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Take the Load Off

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September 23, 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: All that you do use faith to be a better spouse,
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  • parent, to be a better employee, to rise up and succeed in life.
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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: Hey, everyone! It's so good to have you with us again
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  • today, got a great topic I wanna talk to you about. How to live
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  • your life with the sense of freedom and this lightness.
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  • Jesus said my yoke is easy and my burden is light. I wanna talk
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  • about that because so many people will tell me, "Oh, this
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  • Christian life is so hard. And don't you dare say serving Jesus
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  • is easy." Well, actually the Bible does say that. Jesus says
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  • that. And so will there be time that we have to stand strong?
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  • Yes. But let's not get our belief systems over where
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  • serving God is so hard. Because the Bible teaches us that
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  • everyone in the New Testament even when they went through hard
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  • times, there was a joy and a peace that was about them, a
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  • faith that took them through. So today, let me help you with this
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  • as you live your life or as Hebrews 12 teaches us as you run
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  • the race of faith. This is running your destiny. This is
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  • walking out your life. And an incredible teaching is here to
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  • the Hebrews and let's just dive in and I'm gonna teach and I
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  • just kind of expound to all of it and help you understand some
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  • of things that is being taught to us. "Therefore we also, since
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  • we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay
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  • aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and
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  • let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
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  • looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who
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  • for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising
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  • the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of
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  • God." All right. Here's Jesus dying on the cross, going
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  • through incredible pain and He became sin. And the Bible says
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  • the way He handled it was there was this joy that was set before
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  • Him. What was this joy? That people would be forgiven become
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  • born-again and heaven would be populated with billions of
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  • people. That as He died for mankind, that they would, God
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  • when He get to have a relationship with them as never
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  • before. That we could have Him in our hearts, sense Him, know
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  • Him, love Him, be loved. I mean, this joy of all that He was
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  • suffering for, what He was going through was so worth it for Him.
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  • He counted it as joy. And this is important in our lives when
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  • things get hard, when things have battles and trials and
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  • tribulations. You begin to go, "What's the purpose of this?" If
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  • you got a strong sense of serving God, advancing His
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  • kingdom, being involved in a great local church. Man, this
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  • joy will take you through. And I know what I'm talking about I've
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  • been pastoring now for between 30 to 40 years. I mean it's like
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  • 36 years I've been preaching God's Word and pastoring in His
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  • local church. I'm more excited ever before. I can tell you
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  • stories, a ton of them of people abandoning me, betraying me,
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  • lying about me, and all the things that have going on you
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  • can understand and I'm more excited about Jesus I've ever
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  • been. So when you have this joy that is set before you. This
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  • vision it's crucial. Now, here's what it says, lay aside also
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  • every weight. Now, what are weights? Weights are things that
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  • slow you down. Weights are things that, they might not even
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  • be necessarily bad. But it's slowing down your race. It's
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  • impacting your life. I'll give you an example. A friend of
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  • mine, great dad, great husband, loves God. But oh, yeah, he got
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  • a passion for golf. And he would golf, I mean, every couple of
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  • days gone golfing, gone golfing, gone golfing. And, you know, his
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  • wife didn't like him being gone this much and his kids didn't
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  • enjoy him being gone this much. And he come home and then they
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  • may continue the arguments and it just caused stress and things
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  • in his marriage. And his kids were having struggles because
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  • dad wasn't there as much as they want him to. And he literally
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  • just told me, "Leon, I love golf." But he says, "As I'm
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  • doing it this much it seems to slow down. It seems to weigh
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  • down the joy of family and marriage. And so I'm cutting
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  • this back, we had a talk and I'm only gonna do minimum or the
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  • maximum once a week." And they picked out something that works
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  • for their family and then he was gonna go home. And his buddies
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  • all told him, "What are you doing? Are you crazy? This is
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  • your joy. This is your passion." And he said, "No." He said, "God
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  • is my passion and my priorities are my wife, my children." And
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  • so he begin to get more involved in seeing things, going to his
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  • kids races and games and driving and hanging out with his wife
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  • more. And his whole life just got so exciting and joyful and
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  • fun. There was a bounce in his step and he said, and why?
