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30May
Why did God choose me to lead?
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Have you ever wondered why you were called to lead those you’re leading? Particularly when it comes to the things of God?

Check out this scripture in 2 Chronicles 2:11

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Notice why God made Solomon king…because He (God) loves His people! God chose you to lead that department, that church, that connect group, those young people, because He loves them!!

You being a leader is not about you or even the people you lead! It’s all because God loves the people you lead that He chose you to lead them!

Our job as those leading God’s people is to love them because God loves them. This means you don’t need a reason from them in order for you to love them. This means we treat the people with great care. This means we seek their highest good in all things at all times. This means we put our trust in God to provide the wisdom, skill and resources to serve the people.

I pray you never lose sight of the fact that you are called to lead those people because of God’s love for them.

I pray you never fall into the temptation of being more concerned about yourself than you are about the people.

I pray you find the courage to trust that God’s love for you will protect, preserve and keep you as you serve God’s beloved with all you are.

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15May
Stop preparing to act. Just act!
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2 Kings 7:3 Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die? If we say, ‘We will enter the city,’ the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. Now therefore, come, let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they keep us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall only die.” 

There comes a point in your life when you will need to make a decision about your current state. We can’t afford to stay in a place of indecision or to live an un-examined life. These guys where stuck between a rock and a hard place, and they had to make a decision. Our decisions are the door way to our future. 

Unfortunately most of us don’t move because of the fear of the unknown. Forget the unknown for a second…what do you know? What do you know about going back? what do you know about staying where you are? what do you know about going forward? Often times, just like the lepers at the gate the only place where there is a possibility of the life you want is in going forward. 

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Yes there are so many unknowns in the future, but are you really ready to live with what you know about where you came from and where you presently are? See what happened when these guys decided to move in the direction of possibility: 

And they rose at twilight to go to the camp of the Syrians; and when they had come to the outskirts of the Syrian camp, to their surprise no one was there. For the Lord had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and the noise of horses—the noise of a great army; so they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians to attack us!” Therefore they arose and fled at twilight, and left the camp intact—their tents, their horses, and their donkeys—and they fled for their lives.

Notice that these guys made a decision to step out at TWILIGHT, when they honored that decision…when they showed enough commitment to the decision by actually stepping out, God caused the enemy to run out at TWILIGHT

When we choose to step out, when we stop preparing to act and taking courses about acting and praying about acting, God moves stuff around in our future. On the TWILIGHT that you choose to act on God’s Word in spite of the unknowns, God is disarming any enemy that might be in you place of blessing. 

I pray that you receive the grace to act now. I pray that you go far enough into the enemy territory to see that the victory that God has prepared for you. 

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26Apr
Secured By His Love
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We often believe that there is something we can do to ensure that our relationship with God is secure. This is why we often have a list of do’s and don’ts that we look to adhere to. In this message we look at the thing that secures the believer’s right standing before God: HIS LOVE. Check it out! Hope it blesses you.

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18Apr
IT MIGHT BE FRIDAY, BUT SUNDAY IS COMING
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I found this awesome video by Dr SM Lockeridge and I couldn’t wait to share it with you! check out the link below.

Can you imagine what it would have been like on that first Good Friday? The disciples would have been completely disheartened because it appeared that their hope, the one they believed would spear head the revolution was killed!

On that Good Friday, one man looked up at Jesus and said, ”

He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.

can you imagine being a disciple who has been preaching Jesus hearing that? After the events of that faithful Friday, they’d be struggling not to agree a with that statement!

Mary the mother of Jesus would have been completely heart broken as her son has just died a cruel death! And to to make things worse it now turns out that the relatives in from Nazareth, who reduced Jesus to an illegitimate son who thinks he is something when he isn’t might have been right about Him.

A lot of times when you look at the physical evidence in front of you, it looks different to what you expected God to do. Please remember if God said it He will do it! If your life looks like a really bad, Good Friday…don’t worry, SUNDAY IS COMING!!

Click the link below to watch that awesome video!

Sunday’s Comin – Dr SM Lockeridge

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07Apr
How to get promoted
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Getting promoted is not something that is set aside for others. It is literally within your grasp. The nature of the environment doesn’t even need to hinder your progress because your success is an inside job!

