Sunday, 18 February 2018

God is modernising the building!

Out with the Old, In with the New.

Currently at the moment Te Rapa Swimming Pools are going through a restructuring and while they are going through it, some of the main pools are shut down unable to be used while other outside pools have been heated up a little, so they can be used while the work is going on.  It will be messy as builder’s work on what needs to happen in order for the pools to be more accessible and useable for the future. But in the end the change will be worth it.

This too I believe is what is happening in the Body of Christ.
There is a restructuring going on.  God is updating the building (which is us, we are His temple), modernising how things need to be done, old solid foundation structures are being taken down and being replaced with more modern structures.  However within the foundation structures of the old, there is gold that was always there but had been lost or forgotten about, that will once again be uncovered and admired. 

In this process of change, sometimes we feel a little lost, a little disconnected as we are unsure of what is going on, uncertain of the future and we are trying to find our way back to the familiar of what we know.   There is a call to be patient in the process of change and allow God to go deeper, to unravel us as our dependency has been on what we know and are familiar with and yet things are changing, and they are changing for the better.
Like waiting at a train station at night time in winter to get home and your train has not yet come in and you are waiting for it and there are people going in all directions and the hour feels like it is getting later, but you are still waiting.  Rest assured you will find your way to where the Lord would have you be in time, just be patient.

So I encourage you if you are feeling a little lost and uncertain at the moment, this is just a part of the change that we are in at the moment in the body of Christ as God is wanting to shift and change structures in each one of us, that have been held and a part of us for so long.  Like big concrete walls and in the taking down of those structures in our lives there is gold that has been hidden away unseen for so long that will be once again found.

Matt 5:36
He told them this parable: "No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one.  Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment and the patch from the new will not match the old.  And no one pours new wine into old wineskins.  Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.  No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, 'The old is better'."

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

There is an army rising up!

Are you struggling in your family?  Are you struggling with people in the body of Christ?  Keep going in love and you will see the breakthroughs you long for.

Over the past few months the Lord has been showing me some scenes where the enemy has been trying to attack and destroy families, and so I believe it is a time where we need to be alert of the devils schemes and counter attack with the truth and the love of God.   Three areas we ourselves as a ministry are currently contenting for breakthrough in are:
1.  the unity of the body of Christ, 
2.  for whole families to come to Christ
3.  for mental health issues to be overcome
.... and so of course the enemy wants to come and try and destroy in whatever way He can within churches, within families, in individuals and so I/we need to be alert to the schemes of the enemy.  Romans 12:21  "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

One vision I share with you I had before Christmas.  I had this vision that was quite horrific as I watched a brother deceive and then murder his brother, I saw evil animals around the house and it was really quite a scene as I watched the murder without remorse, taking place.  As I was trying to take others out of there into a place of safety we were pursued by an army of demonic angels on horses trying to attack and come after us as we ran off the property for our lives.  As we were running I turned and saw that through the blackness of the clouds, the mass of demonic angels on horses coming after us, suddenly there was like a parting of the seas and an army of white angels on white horses came and cleared the path and lifted us up and into safety.

For me, the murder I saw happening can be both in our natural families and I believe also in the church of God, not necessarily in the physical but in the spiritual, in our hearts.

Another vision I saw was that as I shared testimony to other christians, the weakness in them suddenly overtook them and they tried to kill me.  Those weaknesses could be things like jealousy, comparison etc. and when they come up in us we then turn and hate our brother or sister that we are comparing or jealous with instead of rejoicing with those who rejoice.

So from this vision there were two things:
  1. Firstly we cannot say we love God and hate our brother or sister. 
  • John 3:14  "We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers.  The one who does not love remains in death.  Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him".
  • 1 John 4:20  "Whoever claims to love God, yet hates a brother or sister is a liar.  For whoever does not love their brother and sister whom they have seen cannot love God whom they have not seen."
  • Matt 10:36  "A man's enemies will be the members of his own household.  Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me..."

  1. There is an army rising up and we do not need to fear as the Lord will lift us up out of the situations that we may find ourselves in. 
  • Psalm 18 v3  "I called to the Lord, who is worth of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.....
    v9  "He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.
    He mounted the cherubim and flew;he soared on the wings of the wind.
    He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him - the dark rain clouds of the sky.
    Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning.
    The Lord thundered from heaven, the voice of the Most High resounded.
    He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bots of lightning he routed them.
    The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, Lord at the blast of breath from your nostrils.
    He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
    He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
    They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support.
    He brought me out into a spacious place, he rescued me because he delighted in me.
    v11 " There is an army rising up!
For many of us we are confronted with the enemy in various ways and sometimes that is by those closest to us.  But we need to remember our fight isn't against flesh and blood, but against spiritual principalities.  Our war isn't with the people, its with the powers of darkness.
We need to be a people who are quick to forgive, to release the Love of God into situations, the mercy of God, the grace of God.  Its easy to continue to be hurt and walk away, its harder to forgive those who hurt you and continue to walk in relationship with them.

How do we do this?  Praise is like a weapon for us.  Praise starts to see things from God's perspective.  Praise turns our focus back from the situations that are occurring and back to God where we see our God who is more than able to defend us, to protect us, to justify us, when we cannot do it ourselves.  Praise is where we remember that God rends the heavens and comes to our aid.

So I encourage you to be alert at this time and to use the weapons the Lord has already given us.  To be strong and courageous and to not be afraid or be overcome by evil and to see our families or those people who may hurt us through the Lords eyes.  Hurt people hurt people, so chances are those people who are hurting you are actually just hurt people and need the love and healing that you have to give them.

