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Alive With Christ

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October 3, 2019
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Leon Fontaine

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Alive With Christ

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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: You are born again when you give your life to
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  • Christ and He's gonna help you to start a new life from where
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  • you are today. The rest of your life is gonna be
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  • the best of your life if you have Jesus involved.
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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 Winnipeg, Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: It's interesting that today few people understand the
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  • cross. They, we kind of know that someone died. We kind of
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  • know that people's sins got forgiven and that's kind of it.
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  • And Christianity, well, you know me. I hate religion. And the
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  • word "Christianity" is pretty much just a religious term that
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  • refers to anybody going to a Christian church, and anybody
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  • born into a Christian family, and anyone go to a Christian
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  • country and it's just so religious. And religion is just
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  • a bunch of man-made rules. It's just about a bunch of people
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  • judging one another to see who's gonna make it and who ranks
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  • higher and it's just all baloney. Following Jesus is
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  • different than religion. Religion sucks. But knowing
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  • Jesus is very amazing. I want to talk about that for just a few
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  • minutes today. I hope that in the words that I say, that you
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  • can see how much God loves you. A lot of us can't see that
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  • because religion has taught us that if you're bad, you're gonna
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  • get nailed. And God's displeased and He's unhappy and He's mad at
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  • you and there's no way you could ever live up to the list of
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  • rules you have to do to be good. But none of it is true. None of
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  • it is true. Jesus died to give you acceptance into God's
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  • family. Jesus died on the cross so that you and I could have a
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  • connection with God. You know when something is disconnected,
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  • you know it. You know, just disconnect your hairdryer and
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  • you won't have your hair dry. Or in relationships, do you ever
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  • feel disconnected? You can be disconnected even if you're
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  • still legally married. You can be disconnected even they're
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  • still legally your kid. You can be disconnected even if it still
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  • is your brother and there's just a disconnection. Did you know
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  • that there was disconnection between God and between us and
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  • it was Jesus that made it possible. Now, why was this
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  • disconnect so bad? Because you were designed to have God's
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  • presence within you. And when you feel God's presence, you
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  • feel love because God is love. And that word "love" means to
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  • feel valued. You know what life does to you and I? It devalues
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  • us. Every failure, every criticism. Everything that you
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  • don't measure up to someone's assessment makes us feel guilty,
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  • makes us feel condemn, makes us live our lives disconnected. We
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  • look for this connection. We look for this love. We look for
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  • this pleasure. We look for something to make us feel
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  • connected again and only Jesus can do that. You know, it's
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  • interesting that when you study God's Word, it's very clear that
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  • when Jesus died on the cross, you and I died with Him. I give
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  • you an example. In Colossians 2:20, listen to this weird
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  • verse. It says, "Since you died with Christ and were made free."
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  • What? I'm not dead. Here I am. I'm alive. I'm very much alive.
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  • No. But since you died with Christ and were made free from
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  • the ruling spirits and the elementary teachings of this
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  • world, why do you act as if you still belong to this world by
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  • following rules like these. See, when Jesus died on the cross
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  • 2.000 years ago, He died in your place because all of us have
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  • sinned. And the Bible says fallen short of God's glory. The
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  • right to be in His family. Jesus came and He died in our place
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  • and He paid the price. And so it says we died with Him. So then,
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  • when you see the cross, you need to begin to now realize it. I
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  • died with Jesus when He died 2.000 years ago, and God said
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  • that's good enough. I consider it done. And so He then forgives
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  • us. He comes to live within us. And that connection is feeling
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  • valuable, feeling loved, feeling special. You know, within every
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  • one of us is little children is a desire to be special. I have
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  • five kids and four grandkids and more on the way I hope.
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  • Grandkids. There's something about little girls that just
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  • want to be loved and special. There's something about that
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  • little guy that just wants your attention undivided and we never
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  • lose that. But only God can love us and value us the way that we
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  • need. There's no man that can meet that need. There's no woman
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  • that can meet that need. There's no parent that can meet that
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  • need. Only Jesus. And so here it says that we were crucified with
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  • Christ. We died with Him. Meaning that all the debts, all
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  • the things we deserve. If a person's dead, you can't
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  • collect. Okay? If I owe you money and I die, good luck!
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  • That's what He's saying here about your past. That's what
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  • He's saying about all the mistakes you've made. All the
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  • hurtful things we've done. He's saying that we died with Christ.
