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Consistently Good, or Occasionally Great?

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Something a boss of mine once said to me, that I have carried through into every day life, and use myself from time to time is this, “It’s better to be Consistently Good, Instead of Occasionally Great.” The environment at the time was working in sales, so results were everything, and at the time I would have burst of awesome sales days, and then would become lazy for the next little while whilst my good day faded away. Then I would do it all over again.

What she taught me was that instead of just being scorching something, to be hot all the time. I went from being a moderate performer, to being the top performing in the whole company (And it was a HUGE company!!!) just because instead of exhausting myself and then recovering, to just pace myself to win.

When I was thinking about this the other day I was reminded that sometimes in peoples Christian journey they have these really hot and on fire passion for Christ and his word, then it’s like a bucket of water is dumped on them to recover from this short spell that might of exhausted them (In a manner of speaking), because its usually done in their own strength, and not Gods.

Let me say that I am qualified to say this, because this WAS me, and sometimes I think this still is me, but I know that through Christ it WAS me of the past.

I had a moment on Thursday morning where God gave me a revelation whilst reading his word. Hebrews 6:10-12 ‘For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown towards His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.’

It seems a really long winded way of saying to me ‘Just like those who commit to spending time with me and in my word, who’s inheritance is immeasurable. Don’t be flaky (Or Sluggish) and lazy. Don’t be hot and then cold and then hot again.’

I am also reminded of the verse in Revelations speaking about being Hot or Cold and not lukewarm. This is so true, that we need to be one or the other, and we all know that when you put hot (Passionate) and cold (Lazy/Sluggish) it makes warm. And I love this analogy very much, like the scene in ‘War Room’ (Watch it HERE), if you watch in the background you see Miss Clara put hot coffee in her cup and then some cold coffee out of a jug in it as well. (This movie is so powerful to me, I will no doubt write a blog on it soon.)

Now WHY does God want us to REMAIN hot and not be up and down all the time? Well think about it for a minute, if you are married to someone (Which we are to Christ) it requires time and effort to be put into it. Sometimes its so easy to spend the time and get to know the person, but other times it’s really difficult but you push through and  do it anyways, and you grow closer to the person because of it. God is the same, remember, we are all the brides of Christ (Yes, even the guys!!!!)

 

I am going to leave it short and sweet today as I just wanted to share what has been on my heart and what Christ is teaching to me lately as well. Lets push through the tough and dry times and not give up, instead in those times stick CLOSER to God, communicate in prayer and in his presence.

 

“Lord Jesus we love you so so much, yet we know you love us more, we are your Bride and you our Brides Groom. I pray that you help us to grow closer to you every single day. To Spend time in your word and your presence, and show you our priority is you. Thank you that your promised word says that if we are faithful in this that you reward us. Thank you for an outpouring of your Gifts in peoples hearts and lives and the opening of doors. Thank you Lord for all that you do. In Jesus’ name. Amen”

‘”And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the beginning of the Creation of God: I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish could wish you were cold or hot. “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit your out of My Mouth”‘” Revelations 3:14-16

What you WANT or what you NEED?

I don’t know about you but when something goes wrong, I am the first person to just want someone to hug me and tell me its going to be ‘Ok’ or to have that person tell me anything that I need to hear. It’s so difficult for someone to come and tell you ‘It’s going to get worse before it gets better’ or ‘You need to stop being so selfish and start looking towards others.’ Because its in our nature to hear people say what we want to hear and not what we need to hear, let be honest, it’s true.

I am reminded of two people in the bible, Daniel (Also known as Belteshazzar) and Joseph (From the book of Genesis). Both of these men interpreted dreams and when they did, it wasn’t normally the interpretation that the person wanted and on occasions they were quite reprimanded and difficult to take.

Lets look at Joseph first, his story is situated from Genesis 37, where Joseph was envied by his brothers so bad that he was cast down a well and sold into slavery all because he had a dream and spoke it out to his family. Then purchased by an Egyptian family, who’s wife lusted after him and tried to seduce him, so when David said NO she made it look like he had slept with her and had to flee, then being cast into Prison. In Prison he interpreted the dreams of his fellow prisoners, which came to pass and put them before Pharaoh.

Genesis Chapter 41 explains that Pharaoh had a dream and he called all the Magicians and wise men in Egypt (Back then it was a noble profession) and they answered him in verse 8 that ‘Nobody in the land can interpret this dream. Then, one of those men in prison said t Pharaoh about the experience in Prison, and Pharaoh calls for Joseph. And Joseph goes “Get ready Pharaoh, you are about to be blessed like crazy, but then you are going to crash and burn and your kingdom is going to starve for 7 years!!!” (I took some dramatic licensing here).

