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The Righteous Version of You

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April 18, 2020
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Do you know what the bible really says about who you are? Join Leon on the show today as he explores this topic.

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The Righteous Version of You

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  • -ANNOUNCER: What would youchange in your life?
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  • - What if you could unleash themiraculous in your
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  • everyday life?
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  • - Experience freedom, live inpeace, change the world. Become
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  • Spirit Contemporary. Join LeonFontaine, world renowned
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  • conference speaker, seniorpastor of Canada's fastest
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  • growing church, and CEO ofCanada's only Christian TV
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  • station. Today, on THE SPIRITCONTEMPORARY LIFE.
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  • -LEON FONTAINE: Most people,the reason that their life isn't
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  • developing, and that characterisn't growing, that emotions
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  • aren't becoming more beautifuland more manageable is because
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  • they're never deliberate aboutbecoming who they really are.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: In John 10:10, itsays 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 biblicalpromise, and how most Christians
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  • live today? Why have so manybelievers become spiritually
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  • weak, and ineffective at sharingJesus' message of love? THE
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  • SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is theanswer. It's being led by Holy
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  • Spirit, but in a contemporaryway. It's being Jesus and
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  • demonstrating His love in wayspeople can understand and
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  • appreciate. Spirit Contemporaryis unique for everyone. It never
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  • compromises the truth, and itnever makes others feel
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  • uncomfortable. It's freeingyourself from religious
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  • constraints, and walking freelyin God's amazing grace, for His
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  • purpose. THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARYLIFE is absolutely crucial if
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  • the global church and her peopleare going to change the world.
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  • - Later in the show, we'll tellyou how you can reserve your
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  • copy of today's resource. Enrichyour 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: Years ago, I was a,before I got married actually. I
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  • was a sport director at a campin the northern part of the
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  • states. While I was there, theyintroduced me to a man a little
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  • older than me. So he'd be in hisearly 20s. Who had just given
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  • his life to Christ and he wasfrom Winnipeg. And so he, they
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  • want me to make friends, followup with him a little bit. And at
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  • that time I was working forPuma. I was training for the
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  • Olympics in track and field andthey sponsored me. So I was
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  • working there, and I got him ajob with me. This guy's given
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  • his life to Christ. And so hestarted sharing his past with
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  • me. This guy was involved in alot of bad stuff, shady stuff.
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  • He collected a lot of debt. Idon't know what to call him
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  • today an enforcer, you know.Whether it's a mob or whether
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  • it's, you know, bike gangs. Hewas involved in that whole world
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  • and he was kind of hiding aswell. He'd given his life to
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  • Christ. He had removed himselffrom that world. He was working
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  • with me there. And so we got achance to know each other and
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  • some of his stories were sofarfetched. That, you know, you
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  • kind of go, "Do I believe him?"But, I mean, one day we're
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  • walking down the aisle of thewarehouse. That they were
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  • selling stuff, wholesaling itout to the nation. And he found
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  • this box of badminton awls.Which a badminton awl would be
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  • like an icepick, very, verysimilar. And he picked up the
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  • box and just out of the blue oneafter the other snapped them
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  • probably 20 feet, 20, 30 feet.Just bam! And within the shape
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  • of a head he put six of them.Just bam, bam, bam, bam, bam!
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  • And I was just shocked that hehad developed the skill because
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  • you can't throw a badminton awl.It's really hard. I mean, we
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  • throw knives and hatchets. Theguys and I, we enjoyed that. But
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  • throwing that thing is hard.Then he talked about, you know,
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  • how bad his life was. And so,you know, at the time I was
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  • involved in martial arts and hewas. So we'd go in the ring a
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  • little bit and this was a baddude. But there was one thing
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  • that I noticed that hecontinually said, that I
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  • couldn't get him to change. Heget into a church or he, and it
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  • was always, "Ah, this is justnot me. This is not me." What
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  • are you talking about? He says,"I just feel like a hypocrite
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  • because this isn't me." I said,"You've given your life to
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  • Christ, right?" Yes! The old youis dead. Yes! Well, now you got
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  • to make a decision. And didn'tmatter how I talk to him. He
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  • just couldn't -, And the wordI'm going to use today. I didn't
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  • know how to say it back then,was his identity was still in
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  • the old him. And he felt like ifhe was to be a follower of
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  • Christ. He was confused. Hedidn't know what to think. It's
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  • that it didn't feel real. Hedidn't feel genuine, you know.
