John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy but I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly.”
The thief in this passage represents the Devils agenda to steal, kill and destroy our lives. In contrast, Jesus said he has come to give us life in all of its fullness. Unfortunately, many people get the thief and the Lord mixed up. Too often we withhold from God our trust, availability and obedience because we think we are going to miss out on something. Instead we indirectly give to the enemy our best thoughts, resources and energies by believing lies about God and ourselves that ultimately rob us of the abundant life Jesus made available for us. When it comes to the issue of sin, the thief uses condemnation to destroy us but God uses conviction to promote us into our identity as sons and daughters of God. Don’t get the thief and the Lord mixed up in your life. The thief masquerades himself to be something he isn’t in order to steal, kill and destroy Gods purposes in our lives but God reveals himself as he is to bring us into the abundant life of his kingdom. Don’t get the thief and the Lord mixed up! Explosive insights!
John 12:24-25 “Truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, but whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”
Jesus words are both compelling and convicting. His kingdom is an upside down kingdom to the popular voice of self-centeredness and self-absorption that we are saturated with in our culture. Jesus says that in order to truly live, you must love this temporary world less for the sake of others eternities. A life surrendered to Christ doesn’t exist for ones self but for the benefit of others. Following Jesus isn’t “me first” but “Christ first” and the application of that is in the way we relate to and treat others.
1 Corinthians 13:13 “These three remain: faith, hope and love but the greatest of these is love.”
Many books, sermons and insights have been shared over the centuries on the force of faith. But the Apostle Paul highlights to us that Love is a greater force than faith. If a mustard seed of faith can move a mountain, how much of a greater impact can a mustard seed of love make? In fact Galatians 5:6 says, “Faith works through love.” Love is the signature of Christiantiy. Jn 13:13 says, “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, that you have love for one another”. The culture around us has distorted the idea of love by equating it with feelings and tolerance. Love is a choice, not a feeling and love doesn’t tolerate everybody’s preferences and behaviors just because society says we’ve got to be politically correct. Love is defined by the truth of Gods Word (1 Cor 13) and not the shifting sands of culture. Without the plumb line of truth, Love becomes whatever we define it as. We are not self-governing autonomous agents but human beings created in the image of God. We are therefore accountable to God for how we define love and steward love towards others. Choose love as God intended it, knowing that love makes its greatest impact when freely given for those to whom we find the most unlovable. Explosive Insights!
2 Kings 2:9-10 “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me. And Elijah said, What you have asked is a hard thing.”
It doesn’t matter what arena of life you want success in, there is a price to be paid. The price comes back to are you willing to do the hours, develop the knowledge, acquire the skills and practice delayed gratification. If your goal is to grow closer to God, then put in the hours of prayer, bible reading and worship. If your goal is to build wealth, get control of your spending, save diligently and invest wisely. If your goal is to be fit and healthy, develop more consistent sleep patterns, exercise daily and improve your nutrition. Anything worth achieving in life requires an investment on your part. If you’re dissatisfied with your current results, change your approach and make the commitment to become the best you can be with whatever resources and opportunities are currently in front of you. Success in anything is a hard thing but the reward is worth it. Pay the price now, so you can play later!
Psalm 127:2 “It is in vain you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.”
I love this verse because it promises sleep to those whose hearts are fully Gods but I hate this verse because all too often this verse challenges me about my own sparodic approach to sleep of going to bed later than I should and getting up early for a new day of adventure. I love sleep like the next person but every now and then, I find myself wide awake in middle of the night with my mind racing with ideas and expectation of things to come. I find that when I can’t sleep, I need to tune into Gods voice and listen to what’s on his heart. The best thing you can do when you can’t sleep is ask God to speak to you and get ready for a heavenly download. It’s often in these intimate moments that your heart is most receptive to what’s on Gods heart. After connecting with the Holy Spirit, I then get up and write down as much as I can of what he has said and I often find solutions to problems and ideas for life and work spring up in these early hours of the night. It’s often after this heavenly download that my body, soul and spirit are ready to sleep. Don’t eat the bread of anxious toil, establish good sleep patterns but if you are awake, open up the ear of your heart and tune into Gods frequency. Explosive Insights!
Ezekiel 7:26 “They seek a vision from the prophet, while the law perishes from the priest and counsel from the elders.”
In the bible we have two ways that scripture is revealed to us. The Logos word is Gods word revealed through the written text. Line upon line, precept upon precept. The Rhema word is Gods inspired word, quickened to our hearts in a momentary encounter with the Holy Spirit, as we read the bible. Rhema has a prophetic nature to it. While God delights to quicken his Rhema word to us, unfortunately many of us are waiting for Gods prophetic word, whilst neglecting Gods logos word that is available to us everyday. Israel were guilty of the same thing, they neglected to hear the instruction of the law and the counsel from the elders overseeing them for the rush of the prophetic insight available to them through Gods mouthpieces. We need both Gods Logos and Rhema word in our lives. We live off the Logos and every now and then we encounter the Rhema. Don’t neglect one for the other.
But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. 1 Samuel 30:6
Life doesn’t always turn out as we expect. Setbacks happen. Disappointments come and unfortunately tragedies do take place. This is all a part of living in a broken world, marred by sin. David’s journey to becoming king of Israel was littered with the aforementioned unexpected interruptions of life. He went out to do the Lords bidding and returned to find his wives and kids captured and his city burned with fire by his enemies. So bad was the situation that even David’s own soldiers wanted to kill him because they too had been personally affected by the tragic turn of events. How did David respond? He found refuge in the presence of God by encouraging himself in the Lord, when there was no one else to encourage him. David had learnt a secret to coping and conquering life’s contradictions, you might not be able to change the situation straight away but you can change your response to the situation by finding refuge in Gods presence. This is a discipline we must all learn, if we are to live a fruitful life in the midst of the enemies intentions of sowing barrenness into our lives. Whatever contradiction you are facing today, encourage yourself in the Lord! #ironprophet