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Reality Check

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July 23, 2019
27:29

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: I made a decision years ago in my life
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  • that I would see Jesus as the truth. He is the way, He is the
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  • truth, and He is the life.
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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 in 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 Winnipeg, Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: What is the reality of your life? If your reality of
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  • it, their terms, or your perception of what's going on,
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  • is not accurate, then you're walking out a deception. But if
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  • we call it reality, you will stay in that deception even as
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  • you crash and burn. Relationships, your mind, your
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  • body, companies, situations, families. To call your
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  • perception reality, I understand why they do, but it can take you
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  • in places that will destroy you. To call what you think your
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  • truth, if your truth is a deception, is to walk out
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  • deception until you crash on the rocks of that wave. And so, for
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  • today as we talk, I might use those terms interchangeably, but
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  • right at the introduction I want you to understand that, we must
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  • question what we think. Do you believe what you think? If your
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  • answer is yes, you're in trouble. I was training a group
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  • of senior pastors overseas, and we were talking about this
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  • ability. I call it Spirit Contemporary. This ability to
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  • present the Gospel, to present Christ to people in a
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  • contemporary way. Because if we just do it the way they did it a
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  • hundred years ago, there's a whole bunch of new questions
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  • that have been raised. A whole bunch of new attacks. And if
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  • we're just religious, we're not going to be able to present the
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  • Gospel the way God has intended it to be. So I just said to them
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  • okay, how many here believe that every thing you do is right?
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  • Nobody would put up their hands. And, I kind of laughed because I
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  • knew they wouldn't. Because typically we know that of course
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  • everything I do is, but then I said well that means there's
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  • things you do, that are wrong. And if you know that, then
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  • you're a fool. And they were kind of grappling with that. I
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  • said, so let's take the middle ground and say that there are
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  • things you think is right, and you will move on the things you
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  • think are right. But they could be totally wrong. That's why the
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  • Bible says my people perish, my people are destroyed, my people
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  • get off track, my people you know, death and destruction
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  • enters their life, not for a lack of prayer. Not for a lack
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  • of faith. Not for a lack of love. One word, for a lack of
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  • knowledge. There are things you and I do not know. There are
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  • beliefs that we have picked up in our lives, that we
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  • superimpose upon our lives, and we interpret them that way, and
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  • we're deceived. What do you mean deceived? Well, have you ever
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  • tried to talk to somebody who knows they're right, even when
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  • they're wrong? But there's a stubbornness to them? You can
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  • talk all you want, you can show them the proof. And, they just.
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  • Whatever, that's your truth, this is my truth. Like, we
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  • literally have developed a society that, we really think
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  • that's true. Wouldn't it be interesting to go if we used
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  • that for sciences. We had a chief engineer on the shuttle,
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  • you're going up on the shuttle, and one engineer says well this
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  • is my truth, that's his truth, but we decided. Woah. Is there a
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  • truth or not as to how we put rocket in space? Of course there
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  • is. And when you don't know it, you pay the price till you learn
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  • it. The same is true, in psychology the same is true,
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  • mentally, physically, emotionally, the same is true in
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  • our world, eternity, you know. They're really messing with
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  • reality, you know. Like, and I'm not going to go in this
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  • direction, like the sciences would look at it and say well
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  • what is reality Leon, because the space that you're in right
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  • now, you weren't in just give minutes ago. The space was back
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  • behind the soundboard. And so, really, are you really there,
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  • because it depends upon space and time. And they'll go, and
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  • they're going to go deeper and deeper until their brain kind of
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  • goes mm! And they wonder why they're depressed. And so, I
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  • understand that yes, for sciences, we need to learn all
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  • these kinds of things. But when it comes to what you believe,
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  • that is outside. When it comes to, how was the world created,
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  • and when you look at people and you judge them. Judging your own
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  • spouse. You know, they don't love me anymore, and they're
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  • just like this, they're like this. We tend to judge people.
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  • And so, the ability to discern, what is truth? The ability to
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  • discern, what is really happening here. What is reality?