I don’t know about you, but in all seriousness, Pharaoh did not want to hear this, but because he was honest and told it how it was, Pharaoh rewarded him. Praise God, because otherwise Joseph would of rot in prison. But wouldn’t it of been easier to tell Pharaoh that ‘Because you are so wise and powerful, you will overcome the stronger opponents in battle’ or something of that effect, but Josephs boldness and intimacy with Christ told Pharaoh what he didn’t really want to hear.

 

But lets look at the Book of Daniel, where Daniel employed by King Nebuchadnezzar as a wise man, to have his dream interpreted. The King immediately called in all the Magicians, Astrologers, Sorcerers and Chaldeans, and told them ‘Interpret my dream, but here’s the catch, I am not going to tell you what even happened in it.’ (Daniel 2:1-11). Then the Chaldeans responded ‘There is no man on Earth who can interpret a dream like this, except directly from the gods of man’ (Daniel 2:10). Pharaoh lost his temper and decided to kill all of them and all the wise men. When they got to Daniel and his brothers Daniel requested to be bought to Pharaoh that he may interpret his dream.

Now to note that Pharaoh didn’t actually tell Daniel his dream, but the word says in Daniel 2:19(a) ‘Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision,’ so God revealed it to him. Whilst in this particular dream it wasn’t necessarily what bad, Daniel didn’t just twist what was revealed to him to make Pharaoh day, but instead of it was honest and told him that pretty much his kingdom would eventually die out as it gets weaker and weaker and weaker. And what did Pharaoh do in return, he declared that Daniels God was the one true God, planting the seed that would later lead to Pharaoh worshipping God (Daniel 4:34-37).

 

Time and time again the bible shows people speaking what someone NEEDS to hear and no what they want to hear, John the Baptist called the Pharisees a brood of vipers, even Jesus referred to people as fools (Because they lived a life not know the true God). Their are times in peoples lives where we have to be mindful of someones feelings or emotions, however saying it is crucially important to speak what someone needs to hear, because what someone WANTS to hear is usually by lying to them. How to be mindful of feelings? Changing what your answer is to both comfort them and be honest ‘Life can be really difficult and it’s going to be a rough road from here, but I am going to travel it with you.’ Do you think it was easy for John to write about the end times telling people of all the horrors to come?

A few weeks back I was told something I really didn’t want to hear, ‘You are driven by your emotions, and you are controlled by them.’ And I didn’t want to hear it, but it was exactly what I needed to hear. It hurt and required me to spend a lot of time with God in prayer and his word to figure out what God says about it, and how God reacts to it in the bible. I have to tell you, It speaks a lot of it, and those controlled by emotions went bad.

I just want to encourage you all, to be honest, and you need to wait on God and listen to your leaders/pastors/minister etc when they want to grow you, even when it hurts.

 

‘Lord God I worship you and love you and thank you. You are the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I pray those reading this will hear my heart, and your word. Open their hearts and minds to hear you even when it isn’t something they want to hear, and give them the courage to speak up when you lay something on their hearts, even when it may be difficult to say or for the other person to hear. In your Beautiful and mighty name. Amen.’

‘Let the Elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, esspecially those who labor in the word and doctrine. For the scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads it the grain,” and, “The laborer is worthy of his wages.” Do not receive an accusation against an elder except from two of three witnesses. Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear.’ 1 Timothy 5:17-20

When sadness comes

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I want to jump right in with a few things, I want to let you know that this post may be sad, however, If you finish reading this sad, than you have missed the point of my post today so I ask that you please hear my heart in this. But be mindful, this blog is going to be really long.

I want to start by telling you something that happened in the life of my wife and I. On the 28th of October 2014 at around 6pm my beautiful daughter was born into the world. Her name is Suzanne Joy and she is the most beautiful little girl I have ever met. At around 5pm on the 27th we locked the doors and handed in the keys to our house in Melbourne and began the drive 2000km to Beaudesert. Somewhere around 1800km into the drive at around Warwick the wife started to feel a bit uncomfortable and feeling small amounts of pain, within around 2 hours (And about 15mins after arriving in Beaudesert) she was doubled over screaming in pain.

