THE CHRISTIAN WALK

Impact as Designed


When I least expected it my view was changed. Last Friday a colleague and I went venue searching and we ended up in a venue in one of the local forests. The thing I really was left with was the need to conserve the environment. We met the GM there and he is looking to better the place and it was amazing. He had an interesting thought process.

 

First he believes in empowering the local people to do the work and then train them to improve productivity. Second, he doesn’t think anyone should sit in one place and get comfortable at their job. One should look for comfort in their lives as well as look for opportunities to improve themselves and move on. The intention here is to make room for others at the lower rungs in life. Isn’t that amazing?

 

Isn’t that a new thought? Isn’t that the way to build an organisation? Create a place that can bring people in and improve them then let them out and on their way? Concentrate on improving lives and the ability to make impact. We all want to get people and keep them and there is a place for that in the top levels for purposes of consistency however, how many of us ever create systems that can work without us and still be as efficient to the client as if we were there? Systems that will enable us to be effective and have the kind of impact God intend us to have.

 

The local reality is different. Usually as a business owner, I am the centre of my business and as long as I am alive, well and able to work it will flourish. What happens to the design of leaving a legacy and inheritance for my children? Prov 13:22 is very clear, “A good man leaves an inheritance for his children and his children’s children but a sinners wealth is stored up for the righteous.”  I will concentrate on the first part; “A good man leaves an inheritance for his children and his children’s children…” anything else is for another day. It is God’s intention that I leave a legacy for the next two generations but how can I do that if I am not even able to take care of the current generation?

 

That thought takes me back to my thoughts on work. I am building a firm with a mandate to create great impact and wealth. You see, there is so much that needs to be done in the expansion of the kingdom yet there isn’t enough money. Think of how many people are still hungry, how many missionaries are ineffective because they do not have the right funding, there are people without bibles, clothes, homes, education….there is so much need and there are not enough resources to go around. How about the lack of schools and the need to train more teachers? There is so much to do out there and I cannot sit here and be complacent.

 

I must rise up and do what God is telling me to do whether or not you agree with me. I must get to the place where His instructions are more important to me than my personal opinions. I must connect to His voice and understand that the plans He has for all of us are good and not for evil to give us a future and a hope. I cannot but follow my destiny and work to walk in His ways and make the kind of impact I need to make.

 

Recently a man of God said that many of us are not being exposed to our destiny and to people of higher impact because we are not ready and able to withstand the onslaught of challenges that come with that kind of exposure. So, if I am destined to be so great and create such greatness for the glory of God then why have been so low financially for so long? Why have I struggled? What lessons do I still have to learn? What is it that I am not yet ready for? One thing I know is that I am filled with a deep desire to just get to know God and understand Him and His purpose for my life. I am beginning to understand what Christ meant when He said, “Seek first the Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you.” Matt 6:33. Wow…the answer is in being in the place He desires me to be and in the line with His will all the while listening to His directions and walking in obedience.

 

Ok, so what does it take to be where we need to be in life? Obedience! When God says move we move. When HE says stay we stay. When He says wait we wait. I know that I am in the midst of something great and the only way I can latch on to it is to obey. I know I have written a lot about obedience in the last few months but it is a message that is refusing to let go of my heart and each time I put a hand to the keyboard it jumps out at me. This is the key I see for the way things will unfold to the honour and glory of the God the Father. I don’t know about you but at this time when all is said and done I want to be so sure of my calling, destiny and impact on this earth that it is worth aligning to the plans and focus of God.

 

THE CHRISTIAN WALK, The Simple Life

Assurance


Can it be that I am not sure of the path ahead? I have been called to walk a road I have never been on before and in moments of weakness I totally freak out and want to run in the opposite direction. Then I stop and ask myself, what am I running away from and what am I running towards? Isn’t it better to be in the will of God than on a road with no guaranteed result?

Recently I was reminded by a friend that God is all-knowing and He is able to get me to the other end of the line alive, well and with impact. Then I found others in the Bible who tried to run and did not get very far. There is Isaiah, Moses and Jeremiah. For now we will look at Jeremiah.

Jeremiah was a young man when he was called by God to do his will and speak out and be his prophet. Critical aspects were pointed out today that helped me think things through.

