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May 9, 2020
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Join Leon on the show today; as he shares how activating your faith can change your world.

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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 CEO ofCanada's only Christian TV
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  • station. Today, on THE SPIRITCONTEMPORARY LIFE.
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  • -LEON FONTAINE: This thingabout believing God is crucial.
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  • It's needed. If you're going tobe a believer and you want your
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  • kids to serve God, they're notgoing to listen to you with all
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  • your 43 rules about being good.But a spirit of faith?
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  • Now, that they'll hook into.
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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: In this world and it's afallen world. It's a warzone.
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  • There is no demilitarized zone.There's a kingdom of darkness.
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  • There's a kingdom of light. Youare in the kingdom of light if
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  • you've given your life to JesusChrist. And when you looked the
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  • Bible, the Bible doesn'tactually call us Christians. You
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  • know that? Now, the citizens ofAntioch started calling the
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  • followers of Jesus Christ,Christians. But what the Bible
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  • calls us is believers.Believers. Not doubters. Not
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  • wishy-washy. Believers. Whywould they call us believers? It
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  • is a key to who we are. Who arewe? We believe. What do we
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  • believe? We believe in a Son ofGod who gave His life for us. We
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  • believe in a way of life that isfar beyond anything this world
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  • could ever manufacture. Theenemy knows that and so he is
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  • after your destiny. He is afteryour faith. You can talk all you
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  • want. Yack, pray, sing, worship,dance, jump, fall down. He
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  • doesn't care but he does notwant you to learn to use your
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  • faith. When you learn to useyour faith, the Bible says all
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  • things are possible to him whobelieves. It doesn't say all
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  • things are possible to him whoprays but it's important. He
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  • doesn't say all things arepossible to him who loves but
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  • it's important. He says allthings are possible to him who
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  • believes. And believes is not anoun. It's a verb. It's an
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  • action word. And so you and I,we are believers. We are
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  • followers of Christ, but we arebelievers. And 1 Timothy 4:12,
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  • for those taking notes and Acts5:14 are couple of places where
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  • Paul is referring to them not asChristians but he's referring to
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  • them as believers. Often he'stalking about to those who
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  • believe. And I also recognizewhen I study the Bible that
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  • there are those who make adecision for Christ but they
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  • back away from believing thatany change could take place. And
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  • so when he's writing to thosewho believe, I know that if they
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  • back away from believing andsomeone got into their world.
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  • Then shucks, golly, gee. I mean,come on! We're just human and
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  • everybody doubts and there'sreally not -, And you just kind
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  • of wah-wah, and you begin tolower the bar. You begin to
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  • minimize what you can do and whoyou are. And Christians will
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  • even think that it's humility.Humility is just stay dumb till
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  • He comes. No. The Bible saysoccupy till He comes. And it
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  • says, be the head and not thetail. Be above and not beneath.
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  • Ride upon the high places of theearth. You're commanded the
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  • blessing of God upon you.Goodness and mercy follows you
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  • all the days of your life. Howdid we mess it so bad? How can
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  • it be that to be a Christian.It's kind of Christian. Don't
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  • tell anybody. It's easier to sayGod but don't say Jesus. Are you
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  • kidding me? Somehow, the churchof Jesus Christ and I meet
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  • leaders and pastors and I speakat conferences and churches
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  • where I just look at in many,not everywhere, but in many
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  • cases this watered-down versionof, "I'm a Christian. I follow
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  • Jesus." And they think thatbeing positive that that's
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  • faith. Where did it say that inthe Bible? No. That's just being
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  • positive. They think that, youknow, making a few positive
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  • affirmations is faith. They haveno idea what faith is. And so
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  • today, I want you to understandthat God warns us in His Word in
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  • Jude 1:3-4. He says there, we'regoing to have to contend for the
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  • faith. Why? Because the enemydoes not want you using faith. 1
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  • John 5:4 says, "This is thevictory that you will overcome
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  • the world with, even our faith."It doesn't say our prayer. It
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  • doesn't say our love. It doesn'tsay our getting along. Now, all
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  • of those are important. Don'tget me wrong. But he very
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  • specifically says what's goingto overcome anything you face,
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  • sickness, disease, poverty,attacks, early death. Anything
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  • that comes at you, the way youwill overcome is by faith. And
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  • yet so much of Christendom todaydoesn't know what faith is. They
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  • don't understand it. They'venever been able to get it to
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  • work. When you take a look atthe men and women who've gone
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  • before us Old Testament. I mean,these people conquered kingdoms.
