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November 28, 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: I'm telling you right now, you'd better find as
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  • a believer a place of connection with Jesus because He is our
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  • strength. He is this ability. Greater is He who is in you,
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  • than he who is in the world.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: In John 10:10, it says that Jesus came to give us
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  • life, and life more abundantly. So, why is there such a
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  • disconnect between this biblical promise, and how most Christians
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  • live today? Why have so many believers become spiritually
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  • weak, and ineffective at sharing Jesus' message of love? THE
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  • SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is the answer. It's being led by Holy
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  • Spirit, but in a contemporary way. It's being Jesus and
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  • demonstrating His love in ways people can understand and
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  • appreciate. Spirit Contemporary is unique for everyone. It never
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  • compromises the truth, and it never makes others feel
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  • uncomfortable. It's freeing yourself from religious
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  • constraints, and walking freely in God's amazing grace, for His
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  • purpose. THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is absolutely crucial if
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  • the global church and her people are going to change the world.
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  • - Later in the show, we'll tell you how you can reserve your
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  • copy of today's resource. Enrich your soul and renew your mind
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  • with this timely series.
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  • - And now, from Calgary, Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: Years ago, when I was first started pastoring with my
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  • father in Selkirk, Manitoba. Our church was small. It's a
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  • different church than this one. And so I was an ordained pastor
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  • with him and working as youth pastor and assistant pastor and
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  • I had to supply our own income. So I became a paramedic and for
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  • seven years while I was working there with them in the church, I
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  • simply would go to work and then a lot of evenings and a lot of
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  • other times I'd be working with dad with the church. I went on a
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  • call one time that kind of changed my world. I was one of
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  • those typical guys who thought I had it all together. I mean,
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  • when it came to the things that you see in this line of work. If
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  • anyone here is an emergency rescue or any form of emergency
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  • work, whether you're in the emergency room of a hospital,
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  • firefighter, ambulance, police. You're gonna see things that are
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  • gonna shake you up. You're gonna see things that bother you. And
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  • I was one of these guys I was convinced that nothing would
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  • ever bother me. I'm cool. I'm fine. I'm tough. I'm strong. I
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  • got God. I'm a Christian. I'm a believer. Everything's gonna be
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  • cool and I was. I mean, God gave me an ability to handle things.
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  • One day, I went to a call where a mom had a number of kids in a
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  • car accident and one wasn't strapped in went through the
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  • window and got really banged up. Just a little girl, a few years
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  • old. And so I remember the scene very clearly. I could go by
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  • sicken on it, but we literally scope her up raising for the
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  • hospital, only surgery was gonna save her in the damage that was
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  • done in her little body. And the mom begging us as we left,
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  • please, please, please. But we lost her on the way. And so I
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  • remember doing my run sheets and filling everything out and
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  • having to talk with the mom there. She knew who I was. And
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  • so I got through my day. You know, when you're doing stuff in
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  • the middle of your stress, you're okay while you're doing
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  • stuff. It's the quiet times that will eat you alive. So I got
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  • home, parked my car, walked into our place. Sal, we had two
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  • daughters at that time, one or two. And she asked me, "Hey,
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  • how's your day?" And have you ever had an emotion rise up you
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  • couldn't stop? Not a blessed hope. I'm telling you. I was so
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  • embarrassed. I cried like a little girl. I mean, it came out
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  • of me. I am shocked. I can't stop it. It comes from deep down
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  • in here and I wouldn't even talk to her. I walked right past her
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  • and the bedroom closed. I don't want her to even see me like
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  • this because I had her convinced, I was cool, macho,
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  • together, in control, nothing would ever bother me. I didn't
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  • want her to see this. But then she walked in. You know, it's
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  • embarrassing when you snotting all over the comforter on your
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  • bed and crying. And she's saying, "What's happening?
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  • What's happening?" You can't even stop it. Shocked me. I
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  • couldn't believe an emotion could rise up deep down inside
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  • that you couldn't stop. And I found out that we can go through
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  • life at times and if we do not learn to pull our strength from
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  • Christ. I'll show you verse in a moment. Where talks, where Jesus
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  • said that if you abide in Me and I in you, then you'll ask what
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  • you will, and it shall be done. Another verse says that you
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  • cannot get results on your own or bear fruit. That if you cut
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  • off the branch from the tree, then it is lifeless. And you
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  • will never bear fruit or get results. Whether results are
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  • relational, work, physical. It doesn't matter what kind of
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  • results. You know, anything you want in life. If you are
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  • disconnected from, the Bible says from Jesus who is the
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  • trunk. We are the branches, or He calls it the vine and the
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  • branches. And that the Bible says you can bear much fruit.
