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His Peace, His Presence

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December 8, 2020
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Leon Fontaine is showing people across the earth how to unleash the miraculous in their everyday lives and take Jesus to their families; friends; and communities.

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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: I pray that inthis Christmas season, that one
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  • of the things you're going tomake a decision about, I am
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  • going to have the life of Jesus.
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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 Calgary,Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: Hey everybody, welcome.It's good to have you with us.
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  • We're in the Christmas season,and I love teaching around the
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  • Christmas story, or the story ofthe birth of Jesus and why and
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  • how, and what did this mean? Alot of people don't even know
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  • why Jesus came to the planet. Orwhy He was born. That miracles
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  • were taking place. Did you knowthat when Jesus was born, a
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  • large percentage of all of theprophecies, the predictions that
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  • men and women made in the OldTestament all came to pass in
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  • this 33-year period? And that'swhat stuns people is that of all
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  • the predictions in the Bible.Now, Christians will call them
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  • prophecies. And you know, peopleare fascinated by the prophecies
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  • of Nostradamus, or they'll findthe prophecies of somebody else
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  • that predicted stuff, andthey're so vague and so peculiar
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  • that people you know, they go,wow. But when you get into the
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  • Bible, did you know that thepredictions that are made in the
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  • books from hundreds andthousands of years before Jesus
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  • came, told the town that He wasborn in, how He would die. I
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  • mean, the places that He wouldgo. I mean, scripture after
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  • scripture predicts the thingsthat Jesus did. You know, a
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  • person can't control wherethey're going to die, unless
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  • they're going to commit suicide.People say well Jesus just
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  • controlled all that. Not achance. How do you control where
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  • you were born? And how do youcontrol the things that go on in
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  • your life? These predictions,these prophecies, that were made
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  • all through the Old Testament,just phenomenally came to pass
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  • when Jesus was born. And thenother things that He did during
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  • His life were predicted. How Hedied, where He died, the fact He
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  • was going to die between twothieves. I mean, the list is
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  • endless. If you're fascinated bypeople who can predict the
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  • future, prophesy and thingshappen, the Bible is the most
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  • amazing. Go pick up a greatChristian book about the
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  • prophecies of the Bible thathave happened. We are far past
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  • 80 percent of the propheciesthat are in the Bible have been,
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  • they've come to pass exactly theway they were predicted. There
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  • is no prophecy that waspredicted that could ever be
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  • found, well that wasn't quiteright. No, they happened exactly
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  • as they said. And the remainderof the predictions for the
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  • future that the Bible has, aregoing to happen exactly as they
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  • predicted. So, the Bible isworth studying. It's
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  • fascinating. You know, one ofthe things I get to do as the
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  • CEO of the MIRACLE CHANNEL, andas a talk show host, is I have
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  • had the chance to meet andinterview some of the most
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  • brilliant minds in Hebrew andGreek, some of the most
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  • brilliant minds in our sciences.And, they all are in awe of the
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  • Bible. You know, there arethousands upon thousands of the
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  • most brilliant people alivetoday. You'd think they'd all be
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  • atheists because they like tomock Christians. But the men and
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  • women that I've interviewed whoare in their fields or in more
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  • than one field, consideredbrilliant. They literally will
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  • say the Bible is the mostamazing, stunning book. For
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  • psychology, it will show youthings that affect the human
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  • psyche. They will split up thehuman being into three, or
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  • actually four, parts. You're athree-part being, but then how
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  • does the heart work in there? Itwill show you how to handle
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  • emotions, how to handle beliefs,it will show you how to deal
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  • with things like PTSD,Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders,
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  • I mean. The Bible is the moststunning book when it comes to
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  • psychiatry, psychology. Then goto the sciences. You know,
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  • Archaeology, there's never beena dig or a find that has
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  • disproven the Bible. In fact, ifyou pick up some great books on
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  • Archaeology, you will find outthat every discovery that has
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  • ever been made, does nothing butprove the Bible is the most
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  • accurate book you'll ever find.Where it says that city was, and
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  • how it was destroyed, etc, theBible. And if there is something
