We were so blessed to have Steve bring Rethink into our Home Church in Stoke Sub Hamdon.
The teaching was more than just encouraging, it was life-changing, and all Christians need to hear it.
All backed up by Scripture!
We had a wonderful day, it simply passed too quickly, I know there is so much more.
Myself and many of our Home Church are travelling to Locking Church for more this coming Saturday.
Thank you Steve for bringing this and for your support and encouragement for Home Church.
Have you ever wondered if what you say or do has any impact on someone’s life?
Do you ever get disappointed when things you have worked hard for, fail to produce the fruit you were expecting?
How would you measure that impact and why would you want to?
I've found that on occasions that I have sub-consciously measured my input into people's lives.
For instance, if my input brought about an immediate positive result I would be left with a much more positive attitude than if the ‘fruit’ of my labours took a while to surface. Of, course, I was still be glad to see the change, but it didn't quite seem the same, in my eyes, the delay somehow undermined the integrity and depth of my walk with God.
I began to realise, that at times like these, it highlighted exactly how much a Christian can be influenced by the world’s standards. There appears to lie within us a need that has a hidden agenda all of its own. Something we can't quite label or understand. A subtle emotional drive that can only be satisfied by instant results. It’s a spiritual pride that feeds a need of ours to be affirmed in some way. Our agenda wires somehow get crossed. Our fallen emotional needs sneak under our spiritual radar and disguise themselves as Christlike features. I wonder, if at times like these are we inputting God or are we inputting ourselves?
This leaves our souls open to disappointment, which can be hard to recognise and even harder to deal with.
God, by his Spirit, is the author and initiator of Godly change, therefore, any change should come into line with his purposes and not ours.
So, the question is, ‘can we, and do we, trust God to fulfil his word?’ Can we confidently leave the change to him, no matter how long it takes and no matter what the results are?
If not, then like me, at times, you may not be looking for God’s input, but your own, to be fruitful.
Spiritual growth is not measured by a person's popularity, but rather
by how much they allow the Father to prune their dead wood.
Even some of the least valued relationships can have an immense effect on how we navigate our lifestyles. Do you value your relationships; how do you estimate their value and what diminishes the value of that relationship for you? We tend to give the quality of time and energies to those people we naturally like and are attracted to, but is that God's way? Matthew 5:46.
Is giving to gain really giving?
Is loving in order to be loved really loving?
When it comes to the renewed mind the importance of good, reliable information, and the ability to process it, is absolute to Godly outcomes. If Satan is going to encourage Christians to fall into his agendas he is certainly going to warp, twist, and influence the quality of information we use to manage our lives. The quality of information and the ability to test and approve it according to Romans 12:2, is critical to the development of a transformed life and knowing God's will for it. Information is the DNA of our thoughts, without information we have no thoughts, but, as Christians, we must allow the Holy Spirit to lead us to the truth and help us sift the validity of the information we use to decide our subsequent actions. Without the Spirit's input, we would typically rely on our emotions to decipher information for us and then they would decide what our response should be. Emotions are useful to help us gauge our initial assessment of a situation or experience, but they are poor judges of truth and should never be part of our decision-making processes. I have found the more emotional a Christian is, the less they can operate in the spiritual realm. The less they can operate in the spiritual realm the further away from a renewed mind and transformed life they'll be. More importantly, they'll be in a position where it will be very difficult for them to know God's will for their lives. Romans 12:1-2.
We all know that emotions can get in the way of making Godly or even good decisions. How we interact in our relationships should reflect the relationship we have with Jesus, and this will be reflected by how much we allow the Holy Spirit to reveal him to us.
More often than not, whenever I have mentored someone in the past, not surprisingly the need to resolve personal attitudes towards forgiveness has taken priority. Not least the issue of not extending grace to others as God has extended grace to us. This appears to me to be a significant problem in the Church.
I have learned, that what makes it easy for wrong attitudes to control our behaviour is the part that agenda plays in the attitude we adopt when dealing with others.
Agenda determines attitude.
The story of the woman caught in adultery throws some light on this by showing us the difference between two attitudes built on two different agendas.
On one hand we have the attitude of the crowd, and on the other, the attitude of Jesus.
The crowd’s agenda was punishment for the woman. Jesus’ agenda, was for the woman to be forgiven and allow grace to change her heart. The crowd’s attitude, was harsh, seeking their own kind of judgement. Their attitude was closed, and it blinded them to their own sin and their own need for forgiveness. Jesus’ attitude was compassionate, loving, and open to finding a way to God by his grace. John 8:1-11.
It is so so easy to allow our agendas to dictate our responses, attitudes and approach to others because we are either angry, feel used or want to get even.
Jesus’ response was, ‘He that is without sin among you, let him be the first to cast the first stone’.
The woman was guilty, and was deserving of punishment, but if we nurture an agenda of love, forgiveness, reconciliation and a desire to see Jesus glorified in how we deal with others our attitudes and approach will follow suit.