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The Foundations of Prayer

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July 22, 2019
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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: If you're gonna pray, you must pray from an
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  • understanding that you have a right to pray, the privilege to
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  • pray, the power to pray, the authority to pray, because of
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  • what Jesus has done for you.
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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: Hey, everybody! It is so good to have you with us today.
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  • You know, I love teaching the Word because it is what sets
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  • people free. Truth sets people free and then you can live. If
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  • you're struggling, and your life has been plateaued for so long
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  • listen close to this and I wanna dive into something. We've been
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  • talking for a little while about the power of prayer and
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  • foundational teaching that must be understood if you're gonna
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  • walk in a consistency of experiencing God and of seeing
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  • the supernatural power of God flowing everywhere in your life
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  • all the time. So many Christians think that God's supernatural
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  • power, this miraculous ability that is so far beyond our own
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  • ability only works when we kind of pray it and we've gotta
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  • figure this out and then we go back to being mere mortals, mere
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  • humans but nothing can be further from the truth. Now,
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  • today, I'm gonna do a fast review. I have been teaching on
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  • the fact that if you're gonna pray, you must pray from an
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  • understanding that you have a right to pray, the privilege to
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  • pray, the power to pray, the authority to pray, because of
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  • what Jesus has done for you. So if you wanna know really what
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  • almost the most important teaching to learn first as new
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  • believers is what Jesus did from the cross to the throne. So it
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  • is His death, His burial, His resurrection, and His ascension
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  • to the throne. Herein is where your sin is dealt with, the
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  • curse is dealt with, the old you is dead and gone. This is where
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  • you learn this. Then this new life as you rise up in the
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  • resurrection life of Jesus. You are a new creation. And then
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  • what authority do you have is taught when you look at, seated
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  • at the righthand of the Father where Jesus is seated there. All
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  • of this teaching is powerful and beautiful, and it really is what
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  • few Christians seem to understand. And so until you
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  • begin to experience the promises of God at the heart level, okay.
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  • You will not be able to see them move into your life. Let me tell
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  • you a story. When I was 18 years old, I got a job at a hospital
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  • where I worked in central supply and then very quickly became the
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  • first paramedic program in the province here in Canada and one
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  • of the first groups of paramedics to a certain degree
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  • that practice on the streets. And so while I was going and
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  • working as the single, I began to see things that just shocked
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  • me. From a great little, I came from a great home, great family,
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  • great friends, great church. My life was wonderful. And I began
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  • to go to the back alleys in the seedy parts of life where
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  • stabbings and rapes and people dying in front of me, children
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  • dying in front of me, began to literally shock me at the
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  • heartache that this world had. And then it began to make me
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  • realize that I had been kind of protected from this. And so I
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  • began to say, "Well, Jesus, You healed the sick, raised the
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  • dead. You walked into situations like storms, demonic attacks
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  • like a crazy man running out of the tombs and You seemed to walk
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  • in a daily supernatural power." And the Bible says as He is, so
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  • are we in this world. So as Jesus functions in this world,
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  • so we are, too. And here's what I began to do. I didn't know how
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  • to handle this. One day, I had a little girl died on me and it
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  • really troubled me. And I remember going back to, at my
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  • house and just to handle the heartache that I saw every day.
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  • Now, most of my friends from that period of my life are
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  • divorced, many of them had addictions, many of marriages
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  • jaded on life, because they just saw so much heartache and pain.
