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Your Identity, Your Mission

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January 15, 2021
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Join Leon on the show today, as he shares on your God given identity and mission.

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Your Identity, Your Mission

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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: Who are you?What are you?
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  • And what is yourmission in life?
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  • Because the world is trying tobend you into something.
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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: Well, I want to talk toyou today about something that
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  • it's just, it's always oozingand burning out of me, just you
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  • know, and I want to talk to youbecause so many of us treat
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  • church and God's Word as thoughit's just kind of we're
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  • consumer. We need this. We needthat. We need a little fix
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  • spiritually, go to church, getencouraged a little bit. And you
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  • so do not know what church is.And as you look at the world
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  • today and look at the thingsthat are going on, it's very
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  • apparent that so much of thebody of Christ has an identity
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  • crisis. They do not know whothey are. There's three things
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  • that your mouth should bespeaking every day, is who you
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  • are, what you are, and yourmission in life. Those things
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  • Jesus was always talking aboutwhen it came to Him. Who He was.
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  • What He was. What His missionwas. And so I want to talk to
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  • you about something that if youdon't begin to speak. If you
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  • don't begin to speak the Word ofGod. You're going to find that
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  • your life becomes such adouble-minded mess. You're going
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  • to find it hard to keep God'speace in your life. You will
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  • find it hard to keep God's joyin your life. You will find it
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  • hard to stay in faith becausefaith cometh by hearing and
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  • hearing by the Word of God. Soalthough you have the measure of
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  • faith, and although it's byfaith that we can overcome
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  • anything in this world, so fewpeople understand that your
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  • confession rules you. What yousay and what you continually say
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  • is ruling and reigning in yourlife. In Revelations 12:11, it
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  • talks about how the way weovercome the enemy on this
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  • planet. It says we overcame himby the blood of the Lamb.
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  • Another words, being born againin Christ Jesus. And then it
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  • says it's not just that positionin Christ. It's yes, the fact
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  • that you're born again. But thenit says and the word of your
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  • testimony. A testimony is averbal explaining, declaring
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  • what you are a witness to. Andit says they loved not their
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  • lives to the death. What is itin your regular conversation?
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  • What is it day by day that youtalk about when it comes to who
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  • you are, what you are, and whatyour mission in life is. In
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  • Hebrews 4:14, a really coolverse it says, "Seeing then is
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  • we have a great High Priest whohas passed through the heavens,
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  • Jesus the Son of God." Then itsays, "Let us hold fast our
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  • confession." Yes, we've gotJesus as our High Priest. Yes,
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  • He's died on the cross. Yes, Herose again. Man, He's seated at
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  • the righthand of the Father andHe's made every promise. He's
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  • qualified you for. He's givingyou the gift of righteousness. I
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  • mean, it's stunning. But then itsays, "Let us hold fast our
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  • confession." We hear the wordconfession for negative things
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  • like confess your sins or Jamesconfess your faults. And you
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  • need take it in context as towhen you need help and how
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  • you're walking things out. Butfew people realize that much of
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  • the word confession professionin the Bible is your confession
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  • of faith. Your confession ofGod's Word. Your confession of
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  • the principles. You see, you arenot trying to become something
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  • that you are not. You are tryingto be who you is. And if you do
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  • not begin to speak and watchyour words and declare, confess,
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  • speak proper words in your life.You are going to be, I tell the
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  • story all the time and so manyof our church knew it. You're
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  • like a lion raised by a familyof poodles. You already are a
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  • lion. You just don't know itbecause you've been raised from
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  • the cub up by a poodle. You'vegot poodle thinking, poodle
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  • eating, poodle fears, poodleeverything. But you're actually
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  • a lion. And when you get bornagain, you need to understand
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  • something that Jesus is the lionof Judah. And that you and I are
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  • joint heirs with Him. As He is,so are we in this world. But
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  • it's not your position in Christthat rules you. It is your
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  • confession. Your confessionsrule your life. Not the devil,
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  • not God, not your mama, not yourpapa, not your upbringing, not
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  • the color of your skin, not thelanguage that you speak. It is
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  • the words coming out of yourmouth that the Bible teaches us
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  • have physical power, mentalpower, spiritual power. And so
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  • when you speak words, theydominate the world, spiritual
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  • world, physical world, mentalworld. And it doesn't matter
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  • whether it's in heaven or -,Words are so incredible. So many
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  • Christians today are sincere butweak. And listen, we don't want
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  • to be sincere and weak. I don'twant to be insincere and strong.
