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2012/2013 Looking Back/Looking Forward

This is my first blog post of 2013, I had originally intended it to be my last blog post of 2012 but it doesn’t really matter either way!

 I am looking back with thankfulness for the year just past, and am looking forward with expectancy to what the future holds, and in both case I am looking to God and what he has done, what he will do in the next year and beyond.

 2012 was for me primarily a year of envisioning, but it has also been a year of prophetic declaration as I have started to share the vision that God has given me.  2013 is going to be a year to start moving out and doing what as yet I have mainly talked about.  And 2014 and beyond, well that is in God’s hands.  The examples I am giving are but a few examples of what God is doing, it is by no means an exhaustive list.

 2012 has been a year when things have shifted, when we have really seen the spiritual tide noticeably beginning to turn, in such a way that even those in the secular world are tapping into it.

  • Nationally we not only managed to pull off The Olympics, but did it with style!  Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony was spot on, his inspiration was definitely divine!
  • Locally Staines changed its name to Staines-upon-Thames.  This may seem insignificant, but is far from it.  Around here a great problem for a long time has been apathy, in the secular world to some degree but especially in the churches.  This change instigated by secular people, but it is a sign that God is working to change this in his church in this area as well.
  • There was the National Day of Prayer at Wembley, which was awesome.  This is a definite turning point in the spiritual life of this nation, but we must not see it in isolation, as this year was also a full year of constant prayer across many churches with the Kingdom Come 2012 initiative from 24-7 Prayer.

2013 will be a year to build on what has been done, God is on the move, we need to keep our eyes firmly on him.

  • In London and the Home Counties we have the Crossing London 2013 initiative, this is the first large-scale evangelism for generation, and will be part of seeing the church regain its confidence in God, and in the power of Jesus to save sinners and see many start a new life in him, this is exciting.
  • I am going to be looking to set up the first Kingdom Prayer Leaders Network in West London and/or Surrey, the geographical area covered is yet to be decided on.  I will also be seeking greater involvement with the church we moved to last year, Maswell Park Church in Hounslow.  Although I know now God is calling me beyond working in one local church, I also know that local church is central to God’s plan and I want to use my gifts, talents and calling to grow the church of which we will be members.
  • The National Day of Prayer is going on the road this year with a Roadshow, again this is really exciting.  The baton for praying continually is being passed from Kingdom Come 2012 to young people with United.

 2014 and beyond…

  • Groundbreakers have a vision for both large-scale evangelism in 2014, and an ongoing vision for building and empowering local churches to reach their local areas. They are working with God to see 100,000 saved by the end of 2014.
  • For me God has said that the first phase of my working with him will be for 18 months, beyond that God knows and I look forward to seeing how things progress when the time comes!
  • The National Day of Prayer will return to Wembley, and will fill the stadium completely having built on the vision being shared through the Roadshow.

 Let’s look forward with expectancy and faith, and in prayer seek God’s face and his hand.  Let’s seek to deepen our relationship with him, and in humility seek revival in the UK once again, as ultimately that is the only thing that will turn this nation around.

‘Amen. Come Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.’ (Revelation 22:20b-21)

Olympic Games #2 – The Men’s Road Race

The Men’s Road Race for cycling was run on the Day One of the Games.

The British cyclist Mark Cavendish was expecting to get a gold. The whole British cycling team was determined to get him into a good position so he could win with a sprint finish.  But it just wasn’t to be!

After an early breakaway the British team were left in the front of the peloton, along with other good teams with other good sprint finishers (Australia and Germany).  They were behind the leaders, but the whole group could have caught up if they had all worked together, and taken a share of leading that group.

But the rest of the teams decided to leave all the work to the Brits, and it was too much work for four men to do!  Because the rest of the best teams in the peloton were not prepared to do their share of the work and risk Cavendish winning, they also sacrificed their own medal hopes.  The final winner, Vinokourov of Kazakstan, deserved it, he took a risk and pushed ahead and the glory went to him.

David Millar, one of the British team summed it up quite well, ‘We lost out, but a lot of teams lost out by planning against us.  We can’t complain because everyone knew what we were going to do, so it was their job to derail us.  Which they did.’

What is God saying through this to his church?

We are all individuals, and part of different churches, but we also are all part of God’s universal church.

Now, here’s the challenge.  Do you seek solely your own personal growth and advancement?  Or your church’s?  Or do you seek growth and advancement for the whole of God’s universal church?  Or are you prepared to let others do the work which will in fact mean that everyone loses out in the end?

The Apostle Paul says ‘Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize?  Run in such a way that you may win it.’ (1 Corinthians 9:24 NRSV).  Let’s support each other and run to win, that we may each get the prize that God has for us.

What does this mean in reality, go after the vision God has given you and do everything you can to support those with a greater vision than yours!  In the case of churches let us spur each other on and seek to learn and grow from each other.  If we are petty or insecure and don’t support each other, then we will all lose out in the end.

Lord Jesus, help us to run to win, and to help others too, both individually and as your church.  So that you may be glorified in all we do, in your name, Amen.

Olympic Games #1 – The Opening Ceremony

A week ago today we saw the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games being hosted in London.  It was amazing!

Danny Boyle really caught and shared from a secular viewpoint what God’s heart is for this nation.  When God consistently speaks and a lot of the church still hasn’t caught it, it is amazing how clear his voice can be heard by those who don’t know him!

The main ‘story’ of the ceremony opened and closed with hymns, Jerusalem (rousing, patriotic and theologically unsound), Guide me O thou great Jehovah, ending with Abide with me.

The focus was on the people, not the few, but the many.  From pre-industrial England, to the ‘dark Satanic mills’ and the Olympic rings forged from iron or steel of the industrial revolution.  The great and the good were represented, but the times of remembrance were for those who fell in the World Wars, and in the 7/7 bombings which happened one day after the Games were awarded to the London bid team.  The suffragette movement was also remembered, and for the first time in the history of the games all nations were sending both men and women to compete.

The pop music revolution was also remembered along with the internet revolution and especially social networking with the tribute paid to Sir Tim Berners-Lee one of the co-founders of the internet.

More was included but I won’t mention it all here.  The Queen made an entrance with James Bond from the palace by helicopter and parachute!  Royalty can act in unexpected ways! So can God!

There were cycling doves, representing those released in Greece, with one flying away at the end.  The Holy Spirit is seen Biblically as a dove, what more need I say.

The caldron was made from bronze petals – one carried for each team (204) and one extra (+1) making 205 in total.  And it was lit, not by past stars, but by 7 future stars, by the next sporting generation.

God will set this land alight again, but my generation and the one after will be central!  It will be as his people come together in Spirit and Truth.  It will be multi-generational and united across the church.

The flames were lit by the seven young people and then rose up and came together to burn brightly together, what a picture.  God’s holy fire will burn once again when we come together in him.  In unity and diversity, in Spirit and in Truth, generations together and through prayer and worship we shall see new memorials set up to God in this land!