Abiding

15 1-3 “I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. He cuts off every branch of me that doesn’t bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more. You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken. 4 “Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me. 5-8 “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples. 9-10 “I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love. (John 15 v 1 – 10, The MSG)   What does “abiding” look like to me?  I’ve thought about this on and off over the weekend. 1. Connection – having a life giving...

Daily Bread

Men, a few weeks ago I felt God speak to me about reading His word the bible, no that’s not a joke… Time passes so quickly, we are taken up with this and that even reading great books, but they don’t substitute for the bible – God’s Word.  We know He speaks through many a thing and we enjoy that, but somehow His word had taken a back seat in my life for sometime. Now if you’re like me and you’re thinking I’m no in depth student, that’s ok… I had been introduced to the daily audio bible maybe 10 years ago and had forgotten about it.  So sometimes now, I ask Jesus what do You want me to read today or as I drive to work I listen to it being read. Can I introduce and recommend DAB, read and commentary by Brian Hardin… And here’s a great song that reminds me His word isn’t just a book… Enjoy Daily Bread by Strahan Niel...

When Life Feels Boring…

Hi folks, below I have attached a Storyline blog because it caught my attention and nicely put into words some of my own experiences and feelings. Personally I have taken risks, got my card punched and while none of my experiences are lost or wasted, I am disappointed and wonder if I had just either taken advice or chosen differently how things may be different today.  But I cannot say that or stay in that mindset for God is sovereign and has had it all in His hand all along, so I can value my past experiences and look forward with full trust in Him as well… Through waiting and resting we are restored and grow… Niel   When Life Feels Boring, Here’s What Might Be Happening (by Andrea Lucado) Callings go through seasons. Sometimes you’re in an exciting season in your calling. You know what you want to do, you’re pursuing your dreams and you’re achieving success. Sometimes you’re in a disappointing season. You took a risk, things didn’t work out and you feel like you’ve failed. And then sometimes, or a lot of the time, you’re in a *blah* season—a time when you’re not unhappy with your job or current circumstances, but you’re not thrilled either. You’re pretty sure there’s something else out there for you, but you don’t know what it is, and you don’t know when it will be clear. During these times, it is tempting to get restless and go look for something exciting to do. But let me challenge you here for a minute to not do that just yet. Instead, stay where you...

Orphan-spirit v Sonship

The Father is really challenging me on this at the minute.  What does it really mean to be a son of the Father and to live out of that place of sonship?  My belief in the past has always been to strive.  To try.  To work harder.  To serve longer.  To be ‘more committed’.  As long as I had ‘rules’, then I could measure how well I was doing as a son.  The more I performed, the more I was loved and accepted.  But here’s the issue with that way of thinking.  If I felt tired and couldn’t ‘perform’, then does that threaten my position as a son??  This was the biggest lie I had believed. My acceptance as a son of the Father can’t be earned.  If it could, then that makes a mockery of the cross. I’m currently reading James Jordan’s book, ‘The Ancient Road Re-Discovered’.  In it, he discusses this idea of living from an ‘orphan spirit’.  The minute I read this, I knew exactly that this was how I had been living. To quote James, “In our orphanness, we always want to have rules and defined ways of behaving.  We want to know what we can do and cannot do.  Orphan spirited Christianity is always focused on where the limits are, what I am allowed to do and not allowed to do.  God doesn’t actually want us to do that.  He wants to set you free.” I’m beginning to really experience the true love of the Father and I’ve been awakened to the truth that He longs to have a relationship with me that is completely unique...

You Shall Know The Truth

You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free… I’ve struggled with this statement for a long time. It’s quoted and mis-quoted so often. John Eldredge mentioned it in one of the Four Streams teachings, saying how if it was simply a case of knowing the ‘truth’, then why are we not all free? Don’t we all know plenty of truth about Jesus? Yet we still live in such bondage. But let’s look at this from a different angle. In John 8 v 32 Jesus says, “and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” What is this truth that He is describing? Up until this morning, I probably thought that this was a mixture of gaining knowledge and knowing the gospel. Listening to the ‘truth’ of the gospel message as opposed to listening to the ‘lies’ of Satan. In other words, making sure I grounded myself in proper teaching so that I wouldn’t be deceived by the enemy. Then surely I’d be free, right? But here’s the thing. What if the truth that Jesus is describing here is actually Himself? How would that change things? “and you will know the truth (ME), and the truth (ME) will make you free.” Didn’t Jesus describe Himself as the way, the truth and the life? Didn’t He say that He came to heal the broken hearted and to set the captives free? If we truly seek Him (in relationship), then He can make us free. I’ve searched for so long trying to find the truth ABOUT Jesus yet I’ve totally missed the thrill and...

Do You Need A Journal?

How quickly we forget His promises. What’s that all about? I’m glad I practice ‘journaling’. Not everyday. But as much as I can. I struggle a little bit with structure. Daily reading plans never really ‘fitted’ with me. I lived under the condemnation of this for years. I was ok when I ticked all the boxes and made sure I never missed a day. But whenever I discovered that I was actually 3 days behind in the plan, then it all fell apart. Do I jump back in at today’s date or do I try and do 3 days worth of readings back to back to make sure I caught up? (Surely that got me extra grace points, right??) Seriously. Where’s the life in that? Yes of course, discipline is good. Daily readings are good. But only when they offer LIFE. For me, they offered condemnation. As soon as I discovered the heart of the Father, things changed. I realised that I could live each day as an adventure with Jesus. He could show me what He wanted me to read. He could speak to me through the little heart shaped water droplet He ‘left’ on the bench for me. He could sink a scripture deep into my spirit, and when I went to look it up, it was exactly what I needed to read. And the point of journaling? Well, I forget easily. Journaling helps me remember how and when the Father speaks. I can look back over the year and see, time after time, how He came through for me. Go on, give it a try....

A number of folks I know and love are chasing hard after God these days.

I think the times are demanding it. The draining nature of the pace of life combined with the spiritual battles that seem to be hitting everyone are creating in us a deeper need and hunger for more of God. Just this week a dear friend said to me, “I just need more of God.” I sure need more of God. I bet you do, too.

John Eldredge


The most important thing about a man is not what he does.  It is who he becomes.

Dallas Willard