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  • I want to be sincere, but I wantto be strong in the things of
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  • God. In Psalm 27:1, David issaying, "The Lord is my light
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  • and He's my salvation. Whomshall I fear? The Lord is the
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  • strength of my life, who am Igoing to be afraid of?" What a
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  • stunning confession. He issinging this. He is declaring
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  • this. Much of what David wrotewas put to poems or was put to
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  • songs. And he's getting outthere and singing the Lord is
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  • the strength of my life. He ismy light. What does that mean?
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  • When you've got darkness in anarea, you don't know how to make
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  • decisions. You don't know whichdecision. You don't know what to
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  • say, what to do. He isilluminating your darkness. He
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  • is your strength forrelationships, strength for
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  • health, strength financially.And what kind of strength? Well,
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  • the strength of God is stunningand amazing. So my question to
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  • you is who are you? What areyou? And what is your mission in
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  • life? Because the world istrying to bend you into
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  • something. It is trying -, andthe enemy of our souls is firing
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  • fiery darts at your heart. Andthe shield of faith must snuff
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  • it out and the Word of God mustcome out of your mouth because
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  • the Bible says, "Fight!" I don'tfight devil. He's a defeated
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  • foe. I fight the good fight offaith. I fight to make sure that
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  • the words of my mouth aredeclaring who I am, what I am in
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  • my mission in life. In Proverbs4 the one of the wises men
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  • that-, Men that walked theplanet before the cross, is
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  • Solomon. He's talking here andhe's saying, "You need to give
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  • attention to God's words. Youneed to keep them in the middle
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  • of your heart." Why? Because theenemy's after your heart. God is
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  • after your heart. Your heart isthe autopilot of your future.
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  • When you go from Proverbs4:18-27, it says put away from
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  • you a deceitful mouth. Now,right away we think, "Well, then
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  • just speak the truth." No! He issaying stop speaking earthly
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  • principles when a Godlyprinciple overrides it. You see,
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  • wherever you are, what you arechallenges it. Wherever you are,
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  • whatever is messing with you.Who you are on the inside rises
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  • up against the situation andgoes, "This isn't who I am.
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  • These are not my rights andprivileges that are being
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  • portrayed here. And there'ssomething within you that
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  • confronts when you know who youare, what you are, and your
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  • mission in life. We've got tobegin to do what the Word says
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  • and not because, "Well, youknow, this confession Leon, I've
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  • got trouble with that." Wellthen, just go do what you want
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  • to do but you're going to havewhat you're going to have. And
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  • you're not going to be able tocontrol your own beliefs because
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  • speaking is one of the mostimportant parts of the process
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  • of faith, a process of who youare, your identity. Romans 8:14
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  • says that we are children ofGod. From verse 14 all the way
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  • to 17, it says that we are Hischildren. We are His heirs. That
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  • we are literally joint heirswith Jesus. Whatever Jesus
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  • inherited, we are joint heirs.It says here that when we, that
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  • we are literally in God's familyto such a degree that it says
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  • whereby we cry Abba, Father.Well, what does it mean in our
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  • society? That means looking atsomeone and going, "Dad!" If I
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  • go to the airport and there'speople that are meeting as they
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  • come down off that escalator,and there's family you know, or
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  • they're on the hug rug orwhatever it is. If someone runs
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  • towards a guy going, "Dad!" Iknow who that person is in their
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  • life. And the Bible says thatwho am I? That my very heart
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  • knows dad when I think aboutGod. That word "Father" bring
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  • such phenomenal love, suchattention. Well, what about what
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  • am I? Well, 1 Peter 24 says bywhose stripes you were healed.
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  • So health and healing andvitality and strength. That's
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  • what you have. It's not tryingto get. You've already been
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  • given it. The Bible says inRomans 8:2 that you're free from
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  • the law of sin and death. Thereis no addiction. There is no sin
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  • that can hang on to the believerwho is born again. But you've
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  • got to begin to know who youare, what you are, and what your
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  • mission is. And when you beginto realize and declare this in
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  • your prayer closet every day,I'm telling you where you are in
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  • addiction, where you are in sin,whatever is controlling you and
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  • shutting you down and destroyingyour relationships, your health.
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  • The Bible teaches us that whoyou are and what you are begins
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  • to confront that and you walkout free. Not just some magical
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  • little prayer, what's going onon the inside of you. What am I?
