Yesterday I got on a wrong train.
I had just finished speaking at a seminar somewhere in London. I was tired and distracted. I was also in a hurry to catch a connecting train which was pre-booked. I was on the right platform waiting for my train. When this train pulled up I thought it was the right train and got on.
Ten minutes into the journey I discovered my mistake. I studied the map and the direction the train was headed, I didn’t recognise ANY stops.
I was in trouble.
To tell you the truth, for a moment I was anxious. All kinds of crazy thoughts ran through my mind.
Where is the destination of this train?
How far is it from where I wanted to go?
What area of the city was it going? Was it a dangerous part of the city?
I was concerned because it was getting late. I wore a suit and carried some luggage. Wearing a suit in the wrong part of town, at night, would make me a target that could not be ignored.
If you got on a wrong train in New York, you better start praying because the NYC subway is very confusing. People who have lived in New York for a few years tell you that it can be confusing.
Fortunately for me this happened in London.
I studied the underground map on the train to see in what direction the train was headed and how to correct my mistake and get on the right train.
As I studied the map, I found a station I recognised. I wasn’t very sure if it was the same station I knew or this was another one with a similar name.
Now there was hope.
For the next twenty minutes I rode on this train knowing that I wasn’t supposed to be on it, knowing that I was headed in the wrong direction, knowing that it was a waste of my time, but there was nothing I could do about it. I was uncomfortable in my seat. All kinds of thoughts ran through my mind as I sat there. How will the journey end, I wondered. My fellow travelers had no idea what was going on in my mind. They probably wondered why I got up so many times to study the map above my head. Continue reading
As an eagle stirs up her nest,
flutters over her young,
spreads abroad her wings, takes them,
bears them on her wings:
So the Lord alone did lead him,
and there was no strange god with him.
When an eagle wants to train its eaglets to fly, it stirs up its nest. The eagle brings the young eaglets out of the nest, picks them up, flies to a high point and releases them in the air. The eaglets experience free fall. It is at this point that they learn to flutter their wings and they become stronger. The eagle repeats this process until the eaglets learn how to fly. An eaglet will never learn to fly until it is pushed out of the nest, which is its comfort zone.
In the same way, when The Lord wants you to pursue a new assignment, when He wants to take you to a higher level in life, when He wants you to unleash your potential, He pushes you out of your comfort zone and brings you into a new situation in which you are compelled to use the abilities that have been lying dormant, untouched, unutilized within you. The Lord may give you an instruction to resign from your comfortable job and start a business or expand an existing one; launch a ministry; pursue a new career when all you want to do is relax and enjoy the success of your current career; or relocate to a foreign country and start afresh. In such situations you are like the eaglet pushed out of it’s nest or dropped by the eagle into free fall: you are compelled to flap your ‘wings’ and fly. Continue reading
When God Moves On
And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.
The Lord led sister Tanya Hart to start a water bottling business. Through the years it grew and became successful. Tanya diversified from bottled water into real estate and expanded her business interests. About a year ago The Lord started talking to her about handing over her role in the business to her able business partners and entering politics. Her constituency needed better representation in the Senate and The Lord placed it on her heart to run for public office. In spite of the gentle push she received from the Holy Spirit and the words of prophecy given to her by complete strangers telling her that The Lord would have her in public office, Tanya made no attempt to go in the direction of God’s direction. She had so many projects lined up and entering politics would totally ruin her plans. She had acquired thirty acres of land to build a new estate. She had drawn up the plans and secured financing for the project. This was going to be her largest project and she wasn’t ready to give it up for anything else, no mater how strongly it was impressed upon her heart. The reality and truth of the present moment was that God had left the water bottling business and had moved on to something new. Tanya was stuck in her success, but God had moved on. Continue reading
The bible says that our calling is holy. It means it is sacred. Something that is sacred should not be handled lightly or irreverently. Many desecrate their holy calling by substituting it with the pursuit of carnal things.
2 Timothy 1:9
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
What we have in Christ Jesus is a high calling. No pursuit or desire is higher than the calling we have in Christ. Paul said he pressed into his calling. If it were easy to obtain and fulfil his calling he wouldn’t talk about pressing into it. Many want to sit back and watch their calling come to pass. But they will end up frustrated. Nothing good in the kingdom will come to you without commitment, tenacity and a strong sense of purpose. We have to press in the place of prayer and study of the word. It is those who press in after The Lord who possess the blessings of the kingdom.
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Paul prayed that the eyes of our spirit may be flooded with light, that we may have deeper understanding and clarity about our calling. This is a prayer we should all pray daily. When we have clarity about our calling we won’t fall into the trap of satanic distractions.
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
The enemy will throw a spanner in the engine of your life to destabilise you. He will try to keep you unbalanced on your feet so you never stabilise enough to pursue your calling.
The enemy uses distractions to keep us busy doing something else while we do nothing about our real calling. These distractions may not be bad things, in fact many times they are good things, good causes, legitimate pursuits. However The Lord did not assign you to pursue these things. The enemy entices us with success, riches and fame in the secular world. He tells us that the whole world will worship us and be friends with us if we pursue these distractions. If we do not focus on God’s will and purpose for our lives, we will begin to give heed to satanic lies and begin to pursue distractions. Continue reading
A few years ago I was on a Virgin Atlantic flight from the United Kingdom to Lagos, Nigeria. Sitting beside me was a middle aged man who seemed lost in thought. As we continued on our journey we got talking and he told me his story. About 15 years earlier he was a branch manager in a bank in Nigeria but thought that life would be better abroad. He decided to seek greener pastures, sold everything he had and relocated to the UK with his family. When he arrived in the UK, he couldn’t find a white collar job so he accepted odd jobs that were beneath his qualifications. But no matter how hard he tried he couldn’t seem to rise beyond a certain financial level.
With a grave look on his face he concluded his story. “After 15 years of my sojourn in the United Kingdom, I have nothing to show for it. I have no money in the bank, I have no property in the UK, neither do I have any in Nigeria. The only thing I would say I achieved was training my four children through the university. My colleagues I left behind in Nigeria have all become directors in their various establishments. They are all doing well financially. I told them about my situation and they asked me to return to Nigeria and they would help me.” He turned away from me and became lost in his thoughts.
I believe God positioned me to sit beside that man on that flight. Over 200 people on the plane and it had to be this man with such a story who sat beside me. I could have sat beside a successful business man or woman; I could have sat beside a professional who had a good story to tell, but I sat beside this man. The Lord was trying to tell me something, so I paid attention to this man’s story. It had a lot to do with divine location, where God positions you in life in order for you to fulfil your divine assignment. Continue reading