Isaiah 35:3,5  
"Strengthen the feeble hands, 
Steady the knees that give way, say to those with fearful hearts.
Be strong, do not fear, your God will come,

 "Then the eyes of the blind will be open and the ears of the deaf unstopped
Then the lame will leap like a deer and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert
The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs...."

Sunday, 4 February 2018

A prayer of blessing from me to you

I was reading this this morning and felt like it was a blessing to pray over people so here goes - consider it a prayer from me to you - May you be blessed!
Psalm 20
May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
May the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion.
May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings.
May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the Lord grant all your requests.
Now this I know.
The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,
but we rise up and stand firm.
Lord, give victory to the king!
Answer us when we call!

Saturday, 13 January 2018

A word in season

I was in my garden the other day cleaning up after the storm that came through and my persimmon tree had lost many of its buds leaving less on the tree.   I felt the Lord say to me that the fruit that fell off needed to go as it was too burdensome, too heavy and the tree would not have coped if all had stayed on the tree.
The buds that were left was just the right amount in order for those that were left to be fully developed and bear good healthy fruit.

If you have been going through some storms lately you are not alone.  The storms challenge and shift things in a way that may leave you questioning what is going on, but there are things in our lives that need to go for our benefit.   The storms reveal our foundations, what we are holding onto and where our hope lies.  The storms remind us of our first love and the call to return to our first love - that being Jesus.  Rev 2:5  

I believe the Lord is removing those things in our lives that are or will be a burden, those things that weigh us down and actually don't benefit us in the long run.  His yoke is easy, His burden light and the Lord would say to you   "Let me take these things from you.  Don't hold on to them, they will weigh you down in this new season I have for you that is going to be highly fruitful.  I have much to show you and much to share with you, but if you continue to grieve for the loss, you will miss out on the exciting new things I have for you."

May you be blessed and fruitful in this new season the Lord has for you.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Kirsty's Testimony

Kirsty Gerlach is an amazing woman who recently got diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.
She shares her testimony with us and it will challenge and inspire you and lead you to Jesus.
Please take the time to listen to her story.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

The fires too hot!

Sometimes the things we go through we think aren't God, and whether they are or not God, God uses everything for our good, (if we allow it). And often we are tempted to walk out or walk away from God and His people in the process when things become too tough.  We don't know how to handle it, we think all sorts of things that don't line up with the bible, with truth, we question, we doubt, we blame, whatever it is that is being challenged in our life when it becomes too hard, we are often tempted to quit or to walk away from the situation/s that is/are causing pain.  I know I have several times spat the dummy so to speak, in my marriage, in my church, with my daughter, in relationships, when I have wanted to quit and walk away.  But thankfully the Lord holds me, I have my bad day and then something will come that will encourage me to keep going.  A word in season, someone encouraging me, a reminder of the good things, whatever it is there is often something that will come to help me keep going.  I have found there is always enough grace for the day, maybe not for tomorrow - yet - but for today, for the next minute, the next hour.  Like bread being baked in the oven, if the bread came out half way through it wouldn't be complete and it would be uneatable. So I encourage you to not give up but keep going in the Lord.  
1 Peter 1:6,7 says;
"In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer various trials, so that the authenticity of your faith—more precious than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ."

Oh Lord help us to walk through the fire so that the testing of our faith may prove genuine resulting in praise and glory to you.  Give us your grace and your strength for today and whatever situations may arise today.  Thank you Lord.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Today's complacency will lead to tomorrows captivity

While Jim & I were in bible college training to go on to the mission field, one thing we learnt was that we needed to be continual learners.  And over time I have found if I am not learning, if I am not growing in the Lord in some area of my life, then more than likely I have stepped into a place of pride without even realising it or have become 'comfortable' and content with where things are at.

To be a continual learner is to position yourself that you are continually growing, being challenged in your thinking, perhaps being called to step out in something you have never done before that you know God is speaking to you about.  It's a place of questioning yourselves "why am I not seeing what I believe for yet?" in the Lord, those promises perhaps that He has already spoken about, and then stepping into them in faith trusting that God will lead the way.

Samuel Rodriguez say's "Today's complacency will lead to tomorrows captivity."

I have found this statement to be true in my life, the things I have become complacent in are the things that hinder me or hold me back from stepping out in the other things that the Lord has yet for me to take hold of in Him.
For example for me the Lord has been talking to me for several years about writing books, I have had many confirming words that I should be stepping into it and that it would provide funds for us and yet I don't know how to do it or seem to find the time to do it.  We daily still struggle for finances while in ministry and yet God has shown a way in which finances can come.  So I somehow need to make the time, find the people who can help me step into this arena by faith, gain the wisdom and understanding, stop being complacent and putting it as less a priority than everything else and then we might see the situation change in our finances.

Prov 3:13  "Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding."  Often there are things we don't know what to do or how to do it, but there is wisdom and understanding all around us, in people who have done it before, in the word of God, in studying, whatever it may be, step out and find the wisdom that helps you.
Prov 1:23-33 "For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them, but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."
If I become complacent and do nothing about what the Lord may be speaking to me about then we shouldn't be complaining when our situations don't change.

I believe God is wanting us to step out of the comfortable boxes we are familiar with, whatever they may be and surrender ourselves to him and what He is saying trusting that He will lead the way as we step out in faith.  So I encourage you, don't let todays complacency be tomorrow's captivity, be a continual learner in the Lord.