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4 Keys to a Rock Solid Identity Part 2

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December 7, 2019
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Leon Fontaine

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4 Keys to a Rock Solid Identity Part 2

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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: Our faith is in the finished work of Jesus. His
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  • death, His burial, His resurrection, and His ascension
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  • to the right hand of the Father in the throne room of God.
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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: Welcome! It's so good to have you with me today. I am
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  • continuing on something that I started last time about
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  • developing. There's like four keys to developing rock solid
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  • identity. And then your self-worth rises up that can
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  • never be touched by anyone. It doesn't go up and down on
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  • because of different things in your life. So let me dive into
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  • this. We've covered a couple of them, but I want to do a quick
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  • review. Now, the world and even most of Christianity determines
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  • who you are by your behavior. Even when you look at the way
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  • that you will explain somebody new to a friend of yours. Hey,
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  • have you met Bobby Joe yet? And Bobby Joe, and you'll describe
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  • his looks and then you'll describe his behavior. We
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  • literally believed, or we at least have developed in our
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  • culture an understanding that somebody is known by their
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  • behavior and I get how important behavior is. But one of the keys
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  • to us rising up in power and in victory is to understand that
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  • our behavior is not our identity. Now, we understand
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  • that with kids. When I look at a little child, you know, my
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  • grandson or granddaughter lies to me. I don't look at them and
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  • say, "You little liar." Because, then I'm calling them a liar. I
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  • would say, "Hey, just a minute, just a minute sweetie. Listen,
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  • you are made in the likeness and image of God. You are an amazing
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  • person so we don't lie." And I make sure that I don't touch
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  • them with wrong identity. But many people today have been
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  • raised so that they are now known, and they see them self as
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  • their identity. People who get caught in sin. They just see
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  • themselves as that sinner. People who are Christians often
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  • like to say, "I am just a sinner saved by grace." And what
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  • they're trying to say is they're trying to humbly admit they're
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  • not perfect. I totally get that. But what they've messed up is
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  • they're allowing some behavior to determine their identity, and
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  • that is where the Bible disagrees with them. So who
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  • am I? I am a child of God. And the sin question has been dealt
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  • with by Jesus on the cross. Who according to Romans 4:17 gave me
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  • the gift of righteousness. Living right, being right, doing
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  • right. He gave me the gift of righteousness so I can stand
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  • before God and be accepted by Him. So my righteousness, my
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  • right standing is a gift from Jesus. And then we covered last
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  • time how that all of the curses on this planet. And you want to
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  • know where a lot of them are, read Deuteronomy 28, somewhere
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  • around verses 16 and on, in a list curses. And curses in your
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  • mental health, curses in your physical health, curses in your
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  • family, curses in your generations, curses in your
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  • finances, curses in -, Ah, there's just so many areas. Now,
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  • Jesus it says became a curse, took the curse so that it can no
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  • longer be allowed in my life. But people who don't know how to
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  • establish their identity in Christ, they believe that their
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  • sin or their wrong behavior. That it is destroyed their
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  • relationship with God, so God's backed away. No, God doesn't
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  • back away because Jesus secure the relationship between you and
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  • God. Now, if you keep sinning, you'll hurt yourself and you
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  • will back away especially if you don't understand some of this
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  • teaching. But Jesus secures our relationship with God. That we
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  • are a part of His family. He has taken care of the curse so it's
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  • not allowed in our lives. And now God's grace which is His
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  • unmerited favor, which is His ability in our lives, okay? We
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  • have to believe what Jesus did. Whenever you look at the word
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  • faith in the New Testament now, since Jesus died on the cross
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  • our faith is in the finished work of Jesus. His death, His
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  • burial, His resurrection, and His ascension to the right hand
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  • of the Father in the throne room of God. Now, these four things
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  • are revelation that changes your life. So do you have behavior
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  • that is not the way Jesus would have behaved? Yes. And how do
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  • you determine which is worse. Nah, there is worse behavior on
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  • the planet. But He says sin is sin. Jesus says just to think
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  • about hurting someone, think about I like to kill that guy is
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  • just as bad as murder. To look at someone and lust after them,