So we made our way to the Beaudesert hospital emergency department to have them take a look, being 29 weeks pregnant they were quick to see her and within minutes she was in the delivery room cause our little girl had decided to arrive early. A few hours later she was birthed naturally and oxygen tubes were put down her throat and the doctors got to work. It was a trying time as the wife naturally was in a panic saying ‘are we going to loose her’ and many other things. She was then RUSHED out to a separate room where the team could better care for her with less confined space.

I can promise you, that their is no pain like when the midwife who had been looking after you, stood in the door with tears in her eyes and shake her head so slightly… It was then that those of us in the delivery room (At this stage is the the wife and I, My Mother, My eldest Sister and the older Sister, trying to keep us calm and upbeat) just stopped, that one second before the first response was probably the longest second in my life… Before the ‘No… No… No…’ from my eldest sister began followed by a wail of pain and sorrow.

It is difficult for me to remember this time, as it still brings a tear to my eye and I remember my pain, but worse than that, the tight squeeze of my hand as my beautiful wife sat there in shock and looking me in the eyes you could see her heart stop for a moment.

The hours following that were somewhat beautiful and yet so traumatising. The wife’s parents and sister came down, my Step Father and little Sister came down and my best mate was there. In fact, all I could do was ask for him to come and see me… And he did (Praise God). My Daughters lifeless body was bought into the room where we were able to hold her and meet the shell of our daughter. At the time we were adamant to not hold her, as the pain was so great. But we did brave it and held her a few times, as well as had our family hold her.

The funeral was worse, as I did the Eulogy I could barely read the words. All the hugs and advice was just bouncing off, as I was numb and unable to feel anything at all, except sadness and it was overwhelming. The wife could barely stand waking up of a morning, freaking out in her sleep and screaming, and having the many people call us to speak with us, but to numb to answer anyone.

Now, Sadness aside I want to share the ways God used this horrible situation we went through, and some of the best things that came from it.

  1. The Change of Processes: One of the hardest things when looking back, was that when Suzanne was stabilised we were unable to hold her or see her alive, and too this day that is our hardest memory of the day. When the review of processes was completed (A legal requirement to ensure the Hospital did everything they could) by the board of Queensland Health, their was an amendment made to troubled delivery processes to ensure that in EVERY circumstance the parents have the option to see their Child alive before they are taken from the room.
  2. Additional Training for staff: A few of the younger staff during the process (Some of which were called in being an emergency in a hospital in a small country town) were not sufficiently trained to deal with circumstances such as these. Because of this, they were all offered additional training for the whole unit to ensure they were adequately trained and prepared should it happen again
  3. Ward Preparedness: Unfortunately for the delivery of Sue the ward was unprepared as their process was to rush the delivery to a nearby hospital. However, in this particular case Leanne was too far along and was unable to be moved. So now the ward in Beaudesert is prepared for this sort of circumstance.
  4. Meeting some Beautiful People: One of the biggest blessings was meeting and really getting to know the midwives and doctors in that unit and being able to contact them. They still frequently contact us and speak with us and we see them whenever we are in the hospital, we know that we will know them for life.
  5.  Suzanne is GONE but not FORGOTTEN: Each year at Christmas the midwives buy a decoration in memory of Sue and writes her name and Date of Birth on it. Suzanne is also in a very prominent place on the photo board in the hospital, and all the hospital staff know who she is, and who we are when we visit. *See the 2016 decoration here:*
  6. Getting closer with our families: My older sister, who I have never had a good relationship with, has become quite close with me over this situation, and has become very sincere toward me and changed her heart in many ways.
  7. The Family Foundation shown: The family drew together to show just how much they love us. By way of caring for us (Moving in with them), Paying for Sue’s funeral, and just speaking with us and showing empathy and their own love for Sue.
  8. TIMING: The wife went into active labour only 15-20mins after arriving in Beaudesert.
  9. POSITIONING: The Wife’s parents (Who normally live 8 hours away) happened to be only 45 minutes away on holidays.
  10. BEING ABLE TO HELP OTHERS: Being this is a fairly unique circumstance that not a lot of people have gone through, Christ has bought us through it. This is probably the biggest of all the blessings. Whilst the hurt can still be there, we are able to empathise and share with people out of our own experience. Sadly this happened to a family member of the Wife recently, who happened to go through the same thing. We are now in a position to speak with them and able to share tears and yet showing that Christ can still use such a horrid circumstance.

 

There is so many more blessings in disguise that I can go on about, but I will leave it at 10, and move on to what GOD says about sadness and these really tough trials that we go through in life.

