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Be Stressed or Be Bigger

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December 10, 2019
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Leon Fontaine

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Be Stressed or Be Bigger

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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: And so when you get stress, when things push at
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  • you, when you think it's time to quit. You're maxed. You're
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  • stressed. Don't quit! That's the enemy's trick. Instead, you
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  • learn to shift gears, in every shifting of gears is
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  • a mental shifting.
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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: We live in a world, I'm gonna title this message first
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  • of all, you're either going to be stressed or you're gonna be
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  • bigger. And I want you to take a look at this. It sounds like
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  • it's crazy but I wanna show you something in the Word because we
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  • live in a generation that when our lives begin to be stressed,
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  • we begin to back off. When our lives begin to be stressed, we
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  • start cancelling things in our life. It might be, you know,
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  • church. A lot of people as soon as their life gets too busy,
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  • they stop going to church. You know our family changed to
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  • sleeping time together. I'm going, "Lady, are you crazy?
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  • Like, your kids need to be taught the Word. You need to get
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  • the Word of God on the inside of you, at the church is where you
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  • get a chance to be with the family of God, being planted in
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  • the house of God is crucial. But they'll just start, volunteering
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  • goes. If they're stressed out financially, their giving stops.
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  • We tend to take out the spiritually crucial parts of our
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  • life first. And then we'll even start backing off of our jobs,
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  • our careers because we're stressed, we're maxed. And we
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  • just feel like, "Okay, we just gotta take it easy now." But
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  • actually, the opposite is true. Now in the first service, I did
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  • the first part of this. I'm gonna do a three-part series
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  • today on the stress of your life and why people interpret it
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  • wrong and why they do wrong things and they choke their life
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  • off. Life is almost, it can be compared to a standard three on
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  • the three. When I got my license, I started on a Strato
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  • Chief, Pontiac Strato Chief, three on the three. Clutch in,
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  • first gear, second gear, third gear, fourth. Oh, third gear.
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  • There's only three gears. But when that engine is at its most
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  • stressed is when it's about to shift gears and go twice as fast
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  • at half the RPMs. So you're in the car. You're in first gear.
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  • The car is going -, RPM is going higher. And you know that the
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  • pistons are going crazy under there and if you do not shift
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  • gear, things gonna breakdown, smokes gonna come up from the
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  • hood. That engine is designed to go way faster. In fact, you're
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  • in first gear and you're convinced these motors convinced
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  • it cannot go any faster. But something amazing takes place.
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  • The clutch goes in, you pull into second and it goes and at,
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  • it's going twice as fast. Until second gear's going and it's
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  • just rpming out and you're going, "Ah, I'm so stressed this
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  • is as fast it can go. I can't handle the RPM. This is crazy.
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  • Then as soon as the clutch in, third gear and you're going
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  • three, four, five times faster than you were in first gear.
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  • When you live in life and things are stressed, then you're maxed,
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  • and you don't think you can handle another thing be careful
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  • because you start quitting and backing out, you'll miss
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  • destiny. You'll miss the call of God on your life. Do not think
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  • you have to back off and quit because there are unlimited
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  • gears. In the first service, I unpacked a little bit about how
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  • do you handle stress. And instead of backing off and just
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  • maintaining, you begin to go through the gear shift. And so I
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  • wanna encourage you this, get a hold that first service after
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  • this service. I wanna go straight into our second session
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  • about the Christian life getting bigger. For some reason
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  • Christianity in our world almost has people thinking that if
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  • you're Christian, you just kind of stay dumb till He comes. You
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  • just stay poor. We're just kind of the salt of the earth. We're
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  • just down-home good people. You know we're not CEO's or
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  • presidents or prime ministers or members of parliament. And it's
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  • all wrong. The very definition of faith requires you to think
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  • bigger and to live bigger. And every season of life, every gear
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  • you're in requires you to go to another gear just the very
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  • definition of the Christian life. But the enemy of soul,
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  • Satan, who has no power but has to trick you into using your
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  • power against yourself has got to convince you. I'm maxed. I'm
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  • stressed. I don't think I can go anymore. I can't go any further.
