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Idolatry and Chaos

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December 3, 2019
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Leon Fontaine

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  • -ANNOUNCER: What would you change in your life?
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  • - What if you could unleash the miraculous in your
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  • 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: Idol worship is not about the stone structures.
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  • It's not about someone carving an idol.
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  • Idol worship is about your heart.
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  • And what is first place in your heart.
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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 Winnipeg, Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: Ecclesiastes is a book that Bible scholars disagree on.
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  • I mean, as to why it's in the Bible. If you wanna ever read a
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  • book that is just depressing, just read Ecclesiastes. I mean,
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  • every chapter is depressing. Every verse is depressing. There
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  • only is like two redeemable verses in my mind, at the very
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  • end, last two verses 12 chapter. That I've only read it once
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  • because it's that bad, okay. I might read the odd verse when
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  • I'm doing searching. And so as I prepared this message, then I
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  • had to go through it again and again. And there's a couple of
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  • terms that are used all through Ecclesiastes if you'd like to
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  • look at it. One term is called under the sun. And he would say
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  • it there, there's nothing new under the sun. There's no joy
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  • under the sun. And under the sun simply means this planet. This
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  • earthly, you know, people. It's not with God. It's without God.
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  • And then there's another term he uses all through this book
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  • called, it's like chasing the wind. It's like grasping the
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  • wind. And so the comments, I can read you scripture after
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  • scripture I've got written out here but everyone of these
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  • scriptures is kind of like this. And then when begin to think and
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  • meditate on this book, you realize it's actually a teaching
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  • on how bad life is when you're in idolatry. I didn't say
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  • adultery. I said idolatry. There's a difference. The idols
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  • of our lives. And so today, I wanna share with you a very
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  • important topic because if you get caught moving away from
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  • Christ as a Christian and having other idols in your heart, God's
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  • not gonna get you. He loves you. But this idol literally becomes
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  • such a frustration, such a heartache in your life. Now, if
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  • I ask most Christians, "Hey, you love Jesus as He the center of
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  • your life?" Every Christian goes, "Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes."
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  • Everyone says yes. But here's some questions, "What do you
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  • daydream about during the day? How do you think about your
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  • future? What's this desire for your future? What occupies your
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  • thought life every day? What do you think about every day? What
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  • do you spend most of your time now doing? And in what ways do
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  • you envy others?" Idol worship is not about the stone
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  • structure. It's not about someone carving an idol. Idol
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  • worship is about your heart and what is first place in your
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  • heart? And the reason this is important is not because I need
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  • to give you a spanking today. Which it's, because if you have
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  • an idol that is there, something that comes first before Jesus.
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  • Listen to me, life will be hell. Hell, off the charts. Hell, your
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  • relationships will be frustrating. I mean, finances
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  • and career. You gonna become an unhappy person that' trying to
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  • be controlling and the messed I've seen in the years that I
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  • pastored as people, something comes first before Jesus.
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  • Solomon who was the wises man before Christ and he actually
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  • was a king. He was king David's son. And as he was about to rule
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  • and become the king. God asked him. What would you like for me?
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  • And he said, "I want wisdom." And he gave some good answers.
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  • God, I want to look after your people as a leader. God said,
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  • "Why? You could have asked me anything but because you asked
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  • to look after people and you are unselfish. I'm gonna bless you
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  • by looking after your enemies, prosper you, give you wisdom.
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  • You're gonna have peace. You're gonna be incredible. And
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  • Solomon's life is a stunning look at a successful man. I
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  • mean, well not self-made because God blessed him with his
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  • abilities. But it's incredible I think, so Solomon though, when
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  • he wrote the book of Ecclesiastes, like the very
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  • opening verse of Ecclesiastes just Ecclesiastes 1 says that,
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  • "'Meaningless! Meaningless!' says the Teacher. 'Utterly
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  • meaningless! Everything meaningless.' What do people
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  • gain from their labors at which they toil under the sun?
