Who You Are

I went to go aWhen tnd see the remake of Lion King the other day, and it’s one thing to watch it as a child it is another to understand the power of the story when it comes to depicting identity.

What do you do when the world shakes and you lose the one thing that you held on to as definition of who you are. When the very core of your belief system gets shaken? Simba has built the whole fibre of his being around the admiration he has for his father, the symbol of good his father, Mufasa, represents, and who his father says he is, who he will one day be, the king.

Then, Scar, like the devil himself comes and attacks the very core of his belief system, takes away his rock, his father and more than that, takes away his belief that he is who his father said he was, a good lion, with a good heart that was meant to be a king.

Simba no longer believes he is who the thought he was, he faces a crisis of identity and because he no longer believes in who he is, he no longer believes he is worthy of the call on his life.

So what do we do when the devil challenges our identity?

it is important to know that our identity is not defined by our past, by the mistakes we have made, or by what others say about us, nor is it defined by our circumstances.

“But as many as receiver Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”

- John 1:12

We have been adopted in to Sonship and we must never forget it. That we can stand bold in who God says we are when the devil comes to tell us we are not. To know that this sonship was not by accident, it is not something that can be taken away from you because you made a mistake, God has sealed it with the blood of His Son.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.”

- 1 Peter 2:9

The only way we can stay firm in who we are is through relationship with the Creator. Knowing who we are in Him, comes from knowing Him. Time in the Word and time in prayer.

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.”

Joshua 1:8

When the word is hidden in your heart and you pray according to that Word you can trust in the revelation of God for who you are and what you are called to,

“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us”

1 John 5:14

Remembering Faith

One of the hardest things is to remember faith in the moments where you actually need it. We spend all this time working to build up our faith, but training is never the same as the battle. When you’re training in your head you sort of know that it’s not the real battle, so how do you really prepare yourself so the real battle isn’t a shock to the system.

“Blessed [with spiritual security] is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the LORD And whose hope and confident expectation is the LORD. For he will be [nourished] like a tree planted by the waters, That spreads out its roots by the river; And will not fear the heat when it comes; But its leaves will be green and moist. And it will not be anxious and concerned in a year of drought Nor stop bearing fruit.”

‭‭JEREMIAH‬ ‭17:7-8‬ ‭AMP‬‬

The best way to be truly prepared for the battle, is when your training is your lifestyle. Consistency, we must learn to make living by faith in God a lifestyle. The tree planted by the water, is rooted by its source. It doesn’t seek that source only after the rain has gone. To be prepared for battle you don’t start to prepare only when you see the enemy coming.

““Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:24-25‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The man who builds his house on the rock realises that you can build the most architecturally beautiful structure but if it is built on the wrong foundation it is to no avail. You can’t save foundational damage after you’ve built the entire structure. Jesus went to the cross for us because he knew we had corroded the structure of our faith through sin, the temple had to be torn down that He would build it on the strong foundation of His sacrifice in three days and could never be torn down again. That is why we say He is our firm foundation. If you build your life on Him when the winds blow and the floods come we will not fall.

when the storm comes will you remember your source. Peter had faith enough to walk on water, that if I say so myself is substantial faith. However when the storms came, his faith did not endure, because he took his eyes of his source and onto his situation.

Before the bible says, ‘blessed is the man whose hope is in the Lord and who trusts the Lord, he shall be like a tree planted by the waters’ it first says;

“Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited.”

‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭17:5-6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

You get nowhere in this life once you let your circumstance direct you. The moment you put your trust in men and in situations or your surroundings you freely relinquish authority over that which God has given you.

Naked And Unashamed

“And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭2:25‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

So much changed when Adam and Eve are of the fruit of the midst of the garden. The floodgates opened but one of the most damaged things was the relationship between man and his wife. The final thing the Bible says before the serpent came to test Eve was that “the man and his wife were naked and unashamed”. That was the capacity for man and his wife to live with such a deep unity and honesty and fearless love. To not overthink or doubt or worry about how one would receive the other.

The devil's first attack was on the trust between a man and a woman. God purposed a husband to be a covering and a safety for his wife. That you love her like Christ loved the church. And he made woman to be a helper. To enrich her husband but the devil came to soak doubt there by bringing shame and self awareness.

The moment that God confronted Adam he immediately blamed the woman who was sent to help him.

Eve no longer felt the covering of Adam and Adam questioned her capacity to help.

Today the relationship with man and woman is still so fractured. We must fight more intently to be naked and unashamed frightening as it may be to be so vulnerable. It is only by the bold leap of faith that you get back to a redeemed relationship of a covering and a helper.

Relating

““Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.””

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭22:36-40‬ ‭NKJV

Love is a word that gets thrown around so recklessly. It provokes deep levels of joy and when misused, as it often is, can provoke deep levels of pain. The dictionary defines love as;

  1. a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.

  2. a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.

The worlds definition of love leaves things so open to interpretations, it’s so hinged on feelings and more often than not no ones interpretation is the same. Who can quantify the depth of affection? Who can write a playbook on commonality in how love should be displayed? Because of this, we move by emotions and emotions can be very unreliable. Led by emotions we are like waves tossed to and fro by every passing wind.

So how do we relate, how do we show love without succumbing to the many obstacles it can bring? How do we merge our personal desires and the good of another person. How do you live in unity without caving under the pressures of balancing different natures, attitudes and life approaches as one?

God is the most perceptive, wise and dutiful lover! He knows just how you receive love best and how to let go of Himself to give it to you. He showed us the self sacrificing nature of love when He sent His Son to die for us. In learning how to relate in love we must be aware of the ultimate example of love.

