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Pick Up Your Weapon: The Sword

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February 5, 2021
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Join Leon on the show today; as he shares how much power you've been given; through the word of God.

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Pick Up Your Weapon: The Sword

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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 CEOof Canada's only
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  • Christian TV station.
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  • -LEON FONTAINE: As you grow inthe Word, you begin to develop
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  • this armour, and this armourstops everything the enemy tries
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  • to throw at you.
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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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  • - And now, from Winnipeg,Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: There's never a placeyou're going to be able to go
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  • until heaven, that there willnot be enemies. There is no
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  • demilitarized zone. There is noplace, no country, no island, no
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  • church, that you can justdeclare yourself free from
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  • enemies. That's what makesheaven so beautiful. But today,
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  • I want to also show you that inthe very presence of your
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  • enemies God has somethingpowerful and special. That the
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  • very culture of heaven. The verypromises of God. You still walk
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  • them out. We just walk them outin a biblical way, and I want to
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  • talk about that today. Rightnow, I'm going to go to the 23rd
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  • Psalm, and I'm going to pray it.I'm going to pray it the way I
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  • pray. I don't just use the 23rdPsalm. I use lots of different
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  • verses. And the more you developand grow in maturity in the
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  • Word. The more you're going tofind your prayer life exciting,
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  • powerful, as Holy Spirit canbring any promise at any time
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  • and guide you in your prayerlife as the Bible says prayers
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  • and supplication. Supplicationmeans a petition of the Word.
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  • That you're declaring out loudwith words over a situation. The
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  • Lord is my shepherd, I shall notwant. So I lack nothing. He
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  • makes me to lie down in greenpastures. He leads me beside the
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  • still waters. So He brings mecalm, strength, rest, and
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  • quietness. He restores my soul.He leads me in the paths of
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  • righteousness for His name'ssake. So He brings me strength
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  • and leads me in the right pathsand His kingdom purposes for His
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  • reputation. Yea, though I walkthrough the valley of the shadow
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  • of death, I will fear no evil,for thou art with me, thy rod
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  • and thy staff they comfort me.So even when I walk through a
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  • dark valley, I sense Yourpresence and I receive Your
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  • protection. Thou preparest atable before me in the presence
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  • of mine enemies. You anoint myhead with oil and my cup runs
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  • over. So I enjoy Your blessingsin the middle of enemies all
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  • around me. I am continuallybeing refreshed and blessings
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  • flow my way more than I can evencontain. Surely goodness and
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  • mercy shall follow me all thedays of my life, and I will
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  • dwell in the house of the Lordforever. So good things, love,
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  • loyalty. God, He pursues me allmy life and I'll live with
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  • Father God forever. If you don'tknow how to pray. If you're a
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  • brand-new believer. You think,"Leon, you keep talking about
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  • prayer. Show me how." There.That's how I would pray Psalm
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  • 23. And it covers so many areasof your life. Today, I want to
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  • take this one line. I want totalk about He prepares a table
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  • for you in the middle of yourenemies. You're not cowering
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  • behind a tree. You're notfearfully running and looking
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  • over your shoulder. Regardlessof what enemies are on this
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  • planet from spiritual tophysical, from sickness to
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  • diseases, to people, to demonic,whatever. In the midst of it
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  • all, I sit, relax, and enjoy thevery table of blessing and
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  • favour. He prepares a tablebefore you in the very presence
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  • of your enemy. Well, who is yourenemy? So many people think it's
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  • the person that's angry at you.That's attacking you. It's
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  • somebody that's lying about you,taking you on. And yes, a person
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  • can become an enemy in ourlives. That's what the Bible
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  • says no weapon formed against usshall prosper. And if someone
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  • becomes a weapon against you andyou are speaking that promise
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  • out, I feel sorry for thatperson. God's not messing with
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  • them. They have placedthemselves in front of a
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  • declaration of a child of Godwho is saying that any weapon
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  • formed against me can't prosperand that person places himself
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  • there. But you see, peoplereally aren't our enemy. Yes, if
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  • someone wants to attack you witha baseball bat, defend yourself.