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  • Generations come, generations go, and the earth remains
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  • forever. The sun rises, the sun sets, and hurries back to where
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  • it rises. The wind blows to the south, turns to the north round
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  • and round it goes, ever returning on its course as
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  • streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the
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  • place the streams come from, where they return again. All
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  • things are wearisome." It gets worse from there. It's just, and
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  • that's the first chapter. Leon, why would God want such a
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  • stupid, horrible, negative, give up on life book? Because if you
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  • ever get caught in idolatry, these are the feelings that
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  • you'll exhibit. And I know ton of Christians who talk to me on
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  • a regular basis who feel empty. They're born again spirit-filled
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  • believers. You know, they feel empty. They feel like lost in
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  • their relationships. It's like their careers are meaningless.
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  • They get to a place in their life where everything they've
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  • done is questionable. What's the meaning in life? And I see
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  • Christians talking this way. Why is that? It's a sign. Listen to
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  • me, I'm gonna show you it. It's gonna be happier but it's gonna
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  • get worse first. All right? Because sometimes people think,
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  • "Well, you know, Leon, the world's painful." You bet it is.
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  • "Leon, the world is a mess." You better believe it. "Leon,
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  • there's chaos out there." I know. That's all we deal with
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  • heartache and hurt. Solomon talks about seven different
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  • idols that he had to deal with and how utterly empty life was
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  • when he put each of these desires, each of these idols on
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  • the throne of his life. Number one: He talks about chasing
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  • after power, chasing after control. I'm gonna control my
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  • world, my marriage, my wife, my kids, the business, who's around
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  • me, my in-laws, my out-laws, my friend, my town. They need to be
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  • in control. These are control freaks, okay. They wanna control
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  • everything. The problem with that it's absolutely impossible.
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  • You will be disappointed because you can't control people. And
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  • your life is filled with people. Your spouse, your kids, your
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  • mother-in-law, your father-in-law, your friends.
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  • People who grow up with you. People around you. People who
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  • work for you. People you work for. People who control the very
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  • industry that you're trying to get ahead. Again, there's so
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  • many uncontrollable factors and chaos can be in any of them. So
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  • are you gonna find storms and chaos and messes? Absolutely!
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  • Are you gonna be able to control your life? Not a chance. Chasing
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  • after power, chasing after control always will slip through
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  • your grasp like trying to grasp the wind. The second thing he
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  • talks about is relationships. Solomon chased after
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  • relationships and he thought they would bring him
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  • fulfillment. But for every relationship you've got is going
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  • to disappoint you. Don't talk like that. Mama get ready, that
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  • cute little two-year-old girl is gonna disappoint you somewhere.
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  • Nobody has the ability to be perfect for you. That stunning
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  • husband you married will disappoint you. That beautiful
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  • wife you married will disappoint you. Nobody has the ability to
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  • fulfill you. And everything that you need there's a God size hole
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  • inside of you that only God can fill and He made it that way so
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  • that you'll always need Him. Who wants God if you don't need Him?
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  • Only God can fulfill. And so relationships, you know, I often
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  • tease singles but there is no perfect man out there. And if
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  • you're married to one and you think you'd be happy if you had
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  • a different one. There is no man in the room that's gonna make
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  • you happy. Get over it. Guys, I know that you can look around,
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  • "Oh, man, I know that if I have that woman, my life would be -."
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  • No, it wouldn't. There's no wife that's gonna keep. If
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  • relationships become the idol, that all you can think about is
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  • your relationship. All you can think about is changing your
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  • relationship. All you can think about is fixing the person in
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  • your relationship. All think about is controlling the people
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  • in your world. You have a new idol and that God is not Jesus
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  • that sits on the throne of your heart. And some people who are
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  • here and you don't even care about Jesus as long as He gets
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  • you a good man. Oh, sweetie, that's a fast ticket to a
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  • hellish life, just a man. Guys you might think about, I just
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  • marry the right one. Well, Solomon had a go at it. Three
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  • hundred wives later, you think Elizabeth Taylor had it bad.
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  • Three hundred wives later and seven hundred girlfriends. I can
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  • hear some young guy think, "I'll have a go with that." Most
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  • depressing, unhappy thing you could imagine because every
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  • relationship will disappoint you. The third thing that was
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  • became an idol in his life that he went after was chasing after
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  • work, his giftedness, go work hard and then make money. You
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  • know, Solomon was so gifted in the area of leadership,
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  • management, administration, and creativity. That when you study
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  • his life, he was a leader extraordinaire. Some of you are
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  • here, and I mean, you've read every book on leadership. You've
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  • read everything on management. You've studied administrative
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  • system. You've got your MBA. You're studying Drucker, he's
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  • got 80 books. I mean, on and on thinking that, "I'm working."
