Isaiah 6:8-9 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” And he said, “Go, and say to this people..”
God is looking to and fro across the earth for people he can use to accomplish specific assignments in the building of his kingdom. Before Isaiah became a prominent prophetic voice to Israel, he firstly was an everyday believer in God who made himself available. Availability is the first prerequisite for being used mightily by God. Isaiah 1:19 says, “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land“. To answer God’s call on your life, you must be first willing and secondly obedient. Not only did God call Isaiah but he counselled him in what to say. Too often we are attempting to come up with something inspirational that will connect with people, rather than simply sharing out of the well of what God has already revealed to us. If you want God to call you and use you mightily, first examine your heart and ask, “Am I available? Am I willing? Am I going to obey what he’s asked me to do? Selah!
Joshua 21:45 “Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.”
Everyone of us knows the feeling of wanting to give up on a delayed word God has spoken over our lives and into our hearts. We don’t see the reality of it in our expected time line and we conclude its not going to come to pass. Israel must have felt like this for hundreds of years. Centuries before Israel’s conquest of the Promised Land, God spoke to Abraham about the land of Canaan being given as a possession to the nation that God would raise up from Abraham’s seed. Several generations had passed since that word, including 400 years of slavery in Egypt, and yet towards the end of the book of Joshua we read of God’s faithfulness to his promises to Israel. Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to Israel failed. They all came to pass. God is true to his word. Heaven and earth may pass away but his word remains forever. Whatever promise God has given to you and however long ago you received it, it will not fall to the ground empty but will accomplish what God has sent it to you to perform. Stand your ground, hold onto God’s promise and trust in God’s faithfulness. Every word will come to pass. Explosive Insights!
Genesis 16:1-2 “Now Sarai, Abram’s wife had borne him no children. She had a female Egyptian servant whose name was Hagar. And Sarai said to Abram, ‘The Lord has prevented me from bearing children. Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.’ And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.”
I love the story of Abraham and Sarah’s journey of faith because it mirrors what many of us go through in our own lives. When we face the delay of Gods promises being fulfilled, most of us take matters into our own hands. This is exactly what Sarai and Abram did after 10years of not seeing the fulfilment of God’s promises. When Abram should’ve kept listening to the voice of God, he listened to the voice of doubt and retreated from the life of faith. When we can’t see in the natural what we are expecting from God in our timeline, we often look for other options to bring the promise to pass. Unfortunately, our efforts to secure what God wants to secure for us indicates our lack of trust for Gods timing and purposes. 2 Corinthians 5:7 calls us to “walk by faith, not by sight.” Faith hears the rhema inspired word of God and stays focused on it regardless of what the natural circumstances might be indicating. When Abram took matters into his own hands, he only delayed what God always intended to bless him with, the promised son Isaac. Whatever your Isaac is, God wants you to trust him with the timing of the promise. Guard your heart from doubt and run back to the rhema word of God. Your Isaac is coming your way. Explosive Insights!
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!
Proverbs 18:21 The power of life and death is in the tongue!
Your future is literally being created by the words you speak out of your mouth. There’s a direct correlation between the words you speak and the life you live. Consider your words carefully for by your words you will be justified and by your words you’ll be condemned. You can literally talk yourself into a feeling or circumstance and directly out of them as well. If you’re not happy with where you find yourself in life, consider changing your words. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Whatever the theme of your heart is, that will be reflected in the words of your mouth. There is creative power in our mouths and we need to steward it accordingly.
When you pray, whatever you desire, believe that you have received it and it will be yours. Mk 11:24
Too many of us “pray the problem” when we should be “prophesying the solution”. Jesus didn’t say ‘pray the problem’, he said, ‘pray your desire’ and believe that you have received it. Your prayer life may need a renovation. You may be guilty of praying too much, ‘Houston, we have a problem’, rather than, ‘Heaven has a solution’. It’s too easy to become pre-occupied with our problems than to pay attention to our words. If you become more word-conscious and less problem conscious, your problems will lose their power in your life. Magnify your words and you will minimise your problems. Words are powerful, they have creative power in them. The power of life and death is in the tongue. Jesus said, ‘If you speak to the mountain to be removed, it will be’. Too often we complain about the mountain, we spend inordinate time defining the mountain, we take pictures of the mountain to show our friends but Jesus said, ‘Speak to the mountain’. Nothing moves until you speak to it. Your future is in your mouth!
Here are the top 5 trends that will define our culture’s future more than any other:
- Speed – Life is getting quicker and quicker and it’s only going to increase in momentum. The blinding rate of change will touch every aspect of your life.
- Complexity – Life is becoming increasingly complex and multi-dimensional. The complexity of life will impact every sphere of society including your personal life.
- Risk – As much as we seek safety and security, life in the future will involve greater risk. We will all be exposed to new risk and higher risks.
- Change – If you don’t adapt quickly to an ever-changing environment you will simply be overwhelmed by the force of change. You need to embrace flexibility.