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  • And it's God's will that you bear much fruit or it's God's
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  • will that you get incredible results in every area of your
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  • life. But you will not, unless you are connected to the vine.
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  • So that sap flowing through the tree is flowing into the branch.
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  • But if you're on your own, you're never gonna be able to do
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  • that. It was one of those times when I realized I was out of
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  • control. I realized I could not contain my emotions. I realized
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  • that there's something more I've got to learn here, and I learned
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  • to get a hold of God. You know, sometimes you can succeed and do
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  • well and think you got it all well. But I promise you,
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  • there'll be a time when you will come to the end of your
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  • emotional and physical and mental ability to handle in
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  • life. Just the very success of life is gonna put pressure on
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  • you. The apostle Paul said that he was succeeding in putting
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  • churches in all the cities. I mean, people coming to Jesus as
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  • such a rate that he reached the then known world. But he says
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  • one time, it's the cares of the churches that I carry every day.
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  • Leon, you just cast that care on the Lord. Oh, he's one who
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  • taught us that. He knew that. But there still is the very
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  • success. I mean, you want to be a successful single once you
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  • were married. And you need to know that if you are
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  • disconnected from Christ even as a Christian. You can get
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  • disconnected from Him. And when you do, you will feel. And I've
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  • felt like this at times in my life. I remember the year 1999.
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  • I was in my late 30s pastoring this church. It was exploding
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  • into thousands and we had bought this property. We needed a
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  • property and we needed, I had to raise seven million or more. And
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  • so we just jumped in to it. Announced it all. Started the
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  • building program to raise funds. And as we're going one day,
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  • you're sitting there and all of a sudden, the reality of what in
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  • the world have I started. Like, I can't even count that high
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  • seven million. Have you ever tried from one and up? It's a
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  • long way. At seven, am I crazy? Who in the world is gonna give
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  • me seven million dollars to prioritize? And we've already
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  • started. We've already launched, and it was like this pressure.
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  • Who do you think you are? Why do think God's gonna do it for you?
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  • You're never, you're not smart and it was just all this
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  • self-condemnation was coming. And I remember just feeling this
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  • overwhelming fear and pressure and having to get into God's
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  • Word and get back to a place of peace or getting connected to
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  • the vine. Where Jesus said, I am the vine. You are the branches.
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  • You better stay connected to me if you want to see results. I
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  • can give you many other stories of times when life went through
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  • something. Like a barrage of attacks on my reputation and
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  • stories and lies and things that will go on that you go, "Woo,
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  • woo, what?" And so in those times you've got to learn. The
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  • apostle Paul says this amazing scripture. It's number seven to
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  • the CG operator but it's 2 Corinthians 12:10. He says this,
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  • "So for the sake of Christ, I am well pleased and take pleasure
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  • in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions,
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  • perplexities, and distresses." This guy is crazy. What a stupid
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  • thing to say. He says I'm well pleased. What do you mean you're
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  • pleased? Like, bring your own. Then he says, "For when I am
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  • weak in human strength, then am I truly strong, able, powerful
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  • in divine strength." If you do not learn to connect with Jesus
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  • who is God's Word. And when you read God's Word, you've got to
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  • recognize it's not just the Bible as a book. It's a
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  • relationship. If you do not learn to connect so that you are
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  • abiding in Him, that His presence is flowing. And you'll
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  • know when His presence is flowing in your life because
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  • this ability to go to new places to handle bigger things. It's,
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  • and then when you don't have it, you know you don't have it. You
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  • know today, I look back and I kind of laugh at how, thinking
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  • it was hard to raise seven because now we've got multiple
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  • organizations, from schools to churches to television and
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  • languages. And everyone of them need millions of dollars and if
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  • anything dries up, we're in crisis. And there always seemed
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  • to be some crisis here or there or something more that we've got
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  • to do. If you ever disconnect, oh, my! Is it ever easy for
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  • emotions like fear? Fear is at the root of all negative
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  • emotions. It might come out as envy. It might come out as
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  • pride. It might come out as whatever. But fear is at its
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  • very root and you cannot disconnect. If you are a
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  • believer and you've given your life to Christ, you're a fool if
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  • you think you can get away without God's Word, without