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  • Because something he was doing was weighing down this race of
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  • serving God, having a great marriage, a great family. It can
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  • be other things. For example, like habits that you've got. It
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  • could be beliefs that you've got. I believe that a lot of
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  • these weights you could see them as sin because the word sin
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  • means that it is missing the mark. You're doing something
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  • that misses the mark for God's best. So sin doesn't have to be
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  • your an ax murderer, your an adulterer, your lying, your
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  • cheating. All of that will definitely will shut down your
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  • race and hurt it big time. But what I'm saying is that there
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  • are weights and sins. And so sin, we often see the word sin
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  • as this, "Holy man! This is brutal?" No. Sin, in its, in one
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  • of the most common word used for sin means that in something
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  • you're doing you're missing the mark of God's best for your
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  • life. So he was enjoying golf but God had something better
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  • that would bring even greater joy and it would help him shape
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  • his marriage and prepare his kids for a wonderful life. I
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  • know many dads today, going back to the same analogy. I'm not
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  • preaching, and this is analogy. I know many dads today that as
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  • their kids grow up and they see the decisions they make and the
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  • things that are missing in their lives. They go back, "Oh, man. I
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  • wish I spent more time." I know other guys who, they just let
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  • the office guide them around. And they spend almost every
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  • evening because some boss, narcissistic boss wants this
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  • done, and they make that guy stay at his desk day in and day
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  • out and he misses his wife and his family. And see, that's
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  • wrong. That weight. That decision. So well, Leon, what's
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  • he gonna do? You would begin to pray, believe. Look for another
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  • job or let God guide you in speaking to him. You know,
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  • whatever you can do to change. Do not accept situations that
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  • they just kind of weigh you down. You can see this man weigh
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  • down as he goes to work and weigh down as he goes home. He's
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  • exhausted. He's got no -, the kids are already in bed. He's
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  • wife's unhappy. She's parenting alone by herself and she's got a
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  • job that she's doing as well in so many cases. And their whole
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  • life just gets weigh down because the way they're living
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  • the life. How they're walking this thing through has become
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  • this life is like weighing them down. And in other cases, you'll
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  • notice, it gets worse as he doesn't enjoy his life. He'll
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  • get caught up in things that are wrong. Sin. She'll get caught up
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  • in things. It could be wrong relationships, addictions to,
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  • you know, alcohol, drugs, and pornography. And it just to
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  • people, you know, not healthy soul ties it began to go on. All
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  • because this life begins to be weighed down. I wanna challenge
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  • young men and women watching me, as well as the older. That when
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  • you begin to look at doing something that you never would
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  • have been tempted for before. Then something in your life is
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  • weighing you down. Maybe its because you need to lose your
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  • arrogance in your marriage. Maybe it's because you need to
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  • stop having always be right and begin to become the husband and
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  • the father inside. Become a better believer so that you, the
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  • soft answer turns away wrath. That when you guys are arguing
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  • as a couple, that rather than always having to be right. You
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  • seek to understand. That person might be using the wrong words
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  • and it's irritating you and making you mad as they blame
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  • you. But something is being said that you don't understand. You'd
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  • rather just fight it out and win. You're not really winning.
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  • Your marriage is being weighed down. Your family is being
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  • weighed down. Your making decisions that it's like this
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  • whole marriage is carrying this load with them. When Jesus said
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  • that if you lay aside the weight, your weight of you
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  • having to be right, this weight, this immaturity within you. Lay
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  • it down. And just say, "I'm gonna be a husband, a father
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  • that loves." I'm gonna be one who seeks to understand and help
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  • them win and find what they need first even before you. In our
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  • counseling ops so many times man and wife go wild. Oh, I need
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  • this and I need that. Basically, love is making sure the other
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  • person is look after first before your needs. When I was a
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  • child we used to sing the song J-O-Y J-O-Y. Surely it must be
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  • Jesus first yourself last and others in between. There is
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  • something about love. You see, toxic love means that you will
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  • show love when they look after you. And that's how most couples
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  • fight this out their entire lives. But then the God kind of
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  • love, the agape love is able to show love and to exhibit love
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  • and to walk in love which is patience, you know. And people
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  • say, "Well, I am. I'm letting them go first, you know." Love
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  • is joyful. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love wants the other
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  • person to succeed. Love wants them to be happy first. These
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  • people are truly the happiest people. These are principles of
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  • God's Word. To not obey God's Word in your relationships is to
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  • be weighed down by the things that are going on. The
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  • unhappiness that surround you. Now, you can't change everybody
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  • in your world, but you need to recognize that if you wanna run
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  • your race with joy, run your race with the sense of making
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  • great ground. Now, this comparison let's look at it. If
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  • you've got a race to run and you've got a 50-pound sack on
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  • your back. For those of you who do go camping or, you know, or
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  • you've hiked across, you know, Europe. You put a backpack on
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  • this 50-pound and show me how long you're gonna run. You can't
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  • even run a hundred yards. But for those of you who know how to
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  • run, you could run 10, 20 miles at an easy pace. When you begin
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  • to be weighed down, it literally hurts your future. You will not
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  • make it into the things God has prepared for you. This is so
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  • serious that as others begin to succeed and rise up and are
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  • elevated. And the Bible says that the blessings of God is on
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  • our lives, but promotion comes from the Lord. He's not gonna
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  • promote you to a place in business, in His calling on your
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  • life that's gonna bring more pressure on a marriage that
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  • already is full of arguments or on a family that the kids are
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  • already don't see you enough or on a guy that can't find peace
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  • and the stress of the lower level of career. How's he ever
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  • gonna handle a higher level, you know, where you've got more
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  • things to look after. So when the Bible say lay aside every
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  • weight and the sin which so easily ensnares you. Now, not
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  • only is this slowing you down, but it uses the word ensnare.