The first thing that Leanne and I had to learn, was that not always listening to what others say, like ‘Trauma takes 2 weeks to process, so give yourself that long’ and ‘It may hurt, but not as much as ……………, so you are lucky.’ But instead of listening to this kind of advice, hearing the advice of those out of the word of God like ‘Jesus speaks about him giving peace to those hurting’ and ‘Remember what happened to JOB, then God blessed him with so much more than he started with.’

At the time I did not respond the way I should of, I didn’t take peace from the word of God, but instead held resentment towards God, but how I got out of that is another story for another day.

The bible speaks time and time again about God rescuing us from our pit of despair, lets have a look at a few of them:

Daniel 3:19-24; When punished for not worshipping the the king of the land, were thrown into the furnace and were rescued by God.

Job 1-2, 38-42: Job had horrendous things happen to him from the murder of his children, the slaying of his live stock, terrible sickness and boils on his skin and much more. Even his friends and wife accused and attacked him (Before his wife was killed that is). Then at the end God himself came down to show Job his power, his presence, his peace and his glory. My favourite part of this story is- Job 42:10 ‘And the LORD restored Job’s losses when he prayer for his friends. Indeed the LORD gave Job twice twice as much as he had before.’ HALLELUJAH!!! Reward for the suffering.

The persecution of Paul displayed in multiple verses: 2Corinthians 11:24 ‘From the Jews five times I have received forty stripes minus one,’ and 2Timothy 2:8-9 ‘Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained.’ Showing Paul was beaten and imprisoned many times, however we are shown the peace of God right in the next chapter at 2Timothy 3:10-11 ‘But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, Love, perseverance, persecution, affliction, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra-what persecution I endured. And out of them all the Lord Delivered me.

So I bring these to your attention, some in more details than others, to show you that when Christs lets us go through something, we need to remember he will deliver us from them. I love it in the word where it says God will NEVER tempt us with more than we can handle (1Corinthians 10:13), yes that is speaking of Temptation, but when I read it, the Spirit of God always speaks to me saying that it isn’t just temptation, it is trials and hardships and life as well.

I close of with this awesome piece of scripture and a line from a song I love (link is to the song is right HERE) The line goes:

You stay the same through the ages
Your love never changes
There may be pain in the night
But joy comes in the morning

And the scripture which is where we pull this promise from reads it so beautifully: Psalm 30:5 ‘For His anger is but a moment, His favour is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.’

 

“Thank you Jesus for your amazing love and and patience in our lives. Thank you Lord that when difficulties come our way, we are assured by you of you being right their beside us, and that you never ever ever give us anything that will break us or take us away from you. You are amazing and we love you so much Father. Be with those reading this today Lord and guide them into a closer relationship with you. Amen’

 

‘”Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yolk is easy and My burden is light.”‘ Matthew 11:28-30

Oh Lord, My Heart Cry’s out

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I almost didn’t write today, because I wasn’t sure what to write, but as God does, he just decides to absolutely transform you and reveal to you in the most amazing and lets say ‘RANDOM’ ways!!!

I saw the most touching and beautiful video of a little Brazilian boy, Jose Antonio Viana de Hollanda (I hope I spelt that right), check out the video I was watching right Here. Singing a beautiful song by Michael W Smith, Agnes Dei.

As I was watching this video it moved my heart, and my Spirit to tears and worship before the Lord. I am reminded of when I first gave my heart to Christ, the softening and passion that stirred in your heart. I am reminded that it was not Jose’ voice, but instead his heart and words singing this song that stirred my spirit so passionately.

An awesome piece of scripture was bought to the front of my mind when I was listening, Luke 19:39-40, ‘And some of the pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” But he answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”‘ Very impacting verse calling out to the people saying ‘PRAISE GOD OR ELSE INANIMATE AND LIFELESS OBJECTS WILL BE MADE TO DO IT FOR YOU!’ Remember in the bible where it says in places like Isaiah 43:7, Genesis 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Philippians 2:4, Psalm 8:3-4, Jeremiah 31:3 and many others about the Love Christ has for us, that he created us in his image, that we are created to worship and glorify him…. So why aren’t we?

Christs power is bigger and more powerful than anybody or anything else, but yet because we can’t necessarily feel him tangibly all the time, we are inclined to disbelief. Can I see God, Can I touch God, Can I taste God, Can I Hear God, Can I smell God, NO, so I don’t believe. Well can I please challenge that today with a few things. If you can’t see God, then you probably aren’t looking, aren’t listening, touching, tasting or smelling him.

