Focus On The One Thing!

one-300x300What is the one thing, this year, that if you focused on it would add more value to your life or work than anything else? For some of you the answer to this question will come quickly to your mind. For others of you, you may have to probe a little deeper.

Whether the answer comes quickly or slowly, it is well worth the investment of your time. I’m in a rare and privileged position this year to spend my time purely on that which is in the bullseye of my gift mix and life calling. I have time to pray, study, preach, mentor, pray some more, prophesy, write, talk, spend time with my family and do all the other things that God will require of me as his servant and friend. I have never been presented with such options and yet I feel I am more accountable to God to be a good steward of that which he has entrusted to me.

If you had an inordinate amount of free time available to you this year, how would you spend it and what would you do? Some may say, ‘I would go to the beach everyday’ (not in Melbourne). You might say, ‘I would spend it with friends’ (they’ll be at work though). You might want to invest your time at the gym or at your local church. Seriously think about what you would do.

I think there should be a direct correlation between the one thing that would add the most value to your life and your use of time. Focus more of your time and energy on the ONE THING that will add the most value to your life and work. Very few people spend their time doing what they don’t want to do. We all seem to find a way to do what we really want to do.

Don’t waste 2013 on lesser priorities. Find the ONE THING and focus on it and watch what happens to you and all around you. Increase and opportunity abounds. You just have to position yourself for it.

1 Cor 9:24 ‘Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.’

The Oracle! 

Weekly Wrap Up!

book of the week

Michael Eaton has written an insightful book titled, ‘The Gift of Prophetic Preaching’. This book is unique in that it differentiates prophetic preaching from biblical teaching and lecturing. The author explores the characteristics of the gift in practical operation and highlights the important partnership between anointing and a thorough grasp of the bible.

quote of the week

Pray and let God worry. (Martin Luther)

moment of the week

I had the privilege of preaching at Compass Church in Melbourne last Sunday and observed a sick lady being healed and delivered by the power of the Holy Spirit as I prophesied over her. She walked in sick, she walked out fully alive.

news of the week

Prince Harry’s recent antics in Las Vegas show us that no matter who you are, be sure your sins will find you out. Keep your clothes on, unless you are married… and behind closed doors.

The Oracle!

Weekly Wrap Up!

book of the week

Affluenza is a fantastic book written by Clive Hamilton and Richard Denniss on the issue of when too much is never enough. Its written for an Australian context and offers key insight into current economic trends and issues facing contemporary Australia.

quote of the week

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. (Will Smith)

moment of the week

Last weekend was a BIG one for Gods kingdom. I preached Friday night at a Youth Alive event and 48 young people were saved and Sunday night at Activate Church with Johnny Lee Clary speaking, 39 people got saved. Praise God!

news of the week

Awaken Church Planters Conference Sep 14-15 2012 is fast approaching and our special guest speakers are Gerard Keehan (Global Heart Church), Richard Kobakian (Lifehouse Church), Guy Mason (City on a Hill) and I. Awaken conference is for local church leaders, church planters and their teams and potential leaders as well. Details out shortly. We would love to host you in Melbourne, Australia.

Lets Talk About Sex!

(Read 1 Corinthians 6:12-7:5 for context)

Corinth was a city, not unlike Melbourne in that it was the epi-centre of everything cool, cultural and sexual. Recently, I came across a stat that said there are more brothels in Melbourne than McDonald restaurants. This is indicative of the sexualisation of our culture and its idolatry of it.

In v12 Paul is quoting what the Corinthians would say when arguing for freedom of sexual expression. Just because it seems like everyone is doing it, doesn’t mean it’s right or even helpful. The stats tell us that 86% of men and 83% of women believe sex before marriage is ok. Society says, “We are 2 consenting adults and we live together and we’re married in our hearts. So whats the problem?”

The problem is we are approaching our bodies, sexuality and relationships from a fallen and misinformed perspective, rather than Gods perspective. Gods standards are higher than the culture around us.

V12 asks us to consider 3 questions when thinking about sex:

  1. Is it Lawful? Does the sexual act violate Gods laws and societies laws?
  2. Is it helpful? Does the sexual act pull a marriage together or apart?
  3. Is it enslaving? Does the sexual act promote obsessive, unhealthy behavior?

Grace! (More to come this week)