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Manipulating God; Fooling yourself

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I love God's Word; the Bible. There has always been a lot of debate in the Christian world about certain teachings like what people call The Prosperity Gospel. For those of you who don’t know what this teaching is, it’s something that goes along the lines of using certain parts of God’s Word, the Bible, to ‘claim’ blessing and all types of prosperity for yourself and your life. For instance, taking the promise of God being my provider to get myself a new car, house or for money to appear in my bank account through the chanting of a specific bible verse such as Philippians 4:19 “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Some of you may ask “where’s the problem in that?” or some of you may be saying “yup! I claim this promise all the time!”. Others of you may be saying “yes! This is the prosperity gospel! What about all the poor Christians in the world??”.
Well, here’s the problem. Without going into depth of the bible verse (exegete, co…

God? Where are you?

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I am writing this article because one blogger used half of proverbs 25:2 to explain why sometimes we don't hear from God. Although it was true, it also wasn't the complete picture.
“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” Proverbs 25:2 NKJV
The other blogger pointed out only the first part that it’s the glory of God to conceal a matter, which is true. But this scripture tells me that, God conceals things as part of who He is, but He also loves His people to search Him out. Ever wonder why kids love hide and seek? He hides, but the expectation is that you will find Him. And since now, we are a royal priesthood; I can only assume that we are kings ourselves (Jesus of course is the King OF Kings).
Of course, the common challenge we face is that we tell ourselves that sometimes God ‘feels’ distant and He doesn't seem to want to tell us anything, especially when we most seek an answer.
This was also a critical scripture for me…

Submission; That dirty word

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To most people (especially Westerners) the word submission is a word synonymous with brutality and encroaches on their freedom. But I’ve found out the brilliance behind it when it relates to God. 

I’ve been reading Pastor Steve Murrell’s (and son William’s) book ‘The Multiplication Challenge’ and I have found myself heavily critiquing my own leadership style due to the deep wisdom that fill its pages. I’ve also loved how it’s directed me to go deeper into how Jesus lead His disciples.
At the end of the day, leadership can be brought down to something simple (even though the application is not). Mark 10:45 says it best; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. 44 And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”. It’s in that death (the ransom), that Jesus was then resurrected to the highest position that anyone can obtain (but obtaining t…

“Build their faith”

I learnt an amazing lesson the other week about how God likes to build people’s faith. Believers or not.
The Holy Spirit has been keeping me busy over the past 4 months (hence the low number of blogs), but it’s been amazing learning just how God loves to see the gospel preached.
Jesus said“I told you (who I am), and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me;”
Jesus also said “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” (John 10:25, 37-38). 
Jesus loved to back up what He said with works. Now I am not just talking about ‘good deeds’, I am talking about works like healing the sick, raising the dead, turning water to wine and giving sight to the blind. And here’s the story of how I realised this is for us Christians (sons and daughters of God) a…

Healing And The Measuring Of It

Sometimes the healing process that God takes us through can actually feel like open heart surgery without the anaesthetic.
When you became a believer in Jesus, you began on a journey of deep healing. It’s hard to escape and Jesus is committed to it. One of the great benefits of Jesus shedding His blood is that it means that God can fully address your brokenness (humanities brokenness: Romans 8) at the very root of the issue. It is a life long process and at times the pain from the healing process can often make it feel like you are going backwards and not forwards.
This is a process that God by His Spirit began in you and it’s not a process that you can finish yourself. Ever heard that scripture “‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord’? It’s from Zechariah 4:6 and God is talking about the building of His temple. Well, we are now the temple in which He lives and He is still committed to building His temple (you!) by the power of His Spirit and not by your own effor…

Breathe

“And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”” John 20:22-23 NKJV
This is a powerful verse. Here’s one reason why.
My wife and I moved into a new house a few months ago and one of our prayers for this house was to have neighbours who God wanted to encounter. He did just that. We instantly connected with our neighbours. They are an awesome couple, Peter and Ann (not there real names). Peter was already a Christian, but Ann was not. After a few months of getting to know them, sharing our lives and the gospel, Ann decided to enter into relationship with Jesus. Awesome. But then more amazing stuff happened. Peter now desires to share his faith with others.

He messaged me one night and said that he was talking all things God with a member of his band (the bass player) who professes to be an atheist and was about to pray for healing for him …

He Trains My Hands For War Part 2

“This is war, and there is no neutral ground. If you’re not on my side, you’re the enemy; if you’re not helping, you’re making things worse." Luke 11:23 (Jesus talking on spiritual warfare)
Last week I posted 'He Trains My Hands For War Part 1' which covered two points in relation to God preparing us for our mission and calling;
- Responding to negative circumstances with faith instead of fear
- Not giving up in the face of adversity.

There are 3 more to cover.
Get rid of that bad attitude.   “Training is used to test your physical ability but also to get rid of bad attitude.” Yup, that’s right. The last two years God has been exposing my bad attitudes toward Him, my faith, other people and myself. 
Control your fear, as in, fear God and not man. “You're going behind enemy lines, where it’s hostile and people want to kill you. We need people who can control fear.” Ok, before some people loose control about me saying fear God and not man, may be I will write another blog o…