Just 1 Moment!

Life is a collection of defining moments. If I was to ask you what is a moment? I’m not sure you’d be able to define it by a certain period of time (a second, a minute, an hour or a day) but you would be able to define it by the significance of the experience you had in that moment. Life defining moments aren’t always what you’d expect them to be. Graduations, anniversaries and award ceremonies are significant but I would suggest the truly defining moments in life are often those behind the scenes that seem very ordinary at the time.

Jesus Christ had moments in life just like we do. In John 4:1-42 we read of Jesus stopping on his journey at Jacobs well because of fatigue. What appeared to be a very ordinary moment turned into an extraordinary encounter with a woman who got more than she bargained for. Jesus is more accessible to you than you think. Sometimes we get these unhelpful ideas about God that portray him as very distant and very angry with us and yet He is more accessible and more tangible than most of us realise.

The moments that appear most ordinary can be the most extraordinary. A well in ancient times was a place of encounter, similar to what cafes are for us today. The Samaritan woman in this story was engaged in a routine task that turned into an extraordinary encounter with Jesus. Your place of encounter might be on the train into work or in a lecture theatre, on Facebook, a storefront or in a hair salon. I want to encourage you to be faithful with your present moment because with God a 10c moment can turn into a $100 opportunity.

Just 1 moment with Jesus can change your life forever! The Samaritan woman had a thirst that multiple relationships with men and illicit sex couldn’t satisfy. Her thirst was spiritual, not physical. She had a thirst that could only be satisfied by living water (metaphor for relationship with Jesus). The culture around us anaesthetises us with distraction (entertainment, $, sport, career) but all it takes is one moment to reveal what’s truly missing in your life. This woman had one encounter with Jesus and her life was never the same.

I think one of the reasons we see little life change in people’s lives is because we are trying to introduce people to an idea of Jesus rather than the living breathing reality of Jesus alive inside of us. Colossians 1:27 says, ‘Christ in me, the hope of glory.’ When I meet people, I don’t want them to get an idea of Jesus, isolated from me, I want them to meet him by meeting me. Jesus lives in me and acts through me.

The amazing thing about having an encounter with Jesus is that your moment can become someone else’s defining moment. 1 person’s testimony can affect many people’s destiny. The Samaritan woman couldn’t keep her moment to herself. She got her whole town in on the action and in one moment revival came to an entire city.

I encourage you to approach life from a different perspective. Just one moment with Jesus can change everything. Today could very well be your one moment!

The Oracle!

Growing your Gift!

Proverbs ‘A mans gift makes room for him.’

Your calling is about your identity. I hear people say they don’t want to build their identity upon their calling but I actually think God does exactly this. Tell me, where does one start and the other end? Calling is inextricably linked to who you are. Jesus was called by his Father to be the messiah and lay down his life on the cross. His identity was completely wrapped up in his relationship with his Father and the course of life the Father destined him to fulfill. My identity is established in my relationship with Father God but his calling on me is fundamentally apart of my relationship with him that I don’t know where one ends and the other begins.

Your anointing is about your purpose. God has created everyone of us fearfully and wonderfully (Ps 139). I believe every person on the planet has received an anointing because we have been made in the image of God but the power and potency of this anointing is determined by our relationship with the Holy Spirit. The anointing on your life will ebb and flow according to your relationship with God. The anointing is the expression of the person and power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Whilst all humans are made in the image of God with a deposit of Gods anointing in their DNA, the anointing is actually fully alive in the person surrendered to God and filled with his Spirit. God anoints you for a specific purpose. You are clearly anointed for some things and not for others. A key to success in life is to discern early what it is you are anointed for and run hard in that very purpose. Remember, it’s never too late to start today.

Your gifting is about your ability. The gifts and call of God are irrevocable, meaning without repentance. God’s not going to call them back from you but they can be undeveloped and underutilized. We are all responsible to develop our gifting. God will give you the raw material but you need to develop what has been given freely as a good deposit into your life. Your gift will bring you before prominent people in your field. Your character will sustain you in the space, your gifting creates for you. Spiritual gifts are evidence of Gods grace. Spiritual fruit is evidence of Gods sanctifying work in us. The Holy Spirit distributes as he wills (1 Cor 12:11). You and I are to enjoy using the gifts God has given to us, whilst earnestly seeking after the higher gifts (higher gifts are those that are in greater need in our lives than others depending upon the circumstances we are facing).

