Category Archives: Living a New Lifestyle


I will jump the wall
I will run the race
In every circumstance I will erase
A downcast face and in its place
I will shine Gods wonderful grace

He”s My Rock and My Fortress
He”s My Deliverer and My Strength
In God I trust and when I call on Him
I will declare He”s worthy of praise

Jesus is My King
In everything I”ll praise Him
I will dance, shout and sing.



I am what I am by Gods grace today
This is the way He made me and it never ceases to amaze me
That He loved me so much and made me as such that I am what I am Living today.

I was born in sin and I had no peace within
Guilty and dead but Jesus He cared
For He came and died for me setting me completely free
So that I am what I am living today

He`s cleansed me from sin and I have no guilt within
In Him I abide and in me He resides
I`m alive now with Him and I`ve got hope within
So I am what I am living today

A child of God am I and this the reason why
His Spirit dwells in me setting me completely free
Now I belong to God and God belongs to me
So I am what I am living today

I`m in Gods hand and He`s got for me a plan
A position in His Church A place for me to work
In service for the King so that I may worship Him
For I am what I am living today.


As a child our mother fed us and then helped us master the skill of using the spoon,knife and fork.By the time our son or daughter goes to university we expect they can not only fed themselves,more than just boil an egg and cook themselves a decent meal.New believers need spiritual fathers and mothers to teach,encourage and nuture in the faith with “milk to meat”.However Gods intention is that as we grow up we all learn to meditate and study the Word of God for ourselves.Cook our own meal.So often as believers we meet with the church for the Pastor/Teacher to feed us or travel from event to event to hear the latest “great teacher” or “anointed prophet”.Spoon fed,tickled and can become lazy.Don”t miss the enjoyment of cooking your own meal and feeding yourself.Spending time alone with God,hearing Him,searching the Scriptures and letting His Word dwell in you richly.


1.A good starter.  Pray,ask God to give you wisdom,understanding and revelation.Invite the Holy Spirit to fill you and guide you into truth.To make the Bible alive and relevant to where you are at.

2.Good utensils and ingredients. Use a good version of the Bible eg. New King James Version and have other versions for comparsions and to expand on the meaning eg. NIV,RSV,New Living Translation,Amplfied Bible, and Message.Think of a Study Bible and a Bible Dictionary.On the internet check out – Bible Gateway,Blue Letter Bible or Crosswalks Bible Study Site.Don`t forget a note book.As you search,compare,meditate and listen to the Spirit enlighten,reflect and write.

3.Cooking methods.Study a book in the Bible going through chapter by chapter and verse by verse.Ask -To whom was it written? Why was it written? What is it saying? How does this relate to me today? Vary your methods of study.Do a word study tracing a particular word through the Bible eg. Grace,faith,fear,Glory,forgivenss,strength…Do a topicial study eg. The Kingdom of God,Fruit of the Spirit,Gifts of the Spirit,Covenants,Parables of Jesus… Study a Bible character eg Joseph,Joshua,David, Daniel,Hosea,Peter,Barnabas,Timothy…

4.A Balanced Diet.They say `too much of one thing is a bad thing`Naturally it`s important to have a balanced diet.There is the temptation for us to dwell on our favourite Bible doctrines or subjects.Don`t just read,study and meditate on eg Grace,Faith,Second Coming or whatever is `sweet to your taste`. Try something new and widen your understanding.Look at the whole counsel of God.Remember over emphasis on one truth can open up the risk of error.

Finally do not cook too much,eat and get bloated.How often have you after a feed said `I couldn`t eat like that everyday of the week`.Better small portions and more often. Whe studying Gods Word it is good sometimes to enjoy spending a lengthy time searching,comparing and meditating.However more beneficial would probably to spend shorter times but more often.Make a start and find out what is productive for you. Remember as you grow up learn to feed yourself and cook your own meal.




One evening travelling I noticed numerous Christmas lights lighting up a driveway from the gate to a dwelling out in the countryside.Without the lights the driveway would have been hidden in the dark.It reminded me of the lights on a runnway making the landing strip visible to the pilot of an incoming plane.God gave me the thought that in life when we are in the dark He is the Light that gives us direction and safe passage.When we don`t know how things are going to pan out,or which way to turn look to the Light.Don`t even try to figure out where the road is or to try and work everything out.Just follow Jesus the Light of the world.Fix your eyes on Him the Finisher or your faith.Love,worship and hear Him.Seek first God and He will take care of the rest.Trust Him.His Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to your path.


A number of years ago I heard a preacher throw out the challenge and explained the value of writing down some personal ‘committments’.It is good to have goals and be committed to them.Aim for nothing and you certainly will achieve nothing.Writing down what you want to commit to helps you prioritise and focus what’s important in life.Re reading them helps to evaluate your progress and re align when necessary.

