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!

Dead or Alive?

John 15:2 “Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes.”

This is a challenging statement from Jesus. His words are a call to be proactive about our personal growth. A dead branch doesn’t produce anything worthwhile to anyone and will be removed. A fruitful branch will be cut back and pruned in its season in order for more fruitfulness to come. Either way, we’re going to get cut. We may as well get cut for bring fruitful and not for being fruitless.

I refuse to be fruitless. Refusing fruitlessness means I intentionally position myself to grow. Someone once said, you only grow according to the books you read, the places you visit and the people you meet. I think there are other ways for growth to occur but these three are a great starting place. What books are you reading? Which new places are you visiting and studying? And who are the people you are posturing yourself in front of to receive from? God is committed to your fruitfulness and the extension of his kingdom. Be intentional, be prepared for pruning and be ready for greater fruitfulness in your life.

Your Steps Are Ordered!

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord orders his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)

God is a lifesaver! We live in a day and age where we are encouraged to follow our heart, as if, each of us intuitively know what we should do by consulting our own hearts. This is not helpful advice because Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, who can understand it?” The answer is no one but God can actually help us understand our own hearts. We are complex and simple at the same time. For this reason, I take courage from the fact that even though, my misunderstood heart, may plan my way, the creator of the universe orders my steps. There have been several times when my heart wanted to head in a certain direction but God has patiently aligned my steps with his purpose and plan for my life. Truth is, I’ve bucked against his alignment at times but in hindsight, I’ve always been grateful for where God has positioned my feet.

Stay Flexible in 2013!

flexible-displayAccording to John 3:8 every believer is a child of the wind (symbol of the Holy Spirit). The wind blows where it wishes and you hear its sound. You don’t know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit of God. Jesus is saying, just as man cannot control what the wind does, so man cannot control what the Spirit does.

The Holy Spirit is a person of cosmic mystery that blows upon our lives in different seasons for different purposes. However, my observation of some believers are, the longer they are saved, the more inflexible they become. The opposite should be taking place, the longer we walk with God, the more flexible and pliable we should become. The more inflexible we become, the more we try to control the outcome in our own flesh.

Paul wrote to the church in Galatia, ‘O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by the works of the law, or by hearing with faith?’ (Gal 3:1,3,5)

How do believers become inflexible towards the blowing of the Spirit in their lives? We stop hearing by faith and start working by the flesh! One reason why we stop hearing by faith is because of a hard heart. A hard heart anaesthetises your capacity to discern what the Holy Spirit is saying and doing in your life. This is a dangerous place to be because your faith is weakened by what you cannot hear. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Rom 10:17).

We can develop a hard heart for lots of different reasons but the primary reason why believers develop a hard heart towards God is, ‘God didn’t do what I wanted him to do’. When God doesn’t perform for us the way we expected him to, we can develop a hard heart towards him which can lead to being defiled by bitterness (Heb 12:15).

God wants to blow his Spirit in your direction in 2013. He wants you to be a kite in his hurricane of favour, blessing and opportunity, as you go about his purpose for your life but you must allow him to soften your heart and you must guard your heart against bitterness because out of it flow the springs and issues of life.

2013 could be your best year yet but it won’t be dependant upon God, whether it is or not, it will be determined on your responsiveness to the blowing of the Holy Spirit in your life.

The Oracle!

What Time Is It?

Ecclesiastes 3:1 ‘For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.’

God has ordained a time and a season for everything. There are seasons in the natural and the spiritual. Each season carries value and purpose. Winter seasons are about what’s happening under the surface, rather than what’s above the surface. Are you as animated and engaged in the winter seasons of life as you are in the summer seasons?

It’s so important to discern and identify the season you’re in. You’ve got to align the right expectations for the season you’re in right now, not the season to come. When I was a ministry intern, my church launched their first leadership conference. I was asked to speak at a breakout session and I wanted to sell some tape recordings (yes, a long time ago) of my sermons but my Youth Pastor at the time commented, ‘This isn’t your season to sell sermon tapes’. I was cut at the time but thank God now. I didn’t know back then, what I know now.