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  • It's just seen daily, like I was seeing daily. So what I did, not
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  • even knowing what I was doing, I began to cry out to God. I was a
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  • Christian. I love Jesus. And I said, "Jesus, like how do I
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  • handle this?" And I, in the mornings before I got up, in
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  • order to stop the depression or this overwhelming sense of
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  • defeatedness. I would close my eyes and I would simply read
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  • about Jesus, okay. This is what I did. I would read about Jesus
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  • in the gospels and then I would simply see myself doing what
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  • Jesus did. So as Jesus was walking along the seashore, I'd
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  • see, okay, let me see the sand as His feet walked through the
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  • sand, that I'm with Him. And as He talked from the boat to
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  • everyone on the seashore, I would literally just see myself
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  • right beside Jesus. As He reached out and touched a blind
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  • man, I would just see myself with Jesus reaching out and
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  • touching a blind man. I was doing this because as a young
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  • guy I could not handle the emotions that I was going
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  • through as an 18 and 19-year-old going through this. And what
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  • began to happen was interesting. I had begun to read some of the
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  • great books by Paul Yonggi Cho, The Fourth Dimension. This kind
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  • of eastern look at the promises of God where he began to talk
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  • about being pregnant with God's Word. That if you don't have it
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  • in your life, you could be pregnant with God's Word in your
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  • heart. And, you know, then so I began to, I'm reading this and
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  • that's what I began to do. Now, a funny thing happened to me and
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  • I share more in our book, The Spirit Contemporary Life, which
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  • I really pray. If you haven't got a copy, go to Amazon and get
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  • a copy of that. It shares the stories and the miracles that
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  • will blow your mind of the dead being raised and the miracles
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  • that took place in the backs of ambulances and on boardrooms,
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  • etcetera. But as I began to just spend each morning. Now, what I
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  • would do was I would take about 30 minutes. And the reason I
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  • remember this so well is because we have this kind of leatherette
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  • or this mahoga-hide couch black with all these pin holes in it
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  • because it sticks to you. You've got kind of sweaty. And I
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  • remember going out on to the porch area of the house that I
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  • was living in, and I would lay on there and I would close my
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  • eyes and I would just imagine being with Jesus. So as I read
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  • the Word, I would imagine the Word me being there with Him
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  • when He raised that widow's son out of the coffin. When He
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  • walked on the water and Peter walked on the water to Him. I
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  • was there walking on the water to Jesus. So I began to
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  • experience, without knowing I was doing, I began to experience
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  • the Bible at a heart level. Instead of just reading the
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  • promises and knowing what the Bible says which is mental
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  • assent. I began to experience these promises for me. I added
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  • myself into the Word. This became so personal to me that I
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  • began to think I can begin to pray for the sick. I began to
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  • believe that I could be so protected of a demon possessed
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  • man that can break chains run at the disciples and Jesus. He'd
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  • fall on his face right in front of Jesus, etcetera. And one day,
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  • I'll never forget the very first miracle that I saw. I went into
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  • a situation where a little baby needed surgery. And one of the
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  • things we did back then was we would relieve the people on the
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  • maternity ward because often wasn't that many babies there.
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  • There was only one there at this time who was just been born and
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  • was scheduled for surgery because of problems with the
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  • bowel. Food was not going through. This baby's in pain and
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  • screaming. It's getting ready for surgery. It was her time for
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  • a coffee break, so I had to spend 20 minutes with it. She
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  • says, "She's just gonna cry like this. Leon just don't do
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  • anything, just stand there until I get back for my coffee break."
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  • I remember going in there looking at this baby just
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  • screaming and crying red in the face. And I remember walking
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  • over and just touching its forehead and just saying,
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  • "Behold, in the name of Jesus." And I saw it stopped crying. And
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  • so I went, "Oh, maybe that's okay. Maybe it does sleep in
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  • between this." And so I was just, you know, it's breathing
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  • and it's fine. And I kind of standing in the doorway waiting
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  • for the nurse to come back and this nurse is walking back. And
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  • then probably about 20 to 30 yards from the maternity door
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  • she sees me standing and she starts to run, and she runs at
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  • me. What's going on? Well, baby is not crying. And I thought,
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  • "Maybe it died or something." But it was sleeping. What's
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  • going on? It can't even sleep and it's in so much pain
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  • whatever it was dealing with. And later on, I found out that
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  • they had done a preoperative assessment on the child and
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  • decided it did not need surgery. And that was my first look at
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  • the presence of God and the power of God could flow through
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  • me. Until you experience God's promises as being true, okay?
