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27Jul
When the promise doesn’t make sense
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If you’re like me, trying to live a life of faith in God through Jesus, there will be seasons of great contradictions. Living a life of faith is simply living a life that is directed and influenced by the Words of a living God, captured in scripture. Living a life of faith is choosing to live with expectations set by believing in the promises of God. 

The contradictions set in when you bump into situations that are directly at odds with the promises of God. 

When you expected help that never seems to be there. When you expected that they would fall on their knees asking what must I do to be saved after you shared the gospel with them as the Spirit of God led you to do. But all you got was a weird look. When you expected provision that is still pending.

I have learnt that these are the times when the quality of your faith is tested. I have learnt to fall back on the covenant. Psalm 89:34 says that God will not alter His Word or break His covenant. 

The Words of a God, His promises and instructions are backed up by the covenant. Even though God’s Word is good, on the basis of His integrity as a person, the covenant makes the promise legally binding. 

It’s one thing for a nice, trustworthy friend to give you a promise. It’s another thing for them to go through the effort to go to court, write up papers and sign an affidavit to make that promise legally binding. 

That’s what God has done. He gave His promise. Even though it is good enough, He legalises His promise by sending His son to die on the cross. Hebrews 6:18 tells us that this is God’s attempt to let you know how serious He is about His promise. 

I have learnt that the promise is given to set your expectation. And the covenant is given to help us keep our expectation set when the promise doesn’t seem to make sense. I have learnt to fall back on the covenant, particularly in seasons of great contradictions. 

Practically this means I am not afraid to be without an explanation for the contradictions, because I believe that the covenant ties God to me permanently, and if I keep walking conscious of His presence with me, in time, the pieces of the puzzle will fit. 

Hebrews 6:11-12 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Don’t quit or abandon the promise of God simply because it doesn’t add up right now and you’re looking like a mug right now. God has legally bound Himself to fulfill no His promise. Keep the faith. Be patient. You will inherit the promise. 

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06Apr
Leadership In the Kingdom of God
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God has called every one of his children to lead and to make a difference, but that difference is only made when we choose to apply ourselves to His purpose. Leadership is responsibility. We become children of God by the grace of God. However, we walk as sons by virtue of the responsibility we assume within the confines of His grace.

Whilst the whole world is yours by the grace of God, it is only those who develop the ability to be responsible for that which has been released to us by the grace of God that actually get to walk in their inheritance…

Let me explain this like this…I have an excellent father…and when I was growing up, he had a car. Now from the moment I was born, by virtue of the favour that my father had on me because I was His son, I had the privilege of being taken to school in that car…I had the privilege of being picked up from school in that car. But I didn’t have the privilege of driving that car on behalf of my father until a certain age!

Why? Because for whatever reason…I had not yet stepped up to the plate of responsibility.

So even though the car was available to me, I needed to be responsible enough to go to driving school…I needed to be responsible enough to pay attention enough to pass my driving test…it is now on the basis of my demonstration of this responsibility that my father now released me into using the car to drop of my younger ones at school and picking them from school…on His behalf!

This is what leaders are in the kingdom of God. Leaders are those who have stepped up to take responsibility to develop the different attributes that allow God to release them into the inheritance that belongs to them by the grace of God!

The apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 that we are stewards of mysteries of God, and it is required that those who are steward to be found faithful…In other words we are called by the grace of God, but within the confines of His grace there is a requirement for me to be faithful as a steward of the promise by grace!

Leadership is about being responsible stewards of the things that God has given us by His grace. Everything God has promised you…everything you are believing for is by the grace of God. There is a requirement for us to develop attributes that make us responsible sons who administrate all that God has given us by His Grace.

 

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04Sep
NO SUBSTITUTE FOR FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE OF GOD!
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Hebrews 8:11 None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.

God in His wisdom has set up a covenant with mankind. A covenant is a binding agreement that outlines the basis of the relationship between 2 parties. In Hebrews 8, God tells us about the covenant that is currently in effect between God and man. A key part of this relationship is that we will all have the privilege of a personal relationship with God. Which means we get to have a first hand experience of Him!

I believe we are living in times when the only thing that will set you apart from the rest is YOUR personal knowledge of Him! There so many perplexing things happening in the World, and even in the body of Christ. I believe the only thing that can keep you in peace in the times we live in is a FIRST HAND experience of God.

I’ve been friends with my wife now for about 10 years and we’ve been married for 5 of those years. I have spent A LOT of time with her in these years! We haven’t been apart for long at all. So it’s safe for me to say I know her! My relationship with her is not based on how anyone else sees her, but it’s based on my personal, FIRST HAND knowledge of her.

