Stay Flexible in 2013!

flexible-displayAccording to John 3:8 every believer is a child of the wind (symbol of the Holy Spirit). The wind blows where it wishes and you hear its sound. You don’t know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit of God. Jesus is saying, just as man cannot control what the wind does, so man cannot control what the Spirit does.

The Holy Spirit is a person of cosmic mystery that blows upon our lives in different seasons for different purposes. However, my observation of some believers are, the longer they are saved, the more inflexible they become. The opposite should be taking place, the longer we walk with God, the more flexible and pliable we should become. The more inflexible we become, the more we try to control the outcome in our own flesh.

Paul wrote to the church in Galatia, ‘O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by the works of the law, or by hearing with faith?’ (Gal 3:1,3,5)

How do believers become inflexible towards the blowing of the Spirit in their lives? We stop hearing by faith and start working by the flesh! One reason why we stop hearing by faith is because of a hard heart. A hard heart anaesthetises your capacity to discern what the Holy Spirit is saying and doing in your life. This is a dangerous place to be because your faith is weakened by what you cannot hear. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Rom 10:17).

We can develop a hard heart for lots of different reasons but the primary reason why believers develop a hard heart towards God is, ‘God didn’t do what I wanted him to do’. When God doesn’t perform for us the way we expected him to, we can develop a hard heart towards him which can lead to being defiled by bitterness (Heb 12:15).

God wants to blow his Spirit in your direction in 2013. He wants you to be a kite in his hurricane of favour, blessing and opportunity, as you go about his purpose for your life but you must allow him to soften your heart and you must guard your heart against bitterness because out of it flow the springs and issues of life.

2013 could be your best year yet but it won’t be dependant upon God, whether it is or not, it will be determined on your responsiveness to the blowing of the Holy Spirit in your life.

The Oracle!

A Kite in God’s Hurricane!

Recently, in the news we’ve all heard of the tragic events surrounding Hurricane Sandy which hit the northeastern coast of the United States. Over $20 billion worth of damage is estimated to have occurred and many lives have been lost. Don’t you think it’s odd that we name such cataclysmic events after lovely ladies names… like Sandy or Katrina or Cyclone Tracey. I know a Tracey and she is a lovely lady. Why don’t we call them ‘Hurricane Hitler’ or ‘Hurricane Lucifer’ or ‘Cyclone Frankenstein’? Just a thought!

No matter how sturdy or stable a house, boat or car looks pre-hurricance, if the hurricane winds are strong enough then the object will have no power over itself to determine where the wind blows it. There are massive implications in the spiritual dimensions of life as well.

One of the symbols of the Holy Spirit is Wind. All throughout Scripture we read of the wind of God’s Spirit blowing upon his people and world events (Ezekiel 37, Acts 2). John 3:8 says, ‘The wind blows where it wishes. You can hear its sound but you don’t know where it comes from or where its going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit of God.’

Believers are born of the Spirit of God and are children of the wind of God’s Spirit blowing upon people. I’ve observed, though, that after a number of years, some believers become very static and inflexible when it comes to the leading of the Holy Spirit in their lives. The opposite should be the case. The longer we walk with God, the more flexible, dynamic and passionate we should become as we anticipate the blowing of the Spirit in our lives.

Unfortunately, hard-heartedness anaesthetises us to the Spirit’s leading in our lives. A hard heart disguises itself in religious activity and piety (Pharisees) but really finds its seed in pride which leads to rebellion. Hebrews 3:7-8 says, ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts, as in the day of rebellion.’

What stirs God’s heart to blow a hurricane in our lives is a soft and broken heart before him. It’s not that God can’t blow upon a hard heart, he does all the time (after all, how could any of us be saved), it’s that he delights in blowing upon a soft heart. Psalm 51:17 says, ‘The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. A broken and contrite heart O God, you will not despise.’ Are you a bucking stallion that needs breaking or do you have a soft heart that the trainer (Holy Spirit) is able to bridle and ride into God’s purposes on?

The Oracle!

A Kite in God’s Hurricane!

John 3:8 ‘The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’

I have lived for many years with a high level of clarity on what goals I would like to achieve in my life. However, over the last 3 years I have become more and more relaxed about what I want to achieve and more and more focused on Jesus and what he wants me to do.

I have found that God has used key people and unique circumstances to help me release my grip on those things I once held so dear and close to my heart. The more I lose my life for God’s purposes, the more I seem to find God’s grace at work in my life. Often we hold so tightly onto things in life we deem to be important that we actually don’t realise the damage it’s causing us. Too many of us shape our identities on things (possessions, people, performance, career, image) rather than on our relationship with God.

There is freedom to be found in abandoning one’s self to God. He alone establishes our identity and sense of purpose in life. While he can and does use events, conversations and people to help shape us, the most important shaping comes from an intimate relationship with him.

In this season of self-abandonment I have found myself praying the boldest prayer I have ever prayed, ‘God make me a kite in your hurricane!’

Oh my gosh. I love this prayer. Every time I pray it, something wells up in my spirit and I’m filled with a sense of awe and amazement at the goodness and wonder of almighty God. God responded to me the first time I prayed it with, ‘Be very careful what you pray for, cause you might just get it.’ I don’t think we realise how seriously God takes our prayers. When I pray, ‘God make me a kite in your hurricane’, I’m saying to God,

“My life is yours. I present my body as a living sacrifice on your altar. Do with me and through me what you want. I don’t want to be on the outside looking in, I want to be in the epi-centre of the eye of the storm of what you are doing on planet earth. Blow my life in the direction you want me go. Blow in my life, like a hurricane. Let it be so shockingly obvious to the world, that you and you alone have done what you are doing in my life and ministry. Don’t bless what I’m doing, just connect me to what you’re doing, cause what you are doing is already blessed. I love you and I abandon myself to you. I don’t have an agenda anymore, other than to do what is on your heart and fulfil the purpose for which you created me. In Jesus mighty name, Amen.”

Where are you spiritually at today? Are you holding things so tightly to your heart that you would die, if they were taken from you? Or are you living with a sense of abandonment to God and his purposes in your life? I dare you to pray this audacious prayer, ‘God, make me a kite in your hurricane!’ Truth is, you better hold on cause he might just answer it.