Are You Consistent?

It is easy to forget this but walking with God is not a choice for one day. It’s a choice to be developed and learned over a lifetime. We have to choose to walk with God and then keep walking with God.

Quick, quick, quick is often our way. Let’s be honest, we live in a fast-paced world and we can easily get caught in the hurry-up mentality that surrounds us. The challenge is that when it comes to God, it probably won’t work. It can be frustrating but I am learning that God is not normally into hurry.

God rewards those whose walk is consistent. Consistency is about a level of performance that does not vary in quality over time. We will have ups and downs in life but our walk with God remains the same, it does not waver, we don’t stop walking because something hasn’t gone the way we hoped it would.

To me consistency speaks of faithfulness and diligence. One step followed by another. Consistency in walking with God increases our credibility, shows off great qualities such as being reliable, dependable and therefore becoming a person deemed trustworthy. These qualities may be considered slightly boring, lacking in pizzazz but I think that to God they are like precious jewels.

Think about it…
When people are inconsistent how does that make us feel?
When people lack the quality of faithfulness how does that impact the relationship?
Who do people go to when they want to learn about the Christian walk? When they want some advice about how to keep trusting in God? 

As we learn to walk with God with consistency and faithfulness, those around us can learn from us and walk with God stronger too.

Abraham was such a man. As those closest to him observed the way he walked with his God, it rubbed off on them. His walk was consistent, faithful which made him someone you wanted to be around, learn from, discover what it was about this God he walked with that was so important to him. When his servant went to find Isaac a wife in Genesis 24, the words ringing in his ears were those of Abraham ’the Lord, before whom I walk, will send His angel with you and prosper your way…’ (v40). I kind of imagine the servant thinking to himself ‘I’ve seen Abraham trust in God and walk with God, so now I am putting my trust in You as he has done for many years.’ He was not disappointed.

Maybe our hearts cry is to see those close to us discover the joy of knowing God. Then this may possibly be a key: if you want to have a life-changing impact on their eternal destination and help them to meet Jesus, consistency and faithfulness in your walk with God will win every time.
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Q: How does your walk with God look to others who maybe watching?
Q: Does it lack the consistency that would convince them that God is first in your life?

How To Walk Into Your Future…Pt3

Final instalment of the message I preached across Xcel Church recently as part of our Flash Forward Series…check out Pt1 & Pt2.

When it comes to walking into our futures, with God at the centre of that future, then we need to be walking into it in a certain manner.

Changing
Whatever your future may hold I hope that you will be different? You NEED to CHANGE

New years are opportunities for you to reflect but also look ahead and decide today that you will not be the same this time next year. That you will be closer to God, that you will have worked on your spiritual disciplines, that you will have changed in your relationship with God.

Hebrews 5:12-14
‘For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil’.

If you are expecting God to do great things with your life then you need to change, I need to change. Part of its God, part of its MY RESPONSIBILITY. We should be showing signs of growth and maturity.

Here are the difficult questions…
How are you changing?
Are you still needing to be taught the same things?
Why haven’t you moved on and started to pass on what you know to others?
What will you do to change this year?
How about a Personal Development Plan?
How about a Bible reading plan?

Consistency
You cannot build a great life in a hurry. Too many people can live for a moment but we are called to live out a great life – to build for a lifetime, to leave a legacy. As a leader I have seen many people come & go – people who were full of potential but could not wait, could not build slowly.

Consistency = the state or quality of holding or sticking together and retaining shape- doing the right thing at the right time as often as you can – that’s what God is looking for. It can seem humdrum but its vital.

Matthew 7:24-27
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.

Building consistently & deliberately makes you strong, which means you will stand. Which means you will be around to take up the opportunities that God brings your way. Don’t be like some who are ALL FLASH BUT NO FORWARD.

Anyone can build something for a moment, look good for a moment but it seems that not everyone can be bothered to build something over the long haul. BE BOTHERED. You have more time than you think!!

Challenged
Don’t know what you think your future will be but to become all that you want to become for God – make space for him to move in your world. You cannot live out your Christian walk on positive thinking, leadership development & motivational seminars alone – you need God to move in your life.

Put something in your way that only God can meet. Pastor Matthew Barnett calls it ‘miracle space’. Make some. Pray like your life depends on it. Believe. Fast. Don’t give up. Be expectant of God doing something.

Your future in God is there for the taking.
Make sure you do all you can to stay ‘locked on’ to that destiny and not miss out.

[Let me know what you think]

Integrity: The Just Facet

Amongst the reading of the Psalms this morning I came across this little verse. Psalm 58:1 says:
‘Do you rulers indeed speak justly? Do you judge uprightly among men?’ (NIV)

Leaders…watch yourselves.
Christian leaders…watch yourselves.

Speak justly. Judge uprightly.

Is this not integrity?
Be who you say you will be.
Be the same with everyone when it comes to leadership.
Listen the same.
Deal with issues the same.
Provide the same opportunities to all.

To speak justly is to do so with honour, fairness, consistently, in a righteous manner.
To judge uprightly is to do so adhering to strict moral principles.

Be a leader with integrity. It is the diamond in a leaders crown. It is not easy but the rewards it brings, the trust it builds, the respect it demands make the sometimes difficult trek of integrity extremely worthwhile.

How do you fair? Any thoughts…