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Self Identity Part 2

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November 2, 2019
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Leon Fontaine

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Self 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 level of joy and our level of peace and
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  • personal fulfillment never rises above our sense of self-worth.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: In John 10:10, it says that Jesus came to give us
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  • life, and life more abundantly. So, why is there such a
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  • disconnect between this biblical promise, and how most Christians
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  • live today? Why have so many believers become spiritually
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  • weak, and ineffective at sharing Jesus' message of love? THE
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  • SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is the answer. It's being led by Holy
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  • Spirit, but in a contemporary way. It's being Jesus and
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  • demonstrating His love in ways people can understand and
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  • appreciate. Spirit Contemporary is unique for everyone. It never
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  • compromises the truth, and it never makes others feel
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  • uncomfortable. It's freeing yourself from religious
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  • constraints, and walking freely in God's amazing grace, for His
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  • purpose. THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is absolutely crucial if
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  • the global church and her people are going to change the world.
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  • - Later in the show, we'll tell you how you can reserve your
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  • copy of today's resource. Enrich your soul and renew your mind
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  • with this timely series.
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  • - And now, from Calgary, Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: Hey, everyone! It is so good to have you with me today.
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  • I love teaching God's Word in a Spirit Contemporary way. In
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  • other words, I love the Word. I love Holy Spirit. And but then
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  • we need to be contemporary. Speak and teach and function in
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  • a way that is contemporary. No compromise but people can relate
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  • to it. Today, I've got something that's gonna change wherever you
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  • are right now. Are you struggling to breakthrough a
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  • boundary? Is there something in your life that has plateaued?
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  • Your marriage, your business, your career, your health, your
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  • person. Is there some place where you can't get results? And
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  • you're praying against the devil. You're seeking God,
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  • intercessory prayer. I want you to listen to this message and I
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  • can give you a key to unlocking literally every season that is
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  • ahead of you. Every area of success in your life is gonna
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  • come down to this, that I'm gonna talk about today. All
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  • right, when we look at God's Word, it's interesting to me how
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  • that your self-identity determines your self-worth. You
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  • see, the greatest need in a human being, every human being
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  • is a sense of self-worth, a sense of significance. Freud was
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  • wrong, you know, when he said years ago the greatest need in a
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  • human being is for sex and he's wrong. Now, we know this sex
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  • drive is a huge drive and it's a gift from God to married
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  • couples, you know, who know Him. So, but he was wrong. The
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  • greatest need in a human being's life is for sense of self-worth.
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  • Now, let me show you where most people struggled because if your
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  • identity is focused on God and what He thinks about you and His
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  • value for you. Then your self-worth will be high, and you
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  • will be stable in life. If your self-identity comes from your
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  • performance, then you are giving your peers, you're giving the
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  • people around you, money's the measurement, and your self-worth
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  • is never secure. Because if your self-identity is focused on your
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  • looks, someone's always gonna be better looking. And you're
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  • always gonna be looking to others to notice how
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  • good-looking you are, and gravity happens to everybody. If
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  • it's in your career. Well, as your career comes and goes and
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  • you're gonna have to fight to stay ahead of everybody else
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  • because someone's better than you. It actually affects your
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  • self-worth. And so our level of joy and our level of peace and
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  • personal fulfillment never rises above our sense of self-worth.
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  • Let me say that again. Your peace, your joy, you know, your
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  • sense of fulfillment, feeling significant and excited about
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  • life with God and Holy Spirit. It's never gonna rise above your
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  • sense of self-worth. Now, this is really important because
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  • insecure people in their self-worth will do anything to
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  • get a sense of self-worth. I mean, they'll walk away from
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  • marriages, friendships, careers, church, even God and the things
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  • of God because if they don't feel this amazing sense of
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  • self-worth, value, significance. These words all point at the
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  • same thing. Then they are working their life, their whole
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  • life trying in anyway possible to get this self-worth to feel
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  • good about themselves. It's the greatest need we've got. Let me
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  • give you a scary verse when it comes to this. In James 3:16, it
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  • says, "For where envy and self-seeking exist, there is
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  • confusion and every evil work." You can be born-again,
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  • spirit-filled, serving God for 40 years and things going well.
