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5 Attitudes to Ditch before the New Year

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1. Apathy.  There was a survey done of pastors of growing churches recently that showed the one thing they had in common wasn’t their theology, doctrine, mannerisms in the pulpit – but that they worked hard.  They knew how to rest and enjoy the rest patterns of life, but they worked hard.  They were continually learning how to engage with people better, how to become better leaders, how to influence and help people more.  Apathy never lets anything grow.  Gardens become wastelands when we do not tend to them.  Are there things you know need doing?  Make a list, and start working through them one after the other.  Stop watching nonsense on the TV, and vegging out all the time.  You are creating a vicious cycle that is not helping anyone.  Set the alarm for 5 one day before the family get up and spend 2 hours working through the to-do list.  Take a few days of Facebook – no one will actually miss you and your church or business won’t implode because of it.  Apathy is a killer, the Bible says clearly that laziness arms poverty in your life.  Not just poverty of finances but of thinking, of dreaming, of relationships.  Get up and put some effort into what you want to grow in 2013.

 

2. Stubbornness.  The death cry of the church or ministry or the business or the relationship is “we’ve never done it like that before…”  If you want different results that what you have always had, you will have to do something you have never done.  If you want success that you have never had, you are going to have become more flexible, more adaptable.  Stubbornness is a virtue only if you are right – if not, it is a vice.  Find out how people who have achieved more than you have achieved it, and make some changes.  Change is your friend, not your enemy.

 

3. Noseyness.  You have the exact amount of time in 2013 to do everything God has called you to do.  He is a master planner like that, but He has allocated zero time for you to poke your nose in other people’s business.  Every time you are interfering with someone else’s destiny you are absolutely failing to be working out your OWN salvations.  The fruit of the Spirit is self-control, not other-control.  Live and let live.  

 

4. Stinginess.  He who scatters sparingly shall reap sparingly.  Unless you learn true heart generosity, you will never receive the increase you deserve this year.  Become a great giver and you will become a great receiver.

 

5. Envy.  Stop looking at what other people and what they are doing in terms that you want them to fail so you look better.  Blowing out all the other candles in the room doesn’t mean yours will burn any brighter!  When Peter was told he would die for Jesus, his immediate response was “what about John?”  Jesus told him that John’s ministry was none of his business!  It’s true – the pastors envy the evangelists, the evangelists envy the pastors; the ushers envy the Sunday School workers, the Sunday School workers envy everyone who is not in the Sunday School… it’s hard to keep focused sometimes.  Spend time thanking God for what you DO have, and it is a lot easier not to get frustrated about what you don’t have. 

Destiny!

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Destiny and Destination – Tree of Life Church London

Just uploaded 3 1/2 sermons to the internet.

2. It’s A Good Destiny!
God is a good God. His destiny for you is GOOD! You will love doing what God has called you to do! So many Christians think doing God’s will is a chore or a difficult task. No – following God’s will is the most exciting life you could ever have.

For some reason the audio recording failed during this message, so you only have the first half of this sermon. However, there is some great teaching in the first half, so enjoy!

3. Angry and Jealous
Anger and jealousy are both emotions that God has created you with. Anger normally ends up as a destructive force but in this powerful message Benjamin shows how anger can be a creative force that empowers us into walking in our destiny, and that jealousy can often reveal God’s will to us in a clear way.

4. The Geography of Destiny
You are designed to function in a particular place with particular people doing a particular task. If you are not doing what you are called to do in the place you are called to do it, you will put in maximum effort and get minimum results. In this clear teaching, Benjamin shows how to get into the place you are supposed to be in.

6. What Do You Want
God has a plan and a destiny for you and being in that destiny will be the greatest joy of your life. However, if you choose to do God’s will and follow God’s destiny, you have to give up everything that is not in God’s will. In this challenging message, Benjamin will lead you to decide if you are willing to pay the price to enjoy God’s best for your life and answer the question “What Do You Want?”

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