Background noise

One of the things you have to contend with is background noise. There are so many thoughts and ideas in your head being fed by memories, sights, sounds, smells and feelings. They alone can be overwhelming, add to this cacophony is hearing His voice which seems to be the quietest.

They call it that still small voice. The reason it is so quiet is that all the others speak to your mind directly whereas He speaks to your spirit. There is no competition or at leat very little. The question is how can you differentiate between your thioughts, His thoughts and perhaps the devils attempts to influence you.

If I can suggest one simple answer ‘peace’. If what you hear sends you into a tailspin, confusion, doubt, worry, despair etc then you have a right to challenge what you have heard. This can also happen when He has spoken to you and you add your bits to it, extrapolate His words, adapt it, multiply it etc you get the picture.

It is never that our brains/minds are the enemy, far from it, rather it is perfect when our minds align with our spirits and particularly when our spirit listens to The Holy Spirit. It is a process of learning and I am still learning. A hard lesson especially when the pressure for a solution to a problem is on.

Train yourself to listen. It is a process and an art. It is a discipline but well worth it. making mistakes is all part of the learning process.

2018-04-10T05:10:08+00:00 Tuesday, April 10th, 2018|Hearing His voice|

Overcomplicated simple ideas

The Holy Spirit will give you ideas and solutions. They may be baby steps in the scheme of things but they are important steps none the less. As you ask Him for solutions to financial issues or just wanting an idea how to earn money He will tell you.

But are you taking the time to listen and actually do exactly as He says. Either you might dismiss it as to simple, lacking detail or you might very quickly develop it into something more strategic and get ahead of yourself.

Whichever is your response, repent if you think you know better. Ask again if necessary and do what He says without. God is the ultimate pragmatist. He has history to show that He knows how to get things done.

This is all part of your journey. This is all part of building a deep and meaningful relationship that interacts with and includes your finances and wealth. He does not separate wealth from worship, just don’t worship the wealth.

2018-04-07T06:11:08+00:00 Saturday, April 7th, 2018|Money|

The marketplace

Church is meant to be governmental and influential. That can sound like a power trip and people who want that will go after that. Jesus demonstrated power and influence without corrupting both those two words.

We are meant to serve this culture, community or society not judge and criticise. We are to offer hope, a solution not an invitation to a meeting.

Businesses, schools, hospitals, the police etc should be getting solutions from the body of Christ. Solutions that have their origins in heaven not man’s thinking. God wants to bless His creation but we can stubbornly refuse to believe that we have anything to contribute.

There is no separation of secular and sacred. One impacts the other, they are intertwined. He created a physical world and a real heaven. The two operate together at all times. What you do in the physical impacts the spiritual and vice versa. Take the time to find out how and why.

2018-04-06T06:34:56+00:00 Friday, April 6th, 2018|Ekklesia|

Hearing His voice is critical

Waiting for random titbits from God is noway for a deep and meaningful relationship. It is meant to be a full blown relationship where communication is clear. Access to Him is permanent not intermittent.

We read His word and have a guess at what He is thinking. We look at others to workout His attitude towards someone or something. He is not a cosmic jigsaw that He has left lying around for us to puzzle over.

He will talk to you as much as you listen. The question is then are you listening? If He has already answered your question why go round the mountain again to ask the same question. Perhaps in the hope that He will have changed His mind or forgotten and then give you a better answer.

Don’t treat Him like a slot machine. You are too awesome to do that and He is too wonderful to be treated like that.

2018-04-05T15:08:58+00:00 Thursday, April 5th, 2018|Hearing His voice|

Money doesn’t grow on trees

Money is not evil. God wants you to prosper. That may mean be wealthy. What He doesn’t want is for anything to come between you and Him. Being wealthy or poor is not a sin, it is simply a statement of being.

Money is abstract. Your time, your energy, your skills, your experience are not. Money is the means of sharing wealth. To buy or sell goods and services. It is what you do with it is the important thing. Not comparing how much you have compared to someone else.

Does God want you to prosper? Yes

It is the definition of prosperity that is difficult to pin down. At its most simplistic form, you go to work to earn money to pay the mortgage (rent) and buy food etc. After doing this a lot you get locked into that process. It becomes cyclical. A loop that is hard to break out of and look at it from any other angle except the treadmill you are on.

Work can be all consuming. Surviving to keep your job. Striving to get promotion. These become things themselves and end in themselves. You can lose sight of what you are and who you are to Him. He isn’t going to ask you your final salary was when you stand before Him.

Living for Him does not mean poverty. It does not mean lack. But it does mean surrender. That is the crunch.

