Wasting Time Focusing On ‘Things’

“Upon reflection, it seems that many Christians regard salvation, evangelism, peace, power, holiness, joy, service, church practice, ministry, and doctrine as simply divine “things,” all detached from the living person of Christ and made something in and of themselves. But God never gives us spiritual things. He never gives us virtues, gifts, graces, and truths to acquire. Instead, He only gives us His Son. He gives us Christ to be all things for us. Consequently, Jesus Christ is the embodiment of all spiritual things. He is the substance of all divine realities.”

– Pg 302 ” Book – From Eternity To Here, by Frank Viola”

I am currently tracking many people who are pursuing ‘good things’ – that is they strive toward perfection, greatness and achieve much by world standards. I have come to the conclusion we could spend a lifetime striving toward these things and gain greater knowledge and power in the process, never actually getting closer to God. I was challenged by Franks statement, it made me realise that I was still pursuing the ‘fruits of my creator and not the creator himself’.

People, having innovation, discipline and virtues are good, but if we seek for these things and don’t derive them from Christ himself then they will fade away like everything else in this world.

To put it plainly, if we live a Christ-centred life (derive our living water and bread from Him) we will notice an abundance of these ‘things’ coming forth from our lives, and they will be eternal character traits of our creator and wont perish fade away like everything we try to create.

Jesus Christ is; hope (1 Tim. 1:1) peace (Eph. 2:14) wisdom (1 Cor. 1:30) redemption (1 Cot. 1:30) holiness (1 Cor. 1:30) righteousness (I Cor. 1:30). 

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

life-is

 

Because Of You

Ask yourself this.. 

Have you ever had someone come up to you and say “Because of you, my life has changed forever.. Because of you.. I know Jesus!”

Is the Holy Spirit saying something to you in this statement..? Is the Holy Spirit crying out for change in your life?? I have a feeling that you were meant to read this today.. God is saying that “change needs to occur” and the time to put your faith into action is now! Get out of your armchair and start being realistic about your direction in life and your relationship with God! God is saying to me today, “Stop sitting on the fence, stop ignoring me and start focusing on me and what I have to tell you.. because you can make a difference in this world! You have potential to impact, change and alter the courses of so many lives but you must seek me first”

Do you feel something inside that is drawing you closer to God right now? Its time to listen to what God has to say, STOP allowing excuses and sin to seperate you from the Love of God. Remember God loves you just as you are… He seeks to know you, to protect you and guide you, you just have to let go and fall into his arms.

Remember that the things of this world will pass away, but Gods Love lives forever. I think you know its time to share Gods love, His greatest love for the world – Jesus, and tell people a real story that could change their life forever!

Please pray for me.. and let me know if I can pray for you..

Ordinary World Changers – In 52 Days

LETS CHANGE THE WORLD IN 52 DAYS!

If you have an ambition or passion to do something that God has called you to do, but just cant figure out where to start.. give yourself 52 days and just start! With Gods help you can do it! Surrender to Him, and rest in His strength (not you own).. in other words; just ask God to help you and pray! here are some points to help you!

Take note these points really help “The closer you get to doing what God want done, the harder your spiritual enemy will fight to prevent it from happening”

  • Distraction: little distractions always amount to bigger and bigger things, learn to say “NO” and focus on the task God has placed on you heart! You shouldn’t be expected to expend all your energy on many things, and not get anywhere, when you can focus on one thing and get somewhere! 
  • Discredit you: The enemy will try to discredit you by luring you into parts of the world that can trap and snare you. When on task, ask God to keep you focused and dont give into any rumours or gossip that tries to bring you down. Say “not true”, Pray and then get on with it!
  • Compromise:  When you are called and you respond to Gods calling, your spiritual enemy will use your weaknesses and try to destroy your integrity. Remain strong in Gods strength and always take a step back and think before walking into any situations where the enemy can destroy you. Pray and don’t give up, be persistent.

I am going to give this a try, God has carried my family to a new place and has given us so many blesssings. Its time I focused and returned to Him what he has given me, please pray for me as I hand over the next 52 days to him. If you want to join me on this journey, let me know! God Bless!

Ordinary World Changers – In 52 Days

Defeating Discouragement

Are you feeling discouraged, beaten by the world, beaten by the people that are meant to support you? watch this and tell me how you feel… http://www.lifechurch.tv/watch/change-your-world/3

My eyes have just been opened to what Satan has been doing in my life, and I have been letting it happen and get me down. I have learnt about what the enemy tries to do to bring me down.. it makes sense now because over the past few years I have been persecuted and ripped to shreds by people who were meant to support me. I now know that facing opposition means im doing something right, not doing something wrong! I strived to be productive, passionate and walk in Jesus’ shoes but all i came up against was adversity and it discouraged me, even hurt me. Not anymore..! My revelation for today:

  • Satans goal is to Steal, Kill and Destroy
  • We face opposition because we are usually trying to do something right not something wrong
  • Your enemy wants to discourage you from the inside and outside, he uses peoples weaknesses to attack you in your familiar environments (work, church, study groups, leadership)
  • Your enemy places obsticles in the way to prevent you carrying out Gods work and believing in Gods direction for your life
  • You will be criticised continually and persecuted (if you walk Gods path be encouraged not discouraged in times of persecuation and criticism)

So how do we overcome these things

  1. Remeber the Lord (who is great and awsome) and remember all the things that have held you back, reinforce how God has overcome these things and you need to rely on His strength and not your own.)
  2. Fight for your cause (Fight the good fight, believe in God who gives you strength in your weaknesses)

Be strong and pray for God to enter into your circumstances. 1 John 4:4 “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”… “Who can be against us when God is for us..” “who can seperate you from the love of God?”

Ordinary World Changers – In 52 Days

“Do you have a burden inside you that keeps stirring you up, a passion you know God has put on your Heart to stand up for.. it may be injustice, it may be for community.. or maybe your neighbour..”

I believe we are all here for a purpose. Over the years I have struggled to understand the ultimate purpose God wants for my life.. I suppose eveyone asks that question regularly… But do we actually discover what that purpose or burden is? We started watching a series called “change your world in 52 days” and it has reminded me of this important question that I need to be asking. Do I believe that I can make a difference?

Craig makes it simple to understand that God does want you to act, not sit back and live aimlessly in the world. Its time to make a difference in a world that needs dramatic change. Come with me on this journey, I will post what I learn and discover about myself.. I hope you can do the same. “Its time to be laser-focused and ingnite that passion inside you, remember that you arnt just one person – your God +1 person”

http://www.lifechurch.tv/watch/change-your-world/1