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Warfare is at hand be prepared today
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All week as I have been praying the word from the Holy Spirit has been – ‘Bend It.’ This has been repeated into my spirit constantly every time I have entered into the throne room of our Father. I have never had such a persistent word from the Lord. I immediately thought of the need for our spirits to be flexible and willing to bend to the will and wind of the Holy Spirit. But as I pressed into this understanding I began to feel unease that this was not the message I needed to hear. As I continued to meditate and ponder on this word which did not let up – ‘Bend it; Bend it; Bend it.’ I reasoned that maybe this was speaking of the yoke and burden of Christ that is easy and light. Again this did not seem to sit easy with my spirit as there was no settled......
I am rejoicing in the aftermath of irma
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My thoughts and prayers are with the good folks of Florida. Even though I am one of the furtherest by distance, my heart went out to those who have been traumatised, as if I was there with those devastated families. The images on our local news bulletins caused my spirit to cry out to our heavenly Father. So much so that I was able under the Holy Spirits dictation to pen the last blog. I still stand by word that I released on this site in that last blog and along with other believers, we bent our knees and hearts before the Lord of Hosts, asking for the Lord of the wind to overcome the hurricane. We were not willing to allow the fury and anger of the enemy to destroy and kill Gods plans of revival and reformation alignment across the land. We kept these verse s from James 5:16 and Mark......
Irma and her sisters will be our jericho
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Even though the enemy has planned that Irma and her sister hurricanes are to steal, kill and destroy the plans that God in his love and grace is about to release on the land, this will not happen. I believe that God is using these winds and waves to call the remnant in the body of Chris to mobilize ourselves to warfare prayer. I believe very clearly and I have this from the Lord, that these hurricanes will be used by God to stir up the church, those disciples that have ears to ear, and use their God given authority. God will mobilize his church so that the body of Christ will be ready for the assignments that the Lord has planned for this New Year. I believe that the Holy Spirit will use these strong winds and waves that were meant to bring confusion and panic among his people and de rail......
O sea and land hear the word of the lord
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The Lord calls us to stand up and prophesy to the storm – Be still and dissipate; be sucked into the great hole that has been prepared for you. I hear the Holy Sprit reminding the body of Christ that we have been give authority over all things. I hear the Holy Spirit calling to those believers who have the mind of Christ and are resting in his peace in the stern. Now is the time says the Lord to stand up and rebuke the winds and waves for I am not in the hurricane. Look to me says the Lord of Hosts, not to the waves and winds for I will not be found in them. Stand under my name and be firm unmoveable in my love and grace with praise and thanksgiving being found upon your lips. Put on Christ and stand up in the rocking boat stretch out your hand and watch my power and grace at work.......
Lord guard our mind what we think
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Did you know that we have died to our negative thoughts for they were buried with Christs death? We have died in Christ leaving behind the fleshy dominated thinking that ruled our life before we were raised to newness of life. I was reminded of this the other day as my prostate flared up again and I was about to revert to my earthly negative thinking. Before I could wonder why Gods power and grace had abandoned me and before I spoke out this curse of death the Holy Spirit checked my speech. I have been on a training course of how our speech not only affects others – the topic on my previous blog, but how our negative thinking brings a curse over our life. Thoughts such as: I am too weak, I am too poor; I am no use to God; I am not spiritual enough; I do not have much faith; I am......
The choice of our speech
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I am sure that we all know the power of our words and comments that we direct to others can either bless or curse them to use biblical terminology. Our words have long lasting effects on others, either being positive encouragement bringing pleasure, or negative and a millstone around that person’s neck. This is true in the spiritual realm as well as the secular, for one can read many articles entitled ‘mind power’ and ‘visualization’ along with the classic; ‘The power of positive thinking.’ How many times have we witnessed the sad story of parents who continually told their child that they would not amount to much and teachers who often would put certain children down, as being not ‘bright enough.’ As these children grow into adults......
A prophecy to houston
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Along with an explanation of Harvey O Houston O Houston how have I laboured over you, how have I cared for you, how have I wept over you, but you have gone your own way. In your arrogance you said we will do things our way. In your haughtiness you turned a deaf ear to me and ceased to listen. You have not allowed righteousness to spring forth and justice is not carried out in the streets. Yet I will not abandon you for I still care for you, my back is not turned away from you, for my eyes remain steadfast on you says the Lord. Look to me for soon you will see my light shinning on you as I begin to blow my winds across your land. Soon you will see my glory shinning upon you and your face will be radiant. This will be a time a rejoicing not only for you my city but for all the land, as I......
Kings and priests
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You have made them (Believers) to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” Rev 5:10 I am only beginning to slowly and tentively grasp the implications of this verse. We have been given a mandate from our Father the moment we where born again. We have been appointed and commissioned as ambassadors of the King of heaven. As representatives we have been appointed as Kings and Priests of our kingdom. As I am beginning to understand the kingdom that has been allocated to us, is the place where we live and work. This geographical area is the kingdom that we have been given and by royal decree from heaven, we are the King and Priest of our land. Our job description is to create a kingdom of righteousness within our neighbourhood and work place. As......
The hand of god among us
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When the Messiah, whom the prophets had prophesied in various ways, years before, gave up His rightful place in heaven and took on the form of a slave he was not recognized. When he was born the announcement of the royal birth was conveyed to lowly poor shepherds and foreign astrologers. When he grew up gaining both favours with God and man the religious leaders were amazed at his knowledge of the Old Testament. When he was baptized and went about doing good, healing the sick, raising the dead and teaching of the Kingdom of God he was not recognized by the church leaders. The coming of Jesus into the world was not noticed, and if they did have inklings that this was the Messiah, he was misunderstood by the religious leaders. This confusion and blindness to the reality of Jesus as the......
God is on the move
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I saw the Lord of Host dealing to the enemy forces as I was praying recently. I saw the comic strip notations KPOW; POW;BANG;BAM;KAPOW. The enemy was being dealt to in a significant manner, that is leaving his forces wounded and counter attacking, with hate and fury. There is a clash of swords occurring, even now as we read these words, in the heavens that at times spills over onto the nations. I have been directed to pray by the Holy Spirit as I am sure many other have, for God’s righteousness to rain down and justice to spring up. “You heavens above, rain down my righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, Isaiah 45:8 I have seen here in New Zealand remarkable displays of Gods hand in response to these Spirit direct......
This is life in all its fullness
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Jesus not only came to set us free from sin and the curse of the law but he also brought us eternal life. This is wrongly understood that we will only live with Him in the Heavenly Mansions. Salvation is more than providing us with an insurance policy that enables us to live for ever in the heavens. By focusing on this free ticket that we have to the heavenly apartments, affects how we live out our life as a born again child of God. John 10:10 is often quoted with reference to the damage that the enemy is doing to the sons and daughters of God as he roams the earth; but the rest of the verse in not quoted, and in not doing so we over look the central aspect of the gospel. Jesus has said - I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. This is the true essence of eternal......
New strategies for this season of suddenlies
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I was reminded again today that we are in a season of God doing the unexpectant and surprising us with his encounters. This is the time of re positioning, re assignments and re alignments not only for ourselves but for the Body of Christ and the nations. This is the time when the winds of God are blowing across the land with righteousness raining down and justice springing up. This is such a wonderful time of expectation and anticipation of Gods glory. I heard the Holy Spirit say to me that the Father wishes us to partner him in these times of transitions. That the eyes of the Lord are roaming over the earth looking for those to whom he can trust to walk with him in these times of upgrades and divine appointments. The doors of heaven are being opened, not only to pour up the Lords......
Wake up my believers and sense my wind
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I do not believe that we as Christ’s disciples really understand the power and authority that we have been given as sons and daughters of the Living God. For too long we have listened as a body of Christ’s disciples, to the voice of the enemy that continues to tell us the we are irrelevant and of no use. As we listen to this dribble from the press and media fuelled by the voice and strategies of Satan, we have lost our ability to stand strong in Christ. For we have begun to believe what we hear rather than hearkening to the voice of God blaring from the scriptures. We have turned to worn out, crackedand rusted cisterns to drink from. Because of this listening to the negative voices of doubt and unworthiness we are like salt that has lost its flavour: only good to be trampled......
Sweep out our negative emotions
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One aspect of coming from a lineage of Scots crofters, apart from their canniness and thriftiness is having a dour disposition. I could certainly notice this in my fraternal grandfather and his siblings and I guess one can see such characteristics in myself. Therefore it is no brainer that I grew up with a distrust of our feelings concerning things of the spirit. Faith must trump feelings I was instructed both verbally and by observation. I have since come to the conclusion that this understanding is erroneous and such suppression of our feelings makes a dull disciple and can lead into legalism. After all our feelings distinguish us from the animal world and to deny our emotions when filled with the spirit of Christ is repugnant. Yet many sincere Christians operate by the rule that faith......
The battle still rages on and on
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I have been under spiritual attack over these last few days. The other day my prostate played up causing me to question and doubt Gods healing power. Today I have felt achy and sluggish as if my body is not running in top gear. OK, you may call this a flue thing but when I heard my mind say, ‘I do not feel like blogging tonight and praising the Lord.’ I knew this was more than a physical onslaught. In these end times when those who are in tune with the Lords times and seasons we must be awake and realise that we are on the brink of a tremendous work of the Lord, the enemy is counter attacking. Yes I believe those that are called of the Lord to be his ambassadors in these end times are being muzzled in many ways so as to hinder Gods plans. Yes I had to take a stand and fight......
How are we robbing god
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Continuing to read through the minor prophet Malachi I was captured by chapter three, for I heard the Holy Spirit, say that my people today are robbing the Father. As recounted in chapter three, the people respond with, ‘How are we robbing God?’ In my vision I heard the same cry come up today from the church as the Father points out that we his chosen people are robbing Him. The Holy Spirit responded in my spirit with these simple words, ‘My people are robbing me of their time. Today in 2017 many disciples in the body of Christ are time poor, not only in secular affairs but in our walk with God. As I heard the voice of the Holy Spirit I recalled the verse in Ephesians 5:16. Redeeming the time, because the days are evil – KJV The Greek word translated redeeming has......
Is this good enough for our father
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I looked up the definition of ‘Second Best’ just to obtain a recognized and professional definition the other day. My trusty book dictionary, (a dictionary that you actually turn pages) the ‘New Penguin’ had this definition. Noun - somebody or something that comes after the best in quality or worth. This search was prompted from my reading of the Minor Prophet – Malachi. In chapter one the word of the Lord to Israel pointing out rather succinctly When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Verse 8. As one reads through the rest of the chapter it becomes starkly clear that the Lord does not appreciate second best sacrifices, in fact the Lord hates such offerings. Under the sacrificial system set out in Leviticus, and elsewhere, only a lamb......
Today is deliverance day
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God in his loving manner is speaking to us in this time and season about deliverance. Our Father seeks to remind us the he is our deliverer and no one else is his equal. He is concerned that many of his children have allowed themselves to listen to the voice of doubt. In doing so they have allowed a seed of unbelief to be planted in their spirits, much like the ‘children of Israel’ as they faced the Red Sea. This seed has been watered and fertilized by the voice of the enemy, so that this seed is blooming into a flower of bitterness and disappointment. As in the parable of the sower, this seed has overtaken the seed of the word of God that was first planted in our spirits, when we came to salvation. The plant of doubt and unbelief has smothered Gods seed that was planted by......
God is speaking to us in various ways
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There is no doubt in my mind and spirit, that God is about to unleash a new thing upon the earth. I know that I am not alone in this Holy Spirit induced thought for many others world wide agree with me, or should I say we all agree with Gods word. This is not surprising, nor should it catch us unawares for those who have ears to hear, and eyes to see. This movement of the Holy Spirit has been for told by his servants the prophets/watchman who have been declaring this for some time. I enjoy and appreciated Gods manifold imagery and pictures that he has been using to convey this message, as if he is providing simplistic channels, so that no one on earth can claim that they were not aware of the message. God has spoken in the imagery of wind that is blowing across the nations and we, his......
I had a god given dream
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I had a dream the other night. Nothing really out of the ordinary as most of us dream. But this time it was mega special. For the first time in my memory this was a dream from the Holy Spirit for I sensed the presence of God when I awoke. Immediately he spoke to me with the meaning, which I believe was not only for me but for sharing with the body of Jesus. But first the dream. In my home there was a chemist shop that always fascinated me. It would have been erected in the early 1900’s with an elaborate ceiling. Inside the front door was an old fashioned weighing machine with a waist high dial. Through the swing doors at the back of the shop were rows and rows of glass jars lining the shelves with exotic tantalising names particularly to a young boy. In the dream I was called into......
My light will once more shine
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I was praying the other morning the Holy Spirit pressed upon me one word – Illuminate. As this word came into my spirit I saw a great powerful light illuminating believers and the church. Much like a search light beaming down and capturing each of us in its glare. According to my English Penguin dictionary the word illuminates means – a/ to cast light on something. b/ to decorate in brilliant colours. c/ to clarify something. Therefore the Lord says to you look up and see my light shinning down on you. Allow me to open up your dark places in your soul, so that the hidden things are revealed to my grace. Surrender your spirit to me says the Lord for I wish to illuminate my word to you in greater clarity and depth. To those who are struggling in the darkness, look up for my......
Words to uplift you for the coming week
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As we go into this coming week may we remind ourselves of these words form the Holy Spirit:- God will never leave us of forsake us. God will make our crooked path smooth. God will guide our feet to not stumble. God will make a way through the waters. God will provide streams of living water in the desert. Even through we walk the valley of the shadow of death his rod and staff are with us. When we are weary he will provide a resting place. The Holy Spirit will be our comforter, teacher and guide. As he did to his children he will be a cloud by day and a pillar of fire at night. The blood of Christ washed us from all sin, sickness, illness, infirmities, diseases and guilt. We have authority given to us from heaven and no harm will come to us. Stand firm in the blood of Christ with a......
The reversal of noah's destruction
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Over the past few months the Holy Spirit has been instructing me to pray for ‘Righteousness to rain down and Righteousness to spring up.’ I have been dutifully praying this prayer, both with my mind and with my spirit, but not being fully aware of its significance. As I was seeking the Lord for a word to blog tonight he said tonight is the time and season when we will explain the meaning of these words. But I sense the meaning was not only for me but for all who choose to read this blog. As I am wont to do, I first of all go to the scriptures to discover if a phrase or idea that has come to be in a prophetic sense, lines up with scripture. And Wham, Bang to my surprise and delight these words are found in Isaiah 45. It would be a lie to say that my spirit did not soar as I......
Break outs are coming
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The word today from the Holy Spirit is ‘Break Out.’ Break out from your graves. Break out from your prison cell. Break out into another pathway. Break out into another level of authority. Break out into a higher level of walking with the Lord. Break out into a more ‘Christ-like’ thinking pattern.’ to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness. Isaiah 42:7 Yes: Break out, is the word from the Lord in this time of transitions and realignments; for as we wait on the Lord of Hosts with eager expectation, the winds of the spirit will blow out the prison doors. Now is the time to look up and seek the Lord in this time of refreshing for the gates of the citadel are about to swing open. Now is the......
Move the mountain
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The word of the Lord to the faithful who stand day and night in his presence is – ‘Move the mountain – Move the Mountain.’ The mountains that come before you are to be made smooth and the valleys are to be filled in. This is a time of advancement and nothing will stand in the way of my servants says the Lord. Call out to the mountain that stands in your way and say, ‘Be moved for I am a child of God.’ Use the authority that I have given you in the name of Jesus and remove the blockages before you, for my name and word will prevail. Now is the time to take hold of my authority and use it to break down the strong holds and irons that have bound you, for this is a season break outs, of loosening and breaking free into your destiny. I have given you......
Stand tall and do not be intimidated
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I Jesus Christ are with you no matter what you see, hear or understand, for these temporary afflictions and distractions do not change my word to you – ‘I will never leave you.’ Do not focus on the world’s events and the wrongs that come against you and the afflictions that piece your soul. I the Lord Jesus Christ do not tease you for I am with you always and my word is true. Believe my promises form my word for they will be strength and food to your heat and medicine to your body. Do not focus on the distractions that are buzzing like bees around your head. I say to you, says the Holy Spirit, ‘Do not dwell on the storms and wild waves as the disciples displayed when Jesus was asleep in the boat.’ My word says that even if the mountains crumble and fall......
Breakthrough time to ride on the high places with god
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I pray that this blog will speak hope into your heart for the Lord is saying lift up your eyes and rejoice for I am coming soon in chariots of fire. Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. Isaiah 60:1 The cries and prayers of saints past and present are being answered for the doors of righteousness are being opened and the light and glory of the Lord will burst forth. As I hovered over the darkness long ago so I will soon hover over the darkness of the cities and bring a new creation upon the nations. The nations belong to me says the Lord and I am about to release my glory upon them and release their wealth to my son and daughters. This is a time of rejoicing for as I brought forth water in the desert so to will I bring forth my living water from......
Rightly dividing the bible
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I deeply believe that in these last days with the multitude of voices coming over the air waves via TV and social mediums that we discern the truth. We also need to be conscious of the voices that are clamouring for our attention that we know for sure that they are rightly dividing the word of truth. These two statements are so important, for in this time there are many believers who are being tossed to and fro by what they are hearing to be the word of the Lord. The enemy is making hay with these many opinions that are out there in the jungle of words claiming to be truth for our times. There is much that the believer can do to guard themselves from these wolf words that come as gentle lambs. Jesus has said that his sheep know his voice and they will follow him. Yes this is correct but......
A sincere wrongful conclusion of the nations
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It is so easy to come to the wrong conclusion when one looks at the state of this planet. It is so obvious that the world is in a precarious balance with the moral slide not abating. There is conflict everywhere as peace and brotherhood is a long distance dream in those who worked hard for unity. The church is ineffective and full of tares and the dream of the bride of Christ being ready is not yet close to be ready. This depressing picture of the world has given birth to a movement that teaches and preaches doom and gloom upon the nations. The world is doomed and Gods judgement is about to be visited upon the earth and the apostate church. There is no hope for the earth, as Gods wrath is about to be released. There is so much negativity and harshness in this view point that is being......
These two issues are burning me up
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There are two issues at present that torment my soul and cause my spirit to burn. As Jesus said, ‘My spirit is troubled within me.’ Whenever I read or hear of these two being taught, spoken, preached or spoken as a prophetic utterance I feel saddened and troubled. Many times I have cried out to God to forgive those who are espousing these words for they know not what they are doing. Firstly there are some who are changing the good news of the gospel to one of judgment and harshness, born not out of love but, a misplaced righteousness. Yes I know that there are sinners who will be lost to the kingdom. Yes I know that the church is not perfect and many have lost their first love. But turning the gospel of hope and salvation into a judgemental stick is not the gospel that I read......
The key of hope and keys of delight
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I believe in my spirit that were are on the cusp of a move forward in Gods plans, when we will see signs and wonders of his shaking and cleaning among the nations. The enemy is still fighting back at the move of Gods four chariots, which are stepping forth into the Lords time plan. There are still much disasters and upheavals to come among the nations, before the full hand of God will be revealed to an unbelieving and astonished world. Again the trumpet call has gone out to summon Gods warriors to battle, to be on the front line of Christ’s army. This army will begin to retake the nations that were promised to Gods people, but through the religious spirit which has invaded the church, this promise has not been fulfilled. But now is the time and seasons of Gods callingfor he is......
Testing the spirits
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Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world 1 John 4:1 I am concerned that with the increase in the prophetic word and the proliferation of prophecy, that God is truly raising up in these last days; that discernment and wisdom is lacking among Gods people. One of my greatest fears is that when the Lord lays a prophetic word upon my spirit that I remain true to the flow of grace upon my heart. I am so aware that my thoughts and biases can creep in without me knowing. In all sincerity, there can be aspects of my prophetic word that is not from the heart of God. Since I am aware of this so called ‘false word’ I am all the more discerning when I hear and read other......
Use your god given authority
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It is time to take control of your life, for if you do not, someone or circumstances will rule over you. Most likely these ‘other rulers’ will not have your best interests at heart. From my experience only the God of the Bible has a plan for us that will cause us to prosper and be over comers. But we have to first show that we mean business with God before he will help us. Is this a radical thought? Far too many of Gods believers sit around waiting for God to act and solve their problems. God is not a wizard. Despite this knowledge many Christians expect God to act like a benevolent wizard. ‘Poof’ and all will be OK. Sometimes their prayers will reflect this attitude. We need to realize that God and we are in a partnership; for the moment we were born again and......
Cry out today for my wisdom
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Cry out for wisdom my people for wisdom is standing in your path and she will be your companion. Do not seek after your own wisdom for this is foolishness for my wisdom will bring understanding and clarity to you in this hour. Seek out wisdom, press into my wisdom says the Lord, for I freely give of my wisdom to those who hunger and thirst for my understanding. For my wisdom will be the Key of David that will unlock the door to heaven. I say to those who are weary and burdened with the cares of this world, stop reasoning and seek my wisdom. My wisdom is not hidden but stands on the street corners Wisdom is crying out to be asked into your home; do you hear her cry says the Lord? Turn your ear to my wisdom for wisdom is the beginning of understanding and the acquiring of my presence says......
The big misconception
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Sin is an ugly word that we all know what it means yet we do not know what it means. We rightly understand the meaning of sin according to the wisdom of this world. We in the church who worship the Lord have unwittingly taken the meaning of sin according to the word to be the biblical meaning. But I sense in my spirit that the Lord looks down and shakes his head as we can so often call sin by our standards. In the book of Zachariah was called by the Lord to take a plumb line to the nation of Israel. As he did so the nation fell short of the standards the Lord expected from his covenant people. I believe that if we were open and honest with a humble heart as we began to study Gods word we would come up with an earthquake shake. WE would discover that what we call OK, righteous and good God......
The rising danger of todays prophetic voice
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I do not believe that any serious Christian cannot read the signs that we are in the last days before the Lords return. What may be in dispute is the rise in the five fold ministries that are being restored to their rightful place in the Body of Christ. As I see it, this is Gods preparing of the Bride to walk in the end time plans that have been ordained for her. The prophetic voice is one of the more remarkable and notable ministries that have been restored to the church. It is as if the plea of Paul in his letter to the Corinthians of his wish to eagerly strive after the gifts especially prophecy, is being fulfill. But as I have been rejoicing in the this gift that the Lord has bestowed upon many believers, myself included, I was warned by the Holy Spirit of Danger ahead. Why is this?......
How to capture the forth coming renascence
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This blog flow on from my last blog on the forthcoming move of God that I am convinced is not far away, in fact, I believe the winds of the Spirit from God are starting to gather typhoon strength. Did you find my blog title interesting? Intriguing, Puzzling or completely ‘whako?’ I purposefully chose the word capture to be the title, for I believe that this next move of the Holy Spirit will pass many believers by. Why? Simply because this move of God will not be as we imagine and expect such a revival to be. God has been very clear over the last few years from the mouths of the prophets that this move of Gods spirit will be a new thing. These blessings will come upon the nations in a different manner than in the past revivals. Therefore for us to be a participant in......
Why i believe a renascence is close by.
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I believe that something mega is going down in heaven that will reach over the earth. I have been sensing in my spirit that the Lord of Hosts is about to release a new initiative across the nations. I have been hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking along similar lines that excite and stir my heart. I have reading of prophetic words online that are ‘singing from the same hymn book;’ that we are on the cusp of a mighty mega work of God. Those reading this blog that are attuned to the move of the Lord of Hosts in these times and seasons will also have a quickening of your spirit as you read the above. For the Holy Spirit will bear witness. It has also been brought to my attention that this Sunday is Pentecost Sunday when we acknowledge the out pouring of the Holy Spirit......
Three different ways god will reveal himself
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If you will bear with me for a few moments I wish to lead you on a theological pathway concerning a central tenet of our faith. It is my recollection that the God of the Bible is the only deity that reveals himself to mankind. I believe, if I remember my theological studies for this to be true. Other faiths speak about their god(s) in a distant manner; certainly not in a self manifestation manner of seeing their god(s) face to face. This is not true of the Old and New Testaments for one cannot escape the fact that the God of both testaments is a revealing God. Beginning with the story of creation, and closing with the Parousia, God meets with, and speaks to mankind his creation. God reveals himself to Adam; he came to Noah and Abraham and shows himself to the children of Israel through......
Lift up your eyes thirsty ones
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A prophetic word of encouragement. Saturday 27th May 10pm NZST The Lord says to those who are in a dry and barren place, ‘Let down your nets on the other side for I will cause the doors of heaven to open and you will enter in.’ May we not rely on our human wisdom and understanding when we are in the desert places. John 21. ‘When I lead my Children out through the desert there was no room for rational understanding for I feed my people and cared for them,’ says the Lord. I believe this is the time and season that requires the departure of conventional wisdom. ‘This is the time in our spiritual walk when we can no longer say I have tried this or that for as I said to Simon Peter to let down his net on the other side.’ ‘In obedience to me he put his......
The difference between milk faith and meat faith.
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When I was growing up my mother used to quote a number of sayings, most often when she was trying to ‘teach me a lesson.’ I have to admit that even now I cannot recall many of Mums pithy quotes, but one does stick in my mind. I guess this is because I have used the same ‘proverb’ to my own children. ‘Actions speak louder than words.’ How true this is. Not only in the natural but more so in the spiritual. Jesus had many a harsh word to say to the religious leaders of his day for their hypocritical manner of teaching. I would estimate that most of today’s disciples of Christ’s would claim that their actions match their words. I too would have laid claim to this thought but over the years and being placed in the furnace of God I have seen that......
How will we know the lord plans without discernment
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I have heard it said that this is the month of Issachar, who were known among the tribes of Israel as those who knew the times and seasons of God. 1 Chronicles 12:32. This spirit of discernment that the sons of Issachar were blessed with is the word that I wish to bring to you through this blog from the Lord. Knowing the times and seasons of the Lord will bring us into the plans that the Lord is unfolding before us, for the gift of discernment is needed more than ever today. For I hear the word of the Lord saying to his sons and daughters that he is opening up doors before us; he is asking us to enlarge the ropes of our tent; to plough up our fallowed land. For this is the time and season of the abundance out poring of God’s grace upon the earth. Without the spirit of the sons of......
Beware of the little foxes
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I believe that many of Gods intercessors are coming into a time and season of new harvest for the blossoms are already on the vine. For many of Gods saints who have laboured long and hard in prayer for a breakthrough are to be assured that the harvest is soon to come as I see the blossoms on the vines. God is already enlarging your tent to accommodate this heightened level of ministry and spiritual walk that he is about to position you into. Loosen your tent pegs to co partner with the Lord of Hosts to bring you up higher. This is a time and season of suddenlies, for suddenly the breakthrough will overtake you and you will be taken up to a wider space. For those who have their discernment eyes open they will rejoice and give thanks to the Father for his grace and succor. Unfortunately......
Lets tear down the city walls
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On the fourth of June of this year we recounted the coming of the Holy Spirit with wind and fire as recorded in Acts two. This was the birth of the church for up to time the disciples were confused and anxious, but in the upper room that day in Jerusalem the bride of Christ was born. Many centuries before on Mount Sinai the Jewish nation was born when the Ten Commandments where given in a mighty display of Gods; thunder and lightning. The Jews gave this giving of the law, the name Pentecost. I see a parallel here in Gods dealings; one, a birth of a nation and the other a birth of a Kingdom. Both came with a corresponding display of Gods power and a manifestation of his glory. All these last few weeks the Holy Spirit has been giving breathe to pray that the winds of God will blow across my......
Rivers of righteousness flowing across the nations
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Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12 Over these last two days I have heard the Holy Spirit say to me, ‘I will shower you with my righteousness.’ Whichever way I have turned this word has not escaped me, so much so that I was compelled to look the phrase up. Using a concordance I came across the above verse which I believe the Holy Spirit is drawing our attention to. I believe that we are on the edge of an out pouring of Gods rain of righteousness upon the earth. I believe that these showers are the latter rains that the scripture speaks of, as recorded in Joel. We are on the edge of a great outpouring of God upon......
God is leading his children out
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Do you hear the Holy Spirit calling to each of Gods children to partner with Him in the great end times out pouring of his grace? Now is the time to re position our spirits in alignment with the spirit of God. To those who have invested their time and energy into the heart of God so will their reward be in proportion to their surrender. For this is the month of Issachar. Issachar was the tribe who was blessed with the ability to discern the times and seasons of the nations. In this month those who are aligned with the heart of God, will find that their prayers and desires of their heart will be reveled to them, including strategies and plans for completion. During this month those sons and daughters who feel the heart beat of the Father will receive mega answers to their desires and......
The forgotten biblical virtue
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A thought came to me the other day as I was in the Lords presence, that I am convinced was prompted by the Holy Spirit. I received an impression in my spirit that many believers, those who are born again have not fully repented. At first I was startled for I thought ‘How can this be.” As I meditated on this revelation I began to have my spiritual eyes opened to see that the Lords word to me was valid. The Holy Spirit took me quickly on a systematic theology treatise by Yahweh. To understand this new concept I needed to recall the Greek word used in the New Testament that is translated by the English versions as repentance/repent. The Greek word is metanoia; simply meaning ‘a change of one’s mind.’ My New Penguin English dictionary defines repentance as......
Have you lost your full benefits of eternal life
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I have recently come to the realization that for a period of my Christian walk I had lost the full benefits of eternal life. Even more disturbing was the knowledge that I was not aware of this loss, nor did I care. I had neglected my ‘spiritual mojo’ to the point that it had disappeared from my life. I was not availing myself of the benefits from the deposit that had been placed in my heavenly bank, as a result of my re birth into Gods family. My eternal life deposit which was a gift from my Heavenly Father as a down payment, was being treated as if it was to mature when I died. For years I never touched my blessings deposit gifted to me as a result of the death and resurrection of Jesus. I believe that I was not alone in this thinking. It took a major earthquake shift in my......
Condemnation and the habit to renew our mind
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The Bible makes it very plain that those who are in Christ are a new creature, a new creation. This new position that we have been born into is expressed in numerous ways. We are told that we are seated in the heavenly places with Christ. We are now no longer slaves of fear and anxiety. We are over comers. We are more than conquerors. We now have peace that the world does not have. All these terms express our new standing before God; once we were at enmity with God but now through the blood of Jesus we have been reconciled with God. We have been blessed with all the blessings in the heavenly places. The faith that Christ manifested while on the earth is now ours. The resurrected power that raised Jesus from the dead is now ours. Because of Christ’s death and resurrection the Holy......
The cross means
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Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus that we remember and recall over this weekend it did not seem proper to not mention this in a blog. Because of this sacrifice that was the reason Jesus was born into this world in a stable in Bethlehem. Jesus came into this world so that we might overcome this world. Jesus came into this world to show us another world. Jesus came into this world so that we may be His ambassadors in this world. Jesus came into this world so that we may overcome the prince of this world. Jesus came into this world to show us His Father. Jesus came into this world to set us free from this world. Jesus came into this world to give us peace in this world. Jesus came into this world to show us the way to another world. Jesus came into this world to reconcile all to......
Prayerful weapons of warfare
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I have been reading through the historical books of 1st & 2nd Samuel, 1st & 2nd Kings plus 1st & 2nd Chronicles and in doing so I have been entranced by the protection and oversight of Yahweh over his children. There have been times and seasons of peace from their enemies, while the opposite has also been true. Some of the battles have been when their enemies marched against them, while other times Gods people have been the instigators. There were defeats and there were victories; some defeats were crushing when whole villages were taken and forced into captivity. All in all battles were common place for the enemy could attack at any time and they themselves needed to re capture lost territory. Is this not true of our own walk by faith? For those of us who are continually......
Praying for the nations
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I am convinced that the Lord of Hosts is doing a new thing that is springing up before our eyes but yet many believers in the church are not aware. It is a case of awake O sleeper and arise from your slumber dear church and see what the Lord of Hosts is dong among the nations. My servants the prophets have been speaking of this re alignment of the nations with the purpose of bringing the things on this earth into line with my thinking says the Lord of Hosts. I say to you my bride, do not be like the Church of Sardis who had fallen asleep. Wake up and see what I am doing among the nations for I have called forth my Cyrus and I will use him to subdue the nations. He will go forth and disarm the kings of this world, for have I not spoken says the Lord of Hosts? I am convinced in my spirit......
Being taught how to pray from the book
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There have been many books written on the ‘Art of Praying.’ There have been millions of words spoken at seminars on the subject of ‘Improving your Prayer Life.’ In this technological age no doubt there are countless sites that one can log into and learn the ‘secrets of prayer.’ Along with these avenues there have been many biographies written in the same vein. But do we need these ‘self-help’ books on prayer? Do we need to be enthused at seminars to pray more fervently and more effectively? How effective are these learning sessions? For me I have always been skeptical of such learning methods. To me I have been of the opinion that one learns prayer by bending ones knee and actually praying. Therefore praying, trusting the Lords saying, that......
Prayer and the armour of god
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This revelation has come to be recently; that the reason why we must put on the armour of God is to stand firm in prayer. Without taking up the armour our prayers will not be as effective as we struggle and battle our way into the Fathers throne room. The great end time battle will be waged over the position, place and power of prayer in a believer’s life. Prayer is easy for us because of the life of the Son laid down for us. The struggles of prayer come when the powers of darkness divert our conversations away from the living God. Without clothing ourselves in the armour we open ourselves to the diversions, doubts and lies from the powers of darkness. I wish to take an in depth look at this passage from Ephesians 6 which is often taught and preached in isolation from the issue of......
Stand on your watch tower
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The Lord is marching through the nations; can you hear the stirring in the mulberry trees? The Lords is marching nearby and the angels are gathering together to bring a break through close at hand. Look to the nations those who call me by name for you will see that I, the Lord are about to do a new things that will spring forth. For I am about to do something that you would nor believe if I had told you beforehand. I challenge those you call me by name, to stand on your watch tower and seek and watch for what I am about to do that which will be marvelous in your eyes. Today I am speaking across all channels but especially through my servants the prophets. I am about to rise up a nation that will sweep all before, who once knew me, but now do not, but once again will call me by name. Once......
The brass ceiling of our prayer life part 2
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This blog follows on from part one published a few days ago. We were allowing the Holy Spirit to teach us through the incident known as the raising of Lazarus recorded in John 11. There are times when Gods silences when we have prayed correctly and faithfully that in reality are an answer. God’s silences are his answer to our prayer requests. On reading and ruminating from this chapter this revelation will be meat and drink to our soul. What leaped out to me as I was meditating on this incident is the fact that John is at pains to stress that Jesus loved this family. Jesus and his disciples often stayed in the sister’s house when they were in Judea. He loved them so much that he was not afraid to express this emotion openly and publically. This love was a deeply intimate......
The brass ceiling of our prayer life
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In summary I have, through the disciplining of the Lord, as I have passed through his crucible been shown a deeper understanding of prayer. These meaty morsels of meat concerning ones prayer life have not come easily as old habits and ideas linger on and die slowly. Praying according to HIS will was a fundamental truth that the Lord revealed to me many years ago. A simple child-like attitude, but one that I have not always adhered to. Watching and praying least I fall into temptation has for me been easier to grasp. But my difficulty has been praying from a position of strength which I outlined in my third blog on prayer. There have been occasions when I have been able to line these three building stones and in doing so have laid a solid foundation as I have prayed. But having lined up......
Prayer has to be from a position of strength
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This blog is in reality a continuation of the last two blogs on prayer – Is prayer really important part 1&2. I confess these titles are not the best descriptive heading I could have chosen and I apologize if such was mis-leading. In summary; I have gained an understanding that supplicatory and intercessory prayer, in particular, need to have the following. Firstly one needs to pray ‘according to HIS will.’ Secondly one needs to ‘watch and pray.’ Tonight’s blog adds a third truth. Once again this truth has come with a struggle on my part to integrate this into my mind. I can be a slow learner. When we pray, we must do so standing on the redemptive, finished work of the cross and resurrection. This is easy to say, but almost nigh impossible to put......
Prayer is it really important part 2
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There was so much more that I intended to blog in the last blog (part 1) that this blog is really a continuation of last night’s blog. Praying according to HIS Will; there is no doubt that this will certainly grab the attention of our Father. But does this always mean that that particular prayer is answered? I would say ‘most times.’ Why? Because we see through a glass darkly and often we do not fully understand Gods time and seasons. How long were the Israelites in slavery under the Egyptian task master before God moved to release them? It was far more than 2-3 generations. Remember Ecclesiastes 3 – there is a time and season There is a time for everything; and a season for every activity under the sun Remembering this spiritual truth can save us countless......
Prayer - is it really important
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I can hear folks thinking; ‘Not another blog/article on prayer. Over the years I have read countless books on prayer, listened to multitude sermons on prayer but not much changed regarding my views on prayer. My worry is that many will have this same thought pattern as they see this blog. All I can write is from the basis of my experience as I have gained some understanding of the value of prayer the hard way. I have like many been through the ‘school of hard knocks.’ Therefore I have been called by the Holy Spirit to blog along these lines, setting out truths that I have been taught over the past 50 odd years concerning praying. Prayer is not something that you can learn from a book or a sermon. You have to experience the struggles with the highs and lows of prayer to......
Enlarge your boundaries
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This is a time of marching forward into the purposes of God for this month of March is the time and season of new things coming forth. This is the time of a fresh outpouring of Gods comfort and joy as the bride readies herself for the coming. This is the month of miracles working for the glory of God to fall on the Apostles, Prophets, Teachers, Evangelists and Pastors. For in the days to come we must be ready to march into the inheritance that he been prepared for us. This is the time of new visions, dreams and prophetic writings and blogs. This is a time of regeneration and redemption; a time for the Bride of Christ to once more ascend into the calling that we have been called to. This is a month of movement forward as we cross the barriers that have been erected against the breath of......
Jonah as a sign of the last days
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I believe that the Lord is speaking powerfully across all nations, races and groups as never before. I sense in my spirit that there is increased activity in the heavens that will ultimately fall onto the earth. I also sense that the enemy is increasing his anger, hatred and violence, more so among the younger generation. There is coming a clash of the swords that will impact across the nations leaving no person untouched. We can see this upheaval in activity and changes in all levels of our society including, the USA, Briton, Europe, China to name a few nations. As we listen or view the news we can see earthquake cracks appearing in the politics of a number of nations that has many financial experts on tender hooks. It is into this heavenly activity orchestrated by the Lord of Hosts that......
A prophetic word of encouragement to my people
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The Holy Spirit is saying that my people are praying to me with their lips but their hearts are far from me. But despite the churches lose of their first love the Lords anger has been stayed. For the covenant of blood upon the cross of my Son I will once more astound my people says the Lord. For I say unto you that the eyes that cannot read my word and hears that cannot see my voice will once more be astounded by my mercies. Wonder upon wonder will be bestowed on my bride for I will honour the promises that I have decreed through my servants the prophets. Therefore rejoice my redeemed for I am coming to you to set you free from oppression and infirmities. Your wisdom will vanish as my people once again will learn of me and be taught by me. Your man-formed knowledge will be blown away by......
Battle plans and strategies for spiritual warfare
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A few days back one on my blogger friends Barbara Kankowske @barbkaye, wrote an insightful blog concerning the rise of Satan, which I believe is compulsory reading for all on CB. In essence the blog reminds us to sound the trumpet as we are at war with the principalities, powers of darkness and demonic forces. No longer can we ignore that there are evil forces at work to humiliate and cease the presidency of D Trump. There are reports that witches are casting spells on D Trump. Then again the spirit of Leviathan, which I believe is controlling the news and media are blatantly twisting the news concerning the presidency. Never before I believe has there been so much hostility and hate directed towards the White House. The body of Christ is being called to warfare, to take on the full amour......
Does god hear our prayers
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The closer that I come into the Fathers house; the more I press into his heart; the clearer I hear his prophetic voice I realize how inadequate my spiritual understanding is. Where once I was confident in my knowledge of Gods ways and methods, I now know for sure, that I was as a new born babe. Where once I had a good ‘head knowledge’ of Biblical matters, I now have come to the conclusion my knowledge was like the morning mist. All week long the Holy Spirit has been saying to me, ‘I need to teach you to pray.’ Yes I realized, for by now I had put away my arrogance in repentance and accepted the Holy Spirits words. It never does too good to think that you can ‘out run’ God. As I was dwelling on these weighty matters I knew this was a blog that needed to......
Healing according to jesus
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I wish to draw out three simple truths from Luke’s gospel of the ten lepers that were healed. We can read this from Luke 17:11-19. 11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 2 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 3 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 6 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, ‘Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 8 Has no one returned to give......
Healing the new testament method
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I wish to begin this blog with an example of the author and finisher of our Faith; Jesus Christ himself. As he was coming to the close of his ministry there is a verse that sums up the attitude, that I believe he wishes us to bring into our struggles, sicknesses and tribulations. It is found in Luke 9:51 where the KJV reads ‘he set his face steadfastly to go to Jerusalem.’ Jesus faced the greatest hour of his trail with determination and conviction that God his Father would not let him down. We have been given the mind of Christ; therefore we are to contend with God over our sickness with determination, conviction and utter belief that we will be healed. I have set out in my blog ‘Contending for our Healing – part two,’ the steps this entails. In my last blog......
