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You Are Righteous

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September 15, 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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You Are Righteous

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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 CEOof Canada's only
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  • Christian TV station.
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  • -LEON FONTAINE: I am righteousbecause of Jesus. That exchange
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  • of Him living perfectly. That iswhy I am qualified for every
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  • promise in the Bible. But we'vegot to start to believe it.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: In John 10:10, itsays that Jesus came to give us
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  • life, and life more abundantly.So, why is there such a
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  • disconnect between this biblicalpromise, and how most Christians
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  • live today? Why have so manybelievers become spiritually
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  • weak, and ineffective at sharingJesus' message of love? THE
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  • SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is theanswer. It's being led by Holy
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  • Spirit, but in a contemporaryway. It's being Jesus and
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  • demonstrating His love in wayspeople can understand and
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  • appreciate. Spirit Contemporaryis unique for everyone. It never
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  • compromises the truth, and itnever makes others feel
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  • uncomfortable. It's freeingyourself from religious
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  • constraints, and walking freelyin God's amazing grace, for His
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  • purpose. THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARYLIFE is absolutely crucial if
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  • the global church and her peopleare going to change the world.
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  • - Later in the show, we'll tellyou how you can reserve your
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  • copy of today's resource. Enrichyour soul and renew your mind
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  • with this timely series.
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  • - And now, from Winnipeg,Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: There's a verse in theBible that very clearly says in
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  • 1 Corinthians 15:57, "But thanksbe to God, which gives us the
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  • victory through our Lord JesusChrist." So much of the body of
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  • Christ seems to have abandonedthe gospel and it created some
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  • kind of wimpy hybrid that doesnot work when it comes to God's
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  • power in our cities, ournations, or they even get the
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  • global harvest off. The Biblesays in Romans 1:16, "For I am
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  • not ashamed of the gospel ofChrist, for it is the power of
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  • God unto salvation to everyonewho believes." You see, when you
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  • start to believe as a Christianthat, "Well, we're just sheep to
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  • be slaughtered." Like we talkedabout last time. Then that
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  • belief begins to determine whatyou reach for. And Christians
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  • don't believe that we can leadcountries from Presidents to
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  • Prime Ministers, to health care,to finance. We're just, you
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  • know, just Jesus come rescue us.The end times teachings so much
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  • of it. It's all about someone'sgot to come. Jesus come rescue
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  • us from this. We know the bigbad devil of the big world is
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  • taking over and all the craziestteachings I've heard from the
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  • book of Revelation. Jesus iscoming back. I know that. Let's
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  • go and occupy. Let's get outthere and share the news with
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  • people. When you don't preachthe gospel the way Jesus won it,
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  • then you strip it of it's power.It just becomes another
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  • religion. People love theteachings of Jesus. They love
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  • the man. The, you know, thehistorical man Jesus. But to
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  • really walk in the power of Godis to believe He rose from the
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  • dead. And that, what did that dofor you and I, His death, His
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  • burial, His resurrection. Andlisten to me, we're not going to
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  • be able to see our cities freefrom the things that are going
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  • on. We're not going to see anychanges in the news as cities
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  • fall, provinces, states,countries, as evil just begins
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  • to rise up. And Christians,they'll just stand around and
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  • say things like, "Well, we suregot to pray more." Where in the
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  • world do we just pray? Yes! Wepray for leaders and all of
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  • those in place positions ofpower. But what the early church
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  • did was share the gospel. Sharethe gospel. That there's power
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  • in the name of Jesus to healyour body, to restore your home.
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  • There's power. That when thechurch of Jesus Christ begins to
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  • believe who they are, that allof a sudden things change. One
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  • of the things that I havenoticed is, that there is lack
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  • of understanding in so much ofthe church world today in the
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  • understanding of you arerighteous. Because we use that
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  • differently in our society. Torighteous to us means that, you
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  • know, that you're perfect. Thatyou don't make any mistakes. But
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  • that's not what it is sayinghere about you and I being
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  • righteous in the new covenant.It is saying here that Jesus has
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  • qualified us. With His death theBible teaches us that we are
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  • righteous as a gift. You don'thave to earn it. That's works
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  • righteousness. That'sself-righteousness. But when you
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  • believe that you are righteousas a gift and that you are the
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  • righteousness of God in Christ.The reason that it's such a
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  • crucial doctrine and it's such acrucial truth, it's because you
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  • can't make the promises worktill you get this basic truth.
