I have heard so many accounts from people saying how they or their children or their family or friends were touched powerfully at Presence Conference.
We must be able to translate the God moments we experience into a new way of living so that we hold on to what we have and move forward;
God is taking us further on.
The River is getting deeper and higher, wider and faster, more powerful and influential, with larger fish and taller trees with many branches on the river bank.
We cannot stay as we are individually or as a church if we are to continually keep growing, reaching this world and seeing Sydney a city for Christ become a reality.
Mk 2:22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.”
You will lose your God moment if you don’t make the changes that will keep it alive. New experiences with God demand new lifestyles.
We all want our life to change without us having to make any changes.
There are changes that are forced upon us;
Then there are changes we love and want...
New house, new job, marriage, children, new car, vacation.
....and some we hate and resist.
Diets, fitness training, disciplines, budgets.
Then there are changes that we need to make, whether we like them or not, if we are to keep growing, progressing, moving forward and holding onto the God moments.
Growing is maturing.
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
What are they?
1. Dependency on others
3. Not responsible
4. Low control/discipline
5. Avoid work, rather play.
6. Low pain thresholds.
These changes mean creating new boundaries so we no longer live with freedoms that were destroying us.
We no longer drink from poisoned wells.
We rebuild walls that we let get broken down.
We repair walls that have holes in them through which evil forces gained entry into our lives and manipulated our emotions, our minds and our behavior.
Whenever we escape from a bad situation that we have been enslaved by, the enemy will chase after us to try and ensnare us again.
Moses set the people free from slavery. They left the land, but their past tried to catch up them. All of the King’s armies and chariots pursued them as hard as possible to recapture them and return them to their old bondage.
The devil does not want you to keep moving forward into freedom. He will try and get you back into the bondage he had you in before.
This can be really hard. The Israelites were afraid, nervous and had serious moments when they wanted to return to the life they knew.
Sometimes it’s relationships we need to leave behind. This takes courage to distance yourself from connections that dragged you down.
Sometimes it’s habits.
The best way to defeat bad habits is to create new ones. The best way to defeat any darkness is to focus on the light. Fighting the darkness only focuses you on the wrong things. Focus on the light.
However, there is a time when we must forsake old ways if we are to ever move forward.
Repentance cuts the ties with the past.
We will never move forward if we are unable to repent from our past.
All of us need revival at various and regular stages of our Christianity.
Happily we are not left on our own trying to transform our lives. All God needs is for us to make the decision, and He will empower us to do what we think is impossible.
The Holy Spirit comes upon us to bring us dramatic experiences of empowerment, but He also comes to bring deep profound changes to our lives.
See you in church,