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  • you know, is just as bad as actually doing it. So the Bible
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  • says to him that knoweth to do good and doesn't do it. That's
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  • sin. Whatever is not of faith is sin. So nobody is gonna get out
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  • of this area of there is behavior, okay, that is
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  • absolutely counted in the Bible as sin. But your behavior does
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  • not determine your identity. Once you figure this out, you're
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  • on an incredible beautiful road to being a new creation, being
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  • in God's family. And now, this power of God that is within you
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  • as you begin to believe this where I'm gonna share with you
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  • today, rises up. I have seen so many people win over addiction
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  • easily, win over sin in their life, misbehaviors in their
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  • life. I mean, for you to get angry at your wife, for you to
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  • get grumpy with your kids. That's sin. For you to not allow
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  • that person in, in traffic and just get grumpy and speed up and
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  • don't let them in. That's sin. You could have done something
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  • good and you didn't do it. So people get tied up in sin as
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  • though they're a sinner because they sin. Well, no. That's like
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  • saying, "I bark once in a while, so I'm a dog. Or if I grunt,
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  • that makes me a pig." No, it doesn't at all. Let's get this
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  • straighten out in the Word, so that our identity is focused on
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  • Jesus and we understand the things that He did for us. The
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  • Bible teaches us and I'm gonna go right now to some of the Old
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  • Testament scriptures about the grave, about dying. You see,
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  • when Jesus died for you and I, He took the sting out of death.
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  • He took the horror out of death. There are so many verses in the
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  • Bible that look at the grave and death as something horrible. Let
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  • me give a few examples. It says in Genesis 37:35, in mourning
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  • will I go down to the grave. In 2 Samuel 22:6, the cords of the
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  • grave coiled around me. When it talks about Sheol, it's another
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  • word for the grave. It has overtones of hell. In Psalm
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  • 116:3, it talks about the anguish of the grave. In Job
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  • 10:21, it calls death the land of gloom and deep shadow. So
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  • when Jesus died for us, okay, and He was buried. I mean, He
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  • was in the grave. He didn't just endure our pain and our
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  • suffering and the curse of death, but even the terror that
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  • goes with dying. He took this horror, this terror. So that
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  • when we do die, that it literally as our eyes are open
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  • to the smells of heaven, the sights of heaven, to Jesus.
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  • Family that is gone before removed the sting, the horror,
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  • the dread of death because with Jesus we're, we have heaven. An
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  • eternity in heaven to look forward to. Often, as a pastor
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  • I've sat by the bedsides of believers, older believers ready
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  • to go to be with Jesus. And I would teach them this, about the
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  • beauty of when you take your last breath down here, your eyes
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  • open to the angels in heaven. Open to whatever you're gonna
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  • see heavenly. There is no long corridor that's horribly you're
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  • gonna have to walk down, okay. To be absent from the body is to
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  • be present with the Lord. Recognize that. So the grave,
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  • death, has lost its power, its horror, its dread, because
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  • that's the number one biggest fear on the planet. They won't
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  • admit it is dying. Getting old and dying, and people so
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  • struggle with that. Now, as you look at the death, the burial,
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  • the resurrection of Jesus. You've got to remember that when
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  • I ask people, "Hey! You know, are you a believer?" Oh, yes.
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  • When I was this age, I gave my life to Christ. I said, "That's
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  • wonderful. Yeah, is your name written in the Lamb's Book of
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  • Life?" Oh, I'm going to heaven when I die. And then I'll often,
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  • okay, listen to me. Do you have the incredible, amazing,
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  • stunning resurrection life of Jesus coursing through your
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  • life? Um, um, well, well. And they kind of look a little bit
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  • confused. But in John 14:19-20, Jesus says, "A little while
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  • longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me
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  • because I live, you will live also. At that day you will know
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  • that I am in my Father, and you in Me and I in you." This life
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  • that Jesus is talking about isn't just the kind of, the life
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  • that is in animals. You know, that they can breathe, and they
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  • have consciousness. No. This life He's talking about is this
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  • Zoe life of God. Now, it literally means the life of the
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  • person who gives it. If Jesus is giving His life, then we are
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  • sharing in His life. The life of heaven. You know, the Bible says
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  • thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. So here's what a
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  • lot of Christians completely misses. Once you focus on Jesus
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  • and realizing He's dealt with all the sin problem. He's dealt
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  • with the curse. Now, you've got this, I've got new life in me.