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  • You think genuine is hurtingpeople, killing people. You
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  • think is getting drunk, gettingstoned. You think genuine is
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  • going and robbing stuff. That'sthe genuine you? And he didn't
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  • know how to handle that. Andeverybody here, we have the same
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  • problem. And I want to talk toyou about moving from you, from
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  • the fake to the real. You movingfrom the fake to the genuine.
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  • Because if you don't make thisdecision, you're going to
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  • struggle with the Bible. Hespent a couple of months with me
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  • there and then just left. Quitthe job. I didn't know where he
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  • went. One day I got a phonecall. He had taken his own life.
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  • He gave his life to Christ,tried to do it in the most
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  • painful way he could because hewas such a bad person, an evil
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  • person. He didn't deserve to diequickly. So he figured out a way
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  • to make himself painfully, youknow, while he died. And it
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  • really impacted me as I began torecognize that there are people,
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  • others would come into thechurch and, you know, they're
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  • coming from a past and theyreally think that this addicted,
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  • fearful, or angry. That this iswho they are. They've attached
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  • their identity to all of theirfailures, their addictions,
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  • their angers, their -, Whateverit is. And we all have this same
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  • issue and none of us wants to bea hypocrite. One guy said to me,
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  • "I can't go to church, pastor,man. If I walk in, lightning
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  • would strike." And I said,"Really?" I said, "Do you think
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  • you're bad? Man, I can introduceyou to 40 guys that are bader
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  • than you, tougher than you, anddone a whole lot worse than you.
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  • What you think? We're all littlewhitey faced whitey heart guys
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  • to walk around saying, "Godbless you." This is a church
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  • filled with everything you canimagine. And giving your life to
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  • Christ doesn't make you lessmasculine. Giving your life to
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  • Christ doesn't make you lessfeminine. We're not all a bunch
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  • of clones walking around heresaying, "You got to dress alike,
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  • talk alike." Say, "Praise theLord. Glory to God. God bless
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  • you. How are you doing?" Like,but yet religion does say that.
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  • Religion tries to control peopleand make them all alike. But
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  • that's not what God wants. Goddoesn't want you to change who
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  • you are. He wants the righteousversion of who you are. Not the
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  • addicted, angry, or so shy youcan't even enjoy life version of
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  • you. And so today, I want you tounderstand that you're going to
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  • make a decision. Which is thefake you and which is the real
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  • you? And until you make thatdecision, the Bible's going to
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  • be so hard. The Bible's going tobe impossible. You're going to
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  • try to bring change to yourbehaviour externally. You're
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  • going to try to bring change tohow you handle people. You're
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  • going to try to bring change tohow you handle everything from
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  • sex to money. And if thosethings you were raised, and that
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  • money is no good. You're raisedin poverty. Then you think that
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  • the impoverish you is the realyou. That's the fake you. So I
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  • don't know what area is eatingyou for lunch. I don't know what
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  • area. Whether you're angry man.Whether you're someone who just
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  • so shy, can't get them out. It'sjust who I am. No. That's the
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  • fake you. And the fake you isstill there because you believe
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  • it's the genuine you. And everytime you tried to change into
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  • the real you. You feel, youknow, discomfort. You feel, oh
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  • this is -, It's calledtransition. Talk to a woman.