Healing myths exposed
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The scriptures are clear that the gifts of the spirit, which are listed in 1 Corinthians 12, are for the edification and the building up of the body of Christ. Therefore we have the following chapters setting out Paul’s concerns that such manifestation of the gifts are done in an orderly and proper manner. We are all aware that there are counterfeit gifts that operate so closely to the gifts from the Holy Spirit that it is difficult to discern between the two. In fact I believe it has been documented that such ‘bogus’ gifts can operate under the authority of the church of God. Such is the ability of the enemy to deceive the children of God. All this is by way of an introduction to the subject of healing that has caused endless heartache and discouragement over the......
Contending for our health - part two
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Strategies to enjoy Healing This bog flows on from part one of the same title, in which I outlined the case for the requirement, that all who are disciples of Jesus need to cooperate with God in their ongoing salvation. I endeavored to support this with passages of scripture showing that we are in a covenant relationship and we have our responsibilities to work with God. If you have not read that blog it may be wise to do so before proceeding with this blog. I will attempt in this blog to outline the pro active cooperation that is expected of us in regards to safe guarding our calling and finishing the race. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. 2 Peter 1:10 These steps include the responsibilities that I......
Contending for our health part one.
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This thought rattled me the other day as I heard this quoted by Doug Addison for I realized that this was the answer to my prayers as to the next blog. As I listened to the Holy Spirit over the nest days I realized that this ‘contending’ was the modus operandi that I had been using over my battle concerning my prostate. As they say the pieces began to fall the right way up. Also this revelation can easily flow on from my series on Genesis 22 in that we all have at certain times mountains to climb. As I began my research I came across three verses in the NIV New Testament that use the word contending. The first two are from Colossians 1:29-Colossians 2:1 To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me. I want you to know how hard I am......
On the mountain of the lord from genesis 22
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Genesis 22 contiued…. As we draw to the close of this epic story that has tantalized and captured the hearts of many a follower of Christ for its powerful simplify. Genesis 22 is one of those rare passages that even though we feel we have mastered the text we have a suspicion that the text has not been allowed to master us. As we peel back layer upon layer of truth we sense that we will never reach the depths of this passage. We come to verse 14 where we are introduced to a beautiful name of God, that of Jehovahjireh as rendered by the KJV. The Lord will Provide. The Hebrew word more commonly translated as ‘provide’ can equally be rendered as ‘to see.’ Among scholars this causes much debate for does it mean ‘the Lord will see you through......
Sacrificial service from genesis 22
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Genesis 22 continued… As we come to the close of this chapter I thought we might pause here while I slip in some of my research that I have discovered concerning this, to many, an enigmatic passage. Does it surprise you that not only do Christians have an interpretation for this chapter but so do the Jews and Muslims? Many Rabbis see this story as a teaching to accept Jehovah and his law in full obedience. While other Rabbis explain this passage as a polemic against child sacrifices that were rife in the heathen tribes surrounding Israel. Muslims explain this story as an example of complete submission and acquiescence to Allah. Then again many of the early church fathers taught this story of Abraham and Isaac as a pre-figuring of Christ’s atonement and......
The sacrifice of surrendered sonship
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Genesis 22 continued – verse 11ff In these verses we reach the pinnacle of the narrative as we discover that Abraham is correct in that the Lord will provide. But I wonder even if Abraham envisaged the manner in which God would achieve this. Many commentaries speak of Abraham having a believe that God would raise Isaac back to life. But we are not told of Abrahams thinking as the writer wishes us to sense the isolation of Abraham’s thoughts. Again in verse 11 we catch a glimpse of the intimacy that Abraham had developed with God. There is sometimes much made of the angel of God as the voice that called out but I do not believe we can read anything into this, for the writer is seen to have belonged to the Elohim tradition which saw angels as Gods......
The direction of duty from genesis 22
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Continuing our study from Genesis 22 As we come to the apex of this ancient narrative we begin to realize the majestic manner in which the writer has lead us in this tension stretched story. We realize that we have encountered deep torturous thoughts on behalf of the two sojourners. We have been held in suspense as we have journeyed with Abraham and Isaac following the voice of God to walk out an outrages task. We have witnessed the perfecting of father and sons obedience of faith. The obedience is not so much in the sacrifice, but more so I believe in Abraham’s willingness to accept a revelation when it seemed to contradict Gods promises to him. Hence we arrive at verse nine to eleven. We are not told how Abraham knew that this was the place to build the alter, but we are......
The goal of unreserved resignation from genesis 22
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Genesis 22 cont… As we continue through this epic and tension ridden walk following the call of God we begin to come to the ‘crunch.’ How will Abraham follow the call from God? Will he renege and say he was mistaken? Or will he say the voice he heard must have been the voice of the Devil? We the readers are carried along with these thoughts ticking over in the background of our mind. Up to this point there has hardly been any meaningful communication concerning the purpose of the journey. Isaac is silent before his father and Abraham is silent before God and God is silent before both of them. Hence we come to verse eight where Abraham breaks the silence in response to his sons penetrating question in verse 7. Isaac asked a good......
The lonely path of god from genesis 22
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Genesis 22 series cont. We have come to verse five where we notice that the silent tension is ratchet up a few notches as the two servants are told to stay behind as Abraham and Isaac ascent to mountain to worship. There is no mention from Abraham of the true nature of the climb for worship is not the same as sacrifice. Was Abraham misleading the servants? Even more of a misrepresentation is Abraham’s comment that Isaac and himself will return shortly. Why the pretence? Was Abraham concealing the truth? Maybe a hopeful wish? An embarrassed confused statement? Or did Abraham really believe against all hope that God would see him through? As the narration continues we discover, to some readers, the amazing reason that Abraham truly believed that the Lord who had called him would do......
Gods call to come up higher genesis 22
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The series from Genesis continues Verse two records the call of Abraham to take his only son whom Abraham loves and go to the region of Moriah, which we learn in the following verses is about three days journey away. When one goes in the Hebrew we find that the call is expressed in the language of a request as the words used indicate a softness and close intimate call. Today we would say, ‘I would like you Abraham to take your only son and go the region of Moriah.’ What can we learn from this? 1/ God never makes urgent demands of us as he always gives us a way out to decline. I call this a freedom of choice which I believe is a result of being made in the image of God. Other Biblical scholars may call this ‘mans free will’ and decry its use and understanding......
Testing, trials, trust, temptation genesis 22
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As I suspected there is more than one blog from this highly explosive and ‘punch-in-the-stomach’ chapter. As I have been mulling over these words from Genesis 22 it seemed good to me to return to my exegetical roots and work my way through the chapter. Hence verse one Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Tested: the Hebrew is (nis·sāh) which occurs here and in 1 Samuel 17:39 and is translated into English as Test/Prove. The KJV wrongly translated the Hebrew as Tempt. What can we learn from this? 1/ God will always choose the time and place of our testing. I caution against putting God to the test as some believers are prone to do citing Gideon and the fleece narrative in Judges 6. 2/ The......
The supreme sacrificial climb genesis 22
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Some time back I said to the Lord that I would like to blog on a teaching topic and left it at that. Earlier this week my thoughts were directed to Genesis 22 with the implication that this was to be the blog for my next posting. I was not particularly thrilled hence my normal Friday blog came and went as I struggled with this assignment. Finally I could not be disobedient. Therefore I pray for clarity as I pen this blog so as to be able to bless those who read this posting. As it happens this chapter captivated my attention while I was at Theological College for the way it was crafted to build up tension and suspense. Note the abrupt beginning and stark, emotionless fraught construction. It is absorbing, confusing, riveting and infuriating. This terseness and starkness is seen ever so......
Discerning the times and seasons of 2017
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I stumbled across this vewrse from Proverbs the othert day and never gave it a second thought until the Holy Spirit pulled me up and said ‘Look again.’ Because of this rebuke I begin this blog with this verse from Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. My devotional reading this morning contained the thoughts that God sets the time and seasons and it is our responsibility to discern the times and seasons that we are now in. Daniel know this spiritual truth for he set himself aside abstaining from the Kings rich food to spend time in prayer seeking Gods will and direction in for his people who were living in a foreign land. Today more than ever with the nations in uproar and un certainty sweeping around the world......
Jesus is weeping we are praying
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The Holy Spirit has drawn my attention to a number of verses concerning Jesus’ attitude towards Jerusalem that we have tended; at least I have, over looked its significance. It is recorded in the gospels that Jesus wept twice and in Hebrews we are told that Jesus cried with loud cries to Him who was able to save him. But the incident that has been pressed into my heart is recorded in Luke 19:41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it Ironically Jesus had just ridden into Jerusalem on the donkey and was hailed as King. Amidst the celebration, laughter and positive vibes Jesus breaks down and weeps over the city. What a complete contrast to the atmosphere that he been generated moments before. As I type this I wonder how the disciple reacted. Here they were,......
Seven truths for the week
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I wish for you to meditate on these seven truths; one for each day of the week. 1/ Hold onto your first Love. Remember God is Good and Loves you We walk by faith and not Sight 2/ Expect God to visit you this week with his Presence. 3/ Declare the riches of God over your day. 4/ Seek the Lord with all your heart and mind for new Revelation from his Word. 5/ Work out your salvation. 6/ Put on the full Armour of God and stand firm. 7/ Pray for workers to go out into the field for the harvests are due. To those who have been struggling against a raging enemy, look up because I have planned an outrages blessing to flow and fill your life. I am planning to bring you up higher. Stand firm on Christ’s sacrifice for you will be resurrected into newness of life. Choose to believe my word and......
Prophetic word to my american friends
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For those of you who live in America be aware that the Lord of Hosts has sent an Irritant upon the land. For as in the days of Pharaoh when they refused to let my people go when I sent an Irritant among them, so have I shaken the land of America. Watch while I irritate those who oppose my will, who have believed that they could make laws contrary to my word expecting them to last forever. Watch I say, as I irritate the media who have opposed me for too long for my angel is sweeping through the land in preparation of my cleansing water. For as I moved through the land of Egypt so to will you see the difference between those who walk up righteously before me and those who pretend. Exodus 11:7 For those caught up in my wind of irritation, stand firm and do not succumb to the enemies lies for......
Don't despise desert dwellings
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At some period this year you may find yourself in a dry dusty enclosure. With the wrecking ball President in full flight one is not certain where we will be. Or for that matter what our emotional graph will registrar. The logical reaction to find ourselves in a dry spiritual period is to rebel and kick against the walls of sand. But is this reaction what is required of us who follow Jesus? I have been thinking along these lines recently as I had a vision of a desert scene where springs of water were bubbling up everywhere. I said, Lord ‘What does this mean?’ The Holy Spirit replied, ‘That the desert is a good place to be for there we will encounter the water of life – Christ himself. The implication being rejoice when you find yourself in a dry, dusty, thirsty......
Gods flood of glory like as in noahs time
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I see parallels between the time of Noah and today’s time and seasons that have been orchestrated by God from his heavenly throne. I do not pretend to have grasped and understood totally and fully the full connections suffice to say that the Holy Spirit is leading me along these pathways. I believe and know that I am privileged to be able to be the recipient of Gods plans and understandings. When we begin to compare the two times in history we always tend to dwell on the wickedness aspect that was prevalent in Noah’s time and push this into today’s amoral climate. There is truth and value in this comparison but there, as the old hymn said; ‘The Lord hath yet more light and truth to break forth from His Word.’ Let us not be found guilty of closing our spirits......
We have this anchor
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This blog easily follows on from the blog the Holy Spirit penned with my willingness last night. But it could also stand on its own for the arm of the Lord is not too short that he cannot help us. I believe in my spirit as I listen to the voice of the Holt Spirit that we entering into times and seasons of the covering of the nations by the glory of the Lord as he did to Mount Sinai. These times will be joyous and glorious as dust like gold will cling to our hands so that everything we touch will birth a miracle of healing. Such miracles will occur outside of church doors as the glory of the Lord will be found in the highways and byways. Hence these times will be the best of times. But they will also be the worst of times. Amidst the powerful manifestations of God’s presence will......
As in the days of noah part two
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Well my readers the season of Gods disruption has begun in earnest as the Lords prophets said that it would; which has been confirmed by the Word. All week long the word that the Holy Spirit gave me as I enquired about the topic of this bog was ‘threshing sledge.’ I was aware of a passage in Isaiah that the Holy Spirit was referring to. Isaiah 41:15 ‘See, I will make you into a threshing sledge, new and sharp, with many teeth. You will thresh the mountains and crush them, and reduce the hills to chaff.’ God has begun the shaking of the nations beginning with the United States which will cause unrest and an eruption of the enemies’ retaliation. Beginning in America this threshing by the Lords request will spread out into other nations and the islands in the......
The worlds reaction to the inauguration and our attitude
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The unrest that we have witnessed in Washington and the cities across the USA has also been seen in the nations including my own country. I do not wish to be the harbinger of distressing news but I believe this will be the pattern of 2017. Not only has God erupted on the world with his appointment of D Trump, the enemy has taken no time in fighting back using the media and the citadels of society. Into this chaotic unrest and protesting of volcanic proportions the word of the Lord to his Bride is; ‘Fight the god fight and run the race set before you to receive the prize.’ The enemy will be out in force this year to tarnish the work that the Lord of Host is bringing into fruition. This will result in many believers doubting the work that Yahweh is performing before our eyes.......
The valley of dryness and the cave of despair are no more.
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Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. Isaiah 60 The Lord is releasing his boldness and power across the land for this is a time of the RE’s. Reformation, Restoration, Re alignment, Reinstatement, Rejoicing, Reactivate, Reaffirm, Reallocate, Reanointing, Preapproval and so on. God is using many conduits and channels to reach each nation, state, region, town, city, church, assembly each man and women. I believe we are on the brink of the greatest out pouring of God’s grace and love. I feel this movement in my spirit and I hear God whispering in my spirit ear commands and direction to his angels of abundant blessing. I see in my spirit eye angel troop movements and re position of Gods angel army. As the Lord said to Ezekiel in chapter......
Doorways and a fresh suit of armour
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The word of the Lord to me all week as been ‘Open Door’ See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. Rev. 3:8 An open door suggests new opportunities, new beginnings and new pathways. As has been prophesized before we are in the times and seasons of new assignments and re alignments as we walk into the Jewish year 5777. It is also no coincidence that the Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States will take place in two days time. This ceremony heralds in a new period of time in Gods timetable of times and seasons that have been fore planned before the beginning of time. This door that God has placed before us is the ‘Door of His Presence’ that he invites his beloved disciples to pass through into a higher plain.......
Dry bread and eternal life
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True genuine Christianity is a/ a life style and b/ an experience. A fully committed disciple of Christ lives with the Holy Spirit and experiences the Holy Spirits presence. This is how I see it and how I experience my faith. As I read the scriptures this understanding mirrors the saints of the Bible. Recall Adam & Eve who heard the sound of God walking in the garden; Abram/Abraham had numerous encounters with the Divine; Jacob experienced a ladder reaching to heaven; Moses saw a burning bush; Moses face shone when coming down from the mountain need I go on? But the grand finale was Jesus: God himself whom his disciple and followers could live with and experience his presence. Have a look at Isaiah 44 a chapter we tend to skip over for we assume it has no relevance to us. But it does!......
The tongue has more power than we realize
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I wish to speak of agreement. Not so much agreement among ourselves although believe me that is at the top of my list. No I wish to draw your attention to agreeing with God’ word. As I read through my Bible I cannot but help notice an abundance of promises and blessings that the Lord himself has bestowed on his people. But in the 21st.C many believers have viewed these blessings and promises as for a bygone age. The modern disciple living in many of our cities of the western world has been seduced over a period of time to view the world in terms of the current thinking of the majority. We are currently being assailed with the mind set of ‘we have matured so we must move on.’ Without thinking many have adopted such a rational to their spiritual world view and......
Writing modern church history
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If I were to write chapter of modern church history in the 1st world over the last few decades I would include two attitudes. Firstly I would point out that the church has been asleep and while asleep the enemy has build massive strong holds. Secondly I would add that the church has not walked after the ways of their fore fathers as King David walked. In doing so the church has given much ground to the enemy in various battles. Over this period of time the entertainment industry plus the media in conjunction with academia have been the forces that have shaped western civilizations thinking. I know there are exceptions but as a general rule the church is viewed as an archaic establishment for the elderly by many. She has certainly not held the high moral ground in many a decade. As the......
There is no going back only forward into the clashing of swords
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The Hebrew year 5777 began October 2, 2016. It is called "Rosh Hashanah and I do not believe that we can go past seeing the significant in the number 7 times three. It has come to my notice that in the Hebrew language the word for seven ‘zayin’ which represents both the number "7" and the word for weapon or ‘sword.’ Therefore I say to you that this year will be one of the clashing of swords. Heaven against Hell. Good versus evil with our minds the battle field. Hence I have taken my sword and cut you off from last year for there is no going back and no looking back as Lots wife did. This year is a complete new year because of the clashing of swords. Hence there will be the need for new strategies, new directions, new methods, new thinking. This year......
Forgive us lord we have treated your city shabberly
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When I read the news the other day that my beloved country had co sponsored a UN resolution condemning Israel I felt a great sense of shame come upon me. I cried out to the Lord, ‘Save us Lord, forgive us for my country does not know what they are doing.’ In their wisdom they believe that this is the way to peace but I am frightened that because of this mis guided motion that my country will have Gods hand of grace lifted further from us. Even as I write this I do so in a garment of sadness and with tears in my eyes once again. ‘O Father forgive us.’ On behalf of the others in my land that pray for the peace of Jerusalem I pray Psalm 91 over them. Jerusalem is so central to Gods end time plans that the nations seduced by the enemy will do all they can to destroy......
The 2017 walk of ashes into grace
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There will be times in the coming year when you will have to walk through the valley of disappointment that may be not your fault. Do not allow yourself to be bent out of shape because of this, walk but cling to my grace for it will be sufficient to you. Block your ears to the thoughts of the world as they counsel you with there wisdom for this wisdom is earthly. Remember that my Son shed his blood that you may have my grace in its fullest, therefore lean back into me and receive my grace trusting that my mercy will over shadow you. These are the times when you have to walk with my Son and share in his suffering for he understands the un fairness of it all. On the cross he carried all your insults and injustices past, present and future that you may have abundant life in all its fullness.......
The king. the wine, the wine steward
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As was befitting this King a great feast and celebrations were planned that was to show case his country’s wealth and power to the invited guests. Ambassadors from across the nations were in attendance. Also invited were royalty, statesmen and powerful captains of industry from across the globe. Film stars and the social media Celebes stood out by the way they dressed and walked. The paparazzi and TV crews, although not invited were making their presence felt. As soon as the invited guests were seated the King summoned the wine steward to bring the best vintage from the cellars. Immaculately dressed the wine steward purposely walked down the cellar steps knowing exactly where to find this special vintage. Opening the cellar door he stood for a moment to savor the aroma of wine as it......
The re digging of many wells
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This afternoon my daughter asked my wife and I if we wish to go to the movies with her as she had to use a number of vouchers that were about to expire. I enquired of the move that was available and she replied that the movie ‘La La Land, was showing that afternoon that she wished to see. I recalled that it was a ‘romantic movie’ that would appeal to me wife so I agreed. I do not mind a ‘love story’ now and then. I will not dwell too much on the experience of watching this move suffice to say it was an unusual romantic movie due to the methodology of the director. But as I was watching I sometimes tuned out and found myself praying in the spirit. On one of these occasions the Holy Spirit said to me that ‘many wells have dried up.’ This saddened me......
Our 2017 covenant responsibility
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The word that the Lord gave me for this New Year is simply ‘Pray without Ceasing.’ For this is the time and season for the Body of Christ to recall that the power of fervent prayer; is effective prayer. I believe we under estimate the power, authority and effectiveness that our collective prayers have. I also believe that this time is a season of Gods restoration, reclaiming and renewing of our land. Already his chariots are in place to sweep across the land with a wave of glory and grace. God has set his forces in place and it is my belief that our prayers will release Gods wind across the earth. I further content that the fill magnitude of Gods revival will not be accomplished without our cooperation in prayer. This is our covenant responsibility. For it is only in......
Praise worship and intercession made without ceasing
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The Lord spoke this to me on Friday 30th Dec 2016 NZT We are entering into a season of praise, worship and intercession where the Holy Spirit will begin to bring a unity that has never before seen across the body Christ. As we enter into this new gateway of the Lord, we will do so with praise and thanksgiving upon our lips for we have been given the anointing oil of unity. For just as pollen is blown by the wind to cross pollinate so to will this oil of unity blow across the body of Christ. For there is about to be a new thing spring up with the elect believers and great will this be before our eyes for the Lord God is behind this regeneration. No longer will we be divided for the enemy will be vanquished that has caused us to turn inward and isolate ourselves from others within the fold.......
This unity may be different than you think
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The Kingdom of God may not as we envision it. The Holy Spirit showed me a vision the other day of a high mountain with liquid running down its sides onto a vast plain. As I looked I soon noticed that the entire plain was covered and the quickly flowing stream was pouring into the sea. I immediately recalled the verse that speaks of the knowledge of the Lord that will cover the earth, as the waters cover the sea. As I looked I asked the Holy Spirit the meaning of this and he replied that the streams flowing down the mountain was the oil of unity pouring out from Gods dwelling place. As this reply reached my ears my mind recalled the verse in Psalm 133:3 It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his......
Thoughts from the christmas narrative
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A number of revelations have come to me this Christmas as I have been thinking of the birth of our Savior that I feel compelled to share. I am continually amazed that the Lord of heaven and earth wishes to stoop down and share his thoughts with me, an insignificant individual here in New Zealand; one of the smallest countries in the world. Going back to the annunciation to Mary of the Immaculate Conception, it is recorded in Luke 1:37 For no word from God will ever fail. Therefore I wish to encourage all who have received a word from the Lord hang onto it for it will come to pass. Remind the Lord time and time again particularly when you are under the pump of his promise to you. For I sense that those who have been in the slavery of Egypt, the Lord of Hosts has heard your cry and has kept......
The broken tap
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I awoke the other night with a vision of a tap that was attached to the side of a house but as I looked more intensely it was clear that the tap had a broken handle. It had been snapped clean off from the spindle and it was obvious that this tap was useless to deliver water. As I awoke I sensed that this was a word from the Lord but as to the intention of the meaning I needed further revelation. As the day drew on I could not shake this picture of the broken tap, but as to the message the came from this picture I struggled to hear the Holy Spirits voice. So much so that I began to draw my own conclusions that seemed right in my own eyes. But I had an unease that surrounded these revelations that I had so glibly ascribed to the Lord. As I discarded my own understandings the word that the......
Taste and see that the father is good
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me that I am giving your grappling hooks so that you will be able to climb over your walls. Some of these walls the Lord has set before you so do not say that every obstacle is from the enemy. Learn to discern the times and seasons that you are in and to apply this discernment to your walls that you face. My walls says the Lord are for your benefit that you will grow in grace and my name will be glorified. Look to the word to find grace and strength for by immersing your spirit into my written word your mind will receive my spoken word that will be a light to your soul. My grappling hook comes freely with my compliments says the Lord but you have to trust me that the hook will hold you and be firm upon the wall. Ask me for this hook when you come up against a......
The holy spirit is saying to me - stop weeping
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The Holy Spirit is telling me that now is not the time to be crying out to the Lord with your problems. For out of the mouth come life or death and by crying to the Lord your focus is on your ailment. This is not faith producing for it is pronouncing death over yourself and giving the adversary unlimited access into your minds. Today is the day that you must choose either blessings or curses and blessing only comes from praise and worship with the eyes on the Father. Seek the Lord with all your heart, mind and soul and in so doing you will be lifted up into the presence of the Father to feel his heart beat. Focus not on the things of this earth and be not fleshly minded in your dealings with the Father instead make a quantum shift in your mind to dwell on the things that are above. Seek......
God will use the nations as his threshing floor
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As our year comes to a close we have witnessed the transition of a number of nations and with such abrupt changes come uncertainty. I can think of Brexit, the USA elections, the sudden resignation of my own Prime Minister, the stepping down of the Italian head of state. I believe this change among the nations also includes the conflicts in the Middle East and the resulting flood of human flotsam into Europe. As I was dwelling on these sudden changes among the nations the Holy Spirit pressed upon me that this is the beginning of the Lord shaking the nations for his purposes. As I was capturing the thought the word of the Lord came to me saying that is bringing the nations to His threshing floor. This word is found in Micah 4:12 as God addresses the nations. But they do not know the......
Looking forward to 2017 and pressing into jesus
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Now is not the time to reflect back over the past year, in fact I believe the Holy Spirit is saying that we must not look back. As I type this I am reminded of two occasions in the scriptures when people were warned not to look back. Lots wife. Also the saying of Jesus that whoever puts their hand to the plow must not look back. Yes we must look forward to the great things that the Lord will do for us in the coming year; 2017, and even now prepare ourselves to receive his blessings and cultivation a readiness to move into the new seasons and times. We can do this right now by opening our hearts in a joy of thankfulness and praise for the mercies that God will bestow upon us in the New Year. The coming year will be times of shifting seasons and transitions that will increase with......
The lord has spoken who can prophesy
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I wish to begin this blog which is really a word from the Lord Most High by directing our focus to this part verse from Amos 3:8 The Sovereign Lord has spoken who can but prophesy? This verse has been drawn to our attention for two important reasons. Firstly in these last days the voice of the Lord will be heard in ever increasing numbers. The spoken voice of the Lord will increase across the Land as he conveys his word to us. Secondly he will convey this word of the Lord to us through the resurrection of the prophetic voice. In this sense there will be a rise in the prophetic ministry as more and more equippers of Gods voice will be heard. Therefore I would encourage you to seek the voice of the Lord and become a prophetic voice into your community. For in these last days I believe we......
Are we campers or sojourners
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My earnest prayer is that we do not camp down on this latest move of God that is about to burst onto the nations. In the past we have been quick to build religious systems upon the revelation that the Lord has been gracious to place among us. This seems to be the nature of the un regenerate man who has not been totally captured by the spirit of God. If you can bear with me I wish to delve quickly into church history concerning the two major. that God has visited upon the earth. I am sure we have all heard of the outrages and bold steps that Martin Luther took to usher in the reformation of 1517. This revival under God ushered in the renewal of the saving grace of Jesus and the power of the Bible leading to the preaching being the methodology of Gods voice. But this revival became......
The nations are in a turmoil
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Over the last few weeks the Holy Spirit has been taking me on a journey that has been both painful and exciting at the same time. I have felt ashamed that it has taken me so long to come to this truth of the Lords work. Excited that a totally new vista of the Lords work is opening up before me. Relieved also that the Holy Spirit has not abandoned me to my own understandings. The scales began falling from my eyes during the recent American presidential elections, for as I was praying and listening to the Holy Spirit I was caught up in the Spirit. It was in the presence of the Lord that I began to discern the elections through the Holy Spirits eyes. I began to enter into the will of the Lord as my prayers began to decree his will. As a result of these visitations from the Lord I was able to......
We are rushing into a daniel 10 season
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I believe in my spirit that we are on the cusp of the greatest move of God that the earth has witnessed since the crucifixion. I sense in the spirit that God is re-aligning the nations according to his blue print that was devised before the beginning of time. The amazing and incredible truth is that God asks that his believers join in with him to bring about his will on earth as in heaven. The Holy Spirit is gathering together those who have ears to hear to stand in the gap and pray Gods will into existence. I am not a super avid listener and devourer of the news but I like to keep up with the headlines. As I have watched the unfolding of world events I notice that the world’s powers are being jockeyed into different positions, more so over the latter half of this year. My attention......
Lean in closer to me
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This is not my blog but a devotional that I read yesterday from a book entitled “Mornings with the Holy Spirit’ that quickened my spirit. So much so that I sensed the Holy Spirit wished to share this with the wider body of Christ. Lean into my heart for I wish you to hear what I am thinking about you. I want you to feel what I am feeling about you. My heart is overwhelmed with loved for you. Lean in and listen to my heart. My thoughts toward you are good and my love for you is perfect. When you see yourself through my eyes through he eyes of love and the blood of Christ you will more readily receive my love. Love yourself and love others. Lean into my heart. The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no......
Stop being drunk on the worlds imaginations
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There is a passage in 1 Corinthians 3 that has always caught my attention concerning the building that we are erecting on the foundation of Christ. The account relates that each person's work will be tested by fire on that Day, suggesting that a building constructed of straw or wood will be destroyed. But a temple constructed with gold, silver or costly stones will survive. Most understand this portion of scripture to refer to the great Day of Judgment. I have no argument with this understanding but I sense in the Lord that He allows our work to be tested many times over before that Great Day with the idea of refining our construction. In this sense we have the concept of the refiner's fire to test our temple building so that the dross is destroyed and a building of beauty......
The greatest outpouring we will ever witness
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For behold the days are coming says the Lord that I will out my spirit on all flesh. Revivals have come and gone but the full out pouring of the blessings that God longs to establish on the earth have faded as mist in the wind. Revivals past have become porous and allowing the enemy to come in and steal the provisions that God intended for his people. Instead of our barns being full, our vats full and our streams sparkling and clear we have allowed pollution to cover the land and we have find ourselves in a wilderness environment. Today the voice of the Lord is calling us to leave the former things for a new out pouring is seen to take place. As I ascent the hill of the Lord I hear the angels preparing for this blowing of Gods breath across the land. Presently the scriptures that the Holy......
Rightly dividing the word of truth
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These last few days since the publishing of my last blog the Lords word to me has been Balance. Each time that I enquired of the Lord on the topic of this blog the word was always; Balance. So strong was the Holy Spirits word to me that I open up my 'New Penguin English' dictionary and was surprised and delighted to read this definition. 'The ability to maintain ones physical equilibrium' and again 'mental and emotional steadiness.' Immediately I could see spiritual applications and truths and as I meditated the Holy Spirit began to open up a new way to me. I said to the Lord, 'What do you mean by balance?' He answered by stating that many of my people do not hold my word in balance. Straightway the Holy Spirit brought to mind 2 Timothy 2:15 Do your best......
Today is the day of your break out into freedom
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I believe that God has decreed that this Jewish year 5777 to be the year of break outs and break throughs resulting in each of us walking continually before God in victory. As Gods covenant people under the New Testament we are a 'set-free nation,' a holy nation set aside by the love of God to be pull down the strongholds within our cities. But while we remain as slaves of Egypt we cannot fulfill our destiny as decreed by God. Hence this year, being a year of Jubilee God has opened his heart to give us a reprieve to be finally loosed from our chains of Egypt. For as the Israelites cried out to God to be free so to has the Lord of Host heard our cry. For in the fullness of time each slave will be granted their freedom and be released into their promised land. In doing so we need to......
Thoughts on the election fall out
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I wonder how many of Christ's brethren are like an ostrich at present. As I was waiting on the Holy Spirit for a word concerning this blog I had a vision of an ostrich. True to form the ostrich had its head in the sand. In reality these birds do not bury their heads in the sand but the saying has stuck to mean at times we do not wish to hear what is being said. I was intrigued by this vision and on research found that the saying of 'head in the sand like an ostrich' alludes to ignore or hide from obvious signs of danger. As I looked at the vision I had the distinct impression that many church goers are not hearing what the spirit is saying to the church at present. This is an apt illustration of the times and season post the USA elections. Even here in New Zealand there is......
Spiritual breakthroughs are the companions of sifting
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The more this Jewish year 5777 enters into its first few months I am more than convinced that this year is to be a special year of the Lords favour. This word has been born to me by the Holy Spirit and the word of his servants the prophets with increasing frequency. The words that have been used to describe the Lord's favour have been transitional, break out, breakthrough, restoration etc. We could use the word revival to sum up the falling grace of God in this Hebraic year. O to be carried along by Gods winds of restoration bringing breakthroughs and break outs, not only in ones individual life but in the church and society. What a wonderful time of the 'latter rains' this will be with signs and wonders following the grace and power of the Holy Spirit. I believe that the......
Scars on our land to be healed
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Here is my servant,whom I uphold, my chosen onein whom I delight; I will put my Spiriton him, and he will bring justiceto the nations. 2He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. 3A bruised reedhe will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justiceon earth. Isaiah 42 This is the Lords word to us in these times and seasons of transition and transformation. Why? This spirit of gentleness and forgiveness shown in the face Gods anointed servant is the only remedy for the healing of a divided nation. As we walk today's streets there is often a noticeable lack of forgiveness and humility towards one another. The spirit shown in the above passage is the......
Scars on our heart ~ not healed
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The Spiritof the SovereignLordis on me, because theLordhas anointedme to proclaim good newsto the poor. He has sent me to bind upthe brokenhearted, to proclaim freedomfor the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2to proclaim the year of theLord's favor and the day of vengeanceof our God, to comfortall who mourn, provide for those who grieve in Zion to bestow on them a crownof beauty instead of ashes the oilof joy instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. Isaiah 61 As has been prophesied by the Lords servants, his word for this time and seasons of the Jewish year; 5777 is to be one of transition and transformation as the Lord of Hosts aligns his four chariots, to blow over the earth. I believe the election of president-elect of the USA......
Thoughts from the holy spirit on healing
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I wish to share quickly some thoughts that the Holy Spirit has taught me on healing grouped under eight simple 'bullet points. 1/ God is more powerful than your sickness/disease This is not an intellectual assent. For it is only until you have experienced his healing will you never be in doubt that he heals today. This moves into a hunger and a desire to experience the touch of his hand. 2/ Having a 'no doubt' Faith There must not even be a hint or shadow of a 'maybe' or a 'why not' or a 'not again I thought I was healed.' The Bible calls this trust 'unwavering faith' as in Abraham. I have found it profitable to not rely on my faith but the faith of Christ born into me. 3/ Healing is part and parcel of God's Blessing This is laid out in the......
The lord in heaven laughs
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As I was praying the other evening a saw a sunrise gold beach scene. As I watched a flock of noisy seagulls were squawking and squabbling about something on the beach. They were wheeling and arching through the sun light sky with their raucous cries echoing off the cliffs. I said, 'Lord what does this mean? The Holy Spirit said that these gulls are squawking and squabbling over the plans I have put in place for the United States.' 'In their frenzy and fear they are lashing out for they do not understand that I am in control and their plans have been over turned.' As I watched I saw a large flock of pigeons and doves wheel in and scatter the gulls. As I watch I heard the Holy Spirit say, 'These are the prayers of my chosen ones.' As the vision faded I found myself......
I believe in the god of political miracles
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I believe in the God of Miracles for in these past days we have seen God reach down from heaven and place his anointed one into the presidency of the United States. There will be many reading this who will dismiss this and stop reading at this point. For those who have ears to hear what the Lord is saying to the Body of Christ there is no doubt in my mind that we are witnessing Isaiah 45 being fulfilled in our midst. There was no way that Trump could have overcome the plans and schemes of deception that the enemy inspired media and establishment had woven around the voting public. So strong was this deception that Clinton's followers have rioted in the streets, for such is the shock the sword thrust from the Lord has caused. The severely wounded satanic forces are fighting back as the......
There is a new song coming from zion
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The Lord has spoken from his Holy Mountain. He has blown his trumpet in Zion. The Lord's enemies are scattered for the Lord of Hosts has released his mighty chariots as the four winds across the land. My winds will up root and destroy the works and thoughts of man as I leave no stone unturned. For the plans of man have come to naught, and they now lie in ruins where the owls and jackals dwell. This is the times and seasons when the hand of the Lord will be extended across the land and his sword will descend from heaven and bring healing and a freshness to his land. No longer will people say: Where is the hand of the Lord? As I came down on Mount Sinai long ago; I have come down and have extended my hand to topple the seven mountains that have been erected on my land. Today is the day......
Press into me and press in even more
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You have heard it said to pray in Gods will and plans until you breakthrough into the answer. This is not a trite saying but it is a saying that comes from the heart of our Father who has blessed us with good things. Seek until you find, knock until the door is opened and pray until the answer comes. Daniel prayed for 21 days for the answer to come through due to the principalities and powers warring with the angels. But Michael made the break through and God will send his arch angel to break through for you as you persevere in prayer seeking Gods face with a boldness and confidence in his grace. For we know that salvation is gained in patience and tribulation therefore I encourage you to stay focused on my face and feel the warmth of my love. Run the race that I have set before you not......
An open letter to my american christian friends
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Greetings in the name of the lord Jesus who saved us from death and has raised us up to sit in the heavenly places with Christ. As the most confusing, acrimonious and divisive presidential elections draws to a close, can I make a plea on behalf of the rest of the world? I pray and trust that you elect Gods chosen person to sit in the White House. I have been concerned as I watch our local secular news leading up to your Tuesday that reports many of your fellow countrymen will not be voting. I am concerned and pray that this worldly manner of thinking is not prevalent among my Christian brethren for such thinking is judging the candidates by their out ward appearances. I to long and pray that Gods anointed person rules over the most powerful country in the world. If not, I here in New......
As in the days of noah ~ take two
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Whenever most Christians read the above title they immediately think of the wickedness and the total depravity of mankind at that time. They them equate this blackness across to today's world and enter into a siege mentality bemoaning the increasing sinfulness across our land. In focusing on the enemies take over our love for the Lord grows cold, for as we focus on today's wickedness we give the devil an open door way into our mind. No wonder today's church is apathetic and spineless to be bold and fearless as we cower behind our religious rituals. This thinking must stop; for as I have blogged before, this year in the Jewish calendar is significant as a time of God's restoration and realignment of his will and purposes. Therefore it behooves us to alter our thinking and......
The holy spirit is saying to me this early morning
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me that Jesus is the one who heals the broken hearted. He wishes to remind us that the King of Glory seeks to come into our broken hearts and longs for us to open the door of our hearts and minds. As he is our Helper he points out that he is very willing to help us open our often locked doors. The Key of David hangs from the belt of Jesus and this is the key that will unlock the closed gate into our hearts. The Holy Spirit further says that every tear that we shed is accounted for in heaven, for such tears are gathered and remembered as they are recorded in our book of life. Each sob, each heart broken tear is recorded in a meticulous manner. For as we weep before the throne of grace we sow supernatural seeds of patience and hope that are watered by our tears......
The former and latter rains and the year 5777
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The Holy Spirit has been troubling me all week with the concept of the former and latter rains. I was aware that since I have come into the knowledge of the Hebrew calendar that now is the time of the former rains. But the Holy Spirit kept on insisting that the emphasis was to be on the latter rains which for many days confused me for I knew it was not springtime in Israel. It was only when I ceased my rational contemplation and reasoning that the word for today's blog became so much clearer. I am aware that many teachers and preachers of the word in the Pentecostal camp have taught that the former rains related to the day of Pentecost and that the latter rains are of a later period of the Holy Spirits out pouring. But as this is a new Jewish year, 5777 in which I believe God will......
Praying the election in according to his will
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I do not know, what you the reader of this blog have sensed in your spirit over recent times, but I have sensed an increase in the spirit of confusion. There is confusion in all aspects of life at present which is distorting Gods word. Gods will is being hampered by the seeds of confusion that the enemy has sown into our minds. Whatever which way we turn we cannot find peace and solidarity on the rock of Christ. This is indeed a troubling time for the body of Christ. The US elections are so confusing with voices coming into our minds from all quarters that we do not know truth from error. The Syrian conflict is one large melting pot of confusion. The black tidal wave that is sweeping over our morality as a nation is causing many believers to despair and loose hope. Confusion, confusion;......
As in the days of noah
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The word of the Lord has come to me all week with one word water. This has puzzled me greatly as I was perplexed as to the message the Holy Spirit was conveying to me. Of course I had a number of ideas floating in my mind but none of these thoughts jelled with my spirit. As today approached, when I knew I would sit down and write this blog I was becoming worried that I would mess up Gods word. The fear of destroying God's word scared me. As I was resting after dinner from a hard day's work on the back yard mowing, trimming and tiding up, the Holy Spirit began to bring his thoughts into sharper focus. I have become acutely aware over the past weeks of the importance of Biblical numerology. Once I would have dismissed this as superstitious but I have been soundly rebuked and I am......
I am cleansing a people to be soon revealed
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As instructed by the Holy Spirit I have been studying the Jewish Festivals and allowing the Holy Spirit to open my eyes to his message. As it happens today is the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, otherwise called 'The Ingathering.' This feast was a time of joy and celebration Leviticus 23:33-43. During the feast there is the water libation ceremony. Each morning the high priest would take a golden pitcher and exit the water-gate, making his way to the Pool of Siloam to fill up the pitcher. He would return, via the Water-gate, to the Court of Priest where the Altar was located. The priest would then say 'Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.' (Isa. 12:3) The priest would then ascend the altar and pour out the water-libation; while he did......