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  • Who are you? I oftentimes I amspeaking to places. I'll say,
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  • "How many here are righteous?"And you'll see one or two
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  • halting hands go up because theydon't want to be bragging.
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  • They're not trying to lie andsay that they're, you know, they
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  • don't do anything sin oranything wrong. But see, that's
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  • not what the Bible is talkingabout. It is talking about your
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  • position with Christ. That youare righteous as a gift. That
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  • your spirit man is pure,undefiled. Jesus is in there.
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  • Yes, you're renewing your mind.Yes, you're making your body a
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  • living sacrifice. But theBible's very clear in Romans 5:1
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  • and 2, it says, "Therefore,having been justified, which
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  • means made righteous. By faith,we have peace with God through
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  • our Lord Jesus Christ." You see,when some storm goes on. We're
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  • going through a difficult timeor we look ahead at the world
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  • and we go, "Oh, man. I don'tknow." There's a peace that is
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  • yours because you and God are inright standing. And what God
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  • does for the righteous? Is whatthe new church, the new covenant
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  • church seems to not understand.In Romans 5:17, it says here
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  • that we have been given a giftof righteousness and that we are
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  • supposed to reign like a king inlife through Jesus Christ. When
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  • you begin to believe that youare righteous, then you can
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  • begin to believe for His grace.What is His grace? His grace is
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  • His ability, His favor coming toyou and I freely. But if we do
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  • not understand righteousness.Well, we have no hope of
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  • regularly walking in His grace.His incredible ability and favor
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  • that comes to us. Every time yousay, "I'm righteous and the
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  • favor of God comes upon me andHe's upon me." All of these
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  • things will be flowing in yourlife. In Proverbs 12:28, it
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  • says, "In the path of therighteous is life, and in the
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  • way of that path is no death."See, life is a continuum. Life
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  • just keeps growing and flowing.Life in body, mind, health,
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  • kids, you know, grandparents,jobs. You know, and as
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  • everything life, this life ofGod. It's a continuum and death
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  • is not a part of that continuum.Yes, I know that right now we're
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  • all going to go to heaven to bewith Jesus. But while you are
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  • alive, you are to believe thatlife is a continuum. Moses was a
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  • 120 and his eye hadn't dim orhis natural forces abated. So to
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  • our grandpas and grandmas, evensickness and disease and all
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  • these things. We think withthat, "Well, we're getting
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  • older. Is it part of the -," No,it's not. When it's time to go
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  • in the Old Testament, the Biblesays your breath or your spirit
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  • just leaves your body and you goto be with Him. You don't have
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  • to go out sick and dying andafflicted and tumor-filled and
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  • cancer-filled where all of ourfamilies are dealing with these
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  • things. But we need to get backto a basic belief of the Word of
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  • God that says that there is nodeath in our path as righteous
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  • people. In Psalm 5:12, it saysthere that God's favor is over
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  • our lives and that this favor isprotected from being going like
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  • a shield. Wow! In Psalm 31:18,it says here that let lying lips
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  • that come against the righteousbe put to silence. When people
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  • rise up and lie about you andattack you and say grievous
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  • things about you, contemptuouslytaking you on. Which goes on
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  • everywhere especially if youraise your head up to speak
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  • truth. Today, it's hard to findsomebody who will speak truth
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  • because the second you saysomething truthful, you're going
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  • to be attacked. People are goingto say things about you. They're
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  • going to blog about you. They'regoing to separate you and come
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  • against you. And so I'm talkingwith people who say, "I love to
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  • speak up but if I do." And I'vegot news for you. Before you do
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  • starts speaking up when youcan't, should. I mean, that God
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  • will guide you in what to sayand how to say it, but you need
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  • to believe. That when peoplebegin to lie about you, when
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  • they begin to speak grievousthings about you, contemptuously
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  • come against you. That I am therighteous of God. And the Bible
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  • says He's going to silence thoselips. Let Him decide how He does
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  • that, but because you'rerighteous the Word promises
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  • that. In Psalm 32:11, it saysthe righteous have such joy.