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  • These people raised up familieswho for generations served God,
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  • not just followed Him withlittle dabble dooyah. But I
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  • mean, overcoming, victorious,conquering families. Their dead
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  • was brought back to life andmany wouldn't even accept it
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  • because they were going to diefor the cause of Christ. I mean,
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  • these people took over cities.They run financial kingdoms even
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  • before they were filled with theSpirit and wisdom of God like
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  • Solomon. They touched the thenknown world. Paul took the
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  • Gospel not just in a littleneighborhood with a few people.
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  • Man, he took it to the thenknown world. By the faith they
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  • shook the world. By faith theyovercame. They conquered. Read
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  • Hebrews chapter 11 and chapter12 about the great chapters of
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  • faith. And it says all of thesemen and women, were men and
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  • women of faith. Why is faith soimportant? Well, let's go to
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  • Hebrews 11:1. This is what itsays, "Now, faith, faith is not
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  • a few positive affirmations."Faith is not being happy and
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  • positive. Faith is the substanceof things hoped for. It is the
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  • evidence you hang on to ofthings you do not see yet. He
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  • said for by it all the peoplebefore us, the elders, the
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  • obtain a good testimony. Inother words, their stories and
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  • their life stories rocked. Byfaith we understand now that the
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  • worlds were framed by the Wordof God, so that things which are
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  • seen were not made of thingswhich are visible. There is
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  • something about having faith inGod. When you're born again, and
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  • Jesus comes inside of you. Imean, you've got the faith of
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  • Jesus, the grace of Jesus. Thatyou and I are to be like Christ.
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  • People say, "Well, that's justJesus." No, Matthew, Mark, Luke,
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  • and John. You are to read them,and you are to go that's who I'm
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  • supposed to be like. It doesn'tsay be like Paul, be like Peter.
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  • It doesn't say be like Mary. Itdoesn't say be like James. It
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  • says be like Jesus. Jesus saidthat the things that I do, you
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  • are going to do also. And Hedidn't say when you get to
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  • heaven like so manydenominations want to believe.
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  • He's talking about a level ofliving. He's talking about a
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  • believing God that believes forcities, believes to touch
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  • nations, believes that a familyfor generations. It says here
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  • that men of old would prophesyand pray over their kids and
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  • they would speak generationsdown the road. You're going to
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  • do this. You're going to dothis. This faith. This
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  • incredible tenacious believing.It's not a mental believing.
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  • It's something of the heart thatrises up. And I believe if you
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  • want to live out the mostamazing family life. If you want
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  • to rise up and do something withyour career that touches the
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  • world. Then don't just makemoney. Give and make gobs of it
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  • and finance the kingdom. Don'tjust rise up in an area and say,
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  • "We're going have a little bitof a Christian influence."
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  • Christian influence! Let's bethe head and not the tail. There
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  • is something about believerstoday who have lowered the bar
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  • so low. So faith is crucial. TheBible says here that God
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  • releases His faith with words.God did not wave His hand. Go to
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  • Genesis chapter 1 and it talksabout the beginning there. And
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  • it says eleven times in a row,"And God said." Why? It's not
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  • correct English wise. Most goodwriters would just say, and God
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  • said and then list it. But theBible is not written that way.
