Changing World Redefines EVERYTHING.

We are all so aware that the financial crisis facing the World is redefining many things, with Europe, USA, China, etc., all now feeling the effects of change, with the years of doing the same thing and expecting a different/better outcome, not materializing, I read somewhere that this is a true sign of lunacy!

This transformation with all its changes and uncertainties, produces for some, fear and financial challenge, our ways of thinking and behaviour are having to change,  the way leadership and influence are executed is also having to change.

Leadership expert Robert Greenleaf a USA Philosopher, Teacher leadership Guru, says that in this changing season it’s a time to prepare for new leadership thinking.   SO HOW?

A fresh style of leadership is now coming to the fore front it’s called “quiet leaders” we all knew they were there but no one thought they would ever get anything done especially when comparing them against the charisma type leader. Things have changed, advances have been seen and sustained through styles of leadership that are not of the traditional kind, it is the style that has longevity and inheritance tied up in it.    We have seen how the charismatic leaders do much in their time and moment, but they come and go and are forgotten relatively quickly.     But those who lay down something for generations to come are “quiet leaders”.

Quiet Leaders are behind the scenes leaders, democratic in style, who want to make things work better, but don’t seek glory for themselves.    I heard the recent comparison made recently from a political and business arena “they’ compete well against those hard-driving, well-socialized psychopaths who thrust their companies and countries forward without concern for others.”    There are far more qualified people around to define the various types of leaders needed in different contexts than I, but there are two things I am sure of in an era of an uncertain future, we require our children to be equipped to face the future.     They need to be self-reliant, find their inner strengths and confidences and have the ability in the globalization of our world to work collaboratively.

Let’s look at the children first, scripture has clues on how to bring up children so that they make a positive contribution to our society and world.   We have to see change if we are to confront the riots on our streets and the challenges of the young.     We can do one of two things, throw our hands in the air and declare “There is No Hope lets just withdraw ourselves from society”, taking on a sieged attitude for our households in a fallen world.   Take our children out of everything that is around us, and cocoon them from life.   In others words hide the light of God they are from the hill (Matthew 5), and let the hill go to the dogs, so to speak.   Or take the situation on, tackle it head on and take responsibility for our streets, towns, and cities, as many do daily, become restorers of streets to live in (Isaiah 58).    So lest start right NOW!

Children learn in early years self-reliance, now let me explain I don’t mean selfish or self centeredness, I am talking about a personal identity, taking on the image and likeness of God at every stage of life, this likeness is not only available to adults.   We must have an idea of a mature 3-year-old, 10-year-old 16-year-old as well as those in adulthood.    Our Children are greater than we think.

Children learn this self-reliance in early years by being given responsibilities.   If your youngest wants to cook, “Let them” encourage having a go!  Your wonderful techno, full of gadgets kitchen may suffer a disaster along with the entire ingredients, you will probably find more on the floor than in the finished item.      Trust them to learn!

Let your children chose where to go out when walking, which park to go to, what to do or which way to get home.     Encourage them to tackle to their teachers about problems before coming to you that is training them to take on responsibility for their lives.

What about getting them to walk the pet, feed the pet, lay the table or wash the golden idol – the car as a regular occurrence, see bigger than the immediate, these all help in training responsibility and helps the family and community in their learning.    Be creative, look for responsibility at every level that the child could take on in your environment, as a daily, weekly, monthly responsibility, regularity will teach.

Self-reliance is built upon such tasks; many children are not bold or charismatic.    They may not become the school celebrity and star of the school play or be ready for head boy or girl status, yet all children can learn, and I mean all must learn how to serve, how to be the tree in a Latin play, this was once one of my starring roles.   All can be loyal team members or those who just turn up to support.   You as Mum and Dad must value these activities as much as the starring roles, as this is where “Quite Leadership” comes into its own.

When we move out to the interwoven World markets we have today, Greece can shake the mighty cash rich China, USA is no longer secure as a  dominant world power due to the ‘BRICS’ nations.   The world around us is so interwoven.