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  • James 4:7 says that when Iresist the devil, he flees from
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  • me. Now, that's not there forthose who don't know Christ. But
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  • because I am in Christ, theBible says I'm submitted to God.
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  • I resist the devil and he willflee, run in terror from me.
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  • That's what I am. That's whatyou are. Philippians 4:13, what
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  • are you? You can do all thingsthrough Christ who strengthens
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  • you. Romans 8:37, it says, "No,in everything you are more than
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  • a conqueror." Do you know whatmore than a conqueror is? I'm so
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  • tired listening to Christiansfight the devil. Oh, I'm
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  • fighting the devil in mymarriage, and I'm fighting the
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  • devil in my health, and I'mfighting the devil over my kids,
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  • and I'm fighting the devil overour finances and our career. Oh,
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  • the devil's after us. Nowhere inthe new covenant does it tell
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  • you that you are fighting thedevil. It says he's defeated.
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  • And it says you simply resisthim. It doesn't say pray to God
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  • to resist the devil for you. Itsays you resist him, and he
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  • flees. You and I need torecognize what we are. We are
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  • overcomers, born of God, made byGod. And on this planet He's
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  • designed everything for you towalk in such success, such
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  • overcoming power. The problem isthat we are sincere in our
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  • relationship with God but weakin our identity and what does
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  • this all mean. So what is mymission in life, pastor? Well,
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  • let's look at a few things. InJohn 10:3, it teaches us that we
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  • follow Jesus to such an extentthat He uses your name. Hey,
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  • Leon, this way. Hey, Bert, thisway. Hey, Ronda, this way. He
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  • literally leads you by name.Every one of us individually He
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  • leads you through choices on whoyou marry, where you work, how
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  • to handle things, etcetera. Thatour mission, follow Jesus. Jesus
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  • said in Matthew 16:18, I'mbuilding my church. Well, if
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  • Jesus is building His church,and you're following Jesus. Then
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  • whether you're in medicine orbusiness or the arts. Whatever
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  • you do is to assist Jesus inbuilding His church. Now, look
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  • around you. I'm glad we've gotproperties and buildings and
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  • lands and television stationsand radio and all. Yes, but
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  • that's not the church. You arethe church, and Jesus is
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  • building you. And we're usingall these things to reach people
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  • and to build people up. So whatis our mission? We're helping
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  • Jesus build His church. Andwherever the church is strong,
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  • countries are infected,affected, influenced. Wherever
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  • the church is strong, thatgrassroots affects leadership in
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  • every area of that city. Everyarea that is ahead when the
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  • church is strong. But when thechurch is not strong, then
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  • leaders can rise up all aroundyou that you don't want. The
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  • Bible actually says you getleaders after your own heart. So
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  • guard your heart. Declare theWord. Let the church of Jesus
  • 00:15:29.120 --> 00:15:32.724
  • Christ rise up in such a waythat our hearts and our prayer
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  • together changes our nation, ourcities. It changes whatever is
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  • needed to bring the peace andthe blessing that God has given
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  • us. In Matthew 6:33, what's ourmission? It says to seek first
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  • the kingdom of God. Not seekfirst your career, not seek
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  • first your marriage, not seekfirst your sex life, not seek
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  • first whatever pleasures you'vegot. Pleasures follow us. At his
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  • right hand are pleasures forevermore. But we are to seek first
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  • His kingdom. How can we help Hiskingdom advance? How can we help
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  • Him reach the hurting and thelost? How can we let this world
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  • know that the greatest joy andpeace and success is in knowing
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  • Jesus. What's our mission inlife? John 15:8-9 says that we
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  • are to bear much fruit. We areto get results everywhere.
