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January 2, 2020
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Leon Fontaine

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  • -ANNOUNCER: What would you change in your life?
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  • - What if you could unleash the miraculous in your
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  • everyday life?
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  • - Experience freedom, live in peace, change the world. Become
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  • Spirit Contemporary. Join Leon Fontaine, world renowned
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  • conference speaker, senior pastor of Canada's fastest
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  • growing church, and CEO of Canada's only Christian TV
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  • station. Today, on THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE.
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  • -LEON FONTAINE: We must allow the teaching from
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  • God's Word to speak to us, to give us answers,
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  • to diagnose situations in our lives.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: In John 10:10, it says that Jesus came to give us
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  • life, and life more abundantly. So, why is there such a
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  • disconnect between this biblical promise, and how most Christians
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  • live today? Why have so many believers become spiritually
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  • weak, and ineffective at sharing Jesus' message of love? THE
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  • SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is the answer. It's being led by Holy
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  • Spirit, but in a contemporary way. It's being Jesus and
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  • demonstrating His love in ways people can understand and
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  • appreciate. Spirit Contemporary is unique for everyone. It never
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  • compromises the truth, and it never makes others feel
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  • uncomfortable. It's freeing yourself from religious
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  • constraints, and walking freely in God's amazing grace, for His
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  • purpose. THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is absolutely crucial if
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  • the global church and her people are going to change the world.
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  • - Later in the show, we'll tell you how you can reserve your
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  • copy of today's resource. Enrich your 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: You know, there's a syndrome that psychologists talk
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  • about that human beings tend to do when they're in the midst of
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  • crisis. For example, the minutes or the hours that Titanic was
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  • sinking, there were people on deck just saying, "Everything's
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  • gonna be okay. Don't even worry about it. We are all gonna be
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  • fine. Everything's gonna be okay. Everything's gonna be
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  • okay." And there seems to be this kind of a syndrome of that
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  • we don't want to get worried. We don't want to be fearful. We
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  • don't want to in anyway get emotional. So everything's gonna
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  • be fine. Everything wasn't fine. They all sunk, and everybody
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  • died except for 1.500 women and a few men. How come when we go
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  • through life, we don't want truth. We want to feel okay.
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  • Would you want the truth sinking on the Titanic? Would you want
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  • someone look you in the face and said this thing is going down,
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  • nothing's gonna save it, only the women are gonna get saved on
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  • here. So whether you want to figure out another way. I don't
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  • know. But this thing is going down. You have a chance to say
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  • and speak to the people that you love to say the things you want
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  • to say. You have the chance to maybe figure something else out.
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  • I don't know. But I don't want to be told, "Everything's gonna
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  • be okay. You're awesome. You're incredible. Don't even worry." I
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  • hate that kind of talk. Yet, the human race seems to love it. I
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  • was a paramedic for seven years, a lot of stories I can't even
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  • tell because they're too horrific. But I noticed that we
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  • go to accident scenes and the people in their consciousness
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  • would look at their woundedness and then asked me how they were
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  • doing. And Rick would just say, "Everything's fine. You're not
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  • hurt that bad. Everything's gonna be okay." And it kind of
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  • bothered me because if you just want to be this naive person
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  • just going through life, "Everything's gonna be okay." I
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  • don't like it. I want to know truth. Tell me truth. I don't
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  • care how hard it is. Tell me the truth. I'll deal with it. I'm
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  • not a wimp. I'm not a weakling. I'm not a tepid, lukewarm,
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  • nothing-type of guy. Tell me the truth. I will deal with it. And
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  • Christians have to be the same way. We have to allow God's Word
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  • to confront us. We must allow the teaching from God's Word to
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  • speak to us, to give us answer, to diagnose situations in our
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  • lives. I was talking to a pastor. We were training pastors
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  • in this country and I was chatting with this guy and he
