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Sphere of Influence

Sphere of Influence

We are all change makers. We all have a sphere of influence – some will have big ones – that change a nation, others a city, a school, a workplace, a family. Don’t underestimate your ability to influence.

 

You affect the people you are around. Look for that divine connection when you’re out with friends, at work. Understand that there is more to what is going on around you than “you!”

 

At work – a Hindu manager said to me in the 8 yrs of working in NZ I was the first person to mention spirituality….Those chats – that person in the cube next to you. On the bus. There is a divine connection waiting to happen.

 

Get beyond what you see when you look in the mirror. Destiny has nothing to do with our own ability. Jesus equips us. Just have to understand what he wants us to do. Be a willing vessel . Get a vision for your life

 

We need to get a bigger picture than us. What is the divine connection? There are people waiting for seeds of faith to be sown…maybe one person – maybe 100, maybe 1000….we need to do what we are called to do. Be who you are called to be.

What is God using this situation for?

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Eternity

CS Lewis concludes the Chronicles of Narnia with this…and it sums up eternity very well.

“For us this is the end of all the stories…But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world…had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has read, which goes on forever and in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

The Bible says “this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our everlasting home in heaven.” (Hebrews 13:14)

We need to live in the light of eternity. We need to live in the light of God.

The Anchor

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19

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The anchor symbolises steadfastness, steadiness, firmness. It is there for a purpose. This hope in Jesus will keep us secure in the worst of storms. I think that it is interesting to note that in Jesus day, anchors were large stones with a hole through them for the rope. It fits the other metaphors used of Jesus as our “Rock”.

In other words, our hope in Christ and His promises is not a “wish” or a “I hope so” but it is strong, firm and secure.

Hope is Jesus – it is in Jesus. As our strong “anchor” Jesus can give us hope through any struggles we have on this earth.

If you are in a storm or trial remember to drop anchor to see you through – that is to put your confidence in Jesus.

Now that is something to hold on to!!

Shining Lights

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The hero is the one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by. The saint is the man who walks through the dark paths of the world, himself a light. ~Felix Adler

“You are the Light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-15)

The definition of darkness is “the absence of light”. Light changes darkness, but darkness cannot change light. You can’t decrease light by turning up darkness. In fact the darker it is, the more the smallest light glows. To put it in perspective, in complete darkness the flicker of a match can be seen for twenty miles.

Light will always penetrate darkness. It is a law of nature. It is the same way in the spiritual realm. When the light of God shows up, it literally shows up, and the darkness flees before it. It must, because that’s what darkness does when light comes. Simple.

So this week, keep that in mind when God asks you to carry His light into territory that you don’t feel comfortable in. Keep it in mind when it comes to praying for your unsaved family members and neighbours and the random people God puts on your heart. The light within you is greater than the darkness in them.

The world needs to see your light! The Light of Christ!

Suddenly

“The world wants change quickly, but God brings change in little pieces that accumulate – then suddenly explode! Notice God’s little things.” (John Paul Jackson)

Often we look for the miracle moment, forgetting that the breakthrough is actually just another step of many. Rather like the seasonally dormant egg, where the visible cracking of the egg just happens to be the final step. It may seem to us that we expend a lot of effort for little or no results, but change is already in motion, preparing for breakthrough. Take a kettle of water for instance, that is being heated. For some time there is no visible evidence of the energy in action, then at around 100 degrees centigrade the water steams and boils.

The first six times around the walls of Jericho would have felt like this, lots of energy but no visible results. But the first six times around were just as essential as the last time around when the walls came down.

Similarly it can appear to us that God moves in our lives suddenly, when actually He was working behind the scenes the whole time.

Notice the little things, the little progess – your breakthrough, your answer to prayer could “suddenly” be about to appear!!

Communion

My husband and I recently gave in our vision offering, it was a stretch – real stretch, but God blessed us graciously.

So I am telling you this, sharing you for two reasons.

  1. Because there is power in the testimony. The Hebrew root for “testimony” means “do again”. Every record of what God has done in the Bible, for others is a promise that He can do it again for us. Because He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is no respector of persons.
  2.  Because we need to trust God. That He who promises to provide, who has provided for us, will provide again. Testimonies like this mean that we should and can look on our natural situations with a God perspective. We need to REMEMBER them, celebrate them.

In the same, Jesus tells us to remember Him through the breaking of the bread and the sharing of the wine.

In the Remembrance of Jesus through communion, there is provision. The crucifixion provides restoration, atonement, eternal life. Healing of body, soul and spirit.

“But he was pierced for our transgression, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53)

“And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

In the same way, after the supper,he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” (Luke 22)

 

So today, come to remember His past provision, come to remember his sacrifice and come to remember about all, His love for you.