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Self Identity Part 1

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October 31, 2019
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Leon Fontaine

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Self Identity Part 1

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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: Where you get your identity from is crucial
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  • because most people focus as to who am I on their giftedness,
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  • their looks, their skillsets, the amount of money they make,
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  • what their peers think about them. And when you go there for
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  • your identity, then your self-worth is attached to that.
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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.
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  • - And now, from Calgary, Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: Hey, everybody. Welcome! I'm so glad that you're here
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  • with us today because the message I want to share with you
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  • today is crucial. If you can figure out and begin to change
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  • this one area that we're gonna talk about today. I believe
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  • every area of your life will begin to change. You'll see what
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  • I mean as we dive into this. You know, the Word teaches us that
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  • we have a heart. And that we are body, soul, and spirit but that
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  • we have a heart. And that this is a deeper level of thinking
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  • and a deeper level of feeling. It's a deeper level of
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  • believing. It's not what goes in and out of your head, but it's
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  • what seems to have taken root in your heart and Jesus teaches
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  • this a lot. So I want to talk today about where you get your
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  • identity from because this is a huge issue. Do you know that
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  • when Adam and Eve were in the garden, that the enemy came, and
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  • he began to deal immediately with Eve's identity. He said did
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  • God really say, questioned God, and then he began to deal with
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  • if she was enough. And this a question that haunts women and
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  • men still today. He says God knows that if you eat of this,
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  • you're gonna be like Him. He was saying she was not enough. And
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  • she bit into that and she began to think about that. I'm not
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  • enough. I could be more. I should be more. He was attacking
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  • her identity. Yet, her identity according to God was that she
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  • was made in the likeness and the image of God. There was no way
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  • that she wasn't enough, but he literally was tempting her. And
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  • when you look at the temptation of Eve, and what took place in
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  • the garden. It's an eye-opening study today. I mean, I'm gonna
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  • just laughingly share this. I'm not knocking anything but if
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  • someone like a plastic surgeon really wants to get a client
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  • who's coming in to see him. All they would have to do if you
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  • watch this television shows who say, "You look great. Have you
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  • ever thought about getting rid of the lines up here? And now,
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  • she's never thought about those lines in her eyes before. Now,
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  • it's all she can think about. It's all she can see is these
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  • lines because of this power of suggestion. He says to Eve, God
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  • knows you could be like Him. You could be more. So he is suddenly
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  • saying you're not enough. Today, where you get your identity from
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  • is crucial because most people focus as to who am I on their
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  • giftedness, their looks, their skillsets, the amount of money
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  • they make, what their peers think about them. And when you
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  • go there for your identity, then your self-worth is attached to
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  • that. So how you feel about yourself? And this is what so
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  • many people struggle with today. But now take this over into the
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  • Christian realm and you'll find that for people to believe God
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  • for increase in their family, to believe God for a better
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  • marriage, to believe God for better resources, to take their
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  • life to a place of more success. The struggle isn't in believing
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  • can God do it? The struggle even if you believe it's His will.
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  • When I counsel and work with people, the issue comes down to
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  • can you do it? Are you smart enough, gifted enough? Have you
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  • pleased God enough? There is just a myriad of questions here.
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  • And but the issue still comes up. Are you enough? Are you
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  • smart enough? So where's your self-identity? And we've got to
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  • make sure that we place it with God because there is a ton of
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  • lies. In fact, one of the greatest battles you'll ever
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  • fight, and I believe the battles that will continue in your life
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  • for the rest of your life. We have one group of Christianity
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  • thinks our battles are with the devil. And even prayer, their
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  • prayer time becomes more fighting the devil. Now, they
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  • get, I believe in intercessory prayer. In fact, I teach on nine
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  • different kinds of prayer. But the intercessory prayer group
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  • has got into the place where they're so demon focused as
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  • though the devil is stopping the success of their lives, their
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  • ministries, their marriages, their homes. The devil's
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  • attacking me, and we must intercede and pray. And it's
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  • like they are trying to redo what Jesus has done. And so
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  • we've got to make sure that we know, that see, this battle that
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  • we're fighting. Every time I'm looking to move to a whole new
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  • level. Even when it comes to in the giftedness of my life as a
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  • pastor. I used to be working with my dad and I was an
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  • associate pastor. I was a youth pastor and then I was an
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  • associate pastor. When God called me to be a senior pastor,
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  • I literally even though my identity was focused on Jesus
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  • and so my self-worth came from Him. Holy Spirit had to lead me
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  • into all truth as it says in John. That I am because if God
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  • has called me to be a senior pastor because that's a calling.
