Wednesday Worship Playlist 

Watch Clip HERE // Jesus Paid It All

What is true empowerment? True empowerment comes from the price Jesus paid nailed to the tree. 

Through the complete victory in the death,  burial and ressurection, Jesus became the supreme sacrifice conquering the stronghold of sin. 

When moments of discouragement hits, God wants to encourage me and you through the victory of the cross empowering us. It’s when we are a child of weakness, we are called to watch and pray, find in Him thine all in all…. empowerment.

Today see the empowerment of the cross, see the empowerment of the death, see the empowerment of theburial and see the complete victory of empowerment in the ressurecrion. Live and lead in and through this as your core being and you will operate in complete empowerment of God. 

For when we are weak, he is strong and nothing can stand against us… “EMPOWERED” 



I hear the savior say, thy strength indeed is smallChild of weakness, watch and pray, find in me thine all in all

‘Cause Jesus paid it all

All to him I owe

 Sin had left a crimson stain, he washed it white as snow
Lord, now indeed I find thy power and thine alone

Can change the leper’s spots and melt the heart of stone
‘Cause Jesus paid it all

All to him I owe

My sin had left this crimson stain, he washed it white as snow
It’s washed away, all my sin

And all my shame
And when before the throne I stand in him complete

“Jesus died my soul to save” my lips shall still repeat

Get Up – Be Empowered 


But get up and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, – Acts 26:16


The Book of Acts was written to provide a history and powerful account of the early church that shook the world and multiplied. The emphasis of the book is the importance of the day of Pentecost and being empowered to be effective witnesses for Jesus Christ. Acts records the apostles being Christ’s witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the rest of the surrounding world. 

The story of the church in these writings sheds profound light and meaning on the gift of the Holy Spirit as comfort, empowerer, supreme guide who teaches and serves within as enabler in our spiritual journey of obedience. 

When diving into the book of Acts, the spiritual sensors are enlightened and encouraged by the empowerment of many miracles that were being performed by ordinary men who we Christ followers,  the disciples Peter, John, and Paul.

 “The book of Acts emphasizes the importance of obedience to God’s Word and the transformation that occurs as a result of knowing Christ” 


Many times in this book we see the Holy Spirit empower these men to do the extraordinary in and through Christ.  We see the spirit speaking and saying many times to the faithful obedient “Get Up” , “Stand Up” and “Go” be EMPOWERED.

We too engage in this calling. As we are the living church of the Acts. The spirit still calls us to “Get Up- Be Empowered”.

What is the spirit speaking to you today? Is he calling you to get up, stand on your feet, for the purpose he has appeared to your spirit and soul is to appoint YOU to a mission of ministry. To witness not only to the things you have seen, but also to the things in which He will appear to you in his leading. 

Today be open to his whispers of leadings in your spirit and soul. Be sensitive to the spirits leading to “Get up – Be Empowered” and see what the Great I Am can do in and through your today.  Get connected in solitude, silence and prayer with the almighty Father. 

Wednesday Worship Playlist 


When the fight calls // WATCH CLIP HERE
This week as you feel the mid week pressure and battles, remember… when the fight calls we have a saviour who has overcome this world with Love. 
Jesus made our fight his own on the cross, paying the price of all our sin and shame. When fear hits, we can throw aside and cling to the cross, singing in the fight. 

Today take heart, and know that through his Holy Spirit’s empowering in our lives we can overcome any battle that comes our way. Today reflect on His love through the cross, and how the Holy Spirit empowers us to take heart in the fight. 

Psalm 31: 24  Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

Lyrics: 

“You’ve overcome this world with love

And made my fight Your own

I lift my eyes and throw fear aside

And sing out into the night
Cause even when the world caves

Even when the fight calls

Even when the war’s waged

I’ll take heart

I know You are greater

Forever You are Savior

I will sing Your praise

With all that I have

With all that I am Lord”

Empowered Life

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Empowered Life // Ephesians 3:14-21

Key Verse: 3:16 – Empowered through the spirit “Inner Being”

What is it to be truly empowered in your inner most being? Paul is writing to the church of Ephesus to empower them to see the key source of the empowerment that is within them.

We see that its within our inner most being that our soul was spirit breathed in the creation of man. When we see and connect to,  “we are a living being, spirit breathed”  how can this unlock the empowered life?