Love is no longer to be perceived simply as an emotion but as an active, doing word.

“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”

‭‭I John‬ ‭3:18‬ ‭NKJV

‬‬“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭13:4-7‬ ‭NKJV‬


All this is easier said than done but requires a deep intentionality, a huge amount of selflessness, it requires an unwavering persistence in chasing what you desire, it requires a firm decision to be unshakeable in your unity no matter what comes.

The intentionality of Christ is indescribable. When the bible says, “men love your wives as Christ loved the church.” Do we realise He didn’t come to earth and decide along the To die for us? He. Came with the sole intent to die for us and all He did was geared towards it. So therefore we must love with such intentionality.

when the bible scripture at the beginning of this post says love your neighbour as yourself, the prerequisite is the love of God. We can only love truly after interaction with God’s love.

I was watching A Beautiful Mind recently and came across this perfect quote, ‘the only way for a group to succeed is if every member does what is best for himself and for the group.’ That is love! Yes love must be selflessness but that selflessness must serve the better good of the group. To relate best you must seek what is best both for yourself and your partner simultaneously and never seek your own good only.

Weapons Of Our Warfare

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”

‭‭II Corinthians‬ ‭10:4-6‬ ‭NKJV

So often I find that we are so quick to throw that scripture about but how often do we use scripture lackadaisically but not search out the depths of the meaning behind it.

It is a form of blasphemy to speak without reverence of the things of God. We can’t go around wearing the badge of God but failing to honour the truth of what we claim to represent.

Do we really know what it means to battle not in carnality but in spiritual places? What does it truly demand and expect of you? More often than not we talk about the deeper things of God but the moment trials come we revert to following our instincts and trying to use worldly solutions.

We begin to worry about the things working against us on earth and want to deal with each issue one by one forgetting that we have in us the capacity, the strength and the authority to sort it out once and for all in the place of the spirit.

So how do we battle things in spiritual places?

‬‬“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:12-13‬ ‭NKJV

In Ephesians 6, it reminds us that we wrestle not against flesh and blood so then to prepare fo the battle at hand put on the armour of God.

Girt your loins with truth. There is power in dealing in honesty, with the truth of your situation. The truth of your situation is what God says about it not the facts. Living in truth is whose report do you believe and how do you relate to others

Have on the breastplate if righteousness. Do you acknowledge that you are cloaked in the righteousness of Christ? You are in right standing with God, free of shame and guilt.

Your feet firm in the gospel of peace. Understanding that when Jesus died on the cross ‬‬peace was delivered to us.

Take up the shield of faith. The shield protects in battle, that lets us know how important it is that we are secure in what we believe. So every lie the devil brings your way is brought captive by the truth you stand firm in.

The helmet of salvation. Know that you’re salvation is secure, you have already be saved, you are not fighting for survival, you don’t need to fight out of desperation.

The Sword of the Spirit. Our sword is the Word of God. We lay to waste the enemy with the Word, all things but be rooted in the Word of God.

And all of this cement into action through PRAYER.

“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Deep Calls Unto Deep

God is looking for more, God is calling us deeper. He is looking for more of His children. There are things of the Spirit we will never be able to search out if we are content with surface Christianity.

“Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭4:1-2‬ ‭NKJV

We have a choice in this relationship with God to live like slaves, to live as servants, to simply be given directives and ‬‬obey. Choosing that won’t make you miss heaven, but you could miss all God has for you if you become content with the least of all God has to offer.

The question is knowing that there is so much more for you in the House of God do you want less than you have the authority and access to.

Like I said last week we often come to Christ not out of a desire to do His will but out of a need or something we are looking for. Often we meet God in a transactional matter. The bible says “…the heart of man is desperately wicked.” We have a tendency to think of self more than we do of others, and God will take you as you are, but in place of relationship He is looking for us to mature, to grow, for our hearts to change from thinking of self, to desiring the things of His Kingdom more than the our personal gain.

Maturity in the things of God isn’t decided by how long you have been a Christian, but by how deeply you search out relationship with Him, do you tarry in His presence? Desire to know Him more? Unlike the human body that grows with or without your consent, your heart and Spirit grow through time spent and intentional action.

“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭13:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

You don’t mature by accident but through intentionality. You decide you want more, you decide to let go of childish things. You decide you don’t just want to get by, God wants to birth in us a desire for more, to know to fullness of all He has and who He is and who we are in Him.

God is the unsearchable God, there is so much more to Him, you were saved and you have witnessed His grace, does your heart desire that everyone else gets to witness that same saving grace.

“As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭42:1‬ ‭NKJV

God is waiting, waiting for us to desire Him the way He desires us, to want more of Him, He says, ‘He who lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives freely.’ Are you ready to search out the deep truths of God?‬‬

On The Run

Have you ever found something tugging at your heart? Felt like God has called you to something you never imagined doing in your life and your immediate instinct was to run.

Run as far as you can from the call of God ‘cause that isn’t what you got in this for. Realistically how many of us came to Christ more for what they could do for Him, than what He could do for us? And because our focus seems to be more about the reward more than serving Christ, the moment He asks us to do something that on the surface the risks outweigh the reward, we run.

Truth is many of us came to God when we realised we couldn’t work it all out by ourselves, when we needed a way out of lack, needed healing, or provision. And that’s not a bad thing, God will take you as you are, but in the process we have to transition from babes drinking milk to mature Christians seeking meat, a deeper relationship with God.

Luckily for us God knows us better than we know ourselves, He knows the decisions we’d make that we never imagined ourselves making.

““Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.””

‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭NKJV

So God knows when we will run, He always has a back up for our mess up, so you find that where you were going to run from HIm you end up running into Him.

Moses wanted to right the wrong the Egyptians had done to the Hebrews, but he was overzealous and killed the Egyptian soldier, then in an attempt to further help the Hebrew found himself being chastised. He had the right heart to do what God had called Him, but once it seemed like too much he ran.

“Now it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens. And he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. And when he went out the second day, behold, two Hebrew men were fighting, and he said to the one who did the wrong, “Why are you striking your companion?” Then he said, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” So Moses feared and said, “Surely this thing is known!” When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh and dwelt in the land of Midian; and he sat down by a well.”

‭‭Exodus‬ ‭2:11-15‬ ‭NKJV‬‬‬‬

Moses was running in fear from the call of God, only to find himself exactly where God was calling him, into a place where he could be alone with God to have a personal and intimate encounter with Him at the burning bush.

When the prodigal son took his inheritance and left his father, his father daily went to the highest point of his home to watch out fo this son, There is nowhere you can go or run, that God isn’t watching over you, wouldn’t chase after you and won’t take you back into His arms. He is the God that leaves the 99 to go after the one.

In the same way Jonah was on the run from God, he intentionally decided not just to disobey God but to get as far away from where God was calling Him. Jonah running from God found himself doing the work of God and ending up exactly where God had called him to in the first place.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

God will take your mistakes, your disobedience, your good, your bad and work it all for your good, if you truly love Him and desire His will. While Jonah was on the run unbelievers came to the revelation of who the true God was and saw His power. While Jonah was on the run, he saw the salvation of God, he got a testimony of the mercy of God that meant that when he went to Nineveh, the people were quick to repent.

So often we lean on our flesh, or get scared and we go on the run, but God’s love is so deep and unfailing that wherever you run, He will be there, to keep, protect you and offer you His salvation.

Providential

PROVIDENCE;

  • Foreseeing care and guidance of God or nature over the creatures of the earth.

  • God, especially when conceived as omnisciently directing the universe and the affairs of humankind with wise benevolence.

  • a manifestation of divine care or direction.

God is a providential God, it is His nature to act and do all things with care and guidance. It is God’s very nature to lead us down the perfect path.

We fear alignment, we get unsure about making decisions, not knowing for sure what is best and sometimes we don’t have the boldness to step in faith cause it doesn’t alsways seem like wisdom, like the smart decision. God can not make decisions that are unwise or uncaring, but how much do we trust it?

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:1-3‬

God is our Shepherd. Sheep have a relationship with their shepherd where they know his voice innately and trust him relentlessly. Can we say that about our relationships with God, where we are so confident in where He is taking us that we don’t try to carve out our own path. It is God’s way to take us in the path that is best for us, “in green pastures” where there is always provision. When God told Abraham to leave his family that he will take him to a land that He will show him. Abraham, had no picture created for him, but he trusted God and never lacked along the way. God “leads us in the path of righteousness”, He is putting us in rightstanding with Him and is it important that we note this is not about us, He remains true to who He says He is, “for His names sake.”

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:4-6‬ ‭NKJV

One of the reasons we tend to begin to doubt God and His providence is when things begin to get tough. God’s Word never says things will be easy on this journey, but it does say that He is with us, He will cover us and protect us. He will bless you and elevate you in the presence of those that come against you.

We question, when we have been diligent and obedient, and done all God has asked of us and bad things happen, it just doesn’t make sense. That is exactly what Job did and it was a major lesson in trusting and aligning with God. We base our definition of the fairness and just nature of God on worldly understanding, with limited knowledge and with a focus on how things pertain to us,

When Job challenged God, God responded by showing him all of His creation and asking a slew of questions..

In summary God says to Job, ‘Were you there when I payed the foundations of the earth? When I determined the size and scale of it, when I made light and darkens and told them their guidelines‬‬, were you there when I made the oceans and gave it it’s boundaries. Look at all the creatures, the deemed monsters on land and in the sea, I provide for them and keep them under control. Can you protect yourself with your right hand? Take the proud and humble them, take the wicked and bring them under your hand?’

And Job comes to the realisation, look at all God has dominance over and how He manages it all. Job is overcome with wonder at the magnificence of God and says;

““I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. Listen, please, and let me speak; You said, ‘I will question you, and you shall answer Me.’ “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes.””

‭‭Job‬ ‭42:2-6‬ ‭NKJV

There is so much wisdom and understanding in the ways of God, we question Him because we cannot comprehend Him, but like a sheep that has limited knowledge in comparison the the shepherd is it not better then to follow the guidance of the one that knows all than try to command that which we cannot comprehend?‬‬

Left Behind

Perspective is a very powerful and scary thing. The lens through which you see will taint most, if not all your opinions.

Two people can have the exact same experiences, be put in the same conditions and surrounded by the same people, who treat them the same way, yet respond in completely opposite manners. Why? Because perspective can completely alter how you receive something, or the results you get.

Why is the Bible adamant that we are transformed by the renewal of our minds? Because when you encounter something in the flesh you respond with fear, but where you encounter it with the mindset of Christ you respond with faith, and your mindset often determines your result, or failing at that your response to a negative outcome.

We seek consistently as the word says to, “…be made Holy, because He was Holy.”and what does it mean to be Holy? It means to be set apart. We cry out to God, “God we want to be more like You, make me Holy like You!” And when God starts the work of sanctifying us, because of poor discernment, we perceive the blessing as a punishment.

