Monday, 28 December 2015

Simple steps to sharing your faith

How do you share the gospel with non-believers?  For many people they struggle with how to share their faith with those around them and so I would like to share some simple things that help me in sharing the gospel with the people I come in contact with, that may or may not help you.

1.  Relationship
Firstly the only way to share anything with someone is through relationship.  Showing that you care for them as a person not just as someone to convert.   They matter, as a person, and that you want to help them in their situation.  You need to meet them where they are at and relate to them on their level.
For example; years ago we lived in Mahoenui, in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the night a man and his girlfriend turned up at our doorstep in the middle of a domestic dispute where he was drinking and being abusive and she was afraid.  To meet him where he was at and to listen to him and cool the situation down, when he offered me a beer I took one from him and that opened the door for him to talk to me and to settle him down until the police arrived.  Now I am not suggesting that you drink to excess or anything but what I am saying is that you meet people where they are, in their point of need, in a way that gains you favour to be able to speak into their lives. 

2.  Listening
People followed Jesus because he met their need and they were satisfied, not because of the healings often but because he met them where they were.
Part of meeting their need is listening, not just to the words coming out of their mouth, but listening to what is actually on in the heart. 
When people feel they are being listened to, they will share the deep issues of life and that is where Jesus can meet their needs when nothing else can.

Both of these things, building relationship and listening can happen in two minutes while talking to someone for the first time.  It is simply a matter of taking the time to put them first and listening to what is going on in their world,
making them feel valuable and at ease.  This may not come naturally for you so don’t get discouraged when you step up into this, if it doesn’t go according to plan.  Keep going and it will become a part of who you are after a time.  Like driving a car, initially, you fumble, you make mistakes, but you keep going because you want to drive the car.  Well it is the same with sharing and building relationship with people, keep going and eventually like driving a car, it will become natural and something you don’t even need to think about and that is when you will have the most success, as it is simply a part of who you are.

3.  Point of Contact          
When listening to people there will always be something that you can connect with or understand what they are talking about.  We all have common things in life, whether it be family, children, health issues, finances, whatever it may be and it is as you are listening and building relationship that you see those common areas to both of you and areas that you can relate to that bring that connection that makes you ‘normal’ and not a ‘Christian trying to make a convert’.  Just be you, be a person who is real that others can relate to.   Be a person that people enjoy spending time with you not wanting to run away from you.
When that connection is made and you have been listening to their heart issues, relate it to your own life and how Jesus has helped you in those situations.

For example:
Building relationship - General conversation with a person and the questions that came:
The other day I was at a shoe shop, got chatting with the assistant and she was wearing a cross, but I also noticed her finger had some health issue on it. 
So in general conversation, I asked her because of her cross if she was a Christian and also asked her about her finger.  While listening to her I picked up that she had been a catholic in years gone by but no longer went to church or was a Christian.  But was now sending her children to a catholic school.  And in regards to her finger, she had tried everything and nothing had helped.

Listening and finding the point of contact – sharing of testimony and action of faith:
I too had been brought up a Christian and walked away and so it opened the way for me to share my testimony of how I came back to the Lord and my life that has followed since.
I mentioned about her finger and shared testimony of how someone I knew was healed of the same condition except hers was all over her body and asked if  could I pray for her finger.  All this time there was no one else in the shop but as we got talking about healing, someone came into the shop and because I didn’t want to embarrass her I didn’t make a big deal out of it, but she did allow me quickly to lay hands on her finger and I gave a simple prayer of healing, something like ‘Jesus heal her finger’.

Just believe and do not doubt.
We need to know that there is power in sharing your testimony and testimony of others where Jesus has made an impact in their lives.  We need to simply step out in faith with what we have and let Jesus do the rest.  You don’t know what seeds you have sown but know that every seed sown will bear fruit.
I remember the name of the shop assistant and now I am praying for complete healing over her finger at home and praying that she will come into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  And I know that the prayer offered in faith will produce fruit.
You may get opportunity to share more and lead them to Jesus, but whatever happens leave people in a more positive outlook on Jesus than when they first began.  If you start getting ‘pushy’ with people you will probably only push them away from Jesus instead of leading them to him.

Two things I need to address:

1.  Those who want to know nothing about Jesus or the ‘church’.
2.  Those who don’t believe in healing.

The first scenario, those who want to know nothing about Jesus or the church is often reacting out of some hurt or un-forgiveness towards someone involved in the church or hope where they have been let down.