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  • And if you move your self-identity what you focus on
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  • for it off of God's value and love for you. And you put it on
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  • your job, what people think about you, how much money, how
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  • successful, etcetera, anywhere else. You will begin to get
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  • confused. Today, if you could just say, I've heard people tell
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  • me this all the time. I'm so confuse and, or they'll be like,
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  • "My life is just so confused. It's so complex." And I love
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  • what, you know, this gentleman said who did a lot of television
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  • shows for kids, Roger. He said, "Life with God is deep and
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  • simple. What the world gives us is shallow and complex." If you
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  • feel confused about your relationship, your identity,
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  • what is your purpose in life, where are you going, what have
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  • you achieved, who am I. This mid-life crisis and now there's
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  • people in their early 30s. It's hitting them because they are
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  • measuring their value on their external achievements. They're
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  • measuring their value as to what their peers feel the amount of
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  • their money. How high they climb the corporate ladder? Are they a
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  • success in those areas? Now, when you get your identity on
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  • your achievements, whatever they are. You begin to be envious
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  • because envy causes selfish ambition. Now, why would you
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  • have selfish ambition? Because you just don't feel good enough
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  • about yourself. Others are doing more. They've passed you and
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  • people don't notice you like you want them to. All of these
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  • things are in the area of envy and envy is so powerful that it
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  • will cause you to become ambitious all about yourself.
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  • You, you, you. Me, me, me. Because until you begins to
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  • establish greater things externally. Your looks, the
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  • money that you make, the car that you drive, people know you,
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  • success, etcetera. You literally are gonna do anything. In fact,
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  • I'll tell you right now. All of us are leaders and we are to,
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  • have to be great leaders and lead ourselves, our families,
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  • our marriages, into everything that God has for us. But if you
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  • begin to get envious, it means you begin to move your focus off
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  • of God and His love for you. Ever notice a child when they're
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  • young, they're not worried about money or what everybody thinks
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  • about them at the young ages. They just know their daddy loves
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  • them, their mommy loves them. Grandpa and grandma love them,
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  • their uncles and aunts love them. And yeeha! Life is good.
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  • It's not until they get going later in life that they begin to
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  • be compared. At school they're compared, their marks are
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  • compared. Teachers, I will treat people differently often as to
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  • how smart they are, how good they do on exams. I've heard
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  • experts say that I've interviewed on television. That
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  • it is only one of seven different intelligences that
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  • school literally is teaching our kids. And so those who aren't
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  • good at memorizing and spitting out the right information on
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  • test. That they feel, you know, and may begin to look at
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  • themselves in their performance. Now, performance is important.
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  • But I have found that your performance can do exceedingly
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  • well when you are secure in self-worth. And so focus on
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  • Jesus how much He values you. And so, how valuable are you?
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  • What did He pay for you? He sent His Son to die for you. And
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  • Christians today are so locked into I get my value. I get my
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  • significance from what the world thinks about me. The Bible has a
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  • verse that says that the fear of men is a snare. Now, it's
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  • interesting because this is talking about boundaries. You
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  • know, if you watch a horrible snare capture a rabbit by the
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  • foot. And I've seen snares people who have snared, you
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  • know, out in there snaring trying to snare animals. And,
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  • well, I remember seeing a rabbit one time snared and it only gave
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  • it about a two-foot or three-foot circle because the
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  • wire was going tight on its leg and it was running in circles.
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  • There was blood in the grass and all the grass and bushes were
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  • beaten down as it was trying to get away from the snare. But you
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  • could take a chalk and draw a circle of about two and a half
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  • feet where that wire held him at bay. And it's saying that to be
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  • afraid of people, to be fearful of what they think, to be
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  • driving yourself to make them think high of you because that's
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  • where you get your self-worth from. It snares you and it holds
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  • you from going to the places that God has called you to. So
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  • where, what do you focus on for your identity? Is it on God
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  • valuing you? Or is it on what people think around you? It's
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  • interesting to me that Jesus was tempted in the area of His
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  • identity. Satan came and three times he said to Jesus do
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  • something and you say you are the Son of God. You are about to
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  • prove You are the Son of God. And he was trying to move Jesus
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  • from a complete sense of identity. Jesus knew who He was.