Sometimes God is setting you apart and you think everyone is leaving you behind. God has placed you at the forefront of His mind and you think everyone has forgotten you.

When we read the bible, we read it, knowing the end from the beginning, knowing, it works out good for this guy in the end. But how did it look in the moment.

When Joseph had a dream and his brothers didn’t just laugh it off, they plotted to kill him, threw him into a well, sold him into slavery. He must’ve felt rejected, forgotten, foresaken, but what was God doing? SETTING HIM APART!

When Samuel went to the house of Jesse to anoint a new King and David’s father didn’t even invite him for consideration, he musthave felt forgotten, disregarded, inconsequential, but what was God doing? SETTING HIM APART!

When Moses mother had to hide him in basket, and he was found, brough up an orphan, too Egyptian for the Jews, too Jewish for the Egyptians, he must have felt like a nomad, a misfit. When he finally chose a side then accidentally killed a guard and ran off into the wilderness, he must’ve felt like a failure, lost and in abandon, but what was God doing? SETTING HIM APART!

You might feel like you have nowhere to turn, everyone around you is finding success, achieving great things, you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, you feel ashamed, like you’re the only one struggling in your sin, you feel insignificant, like a grasshopper looking at a giant,

but if you could just shift your perspective for a moment,

maybe you cant see light at the end of the tunnel because you are the light in the tunnel.

Maybe you feel like a grasshopper but if you look in you left hand you’ll see a sling and in your right hand you’ll see a stone.

You feel rejected, alone, forgotten, there is no one around you, but maybe you haven’t been left behind, instead you’ve been SET APART, SANCTIFIED, MADE HOLY!

People aren’t running away from you, God is lifting you up, ‘cause what He is calling you to they just aren’t ready for.

What Happens When The Main Character Dies

It’s weird where inspiration comes from sometimes. So I was scrolling through instagram andI saw a clip on the making of the final episode of season one of Game of Thrones, where Ned Stark dies. You don’t do this in storytelling, you don’t kill the main character. What will bring your audience back if you kill the person they’ve connected to more than anyone else. What will draw your audience when the hero is gone.

So it got me thinking, how did the disciples feel when the hero died? How must it have shaken them when Jesus died?

Whenever we talk about the crucifixion we focus on the sacrifice, the power of the sacrifice, we turn our focus to the selflessness of Christ to lay His life down for all of us, despite our sins and unworthiness. We look at it from the spiritual perspective which is powerful and essential, but let’s stop and talk a look at the reality of it all.

The disciples have dropped everything in the life and spent the last 3 years following Jesus. They’ve left family, careers, finances, dropped it all to follow Christ. And it’s all been worth it, they’ve held on to HIs every word and seen HIm perform unimaginable miracles, give them wisdom and insight, He has been equipping them. One day He sits them all down and say’s I’m gonna be betrayed, I’ll be crucified, then I’ll rise again, really all they hear is , ‘So I’m gonna die.’ They are like hell no, Peter is like, that doesn’t fit the plan, you don’t have to die.

And then it starts to unfold itself, and their life shatters so quickly. You’ve hinged all your hope on this guy and you see HIm dragged off like a common criminal, He is insulted and mocked, jeered at, even by the criminals beside Him on the crosss. This person, they all looked up to is being made to look like nothing. Fear sets in, they are all scared of being arrested and killed and don’t want to even be associated with Him, Peter who said he’d never deny Him, goes on to deny Jesus three times.

Jesus prophecied it all, how He’d be betrayed, how He’d die, but in the light of the moment all that is forgotten, all hope seems lost and it feels like the last 3 years were wasted.

What do you do when the very thing you cringed all you hope on is gone. It didn’t take Peter long to get back on the boat and start fishing. The disciples, couldn’t stay and watch Him die, it only talk of the women that stayed through the cross.

We’ve all been there, where you keep pushing the goal post of your faith, till you see to run out of string, everything that seemed indicative of hope has gone, how do you keep believing. When Mary ran tot tell the disciples she’d seen Jesus resurrected it say they were weeping, distraught. The act of grace, Jesus had performed by dying for them, must have seemed like an act of surrender.

But THIS is what we hold onto, what seemed like the end was only the beginning! What seemed like the last option was really the birthing of eternal hope. The things of God often run contradictory to the things of the world, what seemed like death was really releasing life. Often the thing that looks like you last hope being lost opens you to see just how much more there is in the places you’ve never looked.

Wake Me Up

I was at a fellowship group recentlly, we were all praying in tongues and the Spirit of God took over the space.

While there, praying and confessing the desires of my heart in an atmosphere where the Spirit of God can manifest itself. I confessed my desire for alignment and the manifestion of the power of God, in my ministry, career, personal life, health, family and all areas of my life and I felt the urge to just call upon the name of Jesus.

I recently listened to the song, “Something Happens” by Kurt Carr, one of the most powerful lines, to me, is;

“When I call upon Your name, the very atmosphere will have to change.”

I can’t beging to expain the atmosphere or the power I felt at work but I knew God was in the room. I started to cry out, “wake me up,” not sure what I was saying it for, but the longer it lasted the more it became apparent, I was talking to my inner man.

Wake Up, to the spirit on the inside of you, to be sensitive to the things of God, the work at hand, to the authority and power on the inside of you. Wake up to manifest ALL God has for us.

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1:26-27‬ ‭NKJV

Then the Word goes on to say;

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭2:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

I say this so you know, we were made first in the spirit and not in the flesh. When the Bible says, we were made in His perfect image, it is referring to our spirit man, our spirit has all the attributes of God and so we are to wake up our spirit by killing the flesh.