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  • being a part of His church, without getting I love Sunday
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  • mornings. Now, I don't love it in all churches. I've been to a
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  • few others. But in a church like here where there's love,
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  • acceptance, forgiveness, God's Word building you up, telling
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  • you who you are, what you can do, what God has for you. You
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  • don't understand how much that penetrates into your heart, into
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  • your mind. And you don't even realize the strength that rises
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  • up within you and then it helps you during the week to stay
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  • connected. The Bible calls it abiding. Living in relationship
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  • with Christ, not just giving Him Sunday, not just giving Him
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  • Tuesday night and Sunday, not just giving Him Sunday. But this
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  • living with Him and abiding with Jesus brings an incredible
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  • strength. So if you ever feel emotions that you cannot
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  • control, you're disconnected. Oh, how do you know that? I'm
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  • just telling you from the lots of experience doing a lot of
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  • stuff. Going through a lot of attacks. Going through periods
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  • where if Jesus don't show up, I'm sunk as sunk can be. I'll
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  • tell you right now that I know, that when I cannot control my
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  • emotions. When I cannot control the fear. When things are going
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  • on inside of me that are bizarre and you just, ahhh. You are
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  • disconnected. And it doesn't matter what you do on the
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  • outside, who you see, what kind of counseling, what kind of
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  • drugs, or whatever you're doing, have at it. But I'm telling you
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  • right now, you'd better find as a believer a place of connection
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  • with Jesus because He is our strength. He is this ability.
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  • Greater is He who is in you, than he who is in the world. So
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  • you can say, "I'm a Christian now so I'm connected." Well, you
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  • are going to heaven if you die and Christ is on the inside of
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  • you, His presence, His Spirit. But the Bible teaches in Romans
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  • chapter 5 that the carnal mind is against the spirit, things of
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  • the spirit. This carnal mind, this, you're trying to figure
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  • everything out. And I like the mind. I'm always renewing my
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  • mind studying and reading and learning and learning management
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  • and systems and structures and people. I love all that. God
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  • gave us a mind for a reason. But I must never disconnect from His
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  • presence because that is what gives me a peace that passes
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  • understanding. You just try and run something. You just try and
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  • get through a period without peace and I promise you, man,
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  • your guts will be in a knot. I promise you your health will
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  • suffer. You are not designed to go through the kind of fear and
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  • stress that this world will heap on you if you do not learn to
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  • stay connected to Christ. If you abide in Me and My words abide
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  • in you. You'll ask what you will, and it shall be done. When
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  • you understand everyday and every moment of everyday to have
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  • an awareness of His presence, of His goodness, of His love, of
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  • His strength, of His joy. And you better know God's Word
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  • because if you don't, then the lies that come against you are
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  • gonna take you out. Which is why in Ephesians 6:10 is an
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  • astounding piece of scripture because it shows you how to make
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  • it through these periods of absolute insanity when you think
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  • everything is going wrong, when nothing seems to be going right.
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  • When you wonder if you're gonna make it through. If you wonder
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  • if you're crazy. What is wrong with me? Or where is God?
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  • Etcetera. In Ephesians 6:10, it says, "Finally, my brethren, be
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  • strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might." He's
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  • telling us here that this very phrase, I could preach on for
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  • hours because the way it is put together, he is not saying that
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  • you have to find it. He's not saying that he's gonna provide
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  • it. He's saying you've already got it because he says be it. If
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  • I tell somebody, be a man. I'm speaking to a man. He is a man.
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  • He's got the outdoor plumbing and everything else. He needs to
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  • be a man. Be a man. Okay? So when God says be strong, He's
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  • telling you something that you can do, but you're not gonna be
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  • able to do it on your own. You do it connected to Christ every
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  • day. Everything you just do. Every relationship, your
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  • marriage, being a husband, being a wife, being a friend, being in
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  • business. Whatever it is, you must stay connected because the
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  • force and the flow and the strength of God that comes into
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  • your life gives you a peace and a joy that you can imagine. But
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  • then it goes on to say not only you can be strong in the Lord,
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  • and in the power of His might, but you have an armour. The
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  • apostle Paul is looking at an armour. And he talks about
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  • things like and for times let me just blast through this. He
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  • talks about take on the whole armour of God. Not a little bit,
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  • put on the whole armour. Why does he say the whole armour?
