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Ps Nigel Surman 9th Feb 2014. (James 1:2-3, Ephesians 4:22)

Nigel Surman, February 9, 2014
Part of the Visitor Speaker series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Having good news. Sometimes good news doesn't come easily.
Video clips of healing, new home.
Take a stand. James 1:2,3 NLT.
Make a choice to live above the line. Live for God, serving and worshiping him. OR "This is what I've gotta do, gotta achieve". The world is about achieving, but things can change. Life isn't always rosy, things come out of left field. If we base who we are on what we're achieving, not living best life. It's about putting God first, so there's no anxiety, we live out of choice.
God desires for us to change our thinking. Let's love God together.
Story car accident. The devil is trying to stop you from being the person that God has called you to be. We need to be aware of the attack of the enemy, Lets continue to have good news on our lips. Sometimes the negative comes to our lips too quickly. Choose positive report.
Turn the negatives into positives. Don't think about how bad things can be - God is on our side!
Story of healing. You don't know what God's going to do unless you have a go! Allow our faith to rise
James 1:3 - where your faith is tested, your endurance will have a chance to grow. You will be tested! Sometimes it's difficult to muster joy. Take a stand. God's on your side!
Story David & Goliath. Saul was scared! If the leader is scared, what happens to the Israelites? Cowering!
David, called by his dad to bring lunch. Goliath challenges, something rises up inside David - this can't be right! Stood up - take a stand or choose to go with the crowd.
Eph 4:22 throw off the old evil nature.
Do what our Father in heaven tells us to do.
Why couldn't Saul defeat Goliath? Difference between David and Saul: David knew how to obey God. Saul not committed to God 100%.
If God was here right now, would you be saying I am doing life in the name of The Lord. Saul had rejected God. Are we for Him or not?
1 Sam 15. Story of Amalekites. Saul told to destroy everything, but held onto some of the good stuff. Q: where is our heart? Samuel challenged Saul. Leadership principle: listen to those to oversee us.
Obedience is better than sacrifice.
Story of church building in Fremantle. God has a plan for his people in Freo. Not possible in the natural, but in the name of The Lord, anything is possible.
Do not give up! Church of 300 people, good news stories, charity organisation.
We can't stand for God if we're off doing our own thing. Take heed for what God wants to do with us.
1 Sam 13:13. Had you obeyed ... Saul lost his kingship. We can lose our kingship, by half-listening to the word of God.
To go to the next level, "as for me and my house, I will serve The Lord". Don't think yourself too small, too hard. In the name of The Lord things can change, things can be different.
The blessing comes with our relationship with God, and the difference between Saul and David in the end is the relationship with God.
Obey our parents. Listen to them!
There are benefits for serving The Lord. Take a stand!
1 Sam 17:32. "Don't worry about a thing - I'll go fight the philistine."
James 1:4 when your endurance is developed, you'll be ready for anything.
The Lord does not need weapons to rescue his people - it is His battle, not ours. Will we make the battle our own, or will we live above the line? No matter what comes at me, there's going to be good news on my lips. I'll be part of the team, not negative, build the house of God.
If there was no David, where would the church be today? One man, one woman can change history.

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James 1:2-3

2My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. (KJV)

Ephesians 4:22

22That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; (KJV)

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