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  • It's not just a rung on a ladder like so many people in North
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  • America think. If God hasn't called you, stay out of it. But
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  • I knew that God had called me there. And so as I went to be a
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  • senior pastor. I had to begin to believe that I was capable. That
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  • I was gifted. That I was everything I would need. That I
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  • am this. And then as I began to realize I am a senior pastor. I
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  • began to function in that role in a great way. And I began, so
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  • churches explode and finances and buildings and lands and
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  • cities and all these things. But it wasn't me praying because it
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  • was the devil that was stopping anything that was going on.
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  • Anytime we would begin to plateau. Anytime I butt my head
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  • against the wall. Anytime I felt a ceiling or a boundary that was
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  • stopping us from going on, my friends would, I have some
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  • friends who thought prayer was the thing to do and they would
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  • always be binding the devil, interceding, trying to get the
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  • devil out of stopping them from going into the next season to
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  • the next level. I had others who would be seeking God and praying
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  • and trying to find out what it was God was trying to teach them
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  • because God wasn't releasing them to the next level. And I've
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  • got friends that are still doing that, who were doing that 20
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  • years ago as we began to talk about all of the limits in our
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  • lives. You've got boundaries in your life but God has set no
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  • boundaries on your life. Yes, you've got boundaries on your
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  • life. But the devil is not powerful enough to set
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  • boundaries on your life. So the only person that can set
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  • boundaries on the success of your life, in business, finance,
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  • career, if you're in the ministry. Every area, healing,
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  • health, happiness, joy. If there are boundaries, they are
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  • self-imposed boundaries. Now, no one likes to hear that. They
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  • kind of go, "No, I want to blame somebody else." But as long as
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  • you blame the devil, then you've got to do some kind of extra
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  • work that's not really biblical. If you believe that God is
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  • stopping you, now you believe that God, the sovereignty of
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  • God. We know that God is all powerful. But now people begin
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  • to believe that although God promises He will. In your case,
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  • He's gonna hold it back because you've got something better. Or
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  • I have just heard a ton of different doctrines. And so as I
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  • begin to pastor and as I begin to lead a television network and
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  • a Christian private school and churches and other things that
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  • we run around the world. Anytime I begin to get into trouble.
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  • Anytime I begin to not be able to produce result or to get us
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  • to the next level as an organization. I would always
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  • look at myself. I go, "Leon, what's going on?" And as I would
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  • just meditate in the things of God, Holy Spirit who is my
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  • helper and He's your helper. Holy Spirit would begin to guide
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  • me. He might guide me toward a certain kind of thinking, and I
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  • would begin to study this out. Sometimes He would guide me, and
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  • it would always be to look at where I was believing deeply.
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  • And I begin to believe all the time that when things weren't
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  • working, and I was going in the direction that God had called
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  • me. That I would begin to ask myself, "Do I see myself in that
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  • level of success? Do I see myself winning? Or do I see
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  • myself struggling?" And so this is gonna help you immensely if
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  • you can recognize that the Bible says in the book of Proverbs, as
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  • a man thinks in his heart, not in his head, in his heart. As a
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  • man thinks in his heart, so he is. Many people are hired for
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  • jobs that they are just given. So someone else raise the
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  • company up and then you became the CFO, the CMO. And so, and I
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  • think many people in their training can function there for
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  • a while. But anytime in life that it is up to you as a
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  • follower of Christ to build your marriage, build your family,
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  • build your finances, build your career. You need to recognize
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  • that how you see yourself, okay? Are you identifying with who you
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  • are as to who Christ says you are? Or have you begun to look
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  • at your results? Have you looked at the money, the people, the
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  • issues in your external world? Everything in the external
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  • world, your external world changes when things change in
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  • your inner world. Often, I'll talk to somebody, many times
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  • business people, pastors, and leaders around the world of
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  • business, churches. And they'll talk to me about a specific
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  • problem that they find in raising this company up. This
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  • organization will say because it could be anything. And they'll
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  • always tell me about what their greatest problem is. And as they
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  • talk about it, I would try to move them to, it's not the
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  • external problem that is doing that. It is your internal view
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  • of you in this season that you are struggling with. And so if
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  • you don't deal with that, then you are gonna get plateaued
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  • right there. But if you want a life that is never got a
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  • boundary, a life that has no ceiling. Then regularly you must
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  • do heart work because Holy Spirit who is our helper. He is
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  • helping you to have a better marriage, better finances,
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  • better church, better organization, better career. God
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  • has called you to succeed at whatever you do. But when
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  • Christians begin to struggle or hit these boundaries, they
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  • develop all kinds of weird doctrines. That when you believe
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  • those things, that becomes your heart's beliefs. That you cannot
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  • succeed until God takes you through a lot of really tough
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  • times to teach you lessons. Well, experience is not the best
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  • teacher, Holy Spirit is. So and then God sovereign. So that, you
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  • know, He doesn't want us to succeed or I've heard so many
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  • different doctrines. But I'm telling you today what I have
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  • discovered in the Word and what has helped in my life and I am
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  • nowhere near arrive, is that the greatest battle that I fight is
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  • an internal battle. Can I do this? You know, am I afraid of
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  • failure? Can I, this next season that requires more, you know, do
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  • I see myself there? Is my identity -, You know, when I was
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  • a senior pastor, one of the things they asked me to take
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  • over was a television station. A 24-hours and playing with people
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  • from around the world and stuff. And so as I moved, as I was a
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  • senior pastor and still am, I had to become the CEO of this
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  • television station. And I found that for the first little while,
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  • I couldn't find. I couldn't find my stride and I thought it was
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  • things externally, you know. I wasn't staffing this and that.