I will give your dreams and visions into your hands
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I wish to bring a prophetic word to all who read this blog that will cause your heart to sing with the praise of Gods goodness. The word that the Holy Spirit seeks to plant as a supernatural seed in your spirit concerns God love. The Holy Spirit is saying to us in this the new beginnings of God's grace to his children who walk in his ways. The word is I will give your dreams and visions into your hand. Seek my face and I will release the desires of your heart into your hand for nothing against you will stand. As you walk in the will of the Father you will see the walls erected against you fall over. But you must be careful not to plunder the glory for yourself for the Lord of Hosts owns the battle. As the Children of Israel walked into the Promised Land I gave their enemies into their......
The jewish new year, floods and rest
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I believe that we need to continue our focus on the word that the Lord is truly about to do a new out pouring of his spirit in the coming days. This word has been strong on my spirit over the past weeks that I have had no rest from the Holy Spirit. Coupled with this message is the opening of my spirit to the truths contained in the Lord plans operating according to the Jewish calendar. The Jewish New Year was celebrated on October 2nd followed just over a week later by Yom Kippur followed by the Feast of Tabernacles 16th 23rd October. In this New Year the Lord is about to make straight paths in the desert, highways leading to his presence. As I was rejoicing in this new out pouring of God's presence and glory the Holy Spirit said to me that As in the days of Noah so shall the days of......
Let us wrestle before god over his revival
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I heard the voice of the Holy Spirit say to me that Jesus came into the world to seek and save the lost. I believe the body of Christ needs to be reminded that this simple statement is the reason we have been raised to newness of life. We have been redeemed, forgiven and healed to be ambassadors of Christ compelling the lost to be found in Christ. Yes, the end time prophecies along with exhortations to grow in our holy faith are important but these are a means to an end. The end is that Christ came to save sinners and we are his stewards. So often we become consumed with the peripherals of our walk with God that we loose sight that we have been given the 'great commission.' It is so easy for our local church to become inward looking in our witness to the surrounding neighborhood.......
Gods tsunami of love ~ the ingathering of his family
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As I am still digesting in the spirit the Holy Spirits word to me as expressed in my last blog I am more than convinced that there is a great move of God about burst upon the earth. I have been compelled to go back to the scriptures with a grieved and repentant heart to wait with expectation on the Holy Spirit for further revelation. In some ways this has been painful, for having been a biblical scholar it is easy to believe that there is not much you are unaware of concerning scripture. The term 'ingathering' has haunted me ever since the Holy Spirit placed this term into my spirit that whichever way I turn the phrase has been before me. I cannot shake this conviction that we are poised to experience a mighty and humongous outpouring of God's love over his land. The time has......
The ingathering and jewish festivals
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Through the leading and nudging of the Holy Spirit I have come to realize that this week in the times and seasons of the Lord are known as the Days of Awe which lead into the week of Joy. How have I come to know this? Over the last few days the Holy Spirits word to me was, The Ingathering.' Now this is not a phrase that I would readily use, hence I was intrigued and with some research discovered the term comes from the Jewish festival known as the Feast of Booths. I do not believe that this term of The Ingathering' coming to me at this time is no accident. Slowly but steadily the Holy Spirit is teaching me that Gods chosen people, the Jews, are very much in Gods end time plans. Furthermore the Feasts and sacrifices given by Yahweh recorded in the Pentateuch are being used by the......
God's word to us on yom kippur
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Jesus said, 'I am the door and no one can come to the Father except through me and he will go in and out and find pasture.' These are true words but I sense that we have relegated them to the back of our minds. The Holy Spirit has been drawing these words out to me over the past few days in relation to our spiritual growth. Yes we have consigned these words to salvation and in doing so we have put the experience in a box and build a religion over them. Today the Holy Spirit is saying to each believer that there have been doors set before us by the grace of our Father that no one can shut. These doors led onto higher pastures for the enrichment of the Body of Christ. This is a new time and season for many of us as we are encouraged by the Holy Spirit to step through the door and......
I will build my church as a healing for the nations
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All through the last few days the word to me from the Holy Spirit has been the phrase Healing for the Nations. Every time I sought the Holy Spirit regarding this blogs topic the word; 'Healing for the Nations' come to me clearly and forcefully so as to be no doubt, this was to be this blogs Word. This phrase is found in Revelation 22 as part of the vision that John saw concerning the New Heaven and Earth. As I was seeking the Lords wisdom concerning this he began to speak to me as to His plans for His church. I see in the Holy Spirits teaching that there will come a time, which I believe is already upon us, when the Lord will begin to re build his church so that the Body of Christ will indeed be a place of healing and refuge for the nations. The signs from the Lord indicate that......
The worlds financial markets - about to be reformed
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This word from the Lord has come to me over a period of days as I have sought to be in the Spirit straining to hear his message for the next blog. What he has revealed to me has staggered me for it has turned a number of beliefs I have held on there head and has forced me to re think some of my theology. This word flows on from my previous two blogs in which I stated that the Lord is arranging his forces to re take back that which has been lost of his creation. I have been forced to take cognizance of the Jewish New Year which began last Sunday as the basis for Gods times and seasons. The Jewish New Year of 5777 is highly significant for the combination of the number 5 coupled with the three sevens. It is an unprecedented year. It is into this New Year ( Rosh Hashanah ) that the Holy......
Gods first move to re-take the land begins today
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The Lord has been impressing into my spirit all day, as I have sought his prophetic word for this blog, the story of the capture of Jericho. As I wondered and continued pondering this thought the words came to me that today we are to take captive and push back the spirit of terror. The enemy has released this demonic force over our cities so that many of us quake in fear of terrorism coming into our towns. We read the news of shootings in our malls and streets; violence is running rampant. Like plagues of locust as described in Joel chapter one our joy has been taken away. We fear the terror that creeps upon us at night as we lie awake staring into the darkness. We awake groggy from lack of sleep fearing how we will make it through the day. Too many of our people are in the grip of drugs......
God's armies are poised; will our prayers assist them?
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When I enquired of the Holy Spirit regarding that which he wished me to blog tonight he spoke clearly the above words, 'Draw your swords.' These words follow on from the revelation that was revealed to me the previous night that God is sending out his Battalions into the strategic placers on earth. God is aligning his armies ready for the next heavenly push on earth. Such a move from God entails that we to must be ready to join this outpouring of Gods army spirit and this word that came to me this morning confirms the Lords word. I picture in my spirit the armies of God standing in battle formation awaiting the next move. As I was pondering this move of God and seeking his further message he reminded me of Daniel who in chapter nine, when he discovered Gods word in Jeremiah that......
God is aligning his forces for an end time assault
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For those with ears to hear and eyes to see concerning the moves of God there is no doubt that God is arranging his forces big time. Never before have we seen or heard of this massive re arrangement by the Lord of Hosts. There have been numerous proclamations from Gods anointed ones that we are entering into a season of warfare and worship. This season has been called various titles such as: Consecration, Revival, Preparation, Transition and so on, but they all point to the end time's preparation. Like a General the Lord of Hosts is strategically placing his battalions into key areas. This was revealed to me the other day when the Lord directed me to the first eight verses in Zechariah 6. In these verses the Lord has released his four battalions of chariots north, south and west, with......
We are called to be gate keepers
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The Holy Spirit said a puzzling statement to me yesterday when I enquired of a blog to write tonight. He said very clearly, 'Consecrate yourselves before the evening sacrifice.' Sometime later he said to 'Close the city gates.' As these words were coming to me I had the strong impression that these words were for the church, not personal. I have agonized over these words most of the day tossing them around in my spirit and slowly the enigma began to come clear. It helped at the time that I was reading the story of Gideon. I believe that many of Christ believers are like Gideon as they are hiding from the enemy and are professing their faith in secret. Our walk with God is hidden from the world as we work out our faith in wine presses; secret places concealed from public......
We are in a season of re birthing
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The Holy Spirit has been saying to me that this month is a re birthing month for the Body of Christ. I believe we are standing on the edge of a new awaking. For it is time to turn around the church. Those believers that have been or are going through change are in a transitional period as God re aligns the Body of Christ into his purposes. My previous blogs have reflected this season of consecration as I have blogged on Walking the Narrow Ways and Coming up Higher. I see in my spirit that we are on the edge of a great out poring of the Holy Spirit that will eclipse all previous revivals. The prayers of the intercessors that have cried out and laboured day and night are about to be fulfilled. I believe this verse from Habakkuk is now more relevant than ever before. For the earth will be......
Come up here the holy spirit is calling.
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All week long the Holy Spirit has been saying to me, 'Come up here.' As I pondered on this, asking the Holy Spirit for clarification, I sensed that this word was not just for me alone, but for the Body of Christ. I have this thought in my spirit that as the time draws close to the end when the heavens will be darkened and the mountains will fall into the sea as a result of God shaking the earth; God is calling us to be ready for the bridegroom. Come up to a higher place the Holy Spirit is imploring each of us. Move one upwards into glory to glory. Move up closer to the heart of Jesus; press into him. God is preparing each of his children for the return of his Son to rule the earth. Many of us have camped down into our familiar surroundings and like the foolish virgins in the......
Walking through the narrow places
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As I was praying concerning the blog to write to the saints and exiles in Christ who dwell in CB, the Holy Spirit said to me, 'The Narrow Places.' This word came to me each time I enquired of the Lord, for I was unsure if I had heard aright. As I began to wait on the Lord, I heard the Holy Spirit placing this thought into my mind and spirit each time. There are times when we are called to walk in narrow confined places hemmed in on both sides. As we journey through our Christian walk we are called to move up into a higher place or to move from one glory to another. We are growing into the fullness of Christ continually and this growth can often take us through the valley of the shadow of death. We must at times press into the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. This pressing in......
A statement; a story; a word from above
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It is my contention that the Bible, which is deemed to be important in a believer's life, by and large is treated in a careless manner. I suspect that for a large number of church goers their Bible is just an appendage that happens to go with being a disciple. Although the Bible has the word Holy imprinted on the front cover, which in the true meaning of the word implies 'special,' 'sacred or treat with reverence;' is in fact, seen as a 'common' book. Treated in a cavalier fashion by many church goers. This leads into my story; which is my story concerning the Bible. I cannot ever remembering receiving a Bible, but I do know that as a child had a KJV with pictures throughout its pages. I can recall looking at these pictures and day dreaming as the morning......
I pass on this vision to those whom the lord directs
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As I was spraying this evening I had a vision of a person being lifted out of a well by a rope. As I prayed the vision would not go way and I heard the voice of the Holy Spirit say to write this vision down so that others may read this and be encouraged. I could not see who the rescuer was but I sensed it was the Lord Jesus. As I was meditating on this rescue I was directed to Haggai 2:22 where the Lord says that he will shatter the foreign kingdoms and overturn the royal thrones and their riders and horses will fall. The Lord declares that he will make you a signet ring that will be forever before his eyes for he has chosen you to stand before him cleansed and made whole. The Lord declares that you are redeemed ready to minister before him and overcome the enemy. The Lord declares that......
I pass on this vision for encouragement
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As I was spraying this evening I had a vision of a person being lifted out of a well by a rope. As I prayed the vision would not go way and I heard the voice of the Holy Spirit say to write this vision down so that others may read this and be encouraged. I could not see who the rescuer was but I sensed it was the Lord Jesus. As I was meditating on this rescue I was directed to Haggai 2:22 where the Lord says that he will shatter the foreign kingdoms and overturn the royal thrones and their riders and horses will fall. The Lord declares that he will make you a signet ring that will be forever before his eyes for he has chosen you to stand before him cleansed and made whole. The Lord declares that you are redeemed ready to minister before him and overcome the enemy. The Lord declares that......
Authority ~ do we have it ~ do we wield it?
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I wish to open this blog with a truth that for many believers they have been kept in the dark concerning their position and authority. To me it is an insult to the blood of Christ to see believers down trodden and struggling in spiritual poverty. The picture of a born again believer that I read in the scriptures and see in my visions from the Lord is one who has authority over snakes and scorpions. So much so that I have been confessing with my lips, that 'no harm will come to me.' I have been holding onto this promise for I believe that nothing formed against me will stand. I see myself in Christ as an 'over-comer.' As I wake up each morning I thank the Father that I am being in a vice like grip of his love that will not let me go. I bring to your attention this verse......
The word of the lord came to me
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Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Isaiah 60:1-2 The word of the Holy Spirit came to me saying there is a time coming when the nations will all gather in their valley of decision for I will bring great darkness over the earth that many will tremble and shake. I need you watch in particular France Israel and the United States. This is call to all who call me Lord to go into their closets and seek my face for much will be the anguish upon this earth for it is only through ones praise, worship and prayer will you be able to break the yoke of bondage that has been cast over you. Arise up and begin to seek my face for......
Have we understood satan correctly?
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Many of those readers who are reading this blog have reckoned on having a good grasp on our enemy and his ways. I to have been in this camp. I remember being awed by speakers who claimed that if Satan was not battling with you, this indicated that you were lukewarm. I am not sure what the speaker was trying to convey but it made me feel an inferior believer. This statement was also said with much pride as if these battlers were collecting brownie/blessing points for being attacked. Look at me I must be a thorn in Satan's side for I am an exceedingly active soldier of Christ. 'Go up higher.' I remember thinking that Satan only went after Christians for I was taught, why would he attack those who were already in his camp. Such thoughts gave me a slight feeling of privilege and......
The suddenlies re visited recalling my earlier prophetic blog
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Some time back the Holy Spirit spoke to me outlining that for many believers this year would be a year of 'suddenlies' where the un-expectant would come upon them out of the blue. I was reminded of this prophesy the other day and I began to wonder how many have been faced with sudden twists and turns in Gods leading. As I was waiting before the Lord I began to see many swing bridges in my spirit connecting one path to another that were hung over deep ravines with rushing deep waters far below. It came to me that this is again a seasons of shifting pathways where the Lord will blaze new pathways for his disciples to follow; in some cases having to step out in faith to cross these flimsy swing rope crossings. Climbing steep slopes and plunging down into the valleys and in cases......
Is satan not out to kill steal and destroy
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I wish to begin this blog by quoting a verse from Jeremiah chapter one: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. This was spoken by the Holy Spirit concerning Jeremiah, in that his life was planned by God well before he was conceived. As I was pondering on this verse and the wonderment of it the thought was placed in my mind that this is not only true of Jeremiah but of everyone who has been chosen, predestined and sanctified for adoption as Gods sons/daughters. I was next brought to read Ephesians 1:4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In this sense we can say that our identity and destiny has been laid out before time. Such thoughts are well......
Are we seeking gods happiness?
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I think, no I have come to believe, and are starting to understand, that the reason why so many of those who claim the name of Jesus upon their life live with no signs and wonders following, is because we do not please God. This thought has been reverberating around in my mind for the last week or so. So often we fail to give God through the Holy Spirit elbow room to work his presence in our life. So many of us have cramped the Holy Spirit from doing any work in and through us. Hence I have made a point of seeking to learn to do what please God. I know many of Christ's followers have come to be deluded into thinking that because we are saved by grace and not works, we have no responsibilities. How dare we think in terms of working to complete our salvation we have been told. I used to......
My concerns over modern translations/revisions
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I will come straight out with a vision that has been bothering me all week for this is a blog that I was reluctant to write. My concern is this 'Why are we inundated with new so called modern Bible translations/revisions?' To me the translation that we have seen adequate enough and more than enough convey the good news to today's generation. Recently we have the English Standard Version 2001; The Message 2002; Holman Christian Standard Bible 2004; New English Translation 2005; The Living Bible 2005. As you can sense, although this was a burning pang in my heart I was not keen to write on this subject for various reasons. So much 'agro' can ensure when this subject is raised for we all can fight doggedly to defend our translation resulting in hatred and division within......
A fuller exclamation of the truth concerning adoption
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This blog flows out of my last blog on sonship/daughtership with the thread of adoption that the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to weave into the story of our redemption. This blog can been seen as contentious, but I ask that you 'hang in' there with me to the end as I outline a truth that I believe the Holy Spirit has recently revealed to me. Before we start I need to introduce this verse from John 1:12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God- To those who believed in the name of Jesus God gave them the right to be called his children. This is our salvation experience when we were born again for in that instant we are grafted into the family of God and have the right to be his child. Unfortunately the KJV has, in......
Chosen, adopted and accepted into gods family
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I have been thinking a lot of late about the truth that we all belong to the family of God. The Bible speaks of 'sonship' and by implication 'daughertship.' This concept first introduced by Jesus which has been recorded in John's gospel. This radical theme was taken up by Paul in a number of his letters and I have been intrigued of late that we are not orphan spirits. It is remarkable that this revealed truth was not released by the Father until Jesus walked this earth for I believe we cannot belong to the family of God unless we are born again and heave been sealed by the spirit which is our certificate of co-heirs with the Son. As I was meditating on this glorious truth I was lead to Ephesians chapter one. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be......
Behold i have laid these two stones
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me: 'Be quick to forgive, in fact quicker than quick for unforgiveness laying in your heart will expel my love from your heart. For it is through the Fathers love that you will learn to love others with His forgiveness. For our hears are forgiving hearts for we do not dwell on the wrongs done against us.' Our hearts long for restoration, our hearts long for reconciliation, our hearts long for peace among all peoples. I know that it is not easy for you to forgive the wrongs committed against you for your hearts are still under the power of darkness. But do not allow this to be an excuse for I have sanctified your heart and set you apart for the Fathers work based on Jesus sacrifice.' Surrender your heart and soul to me and I will teach you, for I am......
Anxious thoughts ~ we need discernment
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I am sure that many of us have a limited knowledge and awareness of prayer as seen from the eye of the Lord. I believe that if we could come to understand prayer and its function in our walk from Gods perspective, we would be blown away. Many of our understandings of why we need to pray and what prayer does and its function in our Christian maturity do not match up with Gods point of view. I am convinced of this for I sense that we will never come to a full understanding of things 'spiritual' concerning our growing into the fullness of Christ. I was drawn by the Holy Spirit to a verse in Psalm 139:23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. As I read this I found myself asking the question How often do I ask in prayer for the Holy Spirit to search......
The open door and my fooolishness
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I did a foolish action the other day I opened the door of my heart to the spirit of doubt and fear. But it was too late when I realized this, for the wild imaginations had started to invade my mind with outlandish speculations. Could I shut the door now? No. Then I made the second foolish mistake. Even though I cried out to the Lord in prayer I kept looking at the symptoms and his presence was not there. This drew further anxiety into my already splintered mind. At this point I realized I was drowning into blackness and I needed a rope to cling to. Somehow I was able to gird up my mind and choose not to dwell on the circumstances and made a conscious decision of the will to turn my focus upon scripture. As I recited Gods word concerning my status before him as a result of the cross and......
Think before you speak is good advice
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The Holy Spirit has brought this verse to mind: Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141 This was in response to my question of 'show me the blog that you wish me to dictate tonight.' This response from the Holy Spirit brought to my mind His words to me some time ago that many believers do not hear the voice of God because they firstly; do not expect such dialogue. Secondly they are not asking the Lord to speak to them. There is a verse in James that tells us that we do not receive blessings from God because we do not ask, expecting in faith to hear a reply. But back to Psalm 141. This is a prayer that we should be praying almost every day for with our mouth we can either utter curses or blessings. As for me I find is so easy to use my lips......
Why i am skeptical of modern end times teaching
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This blog has been a long time coming as the germs of this exposition were born in my heart some time ago and I now have the permission from the Holy Spirit to post these words. I wish to group this reply under three headings; namely Revealing, Revelation and Reverence. I am not advocating that there is no eschatological teaching in the scripture but rather the obsessive and torturous conclusions that are taught as Biblical truth. As I see it many of the conclusions that are tutored as scriptural concerning the various 'end time camps' are to me spurious. The advocates of either Premillennialism, Postmillennialism, or Amillennialism with the sub-cultures of Pre-Trib., Mid-Trib., or Post Trib. have terminated in mind 'cartwheels' to obtain their conclusions All of these......
The rapture ~ is it that important?
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I am more convinced than ever that we are in a spiritual battle that has increased in intensity. To those who look sideways or have skepticism at this statement I say that you may have been captured by the forces of darkness and are languishing in a dark prison. I am more than convinced that a true disciple of Christ will find themselves walking that same path as the suffering servant depicted in Isaiah. This same pathway is the pathway of the cross which the demonic forces did their upmost to de-rail, but Christ overcame all barriers including death. Yes we are in a battle for the control of our souls, for the enemy is slithering around as a serpent; silent, sneaky, subtle and deadly, ready to seduce our hearts. It is for this reason that many believers have been taken prisoner for they......
Yahweh is the lord of our battles
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All week the Lord has been pressing this phrase into my mind 'The Battle is the Lords.' Whenever I have sought the Holy Spirit for guidance concerning the writing of this blog the above words have been pressed into my mind. In my mind it was almost one hundred percent that this was to the content of the blog. As the week drew closer to my Friday I was drawn into a frustrating Thursday all over purchasing a saw bit for my hand drill. On returning from my local hardware store with the saw bit in my hand I discovered that I could not insert the saw bit into my drill chuck. Back to the store to obtain the correct part. On being reassured this would fit I returned home only to discover that it did not. Back to the hardware store again with a real frustrating dilemma, for according to......
The great awakening of my mind
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Can I share with you a problem that has confused me for years? The scriptures tell us to be holy as the Lord is Holy; or again we are called to be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect. I was told, now that I have given my heart to the Lord I was a new creature, the old had passed away. To me this was all confusing for I knew I was no different inside, nor could I ever live up to being holy or perfect. Therefore I parked these verses into the 'too hard basket' and carried on as usual. Some time ago I read this verse from Romans 6:11 'count yourselves dead to sin and alive to God.' The Greek word translated as count is logizomai. This word is related to that of cognizance and can be translated in various other scriptures as 'reckon or consider with a view of......
Our greatest mill-stone we have tied to our neck
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I believe that one of the greatest stumbling blocks that have ruined many a disciple of Jesus reaching the fullness of Christ; is our Reason. We have sold our inheritance for a potage of earthly wisdom. This has not been entirely our fault, but we never-the-less have gone along with walking by sight. We have placed our trust in the horses and chariots of what we can see, hear, touch, reason out and smell. This was not always so for when we were crafted from the dust of the earth we were hard wired to live and walk by faith. But this hard wire has been re wired according to the popular culture of the day, for it was deemed a much wiser re-build it ourselves. Someone has written that the 'age of enlightenment' was the beginning of mankind to rebuild his manner of viewing creation,......
Rise up and take back what has been promised to you
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I cannot more highly recommend a blog a titled The basis of authority penned by Barbara Kankowske+ that has allowed the Holy Spirit to lay on my heart this most important topic of 'Authority that we have in Christ.' I was elated and saddened as I was led by the Spirit to ponder of this gift that is ours by the blood of Jesus. Elated that we have the same power that allowed Jesus to triumph over death, but saddened to notice so many disciples not availing themselves of this gift, and as a result are living a 'crushed' life. Such a defeated believer is juxtaposition and an enigma. The Holy Spirit placed four passages of scripture upon my heart and began to open them before me leading me into the mind of the Father. 1/ Joshua 23:5 The Lord your God himself will push them out......
I give thanks to the evangelical church but there is more.
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I give thanks to the Lord for my evangelical heritage which introduced me to the wonderful stories of scripture through Sunday School and later installing into me an appreciation of the scriptures. It was installed into my heart that we were born into sin and Jesus came to save sinners such as myself. Through the nurturing of my local Baptist church with its various incubating arms I was converted and baptized in water. I can still recall the moment I went forward at the altar call when attending my first Easter camp; I could even take you to the local school hall in Pleasant Point where this significant event took place. I can vividly recall my water baptism on a cold winters evening in my local church along with three others. Were my sins forgiven? a resounding Yes. Was I reconciled to......
The miraculous is often not the best medicine for us
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It is only human to wish the best for those that we care for, but it is far better to pray the will of the Father over that person's life. When Lazarus fell ill his sisters wished the best for their brother and in so doing took the correct action. Calling Jesus to come and heal their brother was the logical spiritually correct response. In so doing they were expressing their desire that the best was accomplished for their sick brother. One piece of wisdom that I have painfully and agonizingly been taught is that the good we desire for ourselves and for others is not necessarily God's will. Sure we both may have the same end prediction mind but the pathway to the goal is often not the same as the Fathers method. In Lazarus's case both Mary, Martha and Jesus has the same end in......
Bring your emotions under control
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I had been brought up within my home and church to disregard my feelings. Looking back I sense this strain of thought came from my grandfather who was of a dour Scottish disposition. Being brought up in a small conservative country town emotions were to be kept under ones hat. Therefore when the charismatic movement swept through New Zealand in the early 70's it took a long time for me to break down my stoic attitude. But the Holy Spirit having baptized me with his presence one lunch time began the journey of releasing the inner me. I tell this story as a way of introducing that our emotions and feelings cannot be denied for they are a diagnostic tool to gauge our spiritual walk. Secondly as our emotions are so closely linked to our thoughts they provide a ready doorway into our mind.......
The holy spirit is pressing upon me these thoughts
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I cannot but noticed the swift change of events that are happening worldwide over the past week. First there was the horrific tragedy in Nice that again has shocked the world with its callous brutality. Still reeling from this tragedy I was confronted with the rapidly changing 'coup' in Turkey, which I almost missed as I was still focused on France. What is happening it is happening too quickly as the world as we once knew it is changing. Yes rapidly changing and this change is not for the betterment of mankind. I am sure that there have been, and I believe I have the confidence to state this there were no doubt many more earth changing events over the past few weeks that I have missed, that have caused many to wonder, 'What the ;;;; is going on!' I believe that these......
Let go of your religion and allow my love
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me; 'Some of you are clinging to the past experiences of my presence and in doing so you have been building your alters of worship, but I am not in your tabernacle any more. My children you have a tendency to camp down on your mountain top experiences and you have used this time of my glory to cling to hang onto the past. You have replaced my love for your idol that you have built on the mountain; but I am asking you to move on.' 'Behold I am making a straight path for you to walk on, for we are on a journey into the heart of the Fathers love. I long to teach you more of our love but you need to un pitch your tent and follow Jesus. Come my loved one pull down your tent; break down your tabernacle and like Abraham journey with me in faith to your......
With patience i will shape you into christ's likeness
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me; 'In patience will I be able to change you from glory to glory. Too often you run ahead of me for your world taught mind is impatient. Other times you are trying too hard to be religious for you think that this is being holy. Then there are times you seek the spectacular and you pester the Father to perform miracles, blaming your lack of faith when what you expect does not happen.' 'Do you not realize that it takes time for your mind let go of old habits and form new ones? I am changing you only when you allow me to. You must cooperate with me and walk at my direction and pace for me seed then will begin to sprout and shoot forth growing into a tree heavy with fruits of righteousness. How can I grow my seed in you if you are not listening to my......
Beware of the graves of craving
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me; 'Be careful that you do not move out from under God's blessings as sons and daughters for you must discipline your mind to be content with the Fathers present provisions for you. Do not be like the Children of Israel who were blessed with Gods provision of manna, yet were not content with this gift. For they grumbled for meat which God in his grace provided, but as they ate the quails the meat became a curse to them and a plague struck many down.' 'If grieves the Father to hear that his children are not content with his love and gifts that he has provided free of charge. The Father longs for his sons and daughters to trust his decisions and circumstances that he has arranged for you. His heart goes out to those children who are wailing for......
I am blown away by the words the holy spirit has spoken to me
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me; 'Just as the Father scattered his chosen people to the ends of the earth for they had turned their faces from him and his anointed shepherds did not care to feed his sheep. So to will come a day when I will further scatter my church for they to have turned to their own ways and their first love has grown cold. Their shepherds have cared more for their own pockets than for the spiritual welfare of my sheep. Yet the gates of hell will not prevail against my redeemed for I have saved a remnant who has remained true to my word.' 'These sanctified ones have not defiled themselves with the lusts of the world for they follow the voice of the True Shepherd walking in my freedom. I say to these sons and daughters who know the voice of the True Shepherd......
I have looked freedom in the face
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This is a true saying that we were born to be free. Here is another true saying that by the death of Christ we have been set free, for although we were created to be free we found ourselves slaves of darkness. Unless the blood of Gods only Son has been washed over us we are not free, even though we have been nurtured to believe we are 'our own person.' If the word 'self' precedes all that we do we are not free for we are like blind people groping along a wall in the darkness. Since the focus on all that we do is on our self to be glorified, we are distorted, for the original plan master minded by the Creator, was for mankind to be mastered by God while we in turn were to master the world. It was in this covenant relationship that mankind having been taught by God how to be......
Keep the cross before your eyes
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me, 'The cross is the door way into the secret hidden wisdom of God. The cross is the key that unlocks the grace of God. It is the password that enables us to receive Gods glory. It is the pathway into the inner sanctuary of God's love. The cross enables us to dwell fully in God's love.' 'The cross speaks most clearly of sacrifice, death and suffering and it is these experiences that we must endure to receive the crown of life. The crown of life is to be baptized into the love of God, for once you have Gods love exploding in your heart you have gained the secret hidden wisdom of God.' 'Therefore you must endure hardship to ascend into the heavens and be seated at the right hand of Christ who has gone before opening up the new and......
The redeemed of the lord
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me; 'I wish to speak to you about endurance under trail.' I had the distinct impression that there was a scriptural verse along these lines. There is in James 1:12. As I turned to this theme in James the Holy Spirit continued to speak to me.' Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. 'I long for you to practice patience in the things of everyday living for there is a time coming when I will release you under a trail. Patience will be your weapon as Jesus showed in his battle with the enemy in the wilderness. Patience will assist you in girding up your loins ready to do battle. Patience is a weapon that the enemy does......
Remain calm and walk in patience
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me: 'Cultivate patience for this will be your saving grace in times of adversity. In patience wait for the Father to act and bring your blessings to you, for you do not know what is around the corner. Do not over reach yourself for this is not walking in my grace. Patience enables the Fathers grace to come to you in streams of holiness and love.' 'Practice patience in the good times for this will grow and develop the heart of Jesus who endured the cross for you looking forward to the reward from Father. Walking in patience is a form of godliness that enables my grace to abound and flow onto to others. Patience is your weapon against the forces of darkness for in patience will be your strength for the joy of Christ will surround you as flames of......
Whatever you do - press into jesus
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me; 'Lean into me and I will be your strength. Cease from leaning into your understanding for such is like the mist that is blown away and does not last even though it waters the earth for a while. Lean on my word for this will be your strong tower when the storms bow, which they will.' 'Do not lean unto the supernatural for that is not your source of strength, nor expect miracles. Rather your hope is in Christ himself, his presence, his death and resurrection. Cultivate my presence to surround you for you must walk out my gift of faith that the Father has given you. Be strong and persevere in my name.' Open your eyes and recall that you are in a covenant relationship with the Father for on the cross your old life was exchanged for Christ's......
When we cannot hear the holy spirit speakin
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me; 'When you cry to me it grieves me that so often you are so consumed with your grief, problem, worry or anxiety that your focus is not truly on me. When you are so consumed by your problem, this is what dominates you thoughts and spirit for then your mind is in turmoil, raging like an angry sea. In this state of mind you cannot hear my voice.' 'I long to be able to help you when you call on my name, but your heart must be still before me to hear my still small voice of love and comfort. Ask me to still your heart as you cast your burden onto my shoulders; for this reason I died to carry your sufferings. Try me and see that I do not respond suddenly to lift your grief and cup of sorrow.' When your soul is still before me than you can hear my......
A word in due season
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me, 'This is the season when my people who are called by my name and hear my voice are un capping the old wells that the enemy has boarded up. Once again my word will flow over the land and into the parched land I will cause new wells to spring forth. Can you see this happening? For those who are my servants and prophets I share my secrets. Once again I going to do a new thing, for I will make straight paths in the desert and those who hear my voice will drink from my fountains, for all my fountains will be found in you.' 'In this walk on my straight paths you will have doubts, fears and anxious thoughts; these arrows I cannot stop for it is required of those who walk in my holiness and love to raise their shields. Co-operate with me and I will......
Remember the joy of your salvation
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me; Cease your crying and mourning for your joy will be found in me, for this will be your strength for the coming days. Recall the times in the former days when my joy overwhelmed you and you were filled with my strength and passion. Dwell on these times when you opened your heart to me, for then I was blessed and the angels in heaven sang praises to the Father.' 'I long to see you happy and fill of my glory, but you grieve me when you are consumed with your circumstances for I cannot fill you with my love and joy. Choose to turn from those things of the enemy that are eating you up for you are my children that dwell above all powers and principalities of darkness. For the strength to rise in the morning and be greeted by my faithfulness will be found......
The secret place belonging to god
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me; 'When you run into a brick wall run to the Fathers secret place which is just beneath the shadow of his wings. There you will find the Fathers presence for he is your hiding place, your fortress and strong tower. There you will experience Love that was poured out on Jesus Christ as he hung on the cross; drink in this love for this will be your guarantee of my power.' 'When I formed you in your mother's womb your heart was fitted perfectly so as to receive and respond to the Fathers Love. Come to the secret place and allow your heart to experience the Love for which it was formed. Close your eyes and ask the Father by my power to deliver you into the His heart for he is longing to commune with you.' 'For it is only when you find this......
Seed truths from the father
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The Holy Spirit has been saying to me; 'I am planting seed truths into your heart which I encourage you to nurture and care for. These seed truths will become like trees with the roots spreading deep into your spirit and branches acting as shelter for the weary. Press into my presence and I will rain living waters onto my seeds that I have planted. These revelatory seeds are my gifts to you my beloved for as the waters cover the sea so will my wisdom and knowledge flourish.' 'You may feel at the bottom of the pits right now, but the seed truth that I have planted into your spirit says otherwise. You are seated in the heavenly places with Jesus Christ far above all harm and heartache. For the Son has delivered you into the Fathers presence; you are healed, redeemed and......
Take care of god's love
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But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,21keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. Jude I hope my title caught your attention for those who have been living in the scriptures for some time will know that this statement is absurd. I can hear you saying that God can take care of his own Love. The image of the potter and the clay may come to your mind. Yet my title is one way that these verses from Jude can be translated concerning Gods love. The NIV has keep yourselves. It is interesting that all the major translation use the same phrase. The Greek word used by Jude is tre which has a sense of 'to attend to carefully.' But this concept of preserving Gods love in......
The weapons of righteousness
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me; 'I have given you weapons of righteousness in your right hand and left hand. These sacred weapons that you hold in your hand are the blood of Jesus and the Logos/Rhema of the Father. When the enemy comes against you like a flood I will raise up a standard for you for you lift up both of your hands in worship. For in worship to the Father there is victory as I apply the blood of Christ's sacrifice and release the promises of the Fathers word.' 'For in worship you are standing on the finished work of Christ's sacrifice as you declare your position to the enemies face; for you are redeemed, sanctified and made holy. Declare these truths with supernatural boldness as you worship the Father for in drawing near to God the enemy will flee.......
Stand tall with courage in me
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me: 'Stand tall in Jesus name with you head held high, for I the Father have declared resurrection life over you, for you have been washed in the blood of My Son. Therefore be strong in all that you do as you keep your head aligned to my thoughts. For I will be your leader, your strength and energy for all your righteousness is found in me.' “Stand tall in my word for it is only in my word that you will find your destiny, for my word is more than life. Do not neglect my word for therein is life and life exceedingly joyous. You cannot stand tall in my word with a double mind for you must be believing and trusting in my promises without reservation.' 'For there is a time coming and is almost here when my people will not abide in my word;......
Choose this day where your focus will be.
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me; 'Take your eyes, thoughts and imaginations off your circumstances for they hinder you from hearing my voice. Choose this day to put those imaginations to the obedience of Christ and choose this day to focus on my word.' I encourage you to read the story in my word of my servant Elijah as recorded in 1 Kings 19. He was depressed and wished that he would die but I sent an angel to break into his thoughts. Rise up and eat for nourishment will be as healing to you and strength to your mind. Twice I had to arouse Elijah with these words for I cared for him with a love of limitless giving.' 'For forty days and nights I sent Elijah on a journey into the very presence of my heart to rekindle his faith and strengthen his weak knees and feeble hands.......
See yourself as i do.
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me; 'Once you see yourselves as I see you my love will be released as oil flowing down from your head, for you are complete in Christ. There are no imperfections in your life for you have been made righteous in Christ. Remember that my love covers a multitude of imperfections. The enemy will have you focus on your weaknesses and sins but I do not see these for you are clothed in the robes of my Sons sacrifice.' 'When I look at you I do not see you as mankind views you for you are precious jewel in my sight. I see you clearly through the eyes of my Love. Therefore do not fret or worry over your imperfections. Rein in your vivid imaginations and do not think or look at impossibilities. ' 'I have wrapped you in a blanket of love, therefore......
Alleluia the lord delights in you
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me; 'The Father delights over you, for I have redeemed you for myself. I delight in you when you focus on me in prayer and worship. But most of all I delight in you when you are weak for then I can show you my strength. For I delight in blessing you with my presence. For when you delight in me our communion is strengthen and taken to new heights of joy and peace.' 'For the Fathers love over you is like a wedding banner that I spread out like a blanket. For this blanket of love will wrap you in my peace, so that your limp arms and knees will be strengthened and your heart made glad with my wine.' 'When you delight in me it delights me to give you the desires of your heart to overflowing and pressed down, for we are one in Christ sacrifice.......
I want you to know my heart
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me; 'I desire you to walk in the Fathers love for when you catch a revelation of the Fathers love, all your striving of the flesh will cease. The Father longs for you to know His heart as much as He knows your heart. For when the revelation hits you of the Fathers love for you, the peace and glory of the Father will over-shadow your life.' 'I am your comforter, teacher and strength but I cannot be your helper when you strive in the flesh to be worthy of the Fathers love and grace. Walk in the Fathers love in the same way that I moved into your hearts with salvation. Cease your striving to be delivered, healed and sanctified; rest in the Fathers love and stand firm on His word just as I have told you. The Father longs to bless you with the......
To the love of god a word to the weary
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me; 'The Father loves you with an indestructible love that surrounds you with songs of deliverance. All that the Father does is motivated by his overwhelming love for you, nothing that the Father does or says or allows is not wrapped tightly in his unfathomable love for you. You are loved more dearly than you can imagine or understand.' 'This fact is not more true than when you walk in the dry places with no water, for even there in the desolate places of your anguished soul my love will be your food and water. When you cry out in the dark lonely night when your hope has evaporated with your tears, my sacrificial love has you covered. When you grope for me in the confusion of the battle remember that I love you for I have never left you and my......
God's word to us in season of uncertainty
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me; 'Once again I will create streams in the desert which will flow from my heart of love. Come and partake in my living streams that will water your desolate places for I will cause flowers and tress to sprout in places that were impossible before. Look into my face and you will see my mercy flowing to you for into your heart will flow my waters of healing. Stand still in my presence and you will see a tender shoot of love growing within your spirit. My love will wash away your tears and cleanse your spirit from grief.' 'As a gazelle prances towards its mother so to will you run to me for I will be your shelter and comfort. No longer will you fear and be afraid for in the shadow of my wings you will find my peace and rest. For from the stump that......
Stand tall this day the day of victory
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me, 'Be alert for this is the season for temptations to come out of left field. Clothe yourself in the full 'armour that Jesus has provided; know your position in Jesus for you are redeemed, totally. Jesus is your truth, no exceptions. You have been made righteous, declare it. You have been given peace because of Jesus sacrifice, live in it. Lift up your shield of faith which in reality is the faith of Jesus and use your sword as I direct you.' 'Having done the above stand firm, un-moveable in the Fathers love, for the Fathers love conquerors all fears. Do not compromise and be double-minded in regards to your authority in Christ's armour for this will weaken your ability to stand firm. For in doing well you will reap a great reward of......
Jesus is the way out
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me, 'Remember when Jesus said I am the way the truth and Life? He was not only referring to the way of salvation but also to the truth that Jesus is the way out of a tight spot. When your circumstances begin to suffocate you look to Jesus and he will be the way out for we know the way and we have you fully covered. Looking at your circumstances makes it difficult for the Father to help you and open a pathway out. Circumstances will not bring hope; only seeking the face of Jesus will bring truth and life to you.' 'Therefore choose to move your mind off your numbing circumstances and in so doing you will defy there reality and power of entrapment. With an act of your will choose Jesus and I will empower you to do so. You may think that you have lost......
I am your comforter; yield to me
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me. 'I am your comforter and when I stretch you and challenge you I am still your comforter. I stretch you so that you may grow into glory but your flesh will resist and pain will ensure as the struggle commences; yield to me for I am your comforter and strength. I will see you through this time of trial.' I long to baptize you with fire, but your mind will resist, for your flesh which has been in darkness for so long does not wish to be exposed. Yield to me for I am your comforter and strength; trust me as Mary and Martha did when Jesus delayed coming to Lazarus. My timing is born in the Fathers heart.' 'I will draw you out of your fleshly comfort zone so as to encourage spiritual growth into Jesus and his glory. My words of wisdom and......