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  • It's going to disappoint you. You will be frustrated if you're
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  • whole life and on the throne of your life is money and work. It
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  • didn't work for him, his vanity. It was nothing. He was just
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  • grasping the wind. What about pleasure? Well, pleasures
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  • they're gonna satisfy me. I just need to have some fun. I wish I
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  • had some money to hit some beaches. I want some money. If I
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  • had money, I could shop at Shanghai. I could shop in Orange
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  • County and I could just go have the stuff. I want the purses. I
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  • want the shoes. I want the suits. I want the toys. I want a
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  • hot car. I mean, Solomon had so many horses and so many stables
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  • that from around the world he brought the best horse flesh
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  • going. He like to ride. He like to see stuff. All these, if
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  • there's, Solomon says there wasn't a pleasure that he
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  • withheld himself from. And he said it's always flitting. It's
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  • just gone. Because pleasure, God wants you to have pleasure. God
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  • wants you to work hard. He wants you to be creative. He wants you
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  • to understand power and gain control over the things that you
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  • can discipline yourself. Yes. Yes. Yes. And pleasure He
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  • created pleasures. But pleasures are never to be pursued because
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  • they're always flitting. If you're, if the idol in your life
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  • is go get pleasure, then you gonna move past the boundaries
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  • that God put on those pleasures. And you're gonna satisfy those
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  • sense of pleasures in ways that are wrong and that are sin. And
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  • they're gonna destroy you and hurt you. Pleasure, it's
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  • wonderful. God made every nerve ending in your body. He's not a
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  • rookie on pleasure. But He made it a certain way. He made the
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  • beautiful horses to ride and He gave us the brilliance designed
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  • fast cars and 4 x 4's to get through that bush and to have
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  • the fun. So many things you can gain pleasure from today, okay?
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  • But it's always flitting. It's added like kind of icing on the
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  • cake for a purpose that is following Christ, but pleasures
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  • won't make it. The fifth God or idol that he put in his life was
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  • wisdom. And I touched on that a little bit already when it comes
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  • to work. He just tells if I know more. There's somebody here
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  • right now, if I know more, I'm gonna make more money. If I knew
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  • more, I can handle people. If I just know more. So you're
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  • reading, you're learning, you're growing, everything you can get
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  • your hands on. I mean, name any author out there and I love
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  • doing this. You know how much I read, how much I study? But I'll
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  • never let this thing become the idol. That it's gonna see me
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  • through. It's gonna be my ticket somewhere. It's gonna solve my
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  • problem. It's gonna get the fulfilment that I need, because
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  • it never will. Wisdom, I'm not talking about God's wisdom. I'm
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  • talking about the pursuit of wisdom and knowledge is an
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  • inadequate guide. Wait 'til you hear the next one. How about
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  • spirituality? People can pursue spirituality just these deeper
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  • thoughts. You know, we can listen to all these gurus that
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  • are out there today Christian and non-Christian alike. And as
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  • you go deeper and deeper into this and karma and all that
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  • this. You kind of go, "Oh, wow." And, you know, it will never be,
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  • in fact most spiritualism religion becomes religious. It
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  • leads to legalism and it's never gonna fulfill you. I'm not
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  • talking about a relationship with Jesus. I'm just talking
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  • about spirituality. Religion sucks. Religion is something
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  • that is people trying to please God, trying to get deeper. You
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  • know, let's get deeper. It's doesn't work. Those people
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  • become a little bit touch. How about immortality? That was the
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  • seventh one. It's looking younger. We're gonna get the
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  • right vitamins. We're gonna get the right lotions. We're gonna
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  • get the right minerals. We're gonna eat the right food. We're
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  • gonna get nip. We're gonna get tuck. We're gonna get a put in.