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  • I've got this power in me. And so now, we can literally rise up
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  • with this life. 1 John 5:11-15 says, "And this is the testimony
  • 00:12:29.210 --> 00:12:35.060
  • that God has given us eternal life." Towards there eternal is
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  • the length. And life, what kind of life? The life that God has.
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  • The life that is in heaven. And then it says, "And this life is
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  • in His Son. He who has the Son has life. He who does not have
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  • the Son of God does not have this life. These things I have
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  • written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God."
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  • What are we to believe in? The name of the Son of God. That you
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  • may know, know that you have eternal life. Not when you get
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  • to heaven, you've got eternal life right now. It's eternal.
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  • Even though this body is gonna stop working at some point. It's
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  • just your earth suit and the real you is in this earth suit
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  • like a glove fits on a hand. It fits on you. But this life is
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  • two things. It's forever. It's eternal. And then this life is
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  • the Zoe, Z-O-E life of God. It says in the Greek. And that
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  • means literally a quality of life that comes from the person
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  • giving it. Then it goes on to say this in this portion of
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  • scripture, "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him."
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  • Now, stop right there. It goes on talking about praying. But
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  • what confidence? The confidence that we have eternal life. The
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  • confidence that when we believe on the name of Jesus or we
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  • believe on Jesus and all that is in His life. All that's wrapped
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  • up in that name. It says that we have eternal life. Now, here's
  • 00:14:10.150 --> 00:14:15.090
  • where so few people really understand the life of Jesus is
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  • in you. The Bible says in Romans 8, I think 11-14, write in
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  • there. If the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead
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  • dwells in you. And it said Zoe life of God. It will quicken
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  • your mortal life. So, you know, in the Old Testament they would
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  • pray God, where are you? Please come down and do something. And
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  • we've still got Christians praying this Old Testament
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  • prayers, trying to get God to come down from heaven and do
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  • something for us. When in fact, it's all been done according to
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  • 2 Peter chapter 1. God has given us all things that pertain to
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  • our lives on this planet and that pertain to holiness, to
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  • live right and to live victorious has all been given to
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  • us and it's in Christ and He is in me. So when I begin to
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  • believe on Jesus, the grace of God, this unmerited favor,
  • 00:15:05.110 --> 00:15:10.230
  • ability of God begins to waft through my body, my mind, my
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  • emotions, what I put my hands to, my relationships, my
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  • business. This grace must be believed because it comes,
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  • because of what Jesus has done for us. You've got to begin to
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  • understand there is new life inside of you. And that new life
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  • isn't just to kind of handle your problems. No, the Bible
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  • says we are more than conquerors. Okay? It says this
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  • is the victory that overcomes the world even our faith. What's
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  • our faith in? Jesus. When you put your faith in Jesus in a
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  • specific, not the historical Jesus. That well, Jesus healed
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  • 2.000 years ago so my faith is in Him. No. Our faith is to be
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  • in the finished work of the cross. What He did for you, what
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  • He did for me on the cross. I have new life because of that.
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  • And you need to just keep reading about this and getting
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  • this on the inside of you. Your identity must be in the finished
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  • work of Christ. That's the simplest way to say. The
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  • finished work of Christ. I see it in four areas, His death, His
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  • burial, His resurrection, and His ascension to the right hand
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  • of God. Now, the fourth thing we're talking about here is that
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  • we are seated with Christ, okay? Christ authority, Christ has all
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  • authority and we are in Him. So He is allowing us to use His
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  • authority because we are in Him and He is in us. In Ephesians
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  • 1:19-23, it says, "And what is the exceeding greatness of His
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  • power towards us who believe, according to the working of His
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  • mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from
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  • the dead, seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly
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  • places, far above all principality and power, might,
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  • and dominion." Jesus seated at the right hand of God has more
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  • authority than anything on the earth, anything in the universe,
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  • anything previously created, all authority. It says, "And every
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  • name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which
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  • is to come. And He put all things under Jesus feet, and
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  • gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, that's us,
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  • which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all."
