In the heart of all people is a longing to make a difference and leave a mark in the world. Rulers have built monuments to themselves, others have tried to do great physical challenges and feats that would put them in the history books. I believe the best way to make a difference and leave a lasting legacy is to be a champion, serving others and helping them achieve their purpose.
A champion is someone who uses their time, talent and treasure to serve others, bettering their lives so they may encounter God and achieve their purpose. Champions make a difference for good, they make a difference for God by serving others.
Jesus our champion
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” Luke 4:18-19
As Jesus began his ministry he tells us clearly that the Spirit of God is on him, empowering and giving him grace so that he could speak good news, proclaim freedom for the bound, bring sight to the blind and liberty to the oppressed, proclaiming Gods favour to all. He was a champion by serving other people.
Jesus Taught Us to Be Champions
Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10.43.45
We now have the same ministry as Jesus did and at it’s core the foundation is to take on the attitude and heart of a servant. This is the very nature and heart of our Saviour Jesus. He taught us by the extraordinary example of his own humble yet powerful life.
Be A Champion
1. With Your Words
Rash language cuts and maims, but there is healing in the words of the wise. Proverbs 12.18
Our words can bringing healing and they can also bring pain and hurt. Be a champion with your words and speak life, speak hope, speak healing, speak encouragement. Does your tongue need healing? Ask the Lord to help you speak like a Christ follower. Make a difference by speaking words of encouragement.
2. In Prayer
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. James 5.16-18
Your prayers are as powerful as the prophet Elijah’s! But prayers need to be prayed, spoken. Time set aside to bring things before God. Situations, circumstances and people can all be changed by prayer. You can pray people into victory. You can pray people into the Kingdom. You can pray for your Church family and make a difference. Make a difference on your knees in prayer
3. Through Acts Kindness
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
Kindness can change the World. Show kindness to your family, to your Church and to strangers. Pay for someone’s coffee Be kind on the road, clear out your wardrobe give some clothes away. Give some of your books and bless someone, open a door for someone. There a many ways we can show kindness. Make a difference be kind.
We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love. Mother Teresa
4. Serve In The Family
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:9-10
Families need everyone playing there part and serving each other. When the work is shared the burden is lighter, many hands make light work. Your All Nations family needs you to serve and play your part. Make a difference and serve in your Church family.
I am convinced that mighty warriors who carry true glory are coming. They will have weighty authority to bring change into dark situations. These soldiers are being called and raised by the Lord right in our midst. They are the ones Enoch prophesied about in the book of Jude verse 14 and I believe you have the opportunity to join the ranks of this coming force. This is what the Lord says:
“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, `We will not walk in it.’ Jeremiah 6:16
Walking the Ancient Paths is the only way to grow in weighty, authority and become a glory carrier. There is no shortcut, quick fix or magic formula. Much time with the Lord is essential to carrying the Lord’s glory. We live in a modern age but I hear the Holy Spirit calling us back to walk the Ancient Paths! He calls us to higher ways and deeper, more meaningful lives but there are certain pathways that take us into that more fruitful, weighty, life of glory.
Here are three of the ancient paths that are probably known by all but not travelled as much as they should be:
PATH OF THE BIBLE
Living in the Bible and allowing the Bible to live in you.
PATH OF PRAYER
Talking and communing with our Father.
PATH OF HOLINESS
Embracing a clean and pure life in thought, word and deed. To some, these sound old fashioned or dry, maybe even boring. But it’s because they haven’t travelled with the help of the Holy Spirit who is our guide for the journey. They have known legalism but not vibrant relationship. You are invited to an adventure, walking ancient paths with the Holy One. These three disciplines (or paths) are tried and tested over many centuries. We are told to look and ask and then walk in these ancient ways and only then will we find rest for our souls. Will you join me in embracing the old way, old roads and forgotten paths. I am not content with the measure of spiritual intimacy, authority or power in my life and I hear the Holy Spirit calling;
‘Come walk the ancient paths, find freedom, joy, meaning, find Me here.’
You cannot walk these paths in a hurry or distracted but give it time, walk slowly through these three powerful disciplines and your live will begin to change day by day. Together we can fulfil the prophetic word below.
‘Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.’ Isaiah 58:12
YOU ARE INVITED TO THE GREATEST ADVENTURE! I KNOW THIS SOUNDS LIKE AN OVERSTATEMENT BUT I BELIEVE IT TO BE TRUE. YOU AND I ARE INVITED INTO THE GREAT PRIVILEGE OF KNOWING GOD.
Imagine, the creator of the universe inviting you to know Him personally, to grow in the knowledge of who He is and how He works and moves. To experience His love, comfort, peace, power and so much more. He doesn’t just want you to interact with Him from a distance but if you will invite Him too, he will come and live inside of you.
Many people settle for a shallow Christian experience instead of the fullness of life Jesus came to bring (John 10:10).
There is so much more available for each of us but the knowledge of God does not come to the casual observer but to the hungry seeker. Eternal life is knowing God with increasing intimacy and depth. Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. (John 17:3)
THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD WILL CHANGE YOU
Growing in the knowledge of God will change you in many ways. It will enlarge you on the inside and cause faith to rise and fear to flee. You will experience new levels of hope and joy that come from being in deep relationship with the God of all hope. You will have an eternal perspective on life because the eternal God is vibrantly living and pulsating in you and an awareness of eternity will frame conversations and responses to the those you interact with. You will also find that because you know God greater strength will be yours and you will do great works for the Lord.
‘But the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.’ (Daniel 11:32b)
A FEW WAYS TO GO DEEPER
The Bible opened to us by the Holy Spirit is the greatest book to help us know God and His ways. If you are serious about knowing God experientially, then you must be serious about spending time reading and learning the book God gave us about himself. (2 Timothy 3:16) One of the ways to grow in this knowledge and experience with God is to know His names. His names reveal his personality and his glory to us. They show us what He did in history and what he will do again. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. (Psalm 9:10) The creation itself is speaking to us about God. It shows God’s goodness, majesty, creativity, mystery and wonder. We live so busy that we can often miss all that is around us that declares God’s glory to us. Taking time to look, ponder and to be still will enlarge and replenish you. Make time to walk through God’s creation and to talk to Him. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.
Praying or talking to God is a way to grow in intimacy with Him. God is a person and like any person, relationship can be cultivated through conversation. We must see this opportunity to be intimate through prayer in a fresh way. It has often be made into a religious and dry thing. But it was always meant to be living and vibrant.
He said to them, “When you pray, say: “ ‘Father..’
SETTLERS OR PIONEERS?
Some people like to settle in comfort and predictability but the Holy Spirit invites you today to delve deeper and come further into the very heart of God. It’s a life long adventure and pursuit. I encourage you to be a pioneer and not a settler; go further, go deeper. The Holy Spirit awaits to escort you into the deep things of God.
‘’To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love, scorned indeed by the too easily satisfied religionist, but justified in happy experience by the children of the burning heart”. AW Tozer
SO MUCH, YET SO LITTLE. WE HAVE SO MUCH AND YET WE HAVE SO LITTLE.
WE MAKE A LOT OF NOISE BUT THERE IS NOT A LOT BEING SAID.
There are new ideas but still lacking the power to change lives and bring freedom. We as people are always on the move but never really going anywhere, more connected than ever and yet perhaps never more disconnected. Where is the power? Where are the people with authority? Where are the “Oaks of Righteousness?” There is much talk about God and a whole lot of religious language, but where’s God in our lives? Where’s the power to forgive? The power to love? The power to live clean? The power when we speak?