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Are You Naive, or Innocent?

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September 17, 2020
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Are You Naive, or Innocent?

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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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  • -LEON FONTAINE: People'sprayers, probably three quarters
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  • to eighty percent of theirpraying is done because of their
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  • poor decision making.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: In John 10:10, itsays that Jesus came to give us
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  • life, and life more abundantly.So, why is there such a
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  • disconnect between this biblicalpromise, and how most Christians
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  • live today? Why have so manybelievers become spiritually
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  • weak, and ineffective at sharingJesus' message of love? THE
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  • SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is theanswer. It's being led by Holy
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  • Spirit, but in a contemporaryway. It's being Jesus and
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  • demonstrating His love in wayspeople can understand and
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  • appreciate. Spirit Contemporaryis unique for everyone. It never
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  • compromises the truth, and itnever makes others feel
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  • uncomfortable. It's freeingyourself from religious
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  • constraints, and walking freelyin God's amazing grace, for His
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  • purpose. THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARYLIFE is absolutely crucial if
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  • the global church and her peopleare going to change the world.
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  • - Later in the show, we'll tellyou how you can reserve your
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  • copy of today's resource. Enrichyour soul and renew your mind
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  • with this timely series.
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  • - And now, from Winnipeg,Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: You know, when I was ayounger Christian there was a
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  • season of church life that maybeI was sensitive to it. But where
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  • you would learn the principlesof God. And oh, as a young man I
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  • wanted to please God. I wantedto know His Word and obey His
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  • Word. And so I remember justdoing everything that I could.
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  • And I would hear that, you know,there's verses in the Bible that
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  • say if you love the world, thelove of the Father is not in
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  • you. That to be a friend of theworld, is to be at enmity or
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  • hate with God. Over and over Iwould find these verses that
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  • talked about Satan as the god ofthis world. And so I wanted
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  • nothing to do with the world.And then as we began to learn
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  • God's Word and I began torealize as I looked the Word.
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  • Just a minute, just a minute. Imean, the Bible also says that
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  • John 3:16, "For God so loved theworld that He gave His only
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  • begotten Son, that whosoeverbelieveth in Him should not
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  • perish, but have everlastinglife." So now, I'm kind of
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  • confused. If I love the world,the love of the Father is not in
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  • me. If I become friends with theworld, then I'm hating God. Yet,
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  • Jesus loves the world and Hedied for the world. And so at
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  • one point we were so legalisticnobody could stand us, and we
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  • just lost any ability to reachthis world. Then as we went to
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  • the other side, for every mileof road is two miles of ditch.
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  • We began to realize, just aminute. We are salt. We are
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  • light. Nobody had a saltshakerfor breakfast this morning. But
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  • if you had eggs, you shake salton because eggs without salt is
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  • blah. But salt adds flavor, saltpreserves. And so we as
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  • believers followers of Christ.We had flavored to this world.
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  • We are the ones preserving thisworld. It's our prayer. Our
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  • stand for God. And then we arethe light of the world because
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  • Jesus is within us. And so as Iread this scripture I realize,
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  • no. The Bible says we are to bein the world but not of the
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  • world. And I've never met somuch as in the last number of
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  • years naive Christians. And sotoday I want to talk about naive
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  • or innocent. Now, naive means toshow a lack of experience. Naive
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  • is when you have lack of wisdom.Naive is when you don't make
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  • good decisions. Your judgmentabout how to make decisions is
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  • just not there. You're naive.Easily swindled. Easily tricked.
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  • Easily, and that's the way theenemy wants the church of Jesus
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  • Christ and yet we tend to evenbelieve those things about us.
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  • Someone said, "Well, they saidit, so I believed them." I say,
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  • "What do you mean? People saystuff and you just believe
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  • them?" Well, yes. We'reChristians. We love them. I
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  • said, "It's crazy to havesomebody you don't know say
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  • something and then just believethem. Really? Do you think so? I
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  • say, "Well, so you're going tojust take all your money because
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  • someone said they're going tomake a high return on it, and
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  • you're going to give it to thembecause they said they could."
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  • Well, no. Where you're going tojust let your kids be babysat by
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  • person you don't know. But theysay they love kids and they're
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  • good with kids. Well, no. Oh, sothen you really need to make
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  • sure you understand thatChristians can be naive. Some
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  • political leader says, "I'mgoing to do all this for you."