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  • that seems to disprove theBible, just wait a little longer
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  • and you'll find a new discoverywill fix their interpretation of
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  • their find. So, it doesn'tmatter which direction I've
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  • gone. I have become in awe ofthe Bible. Now, there's a
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  • missing piece in every person onthe planet when it comes to,
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  • God's Word, when it comes tojust living. Every one of us is
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  • going to deal with a sense ofinsecurity. A sense of being
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  • insignificant. This fearful ofpunishment that anything I do
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  • wrong I'm going to be punishedfor. My life's going to grow, go
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  • bad. And all of us deal withthis all this time. This kind of
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  • sense of impending doom. ThisMurphy's Law that things are
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  • going so good, something's goingto go wrong. And one of the
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  • things that Jesus does when yougive your life to Him, is He
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  • gets you out of those beliefs.Because if you have those
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  • beliefs that my life's going togo down, bad things are going to
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  • happen to me. The Bible saysthat Jesus teaches us that
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  • according to your faith, oraccording to what you believe,
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  • right or wrong, so be it doneunto you. And so it's crucial if
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  • you are believer listening to metoday, that you get your beliefs
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  • corrected according toscripture. And if you're not a
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  • Christian, it's crucial that themost amazing belief is to
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  • believe on Jesus. And then letHim begin to change the deepest
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  • of your heart beliefs about you,your future, etc. And the
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  • Christmas story is where thisall is powerfully took place for
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  • us. The Christmas story is foryou to personalize, because the
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  • Christmas story is for you. It'sabout you. It's not a 2.000 year
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  • old story that's cute. Thatyou've got the baby in the
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  • manger, and the animals etc. No,because of the Christmas story,
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  • you can find a relationship withGod, through Jesus, that removes
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  • all the fear. Removes even thisnature of sin. You know, so many
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  • people know that Leon, peopletell me Leon, I don't think I
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  • can give my life to Christbecause if I give my life to
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  • Him, I just know that there'ssomething deep on the inside of
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  • me. I like what I'm doing andthere's no way I could change
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  • because I don't want to. But youhave to understand, that when
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  • Jesus, this Jesus who was bornin a manger, and 33 years later
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  • died on a cross. That when Hedied, and you accept Him as your
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  • Saviour, your sin nature isgone. Your, you now have the
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  • nature of Christ in your spirit.Now, your mind and your body can
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  • continue to do sinful things.But your nature, is the nature
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  • of Christ. And Jesus is sealedin your spirit, the Bible says.
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  • And so even though you're tryingto deal with things in your
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  • physical body, your mind, asyou're working on stuff. You
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  • don't have two natures. Youdon't have a sinful nature and a
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  • nature that is righteous. Youonly have one nature that's in
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  • your spirit, and that's thenature of Jesus. The nature, you
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  • are righteous, you are healthy,you are whole. Now, you do have
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  • to take and use God's Word andallow Holy Spirit to help you to
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  • get rid of some of the habitsand the beliefs and as you get
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  • rid of wrong beliefs, that aresubconscious. They are below
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  • your conscious thinking. Andthey've been placed there by
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  • your upbringing, parents,teachers, traumatic things that
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  • happened to you, have allcreated a belief system. I call
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  • it, it's your BS. Belief system.That control how you look at the
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  • world, how you think aboutyourself. That Jesus, when He
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  • comes in, He brings a peace, ajoy. And His Word, it begins to
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  • change you. And you begin tolive out who you are. One of the
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  • most crippling things that theChristmas story changes, but
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  • that so many Christians have, isthis sense about them that
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  • nothing's ever going to goright, that I'm just a poor
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  • sinner. You know, barely savedby grace. No you're not.
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  • You are righteous when youaccept Him. Now, the Bible
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  • has got some interesting thingsabout this because I wanted to
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  • go focus on peace. And, how thatGod's presence changes you.
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  • Before you give your life toJesus, and become born again,
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  • your peace and your joy, all thepositive feelings, will always
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  • be situational. For example,you'll be happy when things are
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  • happening. You'll be at peacewhen your entire life is
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  • peaceful. But how long can, iseverything going to be peaceful?
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  • Somebody else is going to bringhorror or terror, or fear into
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  • your life, whether it's acoworker lying about you, a
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  • neighbour that steals from you,a person that blogs about you.