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  • It's not going to affect your heart. And if it doesn't affect
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  • your heart, then it's not flowing into your physical world
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  • or even into the areas of your mind with peace and with joy and
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  • so this is crucial. It's just crucial that when you read the
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  • Word, when you read a great teaching, when you're listening
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  • to this message right now. You know, so many people say, "Well,
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  • it works for Leon or it works for whoever you respect as a
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  • teacher, whoever you're watching." You just have this
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  • sense of they can do it, while me there's something wrong with
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  • me. I can't really do it. Well, until you deal with that
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  • attitude and go, "No, I am the child of the King. Jesus died
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  • for me." You know, until you pick up your cross. What does
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  • that mean? That literally means dying to the old you and every
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  • imagination you have of who you are. Defeated, weak, not able to
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  • do things. Until you died of that, you will not be able to
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  • walk in the things that God has for you because your identity is
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  • crucial for you to get your faith to work. If you do not see
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  • yourself as a new creation. Everyone says that, but what
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  • does that mean? That means the old Leon is dead. Died on the
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  • cross with Jesus. That means that when Jesus died, and He
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  • took the curse of sickness, diseases, and death for sin,
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  • okay? That He took the wrath of God, okay? There's no wrath left
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  • for Leon for God to give me because Jesus took that. Another
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  • verse says that everything I ever did wrong was written. The
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  • writ against me. The writing against me which be the
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  • prosecutor, you know, against me. It was nailed to the cross
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  • and completely paid for my entire life. When you get this
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  • revelation that Jesus paid for all my sins past and future, and
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  • that the curse, the punishment, Jesus took it. You fall so in
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  • love with Jesus and your identity begins to be I'm
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  • righteous. Here's what people struggle because they think they
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  • have to be good enough for God to use them. But righteousness
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  • according to Romans 5:21 or 17 is a gift. The gift of
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  • righteousness. So there's a big difference between faith
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  • righteousness, just believing you're righteous because of
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  • Jesus and then works righteousness, you working at
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  • your righteousness. And so as you begin to go into God's Word,
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  • this identity as to who, who are you? I'm a brand-new creation.
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  • Everything's passed away that has to do with the curse,
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  • punishment, God's wrath, hell, all the rest Jesus dealt with.
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  • And now, not only is my past sin gone because a lot of people
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  • think, "Well, you know, my sins are forgiven, and I get to go to
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  • heaven when I die. But they don't think that Jesus quite did
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  • enough for me to actually live in His power. When Jesus walked
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  • the planet, He was able to get the miraculous to walk in peace,
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  • to walk protected. No one took His life it says in John 10,
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  • until He lay it down. And it says the same thing for us in
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  • Psalm 91 the last verse that we actually are delivered our lives
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  • until we're satisfied. I mean, it's amazing when you begin to
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  • identify with Christ and that, that I'm not this guy. That I
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  • identify with Jesus, His death, His burial, His resurrection. I
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  • mean, His ascendency to the righthand of the Father at the
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  • throne of God. This is He decides who I am. My identity
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  • comes from Jesus. That is so wonderful because wherever Leon
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  • isn't quite enough or however I've been trained to, whether
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  • I'm not good at. You know, when I'm weak, He is strong. That's
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  • where this verse becomes, it becomes so alive for me. It's
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  • not enough to you believers who understand confessing the
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  • promises. It's not enough to just confess the promises. It
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  • actually has hurt many people because they confess the
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  • promises from a place of need, from a place of I've gotta
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  • become something, from a place of barely get by. And until you
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  • begin to experience, this is mine. This is my inheritance.
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  • Jesus qualified me through His behavior that all of these
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  • blessings are mine. All the promises are yes and amen. He
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  • has given me all things that pertain to my life now and in
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  • the future. It's all been already given to me. In fact,
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  • people are shock when I say, "God does not decide miracles."