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  • Take him out. But we need tounderstand what is behind it
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  • all. In John 10:10 Jesus saidthe thief comes to steal, to
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  • kill, and to destroy. I am comethat you, you can have life more
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  • abundantly. Did you know thateverything that goes on in your
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  • life. Everything that goes on inthis world. There will be a
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  • spirit kingdom behind it. Itwill either be the kingdom of
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  • darkness or the kingdom oflight. It doesn't matter if the
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  • people that he's using areinnocent, unaware, or know
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  • exactly what they're doing.There is always a spirit force
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  • behind. It is either bringinglife or it is bringing death. It
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  • is stealing, killing, anddestroying. Both are a
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  • continuum. So you need to knowthat we have an enemy who's
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  • always trying to steal. Untilyou get to heaven, he's going to
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  • be messing with you. Then itgoes on to say in Ephesians 6,
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  • "For we do not wrestle flesh andblood." Recognize even if we
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  • have to do things in dealingwith people, if you are not
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  • dealing with the force that isbehind. Behind everything that
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  • goes on in this physical worldis a spiritual world. And people
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  • they ignore that to their ownperil. Now, I know some churches
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  • take it to crazy places and Idon't. I always stick to the
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  • Epistles, to the Word of God.That I'm not wrestling fresh and
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  • blood. If there's a problem inmy life, it's never just a
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  • person or a situation. Thatproblem has a spirit force. Now
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  • then you ask yourself, "Well,how do I deal with that?" Well,
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  • before I get to that, let's lookat another way of recognizing
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  • the enemy. In Galatians 3:13, itsays, "Christ has redeemed me
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  • from the curse of the law." Itsays, "He's become a curse for
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  • me." The curse, and it's writtenin its entirety in Deuteronomy
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  • 28:15 and on. It's listing over50 verses of things that you are
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  • to consider a curse. And if itis a curse, you are not to
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  • accept it. You are to resist it.You are to come against it. You
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  • are to declare the blessing ofGod and not allow this curse.
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  • And there's got to be somethingin you that just all rises up
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  • when any part of a curse comes.Meaning, poverty, sickness,
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  • confusion, kidnapping. I mean,it goes on and on listing all
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  • the things that are a part ofthe curse. Well, then if I'm not
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  • to accept this and I can only,and God will give me wisdom to
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  • deal with things in the physicalworld. He'll give me strength to
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  • deal with things in the physicalworld. But to stop something in
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  • the physical world like a personattacking you or a situation
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  • that is hurting you. If youdon't deal with the spirit force
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  • that is behind it. He'll justfind someone else. He'll just
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  • find another situation. So whatis my weapon? What can I do that
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  • has an impact on the kingdom ofdarkness? What can I do that
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  • begins to make my way clear? Imean, when you look at the Word
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  • here. There's something sosimple, so potent. And it says
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  • this, in Ephesians 6, it talksabout all of the armour. This
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  • armour is the armour of somebodywho prays. This is an armour
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  • that is never taken off. Myarmour is on while I sleep. My
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  • armour is on while I play. Myarmour is on while I'm at the
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  • beach. My armour is on while Ipreach. My armour is on all the
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  • time. Because each piece of thearmour is a revelation and
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  • understanding of who I am andwhat I am and my purpose and
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  • what Jesus did on the cross thatcan't ever be taken away from
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  • me. So when you go, and a personis going through life and you
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  • see an arrow coming and you'rewearing a breastplate and you
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  • know it's going to stop it.You're not cowering. You're not
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  • running. If you've got a helmeton of salvation, the Bible calls
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  • it. And a clubs coming at yourhead, you're not freaking or
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  • moving. That thing can't getthrough the helmet of salvation.
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  • When you recognize that theshield of faith stops all the
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  • fiery attacks of the enemy. Youno longer are cowering. And
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  • David put something so uniquethat people miss it. He says,
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  • "Me? I am sitting down at atable eating the blessing of
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  • food with family and friends."Because a table and sitting down
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  • in a table is for friends andfamily and for prosperity and
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  • food and something to drink. I'mnot cowering. I'm living and I
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  • refuse to give in to some kindof fear. Anywhere in your life
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  • rise up and recognize Heprepares a table for you in the
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  • very presence of your enemiesboth physical and spiritual. And
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  • when you understand theincredible favour and blessing
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  • of God, you will no longer livelike the world lives. The Bible
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  • says you are not of this worldsystem. You are not of the
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  • kingdom of darkness. 2Corinthians 4:4 says that Satan
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  • is the God of this world. Thatexplains a lot to people who
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  • keep saying things like this tome. "Why does God allow this to
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  • happen? And if God's incontrol." God's not in control.
