Leon Fontaine - Our Example
I'm going to talk to you today about Holy Spirit. Jesus said this, incredible thing to His disciples that, is something I've meditated on my whole life. He got them around Him and He said, I'm leaving. And you can't come. And so you don't feel like orphans, Holy Spirit's coming. Did you know that He was actually saying there was going to be a new leader in their lives? Jesus led the twelve disciples, and the seventy that He sent out, and the 500 that surrounded Him, and the thousands that flocked Him everywhere He went. But, He was leaving. And His role was to be at the right hand of the Father having died and rose again. And He was saying to them, Holy Spirit is coming. The word 'spirit' in the Old Testament, Ruach, means wind, breath, the word 'spirit' in the New Testament is numa, means wind, breath.
It's interesting that, when God created the human body, at every nerve ending, all the organs, I mean it's so astounding, mankind maybe understands, one one-hundredth of the uniqueness and the beauty of the body and all of its system. Yet until God breathed into it, and he became a living soul. You and I, have not been able to see what a human being should look like and function like until we saw Jesus. And Jesus came, to show you and I, this is how you walk in authority. You calm storms, sleep in the brow of the boat, or the bow of the boat, through a storm, or walk on the water. You go Leon, that's just too far out. No, that's because religion has watered this things down so far. But the very presence of God, this wind of God.
If you are born again, Holy Spirit is helping you and guiding you to raise a child. Helping you and guiding you to walk with a mind so filled with peace, nothing upsets it. And every emotion is positive. And all the negative ones, meaning stuff like jealousy, resentment, and, and envy. That these things which destroy the soul. You walk in victory over them. And you release the very peace, and the joy of God. That the presence of God flows and ignites every cell in your body with health. And it's not like the Old Testament, so many people are stuck in the Old Testament, and they don't understand that the prophets of old continually talked about. A group that was coming that we now call the church-age, where Holy Spirit, that they only experienced upon them, maybe seven times in their life. Elijah.
Fourteen times, Elisha. That you and I would have an ignited, alive spirit again. Like Adam and Eve in the gargen. And that the presence of God would assist everything that you put your hand to, you should do all that you do in the name of Jesus. Because to touch a piece of equipment, is to be guided by God and God helping you to lay your hands on somebody as a nurse, as a doctor, as a mom or a dad. The presence of God is flowing off of you, you can't stop it. And you need to believe this. See, faith in God's grace is crucial. And I want to just paint a picture today for you that I pray there'd be a hunger and a desire within you. Because as a young man, I wanted to, I wanted to demonstrate the power of God. I didn't just want to be another voice behind a pulpit. And especially as I started preaching as a young man, I just thought God, what do You need another preacher for?
I was raised in a preacher's home. I met preachers from everywhere. Those I liked, those I didn't. Those I respected, those I didn't. Those I loved and those I didn't. I thought we've got enough pastors, we've got enough problems. But God just, He was, God if I'm going to be a pastor, then I want to see the demonstration of the power of God in my life. I'm not, I want to be like the apostle Paul who said I didn't come to you with convincing words of men's rhetoric. But I came to you in the demonstration of the power of God. The presence of God that changed minds and hearts and bodies. That protected, that you name, this.
And I remember God just speaking to me so clearly, He just said, of course. And I thought well I don't want to be a preacher, I want a congregation. That is no problem, just praying for somebody. And they're not in this crazy well the pastor should do it all. I'm just the coach. I'm not even the player. I'm equipping the saints for the work of the ministry. Everything you touch. Everything that you do, the presence of God is upon you. And, there is this supernatural power, that we just missed. People talk about it but they don't demonstrate it. I could care less what you know, show me what you demonstrate. Until this peace oozes off of you and touches your whole family. Until the healing power of God restores your body, every cell, and moves upon the people that you meet. Until you just pray, and it's not trying to get the doctrines right, to get my clauses right, and how did Leon pray? It was just, Jesus' name. And it was just this, and only Holy Spirit, only Holy Spirit. Knowing Holy Spirit, fellowshipping with Him.