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  • He was focused on God. God says this is My beloved Son on whom I
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  • am well pleased. But Satan begin to try to get Him to move His
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  • identity off of God on to the miracles. Turn this stone into
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  • bread. And Jesus wouldn't do it. Now, is there a problem with
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  • doing that? No. But when you're being tempted to do it, to prove
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  • who you are. You are now, you've got your identity off of God and
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  • the security of God loves me. God says who God says I am. Now,
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  • my self-worth is high, my significance. My sense of
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  • knowing who I am is so full of love. I don't need to prove to
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  • anybody. When you start proving to people who you are, and it
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  • gets important to you. You'll become envious. You'll step on
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  • other people's fingers up the corporate ladder. You won't
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  • allow those around you to rise up because your self-worth needs
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  • to continue. So your identity is focused on people. Your ability
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  • to produce results and everybody noticing you. Wow, what a quick
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  • trip to depression. And remember I said earlier that your level
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  • of joy and peace and personal fulfillment will never rise
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  • above our sense of self-worth. Leon, that's just for those who
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  • don't know Christ. No, I'm sorry. I coach and train pastors
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  • around the world in multiple denominations. And one of the
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  • things that I have found that they need to be taught is to get
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  • their significance, to get their self-worth, to get their value
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  • from the relationship with God, not from the size of their
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  • church, who knows them, how many people they've got on social
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  • media. There's so much today that causes people to move into
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  • this area of performing to be noticed. Satan takes Jesus again
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  • and he tells Him, jump off this temple because the Bible says
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  • the angels will catch you in their hands and protect you. And
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  • if You are the Son of God, people will see this. Jesus is
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  • being tempted again to prove who He was externally. Now, it's no
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  • problem. Jesus was protected. Jesus actually did miracles of
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  • provision for food. But He's not doing it to prove who He is.
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  • He's not doing this to have people look at Him and -, No. He
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  • stayed with His identity focus on God. This is who I am and so
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  • God says I am. And then as He does miracles, the miracles
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  • don't establish in His own life who He is. And we know that
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  • miracles helped Jesus to begin to get people's attention. But
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  • even once He's got their attention, you can think, "Well,
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  • see, people will know He was Jesus when they saw the
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  • miracles." Listen, for three and a half years He did miracles.
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  • And the same people who watched Him do miracles, let Him be
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  • crucified and everybody run. There was no one left around
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  • Jesus. They all abandoned Him. The 500, the 70, the disciples,
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  • and the 12 disciples. I mean, all of this people they just
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  • abandoned Him. Why? Because although they believed in the
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  • miracles and stuff. There wasn't this sense of, you know, Jesus,
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  • the Son of God. And inside of them they still began to look at
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  • the things around them. Remember, insecure people will
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  • sacrifice everything in life to get a sense of self-worth. I
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  • spoke with a young businessman who was just succeeding,
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  • driving. And the success always had if he's gonna go to the next
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  • level, he needed more time. He needed to travel more. And I'm
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  • not opposed to working hard or even traveling. Let me ask you a
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  • question. Is it really worth to get the position of VP of
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  • something in the organization? And the corner office, nicer
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  • cars, a cabin at the lake but you rarely go there anyway. So
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  • this, your wife is ageing and your kids are growing up and
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  • your missing your 20s and your 30s. And I just watching the
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  • other day a guy had wrote a note out on social media because he
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  • had lost one of his children. And he said for years he had
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  • never spent one weekend with his family. And he just begged
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  • people, please go play with your kids because he'd lost one. And
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  • now he realized that all the money, all the corporations that
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  • he owned couldn't compare to a loving wife and kids at home. Go
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  • throw a football. Go waterskiing on the weekends. If you're not
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  • careful, you will sacrifice your marriage, you family, your
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  • friendships, your health. You know, by the time you can afford
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  • to have steak whenever you want it. Your stomach is so eaten up.
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  • All you can do is yogurt or goat's milk. By the time you
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  • finally get the cabins and the places and the cruises you can
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  • go on, your kids don't want to go with you because they've got
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  • their own friendship circles. Or they've married somebody, and
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  • they've realized there's not much hanging out with mom or dad
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  • or whichever one it is that is so driven to prove them self.
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  • And really, it's all about you finding yourself. I remember
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  • another gentleman when I worked with at the hospital when I was
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  • younger as a paramedic. He walked away from his family and
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  • everything, bought a sailboat and just literally sailed away.
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  • And it was shocking to all of us because he was a wonderful man.
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  • And one time in a conversation, the last time I saw him. This
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  • man said to me, "Leon, I don't know who I am. I've got to find
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  • myself. I'm no good to my wife, my kids, or anyone till I do
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  • that." I've never heard from him since. I don't know what's
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  • happened. I just know that everywhere he goes, there he is.