Growing your gift most commonly takes place in 5 key ways:

1. Use it – Start serving someone or something or somewhere today and your gift will automatically grow.
2. Mentor it – Seek out a mentor already established in your specific gift and learn from them.
3. Read it – Read everything you can on your gift and your knowledge will inform your use of it.
4. Pray it – Prayer will partner with the Holy Spirit to inflame the gift within you to be powerful and effective.
5. Focus it – There comes a point in your life when you must stop dilly dallying around and start to focus on doing what only you do best. There’s a time for doing secondary tasks but as you go on, you must focus on your key area of gifting or stay frustrated for the rest of your life.

The Oracle!

The Calling of a Prophet!

The office of a prophet is a life calling. Most prophets are called at birth or when they are born again (salvation). It is primarily the Lords choosing, not something you seek to become, however if called, you have a responsibility to develop your gift. Some notable prophetic ministries have identified that it can take as long as 14-15 years for a person to develop into a prophet after being called.

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, and He gave gifts to men… And he gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry.” (Eph 4:7, 11)

The five fold ministry is outlined in the above passage and the office of the prophet is one of the ministries that God has established for the governmental leadership of the church. To be a prophet is a calling. To minister in prophecy is a gift. When a person ministers in the gift of prophecy, the gift is the ability to prophesy. The words themselves are the gift. When a person is a prophet, they themselves are the gift. A prophet is a gift to the church.

Apart from a foundation of character, there are actually 3 components to any mature and fruitful ministry. These are:

  1. CallingCalling gives identity. Paul was called as an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God (1 Cor 1:1).
  2. GiftingGifting gives ability. ‘As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God’ (1 Pet 4:10).
  3. AnointingAnointing gives purpose. It was prophesied of Jesus, ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to prisoners’ (Is 61:1).

The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable but the anointing of the Lord ebbs and flows according to the relationship we have with the Holy Spirit. The calling on your life describes who you are. The anointing of God provides you with your purpose in life and the gifts that God has given to you becomes the ability in which you accomplish his purposes.

The Oracle!

Determining the Strength of your Gift!

Romans 12:6 ‘Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith.’

Through grace we receive the abilities of the Holy Spirit. These abilities equip us to work in the harvest. Grace is not just undeserved favour; it is also the operational power of God.

Ephesians 4:7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

I think we underestimate the power of impartation through the laying on of hands. Paul said to Timothy by way of reminder to ‘stir up the gift within you, which you received through the laying on of hands.’ Although the gifts are imparted through the laying on of hands, you still must receive them from the one who imparts them to you by faith. 2 key things will determine the strength and flavour of your gifts:

  1. The proportion of your faith determines how much grace you receive to operate in the gifts. The greater amount of faith you have inside you, the stronger the gifts will operate through you.
  2. The type and level of grace that is resident in the one who is imparting the gift to you will determine what gift is given to you.

Kris Vallotton shares, ‘Grace and faith works like bringing an empty cup to a coke machine. The coke machine determines the flavour of the drink, just as the grace on a person’s life who imparts the gift to us determines the grace we receive. The amount of the drink we are able to receive is determined by the size of the cup that we bring to the coke machine (our faith). ‘ (Basic Training for Prophetic Ministry)

It’s imperative that we stay within the boundaries of our own faith and not try to copy another person’s faith. When Peter stepped out of the boat, he operated in faith. If the other disciples attempted the same action based on presumption of Peter’s faith, then they would have sunk into the water immediately. Think soberly of yourself, according to the measure of faith that God has apportioned to you.

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are not awards! We cannot earn them. Because the gifts are not a mark of maturity, we do not have to wait for our lives to be in perfect order to receive them. Nonetheless, we are instructed to earnestly desire which means, to passionately and intentionally pursue them.

The Oracle!

