Don’t be Anxious about the Future!

Matthew 6:34 “Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

The future is filled with uncertainties. Many people fear the future and live with anxiety over the unanswered questions of what tomorrow may hold. Truth is, your future will be a reflection of what you are sowing into your life today. Today is the day God has made for you and I encourage you to live it to the full and be mindful of the moment that God has you in rather than anxiously waiting for tomorrow. The key to making the most of your tomorrow’s is maximising the opportunities that are infront of you today. Many of us suffer from destination disease. We’re so desperate to get to a place called there, that we miss the place called here. I understand for some of us, life may be so painful today that we’re just holding on for tomorrow, hoping it will take away the pain we feel. But God is not only in your tomorrow, He’s in the pain of your today. He wants to bring you closer to himself and he wants to speak words of life into your spirit that will give you strength for whatever it is you are facing today. Don’t believe the lie of anxiety about your future. The same God who’s with you in your today will sustain you in your tomorrow. Time is the most precious resource we have. Focus your attention upon Jesus and make the most of today. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Explosive Insights!

Sign Posts!

decisions“You will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.” (Isa 30:21)

Contrary to popular opinion, God’s Spirit is communicating far more to us than we care to acknowledge. He’s at work far more than we care to notice. God doesn’t leave himself without a witness. He uses any and many means to inform the paths we should take but we have to pay attention to the signposts he positions for us along the path of our life’s journey. God’s always speaking, it’s whether we are listening. God’s always revealing, it’s whether we are seeing. Just as a freeway has signposts directing you from where you are to where you want to be, God gives us signposts to help guide you from where you are to where you want to be. His signposts range from people we bump into, to the circumstances we face, to the opportunities before us, to the words we receive, to the impressions in our hearts and everything in between. What are the signposts God maybe using to lead you right now in your life? Pay attention and you’ll get to your destination!

Rest from your Work!

consumerdataAdam and Eve’s first day of life was a Sabbath day of rest, not a work day. Modern life is frantic and we seem to be applying more pressure to an already over crowded schedule. A Sabbath day is not just a good idea, it’s a necessity, if you want to stay healthy and sane. Gods program for life is found in the beginning pages of the bible and when life feels like it’s spiraling out of control, I go back to the beginning and get Gods perspective on what life is about and how it should look. Our bodies, our minds and our wallets need a Sabbath on a regular basis. It’s part of building into your life a sustainable rhythm. Sabbath is when we turn technology off, look after our health and refocus ourselves on God and the most important relationships in our lives. Do you have a sustainable rhythm. God created you to fulfill purpose and enjoy him. You won’t do that if you are constantly moving. Time to refocus your life by building into your schedule a Sabbath day of rest.

Led by the Spirit!

decisionmakingIf we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25)

Too many of us are leading ourselves around, rather, than being led by the Spirit. There is a tension that exists between using my brain to live and following the leading of the Spirit. Head knowledge is helpful and important. It does make a difference. But sensitivity to the Holy Spirit is more important and separates the men from the boys. God gave me a brain and I’m convinced he wants me to use it but I’m aware that my brain can get in the way of my heart and what God is trying to teach and lead me in. We must learn to live out of what God’s spirit in our spirit is revealing to us. A renewed mind is critical if I’m going to make healthy and productive decisions. There is a critical connection between a renewed mind and a full spirit. My life is shaped by the decisions I make and my choices need to be shaped by the leadership and counsel of the Spirit of God. He’s not passive but very active in seeking to guide me. I foster clarity in the Spirit by regular times of communion and being still. Life can sometimes feel very jumbled up and upside down. It will get back on track if you will surrender and seek more to be led by the Spirit of God.

Keep It Simple!

keep-it-simpleLife tends toward complexity. Complexity is tiring and overwhelming. Most of us are already overwhelmed with more information and demands than we can handle. It seems like every week we need to take stock and cut out, afresh, the complexity from our lives. Simple, on the other hand, is cool. Simple is better. Simple is more effective. Simple is attractive in this day and age. Simple is refined. Simple is leaner and meaner (in a good way). Simple is possible. What complexity do you need to cut out of your job, relationships, finances, health, schedule and faith? There’s been no better time than right now to get simple, get clear and feel more effective in life.

