Sunday, 16 March 2014

Don't run - "You are the God sees me."

Recently we have been being challenged as to what it is to be 'family' and that when things arise, when confrontation happens, when offences come, in what ever way, we are so used to 'running' from the issues and not dealing with it.  This sort of thinking comes from an 'orphan' mentality, one in which we don't know that confrontation can be a good thing as it looks at truths that actually set us and others, free.  That in running away from the issue we don't allow God to heal, to restore, to reconcile, to honour, all sorts of issues are not actually dealt with when we run from confrontation, when we run from offences or hurt and we miss out on what could be if we trusted God to deal with our situations.

We have also talked about submitting ourselves to others and what that may look like.  Recently I had a picture of an adult going around and around in a school yard because he would not honour the authority of the school headmaster and that authority was that of a child and he was an adult.  He would not submit to the authority because the headmaster was actually a child.  Scripture talks about that unless we become like little children, we will not enter the kingdom of heaven.  And God has been talking about what it is to submit to authority, whatever authority that may look like.  And until we learn to do this, we will go around and around the school yard of learning, until we learn to do that because it is actually a matter of pride and humility and until we learn lessons of what it is to humble ourselves to others, we will continue to go around and around the same issues.

After talking about and seeing these sorts of issues coming up around me,  Nick from Pirongia Christian Fellowship sent this which I thought was wonderful and I would like to share it as it brings hope in our situations we may be facing so I hope this encourages you as it did me.

He writes from Genesis 16...

God Sees.....

Genesis 16 NLT
6.  Sarai treated Hagar so heartily that she finally ran away.
7.  The angel of the Lord found Hagar beside a spring of water in the wilderness, along the road to Shur. 
8.  The angel said to her, "Hagar, Sarah's servant, where have you come from and where are you going?"
"I'm running away from my mistress, Sarai," she replied.
9.  The angel of the Lord said to her, "Return to your mistress, and submit to her authority.
10. Then he added, "I will give you more descendants than you can count."
11.  And the angel also said, "You are no pregnant and will give birth to a son.  You are to name him Ishmael (which means "God hears"), for the Lord has heard your cry of distress.
12.  This son of yours will be a wild man, as untamed as a wild donkey!  He will raise his fist against everyone, and everyone will be against him.  Yes, he will live in open hostility against all his relatives."
13.  Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the Lord, who had spoken to her.  She said, "You are the God who sees me."  She also said.  "Have I truly seen the One who sees me?"
14. So that well was named Beer-lahai-roi (which means "well of the Living One who sees me").  It can still be found between Kadesh and Bered.

So often we run because we may feel injustice, or wronged, or hurt.  But in that we need to know that God sees and He is the God of justice, He is our redeemer and He works all things together for good for those who love him and are called according to His purpose.  What I loved in this that was sent through from Nick, was that in going back Hagar was blessed with more descendants than she could count.  We often see only our pain of the moment or our injustice and we take it into our own hands and don't entrust ourselves to the Lord for him to come into our situations, but in honouring the Lord, he gives us promises that will be fulfilled more than we dreamed, thought or imagined.  
Be encouraged today that God sees everything and He will honour those who Honour Him and His word.
Check out 1 Peter Chapters 2 and 3 for more on submitting to authorities

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Whats happening in March

God is raising up His bride and we are blessed to announce some local people coming and bringing their gifts to join with the body here on Wednesday night.

We are blessed to have Nicky Moran leading us in worship this week the 12th of February so invite your friends and lets come and enjoy worship together and seeing what the Lord will do!  Now held at 192 Kent Street, Life Church Buildings, Hamilton.  7pm onwards.

The following week the 19th we are blessed to have Tina Bartlett from Cooks Beach joining us to lead worship and Micheal Ball (a local Hamilton man who attends Gateway) sharing what the Lord puts on his heart so looking forward to that as well.

The 26th we are blessed to have Barbara Sawyer leading us again and moving wherever the Lord may take us.

Invite your friends, those who need a touch/encounter with the Lord, those who need refreshing, those who need healing, God loves to heal and touch His people.
Come expectant for God to move in your midst!

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Go in and possess the land!

The Lord has been talking to me this morning through the book of Deuteronomy and some gems I would like to share:
Chapter one Deut 1:6 “You have dwelt long enough at this mountain, turn and take your journey.....” (This\these is/are not the full scripture/s but they are what jumped out and spoke to me)

It is time to turn and take our journey. Many times we go around the same mountains but the Lord says, now turn and take your journey. It is a time of stepping out and into a new place with the Lord. Things are changing and shifting and we cannot continue to stay in the same places that we have been travelling as it is a new day and we have to leave the old behind and move into the new the Lord has for us, even though it may be a little scary as it is not familiar, or we don’t know the way forward, but we need to come to a place of trust in the Lord and move into what He has for us and not continue going around and around the same things that we have been going around and around in.