Take time out and not feel guilty
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me. “It is OK to take a rest from your well doing for I approve of you resting in the Father. Take a breather for there is time to work and a time to rest, a time to pray and a time not to pray, a time to fight and a time to rest from your struggles. Rest in the Fathers presence and love dwelling in the finished work of Jesus.' 'Do not allow yourself to feel guilty if you cease from your labours for a season for I will grant you rest on the Sabbath. Take time out to dwell in my word and rest in my grace for I will watch over you as a hen covers her chickens. Look to me to know the times and seasons for I will surely guide you.' 'As you rest in my glory do not focus on the other labourers for you cannot run in their lane, stay in the lane......
Do not focus on the miraculous
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me, 'When you pray to me expecting miracles, longing for me to wave my magic wand it grieves my heart. My ways are not your ways and my methodology is not your expectations, rather my plans for you are good and pleasant. Trust me to do what is right. For in seeking the big super natural star dust you cannot see me in the small perfect timings, the sequence of events fitting together in perfect harmony. These small perfect signs show that I am in control and right beside you.' 'My plans for you are for me to refine you so that your mind is transformed; but refining takes heat and fire for I need your faith to be of the highest value, more so than the purest gold and silver. In the midst of the furnace stand on my word. For in doing so you will be of......
Stop cowering before satan
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me, 'Stand up for your rightful position in Christ. Do not let the enemy cower over you. Stand up strong on my word for this is a sure foundation allowing you to take the higher ground. No more do you need to feel that you have been backed into a courner for in Christ you are strong and invincible.' 'Recall to mind that you have been redeemed, forgiven, healed, transformed and made righteous by the blood of Jesus Christ. Stand on these facts for the enemy cannot touch you when you affirm these truths won for you by my Sons blood.' 'Reject any thought that is contrary to these truths for the enemy will convince you otherwise; do not listen, but reinforce my word in your heart and with your lips. Shout out these time honoured biblical truths......
No weapon forged against you will destroy you.
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me, 'Cease your crying and weeping before my throne for today is the season of up lifting worship; today is the beginning of your victory for by this word you will rise in encouragement. Today I will lift you up and set your feet on higher ground, I will wipe away your tears and fill your heart with hope in my presence. The resurrected King Jesus will today resurrect your spirit and fill your soul with gladness for this joy will be your strength.' 'Do not be afraid for you will not be put to shame, neither will you feel condemned for my healing spirit will again rise as flowing streams of life giving strength and perseverance. Stand tall today, for I will straighten you back and make you face glow with my presence; for today you will drink from my......
Keep your focus on me
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me, 'Do not look at what is happening to you but focus on my word that I have given you. By dwelling on your circumstances you are drawn away from my love and my word is drowned out in the crashing of the waves. By staying with your eyes open on me and my word you are tapping into my grace and sustaining power. I know it is not easy, but I have given you power to overcome in the name of Jesus; use the name of Jesus, but not out of desperation but confidence. See I have set your feet on a rock that is higher than your circumstances.' 'I have given you supernatural authority backed up by the blood of Jesus; walk in this authority by taking the first step and I will use all the resources in heaven to sustain you. Arise, burn and shine for my glory is......
Meditate on what i am teaching you
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me, 'Take a moment to reflect on the truths that I am teaching you, for in the midst of the battle it is easy to forget my lessons. Meditate on what I have told you so that you can write these truths into your heart. Reflect on these truths for I am teaching you new things that you must climb into and reminding you of past truths that have slipped your memory, that you must recall and make yours again.' 'Stand firm on my promises for they are yours in Christ; refuse to allow the ferocity of the battle to confuse you so that you loose your focus to stand firm on my word. For in standing firm on my promises which are Yes and Amen in Christ's blood, you are wielding your sword. Remember that I have not given you a spirit of fear but of power, love......
Walk as children before me
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me. 'Redemption is my gift to you given freely without reservation for my love is greater than you can comprehend. You may pontificate on the enormity of the sacrifice but this gift is freely given for I long for you to be my children. Therefore throw away your theological debates and be a child before me for no one who walks with me as a child will not experience the Kingdom. All I ask of you my child is to love me in obedience and trust.' 'I ask that you keep your walk with me simple and free from encumbrances that entangle your simplicity with me for the enemy will sow complications that undermine your obedience and trust as a child. For as you call me Father and this if right and proper; remember that you are my redeemed children and must......
Forgiveness is a weapon use it.
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me, 'Forgiveness is at the very centre and heart of God's love. I encourage you to step into my forgiveness and live and walk in this powerful aspect of my love. Learn to forgive as I forgive. Learn from me that your forgiveness must be at the very being of your love. Without forgiveness you do not have my love.' 'Walk in my love and you will learn how to forgive as I have shown forgiveness to you. For the measure that you forgive will be the measure that I will forgive you and show my glory to you. Learn from me that you must quickly forgive those that hurt you, even those that torment you. Not only to forgive those who have despised you but to repent from the spirit of unforgiveness. Remember I see into your heart and I am sorrowed when I see......
Redeemed for discipline to overcome the demonic
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me, 'I have redeemed you from out of darkness so that I can discipline and correct you to obey my word for no soldier on active duty are un disciplined. Therefore do not surprised when what is bothering you does not disappear despite your faith and prayers. Do not loose your faith which is so precious to me, for those whom I call I love and those I love I discipline for you are my children.' 'I have not called you to your idea of supernatural living, for that is the enemies' deception. I have called you to walk the narrow pathway, for in this world you will have trouble, but rejoice for I have overcome the world. Therefore do not shrink back for you will become over comers through my discipline; for we wrestle against the powers of darkness and......
Walk out your deliverance from the demonic
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me, 'I have delivered you from darkness into my Fathers presence, and therefore walk as if you have been delivered; for you have been rescued, signed, sealed and placed in the heavenlies through the blood of Jesus. The victory over the enemy has been completed, therefore do not believe the lies he tells you that you are to struggle and fight against him.' 'The word of my Father states emphatically that you are redeemed, sanctified, made holy, set apart, healed, delivered, and placed on the right hand of his son Jesus. Therefore choose to walk in this victory and do allow the circumstances of life to bother you for you must walk above them.' 'Do not allow the little foxes to spoil your salvation, for you need to stand back and see where you......
Today is the moment of restoration
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me, 'My word to you this day is that I will restore the harvest that the grasshopper and locust has taken from you. Today is the time of restoration when I will replace seven fold that which you have been robbed. If you humble yourself before me I will pour out my blessing from heaven and restore your place in my house.' 'Come before with an open heart and see if I will not pour my life into your heart and soul, so that once again you can walk in my ways without any fear. Turn your face to me and confess your un righteousness so that I can clothe you in my rob of many colours, the rob of my favoured children. See I have planted a tree beside my house a tree of life and love whose fruit I long to share with you. Come and partake of my fruit of the......
The gift many believers wish to ignore
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me, 'Repentance is the heart of the gospel. Without repentance you cannot experience my gospel. Nor can you walk in my grace if you do not show a willingness to repent. A stubborn heart I abhor, a haughty spirit repels me, a heart of stone does not belong to a disciple of mine.' 'Watch out for those false prophets who promise you salvation but do not mention repentance for they have not been sent from me. They have not been to my well and drank of my living water; for my living water will soften your heart and led you to repentance. 'Do not be deceived for without repentance you cannot enter into my kingdom and sit at Christ's right hand. Beware of those false prophets who hyper stress grace and mercy but down play the gift of repentance.......
Focus on your calling and mind your own business
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me 'Focus on your calling for I have called each person to a special ministry so that your unique gifts and abilities will glorify my name. Do not be concerned with other believers, how they are doing for I have called you to run the race that I have set before you. Allow me to develop your gifts and ministry according to my terms and conditions. Each of you is a precious vessel that I am preparing for my table.' 'Do not be side tracked by looking to others to compare their progress but focus on what I have called you to do in my name. Do not be bothered what others can do or cannot do. Do not become frustrated by others progress for this is of no concern of yours, for in doing so you will not be able to carry their burdens if I require you......
To those who are drunk from the worlds spinning
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me, that you do not have to spin with the world as if on a ferry go-round,so that you cannot stand up. To those who have been made dizzy by the worlds joy rides pray in the spirit and ground yourself in my word. My word is life. My word is health and prosperity in God himself. My children loose yourself in my word, for in my word you will have peace and the drunkenness that you feel will dissipate. Take hold of my word and you will be grounded in peace, joy, love and wisdom. Take hold of my word and pray these words into your mind and heart so that you become the word. When you taste and ingest my word I will pray to the Father to bring the Comforter into your sphere that will calm your nerves and restore your shattered faith. Do not be afraid of my word nor......
Comfort my people with my word
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me that if you are over whelmed with your surroundings this oppression is not from me. For I have provided you with victory so that you are more than conquerors because of my death on the cross. I will not put any burden on you more than you can bear for my burden is light and my yoke easy. In your hour of trail I will always provide you with a way out ,for my name is sacred and my word is honoured for its faithfulness. My child do not focus on your present difficulties but recall that things I have done in the past, if not, you will become like the children of Israel who could not cease from their grumbling. Remember that I love you and I will never allow anything to harm you. I have called you to a life of victory which you must walk in by faith as Abraham......
The doorway to deception is easy to open
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me 'Ask me to show you my ways, for I long to share my name with you and bring you into my presence. For when you know my ways you will begin to understand my heart and when your heart beats as one with me you will know of my nature and character. This will make it easier for you to surrender your will to mine so that your thoughts will be my thoughts and your prayers will the prayers of my son Jesus. Take me at my word and ask me to show you my ways and I will open your eyes and heart to my name, for I satisfy the desires of a humble heart.' It has occurred to me that the doorway to deception and error is not difficult to find for there is much on the internet under the name of 'christianity' that is not true to the name of God as reveled in......
Transformation into glory can be ugly at times
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And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18 The Holy Spirit is saying to me Transformation is not easy and in some cases it can be ugly, but I in my grace love you as I mould you into my image. Do not despise the transformation and grumble as some do, but trust me to pour out my love on your head, for I am your refuge as I change you from glory to ever increasing glory. Change is a process under the guidance of my hand but it can be ugly at times but my staff and rod are there to help you. Do not stop my spirit moving upon you nor run away like Jonah, but keep walking with me as Enoch did. Those that persevere and partner with me will......
Gods promise to us
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The Lord seeks today to draw our attention to a promise that he wishes to establish with us in the coming days. I have been called to recount this verse from Malachi chapter 4 and to seek the meaning for us in the here and now, for this I believe is God's word to us in April 2016; his word, before the day that is coming, when evil from the earth will be burnt up like stubble. But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves. Verse 2 NIV You may be more familiar with the rendering from the KJV 'healing in its wings.' Either way how can one not rejoice in such a wonderful promise that will come to pass? For all the words of the Lord will not return to him empty but will achieve their......
Word curses and my testimony
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The Holy Spirit has just finished saying to me, 'Be aware of the word curses that are being spoken over you for these cures will diminish my spirit and in some cases be the beginnings of an occurring illness.' Under the guidance of the spirit my mind was taken aback to that day when I resigned from the ministry. I can still picture the scene in the lounge of the manse when the secretary and treasurer of the church at that time came and said. 'John we do not believe you are suitable to remain in the position of pastor and we suggest that you resign.' Immediately these words were spoken I felt a light go out in my spirit as if a switch had been thrown. I thought I do not wish to fight this and said, 'OK I will.' Today the Lord in his mercy has shown me the spiritual......
A devotional for easter from psalm 32
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Psalm 32 is a chapter that should be read every week at least, for by it one will be kept clean to walk in the light. To fully appreciate this blog it should be read with Psalm 32 open. The key to this Psalm is verse five where confession of one sins brings the blessings that we all count as essential to our Christian walk. We long to be blessed by the Lord; in fact our soul craves for a visitation from the Lord or one of his angels. Then I acknowledged my sin to you Let us look at each benefit that comes to those whose transgressions and sins are covered because of the death and resurrection Jesus. Firstly and rightly so the first blessing as a result of our sin bring covered by the robes of Christ righteousness is that our prayers will be heard in the court room of heaven. Verse 6.......
There is one prayer we should all be praying
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Those disciples who walk with the eyes open to the word of the Lord cannot help but notice that there is a tsunami of deception sweeping across the body of Christ, which grows in intensity month by month. My heart goes out to those souls who have been deceived and are now a servant of darkness for they do not know it. This new wave of deception is far more subtle that what has gone before as it has taken on the head of a snake. These deceived believers are being used by the prince of darkness to sow deception that is so clever that even the elect can fall for the twisted truth. Matthew 24:24. These deceived ones often believe that they are spreading the gospel, or teaching a new truth when in fact they are being used as instruments of unrighteousness. Sadly with the rise of this flood of......
Our forgotten authority in christ
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It has taken me almost a life time to realize that the thoughts and words that we speak can either bring life or death to our spiritual life. By the use of our tongue, we can either be walking by sight or walking in the spirit. Our words will either lift us up spiritually into God's blessings, or pull us down into darkness with a curse over our heads. The sad fact is that most believers do not realize the power that the tongue can wield in our growth, into the purposes that God has ordained for us from the beginning of time. This is because we are under a deception, having been seduced by the enemy's soldiers. The majority of Jesus followers do not realize that we have to enforce the victory of the cross in our own life. The Bible tells us emphatically to fight the good fight of......
Then war broke out in heaven
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We read in the book of Revelation chapter 12 these significant words that multitudes of believers are unaware of and in their ignorance they are being destroyed. Today Gods people are being destroyed for lack of knowledge in so many areas of the faith that despair must be written all over the face of God. Then war broke out in heaven verse 7ff. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and the dragon lost; and in loosing the devil and his demonic forces were thrown down to earth. But this epic battle is not over for the 'dark forces' are now waging war against the off-spring of the crucified Lord. That's right; we who have been born again and keep the commands of the Lord now have a target on our backs. Today the average Christian is not aware that the moment they are......
God is not the only lifter of our head
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The Lord said to me, 'Can this dullness and fog that covers my people be cleaned away?' I said, 'Lord you can do all things.' The Lord said, 'My heart is grieved for my people are being choked for lack of knowledge and in their wrestle with the enemy they are in a choke hold.' Being in a choke hold one is not able to breathe for the air that sustains our bodies is being with held from us and in the same way the breath of God is being choked from us by the fog of dullness. As I was contemplating this I saw bolts of lightning shooting like flaming arrows from the heavens and the fog being burned up in an instance. It is my belief that this year that those of Gods people who are under the fog will suddenly be released from the choke hold and they will breathe and live......
A message to the broken hearted
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The Holy Spirit is saying to me, 'Do sweat the small things in your life but stand back and take in the bigger picture, for it is the enemy that pushes you to focus for too long on the minor things that trouble you and being grief. Do not make the problem any bigger that what it really is but stand back from that which is concerning you and remember the goodness of the Lord and recall how far you have come on your journey. Do not allow the enemy to bog you down but remember I am changing you from glory to glory, and remember those scriptures that I have given you that you have allowed me to write on your heart.' 'Stand firm on these scriptures for what I have told you will surely come to pass for do I not tell my servants the prophets beforehand. The enemy will attempt to......
My people are destroyed because of dullness
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As I was musing in my mind of the quietness of activity on CB and the body of Christ in general the word of the Lord came to me saying that 'My people are under a cloud of dullness for this spirit has covered their ears and eyes so that they look but do not see and hear but do not hear.' This grieved me for I to have noticed a heaviness upon me that I could not shake off causing to be have a 'cannot be bothered attitude' to the things of God. Acts 28:27ff As I was pondering this the Lord showed me a picture of a harbour shrouded in thick fog where everything had come to a standstill as they could not see their way forward. Those that were brave enough to move were like blind men groping along a wall. As this picture sunk into my mind I realized that fog, although bringing......
Help i am under attack!
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I read this statement today and it has been recalled to my mind as I wait on the Lord for a word to my CB readers. 'The battlefield of Satan is being fought in our mind, but the war is for our heart.' I want us to think on this statement for a while as it has made a profound impression upon me. The fact that the Lord has recalled it again tonight in the midst of my siege tells me that I must take note of this word, as if it has came from the mouth of Jesus himself. I believe that while we are concentrating on the battle and working hard to resist the enemy's darts we can leave our heart exposed and lose the war. We are called to guard our heart Prov. 4:23 NIV. It is so easy to fight our battles in our mind in our own strength for often this is all we know. I recall listening......
I am your sustainer and redeemer
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Listen to the voice of God my people for it is I who has sustained you all these years; from your mother's womb I have been with you even to the time of your grey hairs and wobbly knees. I have sustained you when you walked through the desert, when the lions came out to attack you, I was there as a mother hen gathers her chickens so I placed my shield over you. As you stood in the fiery furnace of temptation I stood there with you and not one hair on your head was singed. When you were seasick on the raging sea of confusion and doubt I was there as your pilot. Look and remember for I have made you and I have carried you and I have sustained you and I will do the same again, for have I not said that I will rescue you? Yes I will come and rescue you as an eagle will pluck their young......
The times and seasons of the lord
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There are seasons and times in the Lord through which we dwell for a time and in that doorway the Lord gives us we are encouraged to open and walk through into the land that God has provided for us. I sense in my spirit that we are in the middle of a change of seasons as the Lord is moving us from one time into another time of his calling. The challenge for us his servants is to recognize the season that we are in and are about to enter. As Enoch walked with God, those who do likewise are open to see the pathway opening up before them; for does not the Lord reveal his plan through the words of his prophets? According to Amos 3:7 the Lord will reveal his seasons through his servants the prophets. Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets......
Prophesy to these bones
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I sense in my spirit that we stand on the brink of Gods recovery and restoration, for this is the year that the dry bones will be raised up and clothed with flesh. For too long the dry bones have lain in the grave of the enemy who has stripped away the flesh of the word and tendons of praise and worship... Many of Gods people today are as dry as bones and as effective as dust lying in their grave of despondency and despair. Into this great valley of darkness God is raising up prophetic voices for this is the year of restoration and recovery for the people of God. Throughout the valley floor these prophetic voices have been summoned from the four corners of the earth to wander to and fro with the voice of God upon their hearts and in the mouths. For as Elijah was able to outrun Ahab's......
Jezebels conflicts have been a hindrance
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When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. Rev 12 Ever since the birth of Jesus, the spirit of Jezebel, a principality of Satan, has been loosed by the Satan himself to destroy the work of salvation. You can recall the edict of Herod to slaughter all the male infants under two years old in the region of Bethlehem, through to the 40 days of temptation before the baptism of Jesus. Right up to the moment Jesus was nailed onto the cross this spirit was spewing out vile waters to sweep away Gods work of redemption. After the resurrection the Jezebel spirit was at work to discredit the work of the gospel, which if you followed early church history you would be aware this conflict resulted in a number of church councils.......
To those who seek after righteousness
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'O God I ask that you will give us a desire so strong that we cannot shake it off, to hunger and thirst for your righteousness. Do what you have to do Lord to break us away from the cares and interests of this world. Place within us a restless ache until we come and drink of your salvation and holiness. O Lord take not your mercy away from us but draw us into your holiness, baptize us with your Holy Spirit that we are emblazoned with your love and power. Create in us a clean heart and a pure spirit to seek after you and press into your plans for us, give us no rest until we find our peace and contentment in your arms. Lord we have heard how you blessed our fathers of old and we long again to witness your power and presence. Lord our hearts are hungry for you but we need your......
To those who lay awake at night
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According to a 2013 Gallup poll, 40 percent of American adults get six hours or less per night. Even children are becoming sleep deprived. According to the 2014 Sleep in America Poll, 58 percent of teens average only seven hours of sleep or less. For example, getting less than five hours of sleep per night may double your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and/or stroke. Research has also found a persistent link between lack of sleep and weight gain, insulin resistance, and diabetes. As I was seeking the Lord for the next blog the Holy Spirit stated very plainly to blog on sleep, hence under the control of Gods spirit I will attempt to achieve this. I will respond to the Lords direction by tapping into human wisdom and then following this up from my personal experience as taught by the......
A word to the weary
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This bog is a word from the Sovereign Lord to those who are weary and exhausted, to those who are fainting from well doing or from the attacks of the enemy. God's word is plain for it is written: 'consider him who endured opposition from sinners, enduring the cross so that you will not grow weary.' Consider Jesus and adjust your minds so that Jesus is the centre of your thinking, acting and doing. For until we place Jesus on the throne of our heart we will be weary and worn down with the cares of this world and the constant attracts of demonic forces. For it was not until Solomon sinned against the Lord with sins of fornication and immorality, that the kingdom God had given him was constantly under attack. This is a truth that we need to ruminate on before the Lord with an......
As the fig tree puts forth new leaves
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Jesus said that when we see the fig tree begin to sprout leaves you know that summer is near. We all have such signs in the natural that herald a change in the seasons. For some it is a swallow or two, for others it is the opening of daffodils, for others it is the sight of new-born lambs skipping across the paddock. Whatever it is we are smart enough to know what the signs herald. The same is true in the spiritual, for there are signs that God will bring to our attention that will indicate a door closing, or a door opening. A change of direction or emphasis is indicated, for God is a God who indicates his plans to his children in advance so that we are given the opportunity to praise and give him glory, when the change arrives. It also gives us the impetus to press into whatever is......
God the potter looks towards 2016
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I believe that the last few years have been the years of preparation and consolidation as God Jehovah has been working with us as a potter works with the lump of clay. God has taken us as the potter does and has placed us as a formless lump upon his wheel of turning. As he spun us into the orbit of his choosing and timing his hands have been placed on the spinning clay and along with the water of his word and spirit he has shaped us. His hands have moulded us as we spun upon his wheel of circumstances, for he has led us by his grace into the valleys, ravines, rivers, along the wilderness paths and up to the mountain tops. He has tested us as he tested Abraham when he was asked to sacrifice the most loved person he held dear to his heart. He has broken us as he broke Moses into his......
A prayer of god to his son
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Why are you cast down my soul and feel full of despair? Why do the leaders conspire against each other? Why is there so much blackness upon my soul as if I am shut up the belly of a whale? Why do I find that I cannot sleep and find the nights full of terror? Why do I feel tired and worn out? As I lift up my eyes I do not see happiness but misery and heartache etched into the faces of those that pass by. Where is the peace and hope promised long ago? The Lord replies from his throne 'I have installed my Son with the earth as his footstool for he has gone through my appointed will of death and resurrection. For there is no other rescue and deliverance than in the name of my Son for I have installed him as Lord of all. Today if you will hearken to his voice I will call you my......
A message to the saints of 2016
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As we come into the vision of God in the coming year, the year of Gods awakening and suddenlies for he will come to each one of us and surprise as was Moses when he behold the blazing bush. I wish to encourage you to press on into the Lords presence and give the Lord no rest until he establishes his banner over you. Even if you are despondent and doubting that your lot will change may you be encouraged by the perseverance of Daniel who every day faced Jerusalem and prayed Gods vision into existence. The Lord calls out to his chosen and says 'Ho everyone who thirst come drink from my well that is hewn out of the death and resurrection of Christ.' The Lord has set his vision into motion for you this year and as the word says it is running and will not be delayed. Therefore wait for......
Taking 2016 for granted
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I sense that we, the elect born of the shed blood from the only begotten Son of God, stand this coming year on the banks of the river Jordan. I believe in my spirit that the Lord is preparing his beloved children for something bigger this year than we can imagine. Last year was a year of struggle for many, but 2016 will be the year when we will come into harvest and walk into our promises prepared for us since the beginning of the world. 2016 will be when the door opens before us and we cross our Jordan into the land promised to us. It may be that the Lord will lead us into new revelation, or prosperity, or wellness or a closer walk with himself as Enoch was wont to do. As we look into the year I believe that we are like the Joshua generation ready to go over into Gods promises. Many of......
In the these last days
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In these last days we are going to see the wondrous works of the Lord as we have never witness them before. Our eyes are going to be opened as we hear of an out poring here and as we look over there, we will hear of another manifestation over yonder. So much so that we will not know where to turn and look for the glory of the Lord will cover the land as he prepares his bride. Part of this outpouring will include the raising of the prophetic office that the church has lost for God will restore the fortunes of his beloved that the canker worms have eaten away. I believe that even now he is raising up prophets after the heart of Jesus rather than the Aaronic dynasty. For the prophets of the latter days will be modeled on Jesus after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one appointed after......
The word of the lord came to me in 2016
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Surely one of the most thrilling phrases in the Bible is the words 'The word of the Lord came.' I have notice that in the NIV translation it is recorded 131 times, while the KJV has 139; with the book of Ezekiel having the most occurrences at 50 in the NIV. One can imagine what joy and worship these words have brought to Gods saints over the decades; or the trepidation and fear as Gods prophets relayed Yahweh's message to his people. To hear the voice of God is such a 'bowing down act of worship' that one is lifted into the heavenlies and the glory of the Lord surrounds our being like a great light. I am convinced that this year of 2016 will be the year when the word of the Lord will come to his faithful sons and daughters who walk before him in humility and openness.......
Those who walk righteously in 2016
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I was reading an article the other day in which the author was recounting a dream he had witnessed in the spirit. He was watching a field of wheat grow. As he watched, there appeared to be similar looking wheat growing alongside the first. As he looked more intently he realized that the second wheat were tares. At this point he describes that he heard a grotesque noise that grew louder and louder, so much so that he had to cover his ears but as he did so he noticed with dismay that the tares were beating the wheat stalks into submission amidst howls of glee. Down and down the squashed wheat tumbled as the noise rose to shrieks. As this point he was brought as if in a drone to fly over the field. As he did he noticed that the horrendous howling of a noise had been replaced with a more......
2016 will be a thirst quenching year.
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This year I sense that the Lord will satisfy the thirsty, for as one panted for water and our tongue cleaved to the top of our mouth in the past year this year we will come to the fountain of water that will never run dry. In this past year there were times when our spirit was so parched that we felt that we would die but the Lord gave our smooth stones to suck on. Stones that had been made smooth by the constant tumbling together in the fast flowing stream of fellowship. These living stones were able to sustain but they were not the fountain hewed by God from the rock of Jesus with water gushing, out as the Israelites experienced in the desert. We so longed for more of Gods living water but he took us through the dry places with very little in the way of water to fully satisfy us.......
A word of delight for 2016
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As I spoke in my previous blog I sense in the heart of the Lord that this year is to be a year of new beginnings as the Lord will thrust us deeper into his kingdom with fire in our souls and upon our tongue. God will suddenly appear before us and our spiritual walk will take off in a new direction as God propels us into new realms of his kingdom. We will sense that we are stronger in the Lords work, that our prayers are more aligned with the prayer of God bubbling in our spirit. Our backs will be stronger as we stand with a firmer footing in God's word quenching all the fiery darts with ease. This year is to be a year of re building the walls that have been torn down and our gates set on fire by the enemy. As Nehemiah was breathed upon by God to stand up with a hammer in one hand a......
The times and seasons of 2016
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There are times and seasons in the Lord and the passing of the times and seasons are at the discretion of the Lord. There is a time for weeping and a time for rejoicing, a time to be still and a time to be active in the atmosphere of the Holy Spirit. As I look into the year of 2016 I sensed in my spirit that the times are about to change from a time of heaviness of 2015 to a time of suddenness and prosperity. As I look into 2016 the Lord is impressing into my spirit that this season is a period of change and 'suddenlies.' Suddenly the Lord will come upon us and we will be swept up into another period of our life, another change of direction that will take us further into the glory and presence of our Lord. I sensed last year was time for many of us to be 'under the pump'......
Gods vision to us in 2016
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I believe this year is to be the year when the Holy Spirit will be planting vision seeds into our spirits that will not let us go for the thought will be consistently before us. We will be like Jonah who found that he could run away from the word/vision of God planted into his heart. God's word for us will be before us, behind us and above us for this divine thought will grow and grow until it consumes us. It will seem that at every page of the scripture there will be a passage that will leap out at us re enforcing the same vision that is being nurtured in our spirits by the Holy Spirit. This year will be a year when God will move across his elect with a personal word that he will place into our spirits. God is opening up new frontiers in our lives and already he is preparing us for......
God's response in 2016 to the church under siege
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Today there is no doubt that the church in the widest sense of the word has gone astray and that the Body of Christ is under attack from demonic forces that he been let loose to roam the earth and disrupt the world of Gods elect. In doing so the body of believers is not able to partake of all the 'blessings' that God has prepared for his children. It is as the locusts and canker worm have taken away the harvest that was due to those walking up rightly before the Lord of hosts. I have been acutely aware of this dilemma over the past few weeks that I have been seeking the Lord as to the blog I should write under his direction. As I waited in my spirit he reminded me that for some time he has been nudging me in the direction of the story of Gideon. Hence with some anxious thoughts I......
Demonic forces and our battle strategies
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When Jesus was raised from the river Jordan being baptized by John the heavens were opened and a dove descended and Gods voice declared 'You are my son whom I love; with you I am well pleased.' I believe at this very moment the vocation of Jesus was blazed clearly across his heart. I am the Passover lamb for the sins of the world. The next step that follows God calling of his son to be a ransom for many is to be attacked by the devil. Why? Because the last act that the enemy needed was the crucifixion and he arrayed all his power strength and stealth to persuade Jesus not to go to the cross to save the world. We face the same attack; for when God has given us a vision to work on his behalf we will be attacked openly to hinder us in carrying out the assignment that God has laid on......
Speaking with boldness ~ part two
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In my last blog I spoke of the boldness if Peter and John, two un learned fishermen who, when they were brought before the religious leaders and theologians of their day spoke with such boldness that the hearers were astonished beyond belief. We discovered that they had been with Jesus and this being with Jesus experiencing his life was the source of the courage. (If you have read my first blog posted 3 days ago concerning boldness this would be a good time to do that) But this is only part of the reason for their un flinching boldness. If you recall the disciples were a timid bunch of frightened individuals who fed off each others fear at the time of the crucifixion. So much so that they had to be goaded and persuaded by the females to come to the tomb. What happened between the......
Speaking with boldness no apologies
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When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. Acts 4 13 NIV My payer is that I will not be ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto deliverance and salvation. I bow my spirit in worship that I may know the power of Christ's resurrection and that my blogs, walk and speech may be with boldness in the Lord. I have been directed to the 4th chapter of Acts where Peter and John have been cast into the local jail for healing a lame beggar as recorded in chapter three. They are now before the local court of law giving their defense. The Bible tells us Peter and John were brought before the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in......
The glory of god as a foundation truth
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The term Glory belongs exclusively to the God of the Bible. Why is this so? Because God wills it. God of the Bible wills to be recognized as Lord of all the earth. The God of the Bible is not indifferent, for the 'revelatory God' is a jealous God and cares that his name is known in all the earth and that all men everywhere know of his name. This concept which is unheard of outside of the scriptures is fundamental to the nature and character of God. The God of the Bible is not a static God but a god of revelation and it cares and concerns Him that all men come to the truth and know His name, for God so loved the world. Hence the holy name of God and His glory cannot be separated, for it is by the name of Jesus that all will be saved Immanuel; God with us. The glory of God is the......
Jesus said i am the light of the world
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One of the great themes of John's gospel is the wonderful truth of Christ as the Light of the world. In fact if one does a search of the word light in the Bible one would find that the term is used extensively as a metaphor for God, the nation Israel and the sons and daughters of God who have been born again. And in this sense the body of Christ by implication is also depicted by the concept of light. There has been much conjecture, all unproven, that the concept of God as the divine light was borrowed from Zoroastrianism which has indeed influenced Eastern Philosophies, Islam and some Christian fringe beliefs. The main difference between the other faiths and the term as used in the Bible centres around the function of light in mans spirituality. Apart from the scriptures the term......
The parables of jesus in the synoptic gospels
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My thoughts have been drawn to this subject by the leading of the Holy Spirit who has been nudging me in this direction for some time, but I was not keen as this an immensely comprehensive subject. Whether this begins a series or not, I cannot tell at this junction but I press on for the high calling in Christ Jesus. Firstly let's define what the scriptures mean by the word parable. For many believers their definition would be the simplistic; 'an earthly story with a spiritual meaning.' The dictionary definition is 'a short fictitious story that illustrates a moral attitude or a religious principle.' Parables are common to many religions; hence the parables of Jesus are not unique in that sense. The word 'parable' comes from two Greek words with the meaning of......
Today's generation still seek for a sign
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Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, 21nor will people say, 'Here it is, or There it is, 'because the kingdom of God is in your midst Luke 17 Look at that man in a boat on Niagara River. He is only about a mile from the rapids. A man on the bank shouts to him: "Young man, young man, the rapids are not far away; you'd better pull for the shore." "You attend to your own business; I will take care of myself," he replies. Now he has got a little nearer; and a man from the bank of the river sees his danger, and shouts: "Stranger, you'd better pull for the shore; if you go further you'll be lost. "Mind your business,......
The two headed monster of our adamic nature
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I wish to our righteous Christian bubble. As I was drawn by the gracious Holy Spirit to Psalm 106, a psalm that I would not count as one of my favorites, I could not escape verse 8-9. My eyes were reverted on these two verses as the pride and arrogance of my Adamic nature slunk away into the back ground. Yet he saved them for his name's sake, to make his mighty power known.9He rebuked he Red Sea, and it dried up; he led them through the depths as through a desert. Firstly why do we always think that God works his miracles and guides our footsteps solely for our benefit? Somehow Christendom has come round to this erroneous thinking that all Gods dealings revolve round us. Since when did this transformation take place? All the great saints of the Old Testament who were acclaimed as......
The mis leading gospels of christmas
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I am reminded that the season of Christmas is just around the corner for on the radio stations there are corals playing and the local mall has put up glittering decorations of red and green. I witnessed the other day our local Christmas parade that has been a feature of Auckland for the past 60 odd years with the beaming and expectant faces of the children. The parade takes well over an hour to pass a certain point and of course there is the 'red man' Santa following in his sledge float. This time of the year we hear the mangled expression 'Peace on earth and good will between men.' This phrase has not bothered me much before but when I heard it again recently it disturbed me. Why? Because to the majority of people today, this is the essence of Christianity. The gospel, to......
Thanksgiving, praise & worship
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Ever since I posted my last blog which was followed by 'Lift Up Your Voice!' by K Reynolds+ (@kreynolds); which flowed into a blog entitled 'Praise: Experience The Presence Of God' by Les B+ (@doneuntotheleast) God has not moved me away from this topic. Hence my blog title. God has pressed upon me that we explore these three terms, which, although related, they are distinct and can stand on their own merits. The word in the NIV Bible translated as thanksgiving, occurs 22 times; whereas the word Praise is translated 301 times, as for Worship it is rendered 156 times. This may not seem a huge total but together they rank favourably alongside other words such as faith. I believe that if we fail to understand these terms our walk with God will much poorer. As this is word......
Weapons of righteousness
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The Holy Spirit has kept me camped in the theme of spiritual warfare which I had reasoned was time to move on, but no, the constraining hand of God would not allow me to move on. Therefore I went back to the passage in Ephesians 6 from whence the other most recent blogs were penned from and began to ponder and construct another blog. Thankfully I could obtain no traction and looked to the Spirit of God for further instructions. 2 Corinthians 6 was imprinted into my mind and the phrase from verse seven: weapons of righteousness glowed before my eyes and I knew this is where I was to meditate. This phrase has always been a puzzle to me for it goes on to read: with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; What are these weapons? What does in the right hand and the left......
Our wrestling match is not against persons with bodies
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It is not a question of IF but WHEN. In the near future we will all be battling with persons without bodies for the evil day is coming to those on CB. Like the ten virgins some of us will be prepared for the conflict while others will be caught short and too late they will be engaged in a serious wrestle without their protection. I have been redirected back to Ephesians chapter six since writing my most recent blog on wrestling. Honestly I thought I had moved on from this passage in Ephesians but no, the Lord has hauled me back to reconsider this portion of God's word. When this happens I need to wake up with eyes open and ears un blocked. The thing that struck me as a pondered and waited on the Holy Spirit was the repetition of a phrase in verse eleven and again in verse thirteen.......
Christ has won the victory
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The story has been told of a mental hospital that many years ago devised an unusual test to determine when their patients were ready to go back into the world. They brought a candidate for release to a room where a water faucet was left on so that the sink overflowed and was pouring water all over the floor. Then they handed the patient a mop and told him to mop up the water. If the patient had enough sense to turn off the faucet before mopping up the water, he was ready to be released. But if, as in the case of many, the patient started mopping while the water was still flowing, they kept the patient for more treatment. Many believers are apt to forget that they wrestle not with flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and......
To the angel of the church in laodicea
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This was the last letter that John wrote to the seven churches in Asia Minor recorded in Revelation 2-3 and it is perhaps the better known, if only by verse 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Couple this with the well known allegorical painting by William Holman Hunt representing the figure of Jesus preparing to knock on an overgrown and long-unopened door this letter has a misunderstood reputation. Perhaps I need to explain before we begin to open our hearts to hear God's word for us today. The above verse and painting has been wrongly understood to depict evangelism, whereas the context of the letter is to believers who are lukewarm and in need of the Lords discipline.......
To the angel of the church in philadelphia
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As we continue our series that the Lord has commissioned me to blog on the seven churches in Revelation and how they can speak to us in the 'now.' I have been convinced in my spirit that these blogs are for us today, not yesterday and certainly not for the future. We have to remember that as we walk with the Lord his guidance is always in the now. The past is often condemnation and the future tends to be speculation. Many have entitled this letter as the letter to the 'Faithful' church and for good reason as this church was one of the two for which Jesus had nothing against them. The church was situated on a large area of volcanic soil and was established in 189 BC by King Eumenes II. It was built on an important trade route as it was strategically important for the......
To the angel of the church in sardis
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This letter I found to be one of the most frustrating to understand as we are left unsure as to the real situation that Jesus was speaking into. Like a good biblical scholar I consulted a number of learned commentaries, but they were of no help. Hence after much anxious times and waiting on the Holy Spirit I am about to blog the following as the Lords message to us today. The city of Sardis was built around B.C. 500 and was located on a narrow plateau fifteen hundred feet above sea level, in a mountainous region it was a natural citadel. Sardis had become famous for their abilities in arts and crafts. They made lavish use of the local brightly coloured and semi-precious stones such as fire opal and banded agate that they mined nearby. Their jewellery was known throughout the empire. Some......
To the church in thyatira
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This is the fourth blog in the series of the letters to the churches found in Revelation that the Lord has commissioned me to write. Of all the letters to these churches in Asia Minor this is perhaps the most damming. Hence we need to proceed to understand this message with utmost reverence for the Holy Spirit, our teacher. Thyatira was the smallest of the seven cities, but the one that received the longest letter. It lay about 45 miles to the southeast of Pergamum and was famous for its textiles, especially the production of purple dye and its trade guilds. There were carpenters, dyers, sellers of goods, tent makers, etc. In the church at Philippi, which the Apostle Paul began, there was a woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, who came from Thyatira. It was difficult to make a living as......
Our prayer for kirk and beth
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Lord I fall on my knees before you as I cry out to you in the faith that Christ has born into my heart, the faith that kept him close to you in a oneness. Father we lift up Kirk to you and as we do we stand on your word that sustains us through all our sufferings that you are Kirks healer. It is written that You our God are Kirks doctor and nothing will shake us from this high place for we are convinced in our spirit that your sons sufferings are the wounds that enable us to come before you with boldness into you holy of holies and intercede on Kirks behalf. Kirk who is clothed in your righteousness has nothing that that belongs to satan and sickness for by your strips Kirk has been made well. Lord let not your loving kindness escape Beth but surround her with you shekinah glory. Father......
To the angel of the church in pergamum write
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This is the third in the series of letters to the sevens churches. Pergamum or Pergamos, either is correct. The church had been placed in the midst of Satan's throne surrounded by the occult on all sides. Besides this Pergamum was the political capital of the Roman province and as a result they had numerous shrines to the Roman emperor. It was the first city in Asia to erect a temple to an emperor who was still alive as a god. Offering incense to Caesar was considered to be the duty of a good citizen. Pergamum had numerous shrines to pagan deities. There was a massive temple dedicated to Asclepius the god of healing, whose symbol was a pair of twisted snakes and the wings of the god Hermes, which is today the symbol of the medical profession. I have always been uneasy with this symbol......
To the church of smyrna
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When I came to ponder on this letter to the angel of the church at Smyrna I was at first perplexed as there was no obvious downfall that needed to be corrected. I had been convinced in my spirit that the Lords message was to look at the deceptions within these churches. Even turning to the commentaries, all with out exception extolled the virtues of this 'suffering church.' But on waiting in the Lords presence he began to whisper in my spiritual ear and in so doing I was led into areas that at first were not apparent. In so doing I have endeavoured to be faithful to the text and the principles' of hermeneutics. But allow me to lay a ground work. This city was a thriving port city that vied with Ephesus as to 'bragging rights' for the title 'First City of Asia.'......