A lot of us are trying to do more than the season we are actually in. Every season carries certain restrictions. Too many of us over-project what we can do in 1 season and under project what we can do in multiple seasons. Paul said, ‘I have learned in whatever situation I’m in to be content. I’ve learned the secret… I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ (Phil 4:10-13). It’s your contentment in the season you’re in that determines people’s attraction to you.

There are 2 dimensions of time God has ordained: ‘Chronos’ and ‘Kairos’. Chronos time is the ticking of the clock and the turning of the calendar. Kairos time is the God appointed window of opportunity that you must see and seize if you’re gonna possess what God has for you in the season you find yourself in.

We know God is sovereign over the affairs of men and we often pray for God to sovereignly move on our behalf. He can and does but if God only ever moved sovereignly in our lives and ministries and never involved us in the process of what He’s doing, we would never learn his character, his heart and his ways. God wants a relationship with you, not a robotic automaton. When God includes us in the principle of what he’s doing and how he operates, we learn far more than if he just did it without us.

God is a God of seasons. Every season in God has a purpose and if you can discern the season God has you in, align your expectations accordingly and act in alignment with what God’s revealing to you now, you will not only maximise the present time but be prepared for the season to come.

The Oracle!

The Journey is the Testimony!

Too often we live in the distant future rather than embracing our present reality. I have suffered from this many times in my past and missed the story God was weaving into my life in that very moment.

Stop thinking your life begins in the future. You’re living in it right now. This may be quite depressing for you if your current reality is painful or not as you want it to be but I’ve discovered that every season has a purpose and must be embraced for what it is.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 ‘For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.’

It seems like we are all heading towards a place called “there”, hoping, wishing and believing that “there” is going to live up to our expectations and fulfill all our desires and then we will be fulfilled in life. While its great to have a dream or a vision for what could be, it’s integral that you understand that life is what happens to you while you are desperately searching for that place called “there”. Rather than waiting for “there” to arrive, start redefining your approach to life and live each day, presently conscious of what is happening in each moment.

I get to speak in lots of different churches and meet lots of different people. On the one hand I get to speak out of the revelation Gods given me into His word but I also speak out of my personal journey. It’s when Gods revelation intersects with my personal journey that something truly special happens, not just for me but for those whom I minister to.

I’ve discovered that my story connecting with Gods story will help ppl in their story. My testimony isn’t about my destination, it’s about my everyday journey. What I’ve wrestled with, what I’ve learnt and what God has carried me through along the journey becomes the impetus that washes over people’s hearts and causes them to marvel at Gods goodness and grace, not just for me but for them as well.

I encourage you to look at your life from a different perspective. Your life is passing before you very quickly. You’re living it while you are pursuing your dreams and aspirations. Life doesn’t start when you arrive. It has already started for you. Your journey is your testimony. What is God showing you today?

The Oracle!

Embracing Transitions!

Ecclesiastes 3:1 ‘For everything there is a season and a time for ever matter under heaven.’

Life is filled with times and seasons. Just as there is summer, autumn, winter and spring built into the cycle of seasons in nature, there are spiritual seasons of pruning, preparation and productivity, among others that make up our lives.

One key to being fruitful in life is knowing and embracing the season you are in. A lack of awareness of your current season could result in you trying to make something happen in your present reality that’s more suitable for your future. We need to match our expectation and application to the time and season God has us in.

There are 2 dimensions of time – Chronos and Kairos. Chronos time is the ticking of the clock and the turning of the calendar. Kairos time is the divine window of opportunity that God presents to us to accomplish something powerful and unique. Most of life is lived in Chronos time but we have to be aware of the Kairos moments God is presenting to us, if we’re going to seize the season we are in.

Seasons don’t last forever and so we need to be able to transition into a new season with grace and wisdom. Seasonal transitions can occur through a change of location, job, career, calling, relationship or financial circumstances. But seasonal transitions can also occur in your life in less obvious ways, while you are still in the same job, same location and same circumstances. God works in mysterious ways and is always at work in us, regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in.

Embracing transitions in life effectively requires lots of prayer, God’s grace, input from wise counsel, paying attention to the sign posts along the way and not holding onto anything so tightly that we actually have no room for the new thing God wants to do in us and through us. What season are you in? Are you in the middle of a transition? Gods with you and will instruct you in the way you should go!

Grace!