Tuesday, 10 October 2017

patient in affliction

This morning in prayer the words "Patient in affliction" came from the Holy Spirit.

Patience is something a long time ago I asked that the Holy Spirit would teach me and the way He has seemed to have done this is through affliction, through trials and testing of my faith, through learning to love people even when rejected by them or misunderstood, or persecuted.
But the joy that comes in the growth in the fruit of patience, the 'rest' and 'peace' that comes through learning to be patient in affliction, is one I am thankful for as I start to see an unshakeable faith coming as I learn to trust in the Lord to deal with the issues I can't deal with, to trust in the Lord to work things through and see His hand come into situations and circumstances.

James 1:4 talks about the fruit of patience being one that we will be lacking nothing "perseverance must finish its work in us so that we may be mature and complete, not lacking anything" but that perseverance comes with the cost of learning, to wait, to trust, to entrust, to hope, to continue to believe in spite of where things seems to be at in the moment.

Romans 12:9-13 "Love must be sincere.  Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another in love.  Honour one another above yourselves.  Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  Share with the Lord's people who are in need.  Practice hospitality".......

So I encourage you and myself this morning in the Lord to continue to be patient in affliction, waiting, believing, hoping, trusting in all that the Lord has said he will do knowing that in due season we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Gal 6:9).

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Hesitation often causes accidents

The other day Jim was driving the car and began crossing an intersection then decided he couldn't do it as a car was coming toward him and so he backed back, unfortunately touching the car's number plate behind him as he too had moved forward.

Many of us are stepping out and believe God has spoken, but when things start to come toward us decide to step back into what we think is the place of safety, but in so doing find things have changed and we cannot go back to the place we once were.

Fear often causes us to go back instead of forward and for me in the past when we have stepped up into the new things that we believe the Lord has said, often something will come that will try to intimidate us, make us think we have made the wrong decision, that encourage us to go back the way we were going, but in the Lord we keep going from glory to glory, advancing and not retreating.
It's in the hesitation that those around us may get hurt.

Often when we are unsure of the way forward and we step into trying to work it out logically, reasoning things out in our heads rather than in the spirit, which first prompted us to move originally and when we do this there are many good reasons for not moving into it but which may not be of faith or what the Lord has been saying.

So I encourage you today and I do myself in the Lord daily, I cannot go back the way I came, I press on toward the goal of which Christ has called me, I believe by faith and not receive the doubt and questioning that would like to come in its place.  I choose to believe and move into knowing that God works all things together for good, no matter what it may look like now or come to look like in the future, but trusting in God that He knows the beginning and the end and that He directs my steps.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Soften my heart Lord....I need a miracle.

Those in Egypt who were taken and led out of slavery with Moses and crossed the Red Sea saw the miracles of God, they saw their God working in mighty ways before their very eyes and yet not long from where they saw these things take place, they come into quarrelling and times of testing and in this place they forget the miracles, they forget the bigness of their God and all he can do and has done and they harden their hearts.

Many of us through times of testing, through trials, through believing for things and not yet seeing it happen, find ourselves unintentionally hardening our heart to what we have seen or know that our God can do.  We stop moving in faith in which we first did at the beginning in our relationship with the Lord and we end up living along like all those around us and accepting our states in life and no longer step out in faith on the bigger things in which the Lord has called us to.  Perhaps we have stepped out in faith before and God 'seemingly' didn't come through the way we thought he would, or perhaps we think we heard wrong or for whatever reason we no longer step out the way we once did.
And in this place we have 'hardened our heart' as it says in Psalm 95:7
 "Today, if only you would hear his voice,
Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah 
as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness,
where your ancestors tested me,
they tried me, though they had seen what I did.
(Mariah means quarrelling,   Massah means testing)

Today I believe the Lord wants to soften your heart to believe again, to believe again for the miraculous, to believe again for those dreams and promises He has spoken into your lives, to rise up once again and to step out in them, not in what you can do but remembering who our God is and that He is able to exceedingly and abundantly do more than you think ask or imagine.
Many have become tired and weary through the past year or so but it is a new season, it is a new day and to step out in faith again, not to give up.
Recently I have picked up a book by Rolland Baker called "Keeping the Fire" and he brings out 5 main points which he believes has kept their heart in revival, which through our lives can testify to be true and in these encourage us to put ourselves into a place that will stretch us again, that will put us in a place of dependancy in God again for the miraculous.  His 5 points are:
1.  Find God
2.  Depend on Miracles
3.  Go to the Least
4.  Suffer for Him, if necessary
5.  Rejoice in the Lord.
I encourage you to pick up his book, its a small easy book to read.

Its a new day, lets not rest in our current positions but to keep on pressing in to all that God has for us in Him and for His glory and in so doing you will be encouraged as you see the testimonies come because of the steps of faith that you step out in, it may be talking to your neighbour where God has helped in the past with a similar situation they might be walking through.  But lets arise people and shine, so that the glory of God may be revealed and we will be refreshed and encouraged once again.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Yokes of slavery?

Pondering this morning how easily we put 'yokes' of slavery or burdens upon people in our thinking, in our demands, in our expectations and yet it is a two way giving and receiving that happens - we can place a yoke upon someone but they have to pick it up in order to receive it.
We put yokes of bondages on people when we expect them to do a certain thing, behave a certain way, when we judge them in our hearts, when we decide what is right or wrong and start walking out of 'law'.  It is so easy to do with one another without even realising what we are doing.

Yet on the other side we as individuals have to learn to walk in a place of freedom and like the scripture says in Gal 5 "don't let yourselves be burdened again with a yoke of slavery".  People can put things upon us, but in Christ we are set free, we are not subject any longer to yokes of slavery unless we allow it, unless we receive it.