  • 00:12:54.933 --> 00:12:57.535
  • He gave control to mankind. Andin we allowed this fallen angel
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  • to slip in. This defeated foewho sets up a kingdom and people
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  • will follow him, and they don'tunderstand. But you and I, we
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  • understand. We know the onlyhope that you and I have is to
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  • understand how to get up and tospeak and to declare the Word of
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  • God. Now, the Bible says inEphesian 6 that the Word of God,
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  • that the sword of the Spirit isthe Word of God praying. What
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  • can you do about the thingsgoing on in your world? Your
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  • health, your marriage, yourhome. How you feel. The
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  • depression. The personalitydisorders. The things that push
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  • against. I don't know. Take apick. Christians they lose
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  • misunderstanding the Bible's notsome pathetic little religious
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  • book like every other one. It isGod speaking through 40 men over
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  • the course of 1600 years towrite this out and give us an
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  • understanding of how to walk onthis planet with authority, in
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  • dominion, how to prophesy yourfuture, how to declare, and
  • 00:14:08.473 --> 00:14:13.378
  • speak the Word of God. When youbegin to speak God's Word, you
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  • are pulling out the sword of theSpirit. And by the way, I don't
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  • even think about the devil. LikeI'm talking right now about
  • 00:14:22.620 --> 00:14:26.591
  • pulling out the sword of theSpirit. And it doesn't mean that
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  • every time I confess the Word,that I'm thinking about the
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  • devil. No! I just know thatbecause he was defeated at the
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  • cross. That when I get up andsay something like, "The Lord is
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  • my shepherd. I shall not want."It means that the favour and the
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  • blessing of God are on my life.I don't need anything because
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  • I've got it. God's so good in mylife. When it talks about He
  • 00:14:46.678 --> 00:14:50.348
  • leads me by still waters. Andyes, quietness and joy and peace
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  • and His favour is in my life, inmy mind, in my relationships, on
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  • my body. And you begin torecognize that to declare the
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  • promises of God. They areunstoppable. The Bible says in
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  • Peter, 1 Peter 2:24 says that wewere healed. That God's Word is
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  • incorruptible seed. It meansunstoppable, unkillable. When
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  • Jesus was rising up and about togo out and do miracles. The
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  • enemy first tempted Him. Youknow what Jesus did? He repeated
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  • three verses out of the entireBible. Three verses! And He just
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  • said, "It is written." And thedevil lead something else. It is
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  • written. And the devil tried toclaim up, you know, throw a
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  • verse back at Him. He said, "Andit is written. Go!" And the
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  • enemy left Him. If we canunderstand by watching Jesus.
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  • That are you speaking His Word?If you're not, you've never
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  • pulled the sword out of thescabbard. It's probably so
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  • covered in cobwebs because it'snever come out. Unless you are
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  • speaking the Word. You! Then youare not taking that sword of the
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  • Spirit out. You are not movinginto new territory doing new
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  • things. Walking in the blessing,the favour of God. We've got to
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  • understand how to rise up inthis world. Now besides you and
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  • your personal life, let's talkabout family. Let's talk about
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  • your career. Let's talk aboutall of these areas and recognize
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  • the only way you and I are goingto be able to see our cities,
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  • our neighborhoods, ourprovinces, states, countries,
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  • rise up is that the church ofJesus Christ rises up. I've seen
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  • so many times someone comes toour church, marriages
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  • struggling. They're mind is allover the place. They're so
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  • worried and fearful andirritable and angry and
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  • vindictive and blaming everybodyelse. And they sit under God's
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  • Word and they began to findpeace and joy and marriages get
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  • restored. Their career rises up,money begins to flow. And then
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  • about half of them so far, theyjust don't need church anymore.
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  • They've finally got their needsmet. They've discovered how they
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  • can have what they want. It'swonderful to know your rights
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  • and your privileges as a childof God. But I've got news for
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  • you. Your rights and yourprivileges will never fulfill
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  • you. But what does is yourduties and your responsibility.