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  • Well, the word, a snare is something that as you walk
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  • along, you know, we had trappers in northern Saskatchewan where
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  • we live for a while as a young man. And they were experts at
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  • using traps to trap animals. We catch them by the neck or it
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  • catch them by the tail, not tails, by the foot. Oh, we had
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  • some gap by the tail. And they would snare that animal and it
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  • would hold it in that trap until the hunter could come and get
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  • it. There are snares that stop you from moving on in God. And
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  • so I really wanna be very clear here with you. That you, forget
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  • about your spouse. You can't change your spouse. Forget about
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  • trying to change others or your boss or those around you. If you
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  • simply allow Holy Spirit to reveal things, behaviors,
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  • habitual thinking. Habits that you have that can be as innocent
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  • as to you needed to go golfing all the time. You needed to go
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  • play basketball all the time. You gotta go, you know, and just
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  • get away all the time. And it really is affecting your family,
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  • but you, "Oh, I need this. I need this." I'm just challenging
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  • you to be cautious because talk, make sure that you walk in God's
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  • love. If there's a sin that ensnares you and nothing seems
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  • to be happening for you. I hope I can keep going. Just get rid
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  • of that sin. As you do, your life begins to go faster. It
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  • succeeds better. There's more joy. There's a lightness that is
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  • just beautiful to you as you lay aside weights and sins which so
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  • easily ensnare you. And then run the weight race with endurance.
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  • Let's talk about endurance. I listened to people all the time
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  • and this is the words that come out of their mouth. "Oh, I'm
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  • confused. Oh, I'm just so feed up. I'm just sick and tired. Oh,
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  • man, I'm tired. I'm just feed up." And these words shall show
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  • somebody that has no endurance for today. Okay? And today, what
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  • about tomorrow? And so endurance is the ability to continue doing
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  • what you're doing with joy and with peace. And so as you lay
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  • aside the weights, as you lay aside which can be just bad
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  • habits. Let me give you another example. You have to watch late
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  • at night movies and all things and you don't wanna go to bed
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  • and so you're staying up late and your exhausted all the time.
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  • It's as simple as that bad habit. Get a good sleep and
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  • you're gonna find yourself laughing and happy. It's not
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  • that that's a sin. It's a weight. But yet in a way it is a
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  • sin because a sin is missing the mark for God's best. And He says
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  • He gives His beloved sleep. So the Bible says whatever is not
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  • of faith is sin. So when things begins to push at you, get up
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  • and believe God and get that thing out of your life. We want
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  • endurance with the race that is set before us. Then it says
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  • looking unto Jesus as the author and the finisher of our faith.
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  • Let's stop right there. Did you know, that everything you do,
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  • you should do in faith. When you get married, Jesus as the author
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  • of that marriage. Let Him be the finisher until you're old and
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  • grey, happy and blessed. You're believing God for increase in
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  • finances. Jesus is the author and the finisher of our faith.
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  • So all that you do, use faith to be a better spouse, parent, to
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  • be a better employee, to rise up and succeed in life. Use your
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  • faith to laugh and love and enjoy the life that you've got.
