LFM 2019 May 5: Radical Surgery of my Christian Life – Cutting & Pruning.

LFM – Sunday 5 May 2019
Exodus  19
How to build a ministry God’s way
The judgment of God begins with His own household
  • 1 Peter 4:17
  •  Yangu itamulikwa kwanza
  • As a ministry, we need to put our house in order before God can grow us.
From the story of Exodus, people of God being delivered from Egypt/ world…
  • Repentance – kuamua / decision … agree not to eat leaven
  • Come under the Blood of Jesus
  • … have the sin paid for / judged
  • … having broken the law, one surrenders themselves in court
  • … having Jesus pay for the bond / fine
  • Putting God first in everything
  • … dedicating the first and the best of my life
  • … what I put in God’s hands,  He will protect and prosper.
  • Whatever issue I have, I put it to God first and not rely on my own understanding or the ways of the world/ flesh – ujanja wangu
  • … troubled child, spouse
  • … kupenda wanawake  au wanaume sana – lust
  • … kupenda pesa au mali nyingi… one is prepared to kill,  steal or destroy for wealth.
  • Especially for those in leadership, we are warned not to put the idols of wealth, power and women above the call of leadership. Solomon made the mistake of multiplying wives, wealth and chariots contrary to Deuteronomy 17:16-17
I need to go through the fire / discomfort of dealing with sin
  • Baptism of fire
  • Mungu aniunde vilivyo – God deal with me the best way He knows how.
I cannot do it on my own, need to surrender it to God
  • Kivyangu, nikumjaribu Mungu
  • Jeremiah 17:9-10
  • 9. The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure—who can understand it?
  • 10. I, the LORD, search the heart; I test the mind to reward a man according to his way, by what his deeds deserve.
Radical surgery … for me personally, and for the ministry
  • Taken to theater so that the Lord can remove the cancer of sin from my life
  • John 15:2 – NLT
  • He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more
Hebrews 12 
  • Is a good meditation on radical surgery
  • To endure as we fix our eyes on Jesus
  • The Lord disciplines those He loves and cares for
  • For when judgement comes, only those built with silver,  gold and precious stones shall stand.
Prayer – Psalm 51

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