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  • was asking me how I taught certain topics. I say, "I just,
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  • I teach truth. I just tell them what the Word says." Yeah, don't
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  • you think that's a little bit harsh? I said, "What do you
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  • mean?" Well, you know, I kind of just, you know. I just, I'm kind
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  • of careful. Oh, you change the Word of God? You soften it? You
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  • don't speak something so that people aren't confronted with
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  • truth? Well, I guess so. I said, "You better read the last verse
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  • of the Bible. You're not allowed to change the Bible. You're not
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  • allowed to soften it up. You're not allowed to change it, so
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  • people feel good about themselves." A coach's job. I
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  • had two kinds of coaches when I was in high school. And the
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  • first was the kind that he never had a winning team because
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  • everybody's wonderful. You're amazing. Great job. High five
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  • everybody! We just lost 30 to nothing. But, woohoo! You're so
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  • amazing. And then we had a coach that he went, "Fontaine! Pick up
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  • your feet!" He would just confront me. You weren't doing
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  • this. You weren't doing this. Do this. If you want to run faster,
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  • pump your arms faster. If you see the ball to the left, you
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  • have to understand you're not dicking properly. Do it this
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  • way. Do it this way. And this man wasn't confronting me
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  • because I needed to be slapped. He was confronting me because he
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  • believed in me. And he was gonna develop the skills within me to
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  • rise up and be a better athlete, to compete on that team in a
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  • better way. And I want you to understand something that how do
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  • you look at God's Word? Do you look at the preaching of God's
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  • Word as, let me feel good for 30 minutes so I could just get out
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  • in the big bad world. Oh, I just felt better about myself. I love
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  • you feeling better about yourself. God's Word will do
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  • that. But let's take it a little bit further and let's teach you
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  • change. Let's teach how to stand up and be strong. Let's teach
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  • you how you can be everything God designed you to be. Because
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  • if you don't get that kind of teaching, then you're just kind
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  • of, you're just kind of go nowhere in life except feel good
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  • about yourself while your Titanic sinks. Am I too serious
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  • this morning? Because my topic today is Stop Limiting God.
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  • Stop. Stop Limiting God. There are so many doctrines that
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  • appear in Christianity today that are not biblical. They're
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  • Greek mythology woven in over here. It's a little bit of new
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  • age woven in over there. And we're just trying to make
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  • everybody feel good. And I recognize it. If I wanted to be
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  • on an award-winning team, whether it was basketball or
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  • football. That I had to get to the practices, and I knew that I
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  • would be confronted with my weaknesses, with my
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  • misunderstandings, with my inability to produce results.
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  • And that's what I love about world-class teams. That's what I
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  • love about getting around people who wanted truth because they
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  • were confident. They were gonna rise up and say, "I will change.
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  • I will figure this out. I can handle truth." It is not as
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  • though the Bible has a whole bunch of negative teaching. The
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  • Bible's phenomenal, incredible, wonderful. The most encouraging.
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  • It brings joy. It brings peace. It changes lives. I'm not
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  • talking about negative teaching. I'm just saying though that we
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  • must understand our part. So that we can rise up and do great
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  • things for God. Nobody is being limited by God. God did not look
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  • at a group of people like you and go, "You, billions. You,
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  • welfare alliance. You, health and healing. You, tired, sick,
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  • every disease that goes by." He's not doling out weaknesses
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  • and strengths. In fact, He is no respecter of persons, a verse in
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  • the Bible says. Which means that everybody has the same
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  • opportunities. Now, where you are today might not be your
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  • fault. You might have been abused. You might have been
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  • hurt. You might haven't had the chances others had. You might
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  • have been born into a family that didn't give you any
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  • teaching as someone else's. Okay, fine. It's not your fault
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  • where you are. Let's just put that out there so that everybody
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  • can be at peace. It's not your fault how you were raised, how
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  • you were trained, that you were little, that you're abused.
