Two ways (of many) the Lord will use to make you and those around you new.
Prayer. As in people of faith, putting their hand on you and praying, “Holy Spirit please come”. This works. You can learn to do this for others. I’m in a community at the moment where we frequently see real shifts happen in real situations in real people’s lives as we push day in, day out on ‘prayer ministry’. Significant, often instantaneous changes, as we embrace the reality that the Kingdom of God is close enough to grab, and that the Holy Spirit loves to get involved in brokenness.
Process. As in forming friendships with a small group of people that develop over time. Sharing times when you have fun and laugh at yourself. Where you trust people and begin to open up. Where you stand with people in their difficulties and so get over yourself a little bit. Keeping it a touch salty as your character flaws produce a bit of friction occasionally. Opening up the Bible and keeping each other honest with it. Over months and years and a multitude of meals. There’s such healing in this.
Prayer ministry and fun healing friendships have kept me afloat in the storm, and pushed me forward in the party. I commend them to you. It’s just Christianity ain’t it?
The two sentence half-thought-through message of encouragement that you actually send brings immeasurably more blessing than the grand notion of being an encouraging person that you hold in your head.
On this week’s episode Nathanael interviews his good friend Nick Taylor. Nick tells his story of finding freedom from a gambling addiction. It’s powerful. Tuck in!
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the best years of your life
on something or other.
You investing well?
Disciple, it’s another day around the Kingdom of God.
The most strategic way for you to play your part in the advancement of that Kingdom, at one point today, may well be…
to have a nap.
We have huge responsibility in terms of who we allow to lead us.
You think through the lives and leadership of those who brought you to faith. You’re thankful, they spoke the word of God to you after all. But you’re also truthful -they did have some flaws. So you make the call – what was from faith, and what wasn’t, and you make your own choices going forward.
You have a responsibility to call some of the stuff out that you’re hearing as ‘strange’. You don’t drink the Kool-Aid. You keep Christ central, and you make the calls accordingly.
Each of us will give an account for what we’ve done in this body, with this life. Poor leadership might provide some mitigating circumstances, but none of us will be able to pass the buck entirely.
For better or worse, we are the leaders of our own lives.
Disciple, the days are short, check the fruit, then choose the tree, and don’t be afraid to discard the odd bit of fruit that’s gone a bit off – even good trees throw those up occasionally.
Make sure it’s grace that you’re getting your strength from today.
In this age, we live grubby orange lives. There’s the gold of the coming Kingdom to be sure – healings, salvations, miracles, restorations, moments where the Lord draws near. But we’re not free from the deep dark red either – the excruciatingly hard days, the bereavements, the losses, the confusion. And for many of our days these two colours are inextricably interwoven – the blessings and the battles are bang in and amongst each other. So it’s a grubby orange life – this path of discipleship.
Take almost any gospel passage you like, and you’ll be able to use the two highlighters liberally. Mark 1:39-45 below – the desperation, indignation, dire warnings, disobedience and desert paths, right in and around the healing, the heroism, and the heralding that all is being made new. It’s all mixed in.
So, beware of those promising all gold in this life, and be equally scoffing towards those who say there’s no gold to be had. The Kingdom of God is at hand, the suffering servant is about – doing bits, and showing Himself to be a Saviour full of splendour. Walk on disciple, walk on.
H/T TT – one of the best talks I’ve heard (06.11.16)