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!
This is my first post of the new year, so I better make it a good one! In the space of two months, I have got married, had our first Christmas together and become an uncle to a beautiful baby boy, and just yesterday I started a new job. The job is exactly what I was born to do, and I am so excited for what this next year will bring here in Scotland and around the world. God is faithful to our hearts desires, when we take a step out into the unknown and show Him we trust in Him, we give Him room to move in our lives in powerful and unexpected ways.
I have a good feeling about 2014, I think this may be the best year yet. I get excited when I think about the fact that God is more excited about our futures then we sometimes are, He is more eager to reveal to us what He has planned for us than we know. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us God has great things planned for us, things that will prosper us and give us hope. I believe that 2014 is a year of renewed hope for those of us who have lost that recently. I believe 2014 is a year of outrageous provision from the Lord for those who are ready and willing to allow God to move in and through them.
Proverbs 3:5,6 encourages us to trust fully in the Lord, and acknowledge Him in all we do, and He will make our paths straight. This year, I want to develop within me a lifestyle of acknowledging Him in every situation I am faced with, I want to declare His goodness and faithfulness through it all, even if I struggle to see what He is doing.
Several times this week I have found myself reading through Romans 8:28-39, where Paul reminds us that we are indeed more than conquerors. “In ALL things God works for the good of those who love him.” ALL things, not one thing or a couple of things, but ALL things in your life God is at work for your good. Verse 32 goes on to say “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” It was more painful for God to see us separated from Him then it was for Him to see Jesus die on the cross. That’s love. That’s faithfulness beyond any comprehension. Since God has done this for us, that should give us hope for the future, hope for 2014, that He has not taken us this far to now leave us alone, but He has only just begun to reveal to us what He has planned for our future. He is not a God of limited resources, He is a God of extreme love for us, and a God who so desperately wants the best for me, for you.
Verse 34 and 35 of that chapter tells us that Jesus Himself sits at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. Jesus, right now, is praying for you. I don’t know about you, but that gives me hope for the future!
So, as you set about this first month of 2014, remember that God is at work in your life, bringing everything into alignment, Jesus is interceding for you. All we need to do is to love the Lord with all our strength, to trust in Him in all our ways, and to allow Him room in our lives to bring provision, hope, wisdom. I pray that 2014 really is the best year yet for you, that you will begin to feel God and see God at work in your life today, and that as you put your trust in Him and draw near to Him, you will begin to hear with an increased clarity His word for you today. God is for you. Nothing can get in His way.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5,6
For the last couple of weeks, I have found myself thinking of this verse, and thinking of what it means to acknowledge God in ALL my ways. The word acknowledge means “to show or express recognition, appreciation or gratitude”. It’s when we express our gratitude to God and give Him all the glory for all the good things that come our way, we give Him room in our lives to “make our paths straight”. I have been trying to remind myself daily to give God thanks and recognition for all He has done in my life, each day. He is always at work in our lives. There is never a day where God is not involved in our lives. His promise is that He will never leave or abandon us. If we truly believe that, then would can hold us back from stepping forward into all He has for us, trusting in Him in every area of life, even when our own understanding of the situation may be contrary to what God does. We should never limit God to what our understanding thinks He can do.
Last week, my fiance and I received news that we had been successful in our application for an apartment, which I will move in to in 3 weeks, followed post wedding by Emma. During the process, we had to supply all sorts of paper work and background checks, not an easy thing to do when I haven’t lived in this country for six years. On paper we were unlikely candidates for the apartment, but we believed God wanted us to have this place, even when we walked in for the viewing, we felt such peace there and assurance that we would get the flat. I remember when we left after viewing it, we made a declaration that the flat would be ours, despite the fact we lacked much of the information they required! God really wants us to move in there.
I am still believing God for a ministry job to open up for me here, I am trusting in Him even when it might seem bleak to someone looking in from the outside. I want to always acknowledge Him in every breakthrough in life, no matter how big or how small it is. In doing this, according to this verse in Proverbs, He will make our paths straight. The thing about a straight path is that, well, it’s straight. You don’t need to worry about when a corner is coming up, or whether you are about to go through a crazy mountain pass. It’s just straight. I love this image as for me it means that I don’t always need to know everything that is coming up in life, I just need to be putting one foot in front of the other, confident that God has got me on the straight path, and that I don’t need to see exactly where I am going right now, but I will trust fully in Him all along the way. God doesn’t want us to be stationary, so He makes it a straight path. He makes it really easy for us to keep moving into all that He has for us.
In my own personal life, I am believing God for healing within my own body, which is a strange place to be in after witnessing so many healing’s in other people’s lives. I believe God will heal me, and soon. As each day goes by, I get a day closer to my healing. You can help me reach this by believing for this with me as well. That doesn’t mean that I am sitting back expecting God to show up in a dramatic way. He might do that. He might also want to heal me through other people, through doctors.
So, this week, acknowledge God in all your ways, whether it be financial, relational, physical, whatever. Acknowledge Him for who He is. Surround yourself with Bible verses supporting who He is for the situation you are faced with. Trust in the Lord, not on your own, or other people’s, understanding.