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  • There is nothing left that anybody can come and say, "You
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  • owe me." That Leon is dead. And what it does, it gives you the
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  • answer to a clean conscience when you realize as your
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  • subconscious, as your memory bank begins to remind you of all
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  • the dumb stupid things you've done to people you've hurt. That
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  • the stuff you weren't good enough. He's gonna, no, no, that
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  • Leon is dead. And that shows us the second thought I want to
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  • give you. That when you die with Christ, you also rise up in a
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  • new life. Listen to this. Colossians 3:1, "If you then be
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  • risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where
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  • Christ sitteth on the right hand of God." What makes the cross so
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  • special is that when you, that you died with Jesus. The whole
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  • planet did, every color of skin, every nationality, every
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  • religion. The God Himself sent His Son and He died for
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  • everyone. He took the sin. And when Jesus came back to life,
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  • the Bible says that you now have a new life. It's not that you
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  • just be forgiven. You know, have you ever had someone that
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  • apologizes all the time? But does the same thing anyway. Next
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  • day, next day. You're gonna apologize 4.000 times. And the
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  • apology after a while doesn't mean much because you keep doing
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  • what you're doing. So to be forgiven isn't enough. To have a
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  • new life, that's amazing. And when you give your life to
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  • Christ, the Christ who died in your place and He comes into
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  • your life. He is the new life that begins to impact your life.
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  • The third thing in Ephesians 2:6, it says, "And He hath
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  • raised us up together." Who? You and Jesus. "And made us sit
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  • together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus." Jesus today is
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  • sitting at the righthand of the Father. The Bible says He's the
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  • King of Kings. He's the Lord of Lords with all authority. And
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  • this authority, He has shared it with you and I. Jesus is saying
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  • that you are a child of God. You have been adopted into God's
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  • family. And that you have been forgiven. You have a brand-new
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  • life. You've got a brand-new chance. His power is on the
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  • inside of you and He's saying, "Come on! Get up and walk like a
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  • King's kid." Walk like someone who's been given a new life.
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  • Walk like someone who's been forgiven. Don't allow guilt.
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  • Don't allow condemnation to come in and suck the very life out of
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  • you. Now, it says look to Him for newness of life. Do you
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  • realize that because of the cross you have a new identity.
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  • You are born again when you give your life to Christ, and He's
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  • gonna help you to start a new life from where you are today.
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  • The rest of your life is gonna be the best of your life if you
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  • have Jesus involved. When you look at the Word of God, in
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  • Romans 8:17 it says that if we are His children, then we are
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  • heirs. Heirs of God, joint-heirs with Christ. If so be that we
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  • suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together. What
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  • does that mean? Well, when you decide to follow Christ. Now,
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  • first of all, I don't like the way a lot of people show
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  • Christians. I mean, if a Christian is in a movie, it's
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  • gonna be some wimpy little pastor whose kind of
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  • limp-wristed and he takes advantage and he probably abuses
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  • children. Or you know, they always paint Christians like
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  • we're some weirdos. And there's a reason for that. The world
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  • knows that there is a God. Deep inside they know. And when you
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  • give your life to Christ, and something pure and clean takes
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  • place on the inside of you because it's Jesus that comes in
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  • and forgives. They kind of want to resist that. I don't like,
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  • I've never am gonna be this kind of preachy, judgmental
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  • Christian. I want to be contemporary, relevant, cool. I
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  • want to be able to love people the way they are, accept them
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  • the way they are, rather than hold them to my judgments and
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  • they have to rise up to my expectations. I want to love
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  • them the way they are because it's only God in them are gonna
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  • bring changes. Okay? That doesn't mean I have to agree
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  • with everything they believed. Hello. We could still be
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  • friends. We could still do business. But we've got to
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  • recognize that when we give our lives to Christ, we are joint
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  • heirs with Jesus. Now, listen to this. Whatever Jesus inherited.
