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!

What Legacy Are You Leaving Behind?

This thought has gripped me the past few hours, ‘What legacy am I going to leave my kids?’ As I pondered this question, I thought about the legacy my parents have passed onto me. Here is a list of things:

  • A faithful marriage that endured the storms of life
  • Personal relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Life must include the fun factor
  • Passion for Gods presence
  • Commitment to the local church
  • Love for the Bible
  • Ability to preach
  • Ability to connect with people
  • Faith in God’s sufficiency
  • Love people not based on performance

Wow! As I pondered this list, gratitude filled my heart and made me appreciate my parents  investment into my life. I love them loads. I realised that much of the same list of qualities my parents have passed onto me would be what I want to pass onto my kids. I have added a couple of things to my own list but it does show you the impact your upbringing can have on you.

Proverbs 13:22 ‘A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.’

We carry into our own parenting what our parents have instilled within us. Being a parent is one of the most sacred responsibilities God could entrust to someone. I pray everyday that God would make me an honourable father to my 3 kids. I love them so much.

So, it’s time for you to do some thinking and write down your own list. What legacy was passed onto you and what legacy do you want to pass onto your kids or the people closest to you?

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!

Don’t Make Snap Decisions!

My personality type loves to make decisions quickly. Once I get the information I tend to move very quickly and not hesitate. However, the bigger the decision the more time you need to process and specifically pray into it. I am amazed at how flippant some people are with making major life decisions at the turn of a dime. It tells me a few things. One, they weren’t that committed to their original course of action in the first place. Two, they really haven’t sufficiently processed all the key issues at hand and three, they haven’t adequately prayed into God’s heart for their situation.

Some decisions in life can be made quite quickly, others need the course of time to be outworked. There’s a big difference between turning a Ferrari performance vehicle around a corner and turning an 18 wheeler mac truck around a corner. One can be done quickly, the other needs to be anticipated and planned for.

At every major juncture of my life I have spent considerable time, praying and gathering the necessary data required to turn the corner into the next season God has been leading me into. There is always more at stake for yourself and others than what most of us give credit for. God is strategic. he’s not flippant, impetuous or anxious. He never makes a decision out of a sense of pressure or impatience. So why should you and I? Keep in mind that what may seem planned and prepared from your perspective may seem quite risky and impetuous from someone else’s perspective. So don’t base all of your processing on the opinions of others. But that doesn’t discount the fact that you need to listen to the advice of others.

I can’t over emphasise the importance of saturating your decision-making in prayer. I have taken out massive chunks of time to spend hours in prayer for weeks, if not months on end before a major decision. Every major decision has been birthed in prayer and sustained by prayer. Because of my commitment to this process I have seen great fruit come out of my decisions. My flesh hasn’t always wanted to slow down and pray it through but my spirit has thanked me for it. There is a lot of wisdom in taking the time to hear God, hear others and your own heart. Prayer is the vital link between heaven and earth and God’s will and your will. Listen, from experience, prayer really works. God really does lead you and great outcomes are a result.

The Oracle!

The Source of Your Confidence!

Pop Culture promotes the idea that we are to have self-confidence. Self-confidence is a good quality to have but eventually we all let ourselves down at some point. People who only have self-confidence are doomed to hit rock bottom because none of us are self-saviours. We are all in desperate need of someone external to us to save us from ourselves, hence why Jesus lived, died on the cross and rose from the dead.

I am growing in confidence. I feel it developing everyday. God spoke to my heart recently about building a stronghold of confidence in my heart. The more I spend time with Jesus and discover more of who He is, the more He helps me discover more of who I am in Him. There is nothing so freeing like knowing who you are in God and being comfortable to be the best version of you God has called you to be.

The first step to greater confidence is not an evaluation of your talents or abilities but a revelation of God. As you grow in your awareness and insight into who God is, He gives you a revelation of who you are. Without a sure conviction of who you are in Christ, you are destined to come unstuck.

Regardless of the circumstances around me, I belong to Christ and I am seated with him in heavenly places. My worth and value is not determined by my efforts but by His love and grace lavishly extended to me. I am redeemed from the poison of sin and forcefully taken from the hands of the enemy. I am blessed and have access to every spiritual blessing in heaven. I have been chosen before the foundation of the world. I have an eternal inheritance and I am sealed by the power of the promised Holy Spirit. I belong to God and He is my Abba father. (Ephesians 1:1-14)

My confidence comes from knowing God is my Father and He delights in me as His son. Many of us struggle with real feelings of insecurity, unworthiness and condemnation, despising ourselves and skeptical of anything to do with God. I know what that feels like cause I lived in that place for a long time. But I have been set free by Jesus and when you know the truth, the truth shall set you free.