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  • It is written so repetitivelythat even guys like me can get
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  • it. He speaks it. He says it. Hedoesn't just wave His hand. He
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  • doesn't just wave His arm. Hedoesn't just snap His fingers.
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  • He speaks. And the Bible saysthat all of the planet has come
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  • into line. He speaks and thefirmament begins to move into
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  • place and the waters move intotheir place. He speaks and life
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  • erupts in the sea and in the airand on the land. He speaks.
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  • There's something about thisthing called faith. Faith is
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  • this expectation. Thiscompletely persuaded and
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  • convinced that you can trustGod. That your faith is in God.
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  • Even in the Old Testament beforeJesus died on the cross. Men
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  • back there and women would trustGod, believe God, and once they
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  • started to believe God,incredible things took place.
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  • One guy would get up like Samsonand ripped the gates out of the
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  • city. One person like Moseswould part the Red Sea lead a
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  • couple of million of them toplaces. Where these people ever
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  • get this kind of ability? Theyonly believed God. They trusted
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  • God. And when they trusted Godand they stayed trusting Him
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  • which is believing Him, Godshowed up. And He lead them by
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  • cloud by day to give them someshade. A pillar of fire by night
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  • to warm a couple million peopleand thousands of babies. This
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  • thing about believing God iscrucial. It's needed. If you're
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  • going to be a believer and youwant your kids to serve God,
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  • they're not going to listen toyou with all your 43 rules about
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  • being good. But a spirit offaith? Now, that they'll hook
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  • into. They'll say, "Okay, wellGod so good. He's going to show
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  • you how to love Him. He's goingto show you how to make a
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  • marriage work. He's going toshow you how to passionately get
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  • up and rejoice and have joy andhave piece. He's going to show
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  • you how to prosper. God's goingto be there with you to take you
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  • through the storms and thebattles. And all around you a
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  • thousand will fall at your leftside, and ten thousand at your
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  • right hand. You'll still bestanding. Your house, your life
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  • will still be there. This spiritof faith is flowing through all
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  • of the Old Testament verses, allof the New Testament verses.
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  • This namby-pamby poor oh geewah-wah being taught in places
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  • that they, "Well, you know, thisis the condition of life and
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  • it's just us. We're just tryingto get by and make it to our
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  • heavenly home one day. You'rejust human." I understand that.
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  • I get that what they're tryingto do. They're trying to make
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  • people not feel guilty. They'retrying to make people not beat
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  • up on themselves. Cool. But Ihope you've done that already
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  • and you've recognized that youhave a legacy. You have got a
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  • destiny that is ahead of you anda legacy of great men and women
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  • of God who believed Him. Andwhen you believe Him, your life
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  • will change. You can be in acountry like Israel where
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  • everybody believes the oppositeand only three believe God will
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  • take you through. And you knowwhat, He'll take you through
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  • with three. Moses sent twelvespies, ten came back knees
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  • shaking, crying, weeping. Today,people will go, "Oh, just
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  • they're human. People have fear,Leon. Like, "Don't be just so,
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  • why are you saying, 'God isgoing to take us through.'
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  • You're making them feel bad.You're making them feel
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  • shameful. Like Leon, we don't dothat. We want everyone to feel
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  • happy and good about themselves.It's kind of like an elementary
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  • school in so many publicsituations, you know. Forget
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  • about winning just let themplay. Or however we -, And just
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  • every area. I'm not making a bigcase as long as they don't send
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  • me a letter. But every, it'slike we're just trying to
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  • relegate everybody down to themost common denominator. And yet
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  • nowhere in the Word does it saywe take you and we relegate you
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  • down to everybody else'sability. You are unique. You
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  • have gifts. You have ability.The only thing stopping you is
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  • going to be what you're going tobelieve. Are you going to have
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  • act of faith? Or are you goingto settle in for, "Well, gosh,
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  • golly, gee, shucks. Let's justall get along and be one old
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  • team." You know, if a team isgoing to be exactly the same,
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  • you got to lower the abilitythat team down to the person
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  • who's got the least ability.You're an individual. You're an
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  • individual. You've got thingsinside of you. God's called you.