The Bible says, that the communion of Holy Spirit, the love of God, and the grace of Jesus. He's looking at this one God in three persons. And he's saying, when you commune with Holy Spirit, you begin to sense the love of God. You begin to believe the grace of God. That you're forgiven, you're whole. That Jesus makes you righteous, and establishes your righteousness. Get rid of the guilt. Stop, well you know, I just don't, stop, stop, stop. Well I'm just so confused. Would you stop your mouth? Why do you think He shutdown Zachariah for talking for nine months? Because he would have destroyed his own son's birth. Why do you think He shut down the children of Israel walking around walls of Jericho? Because their mouth would have stopped the miracle. Sometimes your mouth needs to shut.
Well, I just want to be real. Well, be real in faith and not real in doubt. Because your mouth is costing many people their miracle. Well, I want to speak truth. Oh, I have no problem telling a doctor what I want checked up and the new pains and the things I'm dealing with. I've got no problem talking to a banker or investor, or getting advice on things that aren't working out in my finances. I've got no problem talking about problems. They just don't, they don't run my life. They don't lead my life. They're not in the first thing in my life. And so, it's not a fancy talk of words, it's what's coming out of your heart. But there are times, that stop talking about, all your problems and just magnifying them. Magnify Jesus.
In Isaiah 28:11-12 is a stunning verse, prophesying the day you and I live in. Says, for with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. What? He's talking here prophetically, of the day of Pentecost. When 120 people walked out of the upper room praying in other tongues. And I mean, thousands came to know Jesus. And they laid their hands on the sick, they walked in peace, no one killed them until it was their time to go. People were just attracted day by day, and the church began to meet everywhere.
In their stores, in their houses, on the streets, in the gates. Everywhere you went, people were talking. And this life that was in them, was the spirit of the living God. As we recognize some of these beautiful truths. And so with stammering lips, is talking about praying in the Spirit. And then it says, this is the rest where you'll cause the weary to rest. And this is the refreshing, and they would not hear. From Isaiah. Another verse talks about cisterns. And it talks about you've given up the fountain of water, this living God, for cracked cisterns that you build yourself.
You know, when my dad pastored in Welden, Saskatchewan, a little town. All the runoff water off the roof would go down pipes and it would go into, it took up half our basement, these concrete walls. And it was, it was a cistern, and it would hold this rainwater. And that's what would come up into the taps and things, and if it wasn't drinkable you'd drink from a different tap but that was the shower, the bath, the different things. And I remember at times looking into that cistern, and seeing all the grungy stuff in there. Salamanders, frogs, green algae, it was a cistern, the water wasn't moving. It's just a concrete cistern. And maybe you go to some of these beautiful English gardens and you see all the moss and all the flowers and the dead water sitting there.
And God is saying, I'm the living water. The fountainhead of just living water. And you traded Me out, for a cistern that you built, whether you're serving your God, your career, your body, sex, money, whatever it is that your number one goal in life, that's your new god. Really? The living God, this cistern, this fount, and I said this fountain of living water. In Acts 3:19, it says repent and be converted that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing can come from the presence of God. Did you know that refreshing never leaves you? Jesus' physical body was so tired, they sat him on a well and ran into town to get him some food. And while he was sitting there, a woman in need walked up to him. And he began to power up. And when they came back, they said who fed him? He looks so good. He said, I have food you don't know of. He has sustenance you don't know of.
There is something about Holy Spirit in our lives. You don't need to be a pastor, we've got enough problems on the pulpit. You just need to be that mom, that dad, that business person, that financier, that grandpa. You need to be that friend, that person on the block. That when people meet you, you better be oozing peace and joy. And as you're talking to them or shaking a hand, or just praying a simple prayer. It's not the wording of the prayer. It's not how, can you pray, eloquently? It's not the eloquence of the prayer. Paul, he didn't even, he talked about just the demonstration of the power. As naturally and as easy. You can't work it up. You just get to know Holy Spirit.