  • 00:16:20.004 --> 00:16:23.541
  • He'll, they look at you and go,"How do you get results in your
  • 00:16:23.574 --> 00:16:25.410
  • marriage like that? How do youraise kids and get results like
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  • that? How do you have sicknessand disease pushing at you
  • 00:16:28.379 --> 00:16:31.616
  • and healing and health justkeep rising up. How do
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  • you get results?" That isfor the believer who
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  • follows Jesus Christ. 1 John3:8 says, "For this purpose
  • 00:16:37.755 --> 00:16:41.626
  • was the Son of Godmanifested, that he might
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  • destroy the works of the devil."So you and I need to know. That
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  • yes, everywhere we go, when wesee poverty and sickness and
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  • disease and anger and jealousyand self-centeredness. Those all
  • 00:16:53.638 --> 00:16:57.942
  • weren't in the garden that Godcreated. But this fallen angel
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  • Lucifer, in him when he began touse whatever creative power he
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  • was given to create sin andself-centeredness. All of this
  • 00:17:06.918 --> 00:17:09.921
  • followed him, wasn't God'soriginal intention. Did you know
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  • that when it comes to you and Iserving Jesus and declaring our
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  • prayer every day. If you want toknow how to pray. Get up and
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  • take His promises and His Wordand declare who you are. Because
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  • who you are will begin to pushout where you are that is not in
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  • that same line. When you beginto declare what you are in
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  • Christ, it begins to push offsituations. It begins to bring
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  • the miraculous into your worldwhen you begin to declare what
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  • you are. When you begin todeclare your mission in life and
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  • I'm here to rise up and toinfluence this world for Jesus,
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  • to destroy what the enemy hasdone, to bring results in my
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  • life so that people areattracted to the Jesus that I
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  • serve. I follow Jesus and Heleads me by name, and I know His
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  • voice and another I won'tfollow. Listen to me, your world
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  • changes. My question to you. Doyou speak every day who you are?
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  • That's the most powerful prayingyou could do. Do you speak out
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  • loud and declare God's Word asto what you are? Do you speak
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  • His Word and His promises as towhat your mission is in life? If
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  • you'll begin, that's what youneed to do in your prayer
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  • closet. That's what you need todo when it's you and God alone
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  • in your car as you begin to findthe promises. And today, I've
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  • given you a few promises in eachcategory and they overlap. But
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  • your words that you speak out ofyour mouth. They rule your life
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  • and they rule your future. Now,where you are in life today is
  • 00:18:49.520 --> 00:18:57.128
  • probably a result of how youwere raised and what your
  • 00:18:57.161 --> 00:18:59.830
  • parents taught you or schoolingor whatever. So, but where you
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  • want to be for your future fromtoday and on. Make a decision,
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  • that I'm going to rule and reignwith Christ. Not when you get to
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  • heaven. Right now. It's yourwords. Your prayer time needs to
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  • be. My challenge to you is yougot to start. You got to start.
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  • You know, when my kids wereyounger. I can hold them in my
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  • arms night times and pray andspeak the Word of God over them
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  • and see health and life flowinto them. As they got older and
  • 00:19:34.665 --> 00:19:38.236
  • got into their teens, I began tonotice that it was up to them
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  • and what they believed about whothey were. What they believed
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  • about what they are. What theybelieved about their mission.
  • 00:19:46.944 --> 00:19:51.415
  • That I couldn't just use myfaith and get whatever I wanted
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  • for them. As you grow and riseup from a child into an adult,
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  • if we don't teach and show andmodel our children what we do in
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  • these areas. They won't be ableto. I can come along with my
  • 00:20:05.563 --> 00:20:09.500
  • kids now and agree with themwhat they believe. What they
  • 00:20:09.533 --> 00:20:13.404
  • believe about what they are.What my kids believe about who
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  • they are. What my kids believeabout their mission. They're an
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  • adult. They need to decide that.I was walking down a really bad
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  • street in one of our cities.We're just sharing and reaching
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  • out, walked up to this group offive guys and just kind of
  • 00:20:31.722 --> 00:20:36.193
  • started talking, and they got upangry and mad and surrounded me
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  • right on the sidewalk on thestreet there. And they said,
  • 00:20:40.031 --> 00:20:44.669
  • "This Jesus is your friend.Yeah, right." He started cursing
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  • and swearing. He says, "Theseare friends." He's pointing the
  • 00:20:48.105 --> 00:20:51.409
  • guys that are standing around mein a circle. And he says, "Me
  • 00:20:51.442 --> 00:20:55.579
  • and my friends are going to kickthe beep, beep, beep, out of
  • 00:20:55.613 --> 00:20:59.450
  • you. What's your friend Jesusgoing to do for you now, huh?" I
  • 00:20:59.483 --> 00:21:03.421
  • looked him right in the eye theringleader and I said,
  • 00:21:03.454 --> 00:21:07.725
  • "Interesting." Says the Biblesays God's angel will protect me
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  • from you. So you got trouble orHe's going to give me the
  • 00:21:10.661 --> 00:21:13.130
  • ability to take all five of youright now. He looks at me and he
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  • pause, and he goes, "What kindof Christian are you?" He was
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  • convinced that Christians areweak. That Christians are meek.