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  • Get up and believe Him. Becauseif you don't understand faith
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  • and you don't discover faith,then He's going to have to find
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  • somebody who will believe Him.This believing is crucial. This
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  • believing is not new ageaffirmation and positive
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  • thinking. I like positivethinking and I like positive
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  • affirmation. But that still notfaith that will help you keeping
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  • a faith. But faith is somethinguniquely different. And we have
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  • to recognize in this messagetoday I just want to stir you up
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  • a little bit and get you backfocus on faith scriptures and to
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  • begin to believe God again.Because the only thing that is
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  • separating you from where youcould be in this next season
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  • isn't the devil. He's beendefeated. Okay? It isn't God
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  • holding back. Why would God holdback? It isn't people who can
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  • stop you. Nobody can stop yourdestiny. Nobody can stop you
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  • from getting ahead. Nobody canstop that business that you're
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  • running from rising to the head.Everybody's called to be the
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  • head and not the tail. Above andnot beneath. Everything you put
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  • your hand to will prosper. Lookat the promises of God and then
  • 00:15:23.104 --> 00:15:25.740
  • put your faith in them. Believethem. And then most of all,
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  • start to speak the Word of God.This is crucial. Now, I haven't
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  • got time to just unpack all ofthe principles of faith that so
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  • few understand. Like faith onlyworks in the present tense. That
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  • faith is only assured where theabsolute will of God is known.
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  • That faith is only personal. Youcan pray in faith for others,
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  • but you can't guarantee somebodyelse a miracle. Only you. The
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  • prayer of faith is for you. Now,we intercede, and we supplicate,
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  • and we pray. In fact, there's somuch that people have never sat
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  • down and just study and learnyour faith. Your faith will
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  • cause things to take place whenthe entire world is going in the
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  • opposite direction. When you andI begin to get into God's Word
  • 00:16:12.854 --> 00:16:16.858
  • and renew our mind and find whatthe promises of God say and
  • 00:16:16.891 --> 00:16:20.294
  • begin to speak those over ourlives, something remarkable
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  • takes place. And if you go toEphesians chapter 6 and it talks
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  • about all the armour of abeliever. The one piece of
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  • armour that is the offensivepiece is the sword. And everyone
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  • thinks it's the sword of thespirit. But there is no
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  • punctuation in Greek. And sojust because they put a new
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  • chapter doesn't mean it's a newthought. Because it says there
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  • the sword of the spirit is theWord of God praying. You must
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  • pray the Word. If you'll praythe Word, how are you changing?
  • 00:16:48.756 --> 00:16:53.828
  • How are you releasing yourfaith? How are you declaring
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  • what your future will be? What'sgoing to go on when someone
  • 00:16:56.931 --> 00:16:59.467
  • attacks you? See, I've alreadydecided what's going to happen
  • 00:16:59.500 --> 00:17:01.936
  • to anyone who attacks me. I havedeclared that no weapon formed
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  • against me shall prosper in thename of Jesus. Any mouth that
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  • rises against me, I put it down.I've already declared this to
  • 00:17:09.110 --> 00:17:11.379
  • anyone foolish enough to becomea weapon. God Lord! I've already
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  • declared that whatever I put myhand to is going to prosper. I
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  • don't have to wait and see. I'vedeclared it. You see, you are so
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  • powerful with the words that youspeak. God has made you to speak
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  • words. And if you speak wordscarelessly. "Well, I don't
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  • really fit in here. I often justfeel so stupid and you know."
  • 00:17:30.665 --> 00:17:35.002
  • And they look so humble a littlebit of tearing up. I just, you
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  • know, I'm not just as smart aseverybody else. That's not
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  • humble. That's ridiculous.That's you giving in to
  • 00:17:42.410 --> 00:17:45.246
  • misbeliefs. When God says,"You're amazing. You're
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  • beautiful. You're brilliant. I'minside of you. You're a gift."