Taste and see that the lord is good
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I did plan to write/blog my next installment in the series of letters to the seven churches as the Lord has called me to do. But I sensed a hesitation in the Spirit to commence blogging tonight, as in my mind I knew I was not ready and in doing so I would have pushed the blog in my own strength. Rather the Lord enabled me to spend a time of worship with my head set on listening to a group of artists, which was wonderful to be in his presence surrounded by his glory. As I was worshipping my thoughts turned to Psalm 46 and at first I laid these thoughts to the back of my mind as I was having a wonderful time in Gods holy of holies. But the thought of Psalm 46 would not escape me so I turned to the chapter and read the verses and laid them before the Lord and continued to worship. But in......
To the angel in the church at ephesus
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I wish for you to contemplate in your mind a port city that is the centre of commerce and trade. A city that is the largest within a given region coupled with a thriving growing population and is known throughout the world as having a great tourism attraction. This sums up the city of Ephesus at the end of the 1st. C. for it was the fourth greatest city in the world, after Rome, Alexandria in Egypt and Antioch of Syria. Ephesus was the gateway to Asia Minor. One of its distinctions, laid down by statute, was that when the Roman proconsul came to take up office as governor of Asia, he must disembark at Ephesus and enter his province there. For all the travelers and the trade, from the Cayster and the Maeander Valleys, from Galatia, from the Euphrates and from Mesopotamia, Ephesus was the......
Letters to the 7 churches
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I feel strongly compelled by the voice of God to blog on his message to the seven churches in the Book of Revelation. I am aware that this series may be the source of some disagreement, but it is not my intention to enter into any conflict concerning Gods word revealed to me over this period. It is for this reason that I was reluctant to embark on this series but God compelling by the Holy Spirit would not let me lie down without agreeing to take up his messages. As we all are aware the apostle John living in exile on the isle of Patmos off the coast of modern day Turkey is compelled to write to the seven churches that Paul has established on his missionary journeys. The date is around the mid 90AD period toward the end of the reign of Domitian when John the apostle is nearing the end of......
Falsehood and wolves among the sheep
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Whenever and wherever Christians gather into groups there is the Lord in their midst, but I believe I can say without argument that so are prophets in wolves clothing. This should not come as a surprise for the Bible teaches that in the end times there will be falsehood and the vain imaginations of men. Much of this spurious teaching will infiltrate the body of Christ for the enemy is out to destroy the power and faith of each believer. The scripture show that it is possible for a person who claims to walk with God to have a mix of spirits ruling their lives. One has to look to the story of King Saul to see that this is a possibility. We read in 1 Samuel 16 that King Saul oscillated between having the spirit of God upon him and an evil spirit. How can this be? I cannot answer this but I......
God's word can come to you
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The year is approx. 590BC or thereabouts and King Zedekiah is on the throne of Judah. But his country is facing a crisis for the city of Jerusalem has been under siege by the Babylonians. Zedekiah by this time had been ruling his kingdom for a period of some eleven years but the prophet Jeremiah had been a constant thorn in his flesh. Jeremiah had been the cause of the moral throughout the country to be rock bottom, for all spoke of was destruction and the desolation of the land. We pick up the story in Jeremiah 33 as we pan the camera across the besieged city to a prison court yard where we focus into the face of the prophet who has his face towards the heavens. While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the Lord came to him a second time. Verse 1 I wish......
Gods battle strategies
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As Christians we all have our battles. These conflicts cannot be avoided for they are part and parcel of being a disciple. Whether we are battling the world, or struggling with some besetting sin, or under the burden and power of the evil one we are at war. For some of us these conflicts may be short and crippling or they can be prolonged and wearisome. I am aware that a number of readers of this blog will be, at this present time under the 'pump' and feeling the voice of God as a distant memory. As I was looking to the Lord for my next blog my thoughts were turned to Exodus 17. Here we find that the children of Israel had not long crossed the Red Sea, a few months ago in fact. From there they journeyed to the wilderness of Sin where they murmured against Moses because there was......
What have we done with our gift of righteousness?
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A few blogs back I spoke on the gift of righteousness from the book of Romans that has been bestowed in us at salvation. The question that God will ask of us on that Great Day is; 'What have you done with my gift that I won for you through the sacrifice and death of my Son?' Have we ever considered that the gift God gives us is not for decorating our tree? Just like the manna that God gifted to the Israelis we cannot horde Gods gifts otherwise they will become more than useless. In the natural when we are given gifts we are expected to use and benefit from the generosity of the giver and in doing both the giver and receiver are blessed. Remember the parable of the talents that is recorded in Matthew 25, which has been mutilated by allegorical interpretations. Simply this parable,......
They have overcome their accuser
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I wish to address this blog under the direction of the Holy Spirit to those who are drowning in self pity, to those who are in an enclosed space of anxiety and the walls are pressing in, to those who are chocking on depression as they cannot swallow any words from God. To those who are in the valley of tears enclosed in darkness and isolation, this blog is from the Holy Spirit to your heart. To those whose pillow is wet with their tears this is your word from the God of love. This blog that I am being lead to write; is written in the power of the Holy Spirit, the grace of God and the sacrifice of Christ. Many of our brethren are being accused by the enemy and his guilt is pressing down on them and this burden is becoming too great for them to carry. They are stumbling and striking their......
The deception of laziness
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Laziness is a blight on the death of Christ, that once we have been born again we are convinced that we can 'piggy-back' our way to eternal life. To base our Christian walk on the fact that we are secure for the afterlife, is a delusion that the western church has slumbered into. Do you not know there is more to being a believer than our journey to eternal life? Yet how many church goers have been deceived, that once born again, they are pleasing to God by being lazy partakers in Gods holiness. Let me ask you: what is the purpose of salvation? What is the distinguishing feature that sets Gods people apart? Be careful of your answer for this will reveal our knowledge or lack of knowledge concerning the scriptures. Be careful not to confuse eternal life with heaven. Let me direct......
Are we abusing gods righteousness?
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The Greek word translated in our English Bible as Just and Righteous is from the same root word but for unknown reasons lost to me, translators have used either Justified or Righteousness. The concept of Justification is a term used more in reference to a court of law, whereas righteousness has more to do with one's lifestyle. Both cannot be separated, but as far as the Bible is concerned the one Greek word is used for both terms, so much so that now when I read either term I have been training myself to read 'made righteousness.' One of our misconceptions is that we can sing and believe that we are justified but our lifestyle does not measure up. For this reason I prefer not to use the two words but rather read them as 'made righteous.' I wish to try and convey the......
The church's greatest deception
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Deception can overcome a person at any time when they chose to believe their own hearts rather than the word of God. Such deception can spread like a creeping slim into the minds and spirits of all who lay in comfort on their religious couches. But there is one deception that over rides all others that the entire Christian church has swallowed since the time of its beginning. I fell for this error for I knew no better as I grew up in the evangelical arm of the church which prided itself on the truth. I along with millions of others were deluded to believe that we the church had supplanted the Jewish nation and faith as the 'apple of Gods eye.' It was only as I began to read the prophecies in the prophetic books that concern the establishment and the gathering of Israel as a nation......
Correctly handling the word of truth
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Biblical Hermeneutics or in plain language 'the interpretation of the bible' has so many traps and false pathways that have lead people into the cults and 'wolves in sheep's clothing' situations that I tremble in beginning to wrote this blog. But write I must for the Lords hand is pressing down so heavy upon me that I feel like Jeremiah for I cannot hold it within. There are too many believers today who are being deceived for they are not treating the ancient text with reverence and in doing so they are being lead by a delusion. When it comes to understanding the word of God there are two aspects of our nature that we to be active. Both the spirit of a believer and the mind need to be attuned to understanding Gods word. Deception arises when one or other of the spirit......
An approved workman of god's word
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My heart is heavy and dumb founded tonight as I sit before the Lord seeking his guidance as to the blog he wishes me to write for I have been pierced many times this week with the deception that I have discovered in peoples interpretation of the holy text. Deception can rest easy upon the shoulders of those who expound Gods word, like a heavy fog. In the natural I am grieved and upset that people can be so insensitive to the 'holy words' in the scriptures that they treat with such 'earthly wisdom.' To me the scriptures are life and health to me so much so that I have a respect for them like a holy fear. It appears today that many believers who wish to be teachers/preachers have no Godly fear as they divide the word of truth, for their own benefit. In simple terms there are......
The delusion of god's love
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As I look back at the 'signs of times' I have noticed an error creeping into the culture of Christian thinking and to some extent modern teaching concerning the nature of God's love. There appears to me a deception that to be loved by God is to result in receiving the good things of life. I suppose I blame today's selfish society for this thought which has begun to permeate into today's modern church thinking. God's love is equated with receiving good things from him. My son, do not despise theLord's discipline, and do not resent his rebuke,12because theLorddisciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. Proverbs 3:11-12 NIV How many of us have rejected and refused the discipline from the Lord and have called it an attack of the devil?......
Deception is acknowledging that we are earth bound.
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There is another deception that I have noticed that is coming more pronounced among the Christians of today. Many a believer has forgotten where their home is. This is strange and confusing for the scriptures are very clear as to where our home is, unlike the other delusion that I have mentioned is my last blog. There are numerous scriptures that point to our home that is beyond time and space. Yet when I look at the focus of many believers today their eyes are fixed on the things of the earth. How many who confess the name of Christ are seeking to build up treasure on this earth? This deception is again a case of good aspects that are right and proper in their own right becoming between God and themselves. We all need a steady job, a place in which to dwell, a vehicle and so one but......
Eschatology speculations today's strong delusion
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The great strong delusion that is encompassing Christendom at present as the world draws to its close is its fascination and intrigue of the end times. It seems as if mankind is programmed to search high and low to know the mysteries and secrets of eschatology. Anything that has secrets, code words, layers of allegorical meanings draws the human mind as does a honey pot to the bees. Dn Bs books and others are a galloping success with huge figures of readers worldwide. For it seems that not only are Christians captivated by secrets but so to is the world. I was surprised and taken aback the other day as I did a Google search on eschatology theories to discover that there are at least twelve separate ideas listed on that one site. The Wikipedia site listed five competing views. Let me tell......
Strange fire is anathema to god
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There are two aspects of God that today's generation of Christians have 'watered down' until these characteristics of Gods have been marginalized. Many of the older saints from the 19thC. would be horrified to listen to the way we speak of God and the way we worship him. It has been said that the delusion which God will send to those who are not lovers of the truth are not the base sins of unregenerate man but the good things that come before us and God. These are our idols of today. I wish to base this blog on an incident recorded in Leviticus 9-19 NIV where the two sons of Aaron offered strange fire to the Lord. We may gloss over these stories in the Old Testament but in doing so we are bringing judgment upon ourselves, for such is the attitude of those who have been......
Many who say i believe can be under a delusion
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I can predict that this series on deception will not have a huge readership, clicks and comments as such a topic has been pushed to the back water in favour of endless speculation about the end times, code words, mysteries and hidden meanings in the sacred text. Those who have been transfixed by this 'godless chatter' I believe are under a delusion. In my last blog I entitled the message 'Lovers of truth' taken from 2 Thessalonians 2. In this blog I wish to spend time on that term for it seems to me that in these last days many who call themselves Christians are not really lovers of the truth. I am sure many of these same church goers and up right citizens would be offended to be told that they do not love the truth. They perish because they refused to love the truth and......
Lovers of the truth
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They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. 2 Thess. 2:10-12 NIV To me this is one of the most disturbing passages in the New Testament for this applies to you and me for we live in these times of lawlessness. This passage has been disturbing me each time that I dwell on these words for I sense that there is a very thin fine line between truth and the lie. I seems to me that even an ardent believer can come under the influence of the lie and in so doing be led by a powerful delusion. My prayer for myself and my fellow brethren is that we do not come under this powerful deluding......
The struggle against being bewitched
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I was reading a book of fiction the other day which outlined a plot by Israel to deceive the president of the USA by conning the US navy to launch a nuclear strike against Iraq. In this way Israel would escape the repercussions but would have dealt a blow to their enemy. I thoroughly enjoyed the book for the plot was well crafted producing a web of deceit and subterfuge which the USA unwittingly obliged. Fortunately the plot was stopped before any warheads fell on Iraq due to the anti-ballistic missiles fired by the States navy in the Persian Gulf. But the point I wish to make is that the official line from the White House was the proficiency of the anti missile system. In other words the government deceived the people by keeping the truth from them. Deception is not only confined to the......
Spiritual battles against deception
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Sad but true fact. Many of our church goers who attend places of worship in the so called developed western word have no concept of the battles that they as born again believers will face. We are told that our struggle is not against our fellow brothers and sisters but against the spiritual forces from the dark places. But such words of scripture go sailing over the heads of today's 'secularized church goer.' To talk to these modern day disciples of their struggles they would be aghast of such talk for such concepts would have no meaning to them. To further drop into the conversation that our struggles are not from what we see and know but from the forces of evil. At this point they most likely would roll their eyes and move on. As they walked away they would give thanks to......
Confounding and confusing spiritual struggles
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Many believers do not know or are not aware of the fact that once we are born again we are exposed to Satan the arch enemy of God. Because the Son of God now lives in our hearts for we have stepped out of the Kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of light, we are under attack. For many a believer this results in their daily routine being more stressful resulting in struggles, suffering and anguish. In fact they reason that they were better off before they became a Christian as they find that this new pathway that they have been called to walk is rugged and steep. How can this be they ponder for in their minds they had the expectation that with God on their side it would be prosperous and easy. As their thoughts tumble out of control they are in danger of being lost to the kingdom. Does God......
Our battles with temptation
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This not an easy subject to teach, for from my perspective the scriptures are not as clear as other doctrines, which I suppose could well be the intention of God. But since the earliest of times mankind has attempted to dabble in the dark mysteries to explore their black depths. In doing so, many of the pagan concepts of the forces of evil have become entangled with the teaching of the church. This has resulted in some erroneous understandings of Satan and his methods within Christian circles. There is conjecture as to the origin of Satan whom the Bible introduces as an enemy of Christ and hence his body. What is clear is that Satan is a force that goes under a number of different names all with the purpose of destroying Gods plans for the world and for each child of God. What are not so......
Finally be strong in the lord
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I am sure all you have read the opening title to this blog have a fair idea what my theme is today for the above words introduce us to one of the best known passages in the NT. Ephesians 6 with its military theme has always held a fascination for me from an early age. I can recall enjoying my weekly Boys Brigade outing for the devotions at one time went through each of the pieces of the Gods armour. When I was much younger I can still visualize myself reading this warfare passage and imagining myself being a mighty warrior, passing the time as the morning sermon droned on. This passage is one of the portions of scripture that most of us could recite from memory so well engrained into our minds are the pieces of the armour. We have all heard many sermons and devotionals on this theme of......
Adopted by god what does this mean?
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Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12 NIV Have we stopped to contemplate the significance of this verse? God does not give away His rights lightly for he is a jealous God who walks in holiness. But here is God freely giving away his rights to those who believed in his Son and to those who also received him. To those who have been born again by the water and spirit they have been given the rights to become children of God. And not only becoming children of God but by association 'joint heirs with Christ.' Cf Rom. 8:17 Under Roman law, if you were an adopted son, you had identical legal rights to a son born naturally in the family. An adopted son had the right to the family name of the person who......
Let me introduce my father.
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As I have grown in my Christian walk, which has not been a smooth walk but disjointed in 'fits and starts,' I have realized how easily we read the scriptures with doctrinal blinkers on. At other times we have the all prevailing habit of taking a verse in isolation to prove a doctrinal point. Another failing that I have observed is that we have an easily tendency to impose our doctrinal understanding onto a verse, rather than allowing the verse to speak to us through the Holy Spirit. This brings me to John 14:6 NIV. Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. I would be on safe ground to say that we have quoted this verse many times in many different circumstances. But let me ask a question. Where does the way that......
His suffering and our agony
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Just as there are three temptations that Jesus encountered so there are three agonies that Jesus endured in the garden of Gethsemane. There is no way that we can comprehend the suffering that Jesus encountered as the Devil flung all his resources at Jesus. But we do not need to misunderstand the lessons that the Holy Spirit can engrave on our hearts from these three temptations in the garden. Thank the Lord that the last fling that the Devil brought to stop Gods plan of redemption was overcome by Jesus as he prayed in the garden while the disciples slept. Jesus fear in the garden was that he may not get through the 'act of redemption' as the Son of Man. Satan knew he could not touch Jesus as Son of God hence he attacked him as the Son of God as the Son of Man. Jesus took along his......
New birth and cross carrying
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Being born from above is well beyond the understanding of any of us. We may be the most respected and influential of biblical scholars but we will never grasp the results of redemption. We may understand all mysteries of the Bible but we will never fathom the depths of the new birth. Such is the depth, breadth and height of God's love which is well beyond human understanding. In saying the above I am drawn to 1 John 3:9: NIV No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. Can we really grasp the significance of this verse? Do we understand the truth contained in these words? This is challenging: almost frightening. Does John mean that a person who has been born again never sins......
His cross and our cross
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Once we come to the conclusion that there is a theological difference between Sin and Sins, and believe me, such thought agrees with the scriptures we can begin to think like God intends us to, and hence understand his work on the Cross. Sin is hereditary; a state into which we are born into through the act on the one man: Adam. Sins are the acts we commit because we have made a pact between ourselves and Satan, of which we are responsible for. On the cross God executed sin, for this act of redemption was the only way that the chasm between the world and God could be resolved. God as judge needed to satisfy his legal requirements and the cross on which his begotten Son hung was the perfect response. Whereas sins are our responsibility to do away with, not by execution but by sacrifice. A......
Take up your cross o sinner
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Ever since Kirk @blessings2you posted a blog about how we each have a cross to bear I have been haunted by the phrase; 'take up your cross,' for I am sure we really do not know the full implications of this command. I am on safe ground when I declare that the essence of following Jesus is to take up our cross and follow him. But from then on there is much woolly thinking as to the meaning of such a phrase. I have noticed some believers who have glorified in the cross that God has asked them to carry as they speak in a prideful way how they have endured some illness. I have never been comfortable with such a testimony. Then I have worked with a colleague who was of the Roman persuasion who talked of taking up his cross in the sense of denying himself some sweets and desserts for a......
The fatherhood of god
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One of the principle tasks of Jesus included not only forgiveness and freedom from sin but to introduce us to the God of the Old Testament, as our Father. This was such a radical concept that many of the Jewish leaders could not envisage the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as a Father figure. But one has only to read through the gospels to see this as a primary teaching of Jesus, particularly in John's gospel. But not only was Jesus mission to introduce us to God as the Father, but also to bring us into the Fathers family, of whom Jesus was the elder brother of all who believe, for to them, they were given the power to be sons/daughters of God. This concept of God having of family in heaven was born in the heart of God from the beginning of time. We see this in the Genesis story of......
The learning of a true disciple
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There are two methods to learning the secrets of God. No, I will re phrase that; for most people there is only one methodology to coming to the knowledge of the Most High. We are familiar with the learning of doctrines, catechisms, facts of the Bible and so on using our intellect. This is our mind active in learning and gaining biblical knowledge, which begins when we are exposed to the church and scriptures. Such learning is carried through from its infancy to higher learning at a theological college resulting in a degree. Some have called this learning the 'milk of the word.' This is gaining spiritual wisdom using our soul. Then there is the learning of spiritual wisdom from the Holy Spirit, which is a subject many are aware of but few tend to be actively engaged in. Why do I......
Finding rest in god
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I had a bad night last night as I seemed to be awake most of the night unable to rest and go to sleep. I am sure that I am not alone with this dilemma. But thankfully this does not happen to me often but when it does I tend to worry. As I lay there in bed, with the darkness closing in around me and my mind going through all the 'what ifs.' What if I cannot go to sleep. What if there is something wrong with me. What if I cannot function in the morning. As I lay there desperately hoping to go to sleep it came to me; is this the kind of faith and trust that God expects of his children? The answer that came to me is probably not, for although I said that I trusted in God to see me through I was not at peace. As these thoughts filtered through into my heart I was made aware by the Holy......
Putting to death
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Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old selfwith its practices and have put on the new self,which is being renewedin knowledge in the image of its Creator. Col 3:9-10 Far too many believers are a 'walking lie,' for by their fruit they continue to manifest the 'old self'; whereas their fruit should be showing true righteousness and holiness. Cf. Ephesians 4:24. Have we forgotten, or should I say, have we not read the scriptures that plainly state, that on the cross when we were born again our old nature was put to death, by being crucified with Christ? Yet we live and act as if this super natural exchange has not taken place! Woe on us believers who dare call ourselves Christians. Let's recall that our old nature is the product of lies and deception,......
Renewing our covenant
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I feel that many of us are what I call 'lazy Christians,' in that we do not take our walk with Christ very seriously. If we scratched the surface of our belief we would find very little dedication and commitment to the gospel. The scriptures would call us 'lukewarm' and Jesus would class us as the Pharisees of today, for we are only 'play acting as disciples. Isaac Watts wrote the power breaking hymn “When I survey the Wondrous Cross” finishing with these words " 'Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my all.' How many times have we sung these words? How many times have we lived out these words? Just prior to Joshua passing into glory the 12 tribes were assembled at Shecham were they came before the Lord and renewed their covenant......
God's word underestimated
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Do not trifle with the word of God, for if you do so, you do so at your peril. I have come to experience the power and truth that is wrapped up in the word of God. 'For it is written' is one of the weapons that we have at our disposal, for we are told that at the utterance of God's word,the things that were not, sprang into being. I believe many of us who are followers of the gospel as revealed in the face of Jesus underestimate the power, strength, comfort and grace in the both the 'logos' and 'rhema.' We tend to treat the Bible as any other book that has black lines on a white page, and if we take notice of the word 'holy' on the Bibles cover, many of us are not sure what that signifies. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host......
We are not our own, but we think we are.
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God has drawn this verse to my mind from 1 Corinthians 6:29 NIV You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. As the days draw near to a close of the return of the Son of Man this truth will become buried under the 'new age' Christianity that teaches that we have a right to ourselves and to determine our destiny. The traditions of men will govern the worship and walk of those who attend church for we will have moved from God centered to man centered understanding of scripture. We are not our own for we do not belong to ourselves for we have been purchased from being slaves of unrighteousness by the poured out life of Gods Son. We have been purchased 'lock stock and barrel' and therefore we belong totally to God. He is our master......
And god breathed into man his spirit [ruach]
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God created man in his image from the dust of the earth but until God breathed his spirit into man this image was not a living being, in that they were not in communion with their creator. It was only when God gave a part of his essential being that this image created out of dust became a spiritual being. Hence this image of God consisted of three; Spirit, Soul and Body. We could say that the Spirit is God conscious, the Soul is Self conscious while the Body is world conscious. We could further break down the Soul to the Intellect=I think; the Will=I desire and the Emotions=I feel. As I see it Gods plan from eternity was to create mankind whose spirit was determined to be the centre of his being; and from the spirit the soul would be governed and ruled to shine through the body projecting......
Why do we bend the rules?
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I am a fan of the Readers Digest and in a recent article that I read entitled 'why we bend the rules' it preceded to give four reasons based on a paper from Psychology Today. The article set out to show that we are not inherently bad for character does not drive us to cheat but rather ,what the authors labeled 'situational forces' are to blame. I was intrigued by the reasons listed for the Holy Spirit said to me 'there is a blog here,' but to be honest I have struggled to put this together in a very loose rough draft. Honestly I could not see a blog worthy of his name here. Sitting in front of my laptop with MS Word open I stared at the screen waiting for some guidance from the Holy Spirit. To be fair I was not sure if this topic could edify the body of Christ as I......
Gods will and the our place in the body
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There is a story told of a gentleman who captured two baby eagles and raised them with great care. They grew to be fine specimens of this noble bird, until one day the door of their cage was left open by accident and the birds escaped. One flew to a nearby tree, where it roosted on a low branch, for it could not use its wings, never having learned to fly except in the close confinement of its cage. It was not long until it met an untimely death by the gun of a hunter. The other eagle fell or was knocked into a swift flowing river and was drowned. Both of these eagles missed God's plan for their lives by being taken captive by man. They were created to live in high places and to soar aloft in the sky, but instead they were doomed to live on the ground and to meet an early death. Today......
Standing in the gap
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At a time like this will God find any intercessors who will bend their knee before him in adoration, praise, worship and intercession for his land. Who is able to discern the heart of God at a time like this? Can we feel the heart beat of God for this land that he has given as a trust to us? The very gift of discernment that can distinguish good from evil and the mediocre from the best is needed now more than ever in this our country for even the very elect have a heat beat that does not beat with God. Today the deceiving spirits have been loosed more than ever upon the land that we dwell in bequeathed as gift from the Lord of all the earth. As a swam of locust march across the country side these spirits clothed as sheep but in reality are wolves can only be stopped as we stand in the gap......
The gift is far superior
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But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many. Rom. 5:15 NIV The Gift. We must never forget that our righteousness is an unmerited gift. The truth that we have been made right with God is not dependant on our efforts. We pride ourselves in believing that our salvation is a gift but our actions belay that truth. Take a good hard look at our church rituals are they not actions seeking to find favour with God? Where ever we have imposed man-made concepts into our worship we have done so because we wish to builds up 'brownie points' with God. Trespass. This an OT word that conveys a sense of 'deviation' in that......
We walk the walk and speak the speak yet inside
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I was struck by the thought the other day that 'I am not my own for I was brought with a price.' I am sure that I do not realize the full implications of this truth that I have since discovered is discussed at length in 1 Corinthians 6. NIV As I read through this chapter I began to realize, not in a dramatic manner but a slow dawning, as like the sun rising in a clear morning. My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, but have I really cared about this fact? We talk in church circles of being born again and our spirits being redeemed but we still act as if our bodies [and I include our souls here] still belong to ourselves to do as we please. I think we grudgingly acknowledge that God's spirit dwells in our hearts but we like to keep Him there; out of sight and out of mind as......
The sin consciousness of believers
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One of the great threads throughout the Old and New Testaments is the theme of righteousness. There are only two aspects of righteousness, firstly there is the righteousness that is accepted by God and secondly the righteousness that God rejects but which we prefer. But before I move on further I wish to make an observation concerning the English translation of righteousness that is found in all versions. In both the Hebrew and Greek languages, there is one word that is translated as either just or righteous. In Hebrew, the word istsadaq, and in Greek, it is dikaioo. But no matter how it is translated, it is the same word. In English, we tend to refer to just in terms of legality and law, but righteousness in terms of character and conduct. There is no such division in the languages of......
O the depths of calvary
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I believe with all my soul that no one will ever comprehend the multiplicity of benefits that the shed blood of Christ has obtained for us. I do not believe that the greatest Bible student has been able to grasp and understand the blessings that are available for us in Christ's death. Neither do I believe that I will ever fathom the depths and heights that the cross has made available to me. But I do know that the death and resurrection of Jesus has ushered me into the kingdom of God that I did not deserve to have entrance to. I also know that being able to walk in the light is preferable to remaining in darkness. I also rejoice that all the blessings of God are available to me in and through Christ's death and resurrection. I stand in awe and reverence realizing that the......
Receiving the blessings that are ours in christ
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In certain circles of the Body of Christ there is an erroneous understanding of the Old Testament and how this portion relates to the gospel. This misconception seeks to teach that the OT is all about obedience to the Law, behind which stands a God of wrath who is quick to punish. Whereas the New Testament is all about the gospel of love and a God of grace who is quick to forgive and overlook our sins for God is a God of love. Therefore with the emphasis on love all that God requires is for us to love God and our neighbour as ourselves. In this manner many sincere believers dismiss the teachings of the OT as irrelevant. My friends who has bewitched and conned you into believing a half-truth. Yes it is true that once we have given our heart to God and been born again this salvation cannot......
Knowing the will of god: your sanctification
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As I have enjoyed a quiet Sunday today I decided to watch our one religious free-to-air channel. This is a practice that I do not habitually perform for one reason or another. I would have watched about 4-5 presentations from church leaders, all from the USA. The subject matter that was common to all was prophecy or eschatology, revealing the great secrets of the scriptures for the end times in a manner of; “I have found these great secrets of prophecy and I will amaze you with my discoveries.” I could be wrong, but this subject matter is all speculation and concerns 'head knowledge' with varying degrees of each person's interpretation. Whereas my understanding of Biblical teaching is different, for such doctrine must have the cross at its centre for this was the......
The makings of a biblical teacher
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I was browsing through the scriptures the other day and a certain verse from the Psalms caught my eye, but more than my eye being interested ,my spirit leapt within me. It was one of those precious moments when the Lord through the Holy Spirit spoke to my spirit and the risen Lord in me rose up in praise and worship. As I read this verse over and over the Lord began to form an impression in my spirit that was clear and concise. Psalm 25:14 came to me that morning in the NASB translation and as I meditated on word in particular rose up and captured my spirit. The secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him, and He will make them know His covenant. NASB The word secret began to impress itself on my mind. I determined to follow this word through and in the Hebrew the word is cowd and can be......
Are we known as friends of god?
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How wonderful to know without a shadow of doubt that you are a friend of God. How do we know this? When we have graduated from Gods school of discipleship we pass out with a diploma that entitles God to share his secrets with us. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15 NIV This has always been Gods method and curriculum for no one graduates from Gods school without learning obedience. We learn obedience from Jesus, our tutor who humbled himself, becoming a bond slave and thus learning obedience. When God sets out to teach those whom he has called to himself, he seeks out those who are found in the character of David. And so......
Suggestions for praying under stress
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I can still vividly remember one of my fellow students from my time at Baptist Theological College, who was not considered and intellectual giant by any stretch of the imagination, saying very clearly 'We need to preach the How to.' It is all very well those of us who have a calling for preaching and teaching Gods word too; lay out the principles, precepts and doctrines. I have found it is very easy to present ideals and goals with utter conviction, convinced that this is God's word; but showing people how to reach and achieve these precepts is so much harder. I also remember another well respected elder in the denomination who was invited to give a layman's view point of preaching. I can recall his words; 'unless you have struggled with a truth and experienced Gods......
Salvation as our inheritance
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I wish to lift up my hands in thanksgiving and worship for we have been given, by the mercy of God, a new birth into a living hope, our inheritance. I wish to make this plain; we can never inherit the kingdom of God without a re birth. The great deception today is that if we believe in Jesus; go to church and live a moral life, we will make our way to heaven. The Bible makes it so very plain that unless we are born again we cannot see the kingdom of God; by this the word of God means, that we have to 'put to death' our old manner of thinking and living. Turning over a new leaf will not be accepted by God as a new beginning. Such a re-birth has been achieved through the death and resurrection of Jesus and unless we identify ourselves with this experience and by faith accept that we......
Disabling shadows on my soul
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These last two weeks I have slipped into a spiritual hole that I believe to be not of my making for I have no idea of having dug this pit. Never-the-less I have been shut up in this pit with my anxieties, doubts and confusions. God my great shield seemed to not inhabit my hole of despair. There were moments when I was perplexed and on the verge of doubting Gods ability at that time to send down a chariot and rescue me from the den of lions. I longed in those moments for a flash of lightning and peels of thunder which would announce the arrival of God my healer. I have to be honest and admit that no such spectacular visitation took place and I was left looking into the face of confusion which tended to mock me. I recalled the taunts that Jesus endured from those callous people who passed......
Suffering; the great christian enigma
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If I can remember my theological studies from way back there arose in the early church two divergent biblical understandings of suffering, evil and pain. This whole question of suffering has perplexed most Christians for we love to hold onto the myth that if we are walking in God's will, living 'godly' lives nothing can touch us. But the reality is so much different, hence there arises the false teaching that if we are suffering we just do not have enough faith. The prevalent view and the view that church has adopted to evil and suffering is known as the Augustine view, which we know as the doctrine of original sin. Because Adam sinned the human race and the world fell into a world of struggle, disastrous events, suffering and unhappiness, this making humanity a massa damnata.......
Salvation; is from our individuality to personality
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As I read the second chapter of first Peter I am blown away by the descriptions/metaphors that he uses to designate our oneness with Christ. Peter sees our salvation in terms of unity or like-mindness akin to the characteristics of Christ's personality also expressed in metaphorical terms. As you read through his chapter we discover that by coming to Jesus (verse 4) we are also like him called living stones. (verse 5) As we read further on in the chapter we discover we as believers are called by God a holy priesthood (verse 5) and towards the end of the chapter; chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession.' (verse 9) All of these descriptions suggest very strongly that in Christ we are a group, a togetherness a unit, entirely one with the same......
Our secure salvation
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First Peter was the first New Testament epistle that I was required to study in my first year in Theological College; hence this letter has a special place in my heart. If I remember correctly we studied this letter verse for verse, word for word for an entire university year. I can still hear and see my NT lecturer Dr. Stan as I read through this book. For this study I will hold to the view that the disciple Peter, who was called by Jesus, as recorded in the synoptic from fishing on Lake Galilee, as the writer. I stand on good ground as the early church fathers thought so also. The letter was written to those Christians scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia; these five areas listed were in Asia Minor. It is evident from reading the epistle that these......
The mountain of fear and the mountain of joy
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I do not seem to be able to leave Hebrews and move on to other themes but the Lord had anchored me into this book. I have been challenged by the major theme of Hebrews which is clearly stated in the opening verses. Jesus Christ is clearly greater than anything that the Old Covenant had produced. Jesus is the great high priest, the eternal mediator between God and man who never stops mediating, and is the perfect fulfillment of all prophecies and types and shadows pointing to the Hebrew Messiah within the Old Covenant. {Before we proceed further in our discussion we need to remember Gods words in Jer. 31 31-34 where he declares that the new covenant was first given to Israel! This passage is referred to in Hebrews 8:10. The church has not supplanted the Jewish nation.} The book......
Because my designated blog was blocked god penned this blog
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Since I am having issues with publishing my most recent blog on Hebrews I am starting to type and see where this leads me. Last night I could not sleep as my prostrate problem flared up again and for a time I had trouble breathing. This was most disturbing as you felt the walls closing in and you were on a slope to a dark place. I could not lie down so I had to get up and walk around to take off some nervous energy and to keep moving, as this kept my mind off, for some strange reason, my difficulties. As I was thinking the names of my CB friends came to mind and I was able to focus a little on their issues in prayer, knowing that a number have far more pressing issues than my present one. But I was encouraged to hear His voice speaking to me and leading me in prayer for my blogging......
Commentary on hebrews 6
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As I begin to type these words I have an idea of where I am going with this blog but not totally convinced. Hence as I have done before, I will start out, but to be honest, this is not my most comfortable method as I feel like Peter stepping out of the boat and walking to Jesus. But in my case Jesus is calling me from across the water of faith and trust. As I tend to write blogs in the evening I only have, due to my work schedule, Sunday, Tuesday and Friday evenings. Hence at the close of my series on Hebrews last Sunday I have been searching and waiting on the Holy Spirit to lead me but all that I was able to discern was to stay in Hebrews and look at Baptisms in chapter 6. All through the week this has seemed strange for I was aware that the text was not speaking of the three New......
Word study from hebrews part 13
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As we come to the last of our 'Let Us' phrases I am very much aware that this study over twelve verses has not even begun to scratch the surface of the multiplex's of truths contained in this book. One aspect that I have had reinforced to me again and again is that these truths in Hebrews are only understood by a revelation of the Holy Spirit to those, who like Jesus, have learned obedience. Chapter 2:10. Hence we come to chapter 13:15-16, which I believe is appropriate for these last “LET US” words:- Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise - the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. NIV As the writer closes his epistle he......
Word study from hebrews part 12
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As we come to the close of our study in Hebrews on the two words “Let Us” it has struck me of the importance of imagery and the painting of word pictures that that author uses to convey his message. His use of the OT rituals and symbolism assists in carrying his deep message of the superiority of Christ along, as the wind carries leaves on an Autumn day. This has driven home a point to me - make your blogs 'fly with word pictures' rather than only words. Easier said than done though. This little diversion brings me to today's study found in Hebrews 13:13 Let us, then, go to him (Jesus) outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. NIV This verse is full of the rituals of the sacrifice out lined in Lev. 16 concerning “Yom Kippur” - the Day of Atonement. A......
Word study from hebrews part eleven
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As we come to the close of our 12 “Let Us' phrases in Hebrews we turn our attention to chapter 12 v 28 which is placed in the midst of a warning that we who have been born again have come to a far better place. We have come to a mountain of fear and a city of joy, to Jesus a mediator of a better covenant; therefore we must not refuse him who speaks from heaven for God has promised that once more he will shake not only the earth but the heavens. At this point verse 28 comes is with an admonition. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.. NIV. “Let us be thankful” -in the Greek this is - “let us show grace” The Greek word here is 'charis' - this is the......
The blog from hebrews that did not wish to be posted
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As we move through our study of the phrase 'Let Us' in Hebrews we come to the well known chapter 12 verses 1-3. The verse I wish to draw our blog from is verse one:- Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, NIV Before we begin our in depth study I wish to emphasize two points. Firstly although the above translation has two 'let us' the Greek has only one. Both the NASB & NIV have included both 'let us throw off' and 'let us run with perseverance'; we will concentrate on the latter as this remains true to the original text. Secondly we cannot escape the imagery of an athletic contest in......
Word study form hebrews part 9
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Today's “Let Us” is also found in Hebrews 10. In this case we will look at verse 24: And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, NIV and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, NASB As can be seen both translations have basically the same rendering which theologically is correct and a good translation but when one looks into the original Greek text the order of the sentence is reversed. This raises a point that I have stressed before many times that if you wish to be a serious and truthful teacher of God's word comparing translations does not go far enough. You need to have willingness and a desire to study the original text using all the aids that are available. It you read this text in the Greek it read as......
Word study from hebrews part 8
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Today's study is found in Hebrews 10:23 which contains the key word confession [NASB] or profession [NIV] This Greek word homologia; which simply means saying the same with our mouth as God says in His Word. It is making the words of our mouth agree with the written Word of God at every point. As we advance in our Christian lives, our confession should come closer to complete agreement with the Word of God in every area of our experience. This word confession (I prefer the NASB rendition in this instance) occurs three times in the book of Hebrews and I do believe that is a no coincidence that there is a progression through these three verses. Hebrews 3:1 - Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession. NASB.......
Word study from hebrews part 7
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The sixth “Let Us' word study is found in chapter 10:22, but to understand this truth we need to go back and include verses 19-21 which set the platform for the wonderful revelation in v 22. The text is from the NIV. Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his V 22 - let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. At first glance this 'Let Us' is very identical to our previous study part 5 where the text says Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence NIV. But......
Word study from hebrews part 6
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This “let Us' is I believe a water shed in the writers understanding which gives us a moment to, with a broad brush stroke to review our progress. The writer is emphasizing that we must “go onto maturity” for all the chapters up to the 6th chapter, point to the recipients of the letter still on the milk of the word. Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. Heb 6:1-2 NIV Hebrews 1 is about the supremacy of Christ Jesus. It paints a wonderful picture of how He is superior to the angels because of His......
Word study from hebrews part 5
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Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Heb 4 16 NIV Let us then these few words take us back to the preceding verses for the connecting word is 'Therefore' which the NIV has omitted, but is in the Greek text as the word “oun.” The NASB is one of the few that have included this connecting word. Hence verse 16 is possible because Jesus is our High Priest who knew no sin and can sympathize with us. Jesus as our High Priest is a common theme with the writer of Hebrews for he is at 'pains' to establish that Jesus the High Priest, in the order of Melchizedek, is far superior in every way to the Jewish priestly system. It is worthy to note that no other book of the NT......
Word study from hebrews part 4
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Word Study from Hebrews part 4 The third 'Let Us' in our word study. Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. Heb 4:14 NIV At first reading this verse makes perfect sense for we are to hold fast the confession of our faith. But it is only when we dig deeper into the original text and begin to compare translations we see huge misunderstandings. This raises the point that I have laboured on so much; we have to be disciplined and take time to study the scriptures. I will attempt to highlight the difficulties through exegesis and then proceed to expound the text. First of all the Greek text reads as follows:- “since we have Therefore High Priest a great who has passed through the......
Word study from hebrew part 3
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Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience. Hebrew 4:11 NIV This verse which contains the second 'Let us' also refers back to the earlier chapter which describes the 'children of Israel' wandering about in the wilderness. Both the author and his readers would have intensely familiar with the wilderness wanderings of their forefathers; hence the imagery was a powerful tool in which to press home his intended message of warning. The KJV and the NASB have translated the Greek 'spoudazō' as 'diligent, but in this instance I prefer the NIV rendering of 'make every effort.' The Greek can be translated in two senses as 'make haste or to exert one's self.' In......
Word study from hebrews part 2
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Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. Heb 4:1 NIV One of the major themes of Hebrews that runs as a 'golden' thread through each chapter is the total superiority of Jesus and a warning to hold fast to Him. The author makes it strikingly clear that Jesus is the author of the New Covenant, which has superseded the Old Mosaic Covenant. So we come to our first “Let Us.” I wish stress the importance of these two words, for they contain a resolution that we as readers of CB must make together as we face this year. It is important to realize that we as individuals are really part of a larger community and we are required to fellowship together as a sanctified group of bloggers. If......
