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17Aug
Choosing your hiding place
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I often play hide and seek with my nearly 4 year old daughter. When she was a little bit younger, before we start the game, she’d tell me where to hide and sometimes she tell me where she’ll hide! 😂😂😂 (She’s bossy like that)

Recently I came across this verse in the bible that got me thinking that whilst announcing where you were going to hide might not be the best idea on the playground, in real life we often need to choose and announce our hiding place before the storm.

This a Psalm of David. David knew about hiding. He had to hide in caves from Saul who was trying to kill him. One time he had to disguise himself as someone who was mentally unwell in order to hide amongst the philistines, long time enemies of Israel at the time.

But in all of these clever places he found to hide, he discovered that his real hiding place was in God! And he announced it upfront in the above verse.

If you choose you hiding place upfront, we settle it before you’re under pressure. If you make a good decision to ALWAYS hide in God, every challenge you face has to contend with Him.

If you choose your hiding place upfront, the emotions that get stirred up in us when we’re under pressure stands less chance of driving us to hide in the wrong place.

Have you caught yourself hiding away in an alcoholic beverage? In food? Drugs? Other people? Sex? The gym? Music?

There’s a place for all (or should I say some) of the above in life. But none of them was designed to be our hiding place. None of the above is equipped to hide you like God can.

In fact the place or person you consistently run to for shelter when you are under pressure eventually begins to exercise Godlike power over you.

If you’ve been hiding in anywhere but in God, return to the stronghold in God today. Practically we do that by choosing to believe that God WILL preserve you in trouble and eventually deliver you from trouble!

We hide in God when choose to believe that He is willing and capable of keeping you safe in EVERY WAY!!

Pray like David prayed: YOU ARE MY HIDING PLACE LORD!

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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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08Aug
Don’t be silent! Speak about your Hope!
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I’ve been deeply moved by the terrible things going on around the world, particularly in recent weeks. It’s been heart breaking to see people suffer terribly, sometimes as a result of Man’s depravity, but also as a result of a world that is literally decaying.

On the surface or in the natural, it looks as if there is no hope. In the natural there is no reason why anyone should have any concrete hope of good, either in our personal lives or collectively as humans.

This is where those who believe the bible come in…1 Peter 1:3 Amplified Bible (AMP) says 3 Praised (honored, blessed) be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)! By His boundless mercy we have been born again to an ever-living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

If you believe in Jesus as the Lord of your life, you have an ever-living hope! A hope that is always alive! A hope that means that in the darkest, most confusing of times, you still have a positive expectation of good! A hope that means that even when you’re down, you still don’t expect to stay down! A hope that means that even when you can’t articulate the answer you need, you’re still comforted by the truth that the Lord of your life is all knowing, well able and absolutely trustworthy!

If you have the “YouVersion” Bible App, you probably received 1 Peter 3:15 as the verse of the day…here’s what the latter part of that verse says “…And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it”

 

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There has never been a better time for those who have this ever-living hope (by virtue of their faith in Jesus ALONE)…to talk about this hope we have. There is no hope in the worlds media…which is the primary source of information for our world…but there is hope in Jesus! It will be a complete injustice for us to be silent about this hope!

 

Firstly, this means that in our personal lives, regardless of what we are dealing with: small or great, in plenty or in little, we need to exercise our blood bought right to be hopeful. If you’re sick, expect healing! If you need money, expect provision! If you need wisdom, expect bucket loads! If you’re threatened with death, expect life! Expect the goodness of God in your life without apologies! Faith gives substance to what we hope for!

Secondly, make a decision to become a witness to this hope! A witness is someone who is qualified to give an account of something or someone because they have a personal experience of the thing, event, or person. You cannot be an effective witness to anything that you don’t have a personal experience of! Being a false witness was punishable by death according to the law!(thank God we are no longer under the Law!).

This is one reason why it is imperative that as a follower of Jesus, you don’t let religious folk talk you out of believing God for every thing! From a painful bunion on your toe to an incurable disease BELIEVE GOD! From the smallest physical material need to the deepest Spiritual need, BELIEVE GOD WITHOUT APOLOGIES!