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  • We live in a world where you, ifyour peace is because you've got
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  • all the situations in your lifepeaceful, only heaven's going to
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  • have that. So, the peace that wecan have with Jesus, isn't a
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  • peace that comes from peacefulsituations, although I love
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  • those. It comes from deepinside. So that even though
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  • situations I'm walking through,there's fear, they're harsh,
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  • they're hard. Your peace comesfrom the presence of God within
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  • you. Most people only have joywhen their life is in a joyful
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  • season. Their life has nohurtful things going on. They
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  • are joyful. But did you knowthat we can learn, I've learned
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  • that in the midst of whatever'sgoing on externally because I
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  • trust God and I know that goodthings will come to pass because
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  • Jesus came that I might have alife, have it more abundantly,
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  • beautifully, that I can be andhave joy now. So this joy isn't
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  • from my situations. Although Ican still have an increase of
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  • joy. The Bible says ask and youshall receive, that your joy may
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  • be full. More joy comes whenthings are great. But I live in
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  • joy and walk in joy, becauseI've learned to enjoy His joy.
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  • Jesus is within me. And ifyou're a believer, He's within
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  • you. And there's a joy, and I'vebeen speaking to Christians all
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  • around the world, that we, theseare foundational teachings. Yet,
  • 00:12:21.156 --> 00:12:25.360
  • how come so many Christians areso depressed, unhappy, just like
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  • the world. Where there's almostno difference than the world.
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  • But God needs you to find Hispeace, His joy. He needs you to
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  • begin to use faith and changeyour exterior world so the world
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  • can look at us as ambassadorsfor Jesus. And His kingdom, and
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  • go I want what you've got. Yousay well what have I got? You've
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  • got peace when I don't. You'vegot joy when I don't. You know,
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  • when I was working in a hospitalas a paramedic, there would be
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  • situations like financialsituations where we were, we
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  • weren't getting increases in oursalary. And, people would say,
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  • you know, we're not going to geta raise and they'd all be out of
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  • sorts about this. And I'd goout, this doesn't really matter,
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  • I don't look to the unions or tothe hospital for my future. I
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  • believe the blessing of the Lordis upon me, and if He can't
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  • bless me through my career, Hewill find other ways to bless
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  • me. I remember one year chattingwith some guys, and well what do
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  • you mean? I said, well, I saidactually we can't afford to go
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  • on holidays this year because wepicked up our own, our first
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  • home, we got a couple kids, andfinancially can't afford it but
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  • you know what? A friend poppedby and said Leon, a guy who
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  • rented my cabin on the lake, hecancelled out and he lost his
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  • money for it so it's there,would you like to spend a week
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  • at a cabin on the beach? Well, Icould never afford it at that
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  • time in my life, a cabin on alake with my own beach. But I
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  • got an entire week, and in factthat year, it happened three
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  • times. When you believe God, youstop looking at the world, the
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  • career, your career. The union,God can bless you any way you
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  • know how. When you start lookingat your job, as the only way to
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  • get ahead. You're making a hugemistake. I know so many people
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  • who needed a car, and all of asudden they ran into a situation
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  • for a vehicle they could neverafford in a situation, and God
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  • just worked a miracle. And theywere able to find good deals.
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  • They thought the only way theycould afford a car was to have
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  • an increase at the jobs so theyput all of their focus on their
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  • boss, and on getting anincrease. Listen. Believe God
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  • for increase. But when you can'tbe increased through your boss
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  • and your salary, God can meetyour need a ton of other ways.
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  • And so just trust Him. In fact,I tell people when it comes to
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  • believing God for Him to moveand bless your life, there's two
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  • things you should never focuson. When, and how. For example,
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  • if you're believing God to meeta need, and it's going to happen
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  • by today at 2:00, and it's now2:05, your faith goes out the
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  • window because you put atimeframe on God. Or, telling
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  • God how. God's going to meet myneeds, I'm going to get a raise
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  • from my job. And when you don'tget the raise from your job,
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  • you're thinking oh, God whydidn't you answer? Because you
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  • don't tell God how. Nowhere inthe Bible do people tell God
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  • how. You just tell Him what theneed is, and what you need, and
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  • believe for the answer. And letHim supply it. In fact, it's
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  • usually going to be the way youdon't understand or go wow God
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  • did it this way, I never eventhought of it that way. Because
  • 00:15:24.105 --> 00:15:26.607
  • He wants to show you He canbless you. The Christmas story
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  • is about God sending His Son torestore His family. And as you
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  • come into the Christmas season,I want you to understand that
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  • there's a peace that Jesusprovides. And if you have not
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  • given your life to Him, do that.Just say Jesus, forgive me. Come
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  • into my heart, and begin to finda good church and begin to serve
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  • Him. Because the Bible willteach you how to create a life
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  • that this world could never evenimagine. I am building a life
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  • because of Jesus. That no onecould ever imagine. Because with
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  • Jesus, He is the one thatqualifies me for God's blessing.
