In an instant

William Booth once said… “The chief danger that confronts the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, heaven without hell.”

Don’t let that become true. You are His ambassador to this world. whether at school, at home or at work. Whatever your role, function, position or job – make sure you know His heart right where you are each and every day. If you are not sure ask Him. Wait until you hear, it is the single most important thing you can do, He is waiting for you. Keep asking, keep seeking and keep knocking.

Give Him your all, your heart, your affection and your undivided attention. When it gets hard keep on giving to Him, keep on yielding to Him. He said it would be glorious. He never said it would be easy but it will be worth it because He thinks you’re worth it.

It is so brilliant getting to know what Jesus is really like. He is more than a historical figure. More than a character in a book. More than a religious icon. He is the creator of heaven and earth and He knows you so well. The same person who spoke the universe into being is not embarrassed to call you a friend. His ambition is to make His church into a glorious bride. One that will wow the world.

Give Him credit that He knows what He is doing. He has never made a mistake. He has never got it wrong and He is not likely to do so. You were never a mistake. You were never plan B.

You may be someone important in the world’s eyes or you may not but whichever it is He has a divine purpose for you. Don’t despise the day of small beginnings because you will grow into something great in the fulness of time just don’t give up. Before the seed grows it first has to die. Then against all the odds it pushes through the soil. Down go the roots and up goes the stem and leaves. Before long an acorn becomes a great forest.

Although much can happen in an instant, it usually doesn’t all happen over night. It takes time for an acorn to become a forest. Just like the acorn you have great potential. Have a 100 year plan for your life and legacy.

He made you to be strong but sensitive. He has not called you to stay an acorn but become a mighty oak tree. Find your destiny. Find your heavenly purpose. Believe in it and then live it to the full. Be a sign that makes people wonder. You lack nothing for He has provided everything you could ever need. He has planned this well ahead. There is nothing missing or lacking. Nothing wasted. You were born for such a time as this. Now go and live it.

2018-03-13T13:21:04+00:00 Tuesday, March 13th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

Pray a blessing

He wants His church back. He wants to demonstrate His goodness through the people of God to this world. We are His plan A and there is no plan B. We are to be a blessing to each other, to your family, your work colleagues and to your neighbours. In other words everyone.

We will do this though praying. Speaking words of blessing over people rather than criticising them. Releasing blessings rather than curses. We pray for Harrogate, we speak a blessing over each and every person whether we know them or not.

2018-03-12T15:10:43+00:00 Monday, March 12th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

It is time

Put childish things away and think with sober judgement. This isn’t a game. It is about life and death. The choice is just surviving or abundant life. He wants you to chose the better one.

He has created abundant life for all. It is time to get serious. To put away things that are not important. You are more than the sum of your pleasures. More than the total of your possessions. They may be good but don’t let them fill your life. The question is, can you let go? Can you exchange your desires and ambitions for His passion and dream? The answer is yes. You can but only if you want that. He is looking for people who are willing to fulfil His dreams.

The world wants answers. It needs help. People are desperate for the reality. Are you passionate enough to want people to know Him or do you apologise? His desire is that everyone knows Him and is known by Him.

Who is going to show them how to get what they so desperately need? He wants you to show the true depth and extent of His love for all those people around you. He wants to communicate His passion for them in a real and tangible way. You are just the person to do that.

First step is worship, not mechanically or religiously. Nor is it just singing along to familiar songs. It is through thoroughly enjoying Him. You can’t enjoy Him if you don’t know Him and you won’t get to know Him if you don’t spend time with Him. You are a worshipper. That can be your job title. It is who and what you are.

Immerse yourself in Him. Live in His Presence. Read and meditate on His word. Fellowship with Him. Just allow everything He has for you to wash over you, soaking through you.

You will find that learning to trust Him happens in real time. Your school room is your life. It is not a theory. It is life, every part of it. Family, work, pleasure, hobbies, all of it. He will allow challenges to come so you can get to know Him better.

Don’t be surprised if you go through difficulties, they are part of His cunning plan. He has given you all the fruit of the Spirit. One fruit, one Spirit. It is His intention that you enjoy all of that fruit. The world is waiting to see it. It is time to share what He has given you.

Seek Him out of a pure heart not for selfish gain. There is no place in His Kingdom for selfish ambition. If you want to know the truth, then go to Him who is Truth. You can know His Presence in every situation. You can walk with a sense of Him being there with you at all times.

Know He is for you not against you. Surrender all your personal ambitions and desires if you truly want what He wants. He wants to shepherd His sheep and He can only do it through men and women who are after His own heart.

2018-03-10T08:33:57+00:00 Saturday, March 10th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

Don’t be robbed

Following the world and believing all its promises is likely to rob you of your inheritance. You can miss out on your inheritance if you do not know you had one in the first place. He created one before you were born.

He does not allow challenges just to teach you a lesson. It is not a form of punishment. It is part of the transformational process taking you to your inheritance. So embrace it. He is a good Father. He sees you as His child. A good Father would never exasperate his children.

