Day 12…What Would You Ask For?

King Solomon has become our role model when it comes to asking God for something. Wisdom. You can’t beat that answer and I hope that you all ask for more wisdom every day, especially as we don’t know what lays ahead.

90 days believing for breakthrough.
90 days of getting with God, praying, sticking in, showing some presistent determination, to see change.

This morning I had a moment of revelation. I need to ask God what to ask for. I know what I would like to see happen and I think that’s a great place to start but I very much want God’s heart on matters. For family, for marriage, for work, for Xcel Darlington.

I need to not only hear my own voice but Gods.
I won’t die for a lack of ideas but chasing after the wrong thing will only exhaust me and probably frustrate me.

So, my prayer. Please God, give me wisdom. I need so much more wisdom. Reveal your heart for my future. Help me go after the right things and stay close to you in everything I do. Yes, Lord, I want to see explosive growth (whatever that means) in my family, my relationships, my kids, my work, in Xcel Church and where I lead, Xcel Darlington.

What about you?
What would you ask for?

Who Is Helping You? [Day 10]

Reading the Word today I am struck that King David had an amazing group of people around him. They were not just friends, in fact you never know, they may not have even been friends.

Instead…
they added value to him.
they made him look good.
they understood what he needed.
they protected him.
they helped him achieve his breakthrough.

It’s interesting that in 2 Samuel 21:17 they advised David that he should not go out to battle anymore. He was too important to Israel. They would fight for him, achieving breakthrough on his behalf.

Challenges me to think about who are the people who are around me. Those closest to me can either help me or hinder me. The can build my faith or make me question my faith. They can add to my life or they can subtract from my life.

Sometimes breakthrough comes by gleaning wisdom from others.
From taking encouragement from others.
From learning lessons that others have experienced.
From listening to those you trust and who you know have your best interests at heart.

Who is in your inner circle?
Are they helping you get the breakthrough you desire?

90 Days…Review Week 1

Thought I’d share the journey so far, my learning as I believe for breakthrough, for change. I wonder what the next 7 days will bring.

Day 1…a fresh challenge
Day 2…forget not all His benefits
Day 3…avoiding numbness
Day 4…actions based on own thinking
Day 5…staying faithful
Day 6…don’t let go of my spiritual disciplines
Day 7…living TEAM principles

How was your week?

Just Keep Moving Forward….Day 8

As I was praying this morning I was reminded of something I read the other day…

‘To us, our plans sometimes trump God’s purpose. However, it is God’s purpose will ultimately prevail.’

Praying and believing God for breakthrough is fine. Trying to convince God of how He should bring the breakthrough I want is not fine. I think I am becoming more careful about how I pray…yes, I ask for certain things but very often now I do find myself praying much like Jesus did in the Gethsemane.

He knew what was coming.
He prayed specifically for what was coming to be taken away.
He stayed focused though and remembered that it was not about his own will but about doing the will of the Father.

That is an extremely difficult prayer to pray but I am trying.

How good are you at keeping Gods purposes in view rather than your own?

How To Be Less Fragile…Day 6

In my prayer time this morning I was struck but how much I need the strength that God provides. My life and all that I would like it to be is so very fragile. One stupid mistake, one wrong action and it could all come crashing down.

This post is not some major confession. Obviously, I recognise my sins and that I need to receive the forgiveness of God every day. I am so grateful that He says that ‘If we confess our sins He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins.’ Forgiveness is not weakness. It provides me with a strength to move forward in the things of God and not repeat the past.

I want to become less fragile. If breakthrough is coming, then change is coming. My fragility will determine how well I process that change. Am I ready for it? How can I become less fragile in my walk with God? After all, I do not want to crash and burn at the first sign of trouble.

Am I too quick to let go offthe principles of faith? Do I have strong spiritual disciplines that despite what may be happening in my life, will still remain? PRAYER – FASTING – READING THE WORD – CHURCH – TITHING. I am discovering that when these are set strong, my life is less fragile. Better to be planted, rooted in God…then my life has every opportunity to flourish, to yield fruit in season and to prosper.

