Say it to Believe it.



A little over two weeks ago, we held our Annual Conference here in Glasgow, with Steve Backlund from Bethel Church in California. It was such an incredible time and a real honour to have Steve with us for his first time to Scotland.

One of the things Steve spoke about was the power of our words, they literally carry the power of life and death. Something he and his team did recently was to make 100 declarations daily for 30 days, declaring who they were in God and speaking into being areas of breakthrough they wanted to see in their own lives.

Two days ago, I decided to try this out for myself, and downloaded a Tally Counting app to help me keep on track with how I’m doing each day. Each time I begin to make declarations – “I am loved”  ” I am trusted” ” God provides all my needs” “I thrive in all my relationships” – I can feel my faith and expectancy raising within me, as I declare things that are not yet a reality in my life as though they were. I know that by the end of 30 days, my life will never be the same again!

I wanted to encourage you to try the same – begin speaking blessings and life over your circumstances. For us to truly allow a transformation to happen within the way we think and view God and our situations, we need to first speak it out.



I am so excited for our conference coming up next month, right here in Glasgow. We have a leader coming from Bethel Church, whose teaching had such a huge impact on me during my two years there. It was because of one of his books, Igniting Faith, that I experienced major breakthrough in my own life. This book is set up as a 40 day negativity fast, where we spend time speaking life over our lives and circumstances, declaring truths about who the Bible says we are, and who the Bible says God is.

Prior to reading that book, I thought I was pretty good at speaking life and positive things over my circumstances, but, not long into reading it, I soon discovered just how often I chose to put myself down, how often I chose to look at the negatives in my own life and the lives of others, and how often I allowed negative words spoken over me by other people to become part of who I was. As I worked through the 40 days, I began breaking off previous mind sets, lies and other stumbling blocks that had prevented me from moving forward into all that God has in store for me. My life has forever been changed.

Proverbs 18:27 says “The Power of life and death is in the tongue” – What are you speaking over yourself? Life? Death? What would it look like if we changed the way we spoke about situations and circumstances, or the words we speak over others? Paul makes it clear that we should be encouraging and edifying others, building the church up, speaking life. Let’s transform our words, let’s shake things up, only when we transform ourselves can we truly transform others around us.

If you’re anywhere near Glasgow next October 16th and 17th, I strongly encourage you to come and hear all that Steve Backlund has to say. This event could change your life! You can get more info by clicking here 

Hope to see you then!

New Things

Emma and I spent this past weekend over in Ireland, traveling around the Dublin area and on down to Kilkenny to be with a church there. On the Friday night, I opened my Bible to Isaiah 43, and since reading those verses, I have found myself coming back to them each day. Here’s what it says:

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”

God’s promise to us here is that He is at work in our lives. He is not lying dormant, but is actually active in bringing new things in to our lives. Sometimes it can be so easy to become focused on our lack that we miss out on what God is actually doing. The Bible tells us we lack nothing, so once we believe this, we can position ourselves to receive all that God has for us in this coming season of life.

The danger of dwelling on the past is that it prevents us from moving forward, it holds us back and distracts us. Jesus warns of this in the NT, when He says “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the Kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62)

To forget something requires us to let go. Are we willing to let go of the things in the past so that we can fully move forward? Let go of that feeling of guilt, or shame, or doubt or anxiety. The enemy would love for our focus to be on who we were in the past, not who God sees us as today.

Let’s position ourselves for God to do a new thing in our lives this week, whether that is letting go of a hurt, breaking a cycle of thought, or forgiving someone who let you down, it’s time to look forward, don’t miss it.



Throughout the NT we see many occasions where Jesus instructs and encourages us to ask of Him anything we want, and it will be given to us. Its an invitation to partner with Jesus, as we bring forth our requests to Him, He in turn brings it before the Father. Paul talks about our partnership with Jesus in 1 Corinthians 1:9, we were created for this very reason. 

The trouble is that for so many of us, we feel guilty asking for something from God, thinking we just need to work for it, or earn it, or that perhaps it’s too big or not important to God. If it’s important to you, it’s important to God. 

Jesus gave us the ultimate gift, through the work on the Cross. He set the bar pretty high and still invites us to ask of Him the desires of our hearts. The danger is that when we don’t ask, we miss out on joining with Jesus and receiving all that God has for us. God wants to lavish us with gifts and provision, but if we don’t ask and seek, then why should we expect to receive anything from Him? The whole point in Jesus dying on the cross for us was so that we could experience an intimate relationship with the Father, and what Father doesn’t want to give good things to his children? 

It’s time to get specific when we ask God for something, press in for it. It can be too easy to ask and then move on, without pressing in for an answer or for breakthrough. Write out in your journal all the desires of your heart, all that is on your mind, then lock yourself away with God, press in to Him for answers, for breakthrough, for provision. 

