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Settled Storms

Hello!
For the first time ever, I’m stumped for writing an introduction, so I’m just putting this to include one. Yep, I’m sorry about wasting 10 seconds of your life.

When you wait for a storm to settle you wait for it to calm down or pass by. Now, Imagine your faith as a storm. A storm lets everybody know that they’re there, it changes some things, it stirs something up. I’m not saying be destructive, what I’m saying is don’t have a settled faith, stir something up.
What are you settling for? Are you settling for something average? A mediocre faith? A border line relationship with God?

You weren’t created to settle down. Step it up! You were created to do greater things than this whether you’re on fire for God or not, the best is yet to come. You were created to achieve something higher, to bypass some expectations.
But you won’t bypass anything if you’re just fine with staying behind it. You won’t achieve your dreams if you’re just settled in not getting them, believe in yourself, you can do it! Don’t settle for anything less than you deserve. Plus, everything you need you already have; Jesus.

This Isn’t just a Christian thing, stepping up in faith. This is something that everyone can get something from. You can step up in your life; try harder in your jobs; be nicer to people; encourage your friends and the list goes on.
Don’t settle yourself with how society is or how society tells you how to be. A storm breaks everything that ever was. The bigger the storm, the more things that can be changed. The bigger your faith in God, the more things you can defy, the more expectations you can bypass, the more things you can stir up. The less settled a person’s faith is, the more influence they have towards others.
See, when your faith is unsettled and constantly achieving more and more, the Devil too starts to get unsettled; he starts getting agitated; he starts to get annoyed. I’m not saying he won’t try and put ideas in your head or try and bring you down, but if you keep close to God and keep that faith storm going on then he has no chance of bringing you down.
Step up! Take the next step. Start to stir some things up, because we know, it’ll be worth it in the end.

Thanks for reading,
Nicko.

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2013 in Godly Ideas, Single Articles

 

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True Love

Hello!
This is just a short one but something I thought was worth sharing.
True love is something we all feel or will feel. Whether it’s for a person, cause or object, true love is in our nature, but what is True Love?

If something is true, it’s 100%, it’s pure, there’s nothing fake or false about it because it’s true. So true love is 100% love, pure love.
Having true love for something means you love it whole heartedly, this can be for anything, as said before. So, if you have true love for someone you love all of them. You don’t just love certain things about them but you love everything about them. If you have true love for a cause you devote your whole self to it, everything you have, everything you are.

So, I challenge you today, do you have true love for God? Do you love him 100% and devote your whole self to his cause? Or do you just half love him? You’re willing to do some things but not everything he asks? I hate to say it, but some Christians are like that. I’m not going to go All-Caps rage on you, don’t worry. I accept why some people may be like that. They’re just insecurities.
   Whole life discipleship means you need to love God with your whole heart. You need to devote your whole life to him. Don’t leave any bit of love from God, for we know he does deserve our best and our full, 100% love. Don’t let there be a hole in your whole.

That’s it, but just think on that this week, do you have true love for God? Do you love him with your whole heart?

Thanks for reading,
Nick.

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2013 in Godly Ideas, Single Articles

 

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Called and Chosen

Hello!
This is the conclusion to the series of ‘Called’. If you’ve liked/disliked anything in this series let me know by dropping a comment at the bottom. The reason I’m posting today is because I’m going to a gig on Friday night so I’ll probably sleep all day on Saturday. Just thought you’d like to know.
If you’re called to something; called over by someone they’ve chosen you specifically because you’re needed.
You’re needed, you’re significant, God has chosen you specifically because he needs someone exactly like you.

“The Kingdom of heaven in like a king who has prepared a banquet…” – Matthew 22:2
“…Many where invited but few are chosen” – Matthew 22:14

The Kingdom of heaven is like a banquet (as said in Matthew 22:2) or a party and everyone is invited. The whole world are invited to the kingdom of heaven, that’s just God’s grace; no matter who you are, you’re invited to be in the kingdom of heaven, but the few chosen are those who have RSVP’d to the invite, God’s followers.

We all know that it’s a privilege to be in God’s kingdom, but because we’re now there, it’s time we started acting like it, because we’ve been chosen it gives us a calling. (The Overall calling mentioned 2 weeks ago in the post of ‘Called and Enthralled’)

If you live out God’s calling he’ll bless you, the Bible says he glorifies those who follow his ways. I’m not saying only live like God wants you to for a reward because that’s not what it’s about, I can’t explain what it’s about, but when you start to be obedient to God you’ll understand what I’m talking about, it has it’s own rewards.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
There’s truth right there. God will bless you if you live out his purpose. Move forward in purpose. Not backwards, nor left or right, forwards, move forward in purpose.

