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!

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!

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!

The Gift of Prophecy!

I bumped into the prophetic ministry the first time I preached as a teenager. During and after my message, God showed up and revealed himself powerfully through the prophetic word with dramatic results. For me prophecy is very intuitive and for many years, I just had the ignorance and the boldness to share with people what I saw and heard God saying. Since those early days I have grown in my understanding and maturity in operating in the Spirit of prophecy.

Prophecy is a gift, not an award. The Holy Spirit distributes individually as he wills, not as we earn (1 Cor 12:11). The fruit of the Spirit is evidence of our spiritual maturity. The gifts of the Spirit are evidence of God’s grace lavished upon us.

Prophecy is to be earnestly desired. Paul exhorts us, ‘Earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy’ (1 Cor 14:1). Anyone who is saved and baptised in the Spirit can receive grace to prophesy.

The purpose of prophecy is to encourage the church. ‘The one who prophesies speaks to people for their edification, encouragement and comfort’ (1 Cor 14:3). Edification means to build up. Exhortation means to call near. Comfort means to cheer up. We’ve got to prophesy the answer, not the problem.

Prophecy is both foretelling and forth telling. Foretelling is to know the future  as in Acts 11:28 when Agabus prophesied a famine before it actually happened. Forth telling is to cause the future as in Ezekiel 37 when the prophet prophesied to the dry bones and a creative miracle took place. Prophecy has power within it to create that which has been declared. A word of knowledge is not the same as a prophecy as it is a revelation of supernatural knowledge about the past, or present or an unknown fact.

Prophecy reveals God’s heart and mind. Prophets are known as God’s friends because God shares his secrets with them. Prophets are associates of God, an active extension of Yahweh himself. Too many people look for a word from God, rather than a relationship. Look for a relationship with God and the word will take care of itself.

3 parts to Prophecy = Revelation is the first part. God’s revelation comes through a variety of ways (dream, vision, words, angels, creation, scripture, tongues, impression). Interpretation is the second part and is often the part that the prophesier won’t always get. The last part is the application, so what? What is the person to do with what they have received.

Revelation 19:10 The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy.

The Oracle!