The closest I feel with God at times are in nature, when I can see the wind blowing through the trees and birds in the sky, hear the running of a river or croaking of a frog, feeling the wind against my skin, smelling the flowers and grass in the fields and tasting doesn’t even need to be said, you always taste SOMETHING, and your taste buds change ever 2 minutes, so chances are you are tasting God in this.

I am so encouraged today to worship and see God, cause I want to tell you, my soul is CRYING out, and I won’t, I refuse to leave it up to the rocks to do it. I want to challenge you today to do a few things (Short Blog I know, but I don’t want you to waste time). Take the opportunity to see God everywhere today, she the guy break just in time to miss hitting someone, see God in the blowing of the breeze, see God in the person paying for someone else at the grocery store or any number of things, and I want you to worship God in this.

I also want to share a few worship songs on here in the links that help me to fall in worship before God, Spend today with Jesus, be encouraged by the love of Jesus! I am not gonna write WHAT the song is, so you can be surprised by it when you listen to it:

This one, Or this one, Try this, Love this one, Goose Bumps, Great Reminder, Oh this is beautiful, GoosebumpsDeclare it, Keith Green, Click here,

Lastly, I have had it on my heart to offer the opportunity to people to contact me if they don’t personally know Christ, so I can speak with them about him and his love, and even lead you into a relationship with Jesus. If that is you, could you please email me in the email address in the ‘ABOUT ME’ section Here, as I would love to speak with you. God Bless you all, and with Love in Jesus name I love you all.

 

“Lord Jesus I love you today and forever. I thank you for the blessings on the lives of those reading this, and I thank you that you love them. I am asking now for revelations in their hearts and encouragement in their spirits Father. That your love will just overflow in their hearts and lives. That they will allow your Spirit to move, encourage them to see you and worship you throughout the day. Love we love and honour you and thank you. Amen”

 

‘For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which he is able even to subdue all things to Himself.’ Philippians 3:20-21

Pressing in-WAKING UP

Let me start today by saying, that I am not a morning person but instead love to stay up late and focus a lot better at night. I am a shift worker that works predominantly at night… UNTIL RECENTLY. You get me out of bed before 8:00am and I am a zombie (Which you can ask anybody who know me about this).

Last night I lay in bed knowing that I started work at 6:00am the next day (WHAT???), which meant getting up at 5:40 to get to work at time. Then I felt in my heart that God was speaking to me…. I WANT YOUR FIRST…. And I had no idea what he was talking about, thinking “I tithe my first, so what could you mean?” Then he reminded me of a piece of scripture in Mark 14:32-42, where Jesus is praying in the garden of Gethsemane and says to Peter, James and John “My Soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch.”

Twice Jesus left to pray and returned to find them asleep, saying to them “Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and Pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Reminded by this verse I was encouraged and did something that both surprised me AND my spirit, I changed my alarm to go off at 5am. And then no longer than a second later I started the battle of my mind, with Satan trying everything to change my mind and pull me away from this, some of the lies included “That is so early, and you are so not a morning person,” “You know you have no milk, so you cant even make yourself a coffee,” and “Man, tomorrow you have such an early morning and long shift that you are going to collapse from tiredness.”

I am excited to say that I didn’t change my alarm back and Christ rewarded me according to my faithfulness in this. It was really awesome spending the time with him and in his word. I’m not going to lie, it had to fight to get out of bed and stay motivated, but I can promise you this ‘My God is faithful to reward those who love him.’

I was also reminded of a song by the amazingly talented Keith Green, the song ‘Asleep in the Light’ (You can watch/hear it Here). This song is so convicting and yet so encouraging and displaying truth, below I have attached the particular verse of the song (This song doesn’t have a chorus) where it really hits the nail on the head.

Oh, can’t you see such sin?!
The world is sleeping in the dark,
That the church just can’t fight,
’cause it’s asleep in the light!
How can you be so dead?!
When you’ve been so well famed
Jesus rose from the grave,
And you!
You can’t even get out of bed!
Oh, Jesus rose from the dead!
Come on, get out of your bed!

I am so convicted by this verse of the song, and pray that you are also. Not convicted to resentment, but instead convicted to priorities your time with Christ. I would like to make clear that I am also on the journey, yes I have been on the journey a long time (Well, around 15 years or so) but I have often fed on the MILK instead of the solids (Their is actually another song where Keith Green sings about that too).