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  • Because some people are walking around in one piece. It's like
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  • going to battle in your Fruit of the Loom or your Gucci
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  • underwear. It's like, are you kidding me? In coming! Boom! Oh,
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  • oh, oh. Well, put the armour on. The armour is the same armour
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  • Jesus wore and he teaches us that in Isaiah. That Jesus wore
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  • an armour. This armour and he says put it all on. So what do
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  • you mean put it on? Well, each piece of the armour that is
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  • listed in these verses is a revelation of the truth and to
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  • not have that revelation of the truth is to not be wearing it.
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  • And that means that any attack in that area will take you out.
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  • You'll continually, by that I mean, every day a thought in
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  • this area of a piece of armour you don't have on will take you
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  • out. Let's move on. So be able to stand against the wiles of
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  • the devil. For we don't wrestle against flesh and blood, but
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  • against principalities, powers, against the rulers of the
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  • darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in
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  • the heavenly places. Therefore, okay, he's mentioning different
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  • layers of demons. He's mentioning that there's a spirit
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  • world here. He's mentioning that we're not in heaven yet. So what
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  • do you do? Put the armour on. And he doesn't say that we have
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  • to figure all these fantastical different ways of intercessory
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  • prayer. No, he just says put the armour. Why? When you're wearing
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  • a piece of armour, do you have to do anything when the bullet
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  • comes at you if it's a bullet stopping vest? No, the vest
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  • stops it for you. And here's what the pieces that it says. It
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  • says take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to
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  • stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth.
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  • Truth. Jesus said I am the way, the truth. He doesn't say that
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  • Jesus is a truth. And that this religion has a truth and that
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  • religion has a truth. He very clearly said I am the way, the
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  • truth, and the life. And no man comes to the Father except
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  • through Me. He wiped out every other way to Jesus. I know that
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  • we want to say, "Well, you know, come on! Don't be so exclusive."
  • 00:17:32.060 --> 00:17:35.220
  • Truth is exclusive. All truth is. All truth is exclusive. If I
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  • say, "Well, gravity says don't you jump off the building
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  • because you'll always kill yourself from four stories up."
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  • Why you just can say that like you had the truth? Okay, why you
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  • say that to me? Gravity is a truth. It is going to work.
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  • Yeah, but I mean, it can't be the only truth. Listen to me. So
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  • people get so upset when a Christian will share Jesus and
  • 00:18:01.180 --> 00:18:05.140
  • begin to show the exclusivity. There is no way to God. Jesus
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  • came to end all religions. So truth. And truth isn't a whole
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  • bunch of formulas. Truth is a person. Jesus said I am the
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  • truth. So when you look at Jesus who came to this earth in a
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  • human body and took on a human body and that is God with us.
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  • And Jesus says when you see Me, you've seen the Father. Then you
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  • are looking at truth. You are looking at truth or the original
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  • norm. You are looking at what God intended. You are looking at
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  • how God is. You're looking at how God handles things. He is
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  • the truth. You need to know this truth. To not know the truth
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  • about Jesus, is the enemy he's gonna attack your brain in these
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  • areas of truth. Then it goes on to take on with the other
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  • pieces. Put on the breastplate of righteousness. Do you know
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  • what righteousness is? It means to be in right standing with
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  • God. So that you can qualify for every blessing, every
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  • protection, everything. But righteousness so many people
  • 00:19:08.190 --> 00:19:12.180
  • think they have to be good to get God's righteousness. Which
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  • then becomes self-righteousness because your good works, you
  • 00:19:16.270 --> 00:19:21.070
  • think get you righteous. But righteousness is a gift Romans 5
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  • says. So until you understand righteousness, you're not even
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  • wearing the breastplate. Can you imagine going into battle with
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  • your helmet on, nothing from here to here. You got your
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  • waist. You got your feet. You got everything going on and this
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  • thing wide. Where do you think the enemy's gonna shoot? He's
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  • not shot at your head. It's well covered. He shot at your chest.
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  • And he'll always harass you in the area of your righteousness.
