Lead Well: Repentance & Forgiveness

Leading well in life can be a challenge, even at the best of times. We will enjoy great days, followed quickly by what I lovingly refer to us ‘other days’.  We can create success out of nothing, yet sabotage ourselves just as easily.

And the biggest of sabotages will not come from problems we cannot solve, or from people who refuse to work with us, and not even from missing out on the success we consider we deserve. The greatest of sabotage will come from ourselves and how we respond to the mistakes we make along the way.

Will we cover up? Will we keep living like the other stuff hasn’t really happened? Or will we face the truth of it?

These are pivotal moments. Back in my twenties when I was confronted about certain lifestyle choices I had a decision to make. Ignore it or do the right thing. I had lied, covered up, behaved badly and now it had finally caught me out.

What I did was the hardest thing I had ever done, yet at the same time, it was the best thing I have ever done. I had some really difficult conversations with people I loved and asked them to forgive me.

It was a journey of repentance and forgiveness which was excruciatingly painful but beautifully liberating, all at the same time. I had learned one of my best lessons and I acknowledge that without travelling this path, I may not be leading the life I now am.

Be ready to repent. Be ready to ask for forgiveness. These two might be our greatest defence, helping us to keep leading well in life and to fulfil our true potential for God.

Repentance breaks the hold of whatever it is that has a hold of you.

Repentance disarms those things which can sabotage your God-given potential.

Repentance brings the truth out in to the open where it can then be dealt with.

Repentance gives God permission to get involved and to turn things around.

Repentance leads to forgiveness which leads to an outpouring of grace which sets you up for the future.

Repentance reminds you how much God loves you and how much those closest to you love you as well.

Let today be a pivotal moment kind of day. Be willing to be confronted or to confront yourself. For what and where do you need to say sorry? Who do you need to ask for forgiveness? Take the first step on this journey and don’t allow them to control you anymore.

6 Ways to Speak to 2017

c333d6yehi0-aaron-burden“Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.”” [Ezekiel‬ ‭37:4-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬]

2017 will bring all kinds of experiences and situations to our door. We cannot control what comes but we can control how we react to them and how we approach them.

We can make great decisions. We can remove distractions. We can build better friendships. But one thing has greater power. The power of life and death is in the words we speak. Don’t throw away phrases without a care. They make an difference.

So, let’s prophesy over it. Speak to those ‘dry bones’, those barren and dusty parts of your life. The power of life and death is in the words we speak. God created when he spoke. Don’t throw phrases out without a care. Speak carefully and thoughtfully over the next 12 months.

Speak love. 

Speak encouragement. 

Speak faith. 

Speak life. 

Speak the promises of God. 

Speak hope. 

Prophesy into the future. Speak the good things of God over you, your family and your future. When we do this I believe we set ourselves up for a God-filled, faith-filled, miracle-filled future.

2017 and God

You may not be like me but nearly every year for as long as I can remember I have always taken these last few days of a year to reflect and get ready for the new one. 

It’s not about resolutions, I can’t keep them and in reality they are (to me), a little boring. 

Here’s my focus ~ that my walk with God would be better. That I would start strong the next 365 days, digging in the Word, praying every day and living with greater intent in regard to the person I say is the most important to me. 

So let me ask some of the questions I ask myself to get me thinking about relationship with God. 

What am I most excited about for 2017 with God?

Where do I need to grow bigger with God in 2017?

What will I make my non-negotiables in 2017 when it comes to my relationship with God?

What I am believing God for in 2017?

Why not answer them and share your thoughts as a comment below. Thanks. 

Happy Christmas Everyone

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” [‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭9:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬]

Praying Gods incredible blessing over all who I know and all those who come and visit this blog. Thanks for passing by, for the encouragement and for the comments too. 

2017 is going to be a BIGGER year and the best year yet. Make it a year to become bigger on the inside so that all that happens on the outside will not defeat you. 

Make Jesus Lord of your life. Put Him first in all you do. Jesus never disappoints. He is faithful when we lack the ability to be faithful. He is loving when we can be unloveable. He is forgiving when we struggle to forgive both ourselves and others. 

May 2017 be a year of Gods favour for you and those you love as you walk with Him. 

Walk in faith. Walk in victory. Walk with a Godly confidence. Walk knowing you are never alone, more than a conqueror and that God is on your side. 

What are thankful for this Christmas? What are you believing God for in 2017?

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from my family to you and yours. 


4 Great Reminders About Gods Word

Feeling overwhelmed.
Feeling a little lost.
Feeling confused.

Feeling like you have no energy.

Not every day is a great day.

Yet there is something that I know can help. It’s not necessarily what you want to hear when I tell you what it is. Get into the Word of God.

I know from experience that when people have said this to me that I’ve probably been somewhat dismissive, given a nod of the head, and mumbled a reply, ‘Yeah, I know’.

Go against your feelings and read your favourite verses. Find something around a topic that relates to how you are feeling or what you are needing God to do. Here’s why…

The law of the Lord revives the soul

God can only speak out of His character and His nature. It reflects all that is in Him. Since God is pure, the Law is pure. Since God is holy, the Law is holy. Since God is perfect, the Law is perfect. The Law is about Gods best for us, not religion but relationship, because He loves us. Reading it, knowing it and living it will revive, refresh, energise, invigorate and wake me up.

