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Leon Fontaine - Learning to Listen


Leon Fontaine - Learning to Listen

Hey, everybody! It's so good to have you with me today. I'm on a second part of teaching believers, mature saints, how to see the presence of God manifesting in their life. Healing, prosperity, protection. For any of you who followed me or read my book about the Spirit Contemporary Life. It is filled with miracles of protection, healing, raising the dead, incredible manifestations of the power of God in my life as I was growing and learning to use His presence. So I want to talk about that today. That Holy Spirit is who manifests the gifts of the Spirit. So if you need healing, direction, understanding, the gift of faith, the working of miracles, the gifts of healings, etcetera. Holy Spirit is with us and He decides what's going to happen in our lives. And so I've just learned to get to know Him, to trust Him, obey Him. And it's amazing how things begin to take place in your life.

So today I want to continue. I want to do a background so bad but I want to challenge you to go back to the first session of this, and they'll have the title there on the screen so you can find it. Get a hold of us. Now, let's dive straight back into this as we help mature believers. Whether it's a healing issue, relational issue. Whether it's protection. Whether it's court, the court of law. Whether someone suing you. What is going on in your life? And how do you get God into the midst of this doing things. Well, the Bible says even your enemies are at peace with you or he turns the heart of leaders above you. Or, or, or. It's, there're just so many of the beautiful promises of God that I want manifesting. What does that mean? It means coming into your life.

So many people think that the Christian life is only an internal thing, because Jesus said that, you know, the kingdom is within you. And now, and they take that to me that nothing happens on the outside. You'll be as sick and depressed and unhappy maybe as everybody else, or if you are happy on the inside, you'll be beaten, no protection. You'll get sick, no healing. You'll be dominated by wrong governments and lead... This does not make sense. And so today, I want to help you to begin to get into His Word, and I want to help you to see the presence and the power of Jesus moving in your life. When you study Jesus, and when you study the disciples, after the day of Pentecost. You know, they were saved and then they were filled with the Spirit.

The apostle Paul says, "I praise the Lord. I speak in tongues more than you all". Whoa! Why was that such an incredible secret for Paul? And think about that and maybe make sure and do that. Now, today in our second part. We will continue to look at the heart. The heart is where you have confidence towards God. We found out last time. The heart is something you must make sure it's not condemning you or you can't receive from God. And so how do you get your heart not to condemn you. Then you receive every promise that you need from God. And it's the Word and the Holy Spirit that makes that work. Now Ephesians 1:15 and on, and Ephesians 3:59. I'm not going to get to these today, probably not. But those are prayers you need to pray out loud over you, your family, and your life every day because they are stunning new covenant prayers that talk about an awareness of God's presence. The strength of God flowing on the inside of you, knowing His love, knowing... It's just, they're amazing.

Now, today we're going to go to Proverbs 4:18-27, because there's incredible truths locked into here for our lives in the new covenant, so much of the Old Testament. Well, actually people who know the Word good will tell you and I'd say the same thing. That the New Testament is a rewrite of the Old Testament. And as they begin to teach, you'll see all these verses coming out of the Old Testament prophets, etcetera. And it's almost all these men will be talking about something that may move over to a top to the prophecy about the future and then come back on track and it's all through the Old Testament. So the New Testament is quoting tons of Old Testament and is explaining it now, that Jesus has died, buried, rose again, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. That's the revelation Holy Spirit is trying to get through to us. All right, Proverbs 4:18, says, "But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day".

Now, think of a great big flashlight in the darkest night. Whenever I would go camping with our youth group or with friends. You know, if you had a cloud cover and there were no stars or moonlight. It was so dark. You couldn't see your face in front of you. Then you started running around the bush or we would camp often at this area of cliffs. And you'd run off a cliff and you'd hit the rocks below. Oh, man. And so you needed a flashlight. I mean, one of my friends went running down without one and he tripped over a skunk. That wasn't an enjoyable experience. But the path ahead of you is like a shining light that gets brighter. How many Christians do you know that enjoyed their new experience with God. For a year or two, they were pumped. And then from there and on, it's like, "Well, I didn't know what to do and I got stuck in a boring church, and a troublesome marriage, and trying to raise my kids, and trying to make money, and all this stuff".

You kind of go, "Whoa, whoa, whoa". The Bible says that the light that guides you gets brighter and brighter. It doesn't matter how many corners of darkness or what you're walking through in your season of life. God will light it up. So you can see, what this means is you can see clearly to make the right decision. Out of the quicksand, away from the cliff, get back away from that skunk, there's the path. It's so easy when the path, our paths are lit up. Now it says in verse 19, "The way of the wicked is as darkness. They don't even know what makes them stumble". They're naãve. They might have an evil cleverness for a while to make some money, or to hurt somebody for a little bit. But they will never live their life out properly. They're going to stumble at the darkness.