When your spirit wakes up, there is nothing impossible through the power of God made available to you.

When you come to a place where you begin to doubt, where your situation seems too hard, remember as long as your heart seeks to serve Him, and loves Him, He will cover you, guide you and provide for you all for His Righteousness sake.

It was never about you, God is not man that He should lie. Anything that aligns with who He is and His Word, He will do it for His names sake.

“Keep up your reputation, God—give me life! In your justice, get me out of this trouble! In your great love, vanquish my enemies; make a clean sweep of those who harass me. And why? Because I’m your servant.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭143:11-12‬ ‭MSG

I pray‬ God will wake up your spirit, and that we will rise in His name and manifest the things of God on earth and all flesh will testify to the power and wonders of God, that He is truly the I AM that I AM and will do al He says He will do.‬

Knowing Your Authority

A king that does not know his authority has robbed himself of his value.

Walking with God is a huge learning curb. Day by day learning more and more about Him and by extension who you are in HIm. Life can be complicated and you can get lost trying to work out how to navigate situations. You ever get a new job, in a management position. Maybe at first people don’t always listen to you and you have to understand, just how much authority you have. What you can expect, who you can command, what you can and can’t demand. What decisions are in your hands.

I am learning that more than ever. It is a huge learning curb for me. Growing up I struggled with a bit of an inferiority complex. Always thought I wasn’t smart enough or talented enough. I didn’t always think I levelled up. You put yourself in a box, limit your ambitions and expectations of yourself. With a lot of work and God showing His Hand, I have largely worked through that. But coming from that perception of self to embracing leadership is not a straight line.

You limit yourself, when your perception of self is less than God’s perception of you. How you perceieve yourself will dictate how you let other perceive you. If you walk like you lack the capacity for something, don’t be surprised when people doubt what you have to offer.

Beyond perception of your capacity, do you know what you have the authority to do and not do? Since being ordained it has been the greatest learning curb. What has changed, what are the expectations, what does the calling demand, what authority does thecalling come with. You will always second guess yourself if you don’t know your authority. A king that does not know his authority is just a figurehead.

The biggest biblical example of this is the prodigal son’s brother.

““Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:25-28‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The prodigal sons brother, was the good one, he stayed with his father (In the presence of God) and was obidient, but he had not relationship with him. When something happened, the first person he ran to wasn’t his father, but a servant. What do you get when you go to a servant? You get a servant perspective.

The prodigal son’s brother, was those people doing church to say he did church, not for a real relationship. because he didn’t. Have a real relationship, and had the perspective of a servant, who owns nothing, he didn’t know what he could and could not do. He didn’t know the authority that comes with sonship. So he gets bitter and angry at his father.

““The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ “ ‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:28-31‬ ‭NIV‬‬

He had the authority to do all he was jealous of, the authority to direct and guide the servants, but he thought of himself as a servant. He was limited by how he preceived himself.

By the blood of Christ, we have gone from servants of God to sons of God. We have the authority that comes with sonship, by the blood of Jesus. There are things we need to stop tip-toeing about and start to wield the authority we have to manifest the power of the Holy Spirit.

Your Standard Of Love

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know you are My disciples, if you love one another.”

John 13: 34-35 NIV

First things first, love is a command. We far too often treat it like just another option. I love who I want to love, hate who rubs me the wrong way. People must earn your respect, they don’t have to earn your love.

Imagine if we had to earn the love of God! Where would we be. What would our lives look like. How would we toil and toil just to earn His love, only to keep on falling short. Because, guess what, there is NOTHING we can do to earn the love of God. It is outside of mine, or your capacity to earn God’s love.

It is evident through the law, when the Word says, ‘Keep ALL my commandments and get ALL my blessings, but if you dont keep ALL my commandments you get ALL my curses.’ And men kept on falling short. Why? You cannot achieve the things of God through the capacity of the flesh. Our flesh is limited.

So God sent one, fully armed with the capacity of heaven, to show us that His standard could only be kept by His strength. Jesus died for us and equipped us with the Holy Spirit, empowering us to live up to His standards.

In the same way, by Godly standards He loved us outside of our deserving it. And commanded us to do the same, love without boundaries, love like He loved, the kind of love that died on the cross for the ones that sent Him to the cross.

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:44-46‬ ‭NIV

The Standard of God’s love is love that is for all, love that see’s no colour, no tribe, no gender, no age, no religion, to political party. The love of God is for all, for those who wish you well and those who wish wicked on you. That is where change is birthed in the heart of men, you show love without measure to all men, let your love overcome.

When you doubt your capacity to love, look to the love you receive from God, completely unworthy and He pours love out in measures we can not begin to assess.

God’s standard of love is beyond a feeling or emotions, God’s standard of love is actions, lifestyle. God’s love gives to those who are taking from you. God’s love embraces those who hurt you. God’s standard of love withstands hurt to help.

It’s easy to love those who love you, how do you treat those who hurt you, who attacked you when you couldn’t defend yourself, those who speak badly of you and stain your name in places you wish to go. What is your standard of love.

Contend With God

I always struggled to understand the favour Jacob received from God. Everyime I read the story of Jacob he comes across, stubborn, snide and cunning. Jacob takes advantage of Esau’s hunger and used it to cheat him out of his birthright.

“Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom. ) Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?” But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.”

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭25:29-34‬ ‭NIV

After that he also goes on to with the help of his mother decieve his father to ensure he gets the blessings intended for Esau. How is all this the making of a man that God chooses to bless and favour.