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  • Whatever authority and power and blessing that is on Jesus and
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  • within. It is for us as well because we are joint heirs. How
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  • can I explain that? Okay, all right. If, you know, the king of
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  • some amazing country had a son who's his heir. And then he
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  • writes on the will, oh, by the way, you are gonna be a joint
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  • heir with that son. That means everything that's his,
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  • everything is yours, too. This is what God has done for you and
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  • I. For some reason religion has taken Jesus and it beats people
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  • up with it. You're gonna go to hell you dirty rotten good for
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  • nothing two-toned skunk's sinner. If you don't, you're
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  • gonna die. All these preachers on TV with the crooked fingers,
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  • you know. They just point and they just destroyed it for
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  • people. That's not what Jesus did. When Jesus came to the
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  • planet, He walked and laughed and loved people, taught them
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  • about the kingdom. When they brought this woman to Him that
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  • have been caught right in sin. He said, hey. You know, He
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  • didn't judge people. He didn't criticize people. The only
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  • people He nailed were the religious people. I want you to
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  • understand that because of the cross you died with Jesus. When
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  • you ask Jesus, come into my heart. Lord, I make You the Lord
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  • of my life. Because 2.000 years ago Jesus died for you. That
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  • means that with a prayer the old you is gone and you're a new
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  • creation. That means with a simple prayer, that a new life
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  • comes within you. Because when Jesus rose again, He says you
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  • rose with Him. Because of Jesus, He is an heir. He is the Son of
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  • God and He inherits everything. We are joint heirs with Him. As
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  • you begin to study this cross, now, there's two ways to look at
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  • the crucifixion. The first way is the historical Jesus. This is
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  • where Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and other books that were
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  • written back then talked about this Jesus. And this Jesus
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  • walked on the planet He died on the cross. But there's hundreds
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  • of people that saw Jesus die and there's hundreds of people that
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  • saw Him rise again and walked amongst them risen from the
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  • dead. It's a proven fact, okay. But nobody saw what happened
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  • from the cross until Jesus rose to be seated at the righthand of
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  • the Father. Only God saw it. And so there is a view of the cross
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  • you must learn by studying God's Word. And as you do, you'll
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  • realize that when Jesus hanged on the cross, He died for you.
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  • And by the way, He didn't die as a loser or as a weak person. The
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  • Bible teaches us that anytime He wanted to, He could have called
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  • 10.000 angels destroy this world and set Himself free. They
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  • weren't strong enough to put Him on the cross. He was like the
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  • dad in the video. He freely gave Himself up and someone who die
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  • for you, so you could have a relationship with God. So you
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  • and I could be connected again. We can have this sense of love.
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  • This sense of value. This presence and the Spirit of God
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  • that is supposed to be in every human being. In fact, literally
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  • until we give our lives to Christ, we are walking around
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  • two-thirds of a human being from the way God designed you. He
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  • designed you to be incredible, with all three of your parts.
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  • Body, soul, and spirit. You're a three-part being. And when Adam
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  • and Eve sinned, and God's presence left them. They
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  • literally began to function as two-thirds the way God designed
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  • them. Which is why so many people try so many things. Some
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  • try sex, some try alcohol, some try drugs, some try relationship
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  • after relationship, some try wisdom, some try success. Some
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  • of you smarter than everybody else. Some people, whatever it
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  • is you think is gonna help you to feel like you're better, that
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  • you're special, that you're significant. Which is why God
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  • wants you to feel. None of it is gonna do that except the love of
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  • God, the value of God. You see, if I get my value from
  • 00:16:01.110 --> 00:16:06.250
  • preaching, then I'm handing you my self-worth. And if I have a
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  • bad day, then I feel really low. If I have a good day and
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  • everyone loves it, but your self-worth can't be attached to
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  • what you do to your skillset. It can't be attached to what you
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  • think is your calling. It can't be attached to your looks
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  • because gravity happens to us all. Wherever you attach your
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  • self-worth, it will be a rocky road. But if you attach your
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  • self-worth, that God loves me, God made me. I'm designed in
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  • heaven made by God. And it doesn't matter how many human
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  • tests I fail. It doesn't diminish one bit how special I
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  • am to Him. When you begin to anchor yourself in that, all of
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  • a sudden there's a peace. Others can succeed around you. You can
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  • go. "High five, man! Good for you." Whereas in the past, "Oh,
  • 00:17:02.050 --> 00:17:05.010
  • you think you're something special now." But your
  • 00:17:05.020 --> 00:17:08.080
  • self-worth is no longer in your performance, your looks, or any
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  • of your skills. It's in Jesus. I can explain to you the
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  • phenomenal peace, the incredible joy. This sense of identity that
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  • becomes yours when you disconnect from the approval of
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  • everybody else and you only care about one guy's approval, God.
