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Jonathan shouted to his armour bearer, “Up! Follow me! God has turned them over to Israel!” Jonathan scrambled up on all fours, his armour bearer right on his heels. When the Philistines came running up to them, he knocked them flat, his armour bearer right behind finishing them off, bashing their heads in with rocks. 1 Sam 14:13

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When I was praying about this part of the passage I was drawn to the way they got up to the battle, to the victory.    They climbed.   They scrambled up on all fours.  Some translations use the word crawled up.  So Jonathan crawled on his hands and knees.  Now when you’re crawling you’re at a distinct disadvantage.   You can’t really carry weapons and crawl at the same time.  You’re unprotected and defenceless.  And we all know from Star Wars that it’s better to have the higher ground am I right?

 

I was struck about how when we get a calling from God, when we have a sense of His time and we step forward into action and obedience, responding to His call – sometimes we think that it’s going to be an easy ride, we click our fingers and hey presto its done.  But real life is we get a calling, we sense God stirring us to step out and then WE HAVE TO DO THE WORK.  We have to take the step.  We have to do it and sometimes that’s not easy.  Sometimes it feels like we’re scrambling up the ravine of life.  It takes discipline.  Action.  Commitment.  Faithfulness.  It comes from the inside out.  We have to walk through God’s process before we see His fulfilled promise.”  God’s calling for your life is a journey not a destination. Calling is a series of ways we will glorify God, build His Kingdom and serve others over the course of our lives.

 

“Your life from seed to full-grown tree is a process. We all like the idea of fruit, but rarely do we allow ourselves to build a root system.” Banning Liebscher

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Jonathan and his armour bearer were crawling up that mountain preparing to jump into battle and bash the philistine army.  Each one of us have battles we face.  What might be waiting for you at the top of that ravine might not be a physical army.  It might be anxiety, or problems with lust, or issues with insecurity.  It might be sinful habits that keep on tripping us up or stuff going on behind the scenes in our families and friendships.

Did you notice that the philistines totally underestimated these 2 guys.  When the philistines saw them they shouted out, “Look at that! The Hebrews are crawling out of their holes!”

 Then they yelled down to Jonathan and his armour bearer, “Come on up here! We’ve got a thing or two to show you!” 1 Samuel 14:12

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Yesterday we talked about our triggers, today we’re going to attack them.

One of the simplest, most proven methods of dealing with obstacles that block our goals is “If-Then statements.”

Here’s what they look like:

“If Jill calls and wants me to go out tomorrow night, then I will tell her I have to study and can’t.”

“If I have to fly cross country, then I will pack a healthy snack instead of eating something fatty at the airport.”

“If I feel discouraged about my progress, then I will call my accountability partner and get some encouragement.”

You basically take every trigger from yesterday and then write what you are going to do when it happens.

That’s today’s challenge. Write at least three If-Then statements done.

Jon Acuff 

 

so here goes.  here are my 3 IF – THEN statements to counter the triggers in my life

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5 NOTES ON DATING FOR THE GUYS by The Resurgence 

Here are some insights to help Christian men date in a way that honors God. 

1. A DEFINITION OF INTENTIONAL

2. CLEAN YOUR ACT UP TODAY, NOT ‘WHEN’

3. PLAN AHEAD

4. GUARD HER HEART

5. PHYSICAL TOUCH

 

 

 

HOW TO GET OVER THE FEAR OF INVITING PEOPLE TO CHURCH by Mars Hill

“Would you like to come to church with me sometime?”

Few Christians would disagree with the principle of this question. We might even agree that inviting people to church is a key part of evangelism and central to the mission of any church body. And get this, people actually want to be invited to church, too: 9 out of 10 unchurched people say they would come to church if invited, according to researcher Thom Rainer.

The only problem is, we rarely ask the question. This next stat is a tough pill to swallow: about 1 in 5 of us churchgoers invites anybody to church in the course of a year, per Rainer. We might have someone who could be totally up for it right in front of us, practically beckoning us to invite them, and instead we hesitate and hem and haw and sometimes don’t even get the words out of our mouths.