So lets think of a few PRACTICAL things you can do to create a rhythm or help you wake up of a morning:

  • GO TO BED EARLIER: It’s so easy to just stay awake. But instead of this, because you are prioritising your morning with God, and have some self discipline (Or Self control, which is the fruit of the spirit)
  • DON’T USE YOUR COMPUTER/PHONE/TABLET ETC BEFORE BED: The back lights on these items cause your brain to wake up and become stimulated and wake up, which means you are telling your brain you are awake, then changing it to be trying to sleep?
  • DON’T DRINK COFFEE OR NAP LATE IN THE AFTERNOON: Caffeine, whilst effects people differently, can cause your BODY to not rest, so instead your brain is asleep, but your body is still stimulated. And Napping later in the after can also cause the exact same thing in reverse.
  • DRINK A LITRE OF WATER WITH YOUR COFFEE: Science has shown that a litre of water in the morning is more effective at waking you up and making you alert than coffee.
  • MAKE IT SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO: Lets be honest, sometimes it can seen as a bit of drag getting up early, even to spend time with God. BUT, make it something you WANT to do. Wake up, make yourself your favourite coffee and relax and read the bible whilst drinking your coffee (and water). Make the effort to create a space your are comfortable with, with cushions and comfortable seating if that is what you need. Make it not a chore, but something to look forward to. I promise, that if you do this, little thing you will encourage your brain, then let the Spirit of God motivate your spirit, and before you know it (I am praying this anyways) you’ll be wanting to wake up early, even when you don’t need to.

I am so excited and encouraged to share my journey’s, passions, heart, faith, teachings etc with you (Whether I know you personally or I don’t). I am so thankful to Christ for granting me a passionate heart, and a heart to teach others his word and teachings. But not just that, but that he has gifted me so that I can do this in an effective manner.

It’s only a short blog today, but it is all what I needed to say. I still am praying about the frequency of the blogs, and in the mean time I will just post with no rhythm, but instead with posts as the LORD lays them on my heart. Please comment below if you are encouraged by this or maybe even a private message as I would love to hear from you.

 

Lord Jesus I just thank you again for the awesome opportunity to send these words all over the world and for the people that check in and who are getting encouraged by them. I love you Father than thank you for your grace and forgiveness, sufficient enough to cover all the sins of the Earth. I pray you’ll speak into peoples hearts and lives that they and myself will make better decisions. In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen

‘Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundations of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone’ Ephesians 2:19-20

Dear Dads and those who live anxiously

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Whenever I read blogs, I always find myself thinking ‘That person must be perfect and sitting in a beautiful round office with burgundy office furniture… etc’ but instead I found myself thinking today as I sit on my BROKEN couch in the horrible hot weather with my weird cats head on my feet, ‘Man… We are all just people.’

 

Today I had an interesting morning and had some awesome lessons to Learn, Live and Teach to a dear friend from the other side of the world. It was actually really awesome, and I will refer to this person as Daniel for the sake of this persons privacy.

In life their is so many curve balls thrown at us, as I wrote yesterday, you may remember I am currently on a roller coaster of my own. But a lot of people suffer silently, and hold things in their heart that hurts them OR causes a build up of distress. It is my absolute privilege and honour to help people at times like this to speak life into them and offer them the Jesus I know.

One issue in modern day society is the issue of Fathers. I can HONESTLY tell you, that is a HUGE issue of my own so I love being able to teach out of it. (Sometimes life throws trials at you, that will one day help you to help others (PRAISE GOD!!!)). I have read many studies showing many characteristics of those in prison, it was much to my surprise to see how many didn’t have a father, Had a bad father, had an abusive father, had a father but whom was absent etc. Another study I read into was about homosexuality, showing the characteristics of those who go through this are primarily those who didn’t have a father figure(Or whom was absent etc) and secondly those who were molested as children.

WOW, Dads out there, you have just no idea how much of an impact you have on your child (Or heck, someone to another child sometimes). I was encouraged to of read a scripture just yesterday that spoke to my heart about this, as it is something I often feel myself, “I will be a FATHER to you, And you shall be my Sons and Daughters, Says the LORD almighty” (2 Samuel 7:14 & 2 Corinthians 6:18) and also ‘But let the godly rejoice. Let them be glad in God’s presence. Let them be filled with Joy. Sing Praises to God and to his name! Sing Loud praises to him who rides the clouds. His name is the Lord, rejoice in his presence! Father to the fatherless, defender of the widows-This is God, whose dwelling is holy.’ (Psalm 68:3-5).