I remember in Auckland standing outside a fish and chip shop and there was a busker singing songs on a guitar.  We got chatting and we asked him what songs he played, he said he played all songs except ‘those Christian songs’  he would far rather play ‘hell songs’ than Christian ones.  Really good beginning!  A closed heart to anything Christian it seemed.  Obviously wounded by the church or someone in it.  It didn’t put us off but it very well could of!  But instead we realized how hurt he had been by the church and so for us it was a point of contact that asked more questions opening up his heart.  We will often get hurdles that we need to jump over and not be put off by.

So after asking a few more questions we realized he never knew a gospel of love.  He had never known the love of God but only ever felt the rejection and judgment of those in church and so for us it was an opportunity in which to share testimony and truth of the gospel of Jesus.
We shared testimony of God’s love for us and we asked him if we could pray for him that God would show him how much he loved him.  He allowed us to pray for him on the street!  From a man who was closed to anything Christian, God opened up his heart and he allowed us to pray for him. 

Once again we don’t know the outcome of those seeds sown but I have to believe the prayer that we prayed for him to have a revelation of God’s love for him, came, because God always backs up the prayer offered in faith.

The second scenario:  Those who don’t believe in healing.

Many many people don’t believe in healing, Christians and non-Christians alike.  But our God is a god who heals.  We may not have seen all the healings we pray for but scripture tells us that is God’s desire for us to be healed.  Many times it’s our own incorrect theologies or experiences that limit our understanding and belief systems.  It is not God’s desire for sickness or infirmity.  So I encourage you to check out scriptures on healings and build yourself up in the faith.  Jesus healed all who came to him.  And we need to be a people who ‘believe’ if not by sight, then by faith.
That aside, how do you share with people who don’t believe in healing yet need a miracle?
1.  Firstly you need to know what you believe on healing.
2.  You need to remember the testimonies of all the healings God has done in your life and in those around you.  Because those testimonies are there and once again there is power in the testimony as it builds peoples faith up to believe for a healing for themselves.
3.  Because you know God is a good God and he loves to show his power through healings, especially to non-believers.
4.  Don’t be put off at the first hurdle and even if you pray and don’t see the healing miracle happen, keep on believing and don’t fall into discouragement.

So if you come across someone in need of healing, once again go through the initial steps above of building relationship, listening and sharing testimony that is relevant to where they are at and simply offer to pray for them.  It is his or her choice and you cannot force someone to receive prayer.  Often times we can see people who need healing on a physical level and so we ‘aim’ for that, but after listening to them and caring for them ‘as a person’, might find that actually healing needs to happen in a family relationship that is broken, or some other arena and I often find that if you deal with the emotional issue that is there, you will often see the physical healing come in time.

People who are sick also sometimes have nothing to lose by receiving your prayer as they have ‘tried everything else’ and they are desperate for a miracle.  Always remember it is not “YOU” who heals them, it is ‘JESUS’.  We can do nothing in our own strength.  Any healing, any miracle, always comes from Jesus and remember to give Him the glory and say to people, it is not I who healed you but Jesus who loves you, healed you.  This in turn opens them up to know more about who this Jesus is who loves them and healed them.
The same things goes if someone is not healed, know that your prayer offered in faith is answered, whether you see it or you don’t.  It is not dependant on you but on Jesus, he is the healer, he knows what people need at any given point.

For more on how to step out in evangelism and sharing your faith, there are many resources that can help you either on the internet or in books.  I encourage you to learn and grow in this arena in your life if you are not currently walking in it.   The gift of prophecy is especially helpful in opening people’s hearts to receive Jesus and so if you are not already moving in this gift, then I encourage you to learn about prophecy as well as a tool for evangelism.

Matt 28:18-20 is known as the “Great Commission” to believers.  We are all called to this, not just a few who have a gift of evangelism, all Christians are called as a disciple of Christ to make disciples.

Then Jesus came to them and said. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

May you be blessed abundantly as you grow and step out in faith sharing with those around you, the free gift that you have received in Christ.

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Time for the regular 'ear check'

I love reading the Beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5 through to the end of chapter 7.  It always brings such life and realignment to my life every time I read it.  I encourage you to take some time to digest it.  But in the reading of it, I always find the heart of God, the true character and nature of Jesus and in this, the call of my life as a Christian to walk out and grow in.
The meaning of the word of Beatitudes means “supreme blessedness”  so if you want to be blessed then I would encourage you to not only read it, but spend your life pursuing it as a heart way of living.

Last night I had this picture of a person, a friend of mine, whose ears were so blocked that she couldn’t hear anything.  I find this in a lot of places I walk into, many many christians who are not hearing the voice of God, whose ears have blocked up and no longer hearing what God is saying.