Word study from hebrews
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This is one of the most difficult blogs that God has asked me to write for I am fearful that I will mess up. God has clearly pressed upon me to write a blog series on a word study from the book of Hebrews. At first I was reluctant as I am aware of the discipline, study and focus one needs to do this. But I could not shake off the word that came to me, so much so that I felt like one of the OT prophets. But to do this properly one needs to ask the questions concerning the background of the book to the Hebrews, hence one must discover the authorship, time of writing and to whom the book is addressed to, and the purpose of the book. I am aware that some readers might 'mock' this approach as being unspiritual but such an attitude ignores the admonition to study the scriptures. God has......
Jesus suffered to make an exchange for us
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During this last week the Lord has drawn this verse to my mind and he has opened my eyes to see and hear his word which I wish to share with you And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. Heb. 13 12 NIV Before I begin I believe it is prudent to say a few words on understanding the scriptures. As I see it the Bible contains words inspired by the breath of God and to this end we need the Holy Spirit to understand the meanings. But we also need to filter these thoughts from the Holy Spirit through our renewed mind for we are exhorted to 'study the word so that we are approved.' God has given us minds to study his word and understand his thoughts and he has given us the voice of the Holy Spirit to unlock the hidden meanings. Without......
In jesus alone
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Just recently I was required to undergo ongoing further training as part of my companies 'up skilling' modules. I soon discovered that the 'buzz words' in vogue are “Diversity” and “Inclusiveness.” I can see the value of such concepts within a secular business but this trend is shaping much thinking in our churches today. The Bible makes many an emphatic stance on many aspects of life and spirituality and the following verse is one of them. It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 4 10 & 12 NIV At this time as Calvary takes on a pre eminence that we would do well to pause, reflect and mull over Golgotha. I make no apology......
The true light of the world: illuminated
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Throughout the history of the church there has always been falsehood and heresy that have threatened to engulf the truth. Today is no different as we see an increase in confusion, half truths along with lies and muddled thinking. This is to be expected hence we need not be frightened but we need to be ever vigilant otherwise we will be sucked into the vortex of deception. I have noticed that there is an increase in the teaching concerning the light of God and the Conscience of Christ. Both are different subjects yet they are linked concerning their understanding of salvation. I wish to deal the 'The Light of God' first. This teaching is particularly centered on the opening chapters of John's gospel which expounds Gods light is found in all mankind. Everyone who is born into......
The disposition that we abhor, but many still keep
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I believe I would offend many Bible believing Christians if I pointed out to them that they were only pretending to be humble when in fact they are still proud. Pride is the unspoken sin in the lives of today's Christians, in the developed world. Scratch the surface of a person who claims to be a disciple of Jesus and you will smell the stench of pride. For it is like a 'pus' on our heart that we have covered up with a band aid of religiosity. Let's look at a parable Jesus told recorded in Lk 12 he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest.17He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.'18 “Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones,......
Healing and naaman's folly
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In my journey over the last few blogs concerning healing I have travelled to Isaiah 53 and have come to be convinced that there is physical healing in the atonement. I have discovered that we have been redeemed, healed and delivered by the death and shed blood of Christ. Hence the question of 'Why I am not healed?' should be replaced with 'What is hindering me from being healed.' I have come to realize that to fully experience the power of Gods healing flow is to walk in faith standing on the word that says 'I am healed.” I am also mindful that in the healing process all glory is to point to Christ and bring honour to his name. This brings me to the story recorded in 2 Kings 5 of Naaman, a high ranking commander in the army of Aram/Syria who was highly decorated......
The healing impediments
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In my last blog entitled 'The spiritual journey cont.' I outlined that my search had taken me to believe that healing is to be found in the atonement. This was the position I have come to in my quest as to God's word concerning healing and health. I quoted Isaiah 53:4 as the foundation stone for this truth. Therefore it has become clear to me that the question of “Why am I not cured?” is the wrong question to be asking of God for he has made provision for our healing in the atonement. When the Bible speaks of our healing it is always in the past tense; by his wounds we are healed. Therefore in light of this it became clear to me that my question should be, “What was I doing that was hindering Gods healing taking place?” It also became clear to me that Gods......
The spiritual journey continued.
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My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.1Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;22for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body.23Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.Prov 4 NIV I closed my last blog with this passage of God's word to me and hence it seems fitting that I should begin this .blog with the same passage, as this is God's 'text' for me here and now. But before I could go on I had to ask myself a hard searching question, 'Do I really believe that Gods word is relevant to me in my situation?' As believers we have a love/hate or a positive/indifference attitude to the Bible. For those who have delved into the mysteries of 'higher criticism'......
A spiritual journey of discovery
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The journey begins in a small conservative rural town in New Zealand. One could label the area as an isolated county settlement of around 10,000 who always voted for the conservative party. I was raised in this environment where my world consisted of a radius of an hour's drive from home. From the cradle I was enrolled in the church's infant roll attending Sunday School, graduating to Bible Class and knowing all the mannerisms of a 'church going person.' I was always intrigued by the miracle stories of Jesus in particular his healings and I would spend hours reading these stories with the innocence and wonder of a child growing up in a Baptist traditional church. One incident stands out where I was curious as to why we did not see such miracles and in particular healings......
The important personal alignment
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This blog is really a continuation from my previous blog entitled 'Your Kingdom Come' where I passed on the message that God had laid on my heart in these last days. I believe it is time to pray that God will establish his Kingdom in Zion, then Judea and then to the ends of the earth. I based this on the word of God found in the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6:10. NIV your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. In this blog I wish to emphasize the second stanza of this verse; referring to God's will. In these last days there is much speculation about the alignment of certain celestial bodies which forecasts that the end is near. This is wonderful that God has given us such signs in the heavens but there is a much more important alignment that each......
Your kingdom come
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Throughout history God has always called out a remnant around him who have not bowed their knees to mammon and the gods of this world. Today is no exception. For those who have ears to hear God is sounding his trumpet in these days leading to his home coming. There are signs that those, who are in tune with the plans and thoughts of God, can deduce the approx. time table of the unfolding events that are happening before our eyes. God in this last week has drawn me into his thoughts concerning his time frame by highlighting two sentences that we know and have repeated, mostly without thinking since we could talk. This is always the way with the scriptures which are in reality black lines and marks on white pages, but when the finger of God points to them out our eyes are opened, as if we......
Our kingship with christ
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I wonder if many of us give a thought to what our role will be with Christ after we pass into his glory. We have been redeemed for two major reasons. Firstly, to be a witness unto Jesus, and in so doing make many disciples. Secondly we have been promised that we will reign as Kings with him in glory. This is indicated in 1 Corinthians 6:2 NIV. Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? But before we come all excited there is a big BUT that hangs over this concept of reigning with Christ in his glory. Very simply, being redeemed is not enough to give us the right to sit on the throne with Christ as the book of Revelation makes plain time and time again. If one was to read through John's writings that have come down to us as the last book in the Bible we would notice the use......
Discipleship the correct biblical understanding
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For this whole week the burden of discipleship has been at the fore front of my thoughts as the Lord has laid this concept upon my spirit. As any good blogger I went to my trusted Collins dictionary of the English language and read 'a person who learns from and is in the company of a teacher: a pupil or a follower.' This is the definition that encircled me in my early Christian years and I came to understand that since I went to church and read/studied the Bible I was a Disciple. Today this definition of a disciple has come to mean anyone who goes to church reads the bible and prays. I think most of those in the western world who are church goers would agree with this understanding of discipleship. For a long time I believed this understanding but not any longer. The word disciple......
Snakes and ladders
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We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hopesure. 12We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitatethose who through faith and patienceinherit what has been promised. Hebrews 5:11-12 NIV Many of those who read this blog will not inherit that which has been promised. Many of us who claim to be a disciple have become lazy and have grown fat on the pleasure food of the world. God has lifted us out of darkness and placed us in his kingdom of light. He has chosen us before the foundation of the world to be his sons/daughters. But we have failed to choose to be his disciples either through lack of teaching or we have met too many snakes and had taken a ride back down. As in the game of snakes and ladders many of us have found it is easier to......
We sing i want to know jesus.
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I recently read the blog on this web site written by Kirk M titled “A rude wake up call” that has stirred me to realize that we in the so called western world are by and large 'lazy Christians' as we drift through our walk with God. Our faith does not cost us anything as we waltz to the tune of the world 1,2,3/1,2,3 oblivious to the plight of our fellow believes who are being persecuted. Our faith has enabled us to become good upright citizens within our community, well respected along with the rest of our town, for we are another 'righteous living' neighbour, dressed in the same colours. We go to church and we sing and exhort ourselves to know more of Jesus. But we are not really serious for many of us do not know Christ at all from a biblical view point. Let us......
The holy spirit, love and obedience
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I wish to concentrate on the 14th chapter of John from verse 15 onwards. I have always been drawn to this gospel because of its intense intimacy between the Father and the Son which incorporates the disciples with a soft blanket of love. John refers to himself as the 'disciple that Jesus loved' and this shows in his writings, composed in a simple Greek style. But beneath the surface of his prose, there are depths of theology that are unmatched by the synoptic gospels. Verse 15 following is labeled in the 1984 version of the NIV as “Jesus promises the Holy Spirit” but this label is misleading as there is more to this passage than just the promise of the Holy Spirit. Take verse 15 'If you love me, you will obey what I command.' This a verse that we apt to gloss......
We have been set free
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We have been redeemed, washed and cleansed so that we may do the works of God that will being glory to his name. We have been moved from the Kingdom of darkness; we have been healed and delivered to bring glory to him who sits on the throne. We are free, free, free; what a glorious truth, so that we may live a life of power and glory, witness to him. Why then are many of Christ's disciples still bound by fear, unhappiness, doubt and insecurity? The bible tells us that we have been redeemed, healed and delivered. We have been set apart for the work of the Kingdom of light; we have been taken out of the clutches of the enemies hands. Yet many believers are still bound by chains and in prison. Jesus said that the truth will set you free. But what truth is this? Jesus said I am the truth.......
Pay attention to what i say
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Today is the day when all will be exposed for the Lord God is the righteous judge who examines the righteous and probes the heart and mind of all believers. For what is kept in the dark recesses of the heart will be shown for all to see and what is said in secret will be shouted from the roof tops. I believe that there are many disciples who claim that they know the way of the Lord but the fruit of their tree does not bear incorruptible fruit. Many believers speak with a 'forked tongue' for they say one thing but their walk does not point to the 'new man' that is being cleansed and made pure with the pure water of the word. Do we not know that we have been born with an incorruptible seed and we have been sanctified and set apart for Gods service? Do we not know that our......
Hearing the voice of god
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One of the main distinctions that separate the God of the Bible from the other gods is the truth that the God of the bible is a 'revealing God'. God is willing to communicate with his creatures as seen in the episodes in the Garden of Eden when God communed with Adam. This remarkable truth is continued throughout the Old Testament including the patriarchs, the judges, and prophets reaching the zenith in the Word made flesh. In Jesus was the Word and the Word moved among the people and those people beheld the glory of God. With the return of the risen Jesus to be at the right hand of God we now find that the voice of God comes to us primarily in his Word the scriptures. We can claim that God can use other methods to communicate with us, but the scriptures are always the......
The supernatural exchange through his blood
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Derek Price tells this story that at one Easter he had in his mind the image of Golgotha with the three crosses, but the middle cross was taller. The Holy Spirit began to exam him and asked 'For whom was the middle cross made? but be careful with your answer. Price said he thought for a while and said, 'Barabbas.' God said, 'That's correct.' Then the Holy Spirit said, 'But Jesus took his place.' Price said, 'That's correct for the cross was really made for Barabbas and he was released.' Then the Holy Spirit said, 'But I thought Jesus took your place?' I said continues Price' 'That's correct.' Then God said, 'You must be Barabbas.' The scriptures state very plainly that Jesus tasted death that we might share his......
It is grace, grace and always grace
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For it is by graceyou have been saved,through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--9not by works,so that no one can boast. Eph 2 This is one of the foundation verses of the gospel on which all else is build. In the Bible there is a clear separation between grace and works for they are as different as chalk from cheese. Works belong to the Old Covenant, while grace has been given under the New Covenant. Works belong to the Law, while Grace belongs to the Cross. Works is what we did to earn Gods favour, while Grace is a Gift. Scripture teaches that there is a great gulf between the two in relation to redemption. Yet we in our wisdom tend to merge the two together and we attempt to walk under works for a time while we believe we are walking in grace. Many of us walk......
The forgotten christian reality
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One night at dinner a man, who had spent many summers in Maine, fascinated his companions by telling of his experiences in a little town named Flagstaff. The town was to be flooded, as part of a large lake for which a dam was being built. In the months before it was to be flooded, all improvements and repairs in the whole town were stopped. What was the use of painting a house if it were to be covered with water in six months? Why repair anything when the whole village was to be wiped out? So, week by week, the whole town became more and more bedraggled, more gone to seed, more woebegone. Then he added by way of explanation: "Where there is no hope in the future, there is no power in the present." Halford E. Luccock,Unfinished Business. Paul tells us that the spiritual gifts......
A blunt royal truth about love
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During the 17th century, Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, sentenced a soldier to be shot for his crimes. The execution was to take place at the ringing of the evening curfew bell. However, the bell did not sound. The soldier's fianc© had climbed into the belfry and clung to the great clapper of the bell to prevent it from striking. When she was summoned by Cromwell to account for her actions, she wept as she showed him her bruised and bleeding hands. Cromwell's heart was touched and he said, "Your lover shall live because of your sacrifice. Curfew shall not ring tonight!" I wish to draw your thoughts to John chapter 13 31-38 which is the beginning of Jesus' last time with the disciples before his hour was due. How I wish that I could have been there......
Build yourselves up in your most holy faith
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We have all been given a measure of faith planted in our spirits as an incorruptible seed, and this seed is the responsibility of each believer to allow room for its growth into the fruit of faith as listed in Galatians 5. I digress slightly to note the difference between faith as a fruit and faith as a gift. The difference is seen as we compare an apple tree with a Christmas tree. The apple tree bears apples but the Christmas tree bears gifts. There is no direct connection between the Christmas tree and the gifts for they either are sweets, a parcel or some other gift. For the gift tells us nothing about the nature of the Christmas tree. On the other has there is a direct correlation between an apple tree and the apple hanging on the branches' for the nature of the tree determines......
God's great truth that we constantly mangle
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Finally, brothers,we instructed you how to livein order to please God 3It is God's willthat you should be sanctified: 1 Thess 4 But do we really know how to do this? How do we walk in holiness before God? Sanctification is another of those Biblical keys words that is mis understood by the majority of believers. We know what it means; at least we think we do. Many of us believe that holiness is what we do, how we act out our faith. This behavior we believe then works its way into our thinking. Biblical holiness is not what we do but who we are. Holiness is an impartation not an imitation. God has one goal for each of us - to be partakers of His Holiness. Are we willing to let Jesus be made sanctification to us? Holiness is not achieved by impersonation of Christ, but through......
Gods greatest truth revealed
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There is a story told of a man in England who put his Rolls-Royce on a boat and went across to the continent to go on a holiday. While he was driving around Europe, something happened to the motor of his car. He cabled the Rolls-Royce people back in England and asked, "I'm having trouble with my car; what do you suggest I do?" Well, the Rolls-Royce people flew a mechanic over! The mechanic repaired the car and flew back to England and left the man to continue his holiday. As you can imagine, the fellow was wondering, "How much is this going to cost me?" So when he got back to England, he wrote the people a letter and asked how much he owed them. He received a letter from the office that read: "Dear Sir: There is no record anywhere in our files that anything......
The wonder of salvation
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There was in recent blog in which we were introduced to the story of the Blind men and the Elephant. Each blind person felt a part of the elephant body and proceeded to describe an elephant. The blind man who feels a leg says the elephant is like a pillar; the one who feels the tail says the elephant is like a rope; the one who feels the trunk says the elephant is like a tree branch; the one who feels the ear says the elephant is like a hand fan; the one who feels the belly says the elephant is like a wall; and the one who feels the tusk says the elephant is like a solid pipe. Because of their blindness each man only understands a small part of the elephant. I believe the same is true of our understanding of Gods salvation. I wish to bring our attention to Ps 78. The Psalmist outlines all......
The two adams in the scriptures
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The Bible speaks of two men that bind the scriptures together; the first Adam and the second Adam; the first brought death while the second brought resurrection life. Both come direct from the hand of God with the first man becoming a living being while the second man became a life giving spirit. The natural came first then the spiritual. The first Adam came from the dust of the earth, while the second came from the glory of heaven. When God created Adam the plan was for Adam by a series of moral choices to turn his innocence into holiness as he was taught by God in the cool of the evening. This was revelatory knowledge that God passed onto Adam for Adam was the pupil and God his creator was his master. God also created all living things and gave Adam dominion over them but God was to......
Settling all legal claims against us
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In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace Eph 1 The blood of Jesus Christ has cancelled the debt held over us by Satan for the Devil has no legal right to us for we have been redeemed. Jesus has walked into Satan's dominion and has paid the price to buy us back to where we rightfully belong. The price has been paid for the old man has been put to death through the shed blood of the Lamb of God. The title deed has been passed from Satan to God for we have been brought out of darkness into light. Our sins have been forgiven and the debt held over us has been cancelled but if we have un confessed sin; meaning sin that has not been forgiven Satan still has a legal right over our lives. I do not believe that we......
Abrahams journey and our journey
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It has occurred to me that the life journey that Abraham was called on to walk in many ways mirrors our journey with Christ. He was called by God and was promised that the one who called him was also to be his shield and exceeding great reward along with a blessing. Along the way God engineered his circumstances according to the values of the day that were in fact tests, road blocks and detours to bring him closer so that he has become known as the Father of Faith. The Challenge of Living by Faith The LORD had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the landI will show you.2"I will make you into a great nationand I will bless you;I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. Gen 12 To walk with God requires us to leave......
Let the redeemed give thanks
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Give thanks to the LORD,for he is good;his love endures forever.2Let the redeemedof the LORD say this-- Ps 107 One of the tragic malaises that can affect the redeemed of the Lord is the lack of gratitude shown to our Saviour and Lord. God requires two things from his people that will keep us in his grace and walking in the light. First of all he requires that we appreciate what he has done for us. Secondly he appreciates that we spend time to expresses our gratitude. It is a disgrace to the work and nature of God for his redeemed to take his work on the cross for granted. Proverbs warns us that if we fail to acknowledge him he will not direct our paths. Maybe this is the reason many of the redeemed are falling away from the faith in these last days. We must take time out to render to God......
My parable and an awkward question
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When Christ returns to this earth to reclaim his rightful place as proclaimed from the foundations of the earth, will he find faith on the earth that his Father created? Luke 18:8 thrusts this question into our minds. However, when the Son of Mancomes,will he find faith on the earth?" This 'cutting' question comes after the parable of the unjust judge which was the subject of my last blog, but over this past week this question of Jesus has haunted me day & night. I have been forced to sit up and answer this question that the Spirit of the risen Christ has written into my heart. I tried to answer on behalf of humanity but the Holy Spirit said that this was my question addressed personally to me by my loving Father. I spend some time trying to decide what aspect of faith......
Prayer according to the gospel of luke
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John's gospel has wonderful insights on prayer and being at one with the Father that soar to the heavens, but Luke has two parables that seem to jolt and jar with John's teaching. These are recorded in Luke 11 and 18 and are entitled the Persistent Friend and Unjust Judge; both of which are not recorded in the other gospels which lead many who think of themselves more highly than they ought, that Luke's narratives cannot be trusted. Never-the-less God has recorded these two parables and we would do well to take notice of them for all scripture has been preserved by the Spirit of the Most High God, despite the enemies attempts to corrupt Gods word. I wish to focus firstly on Luke 18 1-8. As with all passages of scripture my first approach is the seek Gods understanding of this......
Praise will defeat any enemy raised against us
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I introduce this blog by referring to a devotional that I read recently by Derek Price whom I have rediscovered. He recounted the story of 'Praying Hyde' an outstanding missionary in India when the country was still ruled by England. He had come across an Indian evangelist whom he considered cold and ineffective. As he was praying describing this brother as 'cold and lacking' he was rebuked by the Lord and was led to begin thanking the Lord for this evangelist. Within a few months the Indian evangelist began to be effective in his preaching. This opened up my spirit to the power of praise and thanksgiving that God uses and my thoughts were directed to Numbers 6:27 So they will put my nameon the Israelites, and I will bless them." This wonderful promise is the result......
The faith dilemma that can haunt us.
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When I was growing up there were a number of Biblical passages that made no sense to me, but as I have grown in the faith the Holy Spirit, the great teacher has opened my spiritual eyes so that I can see Gods truth. But I suspect that many believers do not graduate beyond their Sunday School understanding. These followers of Christ are still being feeding on spiritual milk when they should have moved onto the meat of God's word, as described by Paul in one of his letters. One such verse that baffled me is found in all the synoptic gospels. I have chosen to quote from Mark as this gospel is simple and direct to the point. The particular quote was uttered by Jesus who said:- "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does......
Jesus miraculous healings and the cross
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I wish to draw your attention to the incident that is recorded in all synoptic gospels, known as the healing of the women who touched the hem of Jesus garment. In all the synoptic gospels it is stated that she was healed immediately. It is also recorded the Jesus turned to her and said the potent words; “Daughter your faith has healed you.” These two powerful facts of immediate healing and that her faith made her healing possible have struck a chord with many believers since this incident was recorded. We also note that as we read the gospel stories that such miraculous healings were the norm and that the sick persons faith played a major part in their healing. So much so that these two factors have become a stumbling block for many who read the scriptures for their reality is......
Let us go to jerusalem
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Psalm 122 I rejoiced with those who said to me, "Let us go to the house of the LORD."2Our feet are standing in your gates, O Jerusalem.3Jerusalem is built like a city that is closely compacted together.4That is where the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, to praise the name of the LORD according to the statute given to Israel.5There the thrones for judgment stand, the thrones of the house of David.6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May those who loveyou be secure.7May there be peacewithin your walls and security within your citadels."8For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say, "Peace be within you."9For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your prosperity. NIV There were three great pilgrimages to Jerusalem, Passover, Weeks and......
Our place of help.
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Where do we go for help when the 'push come to the shove?' When we come across a brick wall who do we turn to for help? Many of us will rely on our own 'wits.' Others will turn to friends or spouses. Again others will turn to those in authority. Who do you turn to? One of my favourite Psalms is 121 for this was my first passage I learned by heart for a scripture examination when I was about 7-8 years old I believe. 1I lift up my eyes to the hills-- where does my help come from?2My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heavenand earth.3He will not let your foot slip-- he who watches over you will not slumber;4indeed, he who watchesover Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.5The LORD watches overyou-- the LORD is your shade at your right hand;6the sunwill not harm you by......
A pastoral blog from the psalms
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Psalm 86 Hear, O LORD, and answerme, for I am poor and needy.2Guard my life, for I am devoted to you. You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you.3Have mercyon me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long.4Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I liftup my soul.5You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in loveto all who call to you.6Hear my prayer, O LORD; listen to my cryfor mercy.7In the day of my troubleI will callto you, for you will answerme. 8Among the godsthere is none like you,O Lord; no deeds can compare with yours.9All the nations you have made will comeand worshipbefore you, O Lord; they will bring gloryto your name.10For you are greatand do marvelous deeds;you aloneare God. 11Teach me your way,O LORD, and I will walk in your truth;give me an undividedheart,......
The other biblical covenants
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My last blog was entitled 'The Blood Covenant' and in the course of my research I was reminded again of the other biblical covenants throughout scripture. Hence my thought was to perhaps write a series on these other covenants namely the Adamic Covenant, Noahic Covenant, Abrahamic Covenant, Palestinian Covenant, Mosaic Covenant, & Davidic Covenant. With this in mind I turned my thoughts to the first covenant recorded in the early chapters of Genesis called by various names including The Edenic Covenant, or the “Covenant of Works.” This covenant is the arrangement God made with Adam as recorded in Geneses 2: 16-17 And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and......
The blood covenant
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When Jesus said that his death was the new covenant in his blood the disciples, who were brought up on the Old Testament covenants made the correct associations, even though the full implications were not clear. Today when we read the term 'blood of the covenant' our eyes glaze over as we quickly move onto the next verse. This is a sad indictment of how we treat the word of God, for we have become a fellowship of believers who are lazy and care little about Gods word. The Old Testament word for covenant is 'berit' with a root meaning of 'cut' and hence coming to mean 'cut a covenant or cut an agreement. This is vividly illustrated in Geneses 15. When the Hebrew OT was translated into Greek the only word that could be used for 'berit' was diatheke which......
Can you describe the heart of the gospel?
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How would you answer this question? Within Christendom there is no clear consensus as there a number of understandings that have gained popularity since Christ walked this earth. I do not intend to list each one as this is not the purpose of this blog as it is not a theological treatise, but merely to point out that there are a number of understandings. As far as I am concerned the centre of the gospel, which is the good news announced to the shepherds on that hillside bear Bethlehem so long ago, concerns Jesus. But is it Jesus the prophet, or the moral teacher, or perhaps a person who went about doing good? The gospel that Paul preached and the gospel that Jesus instructed his disciple concerning is simply, about the Cross. To me there is no discussion concerning this for we read in 1......
The blood of the lamb part 2
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This blog should read after reading my first blog on this subject as both fit together. God has given us weapons to defeat the fiery darts of the enemy which are found in Revelation 12. They overcamehim by the blood of the Lamband by the word of their testimony;they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Our weapons are the blood of the Lamb, Gods word and the word of our testimony. When we agree with God's word concerning the blood of the Lamb we are in effect sprinkling the shed blood of Christ over the door posts of our heart; this act has the same effect as the Passover Lamb. I wish to point us to a number of scriptures concerning the work of the Lambs blood. Redemption & Forgiveness In him we have redemptionthrough his blood,the forgiveness of sins, in......
The blood of the lamb
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To talk of the blood poured out on the cross is not a topic of discussion in today's Christian world. For many such imagery belongs to a past barbaric age that has no relevance for the 'modern man' for we have grown up since then. Such thinking has deprived the church of its greatest weapon against the principalities and powers of the air. Christ death and resurrection achieved two important milestones. First, He made it possible for us to obtain forgiveness of past sin. Second, He made it possible for us to receive God's righteousness by faith without having to observe the law. In this way Jesus deprived Satan of his chief weapon against us, which is guilt. Why then are so many of Gods children burdened down with a heavy yoke of 'unworthiness' and feelings of......
Hold fast to our faith
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How often have we come up against the proverbial brick wall? For many Christians they seem to 'going now-where' as the river that they have to cross is too wide, too deep and too swift. And besides there is no way they can build a flotation device. Hence many believers are 'marking time' or going 'round in circles' stagnating in their growth in Christ. They cannot understand that the 'all-powerful' God of the Bible does not rescue them; that their prayers are not answered. Does this describe yourself or someone that you know? As the exodus was into the first few days the Children of Israel were trapped with the Red Sea before them, mountains to their left and right and the Egyptian army to their rear. They had come up against a 'brick wall.' We read......
Where has my god given immunity gone?
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It seems that we are battling almost every day. The hire purchase, the mortgage payments, the car bills, the children, personal relationships, our career, life in general. Then there are the local bodies and government policies and so I could go on and on. Then there are our neighbours, and relatives. These battles are common to us all, but for those who call themselves Christs disciples there is the battle with our 'old habits' or sinful nature, there is our struggle with the tempter and the warfare with the powers of darkness. No wonder we fell discouraged and at times depressed with thoughts of sadness, anger, and hopelessness. No, in all these things we are more than conquerorsthrough him who loved us. Rom 8 Do we really believe these words? For many of us we grit our teeth......
Guard your heart above all else
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My son,pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.21Do not let them out of your sight,keep them within your heart;22for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body.23Above all else, guardyour heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Prov 4 Guard your heart. Why? Because the battle for your heart/mind is increasing as the days draw closer to the Lords return, for the enemy knows that his time is short. The enemy is crouching at the door of our hearts ready to devour our minds. When I say devour I mean take possession of our minds and give us another personality. Some biblical teachers call this being possessed by a demonic spirit; or softened by others as being oppressed. Either way Satan's army of angelic beings has an affinity for human......
Our giants are an enemy within
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I believe that we speak very loose and glibly about the giants that we face. David faced his Goliath across the valley in front of his fellow countrymen. Goliath was real for he could be heard roaring like a bull and he could not be missed, so great was his height. Today's giants are not always visible and they are often not 'out there.' Make no mistake since the crucifixion when Jesus saw Satan falling to the earth there has been a shift in the battle ground where our giants dwell. There has also been a proliferation of giants that roam these killing fields. Today the 'killing fields' of Satan are the minds of each succeeding generation, until today we have the governments of our land, that once adhered to 'Christian principles' are now actively shutting down......
We are called to wrestle before god
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And pray in the Spirit on all occasionswith all kinds of prayers and requests. Eph 6 In these last days the call to prayer is more urgent than ever in the history of the church. We are called to wrestle before God in prayer. Why wrestle? Because the enemy who is aware his time is short will prevent us from coming boldly into the throne room of God with our intercessory requests. Have you heard the call of God to come before him in vicarious prayer? As we begin this ministry there are a number of cautions. Firstly we wrestle before God over his leadings, we never wrestle with God over things for we will find as Jacob did that we will carry a spiritual limp for the rest of our days on earth. Secondly we must be clothed in the full armour of God. By this we must be complete in Christ; no......
God, who always leads us in triumph in christ
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Those who teach and preach that the Christian life is a beautiful journey, full of blessings of love, happiness and success are wrong period. To use such terms as you will experience a loving good beautiful spiritual life, those teachers have not been filled with the spirit of Christ. We have not been called to a life of blessings, but to a life that is a blessing to others. God does not give us overcoming life but gives us as life as we overcome. There are plenty of examples in the Old Testament of the times that the children of God had to battle and subdue the land that God had given to them. Paul speaks countless times of suffering for the sake of the gospel and to fill up the sufferings of Christ. Jesus emphatically said that we would have trouble in this world, but to take courage as......
Saul and david; their characters contrasted.
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Ephesians 4:15 - we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head,that is, Christ. The cross has set us from sin, but the 'body of sin' that dwells within our hearts is our responsibility to destroy. For this reason we are exhorted 'to be renewed in our minds' and 'to form the mind of Christ.' Yes it is a wonderful truth that the cross has destroyed the grip sin had over us, but now that we have the body of Christ born into our hearts we have to reclaim our minds, that by wrong habits serve the prince of darkness. I wish to draw on the story of Saul and David recounted in 1 Samuel 18 to illustrate our growth unto the head which is Christ. David had recently slain Goliath and Saul had given him a high command in the army, and in any excursion into enemy......
The call of god to samuel 1 sam. 3
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I wish to direct your thoughts to the well known account of Gods call to be boy Samuel who had been given by his mother to service in the temple. As Samuel lay day to sleep he was not to know that this was the night that the God of Abraham. Isaac and Jacob was to call to him. We are well versed in the story how the boy ran to Eli, the priest as he thought that he had called him. This happen three time until the old corrupt priest realized that it was Yahweh calling to Samuel. Samuel was send back to bed the third time with the instructions to say if he was called again to reply with 'Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.' Today the call of God is being heard across the land as he is preparing the world for the return of his Son as out lined in the later chapters of......
The 12 spies and their evaluation
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The ways and methods of God are foreign to our way of thinking. I would be safe to say that this is in the vast majority of Gods dealings with his saints. There is a gulf as wide as heaven is from the earth in the thinking of God and our understanding of his ways. Sure, this may diminish as we grow into a oneness with him, but he will still catch us unawares, for who can know the mind of God but the Holy Spirit. This round-about-way of an introduction leads me into the blog that I wish to share with you. The account of the twelve spies sent out to explore the land of Canaan as recorded in Numbers 13-14. This is a well known story that we have been raised on since the days of our time in Sunday school. But like many of the well known Old Testament stories they so easily become well worn......
Moses and the burning bush
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The walk that Moses walked has great significance for us in these last days of confusion and turmoil. I wish to bring to your attention the subject of Gods guidance. My interest in this truth was aroused when I read an inspired blog by Phil where he blogged concerning God's will. As I was thinking along these lines the Holy Spirit directed my attention this episode in the remarkable walk of Moses. Did God have a plan for Moses to be the leader of his people? Did Moses rash action in killing a member of Pharaohs police force curtail Gods plan? I am sure that Moses sensed that he was someone special as he was raised as an Egyptian government official to help his oppressed flesh and blood. The fact that he acted as he did to be recognized as a leader of his people caused him to flee and......
Isaac walked with god
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I wish to mine the truths that God has opened to me from Genesis 26. Verse one tells that there was a famine in the land and the obvious course of action was to move to Egypt were their was food, safety and the comforts of life. Common sense would confirm every time that this was a prudent move. But God intervened and strongly suggested that Isaac stays in the land of the famine, with the promise of great blessings. Isaac's father before had faced a famine and without hesitation had moved to Egypt but God allowed Abraham to go. Why stop Isaac? God had a wider plan for Isaac which the ensuring verses indicate. Never question Gods dealings for he has one purpose in mind for our life to bring us unto glory so we may be ready to meet our bridegroom. Verse 6 - So Isaac stayed in Gerar.........
Noah found favour with god.
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Noah possessed a fruit of the spirit that is not spoken of much these days holy fear had wrapped itself around Noah and this quality from God guided him in all that he did. When we read the account of his life from Genesis we cannot be struck by his Obedience for it is written that he 'did everything just as God commanded him.' Genesis 6 Obedience and walking by faith are one and the same, but when God speaks of obedience he has lifted the meaning into a higher plane that we understand the meaning. Often we obey out of duty, whereas in Noah's case he obeyed out of holy fear, or to put it another way he obeyed because he wished to please God. In 'holy' fear Noah build the ark. Because he wished to please God, Noah did not hesitate to do exactly as he was commanded to......
Walking in oneness with god
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I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,21that all of them may be one,Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. John 21 Before we were born Jesus prayed that we may all be one with the Father, as he is one with His Father, and we know that the Father listens to the prayers of his Son. But are you grieving the Holy Spirit by hindering the prayer that Jesus is praying right now? Jesus has been born into our hearts as a result of the shed blood on the cross and he is interceding on our behalf before His Father that we may be one. We saw in my last blog that Enoch walked with God into a 'oneness.' We saw that God engineers our circumstances as he did to Abraham to bring us into a oneness with himself as we grow in faith and trust. There are two......
Enoch's walk is to be our walk
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Compared to the other heroes of faith mentioned in this chapter we know so little about Enoch he did not utter any prophecy or stand before any of the Israelite Kings or do any 'mighty deeds.' Yet the spirit of God seems fit to include his name on the same page as Moses, Abraham, and Noah etc. as a type of faith that speaks to us. It is said of Enoch in Genesis 5 - Enoch walked with God;then he was no more, because God took him away. Enoch walked so tight and close to God that he became one with him and this walk is the prayer of Jesus, who prays to his Father, that we may all be one as he and the Father are one. This is the goal of discipleship that we may become one with God; that we may grow up unto him who is the head; Christ himself. God is bringing many sons and daughters......
The calling out to walk with god
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By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance,obeyed and went,even though he did not know where he was going. Heb. 11 We read the Abraham was called out to leave his secure place behind and go out on an unknown journey not knowing where he was going. This is today's call of discipleship. There is a calling out into the unknown that the Spirit of God is speaking to the body of Christ. This is discipleship in the later days. Have you heard the call? Later on God spoke to Abraham and said the he would be his shield and exceedingly great reward. Genesis 15:1 Discipleship is placing our security in Gods protection and His presence being our source of happiness and joy. We are called out from the security of our possessions, our career, our......
Faith truths from the letter to the hebrews
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And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to himmust believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11 Hands up those who thought the faith we have been given is for our benefit? That the gift of faith given to us is for us? This passage of scripture very plainly tells us that the gift of faith given to us as a freebie is for the benefit of God himself. Sure it brings us into the Kingdom, but this is secondary to the main purpose. Great is rejoicing in the heavens over one sinner that repents. God is pleased with the faith given to us. Enoch pleased God because of the faith granted to him from God. Here is the second great truth; the faith that pleases God is not our faith for our righteousness is as 'filthy rags'......
Discipleship and a working conquering faith
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then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, Joshua 24 These words thrown down as a challenge by Joshua so long ago, are equally relevant today as they were back around 1300BC. In these last days God is sending out his messengers with this same challenge today you must choose whom you will serve. Today we are no different in our thinking than the children of Israel displayed. They had seen the mighty hand of God work miracles; firstly the plagues inflicted upon the Egyptians, followed closely by the parting of the Red Sea. Yet when they encountered difficulties they complained and whined to God. If it was, there was no water to drink, it was there is no food, or why have we been lead out into a desert to die and so on. So much so that God at one point refused to journey with......
Discipleship and working faith
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God will not let me move on from Exodus 13 & 14 and so here I am for the Holy Spirit has still more truth to extract from this account of the Children of Israel leaving Egypt. Mind you I was prepared to move on for the logical move would be to stay but there are times when God know best. For God said, "If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt." Ex 13 v17 How much clearer does God have to spell out to us 'I know better.' The children of Israel left Egypt armed for battle for they were going to conquer any force that opposed them. But God knew their hearts better that they did. Therefore he led them a longer way towards the Red Sea where he was going to show his glory in the crossing of the waters and the destruction of the enemy. Yet the......
The disciple's growth unto holiness
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I wish to base this message on the account in Exodus 13 & 14 of the Children of Israel leaving Egypt and travelling to the Red sea. The story is familiar to those with the OT biblical stories that have been told from our 'mother's knees.' There are mighty inspired spirit sanctioned messages here that I pray will burst into our hearts with all the power of the resurrection. His Way not our Way When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. Chapter 13 v 17 NIV This road was the easy route and the logical passage to take. But the way God led them was a longer and more dangerous route as they eventually were boxed in with the army behind and the Red Sea in front. From a military perspective they were......
The call of god to teach.
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The wordof the LORD came to me: Jeremiah 2 It is my belief that as the 'day of the Lord' draws closer more and more followers of Jesus will hear the call of God break into their daily life's that will cause them to look up and see Gods salvation. God will not leave his 'body,' at the mercy of the end time woes for he will, like Jesus when he walked the earth gather men and women around him who will be in the vanguard of his return. As a man cried in the wilderness so to will God raise up an army of those who will prepare his bride to be ready for the return of the groom. The call of God upon a life can never be explained and understood from a rational view point for it can never be stated explicitly; it is implicit. The call of God is much like the call of the sea; no......
The day of the lord and his sabbath rest
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This blog was a real struggle as there was no clear direction from ther Lord other than to sit down and write the following is the result. May you be blessed as you read my offering from Him. There is coming a day when the voice of God will not contend with mankind for on that day will be the 'day of the Lord.' On that day the voice of God will be heard over all the earth sharper than a two edged sword cutting right to our egos, self righteous thoughts and our rights. Great will be the groaning and wailing on that great and terrible day of the Lord for no one will be able to stand up-right. O my people may we enter into the Sabbath rest of God today so that we may spared the wrath of a holy and righteousness God who will begin wielding his axe against the church as his first act......
The biblical teachers verse
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Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Tim. 2:15 NIV This verse is the teacher's instructions for those who aspire to teach the word of God. There are three aspects that we need to focus on and allow the Holy Spirit to open our mind and imprint on our heart the thoughts of God. 1/ Do your best. The Greek word used here is 'ÏƒÏ Î¿ÏÎ´Î±ÏƒÎ¿Î' = spoudason which is translated in the KJV as study. The literal meaning of the Greek is to 'give diligence' Hence the one who believes that God has placed a call on their life to teach his Word must work at being a teacher. This idea is convey by the KJV......
Where have all the teachers gone?
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my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Hosea 4 This cry was uttered around 700 BC by Hosea, the first of the so called 'minor' prophets against the priests, who had been set aside by God to be watchmen over his people. The body of Christ today has many failings and this is perhaps one of her blackest their shepherds have lost their ability to teach the word of God. The church is failing its people for the pulpits know nothing of the great truths of scripture concerning redemption, regeneration, sanctification, sin, sacrifice and so on. I do not listen to many sermons these days but the ones that I have heard tend to be a 'feel good' moralistic talk. Such topical sermons would not be out of place in a secular meeting of a talk on positive thinking. My prayer is......
Gods holy word
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The Bible is the Word of God. To call the Bible by any other name is to deny God and the reality of our experience. Men may call the Bible a history of the Jewish nation and use it to trace the twelve tribes during the Diaspora. Men may view the Bible as a collection of wisdom sayings and use these as collection of positive thoughts for the modern man. Others may use the Bible as a book of moral teachings by Jesus the great teacher. Others may see the Bible as a window into the future and will write tomes concerning the eschatological age with dire predictions of dates and seasons. In the beginning was the Word,and the Word was with God,and the Word was God. John 1 Gods word, the Bible is none other than the story of Jesus for he was there in the beginning and will be there at the close......
