Friday, 5 August 2016

St Cuthman's Retreat

Here are some photos from a recent retreat I made to St Cuthman's in Sussex. An amazing place!

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Favour & Anointing

He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver 

Isaiah 49:2

Have you ever felt frustrated with a gift that you felt the Lord has given you and yet there is seemingly no opportunity to exercise it, or every time you try and step out with it it seems to fall flat on its face? I know I have!

I love Isaiah 49. It has been a very special chapter in my life, and there is so much to learn about the LORD's ways. Isaiah said that he was chosen when he was in his mother's womb (v1). He was given gifts likened to a sharpened sword and a polished arrow. And then what happened? God hid him! In v4 Isaiah says, 'I have worked hard for nothing, I have used my strength, but I didn't accomplish anything'. In other words, 'here I am, a polished arrow all ready to go sitting in this quiver, and all the other arrows around keep getting picked. What a waste! Why did I bother?'

This is how God responds in v8, 'In the time of my favour I will answer.... I will appoint you as my promise to the people'. God's timing is so vital. Don't try to get out of the quiver before He chooses. What can an arrow do by itself? Nothing! It's the same with us. It's only in His hands that we are of any use to Him. We wait for God's favour, for His time.

And what do we do whilst we wait? In v13 God says, 'Sing with joy.... break into shouts of joy..'  Worship is so vital in staying ready so that when He says it's time to go, we can hear Him and respond to the call. Favour and anointing will come if we trust and keep being obedient. Don't lose heart.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Skywatch #136

On my recent trip to Edinburgh, I visited these amazing horses! They were built to remember the horses that worked on the canals. You can look here for more info.

The blue skies were a pleasant surprise as we were expecting proper Scottish weather!

And of course, lots of lovely skies here at Skywatch.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Overcoming the ‘I Can’t’ Mentality

We saw the giants... and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight Numbers 13:33

Wherever you go, you take your mentality with you. After four hundred years as captives in Egypt, the Israelites needed to adjust to their new freedom and learn to step into unfamiliar situations. They functioned best when other people told them what to do. Consequently when they approached the Promised Land and their leader sent twelve spies in to check it out, ten came back saying, ‘The inhabitants of the land are giants. We are like grasshoppers compared to them.’ But two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, knew God was with them so they reported, ‘The inhabitants of the land are like grasshoppers to us. We are well able to overcome them’ (see v. 30). 

Joshua and Caleb developed the capacity to see things from God’s vantage point. It spelled the difference between success and failure - and this one secret will change your world. You learn to ‘mount up with wings’ like an eagle (Isaiah 40:31 KJV) and see every situation from a higher viewpoint: through God’s eyes! You stop looking at the devil’s picture of defeat and focus on God’s portrait of success. This is your ticket to the Promised Land! Start speaking what you desire - not what you dread (see Psalm 107:2). Speak your expectations - not your fears. This isn’t mind-over-matter or pop psychology. It’s standing on God’s Word declaring, ‘I am what God says I am…I have what God says I have…and I can do what God says I can do!’ (see Philippians 4:13).

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