Due to this interweaving that surrounds us we can no longer afford the old-style of leadership.   The pathway of some of these old styles of leadership are littered with casualties not only of people but also the environment, through business decisions they become fallen or at worst broken.   Business and Politicians advocate an environmentally friendly campaign yet destroy the infrastructure of people’s lives and the forgotten forests along with farm lands of Africa and other developing worlds for more product or profit.  A world where life for some is experienced at high levels of excess and yet  2/3’s of the world go to bed hungry.  These excesses have to be owned up to, they are contradictions of wrong leadership.   Billions of dollars and pounds are spent annually increasing facilities in a church world, when 2/3rds of people struggle to live and God=have roof over their heads.   Don’t get me wrong I am not against property at all I see it as a tool and necessity but when many is spent on buildings and not people there is some thing wrong.

I recently came across a piece of research by Dr. Craig L. Blomberg a theologian who has written extensively on poverty, riches, ownership and money, he stated that in USA alone if all the church tithed, that with the additional tithe, without taking any money away from exiting workings, within our life time there would be enough money to take away world poverty.    What a goal, what if every Christian tithes UK, Europe, USA, across the world acted righteously, never forgetting the poor what a different world we would live in within a generation – NO POVERTY!


When you see your children excelling in sport or anything and they say the want to be the best or perfect ask them WHY.  Then follow with the question once you get there what do you plan to do?

If your child’s team wins celebrate yes, just shout yes, then ask what did the trainer do this year?      If they score a try or a goal, or gain a point just make sure they realize some one passed that opportunity to them, “who passed the ball to you?”

All these are so small but the child will soon move from becoming egocentric, my world and only mine to see that achievement is gained through my discipline but also the contributions of others

We are to raise children that see that no individual person or individual group can gain at the expense of another that no group is superior but each one related.

I am told by society watchers that corruption begins at home when parents demand winners and questions those who appear to hinder the child’s advance, when schools do not teach or families do not encourage the young how to advance the growth of others.

The notion of Servant-Leadership is the example of the Christ.   Servant /leaders have been with us in the people of God for 2000 years at least, with the modeling of Christ.    It is time to bring this quiet servant leadership to the forefront, and fly in the face of the systems and styles that do not serve the environment or the people around us.     Let us not lose the cry of communities for servant leadership at this time and let the church be the forward thinker and runner with servant-leadership.

Robert Greenleaf has a “best test” of a servant-leaders “ The best test of a servant-leader is; do those served grow as persons; do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants?      And what is the effect on the least privileged in society: will they benefit or, at least will they not be further deprived?”

We have a quite leaders, servant-leaders let us be ready to advance in our world that the people of God become the harbingers of a new world and new influence while serving God society and creation.


Fathers Word

As you begin to read this article I have to connect your thoughts to another Blog article where we considered the phrase “…Let your love, God, shape my life…”.   This phrase not only celebrates the love of the Father but also asks is your life only focused on ‘being loved’, ‘feeling loved’, ‘getting love’ has his love become and inner subjective feeling?   The Psalmist statement moves Gods love to the essence that ‘shapes’ our life, LOVE from the Fathers perspective.  A life shaped by His love.   We could say, “A Life that is only taking, receiving love, being loved only, will keep you immature but a Life that is shaped by love will cause you to mature”.      Love shaping is Gods goal for us shaped into Christ likeness, so do not look only to feel or experience his love only let that experience develop to, advance to, shaping your life.    A wonderful testimony when our lives are shaped by the LOVE of the Father.     I would even suggest that LOVES ultimate is to shape us not just give us warm feeling.    Loves shaping extends to us through life’s circumstances, events, people that our shape is directed, defined by this love.