Men have a duty in Christ to care for the children, especially there own, ‘Train up a Child in the way he should go. And when he is old, he will not part from it’ (Proverbs 22:6). Can I please share my heart here, it doesn’t say ‘Train up YOUR Child’ it says ‘Train up A Child’ meaning that sometimes if Dad isn’t around, step in guys, and BE that Dad, their are so many kids who don’t have that due to many reasons, and it kills me to know this. But lead RIGHTLY. Lead with a PURE heart. Lead with PURE intentions. Lead with LOVE.’

I speak with a lot of younger people (In High School) and a lot of the problems and hurt they discuss with someone is around their fathers not being fathers (Or not there at all). And I take the opportunity to speaks God love to that person, as ABBA FATHER, LOVING FATHER, PATIENT FATHER, FORGIVING FATHER and speak the Fathers love that I know. It excites me to see them soften when they realise that the Father in Heaven is not necessarily represented by their father on earth (I had to learn that to) but instead is the Father of the bible. When you grasp that, you can start to see yourself and your father on earth in a new light.

Daniel has an awesome story, and one day I will have him share in on here, when his heart is ready. But I want to move to the next point of our discussion today (Being mindful their was many, but I am just going to touch on two).

Being a really confident and outgoing guy, Daniel never strikes anyone as shy or anxious. In fact quite the opposite. I was so encouraged to have him open up about this. Again, something I have personally gone through, I was really able to understand and minister to him through this tough time. Because of this feeling of anxiety, people don’t get to know this guy like I do (I have known him for 3 1/2 years) and know his heart well. So concerned about his outward appearance because he is scared what people will think of the REAL Daniel.

I was so excited to share a few things with him around this and to which he was able to grasp, because NOBODY can argue your testimony. Firstly was from Philippians 4:4-7, speaking of making your requests know to God (Go read it, its awesome). I love verse 7, where it speaks of the peace of God (Which surpasses all knowledge) coming down to you, AND THEN JESUS WILL PROTECT YOUR HEART AND MIND FROM IT HAPPENING AGAIN!!! HALLELUJAH!!! How awesome is this!!! I love it. This was a revelation I had about 12 months ago, and was so awesome, that it is still relevant to me today, and now to Daniel.

Moving onto the next verse Matthew 6:26 speaks about the birds not worrying about their next meal or where they will sleep. This is awesome because then it says “And your heavenly FATHER who provides for them, will he not more so provide for you?” WOW! How awesome is our God…. We stress, but don’t need to when we have faith in Christ Jesus.

 

Well with all this being said and done, I am signing out for another day! I am still figuring out the frequency of the blogs so please sign up for updates when I post new ones, and feel free to leave your comments below, even if it is to disagree with me if you have that on your heart.

 

Father God I love you so much, and you are my everything. I thank you for the awesome opportunity to witness your love and your heart today, in your word Father to speak life! I pray the words wouldn’t just speak to Daniel, but also to others as they read these words. I ask God that Men of you will stand up and stand firm, and not leave the child raising to the women or to just ignore their child, and that we will keep our eyes open to those who need this Father FIGURE in their lives. Be with us God as we go through our daily stresses and struggles God. We love you so much Lord. Amen.

‘But When the Fullness of of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has send forth the Spirit of His Son into the hearts, crying out, “Abba Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” Galatians 4:4-7

Where have I been?

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I started a blog many years ago, but unfortunately gave it up due to many different aspects. But I was excited when today Christ said to me ‘It’s time to start again.’ Wow, “THANK YOU JESUS!”

I want to share what is going on in my heart and my walk with God. Cause in a day, I get so many short phrases and exciting things to share from God. And at the time I am either alone, OR driving…. (Man, isn’t that ALWAYS the way!)

But after a… Well…. ‘Interesting’ Christmas and New Years, I thought, Heck, lets share with the world how Christ moves, even in those people who ARE following him.

The local Anglican Church in my home town once put up a sign that read ‘God Promised a Safe landing, NOT smooth sailing.’ And when you are new to God and the faith you don’t really think about it. “Meh, I know so much better because Jesus is in my heart, And…..” you know the rest. But then life happens and things happen to and around you. You become a….. ADULT….. and everything is no longer SUPPLIED for you, and you are now INDEPENDENT…..

Looking back I can now 110% agree with that little sign. Gods word DOES promise our eternity if we accept and follow Jesus (Romans 10:9-10). But many time in the new testament the word speaks of the difficulties and trials in life (Before I go on, it reads in JAMES 1:1-13 about the reward and purpose of these).

The worst part about going through trials is that its during these times that we feel God is PUNISHING us, or that he is absent from our lives, when he isn’t, in fact, he is using them to benefit him.