1. PRAY YOU’D HAVE GOD’S HEART FOR THE LOST

2. PRAY FOR COURAGE

3. PRAY FOR SPECIFIC PEOPLE

4. REMEMBER YOUR OWN CALLING

5. REMEMBER THE GOSPEL

6. TRUST IN THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL TO SAVE

7. KNOW THAT SHARING THE HOPE OF ETERNITY IS LOVING

8. KNOW THAT IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU

 

 

How to Fall Together Instead of Apart: Married {with} Kids – We Are THAT Family

With every season of parenting, it affects our marriage…from newborns and unthinkable sleep deprivation to worries about a wayward teen or a hard-hearted tween, it’s tempting to work against each other instead of together. And those are the easy days, that don’t even include the scary moments when serious illness threatens or outside influences tempt our children away. I’ve watched so many marriages simply fall apart after the kids leave, as if they were the glue holding the union together.

Here are 5 things we are doing to stay married long after kids leave:

Regular date nights::

Making space for alone time at home::

Spend overnight time away together::

Connecting beyond the kids::

Let Jesus be the middle ground::

 

 

12 Challenges You Must Overcome To Succeed by John Michael Morgan

Here are the 10 most common challenges you have to overcome to achieve success in anything you do:

  1. Procrastination
    You put things off until a better time but the truth is now is always the best time.
  2. Fear
    You fear taking risk, trying something new, and of course you fear failure.
  3. Indecision
    Not knowing exactly what you want from you business or life will lead to failure.
  4. Chaos
    You can’t achieve success if your life and business are full of confusion and disorder.
  5. Waste
    Get out of the habit of wasting resources, time, and of course, money.
  6. Lack of self-belief
    If you don’t think you can succeed, don’t expect anyone else to either.

go check the link out for the rest of the list!!!

 

 

6 SIMPLE WAYS TO BE MISSIONAL by The Resurgence 

1. EAT WITH OTHER PEOPLE

2. WORK IN PUBLIC PLACES

3. BE A REGULAR

4. LEAVE THE HOUSE IN THE EVENINGS

5. SERVE YOUR NEIGHBORS

6. SHARE YOUR PASSION

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impressed with Hillsong Conference – got to watch it streaming online – loved the message by td jakes on the blind man who called out to Jesus and got healed… your miracle is never in what you lost but its always in what you have // the blind man can HEAR and finds His miracle by HEARING Jesus was there! – he couldnt SEE Him but could HEAR Him! and the blind man could scream – He got Jesus’ attention and Jesus stopped and the man was healed… but he had to leave his cup and his coat behind… If you always do what you’ve always done, then you’ll always be where you’ve always been… come on, leave the cup, leave the coat, hear that Jesus is HERE and get up and go!

*** church notes from this morning with pastor peter preaching @ The River

 

 

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Matthew 17: 1- jesus transfigured

They have an amazing encounter with God at the top of the mountain, them they come down and meet the disciples praying for a demon possessed biy with no success

V20 speak to the mountain

We need faith
Jesus wants to help us build our faith
Faith and expectation = same thong
God wants to increase our expectations

Our lives are a training ground and God is actively building faith through difficulties

1 if you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can speak to the mountain

Joshua was small vs jericho
Davis vs goliath
Gideon vs midianites
Moses vs red sea

Faith speaks TO the mountain
Doubt speaks about the mountain

Mountains only move when you speak TO the mountain

No limitations on what kinds of mountains we can speak to incl mountains that are consequences of sin, self created crisis

Jesus doesn’t tell us to moan about to analyise the mountain but to speak to it

Some mountains are easy to move but some mountains need more speaking and persistent prayer

Keep on speaking until they move

Instruction 1: speak to the mountain
Instruction 2: if the mountain doesn’t move refer to instruction 1 and repeat

Our job is to speak – its God who MOVES the mountain

*** notes from church this morning – fantastic message by pastor peter on preparing your life for revival

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1 samuel 17
One huge giant held captive by fear
We have Goliaths in our land and the church has been kept paralysed by them
Fear of man / political correctness
Apathy / she’ll be right