‬‬“Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau, ‘Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the Lord before I die.’ Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you: Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it. Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies.””

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭27:6-10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

So it made me ask why is it that God favoured Jacob, that He changes his name to Israel, the name God gave to His chosen people. Whenever I have thought of the story of Jacob, i thought he contended with an angel but in actuality he contended with God, how is it possible for man to contend with God and win?

“And he arose that night and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven sons, and crossed over the ford of Jabbok. He took them, sent them over the brook, and sent over what he had. Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.” But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!” So He said to him, “What is your name?” He said, “Jacob.” And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked, saying, “Tell me Your name, I pray.” And He said, “Why is it that you ask about My name?” And He blessed him there. So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: “For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” Just as he crossed over Penuel the sun rose on him, and he limped on his hip. Therefore to this day the children of Israel do not eat the muscle that shrank, which is on the hip socket, because He touched the socket of Jacob’s hip in the muscle that shrank.”

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭32:22-32‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Why would God name His people Israel, which we know means “For you have struggled with God and with man, and you prevailed.”

God started to show me that sometimes we have to be willing to persist in HIs presence for the blessing He has for us. Often we sit, we pray and when we don’t get what we want straightaway, we give up, blame God, claim He doesn’t answer our prayers.

Sometimes it will get uncomfortable and our immediate reaction can be to blame the devil, but sometimes it’s God, He wants to see how much we will persist in the trial for the blessing we claim we want.

When I was young and my parents gave me money, it was easier to spend it wrecklessly on anything I wanted because I didnt toil for it and so I didn’t value it. But since i started working and earning money it is harder to spend money wastefully. God wants you to contend in His pressence for your lessing, so that when you get it you value it.

One of the misconceptions we have about this faith, is when we give our lives it’ll get easy. Jesus warns us of the opposite, “…because they hated Me, they will hate you also.” We need to be more prepared to face the trials and not take it as a sign that something isn’t meant to be. With God the victory is assured but the trial isn’t annulled. We have to learn to persist in HIs presence and at HIs feet for the blessing he has for us.

Grounded In Your Identity

“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:12, 14‬ ‭NLT

There is so much importance highlighted in unity in the church. We know it, we talk about it a lot if churches, but since we talk about it so much, why are we failing to achieve it. I talked recently about how pride seems to get in the way of unity so often, we get caught up in ourselves. This can be true but there is another side to the coin…

CRISIS OF IDENTITY!

Unity is harmed when we don’t know who we are. If you don’t know who you are as an individual, if you don’t know what God has called you , what He has said about you, how can you be aligned as a body.

Look at your body, would you choose to cut off any part of your body? Is there i any part of your body, that you don’t see or recognise it’s value. Just as it is in the body of Christ, every member and every part of the body has his/her value. The Questions is do you know your worth?

‬‬“Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:14-17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

We need to learn and be grounded in who we are and the role we have to play. So that when we come together as one body, we are not comparing ourselves to one another and undervaluing our role in Kingdom work. This only comes by having a personal and intimate relationship with God.

It is important for the body of Christ to have an ear, or how would the body receive direction and hear the Word. We should never underestimate the value of any part of the body. Performing the role God created you for is how the entire body functions in unison.

“But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.””

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:18-21‬ ‭NLT

Every part of the body, needs the other parts,. No part of the body can function well on its own. Once you know your role and how to perform you can be effective as a part of the body. If the eye receives vision it can not leap out from the body and walk, it see’s the vision and the legs run with it. The legs too can not walk without guidance and direction.

‬‬“In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:22-24‬ ‭NLT‬‬

It may seem like you are out of sight, that your role isn’t honoured or valued. Like others are of more importance than you. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. God honours what is done in the secret place.

Do You Believe In Miracles?

When it comes to miracles sometimes I take convincing. I’m not that guy that shouts miracles at the top of my lungs, it’s been a real battle with God on this front. I believe miracles happened, I believe miracles happen, but if i’m honest when people talk about miracles happening to me personally and or happening by my hand, i unconsciously turn my nose up to it.

Often we read the miracles in the Bible, and we don’t look at it from a lens of the reality and truth of it, we picture them as old stories and we don’t hold on to the magnitude and the power of them all.

Then when we hear of modern day miracles, we are blown away in concept but chuck it up to coincidence if we can’t put a logical reason to it.

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS COINCIDENCE WITH GOD

Jesus worked a host of miracles that were a show of what is possible when we are in alignment with the Holy Spirit;

“Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.””

John 11:39-44 NKJV

There was an expectation on Jesus that He could heal Lazarus before he died, because people had seen Him heal dying people. However once Lazarus died, they thought that had to be the end they had never Jesus raise the dead. There are certain miracles Jesus worked so that we would see that it was possible.

Often we lack faith, not because we doubt the power of God, but just cause we haven’t seen it before.

“As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.”

John 9:5-7 NKJV

Sometimes, the miracle comes at a price, sometimes, the miracle comes grimy, sometimes you have to do something to activate the miracle that has already happened. The blind man was desperate for his miracle. Imagine hearing Jesus consistently spit in dust till it could turn to mud, and letting Him put that on your face. Are we ready to go through discomfort for our miracle? After hat, he didn’t see immediately, Jesus had done HIs part, but now the blind man had to obey, and wash it off in the river of Siloam.

One of the most powerful miracles to me in the Bible was the feeding of the multitude. What I find so amazing about it, is that the miracle happened in the hands of the disciple, not in the hands of Jesus.

Jesus prayed over the bread and fish, then he gave it to His disciples to hand out, it was while they were feeding the multitude that they found that the bread and fish exceeded the need.