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  • When you read the Bible, you getan incredible sense of men and
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  • women of God who they knew howblessed they were. They knew
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  • their rights and privileges sothe enemy can never touch it,
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  • never take it away. But they gotup with a sense of
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  • responsibility of taking thisGospel to the world. They got up
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  • with a sense of duty that, torise up and share with
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  • neighbors. You can't retreatinto your little cottage, your
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  • little house, your beautiful carand think that you're going to
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  • live out your life carefree. Ifyou don't help the church of
  • 00:18:03.307 --> 00:18:07.011
  • Jesus Christ, be a part of thechurch of Jesus Christ. Jesus
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  • said, "I will build my churchand the gates of hell will
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  • prevail against it." If thechurch of Jesus Christ is not
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  • being built. There's a wholeanother message here but listen
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  • close. If the church of JesusChrist is not being built, then
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  • countries, continents will godark because it is the church of
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  • Jesus Christ. Not the fakechurch. Not the religious
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  • church. Not the, you know, thatjust to play around with a whole
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  • bunch of entertainment church.But the church of Jesus that is
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  • winning the lost. That equippingthe saints for the work of the
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  • ministry till they become maturein God's Word. Then that is when
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  • you can see cities begin to glowand rise up with the favour and
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  • the blessing of God. In thisEphesians 6, portion of
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  • Scripture the apostle Paul isteaching Christians. That as you
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  • grow in the Word, you areputting on the stunning armour.
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  • Now, if all you know issalvation, then you've got the
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  • helmet for warfare on and that'sit. How foolish would it look to
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  • watch a soldier walk on to thebattlefield and nothing but a
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  • helmet. What's he going to do?He got no sword, no shield, no
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  • belt. He got no shoes. Going,"What in the world?" Yet a ton
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  • of Christians never go beyondsalvation. And they wonder why
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  • every arrow hits them. Everyblow knocks them out. They
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  • wonder why their feet are soripped up and they can't seem to
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  • go anywhere while they're lyingin the puddle bawling and
  • 00:19:49.580 --> 00:19:52.450
  • squalling. Because all they'vegot is their helmet on and
  • 00:19:52.450 --> 00:19:56.320
  • they're buck naked other thanthat. Oh, then we got somebody
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  • who moves a little bit furtherthan that. He got the helmet on,
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  • and you know what, he's learneda little bit about truth. So
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  • he's got his belt on. Nobreastplate. He's got no shoes,
  • 00:20:07.231 --> 00:20:10.468
  • no shield. But he's learned alittle bit about, and the same
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  • thing. As you grow in the Word,you begin to develop this
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  • armour. And this armour stopseverything the enemy tries to
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  • throw at you. So you canliterally sit down with enemies
  • 00:20:23.014 --> 00:20:26.951
  • all around attacking you. Youcan sit at a table and begin to
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  • eat and laugh and talk withfriends and family. And go,
  • 00:20:30.655 --> 00:20:34.392
  • "What? Why aren't you hidingbehind trees? Why aren't you
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  • running for your life?" Becausethe armour that I have put on
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  • through study and meditation ofGod's Word stops all the lying
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  • darts of the enemy. The enemy'sgot no power except to turn
  • 00:20:47.938 --> 00:20:52.610
  • human beings power against them.When you recognize that, you
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  • begin to have a confidence. Youbegin to rise up with a sense of
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  • strength. And you begin to knowthat no weapon formed against me
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  • shall prosper. I want tochallenge you today. You need to
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  • start speaking the Word of God.Prayer is a couple of things. It
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  • is a relationship with God,talking with Him, keeping the
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  • lines of communication openwhich you can do all day
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  • nonstop. But then there is thespoken word. The Bible says the
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  • sword of the Spirit is the Wordof God praying always. Now, the
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  • word there for Word isn't logos.Whenever you see the word God's
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  • Word or Scriptures. There'sdifferent Greek words. For
  • 00:21:38.222 --> 00:21:42.326
  • example, the word "Graphe" inthe Greek is the Scriptures. The
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  • written Scriptures. The wordLogos when you see Scriptures in
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  • God's Word is the beautifulamazing revelation of God's
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  • Word. But the Word here is theword "Rhema". And the word
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  • "Rhema" means the spoken word.There are people sitting here
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  • right now watching me all overthis planet or right here at
  • 00:22:07.551 --> 00:22:10.821
  • this drive-in church. You knowthe word so well, but you are
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  • getting beaten up in every areaof life or in an area of life
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  • because you don't realize thatthe Word in your Bible, that the
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  • Word just in your head, that theWord just kept inside of you.