Making Godly Decisions!

decisionsEach of us make a hundred decisions everyday. The bigger the decision, the more attention we need to give to it. Unfortunately, some Christians approach decision-making as flippant as opening their bible and letting their finger land on a verse and taking that as the word of the Lord for their lives. Not helpful. We need to take our decisions seriously because they define our lives. Where you are today is a result of your decisions.

In the natural we have navigational systems called a ‘GPS’. These help us to navigate our way to our desired destination. If we miss a turn off or veer off the selected route, the GPS helps us by re-routing and getting us back on track. In the spiritual realm we also have a GPS, it’s called relationship with the Holy Spirit.

Intimacy with the Holy Spirit isn’t an event, it’s a lifestyle. We must pay the price to hear God’s voice and have the courage to do what God asks us to do. It’s not what you do in life but what you do out of what God asks you to do. We must learn to be led by the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:14 says, “All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”

Making Godly decisions begins with following the principle of multiple witnesses. Deuteronomy 19:15 talks about only on the evidence of two or three witnesses should a charge be established by someone. In the context of relationship with God, He has given us witnesses to help us make godly decisions. These are:

  1. Witness of Clarity = Define the decision to be made
  2. Witness of Exposure = Have you got the right information to make the decision?
  3. Witness of Spirit = What is God revealing to you?
  4. Witness of God’s Word = What has God illuminated to you in his word?
  5. Witness of Prophecy = What are the prophetic sign posts God is sending your way?
  6. Witness of Godly Counsel = What your mentors saying to you?
  7. Witness of Calling = Does making the decision align with your calling?
  8. Witness of Circumstances = What’s currently happening in your life?
  9. Witness of Peace = Are you being honest with how you really feel?
  10. Witness of Provision = Is God supplying your need in this decision?

Not all 10 witnesses need to agree at the same time but at least one of these needs to be in the mix. When it all comes down to it, pull the trigger. Procrastination will paralyse you. You don’t have to live life blindfolded. You can walk confidently into your decision, knowing that God has gone before you.

The Oracle!

Discerning Gods Will!

Colossians 3:15 ‘And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.’

I’ve found discerning the will of God to be one of the most challenging issues to work through. Most people I talk to have shared the same sentiment. Life presents us with a plethora of options and opportunities that can leave us feeling confused and exhausted. In the process of having to make a decision, we can feel like we are going crazy. The pain in the process comes from not wanting to make a bad decision that leaves us disconnected from God’s purpose and the desires in our hearts.

Even though it may feel like God is playing hide and seek with you, God delights in revealing his heart to you and giving you the direction you need to move forward with faith into the future. One of the key mechanisms in discerning God’s will is the peace of God ruling in our hearts.

The language of God is multiple and varied: visions, dreams, still small voice, angels, creation, scriptures, tongues, impressions, prophetic acts, signs and wonders, word of knowledge, circumstances, spiritual encounters and an overwhelming sense of his peace.

It takes real skill, testing and experience to interpret what God is saying to us at any one time. Why? God’s not human, He’s Spirit. His primary language isn’t english or russian or mandarin, its spirit. As we grow in our relationship with him, we learn to discern how God speaks to us and what the content of his messages to us are.

Throughout the bible we read of God asking Abraham, Moses, Gideon and Esther, to do things that their flesh wouldn’t have felt a peace about but because they learnt to walk by the Spirit and not the flesh, the peace of God ruled in their hearts and empowered them with confidence to obey God. Don’t underestimate the power of God’s peace to propel you forward in discerning God’s will for your life.

While God’s ultimate will is for us to have a relationship with him and to become more like him, his will does need to be discerned and applied in more specific areas of our lives. Gods peace ruling in our hearts is one of the master keys to moving forward. Don’t judge by circumstances alone but by the peace of God.

The Oracle!