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  • There's nothing fun abouttransitioning when you're having
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  • a baby. All right. Baby's in,baby's coming out. Okay, but
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  • there's nothing fake about thisand it doesn't feel good.
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  • There's going to be things inyour life that are going to feel
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  • weird. They're going to feelawkward. It's not like you used
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  • to be. Is this me? And so today,I'm going to, I don't know how
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  • many message I'm going to do onthis, but I've got to get you to
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  • have an aha moment. The way Iwas raised was like a lion being
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  • raised by a bunch of poodles.The lion never thought it was a
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  • poodle. He needs to know that'sthe fake you, dude. Come on. Get
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  • up and be a lion. Jesus is notthe poodle of Judah. Jesus is a
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  • lion of Judah. Jesus is not someprecious mementos little glass
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  • figurine wearing flipflops and adress. Jesus is the King of
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  • kings and the Lord of lords.Read Revelations 1 in full
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  • armour, white hair, eyes. Thisis the Jesus we serve. So you're
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  • gonna have to make a decision.Who am I? And don't give me some
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  • religious, "Well, you know." No.I mean, literally most -, You
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  • see, most people, the reasonthat they're life isn't
  • 00:10:06.988 --> 00:10:13.128
  • developing, and that characterisn't growing, that emotions
  • 00:10:13.161 --> 00:10:19.200
  • aren't becoming more beautifuland more manageable is because
  • 00:10:19.234 --> 00:10:23.571
  • they're never deliberate aboutbecoming who they really are.
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  • They're still hang up with thisidentity issue or they've never
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  • thought about it. But yet deepinside all of their upbringing,
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  • they feel it's genuine. So youare going to let your parents
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  • decide who you are. Maybe yourdad was a big poverty guy. So
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  • now your identity is poor boy.Maybe your mother was an angry
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  • person who couldn't control hertemper and it was always this
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  • awkward low grade anger in thehome. There was never a sense of
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  • peace. And so, you know, whenyou actually feel peace, you
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  • think something's wrong. That'snot the real you. You know, I
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  • tried to be the best parent Ican. I love my five kids. Now, I
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  • got ten because they're allmarried and grandkids, and doing
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  • the best I can. But there is noway I can train them to be
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  • children of God. I can trainthem to be the children of Leon
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  • and Sally. But I can't trainthem to be children of God.
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  • God's got to get involved. I gotto do things His way. So even
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  • when they're done growing upwith me and they're adults.
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  • They're going to have todeliberately decide who they
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  • are, what their identity is, andwhat are the characteristics,
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  • values, and emotions of a Christfollower. Now, if you stay stuck
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  • on the fake you. This is me.Then the Bible becomes a list of
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  • do's and don'ts. It's all it is.But if you make this change that
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  • I'm talking about today, who areyou? And I'll show you this
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  • identity and you latch on tothat. The Bible stops being a
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  • book. "Well, I have to do that,and I got to do that, and that
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  • too?" Or it's, this is themanual that goes with me. Who am
  • 00:12:21.122 --> 00:12:29.097
  • I? "I ride upon the high placesof the earth. Everything I put
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  • my hand to prospers. I am -,Give me the power to make
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  • wealth. I lay my hands on thesick and they shall recover. I
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  • walk in the joy and the peace ofGod. I, even my enemies are at
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  • peace at me. I wake up in themorning knowing that my steps
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  • are directed by the Lord." Youbegin to look at these things
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  • and it's no longer, "Oh, how doI get there?" No, no. This is
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  • who you is. So until you believeyour new identity, you're going
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  • to stay stuck in your old one.And this is why so many people
  • 00:12:57.725 --> 00:13:02.964
  • backslide. They triedChristianity for a while. Now,
  • 00:13:02.997 --> 00:13:06.367
  • the Bible calls that becomingdiscipline follower of Jesus or
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  • disciples. Now, religion istelling us disciples, you know,
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  • they just have all this listeddon'ts and they're so in
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  • control. No, no. A disciplinefollower of Jesus is a person
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  • who is submitted to the Lordshipof Christ, yes. But it's easy to
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  • be like Him because His yoke iseasy, and His burden is light.
