Ldrs Mxm – ‘Remove distractions. Stay th

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Ldrs Mxm – ‘Remove distractions. Stay the course. Focus!’
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/ THE GREAT LIGHT \

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Mt 4:16

      The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,

      And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of 

death

      Light has dawned.”

When Jesus was brought to the Temple to be dedicated to the Lord an old Prophet Simeon, came by the Spirit and prophesied over Jesus that He would be a light to the Gentiles.

Lk 2:32

      A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,

      And the glory of Your people Israel.

IN DARKNESS; PEOPLE STOP

When people are in darkness, they stop moving, or move very slowly, very cautiously, however, after a while they stop, then they sit, going nowhere. There are several things that are essential to our well being. One of them is to know we are moving forward, to know we are making progress. To feel like we are going nowhere, completely frustrates how we are built.

People sit down also because they’ve lost the energy to walk or even stand, to make decisions or to hold ground against the pressure.

When we’re in the darkness of condemnation and guilt we lose energy. We are drained of enthusiasm and motivation when the darkness of discouragement or despair comes over our minds.

We have the choice, to fix our eyes upon the darkness or to fix them on the light.

Isaiah told us darkness would cover the Earth

Isa 60:2

      For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,

      And deep darkness the people;

      But the Lord will arise over you,

      And His glory will be seen upon you.

However, he also told us to not let the darkness overwhelm us but to realise that the Light has come and that we should therefore no longer remain sitting, but stand and arise;

Isa 60:1

      Arise, shine;

      For your light has come!

      And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.

In the dark we;

IMAGINE THE WORST

When we’re in darkness we imagine the worst. Something moving nearby is a threat, we imagine it’s a snake, or a spider. If someone touches us we jump with fear. Crime increases when night falls. Most crimes are committed in darkness, not in bright light.

FEEL HOPELESS

People sit in darkness when they’re guilty and feel condemned under the darkness of no hope.

People sit in darkness when they don’t know where they’re going or what to do.

FEEL COLD

Without light there’s often also no heat. When the sun rises the cool night turns to a warm day. Light and heat are often together. Plants grow in the sunlight but die without it. Health comes with sunlight. An old Italian proverb – ‘Where the Sun goes, the physician need not.’

To these people a great light rises, even those sitting in the region of death and in the shadow of death,.

Jesus is not just like the sun, nor is he just like a candle, or a light bulb. He is the great light.

CHRIST IS THE LIGHT, THE HOPE OF THE WORLD.

The reason Christ is a great light is because above all these things He is the HOPE of the world.

When we talk of light shining on our future, it definitely refers to hope beaming into our lives.

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Ldrs Mxm – ‘Enthusiasm & persistence mk

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Ldrs Mxm – ‘Enthusiasm & persistence mk avrge person superior. Indifference & lethargy mk a superior person avrge’ W Ward. http://ow.ly/JxGTA

// THE TRUTH \\

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Eph 4:15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— Eph 4:16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

Truth needs to be spoken, but not baldly, rather ‘in love’, because on it’s own it can be brutal. Truthfulness is no atonement for cruelty. The phrase ‘at least I’m being honest…’ is generally an excuse for someone being unkind. Love covers a multitude of faults. Speaking truth causes growth, in every area. This growth is upwards into Christ, whereas the growth of every part doing it’s share, and every part does have a share, causes the growth of the church at large.

The church is joined together by what each person supplies to the other. Every connection brings something to the church. We serve one another when we serve the church. The body is effective when every part does its share. The church is made stronger when it grows.

Isolated people don’t grow up. The fight to grow and change is the fight to remain connected.

If you just keep turning up, many of your problems will be solved. Being immersed in the church brings us into the ‘power’ of the church to transform our lives.

See you in church!

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