 In Genisis 2:7 God breaths life in to man very soul. (Genesis 2:7) Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person. This very breath of God is the connection of our soul and spirit in the image of God being the source of life. Being made in Gods image, we reflect the spirit, soul and form of God. (Genesis 1:27)27So God created human beings[a] in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

God being a relational God, formed us out of his relationship as the trinity Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and through his exspression of  LOVE.  ( 1 John 4:8) Described as Love, God can be love only because he exist as community as three, unconditional Love is his character, Father to the Son, as the son to the father. God exists in a relationship of Love, and we are designed for this… from the father to us, and us to the father

So as soul and spirit beings in the image of God, he desires the communication and connection with us the created. As seen in the garden of Eden, God connected in the cool of the evening in an open and close connection to the “soul being” of the created man and women. The soul connection was pure and divine and the Love of the father was seen through the intimate relationship.

As we live in the fallen world in sin and separation, Gods redemptive plan to bring back that close communication and connection in the soul being, through the Lord Jesus Christ. In his death, burial and resurrection, Gods plan of redemption is shown through the ultimate Love gift. When we acknowledge our sin, and accept the gift of salvation we become born again and the connection with God is made complete again.

The day of salvation, comes the empowerment of the Holy spirit to seal us and to empower us. True empowerment starts and stops with the Holy Spirit within us. The role of the holy spirit was actively present in the creation and the involvement of creation of man and now is the true source of life, which strives with man, and it teaches and guides  us daily. 

The Holy Spirit is the manifestation of Gods presence within us and this is what fills and empowers us in our inner most being. How does the Holy Spirit empower us? When we are born again believers, we receive the gift of the spirit on the day of conversion. This is the empowerment of Gods love within us. The Holy Sprit’s role is in the day of salvation as It brings us to belief, brings us to the sanctification and justification through salvation. 

The Spirits role is to help communicate to the father, help connect to the fathers heart and  help empower us to the do the God ordained task that relates to the call he has on our lives. God wants to empower your life through the spirit to have that close connection and communication.

As you reflect on this, think of how the holy spirit called you to the day of salvation. Think of the day you were saved, and the day your received the Holy Spirit as the sealing gift to help empower you in life. Reflect on your soul being, are you in close connection the your heavenly father through the empowering work of the Holy Spirit in your life.

God is waiting to have the close connection with you through the empowering communication of the Holy Spirit in your life. Start today by connecting to the power source that is within you of the gift of the spirit.

Have you accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your saviour? If not, today is the day of salvation, the gift of the Holy Spirit and the day you can have the close connection and communication with God again through the Lord Jesus Christ.  find out more information here to start your journey… http://www.allaboutgod.com/how-to-be-saved.htm

Sound Of Empowerment 


Every generation has a clear and distinct sound from music, trends, fashion and the social issues that are raised with loud voices.

Think of a generation that was the loudest in sound for you?

 

For me it was the 90’s going into the millennium with the y2k bug and the New Years with the word “Eternity” 
written on the harbour bridge giving the message of Hope. With so much fear around approaching the new millennium and what that would look like, be like and sound like.

What is the sound of this generation?  What is the noise we hear as we live and lead in this generation?

What is the sound of empowerment? What is the sound that filled the room at Pentecost?

The sounds of empowerment : acts 2:1-8
1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.

3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven.6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language.

7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?

The sound of empowerment was clear, the empowerment to speak in other languages, the empowerment to share the gospel in every native tongue. The empowerment was like a mighty rushing sound that filled the room and the hearts of these men empowering them to proclaim the good news to every tribe, nation and tongue. This was the sound Of Empowerment, the sound of revival as Peter proclaims the first greatest message of all time where thousands were saved.

We see three key points in this passage:

1. Unity :

– They were all together as one

– they were all in one place

2. Anticipation : 

– they were expectant for the empowering

– they were in anticipation of the empowering

 

3. Participation : 

– the entire room was filled

– they were able to speak in languages – they shared the gospel
So what does this sound look like for us:

The sound Of Empowerment for us is in…

1. Breakdown culture

2. Builds communication

3. Bonds connection

We see in this passage that through the empowering of the spirit that all man would hear the “sound of revival and transformation”.

So as we look at empowerment we need to go back to the source, listen to the sound and hear what God is going to do.

In every generation God has a sound of Empowerment, sound of where his spirit is moving. We are called to listen to this sound, connect to the sound of the spirit moving , be fully surrenders and go out into all the world to share the good news.

So how will the spirit empower us? 

So what will the sound of empowerment sound like in the lives of us, leaders, states, GBA?

Because these men of acts were empowered with the sound of the spirit, the language spoken of the good news was dynamic where the world took note and listened. The sound of revival and transformation was being made known to all… we see this as a generation empowered for proclamation of the good news for all.
We to can have this Empowerment, all we need to do is listen and connect to the sound of empowerment through the Holy Spirit in our very core being.

Empowered To Journey 

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – Acts 1:8

With a new year comes new hopes and dreams. A fresh slate for God to write on the tablet of your heart the plans and purposes he has for you in your life and leadership for 2017.
Reflecting on the new beginnings the disciples had after the death and resurrection of their Lord, made me think of their new year of what would be the most empowered year of their lives.