Here’s a nice cheesy analogy for you:
Jesus is your compass, always telling you which way is north or forward. It’s never changing, always pointing one way, always telling you to move forward, to not look back, but to keep moving, to not give up. Keep going forward, forward in purpose. Stick with Jesus and you won’t go wrong at all.

Thanks for reading, see you next week.

Nicko 🙂

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2013 in Called

 

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Called and Equipped

Hello!
This is part 2 of the 3 part series ‘Called’. I hope you enjoy what you read and I’d love it if you gave me some feedback afterwards. Just drop a comment.
As Christians we’re all called to take up our cross. This basically means living out the mission (as explained in last week’s post).
“Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world yet forfeit his soul?’” – Mark 8:34-36
Jesus will save your soul if you take up your cross, so it’s vital that you make the decision to do so. Taking up your cross can not only change your life and enhance your spiritual growth but it can also change the lives of those around you. Think of taking up your cross like a bright light. Once you’ve taken it up you start shining a light onto people, a light that helps them see, a light they don’t want to lose so they follow it. When you follow Jesus, others will follow you.
3 points to help you take up your cross:
1) Stick with Jesus.
Sticking with Jesus will mean that you’ll have no confusion in where he wants you to go. If you stick with him and keep praying and asking him where he wants you to go, he’ll give you the directions. Just like a map. Jesus is your map along the long winding road telling you where to go. But don’t forget to keep checking the map if you’re on the right track because you don’t want to get lost.
2) Stick with Jesus.
Taking up your cross can be an intimidating task. You’ll face obstacles and scary points along your path and this is why you need to stick with Jesus. Jesus can help you overcome these obstacles and get out of the dark places. Jesus is your guide.
3) Stick with Jesus.
Along your road you’re going to need supplies and equipment. Stick with Jesus as he can fulfil your every need. Just put your trust in him. Remember though, you don’t need to be perfect to take up your cross. Jesus didn’t call the equipped, he equipped the called. So Jesus will give you everything you need to take up your cross, he’ll equip you with everything that’s essential for this journey of faith if you stick with him.
Taking up your cross is essential in a walk with God. I urge you to do it, you won’t regret it, sure you’ll come to some bad times, but what you reap will be so much greater than any obstacle.

Thanks for Reading,
Nick

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2013 in Called, Godly Ideas

 

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Called and Enthralled

Hello!
I know I’ve not posted in ages, but I needed a break for my own personal reasons, but it doesn’t matter now because I’m back and ready to re-start up this blog. I know I left off mid-way through a series called ‘Raise the Faith’ and I’ve been praying about it and I think it’s better to leave it for a while. I will come back to it but sometime in the future as I don’t think I’ve got the best I can out of the subject so I don’t want to just rush it, so it’s a “To Be Continued…” moment. I’m starting this new 3 part series named ‘Called’. Notice how I’ve also changed the name of this blog because I’ve actually found a worthy name other than my ‘doctor from Oxford’ name. I also don’t normally do introductions this long, so new readers don’t fret I don’t waffle… that often.
We all have a calling, whether you know you’re calling or not, you do have one. If you know it – Great, go and fulfill it! If you don’t know your calling – Great – it’s all in God’s timing and if he’s not revealed it to you it’s because he’s waiting for the right time. But there’s two types of callings; Personal and Overall. The personal calling is something everyone will get and the overall calling everyone has. As Christians we’re all called to live out the one, true mission:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit” – Matthew 28:19.
If you’re enthralled by something, you enjoy it and give it your complete attention and interest. We need to get enthralled by this calling. This is the word of God. What a privilege to have God give us a calling, if that’s not something to get excited about I don’t know what is. Get passionate about making disciples, the more passionate, excited and enthralled you are the more of a reward you get when you see someone come to faith /become a disciple.
To make disciples you’re going to need to get passionate. Look at Jesus for instance; passion drove him to die on a cross. His passion created our lives. That very same passion granted us access into heaven. We could never achieve anything like that, because we’re not Jesus, that’s just the fact of the matter, but if we could have even a fraction of what Jesus’ passion was we can change the world.
Following your calling + Enthrallment and Passion = Changed lives. #NuffSaid

It’s about time we got passionate and excited about our calling.

Thanks for reading. See you next Saturday.
Nick.

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2013 in Called, Godly Ideas

 

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