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  • That they're happy and shoutingand rejoicing. They're upright
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  • in heart. We need to practicethat. We can't just always be so
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  • serious that everything, ourkids got to see us loving the
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  • beach, laughing when we gettogether, barbecuing,
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  • boardgames, waterskiing.Whatever we do, we know how to
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  • enjoy this life. There's a joythat's unspeakable and full of
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  • glory. The righteous are theones that have this joy, this
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  • happiness, this rejoicing. InPsalm 34:15, it teaches us there
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  • that the eyes of the Lord areupon the righteous, and His ears
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  • are open to their cry. Becauseof the righteous, the second
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  • something bothers him, "God!"He's there. He's not, everyone's
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  • about God answers three prayer.You know, prayer three ways.
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  • Yes. No. Wait. No! That's noteven Biblical. The Bible says
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  • today is the day of salvation.We need to get back to believing
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  • that we are the righteousbecause of Jesus and then all of
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  • these favors are always workingin our lives. In Psalm 34:19 it
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  • says here that many are theafflictions of the righteous.
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  • Stuff is going to come againstyou. Things are going to go
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  • wrong left, right, and center attimes. But it says God will
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  • deliver you out of them all.People will try to hurt your
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  • business. People will try toshut you down on Facebook.
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  • People will try to, and you knowwhat? Don't even worry about it
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  • because it says here that Hewill literally deliver you from
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  • every attack. As you begin tounderstand that you are the
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  • righteous, you begin to loseyour fear of standing up for
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  • what is right. Here, in the OldTestament I'm saying, in the
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  • Bible times they stood up forwhat is right, and it caused
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  • them their lives. We don't haveto worry about that most of the
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  • time in today's world. The Biblesays in Psalm 34:21, "Evil shall
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  • slay the wicked." When peoplebegin to do wicked evil things,
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  • that very evil takes them out.And they that hate the righteous
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  • shall be desolate. That meansthat when anyone comes against
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  • you, when you believe that youare righteous and they're trying
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  • to shut you down. You feel sorryfor them. I'll never forget the
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  • day that dad and I were talkingone day about me saying okay,
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  • I'll go into ministry because Iknew that I was called. But I
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  • did not want to go into theministry. I just, I wanted -,
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  • But as we started talking aboutit, he made this point. "Leon,
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  • never worry about the peoplethat lie about you, come against
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  • you. That they try to trip youup. They try to attack your
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  • motives. They attack yourcharacter." He says, "Don't even
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  • worry about them. You just trustGod and keep declaring that
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  • every mouth that rises againstyou. You put it down and God
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  • will deal with it." I'm so gladhe shared that with me. And by
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  • the way, that is not forpastors. That's for every
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  • believer. This is the righteousthat we're talking about, which
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  • is you. Man, it says in Psalm37:17, "For the arms of the
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  • wicked shall be broken." Whatdoes that mean? Well, when
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  • someone's arms are both broken,how are they going to hurt you,
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  • come against you, attack you?It's literally saying. And then
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  • it says, "For the Lord, Heupholds the righteous." When
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  • people come against you. Whenthings come against you. I've
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  • never seen a world like we dealwith today, where you don't dare
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  • stand up for righteousness. Youdon't dare share what you think.
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  • You know, can't really get up.And by the way, we should say it
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  • in a Spirit Contemporary way.But it's stunning how nobody
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  • wants to stand out. We all justwant to be just blend and blend.
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  • The church of Jesus Christ isn'tcalled to blend. It's called to
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  • lead, and it's called to speaktruth. And when evil, who cares
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  • what group it is rises up. Westand strong shoulder to
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  • shoulder and declare, "No!Someone must speak up the
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  • truth." And I'm not talkingabout your arrogance, your
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  • anger, and some of the stupidthings that Christians' do when
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  • they speak up. No, I'm talkingabout using wisdom. In Psalm
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  • 37:25, "I have been young, andnow am old, but I have not seen
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  • the righteous forsaken, or hisseed begging bread." It is
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  • saying that as you know who youare and believe God that you are
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  • righteous. And then you canbelieve for Him for His ability
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  • and all these promises. You lookin the future with this belief
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  • that we're not only just goingto be okay. We're not just going
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  • to make it. We're going to lead.We're going to be the head and
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  • not the tail. In Psalm 37:32 itsays the wicked tried to trip up
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  • the righteous here or the wickedwatches the righteous and seeks
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  • to slay him. The Lord will notleave him in his hand, nor
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  • condemn him when he is judged.It is saying here that the
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  • wicked will even study whatwe're doing, and they'll try to
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  • put in lasso. They'll try totrip us up. They might come
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  • against you and try to figure away to take you out. Listen, all
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  • the schemes of the devil andevil wicked people in your
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  • business, in your schools. Thethings we deal with. Trust God.