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  • And you don't find yourself by being alone and looking around
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  • the planet and naval gazing. You must determine now to take your
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  • identity and focus it on Jesus and His value for you and His
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  • love for you. And then that is where your self-worth will rise
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  • up secure. Your literally, your health can go up and down. Your
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  • looks can go up or down or begin to deteriorate as you age. And
  • 00:17:32.150 --> 00:17:35.280
  • it won't affect your joy, your peace, your ability to have
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  • great relationships. You know, you can have the greatest
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  • company going for a while and then it can be number five and
  • 00:17:41.280 --> 00:17:44.180
  • you don't care. It's succeeding and I'm happy for everyone else
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  • that succeeds. But if your self-worth is not in there, then
  • 00:17:47.100 --> 00:17:51.060
  • you are gonna sacrifice things in your life. Your health will
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  • deteriorate. You'll die young. Or if you don't die, you'll
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  • spend the last 20 years of your life unable to really live
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  • because your health is so damaged of the things that you
  • 00:18:01.140 --> 00:18:04.180
  • did trying to secure this self-worth. I want to challenge
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  • you today. I don't care if you're a grandpa or a grandma. I
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  • don't care where -, Get back. Last story I think, I'll share
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  • might help you. A man walked up to the front of our church one
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  • time, and shook my hand after the service and said, "That was
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  • an amazing message. It really touched me. Now, I'm an
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  • agnostic. I'm an atheist." He used both words. He said, "And
  • 00:18:28.030 --> 00:18:30.250
  • so I don't believe but your message really touched me." So
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  • as he turned and walked off. I just said something I say all
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  • the time. Say, "Hey, I love you, man. Have a great week." And he
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  • exploded with anger because he thought I was an authentic real
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  • guy. But he said, "Don't you tell me you love me. You don't
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  • know me." And he thought that was me being really, you know,
  • 00:18:48.290 --> 00:18:52.290
  • to be, I was spinning. I was just putting on a front. I
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  • wasn't authentic like he thought. I wasn't transparent
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  • like he thought. And I said, "God, help me to explain it to
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  • this guy." And just like that this thought came into my mind.
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  • Stop. I said, "You can love people who you don't know." Now,
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  • the word love in the Bible, one of the best words I know to help
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  • explain it is the word value. You know, you can say you love
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  • your wife but you're never with her. You don't value her enough
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  • to be with her. You can say you love your husband. You can say
  • 00:19:22.280 --> 00:19:25.080
  • -. So I said, "We can love people that we don't know."
  • 00:19:25.090 --> 00:19:29.040
  • "That's not true," he says. Well, think about a baby. A baby
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  • is born into this world and we don't know their personality. We
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  • don't know they haven't spoken to us. For the first year they
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  • are screaming and crying every time they want something. I
  • 00:19:41.070 --> 00:19:44.060
  • mean, they mess their pants. You know, they never say thank you.
  • 00:19:44.070 --> 00:19:48.240
  • I remember walking the floor with our five kids when it was
  • 00:19:48.250 --> 00:19:51.110
  • my turn, me and Sally would take turns. And they never said thank
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  • you for keeping me up all night and I had to go to work. I mean,
  • 00:19:55.070 --> 00:19:58.140
  • they would throw up and pee and mess. And they never said
  • 00:19:58.150 --> 00:20:02.180
  • anything to me that was enjoyable. But yet, I love that
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  • little baby so much. I would have died. I would get in front
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  • of a bullet or any intruder and to give my life before I would
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  • lose one of my children. God loves you and I before we have
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  • established our external value, okay? Are you gonna be a nice
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  • person? Are you gonna be a successful person? Before any of
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  • that is establish, God already values you and loves you. And it
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  • really touched him. And you know what, it's important that you
  • 00:20:30.190 --> 00:20:33.140
  • understand that. Even when Jesus walked the planet, it says He
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  • went down into the waters of baptism and John the Baptist
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  • baptized Him. Then it says Holy Spirit settled on Him and a
  • 00:20:40.040 --> 00:20:45.010
  • voice came out of heaven and said, "Behold my beloved Son in
  • 00:20:45.020 --> 00:20:49.200
  • whom I am well pleased." Well, Jesus hadn't done anything yet.