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  • This blows people's minds because they've been begging,
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  • bugging, pleading, interceding, binding devils, coming against
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  • the bright skies. You know, all of these things to get these
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  • promises to manifest in their life. Yet, they've already been
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  • given. And the process that we are simply to do is to establish
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  • your heart in grace, to take your heart and to establish.
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  • Now, guard it with all diligence for out of it flows the forces
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  • of life. Matthew 12, a good man from the good deposits, the good
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  • treasure of his heart just brings forth good things into
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  • this physical world. An evil man brings forth evil things from
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  • the heart. So as a born-again believer, you've gotta guard
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  • your heart from fear, anger, lust because the presence of God
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  • within you. Now, as you renew your mind with the Word and it
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  • begins to just drop and settle into your heart. Your heart gets
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  • established and you must be able to see and to personalize God's
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  • Word. People would often ask me like, "What's a real key to
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  • strong faith?" Here's something that I hope will help you. It's
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  • not so much believing God can heal. The devil believes God can
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  • heal. He believes God does heal. He had seen it happen
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  • everywhere. Well, then, what is great faith? It is literally
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  • this believing that He'll do it for you. This ability to receive
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  • the promises of God and this new identity that you are in Christ
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  • and it's all been done for you. It blows your mind because it's
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  • so simple, it's so beautiful, it's so powerful. Jesus said,
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  • "My yoke is easy, and My burden is light." When you begin to
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  • learn and grow, and you'll need to do it every day the rest of
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  • your life learning about what Jesus did from His cross, from
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  • when He ascended to the throne. All the teachings in between
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  • there which is what the new covenant is built upon, to learn
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  • those things all through the epistles and to learn them in
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  • the minor and the major prophets. This is where you
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  • begin to anchor your faith. I begin to believe this that I
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  • wasn't anchoring my faith in could God heal, but I was
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  • anchoring them in the character and the nature of God. I had to
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  • believe that the character and the nature of God was good. That
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  • it was love. You see, the world and the church doesn't believe
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  • that. They believed God is an angry God. I remember years ago,
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  • a preacher famous messages, you know, a sinner falling in the
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  • hands of an angry God. Well, once you give your life to Jesus
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  • Christ, you know, you don't have to worry about any of that. But
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  • the anger and all of that, so my, as I begin to read and see
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  • what Jesus had done and realized God sent Him to represent me and
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  • the human race, to take my sin, to make it possible for me even
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  • before I go to the place called heaven. To have within me this
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  • the kingdom of God is within me. Which means His peace, His joy,
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  • and the healing power and the protection power of God is all
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  • within me. It's all in me and that it would continually
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  • radiate from me and in the middle of a hurting, mess up
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  • world, full of pain and suffering. And we're gonna
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  • experience a lot of that pain but to go on suffering and it's
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  • not a part of what is for us. By that I simply mean suffering
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  • with no peace, suffering with no joy, suffering with sickness
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  • when Jesus took it on the cross. There's a lot of things that the
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  • church has not begun to really understand. I began to look the
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  • character of God, the names of God, who God is, what does He
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  • want from me. Like promises that say the blessing of the Lord
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  • maketh rich and adds no sorrow to it. So God's blessing helps
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  • every area of your life succeed and sorrow is not a part of this
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  • training. God is not such a bad teacher He needs to hurt you.
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  • You know, someone's go, "God's gonna get your attention
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  • sometimes." I'm not gonna take my kid's hand and put it in the
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  • fire and burn it to get his attention to be cautious around
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  • fire. Okay? My child loves me and trust me and so I would
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  • teach them and show them this and they trust that they didn't.