Here are a few I found I had written down.

1.To love God with everything I’ve got-all my heart,mind and soul.Cultivating my relationship with Him,getting to know Him,follow Him,worship Him and work with Him.

2.To love my wife just as Jesus Christ loves His Church.Being a good husband,cherishing her,deepening our relationship as best friends becoming one.

3.To be a good father loving my children,leading by example and with wisdom, always being available for them.

4.To fulfill the purpose for which I was born.To serve and use the gifts given by God to increase,build up and encourage the church-my family.

5.To be a witness of the Good News of Jesus Christ.To call all to believe in Him,follow and get to know Him.

6.To be a good steward of the household finances and as an employee to work with dilgence and excellence.

7.To write down the vision,wisdom and all I have learned from knowing God,sharing it with others.







A few years ago God spoke to me about entering a new season.I was soon to hit the big `50` but also sensed that following Jesus for over 40 years and serving in leading worship,youth and a home group a change in direction was coming.He challenged me that as you mature you have a choice to be either a critic or coach.As you get older both physically and spiritually the attitudes you form have an effect and impact on both yourself and others around you.
In the `middle age` sometimes you can become `set in your ways`,critical or judgemental of the next generation.Yes and be quick to offer correction or murmur in your heart-`that`s not the way it should be done` or `they should conduct themselves in such and such a manner`.I remember Rick Godwin saying you can either be a fireman or a coach.The fireman puts fires out.You can dampen the fire of passion in the next generation by continually criticising,making judgemental remarks or corrections.The coach however while at times corrects,gives advice and does so with the purpose of encouraging,building up and getting the best out of the player.
How often do you hear the football fans shouting critical abuse from the Stands at the failure of players.The Coach however at half time will yes challenge bad play,change tactics but also encourage and motivate with the objective to see the team go out and win.The challenge for those mature is to be a coach not a critic.To draw alongside others and encourage,motivate,build up,share wisdom,pray for and be available to support.A bit like a father son relationship.The father who loves his son will do all to bring out the best in his son and see him find and fulfil his own (that is the sons own) destiny.In the New Testament Paul had such a relationship with Timothy.He also told Titus to call on the older men and women to teach younger men and women.Similiarly the coach often once a player will take the wisdom they learned from both experiences-successes and mistakes passing it on to the player.
What are you? A critic or coach? Be a Barnabas-an encourager.He took Saul who became Paul in his early days in ministry when others were suspicious of him.Barnabas worked alongside him planting churches and teaching believers.Draw alongside others and encourage them to fulfil the works God has prepared for them.


When it comes to worshipping God corporately as His church Christians have often debated on whether it should be to a set pattern and plan or left open and spontaneous.As individuals should we have set times or prayer like first thing in the morning or just pray as we live life such as when driving the car or as needs arise.Why not both? Worship which is scheduled and spontaneous.Here is a parallel…It is important for husbands and wives as their lives become busy to set aside time to be together alone.Hectic lifestyles develop with work,kids,house and hobbies so it`s necessary for couples to have time for each other.Date nights for continued friendship,fun,communication and intimacy.A time to show worth and value to the other and not allowing other things or people get in between and cause a distant relationship.Believers who love God with all their heart and follow Jesus Christ soo too should spend time alone with Him.Don`t allow others or things cause our relationship with Him become distant.God first.Show Him value and worth settting time to be alone with Him.Worship God not just in the company of others eg church but alone.Intimate fellowship with Him-speaking,hearing,seeing and sometimes just being in His presence.We call it sometimes personal devotion or `quiet time` but it`s time alone one to one.
Back to the parallel – for a couple however set date nights can become just a routine and another thing on the calendar.For couples it is so important to have those spontantaneous times when off the cuff they do something together.Seizing the moment,springing a surprise,going or doing something not been or done before.Quite often those spontaneous intimate times together are remembered and cherished as special.In our relationship with God we too will remember those spontaneous times when we get alone with God.A time when we walk in the woods and talk,lift an instrument play and sing new songs,shout aloud to God on top of a mountain or suddenly stop the car and begin to write down what He says to us.Unplanned and unsheduled but prompted by a desire within for intimate worship.
Corporately when the church meets leaders lead worship having prepared,ready and planned hymns and spiritual songs.I`ve learned God directs our plans when we invite Him to give us wisdom and direction but also we need to give Him space.There are times for the spontaneous allowing the Spirit to do as He wills,making room for gifts of the Spirit.Such moments produce new songs and a “now” Word from God.Specific for the moment.
In our worship of God both individualy and corporately make room for the scheduled and spontaneous in our lives.Enjoy the benefits and priviledge of knowing Him.