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  • We're gonna take it out. We're gonna stay young and look good
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  • and live a long time. I got good news and I got bad news. The
  • 00:15:59.140 --> 00:16:06.120
  • good news is, yes, we should look after ourselves. We should
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  • workout. We should eat good. We should get the minerals, the
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  • vitamins, the things that we need. But if it ever becomes
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  • your idol, and that's all you can think about, is looking good
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  • and fixing this and tucking that and going there and this lotion
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  • and then you got a new idol. It's no longer Jesus that drives
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  • you. And so if anyone messes with your idol, they're messing
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  • with your God. And so if anyone tries to stop or -, It's
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  • amazing. And Solomon says all of this that he tried, empty,
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  • nothing. Generation after generation has tried this. We're
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  • not the first. And when we're gone, generations after us are
  • 00:16:44.090 --> 00:16:48.000
  • gonna pursue money and pleasure and wisdom and relationships. I
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  • get the right marriage. I'll be the happiest camper going. Just
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  • go, "Alarms in all of them." No, you need the abundant life. You
  • 00:16:56.080 --> 00:17:03.010
  • know, in Galatians 2:20, listen to this shocking verse. Now, pay
  • 00:17:03.020 --> 00:17:09.020
  • attention to it. Paul says, "I am crucified." The word
  • 00:17:09.030 --> 00:17:14.250
  • "crucified" by the way, means "dead, killed, stone dead." They
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  • hang you on a cross and they waited until you die. And if you
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  • didn't die, they break your legs and pierce you with the sword
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  • like they did with Jesus. And so He said, "I am crucified with
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  • Christ. Nevertheless, I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in
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  • me and the life that I now live in this flesh body, I live by
  • 00:17:42.260 --> 00:17:50.130
  • the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for
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  • me." This is a love scripture to the saying that when you give
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  • your life to Jesus Christ and forgive me, come into my heart,
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  • all right? He didn't just improve you. He didn't just
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  • forgive a few sins and fix you up. You know, it's like a
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  • caterpillar becoming a butterfly. He didn't spin a
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  • cocoon and then tape on some wings. There was a
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  • transformation. That he literally, that caterpillar
  • 00:18:14.250 --> 00:18:17.170
  • literally becomes a butterfly. Did you know that when you give
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  • your life to Jesus Christ and you become a born again, that
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  • you don't just, aren't just forgiven. Now, you are forgiven
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  • for sure because heaven, but you literally have a new nature
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  • because you are born. Jesus was very clear to a religious man
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  • when He said, you, you must be born again. And he's teacher of
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  • a logos. Jesus, I'm gonna enter back into my mother's womb. And
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  • you're kind of eww. What he was talking about was nature always
  • 00:18:49.130 --> 00:18:55.110
  • come at birth. Dogs have puppies, not kitties. You can
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  • take your cat, tweak his ears like a Doberman Pinscher, cut
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  • off its tail, put a dog collar on, and feed Alpo. But you can't
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  • change the nature of that cat. It doesn't matter what you do. A
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  • cat is a cat is a cat is a cat is a cat. And so when Jesus
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  • touches you and forgives you and comes in and makes you and you
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  • become born again. There is, this is not a suggestion. This
  • 00:19:27.240 --> 00:19:31.120
  • is not just a new way of thinking. This is an actual
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  • miracle that takes place. That this nature that you had before
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  • called a sin nature, called a fear nature. Listen close to
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  • this. You could easily be contacted by the enemy, his
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  • thought life, his beliefs systems. Your spirit man was
  • 00:19:47.220 --> 00:19:51.210
  • nature-wise sin, nature-wise fear. And because of that the
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  • enemy contacting you, controlling you, ruling you.
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  • Read the epistles, was as easy as pie. But when you became a
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  • nature of God's nature, you became born again. And Jesus
  • 00:20:04.260 --> 00:20:09.180
  • Christ came on the inside of you. That old sin nature and his
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  • access to you, will shut right off. Now, what you've got to do
  • 00:20:13.040 --> 00:20:16.110
  • is retrain your body because it's got memory banks about all
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  • the weaknesses. Get the Word on you. This new life. So Paul is
  • 00:20:19.250 --> 00:20:24.040
  • saying, this is not just an improvement. I died. Jesus says
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  • this in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No
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  • one comes through the Father except through Me." Many
  • 00:20:39.000 --> 00:20:43.100
  • Christians will give their life to Jesus because He's the way.