  • 00:20:49.210 --> 00:20:55.180
  • He hadn't done one miracle. Nobody had messed with Him yet.
  • 00:20:55.190 --> 00:20:59.130
  • He hadn't proven anything externally. But you see, God
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  • looks at the heart. He doesn't look at the external. And it
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  • says He was already well pleased with Jesus before He prove
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  • anything. If you try to prove yourself to God with your
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  • behavior, cleaning up all the stuff. You're going back into
  • 00:21:16.060 --> 00:21:20.050
  • external areas. Know that God loves you like a parent loves a
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  • baby. They don't even know them yet. They haven't even started
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  • talking yet. But that love is there. And then know this, the
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  • power of God will help you to change and to become the person
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  • you may never thought you could. You never, might have, never
  • 00:21:35.140 --> 00:21:38.150
  • thought you could change your temper, your addiction, your
  • 00:21:38.160 --> 00:21:41.190
  • inability to treat people right. Maybe you feel so trap in these
  • 00:21:41.200 --> 00:21:46.100
  • areas. You need to know God loves you the way you are. And
  • 00:21:46.110 --> 00:21:51.050
  • when you come to Him, and you get your identity from the value
  • 00:21:51.060 --> 00:21:56.040
  • God places on you, not the value your peers place on you or the
  • 00:21:56.050 --> 00:21:59.170
  • public places on you or you place on you. You look to Him.
  • 00:21:59.180 --> 00:22:04.160
  • Your self-worth begins to rise and all of a sudden, you feel
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  • this fulfillment, this peace, this joy. Now, when you first
  • 00:22:09.020 --> 00:22:13.240
  • get saved, you get kind of a dose of that. But then you've
  • 00:22:13.250 --> 00:22:16.250
  • got to begin to study God's Word and get in there so that you can
  • 00:22:16.260 --> 00:22:20.220
  • renew your mind, establish your heart in grace, in God's truths.
  • 00:22:20.230 --> 00:22:26.080
  • This thing that I'm talking about today is so huge. And so
  • 00:22:26.090 --> 00:22:29.140
  • many people watching me today know that. You've learned the
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  • Word. You've renewed your mind. You've prayed in the Spirit.
  • 00:22:32.150 --> 00:22:35.040
  • You've gone to church and you're struggling in so many areas.
  • 00:22:35.050 --> 00:22:38.160
  • There's this area of self-identity and it's where the
  • 00:22:38.170 --> 00:22:44.260
  • deepest beliefs of your life are in this heart level. A deeper
  • 00:22:44.270 --> 00:22:49.060
  • almost subconscious area of your life. The Bible calls your heart
  • 00:22:49.070 --> 00:22:53.090
  • and the heart is the seat of your identity and you've got to
  • 00:22:53.100 --> 00:22:59.000
  • focus it on God. And when you do, you begin to believe like
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  • God believes. You begin to see yourself as a success. And Holy
  • 00:23:03.160 --> 00:23:08.050
  • Spirit is working with you as your helper and He is helping
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  • you to lead you into all truth. Now, as He lead you into all
  • 00:23:12.190 --> 00:23:17.150
  • truth, this truth will affect you, your identity. And this
  • 00:23:17.160 --> 00:23:21.150
  • sense of self-worth, this value, this significance, this love
  • 00:23:21.160 --> 00:23:26.230
  • will rise up in your life and you will be able to get your
  • 00:23:26.240 --> 00:23:29.160
  • eyes off yourself and off of everybody around you. As a
  • 00:23:29.170 --> 00:23:32.260
  • spouse, you'll become beautiful, loving, caring, funny. I mean,
  • 00:23:32.270 --> 00:23:37.050
  • exciting, creative. As a business person, everyone wants
  • 00:23:37.060 --> 00:23:40.210
  • to get around you because you can afford to help everyone
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  • succeed because you know nobody can stop you from what God has
  • 00:23:43.030 --> 00:23:48.060
  • called you to and from succeeding for the rest of your
  • 00:23:48.070 --> 00:23:50.290
  • life. This thing of moving from your self-identity focus on God
  • 00:23:51.000 --> 00:23:56.040
  • and a sense of self-worth will change everything in your life.
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  • God bless you.
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  • -LEON: I want to take a moment and pray with you. When it comes
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  • to the SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE, it is something that needs to be
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  • Make sure that everywhere you are, that there is a wisdom as
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