On Reflection

On Reflection

On Reflection – To the guys who call themselves ‘Men Pursuing God’. I would like to express my appreciation of you guys for the past year. I thank God for each and everyone of you. You are a rare breed of men, gifted and wonderfully created, image bearers of your Father. I  thank you for the time we have spent together, the walks, the weekends away, the coffees and not to mention the breakfasts. But most of all the fellowship, the comradeship of a band of brothers whose core aim is to become men of God, men that God created you to be. My life has changed more than you realized and more than I thought possible. I know now without a shadow of doubt this has been orchestrated by a hand bigger than us. It happened just at the right time for me and you guys had to play your part in this story of my life. I thank you for allowing me to reveal and allowing me to unveil myself without the fear of rejection or receiving judgement from you, you showed me the true meaning of grace. Thank you for fighting for me and standing by me even when I doubted myself, thank you for your encouragement and prayers, thank you for allowing me to be to part of what my lifelong heart’s desire is, and that is to have a group of Godly men that I can call brothers, who I can trust and who have got my back covered when needed. I love you guys and I love Jesus for showing me how much a down...
The Three Wise Men

The Three Wise Men

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men [astrologers] from the east came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is He Who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east at its rising and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was disturbed and troubled, and the whole of Jerusalem with him.  So he called together all the chief priests and learned men (scribes) of the people and anxiously asked them where the Christ was to be born. They replied to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: And you Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, you are not in any way least or insignificant among the chief cities of Judah; for from you shall come a Ruler (Leader) Who will govern and shepherd My people Israel.” Then Herod sent for the wise men [astrologers] secretly, and accurately to the last point ascertained from them the time of the appearing of the star [that is, how long the star had made itself visible since its rising in the east]. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search for the Child carefully and diligently, and when you have found Him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship Him.” When they had listened to the king, they went their way, and behold, the star which had been seen in the east in its rising went before them until it came and stood over the place where the young Child was.  When they saw the star, they were thrilled with ecstatic joy. And on...
Why do you always apologise?

Why do you always apologise?

There’s a question that doesn’t seem to want to disappear.  It’s been in my head for a few days now and I have an inkling that it needs to be addressed. A few nights ago I was at an ‘inner healing’ counselling course and we were chatting about unforgiveness and there was a comment made about ‘forgiving yourself’.  Or perhaps to put it another way, allowing yourself to receive forgiveness.  For me, that doesn’t come easy.  During the conversation, the Father dropped a question into my heart.  And I squirmed.  He asked me, “Steven, why do you always apologise for yourself?” I knew the aftermath of that simple question would be messy.  But I needed to pray into this and seek not only an answer but also a deep restoration. As I mulled over the question, I realised the Father was right (as if that was a new thing!).  I limp around daily carrying the burden of insecurity.  My first reaction in any situation where I may be exposed or ‘look vulnerable’ is to apologise and cover my ass. To give you an example, I recently launched a new website for my business.  I worked hard at it.  I spent a lot of long hours staring bleary eyed at the computer screen in a desperate attempt to pull it all together.  But by the end of it, I had a piece of work that I was very proud of.  And that’s quite hard for me to admit.  A few days after the launch, I met with several other businesses who all were aware of the new site.  One after...
Because I’m Worth It

Because I’m Worth It

Because I’m Worth It This is a slogan used by a famous cosmetics brand but this statement says a lot about how someone views and thinks about themselves.  The world tells us that we must be productive, it’s all related to value for money, to do everything well & be good at everything.  If you’re not good at something then there are some who would write you off as a failure. Is it any wonder so many men struggle with thoughts of failure that they are never going to do or be enough? This striving to be enough can never be attained and will not satisfy.  Gods word tells us a different story.  It tells us that before we were even born, God had thoughts concerning us! Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you [as My chosen instrument], and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you; [and] I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭1‬:‭5‬ AMP) So God loved us and chose us before we were even born, before we lifted a finger, before we did anything He made plans about who and what we would be!  So, our worth and value to God has nothing to do with how fruitful, productive or hard working we are.  It has never been about being competitive.  It was never or will ever be in our doing. But sure we know this truth already, but, do we really KNOW IT?  Do we know it enough to have it stored in our hearts? We need to!  Because we are...
On Time

On Time

We are neither accidental or incidental to the story.  We get orientation, briefing, background and reassurance. I’ve been reading the Christmas story.  How it all happened.  None of the characters were looking for God’s plan for their lives, yet it still happened.  In God’s time and at the right time. Whatever you are doing today, if God needs you to do something for Him, you will be in the right place at the right time and ON time.  It isn’t your responsibility to make it happen.  When your heart longs for God and desires to please Him, then He will use you in whatever way He wants....