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  • If we go the way of the modern sooth-sayer out there, the new
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  • age, many of the names we see on TV. You literally begin to move
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  • to a place that causes destruction. It may bring
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  • temporary relief. I was chatting with a lady about meditation, I
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  • was in a sports shop and I think it was in Banff or wherever I
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  • was. And she was looking at mats, and oh this is my
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  • meditation mat. And I said, well this is a beautiful place to
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  • meditate, you can go down the river, the mountains. I know, I
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  • know! I just love it! You meditate? I said, I meditate. No
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  • way! I said, how do you meditate? Oh, and then she
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  • explained how that, the positions and what she's
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  • involved in, zen, Buddhism, and how that she loves to find that
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  • moment of nothingness. That moment of peace. Everything
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  • around her, just disappears. I'm just waiting and said, doesn't
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  • it suck when you get up, roll up your mat, and all your problems
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  • come right back? I know! I know! So, I said, have you heard of
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  • the new meditation? There's a new meditation? Oh, I said,
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  • absolutely. I said, there's a meditation of focusing on God's
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  • principles, and the principle isn't to go to nothingness, the
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  • principle is to meditate into truth. And then peace becomes
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  • yours to get up and leave with, even though you're no longer
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  • meditating. Get out. I said, you can be depressed, and unhappy,
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  • and with this form of meditation, which is from the
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  • Hebrews. You know, when you go back in time from the Old
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  • Testament in the Bible, there's just locked away hidden truths
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  • in the Bible that religion is just messed up. And she's just
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  • locked on, and we had a talk. I explained to her what Christian
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  • meditation looks like, and I'm not going to go into that
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  • message right now. But, the world has little glimpses of
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  • peace. Little moments of true happiness, that they can never
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  • hang on to, because happiness comes from happenings. But joy
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  • is an internal fixture, structure, system. It's a real
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  • thing because Jesus is there, and to renew your mind. So what
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  • is, when we start talking about these things, I want to go into
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  • so many directions. But, in John 1:17 it says this. For the law
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  • was given by Moses, and the law was pretty cool. If you build a
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  • country on the ten commandments, and the laws of Moses, you get
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  • countries that just prosper and are phenomenal. I mean, America,
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  • Canada, England, Australia. They've all got lots of
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  • problems, but go pick another country where they'll stone
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  • women for having a bad thought or an education. Go where kids
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  • are like, you own them, you can take them, kill them, whatever
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  • you want. Like, what thinking pattern, what religious belief
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  • has formed that government's culture of that country? And
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  • you'll find that the commandments are amazing.
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  • Because that's our legal system, that's our judicial system. This
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  • is, this our government system. The foundation anyway, is from
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  • the ten commandments of the Bible, and they're incredible,
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  • and they're good for our lives too. But, the problem is no one
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  • can fulfill them, so the law was given by Moses, but grace and
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  • truth came by Jesus Christ. I had to make a decision in my
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  • life at one time. Because, everybody says they have the
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  • truth. Every religion says they have the truth. Everywhere you
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  • go, people are looking for truth. And so, you've got all
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  • these new authors, who they'll grab one thought and they'll
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  • walk it through the book. And there's wisdom in it, but they
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  • still don't know where to go and how to tie all these parts
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  • together. I mean, all truth, if it's truth, it's parallel. But
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  • the issue is can you connect all the dots of all this, this all
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  • these beliefs. So, Jesus said, I am the way. The truth. And the
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  • life. Can I be that sure? Because, if you've got your
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  • truth and I've got my truth, and Jesus' got His truth, and God's
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  • got His truth, and Buddha's got his truth, and Mohammad's got
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  • his truth. And hey, we've all got truth, we've all got
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  • reality. What a mixed up batch of human beings we are walking
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  • on the planet. What is truth? And you'll have to decide at
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  • some point. I made a decision after studying the Bible, you
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  • know, looking at the Koran, looking at Buddhism, looking at
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  • a lot of the new-age stuff. Looking at, you know, the
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  • sciences, studying the mind. And into my life, just looking at
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  • all these things. And at some point, years ago, I recognized
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  • that when you look at religion for example, and it's just of
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  • the mind, what's truth, where do we go with this. But then when
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  • you see Jesus who is truth, He didn't just argue with the
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  • people. He produced miracles. And so He is the way, and He'd