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  • He's the one who has exchangedmy life for His. He took my life
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  • when He died on the cross. Hetook my sins, my brokenness when
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  • He went, when he died. When hearose again, I took His life. I
  • 00:16:22.296 --> 00:16:27.468
  • got His joy, His peace, Hisrighteousness. His right to all
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  • the promises of God. The Biblesays today in the Old Testament,
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  • that the promises of God are all'if'. If you'll be this good,
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  • you can have this promise. Butthe Bible teaches us in
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  • Corinthians, that all of thepromises after Jesus died and
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  • rose again, are all 'yes' and'amen'. Meaning, there is no
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  • more if. Jesus qualifies me forthe promises of God. My
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  • relationship with Jesus, mystudy of His word and being a
  • 00:16:55.296 --> 00:16:58.433
  • part of a life-giving church hashelped me to build a life, and
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  • to have, and to enjoy thisplanet at a level I could never
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  • have enjoyed it without Jesus.In Luke 2:8-12 in The Voice
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  • Bible, let me read this to you.And it's the Christmas, a piece
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  • of the Christmas story. It saysnearby, in the fields outside of
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  • Bethlehem, a group of shepherdswere guarding their flocks form
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  • predators in the darkness ofnight. Suddenly, a messenger of
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  • the Lord stood in front of them,and the darkness was replaced by
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  • a glorious light. The shininglight of God's glory. They were
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  • terrified. Then, the messengersaid don't be afraid. Listen. I
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  • bring good news. News of greatjoy. News that will affect all
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  • people everywhere. It says,today in the city of David, a
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  • liberator has been born to you.He is the promised one, the
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  • anointed one, the supremeauthority. You will know you
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  • have found Him when you see ababy wrapped in a blanket, lying
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  • in a feeding trough. This Jesuscoming to the planet, started in
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  • motion a massive restoration ofevery language, every skin
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  • colour, every people group hadtheir sins paid for. And now,
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  • has the right to believe onJesus, and to be restored to
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  • God's plan. In Ephesians 1:19 inThe Message Bible. Listen to
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  • what it says here. It says oh,the utter extravagance of His
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  • work, in us who trust Him.Endless energy, boundless
  • 00:18:38.432 --> 00:18:44.739
  • strength. All this energy issuesfrom Christ. God raised Him from
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  • death, set Him on a throne indeep heaven, in charge of
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  • running the universe. Everythingfrom galaxies to governments, no
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  • name and no power are exemptfrom His rule. And not just for
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  • the time being, ha, but forever!He is in charge of it all. Has
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  • the final word on everything. Atthe centre of all this Christ
  • 00:19:10.164 --> 00:19:14.735
  • rules the church. The church yousee is not peripheral to the
  • 00:19:14.769 --> 00:19:19.140
  • world, the world is peripheralto the church. The church is
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  • Christ's body, in which Hespeaks and acts. By which He
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  • fills everything with Hispresence. Listen to me, this
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  • here is talking about Jesus. Andit says that Christ rules the
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  • church. Now, the word 'church'here does not mean all the
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  • denominations, all the buildingsand the organizations because
  • 00:19:40.528 --> 00:19:44.899
  • you know, there's a ton ofchurches out there that Christ
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  • is not first. He's not alivethere. So He literally means all