Why is this important?

““Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”

John 14:12-14 NKJV

Jesus was showing us our capacity to carry our miracles, by our hand, in HIs name.

I have heard first hand miracles, a friend whose brain tumour disappeared from nowhere, with no explanation from doctors of how it could happen.

Sometimes we don’t see miracles, not because they don’t happen, or because we don’t believe, but because they are still an alien experience to us. if there is anything you want to be or do, surround yourself with people that are or do that thing. Let it become normal practise to you and what manifests will shock you.

There are four people in the bible, other than David that defeated David, and the all came from the line of David. They were in the company of a giant killer, so it no longer seemed like an impossibility.

MIRACLES STILL HAPPEN, BELIEVE!

Safe In Vulnerability

It comes to mind that we run away from the safe place in Christ because it frightens us. The place that is actually there to comfort us from the outside seems intimidating. So we find ourselves running from what will save us.

“He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and He is the glory of your people Israel!””

‭‭Luke‬ ‭2:32‬ ‭NLT

We see that Jesus is the light of the world, ‬‬but it is scary to get in the presence of such a potent light, because that same light will reveal our blemishes and we are ashamed and would rather hide our sin that be vulnerable in His presence.

So the light that was sent to unify us all as one has the potency to divide us at the level of our heart.

“Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, and many others to rise. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.””

‭‭Luke‬ ‭2:34-35‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4:12-13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The Word makes it clear Jesus in the Living Word and the Word cuts like a two-edged sword, through to your soul and reveals your inner thoughts and desires. THIS is why we fear the light of God, we are scared of our hidden flaws and sins being exposed. But the bible also says “…Everything is naked and exposed before HIs eyes…” so whether we come vulnerably into His presence or not, He sees and knows it all.

Thatbeing said, what is there to gain in hiding from His presence. We fear the idea of being vulnerable in His presence, because we fear Him knowing what He already knows. In reality the please of true vulnerability is in this place where we hide from His covering.

In this place of false security, we are actually most vulnerable. We all make mistakes, all at time fall into sin. Sin opens the door for the evil one to get a foothold in your life. While you continue in pride and, believe you can hide your sin from God, so you don’t lay it at His feet. You leave that door open for the devil.

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

But when we take the bold step of being courageous in His presence, though it feels vulnerable and weak, Our weakness is made strong in His presence.

“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

‭‭II Corinthians‬ ‭12:9-10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

When we embrace His light, we become encased in His grace and His covering from the attack of the enemy. The vulnerable place of His presence, is the safest place to be!

The Sin Built Into Our Flesh

“Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “You were the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes Was prepared for you on the day you were created. “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you. “By the abundance of your trading You became filled with violence within, And you sinned; Therefore I cast you as a profane thing Out of the mountain of God; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the fiery stones. “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, That they might gaze at you. “You defiled your sanctuaries By the multitude of your iniquities, By the iniquity of your trading; Therefore I brought fire from your midst; It devoured you, And I turned you to ashes upon the earth In the sight of all who saw you.”

Ezekiel 28:11-18 NKJV

The sin that got Satan booted out of heaven, pride.

Satan desired worship, believed he had the capacity to carry praise that only God was worthy of. Lucifer was a high ranking general, an esteemed angel, with authority and trusted by God.

You ever heard the expression, give a man an inch, he takes a mile. This is an epidemic in Nigeria, we see it with police men and bribes. You give someone a little bit of power and be weary of how he will wield it. This happens so often even with good men, or men who lead with the best intentions. How many African leaders were voted into power because of their desire to change the path of their nation and to do good, but with the power turn into dictators and authoritarian leaders with little time for counsel.

It happens so quickly, it’s hard to spot where the change came. It happens with people with the best hearts ad well as those with evil motives. It is why there is an urgency for change in the church, it happens even with those with the burden of Christ. Pride sets in, and it’s hard to not make all the excisions, to listen to counsel, to not want to be seen as the one doing a good work.

It starts so simply with, Where is you focus? So many people are caught up praying, ‘God what is your purpose for me? What do you want ME to do?’ When the real focus should be, ‘God, I want your Kingdom purpose to be done, I want your will to be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’

We get so lost in, I want to be the one doing God’s will and not, i just want God’s will to be done.

“As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.”

2 Thessalonians 3:1 NIV

The big picture is more important than you role in it. That thin line is what I call;

THE SIN BUILT INTO OUR FLESH

Satan was in the Garden of Eden, when he was cast aside, the bible says the tumbrels and pipes fell off him, that he was burnt to ashes upon the earth. Lucifer’s purpose was to adorn worship to God, and when man and woman were made, it was so that we would worship God. We were made from the dust that lucifer was cast into, with the anointing that was upon him, with built in pipes and timbrels to worship God.

With that anointing to worship came flesh. Flesh is the reason we could not be made blameless until the blood of Jesus Christ. By His sacrifice we have with us now the Holy Spirit. The one whom when we focus on Him and His agenda enables and equips us to overcome our fleshes desire to try and carry the glory, to deceive ourselves that it was by our strength.

Sometimes your desire is good but your motive is off. God teaches us to humble ourselves, think of ourselves last. Take this focus of your role in the work, what your personal purpose is and fix your eyes on the big picture. My alignment with God is good, but what does it do if the entire body is not aligned. One of the final prayers Jesus prayed before going on the cross was for unity in the church. We cannot afford to focus just on ourselves. Pray that Kingdom mandate is fulfilled, that the body of Christ is in alignment.

Pray for the vision more than you pray for yourself.

