God Is More Than Able!

Romans 4:20-21 “No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.”

The Apostle Paul writes of Abraham’s relentless faith in the face of contradiction and delayed fulfilment of God’s promise to him. God was more than able to do what he had promised Abraham but for Abraham to receive the fulfilment of the promise, he had to hold steadfast his conviction in God’s goodness. God doesn’t promise you something if he doesn’t intend to bring it to fulfilment. If you’ve received a promise from God, hold steadfast to your conviction and do not waver. Press through the obvious obstacles in faith and keep giving glory to God, being fully convinced of his goodness toward you and his faithfulness to His word in your life. Selah!

What are your GOALS?

Habakkuk 2:2 And the Lord answered me, “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.” Some people don’t think of themselves as goal oriented but every person I’ve ever met and chatted to about their life has some sort of goal or desire for their lives lurking somewhere in their minds and hearts. One of the things I do daily is to look at and pray into my goals for my life. I’ve researched books and asked successful people what the best approach to goal setting is and basically, it all boils down to, KEEP IT SIMPLE. Too many goals become overwhelming to your mind and your schedule. Narrow your goals to no more than 10 and try to write and articulate those goals into the most concise and precise way possible. There should be no extra fluff in your wording. Make your goals concrete, defined and measurable. Then everyday I encourage you to read over your goals, declare them out loud and pray into them. If they are important to you, you should be thinking about them and asking God for help to fulfill them. As you repeat this process daily, your mind will be filled with strategies to help you accomplish your goals and you will find unusual favor come your way to help you fulfill those goals that are truly ordered by the Lord. Don’t be afraid to adjust your goals, as you feel led to. You’re not a slave to your goals, they are meant to serve you and help you get to where God has called you to go. So, what are your goals?

Your physical well being is a spiritual issue!

1 Corinthians 6:9 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit? Most people I talk to about their health & fitness wouldn’t place their physical well being in the sacred category. However, from Gods perspective, there is no divide between the sacred and secular. Everything is spiritual. Our bodies are the vehicle Gods given to us to live our lives and carry out our life purpose. Whilst Godliness is of every value, bodily training is of some value and it generally only becomes an issue when ill health surfaces in our lives. Many of us punish our bodies with a lack of sleep, poor nutrition and sedentary lifestyles that ultimately catch up with us as we age. When your unwell and unable to operate in your daily life as you once did, it doesn’t matter how grand your vision, or how passionate you are about reaching your friends with the gospel, the truth is you are dramatically limited in your capacity to carry out your ministry and spiritual goals. I’m advocating that we all increase the value we place upon our physical well being, not for cosmetic reasons but for stewardship and sustainability reasons that brings glory to God and energy for life and ministry. Sleep 7-8hrs, eat clean and move your body 30-60mins daily and the benefits will be dramatic, both physically and spiritually.

Get Free From Distractions

Philippians 4:13 “This one thing I do.”

One of the greatest challenges facing our generation is distraction. Many of us are weighed down by the burden of carrying too many roles, responsibilities and interests. This results in fatigue, stress, sickness and a lack of fulfillment. This is birthed out of saying yes to too many things and looking for superficial things to satisfy deep insecurities. Many of us are over stimulated and under prioritized. I encourage you to clear the clutter of your life and remove the distractions. Don’t weigh yourself down any longer with unnecessary clutter from media to possessions to time wasting tasks. Your time, energy and purpose is too valuable to waste on the trivial.

How bad do you want it?

goal-setting-the-90-day-challengeMany people talk a lot about wanting something in life but very few of us actually go out and pay a price to possess what we want. Too many people live in quiet desperation brooding over their problems and secretly coveting the life someone else is currently living. I encourage you to stop comparing and fantasising  in vain and actually go after what you want. One of the most powerful questions Jesus ever asked someone in the Gospels was, “What do you want me to do for you?” You would think that for blind Bartimaeus that it was obvious what he wanted = sight but Jesus still asked him anyway. We hear so many preachers telling us to deny ones self to follow Jesus and yet I think we would be surprised to know that Jesus is interested in finding out what exactly it is you want from him. Once you get clear on your answer, the next question is, how bad do you want it? Or, put another way, what price are you willing to pay for it? Stop wishing and start doing. You’ll be surprised at the outcome!

4 Gifts of Vision

Proverbs 29:11 Without vision people perish.

Vision is a clear and compelling picture of the future. Your future is largely a product of the vision, or lack of, that you have in your life. Rick Joyner once said, “Almost all human advancement is the result of someone having a vision.”