Most Christians have a second hand experience of God. This means that what we know of God is what someone else said about Him.

Thank God for people he uses to teach us about God. I believe that preaching and teaching about God is indispensable to the health of our relationship with God. Just like learning about women and marriage is indispensable to the health of my relationship with my wife. But those who teach me about relationships are still not my wife! I will run into BIG trouble if I treat them in that way!

Those who teach you about God and His ability are NOT GOD! They will never be God! A relationship with them will never be a substitute for a relationship with God! We honour those who teach us about God, but we WORSHIP GOD! Real worship comes out of a first hand experience of God.

Every one has an opinion about God! With the internet, every one can voice their opinion, and with social media you can even get opinions about God that you didn’t ask for! Delivered direct to you door! Without a personal knowledge of God, you will be open to the torment that comes when you inevitable come across someone who says “you’re doing it ALL wrong!”

Learn all you can from those who teach about God. But prioritise a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with Him. He is available to us. I define worship as any intimate interaction you have with God. You can’t be tormented by different winds of doctrine if you worship I.e interact with God personally. Seize every opportunity you have to relate with God. It’s an awesome privilege made available to EVERYONE by & through Jesus.

How about right now, just talk to God. Say hello. He’s waiting. Fear of every kind dissipates when you have a FIRST HAND experience of God. We live in times when there is NO SUBSTITUTE FOR A PERSONAL, FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE OF GOD!

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03Jul
My prayer for the “Prodigal”
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One of the saddest things I’ve seen so often is people who love God so much that they stay away from Him because of their sin. I am moved by people who love God with all their heart but feel that the best thing they can do for God, out of respect for Him is to “stay out of His way”, because of they miss it very often. I have been that person. 

Today I’m praying for you who believes in Jesus in your heart, but you’ve missed it so many times that you feel the need to stay away from any place where He is talked about. You love Him so much that you feel you are contaminating the place where He is exalted. So you stay away. To be honest, a lot of the time church folk don’t help!!

I pray that you realise that He gave everything when you had nothing to offer Him. I pray that you realise that He doesn’t love you because you are always good, but because HE is ALWAYS good.

I pray that just as you are convinced that He sees your mistakes, you will also be convinced that He is ALWAYS your answer & your helper in ALL things! I pray that you will see & hear him more than you see & hear the voice of condemnation.

Today I pray that you find the courage to SPRINT towards HIM…EVERYTIME!

LUKE 15:22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

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20Sep
Draw a line in the sand!
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Draw a line in the sand!.

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21Aug
Vulnerability
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Last time I shared how courage is required to be able to do the will of God. Most of what God instructs us to do, will appear to be bigger and greater than our current ability or strength. 1 Corinthians 1:28 – 29 tells us that God chooses to operate this way so that when we come before Him, no single one of us will boast before Him. We must never be confused about the truth that it is God who will work in & through us to accomplish what He has asked us to do.

We also concluded that approaching the will of God courageously does not just mean charging your future with the boldness of a lion, it also means being willing to be as vulnerable as a lamb. I’ve been thinking about what this means to us in our everyday lives. How are we courageous through being vulnerable on a day to day basis? Here some of my thoughts…

It takes courage to give the advantage in our relationships. What happens if I give them the advantage and they take advantage of me? To answer that, we also need to ask, what happens if we don’t give the advantage in relationships? The truth is that there will be no genuine relationship without vulnerability. Our best relationships are with those who have overlooked an opportunity to take advantage of you. Our best relationships are those with those who are interested in giving you the advantage. If we will have great relationships we will have to be courageous enough to give someone an opportunity to take advantage of you.

It takes courage to love your wife as Christ loves the church, or to submit to your husband as you will submit to Jesus. That requires a great deal of vulnerability…But that is exactly what is required to have the bride that you desire. It is through Jesus’ courage to lay down His life for us that He is now able to present us as the radiant church, without stain or wrinkle…the bride that He desires.

It takes courage to step out in business or in ministry, because you have no guarantees of success. But if it is an endeavour or desire that is in line with the Word, that’s exactly where you need to be. 2 Corinthians 12:9 tells us that His strength is made perfect in weakness. you can only experience the strength of God when you are courageous enough to depend solely on Him! That is vulnerable place…that is powerful place to be!

Everyday life presents us with opportunities to be bold as a lion & as vulnerable as a lamb. Make a decision to seize the opportunity to be boldly or vulnerably courageous. As you courageously charge the will of God for your life, please settle this in your heart…God will be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9). And if God be for you, who/what can be against you?

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