The story is told about a man called Daniel who was a prisoner of war and a slave. He was in a place where by virtue of the type of environment he was in, he was supposed to be one of those who should not be noticed.

He was not supposed to be someone who had anything to say about anything in this environment, because the facts & figures from the standards, stereotypes and statistics were stacked against him.

But Daniel was a man who had the Spirit of Excellence, and it was this spirit of excellence that caused the king to begin to plan things things for Him…

There is something about excellence that causes kings (people in authority) to find you out…you begin to register on the radar of those who can help you when you become excellent at what you do…

Please never forget that most of the time, opportunity watches you before opportunity shows up at your door. Kings watch you before kings speak to you.

In Daniel 6, the king first noticed Daniel, and based on His observation of the kind of person that Daniel was, He began to make plans for Daniel’s promotion.

Right now there is somebody making plans for your promotion because there is always room for you to be promoted, but the question still remains, what is it about me that should cause them to call off their search when the find me?

Here is a short list of several things you could do at work today to put you on the radar of kings.

How to get promoted

1. Learn to leave your personal baggage at Home! Step away from being that person who is always going through something. Don’t be that person that always has a need that is not being met.

Those who get promoted are those who don’t always come to the table with their need…they are those who come with a seed. Kings love people who bring something to the table.

2. Check your attitude. Are you are problem spotter or a problem solver? What is your attitude at Work.

Don’t complain about problems at work! You’re not doing your boss a favour, they pay you to be stressed by the companies issues.

If you will get promoted you’ll need to be that one with a good attitude. And the good thing is that irrespective of what you’re facing, you can always choose your attitude.

Attitudes can be changed by changing what you believe!

3. Understand why you are paid to do what you do. You will never be effective if you don’t know why you are there.

Why did they put you on the pay roll? How does that contribute to your company? You will get disillusioned when you don’t understand why you do what you do. People who know why will always be promoted over people who just know how.

Kings are always looking for people who understand why they are where they are and what their role is.

4. Learn to be flexible to change. Kings are looking for people who are willing to be flexible…willing to change. Don’t be one of those that just resist change for the sake of it.

Most people just resist change because change always requires something of you.

If you don’t change, you’ll stay where you are…that’s why eventually people who resist change become:-
a) Passive – and real leaders don’t need passive people…real leaders need to know exactly where you stand…
b) Aggressive…could it be that opportunity is by-passing you because you are trying to control the situation by being aggressive!

So learn to embrace change…the most sure thing here on earth is change!

Hope you found that helpful. Congratulations on your promotion!

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22Mar
Are you waiting for Mr Right?
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This is brilliant

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20Mar
Sometimes I am ashamed of Christianity
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If I’m really honest, I am sometimes ashamed to be associated with Christianity…the religion! 

I feel ashamed because for the most part our voice is only heard loud and clear condemning something or someone

I feel ashamed because for the most part we are always looking for new recruits, but once they sign up, we begin to hold them to spurious standards which we haven’t really kept ourselves. And like an abusive spouse, every time they inevitably fall short of those standards we beat them down with our Words, our silences and our glares. 

I feel ashamed because for the most part we have become a hospital that doesn’t like sick people. We talk much more than we do. 

I feel ashamed because for the most part we who are supposed to be a refuge have become the last place that our world will consider seeking refuge in. 

In spite of the shame i sometimes feel, as a result of the above (I’m sure you can think of more reasons) I know that the state of the RELIGION is only a reflection of the fact that mankind is still very sick. Sick with the nature of sin. Christianity, the Religion,  is man made. What else do you expect from something that is made by sick sick men (mankind).

In spite of the shame I sometimes feel, I am also very thankful for Christianity, the Religion. I am so thankful because this man made, thing…this religion, introduced me to the most awesome person I know. Yes at the time of introduction they didn’t do a very good job of announcing who He really was. However I still got to meet Him. His name is JESUS! 

I heard that He was a hard task master who wanted to make me a slave. I heard that He had a long list of things that I needed to do in order to be accepted by Him. But when I met Him, I found that He didn’t demand anything from me. Truth is, He gave EVERYTHING for me. In fact it is the nature of His sacrifice for me that demanded a response. The more I learn about His sacrifice & His mercies, the more I see that the only fitting response to Him is to lay my whole life down for His cause. In meeting Him I have also learnt that I can only do this with His help. 