  • 00:17:48.683 --> 00:17:51.285
  • God doesn't make junk. You weredesigned in heaven made by God.
  • 00:17:51.319 --> 00:17:54.622
  • And you're going to go againstGod and call yourself down? You
  • 00:17:54.655 --> 00:17:58.359
  • can change that. But you've gotto make a decision. Who am I?
  • 00:17:58.392 --> 00:18:02.463
  • I'm a follower of Jesus Christ.I'm a believer in what He did on
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  • the cross. That my sins areforgiven. That righteousness was
  • 00:18:05.233 --> 00:18:08.703
  • given to me. That the promiseare mine. That the curse has
  • 00:18:08.736 --> 00:18:11.272
  • been handled. That the enemy hasbeen defeated. That my future is
  • 00:18:11.305 --> 00:18:14.008
  • bright. And I'll always be thehead and not the tail. Above and
  • 00:18:14.041 --> 00:18:16.677
  • not beneath. A thousand willfall at my side, ten thousand at
  • 00:18:16.711 --> 00:18:18.412
  • my right hand. It's not comingnear me. And I'm going to look
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  • on and see my kids plant likeolive trees. Like take the Word.
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  • Pray it. The world has alwaysbeen changed by people who
  • 00:18:23.284 --> 00:18:31.025
  • believed. And there's somethingabout a follower of Christ that
  • 00:18:31.058 --> 00:18:35.730
  • when you give your life to JesusChrist and He comes on the
  • 00:18:35.763 --> 00:18:38.633
  • inside of you and He wakes upyour spirit man with the
  • 00:18:38.666 --> 00:18:41.869
  • presence of God. You are waybeyond. Even in the business
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  • world they've taught positiveaffirmation. They have great
  • 00:18:45.406 --> 00:18:48.476
  • guys from Napoleon Hill and aton after that to teach you how
  • 00:18:48.509 --> 00:18:51.812
  • to speak right, how to believeright. And those people would go
  • 00:18:51.846 --> 00:18:55.216
  • make fortunes. Those peoplewould rise to the top of their
  • 00:18:55.249 --> 00:18:58.052
  • endeavors. Now, the issue iswithout Jesus you're kind of
  • 00:18:58.085 --> 00:19:01.155
  • like that guy who's going tobuild bigger barns but where are
  • 00:19:01.189 --> 00:19:03.991
  • you going for eternity. And thegreatest relationship you'll
  • 00:19:04.025 --> 00:19:08.262
  • ever have is the one between youand Jesus. But when you've got
  • 00:19:08.296 --> 00:19:11.866
  • Jesus in your heart and then Hesays, "Don't even worry about
  • 00:19:11.899 --> 00:19:15.836
  • it. Just trust Me, believe Me.Yes, you can learn good
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  • management. Yes, you can learngood business but just trust
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  • Me." You know, people wouldoften ask me when it came to
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  • this they'd say, "Leon, do yougot a 5-year business plan and a
  • 00:19:27.014 --> 00:19:29.850
  • 10-year business plan and, youknow, are you, what are you?"
