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Reinvent Intimacy!

Posted in Intimacy with God with tags , , , , on June 17, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

I sat on a panel at a leaders conference recently and answered questions with other speakers. One of the questions centered on hearing God’s voice. I shared with them the importance of reinventing your intimacy with God in different seasons of your life.

Anyone who connects with God on a regular basis needs to freshen up their approach to intimacy with God. We can easily get stale and settle into a comfortable routine that steals the joy from relationship with God. In different seasons, different approaches should be tried.

For me personally I have gone through seasons of going for long walks and conversing with God. I’ve listened to certain teachers and preachers on podcast talking about a subject that I am working through in that moment. I’ve prayed and fasted. I’ve just read Scripture. I’ve listened to worship music or other types of music that challenged me about what I think about God.

You need to be prepared to reinvent your intimacy with God from time to time. For some of you walking on the beach or going on long drives in the country or being out in nature bring you closer to God. Doing something creative, painting, drawing or creating music brings you closer to God. Whatever it is, do it and do it regularly.

What undergirds all of our intimacy with God are the Scriptures. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, rebuke, correction and for training in righteousness that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”

Some of us are seeking God’s voice everywhere else except the Scriptures. God has given us His logos (written) word and most of what God wants to say to you he has revealed in and through His Word. If you posture yourself in the Scriptures, God’s rhema (inspired) word will speak to you and give you wisdom and insight for your life. Those who know the Scriptures aren’t ignorant of the truth and cannot be distracted by lies and false teaching. Study the Word!

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Nothing More Important!

Posted in Intimacy with God, Spirituality with tags , , , on February 12, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Ps 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.”

There is no more important priority than sitting at Jesus feet and spending time communicating with him.

We so easily prioritize everything other than the one thing that brings everything else into alignment. Spending time with Jesus strengthens your body. When you feel like your strength has been sapped and your bones are weary and tired with exhaustion, God’s presence refreshes you and strengthens you.

When you need direction and guidance, God’s Word clears the fog away and illuminates the right decision and and the right path before you. When you need wisdom in handling a difficult situation, God’s Spirit will counsel you and give you a clear solution. When your life feels cluttered and you are overwhelmed by the responsibilities you have, God’s peace will guard your heart and mind and enable you to think clearly about your life. When you feel empty in your spirit, God’s Word will feed you and satisfy your thirst.

Why are you so busy doing everything else other than the one thing that makes sense out of life? Crawl back into the closet and spend time with Jesus. He calls your name today and says, “Be still and know that I am God.”

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Importance of SOLITUDE!

Posted in global issues, Leadership, ministry, purpose, Spirituality, Stress management with tags , , , , , , on March 17, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

One of the most underrated habits in our busy lifestyles is solitude. I am a big believer in the principle that says, before you can effectively lead others, you need to lead yourself. Solitude is one of the ways we lead ourselves so that we can be far more effective in our relationships and tasks.

The habit of solitude is being completely alone with God away from all human contact for extended periods of time. It is counter-cultural and challenging to our contemporary way of life with mobiles, computers, TV, music, radio, kids, school, friends, travel, work, church, etc… BUT it is necessary and needed. Solitude is being refeshed and restored by the natural rhythms of life and taking time to listen to the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus modeled solitude throughout his earthly ministry. Before starting his ministry Jesus spent 40days in the wilderness praying and fasting. Before Jesus selected his disciples, he spent the night alone in prayer. When Jesus received the news about John the Baptist, he withdrew in a boat to a secluded place to be alone. After ministering to over 5,000 people and moving in signs and wonders Jesus retreated to the hills to be by himself.

Success, the roar of the crowd, demands and urgent tasks can be intoxicating to our sense of self-worth but if we are to live for the audience of 1 and stay on mission for our entire lives we need to schedule time into our lives to be quiet and still before God.

Your best creativity won’t be realised in times of stress and conflict. Your best creativity will be expressed out of times of reflection, stillness and meditative thinking. In other words solitude is the master key to living life to the fullest. You can only pull out of the well what you have put in there. You can’t spend your time with everyone and expect to continually be a blessing to them. The axe (being you) grows dull without constant sharpening. Solitude with God sharpens you up and prepares you for a greater contribution to the world.

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Spirit-led leadership

Posted in Leadership, Spirituality with tags , , , , on March 5, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

John 10:27 says, “My sheep hear my voice, and i know them, and they follow me.”

We need to rediscover a fresh, spontaneous and dynamic relationship with Jesus. Especially if we are to lead others effectively. Recently, i have felt stale spiritually and tired physically and emotionally. Not a great place to lead from. You can only draw out of the well what is in there and when you feel empty inside, it’s difficult to give out and lead others.

I have just climbed out of the rut of staleness. How did i do it? I stopped trying to solve life and ministry issues by myself and returned to asking God one simple question: “How do i live this life?” He answered with “Get up tomorrow morning at 5am with nothing more than your bible and an open heart and I will show you how. Don’t bring your books, formulas or scripture reading guide, just yourself and an open heart.”

My encounter with God that morning was one of the most seminal and life defining i have ever had. Why? Because i re-discovered my friendship with God and what it means to live a SPIRIT-led life not a SELF-led life or a ROUTINE-led life. Stop searching for truth out there, it’s only found in Spirit-led relationship with Jesus. Stop leading only by experience, human intellect, knowledge or people’s advice but re-discover your own personal, spontaneous and dynamic adventure with God.

Today shouldn’t be the same as yesterday if you are journeying with God unless, that’s what God wants. It’s what God wants for you each and everyday that we need to come to him for. Don’t box your day, relationships and ministry up into certain categories that you’ve self-determined. Get up and get with God for your daily instructions and up to date downloads from the throne room of God’s presence. 

Come with an open heart and an open bible and let God do the rest.

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