Along with that picture, one thing I am noticing a lot of at the moment is the word “communication” and the supposed lack of communication but what I am actually finding is there is communication but the speakers and receivers are not coming into the same understanding of what is being said or are not hearing the same thing.
Someone can speak something but another person will receive it how they want to hear it, or perhaps how they put their own interpretation on it through what they are used to.
And the same thing happens with the Lord and our communication with him.  He will say one thing to us and we then interpret it through our lens and what we believe is being said, or perhaps how we want to interpret it depending on what we want to do, instead of a pure clear line without interference.  This is why I find the Beatitudes so good to read and bring me back to the heart of Jesus if I have strayed unknowingly from the pure gospel of Christ.

Apart from the cartoon above where we are so busy listening to everything else and there is so much noise and busyness in our world that we don't have time for sitting and listening to his voice, there are also other things that block up our ears from hearing what the Lord might be saying.   Here are some scriptures that speak to a couple of things.

2 Timothy 4:3 is a powerful scripture.  “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” 

Or another powerful scripture is Prov 21:13  “If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered”.  

Both of these scriptures speak for themselves but they are powerful scriptures that are worth taking the time and asking the Lord if we are only listening and gathering around us people and teachers that we agree with.  Or perhaps we are shutting our ears to the needs around us because we don’t want to respond, or we judge a situation seen from our eyes and not perhaps the Lords and don’t act accordingly.  I have a situation I am struggling with at the moment with a continual cry for help, but I don’t want to become hardened to sin’s deceitfulness and so am asking the way forward in this from the Lord.  

It is easy to become hardened to situations or circumstances if we don’t want to help, or cannot help at one time or another.  The key is to keep ‘soft’ in our spirit and hearing what the Lord is saying in matters and respond accordingly. Our God is a generous God and he will supply all of our needs according to his glorious riches and knowing this and knowing that we don’t need to worry about tomorrow, we can step out in faith in today and the need in front of us today knowing that God will meet us in our time of need.  If you find yourself holding back in areas, ask the Lord the deeper questions of the heart as to why you might be holding back.  

Another thing I have noticed as to why people get blocked ears to the Lord is because God has spoken in the past but we have not responded and so we start to go deaf to what He is saying. 

So I encourage you today if you are struggling to hear from the Lord,  spend some time with Him, come aside from the busyness of life and  ask him to remove any blockage that might be hindering you hearing His voice.  Be willing to hear what he would say to you as sometimes it is not always easy to receive the truth, but the truth sets us free and sets us in a place of clear communication once again with the Lord and with those around us.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

A Word of Warning to the Wise

Last night I saw several pictures that I would like to share with you as I believe in this Christmas season it is easy to be led astray down paths that are not beneficial both to ourselves and to others.

Firstly,  I was visiting someone and in their tree was a snake which shocked me as we don't have snakes in New Zealand and then it went onto the ground and I told the owner of the house there was a snake there.  I thought of Eve in the garden tempted by a snake.   1 Cor 10:13 "No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.  And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."

Particularly at this time we all get tempted with many things and in those temptation sometimes its wise to simply 'say and walk away'.  Recognise those areas in your life where you may be tempted and stay away or walk away from those things that cause temptation.  For some that may be many hours spent on a computer, for others it may be drinking alcohol that you know that if you have one more drink you are no longer who you should be, for others it may be spending money, for another it may be arguing with in-laws or family members.  There are so many areas that we all get tempted with in one way or another and like the scripture above, temptation is common to all and yet the Lord does provide ways for us to stand up under it should we choose to listen to the Holy Spirits prompting.
Its when we choose to ignore the Holy Spirits prompting who lives inside of us that we step into trouble and often not only cause damage to ourselves but damage to those around us.

Another one of the pictures last night, I was going into this community that had certain rules and one of them was that you were not allowed to go into public places without being fully dressed.  You were not allowed to walk around in your pyjamas.  I was informed of this rule and yet I forgot and went and wore my pyjamas.  That was alright as I forgot, but when challenged by the authorities, I denied knowing the rules.  At that moment I stepped into sin, I stepped into darkness, as I lied not only to the people, but to the Holy Spirit who had been the one who had told me not to wear my pyjamas.  It suddenly went dark and in the darkness people got hurt, the person in authority got hurt as did I.  When the light came back on again we could see the damage that was caused in the darkness. When we lie and ignore the rules set in a certain place, we then walk in darkness and when you walk in darkness you cannot see where you are going and in that place you get hurt and others get hurt as well.

