Neil Bates 27th November 2016 ()

Neil Bates, November 27, 2016
Part of the What's Your Story? series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Introduction - Ice Breakers
Video of icebreaker. Strong bow. Powerful motors. Fuel.
Romans 8:37-39. Victory is ours through Christ. Nothing can separate us from God's love. No power in the sky above, can separate us from God's love.
Sometimes we feel like we're being pressured like the icebreaker. These things will pass! 2 Cor 4:8-9. We are pressed on every side but not crushed. We need to be like ice breakers, to push through!
Neil's testimony. Dream. Desire. Hope to get married.
Our destination is to be with the Lord
We need to be protected in the front - the shield of faith
We need a pwoerful motor - the Holy Spirit
We need a way to get fueled up - Prayer
And fuel - God's love
Phil 3:14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize. God is always there.
A shield - Faith! Hebrews 11:1 (without faith it's impossible to please God). Eph 6:16 shield of faith. Roman's shield, the size of a door, that they could stand behind. The strength and protection in front of you. Faith is a gift, everyone has in different levels. Matt 17:20, even with a small amount of faith, able to make great changes.
Act 1:8 you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes apon you.
We need prayer as an instrument. We need to persist in prayer. Talking to God. Speak, and listen!
Luke 18:1-8. Parable of the persistent widow.
Love - the fuel we need. Rom 8:39. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. God's love has always been there. Before the world was created. Luke 15 - three parables explaining God's love: The lost sheep. The lost coin. The prodigal son. When we know God's great love, it can become the strength that overcomes our weaknesses. God doesn't punish us - he corrects us. When we know God's love, we can trust him. God's love is the key to get through.
Fear of the unknown often worse than the thing. Push through, and you'll get blessed. 2 Tim 1:7 God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
We need to get into God's love. One way is through worship. Focus on the words in the song. Step into worship. Pselm 22:3 you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.


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