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  • Yey! It's awesome. Or someone atwork says we're going to do
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  • that. We need to stop being sonaive and we need to learn the
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  • Word of God. Or because theproblem with the church world
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  • today that I'm seeing. We'vestill got both ditches. We've
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  • got the judgmental Christians onone side that turned everybody
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  • off. But then we've got thenaive Christians on the other
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  • side. They just thinkeverything's wonderful. It
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  • doesn't matter how muchuniversalism you mix with this,
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  • or if you mix this religion withthat religion. I love Jesus and
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  • I love this. I love thisreligion, that religion. And
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  • this God and they see -, Andthey're so naive there's no
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  • power. There's nothing there forthe world to respect. They let
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  • the world determine theirdoctrine. Now, innocent is
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  • different. Innocent and naiveare different. Innocent is where
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  • you're guilt-free. Where you'rean unimpeachable. Where you're
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  • honest. Where you're honorable.You see, you gave Jesus your
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  • life. He died on the cross, paidthe price for your sins. Forgave
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  • you, took the curse of the law,and it's gone from your life. He
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  • gifted you with Hisrighteousness. Which means
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  • you're in right standing withGod. So you and I can live this
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  • life now of innocence where wedon't have to live in guilt. We
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  • don't live in condemnation.There's a purity and innocence
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  • about us because of Jesus.That's what you're trying for.
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  • But don't move from innocence tonaive because naive you're going
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  • to be taken advantage of. We'vegot to understand something.
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  • That we don't want to be thisreligious, judgmental people
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  • that so many people movedtowards. That's not an answer.
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  • They're unhappy. They'remiserable and they love pushing
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  • on everybody else. But we don'twant to be this naive Christians
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  • who don't even read our Bibles.We just love everybody and smile
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  • and whatever will be, will be.And everything going to be okay
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  • because we'll just pray. Youknow, I've noticed after years
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  • and years of pastoring thatpeople's prayer probably three
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  • quarters to eighty percent oftheir praying is done because of
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  • their poor decision making. I'mnot saying all. I'm saying that
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  • people make poor decisions, getinto trouble, and try to pray
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  • their way out, and they'renaive. There's a lack of wisdom.
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  • There's a lack of judgment tomake good decisions. Yet the
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  • Bible says you can have thewisdom of Christ. You can be
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  • wiser than your teachers, wiserthan people older than you,
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  • wiser than your enemies. So wedon't want to walk around with
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  • this naivety of, "Well, youknow." You need to get in the
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  • Word, and you need to understandhow to be a believer that loves
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  • people. You see, wherever yousee the word "world" in the
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  • Bible. There's a few differentmeanings. See, we've got God's
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  • created world. Take a lookaround. This gorgeous campus
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  • with trees and grass and thingsthat His creation mankind made.
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  • Buildings and, you know, Godmade the world. But then there's
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  • another word that world can meanand that is the people in this
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  • world. For God so loved theworld that He gave His only
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  • begotten Son, that whosoeverbelieves in Him. He's not
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  • talking about inanimate thingslike trees or objects. He's
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  • talking about the people. Soworld, the word "world" can be
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  • used for people. But then theBible also says not to love the
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  • world or the things of theworld. And He's talking about
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  • the god of this world. Theprince of the power of the air.
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  • This evil murdering, killing,stealing, attacking, you know,
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  • people. The enemy. He's verymuch alive on this planet. He
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  • doesn't have power overbelievers, okay? But he knows
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  • how to come in and just getpeople to believe certain things
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  • and embarrass them. He's alwaysgoing to be tempting you. So
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  • whenever you read the word"world", you need to be aware of
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  • that. So when the Bible says wecan be in the world, it means in
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  • the system of cities andgovernments and jobs and
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  • careers. Whether it's politicsor business or the arts or
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  • making movies. I mean, thepeople who follow Christ should
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  • be all throughout this worldbeing salt and light. But, well,
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  • while we are in the world makingfriends, sharing Christ, living
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  • our lives. We should not be ofthe world. That means picking up
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  • their beliefs, picking up thisspirit of the world. Which is
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  • really a demonic thing tryingyou to get focused on yourself.