Now, verse 20, "My son". I love that. It's reminds me of me speaking to my daughters and my son. It's my son. My daughter. And you're about to say something that a father's heart wants you to have so bad. It says, "My son attend to my words". Don't just in one ear and out the other. Attend to my words. Why? "Incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes, keep them in the midst of thine heart". All right. Let's stop at these two verses. There's something about the Word of God. Now, we have the written Word of God and if God speaks to us about something and directs us in our lives. Remember that and hang on to that. That it'll never go against the written Word. It says, "Attend to my words". How do you attend to it? Well, it says incline your ear to my sayings.

Now, as you speak the Word, learn to listen. Then it says, "Let them not depart from your eyes". In all that you're doing in life, in marriage, in business. Whatever you're doing, the Word of God needs to be every day that you listen to it. You focus with your eyes on it and you get it into your heart. Then it guides you like the most powerful spotlight in your job. If you're a policeman, there's nothing you can step into. I remember as a paramedic, as the supervisor stepping out into an accident scene that was so complex. I've got cars and walking wounded and bodies and situations and all these things. And I would step out.

You go, "How do you even maximize survivors? How do you know to control the scene"? Well, they would give us great guidelines to look at first. What do you prioritize? First, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth. But often I would step out. And if I had known and spend time with God, praying in the spirit as I was driving to the accident scene. I would step out and I would just had this knowing. That just rose up within me. Besides my training and the great things that I had been shown. I would get and I would just know. And God would guide me in it. You need to know. That when you look at this, keep God's Word in the midst of your heart. They are life, verse 22 says, "To those that find them". Why do you got to find them? Well, it's because you've got a search for it, God's Word, and go after God's Word. If you just think you found it and like, "Hey, I read it. It's mine".

I never forget, you know, when I'm training some of my sons on riding a motorbike. And if I say, "Hey, look at me. This is important. When you're on a motorbike, you've got to pretend everybody's crazy and everyone's trying to kill you. That's the way to ride a motorbike in traffic". I remember as I'm showing the different things. If one of them would just goes, "Oh, they had it. They got it". They kind of look at me confidently. I wouldn't let them ride yet. I wouldn't let them take the bike up. Why? Because they think they got it. But it's talking here about finding something. Which means bear burrowing deeper. Just owning this. Getting this on the inside. And here it says that it's to those who find them. That does not mean that God is hiding His truths from us. And I know we see, or the biggest, if something is hidden, it's always to be revealed to you and I as new covenant people. So it says, "My son attend to my words, incline your ear to my sayings".

Be speaking, meditating the Word. Let them not depart from your eyes. Every day spend time looking into His Word. Keep it in the middle of your heart. All of these eyes, ears, and attending is to get it into your heart. Plant it in your heart through your attention, your focus, and through dreaming and personalizing God's Word till you see how it affects you in your world. Then it says, "For they are life to those that find them, health to all their flesh". Then it says, "You keep your heart with all diligence because out of it are the boundaries of your life".

You know, there's three meanings for the word here boundaries. And often when you look at a word in a Hebrew, try to fit all of them in, because it means the springs of life, the issues of life, but the boundaries of life. Another words, if there are boundaries you can't get back past relationally, in healing, in finances. Those boundaries are your beliefs. God has no boundaries on, you can only be this healthy, no more than that. You can only be this prosperous, no more than that. You can't be, only this happy, no more than that . No, no, no, no. We create the boundaries with our beliefs. So it says, "Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues that springs the boundaries of your life". That keep you hemmed in. The ceiling you keep running into. This is crucial.

There's verses that few people go past, a lot of people know these few verses because they're crucial to establishing your heart in grace. It's crucial the planting God's Word in your heart because then you begin to rise up in life and healing is easy. Maybe you're believing God for a miracle right now in your physical body. Well, what do you do? Well, I know the Word of God about healing. That's not the issue. The issue is not that you, your reasoning has figured out the doctrines that go with the cross. Good for you. It's when the Word of God gets planted in your heart not just your head. And then as you focus on it, meditate on it. It begins to come to life and you begin to personalized God's Word till your dream on the inside as you see yourself healed, and happy, and excited, and passion rises up. I mean, this anointing, this unction, Holy Spirit. Man, it begins to flow out of you because of the Word and the Spirit.

