Not About Us

There is always a gap between what we have been called to and what we have personally known.

Those empowered to heal others often deal with unhealed disease themselves.

Those anointed to speak encouragements may often be disheartened.

Those living out the heart of God cannot always find him themselves.

This, is really normal and part of the privilege of walking with the Lord, that we can be conduits of grace and bounty by way of faith and simple service – it doesn’t depend on us.

Disease of Self-Pity

In service to the Body of Christ it is easy to sink into self-pity. We work hard, extending ourselves in long hours and in sacrifice that is rarely recognized.

This is all okay of course, until it isn’t. Self-pity is a silent disease that sneaks up on the best of us. It takes over limbs and thoughts and voice – and we barely realize something is wrong.

But there are a few tell-tale signs of self-pity.

1.Pressure for People to Grow

We put more pressure on those we are serving to ‘get it together’. Maybe, so our subconscious thinking goes, if they are proving my efforts then it will all be okay.

But this never works. It simply makes for strained relationships in the midst of what is to be joyful service one to another. Demanding that fruit grow doesn’t grow any fruit.

2. Growth spurts that don’t last. 

If there is growth coming from our subtle increased pressure on others, it won’t last. For what comes of a spurt of either panic or good-will may appear great but it has no lasting roots.

Ministering to others does not necessitate that they respond in wild maturity or deep character or profound passion for God. While ministers set the stage for growth, we do not establish it. That is God’s work.

3. We’ve lost sight of the real work.

Self-pity blinds us. There are all sorts of solutions and resources right in front of us, and yet we cannot see them because we have this filter of self-pity over our eyesight.

While it is never easy to identify the ‘real work’ in ministry, it is next to impossible when self-pity is involved.

Because self-pity is all about what isn’t going right, the results we are not seeing, the responses we are not getting, our focus gets off the mark. All of a sudden our service is polluted with results and responses and the tangibles that are not the work, merely a byproduct of the real work being done.

Ministers, more than anyone, must get off the treadmill of demanding things go our way. In case we have forgotten, ministry is not about us.

The deepest growth, the longest lasting fruit, the results of Christ in a life that will not undo at some later date, all take time to grow. Ministers are called to the long haul.

Self-pity enters us into a short-haul mentality.

If this resonates with you, I suggest you confess your self-pity today. Renounce it in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Remove the smeared frames that are over your eyesight, and commit once more to the long-haul, and to trusting God with the results of your work.

You, after all, are simply called to minister to the hearts and lives of the people where they are at. Meet them there, knowing that growth comes one step at a time.

Recommit for the long haul.

Bravo to You

What are you skirting around, pretending you are not about, hoping that less-than will do?

I have a secret: less-than never works.

It hasn’t worked in the past and it won’t work in the future.

But I too have been there done that. Often adding in so much padding that even I wasn’t sure what I was about.

And even when we figure it out and say it out loud, we just may still need to narrow it down and simplify it even more.

Tell it in a few words and you know you are on to something.

Here’s to all the brave souls out there who are doing the hard work of clarity and focus. Bravo to you, for its some of the hardest work around.

Decompress

If you took tomorrow off, what would the impact be?

If you scheduled three hours on Thursday just for yourself, what might the impact be?

For anyone who keeps their nose to the grind-stone, is responsible and trustworthy, it is important to off-set all that labor with a good dose of rest.

Not the random ‘I’m not working today’ kind of rest. That is just plain irresponsible and will most likely set you  back.

I’m talking about intentional rest and setting the spaces of your life to sit in the sun, so to speak.

How might you decompress over the next couple of weeks?

What would you have to do to make that happen?

Who might you let know, what manner of communication needs to happen?

Now, do all that, and take the break. You won’t be sorry.

Starve the Monster

We are all afraid.

Life is not about waiting to be unafraid. If that were the case we would all be sitting around doing nothing.

The trick with fear is to give it no authority in our lives whatsoever. Do not feed the monster and the monster shrivels up and dies.