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  • This is it for me. No, it's not true. When you were two years
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  • old tying, you know, trying to button up your shirt, you were
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  • stressed. Then you turned four you had to tie your shoes. That
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  • was stressful. Then you had to leave mama and go to Grade-One,
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  • that was stressful. I mean, life is nothing but max stress
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  • feelings. And in every chapter, in every area of life there is a
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  • clutch in, gas off for a second where you put them into third
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  • and you go into a whole another chapter of life. Hebrews 11:6 is
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  • where I wanna start with the second session, it says, "But
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  • without faith it is impossible to please Him." Without faith it
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  • is impossible to please God. Okay, so I have to please God
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  • with faith. But give me another verse. 2 Corinthians 5:7, as
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  • Christians we walk, we live by faith not by sight. In life,
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  • faith according to Hebrews 11:1, is the substance of things hoped
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  • for, the evidence of things not seen. So if in life, I'm down
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  • here at this level and things are going well and I'm just
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  • happy here. I go, "I'm content." But the word content didn't mean
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  • Paul stop sharing his faith, stop planting churches, stop
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  • preaching the gospel. I've reached five. I'm good. No, no,
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  • no. Content was more of a heart aspect than it was a driven to
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  • succeed aspect. So if you are at this level in life and you say,
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  • "Okay, faith says go for what you don't see at. Faith says
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  • hope for something beyond where you are." The only way to please
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  • God with our lives is to continue to move upwards. So all
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  • of a sudden, I'm going forward and I get to another level and
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  • this is exciting I've never had a relationship where my finances
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  • or my career at this level. My relationship with God. Everybody
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  • said a new level. This is amazing. But if you stay here,
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  • you'll find you stop pleasing God. I don't mean, God is hard
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  • to please. I mean, He knows how you're made. And now that you've
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  • arrived with what you are hoping for, you're supposed to hope for
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  • more. "Leon, when are we ever satisfied?" Well, we're content
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  • but we're never satisfied, and I'll show you why. But in life
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  • all of a sudden, you're at this level you're doing good. But the
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  • Bible says faith is the substance of things hoped for.
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  • I'm hoping for another bigger level in every area of my, up
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  • another level. Oh, this is awesome! I've never been to do
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  • this. This is incredible. I'm up here. This is amazing! And I'm
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  • enjoying this level for a while and all of a sudden, the
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  • presence of God will just push you. Come on! Go for more.
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  • Business, relationships, God, church. Come on! Just keep
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  • going. See, you're designed that whenever you sit still, you get
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  • in trouble. You have got a drive in you to continue to grow and
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  • to get bigger. So now I meet this level, I just can't imagine
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  • doing more. "So, Leon, I don't need any more money." Good
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  • you're the perfect person to bless because you won't just
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  • keep spending more on you. "Well, Leon, I'm already making
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  • this much." Good! Take it further up and let's go reach
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  • the world for Christ. Let's finance more languages. Plant
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  • more churches. Buy bigger campuses. You're the perfect
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  • person to get bigger in business. So God's not against
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  • bigger. In fact, it's the opposite. The very nature of a
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  • believer which is faith, without faith, without this push to
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  • continue to grow. You're gonna find that it's hard to please
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  • God. It's not that God is not pleased. It's that your life
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  • will get into trouble. An idle mind is a devil's workshop. And
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  • you, how many of you are at a place in life where you're
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  • pretty good where you are and so, but you're content. You
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  • don't have that passion to go. There's no adventure with where
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  • you are. But if I'm gonna go up another level, I'm gonna risk
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  • some stuff. Don't stay where you are. I'd rather fail chasing a
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  • dream than succeed staying plateau. So I turn with my life
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  • and I go, "I'm going for another level and I add works to my
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  • faith. I'm believing God for something I've never done before
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  • and I'm up there and I do it again." There are no end of the
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  • gears that you can shift in to as you continue to grow. But the
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  • enemy's trick is to get you to feel stressed, maxed or your set
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  • point for those who work out, your set point is reached, and
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  • you just can't imagine you've had a ceiling. There are no
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  • ceilings. There are no ceilings. God's not the one holding you
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  • back. But if the enemy can get you feel stress, max. "Oh, this
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  • is just too much. I can't imagine go any further than this
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  • and I'm just -, Don't listen to the lies of the enemy. In
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  • Ephesians 3:20, listen to this, "Now to Him by the consequence
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  • of the action of His power that is at work within us, is able to
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  • carry out His purpose and do superabundantly, far over and
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  • above all that we dare to ask or think infinitely beyond our
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  • highest prayers, our highest desires, our highest thoughts,
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  • our highest hopes, our highest dreams." Everything about God is
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  • He has made you to never stop growing for eternity. Forget 70
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  • years, eternity. You've hit 60 and you think, "Oh, retirement's
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  • 65. You know, this is the only gift I got. I found the whole
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  • two gifts I've got." You have an incredible amount of gifts that
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  • will take you forever to determine you're designed to
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  • live forever. You've been made to rise and go. And when
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  • religion begins to teach you, "Just be happy. Just be
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  • satisfied. Stay where you are." This is the Amplified in
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  • Ephesians 3:20, it says, this exceedingly, abundantly has a
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  • purpose, is to carry out God's purpose. Business people who are
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  • sitting here right now thinking, "Well, you know, Leon it's not
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  • so much the money. It's the love of the -," Of course, it is. Of
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  • course, it is. "Leon, I like making money. Is that a sin?"
