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“There is no thing as secular employment for the believer. Once we are born again, everything about us is redeemed for Kingdom purposes. It is all spiritual. It is either a legitimate Kingdom expression, or we shouldn’t be involved at all.

Every believer is in full time ministry – only a few have pulpits in sanctuaries. The rest have their pulpit in their areas of expertise and favour in the world system.

The call of God is important, not because of the title it carries, or doesn’t carry. Its valuable because of the One who called us. An assignment to be in business is as valuable in the Kingdom as is the call to be an evangelist. The privilege to be a stay at home wife and mother is equal in importance to being a missionary. Embrace your call with the faithfulness and thankfulness worthy of the One who has called you.” Bill Johnson – Dreaming With God

Occupy Sermon Series DP

Isn’t technology a wonderful thing?   With this small rectangle I can call someone, text someone, check my bank account, have photos of my kids, videos of my kids, can book a movie, view a menu, watch youtube, listen to Spotify and get directions when I am driving.

A few years ago, it feels like back in the olden days now, before I had a phone like this, when I would get lost, I would be LOST.  And as much as I love LOST the tv show I do not like being lost locationally in my world.

I would have to rely on maps, which is not an application on your phone, but a piece of paper with squiggly lines and squares and street names and on friendly service station people.

Now days, you just need to pull over and click on the app button and boom.  It can even use your location to pin point right where you are and a nice lady that can tell you to turn right in 400m.

But have you noticed, when using this app we see the map just as we are.  Just our little square of location.

God can zoom out and see the whole map.  He sees every part of your journey.  He sees where you are today and the final destination and everything in between.

A few years ago I went for a bit of a road trip to visit my friend Fee who lives in Gulf Harbour.  I had never been to Gulf Harbour before.  In fact, I had probably only driven over the harbour bridge about 5 times in the whole 15 years I’ve lived in Auckland!

Anyway, I had her address written down.  I knew from the map on the net what streets to take in her little township area.

But as I drove over the bridge and started looking at the motorway exit signs I noticed one thing that made me half freak out.  They didnt have suburb titles, like how the rest of Auckland does.  Like Manukau.  East Tamaki.  Greenlane.  It had road names.  I was heading into unfamiliar territory and the road signs made no sense!

Then I saw another sign that made me freak out even more.  Probably a 3/4 freak out on the scale of freaking out.  Toll bridge ahead.  We had been driving for over an hour and there were less and less houses and more and more grass and more and more cows.  I was like oh my word!  Perhaps we totally missed where we were going?  Perhaps I was totally lost!

So i pulled over and rung my friend.  Hey Fee, Claire here.  Help I’m LOST and um, yeah that toll bridge thing.


Ended up that I wasnt lost, I just wasnt there yet.  And we didnt have to go the toll bridge, we had to take some off ramp with a weird name that didnt relate at all to the area she lived in.

Now I bet you’re wondering what on earth does that have to do with my life and my dreams?  Its a nice story, but hello….

You see, just like how I was on a journey we are all on a journey.

I had a destination, but I was driving unfamiliar roads and didn’t really know how to get there.

I was pointing in the right direction, but some of the signs were confusing and made me unsure if I was on the right track.

And in the end I phoned my friend for help.

And yes, we made it there in the end!

We are all on a journey.  Life is a journey.  Every day counts.    But the good news is that God knows the destination, and He knows how to get there.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 says: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

You can be confident at every age and at every stage that God loves you and that He made you on purpose with a purpose.  God isnt random.  He didnt make you and then throw you into humanity to see what would happen.  He made you on purpose, with a purpose.

But sometimes it feels like we’re driving unfamiliar roads.  What will I be when I grow up?  What will I study at high school?  What about university?  Or apprenticeship?  Who will I marry?  Should i do an OE?  Buy a house?  The red pill or the blue pill?     Big questions.

Philippians 1:6 says that God will finish what He starts.  He started something in your life.  And He will see it through to the destination.  God is the dream giver and the dream fulfiller.  He gives us dreams….  those desires and thoughts you have are seeds of God’s plan.  And He doesnt just leave us to do it ourselves, He on purpose is at work to make the dreams come true.

As we talk about Occupying our Occupation we have been talking about being senior pastors in our world, about owning our classes and our workplaces, our spheres of influence but I am sure it has also raised many questions about finding that occupation that releases us to be God’s minister to the world around us.  Some of you might be yup, I’m salty and shinning and ready to occupy but feel that you may not have the occupation side of things nailed down yet.  You might be in that place of making the decision of what will I be when I grow up and I don’t think that question has an expiry date.  We can be in our 30s 40s and beyond and have a career change and a sense that there might be a better fit out there for us.

Our work matters and I think God has placed without our hearts a desire for purpose and destiny.  One of the greatest driving forces in the human heart is the need for significance. This quest for significance is fueled by a deep need for meaning: Who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose? The reason your heart yearns for meaning is that you were created by the God of purpose, to fulfil His purposes on the earth.

But we can feel like we are driving on unfamiliar roads and our smart phones don’t have a DPS – a destiny positioning system.

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This week again you can find me writing over at The Fearless Experiment.

It is such an honour to lend my heart and words to this incredible platform.  Lindsay is an awesome wife, mother, speaker, writer and all round woman of faith.  She has created The Fearless Experiment to reflect her passion for people, esp women, to step out and live fearlessly in love with God and loving people, daring to stand up and daring to step out into great things with God.

When she asked me to write I felt so privileged and also so freaked.

This is me stepping out.  This is me out of the box and out of the out boat and out of my comfort zone.

But that is the beauty of it.

I get to live it.  I am daring.  I am putting my hand in the hand of God and though afraid, am doing it anyway.