We need some Davids to stand up in our nation to take on giants

1 samuel 17:31 let no mans heart fail

Move from just great sunday meetings but to a day by day encountering God and cumulating in celebrating on a sunday

David had preparation
Lions and bears

Public victory comes from private victory
Secret place victory equals public power

How did God train david:
1 training began at home
David anointed and then sent back out to the sheep

2 training involves close combat
See v35
Ephesians 6:12
Often our wrestle is against lies and insecurity

3 training gives a testimony
Revelation 13:11 their own testimony

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked came against me
To eat up my flesh,
My enemies and foes,
They stumbled and fell.
Though an army may encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise against me,
In this I will be confident.
Psalm 27:1-3

 

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*** i love this great WORD FOR TODAY by life fm!

 

Picture it one more time – a boat lashed by huge waves, and 12 frightened disciples who thought they were going under. They forgot to look for Jesus to rescue them. Yet as the night advanced and things looked hopeless, ‘… Jesus went to them, walking on the sea’ (Matthew 14:25 NKJ). Did they rejoice? No, their fear intensified and they said, ‘… It’s a ghost…’ (Matthew 14:26 NKJ)

Your fear can distort your perceptions and make you see the answer as just another problem. Often what appears a threat is actually a blessing about to be revealed. Look to Jesus in your time of fear; when He takes away the lesser it’s always to give you the greater.

Very often, God’s best requires facing something you fear. Jesus called Peter to come to Him. Deciding it was safer in the storm with Jesus than in the boat without Him, Peter took the plunge. But there’s always a moment after you step out in faith when you hear, ‘What if I’m not up to this?’ Peter heard it, and the waves began to engulf him. Panicked, he called and Jesus immediately rescued him. Peter wasn’t drowning; he was learning and growing! When you walk by faith, even your failures will lead to success. So step out with Jesus; He won’t let you drown.

So what now? Rely on God more today. Do something today that’s way out of your comfort zone – maybe it’s offering to pray for someone’s healing or giving your testimony.

 

 

**** last night i had a major freak out moment. i was totally spooked.  my husband and son are away on school camp so it is just girls week here, me and evangeline.   something happened and it made me feel very afraid.  i deadbolted the door with the lock we don’t use at night (because its key lock and the kids wouldn’t be able to open it in a fire… our usual lock is fine, but, i wanted to take extra precautions) i left the kitchen light on.   i checked everything twice.  paced.  and then i remembered, what is the psalm i’m so into at the moment.  psalm 27.  of whom shall i be afraid? so i spoke to my soul and i declared the reign of jesus over our home and that no weapon formed against us would prosper.  and i went to bed.    punching fear in the face.

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1 Sam 17:13 – 20 Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem. For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand. Now Jesse said to his son David, Take this ephah of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread for your brothers and hurry to their camp. Take along these ten cheeses to the commander of their unit. See how your brothers are and bring back some assurance from them. They are with Saul and all the men of Israel in the Valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines. Early in the morning David left the flock with a shepherd, loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed. He reached the camp as the army was going out to its battle positions, shouting the war cry.

1 Sam 17:28-29 When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle. Now what have I done? said David. Can’t I even speak?

 

 

The battle of David and goliath is one of the greatest examples of how faith overcomes – how to overcome giants in our lives – not just only of the physical great big stinking men type but how to overcome giants on the inside and giants of circumstance and difficulty.

The battle of David and goliath, though played out with a shepherd boy and a warrior is a great picture of the battle of fear vs doubt – with most of the victory happening NOT on the battlefield, but behind the scenes in the lead up to their face off.

David was the youngest – remember overlooked when the great prophet Samuel came to anoint the next king – at left at home AGAIN to look after the sheep. His brothers go off to war to become heroes and he has to stay home, like a kid. This could of made him feel insecure and insignificant – esp when his dad tells him to go take some kai to his brothers. Menial. Not very life changing or significant.

But even when his brother insults him David maintains an attitude of self confidence – or perhaps more so confidence in who he is and who he is called to be. His brother’s words were intended to make him doubt and retreat but David was not affected. He had a different perspective of WHO HE WAS – God’s.