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  • That's not my teaching today because it could be horrific,
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  • and counseling and healing needs to be brought. But listen to me
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  • close. But you are responsible for the rest of your life.
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  • You're not at fault for maybe all that's happened to you up
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  • till now. So get rid of the shame. Get rid of the
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  • condemnation. It's not your fault in probably most cases. So
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  • beautiful, wonderful. But now it's your responsibility. This
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  • is the only life you've got. It's the life that is ahead of
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  • you. It's your responsibility to say, "How can I change? How can
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  • I grow? How can I turn my life around?" And you need to know
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  • that God is the God to the fatherless. That God brings His
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  • presence to bear. And where the enemy is coming like a flood in
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  • your family, in your home, in your upbringing, in the things
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  • that had happened to you. God raises up a standard against him
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  • and He will make the difference. His presence, His blessing is
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  • designed to walk into your life and to heal and to set captives
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  • free and to heal broken hearts and to bring you every
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  • opportunity that everyone else you feel has. And then we have
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  • the people who believe in, "Well, you know, God is
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  • sovereign. He's just gonna do whatever He wants." Now, of
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  • course, God is sovereign because the word sovereign means all
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  • powerful. But Greek mythology has slipped into the Bible where
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  • people began to think God is sovereign means He is in
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  • control. Whatever you're going through, He has a reason. Oh,
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  • yeah. Your arm got chopped off. Your wife got killed. Your baby
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  • got kidnapped. But there's a reason. God allowed that. Oh,
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  • give me a break. Like, really? So this sovereignly doctrine has
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  • crept into the Bible and it causes people to distrust God.
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  • It causes the world to look at the God they say that we serve
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  • and go, "I don't even want in for that." And so we've got no
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  • truth. God is not limiting you. God has not pre-decided who will
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  • be great for Him and who won't. He hasn't pre-decided. Some will
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  • succeed and some won't. He is no respecter of persons. Everyone
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  • has been given the covenant. Everyone has been given the
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  • promises. Everyone has been given Jesus. Everyone has been
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  • given Holy Spirit if they'll turn their life over to Him. And
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  • then from there, we can rise up and God will begin to work with
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  • us. I sometimes don't like using the word miracle because the
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  • word miracle to most Christians means magic. We're just waiting
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  • for God to do His magic. Actually, miracle is not magic.
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  • Miracles are a process. No one wants to believe that. No one
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  • wants to accept that. So let's remove the word miracles and
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  • let's just put in there the supernatural ability and help
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  • from God. That way we can get our head wrap around something
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  • that a new believer, that a believer who is following Jesus
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  • Christ can recognize that His supernatural is in your life.
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  • And His supernatural ability will flow in every area of your
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  • life from your relationships to emotional stability to finances
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  • to raising kids to having friends to rising up and doing
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  • great things for the kingdom of God, winning the lost, being a
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  • part of a church that can rise up and touch countries and
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  • nations for Jesus Christ. The presence of God within you flows
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  • into every area of your life. So but when you start thinking of
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  • miracles because people have never had definition for
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  • miracles. They just feel like well, you just, you know, read
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  • to read and pray for power and hope for help. No, it's a
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  • process. The Word is very clear at how to get His Word into your
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  • mind, how to plant it in your heart, how harvest begin to
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  • flow, how that you can walk in the supernatural ability of God
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  • everyday of your life. And this supernatural ability will flow
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  • into health, mind, body, relationships, every area. Or
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  • you can just sit around attend church, don't even work the
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  • process and just keep waiting and praying for the magic to
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  • happen. And that's where so many Christians, here in Psalm 78:40,
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  • it says, "How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness,
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  • grieve him in the desert. Yea, they turned back and tempted
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  • God, and limited the Holy One of Israel." The Old Testament is
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  • incredible because Jesus only had the Old Testament. Did you
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  • know that all the apostles in the New Testament when they talk
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  • about the scriptures, they're talking about the Old Testament.