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  • Rise up with wisdom. He's goingto see us through. In Psalm
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  • 37:39, "But the salvation of therighteous is of the Lord. He is
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  • their strength in the time oftrouble." Are you going through
  • 00:15:13.161 --> 00:15:16.497
  • trouble? In what area? Troublein finances, trouble in your
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  • home, trouble with yourteenager. It doesn't matter
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  • where trouble is. The Bible saysthat God gives you strength to
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  • walk that thing out intovictory. In Psalm 55:22, "Cast
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  • your cares on the Lord." It sayshere. It says, "Cast your burden
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  • upon the Lord, and He willsustain you for the righteous
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  • will never be moved." Moved upof the blessing. Moved up of the
  • 00:15:39.287 --> 00:15:44.025
  • call of God. Moved up of the wayGod has put us together, to win
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  • and to not lose. If we couldunderstand. I've hardly touched.
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  • I mean, I'm just about read of18 promises and there's probably
  • 00:15:52.767 --> 00:15:56.070
  • another 50 that continually say,"This is what is for the
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  • righteous. This is what is forthe righteous." So what does
  • 00:15:59.640 --> 00:16:01.809
  • Satan do? He attacks the factthat we're righteous. And so
  • 00:16:01.843 --> 00:16:08.583
  • many Christians they don'tunderstand. If you ask them,
  • 00:16:08.616 --> 00:16:11.953
  • "Are you righteous?" They wouldsay, "I am the righteousness of
  • 00:16:11.986 --> 00:16:16.290
  • God in Christ, given to me as agift because of what Jesus did
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  • on the cross and it qualifies mefor every promise I can find in
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  • the Bible. He's grace is flowingin my life." You just begin to
  • 00:16:25.400 --> 00:16:30.004
  • talk because you've spent timein the Word of God. In Psalm 72,
  • 00:16:30.038 --> 00:16:35.143
  • it says, "In His days shall therighteous flourish." Church
  • 00:16:35.176 --> 00:16:39.514
  • people tend to believe that theworld flourishes and we
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  • struggle. No, the righteousflourish. You got to start
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  • believing that. And theabundance of peace. There will
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  • be an abundance of peace so longas the moon endureth. Oh, I
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  • thought in the end times wewouldn't have much peace. You
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  • know, with the mark of the beastand everything else. The promise
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  • is if the moon is hanging in thesky, the righteous have the
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  • favor of God on their lives andevery promise in the Bible still
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  • works and it doesn't say except,except, except. In Psalm 75, it
  • 00:17:06.507 --> 00:17:10.912
  • says, "All the horns of thewicked I will cut off says God.
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  • But the horns of the righteousshall be exalted." That word
  • 00:17:15.450 --> 00:17:18.619
  • "horns" means the power. Thatwhatever power that people are
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  • wielding against the gospel,against the righteous. He'll cut
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  • it off. But the powers and thegiftedness and the authority of
  • 00:17:25.793 --> 00:17:29.263
  • the righteous is going to beexalted and raised up. How many
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  • of us even release that's inthere? It says the righteous in
  • 00:17:33.067 --> 00:17:36.337
  • Psalm 92, that you're going toflourish like a palm tree until
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  • you die. There is no season ofyour life where things aren't
  • 00:17:39.707 --> 00:17:42.977
  • going to be flourishing into oldage. And then there's verse that
  • 00:17:43.010 --> 00:17:46.414
  • says in Psalm 92:12-14, beplanted in the house of the
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  • Lord, so you can be continuallyreminded who you are in Christ
  • 00:17:49.951 --> 00:17:53.654
  • and be around people of likeprecious faith. In Psalm
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  • 94:20-23, again it talks aboutdon't worry about crooked people
  • 00:17:56.724 --> 00:18:02.430
  • coming against you. Don't worryabout the attacks of the enemy.
