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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 b e 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 b e ab le 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 b elieve to see good things happening in your life
I want you to just open your Bibles with me in Luke, Chapter 10. I want to just talk over a couple of Sundays on Fig
Leaves and Other Coverings, particularly Christian coverings. You can put the word 'Christian' if you like on the title,
but we're going to look at some stuff that stops us actually being authentic and moving forward. Its ways that people
carry on in church - you're aware that so often in the church, the condition of marriages is not a lot better than it is out
in the world. There's something really wrong there, wouldn't you say?
So often people are struggling with the same message people in the world are struggling with, can't seem to g et a
breakthrough. That's not very helpful in terms of our witness, and so we want to look at two levels; firstly, where God
wants to take us. We want to look also at removing some of the obstacles, and we're going to share a few things on
that. Here's an interesting scripture in Luke Chapter 8, where Jesus had delivered this man who was totally
demonised. His life was totally a mess. The man wanted to follow Him, and Jesus said this to him. He said: go to your
home and testify the good things God has done for you. In other words, He said: the first thing I want you to do is, I
want you to go into your home environment, and into that area where people know the kind of person you were, and
let them know about how good God is, and let them see how your life has changed. Let them know it.
The Bible says that that region there was so oppressed by demonic powers, it implies it through the scriptures there,
and the people so filled with fear, they actually asked Jesus to leave. Then when this man got testifying, it was so
changed when Jesus came back, everyone wanted to hear him. One man - he's a Christian for one day, and his
ministry overflows and impacts a whole region, and everyone turns around. How did he do it? It wasn't because of all
his Bible knowledge. It wasn't because of a lot of things. It was because he had a testimony of a life experience with
the Lord, that no one could challenge, and that became the weapon God opened up a whole area. So 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.
A couple of weeks ago we shared our own testimony, and shared on two key principles in our own t estimony: the
principle of honour; the principle of humility. When we shared just what God had done in our lives, there was hardly
anyone that wasn't affected, because testimony has power to change you. We didn't share about all our successes.
We just shared about where we were broken, and Jesus helped us. Not how good or how great or what giftings, or
how much anointing or what experience. What we did was share about the goodness of God in people who've failed
and broken lives. That is what touches hearts. It gives hope something could be different, so we're going to look in
this parable. It's the parable of the Good Samaritan, and we'll get to the fig leaves part hopefully. This gives you the
overall setting of where I believe God wants us to move, and why we need to address the things in our lives that stop
us carrying the life of God, and the enthusiasm, the joy, and the passion of the Holy Ghost.