The Iceberg Principle!

The iceberg principle states that it’s not what’s above the surface that will sink you but what’s under the surface.

What you generally see of an iceberg is only 10% of it. 90% of it is under the surface. The Titanic sunk because it hit the part of the iceberg that couldn’t be seen. 10% of who you are is what people see. Your gifting, charisma and appearance. These qualities won’t make or break you but the 90% of who you are in your character is what will sustain you or sink you.

Your gifting will always make more room for you than your character has capacity for. Your gifting will take you places but it’s your character that will sustain you, once you get there. The great thing about God is that he is already committed to developing the 90% that no one else can see. He knows you already have a gift. He gave it to you of his own free will. He expects you to develop that gift but inherent within the seed of the gift is the necessary ingredients to be effective in your calling. What you need to grow is your character and your internal capacity. The Holy Spirit is your sanctifier and helper who perseveres with you through your morphing process to become more like Jesus.

Pay attention to what’s under the surface. Your emotions, psychology, attitudes, heart and spirit are foundational to undergirding everything you express in your external environment.

The Oracle!

What’s Your Life Mission?

Psalm 139:14 I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Lots of people journey through life without a clear sense of purpose and personal mission. Truth is, every single one of us can and should connect with our reason for being alive. While the ultimate reason God created us is for relationship with Him, He has wired us up with some unique strengths for a specific purpose on planet earth.

Discovering your life mission takes time and is a life long journey. The longer I live the more I discover about my purpose and reason for being wired up the way I am. If you are unclear about your life purpose, don’t fret but begin the journey today to discovering more about God and then he will help you discover more about you. If you have some clarity, then go deeper in the journey by asking some further questions of God and yourself. Engage in a closer self-examination.

Begin with God. If I want to know the purpose for a particular product, I would go to the original manufacturer and ask the all important question, ‘what on earth does this product exist for?’ The original creator of your life is God. If you don’t believe this fundamental truth,  then your first step towards your life mission is to re-examine your belief system and be open to going on a faith journey with God. God created you fearfully and wonderfully. Your destiny is not your decision, its your discovery. God is sovereign and he has a plan and purpose for creating you. Connect to your calling by connecting to God and he will give you inside information on who you are, what your wiring is and how best to utilize your strengths to fulfil your mission.

Understand your Past. Your destiny is hidden in your history. God has already been at work revealing, shaping and moulding you for your life mission. Even the painful experiences God can and will use for his glory and your testimony. Reflect and remember where God has already been active in your past.

Identify your Passion. What’s your holy discontent? What stirs your affections and passion. What makes you leap to your feet and moves you to action? Too many of us are content to stay in roles and environments that don’t really reflect the passion beating in our hearts. Connect to what it is that you love doing and love resolving and go after it.

Discover your Ability. What comes easily to you? Where do you seem to excel? What have others said to you, you are good at? What do you find pleasure in doing or being apart of? Don’t believe the lie, that you’re not good at anything. It’s rubbish. Everyone of us are good at something. Start engaging in life and see what comes to the surface of what you do well.

See your Opportunity. What doors are open to you? It could be no doors are open in your area of interest currently but if you knocked on a door, what could open up to you? Opportunities to engage in life are all around us. Discern what opportunities lie before you, even if disguised in hard work and start to take some steps in that direction.

Open your Ears. What is God saying to you? What is His still small voice impressing upon you? What are others around you saying? Chew the meat and spit out the bones of people’s comments. Listen with a discerning heart and embrace what resonates with your spirit and throw out the rest, unless God is trying to speak to you about an area of your life you need to pay attention to and grow in.

Record your research. Don’t just let important details you’ve discovered to float around in cyberspace or brain space, get it down on paper and exact your thinking with writing. Your life mission is too important to be vague and fuzzy about. Get clear, get specific and get focused.

God created you for a specific purpose. You have a life mission and God wants you and expects you to connect to it. Your life is a gift from God, what you do with your life is your gift back to him. Don’t waste another day, swimming in a sea of doubt and disillusionment. Begin the journey today to living on purpose and connecting with your life mission.

The Oracle!