Sign Posts!

decisions“You will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.” (Isa 30:21)

Contrary to popular opinion, God’s Spirit is communicating far more to us than we care to acknowledge. He’s at work far more than we care to notice. God doesn’t leave himself without a witness. He uses any and many means to inform the paths we should take but we have to pay attention to the signposts he positions for us along the path of our life’s journey. God’s always speaking, it’s whether we are listening. God’s always revealing, it’s whether we are seeing. Just as a freeway has signposts directing you from where you are to where you want to be, God gives us signposts to help guide you from where you are to where you want to be. His signposts range from people we bump into, to the circumstances we face, to the opportunities before us, to the words we receive, to the impressions in our hearts and everything in between. What are the signposts God maybe using to lead you right now in your life? Pay attention and you’ll get to your destination!

One Season Ends, Another One Begins!

cropped-dsc_4184.jpgMy family and I are on the precipice of a whole new season of ministry. This Sunday we have our farewell service as we celebrate seven fruitful years of ministry as the founders and pastors of Activate Church.

Lots of memories, emotions and thoughts fill our minds and hearts as we have navigated the decision to answer God’s call to step into a full-time itinerant preaching and prophetic ministry. Stepping out in faith into this new venture has meant that we have had to let go of the privilege of leading Activate Church into the future.

It was in May 2012 that God spoke, definitely, into my spirit at Lilydale Lake, that 2012 was to be my last year as the senior pastor of Activate Church. Since that time God has confirmed over and over again in numerous ways his hearts intention for us and our future. We have wrestled, cried, shared and prayed our way through this process but have seen God’s hand of provision, peace and power make a way both for us and the church.

We are excited to be commissioning Ps Ben and Sarah Fagerland as the new senior pastor of Activate Church in just over a weeks time. This will be a great time of passing the baton to my spiritual son, whom has served God, me and the church so faithfully over these last 4 years.

But for the next 24hrs it’s about honouring what God has done in the past and recognising the labor of love my wife and I have embraced in establishing Activate Church. Activate Church will always be a community of faith we speak into, pray for and cheer on as it moves forward and grows into its future destiny, under new leadership.

As for us, we are embracing a new assignment of preaching, writing, mentoring and ministering prophetically across Australia and overseas. Following Jesus is never static, it’s always dynamic. To go up into the call of God, you must first give up that which God has released you from. It’s not easy but it’s necessary. Please partner with us in prayer for our future ministry and Activate Church as we all transition into a new season of life.

Philippians 3:13-14 ‘But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. I press on toward the goal of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.’

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!


The Portal of God’s Power!

James 5:16 ‘The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.’

Prayer is the ancient art form of worship that every human being has been hardwired up to engage in. My parents gave me a great example of an active prayer life throughout my entire upbringing. David Yonggi Cho’s best selling book, ‘Prayer that brings revival’ left an indelible mark on me and my relationship with God. I had a mentor, Mike Grechko, who encouraged me to get up every morning and pray for an hour and read God’s Word for an hour everyday. His challenge shot straight into my heart and has largely shaped my devotional life to this day. What is prayer?

Prayer is 2 way communication with God. It’s a dialogue, not a monologue. Prayer is our opportunity to pour out our hearts toward God and Him pour into us. Prayer is the posture of divine exchange and the birthing position for breakthrough in our lives. Prayer brings to the surface what lies in the depths of our hearts. Prayer is the chief mechanism of relational transactions with God.

Prayer is the portal of God’s power. A portal is a doorway, a gate or an entrance that makes a way into another realm. A portal literally means, ‘gate of the palace’. Prayer is the gateway into the palace of God’s presence, provision and peace.

Prayer is relevant to every dimension of life. Whether you are experiencing suffering, sickness, success or a stretching situation, PRAY. Don’t compartmentalise prayer to one dimension of your life. Jesus said, ‘My Father’s house shall be called a house of prayer for all people’ (Mk 11:17). The whole of God’s house is is to be saturated by prayer, not just one of the rooms in the house. Prayer isn’t an event, it’s a lifestyle. Paul said, ‘Pray without ceasing.’ We need to cultivate an attitude and a spirit of prayer, not just a daily appointment with God.

Righteousness empowers our prayers to be effective. Sin separates us from God but God’s righteousness given to us through Jesus Christ rightly positions us as justified in Christ. Righteousness is a position we’re called into, not a performance we have to labor for. We are the righteousness of God and thus we can boldly pray in faith, expecting Gods ears to be open to the prayers on our lips. We have access to God’s throne room through prayer and we are to boldly enter in. Prayer has a capacity to work all by itself.