Hearing gods voice in scripture
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As I read the scriptures I have a tendency think within myself that I know the meaning here in this text for I have read this many times before and most likely due to my theological study pulled the text apart. I have heard many sermons on this passage and most likely preached from this text myself. I have read devotional books on the verse and I understand the background of the writer and one hundred other issues flood into my mind as I read Gods holy word. But do I hear the voice of the Holy Spirit? No I do not for I have shut out the voice of God with my understandings taking the higher ground. Why do I think that this particular passage has no more truth to reveal? Do I really understand all things concerning Gods word, and why when I believe that the scriptures are a living word, do......
Discipleship and the renewed mind
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When the life of Christ is born into our hearts God calls us a new creation; this is sanctification. We are called to walk, by surrender, to present our bodies as living sacrifices. In this way we work out our salvation that was born into our hearts. This called walking in holiness. The last frontier that is surrendered to God is our mind. We are exhorted to form the mind of Christ. This means thinking as Jesus thought. Simply put this means that God is the centre of our being and thought. Jesus earthly life revolved around his Father he did what he saw his Father do and he spoke what His Father told him. Are we bringing every thought into captive to the obedience of Christ? In this way our thinking is being transformed into the mind of Christ. Let us illustrate this with a verse from......
The making of a disciple of christ
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Jesus said 'If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.' Mark 8 I believe that disciples are made not born for Jesus constantly laid down the requirements for those who would follow him. In all the gospels there are a number of conditions that each person had to fulfil which required a decision on the part of the would be follower. In the parallel passage in Luke 14 Jesus clearly says that before we commit to becoming a disciple we must first count the cost using the illustration that no one begins to build a house without first counting the cost. In being born again God works a supernatural sovereign re-birth in our hearts as the life of Christ is birthed into our heart. We are regenerated in an instant and become a new creation, for......
The terrible misunderstanding of discipleship
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There is a difference like chalk and cheese between being saved and being a disciple of Jesus. Many believers today cannot see the difference for the term discipleship has been altered from the biblical understanding presented by Jesus and Paul. Many of us are saved 'as if by fire' but few are disciples in the understanding of the New Testament. We are over whelming grateful that we have been born again but very few believers are of use to God. Being in the 'will' of God is a concept that few believers understand. When a man is born again it is not sin that is in the way of being any use to God, but his 'self-realisation, his claim to himself. Salvation is the supernatural work of God craved out in blood on the cross; discipleship is our part, worked out through trials......
The secret of the perfect life.
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The conversation that Jesus had with the person known as the 'rich young ruler' which is recorded in all synoptic gospels is worthy of a deeper inspection. . Often these conversations contain much truth that we can over look as we focus on the parables. This dialogue which I will use is recorded in Matthew 19. This young man sensed that there was something missing in his life and he had the 'nous' and sense to come to Jesus. He has no doubt heard Jesus speak on other occasions or he was familiar with the message that Jesus was preaching. He believed that although he had riches and lived a moral and upright life something was missing. There are a number of gold truths that leaped out and have sunk into my spirit that I wish to share. Teacher, what good thing must I do to......
The adapting modern church
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As I was watching our national news tonight I watched an enthusiastic female, who was a spoke person from the synod, which is meeting at present, announcethe momentous decision that women at last will be able to be appointed bishops. She was literally jumping out of her skin with anticipation of this great decision that the Anglican Church has decided. She was quick to add that the first female bishop in the Church of England will be announced within weeks. The other day I was reading in our local national newspaper where a local church minister was writing a feature article that the church must move with the time and recognise and accept the Lesbian, Gay, Cross Dresser, and Transsexual community, instead a marginalising them. These two pieces of news have set me thinking how relevant is......
Regeneration rebuilding the temple within
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By the fall recorded in Genesis 3 mankind fell not only from grace and Gods presence but into disunity within himself. By the fall we mean that not only was mankind out of harmony with God but he was out of harmony within himself. Before the fall Adam and Eve, our parents were in harmony and perfect balance within themselves, for their spirit, soul and body were in perfect equilibrium. Before the fall both Adam & Eve were in perfect harmony and equality with each other. When a person is born again he is re introduced back into a right relationship with God and with himself. Our spirits have been energized by the life of the Son of God being born into our hearts, but that obedience must permeate into our soul and body. We must guard against nourishing one part of our life and......
Mankind's making, unmaking and repair
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In Genesis 1:27 we read 'So God createdmanin his own image,in the image of Godhe created him; male and femalehe created them.' This statement has important significance in our understanding of the term 'image of God' for it is my understanding that 'mankind' only truly reflects Gods image in both male and female genders. One without the other does not portray the true image of God. Without wanting to be seen as 'sexist' my understanding is that Eve reflects the soul side of God, the 'feeling' side for her sympathies tended to be more with Gods created creatures. Because of this the serpent approached Eve first for the serpent knew that he had a more sympathetic ear from Eve. Whereas Adam reflects the more 'kingly' side, the spirit aspect.......
The nature of sin
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As I finished by last blog titled 'His words our Words' which I posted 2 days ago I was flicking through a book from my ministerial days. I came to a chapter entitled 'The Philosophy of Sin.' God said, 'I want you to blog on this.' I must confess this would not be my choice of a blog, but we who inhabit the family here at CB know that we do not debate or wonder why, we obey the Lord. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and on the sixth day he created mankind in his own image and gave him dominion over the earth and all its creatures. Gods plan was for him to create the earth and all its creatures and pass the guardianship of this creation to mankind who he had created from the dust of the earth. In doing so God passed the banner to man to subdue......
His words and our words
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Gods spoken word defined the character of God in contrast to the Canaanite gods. Time and time again Jehovah reminded the children of Israel that the idols of their enemies are made of wood and stone and cannot speak or move. The OT is full of images that describe the voice of God God thunders from the heavens we are reminded time and time again. The Bible is at great pains and goes to great lengths to define God as a speaking God, who speaks and things happen. 'I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.' Ezekiel 17 By the word of God the world was brought into existence. By the word of God the heavens were established. By the word of God mankind was created out of the dust of the earth. God spoke and Moses received the Ten Commandments. God said the Pharaoh 'Let my people......
Daily bible verse: john 7:37-39
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John 7:37-39 - On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (New King James Version) Jesus is the cup that will not run dry. Those that come to Jesus dried up and withering in the heat of the desert can with abundant joy drink and be satisfied from the very waters coming from the temple of God. Friends this is not a mirage but realism. From out of the very life of Jesus flows wonderful, marvellous thirst quenching elixir of the very essence of God.......
Repentance a new and living way
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We are told that John came baptising with water for repentance. Matthew 3. This repentance was under the old covenant which implied a turning from ones ways to follow the God of their Fathers. This had been the call that the prophets cried down through the years to the Kings of Judah, Israel and the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Turn from your ways and follow me says the Lord. In the Hebrew there are two words that are translated into English as repent they are sh»b and naham. Shub literally has a basic sense of "to turn," "to turn back," "to go back," or "to return."In the vast majority of its uses it refers to literal changes of direction. Naham literally means "to be sorry" or "to comfort oneself,” but is used......
The gift of tears
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This is what the SovereignLORD, the Holy Oneof Israel, says: "In repentance and restis your salvation, in quietness and trustis your strength, but you would have none of it. Is. 30 These words that were spoken in the 8th-century BC to the Kingdom of Judah are still being spoken to us today in the 21st century AD. These words that were spoken in the midst of uncertain times when the chosen people of God were turning to Egypt for their salvation and freedom are relevant to us. These words from Isaiah are true today as they were then. As they would not listen then to Isaiah, so to the people of God are not listening today to his spirit appointed preachers, teachers and prophetic utterances. There is no question that we have watered down the full meaning of Gods words. We have pulled......
As we face our goliaths
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We are all familiar with the story of David and Goliath, from 1 Samuel 17, perhaps too familiar for we still recall the story as a Sunday school lesson of our hero David. This blog has been given to me by the Living Lord as a message to all those facing their Goliath across the valley of dismay and fear. Testings of God v16 - For forty days For forty days the enemy terrified the army of Israel shouting obscenities against Saul and Yahweh. For forty days the Israelites were tested just as Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted. Every test that comes across our pathway is governed by God himself for nothing happens to Gods children without him knowing. For since God is sovereign and he holds the world in the palm of his hand and since he is aware of every sparrow that falls, does......
Daily bible verse: hebrews 4:16
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Hebrews 4:16 - Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (21st Century King James Version) O the majesty and brilliance of God that we have access into the very throne room of the Creator of the universe. O the glory that we can walk up to the engine room of the earths control and converse with the one who holds the universe in the palm of h is hand. O the love of God that was shed on the cross so that a new and living way could be open up for us to come before the Father of all mercies in our time of need. O the cost of his only begotten precious Son who bore all the cost of our freedom upon himself for he was led like a lamb to the slaughter so that we could approach the throne of grace without......
The overwhelming stupendous love of god
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For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 2 Cor. 5 Paul was so passionate for the gospel that many accused him of being out of his mind, for he was obsessed with the love of God. This verse has been laid on my mind these last few days as I enquired of the Lord the subject of my blog. Paul was held in a vice-like grip by the power of Gods love for it consumed his entire attitude and how he approached the things that came across his pathway. Gods love controlled and compelled Paul to act as he did. Very few of us know what it is to be gripped by Gods love, totally gripped to the exclusion of all Christian experience. For we are apt to live our Christianity on the line of our experiences only. That time of worship, that time of......
A message from isaiah 6
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In the year that King Uzziahdied,I saw the Lordseated on a throne,high and exalted,and the train of his robefilled the temple.2Above him were seraphs,each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet,and with two they were flying.3And they were calling to one another: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;the whole earthis full of his glory."4At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.5"Woeto me!" I cried. "I am ruined!For I am a man of unclean lips,and I live among a people of unclean lips,and my eyes have seenthe King,the LORD Almighty."6Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coalin his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.7With it......
God is closing his museum.
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It is official; God is cleaning out the museum dedicated to holiness that has been established by well meaning Christians. Out go the traditions of all denominations that have set moral and 'holiness standards.' God is throwing out all doctrines and theologies that benefit the follower of Christ. God is collecting any thought and idea that puts Christianity on show as prized specimens of holiness and taking such to the rubbish dip. Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Mtt 5 God never intended us to be museum pieces to show off our goodness that we have called holiness, for we have taken this verse in the light of our worldly understanding and applied that to holiness and called it being a Christian. We have strutted this caricature of Christianity across the......
Can you come down and walk with me?
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As in the natural so in the spiritual, for we are not born to live on high mountain peaks, but the valleys tend to be more habitable. Those mountain peaks in our spiritual experience we cannot sustain for they will kill us spiritually, but if we could we would love to extend our mountain peak encounters. We have mistakenly seen such high spiritual experiences as a mark of ones maturity in the faith and we have at one time or another looked up to those who seem to be on a spiritual high. But God says that his mark of growth in our most holy faith is the ability once we have soared as eagles to come down as a lowly church mouse. If we have the ability to rise only and not come down there is a flaw in our Christian walk. For it is spiritual selfishness that longs to dwell on the peaks. God......
Keeping ourselves in the love of god
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The statement that God is Love is so radical that only the God of the Bible could have revealed such a truth to us. This knowledge that God by his very nature is Love has not been perceived outside of the scriptures. That God is love is the kernel of the gospel that explodes across the pages of the New Testament. Whereas the Old Testament brought to us the holiness of God, in the birth of Jesus we learn that God is Love. As we follow the life of Jesus, Gods only Begotten Son across the pages of the New Testament we are drawn into this glorious truth God is Love. We come to discern that Love is the very nature of God, for Love is the character of God, it is his personality. Church fathers who have strayed away from the scriptures have erroneously taught that God is loving. Love is not an......
Consider the lilies.
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Consider the Lilies. Consider the Ravens. Consider the Ants. Have you noticed the things that God asks us to consider for these three have one thing in common? From a human standpoint these three things are not worth considering for they are of a lowly nature. Today we want the glamorous, the spectacular, for we are a generation who long to be thrilled and entertained. Unfortunately such a mind set is becoming more accepted among the faithful who claim Jesus as Lord. As I read the scriptures I cannot fail to notice that the tenure of the gospel message is not the spectacular 'whiz-bang' happenings that we expect today and seek. Today's church service has lost elements of the lowly, the humbleness that Jesus personified and the poorness of spirit that entitles us to inherit the......
Daily bible verse: isaiah 58:11
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Isaiah 58:11 - The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. (New International Version 1984) This is one of the most precious promises that God can give us. Often we find ourselves in a sun drenched place at the end of our tether, worn out, sun burnt, blistered and craving solace from the blazing sun. The sand burns our feet for we cannot walk another step. In this situation we so easily forget the love of God, of which we are told, will never leave us, neither can we be separated from Gods love and Fatherly care. But the sun burns down and the obedient and surrendered soul is being guided by the Lords unseen hand for such a sun drenched time......
How to bring a smile to gods face
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I know that I am taking this verse out of context so forgive me as I wish to use these well known words as a spring board into my blog. We often see these words on funeral notices or they are spoken in eulogies. But I often wonder the reason why people feel the need to write this commendation over a person who has recently passed away. Are they adding some insurance to the person for when they meet the great judge of all the earth that they will be viewed favourabily? Or are these words meant to suggest to those celebrating the departed's life that they lived a life worthy of praise and respect? It is my beliefs that if these loved ones feel the need to insert these words in their eulogies, that the departed person, from Gods stand point was not a good and faithful servant. But what......
The anchor of our soul
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I recently read on Yahoo that a student was writing a paper on hope and was asking readers of the site for their definitions of hope. As God had pressed down on my spirit to blog on hope I continued to take more than a passing interest in their replies. I have included two that were submitted by readers who replied Hope is a wish in your heart of good things to come. It's an eternal burning flame that will never go out as long as someone believes. Intrigued with my interest aroused I began to scour the internet for other definitions seeking to discover the modern understanding of hope. As I was beginning to start a trawl through Goggle it occurred to me that today's definition of hope would be a variance to the understanding given to us by the scriptures. We all know that the......
Praying in the spirit.
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And pray in the Spiriton all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. Eph 6 We are exhorted to pray in the Spirit. This means simply that we pray from a position of strength, in that the power that raised Christ from the dead is available for us at all times so that we can maintain a oneness with the Father. We can pray in the spirit because of the victory Christ won on the cross placing us in the heavenly realms where we dwell by faith. Let me make this plain from the beginning praying in the spirit is far more than 'speaking in tongues.' Speaking in tongues is the beginning of praying in the spirit, but we must move on from this 'babe-like' experience. Jude 20 tells us 'build yourselves upin your most holy faithand pray in the Holy Spirit.' Praying in......
God loves us more than we know.
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Because of the LORD's great lovewe are not consumed,for his compassions never fail.23They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.24I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion;therefore I will wait for him. What wonderful truths are contained in these verses from Lamentations. It is such a pity that this OT book is neglected by most Christians, for in the popular view Lamentations is a sombre and gloomy record of unrelieved grief as Jeremiah weeps over the ruins of Jerusalem. As one scholar has written Lamentations is “a cloudburst of grief, a river of tears, and a sea of sobs.” But the sovereign Lord has included this book in his Holy Word and who are we to ignore his decision. I want to direct our thoughts to the rock solid secure foundational truth, that God......
Daily bible verse: john 14:27
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John 14:27 - 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. (New International Version) God's peace is not some distant unreachable state that is akin to nirvana, available to those who have climbed higher up the ladder. God's peace is available to all as there is no distinction. We need to shout it out Gods peace is freely given to all, brought with the precious blood of the Lamb. O my children cries God how I desire to see your hearts at rest, to see you relaxed in my arms looking into my face as a new born child lies in his mother arms. Why are you so anxious and troubled? Decide at this moment that you have chosen not to be afraid and intimidated by anyone. Speak it out each morning......
Gods preparation for his wedding
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God is opening his word and pouring rain upon those that are thirsty for he is crying, “Come those that are thirsty and I will give you waters to drink.” God is opening the minds of those who are humble and of a contrite heart. In these latter days those who walk according to the light are hearing the beatings of a distant drum that is becoming louder and more strident as time rolls on. Many bloggers are hearing this trumpet sound coming from the heart of God, as he is gathering his flock from the four corners of the world and preparing his bride for the marriage of his Son. The time is drawing closer and all who have ears to hear and eyes to see are in Gods radar as he is exhorting and challenging us to be ready for he is laying out the wedding garments for the bride. Are we......
Living the high life in christ
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How many times have we read passages of scripture that go in one ear and out the other with no settlement in our mind? It is as if we are blind, yet we see but in reality we do not see. We read the words and either our minds are elsewhere or, God in his wisdom does not wish to lay that truth on our hearts at that time. For this very reason let no people say that they understand the bible and claim to be knowledgeable in the things of God. This is by way of an introduction to a verse that I have read many, many times from the wonderful letter to the Ephesians, but over the last week I cannot think of any other verse as the Lord has laid down layer upon layer of truth from his passage. I am referring to Ephesians chapter 2 verse 6. And God raised us up with Christand seated us with himin......
To grow unto glory takes initiative
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Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.' Benjamin Franklin What is true in the natural is also true in the spiritual. How do we measure up? God by a supernatural work of the cross has placed the life of Jesus into our spirits enabling us to have the perfect qualities of Jesus available to us. His perfect holiness, His perfect love, His perfect patience, His perfect godliness - all the riches of Christs is ours by the work of Calvary. God has lavished his grace upon us so that we might run the race of life and grow up unto Him from Glory to glory. The cross was Gods responsibility, running the race is ours; we are responsible how well we grow unto Glory. Many of us make the mistake of forgetting that we......
Daily bible verse: micah 6:8
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Micah 6:8 - He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and But can we reach these ideals? Can we honestly say that we can match these standards that God has set before us? Take a good hard and long look at the 'sermon on the mount.' Can we achieve these guidelines as laid out by Jesus? This passage from Micah laughs in our face and the enemy joins in with his jabs. “See you are no good, you are a failure as a Christian” : he gleefully punches in our face. We look at ourselves with both eyes blackened and wonder where God is in all this for we are trying to live holy as he is holy. But we cannot seem to imitate Jesus or reach the standards set for us. This constant striving to be perfect as He is; will......
Post sanctification explainedit is imperative that we work out our salvationit is imperative that we
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In one of my last blogs I explained that I believesanctification is an instantaneous impartation of Christ's life into our hearts. All of Christs perfections have become ours as a result of the super natural work of the atonement, His holiness, His patience, His love, His oneness with the Father, His godliness are manifested in the sanctified heart. This perfect life of Christ is Gods gift to us. The sanctified experience is “Christ in you the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27. In an instance of time as we cry to God in godly sorrow and repentance the life of Jesus is born into our spirit and old things have passed away and all things are new. We have become a new creation in Gods sight for Jesus has been made our “righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.”......
Identification with jesus.
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Blow the trumpet, sound the alarm for the day of the Lord is closer than we dare to believe. The day of destruction and reckoning will catch many believers as a rabbit is caught in the search light, frozen, startled and confused. There are too many Christians who are falling by the way side, who are bailing out with their minds, but their actions still proclaim I am a believer. Do these church goers not know that God can see into the heart of any person? There are too many people who pray, read their Bibles attend church activities who believe that they are born again, but let me tell you; there will be many who will have the wedding door shut in their face. There are too many sincere believers who have not been 'worked over' by God. Gods word tells us that “ we are God's......
Sanctification fully exposed.
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There are three mysteries mentioned in the scriptures. The triune God head; the two natures of Jesus and the mystery that I, a sinner can be made into the image of Jesus, by the great work of the atonement. Because of the cross Jesus has become to us, ourwisdom, righteousness and sanctification. Sanctification is one of those words used about 13 times in the New Testament that convey such a height and depth of meaning that many of us roll our eyes if we are asked to explain the term. Translated from the Greek word; ἁγιασμá¸Ï‚ from a root word that conveys the concept of purification and consecration. The great mystery is that I, a guilty sinner full of rebellion against God can be in a moment of time born again into......
Lord teach me to pray
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It seems strange to write a blog on prayer for all believers pray, do they not? Prayer and being a disciple go together like strawberries and cream, yet God has pressed upon my mind that this is to be the topic of this blog. I was directed towards the words of Jesus as recorded by Matthew in the sixth chapter of his gospel. As I read this passage I am inclined to capture a sense that to Jesus prayer was to be part and parcel of being born again. It was not something that you had to acquire. It was not something that you had to study or learn. You do not graduate from the school of prayer as one does in studying theology. Prayer according to the Bible comes naturally as the life of Christ has been born into our hearts and he will teach us to pray. Nor should prayer be seen as a chore or a......
Heal me, o lord, and i will be healed; save me and i will be saved..
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Before the third chapter of Geneses mankind was at One with God. He was a Whole person with his body soul and spirit in perfect harmony and in perfect sync with his Creator. There was a perfect flow between body, soul, spirit and God. This harmonious relationship was broken when sin entered into the world resulting in disharmony between the three parts of our body and God. Adam & Eve were no longer in sync with God and they were no longer functioning smoothly as their body was out of 'plumb.' Both Adam and Eve were not Whole persons for they were broken, ashamed and lost. This disharmony in their bodies began to manifest in aches and pains paving the way for diseases and sickness to grow as their body, soul and spirit struggled to work in harmony. The balance that God had......
Levels of redemption
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This blog was given to me by my Lord and it has been a case of stepping out of the boat trusting that I do not mess up the blogs message that is being born in my heart. I wish to trace the layers of redemption that occur in a believers life from the moment they are born again using the life of the earthly Jesus as points of reference. I trust this blog will accomplish Gods purposes'. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflectthe Lord's glory,are being transformed into his likenesswith ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. First Layer Birth of Jesus. As Jesus was born in a stable so to the life of Jesus is born into our hearts at conversion. This is a great mystery for as Jesus was born of Mary so to the life of Gods son is born into our life by a......
What has the death of jesus accomplished?
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If we believe that Jesus died only for our sins, then we have misunderstood the work of God on the cross including the good news of the gospel. To teach that Jesus went to the cross to bring salvation to us because of our sins is to be misled concerning the history of the first Adam. Such a misrepresentation of Gods truths are to be expected among the children of Adam for we cannot or will not attempt to be taught by the Holy Spirit. Mankind has forever been in the habit of understanding Gods wisdom, knowledge and truth from their stand-point. Because our view of the scriptural truths has been distorted by Adams sin we will always twist Gods truth either knowingly or un-knowingly. Christ's death on the cross was to set us free from the Sin of Adam. Here the bible speaks in Sin,......
His temptations and our temptations
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This phrase in the Lords prayer has always bothered me. Should it be translated as in Gods Word Translation - Don't allow us to be tempted. Instead, rescue us from the evil one. When the Bible speaks of temptation we are prone to see this coming to us on a single level, in that we are enticed to commit a sin. But when the Bible speaks of temptation or a time of testing the scriptures usethe term in a two dimensional understanding. All human beings are tempted, but the level the temptation comes to us, is dependant on our disposition. There is the base level or what I call 'self temptation' which is described in James chapter one which comes to all mankind who live under a set of rules and regulations according to their law. There is a higher temptation which Jesus was......
God has one aim for us.
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I wish to draw your attention to the story recorded in John chapter 21, concerning the appearance of Jesus to some of his disciples on the shore of Lake Galilee. This was a dark depressing time for the followers of Jesus, for they had seen their master crucified in the most brutal way possible and apart from some appearances Jesus had left them hanging. He had told them to go on to Galilee, but there was no showing by Jesus. He had left them bewildered and confused. I believe that we all can sympathize with the disciples for there have been times when the presence of Jesus has left us and we do not sense his comfort as we had enjoyed previously. We are at a loss as to how we can believe that he will never leave us; but he has, your mind screams at you and doubts begin to form. Therefore......
Jesus guides by his servants.
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One of the most powerful means God uses to guide us is for the word of God to be embodied in the life of one of his servants. We see this all the time in the scriptures. We read of the loneliness of Abraham, who is called the friend of God, the shyness of Moses who grew into a great servant, who regarded disgracefor the sake of Christas of greater value than the treasures of Egypt. We admire the rugged discipline of Noah who in holy fear built an ark. We bow before the fortitude and perseverance of Jeremiah and the guile of Esther. I could go on recounting the life's of the heroes who form such a cloud of witness's around us. But if we are honest with ourselves, do we really understand the term servant of God? Who are they? Are there any in todays world? From Wikipedia we read the......
The most holy work we have neglected
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Epaphras,who is one of youand a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you,that you may stand firm in all the will of God, matureand fully assured. Col 4 There is a holy work that we, the body of Christ have abandoned. When was the last time that fell on our knees to bring a soul before the throne of God? When was the last time that we wrestled in prayer? Intercessory prayer is a holy work that each child of God has been called to under take. The life of Jesus that has been born into our hearts is straining to burst out in prayer for his children, yet we keep a lid on his cries. Brother and sisters this should not be happening in our fellowships. Have we forgotten that the fervent prayer of a righteous man is honoured by God? To stifle the life of......
God guides by his word.
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To be guided by Gods word is the most profound and intimate manner in which God will direct us. We need to understand that the majestic creator of all the earth has the time and inclination to take notice of us and be interested in our pathways. But we need to ask how does God guide by his word? Either it is an 'inner voice' in our spirit or the Holy Spirit will use the Bible. To say that God guides us by use of the scriptures is in many situations to be opening a can of worms. For we all know church goers who have claimed that God spoke to them from the Bible to do this or that, but we would hesitate to call them saints. Also to others the Bible is only a collection of diverse writing styles complied over thousands of years... A historical book or a collection of 'wisdom......
God guides by our decisions
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Despite our sinful nature God, in his wisdom uses our choices to teach us his ways. We read in Geneses chapter 13 that Abram went up from Egypt, the place where he had lied about his wife and brought the displeasure of the King. After having fallen into sinful ways the only course of walk is upwards towards the place where we had builtan alter some time before. We need to go back to our last encounter with God in worship and sacrifice. Abram called on the name of the Lord and worshipped between Bethel and Ai. Do not use this story of Abrams trip to Egypt to censure him, for this narrative is less about dishonouring God and more about the honour and grace of God. God did not show his displeasure with Abrams decision to go down to Egypt, but the blank astonishment from Pharaoh was......
God guides us by himself.
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God longs to communicate to each of his children in all aspects of their life and the way that he communicates is different for each personality and circumstance. We read in Genesis 15 that Abraham had won a great victory against five warlords and he now feared for his life as utu, or revenge would be swift and ruthless. It was into this mind set of Abraham that God came and spoke to him in the person of an angel. God knew that Abraham would be terrified and apprehensive of the doubts and thoughts that were plaguing his mind that a word may not have aroused him out of his anxiety. Hence God in his graciousness came in person to deliver one of the most significant promises a child of God is ever to receive. In effect God was telling Abraham that he would be protected by the creator himself......
Discipleship and the discipline of guidence
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Over these past weeks God has been pushing me in areas and directions that I am not comfortable with. First came a word to blog on Suffering which was followed by a directive to follow that blog with one on Divine Guidance. As under whelmed as I felt I could not escapethe compulsion to follow the Lords directive which would not leave my spirit. As a first step I decided to Google 'divine guidance,' and was surprised at the articles that appeared on the monitor. Not one mentioned the God of the Bible. There was a time which I can remember when divine guidance would refer to the Christian God. Such a Google search illustrates how confused we are about Gods guidance, which is symptomatic of today's church. We have lost our way as the worldly attitudes and ideas have seeped in and......
Discipleship and the discipline of suffering
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I feel compelled to blog on this subject of which I feel totally unworthy and unqualified to do so. Greater minds than mine have written on this subject in a more learned and intellectually proficient manner. But I cannot escape Gods voice which will not let me go. With this proviso I venture forth guided only by his Spirit. It has occurred to me that to be able to go some what to explain suffering is a clear indication that you have not suffered much. Sin, suffering and sanctification are facts of life, but never-the-less they are still mysteries until ones heart is indwelled by the God of all mysteries. For Jesus took a child and set him in their midst and said that if you do not become as a child you will not understand the kingdom of God. Men cry out 'Lord how long' and......
The end time fear and confusion
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By now we all are familiar with the news riveting story of the missing flight MH370. The Boeing 777 left Kuala Lumpur airport and has not been seen since for it has literally vanished. As I write this is has been 12 days since the routine flight took off for Beijing and has not been seen since. The mystery deepens as countless theories are examined has to how a jet airliner can disappear into thin air. It has been reported that the relatives of the missing passengers are suffering confusion, worry and depression while others have been hospitalized requiring 'psychological intervention' while others are reported as threatening hunger strikes. There have been reports of distrust and deliberate withholding of information between certain of the countries involved. As I see it this......
Discipleship and the discipline of patience
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If there was ever a pertinent word for today it is found in Hebrews 6:12 - We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. Patience is a virtue, a fruit of the spirit that todays generationof believers do not have. We in the so called western World would be the most impatient people of all time. It has been said many times that we are an 'instant' people for everything has been speeded up since our grandparent's time. We have instant communications. We expect and demand everything now, this moment instant food, instant drink, and instant gratification and so on. I mean who writes letters now-a-days and is prepared to wait for a reply. Such expectation is not becoming of a believer, for the scriptures all......
Discipleship and the discipline of intercession
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The main reason why Christian's prayer life is so barren and dry can be traced to one main reason. Our spiritual life is dry as dust because we have not given the life of Jesus born into our hearts elbow room to intercede for others. The scriptures tell us that Jesus lives forever to make intercession. Therefore he is able to save completelythose who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Heb. 7:25 It is no good reading books on prayer or going to seminars and conferences to seek answers to our barren and stagnate spiritual wells. The answer lies within our ability to change. The life of the Jesus whose priestly work must continue through us has been denied his intercessory work and the living stream that has been designated to flow from our hearts has......
Discipleship and the discipline of answered prayer
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This is the confidencewe have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.15 And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we knowthat we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15 There is much confusion and erroneous ideas concerning prayer, where as in the scriptures prayer is shown to us as an uncomplicated concept. It is so simple that a child can understand prayer. Google 'reasons for un-answered prayer' and you will find sites that give up to 12-15 reasons why your prayers are not answered. Contrast this with the view that Jesus had concerning prayer and we find a different attitude, for Jesus prayed knowing that he would be heard of His Father. The epistles carry on this thought as we read in the above passage. There is no place in......
Discipleship and the sacred simplicity of prayer
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Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." Matthew 26 41 These words were spoken to three of Jesus closest disciples at his most agonizing hour. These words were not spoken by a man but by God as man. We need to remember this as we often trivialise these two words Watch and Pray, for we can never understand and fathom Gethsemane. For we apt to forget that it was because of the agony on the cross that we can pray and be heard of God. We must never, never forget that God answers prayer not on the basis of our earnest efforts, nor our suffering but only on the grounds of his suffering on the cross. “Stay here and watch with me' v38. These simple words of stay and watch cause us great difficulty, for when temptation......
Discipleship and temptation
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As a disciple temptation cannot be avoided for as night follows day disciples can expect temptation to come at them. For many a follower of Jesus who has the personality of Jesus born into their hearts, temptation seems at odds with their position as sons and daughters of God. We feel we are above such occurrences. But remember that the pupil is not above their master, and Jesus was tempted for it is recoded in each of the synoptic gospels. For the purpose of this blog I will be referring to Luke's account in chapter four. What strikes one as you read the account is that Jesus was led into the wilderness for the express purpose of being tempted. This was Gods plan for him and it is Gods plan that we to are led into temptation. This is crazy you are thinking, why God would allow his......
The supreme work of the cross
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Christ's death on the cross has accomplished far more than we can imagine and the five threads in my previous blog are only scratching the surface of Gods plan, played out on the hill called Golgotha. We are apt to view the cross as the place where Christ became sin for us so that we could be forgiven. And being forgiven we have eternal life. But such a view is a very shallow understanding of the transactions that took place in that most explosive happening in known history, that we have glorified as the crucifixion. Artists have painted sanctimonious pictures of the cross, while the rugged cross has become a cultus symbol among some segments of the church. But the greatest work of the cross often goes un-mentioned, for the five threads as outlined in the previous blog were only the......
The reality of the cross
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A blogger posed a challenge to me to write about the Cross and my understanding of Gods work in the death of his Son. I have pondered over this and under the guidance of God was shown this to be the right thing to do. But before I blog on my understanding of the Cross, as an experience, that we must go through to achieve all that God has planned for us, I need to pause for a moment and speak of the cross as a reality and a revelation. The cross had to happen, for I believe God felt responsible for Sin entering the world. After all he had created mankind with the ability to make choices and he had allowed the deceiver to flourish. As much as it saddened God to banish Adam & Eve from his presence, for enmity had been introduced, Gods justice had to be followed if he was to be true to......
Discipleship - being redefined.
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Like many of the principles and teachings of the bible we easily misunderstand the truth that God is trying to burn into our heart. Take the concept of discipleship. I will guarantee that many born again Christians have the 'wrong end of the stick' concerning the meaning of this truth. Ask the average church goer the meaning of discipleship and they will tell you that it means a leaner of Jesus, or a follower of Jesus. Such an understanding has 'scholarship' on their side for dictionary.com defines the term as - To be a learner.” Another web site writes; The term "disciple" is derived from theKoine Greekwordmathetes, which means a pupil (of a teacher) or anapprentice(to a master craftsman), coming toEnglishby way of theLatindiscipulus meaning a learner while......
Understanding re-birth
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My thoughts have been pushed into this direction over the past weeks and the Holy Spirit has been undoing some of my thinking and introducing new revelation. Being born again is different for each individual but I believe there has to be a number of factors that have to come together for a true biblical redemption to take place that reaches deep into the heart of a person so that Christ in born anew in their life. I have been drawn by the hand of God to Isaiah's call recorded in Chapter 6 of his book. We read that a significant event happened in the land that drew Isaiah to the temple, where he was confronted with the holiness of God that cut him to the quick. He responded with a heart rendering cry of repentance and because of his godly sorrow God cleansed him with new life and a......
Discipleship and the disciplined mind
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Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. Rom 12 2 As the church age comes to a close their will be a call from God through the Holy Spirit to Wake up. Even today Jesus is standing at our hearts door knocking louder and louder as time goes by; but for many in the body of Christ we have been anesthetized by the worlds thinking. Many of us are half-asleep displaying the symptoms of a Christian 'sleep walker.' We have only half an ear open to the Holy Spirit for our real hearing is coming from the world's media; TV, movies, the internet and public opinion. Our minds have been shaped, and despite being redeemed; are still being......
Discipleship and the discipline of initiative
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This is why it is said: "Wake up, O sleeper,rise from the dead,and Christ will shine on you." Eph 5 14 One of the most pathetic aspects of todays body of Christ is that the pews are full of worn and weary saints who have had the stuffing knocked out of them by the injustices of this world. Many of these well meaning saints began well with purpose and a vision in their hearts, a song of praise on their lips and lightness in their steps. But the stresses of life in today's world with its misery and drudgery have broken their spiritual backs. Many of these wonderful believers have given years of service to the church and the sin of this world has worn them down and they have fallen into a sense of bitterness. Christ's yoke is a burden and his load is not light as they......
Discipleship and the mastership of jesus
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One of the most amazing things about the Lordship of Jesus is that he never insists on being our Master. He does not cajole, nor does he force his Mastership onto us. Obedience to Jesus as our Lord is essential for a disciple but it is not compulsory. Being a disciple is being set free, set free from our ownership of ourselves to obey our Master Jesus. We need to work our mind around this fact obedience to Jesus is not demanded, not does Jesus insist that he becomes Lord of our life. Obedience to Jesus is totally different to our world understanding of Lordship. When one enters the armed services a raw recruit is cajoled and bullied to obey those in authority over him. Not so with Jesus. Today we do not spend enough time 'brooding' over this fact for Jesus says “If you love......
Discipleship and the long road.
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We are prone to forget that great things take time to mature. A well sought after cheese takes years to mature.A botique wine takes many many years. The same length of timeis taken for many sonsand daughters to come to glory. This pattern is seen throughout scripture, yet we moan and groan that God is tooslow concerning his promises. We have been redeemed and we know that God has all power in heaven and earth, why O why does it take such a long time for God to act. Why must we have to wait for God to answer us? We need to snap out of this bitterness and learn the secrets of Gods dealings with his servants. Take Moses. He sensed the call of God to rescue his people, but then God shut him up in the desert where he laboured for someone elseas a lowly shepherd.Saul who had that dramatic......
Discipleship and the discipline of silence
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There are times in our spiritual walk when 'silence is golden,' as we wait for God to act. In our walk there are three disciplines which we must understand as we grow in maturity and oneness with our Saviour. There are times when it is more approbiate to either; worship, work or wait. To determine where our emphasis should be at any particular time is dependant on our oneness with God our Father. As we grow more into Christ such emphasis becomes easier for we find that all three will run in together. God has said that 'Blessedare all who wait for me.'. Isaiah 30 15-18 When God speaks of waiting he means something totally different to what we believe the word to mean. We tend tohave a vision of a cessation of spiritual activity, in other words we have a 'day off.'.......
Discipleship and the discipline of trust
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If we really have a desire to know and understand God, we firstly must trust him, that is take him at his word. The fact that most of us have no real understanding of the mind of Christ is because we will not obey and trust God. Many of us are prepared to trust God up to a certain point then we make a decision to take over, for we sense that God is not up to it, in that he will fail us. This is illustrated in the event recorded in Mark 4 verse 35 following. Jesus has finished his ministry and night is drawing in and he says, 'Let us go over to the other side.'. We are all familiar with the story as we read a furious squallhit the boats, while Jesus was asleep in the stern. The disciples reacted as many of would, and will do when lifes storms start to swamp our life style boat.......
Disciples will participate in the sufferings of christ.
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There is no way around this text found in 1st. Peter 4:13, for which ever way you may wish to disect that verse the meaning cannot be plainer. We need to to quickly get our heads around this truth, for to be a disciple is to follow Jesus with the final goal of being one with Him and his Father and the pathway to oneness is the way of testings, tribulation, along the long trail of faith. We have the misconception that to be a disciple will be all plain sailing for Almighty God is on our side and nothing is too hard for him. This is true, but a disciple is not a figure head of Gods family, but is a copy of Jesus, and to be a worker for God as his son was we need moulding and shaping in the fires of life. Since we are going to be used by God as his spreader of 'good news' God will......
Discipleship begins with an 'if.'
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Salvation and Discipleship are two distinct aspects of being a believer.One is the soverign work of God, while the other is a conscience decision on our part. A disciple is a born again believer who has come to the relization that being a disciple is a serious call to have the 'matership' of Jesus controlling their daily decisions. Aa disciple of Jesus is more than learning about the life of the 'earthly Christ' for did not Jesus himself say 'that to be a disciple ofmine is to deney self and take up his cross daily and follow me.'. To deney ourself and take up the cross and follow is a decision a person must make, for God cannot do this for them. Even though salvation has dealt to the sin that separated us from God and made us righteous before him, this is only a......
Discipleship is better than holiness
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One of the common mistakes that we have made is to assume that the great commission is to go ito all the world and 'save' mankind. The last words of Jesus was 'to go into all theworld and make disciples. But we have decided that to preach the gospel and talk about salvation is an easier thing to do. Discipleship is not salvation or being born again. Discipleship requires effort on our part and for many of us that is too hard, too much work, for to be a disciple is to forake all and sit at the feet of Jesus. To take up our cross is to give up all rights to ourself, to no longer be master of our life. Because of Sin mankind regards his right to himself as the finest thing that he has, and to de throne this disposition is the only way one can truely say that they are one with......
The dance of a stressful dilemma.
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The clock is ticking. Everyone's counting on you. Which wire should you cut? While most of us never have to deal with the life-or-death dilemmas of a bomb squad, everyday situations such can be every bit as stressful since most come out of left field. Learning how to remain calm in times of stress brings glory to God. Whether we are aware or not, the times that our world caves in there is a heavenly audience watching our reactions. The angels, the 24 elders, Satan's cohorts and God. How we react with either please God and heap praises on him from the heavenly hosts or the enemy will be dancing with glee. When sickness strikes us down, or we hear bad news about our loved ones, or whatever heart wrenching situation we face that tears at our gut and crushes our heart it is nigh......
Feed my sheep
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All bloggers who blog on this site, I believe, have one aspect that they share with each other. They have all brought to this site by the leading of the Holy Spirit. Christian blog has been set up with the oversight of God and for many of us see this site as our 'Ecclesia.' I am continually amazed at the number and variety of bloggers that God has called to be on this site. They have been a blessing to all of us and no doubt have been blessed mightily by God. To this end and I am sure John understands where I am coming from, as the head of this site is the Creator himself, and hence the success or failure of this blog site rests with God. I am reminded that unless the Lord builds the house the builders labour in vain; the same is true of this site. Because of this we all have a......
The two natures of jesus
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It was not long after the apostles had passed away and the church was surging forward that the enemy made a concerted attack on the church leaders. Up to the first and second centuries the church fathers accepted the God was in Christ by faith and made no attempt to explain how. But the enemy puffed up the church bishops to apply their minds to this problem and various camps were quickly formed each trumpeting their cognitive understanding. It was not long before quarrels began and any unity was lost forever. These main erroneous ideas broadly included:- 1/ Adoptionism. This view held that Jesus was born a human being but God adopted him as a Son at his Baptism, Transfiguration or Resurrection. Such a view ignores Jesus coeternal existence and divinity. 2/ Sabellianism. This view held......