I heard that He was a tough judge who was writing down everything that was wrong with me, and seizing every opportunity He could get to remind me of them. When I met Him, I found that in the multitude of everything that was wrong with me, He was/is the only thing that was RIGHT with and about me. 

Religion made Him the lead vocalist in the sound track of shame, which played loud on the stage of my life. But when I met Him I found out that He was really the only voice that spoke words that preserved my dignity. When I met Him I found out that He is not ashamed to call me His brother! 

Religion put a limit on His acceptance of me. Religion told me that even after meeting Him, I could do something thing that causes Him to change His mind about me. But when I met Him, I found out that His love for me was scandalous & illogical! His love for me was just plain crazy! In spite of my messy, messy life, He voiced His resolve to stick with me. In Hebrews 13:5b he said – I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless norforsake nor let [you] down ([f]relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]

There are so many more things I could say about Him, but let’s leave it there for now. I’ll say this though.. He is NOT THE PERSON RELIGION SAID HE IS. He is kinder, more patient, more accepting, more real than anyone could have described.

Yes, Christianity, the religion is messy…very messy. That’s because it is man made, and man is still very very sick. I pray that you can look past religion, and meet Jesus. The journey of discovering Him is a life time thing, but it starts with a simple decision. A decision you can make right now. No priest, pastor, bishop, christian is even needed to make this decision valid. You can make a decision to discover Him today, by yourself. Right where you are, you can speak to Him. In case you weren’t sure what to say, you can say something along these lines: 

“Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Your son Jesus to die for me. The Bible says if I say with my mouth that Jesus
is Lord and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, I will be saved. Jesus, I now confess you as my Lord and believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead. I welcome you into my life. Right now I believe that I am saved. I am born again. Thank You Father.”

It will be great to hear from you if you made this decision. Speak to someone who knows and loves Jesus. Look for a church where they are more interested in Jesus than they are in Religion. Welcome to the Jesus adventure! 

if you didn’t feel to make that decision today, I’m praying you get another opportunity to consider Jesus, despite what religion says. 

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14Mar
The Realm of the Genius
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Everyone who has ever done anything noteworthy with their life lives or lived with a strong conviction about what is not yet seen in the physical. They feel so strongly about the thing they do not yet see that their lives are dedicated to bringing the unseen in to the realm of the seen!

This is where every genius lives!

HOW DO WE SEE THE UNSEEN?

NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. (Hebrews 11:1 AMP)

You can see what is not revealed to the senses by faith (confidence in Jesus, in who He says He is, what He has done for you & what he says about your circumstances).

If your natural senses can not see the healing, finances, joy, peace, wisdom that you need, by faith you can see these things!

WHY BOTHER TRYING TO SEE THE INVINCIBLE?

By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:3 NKJV)

Here is why it is important to engage what is unseen…because everything that is seen came out of things that are unseen!

The mistake we make is that we are looking for money we can see…to change the debt we can see…but that’s not how it works…we change things that are seen, with things that are unseen!

You are trying to change your insecurities which can be seen, by wearing more make up or by plastic surgery or by changing you clothes…we are trying to change what we can see with things that can be seen…

The bible says that things that are seen were not made of things that can be seen…things that can be seen were made of things that cannot be seen!

And so until we start looking at things that cannot be seen, then we are not yet ready to become those who can change what we can see!

Until WE start to engage faith, which is the ability to see what cannot be seen, we will forever be excluded from the realm that births change in this world!

We were all designed to create & to consume. Without faith you will spend the most of your life paying a premium for what others create for you.

Without faith we are at the mercy of those who create what you consume.

There’s nothing wrong with consuming what others create, that’s how God designed us. But there is everything wrong with never creating, but always consuming because the consumer always pays a premium to the creator!

You are paying £30 for a meal that cost £3…because one person had enough faith to make the meal…out of nothing!

You are paying £500 for your phone that probably cost £50 to make because somebody else created it and the first time you saw it was after it was created!

THE BEST THING THAT GOD DID FOR US WAS TO GIVE US THE PRIVILEGE OF CHOOSING WHAT WE SEE WITH MY MIND, BECAUSE THIS MEANS WE ARE NEVER STUCK IN THE WORLD THAT ANOTHER PERSON CREATES FOR US!