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  • And once you said all theidentity issue, you simply are
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  • transformed rather than changed.A guy came to us, came to me one
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  • time. He said, "Just give me alist of the rules that I can do.
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  • So I know if I can come to yourchurch. Give me the top 10. What
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  • can I do? Just let me know whatI can't do." I said, "Dude, this
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  • is not about us all agreeing onthe list. I think everyone has
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  • got a different list." I said,"It's not about you." He said,
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  • "I don't know what I can change.I mean, this is who I am. And so
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  • just like tell me what I can'tdo, and I'll just let you know
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  • if I can fit." See, that's not agood way of looking at it
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  • because he thinks that thisaddicted, fallen, angry,
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  • anti-social him that's beendeveloped is the real him. But
  • 00:14:21.609 --> 00:14:29.684
  • it's the fake him. It's like alittle baby lion who's mama's
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  • dead being brought by this SouthAfrican farmer and handed to the
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  • poodle and it latches on andgrows up for a year thinking
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  • he's a poodle. So many peoplethink, "This is who I am." And
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  • for the rest of your life youwill live out the lies. The
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  • misbeliefs, the poverty, theanger, the low self-worth. That
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  • never be able to handle money,never be able to make
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  • friendships. This is just who Iam. Who you? Well, I just, you
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  • know, me and people we justdon't get along. I'm a loner.
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  • It's just, this is who I am. No,that's the fake you. You were
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  • made for relationship with God,with a spouse, with friends,
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  • with people around you. So whydo you keep saying, "This is the
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  • real me." You haven't got a hotclue who the real you is. And so
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  • we go to God's Word. And God'sWord is very powerful. In Psalm
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  • 8:4-5, it says, "What is manthat You are mindful of him, the
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  • son of man that You care forhim? Yet, You've made him but a
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  • little lower than god, and Youhave crowned him with glory and
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  • honor." I like one author. Hebrings up that when you look
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  • into this words glory and honorwhich we don't use today. He
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  • says, "You are crowned withdignity and worth." Don't think
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  • that the undignified lifestylethat you have or the indignities
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  • that you suffered. And that youthink, "Well, that's just who I
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  • am, because my dad says I'm aloser. My uncle said I'm the
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  • black sheep of the family. AndI've never been able to -," Who
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  • says that's you? Because theBible says you are crowned. When
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  • you give your life to Christ,there's a massive change in your
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  • spirit. And you get your dignityand your self-worth from God's
  • 00:16:26.768 --> 00:16:31.639
  • love because He's crowned youwith dignity. He's crowned you
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  • with worth. You don't need to bethe best gifted, best looking.
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  • You don't need to be the badestguy in the room. You don't need
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  • to be the best looking dressedwoman in the room to have
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  • dignity and worth. It comes fromGod. And when you look at 2
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  • Corinthians 3, I encourage youto read it on your own. But it
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  • basically is where we get theline for the song from glory to
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  • glory, He's changing me. He'schanging me. Now, there's a
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  • difference between externalchange and internal
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  • transformation. The wordtransformation in Romans 12,
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  • metamorphoo, where we get ourEnglish word metamorphosis, is
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  • not talking about an externalchange. It's talking about an
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  • internal change where acaterpillar literally spins a
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  • cocoon and out comes a transformcaterpillar. He's a butterfly.
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  • And God is saying to you and I,that when you gave your life to
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  • Christ, that you are nowgenuinely you have an
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  • opportunity to be you. Therighteous version of you. It's
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  • not that you have to become adifferent you. This is the
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  • righteous version of you,because the unrighteous version
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  • of you is making you sick.You're going to die young.