To overcome self doubt we need to get a clear and accurate picture of who God says we are.

BELOVED.
CALLED.
CHOSEN.

EMPOWERED.

ETERNITY CHANGERS.

MEN AND WOMEN OF DESTINY.

To step out and be the person we are called to be and to do the things we are called to be we need to be people of FAITH – having faith in GOD – it is HIM who works in us – I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH HIM WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH.

Overturn the doubt by fixing your eyes on Jesus and His truth and His words. It’s all about attitude. David’s attitude was one of faith. Not doubt. He was unshakable because He had faith in God’s unshakable power.

Our attitudes determine our actions. Change your attitude and you can change your perception and outcome. An attitude of doubt will hold you back from stepping out. An attitude of faith will propel you into adventure and opportunity.

 

Faith provides eyes for the heart. Faith sees. ~ Bill Johnson

 

To overcome doubt we must REPLACE it with the opposite thing: Faith

Let your FAITH be bigger than your fear.

Doubt isn’t conquered by confidence in our own giftings or abilities, which may sound like a contradiction to what I have said and will say – but the reality is that doubt is conquered when we know the greatness and power and almightiness of God!

God is faithful.

God is powerful.

God is compassionate.

God is for us.

God is holy.

God is the Creator of the Universe.

God’s thoughts and ways and wisdom are higher and greater than ours.

He is omnipresent, omnipowerful and omniscient. In other words, He sees all, knows all and has all the power.

He is awesome and glorious, good and great.

Have a holy confidence that is founded and grounded upon GOD and His abilities and resources!

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so very stirred by a post a few weeks ago i read over at The Fearless ExperimentA Call to Fight – particularly stirred as i have woken up the last few days feeling sick, itchy, unbalanced, out of sorts, and not myself.  on a school holiday day.  there could be physical things going on – i’ve been GF for 4 weeks now, but i think i am lacking in iron and keep forgetting to take the tablets – which means i’m run down.  i’ve majorly changed everything i eat in the last 4 weeks – incl no junk food (which i’ve kinda been moderating for another reason all year) and i’ve just um, finished my period (sorry guys for the tmi) and then my son slashed his leg open on an escalator and so the other plans for the hols went out the window as he has had to stop and be still and keep that leg up.  so today when i woke up, i lay in bed and was like faith first, feelings second, faith first feelings second (another post over at The Fearless Experiment) and proclaimed and prayed that God is my Healer and God is my Strength.

 

Revival came when I acknowledged that this journey is a battle I was willing to fight.

I started fighting for my faith, fighting for my family, fighting for a life that is anything but stagnant and ordinary. I realized to have real breakthrough and serious transformation there could be no more sitting around waiting for life to happen to me. God showed me that HIS is an anointed fight… HIS is a battle we should all be up for… because HIS is the FIGHT that he has ordained for us all, from the beginning.

 

I proclaimed these words over my household… mostly because it’s one of the only verses I knew by heart, but hey it fit:) I knew that if the dark feelings of hopelessness, and discouragement weren’t from God, they were from the enemy, and I wanted them gone. In the power of Christ’s name and grace I rebuked the enemy and cast him from our house. I taught my boys in their fear to say the words, "In the name of Jesus Christ Get out of here devil!" and as they began to say them with power and joy it strengthened me.

in the past week when anyone has asked me how i am and how the wheat thing is going my first response has been to say GOD IS MY HEALER AND GOD IS MY STRENGTH.  this is what i stand on.  this is my declaration.  my proclamation.

 

i dont think i’ve articulated what’s really going on at the core.   and compared to the war some people are fighting, it may seem minor. 

but i know this one thing.  retreat is not an option.

 

But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved. Hebrews 10:39 

 

 

and i must say i was blest to click onto the Fearless Experiment this morning and read this:

"God uses ordinary people to accomplice extraordinary tasks" Do you believe that?

"In order for me to use you, you have to believe you are important to me."

 

ahhh that is my heart on a plate right there. i say it plenty when i preach and write and speak to our housegroupies.  today i’m feeling so very ordinary.*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*But God is my Healer and God is my Strength

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