Now let me take another thought from this passage, adding to a life shaped by love, considering what a shaped life looks like.   The writer goes on to say:

“…Never take your word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws…”

Having a shaped life turns us to consider the utterances of the Father that are life and truth.     Let me encourage you that Truth, his Word is to become what we depend upon.    I wonder if in my honesty will I admit to what I do and what I will depend upon?      The Psalmist opens up his inner life and tells of his dependence, I suppose he is consistent, he says of his trust and his turning to the Lord and now says the same thing by declaring his dependency upon God’s Truth.   Today it seems a recurring debate over the word of God, asking what it is, when is the scripture truly the word of God?    I have listened to declarations on the scriptures in recent days and as for me I want to join the writer and say to my Father God “…Don’t ever deprive me of truth, not ever—your commandments are what I depend on…” 119:43.   My trust, my dependence is in your word, even when life’s situations try to undermine this.    This is a timely reminder and restatement for some as we face the day we live in, don’t let any one or teaching separate you from your dependence on the word of the Father.   There is even an extreme though of being lead by the Holy Spirit means we don’t need to read the scriptures any longer as we are spirit lead.

Hold on my dependency is on God is it not?    I believe the Psalmist saw his dependency on God and the Word as one item, I rejoice that there is no separation between the Father and his words they are of the same essence as each other, so much they are inseparable, they are one.    Your commandments are what I depend upon as they are you, no separation between you both God.   What you say is who you are; you are manifested in a living word, just as Christ is a manifestation of your love so your word is also a manifestation of your love.   There is no shadow of turning in you neither in what you utter.   Your words spoken will not return to you void as there is no void in you, they are like you and are fully like you, FULL.     I am declaring the same thing as I say “I trust you Father” so “I trust your words”, help me to learn to fully trust rather than debate what is you and not your words.

43     Never take your word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws.

Walking and Talking

We hear several voices in this section of Psalm 119, and it begins with God speaking to us (v. 41).      He does this, of course, as we read His Word and meditate on it.

He speaks in love and in mercy, and even the warnings come from His compassionate heart.       The Word of God is the expression of the love of God to us (33:11) and it should result in love from our hearts to the Lord, to His people, and to the lost.

God’s Word shares God’s promises, and promises always imply future hope.

Scripture is “the word of his promise” (1 Kings 8:56), and all His promises have their realization in Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 1:20). What a wonder that God has spoken to us! (Heb. 1:1–2).       Are we listening?

God’s people speak to the Lord (v. 43).         Like Nehemiah, we can send up “telegraph prayers” to the Lord right in the midst of our work and our battles (Neh. 2:5; 4:4; 5:19; 6:9, 14; 13:14, 22, 31).

When the enemy confronts us, the Lord will not give us words we have never pondered from the Scriptures, but His Spirit can remind us of what we have read and learned (John 14:25–26).        The writer connected God’s Word with his mouth, because the word “meditate” in the Hebrew means “to mutter.”        The ancient Jews spoke the Word audibly as they meditated and prayed (Josh. 1:8).

Our lives speak for the Lord (vv. 44–45) if our “walk” agrees with our “talk.” The best defines of the faith is a transformed life that is compassionate toward others.       Our obedience to the Lord and our loving ministry to others (Matt. 5:13–16) demonstrate the reality of our faith far better than anything else. Because we know and obey “the word of truth” (v. 43), we are able to enjoy freedom (v. 45), for it is the truth that makes us free (John 8:32; James 1:25; 2:12).

Word in you mouth example in 1 Kings 17:24 “…The woman said to Elijah, “I see it all now—you are a holy man. When you speak, God speaks—a true word!”

Here’s A Though

Here is one of my early morning musings.    Most of us want a peaceful and quiet life, being left alone, however in these days of economic turmoil producing future insecurity, not knowing what will happen next or what turn of events will affect our lives, changes that i have no control over.    Often we find ourselves longing for a life removed from the reality around us, a place where we would not have responsibility or accountability.

Let me lay down a morning musing to suggest some things that will bring peace, from Psalm 119. The longest Psalm that deals with the love of Gods word, verse 119:41 says “Let your love, God, shape my life with salvation, exactly as you promised; Then I’ll be able to stand up to mockery because I trusted your Word”.  

The way to begin our days is set out right here.   Allowing myself at the dawning of my day to be overwhelmed by your love, the knowledge of your love, the experience of your love.   This love that is everlasting, unchanging love, this love that is so vast and covers all creation, creation itself being a manifestation of the love of God.     The love of God was manifested in creating a provision for humanity in providing a place and time, gifts from the Father, gifts to live in this is love being manifested.                              