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  • Don't allow the enemy to come in. Look to Jesus and this
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  • expectancy. This be a living. The future is gonna be great, is
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  • there or if you don't get into your faith life your endurance
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  • you'll just be every day seeing the negative, what's bad, what's
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  • wrong, what's going wrong. You'll just see all of that in
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  • your life. And by the way, it will lead you off course. You
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  • will literally leave your lane and your race as you pursue
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  • other things that you think you need, but really, it's the
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  • weariness. It's your lack of endurance. And so now, you're
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  • not even got the joy and the peace that passes understanding.
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  • There's not a lightness to you. All of these things God's
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  • prepared away just obey Him. It goes on and it says that
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  • consider Him in Hebrews 12, "Who endured such hostility from
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  • sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged
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  • in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving
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  • against sin. And you have forgotten the exhortation which
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  • speaks to you as to sons." Stop right there, okay. So it's
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  • really interesting. Here in this portion of scripture, it says
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  • that Jesus endured when people were hostile against Him, so you
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  • don't be weary. Now He's saying, what do you do when everything
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  • seems to be going good and all of a sudden someone take you on,
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  • lies about you, tries to stop you, fires you, influences
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  • something, makes your life hell, makes your life hard. Don't let
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  • that discourage you. Don't let that get you down. Don't let
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  • that, "What did I do wrong?" In other verse says don't think it
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  • weird when you got fiery trials and tribulations. Why? There are
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  • people on this planet who are jealous. They are literally
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  • motivated by the enemy. They'll come against us, betray us, walk
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  • away from us. You say, "Leon, you're confessing all these
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  • things." No, I'm not. I believed in my life. I got the favor of
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  • God that no weapon form against me will prosper and every mouth
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  • that rise against me I put it down. That God's bringing
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  • everyone that I need on to this team, my family, my friendship,
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  • our church, our television, our future. I believed all those
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  • things, but I also know on this planet there are people that I
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  • cannot force to do that. And so I'm not gonna get all out of
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  • sorts when things aren't going right and someone's coming
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  • against me. Because it says consider him who endured all
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  • this hostile people lest you become weary. Why would you
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  • become weary? Because you're experiencing some hostile
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  • people. You keep confessing that nothing can stop you. The
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  • blessing of God is upon you. But the biggest thing that the
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  • enemy's doing, he's trying to get you to talk about it, worry
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  • about it. They're always going on. And all you do is chat about
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  • the negative people in your life instead of the many amazing
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  • wonderful relationships you've got in your church, in your
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  • business, in your family, in your home. It's amazing this
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  • portion of scripture how it's showing us how to run and to lay
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  • aside weights, and His yoke to be easy and His burden to be
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  • light. And just to love the life you've got even with all the
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  • things that are going on. Now, let's see if we've got time for
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  • the next point. I just jump into it and we just, we'll quit when
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  • we have to. But it says here, "And you have forgotten the
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  • exhortation which speaks to you as sons: 'My son, do not despise
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  • the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when He rebukes
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  • you. For whom the Lord loves He chastens and scourges every son
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  • whom He receives.' If you endure chastening, God deals with you
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  • as sons, for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?
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  • But if you are without chastening, of which all have
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  • become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons." All
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  • right. Let's stop right there. This is a situation where the
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  • church has gotten off of good teaching. They have used this
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  • because the word scourge means to beat with the rod and the
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  • word chasten means to correct. And so they think now that God's
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  • going to allow sickness, disease, bankruptcy. He's gonna
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  • cause things to happen you or at least allow things to happen to
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  • you to teach you, but none of this is correct. The Bible
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  • teaches us very clearly that the scriptures are given by
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  • inspiration of God and are profitable to teach you,
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  • encourage you, rebuke you. When God is chastening, rebuking,
  • 00:20:35.280 --> 00:20:41.100
  • correcting you for something, He's doing it through His Word.