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  • The apostle Paul says he wascrucified to the world. What
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  • does he mean by that? He meantthe demonic believing, the
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  • demonic system that's trying toget you to think about you,
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  • getting ahead for you, gettingas many pleasures as you can in
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  • your life, in your season, inyour time. The enemy tries to
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  • get us to become so selfish. Andhe's always going to be tempting
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  • you and I to begin to pick upthe spirit of the world. Now,
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  • the enemy is a tempter. He isright now trying to tempt your
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  • marriage off, trying to temptyou to get your finances off,
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  • trying to tempt yourrelationships, your career. He
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  • wants to kill, steal, anddestroy. But it's an interesting
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  • thing how he tempted Jesus.Let's take a look at it. He
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  • comes to Jesus to tempt Him andhe tempts Him in three areas,
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  • three ways. So in Matthew 4:3,it says, "When the tempter came
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  • to Jesus, he said, 'If thou bethe Son of God, command these
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  • stones to be made bread.'" Ithought, "What kind of a
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  • temptation is that?" Usuallywhen you talk about people being
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  • tempted is drug, sex, and poweror something like that. And he's
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  • tempting Jesus to turn stonesinto bread. What's the big deal?
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  • I mean, he literally rain breadin the desert. It's called
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  • manna, heavenly bread. Theydidn't have a way to feed the
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  • two million people movingtowards the promised land. So
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  • the Bible says they got up everymorning. They went up and they
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  • gathered the bread for the day.They called it manna. So He had
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  • no problem there. I mean, Godone time He had Moses hit a rock
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  • and water blew out of that rockto water two million people.
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  • That's three times the size ofthis city. Can you imagine? I
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  • mean, so God got no problem withthat. So what's the big deal? If
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  • Jesus is hungry turning rocksinto bread. I mean, He turned
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  • water into wine. He turned mudinto an eyeballs when He had a
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  • blind man and He packed mud inthose eyes. And it says He spit
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  • in the mud, put them in theguy's eyes and the guy could
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  • see. So He's doing all kinds. Hetakes fish and He recreates a
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  • couple fish and a few loavesinto thousands of fishes. What's
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  • the big deal? Why is this atemptation? It's what's behind
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  • it. And many people today, theenemy just kind of like the frog
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  • in the kettle. Just trying toget you to move towards the
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  • world, adapt their thinking. Oh,God is love. So what's the big
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  • deal? Why do I have to change?God should love me the way I am.
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  • And I know I'm supposed toaccept Him as my Saviour. But, I
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  • mean, yes, He loved me. And theyhave all this reasoning that the
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  • church picks up and we changeour doctrines because of some
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  • person you read writing onspiritual things and you don't
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  • even know who they are. Becareful. It's not so much of the
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  • enemy is tempting you to becomean axe murderer or a rapist.
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  • He's trying to move you slowlyso that your beliefs change, and
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  • you begin to absorb the spiritof the world. In Matthew 4:6 the
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  • devil's going to tempt Jesusagain. And again it's the same
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  • thing. What? He says, "Satansays to Jesus, 'If You are the
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  • Son of God, jump down from thishigh tower. For it is written,
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  • He's going to give His angelscharge over you, and in their
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  • hands they're going to bear youup, lest at any time you dash
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  • your foot against a stone.'"What kind of a temptation is
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  • this? Again, it's not sex ordrugs or addictions or power or
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  • to kill somebody. He's justtrying to tempt Him to have the
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  • angels rescue Him. Well, theangels always did. I mean,
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  • angels would come and ministerto Jesus. He walked on water. He
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  • walked through crowds that werecrazy mad trying to kill Him and
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  • they couldn't see Him. Jesussaid nobody touches me till I
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  • lay down my life. And so what'sthe big deal. And Satan was
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  • trying to say, "Hey, I mean,people will see you as the Son
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  • of God because the greatestcreate miracle." What kind of a
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  • temptation is this? But it'swhat's behind it all. It's what
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  • the enemy was trying to getJesus to do. Then the third
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  • temptation. Woohoo! Boy, thingsbecome aware now. Third one,
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  • takes Him he says, to a highspot shows Him the cities of the
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  • world, all the countries and hesays, "All these things I'm
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  • going to give You if You'll falldown and worship me." Boy, now,
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  • we're getting into somethinghere. You see, the love of the
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  • world has the lies and the evilbegin to sip into you, into your
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  • thinking, into your reasoning.It's going to make your love for
  • 00:14:48.947 --> 00:14:54.285
  • God grow cold. In Revelation hestarts talking about certain
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  • churches back then and what hehad against them. One of them he
  • 00:14:59.324 --> 00:15:02.794
  • said, "Man, you could do greatworks. You do great things.