Our world needs witnesses to the hope that we have! People who can talk about hope for healing because they have seen God heal them. Or freedom from the cycle of depression, debt or addiction, because they have experienced that freedom through Jesus. People who are not afraid of death, because they have a personal experience of the faithfulness of Jesus that they are confident that He will receive them on the other side, just like He promised!

Finally if you do have any experience of Jesus (I believe as a believer, you do), there is no better time to look out for opportunities to give an explanation for the hope we have! Jesus is literally the hope of the World. He is in you! Don’t be silent about Him! 1 Peter 3:15 in the amplified says we are to do this “…courteously and respectfully.” We are not looking to win points, we are looking to give others the solution to life, that God lovingly gave us in the person of JESUS.

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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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26Sep
Set yourself free!
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Bitterness, rage, resentment anger, animosity can easily creep into our lives mostly when we have been offended by someone. Sometimes the offender is aware that they have offended us. At other times they are completely oblivious to the offence. Unfortunately, irrespective of the offenders knowledge and acceptance of their offence, the effects of being offended are still toxic! 

Proverbs 15:13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit…

Let it go friends! As you let it go, you set yourself free. Most of the time we want them to know that they have offended us! We want them to feel sorry for what they have done before we forgive them! Unfortunately this mindset keeps you enslaved to their response. Most people are slaves to the poor characters of others. You’re better than that! You were not born to be enslaved to the flaws in someone else’s character. 

Check how God forgave us…He completely forgave us before any message was preached to us about our sins against him. He did not wait for us to know about our sins or acknowledge them before he died for us. Learn to forgive before or even without the offender knowing they have offended you. You don’t need to give that driver a nasty stare to let him know his/her driving offended you! Yes sometimes we need to make people aware of their offence just so that we put boundaries in place for the future. But forgiving without feeling the need to announce the offence to the offender is a more powerful way to live. 

Live free! You were born to be free! 

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14Jan
What you see now is not all that there is!
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Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick! Get up!” And the chains fell off his wrists. (Acts 12:7 NLT)

This year don’t despair because the judgement has been passed…don’t reach a conclusion about your future on the basis of the chains around your wrists! Don’t be scared because you can see that sickness eating away at you…don’t despair because you can see your children appearing to go deeper and deeper into drugs…at the right time God will equip you with a fresh Word! When you are equipped with a Word, nothing will stop you! Chains will fall off you on account of God’s Word! Doors open on account of God’s Word!

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25Sep
Be Authentic!
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Genesis 15:1 – After these things the Word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not Abram, I am your shield;…Genesis 17:1 – When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty;…”

Anytime God introduces Himself to us, He is simply saying it is important that everything I am saying to you, is received with serious consideration of who I am. In Genesis 15 God is saying to Abram,  the reason you are not to be afraid is because I am your shield! In Genesis 17 God is saying although what I’m about to tell you Abram seems impossible, please receive it on the basis of who I am…El-Shaddai…THE ALMIGHTY GOD…that’s who’s talking to you.

If we can see and relate to God on the basis of who He really is, we will have a real experience of Him. Unfortunately most of us want to relate to God on the basis of who we want Him to be. We also go to Him on the basis of who we think He wants us to be. This means that most people end up in a relationship with God that isn’t authentic.

One of the things I love about God is that He is who He is, without any apologies! I also love the fact that He expects me to be me without any apologies. He expects me to come to Him as me (in Jesus of Course), not as someone else. I don’t have to speak fancy words or know all the religious jargon to come to Him. I can come to Him exactly as I am!

Did you know that it was YOU Jesus died for? It wasn’t the person you are trying to be that He died for, it was YOU! Did you know that God wants a personal relationship with YOU…just as you are right now! The promises of God, His call on your life, the power of God is reserved for the authentic YOU!

Most people will only have a relationship with you if you are who they want you to be. God want’s to have a relationship with you, just as you are right now! When we learn to come to God just as we are, we expose ourselves to the power in invested in who He is. This power then transforms us into the person that we are supposed to be.

The best relationships are those relationships in which each participant is authentically themselves!

It’s time to put away the phoniness, it will never lead to an authentic relationship with God or with other people. It’s time to accept God just as He is. It’s time to come to God just as you are…it’s YOU He wants. It’s the real YOU that the promises of God awaits.

Be dedicated authenticity!

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