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  • But I began to recognize that I had to see myself as the CEO, a
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  • successful CEO of a television station and Holy Spirit as my
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  • helper that was His job as well. If I would work with Him, He
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  • would lead me into all truth, and He would show me things to
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  • come. And so I began to declare and study the Word and know that
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  • for every new season in my life Holy Spirit is preparing me for
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  • that. And you need to know, for every new season in your life,
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  • Holy Spirit is preparing you for that. When he came at Eve, he
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  • didn't attack her physically. He didn't, you know, browbeat her
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  • verbally. He planted a message and it was, "Did God say that?
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  • And God knows that when you eat of the tree, you are gonna be
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  • like Him." And so she began to feel less than she was. Much of
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  • our praying today makes us feel less than we are. You know,
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  • every time we ask and beg God for things that He has already
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  • given, okay? We begin to destroy this faith, this confidence. Let
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  • me give you an example. Now, many of you who are believers
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  • who are watching today, if you continually sought God and said,
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  • "God, please save me. Please come into my heart." And you beg
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  • Him to do that every day, every week, every month of your life.
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  • Well, doing that means you don't believe He's there. And every
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  • time you ask Him, your unbelief gets deeper and more entrenched
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  • because you get emotionally involved. God, I need You.
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  • Please forgive me. Come into my heart as though He's not there.
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  • Now, take the rest of God's promises because in Peter, he
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  • teaches us, He's given us all things that pertain to life and
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  • godliness. And so many Christians today, their prayer
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  • time is this begging and bugging and pleading with God as though
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  • God is a reluctant God. But God's not a reluctant God. God
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  • is not into poverty. God is not into sickness. God in not into
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  • low self-worth. He's not into depression. Jesus said in John
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  • 10:10, I am come that you might have life, and that you might
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  • have it more abundantly. That means superior in quality and
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  • innumerable in quantity. God needs you to succeed for His end
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  • time plan to work. How do you think God's gonna reach the
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  • world? Well, the Bible says it's the goodness of God that leads a
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  • man to repentance. How is He going to show this people His
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  • goodness? They don't even know Him. So they're gonna see it by
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  • looking at God's people. Look at God's family. And I say look at
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  • believers, they should see the joy in their salvation. A peace
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  • even when storms are flying around them. They ought to see
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  • an ability for God's power to help them in their marriages, in
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  • raising kids, in succeeding in their career, in the financial
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  • world. They ought to look at the followers of Christ and go, "I
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  • want what they've got." Because it's the goodness of God in your
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  • life that causes the world to look and to go, "I want what you
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  • have." In the Old Testament, all of God's leaders weren't just
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  • good at what they did. But the world looked on with envy. King
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  • David was known throughout the countries as a phenomenal leader
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  • in an incredible country. Solomon known around the world.
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  • Leaders came in the then known world just to see him and to sit
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  • at his feet. And today the church has bought into a
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  • teaching that you're though, your whole life will be about
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  • hardships and rough times because that's what where you're
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  • going to learn. And so we look at for example the apostle Paul.
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  • And all they can focus on is Paul's struggles, his beatings,
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  • all the things that came against him. Okay, true. There was stuff
  • 00:18:39.210 --> 00:18:43.070
  • coming against Paul. But now ask yourself a question. What was
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  • the call on Paul's life? The call on Paul's life was to take
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  • this revelation of what Jesus did on the cross to the throne
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  • to the then known world and see the church of Jesus spread to
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  • the whole then known world and he did it. If you study Paul's
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  • life, whole countries came to know Christ by that I mean every
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  • single person wasn't born again. But revival hit so that the
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  • whole cities were changed and whole countries were reached. So
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  • Paul did something amazing. We don't look at all of his
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  • successes. We just look at his beatings and some of the things
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  • that he dealt with. He was shipwrecked. But today, you
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  • know, just for me to be pastor and to teach our church. I mean,
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  • how many people lie about me, blog about me. You know, say
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  • things. I'm glad it's nowhere near as bad as Paul who was
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  • beaten, whipped, and even killed. But whatever the
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  • persecution is, you just learn to get up and walk through it.
