Monday, 23 December 2013

Freedom is Fearless

Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la, la-la, it’s Christmas eve tomorrow, and we have so much to be grateful for! What a year it’s been, as 2013 draws to a close, it provides us with the perfect opportunity to reflect on the good and the bad and maybe even those missed opportunities! Yes, those opportunities that passed on by because we were too afraid to step out of our comfort zone. Fear has the ability to delay, deviate and discourage us from fulfilling our God given destiny. If we can recognise what is holding us back I believe it will allow us to change our perspective so that we can move forward without hesitation.

Fear of the Unknown.

"Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”  Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said,“why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:24-31

God gave me a vision of soldiers preparing for battle. Not only do they have to prepare themselves physically but mentally too. They know they’re entering a warzone with an arrow pointed at their head but they enter it anyways! They were willing to fight till death with hope that their kingdom will reign supreme! I believe that if we choose to live life with the same mindset, taking into account that we are fighting for freedom, that our King is the King of Kings and that through Jesus Christ we are already victorious then our battleground becomes a playground. I know it's scary to leave your familiar, comfortable and mundane life behind, but true life only starts once you step out into the unknown, you might have to leave some things behind but the road ahead promises more fulfilment than you could ever imagine! I’m a living testimony along with hundreds upon thousands of people who have decided to give their life to Christ. It's easier to fight for something you believe in and to fight already knowing that you've won, therefore the battle loses its sting, fear doesn't have favour but we do! We are highly favoured by the creator of the heavens and the earth. The only thing holding us back is ourselves.

Fear of Change.

“Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed” John 3:20.

Before I decided to do a 360' turn in my life I never really set any time apart to check my heart. I did anything I wanted, whenever I wanted, without thinking ahead as to what the consequences might be. I wasn’t a terrible person, I was just selfish. I never wanted to confront my problems because then I knew I might have to change. I had a massive revelation just after I was saved, during a praise and worship song, someone on stage was stating “Lord look at my heart, take it, it’s yours” or something to that extent, I remember thinking to myself, “Yikes, do I really want God to see my whole heart? All my hidden agendas and motives, all my plotting and planning, my jealousy and anger, my pride, my lust and my lifestyle? Can’t He just look at the good, the bits of my heart that I wanted Him to see?” Then I realised He can see all of it anyways so I was fighting a losing battle! From that moment I decided to change my thoughts instead of just focusing on changing my ways. Don’t be afraid to do some serious soul searching! If you are afraid of what people might think of the new you, just remember you live for Christ now, and your change will bring about more change than you could have ever imagined.

Fear Before a Blessing.

“Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.” Luke 1:29-30

As it is the Christmas season, I decided it would be a great idea to reread and meditate on the nativity story, with that said something really stuck out to me, throughout the Bible whenever an angel appears to bring good news it is often followed with the statement, “Do not be afraid”. When a blessing is staring at us in the face we may feel terrified and confused as to what happens next. I believe it is human nature to always expect the worst. It may prevent us from hearing God’s voice clearly, as we continue to fight His unreasonable requests with our logical mind. The Spirit descended not only for comfort and healing but for direction as well. I know I sometimes fear the Spirit, especially when it comes to praying in tongues or listening to its prompting to do something out of the ordinary like praying for a complete stranger in broad daylight in front of a group of people (yes, He does that), but when fear becomes greater than faith that's when you lose the fruits and gifts of the Spirit! So I just want to encourage you to join me as we venture into 2014 with a heart full of expectancy and faith, the Spirit will move if we give it room to do so. As long as fear is holding us back we are still living by flesh and not by faith. God has overcome all things and if the Spirit lives within us, then we too can achieve all things through Him who gives us strength! God wants us to achieve all He has set out for us, if you feel God prompting you to do something, do it without hesitation, if it doesn't work out it's probably because He wanted you to learn a valuable lesson from the experience! Sometimes God doesn't want us to achieve everything all at once, failure is essential for growth not only in our willingness to never give up but in our faith and hope that we have placed upon our God given purpose.

There are so many fears we have to deal with on a daily basis but if can recognise that we are free, we are favoured and God is faithful in all His ways then I believe we can step into 2014 with our heads held high expecting great things to come because of our willingness to trust God and be coreageous in all our decisions, knowing that if and when we fall, He will be there to catch us and encourage us to never give up. We have an eternity of love and freedom waiting for us, “no fear of condemnation” so keep that in mind when you staring fear in face again!

Can I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and come and experience what Christmas is truly all about!

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Have a blessed Christmas, and thank you so much for all your support throughout the year! 

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Heart & Soul

“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the wine would burst the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost. New wine calls for new wineskins.” Mark 2:22 (NLT)

I cannot begin to explain how God has been shaping and moulding me over the past month or so. I think I’ve grown more in November than I have this entire year (queue short jokes here) I’m actually referring to the growth of my heart.

We sing songs at church proclaiming; “Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters, wherever You would call me” and songs like “More of you, less of me, take this life, Lord it’s yours” without fully understanding the impact it should have on our life. When God asks for our heart, He demands all of our heart, all of our energy and all of our time not just the parts of our life we chose to give Him. If you sit down and think about it, it may feel like a tough journey to venture out on and that’s why most people who start coming to church eventually start to fade and end up living the life they use to live. We sometimes become so focused on changing the world that we forget that change should happen within us first. To avoid having a change of heart allow your heart to be changed first.

We don’t need God to fix our problems we need Him to mend our heart. Problems are part of life, it’s inevitable but the way we react to difficult situations sets us apart from everyone else. If we can look at every minute of our life being carefully orchestrated by God we begin to ask questions like “Lord, what do You want me to learn from this?” instead of stating “Lord, what did I do to deserve this?!”

What I’ve learnt is that I would rather have my heart changed first so that my actions can reflect what my heart truly feels, instead of changing my actions first and doing things half-heartily. Good deeds may get you to the pearly gate but if your heart is for the Lord, heaven will be your reward.

God can work on your heart in a number of ways, mostly it’s Him calling you to step out in Faith to do the things you deem as impossible. Ps Scott Jones puts it like this “Heaven is our destination not our destiny, our destiny is to make a difference while we are still on earth.” People will give you one million reasons not to do something but hold firmly onto the word that God has placed on your heart. We should stand for the one thing we believe in instead of falling for everything the world believes in. We need to make the conscious decision to take the first step, if it’s God’s will for our lives, He will take care of the rest. Although God isn’t always precise with His instructions, He does it to test how faithful we truly are:

By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Hebrews 11:17-18

We look to God for answers and direction but sometimes it's really difficult to understand what He wants from us, God makes things clear when we take time to be with Him. God wants people that won't give up on Him, that will tirelessly search for the light switch in a dark room instead of sitting still and complaining that they can't see. Yes, bad things happen to good people but that’s because God wants to turn good people into great ones, when the going gets tough get God, that’s the only thing He asks of us. 

It’s not about how much you can do, it’s about how much your heart can change while you do the things God has called you to do. If you do things with a faithful heart, the smallest step can make the biggest impact. Sometimes being faithful and stepping up may require personal sacrifices, but when you keep your focus on Jesus nothing will feel like a sacrifice because He is everything you'll want and everything you'll need. "For many are called, but few are chosen" Matthew 22:14 (KJV)