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  • You're amazing in every wayexcept this one thing I have
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  • against you. You've left yourfirst love. See, as believers
  • 00:15:08.566 --> 00:15:15.440
  • it's crucial that we understandif we don't pursue Jesus. If we
  • 00:15:15.473 --> 00:15:21.546
  • don't seek first the kingdom ofGod. Someone asked Jesus, "Well,
  • 00:15:21.579 --> 00:15:26.184
  • what's the most importantcommandment?" He said, "Love the
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  • Lord your God with all yourheart, all your mind, all your
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  • strength." Everything within youlove God. Why? There's something
  • 00:15:33.324 --> 00:15:39.330
  • about loving God and pursuingthe kingdom of God. That
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  • vaccinates you against the worldand it trying to creep in. As
  • 00:15:43.534 --> 00:15:48.940
  • you begin to get into His Wordand get to know Jesus. You
  • 00:15:48.973 --> 00:15:52.176
  • become so strong. And the Biblesays that the spirit of truth is
  • 00:15:52.210 --> 00:15:57.148
  • in you and it lights your way.And I want you to understand
  • 00:15:57.181 --> 00:16:01.953
  • that Holy Spirit is within youas a Christian and there's a
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  • truth. The other thing that HolySpirit does and it's so clear
  • 00:16:05.890 --> 00:16:09.394
  • through the Word. That as youare moving in directions, He
  • 00:16:09.427 --> 00:16:12.630
  • lights your way. When the HolySpirit is within you and I, He
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  • is here to guide you as a momraising kids, to guide you as a
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  • dad, a grandpa, to guide you incareers. Holy Spirit is the
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  • spirit of truth. He lights yourway. He ignites your darkness.
  • 00:16:28.046 --> 00:16:33.918
  • He makes you aware of whichpaths to take. And this is so
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  • precious. It's something theworld cannot have because they
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  • don't have the spirit of truth.Now, because of that if they're
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  • wonderful people. I've gotpeople in our families and
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  • out-laws and in-laws who havenever given their lives to
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  • Christ and chose not to. I stilllove them, hang out, go for
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  • lunches, coffees. We're friends.But you have to understand I
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  • don't let them decide mydoctrine. The way they talk. The
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  • way they see the world. The waythey see God. The way they see
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  • themselves. The way they seeeternity is flawed because they
  • 00:17:06.851 --> 00:17:11.522
  • don't have the spirit of truthon the inside who lights your
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  • way, who helps you tounderstand, who brings truth
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  • into your life. And I want tochallenge you today. That don't
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  • allow the enemy to begin to getyou into a drift and slowly
  • 00:17:24.368 --> 00:17:30.842
  • drift to the thinking the waythe world is. You watch a steady
  • 00:17:30.875 --> 00:17:34.245
  • died of movies and TV shows. Andyou need to know if you haven't
  • 00:17:34.278 --> 00:17:38.850
  • figured it out. There's a worldview hammering away at you, as
  • 00:17:38.883 --> 00:17:43.154
  • to what is right, what is wrong.And after a while when you watch
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  • enough of this world view comingat you through your school, to
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  • your kids, movies, to you, inwork, in business, TV, news. You
  • 00:17:51.429 --> 00:17:57.034
  • begin to question if you're notstrong in God's Word. And it's
  • 00:17:57.068 --> 00:18:02.840
  • amazing how many believers canbegin to take on the thinking of
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  • the world. There's a fascinatingstory in Joshua 5. Joshua is
  • 00:18:09.847 --> 00:18:15.920
  • leading the children of God.Moses led them out of Egypt. And
  • 00:18:15.953 --> 00:18:20.158
  • forty years later, Joshua is nowleading them into the promised
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  • land. They're at the edge of ahuge city called Jericho. A city
  • 00:18:24.629 --> 00:18:30.034
  • that was a fortress up on ahill, almost impossible to
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  • attack. And Joshua the Biblesays in Joshua 5. He looks up
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  • from where he was sitting oneday, and he sees a man right in
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  • front with a drawn sword. Now,when the sword is in the
  • 00:18:43.514 --> 00:18:46.684
  • scabbard, it means you come inpeace. But when the sword's out,
  • 00:18:46.717 --> 00:18:49.153
  • you, there's problems. So helooks at the guy and he goes,
  • 00:18:49.187 --> 00:18:52.623
  • "Hey! Who are you with? Whoseside you're on? Are you with us
  • 00:18:52.657 --> 00:18:55.293
  • or are you with them?" Meaning,you know, the giants in Jericho.