One of the ways God communicates to us is through visions and dreams.

Joel 2:28 says, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.”

Throughout Scripture we read example after example of God speaking to his people through visions and dreams. Some of these people include, Joseph, Daniel and the Apostle Peter in Acts 10 (Pivotal shift in the early church).

Unfortunately, too many of us only have a vision for a house, a car, a job and holidays. God’s vision for us is bigger than the practical elements of life. God challenges us to give up our small ambitions and join him in changing the world. Ephesians 3:20 reminds us that, “He can do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we could ever ask, think or imagine, according to the power at work within us.”

4 gifts are given to us when God births vision in our hearts:

  1. Focus – Vision helps you to focus on what’s most important and helps you stay away from distractions.
  2. Endurance – Resistance in life will come but a vision kept before us will enable us to endure though tough times.
  3. Peace – With vision, you can wake up everyday with a security about who you are and why you’re here.
  4. Passion – Vision fires you up and motivates you to live out your passion.

When the Call Wearies You!

Jesus said, “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.”

I know what it’s like to grow weary in the fulfillment of the call of God. 2 years ago I took a month long sabbatical to just rest in God and allow him to fill my cup back up. The truth is you don’t have to sideline yourself to overcome seasons of weariness, you just need to do more of the most important things that contribute to your overall well being and less or even cut out what isn’t important.

When the call wearies you, make sure you identify what fills your tank back up and do them. These could include:

  • Exercise – Exercise helps your body to de-stress as well as increase your energy levels.
  • Sleep – Sleep it off. Restore your bodies natural sleep patterns and you will start to feel better.
  • Vacation – Sometime all you need is a good old fashioned holiday for at least 3 weeks to recover.
  • Prayer Retreat – Book 3 days away into your diary and spend the time praying and reading your bible.
  • Vision – Return to the original vision that inspired you to answer the call in the first place and rekindle it.
  • Read – Take a couple of hours off and read a good book that gets your mind thinking about other things.
  • Friends – Call up your friends and go have some fun.
  • Movie – Go catch a good movie and escape to another world for a couple of hours.
  • Devotions – Get up everyday and spend extra time worshipping, praying and reading your bible.
  • Holy Spirit – Ask for an infilling of the Holy Spirit and stop doing ministry on empty batteries.
Its normal to feel tired and weary from time to time but it’s important how you respond to it. Don’t wait until your weariness turns to bitterness and hard-heartedness towards God and others. Do something today and get back to where you need to be.

Energy for the Call!

Fulfilling your calling is going to take enormous energy. Anything worth pursuing requires an investment of energy on your part. Energy is a precious gift. The lack of it can limit your impact and contribution to life. I think great energy is a byproduct of Gods grace in our lives, directed towards a call.

People struggle for energy without a clear and defined purpose. A clear call and vision from God activates you to get up in the morning and get into the day. Proverbs 29:18 reminds us, “Without vision, people perish.” I have an internal drive because I have a clear vision for the call of God in my local church and personal life. What energizes you? What motivates you? Why do you do what you do?

Energy is also a byproduct of how we look after our physical bodies. If you pay attention to your ESD, you will go a long way to maximizing your physical energy. What is ESD?

E is firstly, EXERCISE. I encourage you to move your body for at least 20-3omins a day, 5-6 times per week. This could be walking, running, cycling, swimming, aerobics, gym or competitive sport that you enjoy on a regular basis. S stands for SLEEP. Whatever you do, get up at the same time each day. Even if you have a late night, get up at the same time and sleep in before midnight, not after midnight. The hours pre-midnight are far more conducive to a healthier lifestyle than post-midnight. A basic 7-8 hours sleep a night is important for all of us to heed. Lastly, D stands for DIET. You are what you eat. Your physical energy rises and falls based on the fuel you feed it. Have a solid breakfast of grains, fruit and yoghurt. Eat fruit and healthy snacks throughout the day. Enjoy pasta’s, vegetables, lean meat, fish, etc for your main meals and try not to eat after 9pm each night. Minimize sugars, fats, etc because a healthy ESD will go a long way to increasing your energy.

Energy is also a byproduct of time spent with God. Don’t forsake your intimacy with God because they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. Set a daily appointment with God and always keep it. Life can get busy and often the first thing to go is our time with God. Until you are convinced that anything good in your life is a result of your relationship with God, you won’t take it seriously enough to invest more time and energy into it. The busier life gets, the more you need to make time for prayer.