Where does your confidence come from? Have you based it entirely on your self, your bank account, your job, your contacts, your image, your reputation, your talents and your experiences? Anything other than a revelation of God as your Father is destined to crumble. The things of this world are temporal and passing away. The kingdom of God is a kingdom that cannot be shaken and will last for eternity.

The Oracle!

From Relationship to Revelation!

Your relationship with God will determine your revelation of God. I used to think it was the other way round but walking with God is a journey of progressive revelation. I know more about God today than I did last year and if I prioritize my relationship with him, I will know more about him next year than I do today.

The greater your revelation of God’s nature and character, the greater your level of trust in him. One of the reasons why we struggle at times to live by what he says is because we don’t really trust in who he is. Our hearts, by default, are distrusting of anyone, let alone God. What God does is take us on a journey through life to teach us his character can be trusted.

Proverbs 3:5-6 ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.’

I love this verse but I also despise it and if you were honest, you do to. Why? Because not one person on the planet I know really wants to not lean on their own understanding. We humans are curious creatures. We want to understand, we want to control the outcome, we want to have our minds wrapped around everything so that we can get a handle on it. But following Jesus is sometimes a paradoxical mystery and the reality is we must be willing to embrace faith in God without fully understanding why it doesn’t always add up on paper.

I’ve found trusting God easier, the more I abide in his presence. God’s presence brings trust because God is trustworthy. Before I make a significant decision in life, I spend a lot of time in his presence. Trust isn’t something I cultivate, It’s already built into God’s nature. God is faith personified, it’s already in his nature to believe. God’s a believer. God never wakes up one morning and says, ‘I’m not sure I created the world as I should have. maybe I should have created it in 9 days with an extra day of rest, then 6 days with the 7th…’ God never second guesses himself or gets anxious. He is pure confidence, faith, trust and belief all wrapped into one because he is God.

The more I abide in him, the more trust becomes my nature and ultimately my lifestyle. What are you feeling anxious about? Don’t be anxious any longer, throw yourself at God and wait on him. As you worship him, pray through your anxieties and wait on him, faith will rise in you and trusting him will become more and more your primary response to what life throws your way.

The Oracle!

Honouring the Anointing!

Matthew 13:57 ‘And they took offence at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honour, except in his hometown and in his own household.” And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.’

Jesus arrived at his hometown, Nazareth, to minister to them but they didn’t receive his ministry or honour the anointing on Jesus’ life because they couldn’t get past the fact that he was raised amongst them and yet possessed such a powerful anointing.

The result was offence and hardly any effective ministry took place in Jesus’ hometown. What a tragedy! Jesus marvelled at their lack of honour and unbelief. You know it’s serious when Jesus starts to marvel at your unbelief.

A lack of honour for the anointing of the Spirit on Jesus restricted the power of God from moving freely in Nazareth. There was not only a lack of honour for Jesus but also for the message he came to declare and the anointing he carried to the people (Isaiah 61:1-4).

If a lack of honour hampered Jesus flow in the anointing while he walked the earth, why do we get amazed to find that a similar lack of honour restricts the anointing in our present day ministries and churches? It’s never been about just honouring people for their sake alone but honouring the Spirit of God’s grace, call and anointing upon people’s lives.

What we honour determines the reward we will receive. Matthew 10:41 ‘The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward.’

I’ve observed the reality of this revelation in action when I preach in different church atmospheres. Where I am received as a prophetic ministry, I find great freedom to flow in the anointing of the Holy Spirit through preaching, prophecy, words of knowledge and miracles. But where I’m not received, its like chewing concrete, painful to say the least.

It takes real security in one’s self, humility and discernment to honour the anointing upon someone’s ministry. In other words, it takes spiritual maturity. When you open your heart to honour the anointing, you will receive a mighty reward from that ministry. Let’s not be hard-hearted like Jesus’ hometown but lets appreciate the different grace God extends to individuals and when they come to minister to us, honour the anointing upon their lives. It will be well worth it.

The Oracle!