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  • Are you kidding me? That's not even in the Bible that it's
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  • wrong. The Bible says the love of money is the root of all
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  • evil. People without it love it more than often people with it.
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  • It's the love of money. But then, what about a guy who is
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  • amazing at playing the piano? I just hate playing piano but I'm
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  • best one at it. No. He loves playing the piano which is why
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  • he's so good at it. And if you hear you like, I love chess.
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  • It's not because you get beaten by everybody. Why do you love
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  • chess? Because you beat everybody. Why do you love
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  • something? Because you're good at it. So for business people
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  • going, "Well, you know, I mean, our bills are paid and we're
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  • going good holidays. I just don't want to, you know, I just
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  • need to be satisfied." No. Be content with who you are in
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  • Christ. But if you've given a business, something on the
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  • inside of you to raise up organizations. The presence of
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  • God is on you for that and there's no end to where God can
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  • take you. You just got to remember stop being selfish with
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  • it and do it for His purposes. And if you don't do it for His
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  • purposes, you'll find that wherever you are it will cost
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  • you something. There's not this ability from God to go to that
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  • next level. And so I wanna challenge you, you know, make
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  • sure that you're plugged in to a local church, planted in the
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  • house of the Lord. Make sure you're volunteering. Make sure
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  • you're giving, tithing, so that as you continue to prosper this
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  • selfish side of all of us which has to be crucified every day. I
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  • crucify. The Bible says in Romans chapter 12, it does, make
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  • your body a living sacrifice. That's like, that's just doesn't
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  • make sense. It's like saying that, you know, a living
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  • sacrifice means you kill it. You sacrifice it. But you're a
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  • living sacrifice. We've gotta die to self. But God's called us
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  • to move on. And I want you to know everybody here. I don't
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  • care how stress you are, how bad things are going. I don't care
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  • if your marriage is driving you nuts and you can't handle
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  • another month with this person. Guess what! The rest of your
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  • married life there's just gonna be new things to argue about and
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  • to talk about and go to a whole new level. Marriage is not just
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  • about someone that you can marry, that can look after me.
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  • No, a marriage first of all isn't for love. "So you're
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  • saying marry someone you don't love!" No, I'm not saying that.
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  • But I'm saying the Bible says seek first the kingdom of God.
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  • Your marriages purpose first is to help God's kingdom advance.
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  • Which is helping get rid of the little baby in you and the
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  • self-centered narcissistic you and learn to love. A marriage is
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  • one of the most amazing places to learn to die to self and to
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  • love. And so you're always gonna be, you know, conflict about
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  • this or talking through this. Marriage is not like tiptoe to
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  • the tulips and -, You know, one person said to me, "I've been
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  • married 15 years, we haven't had a fight yet." Oh, really. I
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  • said, "Your marriage is the one that just disappears overnight
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  • because somebody is sucking up to the other one, putting up
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  • with something if you don't have some good old fights." I'm not
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  • talking physical. I mean, learn to fight fair. Learn to deal
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  • with yourself. I mean, the last fight Sally and I had, she came
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  • crawling back on her hands and knees. And she said, "Come out
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  • from underneath that bed and fight like a man." The
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  • enlargement of your life is a God thing. Getting better at
  • 00:16:08.060 --> 00:16:12.230
  • relationships is a God thing. Financing more money is a God
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  • thing. Building greater friendship is a God thing.
