Your future plans

“Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’?  (Luke 17:7)

We are to serve Him not ourselves.

Jesus is a servant king but He is still a King.

He is not at your disposal.

Wait on Him.

In more ways than one.

He is the King of Kings.

Of a kingdom without limit.

Greater than any kingdom on earth.

Let your service be for Him, not for yourself nor for anyone else.

Him alone.

He is gracious and loving.

He is a Father and a brother.

A friend.

Yet He is still King.

To be feared.

He is in control of your destiny not you.

If you wrestle with Him He may let you win.

But you will carry the scars for the rest of your life.

Submit to Him, fully and unconditionally.

It is the only way.

The people around you.

They were not created for your benefit.

His destiny for you is greater than your plans for your own future.

Let Him show you.

2019-01-01T09:09:39+00:00Tuesday, January 1st, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

A better way

No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” (John 10:18)

What instructions have you had from the Father.

What has He said to you and about you.

He created you for purpose.

He gave life to you for a reason.

I suspect just working to earn money was not top of the list.

You are greater than that.

Let Him shine through you.

His life is in you.

Despite your best efforts to wrestle control from Him.

He doesn’t control you but He is your creator.

That counts for something.

He is your Father.

You didn’t adopt Him.

Nor join His church.

You were His from the beginning.

Yet He chooses to let you choose.

The greatest gift – free will.

But what are you going to do with it?

Who or what are you going to serve?

You will serve someone or something.

Even if it is yourself and your own ambitions.

Let Him show you a better way.

2018-12-31T09:39:41+00:00Monday, December 31st, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

Let it flourish

The reason my Father loves Me is that I lay down my life —only to take it up again. (John 10:17)

How much do you love?

Do you love like Him?

He was willing to be obedient.

Whatever it cost.

His relationship with the Father was firmly rooted in love.

This was the only motive.

The Father knew of His son’s willingness.

He knows the cost.

And He knows the final outcome.

There was no uncertainty.

Be certain of your hope.

It cannot be misplaced.

Hope in anything else is not hope.

He is Hope personified.

Your relationship with Him matters.

Without it you cannot serve His purposes.

You cannot truly love.

For He is pure love.

To know His love is to surrender all.

Leaving nothing behind, just in case.

He is your all or He is your nothing.

A relationship with Him is more than being on a rota.

More than a list of dos and don’ts.

Let your relationship with Him flourish.

2018-12-29T07:09:37+00:00Saturday, December 29th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

Nothing else matters

I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. (John 10:16)

One flock and one shepherd. 

Not lots of flocks and lots of shepherds. 

He wants people to serve His purposes together. 

Unity isn’t different factions working on a project together. 

Unity is when there are no factions and one shepherd. 

He wants all His people to know Him as their shepherd. 

There are streams, factions and denominations because of our hardness of heart. 

He loves all equally. 

No one is more right or more wrong. 

Only He is right. 

Only He is good. 

And the sooner we see that the better. 

Being humble isn’t an attitude, it is a state of being. 

To love isn’t conditional. 

No deserves it. 

He alone loves perfectly. 

Aim for perfection without making everyone else imperfect in comparison. 

You are are the apple of His eye and so is the person next to you. 

You are special but not that special. 

He loves you perfectly and that should be enough. 

Nothing else should even come close to matter more.

If you think you are right, therefore they must be wrong. 

Honour Him by honouring others. 

Not just those who think of themselves as being important.

2018-12-27T13:20:09+00:00Thursday, December 27th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

Love what He loves

just as the Father knows me and I know the Father —and I lay down my life for the sheep. (John 10:15)

What more can He do?

He has done it all for you.

A love that is absolute.

Not based on how He felt that morning.

You can draw close to Him safely.

For that is His heart.

It is also the heart of the Father.

How much more can He love you?

Do you love Him?

How do you respond to His love and affection for you?

Open your heart wide.

Allow His affection for you fill you.

Allow your affection for Him to grow.

It will overflow to many.

You are here to be blessed.

You are here to be a blessing.

Poured out for many.

Your heart is true.

Pure as the driven snow.

Keep your motives pure.

Let your heart be pure.

So that you love with a genuine love.

Care with genuine compassion.

He wants to demonstrate through you.

You are the one He is looking for.

A man or woman after His own heart.

Who loves what He loves.

