The Power of Perhaps

Ideas come in all shapes and sizes. We have many everyday. From passing thoughts to crazy dreams…ideas come and ideas go.

Many of the things we now take forgranted were once an idea. Maybe even an idle thought, dismissed at first as something that would never work, never be, never happen but today is excepted as normal. Light bulbs. Aeroplanes. Women’s votes. Electricity. Mobile phones. Broadband. The list is literally endless.

Ideas change history. The power of one idea, grabbed a hold of by one person, who with drive and determination turns it into reality. We can all have an idea. Add a little of God’s favour to it and who knows where it could take you.

Think about it for a moment…
That name of someone which for some reason has popped into your head
That conversation you missed because you were in such a hurry
The people you pass everyday but never take time to notice
Thoughts about the future and what you would really like to do
Things that make you glad, mad or sad

Ideas. All the time. Everyday. And we just miss them. Don’t say that God is not giving you the opportunity to do something when God presents us with opportunities to do something everyday. The problem is we choose to ignore them because they are not what we want to do, or they are inconvenient to our timetable or we’ve had a busy day so we opt out. Ouch!

In 1 Samuel 14:1-14 Jonathan had an idea. He turned to his colleague and said “Come, let’s go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side.” A simple idea. Or maybe not. Look at where they were – the outpost was up a mountain. One they would have to climb first before fighting the Philistines when they got there.

I think my response would have been less enthusiastic than his colleagues. It will never work may have been part of my reply. Let’s ‘group-chat’ for a moment about the feasibility of this before we take any steps. We rationalise to the point of excusing ourselves. Maybe we are more inclined to pray ‘Lord, keep me safe’, rather than how Jonathan might have prayed ‘Lord help me in this daring and dangerous idea’.

There is no gilt-edged promise of success when you pursue an idea. Jonathan uses the word ‘perhaps’ as his persuasive argument that it was possible. ‘Perhaps the LORD will act in our behalf.’

Don’t know about you but I think I would have wanted more than ‘perhaps’. Every idea though lives for a time in the arena of ‘perhaps’. The risk element that it may not succeed. Perhaps it will, perhaps it won’t. Too often we air on the side of perhaps it won’t. For Jonathan and his armour-bearer perhaps it won’t would have meant death. The exciting part is this…for your idea, for your dream, for your opportunity…

PERHAPS THE LORD WILL ACT ON YOUR BEHALF

You don’t need much of God’s favour to bring about great victories.
You won’t see God’s favour much if you don’t step out into the unknown zone of ‘perhaps’.

Idea + Perhaps God Will = The Potential for Anything to Happen

Let’s enjoy the ride…it’s called FAITH
FAITH in a God who can do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or think.
Perhaps…

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Make The Right Trade

In my search for breakthrough I love that what I get to do is a part of it.

I am still relatively new to this Pastoring lark – Xcel Darlington is only just over 1 year old. Maybe I’m still in the honeymoon period but one thing I am sure of…I am in the place God wants me. Just need to get better at what He is calling me to. (Guess we can all relate to that).

But here’s my thought. Being in the right place with God beats everything else. Even with the stresses and strains going on in life, being in the right place with God can make everything seem right. That air of contentment. That knowledge of knowing that you are giving God your best. Are you giving God your best?

THIS IS IT…BETTER IS ONE DAY IN YOUR COURTS THAN A THOUSAND ELSEWHERE.[Ps 84:10]

Would I really trade 1 day for 1000?
Would I really trade 1 day for 2.74 years?

THAT IS SOME STATEMENT.

Would I rather be a doorkeeper in the House of God than be anywhere else that the world might offer?

You know what, I am probably guilty of saying ‘YES’ to easily to these kind of statements. Crossing the line marked YES but then looking for the option to back track. I am realising that you are either IN or you are OUT. In-between, sometimes, lukewarm, so-so, possibly, maybe – I’m not sure God enjoys hearing those sentiments.

I want to be where the action is. It can get a little heated at times. Being a doorkeeper can get somewhat scary at times but what a rush. Feel the adrenaline pumping. Why would you want anything else? There is no substitute.

Being in the right place with God means you are covered. FOR THE LORD GOD IS A SUN AND SHIELD; THE LORD BESTOWS FAVOUR AND HONOUR; and here’s the think that keeps me on track for my breakthrough, for the breakthrough of growth that I want to see at Xcel Church Darlington…NO GOOD THING DOES HE WITHHOLD FROM THOSE WHOSE WALK IS BLAMELESS. [Ps 84:11]

Help me stay blameless Lord. Help me keep my integrity. Help me stay in the right place with you. Can’t afford to move away…I might miss out on the honour and the favour. That’s where the action is.

Are you in the right place?