The revelation of the Lord makes us wise

God reveals Himself through His word. If we want to know what God says about something then the best place to go to first is His word. Then look around , to the heavens, to creation, to see His promise-keeping at work.The beginning of the wisdom is to have a healthy fear and reverence for who God is, what He has done and what He will continue to do in and through our lives.

Living right for God makes the heart happy

Too many times I have heard people say that they are not sure what God is asking them to do. My answer is simple ~ what does His word say? What was Jesus all about? Love God. Love others. Love the church.

Get in the Word and discover the truth of Gods best for you, learn about living right for Him and you will cause your heart to rejoice.

The commands of the Lord show us our way

We can know what is right and wrong. We can have a moral sense of these things. Yet it is the word of God that reveals how much we are in need of the saving grace of our Saviour and then directs us in our life in response to that saving grace.

The Word of God is most often what we need, even though we choose not to go to it. How about a challenge for the next 30 days to be disciplined in our choices and to go to the word every day. To read a Psalm. Or read the Gospel of John. When reading ask God that you might gain fresh perspective on His Law, fresh revelation on who He is, to know His ways and to receive His unending love and grace.

I pray that in doing this you will see your soul revived, gain wisdom for all types of circumstances, that your heart will be happy and your eyes enlightened to Gods way for your life.

The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes [Psalm 19:7-8]

Am I Playing It Safe?

In the context of the ‘Are We In?’ thoughts recently, perhaps the reason we hesitate to give an answer to this question is that we love our comfort too much, we love our safe place. We have got used to how things are and even though it isn’t always a great place, it’s our place, we know it and it has become the norm.

The Christian faith is a paradox. Think about it. God is our refuge, He is our safe place, in Him we find refuge and rescue and peace. Yet that journey often involves trusting Him in ways we can find uncomfortable. It feels a little risky and we are unsure of the outcome as we have to relinquish control.

I have lived too many days with the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign hanging on the door, treating my life a bit like I treat a hotel. Enjoying ‘my time’ while the rest of the world passes me by. Meanwhile God is calling me to engage, to be ‘in’ with all that He is doing. To do that means ripping up the sign, getting up,  moving and doing something.

I have to not allow my desire for safe to override my desire to serve God. I am convinced that one will stop me from living out the other. I cannot play it safe and be someone who says they trust God. I cannot play it safe yet want to believe in faith for a move of God. After all, faith is about believing for those things that I cannot see yet. It’s about stepping out into the unknown because I know that is what God is asking me to do. In doing what seems uncomfortable though I will find the safety I crave in the fullness of God. That’s the paradox at work.

I think I have got too comfy recently. That’s why I am stuck in this thought of being ‘in’. It’s why everything I am reading is challenging me to go for broke for God. To fall into His arms and trust that He will catch me. To take that one step and then allow God to light up the rest of the path. To let go of my dreams and give God the chance to put His dreams in my hands.

How have I played it safe? Just existing. Just doing life. Nothing bad or horrendous. No ‘off the scale’ sin going on. Just meandering through life waiting for God to zap me when I think God is waiting for me to wake up to the fact He already has.

I don’t have the answers yet. I am praying and asking God. What do you want me to do? Where can I put my faith to the test? What does my statement of faith, of intent, need to be? I need a bit more adventure in my life and not just one that I could make up but living the one that God has for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do and I ‘m not about to quit but even in that you can kind of getting to a rhythm and lose the edge that staying in faith and believing for something impossible can bring.

What about you? Where have you got stuck and need to make a step of faith again?

Yet…

I have had this thought today based round the word YET. Such a small word but a powerful one nonetheless. I know without a doubt that I have used this word as an excuse, a reason why I won’t do some stuff.

I’m not ready YET.  

I don’t know enough YET.  

Not for me, not YET.  

I don’t have time for that, YET I can find time for a whole load of other things. 

Or a hundred other statements like them. Just reasons that mean I might opt out, miss out or lose out.

But here’s the amazing thing. I don’t need to opt out, miss our or lose out even if I don’t feel ready YET and here’s why…

God’s not finished with me YET. 

YET, while I was a sinner Christ died for me. 

Like I have written on many occasions, living for God is mostly about one step at a time. I don’t know everything, YET I keep on walking. I’m not the finished article YET but I keep making myself available for God to use.

I’m trusting God for what I don’t know YET and in doing so, I’m not allowing any YETs to get in the way of everything God has prepared for me in the future. What do you think?

Hard Done 

You know what I mean. Life is tough. Things are not going your way at the moment. People are having a go. Circumstances are conspiring against you. 

You feel like it’s just not fair. You feel somewhat ‘hard done’ to. The question is how will react, what will you do in response?

Emotions can run high when you feel hard done. 

Weariness can lead to weird decisions when you feel hard done. 

You can fall out with friends when you feel hard done. 

Giving up seems the simplest option when you feel hard done to. 

Yet hard done can become hard won. Hard done can lead to a moment of breakthrough. Hard done can cause us to move away from God when we should make sure it causes us to lean hard on God.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me [Phil 4:13]