  • 00:18:02.463 --> 00:18:05.133
  • It says that God is going toprotect you and that they are
  • 00:18:05.166 --> 00:18:08.669
  • simply going to die out. Youcannot be an enemy of God's
  • 00:18:08.703 --> 00:18:11.906
  • people and live any kind of asuccessful life. But now here's
  • 00:18:11.939 --> 00:18:15.610
  • the thing. If the church ofJesus Christ doesn't believe
  • 00:18:15.643 --> 00:18:18.412
  • this, then we're growing up in anation where we all think we're
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  • the sheep. That we're just beingslaughtered like we expect. And
  • 00:18:21.516 --> 00:18:25.987
  • hey, Jesus saved us becausewe're the wimpy church just
  • 00:18:26.020 --> 00:18:29.323
  • dying out hoping to be rescued.We can't keep teaching our
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  • children this kind of garbage.They need to know who Jesus is
  • 00:18:33.861 --> 00:18:38.266
  • and who we are as victorious inChrist. In Psalm 97:11, it says,
  • 00:18:38.299 --> 00:18:46.040
  • "Light is sown for therighteous." It literally means
  • 00:18:46.073 --> 00:18:50.044
  • that when you can't find yourway, God will shine that
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  • flashlight on the dark path andshow you what to do. If your job
  • 00:18:53.181 --> 00:18:57.251
  • is to lead a company. He willgive you illumination. He will
  • 00:18:57.285 --> 00:19:00.354
  • illuminate your darkness andshow you where to lead that
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  • company. If you're going to be aPremier of a province and you
  • 00:19:03.157 --> 00:19:06.327
  • are a part of the righteous ofGod. He will give you as a
  • 00:19:06.360 --> 00:19:09.230
  • Premier. He'll shine His lightand illuminate your darkness as
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  • to what decision to make. Ifyou're the Prime Minister, if
  • 00:19:13.100 --> 00:19:15.503
  • you're a President and you trustGod. It says here it is the
  • 00:19:15.536 --> 00:19:19.440
  • righteous that light, illuminatethat darkness. In Psalm 125:3,
  • 00:19:19.473 --> 00:19:25.680
  • it says, "For the rod of thewicked shall not rest upon the
  • 00:19:25.713 --> 00:19:29.450
  • lot of the righteous." What doesthat mean? The word "rod" is
  • 00:19:29.483 --> 00:19:34.488
  • talking about people inleadership. If you are the
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  • righteous and you believe that,the Bible says there should
  • 00:19:38.226 --> 00:19:41.696
  • never be a leader above you thatcan ever hurt you because the
  • 00:19:41.729 --> 00:19:45.333
  • favor of God on your life saysthat the leaders in your
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  • company, the leaders that you'reworking for, the leaders in your
  • 00:19:49.003 --> 00:19:52.506
  • province, the leaders in yourcity, that we should just expect
  • 00:19:52.540 --> 00:19:56.277
  • that they are going to berighteous men and women of God.
  • 00:19:56.310 --> 00:19:58.579
  • And if they're not, they getmoved out. And what God wants
  • 00:19:58.613 --> 00:20:01.148
  • gets moved in. But does thechurch even believe this? Do we
  • 00:20:01.182 --> 00:20:06.287
  • even declare and rejoice that weare the righteous? And because
  • 00:20:06.320 --> 00:20:10.758
  • of that we have favor in thecity, favor in the field. God's
  • 00:20:10.791 --> 00:20:14.262
  • favor on our family. God's favoron our politics. God's favor on
  • 00:20:14.295 --> 00:20:17.898
  • our television. God's favor oncreativeness. God's favor on the
  • 00:20:17.932 --> 00:20:21.369
  • arts. Will we just to expectthis going to go to hell in a
  • 00:20:21.402 --> 00:20:25.406
  • handbasket? Today, I just wantto suggest one thought to you.