So many people, you know, especially those raised in church. They're not born again. What do you mean, pastor? Well, I talked to one guy in our church, and he was, he disagreed with everything I said, and everything I talked, well you know, and he could think of about 40 problems that would negate the principle he just heard. And so I'd help him if I can because people need help as they're growing and we need to help one another to grow and to think, to develop proper doctrines. But this guy, you couldn't get to square one with him. It was just like, he knew he was right, he was negative. I finally said, you know, are you born again? I've been to church since I was a boy. My mom and dad was... yeah. Cool, cool. Sitting in a garage don't make you a car. Sitting at a McDonald's table doesn't make you a Big Mac, and going to church doesn't make you born again.
It might make you a Christian, because that's just a definition of somebody that thinks they follow Christ, are you born, is your spirit-man ignited with the wind, the breath, of God? And you could just see him wanting to argue and debate with me. But he sensed something on me he didn't have. He says, you know, I said can you think of a time where you believed on Jesus, you knew He was the answer, He was the king. And you said to Him, come into my heart, I trust You. I give You my life. Did you say that? Well, I can't remember. I don't think you're born again. He was offended. But he realized it was true. This born-again experience, is crucial. And then, to stay refreshed. The early church, they stayed in the Word, worshipping. They got out to hear the Word of God taught. They didn't want church some dry religion, they wanted to be filled with His Word, and with His Spirit.
In Colossians 3:16, let the Word of Christ dwell in you, in all wisdom. The Word of Christ, he doesn't mean the Old Testament doctrines. He means you need to first of all know the cross. How that God, sent son Jesus. He died for your sin, He gave you righteousness as a gift, and many religious people are still trying to be good enough for God to use them. That's why He uses baby Christians so easy. We haven't contaminated them with stupid doctrines. But well God's not going to use you until you've got all this figured out, all that figured out, oh. I wish you would have told me that because yeah, I mean like, I laid hands on a friend he was totally healed. Yeah but, you've first got to wean yourself off the drugs and were you drinking alcohol? And well, were you, yeah. Pretty much haven't cleaned up my life too much, I'm working on it. And God still used me. No kidding, because it's not your righteousness that brings the presence of God in your life. It's an awareness, that righteousness is a gift.
Kids can have it. Kids, my kids would lay hands on me when I was a paramedic, and sometimes going through stuff and going too hard. And I'd come home, and they'd come over and slap this little sweaty or sticky hand on my, on my face, and pray. And the presence of God would touch my body. There's no difference in age. It's not, well once you read and understand the doctrines of the Old Testament, New Testament, and you understand dah, dah, dah. Please do. But that's not when Holy Spirit moves. Holy Spirit moves as a gift, because you're righteous as a gift. Because He's in love with you. Start believing, that everywhere you go the favour of God goes before you. Establish your heart in grace. Sometimes, people just don't know.
And as you learn, did you know that when you say well, how does Holy Spirit work in our lives? Well, I'm going to just talk to you what it looks like before we even begin to go to doctrine, did you know that every time you go to do something that there are nine gifts that Holy Spirit is just waiting to pick one for you? It might be solving a problem on your computer. It might be trying to figure out a strategic answer to the company that you run. It might be, how do you figure out this 12-year-old girl? You know, what should I do next? And as you begin to apply yourself, the Word of knowledge begins to come and God will show you things about them. I would just look at my girls, and pray, and think, and talk with Sally, and just know what I had to talk about. It was just like the presence of God just whoo! Just showed me. And I'd sit them down and I'd say okay, hey.
