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Fig Leaves and Other Coverings
Pastor Mike Connell
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Copyri ght 2012 Mike Co nnell Ministries
Fig Leaves and Other Coverings (4 sermons)
The church of Jesus' day had the Bib le, had the promises, had all kinds of things; but they did not have the heart of
God for b roken, damaged people.
Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan to actually confront what the church of His day was like. It was not
connecting to those who were wounded, and desperately in need of healing.
Why is it we need to learn how to move in the spirit, and prophecy, and operate in the gifts of the spirit? So when we
engage people in need, we have something to give to them. Why do you need to get trained, to flow in the gifts of the
spirit, and the anointing of the Holy Ghost? So you have something to pour into people God is sending you to.
God is sending every believer, every b eliever, God sends us somewhere into this community to influence people; and
to do it, you have to enter their world.
So what ab out these religious people? They had too many hang ups, and things in their life, and so they did not catch
the heart of God. They actually hid away from b eing involved with the b roken. They disconnected from the b roken.
Fig Leaves and Other Christian Coverings (1 of 4) We're going to look at some stuff that stops us actually being
authentic and moving forward. Your personal testimony of what God has done, and is doing, is going to impact the
people around you. That's why it has to be fresh. You can't live out of something from yesterday. We have to be
current with God. So if I asked you what has God done, or has been doing, you should be able to tell me something
reasonably recently, and if you're going back three or four years, then it's time you got near to God again, and believe
to see good things happening in your life
Fig Leaves and Other Christian Coverings (2 of 4) Weird things we do in church, that make us hard to relate to.
If you're going to love anyone, you have to connect meaningfully with them. With God we grow and mature to have
power and impact the community. We can all make a difference in someone’s world.
Fig Leaves and Ot her Christian Coverings (3 of 4) God sees the heart that responds and work with it. Holy Spirit
speaks to an open heart. We won’t go forward if we don’t grow. Be able to receive grace, don’t beat yourself up. Ask
God to help, guide, show you, and enable you to get up – have a heart good to God. Ask forgiveness, help – grace
and goodness will come to the humble. You will then be able to show grace and minister to others, to enter other
people’s lives. We need to take responsibility to grow and change otherwise we don’t have anything to give to other
people. Authenticity with God is to be passionate and wiling to grow. Don’t stay where you are, step forward, move
on, step up.
Fig Leaves and Other Christian Coverings (4 of 4) You're consumed with trying to control your world. To slow
down means you have to say this: God is control, and I don't need to be in control of the world. It was here before I
came. It'll be here after I leave, and I am not God, I don't have to be in charge - so I can stop. I can let God take care
of the world, while I just connect with God.