Two scriptures:
1 John 1:5  "God is light in him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin."
1 Cor 10:23  "Everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial.  Everything is permissible but not everything is constructive.  Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others."

For those who say grace covers it all and I am free in Christ to do what I want, I want to challenge it as I believe grace and love go together and love lays it's life down for the sake of those around them.  Love considers others above themselves and is willing to forgo their own pleasures, their own desires as they consider the needs around them.  Yes you can do all things, yes everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial.  And as we walk with freedom in Christ, we too walk with love because without love, we have nothing.  So when you enter places where perhaps things are done differently and that may be a church, it may be a bank,  it may be a workplace, it may be a campground where each of these places have certain rules in place to protect people,  please be willing to lay your own way of doing things down for those around you.  When in Rome, do as the Romans do type thinking even though you are free in Christ, you are still bound by love.

Please also know that when you make mistakes like I did in this dream above, there is also forgiveness, healing and restoration and that I don't need to be afraid as there is no condemnation in Christ.  I simply need to apologise for the wrong and damage I have caused to others and to myself and I am forgiven by the Lord and walk in freedom and the light.  That He heals us of all our iniquities, He forgives us all our sin and we are free in Christ in His mercies and grace and love.

Merry Christmas Everyone!  May you be blessed in the knowledge of Jesus birth and because of His birth, death and resurrection, the freedom we now have in Christ, the healing, the forgiveness, the joy, the peace, the righteousness, the knowledge that we are no longer held as a slave to sin, but set free to live life to the full.

Friday, 20 November 2015

I love the local church

I find myself at times fiercely defending the local church and church leaderships, mainly from christians who have been hurt by the church and in essence have still not forgiven the people from which the hurt has come.
We all get hurt by the things that can happen in church, but it is not in ‘church’ we are hurt by, it is in ‘relationship’ with people and those people happen to be in the church, but for me I simply see these things as an opportunity for growth in myself and learning to love.  I am continually asking the Lord for ‘more’ and often the ‘more’ comes in way of a challenge in which to love someone and in the learning of these lessons I find I become more like Christ, which is the prayer I am praying asking for ‘more’.

Without the challenges I have faced within the ‘local church’ and the christians that I am around, I would not be the person I am today, or carry the message God has given me, because these things have helped contribute to the growth of my character in the Lord as I have submitted to His word and Holy spirits leading and guiding in learning to walk through these challenges.  So I am forever grateful and thankful for everything the Lord has taught me and continues to teach me in the ‘local church’ and alongside the other christians that I am around.

I love the local church
I love coming together to worship God.
I love the people of God.
The local church has always been a place of growth for me.
I love seeing people healed, changed, delivered and set free.
I love the family the local church builds
I love serving God.
I love to serve God in the local church.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Assuming motives can be dangerous.

Reading 2 Sam 10 this morning and what struck me was how something so simple that was supposed to bless and encourage someone, can be totally taken the wrong way and in that, cause major damage.

In this story King David is wanting to express kindness to Hanun whose father had died.  But Hanna’s nobles, those close around him, spoke to him and suggested that in fact he wasn’t wanting to express sympathy at the death of his father, but rather exploring and spying out the city in order to overthrow it.  Because of this, they attack those who are sent on behalf of King David and shame them and in return, David retaliates.

King David’s heart was to bless and to honour another King, but after that King Hanun listened to those around him, who planted thoughts other than those of David’s, and in the process caused a war.

How often do we not take things as face value but try to work something out according to the way we see it, rather than perhaps the way it was given?
How often do we listen to those around us and build up a case, rather than going to the source of the question and clarifying the intent?

How often do we completely misunderstand people because we are assuming motives of another person that are not actually there, but in actual fact, is what lies in our own heart?

The response of something so simple taken the wrong way caused a war in this situation in 2 Sam 10.  In our own lives when we assume anothers' motives or actions, we too can cause rifts, misunderstandings, offences etc which in essence brings division instead of the unity that we are called to in the body of Christ.
Assuming anothers’ motives can be deadly in so many ways.

So I encourage you today not to assume other peoples motives of their actions or words.  If you are concerned about something, ask the person involved.   Be careful not to listen to the wrong voices either of the enemy, or those around you that don’t build up and encourage another, don’t speak faith and hope into situations, are not looking for the good in a person but continually looking at the negative.   Try to keep the unity in the bond of peace and love one another, considering the other better than yourself. 

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

"And now these three remain: faith. hope and love." 1 Cor 13:13

Two pictures things the Lord has given me over the last 10 days.