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  • You're going to destroy yourmarriage, your relationships. If
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  • you have kids, you're going todestroy them, too. You're going
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  • to destroy everything good inyour life. Because to be
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  • carnally minded is death. But tobe spiritually minded is life
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  • and peace. And everyone of usincluding me is continually
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  • putting off that old becausethat's the fake me. I'm putting
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  • on the new. I'm putting off theangry temper because that is not
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  • me. This is me. And when youteach your kids that way, that
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  • hey, that's not you. No, thatangry kid that just broke all
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  • that and got mad. That's noteven you. So stop doing that.
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  • Not looking at him going, "Youangry. I'm so sick and tired of
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  • you. You're always angry. You'rejust a little liar." See, you're
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  • attacking his identity. And wealso do the same with adults. So
  • 00:18:35.163 --> 00:18:41.736
  • we need to make a decision. Whatis the genuine you? Well, the
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  • Bible says you are made in thelikeness and the image of God.
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  • That you can have the thoughts,the feelings, and the purposes
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  • of Jesus. That verse inCorinthians, I think it says
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  • there that, that who can knowthe mind of God as to give Him
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  • advise. But we have the mind ofChrist. In the Amplified version
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  • it says, and we hold Hisemotions, His thoughts, and His
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  • purposes. You, you weren'tdesigned to walk this planet
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  • with alcohol in charge. Youweren't designed to walk this
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  • planet with porn in control ofyour life. You weren't designed
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  • to walk this planet with moneyin charge of your life or this
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  • need to impress everybody and -,No. You genuinely are to
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  • function like Christ. As He is,so are we in this world. Now,
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  • there's a ton of Christians whogo through God's Word, look at
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  • what they should do. Do the bestto their ability and thank God
  • 00:19:47.101 --> 00:19:50.071
  • He forgives me for the rest. Butthey actually don't go on
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  • transforming. And so today, withjust a little time I got left.
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  • Let me just say a couple ofthings you can work on. Most
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  • people don't change much becausethey don't become deliberate
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  • about it. They don't becomedeliberate about it. And because
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  • they don't become deliberateabout it. They're not deciding
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  • who they are. They're notdeciding. And so we've got to
  • 00:20:13.227 --> 00:20:18.232
  • make a decision as to, who am I?And then, what does that person
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  • look like? What are the traitsthat I am? Am I filled with joy
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  • or am I still struggle withdepression and anger? And
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  • recognize that you cannot bringchange externally very easily
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  • and it usually doesn't last. Butyou can bring change internally.
  • 00:20:37.685 --> 00:20:43.991
  • Holy Spirit will help you andthat's called transformation.
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  • Don't conform to this world.That's the fake you. Whatever
  • 00:20:49.964 --> 00:20:53.868
  • you were raised in the world,with all your failures,
  • 00:20:53.901 --> 00:20:56.537
  • addictions. The nuances that youhate about yourself that you
  • 00:20:56.570 --> 00:21:00.708
  • want to change. And you'reafraid, maybe that's who I am.
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  • No. Listen to me. You are whoChrist made you to be. And as
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  • you apply yourself and look intoGod's Word, meditate as to who
  • 00:21:10.885 --> 00:21:16.223
  • you are because of Jesus. TheSpirit of God goes to work on
  • 00:21:16.257 --> 00:21:20.328
  • the inside. And when youidentify with who you are, which
  • 00:21:20.361 --> 00:21:25.700
  • is Jesus on the inside. It isimpossible to stop the new
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  • behaviour. That's why the Biblesays out of the abundance of the
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  • heart, the mouth speaks.Psychology calls them Freudian
  • 00:21:34.442 --> 00:21:38.612
  • slips. But you'll begin to speakdifferently, act differently.
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  • You'll begin to conduct yourselfdifferently. And this heart
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  • where it's the control center ofyour life begins to attack the
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  • right people, the best business.All these things they go, "Why
  • 00:21:50.124 --> 00:21:53.861
  • is this so easy?" Because welabor to enter the rest.