Let's talk about this. You could just see their eyes going, ooh. How'd you know? They knew I'd heard from God. They knew Sally heard from God. I knew my parents heard from God. There's something about the presence of God in their lives as to what decisions to make. The joy, the peace, the life of God. We must recognize that when you are in relationship with Holy Spirit, there's this fresh anointing that keeps flowing. In the Old Testament, they dumped oil on somebody as a type of the anointing. In the New Testament, Holy Spirit is the anointing. He's in you, and upon you. Which means you begin to rise up more of a man than you could ever be on your own. More of a woman you could ever do with on your own. The presence of God, this most attractive, incredible, powerful thing is upon you. Jesus was no wimp. Demon-possessed people fell on their faces.
When villages ran because they'd break chain. They'd fall on their face at the feet of the Son of God, who didn't break a sweat and He would just release them with a word. This same Holy Spirit, you know well Leon, Jesus was the Son of God. So are you. Yeah, but I mean Jesus was, no. He gave up all His power, when He became human. And He functioned through Holy Spirit like you and I do. So you can learn from everything that Jesus did, you can learn that. And until you learn to start stepping out and just pray for people. Don't put on a big show, Jesus never put on a show. He never said hey gather 'round while I heal this person. He'd actually say don't tell anybody. And most of his ministry is like to, it only records 17 different miracles.
One person at a time, trying to show us how to minister to people. Love them. Don't, I want to get miracles. Well, is that your ego talking or do you love people that that's what you want to do? Holy Spirit on the inside of us is as simple as a touch. As a 19-year-old guy when I began to work at a hospital, and begin to get my paramedics. I remember just praying every day, realizing that I didn't have time in front of doctors and nurses, with everybody watching everybody and we're all crammed into the resus rooms and OR's and things. So I would just pray in the morning, Father, every time my hand touches someone, I thank You the presence of God flows off me and just touches people and heals. I'll never know until I get to heaven all the miracles that did take place I don't know about. Because I was believing and speaking. And I wasn't a pastor, okay? I wasn't behind a pulpit.
I was an everyday life. We live so far below, and don't get condemned, just recognize there's so much more. There's such a love, a peace, a joy that flows off of you. And that when you speak with people, there's such a flow of the presence and the spirit of God that flows out of you and I. Don't let your life become this dead cistern with water just sitting in it, that you built with your doctrines. But instead, know Him. Jesus, the love of God. Communion with Holy Spirit, so that everywhere you go, you just is. It's not a matter, am I? You already is, just be. Not trying to become something that you're not.
When I begin to recognize that I could walk up to somebody, and because I started in the hospital field, I was walking up to sick and dying people all the time. And I begin to recognize that I didn't have to figure out was this a word of knowledge, a word of wisdom, was it gifts of healings or was it you know, a working of miracles, or was this a gift of faith? Those were just to teach what Holy Spirit would do in me. I would just reach out and I would be sensitive and listen to them. And sometimes I would say something, sometimes I wouldn't and either gifts of healings would take place or a word of knowledge that would just, how did you know that? Or I would say something that just completely set this person free.
And I just begin to recognize that everywhere I went, I just relied on Holy Spirit. He was within me, upon me, flowing through me. And everything I did, and I would pray and I'd see broken legs move and x-rays prove it. I'd see hearts begin to start again, on the monitors going from a flat line, asystole, to a completely normal sinus rhythm. And the doctors had no clue because it wasn't done by drugs. Miracle after miracle, and it wasn't what I did. It was just a fellowshipping with Holy Spirit. And as I went to do something, I just believed that He was all over me. That my hands were His hands. That anything I said, He would back up. And you begin at a relationship, to live this life. That was so filled.
People say well, you're so, you just have this, I remember one time sitting in a restaurant and this guy walked over and, he was built. I don't know how many steroids went into that boy. But I mean, he just walked over, boom. Up, he stood at my table and he said, "I'm stronger than you". I'm going, "I'm just sitting here by myself having a coffee". I said, "cool". And he turned around and another he goes, "I'm stronger than you". I said "cool. God, am I in a fight here, what's going on"? And I just looked at him. And I didn't let my ego get in the way, or my pride, or my. I just felt love for him. He looked me in the eye and he said, "but I've been watching you come in here for coffee. And you've got more power than me". Oh. I said, have a seat. And he sat down, he goes. You ooze confidence. I go, I do? What is it? And I said well, I started talking about Jesus. His presence in my life. And that I'm not trying to act confident.