Prior to going to Christchurch I had this vision where I saw this massive tree falling to the ground and taking out people around them as it fell.
Then this morning I was reading in Matt 3:10 and it reminded me of that vision I saw.
Matt 3:10 says “The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”

It’s a powerful word of warning that if we are living supposedly Godly lives and yet are not living lives that produce fruit in keeping with repentance,  the fruit of love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, etc, the fruit of the spirit that is found in Gal 6, then I believe we will see people who are big people to those around them, people who are leaders etc. fall and cause damage.

Something that startled me yesterday as I was sleeping, I woke up to the sound of a clanging symbol.  I looked around me and I could not find what made the sound but straight away the word found in 1 Cor 13 came to me.
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.”
We can move in all the gifts of the spirit, we can fathom all mysteries etc. but if love does not accompany it, it will not produce anything that will last and gives Glory to God.
There will be a lot of noise but not much power that brings transformation.
Many many people can move in the gifts of the spirit, can seem to be ‘of the Lord’ but in reality they are working from a place of moving in the supernatural as the gifts of God are freely given, but they will pass away if they are not moving from a place of love, which is a place to see others lifted higher.

1 Cor 13 : 13
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.”

Both pictures were a great reminder to me to keep in a place of love, to keep in a place of humility, to keep in a place of dependance on the Lord and not in the gifts that he has given us that can easily lift a person up and into a place of pride.  Love is one that lays itself down for others and I ask that the Lord would continually remind me through dreams and visions, like he did Joseph in the book of Matthew, of the way to go and that he would direct our paths.  I pray that when He does show us things that we would listen and not turn our own way, because the Lords desire for us is for good, and that we would be blessed and saved.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Do you feel alone or discouraged today?

I was greatly encouraged this morning as I read 2 Timothy chapter 4.  This chapter outlines some of Paul’s struggles and how people loved the world and followed their ways and in so doing caused much harm towards Paul and his ministry, but his hope remained in the Lord and His reward comes from Christ alone.
Verse 10 “Demas has forsaken me”
Verse 14  “Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm”
People can come and go out of your life.  People can cause trouble, but we are called as Christians to endure hardship as it says in 2 Timothy 2:3  
“Endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a solider”.
2:10  “Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.’

We go through many things in life, many challenges and it is easy to look to man, to get discouraged by what you may see happening all around you, but through it all, I believe the Lord is wanting to teach us to trust in Him alone and look to Him alone.  That we are here to please only Christ.   The Lord is faithful and those times we feel we cannot take much more, he strengthens us and gives us grace for a new day.
4:17  “But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me and that all the Gentiles might hear.  Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.   And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom.  To Him be glory forever and ever.  Amen!”

Through Paul’s trials the message of the gospel spread to the Gentiles. Through the pressures that may happen around us, it forces out the message of the gospel that is in us to go in directions and ways that we never thought it would go.   God uses everything for good and He is faithful and He will strengthen us and preserve us for Him.  Keep your eyes on the prize which is Christ Jesus and wait for him to deliver you because He is faithful and will do what He said He would do!

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

One step forward, two steps backward?

A few nights ago I had this dream where I saw some friends of mine they had put their house on the market, sold it, but shortly after selling went and bought back the original property that they had sold.   The house had been upgraded slightly in the process but I thought what a waste of money and time because it had cost them so much in the buying and selling of properties through the real estate agent only to go back to the original house.

I believe the Lord is wanting to say something here to His people.  The Lord is shifting us out of the old season and into the new, and in the process of taking us from one thing to another there is a cost at some level involved in letting go of the past.  Which you are happy to pay but after being out in a strange place for a little while, a perhaps unknown place, a place where perhaps you don't yet have all the answers, it is easy to revert to what we have known in the past, what we have been familiar with and fall back into old habits and routines of doing things.

I believe the Lord is saying be careful in this place of change and uncertainly not to fall back on familiar but to allow the Lord to take you into new places.  Matt 9:17 "Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins, if they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and wineskins will be ruined.  No they pour new wine into new wineskins and both are preserved."
It is a new day, a new way of doing things, and although we may not see ahead clearly, and we may be trying to work things out according to the old pattern of doing things or how we think things should be done, be careful to wait upon the Lord and let him reveal the next step and not to worry about tomorrow as he will show us the next step to take when we get there.