2018-04-04T06:42:38+00:00 Wednesday, April 4th, 2018|Money|

Be intentional

He made us to be relational. When we meet for a Sunday service we are meeting together but we are not meeting each other. Yes, we will greet each other, say ‘Hi’, ‘How are you?’ Etc. Our replies are usually in the order of ‘fine’, ‘could be better’ or ‘not too bad’. The weather is also a very useful safe topic of conversation.

How well do you know people in your church? When was the last time you had a meal with them or a coffee? Is it only with those you get on with? Do you know enough about them to pray specifically?

The church gathering on a Sunday is not the place to have deep and meaningful conversations. Neither is it when you are having coffee afterwards. It has to be deliberate, intentional.

This is also true of our relationship with God. Don’t keep Him at arms length. Don’t confine Him to the pages of a book. You can’t keep Him at a safe distance. Neither do this with those who you share your Christian walk with. Spend time getting to know each other. It is imperative. It is vital.

 

2018-04-03T05:03:52+00:00 Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018|Ekklesia|

Afraid of asking?

He is a good Father. He loves you and accepts you. He loves you the way you are but He loves you too much to leave you like that. He is for you not against you. You can trust Him like no other.

If you are afraid to ask Him because of what He might say then it is likely that your perception of Him is based on a lie. I can’t put it any less blunt. If you are not listening to Him the question is who are you listening to?

Let’s be straight He isn’t just a warm cuddly Father Christmas type figure He is also Judge. He is not sentimental yet He remembers your good deeds. If you are getting mixed messages that is because He is manythings all at the same time. He is not like you and me.

However, in Jesus He demonstrated His nature, His heart and His passion. When you look at the life of King David and listen to what God said about Him you begin to realise that there is more to Him than is written in a book. He is in the book but He is also to be experienced.

You are meant to be having a relationship with Him, as a son/daughter, a friend, a servant etc. All of them at the same time. So why are you afraid to ask Him, talk to Him or listen to what He has to say?

You will stand before Him one day. Now is the time to find out what He has to say not then. Then is too late. Ask Him now and you will be surprised how pleased He is that you asked.

2018-04-02T08:56:51+00:00 Monday, April 2nd, 2018|Hearing His voice|

Money is a thing

Money is a strange thing it is neither real nor abstract. You can hold it but what you are holding isn’t worth anyhting as a piece of paper or a piece of metal. It is a promise, an agreement to carry a value.

You can use it to exchange your time working in an office with a burger at MsDonalds. You get paid a salary which is in the form of money and you are free to do with it as you please.

In heaven there is no money, there are no goods and services, no jobs to go to etc. That doesn’t mean there will be nothing to do but that is another story. So why does money get us in a muddle?

I want to find out exactly what He thinks about money, wealth, finances, prosperity and poverty. I have views, thoughts and ideas. I know scriptures and I know what I have been taught and told but it is good to ask the question and more importantly to ask Him the question.

2018-04-01T06:18:20+00:00 Sunday, April 1st, 2018|Money|

Meeting driven christian lifestyle

First off I am not saying anything against meetings. Every time two or more people get together they are meeting. However how we view church is often based on either the institution or the meeting on a Sunday. We use phrases like ‘if only the church…’ or ‘I’m going to church…’.

We use these expressions all the time, I do but they don’t really convey what church is and sometimes it is helpful to use a different word to express it. So the word ‘Ekklesia’ can help to redefine what He means by The Church.

How we define it as traditionally a meeting of people in a certain place at a certain time on a certain day to sing praises to Him and hear someone teach from the bible. That is a gross oversimplification but the elements are there. There is structure and there is purpose.

We even measure people’s performance by their attendance. We mark the worship team out of 10 and the preacher/speaker out of 10, and even dream up better ways for the pastor or vicar to do a better job. The focus centres around the meeting on Sunday and everything else flows from that. The prayer meetings, the children’s work, youth or the Homegroup during the week.

Often this can mean a separation of the secular and sacred. That is church, this is work and this is family. Church becomes something we go to or have done to us. That is not His deepest desire or His ultimate plan. There is more, far more.

2018-03-31T07:00:48+00:00 Saturday, March 31st, 2018|Ekklesia|

Let Him be the measure of you

She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.
(Mark 14v8)

Do what you can, do not measure yourself against anyone else.
Do not beat yourself up but rather accept His forgiveness for what it is.
Unite yourself with Him and love Him with all your heart, nothing else really matters.

If you compare yourself to others, stop it.
Do you feel as if you let Him down, disappoint Him or underachieved?
Remember that you did nothing to earn His love.

Ask Him what He thinks about you.
Ask Him how He feels about you.
Ask Him what He wants you to do, today and in the future.

Write down what He wants you to do.
Find out what pleases Him.
You are a pleasure and delight to Him.

2018-03-30T07:47:45+00:00 Friday, March 30th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|