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  • Now, you can turn as a new creation and appreciate others,
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  • love others, relationships work better, when everything is not
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  • about you feeling good about you. You feel good because of
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  • Jesus. The Bible teaches us that when you give your life to
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  • Christ, you must learn what took place from the cross to the
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  • throne. It's God's view of the days that Jesus was dead. You
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  • know, when Jesus died on the cross, for three and a half days
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  • it says He was dead. The Bible says that as Jonah was three
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  • days in the belly of the whale, so the Son of Man was in the
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  • center of the earth. Basically saying that He was dead. You
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  • know, the Bible talks a lot of things that went on. But when
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  • Jesus came back to life, He rose triumphant over every sin, over
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  • the curse of the Law. Because when Jesus was on the cross and
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  • He took my sin and He took your sin, the next thing that follow
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  • sin was the curse. The curse always follow sin. And so here's
  • 00:18:29.070 --> 00:18:33.160
  • Jesus, He became sin for the mankind. The next thing that hit
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  • Him was the curse, which means He died. He died pretty quick on
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  • the cross. They were surprised He died so fast. I used to
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  • think, "Well, wasn't Jesus even man enough to like last longer
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  • than most guys?" No. They were surprised how quickly He died.
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  • They didn't have to break His legs when He was crucified
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  • because He was dead. Well, what killed Him wasn't the cross
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  • anyway. What killed Him was the curse that comes with sin. And
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  • the curse was poured out on Jesus and there's no curse left
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  • to give you. When you hear preachers talk about, you're
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  • gonna be cursed. That's baloney. Jesus took the curse of the Law.
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  • Jesus died in your place. There's no curse left to give
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  • you. If something bad happens, stop blaming God. Like the
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  • insurance company. We can't give you anything for the flood.
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  • That's an act of God. Oh, really? Where's that? It's an
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  • easy way to get out of it. No, God doesn't do bad things to you
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  • and I. Now, life will. There's stuff on this planet. There's
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  • death. There's anger. There's hatred. There's a lot of stuff
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  • that you and I have to walk through in our lives, but He'll
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  • be with us. He'll never leave us. He'll never forsake us. And
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  • the miraculous power of God becomes ours when we begin to
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  • identify with Jesus and realize I died with Him. I rose again
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  • with Him. That I'm seated at the righthand of the Father with
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  • Him. These are all very significant teachings that show
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  • you and I that I'm not this poor little Christian. Oh, don't hit
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  • me here. I love Jesus. Or however you see believer. Do you
  • 00:20:03.180 --> 00:20:08.070
  • know the Old Testament? Which is the old agreement with God. That
  • 00:20:08.080 --> 00:20:11.210
  • God's people were the greatest on the planet. Solomon, Moses,
  • 00:20:11.220 --> 00:20:18.010
  • Esther, David. These men and women with God blessing them and
  • 00:20:18.020 --> 00:20:23.030
  • living and for them. They had God's favor. There wasn't
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  • anything they couldn't do. And today, when you look at
  • 00:20:27.020 --> 00:20:29.250
  • Christians for some reason because it's just Christianity
  • 00:20:29.260 --> 00:20:32.180
  • is a religion. But when you follow Christ, He'll make you
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  • the best of who you could be. You know, some guys say, "Well,
  • 00:20:35.150 --> 00:20:40.010
  • I'm a man. I don't need, religion is a crutch." I don't
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  • know when I was 7 years a paramedic, I was with a lot of
  • 00:20:43.280 --> 00:20:47.030
  • guys when they died. Backs of ambulances, intensive care
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  • wards. And it's amazing how quickly they cry out to God when
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  • life is over. I found that when I gave my life to Christ, I was
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  • more man than I'd ever been. And I've talked to many other guys
  • 00:21:04.240 --> 00:21:08.210
  • who said, "Man, when I gave my life to Christ, there was a
  • 00:21:08.220 --> 00:21:10.250
  • security, a sense of strength, a sense of identity. That I didn't
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  • have to keep proving myself to all the rest of the guys." I've
  • 00:21:15.230 --> 00:21:18.090
  • met so many women who say, "When I gave my life to Christ, it's
  • 00:21:18.100 --> 00:21:22.160
  • like I became more of a woman than I'd ever been. That
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  • something happened inside of me to help me recognize my
  • 00:21:25.250 --> 00:21:28.280
  • strength, my beauty. The calling of God. The life that was ahead
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  • of me. And the fears left and all the comparisons that destroy
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  • us and the snare of what people think about you that just haunts
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  • people and causes so much mental illness, worrying about what
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  • everyone, it was just gone." Today, I got to tell you. If I
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  • could do it all over again, I'd accept Jesus way sooner than I
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  • did. The cross made the difference. If you know the
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  • Bible, the Old Testament is the old agreement with God. The New
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  • Testament is the new agreement with God. And the Bible says
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  • that the new agreement is better than the old. So any miracle you
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  • can find in the Old Testament. It had to be easier to access
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  • and go further in the new agreement that we have. Any
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  • blessing you can find in the Old Testament, then that blessing is
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  • greater and better and easier to access in the New Testament. If
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  • it's not, there's something wrong. I want to challenge you
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  • today. Take a real look at Jesus. Stop looking at the
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  • religious people. Stop looking at religious programs. Stop
  • 00:22:32.060 --> 00:22:35.010
  • looking at the church that, you know, that they say, Oh, yeah?