I get to call myself fearless.


This week’s Fearless post is about not letting our history define our identity or limit our destiny.   I’d love you to go over and read.

Paul hasn’t swept his history under the mat, ignoring it, but he has settled it with God. He has faced forward into forgiveness which means his history no longer restrains him, so he can overcome and face forward into his destiny.  This one thing He does.  He chooses faith.  He chooses hope.  He chooses the grace of God.  He chooses to be fearless in the forgiveness that God abundantly offers us.

Take grasp of this radical truth: God does not love you because of your performance; He loves you because of your position as His child.  With God, our value has never being in question.

Fearless Ones, we are children of God; we are valuable, and God wants to pour His love out on each one of us in amazing, remarkable, personal ways. We have to believe what God says about us even more than what we think about who we are.

God loves us not for who we are but for who Jesus is in us. There is nothing we can do to earn His love. He loves us simply because we belong to Him.  Stop trying to earn God’s love by what you do and give thanks that He loves you just as you are— not some future, fixed up version of you, but you right now.


How are you living fearlessly today?



a dream isnt a real dream unless we’re doing something to live it out… it should consume and compel us to step out beyond the boarders of our lives

feed it.

grow it.

mature it.

nurture it.

read about it.

read about people who did it, who do it.

listen to podcasts.

up skill.


be inspired.

join community groups.

online groups.


ted talks.

surround yourself with people like you, dreamers.

drink coffee and cola.

add wood to the fire in your heart.

write it.

plan it.

evolve it.

list it.

believe it.

live it.

do it.


We accomplish huge things by staying faithful in the small. Whatever assignment the Lord has given you, no matter how grand it is, requires small, steady steps and faithfulness day after day. This is how all of the great men of old ran and we want to follow in their footsteps (Heb. 11). It is the accumulation of small things that make up the grand. ~ Misty Edwards


My name is Jeremiah. I am a priest, and my father Hilkiah and everyone else in my family are from Anathoth in the territory of the Benjamin tribe. This book contains the things that the Lord told me to say. v1

I love the directness of the CEV – very straightforward.  Jeremiah was a priest and this is the words and the messages God gave him to share.

The Lord said:
“Jeremiah, I am your Creator,
and before you were born,
I chose you to speak for me
to the nations.” v 4-5

Hey – did you notice that Jeremiahs message is STILL going forth to the nations – in fact more nations than he was even aware of at the time he was alive!  God anointed and appointed Jeremiah before he was even born for this task and calling.

I replied, “I’m not a good speaker, Lord, and I’m too young.” v6

oh Jeremiah – you’re so funny!  Jeremiah is trying a Moses here BUT he should have taken notice and great hope that GOD CALLED HIM before he was born and thus knows all about him – his age, his abilities etc – in fact GOD CREATED Jeremiah to be the way he is.  He is Creator God and formed him.  Jeremiah had all the answers to  his insecurities in what God said back in verse 5 “I am your creator and i call you to speak for me.”  Likewise for each of us God has the answers!

“Don’t say you’re too young,” the Lord answered. “If I tell you to go and speak to someone, then go! v7

strong challenge we call all learn (and be challenged) from!  what excuses are we saying and thinking?  what restrictions are we placing upon ourselves and upon God!  when God has all the answers and when he calls us to obey.

I promise to be with you and keep you safe, so don’t be afraid.” v8

again another answer to all the questions in Jeremiahs heart.  I AM WITH YOU says God.  What a promise!  with that promise Jeremiah can take on the world.  Likewise Jesus said to us “Lo I am with you always”.  nothing should restrict us our limit us!

The Lord reached out his hand, then he touched my mouth and said, “I am giving you the words to say, 10 and I am sending you with authority to speak to the nations for me. You will tell them of doom and destruction, and of rising and rebuilding again.” v9-10

Again God has a supernatural answer – he empowers Jeremiah for the mission.

The Lord showed me something in a vision. Then he asked, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” v11

God now begins to practically train Jeremiah for his mission.  He calls, equips and trains us for His purpose.  God is actively involved in partnering with us!


Who are your role models? What kind of person do you think you ought to be or want to be?

On your deathbed, what would sum up your life as worthwhile? What gives your life meaning?

How do you define and weigh success and failure, right or wrong, desirable or undesirable, in any particular situation?


Write out a one sentence job description. At the end of the day, what is the one thing you need to do to fulfil your purpose.

Do you know in one clear sentence what your "win" is?

Love the idea of one sentence job description, "This is why I’m here and this is what happens because of what I do."


Why would God not have a unique calling on us, when God has made us unique.

Our measure of faith will continue to increase. Receive the gifts.

Element "He is in his element" find your element that you can be most effective – have the most impact.

We to encourage the people around us. Encouragement gives courage to others to keep going.

What is our purpose our destiny. Destiny is our ultimate calling. Purpose is what we are doing right now.

You have to live your current purpose while working/progressing towards our destiny. If you don’t you won’t get to your destiny.

Are we going out in the Name of the Lord? Are we going out in our own strength? We have to realise what/who we are fighting/coming against. Is it flesh or spirit? How are we going to respond?

During the tough parts are we going to get bitter or are we going to praise/glorify God

Like Joesph are we prospering in prison? If not why not. What have we forgotten. Are we worshipping, are we being diligent?

Our circumstances don’t alter our purpose and destiny.

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The most important thing in the world is to know what God thinks of you. If you have been born again, then you have been given a new nature that is holy and perfect. In God’s eyes you are blameless, righteous, royalty. You may not feel like you are radiant royalty, but God says you are and you’re just going to have to take it on faith. ~Paul Ellis

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