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  • Ephesians 2:6 again says, "He's raised us up together, made us
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  • sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus." Seated
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  • means your work is done. You sit down when your work is done.
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  • Now, we just stand in the armor that God has given us. And
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  • that's incredibly important thing that we understand the
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  • armor that Jesus wore is the armor. There're so many places I
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  • could go with this. But the armor that Jesus wore. The
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  • breastplate of righteousness. The helmet of salvation. Feet
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  • shod for the preparation of the gospel of peace. The belt of -,
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  • All these beautiful things. That's what we stand in today.
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  • And why do we stand in it? Because all of each pieces a
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  • revelation that you need to believe in about Jesus. So we
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  • are seated with Him in heavenly places. That means that Jesus
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  • dealt with the sin issue and not just the sins that we committed
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  • or are gonna commit. But that the nature of sin it's been
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  • destroyed in our lives. Nature is something that's in your
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  • spirit. There is no sin in your spirit because Jesus is in your
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  • spirit. All right? Now, our memories and our addictions and
  • 00:18:51.290 --> 00:18:56.170
  • the things we struggled with before. Often, we'll struggle
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  • with again for a little while. And we actually, some people
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  • spend the rest of their lives struggling with stuff because
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  • they do not get this rock-solid identity in Christ. And then the
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  • self-worth that comes from a God that loves us, cares about us,
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  • values us. So these four things I'm talking about, Jesus is
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  • seated at the right hand of the Father and we are seated with
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  • Him. Let me give you a verse to close off with Galatians
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  • 2:20-21, it says, I, and this is what you should be, you should
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  • confess this verse every day until, you know, spend the whole
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  • year doing it. Add it every day to your prayer time. It's gonna
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  • change your world. I, Leon, I've been crucified with Christ. It's
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  • no longer I who live. So all of my past failures, all of the -,
  • 00:19:44.090 --> 00:19:49.060
  • it's no longer I who live. You can't and take and get a debt
  • 00:19:49.070 --> 00:19:52.090
  • repaid from a dead man. The old Leon is dead. I've been
  • 00:19:52.100 --> 00:19:55.070
  • crucified with Christ. It's no longer I who live but Christ
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  • lives in me. And the life which I now live in this flesh body, I
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  • live by faith in the Son of God. Now, I know people, I have faith
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  • in the Bible. No. I'm a follower of Jesus, not a follower of the
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  • Bible. I'm a follower of Jesus and the Bible teaches me all
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  • about Jesus. So I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me,
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  • valued me, and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace
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  • of God. And the grace is His unearned favor, His unearned
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  • ability, for if righteousness comes through the law or through
  • 00:20:34.080 --> 00:20:39.010
  • my behavior, then Christ died in vain. Oh, I want to keep going
  • 00:20:39.020 --> 00:20:44.050
  • but there's so many incredible things here. If you want a
  • 00:20:44.060 --> 00:20:47.140
  • rock-solid identity, then what you focus on for your identity.
  • 00:20:47.150 --> 00:20:52.100
  • And by the way, I find myself slipping all the time. I mean,
  • 00:20:52.110 --> 00:20:56.070
  • daily or weekly I can find myself getting into fear because
  • 00:20:56.080 --> 00:20:59.170
  • things I'm working on aren't working the way that they should
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  • be. And I begin to, what would people gonna think about me. I'm
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  • not looking successful if that happens. And my identity begins
  • 00:21:05.180 --> 00:21:09.110
  • to go into, you know, my career or the gifts that I have,
  • 00:21:09.120 --> 00:21:13.170
  • etcetera. And so I'm continually curse correcting every day. No,
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  • who I am is rock-solid because I am a child of the King. I am
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  • forgiven. The curse cannot touch me because Jesus dealt with it.