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  • That it's not doing anything.The sword is not the sword of
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  • the Spirit till it's the Word ofGod speaking. The Word of God
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  • praying. The Word of Goddeclaring. The Word of God
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  • prophesying. When the Bibletalks about now that he wants us
  • 00:22:41.419 --> 00:22:45.456
  • to bring prayers andsupplications. Praying. What is
  • 00:22:45.456 --> 00:22:48.626
  • praying and supplicating?Supplicating means to be
  • 00:22:48.626 --> 00:22:52.229
  • declaring a petition, to saywhat is already. So when I said
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  • this, "The Lord is my shepherd."It's not, "Well, I'm sure hoping
  • 00:22:58.169 --> 00:23:02.940
  • that I'm really praying. ThatGod's going to be my shepherd
  • 00:23:02.940 --> 00:23:04.975
  • because I really need some ofthat guidance around here. God,
  • 00:23:04.975 --> 00:23:07.211
  • where are you?" No. The Lord ismy shepherd and I lack for
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  • nothing. It is a declaration ofGod's Word and the promises of
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  • God's Word. If you do not beginto declare the promises of God's
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  • Word, not only are you going towalk out a bunch of heartache
  • 00:23:22.193 --> 00:23:26.730
  • and hurt. But your kids willnever learn to declare the Word.
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  • They won't know who they are.You need to make an absolute
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  • practice of wherever you are,whatever you do, that you begin
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  • to declare what your future willbe according to the Word of God.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: Some of ourgreatest joys in life come from
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  • family, but those we love canalso be a source of great pain,
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  • and strife. The good news is,that we can create amazing
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  • family dynamics, even when ourchildren are grown, based on
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  • God's model. In Leon's series,"Building Extraordinary
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  • Relationships", you'll learnyour true identity as a child of
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  • God, and how you canstop depending on others
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  • for your sense of worth.
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  • -LEON: As Christian parents,when you raise children, you
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  • first need to recognize HolySpirit is in them. And they have
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  • been created according to truerighteousness and true holiness.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: You can learnthe keys to nurturing every
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  • Get your copy of
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  • -LEON: So many people strugglein the area of their mind. I
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  • have found in teaching aroundthe world that when I talk with
  • 00:25:10.935 --> 00:25:14.538
  • people, very few people canfocus on something for any
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  • length of time. In fact, I'llalmost say everybody is ADD or
  • 00:25:18.409 --> 00:25:22.980
  • attention deficit disorder. Now,that's not the way God made you.
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  • He made you that you could focusand meditate on something for a
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  • long time and so this iscrucial. There are others who
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  • cannot control their emotions,their moods. We can go ahead and
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  • blame it on hormones, and we canblame it on others, and I know
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  • there's a little bit of truththere. Hang around an irritating
  • 00:25:44.068 --> 00:25:47.071
  • person and it's harder. I mean,if it's just a really bad day
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  • for you physically, thathormones can be an issue, but
  • 00:25:50.040 --> 00:25:54.244
  • you know what God gives none ofthose things the right. And so,
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  • He commands us to be joyful, bepeaceful, to rise up with the
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  • fruit of the Spirit. I want topray for you. I'm gonna ask Holy
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  • Spirit to guide you, to assistyou, to begin to walk in the
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  • fruit of the Spirit. Father, Ipray right now that those nine
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  • strengths that You've given uscalled the fruit of the Spirit,
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  • the patience, the joy, thekindness, the long-suffering. I
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  • pray that You'd wake each of usup to this, and that we will
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  • live our lives in a way that ourminds, our thinking, our
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  • imagination is controlled by thevery Word of God and by the
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  • presence of God. Touch them nowand start them on this amazing
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  • journey. In Jesus' name, amen.
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