Saturday, 17 November 2012

Faithful with few things...

'You have been faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things' Matt 25:21

Faithfulness is a big issue for God. Why? It's about who he is, how he acts and what he longing to find in us. I beleive that God desires to entrust greater works to us but can he trust us? Can God trust you with a little?

Many want to manage the 'greater things' or the 'many things' before learning to be faithful in handling the few things well. Let's face it, some want to run before they can walk.

We all need to lean that it is not what we have that is important but what we do with what we have that is crucial.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Spiritual Habits of Effective People: Quiet Time

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.

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“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).

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

C J Youth conference in Belgium 2012

I just arrived home from preaching at a youth convention in Belgium where God is doing exciting things.  The leaders are doing an outstanding job organizing this annual conference.  

The conference was called Time for Heroes and it was incredible to see hundreds of young people making decisions to give the rest of their lives to serve God's purposes wherever, whenever and whatever it takes.

It was a privelge to share with around 600 who attended the conference and I believe that great days are ahead for the youth in Belgium.

Thank you guys for your love, welcome and hospitality, I salute you all - Let's go for it!  Click on the video below to sample a clip from the main worship team.  You guys were awesome!