Its time to chase after Gods essence LOVE and realize that all things, such as, creation, signs, events and experiences are simply manifestations of the LOVE of God.     We become passionate about His LOVE with the knowledge that we will become the expression of His LOVE as we love one another John 13:34–35 “Let me give you a new command: Love one another.    In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”

This love becomes so real in us and about us, that this love is manifested towards others through us, we are recognized as Jesus followers as we become of the same stuff, the same love, love becoming the indicator of who we are like.  Actually we become this LOVE in our world and manifest its out working to the world around us.

People of God let us become those who deepen our love and let God manifest that love in healing, signs and wonders, miracles and like, it is our responsibility to be LOVE, desire LOVE, chase after LOVE this essence of who our Father God is, LOVE that we might be like HIM.

Asking such questions of us, “how have I loved to-day? ”       Start each day asking, “who shall I love today – ALL? ”    How much more can I fill my heart with his LOVE? 

It is said that God poured into hearts the very essences of who he is, this LOVE he gave through the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit came to pour our the essence of God into the hearts of mankind.   That is why the Holy Spirit always directs us and makes known the Christ of God, as the days of Jesus become the manifestation of God’s LOVE to us.    That Jesus being the “…exact representation of God…” he was and is a LOVE revolution, a LOVE out pouring, a manifestation of LOVE, “…for God so loved the cosmos he gave…”

I have a personal conviction that everything we see in the seen world, and the unseen is just a manifestation of the LOVE of God.   That which we see with the eye is that which was once in another place – the unseen now made known and that unseen place is God himself.   He took from within himself and brought out what we see, therefore all creation was in him.   Every resource every provision is inside the essence of the Father and it becomes manifest through who he is, God is LOVE!

“Let your Love” the writer says, may I know your love, may I peruse your love on life’s journey, may my focus be your love, may I be your love in the cosmos.    May I chase your love, deepen in your intimate love.

“Let your love” may it fully overwhelm me, may your love ravage me inside and outside and may I see my daily walk founded in your love!

For the Love of God is generously, freely given to us that our hearts become the very gift we are given.    Consider the free giving of God in who he is God is Love.

Romans 5:5 “…And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

This gift of love, this gift of God himself, this gift of the manifestation of the Father, the love his Son is not to be put in a book or on a bookshelf, or in a decorative setting so that it is displayed as prized ornament in our homes and lives.   Far from it, this LOVE has a work to do and a task to advance.   The primary and first is “let your LOVE, God, shape my life…” with LOVES tool begin and continue.

We are to have shaped lives, sculpted lives, lives that have had the hands of the Father applied to us, as a great artist shaping us out of dust and clay, a form that is LOVE shaped.  The final work will be God shaped that way we will testify and explain the Father (John 1:18 (NASB) Jesus came to “explain the Father” so do we) as we are God shaped by his very essence LOVE and become the shape of LOVE and LOVE shaped.

We pursue LOVE and are LOVE shaped by the tools of salvation and promises.

This love shaping allows me to stand through all that comes and helps me to fully trust the God of creation.    A love shaped life is a trusting life.     

Loves shaping does not come in ways we might welcome, some times we have to realize that his love allows, discipline, all being freely outpoured.     Salvation, trust overcoming are the practical tools and skills developed as we live a love shaped life.     We are not called to avoid things in life but have the love of God in us to face life’s shaping.      We find the wisdom of knowing his inner voice and Holy Spirit, which is nothing more than a love manifestation, giving us the ability to hear God and to know when to overcome, when to step over and when to withstand.

Love brings to us situations to temper and enlarge our trust of the Father, when we do not see him at work so to speak, when he is slowly working and so little change is apparent, yet love is shaping my life, so I shall TRUST.

Let you love, God, shape my life – with the tools of salvation, promises that I might trust, stand, overcome and be of your very essence, Let your LOVE be in my life and heart that the Cosmos may know you.