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  • It's God's Word. That's why you get all of God's Word on the
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  • inside. And the second you begin to get off course God's Word
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  • rises, "Oh, I can't do it. Oh, I'm so sorry, hon. I should
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  • never have said that." The Word rises up in you. And as you get
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  • God's Word and renew your mind and establish your heart in
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  • grace, all of God's Word coming in. It's the Word that speaks to
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  • you and guide you. I've never found a sickness, a financial
  • 00:21:04.210 --> 00:21:09.150
  • problem, someone coming against me and go, "God's allowing this
  • 00:21:09.160 --> 00:21:12.260
  • to teach me something." That's not how He works. God speaks to
  • 00:21:12.270 --> 00:21:17.090
  • us and corrects us through His Word. Now, if you have a
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  • situation where something's gone wrong and you say, "Man, I broke
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  • my leg. I ended up in the hospital. I witnessed the three
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  • guys. It slowed me down, help me fixed my marriage. I was with my
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  • kids more. My leg was broken so bad. I did a wonderful year. I
  • 00:21:32.100 --> 00:21:36.230
  • wouldn't trade that broken leg for anything." And you think God
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  • allowed it. Okay, no. First of all, in Romans 8 it teaches us
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  • that God will cause all things to work together for good. It
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  • doesn't say God causes the things to you and then work. It
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  • just says God causes all things. So when sometimes when things go
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  • wrong and through every day. You shouldn't jump off the first
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  • story, you know, second story roof and you broke your leg. And
  • 00:21:59.130 --> 00:22:02.200
  • it wasn't God. It wasn't even the devil. Life's got stuff.
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  • Sometimes it can be a demonic interference. But when things
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  • are going on, God still gets involved and causes good things
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  • to come out of it. So I'm glad for that. All right. But God is
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  • not allowing those things to do that to teach you something.
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  • You've got to really understand that He speaks to you through
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  • His Word. And yes, if things get off course and you break your
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  • leg. You get sick for a while. You make mistakes. It takes your
  • 00:22:29.290 --> 00:22:32.240
  • life into a hard time. That God works with you and He causes all
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  • things to work together for good. And that's not just for
  • 00:22:36.220 --> 00:22:40.000
  • everybody. That's for those who are called according to His
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  • purpose. That's right after that verse that says when you don't
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  • how to pray Holy Spirit takes hold of that with you, praying
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  • with you. So He's talking about a praying believer. He's talking
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  • about a believer who prays over his future, his passion, his
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  • purpose. That this kind of believer who's hooked up to God.
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  • Don't worry even if you miss it. Even if something goes wrong and
  • 00:22:59.080 --> 00:23:01.250
  • you get off course or something gets taken away for a while that
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  • you know it's God's will to have. You keep believing because
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  • it will come around. And God will cause all things that the
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  • enemy meant for harm, He'll cause it to work together for
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  • good. I really wanna encourage you today to make sure that
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  • you're running your race and go to Hebrews 12 on your own verses
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  • 1 and on. Let it encourage you and instruct you on things. Take
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  • your time this weekend and let God guide you to a life that is
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  • light. My yoke is easy, and my burden is light. And the joy of
  • 00:23:30.170 --> 00:23:35.140
  • the Lord is your strength. It's a joy unspeakable, full of
  • 00:23:35.150 --> 00:23:38.110
  • glory, a peace that passes understanding. These are yours
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  • all the time. If that's not happening, then God's Word
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  • will show you how to get to that place. God bless you.
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  • We love you. See you tomorrow.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: Did you know that you have the power to affect
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  • your future? Your words are more powerful than you think.
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  • In John 10:10, it says that Jesus came so we can have a full
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  • and abundant life. So what's holding us back? It's not God
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  • -LEON: You know, one of the beautiful things about the Bible
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  • is that it teaches us that when Jesus died for us, okay, and He
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  • took our sins, became sin. He took death, died in our place
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  • and exchanged His life for ours. So we get His sonship. We get
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  • His favor. We get His peace, His joy, His healing. And what's
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  • really beautiful is the grace that abounds on our life which
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  • is God's favor. The word grace means unearned favor. And you
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  • need to begin to believe that every day you rise up, today
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  • God's favor is gonna flow into your life. And if you don't
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  • begin to understand this favor, then you'll begin to believe the
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  • enemy's lies. I wonder what's gonna go wrong today. I wonder
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  • what's not gonna workout today. Because we all have a Murphy's
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  • Law training. That, you know, whatever can go wrong, well,
  • 00:26:03.110 --> 00:26:07.170
  • things are going too good, something's gonna go wrong.
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  • And we've been trained to not believe in favor. I am training
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  • my family, our churches, the people on our tel -, to believe
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  • God's favor is flowing in your life. But now, favor must be
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  • believed. So I'm challenging you every day pray for His favor.
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  • Father, I pray right now that they would begin to speak out
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  • loud the favor of God is on their life, their relationships,
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  • their body, their mind. And I pray that they would begin to
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  • believe and confess the favor of God upon their life. Touch them
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  • deeply with this thought I pray. In Jesus' name, amen.
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