Back to my story for a minute though. I have many struggles, and over Christmas some have manifested and turned my mind into a battlefield… And I will be honest, I was loosing. “WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS FOR? WHERE ARE YOU? THIS ISN’T FAIR!!” were amongst the statements I Screamed and Questions I asked God over the last several months. And I was upset that their was no answer given to me…. It took a series of events (I call them trials) before God started showing me WHY he was putting me through things.

  1. I was temporarily removed from a position I valued.
  • Talk about painful…. When you have a position that you mark with part of your identity, and then it is removed (EVEN TEMPORARILY) it is painful. During this time (And I am still in it) I have had to declare over my life over and over again that my identity is not THIS or not THAT, but instead, my identity is found in Christ, I am the son of the living God(Galatians 2:20)! HALLELUJAH!!! I am not Brendan the Manager, Brendan the brother, Brendan the Christian…. Whilst all these are true, they are not my IDENTITY, I am a son of the King (And so are you! (Or Daughter)).

2. I had to be put in my place with difficult words and conversations.

  • This one was also very difficult. Being told things from a perspective you’ve never seen them can hurt and then you mind tries to tell you all manner of lies in order to rationalise the words to hurt less. Sometimes it takes someone to tell you ‘You are inwards focused’ before you can see it. Or that you seek the path of the world to find your restoration, relying on PEOPLE not Jesus (Matthew 11:28).

3. Sacrificing.

  • Now I don’t mean sacrificing a life (Thank you Jesus), I mean sacrificing anything from Time or energy to something you enjoy, like sleep for example. For me, it was TIME and SLEEP. Man I love my sleep….. I have had to sacrifice the time before starting work (Or going to church) to spend time in the word of God. Now, I don’t just mean reading it, I mean READING it properly. I challenged myself to read it with a pen (Or highlighter) in my hand and out loud over and over again, rereading if my mind has gone of track. And I am so glad I have done this.

Now I want to say a few complaints to what has happened above, complaints that my mind CREATED that I promise you now, are NOT true…. So be mindful, if you mind says something, don’t accept it, unless it stacks up with the word of God.

  1. I am not wanted as a leader. This is me being stood down (permanently). I am a failure. I will never be what they want me to be. This isn’t fair. What gives them the right to say this. Maybe Jesus doesn’t love me. What will others think of me?
  2. We all sin right, what makes this person better than me? I am selfish. I am power hungry and not worshipping God. Maybe I should change churches. I don’t like this person.
  3. At least in sleep i’m at peace. The bible is a book. God can do miracles, so maybe he can just MAKE me do it. I don’t have time. I’m a shift worker, my body clock is already stuffed. I can do it later. This is hopeless. Where is my pen anyways. What if someone hears me reading it? Will I get fired for reading this at work?

These are just a few of the different thoughts I was having and attacks (as I call them) to try and rationalise what had happened so as to not have to accept it.

Now what?

Well now I stick to my guns and keep doing what I am doing. I am so challenged by my readings that past few days (And yes it’s only early days) that I have learnt so much. I have been so privileged and blessed by God to be shown a few things I have NEVER noticed since these 3 things have happened.

Firstly, How much ruddy time we waste watching TV and playing on the computer…. OH MY GOODNESS!!!! How crazy is it. I can go days and days and look back and have done absolutely nothing, because instead I have been watching TV. So today I made a covenant with Christ to reduce that. The funny thing is, I was actually awake and up 7 hours before I started work and felt God say ‘Today is MY day with my son.’ And he did… Spending time in his word and in his presence, before work. No TV required… I am surprised at myself, and I pray for continued fruitfulness in this.

Also. Just how interesting and revealing the bible can be. It can be such a chore to read the word of God sometimes, lets just be honest. I don’t think anyone can say they never felt a struggle at times to open their bible. I have read in the last 2 days (Being mindful I have worked 20 hours in those 2 days) all of II Corinthians, and have never read it this way before. I have had revelation after revelation after revelation about what Paul (The Apostle of Christ) was speaking to his congregation is Corinth about, and just how relevant it still is today.

I am going to end it there today, and hopefully will write again soon as I have a burden on my heart to share Christ through the written word somehow. I am so excited to see how Christ moves in and through you who read this.

“Thank you Father, You are the Lord of lords, and the King of kings. You are faithful and loving to us. Forgive us our sins Lord as we place them at the foot of the cross. Please lead people today to find the encouragement of your words and your power. Be glorified through these writings as I ask that YOUR will be done, and not my own. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

‘Now Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life’

II Corinthians 2:14-16a

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