He wants you to know His goodness and boast about it. His favour rests on you. So don’t be ashamed or embarrassed when favour increases. Bask in it and enjoy it. If He is the God of Joy don’t you think His children should be the most joyful people on the planet?

We have little idea about the amount of joy He gets when His children live fulfilled lives. It is not a sin to enjoy everything that life has to offer. Sometimes we think that the more we give up the more holy we are. There may be elements of truth there but it is not the whole picture.

To claim your full inheritance will cost you everything. You get to win everything. When nothing has you anymore you are free to enjoy everything He has for you. It is not so much you are becoming more holy (you already are made holy through Jesus) but rather you are receiving His holiness for He is your holiness. He is your righteousness. You can’t make yourself more holy than He is but you can live more like Him.

You are meant to be a follower of Jesus in every way. So the scripture ‘be holy as I am holy’ is not just something to aim for but rather to be. Holiness is a virtue which He has passed on to you. You now have it. It is in your DNA. It is up to you to walk in it.

2018-03-09T07:46:13+00:00 Friday, March 9th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

Do you love Him?

Never give up hope. He is God. The creator of heaven and earth. Joy is one of His middle names. He rejoices over you. He doesn’t struggle to like you. He doesn’t have to think twice whether to bless you. He already knows you’ve done nothing to deserve His goodness.

He loves you because you are you. You are His child, His creation, His idea. You cannot easily define it nor measure it. What He is doing in this transformational process is revealing the real you to you. Then part two is to reveal you to the world. Love, which is part of your original design and is part of your very being, is what you were made for.

You don’t need to work hard at loving people more but learn to be loved by Him. It will simply overflow from you to others. That is in your heart right now. That is what He wants to release to an unsuspecting world. Something nobody can argue against. Be prepared to do some daring acts of love. They might look like random acts of kindness. Don’t wait till you feel like it. You don’t need to go on a mission trip. Start now, here, today.

He knows that what you could be doing in the future would scare you if He told you everything now. He holds some of that back. He may give you a glimpse but He doesn’t want to scare you off.

Be prepared. He will ask searching questions of you. They will expose the state of your heart. Not to condemn you but give you a glimpse of where He is taking you next. It is all part of your planned upgrade. He doesn’t do condemning. Why would He? For what purpose? What good would that do? God is better than that. Just respond in complete humility. Be humble before Him. Respond don’t react.

2018-03-08T07:10:06+00:00 Thursday, March 8th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

You are perfect

You can’t touch Him nor see Him and yet you love Him. How is it possible to believe in someone or something you can’t see or touch?

It is not meant to be a deep or philosophical question? It is intended to make you think. We take so much for granted that we never stop to reflect on what we believe or why believe it. The good thing is that He wants you to ask those sort of questions. He has wonderful life rich answers for you. He wants to bring you into a real and meaningful relationship with Him. He has made you to be something wonderful.

This heavenly creativity hasn’t stopped even though we think it was finished a long time ago. What you see when you look in the mirror is not the finished article. You are becoming what you were all along. The finished article is with Him. Hidden in Him. He sees you standing before Him without spot or blemish. That is how He sees you. That is the you He talks to. He sees you perfect without any flaws.

Your mind struggles to comprehend it. It is complete and yet it is still in process. He is simply transforming you into what you already are. It is up to you to allow that transformation. Don’t resist it. It is the most natural thing in the world. You are becoming more and more like Him every day. That is a good thing.

That is why He says ‘be perfect as I am perfect’. He asks you to be an ‘imitator of God’. Why? Because that is who you really are. He doesn’t set you up to fail. That is not in His nature. You won’t fully appreciate it yet but you will. That is also why faith and trust is so important. It is so misunderstood. It is not the faith to get something done. It is not the faith to receive a gift.

The faith He want to see is that which brings the real you into existence. That faith has already been given to you, to everyone. It is His faith. He wants a glorious bride not an army of clones. He created each of us to be different with unique qualities that are to benefit others.

He is expressing Himself through the church. Through His beloved people and that is why He is so excited. He is so full of hope and joy because He knows what is to come. So your job is simple, rejoice with Him and make Him happy.

2018-03-07T07:43:46+00:00 Wednesday, March 7th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

Live in it

He will feed you from so many sources. Like a reservoir or lake is fed by many streams. So will you be. Strengthen yourself and allow all those streams to contribute to fill you. Be aware it takes time to fill up so be patient.

What is the most important thing to you at this moment in time. If it isn’t knowing Him and fellowship with Him what could possibly be more important. Without Him you are going to struggle in life.

Nothing less that wholehearted devotion to Him is what is required. Nothing less will do. Going to church isn’t enough. Reading your bible everyday isn’t enough. Saying your prayers isn’t enough. All those can become ritualistic and mechanical. They can be done without any love for Him. Love Him deeply first and then everything you do has purpose and meaning.

In Him you will find love, joy and peace. All that Fruit of the Spirit is also in you waiting to ripen. It is waiting to be seen by others. That is the real you. He has made you into a mighty reservoir. Capable of bringing great transformation and change to many. Demonstrating His power to a world bereft of real hope.

