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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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17Feb
That was then, this is now
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Ephesians 2:
12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 
There was a time when we were without hope, there was a time when if you fell sick, you had no real hope for healing…BUT THAT WAS THEN! There was a time when if you came from the wrong side of town, you had no hope that you would go to university or live in that neighbourhood! But that was then! There was a time when if you came from a home wrecked by divorce, you had no hope of having marriages that work…but that was then! BUT NOW YOU have been brought near, so you have hope…you have a God!

Even when it looks like all the doors have been locked, even if you feel you are the end of the road, you have hope, you have God! Don’t you dare live like you have no hope! Because YOU HAVE HOPE! And you have God!

You might not have the answer yet…but you have hope and you have a God! You might not know where the help will come from…but you have hope…and it’s not just wishful thinking…it is hope that comes through the resurrection of Jesus!!
You have hope! You have God! This is the truth NOW.

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10Jun
HE RESTORES MY SOUL
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By simply living in this fallen world, our souls inevitably get damaged. The mistake of a well meaning but ill informed parent. The harsh and terrible break up you went through. That soul destroying custody battle for your beloved children following that divorce from your spouse of many years. The bankruptcy. The abuse. The rejection. The disappointment. The unexpected loss of a loved one. We have all experienced one or more of these things. Truth is these experiences damage our soul.

With our soul we feel and choose. Our soul is the seat of our emotions. Our emotions influence our decisions. A damaged soul is a skewed soul. One definition of the word skewed is something that has been made biased or distorted in a way that is regarded as inaccurate, unfair, or misleading.

A skewed soul will produce skewed emotions. Skewed emotions lead to skewed decisions. Skewed decisions leave you in dodgy places in life!! 

Check out this scripture: 

He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. (‭Psalms‬ ‭23‬:‭3‬ NKJV)

Jesus is that good shepherd who can restore your soul. He can fix every distortion of your soul. He is THE restorer of our souls. It doesn’t matter how bad the abuse was, or how deeply hurt you were by that disappointment you faced. He can restore your soul. 

I faced some big disappointments years ago and recently realised that I was terribly afraid of bad news. I realised that I made so many decisions, particularly in my early twenties under the influence of this distortion of my soul. He is restoring my soul. Since I found out that He can restore my soul, I have become less limited by the life experiences that left me messed up! Im not where I used to be. He has restored my soul. He is restoring my soul. 

Here’s how one translation puts Psalm 23:3  

He can refresh your soul, and then guide you along the right paths. If you let Him, He will fix your soul and save you from every skewed decision. We don’t have to walk down the wrong paths that our skewed souls often lead us to take. He restores our soul and leads us along the right paths…not for our sake, but for His sake. 

When God does anything for His name sake, it means that it is guaranteed as it is not dependent on imperfect you and me, but on a perfect God! 

I’ll write about How He restores our soul in another blog. You’ve done well to read up until this point, so I won’t take up any more of your time…(I’m nice like that :))

Say this after me: SHEPHERD OF MY SOUL, I YEILD MY SOUL YOU. GO AHEAD, RESTORE MY SOUL. THANK YOU LORD THAT YOU RESTORE MY SOUL AND GUIDE ME ALONG THE RIGHT PATHS FOR YOUR NAME SAKE

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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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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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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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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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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! 

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