  • 00:20:25.439 --> 00:20:30.611
  • The righteous, Jesus died on thecross and He says that He has
  • 00:20:30.645 --> 00:20:36.917
  • given to you and I as a gift.Because I was nailed to that
  • 00:20:36.951 --> 00:20:42.690
  • cross with Him. I died with Him,rose again with Him. I am
  • 00:20:42.723 --> 00:20:46.394
  • righteous because of Jesus. Thatexchanged of Him living
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  • perfectly is why I am qualifiedfor every promise in the Bible.
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  • But we've got to start tobelieve it. We've got to hear
  • 00:20:57.705 --> 00:21:00.274
  • this preach from our pulpits.We've got to hear it preach from
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  • TV. You know, the time I get themost complaints and the most
  • 00:21:03.377 --> 00:21:07.581
  • people coming after me will bewhen I began to declare a
  • 00:21:07.615 --> 00:21:10.551
  • victorious church. In whateverarea, you get people that just
  • 00:21:10.584 --> 00:21:14.655
  • write letters and, "Oh, wow.What about this?" I would say to
  • 00:21:14.689 --> 00:21:17.191
  • them, "Go believe what you wantbut I'm going to believe the
  • 00:21:17.224 --> 00:21:20.328
  • truth of the gospel of JesusChrist." And my challenge to
  • 00:21:20.361 --> 00:21:24.131
  • you, change the way you think.Begin to declare the promises of
  • 00:21:24.165 --> 00:21:28.235
  • God. And the one thing that youneed to do. This week start this
  • 00:21:28.269 --> 00:21:32.206
  • habit every morning you get up.You get up saying, "I am the
  • 00:21:32.239 --> 00:21:36.077
  • righteousness of God in Christ.And because I am righteous, God
  • 00:21:36.110 --> 00:21:40.348
  • will always be here for me.He'll go before me. He'll be my
  • 00:21:40.381 --> 00:21:44.085
  • rear guard. He's in my bodybringing health. He's in my mind
  • 00:21:44.118 --> 00:21:47.188
  • bringing peace. He has taken outmy enemies and not letting any
  • 00:21:47.221 --> 00:21:50.257
  • strategy formed against meprosper. I'm the head and not
  • 00:21:50.291 --> 00:21:53.594
  • the tail. I'm raising it. I'mconqueror for Jesus Christ with
  • 00:21:53.627 --> 00:21:57.098
  • my kids and my grandkids, andall those around." And you begin
  • 00:21:57.131 --> 00:22:00.167
  • to declare because you arerighteous. Everyone of the
  • 00:22:00.201 --> 00:22:03.604
  • promises in God's Word, you'vebeen qualified for. And it was
  • 00:22:03.637 --> 00:22:07.041
  • stunning because in Matthew 6:33is a concept that is for into
  • 00:22:07.074 --> 00:22:13.614
  • most Christians. It says if youseek first the kingdom of God
  • 00:22:13.647 --> 00:22:18.552
  • and His righteousness, whichcomes to you as a gift, that
  • 00:22:18.586 --> 00:22:23.624
  • everything you need on thisplanet will just be added to
  • 00:22:23.657 --> 00:22:26.060
  • you. You know, it just begin tocome naturally to you if you
  • 00:22:26.093 --> 00:22:29.196
  • begin to believe that I'm hereand I'm in the kingdom of God.
  • 00:22:29.230 --> 00:22:34.769
  • I'm here and I am righteousbecause of Jesus. Oh, I'm not,
  • 00:22:34.802 --> 00:22:40.174
  • I'm not naãve enough to thinkI'm perfect or that everything I
  • 00:22:40.207 --> 00:22:44.011
  • do is right. But I know thatevery promise I ever find in any
  • 00:22:44.044 --> 00:22:49.250
  • book of the Bible, I'm qualifiedfor because of Jesus. Now, I can
  • 00:22:49.283 --> 00:22:55.089
  • get up. You can get up. And wecan begin to declare who we are
  • 00:22:55.122 --> 00:23:00.127
  • in Christ. Begin to declare whowe are as a church. Now our kids
  • 00:23:00.161 --> 00:23:05.366
  • have something to get excitedabout. Amen? Amen!