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  • of the people who have giventheir lives to Jesus, are born
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  • again, following Jesus, that isthe church. The church are the
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  • called-out ones. The ones whohave left this world and what
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  • they were, I mean internally.You know, their identity, their
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  • sin, who they are, and haveembraced Jesus. This is the
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  • church. The called-out ones,Ecclesia in the Greek. So here
  • 00:20:14.095 --> 00:20:18.332
  • it's saying, that Christ rulesthe church. And I want you to
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  • know something. That regardlessof what goes on, that Jesus is
  • 00:20:22.370 --> 00:20:25.940
  • going to win. You're going tolook at worlds and Russias and
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  • China, and all the other thingsgoing on around the world and
  • 00:20:28.476 --> 00:20:31.879
  • feeling like the world's goingto blow up. The world's not
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  • going to disappear. Theprophecies are telling us a
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  • whole lot of great things goingon in the day and age that were
  • 00:20:36.317 --> 00:20:39.754
  • living in, but I want you toknow this for you, that Jesus
  • 00:20:39.787 --> 00:20:43.658
  • came to die in your place. Andthe Bible says, in Ephesians
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  • 1:19, let's go back to that. Itsays oh the utter extravagance
  • 00:20:48.929 --> 00:20:54.535
  • of His work in us. Where's Hiswork? In us. And we must trust
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  • Him. It says endless energy.Boundless grace. All this energy
  • 00:21:00.074 --> 00:21:07.148
  • issues from Christ. For thosethat are struggling with
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  • sickness, disease, depression,you know, that you, there's a
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  • tiredness, a worn-out, a lack ofenergy. You're not inspired,
  • 00:21:13.521 --> 00:21:17.258
  • you're not excited, you're notfull of God's power. You're not
  • 00:21:17.291 --> 00:21:20.194
  • excited like at your marriage,your future, your life. You need
  • 00:21:20.227 --> 00:21:23.164
  • to find this endless energy. Youneed to find this boundless
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  • strength. All of this energyissues from Christ. And when
  • 00:21:26.734 --> 00:21:30.938
  • He's on the inside of you, youcan learn to tap into that life.
  • 00:21:30.971 --> 00:21:34.842
  • And all of a sudden, the energyto be a dad, a mom, the energy
  • 00:21:34.875 --> 00:21:37.778
  • to be a business person, theenergy to rise up in your
  • 00:21:37.812 --> 00:21:40.781
  • church, what God's called youto. People go, how are you so
  • 00:21:40.815 --> 00:21:43.951
  • energized? How are you sopassionate? Because I've learned
  • 00:21:43.984 --> 00:21:46.921
  • to tap into the endless,boundless, energy of Jesus.
  • 00:21:46.954 --> 00:21:51.392
  • Who's inside of me. If you'retired of the way you live, it's,
  • 00:21:51.425 --> 00:21:54.562
  • nothing's going to change if youjust have a newer house, pay off
  • 00:21:54.595 --> 00:21:57.365
  • your bills. You feel like ifthings would just go better in
  • 00:21:57.398 --> 00:22:00.534
  • my external world, that I wouldbe energized and happy. You're
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  • wrong, there's always going tobe problems in your external
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  • world because we live on aproblem-filled planet. But you
  • 00:22:08.075 --> 00:22:11.579
  • can have boundless energy,incredible strength, it all
  • 00:22:11.612 --> 00:22:15.683
  • issues from Christ. You've got achoice to make. Well, that's not
  • 00:22:15.716 --> 00:22:19.387
  • who I am. No. You are who youchoose to be, okay? If I want to
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  • be lethargic and pathetic, I canbe that really quick. If I want
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  • to give in to everything thatcomes up, every flu. I can begin
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  • to get so down that everythinghits me all the time. But I've
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  • got news for you. When youdecide to let Christ's boundless
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  • energy, because of Hisextravagant work, okay? You can
  • 00:22:36.470 --> 00:22:39.907
  • begin to rise up and laugh andlove, because they'll say where
  • 00:22:39.940 --> 00:22:42.777
  • are you getting this joy from?From Jesus. Well what does that
  • 00:22:42.810 --> 00:22:45.112
  • mean? It means that as I spendtime with Him every day, that
  • 00:22:45.146 --> 00:22:48.349
  • His energy rises up in me. Youknow, years ago, or actually any
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  • time. When you spend time aroundcertain friends, there's a
  • 00:22:53.888 --> 00:22:58.092
  • transference that takes place.If you're around really
  • 00:22:58.125 --> 00:23:00.861
  • depressed, unhappy, eeeh,Eeyore, oh woe is me people.
  • 00:23:00.895 --> 00:23:04.698
  • You'll find that that seems tocreep into your mind and heart.