  • 00:21:53.894 --> 00:21:58.566
  • Meaning, we labor to make surethat we know what our identity
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  • is and what it looks likeaccording to God's Word. As you
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  • labor to renew your mind withwho is the genuine Leon
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  • Fontaine. Oh, I mean, my wife,my brothers, my family. They can
  • 00:22:12.646 --> 00:22:17.351
  • poke at all of my weaknesses.But I'm so glad that that's the
  • 00:22:17.385 --> 00:22:23.257
  • fake me that I keep moving backto once in a while. But the
  • 00:22:23.290 --> 00:22:26.827
  • genuine me is made in thelikeness and the image of God.
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  • You are precious. You arepowerful with Christ on the
  • 00:22:30.598 --> 00:22:34.635
  • inside. And if you stop laboringto change the outside, first
  • 00:22:34.668 --> 00:22:39.540
  • change the inside by dealingwith this identity issue. And
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  • we'll talk about this more andto help you recognize wow,
  • 00:22:42.977 --> 00:22:46.514
  • because this year will bestunning in whatever area you
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  • have lacked. Whatever area youare out of control. Whatever
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  • area that you just feel, youknow, conflicted, down, bluesy,
  • 00:22:54.455 --> 00:22:59.493
  • depressed about. People arestruggling with identity issues
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  • and when those get resolved. Inother words, you make the choice
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  • basically, "No, that's not me."Just listening to this message
  • 00:23:08.636 --> 00:23:12.773
  • and taking it to heart is goingto put you in a completely new
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  • track because some of you hadbeen lied to. You believed a lie
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  • about who you are and what youridentity is, etcetera. And God
  • 00:23:21.048 --> 00:23:26.320
  • is saying to us, "That's not whoI made you to be." And by the
  • 00:23:26.353 --> 00:23:29.056
  • way, God says, "I'm thecreator." And so you were
  • 00:23:29.089 --> 00:23:31.826
  • designed in heaven. You weremade by God. And it's the
  • 00:23:31.859 --> 00:23:34.895
  • creator of something that tellsyou what its purpose is and who
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  • and what it is. You make thatdecision today. And I'm telling
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  • you, you are going to have ayear that begins to change. As
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  • you labor to enter the rest.As you labor to recognize
  • 00:23:47.241 --> 00:23:50.945
  • who you are and whatthat looks like.
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  • It's going to comeout effortless.
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  • Not just up here in our head,but deep down into our hearts.
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  • -LEON: One of things I lovetalking about is being thankful.
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  • You know, the Bible teaches usthat you enter His gates with
  • 00:25:26.373 --> 00:25:29.977
  • thanksgiving and into His courtswith praise. I know that when we
  • 00:25:30.010 --> 00:25:34.048
  • scream, "Help me, God!" He paysattention. But if you want to
  • 00:25:34.081 --> 00:25:37.451
  • know how to live in the presenceof God, how to sense God, how to
  • 00:25:37.484 --> 00:25:41.622
  • feel God. It will come when youbegin to be thankful. When
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  • you're thankful, you're notself-centered. When you're not
  • 00:25:45.926 --> 00:25:48.996
  • being thankful, you're becomingself-centered. And so every
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  • morning when you get up, thankHim for something. I like what a
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  • friend of mine who goes to AAand loves Jesus. He says they've
  • 00:25:56.604 --> 00:25:59.607
  • taught him there that before yougo to sleep at night, make a
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  • list of the things you'rethankful for that day, little
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  • things, big things, and eachmorning read the list when you
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  • wake up. Being thankful ispowerful. Father, I pray right
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  • now, that You touch each personthat's listening. That Father,
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  • if we've begun to whine andmurmur and complain, we would
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  • realize it's like cancer to oursoul. And Father, we would begin
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  • to thank You and to thank othersaround us for every little
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  • thing, every great thing. But tohave a heart that is continually
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  • thankful. I pray this in Yourwonderful name, amen.
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