We have had an interesting and challenging few weeks recently but the Lord spoke clearly through the book of Nehemiah yesterday about the challenges that were faced by Nehemiah as he started to rebuild the wall, as he started to make headway in rebuilding the house of the Lord.  Confusion and distractions came in chapter 4 v7  through Sanballat and tried to upset and take away from what the Lord was doing through Nehemiah.  Yet in verse 9 "Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God and because of them we set a watch against them day and night."  I believe as we step out of the old places we have been in and go into new places be careful who you listen to,  challenges will come and try to keep you where you were 'safe, comfortable and familiar' but as we trust in the Lord, as we pray and set a watch,  day by day he will lead and guide us in paths we do not know.

It is a real time of faith walking in the dark at times not knowing the way forward but we only have to take one step at a time.  His peace will lead you and if you are not in peace, wait upon the Lord.  Faith is believing in what the Lord has spoken even though you may not yet see it and so to be a people of faith we need to take a hold of the words the Lord has spoken in our lives and look only to him and not to all the obstacles that may be in front of us as in Him, he can remove those in a day.

John 14:27  "My Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Is it tough going at the moment? Are there giants in the land?

A few nights ago I had this dream where I saw many big ugly giants and vines trying to stop my way through to where I needed to go.  They were blocking my way through.  But there were two others with me and we slowly worked our way to the front of the line of giants and then we needed to go up higher through like a manhole up into the next level to get away from the giants.  All the giants too were trying to get higher as well.  As the three of us together helped each other we could get above and into the next level but the giants that were there trying in their own strength to get to the next level, they could not reach it.

So many of us are trying to do things in our own strength and finding we are always falling short of what we see ahead of us, but at as we work together and help one another we can go places we never would be able to if we tried to on our own.

We are called to be overcomers in Christ, but we need each other to help us to go places we cannot go on our own. 

The words says “we will be tested but when we are tested that the Lord will give us a way out to stand up under it” and as I said this scripture earlier this week, I realised the way to stand up under it is by seeing what the word says in your situation and acting upon it, because “thy word is a lamp unto your feet”, and it will guide you in the way you are to go.   Many of us go through trials and we look to everyone else, ask everyone else and the last place we often go to is to our heavenly Father for advice and counsel and that is what the word is, advice and counsel in direction of how you are to walk through particular situations.  For instance, if someone hits you on the cheek, offer him the other.  Opposite thinking to the worlds answers which would be that you deserve payback for any wrong done to you and so often we listen to the world’s advice in situations and not seek out the word which leads us in all truth and life.   It may take a place of humility to actually act out what the word says, for instance “pray for those who persecute you”, when you may just feel like hitting back at them.

So I really encourage you at the moment if you feel like there are some giants in the land and its tough going at the moment;
  1. Take some time, go to your Heavenly Father for advice and counsel, go to the word and see what it would say into your situation and act on it.
  2. Go to good God fearing people that will help you to be an overcomer together and not people who will necessarily agree with you but people that will speak truth into your life and into your situation who love you.  Don’t be an individual thinking you can do it on your own because that sort of thinking comes from a position of pride.
  3. Know that “we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us” and that He will give us the grace we need to walk through the situations we may face.

May the Lord lead and guide you with His peace that surpasses all understanding.

Monday, 27 July 2015

From Revelation to Revelation

The Lord has been taking me on a journey lately that has challenged some of my thinking, challenged some of my belief systems in trying to bring together the word of God, the heart of God, and His unconditional love for his people and it is bringing me into such a freedom that I am so excited where the Lord may take this, I am so thankful to the Lord for this journey even though at times it has been very difficult.

As ministers of the gospel (of which we are all as Christians called to be), part of our job in the Lord is to as it is written in 2 Timothy 15 is to “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”. 
We are called to continually grow in our understanding, revelation and relationship with the Lord.  If we are remaining as we are ,then our relationship in the Lord is not a growing healthy one so anything that might challenge some of your thinking, challenge your walk in the Lord, is a good challenge.

Some of these challenges we may be presented with is our thinking on topics such as the homosexual issue, the government, justice, sex before marriage, finances, actually probably any topic where our perceived right and wrong is involved or areas you may be struggling in as you are still awaiting answers.
So how do we have our opinion on what we believe is right and wrong and yet still love and walk in relationship with the people we don’t necessarily agree with or even like? 
The word talks about that we fight and quarrel because we don’t get what we want. 
(James 3)  And so as christians who have freely given themselves over to a walk that follows Jesus walk, who laid down his life for a people who didn’t agree with him, who did not love his life so much as to shrink from death, that it brought life to those who didn’t deserve it, life to you and me, then what right do we have to hold onto our opinions, our self-righteousness of what is right and wrong and not be willing to follow Jesus example and give away our inheritance, our blessing, our rights to a people that we may not necessarily agree with or even like, as Jesus did.