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  • walk on water. He'd heal people. Today, miracles are still found
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  • in Christianity around the world. Not as much in the first
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  • world. But phenomenally so in the third world. Where they
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  • still don't think they're smarter than God. And they're
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  • still opened. So, Jesus came and when you look at the Bible, and
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  • you begin to study the truth, the Bible's never been
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  • disproved. I've read the best out there who attack it, but for
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  • every book you read attacking the Bible, go read somebody who
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  • stands up for the Bible, and it's amazing. When you realize
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  • that 80 percent of the prophecies in the Bible, there's
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  • something that will blow your mind. Come to pass exactly in
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  • the city, with the person, the way the Bible predicted. And so,
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  • I made a decision years ago in my life that I would see Jesus,
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  • as the truth. He is the way. He is the truth. And he is the
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  • life. Now you and I can get along if you're a Buddhist, if
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  • you're a Muslim, we can get along, whatever your sexual
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  • orientation. None of those things change my love,
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  • acceptance, and hanging out and having a good time, having a
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  • good coffee. None of that changes all that. But for me,
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  • and how I raise my family, my children, I cannot go to them
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  • and say what's your truth? You'll have to discover that on
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  • your own. No, no, no. Parenting, is the equipping of children
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  • with truth. Parenting is training and raising them up and
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  • the nurture and the admonition of God. And to not recognize
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  • that we must train them to love and accept and forgive people on
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  • this planet because no two people are always going to
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  • believe the same things. But now, as far as our family. As
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  • the jailer said in the New Testament, as for me and my
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  • house, or Joshua said it too. We will serve the Lord. How do we
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  • do that? We learn His principle. We find out who He is. And,
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  • we're going to follow Him. He is the way. He is the truth. He is
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  • the life. But don't train them to hate, don't train them to
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  • disregard, don't train them to disrespect, don't train them to
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  • be condescending, to look down. Come on! We're reaching
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  • beautiful, amazing, wonderful people who just need to know
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  • Jesus. Know the truth. And so, you're going to come to a part,
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  • if we're here and you just want to take a piece of the Bible
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  • here and a piece of the Bible and zen Buddhism there, and
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  • we're going to get a little bit of stuff over here from, you're
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  • going to find that somewhere in your life it's going to get
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  • complex. It's going to get complicated. And, you're not
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  • going to bear results. The man, the God, who designed your mind,
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  • gave you a software system for it. Okay. A lot of things they
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  • don't know about the Bible, modern psychology, is because
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  • there's so many programs and things in there that are hidden.
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  • That as you study and read, they clothe your mind with peace.
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  • They bring a joy, a sense of future, of Jesus. And I just
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  • wanted to say this as we dive into this topic, that at some
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  • point, you have to decide Jesus yes or no. And you say well
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  • Leon, I believe in Jesus, a good man, and a prophet. Impossible,
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  • you can't do that. Why not? Because He said He was the Son
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  • of God. He said He was the only way. He said He was the only
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  • life. So He's either a complete idiot, or He's the Son of God.
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  • There are no in-betweens, because of what He said. And I
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  • think He said them so people couldn't just use them as just a
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  • wise man, we're going to take a few principles from him.
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  • Because, truth. So, what's your reality? Well if you don't deal
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  • with what real truth is in your marriage, you will superimpose
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  • your beliefs of who your spouse is on them. And you will hold
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  • them in prison in your relationship, because you have
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  • judged them, which you're not supposed to do which is judging
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  • the motives and the intentions of the heart. You have judged
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  • them, and that relationship will never grow between you and them,
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  • until you release that judgement, talk, and allow this
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  • relationship to grow. Because that relationship, now they can
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  • grow in all their other relationships, but with this one
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  • they can't. Wherever you have judged. Judgment is when you
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  • have asked the question, why are they like this? And that's a
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  • whole other topic. I'm getting so many different areas here.
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  • So, we must recognize that you shouldn't judge. You need to
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  • judge actions, but you don't judge the motives, and the
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  • intentions. Well, he didn't just lie. He's a liar. Now, you don't
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  • know what he is. You know he lied. Good, that's all you need
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  • to know to not do business with them. You don't need to know,
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  • this man's a liar. No, no. I don't tell my kids, you lied.