2018-12-26T07:05:24+00:00Wednesday, December 26th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

More than a hired hand

The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. (John 10:13)

People often exalt a man above Jesus.

People also replace God with the bible.

Wouldn’t it be great if your heart respond to His love.

After all it is for your freedom that He set you free.

Don’t live in bondage again.

Even to a noble cause.

He has stuff for you to do.

That have their origins in heaven.

That no-one has yet seen or heard of.

Did you know that yo are His answer to a world of need.

Let Him guide and direct you as you follow Him.

He will do this if you are willing.

People have much to say.

Often with passion.

But only He can carry it right through.

With a passion and love that never wavers nor runs out.

You can tap into His passion.

By caring about what He cares about.

Be an undershepherd to the great shepherd.

So that many others will follow Him not you.

He is the one they need to see and hear.

Not you.

Yet you will carry His message and His heart.

He works through people.

He is looking for those who are more than hired hands.

Those who care about what He cares about.

He needs you.

Someone He can trust with true riches.

2018-12-24T08:45:09+00:00Monday, December 24th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

An inconvenient walk

The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. (John 10:12)

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2018-12-23T08:51:46+00:00Sunday, December 23rd, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

More than a fairy tale

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10:11)

He is the only way. 

The true way. 

He is good in the broadest and deepest sense. 

Nothing comes close to comparing with Him. 

He alone is good. 

He can be trusted. 

You can trust Him with your life. 

He created you. 

He knows what is best for you. 

Yet He still allows you to choose. 

Whether you follow Him or not. 

Whether you trust Him or not. 

Is He your shepherd? 

Do you allow someone else to take that role? 

He is more than a christmas card nativity scene. 

Neither is He still hanging on a cross. 

He is greater than a painted picture in a children’s book. 

He is a shepherd calling His sheep. 

Those that hear His voice respond. 

Are you responding to His voice?

Would you rather have an image, something less real? 

If He is not real to you, how can you trust Him. 

He is no more than a fairy tale. 

Yet He calls to you. 

In the hope that you will respond. 

He cares about you. 

He never stops thinking about you. 

Listen out for His voice. 

He has laid His life down. 

It meant something to Him. 

Because you mean something to Him. 

He thinks you are worth it. 

Others may disagree. 

You may disagree. 

Turn your thoughts to Him. 

Turn your affections to Him. 

Let Him flood you with real love. 

Let it be constant and permanent.

2018-12-20T16:49:06+00:00Thursday, December 20th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

Please Him not your fears

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10)

Don’t focus on the thief but on Jesus. 

Don’t be fear driven but life driven. 

Life is stolen when you fear. 

Driven by a need to protect yourself. 

He comes to reassure. 

He is the reassurance. 

Enter through Him and Him alone. 

In Him is safety. 

He is where your life begins. 

Not only on the day you were born but everyday. 

Let Him flood you with His peace and His joy. 

By surrounding yourself with His presence. 

His presence is where you surround yourself with His thoughts. 

Allow yourself to trust in Him. 

Rather than the thief. 

The thief is a very real and present danger. 

He lurks around. 

Seeing who he can deceive. 

Yet He has the answer. 

Don’t look or listen to the thief. 

Let your focus be on Him. 

On Him alone. 

He is the greater one. 

He is the Creator. 

He is the good shepherd. 

Listen to Him, look to Him. 

Seek to please Him not serve your fears.

2018-12-19T07:49:19+00:00Wednesday, December 19th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

Enjoy Him now

I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. (John 10:9)

This isn’t about hell.

This isn’t even about eternal life.

It is about life.

His life in you.

You think it is something to come.

Maybe when you die.

But hope is for now, not then.

He is your hope.

He is your joy.

Share in it as part of your inheritance.

Saved from misery.

Saved from hopelessness.

Saved from yourself.

Hell bent on self destruction.

He others you life.

In all its wonderful glory.

Greater and better than you can ever imagine.

But you will never find out.

Unless you pass through Him.

He is the way, the gate.

Only thorough Him.

Not by your efforts.

Or clever strategy.

There is nothing manmade about this.

It is His plan and purpose for you.

To live full, fruitful lives.

To be blessed and be a blessing to others.

That is His heart.

Here and now.

Not then and later.

Enjoy Him now.

2018-12-14T05:49:19+00:00Friday, December 14th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|