It’s a good challenge because if we only love those who love us, or put another way if we only agree with those who agree with us, we will not be broadened or challenged in a way that will push us into Jesus for the answers that we seek and that is where we find true freedom in such a way that it changes the lives around us as we truly learn to love those who we may not in our own strength be able to love or agree with.

Love covers all and so I encourage you not to ‘run’ or ‘walk’ away from relationships simply because you may not totally agree with things, theology or anything else, but be willing to be a learner and to have your eyes opened to what Jesus might say into the situation, or do, as He is our example we are to follow.  There is so many answers found in Jesus that we will never stop learning and growing in Him and with those around us, if we only allow to ourselves to be teachable and ask Him for revelation and understanding on things.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Its a new day!

A new day dawning,
Hope is rising,
Faith restoring.......
What I believing the Lord is saying at the moment is that we are stepping into new things, that things once promised that have died, the Lord is resurrecting, but we have to let go of the past and move from the place we have been in to allow those promises and dreams to come into being. God has so much for us in the future "There is too much victory ahead of me, I am overwhelmed with His love for me"
The season we have been in is good, and has been great, a great place of intimacy with the beloved, a great place of learning, like the first house Jim and I were in after we were married, but it is time to move on, time to grow into maturity and walk in the promises the Lord has given each one of us from that place of intimacy and the knowing of who we are in Christ, alongside Christ, together in partnership with him and him alone. We are no longer dependant on man as our husband is our maker, he is our provider, that is Jesus Christ, and we step out by faith into all that he has spoken to us in the secret places of intimacy.
So I encourage you today to step out with your beloved by faith into those things he has put on your heart, knowing that he is more than able to do all that we think, ask or imagine.

For Glory Release Ministries, we are stepping out by faith in a few weeks into a new facility called THE LINK, it is a community and business centre on the corner of River Road and Te Aroha Street and we will begin our Wednesday nights gatherings held there from the 12th of July at 7:30. We will continue to hold Tuesday morning prayer meetings also held at The Link. We hope in the future to start a school of the spirit and believe the Lord is also preparing the way for a church to be planted as he brings the people with a heart to administer this. The Lord is opening the way for outreaches out and about and teams to go out into these and we would appreciate your prayer at the moment as the Lord is speaking currently about Waharoa, so please stand with us in prayer on all these things that the Lord has placed on our heart that he would provide the people to help build the house of the Lord and feed His sheep wherever he may lead us. It is a time of great harvest, ask the Lord therefore to send the labourers into the field. If there is something that the Lord may be speaking about that we can help each other see come about then we would love to hear from you. There are many opportunities to sow into the Kingdom, whether it be prayer, whether it be time, whether it be finances, whether it be a word of encouragement, every part is needed! Thank you for standing with us.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

My grace is sufficient.

Yesterday I had three pictures;

One, people came bringing bad news.
The second, others had been offended and shut me out.
And the third, I was on a airport runway and another plane tried to take me off the runway before I could lift off and go where I was going, but I was able to get away from it.

As I prayed about these pictures the Lord had given me I believed he said to me;
“Be careful who you listen to and go with.  Things are going to try and bring discouragement and shut you out and they will try to take you off track but keep focused.  Build my church”.

So discouragement and obstacles are trying to get in the way of the purposes of God being fulfilled in my life and those around me and hence why I share what the Lord showed me because I believe for many in this season of change right now, hold onto what you believe God has said over you and don’t allow the enemy to abort the promises in your life.

Something over the last several weeks that keeps coming back to me is;
Luke 9:62
“But Jesus said to him, “No one having put his head to the plow and looking back is fit for the Kingdom of God.”  

For me this scripture keeps talking about not giving up on those things that the Lord has given us to put our hand to, not to get distracted because of discouragements and obstacles but to push through and push every hinderance aside and keep on task and believe that what God has spoken, He will enable you to keep going in it, despite what may look like you not getting very far.

May the Lord lead and guide you in the ways you are to go, keep your eyes on him and trust in Him and he will lift you up.

Other scriptures that may help;
Romans 16:17 (ESV)
“I appeal to you brothers to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught, avoid them”

2 Cor 12:8-10
“My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness.  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses so that the power of Christ may rest upon me for when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Psalm 118:8
“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man”.

Prov 3:5
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.”

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Are you comfortable and familiar with things?