- Surprise – Life is full of surprises and they will come almost daily in the future. Your sense of logic and process will be interrupted by sudden-lies.
How do we respond to the interplay of these challenging dynamics in our lives? I think it’s so important to be informed and forewarned. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. If you know something is coming your way, you can better anticipate it and prepare for it.
I think it’s important that we place our faith in what will stand strong in the midst of the cultural upheaval that is happening around us. Jesus said, ‘In this world you will have tribulation but take heart I have overcome the world.’ Faith in Jesus is going to be an even bigger issue in the future as cultural super-shifts test our anxiety levels and undermine our shallow values.
The future is fast approaching and the church needs to be prepared for it. A new wineskin is needed for the new wine that God wants to pour through the church to meet the needs that will surface as a result of the massive forces that will shape our world.
Isaiah 43:18-19 ‘Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing. Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it.’
Too many of us give too much power to our past and not enough power to our present. Past failures and past successes don’t have to dictate your present reality. If you give too much weight to what God did or didn’t do in the past, you’ll miss what he wants to do in the present.
There’s a reason why your rear view mirror is smaller than your front windscreen. Where you are heading is more important than where you’ve been. If you linger too long on where you’ve been, you’ll crash and miss the turn off to the direction God wants you to head in.
An interesting fact to consider is that when you look up into the sky at night at all of the beautiful stars, you are actually looking at the past. You see, most of the stars in the sky have already died and you are simply looking at the afterglow of them. Too often we look at the past with stars in our eyes and miss what God is wanting to do in our lives right now.
As you head into 2013, I want to encourage you to learn from the past, get healing from the past and celebrate the past but honour what God is doing right now in your life.
Isaiah 43:19 ‘Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it.’
Some words we receive from God are about healing us from our past. Some words we receive are about preparing us for the future. But we need to know how to receive and possess the NOW word of God for our lives.
The problem is we’ve become so accustomed to reminiscing on the past or waiting for the future that we have forgotten how to possess what God is doing in our present.
When God speaks, stuff happens. One word from God can change everything in our lives. When God’s ready to move in your life, he opens his mouth and declares it through the spoken word. God calls those things that are not as if they were.
Gods word makes a way, where there is no way. When Israel were facing the Red Sea with the Egyptian army bearing down on them, their only choice was to partner with the word of God and lift up the rod of authority and speak to the sea to MOVE! God’s given us a rod of authority. It’s called the sword of the Spirit and with it we can open our mouths and speak to mountains to be removed.
Gods plan will be established despite mans agenda. The heart of man plans his way but the Lord orders his steps. We must have a flexible heart thats sensitive to God’s Spirit. he who is flexible will not be broken. Time with God in prayer is where God performs spiritual surgery on our hearts and reveals his thoughts and ways that are contrary to ours.
God is doing a NEW thing. God’s into new songs, new moves of His Spirit and making new creations BUT he won’t do a new thing through an old mindset. Mt 9:17 New wine is not put into old wineskins. New wine is put into new wineskins.
Embracing the NEW requires letting go of the old. There’s a reason why your rear view mirror is smaller than your front windscreen. Where you’re going is more important than where you’ve been. Too many people crash in life because they refuse to stop looking at their lives through the rear view mirror.
Embracing the new requires seizing the NOW word of God. God wants to do something in your life NOW. God’s been at work in your past. He’ll be there in your future but he’s at work right NOW. Discern the season you are in and suck the life out of it. God’s kairos is that God appointed window of opportunity when His call goes out to those who will discern and seize what God is saying. Seize God’s kairos in your life and watch God move powerfully on your behalf.
Matthew 6:34 ‘Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.’
Every single one of us have been given 24hrs each day. Whether you are the US president, a pastor, a police officer or a patient mother, we all have only 24hrs to fill. What are you doing with your 24hrs?
A lot can be accomplished or very little can be accomplished, it’s all in how you approach each day. Everyday I look for a few key things because I’ve discovered that everyday has something for me to grow in or discover that I wasn’t previously aware of.
Everyday I look for the God encounter. I want to meet with God daily and have him ‘wow’ me again in some area of my life and ministry. I want to live life with an ethos of amazement. I’m intentional about this and so I carve out specific time to meet with him. Out of the overflow of my intimacy with him, he amazes me in both small and great ways throughout the rest of the day.
Everyday I look for something to grow in. Life never ceases to provide opportunities for all of us to grow in some way or another. I want to take something away from each day that adds value to my world and that enhances my personal growth.
Everyday I look for God’s purpose. At the end of my day, I want to know for what purpose did I breathe today. Was it simply to relax and enjoy my family or was it to accomplish something in my ministry? Everyday has purpose written all over it. You just need to stop and reflect on what purpose each day is for.
As you navigate each day with God, you can see God weaving together his master plan in your life and positioning you where he wants you to be and what he wants you to do. Don’t get caught up so much in tomorrow that you miss today. Seize the day you are in and suck as much out of it as God will allow you to.