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  • And just take a look at Jesus and learn to or take a look at
  • 00:22:37.230 --> 00:22:43.210
  • Jesus and see what He did for you on the cross. So that you
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  • can then say, "Jesus I want You in my life." There are people
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  • here today who have never made a decision for Christ. And when I
  • 00:22:53.010 --> 00:22:56.030
  • did it, it changed my world. There's Christians here today
  • 00:22:56.040 --> 00:22:59.220
  • that kind of had a go as they say down south, "I gave my life
  • 00:22:59.230 --> 00:23:04.200
  • to Christ and had a go." We don't have a go with this. We've
  • 00:23:04.210 --> 00:23:08.010
  • got to understand who Jesus is. He took our place. He died in
  • 00:23:08.020 --> 00:23:12.260
  • our place. He took the curse that so freely seems to attach
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  • itself to so many people on this planet. When He rose again, He's
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  • saying that if you call upon Me, I'll give you new life.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: God calls you favoured, healed, and
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  • courageous. Many believers know God's promises but
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  • -LEON: One of the greatest things people struggle with
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  • today is, who am I? So many people are trying to get their
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  • DNA checked out to see if they've got European in them, if
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  • they've got Mongol in them, or they're from Indian descent from
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  • India. That they want to know and that they seem to feel a
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  • sense of I've gotta find out who I am. And none of those things
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  • are your identity. It's good to be proud and not embarrassed of
  • 00:24:52.200 --> 00:24:57.090
  • where you come from and to be excited about it, but your
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  • identity is in Christ. And I wanna challenge you that you
  • 00:25:00.030 --> 00:25:05.020
  • might think, "I'm Canadian. I'm American. I'm East Indian." Or
  • 00:25:05.030 --> 00:25:10.010
  • whatever word, but you are Heavenian first. You are made in
  • 00:25:10.020 --> 00:25:14.150
  • the likeness and the image of God. The language that you
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  • speak, the color of your skin, and whoever your forefathers
  • 00:25:17.080 --> 00:25:20.270
  • were, is not your identity. Your identity is in Christ. You're
  • 00:25:20.280 --> 00:25:25.270
  • made in the likeness and image of God, designed in heaven made
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  • by God and that is the family. That is predominant thing that
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  • you need to understand. God may use everything else in His
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  • purposes in your life, language, color of skin, background, and
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  • He will. But your identity is Jesus. Don't let anything take
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  • that away from you. And that is where you'll have a peace. That
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  • is where you will have a strength. Because whenever the
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  • enemy comes in to tempt you off course or to begin to make you
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  • feel like you are not enough. You need to know, I am a child
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  • of God. I know that the King of kings is on the inside of me.
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  • That I was born with a purpose and there's something I'm gonna
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  • do for Him. Father, I pray right now. That we would release the
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  • things we cling to as our identity, failures, even
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  • victories. And we would look to You, Father, as the author, the
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  • finisher of our faith. We would look to You, Father, as our
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  • Father and we would believe the things You say about us, not the
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  • things that our even human father, or human people say
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  • about us. But what Your Word says about us and what You say
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  • about us. In Jesus' name I pray, amen and amen.
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