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  • That Christians are wimpy. ThatChristians need excuses. And he
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  • found and talked to somebodythat spoke so differently. I
  • 00:21:32.049 --> 00:21:35.252
  • said, "I'm the real kind ofChristian. Can we talk to you
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  • about it?" They all sat down onthe fence. There's a board fence
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  • right there. And I talked tothese guys for 45 minutes to an
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  • hour about the Jesus that Iserve and what He look like
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  • according to Revelations 1. Andthe power, the authority that's
  • 00:21:48.032 --> 00:21:51.802
  • invested in Him. That's beengiven to us. And it was an
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  • amazing time. I want you tounderstand something. You've got
  • 00:21:55.473 --> 00:21:59.844
  • some choices to make. You goahead and keep blaming God, your
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  • mom, your church, the color ofyour skin, your language. Go and
  • 00:22:02.780 --> 00:22:06.584
  • blame whatever you want. Butaccording to Jesus Christ the
  • 00:22:06.617 --> 00:22:09.987
  • King of kings and the Lord oflords. When you give your life
  • 00:22:10.020 --> 00:22:13.524
  • to Him, you're a part of God'sfamily and you are now designed
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  • to bring results, designed towin. You are more than a
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  • conqueror. What is more than aconqueror? Well, you know, if
  • 00:22:22.299 --> 00:22:25.136
  • you're going to go conquer acountry, it's one thing to
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  • destroy it and fight. It takesreal wisdom to put in power
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  • grids and roads andneighborhoods and houses and
  • 00:22:30.808 --> 00:22:35.579
  • fresh water and stores and ademocracy and system of
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  • government. You know, you canpush a trigger and bomb the
  • 00:22:39.517 --> 00:22:43.020
  • thing down in no time. But to bemore than a conqueror. It means
  • 00:22:43.053 --> 00:22:47.591
  • not just to win. It means tobuild the life that you've
  • 00:22:47.625 --> 00:22:50.828
  • dreamed of. Whenever I meetChristians who are always
  • 00:22:50.861 --> 00:22:54.398
  • fighting. I know they don'tunderstand what it means to be
  • 00:22:54.432 --> 00:22:57.435
  • more than a conqueror. Theydon't understand that you are
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  • salt and light. We are wisemaster builders. We can build
  • 00:23:00.204 --> 00:23:03.707
  • communities and homes andmarriages and families and
  • 00:23:03.741 --> 00:23:06.577
  • careers and nations. We are theones who should rise up
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  • in this area.
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  • -LEON: One of the greatestthings people struggle with
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  • today is, who am I? So manypeople are trying to get their
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  • DNA checked out to see ifthey've got European in them, if
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  • they've got Mongol in them, orthey're from Indian descent from
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  • India. That they want to knowand that they seem to feel a
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  • sense of, "I've gotta find outwho I am." And none of those
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  • things are your identity. It'sgood to be proud and not
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  • embarrassed of where you comefrom and to be excited about it,
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  • but your identity is in Christ.And I wanna challenge you that
  • 00:25:01.225 --> 00:25:05.429
  • you might think, "I'm Canadian.I'm American. I'm East Indian."
  • 00:25:05.462 --> 00:25:10.334
  • Or whatever word, but you areHeavenian first. You are made in
  • 00:25:10.367 --> 00:25:15.806
  • the likeness and the image ofGod. The language that you
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  • speak, the color of your skin,and whoever your forefathers
  • 00:25:19.310 --> 00:25:22.079
  • were, is not your identity. Youridentity is in Christ. You're
  • 00:25:22.112 --> 00:25:26.250
  • 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
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  • you need to understand. God mayuse everything else in His
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  • purposes in your life, language,color of skin, background, and
  • 00:25:38.762 --> 00:25:42.800
  • He will. But your identity isJesus. Don't let anything take
  • 00:25:42.833 --> 00:25:46.170
  • that away from you. And that iswhere you'll have a peace. That
  • 00:25:46.203 --> 00:25:51.308
  • is where you will have astrength. Because whenever the
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  • enemy comes in to tempt you offcourse or to begin to make you
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  • feel like you are not enough.You need to know I am a child of
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  • God. I know that the King ofkings is on the inside of me.
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  • That I was born with a purposeand there's something I'm gonna
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  • do for Him. Father, I pray rightnow. That we would release the
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  • things we cling to as ouridentity, failures, even
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  • victories. And we would look toYou, Father, as the author, the
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  • 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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