Something Greater than Silver and Gold

Numbers 24:12-13 And Balaam said to Balak, “Did I not tell your messengers whom you sent to me, ‘If Balak should give me his house full of silver and gold, I would not be able to go beyond the word of the Lord, to do either good or bad of my own will. What the Lord speaks, that will I speak’?

In Israel’s journey through the wilderness, Balaam the prophet was asked to prophesy a curse against Israel by Balak, the king of Moab because the king feared God’s people. The king believed that Balaam’s prophetic declarations had power to change natural circumstances and if Balaam would prophesy destruction against Israel, it would come to pass. The king offered riches to Balaam to prophesy a curse and the context of the story suggests Balaam wrestled with the request in his heart. However, for Balaam, silver and gold wasn’t as important as obeying and honouring God’s will both for his own life and for Israel. Everyone of us will face moments in our lives where we will have to decide between following our will or God’s will. Temptations will come to compromise on the conviction of God’s will in our own hearts. There is something greater than silver and gold and more important than satisfying the desires of our own will and that is living in the centre of God’s will for our lives. I want to encourage you, no matter what the temptation, the next time you wrestle between obeying God’s will or following your own will, stay true to what God is calling you to do and let God take care of your rewards. Selah!

What’s your One Big Thing? 

Philippians 3:13 “But one thing I do..”

The most common question i get asked when I travel and speak is “What’s God’s will for my life?” This is asked in a variety of ways but essentially comes back to this underlying wrestle in our hearts, “What on earth am I here for?” God has created you for a singular purpose. You can have many hobbies and interests but you can only have one purpose. You can be gifted and skilled in many areas but God has created to fulfil a specific calling. The Book of Proverbs tells us, “Everything is made for a purpose.” My one big thing is to inspire the global church to fulfil its calling on planet earth. What’s your OBT..? I encourage you and challenge you to discover, develop and direct your time, energy and abilities towards knowing and doing your One Big Thing as if your life depended on it.. because it actually does. Explosive Insights!

Don’t be Anxious about the Future!

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!

Logos & Rhema!

Ezekiel 7:26 “They seek a vision from the prophet, while the law perishes from the priest and counsel from the elders.”

In the bible we have two ways that scripture is revealed to us. The Logos word is Gods word revealed through the written text. Line upon line, precept upon precept. The Rhema word is Gods inspired word, quickened to our hearts in a momentary encounter with the Holy Spirit, as we read the bible. Rhema has a prophetic nature to it. While God delights to quicken his Rhema word to us, unfortunately many of us are waiting for Gods prophetic word, whilst neglecting Gods logos word that is available to us everyday. Israel were guilty of the same thing, they neglected to hear the instruction of the law and the counsel from the elders overseeing them for the rush of the prophetic insight available to them through Gods mouthpieces. We need both Gods Logos and Rhema word in our lives. We live off the Logos and every now and then we encounter the Rhema. Don’t neglect one for the other. 

Even the Great Ones Struggle!

1 Kings 19: 3 ‘Then he was afraid, and he arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.’

Elijah is one the great men of God in history and one of the greatest prophets that ever walked the planet. He operated in such a high level anointing and saw many mighty miracles unfold in his generation. He was a man who had angels appear to him. He called down fire from heaven. He prayed and the rain stopped for 3 years. He prayed again and the rain started. His anointing enabled him to outrun a chariot. His cloak parted the waters and a heavenly chariot of horses swept him up and transported him to heaven. The dude had some serious game and he walked a higher path, and yet…

Elijah still struggled with fear and fatigue. In fact his fatigue post Mt Carmel caused him to behave in the most uncanny and uncharacteristic way. He made a mockery of the false gods of Baal. He slaughtered Baal’s false prophets. He challenged the people of Israel to stop vacillating between 2 opinions and take ownership of their faith in God. And yet…

When Queen Jezebel heard the report from her intimidated husband, Ahab, she sent Elijah a death threat and he ran for his life. Why? Cause even the great ones struggle.

Elijah ran off into the wilderness, left his servant behind, slept under a broom tree and pleaded with God to kill him. Fatigue in life and ministry will make you do weird and wacky things. When you are tired, you respond out of character to whom God has called and anointed you to be.

Elijah perceived that he was the only one standing for God and yet his own gross over-estimation of himself blinded him to those whom God had established as a remnant amongst his people. His moment of weakness caused him to see his own pride and comparison to his forefathers. The real issue was he was tired and his weariness caused him to run away in fear.