  • 00:19:29.884 --> 00:19:32.853
  • And I go, "Well, kinda." Well,you know, your life has God
  • 00:19:32.887 --> 00:19:36.591
  • added this and added that. Yougot churches and TV stations and
  • 00:19:36.624 --> 00:19:39.594
  • schools and stuff going aroundthe world and all these
  • 00:19:39.627 --> 00:19:42.263
  • languages and opportunities riseup. Like did you know when to
  • 00:19:42.296 --> 00:19:44.265
  • pray about them? Ah, truthfullyno. I had no idea. What I was
  • 00:19:44.298 --> 00:19:50.004
  • believing God for was so smallcompared to where God was going
  • 00:19:50.037 --> 00:19:55.042
  • to take us. And instead I justsaid, "God, I'm going in a
  • 00:19:55.076 --> 00:19:58.613
  • direction and I'm believing youfor success. I'm going to just
  • 00:19:58.646 --> 00:20:01.816
  • speak the Word of God." And allof sudden goes, "We're just
  • 00:20:01.849 --> 00:20:04.518
  • believing for a good TV show."And they just hands you a TV
  • 00:20:04.552 --> 00:20:07.154
  • station. The whole station?Yeah. You want the whole
  • 00:20:07.188 --> 00:20:14.328
  • station? Okay. Never saw thatone coming. Well, you know,
  • 00:20:14.362 --> 00:20:21.135
  • we've got a whole church here.It's worth millions. Do you want
  • 00:20:21.168 --> 00:20:25.039
  • it? You're going to just give itto me? Yeah! Yeah, sure okay.
  • 00:20:25.072 --> 00:20:34.348
  • You see, the favor of God on ourlives is far -, God's favor is
  • 00:20:34.382 --> 00:20:38.552
  • this, what's the word? It's Hisunearned favor. And all you have
  • 00:20:38.586 --> 00:20:44.325
  • to do is believe Him. Buteverybody is caught up in,
  • 00:20:44.358 --> 00:20:48.095
  • "You've got to be good enough,got to be smart enough." Listen,
  • 00:20:48.129 --> 00:20:50.031
  • half the people here all believeyou work for someone that's not
  • 00:20:50.064 --> 00:20:53.567
  • as smart as you. Just lookstraight forward. No one will
  • 00:20:53.601 --> 00:20:56.604
  • know it's you. I mean, thathappens in all the coffee
  • 00:20:56.637 --> 00:20:59.273
  • clutches in most companies outthere. You know, I don't know
  • 00:20:59.307 --> 00:21:01.409
  • how that guy got to be thesupervisor. I don't know how
  • 00:21:01.442 --> 00:21:03.144
  • that guy got to the top of theheap. I'm smarter than he is.
  • 00:21:03.177 --> 00:21:05.046
  • Well, then why are you workingfor him? Because a lot of what
  • 00:21:05.079 --> 00:21:08.949
  • goes on in life isn't becauseit's built there. They will give
  • 00:21:08.983 --> 00:21:12.987
  • you that probably one of thefive top reasons that successful
  • 00:21:13.020 --> 00:21:16.724
  • people today are, there is luck.But for us it's a favor. I just
  • 00:21:16.757 --> 00:21:22.530
  • want to challenge you. Thatunless you get the spirit of
  • 00:21:22.563 --> 00:21:26.500
  • faith, the enemy will attackyou, water you down. He'll put
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  • good meaning family around you.Like Job's wife. Oh, curse God
  • 00:21:29.270 --> 00:21:31.572
  • and die. Ain't that a greatpiece of advice? Hello! Yet, Job
  • 00:21:31.605 --> 00:21:36.077
  • in the midst of his despair. Bythe way, God didn't do it to him
  • 00:21:36.110 --> 00:21:43.284
  • or allow it to him. If you readthe book that man was in such
  • 00:21:43.317 --> 00:21:45.853
  • fear, in such unbelief. Andthat's the whole key to that
  • 00:21:45.886 --> 00:21:49.724
  • whole book. But then he began torise up and God began to speak
  • 00:21:49.757 --> 00:21:52.626
  • to him. He began to have atenacious spirit and began to
  • 00:21:52.660 --> 00:21:56.697
  • believe. And people around youwill try to water it down. The
  • 00:21:56.731 --> 00:22:00.234
  • enemy does not want you todiscover how to use faith. How
  • 00:22:00.267 --> 00:22:04.839
  • to speak faith words. How to getinto the Word and renew your
  • 00:22:04.872 --> 00:22:07.775
  • mind until you are transformed.We have a lot of born again
  • 00:22:07.808 --> 00:22:11.312
  • Christians whose spirits aretransformed but whose minds
  • 00:22:11.345 --> 00:22:15.416
  • aren't. And then they wonder whythey struggled, double-minded
  • 00:22:15.449 --> 00:22:18.319
  • through life rarely receivinganything from God. I'm just
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  • challenging you today. Faith isa crucial topic to the believer.
