Acts 3:6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”
The context of this event in Scripture is the profound momentum of the early church. Souls are being saved, lives are being changed and miracles are a common occurrence. Two key church leaders, Peter and John are walking to the temple at the hour of prayer when they encounter a lame beggar, asking for money. Peter responds, (paraphrase) “I don’t have any money on me but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ, rise up and walk.” Peter acknowledges what he doesn’t have but simply gives out of the 4 things he does have: 1) A revelation of the name of Jesus Christ; 2) The anointing of the Holy Spirit; 3) Faith for healing; 4) A love for people. Peter possessed something far more valuable than riches, he owned a tangible faith in Jesus Christ. Money would have sustained the beggar temporarily but what Peter passed on transformed this man’s life forever. You can only pass onto others what you own for yourself. Frustration arises when we try to pass on what we haven’t cultivated in our lives. Too often we see needs around us but lack the resource material or spiritual to help the situation. Rather than letting these moments go by passively, we need to adopt a posture of personal growth in God to become a solution to someone else’s problem. You can’t lead others where you haven’t gone and you can’t help bring transformation in others where you haven’t grown in authority to do so. I encourage you to grow in a revelation of who Jesus is and what his name can do in people’s lives. Spend time in prayer and grow in a greater measure of the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Increase your faith through hearing God’s Word and be ready and willing to reach out to others through practical demonstrations of God’s love. Explosive Insights!
I have just spent the last week on holidays with my family. We have enjoyed the beach, eaten jam filled donuts, watched movies, played board games, worked out, partied at Crown Metropol, laughed till our cheeks were sore, slept in and read new books. The point of all of this was to spend time with the family creating memories! What are the memories you and your loved ones are creating for each other for the future? I live a busy but blessed life. I am travelling most weeks speaking in cities across the world. I am currently in the middle of a new writing project. I’m coaching leaders and encouraging churches around Gods heart and purpose for their futures. There are prayers to pray, sermons to write and people to meet. All of this is a blessing but I can sometimes get lost in a fog of activities and expectations. If I am not intentional about creating memories with my family and friends, life will blend into a maze of endless goals, meetings and deadlines. Time is the most precious resource we have. I encourage you to get intentional about creating memories with the most important people in your life. Explosive Insights!
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!
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
If you don’t innovate, you become stale, outdated and irrelevant. The rate of change in our culture is overwhelming and whilst none of us can keep up with it, we can respond to the promptings of our own heart convictions by assessing what we are currently producing and be willing to hit the refresh button. What’s your brand, product or service? Look at it with an outsiders perspective and make changes accordingly. Stay true to principles but be willing to change preferences to engage with what’s current in the arena you are apart of. Go window shopping to discover what others in your industry are doing that’s proving to be attractive to customers. #ironprophet
Galatians 1:1 Paul, an apostle, not from men nor through man but through Jesus Christ and God the Father.
The apostle Paul was secure in God and his own skin because he knew who had called him and what he was created to do. Paul knew that other people weren’t his source, so he didn’t have to value himself based upon their opinions. He knew that he himself wasn’t the source of his own calling and therefore didn’t have to rely upon his own strength or lack of to prop himself up and keep him going. Paul knew deep in his heart that God was his source. When you know you came from God, have your being in God and do what you do because of God, you live with unshakeable conviction and peace. Every one of us is on a journey from the womb to the tomb searching for purpose and meaning to our lives. It’s found in God and his real, tangible and abiding presence alone. He is your source!
God has made us tripartite beings, meaning, we are made up of spirit, soul and body. Each of us needs to pay attention to these three areas of our lives if we are to be healthy and productive. In the same way there are three dimensions to our ministry and work in the world that we need to understand and grow in if we are going to be effective in it. The first dimension of any fruitful ministry is calling and this is linked to our identity as a person. The second is gifting and has to do with the unique abilities Gods given to us. The third and final dimension is anointing which is the power Gods given to us to fulfill our unique purpose. Gods calling defines who we are in our identity. Gods gifting enables us to fulfill our calling and Gods anointing empowers us to function in our purpose. In Christ, we are all called to be someone, gifted for something and anointed for somewhere.
John 6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”
Discontentment is the fruit of our brokenness and causes us to pursue all sorts of objects and activities to distract us, albeit for a brief moment, from our starving hearts. On top of this, the culture around us fuels our discontentment, marketing to us the next latest and greatest experience, holiday, car or article of clothing promising happiness and fulfillment. In the midst of our frenzied pursuit of contentment, Jesus stands waiting for us to come to him and receive total nourishment of our souls. What a tragedy it would be to have access to the source of life itself but never drink or eat what we need to be fully satisfied. Jesus said, “whoever comes to me shall not hunger”. The key is in our coming to Jesus and believing in him that brings the peace and contentment we are truly longing for. There comes a point when we must get dissatisfied with discontentment and run to the one and only source of fulfillment, the bread of life himself!
2 Timothy 1:7 For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self control.
Rare is the person who lives with no fear. Even the boldest person can wrestle with fear deep in their souls. Unfortunately, we aren’t always aware of the fears we actually have until the right occasion brings it to the surface of our hearts and minds. The worst kind of fear is the one that literally drives our behaviour and controls our choices in life without us even realizing it. Some of the common fears that fit into this category consist of fear of rejection, fear of failure and fear of loss. When confronted with the reality of our fear, confession is the gateway to victory over it. Secondly, we need to repent (change of mind) and renew our minds with Gods truth about life in him and lastly, we need to take captive every thought that would seek to cripple us back into the cage of fear. Most of the time our fears are simply false expectation appearing real. God hasn’t given you a spirit of fear but his perfect love casts out all fear. Fear originates from the brokenness of our fallen nature and the painful circumstances we’ve experienced in our past. Through a process of deconstructing your fears and reconstructing your faith, you can walk in total victory over your fear.
1 Samuel 3:10 And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel, Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak for your servant hears.”
Calling is not for a certain special person who’s had an extraordinary God encounter. Calling is given and made accessible to every person who God has put breath into. Calling is more than a job or vocation, it’s directly tied to your life purpose. There are several keys to connecting to your calling. A calling keeps coming back to you, no matter how much you ignore it. A calling will come at you from multiple directions. A calling just feels right. Your passion for the call is sustained over a period of time. A true calling will not only excite you but scare you as to its responsibility. A true calling is matched by a complimentary gifting that produces results. Use these sign posts as a guide to awaken to the voice of the Spirit calling you into your life’s purpose.