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  • Because the New Testament didn't come in its entirety until 300
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  • years after Jesus died. So all of the new covenant teaching
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  • that we see explained in the epistles and then in the New
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  • Testament were all in the old. All the teaching of Jesus that
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  • Jesus taught in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John appears in the
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  • Old Testament. He was an expert on the scriptures. Paul as well.
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  • These men taught the new covenant from the Old Testament.
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  • Which is prophetically showing us the days ahead when the
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  • Messiah would come and what life would be like. And so when you
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  • read stories in the Old Testament and much of the
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  • teaching, take it through the cross, so you don't create some
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  • weird doctrines, but God is trying to show us and teach us
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  • things. So here, this is talking about the story of the children
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  • of Israel leaving Egypt and coming in to the promised land.
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  • God pulled them out of Egypt with ten plagues. I mean, it was
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  • like this powerful country named Egypt which after this incident
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  • never regained the same kind of power because they messed with
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  • God's chosen people. They left Egypt after ten plagues, on
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  • their way to a place called Canaan, the promised land. In
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  • the Old Testament, much of the Old Testament is types and
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  • shadows. Egypt is a type of the simple life you left before you
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  • give your life to Christ. Canaan is not a type of heaven. Canaan
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  • land is a type of the spirit-filled life with Jesus on
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  • this planet. So once they left Egypt, they're on their way to
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  • Canaan, a life, a land that flows with milk and honey and
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  • the eyes of God are on it. For every moment of everyday,
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  • everyday of every month, every month of the year and says got
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  • the eyes of God are on it. And you're gonna go into this
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  • promised land. That's a type of serving Jesus on this planet.
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  • And you say, "Well, Leon, isn't that just a type of heaven one
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  • day when we get to heaven in the sweet by and by, everything's
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  • gonna be okay?" No, it's not because they had to go in and
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  • take out giants. There's no giants to take out in heaven.
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  • The promised land is a type of the life that we have here on
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  • this planet. They were going into the promised land. He sent
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  • twelve spies in. Ten spies came back, and they had what God
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  • called an evil report. Now, their report was accurate.
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  • Incredible herds of cattle, incredibly beautiful cities,
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  • incredible roads, and vineyards. It's a land that flows with
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  • prosperity and blessing. But! I hate buts. But the giants are so
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  • big. We'll never take it. That's where they made the mistake. And
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  • then two men Caleb and Joshua said, "We can take it. Let's go
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  • in at once and take what God has promised." And the people got so
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  • upset they were going to kill Moses. Let's just go back to
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  • slavery. Let's just go back to Egypt. At least we had beans
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  • soup. That's what they said. And they took up stones. They're
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  • about to kill Moses for leading them to a place that they
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  • couldn't go through. When God talks about it in Psalm 78, He
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  • says, you grieve Me. The word "limited Him" literally means
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  • God was grieved. God was hurt. He was trying to provide them
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  • with something beautiful, phenomenal, a life for their
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  • family and the generations that are ahead of them. But instead
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  • of believing God, they believed ten spies and they basically
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  • said, "The giants are so big that we are like grasshoppers in
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  • the giants' sight, and we're like grasshoppers in our sight."
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  • God repeatedly through the Old Testament had said to them, "I'm
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  • taking you to a land and you're going to possess it. I have
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  • given it to you. It is yours." And instead of believing God,
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  • they began to live in fear. Now, I'm gonna say some tough things
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  • but stay with me. Okay, I'll help you out towards the end.