Humble Yourself

I’ve been battling this thought for a while. What is it to truly humble yourself before God?

It’s so easy to get lost it what humility is meant to look like we spend more time acting humble as opposed to actually being humble.

One of the most jarring things I felt God tell me in recent times was “dead people feel nothing.”

”Then He said to them all, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.’”

Luke 9: 23

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭2:20‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

DEAD PEOPLE FEEL NOTHING

That statement rocked me. When it comes to true humility and ridding yourself of pride, you must truly be dead to self.

When someone offends you, what are they offending? You or the God in you? Because - dead people feel nothing.

When you take actions in response to hurt or offence, what is motivating it? Your ego? Because - dead people feel nothing.

When you get accolades for work well done, who do you give honour to? Yourself or God? Because - dead people feel nothing.

Pride is one of the biggest indicators of areas in your life still controlled by your flesh. Pride lets you know what you need to kill.

True humility is being able to honestly lower yourself, think of God first and make all decisions with Him at the centre and not self.

“Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

‭‭I Peter‬ ‭5:5-7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Often we take humility as how we respond to a compliment, or saying, ‘na God o’ when someone asks just how we did it.

God is teaching that true humility is… humbling yourself under the mighty hand of God.

Recognising the authority of the Holy Spirit. Whenever the Bible refers to theHand of God, it is referring to the Holy Spirit. Humility is recognising the power and authority of the Holy Spirit.

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.

But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

‭‭John‬ ‭14:16-17, 26-27‬ ‭NLT‬‬

When Jesus went to the cross He said He would send another, one who will guide us in all things, teach us all things which He hears only from the father, one with all power. The Holy Spirit is our access point to the wisdom and power of God. We enter pride once we begin to depend on ourselves more than we depend on the Holy Spirit. Once we think we don’t need His guidance or direction, once we get comfortable and believe we have authority independent of Him.

Humility is not being soft spoken, or feigning modesty. It is possible, like David to be bold and courageous and still be humble at the same time. We often mistaken confidence for pride or arrogance. So as Christians we start to think it is arrogant to speak with authority and decisively.

The real question is what do you have confidence in. David was humble because he recognised his authority was from God. His authority was not his own, he didn’t think he was better than anyone, he just knew his God was the ultimate authority. To humble yourself under the mighty Hand of God, is to be sure that you recognise His authority in your life and are doing His bidding and following His guidance and not your own.

We cannot go into warfare feigning modesty and acting soft, you humble yourself to God not to the enemy, you come against all things that are not of God with Godly authority and confidence. It is not prideful or arrogant to know the authority of God, it is prideful when you think the authority is your own.

Water Walking

I’ve had no bigger impression than that this is a year of Water Walking. It seems like such a radical statement, and an even more inconcievable statement. The impression on my heart is a highly frustrating one if I’m honest. It comes at a time when I have been more deliberate than ever about wanting, a step by step directional and booklet on His plan for me in 2019, and that is when He sees fit to call me to blind faith.

First things first, What is Faith?

Is faith, knowing or hoping?

We religious Christians have a way of talking that make faith seem so easy and steady ground so factual.
I can tell I’m going to have to be very exact with my words to make sure I’m not misrepresenting my views, but this for me is the heart of the thought, “Do you ever really know for SURE?”

We spend so long as Christians talking in such factual statements, that can make people struggle with their faith cause they find it intimidating.

But really and truly, do we ever really know.

“About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here! ” Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭14:25-29‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Can we say that Peter knew without a shadow of a doubt that when his feet hit the water he wont sink in it? I don’t think we can. The reality of faith, is we never know without a shadow of a doubt, or it won’t be faith. Faith is taking a risk. It’s choosing to believe in spite of the circumstances and the odds being stacked against you.

Faith is knowing God can and hoping He will! There is always a little doubt, or uncertainty, STEP OUT ANYWAY!

Faith comes with boldness, your actions reflect your faith, even when sometimes you question it, stepping out shows God despite your doubt you trust Him.

Often the times we talk about our faith with such confidence and certainty is on the other side of it, when the waters are calm and the grass is green. Faith is easy to have when it’s not needed.

One of the most powereful revelations on faith I encountered in 2018 was that of Peter walking on water.

““Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?””

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭14:29-31‬ ‭NLT‬‬

My greatest lesson on faith in 2018 was the “O ye of little faith”, lesson. I don’t think we’ve stopped to question how ridiculous sounding it is that Peter would have the faith to WALK ON WATER and ‘cause he start to sink, Jesus would say he has little faith. We blindly accept it, but, I mean, hol’ up, how is THAT little faith.

Peter walked on water!!!!

The statement was never about the size of his faith. If the bible says, faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains, then it’s not the size of it. I don’t believe faith has a size. Faith is faith! You believe or you don’t believe.

The statement was about the endurance of his faith. Faith is purposed for the storm, it is easy to have faith when things are easy, but does your faith endure in the midst of the storm. Peter got distracted by the storm, took his eyes off Jesus and his faith diminished.

As hard as things are for this country and impossible as it may seem to find a solution, the purpose of my faith is for the storm, the storm shouldn’t distract me from my faith but push me to focus more on Jesus. So the nations problems are only more reasons to act in faith.

Water walking, is the decision that in spite of the storm, in spite of my uncertainty and doubt, I will take the step with many eyes on Jesus. Faith isn’t ‘I KNOW’, if you know you don’t need faith. Faith is, even though I don’t know I trust, and I’ll act on that trust , against all odds!

Faith is for the storm!

Faith acts in uncertainty!

Welcome to the year of the Water Walker!