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  • -ANNOUNCER: Uncertainty,job loss, and health scares
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  • all cause fear. And all areexperienced in the physical.
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  • But did you know you can livebeyond your five senses?
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  • In this brand-new series by LeonFontaine, "Living Beyond Your
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  • Five Senses", learn how evenwhen your circumstances are out
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  • of control, with Holy Spirit youhave the power to walk by faith,
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  • not by sight.
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  • -LEON: Sense knowledge, or thisworld's knowledge, there's a lot
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  • of things they can't figure out.The purpose for creation.
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  • The purpose for live. To onlybelieve what your
  • 00:23:53.547 --> 00:23:57.918
  • five senses say, Jesus callsthat unbelieving.
  • 00:23:57.952 --> 00:24:02.256
  • -ANNOUNCER: In this series,Leon shares the six deadly fears
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  • and how to combat them, how tolive beyond your five senses,
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  • and how to rebuke fear andexperience the peace of God.
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  • Call now to request this series,and let today be the day you
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  • begin to live in thesupernatural.
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  • -LEON: One of the greatestthings people struggle with
  • 00:24:33.487 --> 00:24:35.456
  • today is, who am I? So manypeople are trying to get their
  • 00:24:35.489 --> 00:24:39.960
  • DNA checked out to see ifthey've got European in them, if
  • 00:24:39.994 --> 00:24:44.198
  • they've got Mongol in them, orthey're from Indian descent from
  • 00:24:44.231 --> 00:24:47.968
  • India. That they want to knowand that they seem to feel a
  • 00:24:48.002 --> 00:24:50.905
  • sense of, "I've gotta find outwho I am." And none of those
  • 00:24:50.938 --> 00:24:54.241
  • things are your identity. It'sgood to be proud and not
  • 00:24:54.275 --> 00:24:58.779
  • embarrassed of where you comefrom and to be excited about it,
  • 00:24:58.812 --> 00:25:01.849
  • but your identity is in Christ.And I wanna challenge you that
  • 00:25:01.882 --> 00:25:07.021
  • you might think, "I'm Canadian.I'm American. I'm East Indian."
  • 00:25:07.054 --> 00:25:12.026
  • Or whatever word, but you areHeavenian first. You are made in
  • 00:25:12.059 --> 00:25:16.697
  • the likeness and the image ofGod. The language that you
  • 00:25:16.730 --> 00:25:19.433
  • speak, the color of your skin,and whoever your forefathers
  • 00:25:19.466 --> 00:25:23.103
  • were, is not your identity. Youridentity is in Christ. You're
  • 00:25:23.137 --> 00:25:28.108
  • made in the likeness and imageof God, designed in heaven made
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  • by God and that is the family.That is predominant thing that
  • 00:25:31.579 --> 00:25:35.883
  • you need to understand. God mayuse everything else in His
  • 00:25:35.916 --> 00:25:39.653
  • purposes in your life, language,color of skin, background, and
  • 00:25:39.687 --> 00:25:43.490
  • He will. But your identity isJesus. Don't let anything take
  • 00:25:43.524 --> 00:25:48.295
  • that away from you. And that iswhere you'll have a peace. That
  • 00:25:48.329 --> 00:25:52.066
  • is where you will have astrength. Because whenever the
  • 00:25:52.099 --> 00:25:54.301
  • enemy comes in to tempt you offcourse or to begin to make you
  • 00:25:54.335 --> 00:25:57.771
  • feel like you are not enough.You need to know, I am a child
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  • of God. I know that the King ofkings is on the inside of me.
  • 00:26:02.209 --> 00:26:06.714
  • That I was born with a purposeand there's something I'm gonna
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  • do for Him. Father, I pray rightnow. That we would release the
  • 00:26:09.583 --> 00:26:13.754
  • things we cling to as ouridentity, failures, even
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  • victories. And we would look toYou, Father, as the author, the
  • 00:26:17.691 --> 00:26:22.129
  • finisher of our faith. We wouldlook to You, Father, as our
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  • Father and we would believe thethings You say about us, not the
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  • things that our even humanfather, or human people say
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  • about us. But what Your Wordsays about us and what You say
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  • about us. In Jesus' name I pray,amen and amen.
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