Aug 25

Making Most Use of God’s Help Opportunities

This is mainly in terms of getting, drawing or receiving crucial help from those we look up to or work with; it might be visits from John or others who come to input into our lives or the work we do. I have attempted to put down what I am realising has potential to give us more benefit. The lesson became clearer to me after the last visit to us by John and Dawn.

Building TogetherThe lesson I have learnt is that when God sends you someone who is further in the road you are walking, a resourceful person, or someone with a specific thing God wants you to get. There is no doubt to me that several times some people possess a light from which we can light ours in many aspects. We need to make the most of such divine appointments. Though there might be a lot of things I would want to talk about, I now choose to be deliberate about not taking up the whole time talking without positioning and quieting my spirit to focus on drawing help. The urge to be heard and to prove what is going on well can hinder us from paying attention to what God wants us to catch if we forget the primary purpose of each appointment. Sharing has to be an opening all life, including successes, challenges and desires in order to get real help that can unlock our ability to move forward where we feel limited or hindered.

In our case (I mean all of us in this discussion forum), we already know there will be opportunities to draw from John and others leading us, as well as those we work with. It is important to write down those things we feel stuck on or confused about in the very moments they trouble us because we might not recall them to proper depth later when we need to explore them and discuss them. Again, we can think well in advance of those things that normally challenge us and leave us with the feeling of badly missing satisfactory or right kind of help; some of these maybe things that recurrently occur.

The urge to be heard and to prove what is going on well can hinder us from paying attention to what God wants us to catch if we forget the primary purpose of each appointment

So, when opportunities to be with those that disciple us come, sometimes the temptation to only show the positive side of things is strong, but realising that it limits defining help coming our way, will help us open up on areas we actually feel held up on or held back on. I have realised most progress has come with fresh challenges and setbacks, thus some challenges come because we have come to new territory or a different part of the journey. There is need to put away any thoughts that say our struggles mean we are failing. Although not all problems come because of growth or progress, no matter what is the source of our challenges, they still need to be shared earnestly to access the input needed in order to handle them well. This I am seeing has a lot to do with our personal growth and improvement in the quality of the teams God is building around us.

Therefore, my suggestion is that, as you get opportunities share your progress and desired future, bring to light the thorny realities unreservedly. God has ways of helping our personal development through the troublesome issues as we also get empowered to resolve them effectively.

Therefore, my suggestion is that, as you get opportunities share your progress and desired future, bring to light the thorny realities unreservedly.

I just kept on having an urge to share this for some time now. So, in case someone finds this helpful in their own journey, I have decided to share it. Just remember, the big choice we have to make is how we interpret God’s provision, is it a chance to show ourselves and exhibit all our strengths, or a time to put our ear to Him on what He is intending with each provision? Actually, the purpose can be different with each encounter, but there will always be drawing of strength and revelation from God.

Thank you,

Lawrence Muzunzandare
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Jul 05

Adopt a Spirit of Adventure

Hello All! We just received a note from John about RealTalk. I hope you’ll join with John, Mark and I and participate in these conversations. I’ll never forget the day when Mark told me we learn far more from participating in a conversation than by sitting and passively listening to a sermon on Sunday morning. To participate, please add a comment at the bottom of the page or a reply to someone’s comment. If you would like to initiate a topic, please send it to me with an intro of about 250-300 words to get the conversation kicked off. I thought we could start with the other email we received today about the Spirit of Adventure. Here’s a copy of it – more importantly, what do YOU think?

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Over the last 5 weeks God has been calling LifeLine Church to adopt a Spirit of Adventure. Our teachings on Sundays, prayer meetings, small group meetings, testimonies and other activities are being influenced by this topic. We believe that Spirit of Adventure shouldn’t just a be a series we look at for a few week but it is an attitude which should be absorbed into the our bloodstream and become part of the DNA of our church. We accept this could take some time as we have to re-wire the way we think but if God is speaking He is also releasing the grace for us to be doers and not just hearers of His word.

Adventure is “an unusual, daring, risky and exciting experience”. We believe God has been telling us now is the time to take more risks. Sometimes these risks will look like they pay off andSpirit of Adventure 2 sometimes it looks like they have flopped. But the only question we have to asked ourselves afterwards is “did I think this COULD be God?”. If the answer is ‘yes’, there’s no need to berate ourselves, catching God is worth the risk. Adventure is wherever the cloud stops. We need to be mobile like the children of Israel were as they followed the cloud around the wilderness. The cloud could stop over your work, family situation or somewhere completely different. We can have the Spirit of Adventure when we go into battle or to the shops. It’s not where we go but HOW we go there. If you would like to access all the previous teachings within the series please click here.

 

Recently Anthony McKernan and I had opportunity to unpack some of the points raised by John in previous teachings and highlight other features of the Spirit of Adventure (click here for audio and here for the PowerPoint).
I spoke about our call to be the Head and not the Tail. But I admitted just like flipping a coin, I’m as likely to be a Head as a Tail. As a Head I’m influenced more by conviction than facts, hopeful, responsible for my choices and solution focussed.

To step into my identity as a Head I need to
•    refuse to agree with the devil
•    remember God’s nature
•    be thankful and boldly take God at His word and nature
•    rest assured He won’t allow me to be crush.

As I choose to do these things I will be ready to take my adventure by the scruff of the neck.

What does adventure mean for you?

Old age didn’t dampen Caleb’s Spirit of Adventure (Josh 14:6-12). He was eager to conquer the fortified cities God had promised him. What is your hill country and fortified cities that you will conquer?

Feb 25

I got it!

If you read back over the last few posts, you see a birthing process going on in my heart.  When the Spirit would press here, I’d write about it – there, I’d write about it.  But I knew after the last one, I wasn’t going tGot it?o write out a teaching on comparing the two chapters in the OT that have no sin with the two chapters in the NT that have the same. That’s for other gifts to reveal; in my heart He was after something else. But a couple of days ago I got it.  This is what I heard: “You were not created for redemption.” I got it right away – the proverbial light went on. We were created for something more. Because of the fall, redemption was necessary. And don’t get me wrong, it’s an amazing! It’s wonderful! It’s so fantastic that God would become a baby, born of a virgin…INCREDIBLE!

“You were not created for redemption”

But in the recesses of my spirit, a new light was lit – redemption brings us into a relationship with God by which we can “reign” in this life by learning to receive “the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness” (Rom 5:17). It’s a journey but one that can be reached in this life. We are a new species of mankind, in need of mind-renewing so we can see beyond redemption; see His ultimate intention for our lives.  I’m finding an upward pull in my meditations which I can’t explain but I know it is good. This is what I’m seeing:

• It’s by walking in the Spirit that we overcome the flesh not by rules and principles. Speaking in tongues is a gift given (and necessary) to living life in the Spirit.

• The New Covenant is infinitely better than the Old and it is in full force today.

• The new revelation that Jesus brought was that God is a Father and that Jesus is the first-born of MANY sons (male & female).

• God is after a family that He will rule the world with/through. (Gen 1:26)

• We’re learning to be naturally supernatural; living our life adventures with Him.

• A family is real with each other – honest conversation, our smallest community – and linked together we become a dwelling place for Him to be seen – in character and in power. Love is what holds us all together.

• Love grows through our interactions with one another – all of the one anothers!

• If they aren’t happening, let’s consider changing the wineskin so it can makes room for the one anothers.

• And as glorious as redemption is, it is merely the starting line for His ultimate purpose in your life. Never stop pressing.

 

What do you think?

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