Feed the monster of fear, give into its voice, go with what fear is saying, and your life will be consumed. No good end this.

Rather, push against fear, step through it, show fear who is boss – its You.

Take it on. Give it what for. Do not acquiesce.

And over time fear will morph into the size of an ant that is flicked off your shoulder.

And you, You can get on with living.

Walking in Spiritual Authority

A favorite place on Mayne Island BC - July 2012One of the things I am busy working at is CCI’s course, Walking in Spiritual Authority.

Module One is in full swing with a full class of students.

Capturing Courage’ Spiritual Authority course is for those who want to do more with their lives for God and for others. It is for those serious about leveraging all of who they are for The King, the Kingdom of God and for people; the great loves of the King’s heart.

Your particular gift set, your experiences, your story, and your unique personality are perfectly matched with the needs of this day and age. Learn how to completely settle into your own life and then into how to give it away.

Your life is currency. How might you invest it? Learn how to express it.

This course will take you from uncertainty and fear to greater levels of courage and boldness in both your personal walk with the Lord and as that translates in this world.

An advanced conversation, Spiritual Authority is comprised of three modules, with each module spanning a two month period. With monthly group encounters alongside personal study this course will give you solid spiritual tools, practical application and new understandings that will harness your best.

Module One: The King’s Heart & Understanding Authority

The entire conversation about spiritual authority must solidly reside within the context of the Kingdom of God and the work of Jesus Christ. In Module One: The King’s Heart we dig deep into the character of God and how everything about who we are can reside within the light of Christ.

  • the King’s heart | the Kingdom of God | Lex Rex | becoming indispensable | value and worth | fullness of God | process | alignment | shining | ambassador of God | sowing and reaping | judgments | intimacy | strength | influence | transparent | safe | bold

In our humanity our understanding of authority is often skewed and misrepresented. Not only have we been hurt by authority in the past, but many of us shrink from authority. In this we leave our legacy of co-regents in the Kingdom of God aside. It’s time to unpack Godly authority and take it on for ourselves.

  • overview of authority | natural authority | positional authority | specific authority | cautions about authority | church authority | spiritual authority | growth | experience | authority gone bad | transformation | anointing | mantles | assignments

Module Two: At the Cross & Leadership

The chaff of our lives must be brought to the cross. Anything that leaves us compromised or weak must have the breath of the Spirit breathed through. The concern with self must be surrendered, with spiritual disciplines taking its place. We steep ourselves in love, holiness, and the covering of Christ.

  • ego | humility | compassion | empathy | emotional health | heart | spirit | discipline | mastery | all about God | spiritual authority resume | prayer | faithfulness | obedience | holiness | permission | cooperation | vision | calling | character development

We will be surprised to find that the Biblical perspective of leadership is far different than we suppose. Not only is it more powerful than we ever imagined it actually will require of us more than anything we ever thought. Stepping up to the plate is the opportunity of our lifetime and a gift to our age.

  • leadership and healing | people | spiritual arrogance | timing | advanced in the kingdom | the second witness | declaration | spaces | spiritual assignment | staying true | brokenness | levels of authority | how big is your sword | bearing witness | words | action | body of Christ

Module Three: Spiritual Authority & Moving Forward

It is in losing our life that we find it. And here in Spiritual Authority we begin to bring all of the prior lessons into a practical grid by which we do life. Under the radar and hidden in the light of Christ has us experiencing and making a difference in our own lives and in this world.

  • war | taking the land | our Lord Jesus Christ | respect for the enemy | birthing authority | expressions | thresholds | heart | will | risk | human | discernment | wisdom | language | cleansing | holiness | presence | markers | no renegades allowed | freedom

We are better together. Move Forward has us settling into the best of each other. In the community of the body of Christ we find a culture of strength and empowerment. We find our impact here and now stretches forward beyond time.

  • answerable to God | who’s on the bus | ministry | how big is your God | fear | support system | persecution | strength needs support | in the game | your team | four pillars | falling | open lives | for the church | transitions | spiritual freedoms | binding | claiming | sealing | eternity