#29 A life less ordinary

“Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” (Luke 7v47 NIV)

Don’t love little, draw closer to Him and you will see how much He loves you.

Remind yourself what He has done for you.

Imagine life without Him, that should get you.

You can do nothing but be undone by it.

The closer you are the more you cannot help love Him.

Deliberately and intentionally spending time with Him, drawing close to Him, will change everything.

Ask Him what love looks like?

It might be different to what you might call love.

Describe in your own words why you love Him and how you show your love to Him.

It is for you to search out what that love looks like.

It isn’t necessarily what you do in terms of serving in the church but that can be part of it.

You live for Him.

There is no other kind of life.

(from ‘Wipe His Feet with Your Tears’ by Warren George)

2019-10-15T06:25:49+00:00Tuesday, October 15th, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#28 Love Him from the heart

“You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.” (Luke 7v46 NIV)

Surrendering all means being willing to take the low position, to be a servant and lover.

Your love for Him is a sweet fragrance in heaven.

He can smell it every time you worship Him with your time, energy and affection.

Worship looks like something and it is much, much more than singing songs.

Worship only comes from the heart.

Worship is an act of your will.

How much do you love Him?

To answer that question, ask Him how much He loves you.

Spend as much time with Him as possible listening to how He feels about you.

As you write down what He says, read it over and over again until you get it.

Read it out loud.

Meditate on it.

It will become embedded in you at the cellular level.

You are a lover of God

(from ‘Wipe His Feet with Your Tears’ by Warren George)


2019-10-12T07:09:20+00:00Saturday, October 12th, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#27 Changing for the better

“You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet.” (Luke 7v45 NIV)

Kissing is an intimate act.

It shows love and affection.

Don’t stop kissing His feet.

It keeps you from being proud.

It sets you apart from those who are observers.

Some people want to be in the same room as Jesus but don’t want to kiss His feet.

How humble are you?

This may seem like a strange question to answer and quantify.

Who do you identify with most in this story?

Ask God to show you if there is any pride in your life.

If He highlights anything, decide what you are going to do about it.

Just saying sorry is the first step but, on its own, it isn’t enough.

Write down five things you are actually going to do.

Repentance is changing the direction of your life.

You are more than able to change your life for the better.

(from ‘Wipe His Feet with Your Tears’ by Warren George)

2019-10-08T06:05:50+00:00Tuesday, October 8th, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#26 Spending time with Him

Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.”  (Luke 7v44 NIV)

Jesus showed Him that love looks like something. 

The woman honoured Jesus and worshipped Him with a thankful heart.

Simon thought it would look good on him having Jesus visit.

That kind of intimacy looks like something. 

It more than mere words.

We tend to celebrate people if they are important, high achievers or well connected.

Forgiveness also looks like something. 

The woman expresses her love for Him in a tangible way. 

She didn’t care what she had become and what she had done. 

Her focus was Jesus and Jesus only.

Is your focus exclusively on Jesus?

Repentance and gratitude look like something. 

If you are wiping His feet with your tears, you don’t have time to criticise anyone else. 

Do you love Him like that, or is going to church on a Sunday as good as it gets?

Ask God what intimacy looks like between you and Him.

Spend quality time as well as quantity with Him. 

Set aside a chunk of the day, week or weekend to just sit and talk with Him. 

Go for a walk with Him.

Write down what He says to you. 

Make notes and revisit them.

Do you know He loves spending time with you more than anything.

(from ‘Wipe His Feet with Your Tears’ by Warren George)

2019-10-06T08:06:03+00:00Sunday, October 6th, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#25 Be eternally grateful

Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.” “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said. (Luke 7v43 NIV)

Simon replied correctly, 10 out of 10.

If your answer would be the same, what are you going to do about it?

Walk away and forget, or make some changes in the way you love and forgive others?

That is the true measure of how much you believe you have been forgiven.

How you treat others, especially those who have let you down, disappointed you or hurt you.

We have all been hurt and let down, some more than others.

We often let God down, but that doesn’t seem to matter as much.

Practice the art of being permanently thankful.

It does need practice.

Fast from negativity (even about the weather).

Listen to how you talk about people.

How grateful are you to Jesus for what He did?

Today, now?

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what He has done for you.

It is easy to become very familiar and very religious.

Familiarity can dull our thinking and attitude.

Even what He did on the cross can seem to lose significance.

For most of us the busyness of church life can take precedent over a deep love for Him.

Routine sets in, so take time to reflect on what He has done for you.

Write down a list of what He has forgiven you for if that helps.

But, best of all, just spend time thanking Him for whatever, everything, anything.

Both today and in the past.

You are a grateful person.

2019-09-25T11:48:49+00:00Wednesday, September 25th, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#24 How much do you love Him?

“Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” (Luke 7v42 NIV)

How do you measure the value of what He has done for you?

If you don’t value something, then it has little importance to you.

He sees what is of most value to you.

If you have little value for His grace; then you have little value for Him.

The measure of the debt isn’t about how bad you’ve been; that is simply false humility and pride.

It is recognising that you owe Him everything, a big debt.

Sin is sin.

Jesus isn’t equating the amount of sin with the amount of forgiveness or repentance.

Rather, what is your perception of your sin and what value do you place on His grace.

Do you believe that He has forgiven you?

What value do you place on that, or is all too familiar?

Ask Him what He has forgiven you for.

Repentance is more than feeling sorry.

It more than confessing your sins.

It is having a different thought about your life; a changed mindset.

Have a change in attitude and heart.

Turn your thinking around 180˚.

You are totally forgiven.

Do you believe that?

How much do you believe that?

(from ‘Wipe His Feet with Your Tears’ by Warren George)

2019-09-21T06:24:55+00:00Saturday, September 21st, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#23 We owe Him a great debt

“Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.” (Luke 7v41 NIV)

We owe God everything.

We owe Him a huge debt.

One we can never repay.

How big is that debt to you?

Do you think that life owes you something.

Do you believe that God owes you something?

Ask Him to make you aware of what He has done for you.

It will make you humble.

Humble yourself before Him.

As you allow the Holy Spirit to make you aware of the debt you owe, respond by thanking Him.

Find ten things to thank Him for, even if you struggle to find anything.

There is always something to thank Him for.

Use real words not religious jargon.

Do it every day, not just once.

Be a thankful person.

Practice making it your default.

(from ‘Wipe His Feet with Your Tears’ by Warren George)

2019-09-17T06:10:27+00:00Tuesday, September 17th, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#22 Let your heart be full

Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. (Luke 7v40 NIV)

Jesus, in all this, didn’t speak to her but spoke to Simon the Pharisee. 

He was less concerned for her than He was for Simon. 

He knew she understood.

People may make a mess of their lives in lots of ways, but He will look straight at you and talk to your heart. 

Simon was at least willing to listen, but I suspect he wasn’t going to like what he was about to hear. 

Do not think that your status will carry any weight or influence with God. 

When He speaks you need to listen whether you like what He is about to say or not.

What you do about it is up to you entirely. 

Be humble and submit yourself to Him. 

Acknowledge that He is right (He always is anyway).

What is God speaking to you about?

Ask Him what your heart is like.

Your heart is very important to Him, far more than your actions and more than the sum of your successes or failures. 

Write down anything He shows you, what is good and what needs some work on. 

Writing it down helps to clarify.

Let your heart be full of love for Him.

(from ‘Wipe His Feet with Your Tears’ by Warren George)

2019-09-14T07:18:18+00:00Saturday, September 14th, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#21 Fill your head with His thoughts

When the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, He would know who is touching Him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.” (Luke 7v39 NIV)

We judge people externally and believe some are more deserving than others. 

What He looks for is on the inside. 

We judge only what we can see and hear externally. 

He is often never that impressed with our version of righteousness. 

What criteria do you judge people on?

Now ask Him how He sees people.

When you ask Him what He sees in people, take note of what He says. 

He will describe them quite different to how you do. 

Ask Him about specific people and see what He says and compare with your opinion of them. 

Then change your attitude and have His thoughts instead.

See the gold in people not just their faults.

Entertain His thoughts only.

(from ‘Wipe His Feet with Your Tears’ by Warren George)

2019-09-12T07:31:54+00:00Thursday, September 12th, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#20 Wipe His feet with your tears

As she stood behind Him at His feet weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. (Luke 7v38 NIV)

This is such an intimate sight.

Notice that Jesus didn’t try to stop her.

He didn’t flinch or recoil even though He knew what kind of lifestyle she led.

There were no words, just an act of worship.

She was emotional but that emotion was directed towards Him.

He lay there as her tears wet His feet.

Imagine that.

He didn’t move while she then wiped His feet with her hair.

He didn’t reject her as she then proceeded to kiss His feet.

Neither will He reject you, no matter what you’ve done or are doing.

She then poured this very expensive perfume on Him.

How much do you love Him?

Are you willing to show your affection for Him before others, or is that a barrier to you?

What are you willing to do for Him?

What are you not willing to do?

Be honest and realistic in your answers.

It doesn’t mean that a poor response is the end of it.

Quite the opposite; it is the start…

Repentance starts with a recognition of where you are at.

It isn’t about saying sorry.

Just recognising your need and embracing Him.

He can do a lot with that.

It is called being humble.

You may not be perfect but He loves you perfectly.

2019-09-08T07:17:20+00:00Sunday, September 8th, 2019|Heaven's Culture|