Someone reading this wants to run away from the frontline of what God has called you to. You are weary and fatigued and you are considering a course of action that will prove catastrophic to God’s purposes in your life. Don’t run away from the battle. Seek rest and refreshment in the presence of God but don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. God’s bigger than the threats coming against you and can help you see through the obstacles that stand in your way. Recognize your state for what it is and don’t fall prey to the lies and deception of the enemy. God is with you and just like Elijah experienced, He will sustain you miraculously.

The Oracle!

The Greatest Revelation!

Mt 22:37 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind.

Prophecy is a revelation of God’s heart and mind. The OT prophets became the message before they delivered the message. On the revelation of the OT prophets and the Law depends the greatest revelation God could ever give to us.

We often hear about how much God loves us and for good reason. Our flesh and the enemy of our souls tries to pull us away from this profound and central truth but there is no greater revelation and commandment than God’s call to us to love him with all of our heart, soul and mind.

The sort of love God is calling us to is characterised by sacrifice. Jesus said, ‘Whoever would save his life will lose it but whoever loses his life will save it.’ True love is demonstrated by what you are willing to give up for it. Every time God’s called me to embrace something, he’s asked me to let go of something else. You can’t go up in God, if you don’t give up something.

The greatest act of love is what Jesus did for us on the cross. Jesus left heaven. The word became flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus lived a sinless life. He was persecuted even though he was innocent and he was ultimately killed for his obedience to his Father.

The tragedy is in the last days the love of many will grow cold. Our affections have become more for this temporary world than for eternal things. The western church says, ‘What’s the least I can do and still follow Jesus?’ It doesn’t work like that. That’s an oxymoron.

Following Jesus requires everything. Empowerment comes from dependence upon him. Dependance comes from attempting that which only the Holy Spirit can achieve. The more out of depth you are, the more dependant you are and the more dependant you are, the more empowered you are.

You can’t clock on and clock off with God. You’re either all in or you are taking up space. God wants to be God alone in your life. It’s not God and my career or God and my hobbies or God and my house. It’s just God.. period. He’s a jealous God and he wants you and the affections of your heart.

All the Law and the Prophets depend on this one primary thing = Love God with all of your heart, soul, strength and mind. This speaks of whole-hearted devotion. How much we love God will be determined by our level of sacrifice, the affections of our heart, the passion of our soul and the content of our thinking.

The Oracle!

What Time Is It?

Ecclesiastes 3:1 ‘For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.’

God has ordained a time and a season for everything. There are seasons in the natural and the spiritual. Each season carries value and purpose. Winter seasons are about what’s happening under the surface, rather than what’s above the surface. Are you as animated and engaged in the winter seasons of life as you are in the summer seasons?

It’s so important to discern and identify the season you’re in. You’ve got to align the right expectations for the season you’re in right now, not the season to come. When I was a ministry intern, my church launched their first leadership conference. I was asked to speak at a breakout session and I wanted to sell some tape recordings (yes, a long time ago) of my sermons but my Youth Pastor at the time commented, ‘This isn’t your season to sell sermon tapes’. I was cut at the time but thank God now. I didn’t know back then, what I know now.

A lot of us are trying to do more than the season we are actually in. Every season carries certain restrictions. Too many of us over-project what we can do in 1 season and under project what we can do in multiple seasons. Paul said, ‘I have learned in whatever situation I’m in to be content. I’ve learned the secret… I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ (Phil 4:10-13). It’s your contentment in the season you’re in that determines people’s attraction to you.

There are 2 dimensions of time God has ordained: ‘Chronos’ and ‘Kairos’. Chronos time is the ticking of the clock and the turning of the calendar. Kairos time is the God appointed window of opportunity that you must see and seize if you’re gonna possess what God has for you in the season you find yourself in.

We know God is sovereign over the affairs of men and we often pray for God to sovereignly move on our behalf. He can and does but if God only ever moved sovereignly in our lives and ministries and never involved us in the process of what He’s doing, we would never learn his character, his heart and his ways. God wants a relationship with you, not a robotic automaton. When God includes us in the principle of what he’s doing and how he operates, we learn far more than if he just did it without us.

God is a God of seasons. Every season in God has a purpose and if you can discern the season God has you in, align your expectations accordingly and act in alignment with what God’s revealing to you now, you will not only maximise the present time but be prepared for the season to come.

The Oracle!