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1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another…”

We connect with each other when we’re in the light – This means we communicate. People in the dark don’t communicate.

Fellowship happens because we know stuff about each other. We share, we talk, we connect.

I worry about people when they isolate themselves. This Kingdom is all about connection (fellowship) with each other.

The devil tries to dislocate, divide and shut down connection and get people in the dark.

If you’re a leader, communicate. People are down on what they’re not up on.

This is why church (the gathered people) is so important. Your church. Don’t let the devil isolate you!

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Beauty

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Genesis 3:6 “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes…”

God is not just utilitarian. He is also an artist. He creates beauty pleasant to the eyes.

Creation not only gives us food and resources for life but beauty for the soul.

We cannot afford to underestimate the power of art to feed the soul with beauty.

Christians are like trees. Our congregations, churches, music, preaching should be ‘pleasant’ to the eyes, ears and soul of people everywhere.

The idea the church should be austere, ascetic is wrong.

Hardly anyone remembers Savonarola and his ‘bonfires of the vanities’, but everyone in the world recognises the enduring witness of Michelangelo’s ‘Sistene Chapel’ ceiling and Da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’ (considered ‘vanities’ by religionists).

God’s thumbprint in creation is ‘beauty’, something man can never match!

See you in beautiful glorious church!

The price of increase

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Prov 14:4 “Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.”

No oxen, no increase = No leaders, ministries, workers means no increase.

No oxen mean you’ll have very little mess in life but you’ll also not enjoy increase, expansion and abundance. This all comes through a team of leaders and workers (oxen).

Stronger the ox, greater the increase.

Note – not intelligence, experience, age, qualifications, talen etc, but STRENGTH – We need strong ministers, brave warriors who win battles and defeat giants.

Many oxen mean great increase, but also bigger mess. We must be prepared to clean up the mess others make sometimes – not complain about it, criticize them, but clean it up. Say sorry for others, put things right and move on.

Trust God’s redeeming power. He makes the worst of messes the best of victories. He’s our redeemer!

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Securing your future

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Proverbs 27:23-24 “Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, and attend to your herds; For riches are not forever, Nor does a crown endure to all generations.”

Neither wealth nor power are guaranteed to us because we inherited it or it’s given to us. The only thing that guarantees our future is our own diligence.

Nothing stays in good health without positive attention.

Whatever we give attention to grows!

We need to know ‘how many’, ‘what health’, all the condition of our flocks, business, church, whatever our calling in life is. Know the condition of your leaders and your people.

Success today does not guarantee success tomorrow. Only diligence does that.

Generally the same traits that gain a thing, maintain that same thing!

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Everyone has God sized potential

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Proverbs 13:23 “Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor”

People look for their success and abundance elsewhere, but generally it is right under our noses, within our reach!

The ‘ground’ we have, our life as it is has ‘much food’ in it, if we will cultivate it instead of leaving it ‘fallow’.

People fail to ‘cultivate’ their ‘ground’, because they don’t believe they have much. They believe everyone else has ‘gifts and talent’ except themselves. Believe in what you have!

Ground is fallow because the farmer doesn’t work it, weeding it, ploughing it, planting seeds, tending crops, reaping harvests.

We must take whatever we have and cultivate it – this is our pathway to being effective in life and ministry.

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Healing

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1 Peter 2:24-25 – “..by whose stripes you were healed.”

“Were healed” – past tense. No matter what the illness was, it has been healed, whether physical, emotional, mental.

There’s always a difference between facts and truth! Appropriating truth is a fight, just like Joshua possessing Canaan. God said, “I have given you the land’ before they have even set foot there!

Appropriating truth into our lives is a fight against giants who try to oppose us possessing what is ours in Christ!

We appropriate truth (like ‘we are’ healed) with our mouth wielding the sword of the Spirit – the ‘Word of God!

SPEAK TRUTH TODAY, INSTEAD OF JUST THE FACTS!

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Increase grace

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2 Peter 3:18 – ‘but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.’

We all celebrate the grace that God has shown toward us. Most people understand it is unmerited favor from God to us.

However! We are called to also deliver GRACE to one another. This means giving ‘unmerited favor’ to all we meet. We don’t return evil to those being evil to us. We bless them. We shower them with favor they have not earned or deserved. In fact they ‘deserved’ punishment but we blessed those who cursed us.

We are called to love our enemies, just as God loved us by grace. Grace doesn’t depend on other people’s actions to behave beautifully towards them.

Grace is initiated by the giver of grace, not by the actions of others!

Be different! Be like God! Gracious!

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