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  • As you begin to trust the nature of God and His character, all of
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  • a sudden, you'll be read things in the Bible that someone would
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  • try to take out of context and you just kind of laugh and go,
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  • "Dude, that's not my God's character. That's not His
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  • nature. So that doesn't make sense." And so as we begin to
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  • fellowship with God and get into His Word. We see a God that is
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  • so good. You know, years ago when the churches, some men
  • 00:20:33.200 --> 00:20:38.090
  • began to preach God is a good God. And this is only in the
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  • last, you know, like 70 years. Maybe 50 years ago, that people
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  • will be God is a good God. They banned them from most of the
  • 00:20:47.270 --> 00:20:50.250
  • churches and the church fought against this message that God is
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  • a good God. Yet now in almost all denominations, it is taught
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  • God is a good God. For some reason things get slow when it
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  • comes to religion. So religion is always about man trying to
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  • please an angry God. Man trying to please a God that has to come
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  • in and do things. But yet, once you look at Jesus what He's done
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  • for you. You now can continually look to Jesus. There's an old
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  • song that I think is beautiful. It says, " Turn your eyes upon
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  • Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things
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  • of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory
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  • and His grace." There's so much doctrine packed into that. What
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  • is His grace? What is His glory? And Peter experienced this. He
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  • said to Jesus if it's you, call me. Jesus said come Peter. He
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  • looked at Jesus and began to walk on the water to Jesus. Then
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  • the waves began to, you know, he began to pay attention to them
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  • and he got his eyes off of Jesus and he began to be awake of his
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  • five senses feeling the spray of the salt sea, feeling the wind
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  • whipping his hair, seeing the size of these waves. All of his
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  • five senses began to bring in all of this fear and he began to
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  • sink. And he cried out, "Jesus!" And Jesus reached out and
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  • grabbed him. He didn't carry him back to the boat. Peter got his
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  • eyes back on Jesus and he walked on the water back to the boat
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  • with Jesus. There's an example of how quickly you can be
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  • focused on Jesus. Now, how do you use that story for me and
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  • what he has done for Leon? How that he is, you know, I'm a
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  • brand-new creation. So the old Leon died and all my sin died.
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  • And Jesus took my sin, took my punishment and He resurrected
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  • with a new life for me and so, etcetera, a new authority for
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  • me. And so as I look at Jesus through the scripture Holy
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  • Spirit continually magnifying. Jesus becomes bigger and bigger
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  • in my mind, in my heart, and He becomes real. You know, the
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  • Bibles says oh, magnify the Lord in Psalm 34. Well, you can't
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  • make God bigger, but you can make God bigger in you. Or you
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  • can make the fear bigger in you, the problem bigger in you. When
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  • you go to the Word and you see who Jesus is, what He has done
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  • for you. You begin to see the character of God. Jesus came to
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  • this planet for a lot of wonderful thing. One of them was
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  • to show us what God was really like. And when you look at how
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  • Jesus treated people, that's what God is really like. I pray
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  • these messages. Tune in all the time here. Tell your friends
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  • about it. And let's get a look at who Jesus is and who you
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  • are and let's begin to pray from these strengths of
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  • knowing these truths.
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  • -LEON: An interesting part of the gospel is how valuable you
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  • are to God. The enemy continually will harass your
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  • thinking and it will always be like you're not enough, or
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  • you're too bad, or you're too negative, or you're too flawed,
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  • or there's something missing in you, or no one really
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  • understands at the very core that you're missing something.
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  • Whichever way the enemy does it, he will try to tempt you to
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  • believe that you're not enough. But you've gotta understand that
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  • when you give your life to Jesus Christ, and He comes in, that He
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  • is flowing through you, living through you, and there is
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  • nothing that you can't do. Recognize how valuable you are
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  • to God. That you are enough because Jesus is within you and
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  • you and He can do all things. That's why it says, you can do
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  • all things through Christ who strengthens you. You can't do
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  • all things on your own but with Jesus on the inside of you,
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  • there is a completeness about you. Rise up, believe, and keep
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  • going especially in the directions that have shut you
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  • down for far too long. Father, I pray blessing upon them right
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  • now. Let there be an aha moment, an epiphany. That they will
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  • understand that with Jesus on the inside of them. That Father,
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  • they are valuable, they are enough, and there's nothing that
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  • will stop them. They are all they need to be with You.
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  • I pray this in Your wonderful name, amen.
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