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  • You're a liar. No, no. One is a problem, the other is a complete
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  • destiny. You know. Liar is who they are. So, when it comes to
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  • your reality, how you look at the world. You know that, where
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  • you form your beliefs are two ways. You form the beliefs, your
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  • world view, how you look at people, men, women, God. How you
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  • look at money, how you look at sex, how you look at raising
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  • kids, how you look at church, how you look at religion. All of
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  • these world views, this is your world view. It is formed by
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  • repetition of the people that raised you, the culture, the
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  • city, the town, the religion. And also, from the traumatic
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  • things that happened to you. When anything happens to you,
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  • that causes a great emotion, strong emotion, you form beliefs
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  • right there. And they're almost always wrong. These beliefs are
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  • heart beliefs. No wonder the Bible says that you can speak to
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  • mountains and they will move. And that that mountain means the
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  • problems. The problems, the giants that are screaming at you
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  • like Goliath to David. That you could speak to mountains, and
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  • they'll move. But just don't doubt in your head? No, you
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  • can't doubt it in your heart. Your head's always going to go
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  • up and down. But your heart is your deepest beliefs. It's where
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  • your identity, your world view has been, being built over your
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  • whole life. So when you give your life to Jesus Christ, and
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  • you don't deal with your world view. You don't deal with, the
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  • heart beliefs. You will think you know it all, and you'll
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  • think yeah, I know. My husband's got this problem, that, I know
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  • that man like the back of my hand. No, no, lady, all you know
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  • are the, all you know are the habits he developed living with
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  • you. And all the men said. We've got some brave men in the house.
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  • And the same is true the other way. I've talked to men, I know
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  • that lady, I've tried this, I've tried that, I've tried, I'm
  • 00:18:09.100 --> 00:18:11.150
  • telling you right now, this is as good as it gets, blah, if I
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  • would have known. You don't know your wife. All you know about
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  • her, are the habits she's developed living with you. And
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  • if those habits form heart beliefs, you lock each other
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  • into a relationship that will never change. Because you're not
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  • open to truth. Because it disagrees with you. That's why
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  • pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a
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  • fall. Because proud people believe their own junk. They
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  • believe their own beliefs. They superimpose on every situation
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  • what they believe, and then they walk it out. And they wonder why
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  • their life is so unhappy. The only way for life to change, and
  • 00:18:44.190 --> 00:18:49.180
  • to grow season by season, is to submit your thinking to God's
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  • Word. And to submit your life to Jesus Christ, and to let Him
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  • come in and change your heart. Or every decision that you make,
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  • will be one that comes from your perception of the truth. What a
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  • horrible way to live. When you go into the Word of God, it says
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  • but strong meat belongs to them that are full age, even those
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  • who by reason of the use of their senses, exercised to
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  • discern both good and evil. That word discern means to judge. Did
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  • you know that as you follow Christ, and as you learn the
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  • Word of God, that you have senses. Now you've got five
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  • senses, but it's actually not talking about the five senses.