  • 00:18:55.326 --> 00:19:00.464
  • And this man looks at him and hesays, "No!" No. What's that mean
  • 00:19:00.498 --> 00:19:06.337
  • no? I asked you. Are you with meor are you with them? "No," the
  • 00:19:06.370 --> 00:19:11.409
  • guy says. But here's what hesays, "No, but as Commander of
  • 00:19:11.442 --> 00:19:16.581
  • the army of the Lord I have nowcome." What? Joshua, he knew
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  • what was going on. He fell onhis face to the earth that he
  • 00:19:23.888 --> 00:19:28.559
  • worshiped. He said, "What doesthe Lord say to me His servant?"
  • 00:19:28.593 --> 00:19:36.901
  • Now, in the next chapter goes onto giving him the battle plans
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  • for taking Jericho which was ascrazy as crazy could be. March
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  • around it once for six days.Seventh day march around it
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  • seven times, blow the trumpet.What? And God destroyed the
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  • walls and they took out thewhole city. But here's what's
  • 00:19:51.215 --> 00:19:54.118
  • going on. See, so manyChristians today think that
  • 00:19:54.151 --> 00:19:58.122
  • Jesus is your fairy god mother.She follows you around with a
  • 00:19:58.155 --> 00:20:03.194
  • little wand and whatever youwant, she just gives it to you
  • 00:20:03.227 --> 00:20:07.131
  • because it's all about you. It'sall about your desires, all
  • 00:20:07.164 --> 00:20:10.768
  • about your pleasures. It's allabout everything going smooth
  • 00:20:10.801 --> 00:20:13.804
  • with no problems. And that's howthey see Jesus. Jesus just
  • 00:20:13.838 --> 00:20:17.108
  • follows me around and He looksafter me. And others, you know,
  • 00:20:17.141 --> 00:20:20.978
  • "Well, He's my bro. He's myhomie." As though He's just one
  • 00:20:21.012 --> 00:20:25.716
  • of the guys. No. John 10 says,My sheep know My voice and they
  • 00:20:25.750 --> 00:20:33.324
  • follow me is what Jesus said. Itdoesn't say, "Hey, I know My
  • 00:20:33.357 --> 00:20:37.995
  • sheep voice because I got tofollow them." No! We follow
  • 00:20:38.029 --> 00:20:41.265
  • Jesus. Yet if we're not carefulthis new age creeps in. Well,
  • 00:20:41.299 --> 00:20:45.503
  • it's all about you. It's allabout me. And the Bible says,
  • 00:20:45.536 --> 00:20:48.506
  • seek first the kingdom of Godand His righteousness. And if
  • 00:20:48.539 --> 00:20:51.275
  • you're not careful, you're goingto raise kids where it's all
  • 00:20:51.309 --> 00:20:53.711
  • about them. Yes, parents. Hey!You know, what do you want for
  • 00:20:53.744 --> 00:20:57.448
  • your kid? I just want them to behappy. Then a couple of years
  • 00:20:57.481 --> 00:21:01.252
  • later as your kid doingsomething that is wrong. You
  • 00:21:01.285 --> 00:21:03.821
  • say, "Well, you know, I don'tknow anymore. If I agree with
  • 00:21:03.854 --> 00:21:06.357
  • the Bible on that. I mean,they're happy. So it can't be
  • 00:21:06.390 --> 00:21:09.727
  • that bad." Okay, stop rightthere. It is not about pursuing
  • 00:21:09.760 --> 00:21:13.464
  • happiness. Life is aboutpursuing Jesus. It's about
  • 00:21:13.497 --> 00:21:17.568
  • following Jesus. Seeking firstthe kingdom of God where you're
  • 00:21:17.601 --> 00:21:21.872
  • going to find your purpose. Andwhen you find Jesus and purpose,
  • 00:21:21.906 --> 00:21:25.810
  • happiness will always be withyou. But if you pursue happiness
  • 00:21:25.843 --> 00:21:30.581
  • which is a self-centered way ofdoing it. It's like a butterfly.