If you think this is all about you it isn’t. It is all about Him. Yet He talks as if He can’t do it without you. You can’t do anything without Him and He won’t do anything without you. You are indispensable.

An abundant life full of powerful hope. That is the life you are called to. So live it. Live in it. As you are being transformed you will do all that is in His heart. You owe the world an encounter with Him. He is calling you and has called you. You might have missed the memo.

This is no small matter. He wants the affection of your heart. Worship is in spirit and in truth. His Spirit and The Truth. Twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week. This requires so much more than an hour of singing on a Sunday.

True worship comes from a renewed mind. You learn to be deeply loved and to love deeply. Unhindered by shame and guilt. He has the best for you and sees the best in you.

Your journey begins now to find out what that looks like.

2018-03-06T08:29:15+00:00 Tuesday, March 6th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

Power flows

We justify what we believe and therefore our decisions are justifiable. We resist change especially if it is uncomfortable but change is inevitable. Nothing stays the same. It is better to embrace it. When you meet Him everything changes. This is a good thing. Even if in the short term it looks less than appealing.

Let Him be God to you in every situation. Always be completely humble. Allow Him to do a work of grace in your life. He will turn your upside down world the right way up.

Life is meant to be lived to the full. That means being fully immersed in Him. You then have a true perspective on life. Which means you can enjoy a wonderful and rich relationship with Him. Do not let anything come between you and God. Nothing now or ever. Let nothing tell you that you are missing out by following Jesus. Just be faithful to Him and you will experience heaven.

For heaven is here and now and not some distant future. Seek Him more than you seek anything else. Let Him be your driving force. Let Him be your passion.

Use your time wisely, get yourself ready. Watch and pray. The devil prowls around to see whom he can devour. If you stand your ground and he will run away from you. Do you know why? It is because he sees who is standing behind you. Your confidence will grow exponentially when you realise who is with you.

You have a measure of power and influence. Learn how to use it well for yourself and not forgetting to bless others. Whatever you are expecting don’t be disappointed. Do what He gives you to do. Do what is in front of you. The key is just doing what He asks you to do no matter how mundane or simple it may seem.

When you do the simple things He asks you to do you are using that key. For when you turn the key. That is when the power flows. The key to success is the willingness to let go of everything. No matter how dear it is to you. Let go and serve His purposes.

When you do this you will receive His power in increasing measure. His life will overflow to many. It will be a torrent not a trickle. You will have an impact on everything and everyone. If that doesn’t thrill you, what will?

2018-03-05T09:58:06+00:00 Monday, March 5th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

The only true constant

The Holy Spirit wants to live and dwell in you. He wants to help you renew your thinking. He will help change your thought patterns. A bit of rewiring needs to take place. He can only show you if you are willing to listen and absorb what He says. You have an inbuilt firewall which filters anything new through what you already know or believe to be true.

To bring about a transformation in you He is going to need access to all areas of your life. Internally and externally.

He is your benchmark. The only true constant in the universe. As you listen to Him it becomes less about information and more about relationship. It is more about trusting Him and trusting in Him.

You will also learn to trust yourself. That is the nature of faith. It looks like something. It is not theoretical. When you use your spirit together with your five senses you are starting to function as He intended. Your physical senses are there for purpose but they are only part of it. There is much more, so much more.

Only through training yourself to hear and by acting on what He says will your confidence increase in Him and yourself increase. He is such a great teacher and you have just enrolled into His school of ministry with a curriculum that has been dovetailed just for you. He knows where you are at, what you need, where you are going and how to get you there. How good is that!

2018-03-04T07:32:07+00:00 Sunday, March 4th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

Our sixth sense

If you rely on a combination of your feelings, experiences and knowledge you are relying on something not altogether relaiable. God has to be your reality and your security.

We have grown up with our five senses and trained to use our intellects to process that information through experience and experiment. We create an understanding of the world around us. If you limit yourself to what you currently understand then you are limiting yourself to the physical realm. The spiritual realm also has to be experienced. His word helps us to take baby steps in that direction. Just because it doesn’t work out doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Just because a young child falls over doesn’t mean won’t or can’t walk.

If you do not take God at His word then His hands are tied. He can do nothing to help you. Otherwise He would have to override your free will. He is your new reference point. You have a new way of seeing and experiencing through your spirit. This is now the true and complete you. Previously everything was a shadow no matter how real it may seem to you.

Your brain is a brilliant processing machine. It was created by God just for that purpose but it has physical limitations. Sorry but your brain has. Even the Einsteins of this world know and understand very little compared to what He knows. Just imagine you can have access to information, knowledge and understanding more powerful than all the supercomputers put together. The Holy Spirit is the ultimate search engine. There isn’t anything He doesn’t know. So why not ask Him. He isn’t a machine, you can’t manipulate Him or control Him. He is the Spirit of the Living God.

2018-03-03T08:44:04+00:00 Saturday, March 3rd, 2018|Heaven's Culture|