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  • I have new life on the inside of me and all authority that I'm
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  • ever gonna need is in Jesus. He's got that authority and
  • 00:21:34.060 --> 00:21:38.020
  • guess what, I'm in Him. And because I'm in Him, that
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  • authority is mine to use and to declare. When I pray, these are
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  • the four things that secure me. If you take the verses I've just
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  • shared in today's session and in last session and begin to read
  • 00:21:50.210 --> 00:21:54.070
  • them out loud in your prayer time every day. You're gonna
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  • discover something changes on the inside of you. And all that
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  • old teaching you've got that you're just a sinner barely
  • 00:22:00.260 --> 00:22:03.280
  • saved by grace. Hopefully you'll make heaven but you're gonna
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  • live life like hell while you're down here. Not a chance. When
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  • you begin to understand who you are in your identity, you begin
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  • to develop a faith in the grace of God. And that grace, that
  • 00:22:13.050 --> 00:22:18.000
  • unmerited favor, that ability of God begins to flow into your
  • 00:22:18.010 --> 00:22:21.260
  • behavior, and it change just everything. Jesus said My yoke
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  • is easy and My burden is light. He's saying that change in our
  • 00:22:26.180 --> 00:22:31.090
  • lives is an easy thing to do if we are literally anchored in
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  • Christ, believing in Christ. Our identity the finished work of
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  • the cross. You might be listening to me today and not
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  • quite getting this. That's fine. I know a ton of Christians who
  • 00:22:44.210 --> 00:22:47.170
  • haven't got this their whole Christian life. So go over it
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  • and over it. Tape it if you can and show it to your friends
  • 00:22:50.270 --> 00:22:54.230
  • because when your identity is anchored in Jesus and you
  • 00:22:54.240 --> 00:22:59.270
  • recognize this, self-worth begins to rise up, a rock-solid
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  • peace, an amazing joy that makes you laugh and enjoy life even
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  • when things are going bad and storms are blowing. It doesn't
  • 00:23:09.180 --> 00:23:13.020
  • touch you because your faith is not in your own ability to get
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  • through that storm. Your confidence who's in Christ.
  • 00:23:16.010 --> 00:23:19.110
  • He'll always see you through. To the most mature believer that is
  • 00:23:19.120 --> 00:23:23.260
  • out there, to the brand-new Christian. This teaching today
  • 00:23:23.270 --> 00:23:26.240
  • and the one just before. It's two parts is absolutely crucial
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  • and foundational. And as I travel the world, training and
  • 00:23:31.090 --> 00:23:34.200
  • equipping pastors and leaders from multiple denominations.
  • 00:23:34.210 --> 00:23:38.000
  • This is one area that I find people struggling with and
  • 00:23:38.010 --> 00:23:41.190
  • therefore, their faith is up and down. Therefore, their identity
  • 00:23:41.200 --> 00:23:45.200
  • is up and down, their self-worth is up and down, and their whole
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  • world just seems to be double-minded. The Bible say a
  • 00:23:48.220 --> 00:23:51.190
  • double-minded man, he's gonna be unstable in all his ways. Be
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  • singly-minded. Focus on the finished work of Jesus.
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  • We'll see you next time.
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  • -LEON: Who is Holy Spirit? You know, the Bible teaches this
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  • mystery that it is one God in three persons. God the Father,
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  • God the Son, and God Holy Spirit. Now, I can't explain it
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  • any deeper than that. A lot of people try, and I think they
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  • mess it up. But when we look at the Bible, there's a couple of
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  • interesting things that stand out to me. We hear a lot about
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  • God. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, this Jesus who was
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  • prophesied about all through the Old Testament begins to walk
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  • this land, dies for you and I. And then He tells us, it's
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  • important for me to go because then Holy Spirit's gonna come
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  • and He's now gonna lead you into truth. He's gonna be your
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  • helper. He's gonna empower you just like I was with you helping
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  • you. Holy Spirit is going to come and do that for you. So
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  • Holy Spirit isn't a blob or an inanimate vapor. Holy Spirit is
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  • a person. He has a personality. And as He is here to be our
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  • helper, He will always lead us into truth about Jesus, about
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  • who we are in Him. And Holy Spirit will always show us
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  • call Him Holy Spirit. He's here. He's on the inside of me and He
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