An Upside Down Kingdom!

John 12:24-25 “Truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, but whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”

Jesus words are both compelling and convicting. His kingdom is an upside down kingdom to the popular voice of self-centeredness and self-absorption that we are saturated with in our culture. Jesus says that in order to truly live, you must love this temporary world less for the sake of others eternities. A life surrendered to Christ doesn’t exist for ones self but for the benefit of others. Following Jesus isn’t “me first” but “Christ first” and the application of that is in the way we relate to and treat others. 

From Confession to Manifestation!

taming-the-tongueOne of the key issues that undermines what we are believing for, from becoming reality is the misalignment of our speech with our faith. Life and death are in the power of the tongue. You don’t help your faith by a wrong confession. For our faith to operate powerfully, it must be complimented by our confession.

It isn’t just a case of thinking positively or even speaking positively, it’s a case of becoming clear in your own mind and heart what you are believing for and aligning your confession with it.

If you look hard enough, you can find a multitude of reasons to be negative and critical in this world but if you are focused on walking in God’s call for your life and seeing his promises be established in your daily reality, then you will to need to be intentional about what comes out of your mouth.

I must admit, there have been too many times in the past when I have been careless, even downright reckless with my words. I’ve observed that the more tired or insecure I feel the more careless I become with my words. Just cause you can say it doesn’t mean you should. It’s a rare person that can tame their tongue at all times. In fact James 3:2 says, ‘If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, also able to bridle his whole body.’ Apparently there is a direct correlation between how we use our mouths and how we control our entire lives, including our bodies.

If there is one constant pattern I see repeated in Scripture and also repeated in the lives of great people around me is that if you want to see a manifestation of what you are believing for, then you must pay attention to your confession. Your confession leads to your manifestation.

We have been made in the image of God and when God wants to get something done, he uses his words to do it. When God declared, ‘Let there be light,’ there was light (Gen 1:3). Hebrews 11:3 says, the universe was created by the words of his mouth, so that what is seen was not made out of what is visible.

If we have been wired up the same way, then in 2013, do something wise and watch your mouth. Loose lips sink ships whereas a tight tongue hits the home run.

The Oracle!

Leave Nothing In Your Bones!

2 Kings 5:13:20-21 “So Elisha died, and they buried him. Now bands of Moabites used to invade the land in the spring of the year. And as a man was being buried, behold, a marauding band was seen and the man was thrown into the grave of Elisha, and as soon as the man touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet.”

The Universal Truth is that everyone of us are going to die. It doesn’t matter if you’re handsome, gorgeous, smart, wealthy, charismatic, conservative, black, white or even anointed like the prophet Elisha, what man can live and never see death (Ps 90:48)?

When you are in the last moments of your life, the question isn’t only what did you do with your time, talent and treasure but what did you do with the anointing of God’s Spirit resident within you?

The anointing is the person and power of the Holy Spirit moving in and through your life. I don’t think most of us really appreciate the value or power of what God has lavishly given to us in his anointing. Each believer has been anointed by the Holy One and the anointing teaches us everything (1 Jn 2:20, 27)

The prophet Elisha was anointed by the Spirit of God. He was called by God through the mentoring of Elijah and he asked for a double portion of his spiritual father’s anointing. It’s recorded that Elijah performed 7 miracles and up until his death, Elisha performed 13 miracles and 1 after his death. Soon after Elisha died, a man was buried in the same grave as Elisha (traditional custom) and when his dead body hit the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood up on his feet.

Wow! You may suggest that this is incredible, however, I think leave nothing in your bones. There’s an ‘organ donor’ saying that says, ‘Don’t take your organs to heaven, God knows we need them on earth.’ Don’t take your anointing to heaven, God knows this planet is a spiritual war zone and we need your anointing down here to turn death into life. Leave nothing in your bones.

Eternity is a long time and life on this planet is short. We have all eternity to celebrate a new heaven and a new earth but what we do with the anointing now is what is most important in eternity.

People’s spirits are dead in sin. The anointing of God’s Spirit is meant to be poured out for their benefit, not our enjoyment, alone. If you had the cure for cancer, you wouldn’t keep that cure to yourself but you would give it away to someone who desperately needed it. God has given us his anointing to give away to sick people to help minister life, truth and freedom to them. The anointing breaks the yoke of Satan’s bondage and agenda in people’s lives and that’s why we need to leave nothing in our bones.

The Oracle! 

We are in a War!

Ephesians 6:12 “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers of darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

I’ve been quite unwell the last 10 days and as I dragged myself from the bed this morning to go one of my scorching runs to revive my body (I think I might have killed it instead), I was reminded once again, that every day of our lives, on this planet, we are in a war.

Just stop and think about the resistance you feel, even at this present moment, towards yourself or against something you are working towards. Satan, sin and death has been conquered by Jesus death and resurrection but the mark of fallenness permeates every aspect of this world and relentlessly wars against us.

  1. We are in a war against sin – Our flesh doesn’t do what we want it to do and rather does what we don’t want it to do because of our brokenness.
  2. We are in a war for our health – Sickness and disease attacks our bodies constantly and trying to maintain a healthy body is like facing a UFC fighter in the octagon.
  3. We are in a war for our minds – The battlefield is often won or lost in the mind. There are so many distracting ideas competing for our attention, that we are so easily misled. We need a constant renewal of our thinking to conform to God’s thoughts and ways.
  4. We are in a war for people’s souls – The stakes are huge. People’s lives hang in the balance. Preacher, you aren’t just a communicator, you are a weapon in the hands of God, finely tuned to make war with your words. Load your cannons and fire!
  5. We are in a war for truth – Never, and I mean never, has there ever been a time, where God’s truth is under attack as it is today, both inside and outside the church. “Preach the word, in season and out of season, for the day is coming when people will not endure sound teaching but will heap up for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.” (2 Tim 4:2-3)
I want to encourage you to ‘lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet’. (Hebrews 12:12) I know you may feel like, no one cares, and that life is just too hard but you have not been left to fight this battle by yourself. Jesus said, “I will be with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matt 28:20)
God has not left you defenseless but in fact, has made available for you weapons of warfare, that are not carnal but are mighty to the pulling down of strongholds. If you have downed your tools, then pick them back up again, compose yourself and run back into the fray of the front line of whatever it is God has called you to do.

Grace!