This morning I had this picture where I saw two large different animals that had somehow turned up in my home and they were taking over the lounge and they needed feeding. They were peaceful animals but the space they took was huge, taking over my lounge.
As I asked the Lord what these animals were I saw that they were ‘comfortable’ and ‘familiar’ and I saw I was quite happy for them to stay as they weren’t bothering anybody but they needed feeding and were taking up space.
But I know that these ‘spirits’ are destructive to kingdom living. We can very easily become comfortable and familiar with things, with ways of doing things, of acceptance of things that are not of the Lord, of believing and justifying its alright if we continue to live the way we do, even of things such as pain and so we continue to accept it and live with it when the Lord may want to heal, things like ways of reacting, speaking or anger may also too be areas that you may have become comfortable and familiar with, ways of treating different people in your home, ways you spend your money or perhaps the way you tithe etc. 
And so I prayed and told these ‘animals’ to leave in the name of Jesus, that they were not welcome in my home. What that means now and what the Lord will show me now that these ‘spirits’ have left my home, I wait to see. It is so easy to continue doing what we do because that is the way we have done things. It's the way we have some form of ‘control’ in our lives. But those things may be the very things that are holding back the blessings that the Lord wants to give you or show you to a whole new way of living.

Yesterday we had some people come and take tinting off my windows, the tinting had been there since we brought the property, but over the years it has degraded and now continually made my windows look dirty and so it came off. It was unbelievable what we could see and how my windows now look without the tinting or the scratched up surface of the glass, now we can see clearly and the view is amazing.
How often we go about our lives like my windows, with a tinting that we don’t even realise is there, like the spirits that I saw in my home this morning of ‘comfortable’ and ‘familiar’, and we become so used to it that we don't even notice it is there, but there comes a point when things need to change and we need to do something about it. We will have a lot more ‘room’ in our lives, when certain things are removed from our lounge, our lives, and new room is available for the new things that the Lord wants to give us or show us, whatever that may be.
So I challenge you this morning as the Lord has challenged me, to ask if ‘comfort’ and ‘familiar’ spirits are in your home and perhaps they need to leave in order for the fullness of Kingdom living to be made manifest in your lives?

Monday, 9 March 2015


We are so blessed to have 

Hans Kraenzlin 

joining us and leading us in a Night of Worship.

When:   18th of March at 7pm
Where:  192 Kent Street, Hamilton    Venue: The Life Church Building
There will be an offering taken to bless Hans in coming.

All welcome!  Come and join us as we worship Jesus together!

To find out more about Hans and his ministry, check out his webpage:

For more information or questions phone Sarah Chamberlin on 02102651601

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Words are powerful weapons

The Lord has been recently challenging me on some of the words I speak (even in the sharing of testimony) and the motives of the heart that underline those words that come out from my mouth.  Words are powerful things and if we allow the Lord to reveal what is underneath some of our words, then we realise what is actually at the root or at the heart of the words we speak that may need healing or truth spoken into such things.

With our tongue comes either blessing or cursing.
With our tongue the overflow of the heart speaks (Matt 12:34)
With our tongue we can turn a whole ship, or set a spark which creates a huge fire that sets the whole course of our life (James 3:5)
With our tongue we praise our Lord and Father and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness (James 3:19)

Prov 19:16  “How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver.”

For example:
  • are  the words I am speaking lifting me up and putting others down? (sarcasm and gossip does that).
  • or making me look good in other peoples eyes?
  • or judging or criticising another?
  • am I speaking with anger and if so why?
  • or coming from a heart that is harbouring hurt, rejection or fear?
  • are the words I am speaking coming from unbelief and doubt and not bringing faith and hope into a situation?

It's a hard challenge to accept and receive correction on in the Lord, but when we do, we will receive not only forgiveness, but a blessing and our lives will take a different course and bring life and blessing, not only to ourselves, but to all those around us.  People will want to come to you because you bring life and not death, as it is in the power of the tongue.
Pro 16:12 “Kings take pleasure in honest lips, they value a man who speaks the truth”.

Prov 19:14 
“May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight O Lord, 
My Rock and My Redeemer.”

Lord I thank you that you reveal truth that sets me free.
Thank you that you show us through our words what actually is in our heart if we allow you to examine the motives of our heart.  
Lord bring healing to those places of our hearts that need your touch, your forgiveness and help us to be a people that our words promote life, that people are drawn to us because of the words we speak.
Thank you Jesus that you are turning everything for good for those who love you and are called according to your purpose, that you redeem and restore what has been lost and turn it for your glory and that we are being transformed by the renewing of our minds day by day and that there is no condemnation in you.  Thank you Jesus.