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10. #WeAreEmmanuel 10 Stay Inspired Pt2

Originally recorded on Sunday 11th March 2018. Visit http://weareemmanuel.com for more content. Speaker: Stephen Dawson

Jesus calls us to adventure.

Knowing the Holy Spirit and going on adventure go hand in hand. The enemy wants to stop people from getting to know God and wants us to live boring lives so we can’t live the life that God has got for us. In the book of Acts every time people are filled with the spirit when people are filled with the spirit it is so they can go on adventure. God pours His spirit in us so that we can go on adventure. We signed up to be a Christian because Jesus is the lover of our soul and has called us to a great adventure.

What does staying inspired look like?

1. Courageous- Hebrews 13:7 encourages us to observe the lives of believers who have gone before us. As Christians we are to look first to Jesus’ life. He is the one we are to imitate the most. However, The Bible also encourages us to look at the lives of those who follow Christ and lead before us now and be inspired by that also. We are to be attuned to the need of a dark world that needs the light of the gospel. We should ask God to stir and break us out of our comfort zone. Being adventurous for God may mean you make mistakes, but you are not to hold back because of fear. God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7).

2. Purposeful- The best life is to live the purpose you were made for. A thought or a feeling of inspiration is not the same as living an inspiring life. For inspiration to turn into something fruitful, it must be linked to action. We must grab hold of the inspiration that God gives us and stick with it. In 1 Corinthians 9:24, Paul writes that we are to be those who run the race of life with purpose and focus and not be distracted. Competing is not enough. We are called to be all out for Jesus. Living for Jesus isn’t something we should just try to fit in our lives but we are to build on him and make major decisions based on whether it helps us run the race and help us win the prize. Following Jesus can be hard but God commands us not to be dismayed, for the lord your God is with you. (Joshua 1:9) How do we stay inspired? Stay connected to the inspiring one- Jesus. (John 15:5) If you’re not currently running the race as you should, ask for forgiveness from anything that is hindering you from doing such.

3. Costly - The reality is nothing built that was worthwhile was not costly and those who build it usually don’t mind the cost because of the final product achieved. Similarly, men and women have happily followed Jesus, knowing the cost it has to their lives because they see Him as worth it. Although Christianity is costly, the Bible says, as you give your life to Jesus he gives it back to you in greater measure. (Mark 10: 28-31)

4. Prayer- As Christians, we do our best work in the world of prayer. When you pray big prayers, God gets worship. Do your prayers show that you are inspired by who God is and His love for you? John 14: 13 reads ‘Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son’. We can be persistent with asking Him things. There are nuanced things in this in that we shouldn’t pray selfishly, but the other danger is not asking at all. James 2:3-4 reads, you don’t have because you don’t ask. Let’s be those that ask. We are to go on adventure with God in prayer.

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