Breaking the Silent Sound Barrier

God is speaking.    The challenge is will I listen?

Does God really speak to you and me today, more that will be clear, directly, specifically, personally? We all know the stories of how He  spoke in the past.

God spoke to Adam about the garden and the consequences of leaving the garden. To Noah he outlined the moment he lived in and instructed about the ark and to Abraham he lifted up his eyes and spoke about a sky full of descendants.

The list continues on to Moses from a bush and a mountain. Then He spoke to Joshua about trumpeting down the defences of Jericho.

Thrillingly he came to Isaiah and spoke about the coming Messiah, to Jeremiah about the coming captivity, to Ezekiel about the future restoration, and to Daniel about the rest of time.

God spoke to John the Baptist about the Saviour being at hand. God spoke to Jesus about His identity, His mission, and the names of His apostles.

And God speaks to you through His Holy Spirit on a regular basis about the ordinary things of your life. I note that some people mark books with highlighters to be reminded on how the words addressed them.   If we took the time and could mark with a bright highlighter the messages from God that cross our minds, we’d see the marker changing the colour of our days .

That should come as no surprise, for God told us in Scripture that it would be this way.

I will speak!

On the night He was arrested when most people’s mind would be fully engrossed with the situation that faces them Jesus mind went to tell you and I of his promise, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever.…He lives with you and will be in you” (Jn. 14:16–17).

He did not leave it at that He went on to explain, “The Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (v. 26).

Specifically, the Spirit will “convict the world,” “guide you into all truth,” “speak only what he hears,” “tell you what is yet to come,” and “take from what is mine and make it known to you” (Jn. 16:7–15).

Think about what Jesus is saying here. When you trust Him the Holy Spirit comes to live in you for the rest of your life, there are two people living in your body—you and the Holy Spirit. He is not mute. He is an involved, life-giving, divine Person with whom the Bible promises “fellowship” (2 Cor. 13:14)—regular, experiential companionship.

Through out the working of the church in the book of Acts we see God repeatedly speaking to His people through the Spirit.   Philip was told to approach the chariot of the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:29), Peter to accompany the three men sent from Cornelius (10:19–20). The church at Antioch, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul” (13:2).

Paul’s tells constantly of the speaking of the Holy Spirit “Having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia…they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to…Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” Acts16:6–9

“Now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem.…In every city the Holy Spirit warns me.” Acts 20:22–23

The bible is full of the Spirit providing direction for daily living. We are told that we are to be “led by the Spirit” (Ro. 8:14) and “filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18). We are to “pray in the Spirit” (Eph. 6:18), “live by the Spirit” (Gal. 5:16), and “keep in step with the Spirit” (Gal. 5:25). All of these well-known commands assume that the Spirit speaks to us personally in ways we can understand; the present tense of many of these verbs suggests continuous action—that God speaks to us not two or three times in our lifetime but daily!

OK How does the Spirit speak to us?

But how, you may be asking, does God “speak personally”      The most common and certain way is through the Bible.   All Scripture is “God-breathed” (2 Tim. 3:16).      In a very real sense, the Spirit is speaking to you every time you read the Bible.     We find the words “the Lord said” associated with visions, dreams, an audible voice, angels, prophetic messages, and physical signs.

We also find the language of God’s personal conversation described in 1 K. 19:12 as “a gentle whisper” (NIV), “a sound of a gentle blowing” (NASB), a “still small voice” (KJV). It may come as a simple thought, one we “sense” more than “think.” As Paul tells us, “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit” (Ro. 8:16). It’s Spirit-to-spirit speech.

And we’ve all heard it. Out of the corner of an eye, we’ll notice someone standing alone in a group and sense an inner prompting: “Go over and say hi.” We’ll be about to make a subtly self-promoting remark and hear in our hearts, “Don’t say that.” Our troubled spirits will be reassured by the silent reminder,

How can I be sure it’s Him?