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  • You'll learn to say, "No, the power of God is on my life and
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  • people aren't gonna stop me." It's like king David. I can run
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  • through a troop and leap over a wall. Halleluiah! You've got to
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  • see yourself that way in your career, in your family, in your
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  • home. That God is upon you and success is something He gives
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  • us. Isn't it interesting? That when God created Adam and Eve.
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  • Adam didn't wake up in the slums of earth. Eve when she was
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  • fashioned, and her consciousness came to life. She found herself
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  • not with an awful husband who was ugly and mad and angry and
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  • abusive and a junkie back alley somewhere on earth. God put them
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  • in the garden of Eden. And He gave her a man who was not only
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  • great-looking to look at, but he had an amazing marvelous
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  • personality and love for her. And Eve wasn't made as a grumpy,
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  • angry, you know, ugly-looking person physically, emotionally.
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  • No, no, no. This was a beautiful woman, beautiful emotionally
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  • treated Adam with such great love. Beautiful to look at in a
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  • garden that was gorgeous to look at, beautiful in that all their
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  • needs. If God is going to place His two first kids in the garden
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  • of Eden, not in the desert of Eden. Then Holy Spirit as our
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  • helper when we are believers, Holy Spirit as our helper. He's
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  • not just gonna help you to be religious. He's literally not
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  • gonna just help you to know God. That's the most important thing.
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  • But He will help you in every area of your life. Your
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  • marriage, your depression, your illness, your career, getting
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  • ahead. When the world comes against you and backstabs you
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  • and blogs about you and lies about you. You can just be
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  • secure and know this. That if your identity is focused on God,
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  • that He loves you and He loves you incredibly. Then this
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  • amazing sense of self-worth rises up and you're longer
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  • trying to prove yourself with money with success. I watch
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  • these men and women who are just blasting for success in their
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  • careers and in their companies at the cost of their wife and
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  • their kids and their grandkids and their friends around them.
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  • And they will spend their entire life to achieve something
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  • corporately, to achieve something with their giftedness.
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  • And then when they get there, they look behind at the entire
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  • journey and at the season when their kids were small. Well,
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  • that was crucial to get this company to the next level. They
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  • didn't see much of their kids. When the kids were finally
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  • teens, now they were taking the success and they want to buy
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  • cabins for their family. But really didn't spend much time
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  • with them. We have been lied to as believers. Jesus said my yoke
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  • is easy and my burden is light. This is showing us is that when
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  • the true beliefs of your heart about yourself and about God,
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  • that you are a winner. You are a success. God has called you to
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  • win. We've got to get this into our kids. We've got to get this
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  • into our young men and women. That God is on your side because
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  • as they begin to go through life and hard times come. They begin
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  • to revert away from the favor of God. You need an education.
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  • Renew your mind, absolutely. Get skills and add them to your
  • 00:23:05.030 --> 00:23:08.090
  • gifts, of course. But always seek the kingdom of God first.
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  • His righteousness, His way of doing things. This is all about
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  • identity. It's time to get back into God's Word and begin to
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  • look at who do you see the greatest battle you're gonna
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  • fight? It's not you and the devil. It's not you and God.
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  • It's gonna between your real identity and your perceived
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  • identity. And Holy Spirit's job is to help you focus on God and
  • 00:23:32.160 --> 00:23:37.030
  • have an identity that will be there for every season, every
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  • level of success and every area of life. He's there to help you.
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  • Spend time in God's Word and allow Holy Spirit to lead you
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  • into truth and get up and succeed. Get healed. Walk with
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  • joy. Walk in the best that God has for you. The problem is not
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  • externally. Your problem is internally. God bless you.
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  • I pray this has touched your life in a special way.
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  • -LEON: How should we pray when we're discouraged? You know,
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  • when I'm discourage and it's not very often, okay. Because I've
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  • learned something here. The word courage is something that you do
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  • even when you feel off right. Like I've taught on courage to
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  • leaders and told them that everybody feels fear push at
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  • them, but you have to use courage. Courage is not the
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  • absence of fear. Courage is feeling the fear and doing the
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  • right things anyway, going to that next level anyway, and it's
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  • amazing how fear just dissipates. There can be a lot
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  • of reasons for feeling discourage. But the Bible says
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  • that David encourage himself in the Lord. Something you can do
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  • is this, if you are looking at the results of your life and
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  • discourage because of relationships, finances, or some
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  • you've got your eyes off of Jesus. Your self-identity and
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  • I get my eyes back on Jesus and what He thinks about me.
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