So it says, then verse 24, "Put away from you a froward mouth, and perverse lips put way from you". What does that mean? That means as the Word of God says something, stop saying something else. You know, because you can't have a crooked mouth. You can't try to believe and prophesy to your future and then at the same time go, "Well," No, you've got to keep your mouth. Put away a mouth that says different things than you believe. Never let your mouth say things that are crooked. That are wrong according to God's Word. And perverse lips put far from thee. I'm going to give you an example. I don't mean that you can't admit anything. No. The Bible says speak to the problems in your life. So obviously you can sense, see, and acknowledge problems. Okay? But when I speak to that problem and I declare, "All right, sickness in my body that's trying to do this. You're pushing me there. I command you to go in Jesus' name. And you're not coming back".

Sally might say, "Leon, you know, you look like you're not feeling good". And I'll just tell her point blank. You know, this headache's been pushing at me. I spoke to it and it's not staying. I'm healed. So I have no problem telling her what I'm dealing with. But my words aren't going to be perverse or crooked and different than what I just confessed in my prayer closet. I'm not going to go, "Yeah, I know. Sal, you know, I can't help with the issues and I can't do anything. I'm just sick. I'm just not feeling good. I don't know what's going on". Whoa, whoa, whoa. That's perverse lips. I don't know what's going on. Listen, I know what's going on here. And so I am speaking God's Word. I'll tell her that I've spoken to this headache. It's pushing at me today. And, you know, if I had a couple hours, now I commanded it to go.

So I might go get a good sleep or nap in and just refreshing up my physical body, or I might say, "You know what, I'm going to get a check-up from the doctor and haven't had one all year and it's time to do it". I have no problem with check-ups, no problem seeing doctors, no problem laying down and grabbing a nap. But everything that I'm speaking about this pain, okay, is have notes of victory. It has no right in my body. There's no way it can stay. I'm still going to look after myself physically, doctors, eating right. I'm still going to look after myself emotionally. And I'm still going to look after myself spiritually. But I'm not going to let this perverse mouth say everything different. It says put them away from you. And then it goes on to say, "Let your eyes look right on, and let your eyelids look straight before thee". He's saying here that you pick your path. My path, I'm walking in health and healing. My path, I don't care what my age is. I don't care what they say. My path is one of healing and I look to the Word.

I looked and I've got to deal with other stuff. Fine. But I look to the Word as my path for the future. Then it says, "And your eyelids look straight before thee". No, you ever watch somebody, you know there's a lack of confidence when they're looking at, look at my face in the camera. When you go look and you kind of go, you're looking all around but you don't want no one to see your head look so, another words, you're trying to be confident but you're wondering what's going on besides you, what that person thinks over there. It's talking about keeping your head straight and your eyelids straight. Get your confidence in Jesus. Verse 26, "Ponder the path of your feet, let your ways be established". Established with what? Well, the Bible says in the new covenant establish your heart in grace. The finished work of the cross. Then it says, "Turn not to the right hand or to the left. Remove your foot from evil".

Now, Leon, that make sense. Evil is just sin. No, no, no. Did you know there's also an evil heart of unbelief. It's a term used in the Bible. This evil heart of unbelief. You have not established your heart in the Word. You're not planting the Word, enjoying the Word. Getting to know Holy Spirit who was teaching you the Word. Because as you do, this is a phenomenal portion of Scripture, because it is showing you and I so many principles about this new birth. This born again experience and how you and I can live our lives where healing just flows into our body. You know, when you think about Holy Spirit, and how that He's here and He is within us. It says that if the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. Raised Him from the dead? It will quicken your mortal body as well. Just in healing, look what He can do. When it comes to business and corporations and somebody trying to get ahead in a, in a dog eat dog, backstabbing, bribing, cheating world for your company.

How am I going to get ahead? You get into the Word and you find the promises. That the wealth of the wicked is laid up for the just. And personalized that and speak that, confessed that, ponder that, see what God is doing. Let Holy Spirit guide you into your ways. Maybe it's your career. I want to do great things for God. Good. Then go find the promises that say that a man's gift will make way for him. Bring him before kings and great men. It doesn't say a man will make way for his gift. It says a man's gift will make way for him. And just believe that wherever you are, I tell all of our staff in our church, and in our schools, and in our television network. That we all must believe God that we're the world's best. That we're going to go touch the world as a team and each of us has a part in whatever part that is.

And so we're all believing together and we need to pray. And on the inside we've got to dream that sees us touching the world, taking Canada for Jesus. People coming to know Christ. What are you believing? So many Christians are just stuck in some little felt need. Well, I just keep getting with my headache. Well, it's been for 20 years already. When are you going to get some victory and get out and do something with your life? You don't just personalize the Word of God for your personal needs. A believer is to go into the world and preach the gospel. So besides you believing to walk in health and prosperity and blessing and all the good things that are just yours because of Jesus.