  • 00:21:30.614 --> 00:21:33.584
  • You'll never catch it. And ifyou do, you'll never hang on to
  • 00:21:33.617 --> 00:21:36.954
  • it long. In your life as aChristian, have you gotten to a
  • 00:21:36.987 --> 00:21:40.658
  • place where it's all about you?Because there's nothing more
  • 00:21:40.691 --> 00:21:44.328
  • depressing than thinking aboutyou 24 hours a day. When I get
  • 00:21:44.362 --> 00:21:49.033
  • down, it's when I think aboutmyself day after day, week after
  • 00:21:49.066 --> 00:21:53.771
  • week. I'm just, "Ah, get me outof here." All I can think about
  • 00:21:53.804 --> 00:21:57.608
  • is Leon? And sometimes my braingot to wake up. Just a minute
  • 00:21:57.641 --> 00:22:00.678
  • here. I was supposed to befollowing Jesus, His Word, His
  • 00:22:00.711 --> 00:22:04.548
  • directions, talking with Him,listening with Him. Pursuing the
  • 00:22:04.582 --> 00:22:08.152
  • purpose that He said. Get outand reach the lost. Eternity is
  • 00:22:08.185 --> 00:22:11.822
  • coming. You've only got 70 to120 short years. But the people
  • 00:22:11.856 --> 00:22:15.459
  • that you love, you're going tospend eternity with them in
  • 00:22:15.493 --> 00:22:18.662
  • heaven. So treat your time onthis earth not as get your
  • 00:22:18.696 --> 00:22:21.866
  • bucket list together and figureout how many more pleasures you
  • 00:22:21.899 --> 00:22:24.869
  • can pursue. But instead say,"Jesus, I'm following Jesus. One
  • 00:22:24.902 --> 00:22:31.442
  • step at a time. I live for themoment in His love." The enemy's
  • 00:22:31.475 --> 00:22:36.914
  • temptation, it just get you todrift. And in life I don't think
  • 00:22:36.947 --> 00:22:42.186
  • we notice when we drift. ButJesus says you can leave your
  • 00:22:42.219 --> 00:22:46.056
  • first love and it's time to wakeup the mighty men, wake up the
  • 00:22:46.090 --> 00:22:50.895
  • mighty women, and make adecision. I live for Jesus.
  • 00:22:50.928 --> 00:22:55.599
  • People don't want to talk aboutHim. But I'm going to learn to
  • 00:22:55.633 --> 00:22:58.402
  • bring Him into conversationswhen I can in a Spirit
  • 00:22:58.436 --> 00:23:01.839
  • Contemporary way, not judgmentaland arrogant or condescending
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  • but confidently knowing that theanswer to people isn't to solve
  • 00:23:05.743 --> 00:23:11.615
  • the problem. It's to know theproblem solver, Jesus,
  • 00:23:11.649 --> 00:23:16.787
  • and everything changes.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: Uncertainty,job loss, and health scares
  • 00:23:26.063 --> 00:23:28.966
  • all cause fear. And all areexperienced in the physical.
  • 00:23:28.999 --> 00:23:32.970
  • But did you know you can livebeyond your five senses?
  • 00:23:33.003 --> 00:23:35.973
  • In this brand-new series by LeonFontaine, "Living Beyond Your
  • 00:23:36.006 --> 00:23:39.343
  • Five Senses", learn how evenwhen your circumstances are out
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  • of control, with Holy Spirit youhave the power to walk by faith,
  • 00:23:43.080 --> 00:23:47.284
  • not by sight.
