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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


When humans take over from the spirit
When humans take over from the Spirit



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


  • When the devil cuts into the dance
    When the devilcuts into the dance


    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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