  • 00:22:22.623 --> 00:22:27.595
  • People back away because, "Well,I try that. It didn't work."
  • 00:22:27.628 --> 00:22:31.031
  • Welcome to life. All of us haveprayed about stuff that didn't
  • 00:22:31.065 --> 00:22:33.834
  • work. All of us have loved oneswho went home early. All of us
  • 00:22:33.868 --> 00:22:37.471
  • haven't figured out why we askGod for this and this didn't
  • 00:22:37.505 --> 00:22:41.108
  • happen. But we don't stay therecamp out licking our wounds for
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  • 50 years. Sorry. I know I'moffending somebody but I'm going
  • 00:22:45.746 --> 00:22:49.550
  • to help you out. Let's get up,brush the dirt off our face and
  • 00:22:49.583 --> 00:22:53.888
  • go, "This planet is a warzoneand there's a kingdom of
  • 00:22:53.921 --> 00:22:57.158
  • darkness and there's a kingdomof light. I'm going to get up
  • 00:22:57.191 --> 00:22:59.427
  • and I'm going to learn to speakthe Word. I'm going to get up
  • 00:22:59.460 --> 00:23:01.896
  • and learn to love. I'm going toget up and make sure heaven is
  • 00:23:01.929 --> 00:23:04.265
  • populated. I'm going to followJesus with my life. And I'm
  • 00:23:04.298 --> 00:23:06.634
  • going to believe everything thisbook tells me." Well, where
  • 00:23:06.667 --> 00:23:08.803
  • you're going to go other thanthat? I'm all in. I mean, I bank
  • 00:23:08.836 --> 00:23:12.206
  • my whole life. I've spent mywhole life studying it, teaching
  • 00:23:12.239 --> 00:23:14.575
  • it, taught it to my kids, mywife, my family, my grandkids,
  • 00:23:14.608 --> 00:23:16.944
  • to you. I'm all in. I don't evendoubt that. There's another way?
  • 00:23:16.977 --> 00:23:22.183
  • Not a chance. So let's go forit. Amen! Let's believe.
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  • -LEON: Who is Holy Spirit? Youknow, the Bible teaches this
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  • mystery. That it is one God inthree persons, God the Father,
  • 00:25:11.292 --> 00:25:16.997
  • God the Son, and God HolySpirit. Now, I can't explain it
  • 00:25:17.031 --> 00:25:22.336
  • any deeper than that. A lot ofpeople try, and I think they
  • 00:25:22.369 --> 00:25:25.339
  • mess it up. But when we look atthe Bible, there's a couple of
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  • interesting things that standout to me. We hear a lot about
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  • God. Matthew, Mark, Luke, andJohn, this Jesus who was
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  • prophesied about all through theOld Testament begins to walk
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  • this land, dies for you and I.And then He tells us, it's
  • 00:25:40.287 --> 00:25:46.327
  • important for me to go becausethen Holy Spirit's going to come
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  • and He's now going to lead youinto truth. He's going to be
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  • your helper. He's going toempower you just like I was with
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  • you helping you. Holy Spirit isgoing to come and do that for
  • 00:25:58.839 --> 00:26:03.944
  • you. So Holy Spirit isn't a blobor an inanimate vapor. Holy
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  • Spirit is a person. He has apersonality. And as He is here
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  • to be our helper, He will alwayslead us into truth about Jesus,
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  • about who we are in Him. AndHoly Spirit will always show us
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  • things to come. If you could seeHim as God helping us and we
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  • call Him Holy Spirit. He's here.He's on the inside of me and He
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  • is helping me in everything thatI need help with.
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