So individually we all have a part to play -  as a people to try to live in the grace that has been given to us, that we can give that grace to others and not place yokes of burdens on people and allow people to live their own lives in the Lord and in what the Holy Spirit will teach them and for ourselves not to pick up things that are not ours to pick up.

Because of this, I see many christians walking away from other christians because of the various yokes that 'seemingly' and 'mistakenly' get put on one another and yet I believe when we all take responsibility for our parts of giving and receiving yokes, we can all learn to live in freedom in the place the Lord has with those people and love one another as we should, giving and receiving grace and forgiveness, allowing the Lord to change us all on the journey together.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Regret.....Pass on what you have.

This morning I had a dream of a woman who was a warrior, who was well used to going into battles and one day someone gave her a jewel case with some ancient jewels in it, a huge ruby that was set in an intricate gold setting, and other jewels that were beautiful that were being passed down to her and that had originally come from someone before her.
She put them away in a safe place and went out into battle again for it only to be her last battle.

In looking back her regret was that she never told anyone where the jewels were before she went out to battle that she was given and so they were going to be lost and no longer being passed on, hidden forever in history, the beauty of what she had been given lost and of no value.

I believe there is a word in this dream that I saw this morning.
Many of us have fought many battles in the spiritual and natural realm and in that we have received jewels from the Lord through the things we have learnt in those battles and the training of which we have been in.  We have taken from those battles spoils of war, lessons learned, wisdom gained and the things we have taken from those battles have made us beautiful, adorned us with jewelry so to speak.
Isaiah 54:11-12  “I will build you with stones of turquoise, your foundations with sapphires.  I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of sparkling jewels and all your walls of precious stones”.

But the word of warning in this dream is that those things we have gained through those battles is not lost in our death.  That what we have learnt, that the inheritance we have received and been given, is passed on and not lost and for no purpose.
It reminds me of the parable of the talents in Matt 25:14-30 and that the treasure we have received would not be buried unable to be passed on.

In times past it was passed on through stories told to their children, and now through media there are many ways of passing on what we have been given, the spoils of war that we have received, so that it doesn’t get lost.
You could write a blog or a book, sing a song, paint a picture, whatever the media and creativity that the Lord has given you to be able to pass on what he gives you.  It might be simply having a coffee with a friend and sharing what you have learnt.
Whatever the way, I encourage you to consider the inheritance that you have been given in the Lord and through the battles that you have fought and overcome in, that it doesn’t die with you but will be passed on from generation to generation.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Yeah Nah

Reading 2 Cor 1:17 this morning this struck me:
"When I planned this, did I do it lightly?  Or do I make my plans in a worldly manner so that in the same breath I say,  “Yes, yes” and ‘No, no”?
But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No”…....

V20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ.”  And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God."

Are we a people who are constantly making plans lightly and then when our circumstances and situations change then we change accordingly?  
As a people learning to move by the wind of the spirit, what does this look like in respect to the things we say yes to and believe the Holy Spirit has spoken them, but minutes later or perhaps months later, we say the Holy Spirit is no longer in that and move on?
Once upon a time our word was our bond, but these days legal contracts are being drawn up because we can no longer trust a persons word that they will follow through and say and do what they said they would do.   Our Kiwi culture has this saying 'Yeah Nah' as part of its language and humour and yet underneath it all it is undermining our society and the commitment of which we stand behind our yes's and our no's.

One thing that I have learnt in learning to walk in 'freedom' and 'authority' in Christ is that there is greater responsibility that is taken for our actions.   One of those responsibilities is learning to say 'No' and what to say 'Yes' to, so that we do not become 'yoked' to a yoke of slavery.  (Gal 5:1)  Others don't yoke us, we yoke ourselves as we take on things we are not supposed to take on and so learning to say No is a huge part of growing in maturity in Christ.  Also we need to understand the truth behind our 'No' and our 'Yes' because sometimes these come out of simply selfish reasons and not the Lord directing us according to His word.
Matt 5:37 says "Simply let your Yes be Yes and your No be No, anything beyond this comes from the evil one."

We need to be a people who don't make decisions lightly but consult the Holy Spirit in our decision making process and then we can stand firm in faith on the decisions that are made. 2 Cor 1:21 "Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ"

James 1:5  "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.  But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.  That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does."

When we make our decisions and stepping out on those decisions in faith believing and receiving confirmation that this is what we are to do, then we can stand firm in faith believing that God will work everything together for good and we can trust that God has a purpose in it and that He will get the glory for it.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

We are ONE in Christ. Lets LOVE those that are different to me.

Recently I had a dream and in this dream people were embarrassed by me in public and only shared at a surface level not to the level I shared, which was at the heart. And in another scenario others shut me out because I was a women and I prayed differently than they did. It broke my heart the way I was treated and I found myself in tears. 
I share this because I have too often been rejected by people in the body of Christ because of various reasons such as those above. 
People, we are one body, all of the same blood, all needed by the other. We may be different from others, we may not pray the same way as others, but we all love the same Jesus and if we are believing for unity in the body of Christ, we cannot afford to be ashamed of others that may be different to us because we are all Christs representatives on the earth, all showing different faucets and parts of His personality. 
Please lets be a people who love one another wholeheartedly and honour others above ourselves as Christ did, who laid his life down for those who didn't deserve it. It has to stop in the body of Christ. We should be a people who celebrate differences, are blessed by the variety of people that God puts in our lives to learn to love. We are called to be a people that walk in truth, and in love, not in judgement, criticism and shunning our neighbour because they are different to ourselves.