Archive for October, 2009

One More Soul!

Posted in ministry, mission with tags , , on October 31, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

3022115992_af35d631ceA wealthy businessman was once asked, “How much money is enough?” The businessman responded, “One more dollar”. A person may ask, “How many souls are enough?” The answer is, “One more soul”.

It is so important that we never lose sight of why we do all that we do as Christians, ministers and members of the Church. We must never forget the value of a person’s life. It’s too easy in life to get sidetracked by lesser priorities and become cynical about people and circumstances. But the value of a person’s life can never be taken for granted.

How are you doing in this area? Have you become weary in the battle for souls? Have you been down so long in the trenches that you’ve mistaken the edge of your rut for the horizon? Don’t forget why God called you in the first place. It wasn’t about you, it was about others. Why? Because Jesus Christ came to seek and save the lost and that’s what’s most important.

We become weary in well doing when we forget why we’re doing good in the first place (Gal 6:9). Lift your vision off yourself and your circumstances and remember why you are doing what you are doing. More favorable opportunities will come and go but the lives God has called you to impact, you will be held accountable for. I read a scary verse in Romans 14:12 this morning, which said, “So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.”

You and I are going to have to give an account of ourselves to God. God will hold us accountable for what we did out of what he asked us to do. Don’t take this lightly. There are people God has appointed unto salvation which he has called you to minister to and I would encourage you to refocus yourself, renew your sense of calling and go after that one more soul cause that one more soul matters to God.

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No Drive Thru Breakthroughs!

Posted in attitude, faith with tags on October 30, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

582762593_5da3dc47541 Chronicles 14:10-11 “And David inquired of God, ‘Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand?’ And the Lord said to him, ‘Go up, and I will give them into your hand.’ And he went up to Baal-perazim, and David struck them down there. And David said, ‘God has broken through my enemies like a bursting-flood.’ Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim.”

Many of you right now are seeking God for a breakthrough in some area of your life and ministry. It could be in your marriage, your ministry, your finances or in your relationships. You are believing God for something special to happen and you are desperate for a breakthrough.

King david faced opposition to his recent appointment as King of Israel and he needed a breakthrough. In response to David’s faith, God worked so amazingly that David named the place of his victory, “Baal-perazim”. The name means ‘Lord of the Breakthrough’. 

Our God is God of the breakthrough. Throughout history God has broken through severe opposition and insurmountable odds to answer prayers and change lives. Too often we give up too soon and miss the breakthrough God was bringing our way. Unfortunately we too often fail to play our part in the breakthrough we are believing for. In our instant society we expect instant results even when it comes to the breakthrough we are believing for but I need to tell you there are no drive thru breakthroughs.

You can’t order a breakthrough like you would order a Big MAC at McDonalds drive thru. Breakthrough doesn’t work like that. Like David we should inquire of God whether the breakthrough we’re believing for is actually what he wants. You might be surprised at his answer. Secondly, we need to obey whatever God asks us to do. No breakthrough is possible apart from strict obedience to God’s Word. Thirdly, we must be prepared to fight for the breakthrough. Breakthrough doesn’t come without a fight and lastly we must always give glory to God for the breakthrough and not forget that He is the Lord of the Breakthrough.

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It’s the LITTLE things that make a BIG difference!

Posted in attitude, Leadership, Spirituality with tags , , on October 29, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

2532645721_8514af4275The Song of Solomon 2:15 “Catch the little foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for 0ur vineyards are in blossom.”

We often mistake the BIG things in life for making the BIGGEST difference in life but the reality is LIFE is the accumulation of little things – little decisions, little thoughts, little compromises, little steps of faith…. LITTLE!

What we think about is a little thing that makes a big difference. Little thoughts lead to little words which lead to little actions which lead to little habits which end up having MASSIVE consequences.

How we greet people is a little thing that makes a big difference. Greeting people with grace and confidence starts a relationship with someone in the right way. Our interactions with people speak volumes about who we are and what we value.

The little compromises we make today end up having big consequences long term. The glance at a woman that turns into a stare. The negative thought that turns into a cynical attitude. Disobeying God in one area of our lives leads to disobedience in several areas of our lives.

What ‘little foxes’ are you allowing to spoil your vineyard? Identify them and in the grace that God provides, shoot them by His Word because it’s the little things that make a BIG difference.

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Crossing Over!

Posted in church, Leadership, ministry with tags , on October 28, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

2607928641_985659d54cOver the last week the Lord has led me to study the first 6 chapters of the Book of Joshua. I am very familiar with this book as it is one of my favourite books of the Bible and yet God has revealed some new things to me through it. Out of the first 6 chapters of Joshua God has shown me 10 Keys to ‘Crossing Over’. I believe these 10 keys are important for any leader or church wanting to cross over into the fulness of God’s promises. (Several years ago I read Paul Scanlon’s book ‘Crossing Over’ but the following insights aren’t a reflection of Scanlon’s work in any way). 