No Striving.

I was reading through Ephesians earlier this week, probably one of my favourite of Paul’s letters, and this time reading it in the Source translation, which is directly from the Greek, rather than a translation of a translation. I came across this passage, which has been on my mind ever since:

Due to God’s favour you have been saved through faith; and this is not due to anything you yourselves have done; rather, it is God’s gift to you. You weren’t saved by your actions, and so no one can boast. It is his workmanship that we are! We have been created by the Anointed One Jesus to do the good things God prepared beforehand for us to do, and to live how he wanted us to live. – Ephesian 2:8-10

It’s not through our works that we have been saved, by through His grace, favour and love for us. It’s because of who we are and not what we do. You can’t strive to get something that has already been given to you. This passage gives us the freedom to step into all that God has got for us, it invites us to take the focus off of what we do and choose instead to look at Him. How many Christians live today with the mind set that if they just work a little harder, live a little holier, then maybe they can catch a glimpse of God, maybe they can earn they way into heaven. It doesn’t work like that. In fact, it’s the opposite. As we learn to live from His Presence, His rest, His comfort, and not for it, we learn to let go of the things that the world deems as necessary to move forward.

So, this week, take the pressure off yourself, you can’t do anything to earn more love from God, He already loves you so much He sent Jesus to die in your place. There is no striving in the Kingdom of God, our work for Him shouldn’t come from a place of trying to earn something, rather to show to the world of the grace God has given to us.

While we Wait…

This afternoon I watched my wife get wheeled off into surgery, the second time this year, for what we hope/expect to be the final thing that needs to happen before she receives full healing in her back. After the experience we had back in January with the first surgery, we were a little aprehensive about returning to the same hospital as before. Although this time around, we are fully prepared and expectant that God will bring about healing, one way or the other. 

So, while I wait the four or so hours to hear news and be reunited with Emma, I choose to wait filled with His Peace and Presence. Waiting can be painful. Waiting can be overwhelming, if we let it. It’s a choice, and today I choose to wait from His Presence and Peace. 

There has been a lot of comments made to me over the last few months “You’re the Director of Healing Rooms, surely you can heal her back…” As if healing had something to do with me! Of course, we have prayed many times over the months for her healing, continuing to hold on to Hope, but whether God wanted to heal her supernaturally or through the hands of the doctors, doesn’t much matter to me. He is still good. It’s still His will to heal. Just last week we had a report back from a lady I prayed for who, for 42 years had suffered from Endometriosis. As I prayed for her, she felt nothing. It wasn’t until the next day when she woke up, pain and sickness free, for the first time in 42 years. 

We live in a world full of tension – Kingdom here but not fully, where some recieve full healing while others still wait their turn. I wont let my circumstance and situation change my view of who God is. God is who He and the Bible say He is, and not who my circumstance may try and tell me He is. 

This morning, Emma and I chose Joy over fear, Peace over anxiety, and I remain filled with that. It’s in our waiting that we often grow the most. So these last six months, I have grown a lot! 

So, whatever you are waiting for today, do it from a place of Peace and Expectancy that God is at work…because He is. 

Surprised by Life. 

I like surprises. Good ones at least. This last week has been one of many surprises, both the good kind and the not so good. It started with the ultimate surprise last Saturday, where, with the help of four friends from Manchester, we were able to surprise Emma for her birthday. The day started off with a real treat to the hospital for Emma to have an MRI scan to see what’s going on with her back. Meanwhile, four of her friends were driving up and sneaking into our house to await our return. She had no idea. You have no idea how hard it was for me to keep it a secret. The look on her face when she opened the door to see her friends standing there…priceless. After the year that we have had, it was great to be able to surprise her with something like that. She had thought I was taking her to an auction! 

The week then consisted of 3 more surprises, all, unfortunetaly, not as fun as the first one. With two family members passing away and an unexpected change to our office space, in which we are moving once again on Wednesday, this has been one week full of surprises. 

Life is full of surprises, both good and bad. It’s how we react to the not so good ones that help to shape us and bring us through them that really matters. God will never give us something we can’t handle. Nor does He dish out bad things just to see how we react to them. I always like to think that even though these things might have caught us off guard, God saw it coming and is still in full control of what’s going on. So, we have a choice when life throws us a curveball, are we going to react out of a place of pain or panic, or are we going to spend time to hear from God in the midst of it all. We shouldn’t make decisions or react out of a place of panic, that’s never going to end well. Instead, we find our place of peace with God, who prepares a meal for us in the presence of our enemies, and we make decisions from that place of His peace and presence. 

So, while we have no idea as to where our next office space will be, I remain full of hope, peace and excitement that this next move will be the right one. I’m not going to make a decision based on our circumstances, nor one based out of fear. I am going to choose today to trust in God and His ability to help us figure this one out. He is good. No matter what the surprise.