of you. I wanna encourage you today, next time you are
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  • struggling with something remember this line, "Pick up
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  • your cross." That doesn't mean just hang in there, sucker. It
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  • means remember who you are now, your new identity. And this new
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  • identity is a man or a woman of God whose been forgiven. You are
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  • righteous. You have peace. You have joy. The favor of God is
  • 00:22:24.240 --> 00:22:28.040
  • upon you. The angels protect you. Ahead of you is an amazing
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  • life. Believe it and get up and something within you begins to
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  • rise up as you begin to act and believe and declare who you are.
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  • Now, you are doing the internal work and everything that's
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  • within you begins to change your external world. Now, you try to
  • 00:22:45.110 --> 00:22:49.040
  • change your external world without changing your internal
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  • world. That's one hell of a lot of work. But Jesus said, My yoke
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  • is easy and My burden is light. He's talking about doing the
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  • internal work. Focus on your identity. If you do not die to
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  • every little nuance of your old identity. You were cheap. You
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  • were stealing. You were unkind. You were arrogant. You were mani
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  • -, If you do not die to that, and be like Christ. Whatever
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  • from your old identity that you keep believing, it will start
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  • messing with your life. It will mess with your relationships,
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  • mess with your health. It will mess with your mental health. It
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  • will mess with your emo -, It will mess with you. You must
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  • pick up this cross. Die to the old you every nuance, every
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  • part. And if things aren't changing, there's some kind of
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  • an old identity that you're still hanging on to. Let it go.
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  • Rise up in the victory of Jesus. Amen! Praise the Lord!
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  • -ANNOUNCER: Did you know that you have the power to affect
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  • your future? Your words are more powerful than you think.
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  • In John 10:10, it says that Jesus came so we can have a full
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  • and abundant life. So what's holding us back? It's not God
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  • withholding the blessing, it's our deep heart beliefs and what
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  • we speak that molds our future. Join Leon Fontaine, as he walks
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  • through scripture and shares how we need to get God's truth deep
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  • into our hearts, and speak them aloud in order to see the
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  • miraculous take place. It's vital that you begin to
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  • understand the power of your words, and begin to speak in
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  • faith. In this three-part series, you'll learn how to
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  • direct the path of your life with your words. How to build
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  • inner dreams, and how to renew your mind. Reserve your copy of
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  • this timely audio series, and start living life knowing
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  • the power of your tongue.
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  • -LEON: Freedom is a beautiful word. The Bible says whom the
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  • son sets free is free indeed. It's interesting to note that
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  • when you know truth, that truth sets you free. Now, this word
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  • truth is a whole lot deeper and bigger than just telling the
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  • truth. Of course, it's important to tell the truth. But when you
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  • know the truth, as to what Jesus did on the cross, what He did
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  • for you and I, and how free we are from sin, from the enemy,
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  • from anything that would take us off course, from any power that
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  • would try to enslave us to addiction, to depression, to
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  • mindsets. You begin to recognize, you can live in
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  • absolute freedom. And I want to encourage you to not allow a
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  • heart belief on the inside of you that just puts up with it or
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  • manages an addiction or manages a belief system that is not
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  • accurate according to God's Word. Decide to live free.
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  • Father, I pray in Jesus name. That every person that's
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  • listening to me right now would make a decision to not be a
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  • slave to anything. But they will know Jesus and Jesus will set
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  • them free. They will know His truth and truth will set them
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  • free. I stand in agreement with them now. In Jesus' name, amen.
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