Friday, 26 August 2011
I was challenged again today by Pastor Rick Warren's simple encouragement to ensure we spend some time in our EVERYDAY lives to focus on God and his direction for us.
Check it out!
“Show me the path where I should go, O Lord; point out the right road for me to walk” (Psalm 25:4 LB).
Getting time with God each day is one of the spiritual habits of effective people. We develop spiritual fitness by having a quiet time each day for Bible reading and prayer.
What’s the reason for that? To get direction from God: “Show me the path where I should go, O Lord; point out the right road for me to walk” (Psalm 25:4 LB).
Sometimes we can get so busy in life that we can forget the direction we’re going. Like the pilot in World War II flying over the Pacific, he radioed back, “I have absolutely no idea where I’m going. I’m lost. But I’m making record time.”
Many times we get very busy. We need to slow down and get direction from God. This means we spend time with God on a daily basis; we talk to God in prayer; we let him talk to us from his Word; and we listen for his direction.
I can honestly say that every major decision in my life has been made in a quiet time.
Jesus is our model; he “often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Luke 5:16 NIV). You can’t get to know God if you’re always in a crowd. You get to know God in a one-on-one encounter.
Notice the Bible says Jesus withdrew often; his quiet time was his source of strength.
And Jesus teaches that we are strengthened as we develop a deep and intimate relationship with him: “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you” (John 15:7 NIV).
Sunday, 7 August 2011
GOD, ESTHER, AND HAMAN
Taken from the John Maxwell Bible
God, Esther, and Haman each play a leading role in the Book of Esther. God is the Leader in control; Esther is the leader under control; and Haman is the leader out of control. Consider each one.
GOD: The Leader in Control
1/. He took Queen Vashti off the throne.
2/. He gave Esther the throne.
3/. He used Mordecai to supply information,
4/. He put everyone in place before the crisis.
ESTHER: the Leader under Control
1/. Her position didn’t steal her compassion.
2/. She felt limited in what she could do.
3/. She knew her place in the organization.
4/. She felt the need to fast and pray.
5/. She depended on the prayers of others.
6/. She was willing to take a risk and obey.
7/. She didn’t take advantage of generosity.
8/. She recognised the importance of timing.
HAMAN: The team Leader out of Control
1/. He misunderstood the times.
2/. He lost joy over little problems.
3/. He needed friends to build his self-image.
4/. His greed and ambition made him unhappy.
5/. He listened to the wrong people.
6/. He thought too highly of himself.
7/. He set himself up for a fall.
8/. He reaped what he sowed.
Friday, 5 August 2011
Tuesday, 2 August 2011
A great blog from Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church
Certain people are sometimes called overnight successes. Usually they’re people who seem to just spring onto the scene. One day you’ve never heard of them. The next day they’re everywhere.
Sometimes it’s a band. An athlete. Or a movie star. Some people would even call our church an overnight success.
I would agree with the term, with this one caveat:
If by overnight success you mean that night after night after night after night after night, they have become successful.
Do we really think U2’s second gig was Cowboy’s Stadium?
Do we really think Spielberg’s second movie was Jaws?
Do we really think a life is built overnight?
Or a church for that matter?
Yes, some people’s road to success – whatever ‘success’ even means – is shorter than others. But that doesn’t mean they took a shortcut. There are no shortcuts to success. Only hard work. Consistency. And above all, God’s favor.
If you want to be an overnight success, I really don’t know how to help you. The only thing that’s overnight about success is recognition. The rest is about showing up with your best.
Night after night after night after night after night after night…