This kind of life does not happen by chance. The default mode for most is a fragile life. In this time of believing I pray for strength, tenacity, some persistent determination.

What would you suggest for a less fragile life?Frail

Hold On…The Moment Will Come [Day 5]

When I read the story of David, anointed as King but not yet King, I marvel at his ability to continue to do the right thing, despite everything that was going on around him. He displays the opposite characteristics to those that Saul demonstrated.

Saul grew impatient.
Saul went with the crowd.
Saul was easily persuaded.
That’s why Saul missed out on God’s best for his life.

On the other hand, David was presented with ample opportunity to ‘deal with Saul’, even encouraged by his men to do so, dressing it up as something provided by the Lord. David holds on to his integrity, twice and proves that those who can do this, will not miss out on what God has prepared for them. It keeps you locked on to your destiny.

I am excited about what God is getting ready to do, in my life and in the life of Xcel Church. I truly believe that Xcel Darlington is ready to explode with growth, provided that we do it Gods way. As I believe for change over these 90 days, it would be easy to get frustrated when things don’t take the shape I think they should. Staying faithful is never easy, God never said it would be.

Tell us…
What do you when God has not come through yet?
Have you ever felt like you missed out because you didn’t wait for God?
Do you struggle sometimes with God’s timing on stuff?

I’ve been here before and will probably come this way again.


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Change Your View…Day 4

Believing God for change. Learning that I must wait for God.

Reading through 1 Samuel. Chapter 13: 7-12 really jumped out at me today. I saw something that I had never noticed before. Saul demonstrated an inability to wait. This character flaw cost him his kingship. Saul has waited 7 days, the time set by Samuel but the people are getting restless so he decides to make the offering himself.

When confronted by Samuel his words are amazing….
I SAW that the men were scattering…
I THOUGHT the enemy would come and attack
I FELT compelled to act

How many times when I have been waiting on God, holding out for God, believing God for change, did I not just keep waiting but act on my own initiative?

It might SEEM okay to me but is it what God wants?
I might THINK it will be okay but is it what God really wants?
I might FEEL that I had no option but is that really true?

In these 90 days of focused prayer and times of fasting I must be determined to just keep waiting. If I want to see God change things then I must not succomb to the urge to change things myself. After all as Samuel said later in 1 Samuel 15..to obey is better than sacrifice. Patience. Faith. Trust. Easy to say not so easy to hold on to.

Ever experienced this?
Ever acted on your own compulsion instead of waiting for God?

don’t grow numb…Day 3

Choosing to do something is easy. The daily discipline of that choice is another matter altogether.

Reading 1 Samuel earlier to day I wondered how had Eli the priest lost his ability to discern peoples actions correctly or to even recognise when God speaking. How do you get to the place where you think someone who is pouring out their heart is actually drunk? Strange to think that it took 3 attempts before Eli suggested to Samuel that it was the Lord who was calling him and how he should respond.

He had grown numb to the presence of the Lord.
He had become comfortable in his role as priest.
He demonstrated a considerable level of immaturity
when it came to the way God does things and what he requires.

Forty years of doing the same thing, holding responsibility, perhaps he thought everything was okay really. The daily discipline of doing the right things, consistently, is never easy but the rewards are incedible.

In the midst of our series Team Church for Xcel Darlington. This is the stuff that keeps you on team. World-class footballers don’t get there by chance. They may possess some natural gifting but they train hard to be able to play hard. Don’t train, don’t play. They lose their match fitness. They are not ready! Same can be true for Christians.

Eli forgot what it took to stay in the game. His lazy, irresponsible attitude cost him. My prayer today is that I never grow numb to what the Lord is doing. In my life, in Xcel Church, in Xcel Darlington. I will do all I can to stay in the right place with God and keep myself ‘match ready’.

What are doing to make sure you don’t grow numb to what God wants to do with your life?
What are sticking at over the next 90 days to see change in your world?