  • 00:16:17.190 --> 00:16:20.090
  • Knowing God better is a God thing. Having a greater
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  • relationship circle, getting planted in local church. God
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  • wants to advance your life. Let me show you how to increase your
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  • capacity. In Matthew 25:14-23, I'm going to tell you the story
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  • quickly. The Bible says this is how the kingdom of heaven works.
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  • First line of verse 14, For the kingdom of heaven is like this
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  • and then it tells a story of a master who gets his three
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  • servants together. He's going on a long trip. And it says he
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  • gives one guy five bags of gold. Now, one bag of gold takes a
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  • labor about 20 years to earn. And he gives one guy five bags.
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  • He gives another guy two bags and he gives the third guy one
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  • bag. Now you say, "Well, why does the guy with five get five
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  • and the guy with two get two and the guy. No, the Bible says they
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  • were each given an amount of money that match their ability.
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  • Okay? So, then it says, he went away and when he came, the
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  • servants to task. The guy with five said, "Master, I took the
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  • five and here's five more. Here's ten." The guy with two
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  • said, "Here's the two you gave me, and I made two more buying
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  • and trading." And the guy with one walks up with his head kind
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  • of hanging down. And here's his excuses, "Oh, I knew you were a
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  • hard man and so I didn't wanna lose it. And I knew you can have
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  • whatever you want whenever you want. You can reap and sow
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  • without even planting." So which is not what this is even about.
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  • So here's your bag of gold. The master took it and said, "You
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  • slothful, lazy employee." He says, "Why didn't you just go
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  • put in the bank so there's some kind of increase?" Now, the guy
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  • with the one bag of gold in Jesus story didn't lose it. He
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  • maintained it. Christians are so into maintenance ministry.
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  • Wealth is going okay. Let's not rock the boat and go for more.
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  • We're fine. We're satisfied. We're happy. It's not about you.
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  • Your life needs to get bigger so that you could reach out and
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  • have more friends. So that you could reach out and finance
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  • greater things. So that your marriage goes to a new level and
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  • becomes a great example for the people around you to say, "How
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  • did you guys do it? Because I know you didn't marry an easy
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  • woman. How did you guys do it? I know you did not marry a guy
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  • that was easy. How did you do it?" Like, it is our lives as
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  • they get bigger. I don't mean selfishly narcissistic.
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  • Everything's about me. I mean this bigness that keeps coming.
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  • So when you get stress, when things push at you, when you
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  • think it's time to quit. You're maxed. You're stressed. Don't
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  • quit. That's the enemy's trick. Instead, you learn to shift
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  • gears. In every shifting of gears is a mental shifting. It's
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  • a mental shifting. And as you get to know God's Word, you'll
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  • be amazed at how your life changes. Now, when the master
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  • came to his three staff, it says he gave them each a certain
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  • amount of resource. But the resource that was given to them
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  • was according to their ability. Two guys increased it, one guy
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  • plateaued it. Let me give you a formula. Their ability plus the
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  • resource plus their faith which is acting on what you believe
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  • determines their capacity. You see, your capacity is the
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  • ability to handle more, less stress. And in business we see
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  • it all the time. We see it everywhere in life. That, you
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  • know, that this little three years old maxed out just have to
  • 00:20:05.190 --> 00:20:07.270
  • tie his shoes and put his coat on. He's frustrated, the tears
  • 00:20:07.280 --> 00:20:11.170
  • coming down his face. He's at capacity. But as he continues to
  • 00:20:11.180 --> 00:20:15.010
  • grow and learn, capacity's gonna increase to that little guy can
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  • run an entire country. When he hit his 40's and 50's, he's
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  • learned a few things. So you have an ability. You're gonna
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  • find that resources will always match your ability. But then
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  • what your faith, your action does with the resources and your
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  • ability actually increases your capacity. Example, the guy with
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  • five, had the capacity of five. He had an ability of five. The
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  • master gave him five. He took the five, went out and worked it
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  • in trading until he had ten. Well, the actual working of the
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  • five gave him a new capacity of? You're so quiet. Ten! He's got a
  • 00:20:50.220 --> 00:20:56.270
  • new capacity. Why? He took the resources. He took his existing
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  • ability and he labored and believed God and acted on his
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  • faith. And together, he took what God had given him and he
  • 00:21:04.050 --> 00:21:07.040
  • took it to a whole new level. He's capacity is at a new level.
