The Price of Success..in ANYTHING! 

2 Kings 2:9-10 “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me. And Elijah said, What you have asked is a hard thing.”

It doesn’t matter what arena of life you want success in, there is a price to be paid. The price comes back to are you willing to do the hours, develop the knowledge, acquire the skills and practice delayed gratification. If your goal is to grow closer to God, then put in the hours of prayer, bible reading and worship. If your goal is to build wealth, get control of your spending, save diligently and invest wisely. If your goal is to be fit and healthy, develop more consistent sleep patterns, exercise daily and improve your nutrition. Anything worth achieving in life requires an investment on your part. If you’re dissatisfied with your current results, change your approach and make the commitment to become the best you can be with whatever resources and opportunities are currently in front of you. Success in anything is a hard thing but the reward is worth it. Pay the price now, so you can play later!

Weekly Wrap Up!

book of the week

images-6The Extreme Future is a book written by Dr James Canton. It’s a challenging but engaging read into the crystal ball of the top trends that are going to be normal in the near and distant future. This book will provoke you to think big picture about the future of planet earth and our role within it. Worth a read!

quote of the week

Fear wants you to run from something that isn’t after you.

Paul Scanlon

news of the week

Netflix Sideshow (Silicon valley) released a document that detailed its company culture which has definitely challenged traditional thinking about work motivation. Low job security, non accrued holiday leave and creativity is the underlying philosophy of the company and its high performance results by high performance teams gives the ‘out of the box’ ideas some credibility. Check out more on http://www.news.com.au

moment of the week

Seeing my kids excited about their first day back at school was a memorable moment.

The Oracle!

Weekly Wrap Up!

book of the week

9780849902666‘Elijah the Prophet of Power’ is a fantastic book written by Phillip Keller. It traces the journey of this famous bible hero from his introduction in 1 Kings 16:29 through to his flaming farewell in 2 Kings 2:8-18. The author takes you into the moment by moment details of Elijah’s life and reveals insights that have inspired and equipped me in a powerful way.

quote of the week (Phillip Keller)

The instant God diverts an individual’s attention from his or her own petty problems and self-centred little interests, to the great power of his own person, there are potentials for enormous exploits under the impetus of God’s energy.

news of the week

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong’s confession of cheating on Oprah has been broadcast around the world and continues to make waves in the public and sporting forums.

moment of the week

A change of heart and awareness of Gods work in my life got a hold of me this week, whilst in prayer. I won’t be the same.

The Oracle!

A handful of flour and a drop of oil!

HANDFUL OF WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR1 Kings 17:12 “And she said, ‘As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour and a drop of oil in a jug.”

Too many of us look at our lives through what we don’t have rather than what we do have. Many hero’s in the bible went straight to their perceived lack, when God called them to step out in faith. The widow of Zarephath was no exception.

When the prophet Elijah asked her to bake him some bread before she fed her own son, the widow responded with panic at the supposed injustice of the prophets request. On the surface it would seem totally reasonable that a handful of flour and a drop of oil left in the whole house wasn’t enough to feed three people, let alone sustain them for any lengthy period of time.

When God asks us to take a step of faith, do we look at the little we have to offer and shy away or do we place what we do have into Gods hands and let him turn our little into much. Little is much in the hands of God.

Everything in the kingdom of God begins as a seed and multiplies into something significant when entrusted to God. The little boy with the 5 loaves and 2 fish had one meal for himself but in the hands of Jesus it became a meal that fed 5,000 people. When we take a step of faith towards God with what we have in our hands, we create space for the miraculous.

What are you desperately holding onto that God is asking you to let go of? Get God’s perspective on your little and let God turn it into much. Take a step of faith and watch for God to produce the miraculous.

The Oracle!

Calling vs Career!

Too easily do we look at the issue of ‘calling’ through the lens of contemporary cultural paradigms rather than what the bible actually reveals to us.

A calling is God’s unique soul print on a person’s identity (Ps 139:13-15). A calling is a strong heart conviction that God burdens you with (Rom 4:20-21). A calling is God’s anointing that rests upon you (1 Sam 16:13). A calling transcends a job or specific occupation (Acts 9:15, the apostle Paul worked as a tent maker but was called to be an apostle to the gentiles). A calling is witnessed to by others, especially spiritual authority (Jn 1:29).

Calling comes in different shapes and sizes and transcends the practical application of it being outworked. Noah saved a remnant by building a boat. Abraham became the father of many nations by faith in God’s promise. Moses delivered a nation by leading them out of Egypt into the Promised Land. Elijah performed signs and wonders as prophet to Israel.

The difference between a calling and a career is remarkable:

  • Calling = Treasure in heaven VS Career = $ on earth
  • Calling = Life of sacrifice VS Career = Life of convenience
  • Calling = God’s always right VS Career = Your rights
  • Calling = Applause of heaven VS Career = Applause of man
  • Calling = Faithfulness VS Career = Success
  • Calling = Continues VS Career = Conclusion

What are you pursuing, a calling or a career?

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! 

Sonship and Servanthood!

Servant-hood is a good calling. Sonship is a great calling. Sonship is at the epicentre of God’s heart. A son will have a heart ownership that a servant will never truly understand. Leaders, build your organisation’s future on sons not servants. Servant’s will only take it so far, sons will die for the cause they carry it in their hearts.

A father’s future rests in their sons and daughters, not on those who simply serve them. A son carries the DNA of the house, a servant ob-serves the DNA of the house. King David had a son, Solomon. It was on the back of Solomon that the kingdom moved forward, not on the back of someone who simply was serving their own agenda.

Abraham had a son, Isaac, who had a son, Jacob. The big 3! The whole purpose and promise of God rested on the baton of faith being passed down from one generation to the next. God’s promise to Abraham was fulfilled on the back of sons, not servants. Hagar was a servant used to fulfil God’s promise man’s way. Ishmael was the result and God rejected him. But God used and blessed the son of the promise.

Prophet Elijah had a son in the faith, Elisha. Elisha saw Elijah as his spiritual father but Elisha didn’t pass the baton on. Elisha had a servant, Gehazi. Gehazi served Elisha for his own agenda and the legacy wasn’t passed on.

What are you building and who are you building with? Are you building on sons or servants? How do you know the difference?

  • Sons always honour
  • Sons champion your vision, not their own
  • Sons are proven over time
  • Sons protect your back
  • Sons are honest with you
  • Sons are on the frontline with you
  • Sons endure pain with you
  • Sons help you do, what you do better
  • Sons know what you want before you open your mouth

I’m fortunate enough to have had spiritual sons and daughters partner with me in my ministry. The end result is huge. Sons always benefit themselves from the father because the father’s one desire is to bless the son as much as possible. The Father modelled to us in Matthew 3 what his heart and desire was for Jesus, ‘This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.’

The Oracle!