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  • They'll read the Word and try to put the truths of God's Word at
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  • work in their life. But I know so many Christians, who've been
  • 00:20:52.190 --> 00:20:58.030
  • Christians for years and they have never recognized, He's not
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  • just the way. He's not just the truth. He's the life. He is your
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  • life. He's on the inside of you radiating joy. What you're
  • 00:21:08.050 --> 00:21:12.130
  • trying to chase it down for? He's on the inside radiating
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  • peace and love and contentment. He's gonna empower you in your
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  • job, your career, your marriage, to raise kids. See, you can't be
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  • proud when you know every ability you've got to father
  • 00:21:23.050 --> 00:21:26.100
  • your kids comes from God. It's His life in you that's coming
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  • out of you. You can be proud of your marriage if you think, "Oh,
  • 00:21:29.220 --> 00:21:32.100
  • I've got that man and I keep that man happy." The ability to
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  • do that comes from God. And when you look at these things, it's
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  • only Jesus. All right. Here's the verse we gotta cover.
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  • Matthew 16:24-26, this is a pivotal verse for today's
  • 00:21:43.120 --> 00:21:49.260
  • message. "Then Jesus said to his disciples, 'If any man will come
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  • after me.' If you want the life of Jesus has, let him deny
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  • himself, take up his cross, and follow Me." Right away we think
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  • about those people like monks. Deny himself a wife, deny money,
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  • deny a bed, live in a cave. You know, on some island off to
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  • Mediterranean coast. And just, you know, walk up the stairs on
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  • your knees for penance and don't have a dream. That is not what
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  • He's talking about. Let's go on because that explains it. For
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  • Jesus says, whosoever will save his life. All right, this is
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  • your life. If you're gonna try to save your life, build your
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  • life. You know, all these ways of control and relationship. It
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  • says you're gonna lose it. Whoever tries to lose his own
  • 00:22:43.030 --> 00:22:49.080
  • life, save his own life, build his own life, you're gonna lose
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  • it. But if you lose your life for My sake, He says, you're
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  • gonna find it. And the life of Jesus is incredible, phenomenal.
  • 00:23:00.270 --> 00:23:05.110
  • Jesus said in John 10:10, He said the thief comes to steal,
  • 00:23:05.120 --> 00:23:08.070
  • kill, and destroy. I am come that you might have life and
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  • more abundantly. Which means superior in quality, enumerable
  • 00:23:11.030 --> 00:23:16.150
  • in quantity. There is a life that only Jesus can live, and He
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  • lives it in you and He lives it through you. It's not He's here
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  • just assisting you a little bit. No. Paul said, I am crucified
  • 00:23:24.160 --> 00:23:29.150
  • with Christ. Nevertheless, I live, yet it's not I, but it's
  • 00:23:29.160 --> 00:23:32.170
  • Christ that lives in me and this life that I live now is by faith
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  • in Him. This Jesus is on the inside. It's your only hope to
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  • live the incredible life. The super empowered life, a
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  • relationship rich life, a joyful, peaceful life where His
  • 00:23:44.180 --> 00:23:48.030
  • peace passes understanding, joy unspeakable and full of glory.
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  • This is the life of Jesus lived in you.
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  • -LEON: You know, one of the beautiful things about the Bible
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  • is that it teaches us that when Jesus died for us, okay, and He
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  • took our sins, became sin. He took death, died in our place,
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  • and exchanged His life for ours. So we get His sonship. We get
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  • His favor. We get His peace, His joy, His healing. And what's
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  • really beautiful is the grace that abounds on our life which
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  • is God's favor. The word grace means unearned favor. And you
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  • need to begin to believe that every day you rise up, today
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  • God's favor is gonna flow into your life. And if you don't
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  • begin to understand this favor, then you'll begin to believe the
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  • enemy's lies. I wonder what's gonna go wrong today. I wonder
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  • what's not gonna workout today. Because we all have a Murphy's
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  • Law training. That, you know, whatever can go wrong will.
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  • Things are going too good something's gotta go wrong. And
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  • we're even trained to not believe in favor. I am training
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  • God's favor is flowing in your life. But now, favor must be
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  • Father, I pray right now that they would begin to speak out
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  • loud the favor of God is on their life, their relationships,
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  • believe and confess the favor of God upon their life. Touch them
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  • deeply with this thought I pray. In Jesus' name, amen.
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