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  • Unbelief is a sin. Not too many people hear that. The Bible
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  • calls it an evil heart of unbelief. So when your heart
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  • does not believe in God, does not believe in what He says, but
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  • believe in what someone else says. You have done evil in
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  • God's sight. You have taken someone else's word. You are
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  • trusting in somebody else's stuff instead of what God says,
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  • and we need to repent. Jesus talked to His disciples multiple
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  • times, and He said, "Oh, you. Why have you so hardened your
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  • heart?" You know, why have you, why don't you believe? And so
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  • people think believing in faith does not have a correct
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  • definition in our world. Because we just think faith is
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  • believing. And yeah, I have a hard time believing Leon. Well,
  • 00:17:54.290 --> 00:17:58.140
  • the Bible actually doesn't tell you to believe or not. It says
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  • there's a process. And if you work God's process, faith is a
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  • result. Believing is a result that takes place. And so when
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  • you look at this story in the Old Testament, it is teaching us
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  • that you and I can limit God in our lives. Believing on God is
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  • more than just escaping hell and making heaven. Eternal life is
  • 00:18:22.010 --> 00:18:25.270
  • more than just a longevity of life. Eternal life is longevity
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  • and quality of life. And on this planet, you have choices to
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  • make. God's Word is very clear that faith in Romans 10:17 comes
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  • from hearing and hearing by the Word of God. As I traveled
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  • across North America and preached in conferences and
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  • churches, I'm amazed at the laziness that has crept in to
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  • the first world. That they'll go to church, but they won't study
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  • their Bible. They won't get up to classes mid-week. They won't
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  • get into the Word and begin to find out what God says. We all
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  • develop our own beliefs. We all develop things that make us feel
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  • happy, makes us feel good. And we don't realize that the next
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  • generation of our kids are just gonna copy us. And then we
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  • wonder why generations don't continue to serve God because
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  • there's no truth. We all just need to feel good about
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  • ourselves. We all just need to, don't confront me with truth.
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  • See, all truth is confrontational. All truth.
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  • Truth confront something in you, and it gives you the ability to
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  • change. It gives you the ability to go, "That is so good. I'm
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  • going to stop living like that, talking like that. I'm going to
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  • do this." The Bible says that faith cometh by hearing and
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  • understanding God's Word. That makes God's Word so powerful.
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  • Faith is not of the mind. Faith is not feeling good. Faith is
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  • not emotionally good. Faith is not goosebumps from the back of
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  • your neck. Faith is not woohoo, just being so happy. Faith is
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  • none of those things. Faith is not emotional. Faith is not an
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  • emotion. Faith can affect your emotions. Faith is something of
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  • the heart. The heart is this deeper level of believing. And
  • 00:19:59.190 --> 00:20:03.270
  • in Mark 4 Jesus teaches us and says if you don't understand
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  • this, you won't get anything to function in the kingdom of God.
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  • And He basically says that God's Word must be planted in your
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  • heart day after day after day. You must guard your mind. Don't
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  • let it just listen to a whole bunch of junk. Don't let it just
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  • focus on the negative in the heart. Ten spies went into the
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  • promised land and all they could look at was how big the giants
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  • were, how wide the cities were. All they could look at was how
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  • vicious these men were, how great fighters there and they
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  • were great fighters. And then two men went in there and all
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  • they can see was the big grapes and the herds of cattle and the
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  • beautiful cities because the Word of God to them was, I've
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  • given it to you. Go possess it. One group looked how big the
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  • problems were. The other one looked how big their God was.
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  • Your eyes, your ears, and your mouth are the three gateways to
  • 00:20:50.130 --> 00:20:55.080
  • your heart. What you look at, what you listen to, and what you
  • 00:20:55.090 --> 00:20:59.030
  • say get planted in your heart. And your heart can be filled day
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  • after day by the heartache, the memories, the hurt, the
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  • betrayals, the announcement CNN constant negative news and
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  • everybody else's stuff. And as long as focus on that, you
  • 00:21:11.030 --> 00:21:16.040
  • magnify that in your heart. When the Bible says, "Oh, magnify the
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  • Lord with me." You can't make God bigger, but you make God
  • 00:21:20.180 --> 00:21:24.190
  • bigger in your heart. And faith begins to rise, and things begin
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  • to change. And I wanna just challenge you today with one
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  • thought. God is not limiting you. God is not put boundaries
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  • on you. God is not holding you back. God is looking at you and
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  • He's saying only believe. Just start the process. Stay in God's
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  • Word and recognize you are made in His likeness and His image.