V8 “See I have set the land before you, go in and possess the land.”
God has got new lands for us to explore and often we like where we are because we don’t know what it is like ‘out there’. New lands can be anything from praying for someone for a healing, it may be sharing your faith with a non-believer, it may be new nations, whatever it may be, it may be leadership, it may be loving an enemy, it may be reconciliation in a relationship.
Sometimes we are waiting for the ‘big dream and vision that we are believing for’ and we miss what is right in front of us that will take us to that big dream in the future.

When I was 20 I flew to England with a friend, but I came from the South Island and had never been to the North Island, but as I was flying from Christchurch we had a stop over in Auckland and we flew in at night in the dark and lights of the city were amazing and yet I had never seen them before. Here I was going to England and I thought sitting in the plane seeing the lights, I should have checked out New Zealand first before I took the massive step I was taking in going to England.
Many times we haven’t explored land that is right at our doorstep in favour of the more ‘adventurous
dreams’ and yet often there are amazing things right in our home country still to be explored.
Lets not be a people that don’t even explore in the spiritual those ‘new lands’ that are there for us to possess because we keep looking further afield and aiming for that big dream and vision the Lord has put on our hearts, and yet miss out on what is still to be gained and gleaned in the lands directly in front of us.

V25 -32 “It is a good land which the Lord our God is giving us. Nevertheless you would not go up, but rebelled against the command of the Lord your God and you complained in your tents” V28 “Where can we go up? Our brethren have discouraged our hearts, saying, The people are greater and taller than we, the cities are great and fortified up to heaven... V29 “Then I said to you, ‘Do not be terrified, or afraid of them. The Lord your God, who goes before you, He will fight for you...”V32 “Yet for all that, you did not believe the Lord your God”.
For whatever reason, even though the promise of the Lord is one that is good, we still don’t go up
because of fear, because of discouragement from the brethren who are afraid themselves, because of
things that have happened in the past.
Yet if we would only trust in the Lord who is the one who fights our battles for us and goes before us, we would see the deliverance of the Lord and see the new lands that are flowing with milk and honey and all things good because the Lord is good. Many times we come across a hurdle that seems impossible to man to cross and it is, but like David who stood in front of Goliath, I don’t need to be afraid. I may be little, I may not have come across whatever it is in the path before, but when I have stepped out in the past and remember the testimonies of how God provided, or how God made a way through like that of Moses in the Red Sea then it builds my faith and courage to step into the new land that the Lord is giving me to possess.

Right at the moment the Lord is leading me more and more into leadership and yet this is not a land I have been in before, this is not a place I know how to walk and it is easy to become discouraged and to become afraid as you listen to brethren that may perhaps not speak as the Lord would speak, as you listen to voices of the enemy in your mind saying to you, "who are you to think you can do this or that?" As I have never been this way before, but then I am encouraged in the Lord by His word,
by testimonies of people in the past who have struggled with the same or similar issues that build my faith, as I am encouraged by brethren who build faith and see what they see in me, that encourages
me on in the Lord. And yes I am going to get things wrong, but that is where I learn how to walk, like a child learning to walk, you will fall over but get back up again.

And so I would encourage you this morning to go in and posses the land – whatever that land may be, whether it is fear of man, reconciliation and fellowship restored in a relationship, lack of finances, faith to see miracles and healings happen, to see the dead raised, to speak that neighbour about Jesus, to speak to your family about a behaviour that is not good, whatever ‘land’ the Lord is wanting you to step in by faith into and allow Him to come in and fight your battle before you as it has already been won and the provision is there for your situation.

As you step out it enables God to step in and to see His provision in your time of need! For me in the areas of leadership I was really struggling yesterday and then I went to the movies and God encouraged me in the movie through watching another leader leading a few people and how he struggled, but also how he overcome. God will give you what you need in order to step forward, we just need to believe that he will. Be blessed people as you step out in faith in what you believe the Lord is saying. It may be a small thing, it may be a big thing.

I was encouraged the other day by a testimony of someone who was stepping up in faith in the area of giving in finances and they obeyed the Lord even though they couldn’t work out how they would make things happen and then they shared how since then a cheque unexpectedly was going to come in the mail being the blessing and provision of the Lord since obeying. Praise God. So be encouraged to step out by faith and see the deliverance of the Lord in the land He is calling you to possess.