The primary way to discern God’s voice is to saturate our minds with the Scriptures. What God says to us individually will always match the principles He has given to everyone. As Isaiah reminded his contemporaries, “To the law and to the testimony [the Scriptures]! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.” Is. 8:20

Yet some thoughts or impressions are neither directly affirmed nor disqualified by specific scripture. In that case, we need to look at the character of what we’re hearing. We need to ask, “Is it God-like, devil-like, or me-like?”

God tells us plainly what He is like (see Ex. 34:6–7; Ps. 51:16–17, 103:11–14; 1 Cor. 13:4–7; Gal. 5:22–23; Heb. 4:15–16; 1 Jn. 4:16). His names tell us even more about Him and the character of His voice.

1. Take your time.

I find that God is faithful over a period of days to distinguish His messages from my thoughts. With time, He will cause the false guilt, false promptings, and alluring permissions to fade. He will cause His messages to persist and become more compelling. So don’t confront your friends, correct your leaders, quit your job, launch a ministry, propose marriage, or act on any uncertain “prompting” on the spot. When it comes to hearing God’s inner voice, take your time. “Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil” (1 Thess. 5:21–22).

2. Beware your wounds.

We’ve all been wounded by others. In response, we often become fearful, angry, and suspicious. Be honest about where you have been bruised and have become unhealthy in your responses. Anticipate that some “messages” will come from your wounds.

3. Know your passions.

          Perhaps you’ve heard the adage, “Give a man a hammer and the whole world looks like a nail.” This “hammer effect” can distort our ability to hear God—especially when we are ministering to other people. For example, if I believe strongly that wives should submit to their husbands, then it’s easy to hear “submission” as the solution whenever someone tells me of a domestic strain. If I’m an intercessor, “pray more” tends to pop readily to mind when I’m listening for God’s solution to personal struggles. If you find yourself repeatedly “hearing” what’s strong and vibrant in your life, slow down and suspect overflow from your heart rather than messages from God.

How can I become a better listener?

We’ve seen that God speaks to us personally. We’ve noted those characteristics that distinguish God’s voice from other voices. Now, how do we improve our hearing and become more attentive to God’s voice?

Listen as you read. As Daniel read the prophecy of Jeremiah, he “understood from the Scriptures…that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years” (Dan. 9:2). The psalmist wrote, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Ps. 119:105). In both of these places, God reminds us that He speaks very personally to us about our immediate circumstances through His . You’ve experienced this and probably described it this way: “The verse just jumped out at me.” “It was as if this were written just for me.” “I couldn’t get that verse out of my mind.”

Listen as you pray. In teaching us to withstand the enemy’s relentless attacks, Paul urges us to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions” (Eph. 6:18). In our typical “get it done” manner, most of us start praying by praying. It makes sense, unless you understand that Paul is saying that the Spirit will show us how He wants us to pray.

Listen as you talk. We all have conversations with friends, family, and coworkers. It’s easy to forget that when two of us are talking there are three in the room, and it’s that third Person’s voice that we most need to hear. We need to keep one ear tuned to God while we listen to the person with the other. Sometimes, we both need to stop talking and listen to God.

Listen as you go through the day. The Bible is full of stories of God breaking into normal days and making them unforgettable. Yet perhaps more important are the recurring passages that remind us that the Spirit speaks continuously with small “nudges” that keep us out of trouble and prod us toward joy.

Starting Now

God speaks. It’s the crown jewel of the New Covenant: “[I] will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth” (Jn. 14:16–17).

If you belong to God, this Counsellor is “with you and in you.” He is speaking. Are you learning to listen? Are you learning to recognise His voice and the enormous benefits of being led by Him?

Why not stop now and ask the Lord to screen out all other voices but His? Invite Him to say to your heart and mind whatever He wants to say. Now stay quiet for a few minutes and listen. Pay attention to what comes to mind. Where does He take you? What do you sense He is saying?

As things come to mind, don’t try to determine at the moment if it’s you or God “speaking.” Just jot down your thoughts: a verse of Scripture, a word or phrase, a visual picture, an emotion, a physical sensation. Ask the Lord, “What does this mean?” After your listening time, “test” what you think you’ve heard against the words and character of God.

What did you hear?

How will you respond?