As they greived thy loss of their best friend, Messiah and Lord as they gathered together just as the great “I Am” commanded them to. Together in the upper room reflecting on what was Christs earthly ministry,  many mix emotions formed… They had given up everything to follow the Lord, with the Hope of the kingdom being restored on earth. 

Here we see that Gods plan for the kingdoms resore was not one of an earthly plan but a heavenly kingdom that knows no bounds.The plans these men had were not the plans of the Almighty God. 

Jesus promised that he would leave a comforter that would empower them to live  and lead out the great commission that he spoke of in Matthew 28. Here in the upper room we see the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to forfill the promise of God with the power of the Holy Spirit.

This year, what promises has God given you that he will empower you to have power in? This year what plans and purposes had God shown you to live and lead out of?

Know this, that as we look at the book of acts… look at the journey of empowerment, know that the almighty God will empower you to do the kingdom work he has for his establishment of His name.
Prepare your hearts for the journey of empowerment this year. The breathing of the Holy Spirit into your soul and spirit like non other. The anointing to have the power to the promises he has proclaimed over your life 

Lets go on the journey of empowerment 

Courageous to Empowered 


Sitting and reflect on the year of being “Courageous” the time of stepping out of the boat towards the saviours calling to walk on water, I see the many moments when God has commanded us to be like Joshua…” be bold and courageous, have I not commanded you to”. (Joshua 1:9)

The year of walking boldly in the lane God has called me and you to live and lead, The year of running the race in which he has called us to run. 

The many moments of walking the talk, the times of kneeling before the creator praying the Joshua prayer of courage to step out into the unknown of life and leadership.

As I sit and reflect on the year of courage I see how God is beautifully aligning the “NEW” beginnings of the new year to be “Empowered” to do all he has called us to do. When we step out in courage, he empowers us to lead out of our very “BEING” with God. The Holy Spirit empowers us to fulfill the calling that God has placed within our heartbeat of ministry. 
The first step is to be bold and courageous, taking on the calling of the heartbeat he has within us to go and mission to the world. The following of this step is the empowerment of the Holy Spirit in which enable us to do the great works that he has pre planned since before creation. 

This New Year’s Eve, as we reflect on this year, what moments has God called you to be bold and courageous? Has he called you to step out of the boat and walk on water? Has he called you to step into the unknown of leadership to then empower you to do great works for his kingdoms purposes?
Take some time out and reflect and seek Gods will and ways for you as you enter 2017 Empowered for his greater kingdom work. Will 2017 be the year God Empowered your through the Holy Spirit to go out into all the world, make disciples and envest in the church?

Why not take time tonight and reflect on these questions so the Holy Spirit can breath life into you as you seek, serve and follow Him into 2017. 
1. What was the single best thing that happened this past year?

2. What was the single most challenging thing that happened?

3. What was an unexpected joy moment this past year?

4. What was an unexpected obstacle you had to face with courage? 

5. Pick three words to describe this past year.

6. Pick three words to describe this past year.

7. What was the best bible verse God used in your life this year?  

8. Who were your most valuable relationships that helped champion you in Gods kingdom? 

9.What was your biggest personal change from January to December of this past year?

-In what way(s) did you grow emotionally?

-In what way(s) did you grow spiritually?

– In what way(s) did you grow in your relationships with God?

10. What was your single biggest time waster in your life this past year?

11. What was the best way you used your time this past year?

12. What was biggest thing you learned this past year?

13. What is God calling you to step out into in 2017? 

Courageous wrap up 


As we finish a year of being “courageous” and enter a new year of “empowerment” what has God been speaking and shaping in your heart through this? 

Looking at the life of Joshua we learnt about how a leaders courageous forward faith brought the promises of God to completion. Entering the promise land and claiming the words spoken many generations prior to Abraham. 

God knew that Joshua could not do the task at hand on his own, commanding him to be bold and courageous several times. God also knew that Joshua needed the empowering of the great “I AM” to bring this to completion. As we move into the year of empowered know that like Joshua, God calls us to be bold and courageous to empower us to do what he has called us to do. 

Over this season of rest and renewal reflect on this year, the moments when God has commanded you to be bold and courageous. Reflect on how Gods empowerment always came through with the calling. 

Take this season to sit at the feet of your father, listen to his whispers to your heart, and the callings he has for you in this new and upcoming year of empowerment. 

Start to meditate in the book of Acts, seeing the empowerment of the church and the body of Christ. Why not take a backtrack on the “soul connection blog” and revisit the many lessons we learn from Joshua and his forward faith. 

