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Obstacles to the Dance. Look what God can do… or look what I can do ?. “Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort ?” Galatians 3:3

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look what god can do or look what i can do
Look what God can do… or look what I can do ?
  • “Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”
    • Galatians 3:3
  • “I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. …When I want to do good, evil is right there with me”
    • Romans 7:18, 21
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Influential individuals mould the church –

    • For better, or for worse
    • Intentional, or inadvertent
      • “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough”
        • 1 Corinthians 5:6
the danger of depending on people
The danger of depending on people
  • As we work in partnership with others we may start to rely simply on each other instead of relying on the Holy Spirit’s leadership
    • …out of respect for someone’s greater experience?
    • …out of laziness, failing to seek guidance ourselves?
the danger of depending on programs
The danger of depending on programs
  • Comfortable familiarity with the program may lead to spiritual complacency and neglect of prayer
  • Adopting methods and models from other churches ‘because they work’
the danger of spiritual pride
The danger of spiritual pride
  • Pride…
    • Drives us to act as ‘the choreographer’ rather than be one of the ‘dancers’
    • Generates concern for our own legacy or reputation rather than God’s activity
    • Feeds the fear of ‘nothing’ and lead to contrived, pseudo-spiritual occasions
    • Prevents us from releasing leadership to others who are anointed by the Spirit
the danger of spiritual impatience
The danger of spiritual impatience
    • “The revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay”
      • Hab. 2:3
  • Prayerful waiting is crucial
  • Pressing ahead of God’s timing may sabotage His plans
we face a real spiritual enemy
We face a real spiritual enemy
  • Subversion – more effective than assault ?
      • “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light”
        • 2 Cor. 11:14
  • We need to be diligent
      • “…in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.”
        • 2 Cor. 2:11
a deceptive generosity
A deceptive generosity
  • Ananias & Sapphira(Acts 5:1-11)
    • Outwardly generous
    • Inwardly deceived and deceiving
    • What would the impact have been had Ananias become influential, rather than Barnabas?
dancing with the wrong partner
Dancing with the wrong partner
  • Recognize our own capacity for being led astray!
    • Listening to people who are not listening to the Spirit
    • Transparency and accountability allow co-workers to speak into our situation
forewarned is forearmed
Forewarned is forearmed
  • Human sinfulness hinders our ability to stay in step with the Holy Spirit
  • Satan exploits human brokenness and sin in order to derail the purposes of God
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