You don’t have to be superman for your prayers to be effective. Prophet Elijah was a man with a nature like ours and yet through his fervent prayer, the natural order of things was broken and miraculous intervention to the extreme became a reality. Fervent prayer cracks the code of the impossible. Stop waiting for superman to turn up and start use the portal to God’s power working in your life = Pray!

The Oracle!

Build an ethos of amazement!

When was the last time you were truly amazed?

The truth is, we don’t look hard enough for the amazing in everyday life. Too often we are content for the routine, rather than hungering for the mystery of God in everyday life. Life can get routine but it needs to be punctuated with shots of amazement from the presence of God.

God does amazing very well. He parted oceans, turned bitter waters into sweet, stopped the sun, shut the mouths of lions, raised the dead, opened blind eyes and revealed the secrets of people’s hearts.

It seems like this sort of amazing only happens when we watch an enthralling movie but walking with God should include moments of ecstasy where heaven makes contact with earth. To embrace an ethos of amazement in life we need to practice the presence of God each day (John 15:7) but we also need to make ourselves available for the mysteries of God to break into the mundane-ness of everyday routines. This dynamic of amazement shouldn’t just be expected in eternity but right now. Praying, ‘Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven’, is a call to live with an ethos of amazement right now.

I pray with the apostle that God would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your heart enlightened, that you may know the hope to which you are called and the immeasurable greatness of his power (Eph 1:17-18). This is a pivotal key to living in the amazing of God!

Faith and Patience!

Hebrews 6:12 ‘Through faith and patience we inherit the promises of God.’

We live in an instant culture – people want instant muscles, wealth, success, love and satisfaction. So much so that if we don’t get what we want instantly, we move on very quickly to something else that we can get our hands on. Problem is, life isn’t instant, nor an event or destination but a process, a journey, a story. Life unfolds incrementally not as one complete package.

Prophecy plays a pivotal role in our lives to reveal Gods promised intent for our future. However, we need to partner with the prophetic and in between the promise and the fulfilment, we must prepare. Both the Holy Spirit and Satan is involved in the process. The former to equip and position us, the latter to resist and destroy us and God’s purposes for us.

There are 2 fundamental keys to fulfilling the promise of God in your life. Many of us have heard about the importance of faith but not enough of us have heard about its twin partner = patience. Faith must be partnered with patience for the promise to be realised.

Patience perseveres with the confidence faith provides (Hebrews 10:35-36). When we refuse to be patient, we damage our confidence and delay or even possibly abort the promises of God. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit, whereas impatience is a fruit of the flesh and one that the enemy can use to destroy us and others around us.

Faith possesses the promise of God in our spirits now but patience matched with faith possesses the promise of God in our reality in the future. Faith and patience looks like actively waiting on God (Isa 40:31) but it also looks like praising and thanking God in the meantime (Hab 3:17-18).

What promise have you received from God that you have either let go of or are struggling to believe in? Don’t lose heart. Partner your faith with patience and you will possess the promises of God.

Grace!

Vision!

Henry Taylor once said, “We are what and where we are, because we have first imagined it. Imagination lit every lamp, built every church, made every discovery, performed every act of progress and created better things for people. Imagination is the priceless ingredient for a better day.”

Everyone of us ends up somewhere but few of us end up somewhere on purpose.Unfortunately, too many of us aim far too low, end up hitting the target and wonder why life feels empty. Living life and conducting ministry with Godly vision is critical to our survival (Prov 29:18) and without vision for our future, we will keep repeating our past.

There were 4 characters in the bible (Abraham Gen 11; Joseph Gen 37; Moses Exodus 3; Peter Acts 10) who received Godly vision for their lives. What I’ve learnt about vision from their stories is:

  1. Godly vision flows out of a God-encounter – It’s not a childhood dream or fantasy…
  2. Godly vision establishes a new reality in our future – Vision acted upon will change your life…
  3. Godly vision is a revelation of what God wants to do on the earth – Keep God’s big picture in mind, not just you…
Vision is a clear and compelling God-given picture of the future. In Jesus life and ministry, vision played an important role. Vision gave Jesus focus when distractions hounded him to surrender his calling. Vision helped Jesus endure the shame of the cross. Vision inflamed Jesus heart with passion and gave us a picture of what is important in God’s house.
God’s got a unique journey for you and a unique vision for your journey. Maybe it’s time you got an upgrade on your vision and you need to seek God and ask him to download a fresh supply of vision into your heart and mind.
Insight!