From my heart to yours, may God richly bless you as you take time to be still and know that He is God. This season be present and prepare Him room in your heart, soul, spirit and strength to fall deeper in Love with a God who gave the gift of grace in his son. 
Merry Christmas may you rest, renew and refresh this season to be empowered for the new year ahead. 

Courageous Rest 

Place, Pause And Plans = Season of rest

I don’t know about you, but when we get to the end of the year we sometimes feel the stressors of the year from our life and leadership. The adrenaline wears of, the reality of what was a busy year sometimes leaves us depleted of peace and energy. Coming to the end of the year and it’s always good to take stock of what was the year. 
Taking stock of this year and looking into the new year as we launch into a year of empowerment, what is God whispering for this year to come. 

1. God is calling us to Lead out of a place of rest.
How can we lead out of a place of rest going into what’s called the crazy season of family, wrap up and start up mode. A Season of rest and renewal , If we are called to Love the lord with all your …. Luke 10:27 Spirit , Soul and Mind  

Q) How can we do this in our soul and spirit connection? 

2. Coming into this season of Christmas God is calling us to have a: 

1. Season of communication with himself 

2. Season of connection with himself 

God calls us to take time, take a season to rest and renew in Him – It’s ok to rest, It’s ok to stop, It’s ok to put down all the visions, dreams and plans to have a nourishment season to grow stronger.

The more we be silent, sabbath and solitude the more we will find peace in the pace of this world.

3. Finding Gods peace in place,pauses and plans: 

1. Place : 

Mark 6:31 And He said to them, [As for you] come away by yourselves to a deserted place, and rest a while–for many were [continually] coming and going, and they had not even leisure enough to eat.

This passage shows us that in the busyness of “coming and going”, Jesus calls us to come away, by ourselves to a deserted place so we can hear Gods voice and rest. God is calling you and I to: 

by yourself come and sit at the fathers feet to rest and renew in Him. 

deserted places so that we can be still and know that He is God. 

no distractions so that we can clearly hear him with no noise. 

2. Pause : 

Matthew 11: 28-30 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.

It’s ok to push the pause button over this next few months. You see Jesus shows us that when we come to him, let him take full control, take his yoke then we truly find rest. Pressing pause is the healthy way to be nourished as we come to Him, cast our burdens and care on Him, take His yoke so we can experience Him in a FRESH new way. 

– come to him

– heavy Laden , overburdened

– take my yoke 

– let go of the control 

– pause in a new way/ experience God 

3. Plans :

Psalm 23  1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 

4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever. –

Proverbs 3:4-6 

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 

When we meet the Shepard, rest in Him, he grows our root system in him so we become like the tree planted by still waters in Psalm 1. When we take the time to meditate on Him, he clarifies all the noise and distractions to help us see the clear paths and plans he has for us to walk. It’s within the season of meditation in Him do we find the true plans he has for us as he makes the paths straight.

– meet the Shepard

– planted grounded in God dig deep roots to sustain you in Christ.

– meditate on him and then he will give you the plans 

This season as you wind up for the year, take some much needed time to discover God in the place, pause and plans. 

 
Application questions to journal with:

What do i make of all of this?

What do i feel God is saying to me?

 What do i need to take from this?

What changes do i need to make?

How can i share this with my leadership team verbally and practically?

Wednesday Worship Playlist

You Make Me Brave // WATCH CLIP HERE
Today worshiping and reflecting I fall to my knees in absolute surrender. When I surrender and place God on the throne of my life it is HIM who makes me brave. It is HIM who gives me strength and bravery to achieve all he has planed for my life and leadership. 

So many times we try and be brave in our own strength and this is where we fall into the pride.  So many times we place our pride on the throne of our lives. When we do this we limit God and his power to work within our lives for the greater kingdom glory. You see, to be truly brave and courageous we cannot do this in our own strength. It only comes through true humility surrendering our lives to the Great “I AM”. Through the great “I AM” we can accomplish more than we could ever imagine. All the men and women in the bible the great “I AM” called to be brave, were men and women of true humility and surrender to Him. It was so the true bravery was not based on mans pride but the power of the great “I AM”. 

Today as you listen and worship, have you placed God on the throne of your life? 

Have you surrendered all to Him? 

Brave Lyrics 

I stand before You now

The greatness of your renown

I have heard of the majesty and wonder of you

King of Heaven, in humility, I bow

As Your love, in wave after wave

Crashes over me, crashes over me

For You are for us

You are not against us

Champion of Heaven

You made a way for all to enter in

I have heard You calling my name
I have heard the song of love that You sing

So I will let You draw me out beyond the shore

Into Your gracel

Your grace

You make me brave

You make me brave

You call me out beyond the shore into the waves

You make me brave

You make me brave

No fear can hinder now the love that made a way