And as I share with him, he could just sense that he's trying so hard to be confident and powerful and to take his place. And he was just devoid of something. And he gave his life to Jesus at that table. You could just see tears in his eyes as he came alive with the very breath, the very presence of God. Today, if you're a believer, are you living so far below what you are, that someone's talked you out of it? Yes, you need a mind. I love training my mind, I average a book a day from structures to systems to psychology to all sorts of stuff to grow and train this. But I spend even more time on the mind of God that is in my heart, so I can sense Him and hear Him and feel Him and know Him. And there's times it goes against my reasoning, but I want His peace, His joy. It never stops, it never ends. Holy Spirit, when He flows His gifts through you, He just picks which one. Our kids need to see the real Jesus within us. They're not going to do what we say, they're going to do what we do.
And if you don't do anything with Holy Spirit, I watched my dad lay hands on the sick. I watched him hug me and love me and discipline me into a way that I didn't know what to do with him. I just felt like needed a spanking when you got talking to him when I did something wrong. I thought please spank me, because just talking to me is worse. You know, and it was just so full of love, and it was just so, what God would put, and I watched my mom hear from God and know things by the spirit. When I'm raised by this couple, I just knew there was a God. And I knew that you could have Him in every day imaginable, helping you in everything you could even understand.
And so I begin to want to stay close to Holy Spirit. Because I'm not just a pastor, I'm a father. I'm not just a pastor, I'm a husband. I'm not just a pastor, I'm a friend. I'm not just a pastor, I'm a man. I'm not just a pastor, I'm a Canadian. I'm not just a pastor, and so, I deal with all the same things you do. The anointing that I have to teach doesn't work on Sally, I tried. The anointing I have to lead a church doesn't work on raising my kids. I just had to be a real dad. But I found Holy Spirit would help me and assist me, and they would see His peace, His power, His joy. They wouldn't even know sometimes what it was, but if dad was here, everything's going to be okay. You could sense God. You could sense His presence. And when you're raised in it, you know, my dad would say to me, he would say Leon, on your worst day, it still feels better than the way a lost person feels on their best day. I pray that you'd treasure Holy Spirit. I pray that you'd recognize He's here to have fellowship with. That He wants to flow through you. That He wants to touch every area. That you are to, Jesus said I am come that you might have life, and more abundantly.
Please don't become a religious Christian. Yeah, that's good, I like that, yeah, mhmm, oh I believe that. I don't care what you think, what you know, what you believe. What are you demonstrating? What flows off of you that makes your spouse fall in love with you after 50 years of "Mary, do you"? What makes your kids want to come home? What makes the people around you attracted to something about you? The Bible calls it, the aroma. It doesn't know what else to call it. You know, beautiful aromas are just, you know, if your wife or daughter washes her hair with this gorgeous smell, you want to just put your nose in their hair. You know, if a man's got the right cologne, the right one, you know, women will just go, what are you wearing, I want to get that for my husband.
When we talk about aroma, in the spirit there's something about the presence of God that just attracts people to you. When you work, when you play, when you drive. They don't know why. You need Holy Spirit, please commune with Him. Just fellowship with Him. And you're going to begin to catch the wind under your wings, and it will affect every other area of your life.
Father, today I sense Your presence so strong. I pray that, You would just put a desire in every person here, that they're going to do everything in the name of Jesus. Meaning the spirit of God assisting them with everything they put their hand to. Let this message just ignite within the body of Christ, all around the world. To be led by the spirit of God, to sense Him and know Him and to enjoy Him.
For those who don't know you, I pray that they would become born again. If that's you, just say:
Jesus, I choose You. Just say Jesus, come into my heart. I'm following You the rest of my days.
And you're going to start this incredible journey, but born again. Alive with His presence.