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  • And when the master comes back he goes, "Wow, you've been
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  • faithful in little. I'm gonna give you cities to run. I'm
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  • gonna give you this much. Why? Because he had increased his
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  • capacity. As a believer we're not here to just read to read,
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  • pray for power, and cry prayers. Please help me, God. Please help
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  • me. No. God is here to strengthen you, to help you
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  • build your capacity. Help you to rise up so that you can continue
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  • to handle more, do more. The kingdom needs to advance. I want
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  • Christian businessmen and women at the helms of businesses that
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  • are shaping our nation. I want Christian politicians at the
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  • helm and the seats of power who have know God that can help
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  • shape this. We need Christian professors teaching our kids in
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  • universities. Like, just pick it. We need people rising up who
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  • have a sense of bigger. God wants you to think bigger.
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  • He wants you to go bigger. He is with you to go there.
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  • But the enemies lie. The enemies lie. You're stressed,
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  • you're maxxed. You can't go any further. And that's all hooey.
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  • Because you've been doing it your whole life.
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  • Your whole life. You know, it's amazing if you've got a job in a
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  • certain career, how that when you first got a job there on
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  • that crazy factory or in that crazy sales team. Or, on that
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  • you know, wherever you are, and it was just like, you don't know
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  • how in the world you can do it. Now, a few years later, you're
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  • managing the whole thing at a glance. You have a gut feeling,
  • 00:22:38.020 --> 00:22:40.180
  • you know, you sense, you're good at what you do. Your capacity
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  • has increased. I pray that God touches you today and
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  • helps you realize you are a gift. And that the kingdom of
  • 00:22:50.160 --> 00:22:54.110
  • God advances when men and women take their place, believe God
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  • and continue to rise up. You might not know where you're
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  • going. You might just be stressed out. You might not know
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  • where that next step is. But to know that God has more for you.
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  • That it's never ending. That there's never a stop. Your
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  • relationships will keep growing, makes sure the one with God is
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  • first. Then Jesus said I will build my church. Make sure
  • 00:23:19.030 --> 00:23:22.220
  • you're planted in the house of God. Don't be switching around.
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  • No, find the place that is life-giving with a leader that
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  • you can tie into and begin to roll up your sleeves and
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  • volunteer. Give. Plug in. This is where I'm planting. And then
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  • generations of your family can be something about building
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  • advancing the kingdom of God. But today, I just want to get
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  • this one thought through religious mindsets, you are made
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  • for more. And when you're stressed out and don't think you
  • 00:23:46.250 --> 00:23:49.030
  • can handle anymore, you're gonna go a billion times further. And
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  • there's a whole lot of gear shifting yet ahead of you. And
  • 00:23:52.260 --> 00:23:56.020
  • you will do a hundred times more than you're doing right now,
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  • with more peace, more joy, more ability to administrate and
  • 00:23:59.160 --> 00:24:04.250
  • manage, more capacity than you've ever seen. Trust God.
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  • Keep going. Don't stay where you are. How do you wanna stay in
  • 00:24:09.090 --> 00:24:12.050
  • that frustrated, stressed out, 10.000 RPM, engines going -, and
  • 00:24:12.060 --> 00:24:18.210
  • there's no shift in sight. Listen to God. Watch what He
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  • does because this adventure called life was made by God to
  • 00:24:23.030 --> 00:24:27.170
  • be exceedingly abundantly above all you ask or think.
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  • -LEON: In my 40 years of ministry, I've met so many
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  • believers who want more of God in their life, but refuse to do
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  • the work. Life's busy. I certainly understand that, but
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  • I'll promise you that no time spent working on your faith life
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  • is wasted. I'm compiling this stunning audio series for
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  • everyone out there that wants next year to be better. For
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  • tallying up all your good deeds. It takes attitude, and heart
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  • -LEON: I want to pray for everyone watching today. You,
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  • too, can transform your future if you learn to embrace what
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  • Jesus died on the cross for. It's already been done. It's
  • 00:25:57.160 --> 00:26:01.280
  • already been given. There's nothing you can do to earn this
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  • gift. But you can experience more of God at work in your life
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  • as you learn and grow and build a relationship with Him. Father,
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  • I pray right now the presence of God would touch them in a very
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  • special way. Open the eyes of their understanding, to see and
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  • to know Your love, and the finished work of the cross that
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  • has been done for them. I speak blessing upon them now in the
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  • mighty name of Jesus. Amen, and amen. God bless you.
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