Now, also begin to believe God. That whoever I lay hands on gets healed. Wherever I go, I see opportunities to share my faith in Jesus and people are getting saved. I thank You, Father, my organizations rising up. So I can finance the kingdom of God. Every staff person I hire is going to come to a knowledge of Jesus Christ and grow in the things of God. Take God's Word and begin to believe God for an adventure ahead of you. Nobody has a boring nothing life. As you begin to get God's Word planted in your heart by speaking it, focusing on it, personalizing it, connecting to it, till you begin and makes you see dreams and visions. You know, in the book of Acts, it talks about in these last days. And the word last days just means after the cross and before, is before the cross. But in these last days, it talks about your sons and your daughters are going to prophesy. It doesn't say just prophets. It doesn't just say, because usually in the Old Testament there's a couple of men that God would speak through him. That's about it. No. It says, "All your sons and daughters are going to prophesy". Prophesy what? Their future. They're going to declare what they're going to do with their life, their gift, their skill, their marriage, their kids, their grandkids, their great grandkids. They're going to speak to their future. Prophesy that out there.

And then it says, "Your young men are going to see visions. Your old men are going to dream dreams". What does that mean? Well, as you begin to speak the Word of God and prophesy to your future. There's something you see. You see victory. You see every storm not touching you, dissipating, or going by you and you're still standing. You see health. You see generations. You know, when He said to Abraham look up, count the stars of the sky. They say you can maybe count about 6000 stars if you're in some of the clearest areas of our world. Well, He's trying to get him to get a picture on the inside. This is your kids. He didn't even have one. Did you know the Word of God causes you to dream. It causes you to see things on the inside of you. And those things that you see here, you keep God's Word and His spirit there. And He'll raise you up in the things that He's called you to.

Now stop thinking you have to be famous and the number one person in your organization. This is what's destroying north American Christianity. Everybody has to be the senior pastor. Everybody has to be the CEO. Everybody has to be the top of their game. No, no, no, no. We are a family of God. We work together as teams. See yourself with people around you helping you and you helping them. But see what we're doing touching in a phenomenal way for the kingdom of God. Oh, my challenges to you my sister, my brother, is to get up and believe God. Dive into His Word until Holy Spirit begins to ignite a dream within you of these promises that you're going into the highways and the byways. You're compelling them to come to church. You're seeing them come to know Jesus, laying hands on your friends, sharing your faith in the most Spirit Contemporary way. Anointed by the Holy Spirit, strong healthy marriages. Kids that want to get to church and serve God and they want to be a part of the adventure they're seeing their parents and grandparents do. With this is how we raise up a strong church of Jesus Christ.

We must focus on the heart. Holy Spirit's job is to help you by taking His Word as you meditate on it. He'll reveal it to you. And as you plant His Word in your heart, by speaking it, by saying it, personalizing it. It begins to come to harvest time. And the power, the confidence that flows out of your innermost being will just transcend into your outer world, as Holy Spirit manifests all these incredible gifts and abilities in your life and for the kingdom of God. I want to challenge you today. You mature believers, you know, it's time to get back to what works. You know, you can. You know, when you look at professional athletes in basketball and hockey. Some of them need to be kicked off teams. Do you want to know why? They think their reputation is enough to keep playing. But there's always going to be new hockey players developing the skills they've had quicker because they're being studied. And if you do not keep yourself on edge, by that I mean, on the best of your game as an older hockey player, as an older basketball player. They're going to pass you.

Do you know a lot of people I talk to, they'll hear me teach in my own church. Yeah, such a good reminder. Good, thank you. And it didn't come out of a sense of, "Whoa, this excited me". It was like, they just wanted me to know, they already knew that. They understood that. But the issue is they might know it in their head. But they're not getting it to work from their heart. It's one of the curses of mature Christians who won't spend time in the Word or with Holy Spirit. They know principles but they can't get them to work. We need to get God's Word working in our lives. Otherwise, Christianity is just another religion competing with every other religion out there. Paul said, "I didn't come to you in persuasive words. I came to you in the demonstration of the power of God". Start demonstrating God's Word. Don't stop. Don't quit. Don't give up until you're back to the flow of incredible things. If you're watching and you don't know Jesus Christ. You're not born again. Just say, Jesus, I give You my life. Thank You for dying on a cross for me. Thank You for getting me into God's family. Come into my heart, my life. From today and on, I'm following You. Guide me and lead me in this exciting relationship and journey. In Jesus' name, amen. Tell someone about the program and join us again next time.
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