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  • They're included, there's another sense. You might want to
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  • call it the sixth sense. You might want to call it your
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  • spirit. You might want to call it Holy Spirit, which is what it
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  • is, on the inside of you. Guiding you, and you, it says
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  • you can discern between good and evil. You know, typical religion
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  • will say things like, I have the gift of discernment. No you
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  • don't, there's no such gift. Well yes there is. No, there's
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  • discerning of spirits. That's one of the nine gifts, and
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  • that's not even what that is. Discernment is given to every
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  • person who becomes mature in their relationship with God. You
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  • will discern, don't touch that relationship, that's not a good
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  • thing to do, no we're not letting our kids go with that
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  • family. No we're not hiring that person. There's a sensing and a
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  • knowing that come from the inside, that as you grow in God,
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  • and as you learn, and as someone messes with your thinking. You
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  • know that almost every book that Paul wrote except one, which is
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  • half the New Testament, was dealing with wrong beliefs that
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  • kept coming against the Gospel, and coming into towns and cities
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  • where he'd established the truth, trying to woo people
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  • away. And he even named the teachers by name. Alexander, and
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  • this guy. Because they would come in, and it was like a
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  • demonic thing to stop this beautiful growth of getting to
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  • know Jesus. And Him teaching you how amazing you are. And the
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  • beautiful life that was ahead of you. And, then he'd get them all
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  • back into law, etc. Strong meat simply means, are you studying
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  • God's Word? Are you spending time with Jesus? Because if
  • 00:21:02.040 --> 00:21:05.230
  • you're not, you say well Leon I'm going to go to heaven. You
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  • know what? Of course. If you've given your life to Christ, and
  • 00:21:08.140 --> 00:21:10.290
  • you believe on Him, when you die, heaven's a guarantee. But
  • 00:21:11.000 --> 00:21:13.230
  • you know the Bible actually says that you can have a lot of
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  • heaven, down here now. It does? Look at the prayer Jesus said,
  • 00:21:16.270 --> 00:21:22.020
  • told us to pray. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in
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  • heaven. It's just that down here, before we get to heaven,
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  • we have an enemy. The enemy is the devil. But then we've also
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  • got this nature that we're born with, that is fearful. That is
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  • sin-driven. And until we give our lives to Jesus Christ, that
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  • nature stays. But when we give our lives to Christ, that nature
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  • is replaced by a nature of love, of peace, of faith. It's God
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  • Himself. So there's a complete change. And then, we need to
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  • re-train this head, and this body. And if we don't, then
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  • although you're going to heaven, you will still live out the
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  • deceitfulness, the perceptions that you've developed, before
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  • you got saved. I'll give you an example. If you own a company,
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  • multi-billion dollar company and your offices are in one
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  • ten-story building, and everything runs out of there.
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  • And so I come along and buy the company from you. I'm the new
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  • owner. So, here I come, I walk up to this ten-story building,
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  • man, all our sales teams. Manufacturing, and everything
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  • else is all here. Now. Because I'm the new owner, new blood.
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  • Has that changed anything in the system, the structures of that
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  • business? Do I have work ahead of me? Oh yeah. I'm going to
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  • have to walk in there, and make decisions about all the
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  • directors. I'm going to look at the culture of this thing. I'm
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  • going to look at every individual leader, and in most
  • 00:22:47.080 --> 00:22:50.070
  • cases you've got to find out who to fire. And if you don't fire,
  • 00:22:50.080 --> 00:22:53.000
  • things stay the way they are. You walk in there, and you've
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  • got to begin to teach new culture, teach new systems, new
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  • structures. People get on board quick, and they mean it, you're
  • 00:22:59.080 --> 00:23:01.270
  • fired, you let them go. And if you don't, you're never going to
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  • turn that thing around. That's like you. The spirit man deep on
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  • the inside of you. Jesus came in and made you a new creation. But
  • 00:23:07.210 --> 00:23:11.120
  • the problem is, all of these thinking systems, all of these
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  • self-worth systems. All of the financial thinking, the sexual
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  • thinking, the marriage thinking. The thinking about the world,
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  • your world view. Is all still there. If you don't touch these
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  • areas of your deepest beliefs, these sub-conscious beliefs,
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  • these heart beliefs. If you don't keep dealing with them,
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  • then you are never going to walk out. The Bible says in all your
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  • ways acknowledge Him, and He'll direct your path. What area of
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  • your life have you not acknowledged God? Oh, he says
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  • I'm going to go to heaven, I gave Him my heart. Good for you.
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  • Have you acknowledged Him in marriage? Have you acknowledged
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  • him in money? Have you acknowledged His ways in this
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  • area? What area do you hang on to? That's the area that will
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  • hurt you. Because truth sets you free. Deception always snares
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  • you. A snare keeps you from where you're going. Again, stop
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  • screaming at the devil as though he's doing it. Stop begging God
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  • as though He's stopping it, and recognize He's given you all
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  • things, Peter says, that pertain to life and godliness.
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  • You for sending Jesus, who died for me. In my place. Forgive me,
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  • for everything I've done wrong. All of it. From today and on,
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  • I'm following You Jesus, as my Lord and Saviour. In Jesus'
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  • name, amen. If you just prayed that prayer along with me, then
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