By looking at Jesus and developing confidence in Him, you can create a new reality.

We are not victims of the circumstances we face because we have the Words of the maker of the universe. With these words, we can tap into the realm of the genius.

What does the bible say about what you’re facing? Think on those words RELENTLESSLY!

The realm of the unseen is where the genius lives!

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26Feb
Change your light, Change your life
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Also He said to them, “Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand? (Mark 4:21 NKJV)

There is an awesome story bible story in Acts 20 about Paul which I love so much. In this passage, God tells Paul that as he (Paul) would die in Jerusalem, but Paul’s response was…However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. (Acts 20:24)

It is natural to be fearful and to even change your plans if someone told you that in your journey to your place of work or study you would be killed…well unless you have a different understanding…a different light on your lamp-stand that means that you don’t see impending death (as prophesied by God HIMSELF…not a spooky Christian) as an obstacle, or as something that should cause you to change your plans.

An understanding of what God said in His Word brings or sheds light on how you see your life (Psalm 119:130). Let this light be a blue light.

An understanding of what every other person/circumstance says also brings or sheds a different kind of light on what you face. Let this light be a red light.

Now once you turn the light on, once you place the lamp on your lamp stand everything in your environment starts to reflect the light you turned on! So everything in your life right now is either looking blue or looking red! Everything is you see now is seen through the light shinning in the eys of your understanding.

Since my beautiful daughter was born, the baby light has been turned on in the eyes of my understanding so now my whole world is reflecting that light! I am no longer just thinking about myself but I am thinking about everything because in view of my understanding that I now have a daughter. In fact I even feel like there are more babies in the world now!

Everything you are seeing with your natural eyes is reflecting the light shining in the eye of your understanding. In other words, what you understand about what you are facing right now informs how you feel about what you are facing. Your understanding also informs the conclusions you are drawing from what you face.

I believe the Bible. I believe in Jesus. Here’s what the bible says about Jesus: In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:4, 5 NIV)

Today, let’s make some decisions to do some things:

1- Get understanding about Jesus and what He says about you and your circumstance
2- Take down the “red light” (what you naturally understand about what you’re facing) from the lamp-stand of your heart.
3- Put up the “blue light” that is Jesus on the lamp-stand of your heart.

Let an understanding of Jesus be the light through which you see your relationships, future, your identity, your circumstances etc! Make a decision that it’s the blue light that informs everything you see in your life!!

When you see your life differently, you will see different things in your life! Change your light, Change your life

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24Jan
Make up your mind!
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Romans 16:25 – Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past

A man/woman without conviction is like someone giving life an extremely limp wristed handshake. 

I love the conviction of Paul in the bible. He was so convinced of who He was that He would often write about himself ” Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God (Colossians 1:1, 2 Timothy 1:1, Ephesians 1:1). And with regards to his messages, He boldly refers to it as “MY GOSPEL”…notice how unapologetic he was! 

I think people who do significant things with their lives are people of great conviction. They are people who are clear about what they believe and who they are. Paul still has critics today, but i believe that it is this clarity about who he had become by the grace of God that sets him head and shoulders above his peers. No one can take away the product of his conviction – 2/3rds of the best selling book of all time! 

Everyone – critics & cheerleaders alike – has an opinion about who you are and where you are headed. I think most people spend their lives living out what others think about them. I reckon that’s a one way route to destination mediocre, because you will always be dancing to the tune of the opinion poles and you never get the chance to be yourself long enough to be good at being you! 

One of the things I love about being a person of faith is that I can find out who I am FROM MY MAKER! So can you!

Whatever you do, there’s always going to be someone who has an opinion of who you are and who you should be…and you will wear yourself out if you live to prove them wrong or prove them right. It’s like being tossed around by every wind of doctrine! (Ephesians 4:14)

Find out who you are. Be clear about you are. People should confirm who you are not tell you who you are. Honestly, regularly & truthfully review your beliefs, and stay true to them. 

In order to get good at being you, you’ll have to spend your life being you. I believe that everything that God has for you is reserved for the real you, not the you that everyone thinks you are or should be. 

Spend your life being you! 

Have a brilliant weekend

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