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  • -LEON: Sense knowledge, or thisworld's knowledge, there's a lot
  • 00:23:48.719 --> 00:23:52.456
  • of things they can't figure out.The purpose for creation.
  • 00:23:52.490 --> 00:23:55.960
  • The purpose for live. To onlybelieve what your
  • 00:23:55.993 --> 00:24:00.364
  • five senses say, Jesus callsthat unbelieving.
  • 00:24:00.397 --> 00:24:04.702
  • -ANNOUNCER: In this series,Leon shares the six deadly fears
  • 00:24:04.735 --> 00:24:07.571
  • and how to combat them, how tolive beyond your five senses,
  • 00:24:07.605 --> 00:24:10.941
  • and how to rebuke fear andexperience the peace of God.
  • 00:24:10.975 --> 00:24:15.412
  • Call now to request this series,and let today be the day you
  • 00:24:15.446 --> 00:24:18.716
  • begin to live in thesupernatural.
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  • ♪ [Music] ♪
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  • -LEON: One of the greatestthings people struggle with
  • 00:24:32.530 --> 00:24:34.498
  • today is, who am I? So manypeople are trying to get their
  • 00:24:34.532 --> 00:24:38.969
  • DNA checked out to see ifthey've got European in them, if
  • 00:24:39.003 --> 00:24:43.207
  • they've got Mongol in them, orthey're from Indian descent from
  • 00:24:43.240 --> 00:24:46.977
  • India. That they want to knowand that they seem to feel a
  • 00:24:47.011 --> 00:24:49.914
  • sense of, "I've gotta find outwho I am." And none of those
  • 00:24:49.947 --> 00:24:53.250
  • things are your identity. It'sgood to be proud and not
  • 00:24:53.284 --> 00:24:57.788
  • embarrassed of where you comefrom and to be excited about it,
  • 00:24:57.821 --> 00:25:00.858
  • but your identity is in Christ.And I wanna challenge you that
  • 00:25:00.891 --> 00:25:06.030
  • you might think, "I'm Canadian.I'm American. I'm East Indian."
  • 00:25:06.063 --> 00:25:11.035
  • Or whatever word, but you areHeavenian first. You are made in
  • 00:25:11.068 --> 00:25:15.706
  • the likeness and the image ofGod. The language that you
  • 00:25:15.739 --> 00:25:18.442
  • speak, the color of your skin,and whoever your forefathers
  • 00:25:18.475 --> 00:25:22.112
  • were, is not your identity. Youridentity is in Christ. You're
  • 00:25:22.146 --> 00:25:27.117
  • made in the likeness and imageof God, designed in heaven made
  • 00:25:27.151 --> 00:25:30.554
  • by God and that is the family.That is predominant thing that
  • 00:25:30.588 --> 00:25:34.892
  • you need to understand. God mayuse everything else in His
  • 00:25:34.925 --> 00:25:38.662
  • purposes in your life, language,color of skin, background, and
  • 00:25:38.696 --> 00:25:42.499
  • He will. But your identity isJesus. Don't let anything take
  • 00:25:42.533 --> 00:25:47.304
  • that away from you. And that iswhere you'll have a peace. That
  • 00:25:47.338 --> 00:25:51.075
  • is where you will have astrength. Because whenever the
  • 00:25:51.108 --> 00:25:53.310
  • enemy comes in to tempt you offcourse or to begin to make you
  • 00:25:53.344 --> 00:25:56.780
  • feel like you are not enough.You need to know I am a child of
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  • God. I know that the King ofkings is on the inside of me.
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  • That I was born with a purposeand there's something I'm gonna
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  • do for Him. Father, I pray rightnow. That we would release the
  • 00:26:08.592 --> 00:26:12.763
  • things we cling to as ouridentity, failures, even
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  • victories. And we would look toYou, Father, as the author, the
  • 00:26:16.700 --> 00:26:21.138
  • finisher of our faith. We wouldlook to You, Father, as our
  • 00:26:21.171 --> 00:26:24.775
  • Father and we would believe thethings You say about us, not the
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  • things that our even humanfather, or human people say
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  • about us. But what Your Wordsays about us and what You say
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  • about us. In Jesus' nameI pray, amen and amen.
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