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  • Stay in God's Word and recognize He has designed you to win and
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  • to succeed. Stay in God's Word and even as life because it well
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  • can bring you heartache and storms and people will betray
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  • you, and people will do things to you, and life will stab you
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  • in the back and other people in business. We can make a list of
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  • the heartache just in this room. If you want to live a continual
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  • peace. If you want to live in a continual joy even with the
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  • storms around you blowing and all the things going wrong. My
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  • hope is fix on Jesus. And then I have news for you. This
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  • supernatural power of God that gets planted in your heart from
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  • His Word begins to come to harvest. In Mark 4:26, even
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  • while you're sleeping the Word of God begins to grow and then
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  • it's harvest time. And I don't call them miracles because
  • 00:22:40.190 --> 00:22:43.250
  • people get, it's not magic. It's simply the harvesting of God's
  • 00:22:43.260 --> 00:22:47.220
  • Word that I've been planting in my heart. It's the harvesting
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  • that affects my relationships, that affects my finances,
  • 00:22:50.220 --> 00:22:53.240
  • affects whatever I put my hands to. It affects me, my peace, my
  • 00:22:53.250 --> 00:22:57.090
  • health, my joy. And anytime someone's, and any time
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  • my life feels, "I can't handle this!" I run to the Word
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  • and I fellowship with Jesus.
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  • of faith for limiting your power. You are a child of God,
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  • and can walk in a confident faith. Accessing what's been
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  • freely given to you on the cross. You can unleash the
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  • More than just destiny, more than just healing. Experiencing
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  • all that God has designed for you is possible. By listening to
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  • -LEON: You know, so few people understand that their words have
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  • power. When you look at the words, everyone thinks they are
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  • simply for communication. That words are simply me trying to
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  • get you to understand something I'm trying to communicate, and I
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  • think that's a little part of it. But did you know that God
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  • release His power with His words. When Jesus walked the
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  • planet, He spoke words. He didn't like snap His fingers or
  • 00:24:42.040 --> 00:24:46.260
  • fling His arm or lightning volts through His hands. He spoke
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  • words. And the Bible says that those words went out and
  • 00:24:51.030 --> 00:24:55.000
  • accomplished the things they had been sent forth to do. So what
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  • are your words saying about relationships, health, etcetera.
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  • You might have to communicate to a doctor your feelings, the
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  • things were going on in your body. You may have to
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  • communicate to a banker where you are in finances and you
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  • might have to renegotiate payments. You know, we need to
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  • speak truth as far as what is happening. But then in your
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  • prayer time and in your regular speaking, let them be words of
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  • victory. That God is within you and you will overcome. That the
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  • blessing of the Lord maketh it rich and He addeth no sorrow to
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  • it. That you are convinced that that these words, so many people
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  • they kind of have this dual life. That they talk about all
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  • their problems and then they'll throw this little cloth but
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  • we're believing God. No, where your words are, what you say
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  • regularly to your friends. How you talk about your problems to
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  • your spouse, your friends. How you speak about things to those
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  • around you. It's releasing power. So make sure that your
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  • words are declaring the end from the beginning. That as far as
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  • you're concerned, it is done. Negative things, pains,
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  • sickness, disease power have no right in my life. And so because
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  • of Jesus I am blessed. The favor of God is upon me and I will not
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  • accept the negative things. Your words have power. Life and death
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  • are in the power of the tongue. Father let this truth just move
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  • into their hearts and minds in a powerful way and help them to
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  • watch their tongue and help them to speak words of life and to
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  • prophesy to their future even in their conversation with others
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  • and to see the power of that in Jesus' name, amen.
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