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  • Are you good enough? And he'll nail you with condemnation from
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  • the deeds of your past and the failures of your past and the
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  • sins of your past. That's all he's got to do because you
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  • aren't wearing the armour. How do I stop this Leon? Get the
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  • armour on! Then it goes on to say, and you must have your feet
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  • shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Do you know
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  • that most people don't know the word gospel even means? Oh, it
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  • means good news. I'm going to heaven. It's so much bigger than
  • 00:20:16.180 --> 00:20:19.030
  • that. When you understand the good news of the gospel, which
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  • means what did Jesus do on the cross, from the cross, from His
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  • death, His burial, His resurrection, to seated at the
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  • right hand of the Father. If you don't know what this has done
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  • for you, then you don't even know how to keep peace. Until
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  • you understand the gospel, you will not keep peace in your
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  • life, in any area. But when you know the gospel, peace is
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  • something you'll never let go of. Peace is something you can
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  • stay in your entire life. Do you even understand the gospel? But
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  • then it goes on, it says, take the shield of faith. You know,
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  • when thoughts and lies and junk begin to hit your head, arrow
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  • after arrow. It's what you believe that stops all the lies.
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  • What do you believe? Shield of faith. It's not even a problem.
  • 00:21:02.240 --> 00:21:10.050
  • Why? Well, you know, if I was to say to you, like, something like
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  • God is just a liar. You know what you believe already puts
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  • that lie out. That lie is not even effective. But it will
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  • attack something in you that you're having a hard time
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  • believing. Then it goes on to say the helmet of salvation. The
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  • word salvation or sozo in the Greek. It does not mean save
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  • from hell alone. It means save from hell, save from the curse
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  • of the law, save from spiritual death, and all that it entails.
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  • And to not know that is to go through things in life and it's
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  • literally you will be in a panic as thoughts and things and the
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  • pressures of life push at you and you're trying to believe God
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  • for a miracle and it's not happening. It's God's not
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  • delaying it. God's not withholding it. Or couldn't just
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  • God be waiting for a better time? The Bible says today is
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  • the day of salvation. And the word salvation means save from
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  • all the curse of the law. So it's always today. God is not
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  • holding back on us sucker. Just learn a little bit first. No,
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  • that's bunch of religious lies. Then it goes on to talk about
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  • the sword of the Spirit. Well, the sword is only the offensive
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  • weapon. When you go into battle and you got all your armour and
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  • no sword. What are you doing? Nothing. Always on the
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  • defensive, defensive, defensive. But if you've got a sword, you
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  • pull this baby out. They're gonna get a taste of some hard
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  • steel. What is a believer's sword? What begins to make your
  • 00:22:35.130 --> 00:22:40.270
  • way through the stuff of life? It's the Word of God praying
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  • always. Pray the Word. Speak the Word. That's the sword of the
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  • Spirit. It goes on to talk about all these things and what I want
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  • to say to you is this, you need to stay connected to Him and
  • 00:22:55.280 --> 00:23:00.050
  • Holy Spirit's job will be to lead you into all truth. His job
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  • will be this peace that passes understanding. This joy that is
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  • unspeakable and full of glory. This patience that in the middle
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  • of whatever is going down, you just know when the smoke clears,
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  • I will be standing because I'm wearing His armour and my source
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  • is Him and I'm not moving. I'm going forward.
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  • -LEON: When the Bible talks about speaking to mountains or
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  • declaring God's Word, a lot of people get hanged up here
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  • because if they speak something and it doesn't happen, they
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  • think it doesn't work. But there are two steps to declaring the
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  • promises of God. The first step is what I would call planting
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  • God's Word in the soil of your heart. That's what Mark chapter
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  • 4 is about. The entire chapter is the sower sows the Word. And
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  • so when you begin to declare the promises of God, like the Bible
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  • says that with long life He will satisfy me and show me His
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  • salvation. That promise says I have a long life. When I declare
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  • that promise, I am planting it in my heart. When I find
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  • promises that, "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all
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  • His benefits. Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all
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  • your diseases." As I am just praying God's Word or speaking
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  • God's Word every day, I am planting the seed of God's Word
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  • because the Bible says that the Word of God is incorruptible
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  • seed, unkillable seed. And as I continue to declare God's Word,
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  • it gets planted in the soil of my heart. The Bible says it
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  • comes up, first the seed and then the grass and then harvest
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  • time comes. And so then as I continue to speak God's Word, my
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  • heart gets planted. It chokes out the lies of the enemy and
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