Influence 2017: Session 5

The final session of the day with Dr Robi: Conquering the Giant…

We may say to ourselves ‘Someone should do something about that?’ Maybe that someone is you. 

We are the right people, positioned in the right place, to do the right thing. 

Step 1: Preparation: this about positioning rather than training, positioning by the Holy Spirit [James 1:2-4]

Step 2: Peseverance: not about endurance but rather about faithfulness and continuing to be faithful. For example, keeping on ‘loving’ someone even when it’s mundane. 

One step at a time, which is pretty boring really. It’s about being the same person in private and in public. 

Step 3: Prevail: just as you’ve conquered the giant, get ready, there will be another one.  

To prevail is to become more than a conqueror, whatever comes your way. 

Remember that Gods way is not to take us out of a situation but instead He will help us to get through it. 

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Been an amazing day but as always I am encouraged, inspired and challenged, ready for what God has in store for me next. 

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Influence 2017: Session 4

This session from Dr Robi was without exaggerating, phenomenal. 

Sharing about what forgiveness is and what it isn’t. 

It is making a CHOICE: we like to hold on to our pain, that it feels good to be bad. But we must choose to let it go. 

It requires a SACRIFICE on our part. 

It’s TRUSTING God to take care of the justice to avenge, that He knows what He is doing. 

It’s a GIFT given even if undeserved: only when you give it as a gift do you understand that the gift is for you. 

It is NOT an EXCUSE for what people did to you, for their behaviour. 

It doesn’t mean we have to BEFRIEND them. 

It doesn’t mean we have to continue to be ABUSED by the perpetrator. 

It doesn’t require us to FORGET what is being forgiven: instead the memory can be a great hallmark of forgiveness and be part of our story. 

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Amazing!!

Influence 2017: Session 3


Great session ith Pastor John Greenow from my own church, Xcel taking about roots and being established by them…

God wants us to be realigned because we have an assignment. God wants to relocate our soul in preparation for the next season. 

That we would be rooted and established

It’s from the root that the fruit will ultimately grow. Our roots really matter (Hebrews 12:15)

Hold on to the grace so we don’t become bitter. If worries about the fruit then go back to the source, to the roots.

God has deposited in us, rooted in us – gifts, righteous frustrations, things we are to use. 

Do not dismiss them because they don’t look like much or not glamourous enough

Love the deposit God has made is us. Not comparing ourselves with others. To be happy with your calling. Think of the difference that could make. 

What one word would you use to describe yourself? After all, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. 

Pull away from the dirt of discouragement or from the soil of failure. 

Get our gifts out of unemployment and use them. Grace is the humility which provides the opportunity to use our gifts. 

By faith we use them because the way we use them is important. Use them by love. That is the filter. 

Strengthen your roots. Protect your roots. Stay under grace. Don’t downgrade, deny or drift from your roots. There is fruit coming. 

Influence 2016 Has Begun

Great first night for Influence 2016. We are off and running and expectant for some life changing moments. 

 

The message from Vicki Simpson was about recalibration to position you to embrace the future. 

Daniel 6:10 – tells of a gutsy move by Daniel to open the windows and pray facing Jerusalem that lay in ruins. 

We all have a Jerusalem? An area that is not how we want it to be? God wants to give us a key to reconcile the why / the unreconcilable. 

Here’s what we do, like Daniel…

Open the window

Pray

Give thanks in the face of your desolation

Daniel 6:28 follows by telling us that this Daniel prospered. The one taken from his family. The one who had suffered. Inspite of circumstances he prospered. 

Prosper = to advance, to accomplish, to have success, to cause to go on well. 

We have to be willing to give God permission to work on the unresolved ruins. He wants to bring blessing where we least expect it. Where and what is it for me?

Looking forward to day 2. 

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?

Influence 2015.5

Today has been phenomenal. Thank you Pastor Ray Bevan for your teaching today…

We need to silence the bully of sin in our lives. Don’t underestimate the power of sin in our lives as Christians. The other side is for fearful Christians – don’t overestimate the power of sine. 

Sin will bully you with the threat of contamination, condemnation, separation, limitation. 

Contamination – we focus too much on sin and not enough on grace. Where sin is grace abounds more. 

1 Cor 7:12-16 Don’t be concerned about the sin in your home but rather the grace that is inside of you. 

Condemnation – we feel accused by sin. How long will we allow Satan to accuse us of our sin as a believer? There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. The judgement has been paid. 

It’s not about my unfaithfulness but Gods faithfulness even when I am unfaithful. 

Grace always gives you a score that you don’t deserve.

Influence 2015.4

Loving Conference and the privilege of listening to our very own Lead Pastor John Greenow. Talking about the first 20 minutes…

The first 20 minutes of exercise have the most benefits within them

How many benefits are waiting for us in the first 20 minutes of our lives? There is always extra energy needed to get us from the inertia to movement. 

You will face challenges when you start something new. 

Mark 6:1-6
This was their greatest opportunity to receive the benefits of Jesus. Instead they went from wonder to being offended, missing out. 

Where are some of our 20 minutes?
In our praise & worship every Sunday – do we see the benefits of the presence of the Holy Spirit. 

It’s not just the praise & worship. It’s part of the struggle to get to the benefits. 

Same with giving. Same with praying. 

God is helping you in this season to finish off what you have already started. 

Jesus is the breaker that goes before us (Micah 2:13). You may feel a failure but the breaker has gone before you. Remember the One who goes with you & ahead of you. 

The key is to keep moving. The breaker creates a heavenly slip stream for us to follow Him through