  • 00:23:04.732 --> 00:23:09.403
  • If you're around somebody who'sangry and just really ticked off
  • 00:23:09.437 --> 00:23:13.674
  • about stuff and you're with themfor coffee for two hours, you'll
  • 00:23:13.707 --> 00:23:16.177
  • find that you'll go home, you'vegot to watch it you'll get angry
  • 00:23:16.210 --> 00:23:18.446
  • about stuff because it just kindof transfers. But if you spend
  • 00:23:18.479 --> 00:23:20.981
  • time with Jesus, every morning,in the Bible during the day.
  • 00:23:21.015 --> 00:23:24.752
  • There's a transference of Hispeace, His joy, His patience.
  • 00:23:24.785 --> 00:23:28.389
  • And you can learn to ramp it upwhere all of a sudden, all of
  • 00:23:28.422 --> 00:23:33.594
  • this energy issues from theChrist that is within you.
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  • Extravagant means more than youeven need flows out of your
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  • world. Have you forgotten howamazing Jesus is? I pray that in
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  • this Christmas season, that oneof the things you're going to
  • 00:23:46.407 --> 00:23:49.076
  • make a decision about, I amgoing to have the life of Jesus.
  • 00:23:49.109 --> 00:23:53.747
  • The mind, the emotions of Jesus.I want that flowing in my life,
  • 00:23:53.781 --> 00:23:58.752
  • and then you can see thattransferred to your marriage,
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  • your family, your home, andassist others and getting back
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  • too, if they've lost it as aChristian. Or for those that
  • 00:24:05.426 --> 00:24:08.162
  • don't know Christ, wanting theJesus, the beautiful Christmas
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  • gift, Jesus. God bless you,we'll see you next time.
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  • [Music]
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  • -ANNOUNCER: Are yourrelationships all you hoped and
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  • dreamed? For many, that might bea difficult question to answer.
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  • But the good news is, that Jesusis an expert on relationships.
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  • -LEON: I have good news. Thegood news is, there is no one
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  • standing between you and anamazing future. No one.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: In this series,"Freedom From Judgement", Leon
  • 00:24:38.826 --> 00:24:41.662
  • leads you through biblicalteachings that will take you to
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  • greater levels of peace,understanding, and fulfillment
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  • in every relationship.
  • 00:24:47.468 --> 00:24:48.669
  • -LEON: When you dream aboutwhat you can do with the rest of
  • 00:24:51.805 --> 00:24:54.708
  • your life, God's going to takeyou further than that. Dream
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  • big, He's going to take youbigger than that. Think amazing?
  • 00:24:58.145 --> 00:25:01.715
  • He's going to go beyond amazing,beyond what you can think,
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  • ask, or imagine.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: Get started on thisjourney today, and set yourself
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  • free. Call now to request thisseries, and experience a greater
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  • level of love, trust, and joy inall your relationships.
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  • -LEON: One of the absolute keysto living this Christian life is
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  • to be directed by God. So manypeople want formulas, so many
  • 00:25:30.778 --> 00:25:34.715
  • people want something they canfollow a step by step plan. And
  • 00:25:34.748 --> 00:25:39.587
  • there's lots of things in lifeyou can do that with, like
  • 00:25:39.620 --> 00:25:42.122
  • disciplining yourself with Biblereading. But when it comes to
  • 00:25:42.156 --> 00:25:45.426
  • direction from God, the Biblesays, "My sheep hear My voice."
  • 00:25:45.459 --> 00:25:50.497
  • And it says that He leads us byname. There is such a specific
  • 00:25:50.531 --> 00:25:55.903
  • guidance from God that it is byname. And so it's crucial to
  • 00:25:55.936 --> 00:26:00.941
  • understand, even the Romansteaches us that to be sons of
  • 00:26:00.975 --> 00:26:04.478
  • God that we are led by theSpirit of God. And so I wanna
  • 00:26:04.511 --> 00:26:08.515
  • encourage you, if you've neverfelt like you could be led by
  • 00:26:08.549 --> 00:26:11.619
  • God's presence, make sure youbegin to believe that and
  • 00:26:11.652 --> 00:26:15.055
  • confess that. Father, in thename of Jesus I pray right now.
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  • That You'd put this incredibledesire inside of every person to
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  • get direction from Youspecifically. That Lord, they
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  • can trust You, Your Word andYour Spirit to guide them in the
  • 00:26:27.568 --> 00:26:32.339
  • directions to make the rightdecisions and they can have a
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  • confidence in getting directionfrom You. I pray this in
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  • Jesus' name, amen.
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