4 Keys to Seeing God Do the Impossible

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Walking with God is not that complicated. There’s not a formula but I do believe there are certain things we can do which can definitely make it easier.

Be willing to hear God’s voice.

Be willing to listen to what God is saying.

Be willing to obey what God is saying.

Be willing to trust what He is saying He can do.

In Luke 1 Mary demonstrates all four of these and she does so with such great simplicity of faith, it is quite wonderful. Let it be as you have spoken. I magnify You God. Look at what You are doing, through me and through this child to be born.

God speaks. She hears. She actually listens. She responds. She accepts. She obeys. She trusts.

In the rush of life we have to be ready to hear, to listen, to obey and to trust. There is power when we bring them all together. If we hear but don’t listen, we won’t understand what it is God is asking of us. Yet if we hear and listen but do not obey, we miss out on the fruitfulness of Gods full blessing. And we cannot obey and trust God in action if we do not know what He has been saying to us.

Only in the working of all four is there the full reward, the creation of something new in our lives, God making something seemingly out of nothing as we hear, listen, obey and trust. Then nothing is impossible. For ourselves, for the people around us, maybe even for the world.

Tell me why you would agree or not?

Love Does by Bob Goff [Book Review]

Finished this book recently. It is about what the cover tells you ~ love and how it can make you live.

The stories are great. I don’t have stories like them which, upon reflection, I had to admit is mostly due to the fact I probably don’t live with the right kind of ‘love does’ attitude.

If I want to have stories like Bob then I have to put myself in the right place for them. Or at least be prepared to go with whatever happens. Love is the secret to making a difference in others peoples lives.

  • Love does mess up
  • Love does words well
  • Love pursues
  • Love says yes
  • Love makes room
  • Love makes friends
  • Love encourages
  • Love does it big
  • Love is palms up

It’s a good read making an excellent point. LOVE DOES. The bigger question is ‘do I?’ The answer is yes, to a point, but I could do better. I’m on to it and here’s to some stories for me to write about soon.

Get your copy here

Be An Answer

I pray every morning. I have different things, people, topics and such that I pray for each day. I don’t share this to show off, only to say this discipline is important to me. 

This morning I got a nudge from God, a thought, just something simple, yet as always with God, very powerful. Here it is…

I might be the answer to your prayer. You might be the answer to mine. The key is that we are listening well enough to hear God and then brave enough to act on what He said. 

It has challenged me. It has got my attention. My ears are up, positioned to listen better. Ready and expectant for what God might be asking of me. 

How might this challenge you?

The Cross of Christ: Got Ready

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your heart enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious saints [Eph 1:17-18]

At the cross we find true rest, we connect with a Saviour who, once we place our trust in Him, never leaves us. We begin the journey of knowing God.

At the cross we are made right. The only the way the gap in our soul can be filled is by being made right through the finished work of Jesus at the cross. We discover the joy of the freedom we have in Christ.

At the cross we are ‘got ready’ for the way that Jesus would have us to live. The Gospel is good news. In the same way that if you were hit by a bus there would be some evidence, the same should be true of the Gospel. If we let it, the cross can change us forever.

Jesus is our ultimate example of service, surrender and sacrifice, which means that if we are saying that we are now ‘in Christ’ that our life should include the same.

Forgive the unforgivable. 

Love the unloveable.

Serve beyond convenience.

Lay down your life.

Pick up your cross every day.

How do we respond to the cross? This is about recognising all that is ours because of the cross, how it positions us with all that we need to make a difference. We may never feel ready but through the cross of Jesus, we are.


Preparation & Prayer

It’s Influence 2016 this week and we would love for you to join us. Still time to register as we host Vicki Simpson and Mal Fletcher. It has our attention as we ready everything for what is a highlight in our calendar. 

We are making the right preparations. Team Xcel are busy setting, cleaning, making, creating and rehearsing. In otherwords they are doing everything they can to set up for an incredible weekend. 

We are setting time aside to pray. I am an advocate for we work hard like it depends on us and pray like it depends on God. Without prayer and inviting God to have His way, we are just having a lovely time. 

After all ~ we don’t just want to have a lovely time, we want to have powerful God encounter moments. 

This is a season of preparation and prayer. It’s what my trip to Bangalore was about last week. It’s what God is speaking to me right now. It’s what is needed to see us revived and made ready for all that God wants to do in us and through us. 

We are prepared and prayed up. Are you?

Five First Day Priorities

First Monday of 2016 = first day back in the office.

Here are 5 things I did to help me set off on the right footing:

Catch up with my Lead Pastor over a coffee. Most important thing today. No agenda as such but a great opportunity to set ourselves up for the year. The first four weeks of the year can often set the rhythm for the rest of the year. Setting the right focus and agenda will have a big impact on how I approach my role. I need to know what’s important as it influences my other conversations.

Reminding myself about what I am responsible for.  I have written before about giving myself permission to be an Executive Pastor. Every now and then I need to remind myself. I am in this role for a reason. Knowing the heart of my Lead Pastor and what he wants to see helps to remind me why I am doing what I do.

De-clutter. Clear the space. Get rid of the paper off the desk. Create an environment which will help the thinking process. We actually rearranged the office.

Check the metrics. Start getting the right information in front of me ready for future conversations. Metrics don’t run things but they do demonstrate some progress. How do we know if we are heading in the right direction if we don’t know where we are coming from?

Get some BIG questions written down. What should we be doing? Ultimately it’s all about reaching people for our incredible Saviour, extending the kingdom and building local church. So it’s important to ask the right kind of questions ~ where should our energies be put? What is a win? The right questions can help with our thinking, which helps keep us focused.

And now to relax. It’s too easy to be overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done, but after a full day, learning to relax with family and friends is vital. Plus good food helps too.

How about you? How did your first day back go?

 

Will You Step Up?

My recent posts have been about looking out for the one, being willing to invest in one person in that apprentice style role. However, this is about the other side of this opportunity…

Who will be the one who wants to be invested in?

Lots of people want success, want to progress but are not wanting to learn. The opportunity is there but not all are willing to do what it takes to own it. There’s risk in being the one who invests in others. There is risk in being the one who wants to be invested in too. Perhaps that’s why some people back off from putting themselves in this position.

Step up. Grab a hold of the chance to learn. Be listening. Ask questions. Put yourself in the world of someone who can teach you. Just never stop being someone who wants to learn.

Will you be one of those who steps up?

God Encounters

I don’t know what your opinion is but I need God encounters. Living life from a ME based perspective has it limits. Living from the point of view ‘I know best’ could be considered a little arrogant, especially if I call myself a Christian. A better view as a believer is to live life more from a ‘God knows best’ standpoint.

Such change happens when we desire and experience God encounters. Imagine that the creator of the world is always ready and waiting to meet with us.

God encounters change me. My vision, my habits, my decisions, the way I hear Gods voice, my attitude and so much more.

God encounters prepare me. Through my every day life God can reveal Himself and be at work changing me. Gods presence is preparing me for moments I don’t even know about.

God encounters should be desired. To want an encounter with God is a prerequisite for having one. If you’re not bothered then whats the problem with never hearing from God. We cannot make them happen but we can be available to God. Ready with an open heart – to participate when we gather, to receive, to respond.

When God is looking to do something He looks for people who come before Him in prayer, with a willingness to allow Him to lay His heart over theirs. He is looking for those who will not let the moment go by.

Are we ready? Or better still, get ready. God is on the move and looking for those who want to encounter Him. Don’t know about you….but I’m in and I’m ready!