April 29, 2012 § Leave a comment
‘Oh my gosh’.
This week has been a very powerful and awe-inspiring week.
At our church we are doing 40 Days of Purpose, using the book ‘The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren
Pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California. It is an extremely powerful book if any individual is prepared to open their heart to what God wants for them.
Personally, although I have always loved Jesus, I was not a practicing Christian for forty years. During this time I was always aware of God and what He thought about me and the things and situations that I got myself into.
Being involved in this six-week course, although just in the first week, has already shown me that what I have already learnt from the book and had my eyes opened to was already instilled within me. The only reason I did not realise this was because my eyes were closed to it and also my ears. However, my heart was still with the Lord, and I had learnt a lot about how I should allow my life to be organised by God without even knowing it. Rick Warren tells on the very first page of his book that God had planned the moment that I picked up the book to start the course.
In Ephesians 1:11 we can read that it is in Christ that we find out who we are, and what we are living for.
It struck me on that first page, that God knew before He created the world that I would read this book, do this six-week course and be touched by the fact that He chose me because He knew I would honour Him, Love Him and glorify Him. At this time my own great great-grandfathers great great-grandfather had not even been born. How special does that make me feel. For God to want me Robert Russell to worship Him in all my ways truly is an exceptional honour. For God is the ‘King of Kings’, ‘Lord of Lords’, the ‘I am’ the ‘Alfa and Omega’ He chose me Just as He chose you. Why would I not want to worship Him in all my ways, glorify Him in all my ways, consult Him in everything I do, and Love Him unconditionally.
Page nine is headed ‘A Journey With Purpose’, I am not even looking at the first chapter yet, just a page that tells me how to get the best from this book. But God had already pre-wired me with a predetermined time, after Rick Warren had written the book ‘The Purpose Driven Life’. God knew that the book would awaken within me something that He had put there before the creation of the world.
Within the Forty Days of Purpose course, small focus groups have been set up. I myself attend two because I knew before we started the course that I just had to get this teaching rooted deep within me. Both of the sessions that I have now attended once, have been so powerful in their own way and I have no reason to believe that the power within the groups will not grow and grow and grow. Getting to know others that you have seen around for many years but not really spoken to is in itself a wonderful experience, and the subjects that come up within the focus group are a learning curve for many I am sure.
This morning 29th April 2012 saw our first church service while the course has been going. The worship was taken to another level, by our wonderful worship team, and the congregation was so on fire as was our Pastor as always. Truly the Holy Spirit was there as there was a sweet scent in the air.
This may seem a little far-fetched and beyond understanding for many, but there will also be many of you in Gods kingdom and some that do not know him yet, that will also understand this completely. I give praise and thanks to God for that. As you can see, this journey will have a great purpose and a powerful one it will be, of that I have no doubt.
I will over the next six weeks be looking at this from my perspective and sharing my thoughts with you. I greatly look forward to what God is going to reveal during the next week, and pray that He will touch the hearts of many.
Meanwhile, be good – you know you should, and if you tried you know you could.
February 26, 2012 § Leave a comment
Another week gone by, where does the time go to. I used to think when I was younger that older people sometimes spoke a lot of rubbish, especially with some of the old wives tales that used to be prevalent at that time. I remember hearing many times the words, time goes much faster when you get older, so make the most of your time while you are young.
I used to get fed up with time when I was young, sometimes a week would seem like a lifetime. Funny how things change. Now I wish there were more hours in a day, more days in a week and that the weekends were longer.
Because time seems to pass by so quickly makes me think did I, or do we do things the right way. This brings me to my blog update for the next few weeks. Having recently written an autobiography called ‘The Right Way’ I have decided to examine different sections of the book. To look at what could have happened if I had done things differently. What do I really mean by ‘The Right Way’ and is the right way the correct way.
Join in with me as the weeks progress, leave a comment, do you agree or disagree.
Week 4, Blog 4 ‘The Right Way’
So is ‘The Right Way’ right or wrong. In a nutshell it depends on what you want out of life. Do you want a good life, one which is full of love, happiness, joy and salvation then yes it is the right way. On the other hand if you enjoy torment, vulnerability, uncertainty and sadness. The idea of being used to hurt and deceive others, then yes this may be the right way for you. But it is the wrong way to go.
I can say the above through experience in many areas of life which are open to us if we do not want to follow Jesus.
Let me delve further into my younger years as mentioned in my book ‘The Right Way’. The amniotic membrane that was over my head is said to have spiritual significance when birthed in that way. If it did or not I had no idea and it has meant absolutely nothing to me for the last fifty nine years. Now though two and a half years after writing ‘The Right Way’ I have had time to reflect on what I wrote and of course what has happened since. It makes me wonder where I would have been if I had followed the correct path that God had planned for my life all that time. For me I know now that things could have been very different spiritually, I would not have been in some of the dark situations that I have encountered from time to time.
I cannot say with any certainty what would have happened in my life for only God knows that answer. All I can say is that I am at this moment in my life very happy, content, a work in progress where the Lord is concerned but I know I am going ‘The Right Way’
What about the other way, what could have happened. Well, for a start if things had carried on where motoring convictions were concerned I would have probably have ended up in prison. Married women, if that had carried on I would not like to think what may have happened. I was once threatened with having my throat cut from one ear to the other just for talking to a man’s wife and someone else getting the wrong idea and talking out of turn.
That episode in itself taught me to mind my own business, it didn’t make any difference at the time but I did know. The incident with the coach, if the Lord had not had His hand on my life and my foot had just squeezed a further two MPH out of the engine I could well have been looking at a very long manslaughter sentence. Now is any of this what a well balanced person want for there life, the answer is no and because we would be off balance with our weight of sin brought about by allowing the enemy to be in charge of our lives.
Although I have had visions and revelations over the past six years that I have been back with the Lord, some of the visions over the last two and a half years have been really breath taking. In the main they are to do with the growth of our church but at times they are for an individual within our home connect group. I even get visions for my wife which just cements for me what God laid on my heart when we first met, that we really are soul mates.
Join me next week when I will expand on another section of my book ‘The Right Way’
Meanwhile, stay good-you know you should, and if you tried you know you could.