Read Joshua 1-6 for a thorough explanation of the following keys:

  1. Crossing over begins with you (1:1-9) – If you don’t cross over personally, no one you lead will.
  2. Crossing over requires practical preparation (1:10-11) – Practical considerations have to be made regarding resources, systems, structures, etc…
  3. Crossing over requires clear vision (2:1) – Without clear vision you won’t know what you are crossing over into.
  4. Crossing over requires spiritual consecration (3:5) – If you don’t set yourself apart spiritually through prayer and fasting, you will not be strong enough to cross over.
  5. Crossing over requires following the leading of the Holy Spirit (3:3-4) – Like Israel, we must follow the Ark of the Covenant (God’s presence) because we haven’t been this way before.
  6. Crossing over will always involve a step of faith into the miracle zone (3:15-16) – You cannot cross over without taking a step of faith. God will always reward faith with miraculous intervention.
  7. Crossing over requires you to not forget what God has done for you (4:5-7) – You must remember to celebrate and pass onto the coming generations what God has done for you.
  8. Crossing over requires your flesh to be cut off (5:2;9) – Like Israel, our flesh must be cut off and our hearts circumcised.
  9. Crossing over will always involve a battle (5:13-14) – When God shows up with a sword in his hand , just know you are about to face a battle.
  10. Crossing over will require you to do things that don’t make sense (6:3-5) – God’s ways are higher than our ways and God will use unconventional means to secure victory for us. My recommendation is just obey.

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Whose HOUSE are you building?

Posted in church, Leadership, ministry on October 27, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

2099063930_df0aa6d3d0Psalm 127:1-2 “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.”

Whose house are you building? Are you building your house or are you building God’s house? One of the scariest places to be is building something you think God is in but later discover he isn’t in it. I’ve discovered God will let you build your dream but if he isn’t the author of it, you won’t have his blessing upon your life. I believe that one expression of God’s wrath upon us is for Him to leave us alone in our building efforts. It’s a scary place to be.

Jesus didn’t say, “I will build your ministry.” He said, “I will build my Church.” God only builds his Church, not everyone’s individual ministries, businesses or organisations. One of my constant prayers is to ask God to include me in his church building efforts because i don’t want to be on the outer but in the inner circle of what God is doing on the earth.

Our labour is in vain when we build with anxiety. Our labour is in vain when we build at the expense of the health of our body, mind and spirit. Our labour is in vain when we are not working under the instructions of the Spirit. Our job is to build what God is building and if we do, our labour will not be in vain

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Don’t mistake your pain for your promise!

Posted in faith, ministry with tags , , on October 26, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

3770740322_0df97e8425Genesis 17:17-19 “Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” And Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before you!” God said, “No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him.”

It’s so easy to mistake your pain for your promise. What do I mean by this statement? Abraham tried to help God do his job by sleeping with Hagar (Sarah’s servant) to conceive the promised child of God. In this dialogue with God, Abraham tries to put Ishmael before God as the promised child but God refused Ishmael and said, “No, Isaac is the promised child and he will have my blessing and favour upon him.” 

Ishmael represents what is birthed out of the pain of not seeing the promise realised in your life but Isaac represents what is birthed out of faith in God’s promises and purposes for your life. There’s a massive difference between the two, even though they may look similar, they are worlds apart. How many of us have attempted to quicken God’s plans for us by birthing in the flesh what can only be brought about by the Spirit?

Too often we settle for less than God’s best because we are impatient and hasty. We begin to think that God has forgotten about us and so we birth an Ishmael out of our pain, mistaking it for the promise but it’s actually very far away from what God has originally intended for us. Birthing the promises of God in your life is challenging because it requires incredible faith and dependance on God. It generally takes longer than what we are prepared to handle but we must remember Abraham’s story – God’s promises are worth waiting for!

Don’t mistake your pain for your promise. If you are in a season of pain at the moment, that is not God’s promise for you. Hold on the promise is coming. If you are tempted to birth an Ishmael, run for your life. Ishmael is not Isaac and your entire future will be affected by any hasty decision. If you have birthed an Ishmael and now you are living with the consequences of your painful decision, humble yourself and repent of your sin. Wait for God and his promises for your life. Keep believing and remember don’t mistake your pain for your promise!

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Hear Clearly and Obey Boldly!

Posted in faith, Intimacy with God, Leadership, ministry with tags , , on October 25, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Hear and Obey

Hear and Obey

1 Samuel 15:22-23 “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you from being king.”

The unifying theme of my personal life journey has been “Hear God clearly and obey God boldly… whatever the cost”. I have always heard the voice of God clearly for my life but haven’t always wanted to obey what I knew God was asking me to do. Why? Because sometimes I knew it would cost me something to obey and other times I just didn’t believe that God had my best interests at heart.

A few weeks back I was going for a long walk contemplating what the key to growth in life and ministry is. The Holy Spirit spoke to me a profound word in my heart and I want to share it with you. He said, “Pastors are always looking for the key to unlock growth in their ministry but there is no such key other than hear me clearly and obey me boldly whatever the cost. The key to life and ministry is intimacy with me and obedience to me.” Intimacy and obedience to God constitutes relationship with God and the fruitfulness of God takes care of itself.

Before you read another book, attend another seminar or go to another mentoring session, pay the price to hear God’s voice and have the courage to do what he tells you to do. This is what relationship with Jesus at it’s core looks like. This is discipleship.

Jesus said, “The Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing” (Jn 5:19-20). Jesus is the Son of God and yet he was totally dependent upon the leadership of the Father for his life and ministry. He didn’t obey because he was trying to get “things” from the Father but he was obeying because he loved the Father with all his heart and so should we in light of who God is and what he has done for us.

My entire life from getting married to planting Activate church and having our 3rd child Joshua has been directed and led by the Holy Spirit. When God leads you and you obey, there is great joy and fruitfulness in your life, even when God asks you to do something that’s difficult. The pay off is worth it. Hear clearly and obey boldly, it’s the only way to live.

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