  • The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah (Jer 1:4-5) – God sat with him, chatted and reminded him that his destiny was preset even before he was born. It was set in advance…he was set apart. Imagine that about yourself…you are set apart. I am set apart…I am important…I have a very special purpose for my entry into this earth.
  • Jeremiah responded in fear (Jer 1:6) – he said “I do not know how to speak, I am only a child.” This was his perception of himself. His perception is determined by the atmosphere he was raised in and he subsisted in. It was not the right perception because it was not God’s perception and he needed to align his perception with God’s.
  • God’s word comes again with admonition (Jer 1:7) – “do not say….” God clearly gives directions about the way forward. “You MUST go to everyone I send you to and say what I command you.” In the midst of all this is the reminder that “He knew me before I was knit in my mother’s womb…” He was sad with the fact that jeremiah was getting caught up in the current situation and forgetting that he had divine backing. He still gets disappointed when we do not tap into His view of us and the realities attached to certainty that he is the one who orders our steps.
  • God’s comfort (Jer 1:8) – Do not be afraid of them for I am with you and will rescue you.” Wow. Assurance of support and sustenance in the midst of all that is going on around him. Then God reached out and made the needed change by touching the vessel he would work through…Jeremiah’s mouth. He made the ‘faulty’ part whole.  After this Jeremiah saw and heard and responded to God with ease and confidence.
  • Final admonition (Jer 1:17) “Do not be terrified of them or I will terrify you before them.” He demands total trust, devotion and commitment and it means that there is nothing that is impossible with God. In other places He says He will shun anyone who shuns him. Double wow.

For me this means that I need to connect again and again with my preset destiny and keep the word that has been spoken over my life front and centre so I am always in view of it. Deut 11:18-21 says: 18-21 Place these words on your hearts. Get them deep inside you. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder. Teach them to your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning until you fall into bed at night. Inscribe them on the doorposts and gates of your cities so that you’ll live a long time, and your children with you, on the soil that God promised to give your ancestors for as long as there is a sky over the Earth. (The Message).

This resounded in my heart because I realised how close I need to keep the word of God. What has and is God saying to me about my life and the new road I need to follow? I must think about 8….whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Eph 4:8-9. The caution is that the greatest thing He ever said about me is the fact that He wants me to love Him above all else and be committed to Him and not the things that He can provide for me. He desires me to love Him for Him and not His hand.

I am dumbfounded…however, I know that God is in control and He knows what is going on and will stand with me all the way. I on the other hand must listen to Him and accept like Mary what He has said about me as true. I believe and know that in the midst of it all Christ is my Rock and the Banner over me and I cannot be lost unless I walk away from Him.

Remember His word and keep it in close view and easy reach.

THE CHRISTIAN WALK, The Simple Life

Changed Atmosphere


That day God spoke so clearly I almost jumped out of my skin. I had been running errands and walking to my next destination praying as I went along and then boom….the revelation hit. The most amazing thing is that I wasn’t expecting this to come through. I had been mulling over what He would have me say to the people I was going to meet. In this season I realise I need to say, think and do what he wants me to…period. So I prayed and asked Him to shut my mouth and control the thoughts going through my head and only allow me to speak at the appropriate time.

 

I remembered sitting at the feet a man of God and he said something that has stayed with me and I haven’t decoded it for like three months then boom it came. He said, “When you are truly walking with God, the atmosphere in the room changes when you appear and that is a fact.” Initially I wondered what it was about the guy and I could not get it through my head. When I was walking it hit me…the difference is not because I entered the room but because of He who is in me who entered the room with me. Wow!

 

The interesting part is that it had never made so much sense. 1 Jn 4:4 says, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” This means that when Christ is fully living in me with my full cooperation and permission to lead and direct my life He has full charge and control and can make the kind of impact He determined for me to be. Irony for me is that I have been a believer for so long but only recently have I really understood the place of total surrender and obedience to God. I always said that He gave me a head so He expected me to use it and went off and did my own thing. However, in the last few months I have come to understand that there is a greater plan and purpose to my life than meeting my personal needs and I need to lock into that.

 

This simply means that I am connected to God with confidence that He is the one giving direction and He has my permission to lead me the way He knows is best for me. When we are connected with God He is able to lead us in ways that are amazingly greater than anything we can ever achieve on our own. If He has the freedom to work in me and direct my thoughts and words I am able to make the kind of impact I need to make. Even if I was already making impact doing my own thing I am realised that I can make greater, longer lasting impact by tapping into God. This greater impact can be seen in the change of atmosphere whenever I walk into an environment. That is not to puff me up and make me proud, rather it is to remind me that it is not by might nor by power but by the Spirit of the Almighty God (Zech 4:6).

 

He speaks clearly without a doubt. And as long as I am following Him and know his voice then I am guaranteed that He will speak to me and allow me to minister to others. This is how he changes the atmosphere wherever I enter. Whatever He has determined will happen in the lives of those in the room or vicinity will happen regardless of each person’s issues. It is not me rather it is the One who lives in me who makes the changes and seeing that I am not the same since He moved in then how can the atmosphere around me remain the same when He is in the house doing what He does best…caring for his people.