Who is this jesus?
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Non believers recognize that Jesus lived in Palestine some two thousand years as there is ample evidence in the secular historical narratives to verify his existence. To them Jesus is nothing more than human being as they are human. They have called him a one of the greatest moral teachers of all time, but only one among many for his teachings can be found in other religious manuscripts. Other secular writers tend to see Jesus as an example of how one can live the ideal life as he portrays the 'true ideal.' The liberal theology of the 19th C. proclaimed that the gospels declared him as the greatest moral teacher the world has seen, but this understanding ignores the messianic conciseness that Jesus espoused. Perhaps calling Jesus a prophet comes close to the core understanding of......
The dance of dying
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One of the truths of sanctification, that is not readily grasped, is that the moment we are born again God sets in motion an action within our bodies. This action is part of the rebirth that we are to undergo, which has been sanctioned by God and managed by the Holy Spirit. The placement of the body of Jesus in our spirits is one of the great marvels of re birth, for from then on we carry in our bodies the dying of Jesus. The purpose is that slowly and gradually the life of Jesus will take over our life so that the fullness of Jesus will be seen in our mortal flesh. Jesus himself said if we wish to gain life we must first of all be prepared to loose our life. I wish to focus on the term 'carrying in our bodies the dying of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may be revealed in our......
Dance of disillusioned souls
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It all began so well. We were on a high and the world was full of brilliant colour and the hues were wonderful as the Holy Spirit took up resident in our life. We were walking among the clouds and God was so real. We worshipped on that mountain peak for some time and everything we touched seemed to turn into a miracle. Our ministry was effortless as we commanded attention from our fellow believers. How we longed and prayed that this would last. Then the dance began as we tripped down the mountain side into the valley of drudgery. But this is where the real Christian character is formed, amongst the dreary and mundane activities of the world, for here there is no 'prim-donnas'.' Jesus took a towel and began to wash the disciple's feet and afterwards he told us to do like......
Time to forego christmas celebrations?
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I do not believe I would be wrong in saying that the commercialisation of Christ's birth does not sit easy with us. Over my life time I have witnessed a 'watering down' of the naivety story. Today we count ourselves fortunate to see and witness a mural, or exhibition that depicts the birth of Jesus. Today it is all about Santa Claus, reindeer, presents and a wonderful holiday; in my case here in New Zealand we go to the beach and light up a BBQ. But each of us will celebrate the birth of Jesus in our own way, but in doing so I believe it is time to re visit the reason why we focus on the birth as we do. As I was recalling all of the above I was reminded of a verse that I had read decades ago that caught my attention then and it still does; 2 Corinthians 5 16 'So from now......
The dance of the desperate souls
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Too many Christians are performing the dance of the desperates. If this is not alarming enough in the days to come these desperate dancers' ranks will swell with other believers joining in the dance. The dance of the desperates is a dance that knows no end as the participants continue to desperately seek God for answers. Day and night they continually cry out to God for the answers that they are seeking to the prayers and petitions that they have prayed. In some cases many days, months, or even years, but still the heavens are as brass and the Gods answers are not appearing before their eyes. This is not how it is supposed to be these dancers mutter to themselves as they continue to swing their way through prayer after prayer and counselling after counselling. They dance down the......
The battle for our mind begins.
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There is no question in my mind that we are about to be thrust into a battle for our minds in the near future. The principalities and powers are amassing as we read this blog to begin their onslaught on Gods children. Their methodology is simple cause one of Gods children to fall away into the pit of Luke-warmness. Their weapons of choice doubt. This was the weapon that the serpent used against Eve and the arrows that were hurled at Jesus during his time in the wilderness. The spirit of doubt over Gods word has been an effective strategy by the enemy for a long time and over that time his arrows have struck many a Christian's heart with their poison. Doubt is an all invasive crippling cancer that if not dealt with leads on to murmurings and complaining. By this stage the root of doubt......
The anguish of gods heart.
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Last night God opened up his heart to me for a brief moment and I was overwhelmed with His anguish as I wept with a painful heart. I felt like an OT prophet as Gods insight was too much for me to bear. Oh, my anguish, my anguish!I writhe in pain.Oh, the agony of my heart! My heart poundswithin me, I cannot keep silent.For I have heard the sound of the trumpet;I have heard the battle cry. Jer 4 19 In these last days says the Lord there will be a gigantic battle for the minds of Christians and to day the trumpet has called Gods army together to be ready for the battle. But Gods heart is broken for he sees that the 'called out ones' are not ready for they have not put on the armour of God. God's leaders have failed him for we do not care about Jerusalem, the New Jerusalem the......
Sufficient grace for his work
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The Lords hand has been heavy upon me these last few days, gently pushing me in directions that, well I had not contemplated going to. It seems that the word Grace will not move out of my head and brother Hoyles blog where he quoted that He must increase and I must decrease' struck a deep chord within me. Hence it is no surprise that the Holy Spirit has woven those two concepts into a blog. God has been whispering in my ear these words My graceis sufficient for you... .In our journey here on this earth as we follow in the foot steps of our master there have been times of refreshing when God has rained down his spirit upon showering us with blessings as the cloud of his glory settles in around us. It is these times that our heart sings for joy and our praise and worship rise......
Onward christian soldiers
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Doubt is the enemy of faith. It is my belief that doubt will begin to attack the elect of God over the coming days as the time of Christ's revealing draws nigh. There have been legions of doubt' released into this world from the training camps of the arch deceiver with a brief to attack those that walk close to God. As swarms of locusts can cover the earth so to the swarm of doubt' will encompass Gods children as we await the bridegrooms return. The seeds of doubt are being sown in our minds as we seek to come closer to God and learn of him for the enemy is aware that his time is short and he seeks to inflict the most damage that he can be achieved. This mistrust in the things of God will be a real life struggle over the coming days for many faithful disciples, who will be......
God's grace in its fullness
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Gods grace. Now that is a word rich and full of meaning. The word is like a pearl of great price that has been lost, for as is the way of the world the word falls off our lips as we move on to the next thought. Today is all about sound bites,' and moving forward, with no time to stop and smell the coffee. Have we stopped and thought for a few soul searching minutes, the full implication of the word and its meaning. What is grace? How does it affect me? Does it affect me and how? Of course the word has been de-based due to the theological debates over the decades as each school of thought has a different definition. Each ism' has steadfastly clung to their idea of Grace. This bog has no intention of going there other than to alert you of the fruitless debates that have raged. Grace......
Gods love and the gifts.
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I am extremely grateful for our brother Hoyle (Hoyle Dabbs+@tchable) for presenting his series on the Supernatural church, which I pray has spoken to us in our inner most being, the hidden places in our soul where even we fear to tread. Resulting in walls being torn down and old cess pits being filled so that the word of God can begin again a fresh work in our heart. So much so that I was directed back to 1 Corinthians 12 to re focus my spiritual eyes and transforming mind again on the very words of God. What I read as I continued into chapter 13 set me back on my heals as I was rocked backwards by Gods piecing words. If I speak in the tonguesof men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.2 If I have the gift of prophecyand can fathom all......
Gods glory & his judgement.
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Some will say that I am living in the past and the world has passed me by, but I can remember a time when I spoke to my school teachers with a reverence. When spoken to by them I would always reply using their title Mr so & so. No first name basis then. I can remember a time when we respected the police, those in positions of authority including government officials. Looking back this all seems so quaint and fuddy duddy' and out of place into todays world. When I mention such a time to my younger work colleagues they look at me with a strange look of bewilderment thinking Is this guy for real.' Today all respect and reverence for those in authority has long disappeared until we have the extreme of rudeness and insolence. As some will say this is the way of the world today and......
God’s glory and today’s church
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T here is a cry that goes up to God day and night, a cry that rends the heart of God in two and causes his anger to burn within. Every day, from all places of the globe this cry goes up to the ears of God who sits on the throne with the earth as his foot stool. Church after church, Assembly after assembly, Meeting house after meeting house, Cathedral after cathedral, all have the stench of mans efforts for the glory of God has departed. Ichabod, Ichabod, Ichabod the cry goes up repeatedly day and night as one by one the light of God departs from certain church's as if the lights are being turned off across a city, leaving the building in darkness. The glory of God has departed from some congregations. O how the angels weep as each building has been given over to the control of Satan......
Gods glory & the ark of covenant
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It must have been an awe inspiring sight that would have caused men's hearts to beat a little faster and their heads bow a little lower. To see the Ark of the Covenant being carried by the priestly carriers is a sight that I wished I could have seen. Measuring approx 1800 mls in length, and 670 mls wide and high; made of acacia wood and over laid with gold and covered on top by a thickish layer of Gold on which rested two sculpted Cherubs, also made of pure gold. There is dispute as to what the ark contained but there is no question that the ark radiated Gods glory. Architecturally drawn by God and constructed by Bezalel, son of Uri, son of Hur, the same gifted workman who constructed the tabernacle. The ark played a central role in Israel's faith as it was a powerful symbol of......
Gods glory & the tabernacle
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One of the feel good' events that came out of the wilderness wanderings was the erection and building of the tent of meeting.' It almost suggests that if the people, whom God had called out were to live in tents, that God who called them out from slavery, should also live in a tent. But this tent that Yahweh commanded the children of Israel to build was to be vastly superior in every way. But before we begin to even think of this tabernacle as being the first, and moving on to the fourth, we need to back up and take a cup of tea. Up till this point in the history of God revealing himself to his people God did not have a permanent place to call home on this earth. We read that in the garden of Eden God came down and spoke to Adam, and the patriarchs had visitations from Yahweh......
Gods glory and the wilderness wanderings.
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The most spectacular display of Gods glory ever recorded is seen in the wilderness wanderings, where the pillar of fire and the cloud guided and protected the exiles. Not only where they protected but Gods glory quenched their thirst with water from the rock and he sent quails and mana to eat. It would have been spectacular for both the children of Israel and their curious bewildered neighbours/enemies. So the cloud and fire marched on through the wilderness with majestic splendour and behind trudged the exiles ankle deep in unbelief. There was in general no joy and happiness as they wandered encased in their bubble of mistrust and murmurings. Even though they had left Egypt, Egypt had not left their hearts, for they still longed for the so called comforts of slavery. Their hearts were......
The glory of god and mt. sinai
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The story recorded of Gods glory and the shambolic rebellion at the foot of this sacred mountain is beyond belief. They all witnessed Gods glory in the form of a cloud and fire, yet the people still clambered for an idol that gave them an assurance by appealing to their senses that God was with them. Was the cloud and fire not evidence enough? How much proof' does one need to be convinced that God is real and mighty. Into this mix of rebellion and rejection of God Moses is thrust into a state of confusion and panic as he to begins to doubt Yahweh and loose hope in his ability to lead such a people. We need to remember that Moses had spend some time up on the mountain top conversing with God and being saturated with His glory. He would have been in 7th. Heaven so full of delight and......
The glory of god and the exodus
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The first instance that Gods glory in mentioned in the scriptures is found in the story of the children of Israel leaving Egypt. We all know the story from our child hood days but as the drama unfolded on the sands of the Egyptian desert there was a far greater battle taking place in the heavenly realms. In the blue corner was Pharaoh and in the red corner was Yahweh the great heavy weights of their day. We must remember that to the Egyptians Pharaoh was their god and he was the most powerful ruler at this time with immense wealth and a vast modern equipped army. To the people living at that time the Pharaoh was King of kings. The children of Israel, who had lived in Egypt for a considerable time had fallen under the influence of the god Pharaoh and been bewitched by his power. Into this......
The glory of god
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The word glory is the most colourful and most used word in the Bible; but the word as used by the majority of the population is mis-understood, not only by non-believers but un believingly, also church goers. Look up any dictionary and the definitions all centre on mankind. Where-as in the Biblical literature the term has come to be primarily associated with God. But the word did not start out this way for the word glory has under gone many twists and turns. In the first instance this word came to the Hebrew language from its Semitic roots and carried the meaning of weight or heaviness.' Weight in the sense of prestige for a person who received high praise and respect within a community; in most cases this term was accorded to a King. The Jews quickly took this concept and applied it......
The wisdom of god
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We all know that mankind cannot understand the God revealed in the scriptures by human reasoning. We have established that one of the curses that hang over the western church today is the sin of humanism; but this does not give us the right to establish a contradiction between God and reason, for all truth acquired by reason is derived from God. Reason does not grasp God, for this is the mistake of theologians and those who have given up the guidance of the Holy Spirit as teacher, but reason is derived from God. The same God who put the stars and the heavenly bodies in space and guides the constellations established the truth of mathematics and physics. Hence we need to be careful that we do not throw the baby out with the bath water. There are three streams of Gods wisdom that run......
A spirit of discernment
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My heart cries out to God in a passionate plea for the spirit of discernment to be showered onto the body of Christ. The time is short and we need leaders with open hearts and open spirits, hungry for the wisdom and knowledge of God. My heart cries out to God to flood the body of Christ and give us gifts of discernment and knowledge. There are so many who have gone out from the body and have become over powered with deceiving spirits that even the elect are being turned away from the living waters and their hearts and minds are arid, dry and dusty. As the time is short for the Lords return the great deceiver is sending out more troops into the gullible body of Christ so that he may led many astray. O God I pray come quickly and call out those who will lead your people in these treacherous......
The righteousness of god
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It may come as a surprise that many of us do not really understand the full meaning the term The Righteousness of God.' The Hebrew word tsadiyq and the Greek dikaiosuvnh are so full of rich meaning that the English translation Righteousness falls far short of these two ancient words. To the pious Jew and a Jewish Christian of the 1st. century these two words that we have translated as righteousness would have a much fuller meaning than we understand the term to mean. The Hebrew word was born out of a covenant understanding of which we have no real inkling of such a relationship. Our understanding of a covenant is about as clear as trying to explain a cell phone to a tribe in Papua New Guinea. Covenants or treaties were often enacted between two or more nations with the purpose of......
The faithfulness of god
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What a wonderful truth that we have an anchor for our soul in these uncertain times when each day can over whelm us with the negative news that seems to hit us each morning. A disaster here, and a shooting there. A weather catastrophe here and a senseless death there. I could go on but we read these words that are like balm to a weeping sore He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man, that he should change his mind.' But what does it mean for you and I that the Lord does not change his mind? As we read the Biblical account of Gods revelation we are struck by Gods energy and enthusiasm to do what is right, for he directs his will towards the realization of his purpose with a holy passion. Therefore we cannot fail but notice his faithfulness, the......
The omniscience of god
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The truth that God knows everything' as taught so elegantly in Psalm 139 cannot be understood by the natural mind for this attribute is too vast to comprehend by our finite minds. For it is this aspect of Gods being that tripped up Adam & Eve and caused their down fall. For either we accept this as true or we dismiss this aspect of God as a fable and proceed to believe in our own wisdom and knowledge. The result being; that we believe that we are smarter than God, and if it were not for Gods mercy we may well have seen a modern day tower of Babel again. For we can only rightly understand this attribute of God when we have come to know God and God knows us. Until we have received the knowledge of Christ's atonement we will forever scoff at God and his all knowing. Once we come......
God is omnipresent
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This concept of God, his Omnipresence which is rightly understood to mean that God is every where at the same time if not understood from the Biblical view point can lead us down the proverbial garden path. If understood from the purely metaphysical and speculative view point then we have moved into pantheism, which the bible certainly does not even hint at. The other extreme, which is more subtle and affects many believers is that we cannot imagine how God can be everywhere at the same time, for our minds cannot compute that data. Therefore we conjure up a definition that flies in the face of the scriptures and to be honest is roundly condemned in the Bible. Because we cannot conceive of God being far above all spatial distance and separation we have brought him down to our level. To do......
God is omnipotent
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These last few weeks God has been pressing me to blog on subjects that involve a theological understanding. To date I have blogged on Gods Love, Holiness, Lordship, and His Name. My prayer is that these blogs will come alive with the power of the Holy Spirit as he takes doctrinal issues and opens our eyes to his truth. This leads me to blog on the Omnipotence of God or to use the correct Latin title = omnipotentia. This concept is speculation on mans part for the Biblical revelation does not speak of Omnipotence in this sense. The bible speaks of Gods power over the universe, but omnipotence means that God can do anything.' This speculative idea lead to nonsensical questions such as - Can God make the past not to exist?' to Can God write the Lords prayer on the head of a pin?'......
God is lord
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What then is the name,' the revealed nature of God which is disclosed to us in his revelation? There were many names God could have chosen from the ancient world, such as El' or one of the names familiar to the Children of Israel from the surrounding nations. But God in his infinite sovereignty and majestic wisdom chose Yahweh to be his name. The Hebrew word (YHWH) The original meaning has been lost, but the way God reveals himself in the OT; there can be no doubt that the name conveys the sense of majesty, awe, sovereignty, Lordship and holiness. This implies that he above all other gods and no other can lay claim to his title. This revelation is seen most clearly in Isaiah 43 particularly verse 11 I, even I, am the LORD,and apart from me there is no saviour.' Throughout the......
The name of god
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I need to begin this blog by quoting Judges 13:18 where an angel of the Lord replies to Manoah who has asked for his name - He replied, "Why do you ask my name?It is beyond understanding." So it is when comes to name the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob this God cannot be adequately named for he his is incomparable and cannot be defined. So why then should we try? In the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray the first phrase “Hollowed be thy name, ” and in the High Priestly prayer Jesus has said “Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name--the name you gave me-“ Hence by knowing a little of Gods name may assist us in understanding him more clearly. To begin to come to an understanding of Gods name sums up the essence of who God is, in his nature and......
God is love
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This statement points to the very heart of the gospel. In the OT everything turns on the Holiness of God as seen in my last blog, but in the NT everything turns on the Love of God as revealed in the face of Jesus. In the NT the principal truth is the Love of a Holy God. To back track for a moment, one needs to understand that this statement, that God is love is something entirely unique to the God of the bible. Are we taught that Zeus, Brahma, Vishnu or Allah is Love? This very revelation that God is love is seen in his choosing of Israel to be his people; moving through to the story of Hosea's love for his foolish wife, and reaching its zenith in the atonement. But even this truth has been distorted by new age humanistic church goers into the statement that; Love is God. The......
Holy holy is the lord almighty.
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The Bible is very clear on this point Yahweh alone is Holy and there is no other god that is holy like him. The holiness of God is unique to the maker of heaven and earth. How does the revelation affect you? Such revealed knowledge of Gods holiness should cause us to fall on our knees for we are not worthy to stand before such a Wholly Other.' It is interesting to note that our understanding of holiness does not equate with the biblical understanding of holiness, for in the beginning the word had no ethical quality. It did not mean what we think of when we hear a person described as holy. For in the OT Holiness belongs exclusively to Yahweh alone, for the Hebrew word (qadosh) contains the basic idea of separation. Hence we can call God wholly other.' Isaiah 46:9 This unique......
God cannot do everything for us.
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God has blessed us with many blessings in the heavenly realm. We have been washed clean from sin; we have been healed and restored to health, we have been given the tools to live a life that is pleasing to God. Are we living above in the heavenly places or are we stuck in the earth's mud slogging it out with the rest of humanity? Many of us are under the mistaken impression that since we have been sealed with the Holy Spirit and have been washed in his blood, things will go well with us. Many of us reckon that since we have been saved by the wondrous power of the resurrected Christ we have been set up for our journey here on earth. . These thoughts are so far from the truth that they belong in the camp of the enemy and are written in his book. In the last chapter of Ephesians we have......
Stop treating god like a magician.
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O how God weeps when we foolishly treat him like a magic talisman, as if we try hard enough with the right amount of faith God will give us what we ask. By carelessly tacking on the well worn and hackneyed phrase in Jesus name Amen' to our petitions we are treating God as if he was god Baal. Such an idea as depicted in the O T incurred Gods wrath on the nation of Israel. Be warned. We need to take a hard look as the end times approach how we view prayer and how we pray to God our Father. God is not someone who will wave his magic wand and do our bidding not even if we ask in the name of Jesus as if it will open Gods heart to us. We need to get our head around the fact that our faith is never good enough for God, as it is tainted faith. The Bible says that we live by faith but this is......
Gods prayer warriors
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In these coming days when the moon will be darkened and the weather is turned up side down, not all believers will survive the torment and agony of their affliction. As the world turns faster on its axis and the elements begin to fall apart the sifting of the sheep and goats will be taking place. All believers need to wake up and stop coasting along with one foot in the world and another in Gods camp. Soon there will be a separation which will shortly become starker and more evident as born again believers will be herded into their two groups. As the Lord has said his winnowing fork is already in his hand and the threshing process has begun and this will gather momentum in the coming days. Yes my fellow believers and bloggers the time is coming says the Lord when it will be required of......
Wrestling prayer before god
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Among many things that the early church was known for; the foremost was prayer. The church in Acts was a praying church. The letters and epistles of the New Testament are full of references to prayer and exhortations to pray. There are well over 400 references to prayer in the NT, making this simple act one of importance. Can the same be said today? In todays so called developed countries can the church of God be labelled a praying church? Are there multitudes of believers laying hold of God with panting hearts? Does the average church goer, who is called a Christian, wrestle before God over things? Does anyone stand in the breach these days on behalf of their country? Where are Gods intercessors? Can God see any believer standing in the gap with up raised arms and a sacrifice of praise......
Standing in the breach
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God looks down upon the earth seeking someone to stand in the breech, to rebuild the walls that have been torn down by our sinful nature and rebellion against all that is holy. (Ezekiel 22:30) The flood of Gods anger and frustration is building up behind the dam of his grace, but there are cracks appearing in the walls of his mercy and long suffering. The dam is about to burst. Hence Gods eyes roam over the land seeking some one to stand in the gap and intercede on mankind's behalf as Moses did. (Psalm 106:23) When Moses stood between Gods displeasure and the living and the dead, the plague stopped. Today we have turned the house of God into a den of thieves and have allowed the holy garments and vestibules to be coated in a layer of sin. O how we have enjoyed ourselves in Gods name......
The joy of gods silence.
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There will be times of rejoicing and there will be times of sorrow and sadness. There will be times of joy and there will be times of barrenness as if you were lost in a desert place. There will be times of singing from the mountain tops and there will be times of lost in the valleys with no sense of direction and purpose. Because of the nations sins God shut up his people in Babylon for a period of 70 years. This was a time of sorrow and sadness as they felt their loss in a foreign land far away from the land of their fathers as seen in Psalm 137. There will be times in our Christian walk when we to will be sent into captivity, when we will cry out to God and he will not answer. When we sense a cloud between us and God. When we feel that we are wandering around in a desert place. There......
Seventy times seven
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Who among us knows and understands the heart of God? The God who said, that we were to forgive others, as he has forgiven us. To we really comprehend what that exhortation means for us as followers of the most high God? As we prepare ourselves for the return of Jesus, God is asking this penetrating question of us. Have we forgiven others as God has forgiven us? When the bridegroom will appear, will he find a body of believers ready for his banquet? It is all very well being able to read the signs of Christs return and understand the seasons. It is not sufficient to understand the times and season when we believe he may return. These qualities are good but they are the not the criteria on which the sorting out into the left and right hand side of God will be used. God has a different yard......
Daily bible verse: colossians 3:15
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Colossians 3:15 - And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. (New King James Version) Any body whose life is not hid in Christ tends to always address peace in the concept of making peace or creating peace; and to this end they will speak on 50 ways to create peace. Such an attitude is summed up by Robert Fulfham an American author when he wrote = Peace is not something you wish for. It's something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away. But thanks be to God who gives us victory in Jesus Christ. Let no one seduce you with words of cunning sleight of mind that real peace is something to work towards. No, God forbid, for our peace is seen in face of the crucified Lamb of God as described......
The ministry of prayer
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There are so many misunderstandings about prayer that God must cringe at times when we pray to him. It its simplest form prayer is talking to God but we are still in nappies as to the truths of prayer. God is calling out prayer warriors, for the need in these end times is great, but few are responding. Far too many believers inJesus are babes in the ways of praying. For many followers of Jesus prayer is, well just asking God for things. This is true but often we ask in the wrong manner with the wrong attitude, or we are asking for things that do not bring glory to God. God does encourage us to bring our petitions before him, but there is a wrong way and a right way to approach the throne of grace in times of need. We read in James that the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and......
Finding our ministry
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To find our ministry in Gods army we first must give up any ideas of serving him and fall at his feet in repentance asking for his forgiveness that we ever thought we could be of any use to him. We must do away with any notion that we do great things for him, for such thoughts come from our spirit and are not washed in the blood of the Lamb. For until our thoughts dreams and plans have been broken before Gods rod we will offer up sacrifices no better than Cain's offering. God has called each one of his believers to be holy, but we would rather do things for God, do great exploits. We would rather serve him by building things for him. But Gods call to me is to be perfect as he is perfect. Until God has each believer in his grasp as a broken, surrendered person we are of no use to him......
The supernatural forgiveness
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Not only is Jesus our saviour who shed his blood on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins which we value so lightly, he is also our Intercessor.  Presently Jesus has been given the highest position in heaven, that is seated at the right hand of God.  (Hebrews 10 12)  Jesus looks down on his body; the Church and tears flow down from his eyes, for we all walk in darkness groping like blind men along a wall.  He looks down and there is no one righteous, no not one who follows the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, for we have all gone our own way. We believers all believe that we walk in the light, but in the eyes of God many walk in darkness as their minds have been darkened by the prince of this world.  We all give lip service to our Lord but when the question of......
The supernatural work of redemption
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<> > Redemption, now that is a word that is seldom heard spoken these days and mores the pity.  Redemption [á¼ Ï Î¿Î»ÏÏ„ÏÏ‰ÏƒÎ¹Î = apolutr³sis ] is a word from the mouth of God that is so rich in meaning that we could spent more than a life time mining the truths contained in that one word.  This word contains layer upon layer of meaning that our feeble definition of a release affected by payment of ransom fails to convey the heart rendering act of God in purchasing our freedom from bondage.  Does the meaning of this word really convey the travail that God went through to pay the ransom? Because of this my heart is grieved when some modern translations, in the interests of making the Bible readable......
The supernatural work of the cross.
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Today we are apt to seriously minimize the work and power of the cross.  Not only do we fail to preach and teach the work of the cross we have under mined its effect on human nature.  Today we are devaluing the crucifixion, for in many believers minds the cross is nothing but a trinket that hangs around ones neck.  Although we acknowledge the cross is central to our religion for many it is only a symbol that adorns our church buildings or stationary etc.  Over the years we have watered down the full impact of the death of Jesus, to the extent, that in some churches salvation is all about me the sinful person who has been redeemed by my decision to repent.  Humbug, no one is ever saved by repenting. Repentance is not equated with salvation.  Listen my brothers and sisters the......
Blessings for his glory
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Today s blog has arrived in a circuitous manner, demonstrating how God leads one to his subject.  But at each step there was the tendency for me to go off on a tangent, but God who is faithful guided my steps along as I listened for his voice.  It came about in this manner as I was praising God thanking him for his blessings the thought came to me that these blessings and promises that are Yes in Christ Jesus are not wholly for our benefit, but Gods.  I stopped in my tracks as this thought was way out left field but I knew it was the Holy Spirits voice.  As I was pondering this, the words redound for his glory kept repeating themselves in my mind.  Now I knew this was part of scripture which allayed my fears some what that this radical idea was not from my imaginations.  But as I......
Buried for his glory
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  Can someone tell me why so many Christians still carry around in their bodies their old man that was crucified and buried at the cross?  Why do so many followers of Jesus carry a corpse around on their back?  Do we not know that our flesh with its collection of sins has been crucified and buried? Maybe this explains why so many Christians are racked with guilt and are being dragged down into the pits of despair.  Is this why a large numbers of disciples are so focused on their sins, trying with all their strength to kill off their bad habits? God cries out you foolish Christians do you not know that my Son has killed off the power and grip of sin and your sins.  The enemy has taken away our position of strength in the finished work of Christ.  We all should be standing on the......
Burning for his glory
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  As the night draws to a close when the Lord will return will he find faith amongst his called out ones?  To prepare us for that great and terrible day, the Lord himself is calling us to draw nigh to him.  For many are called, but few will be chosen to greet him.  For wide is the pathway that leads to self deception, but narrow is the way that takes us to the throne room of God.  The wedding invitations are being written as we read this blog, but only those who have their lamps trimmed and a full reservoir of oil will be invited.  Those of his saints who are in a right relationship with God through Christ will hear his voice and are making preparations.  As the scripture say Deep calls to deep.  Or as Jesus said the sheep know the voice of the shepherd and they will follow the......
Broken for his glory
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As the time of Christ's return draws closer there will be an out pouring of the knowledge of God as the waters cover the sea.  I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.  Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.  I cannot wait to witness this great out pouring of Gods grace.  Can you imagine the signs and wonders that will follow?  If truth be known; probably not, for this will far exceed any ones experience.  For there will be wonders in the heavens and on earth before that great and terrible day comes. God is drawing out his chosen ones as we read this blog who will be in the vanguard of this great out pouring......
Baffled for his glory
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                                                                                                                                                                               One of the great paradoxes in life is that of suffering and the concept that God is love.  This subject has been weighing heavenly upon me all this week.  So much so that I dug out my favourite theologian from books left over from my college days.  I sensed that this was the subject that God wished me to blog on, and I was conscious of the vast amount of literature that has been written on this subject, that I tended to draw back.  This thought was compounded by reading Emil Brunner s treatise on the subject.  Never-the-less......
Victory victory is ours.
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      One of the greatest blessings that God has provided for us is one of Overwhelming Victory.  No longer do we have to live a life of uncertainty or a feeling of unworthiness.  Because he lives all fear is gone.  No longer do we have to fear anything, for God through the cross has enabled us to hold our heads high and walk with confidence into any situation that we find our selves in.  This is true right? As God s eye roams over the earth and the hears reports from the far corners of the earth from his angels and Satan I am convinced that God feels our pain, for in many cases we are defeated Christians.  Many of us are burdened down with worry and anxiety.  Many of us are heavy laden with guilt and sorrow over those sins that still cling to us.  While other believers are......
Remember your manners
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  Today in America, manners have lost the importance that they once had. Manners used to be a very important part of daily life for all people, but lately, people seem to be shifting away from proper behaviour. People only want what is best and most convenient for them. It is not just a certain group of people who have poor manners, but is instead society as a whole.  Life has been sped up with all of today's modern achievements and developments, and people rarely take the time to pleasantly interact with one another anymore. The family life has changed drastically, so children are being raised without proper manners.  Respectful manners have been lost as time has gone on; if so children's manners will continue to decline, until one day, they are gone altogether. I have just......
Shepherds and their flocks
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As I was pondering about my next blog I had a strong desire to wait for the Lord to reveal his blog to me. As my deadline, that I had decreed approached I felt the constraining hand of God on me to cease my tasks and begin to write. God clearly said to me to write what he has placed in my mind and the following blog is the result. I have to mention, that I am surprised at the message that has come forth, but I make no apology for this is the words that the Lord has asked me to write and I cannot be disobedient to his voice. My prayer is that you to will be blessed from reading this blog, as I have been in writing this message. The time is coming very swiftly when God will begin to hold pastors, church leaders and seminary professor accountable for their flocks. God has appointed these......
There are two teachings that need correction.
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The first is the means whereby we become Christians or ‘born again.’ I am not sure what you believe or have been taught but the chances are that you may be misguided. There is only one door way in the Kingdom of God and that is the Cross of Jesus. The death of Jesus on the cross is the only pathway into Gods presence. If we hear of any other way to reach God, this is not correct as there is only one name under heaven that will enable us to reach the God of the Bible. That name is Jesus. Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin. Any other way is a false door way which does not lead to the God who created heaven and earth and who uses the earth for his foot stool. The key that opens this door through the death of Jesus on the cross is not making a decision at......
The silent pandemic
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There is a silent killer that is moving across our land that is undermining the authority of God, the creator of heaven and earth. This killer has been destroying the lives of men and women throughout all generations. As each generation has moved on this silent destroyer as moved in with increasing stealth into the minds of the coming generation. Meanwhile in heaven the cry of the angels is not one of happiness. I believe the angels are crying the plaintive cry that is heavy on Gods heart. Today Gods eyes roam to and fro over the earth and everywhere he looks the same thought crosses his mind - ‘My people are dying from lack of knowledge ‘ (Hosea 4 :6) Even though God in his word has predicted that there will be a falling away among his followers, it still causes him pain to......
Are our eyes healthy
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As I was waiting on God for this blogs theme the verse below came into my mind. But as usual this came in a round about manner. Earlier in the week God had pressed on my mind Holiness. My immediate thought was “Not again,” as I have blogged on this before and as I said to God, “What more can I add that has not already been blogged and that will excite some interest.” But Luke 11 would not go away. This teaches me to wait on God and that Gods idea of holiness is more encompassing than mine. So in the similar vein to a fellow blogger my prayer in blogging is More of Gods word and less of mine. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then,......
The 3 forces of darkness
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We are exhorted to walk as children of the light for we have been redeemed from darkness into his marvellous light. Those that walk in darkness are unable to taste and see the glorious blessings that God has planned for each individual person. This theme of darkness and light runs through scripture, culminating in the end times when there will be no more darkness only his glorious majestic light brighter than the noon day sun. While we walk in the light we are able to see and understand the mysteries of God, as we are taken more and more into his wisdom and knowledge. But sadly those who have been redeemed by the blood of the lamb who walk in shadows are unable to distinguish truth from falsehood and wisdom from foolishness. As I see it there are three forces of darkness that we need to......
The snobbery of holiness
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There are many verses in the Bible, which we, the evangelical branch of the church have taken and applied a ‘superior air’ to their meaning. These verses have a ‘self-righteous taint given to them by well meaning, but over zealous preachers. These verses are quoted in an effort to justify their Pharisaic attitude as they look on the pitiful plight of their sinful brothers and sisters. One such verses is (Hebrews 12:14) It is so easy to look down our noses at the un saved because we know we are ‘holy’ and are going to heaven, for we are the chosen few. We are the elect and in some cases we have been taught that we are part of the 144,000. Is it no wonder then, that this thinking and understanding of the scriptures, leads into a separation of them and us- we......
There are 3 but one is more important
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When Christ ascended on high after fulfilling the requirements that satisfied Gods law he was seated at the right hand of God. It is from this position that he has been placed as ruler, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion. God has also given him every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. God has also placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church. From the heavenly realms Christ rules over his Kingdom, a kingdom of righteousness, love, peace and joy. We, who have been washed in the blood of the Lamb, have inherited this Kingdom. Because we have been ‘grafted’ into this kingdom there are a number of requirements or a number of doors that we have to walk through so that we......
Look up for the king is near
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As we near the close of the age and the King is preparing to return, God is urgently calling through his prophecies, faithful watchman and those who walk in the spirit to be ready. In doing so the book of Hebrews is the book that the Holy Spirit will direct us to time and time again. For this book in the New Testament God will use in these last days to prepare his ‘called out’ ones. We do not know who wrote the book of Hebrews but it was written for a specific time and to a particular group of Christians, who were in danger in falling away. The sad fact is that as the end time approaches there will be an increasing falling away from the ‘true’ gospel as out lined in the scriptures. Christians will become lovers of self, while the enemy will deceive those that have......
Use it or it will rust
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What am I talking about? Did you guess it was Faith? God has given us faith to use, not bury it away and then wonder why we lack faith. I am reminded of the story of the disciples in the 100 year storm that lashed the Sea of Galilee as recorded in (Mark 4:35-41). These were experienced sailors on this lake who had been fishing there since child hood and they knew all the currants and wind funnels etc. Yet they were petrified. I can sympathize with them as their boat begins to fill with water. But Jesus rebuked them. Is Jesus too harsh, did he have no understanding? After all he was asleep. Maybe he was not aware of how severe the storm was? I believe there is a lesson here if we care to pause and allow the Spirit to teach us. Look at what Jesus said - : “Why are you so afraid? Do......
He holds the future.
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My soul is singing tonight for I want to blog on a great truth that will still the anxious hearts as we look into the coming years. There is no question the economic status of the world is on the cusp of a collapse. There is mounting evidence that we are experiencing extreme weather events. Why here in New Zealand we have in this last week experienced what they are calling a once in 50 years event. Heavy snow falls and hurricane force winds with much wind and flooding damage. As mentioned in a previous blog the honey bees are dying off, with the result a food crises is threatening to engulf the world with escalating food prices and shortages. But despite all this there one truth that we should write on the walls of our house - “God is in Control.” Hallelujah. What a wonderful......
Do we cry from faith of fear?
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When life deals us an upper cut that takes the wind out of our sails, do we turn to God for help out of panic or faith? Good question you may add, but there is a fine line between being anxious or confident in the future when we are gasping for breathes. I can relate to this when I was told in the opticians that because my left eye failed the test I had glaucoma and was going blind in both eyes. I never saw that blow coming. That night I cried to God, partly out of fear and hopefully more out of faith. Many of us here on this site have been dealt a blow out of left field that has almost taken us out. Is our cry to God born in fear, worried about the future, anxious how we will cope; or do we stand firm in faith knowing that God is our Father and he will care for us? There are three truths......
Is our testimony covered in moss?
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My heart sings when I read of bloggers on this site who are able to testify to the goodness of God in their life. I want to lift up my heat and hands in praise of the loving kindness of our Father. To think that God, the creator of the universe, is interested in the mundane affairs of his children, that he takes time to bless us with his presence. This blows my mind. Time and time again we read of Gods blessing in these blogs. There are too many, but a number stand out. @Kip Petzold+ with his zany blogs from Detroit of Gods power unto salvation. @jonie griffith with her latest blog on ‘how God taught her forgiveness.’ Then there is my beloved princess @ kreynolds + whose testimony never ceases to amaze me. And how can I forget @pastorpamdreamgirl with her account of God......
How are we to live in this god forgotten land?
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As mentioned many times it does not take a rocket scientist to realize that the world is falling in on itself. There is moral decay, economic uncertainty, increasing strange weather events, and government intervention into our religious freedoms. What started me off on this track was a headline in our local paper – Matariki a time to give thanks to Land, Sea, and Sky. This celebrates in ancient Maori culture the raising of the star constellations marking the beginning of their New Year. Now if the paper’s headline was - ‘to give thanks to God the Creator.’ Well they wouldn’t as there would be an out cry from the agnostics, atheists and the general public. There is no doubt we are on a slippy slope down hill to a bog of unbelief, loose morality and......
This is the most important question we have to face this year
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There are many questions that we must face in our life time – important decisions have to be made regarding ones career, ones place of abode, the person whom you will live with etc. Today is the day that another question must be faced and answered. The answers to this question will determine if we will be seen as ‘over comers’ as described in Revelation or we will be swallowed up in the masses that will ‘fall away’ as described in 2 Thessalonians. The question that God is asking of us today is – “What motivates us to follow Jesus?” “Why are we a disciple of Jesus?” “What impels us to be a Christian?” This question my sound absurd to our ears, particularly those you have been a Christian for years. Never-the-less we......
Let’s face it –there is only one gospel
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To say that there are different gospels and to teach in this vane is a little miss leading as it is a partial truth. Do not all errors start this way? If we are agreed that the word Gospel in its simplest form is ‘good news’ then we can agree, can we not, that any mention in the scriptues of God bringing his salvation/or saving his people can be called good news. For instance the exodus from Egypt for those who were lead out this indeed was good news. Can we not agree then that the return from exile again was good news to those who were saved from captivity and returned to the Promised Land? Again do we not use these events as illustrations of Gods goodness in bring salvation to his people? Hence if we can agree then that salvation and good news go together, and then can we......
Have we lost this essential blessing
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One of the top three blessings God can give us is his Peace. Yet why do I sense that this is the least of the blessings many of Christ’s followers are enjoying today. Why do I sense that many Christians today are afraid? Our divorce rate is the same as the ‘worlds’ suggesting that many Christian couples are not at peace with each other and themselves. I would be interested to know how many believers are under a counsellor at this present time. Jesus said that he would leave his peace with us - 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 (John 14: 27) Are we afraid of the future? As we look at the economic situation, the political turmoil, the uncertainty of full time secure......
There is yet far much more to receive
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Count your blessings name them one by one – but can we? When was the last time that you knew God had blessed you? Today, last week, month , year, last; gee I cannot recall? Not only do we fall far short of Gods glory but we also fall far short of experiencing the spiritual blessings that God has in store for us. Many of us are to be pitied for the lack of spiritual blessings that we have not availed ourselves of. God has in store for us all the spiritual blessings and promises that he has ever uttered, and yet we have not even scratched the surface of the sum total of promises and blessings. Gods loves us, as his own children and he loves to give good gifts to his us, but we his children have refused to take up Gods generous offer. The majority of Christians living in the Western......
Lesson 3 – the lost virtue
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This is really a continuation from my last blog “The snake spoke to me today.” ‘Tch’ hinted at this in his comment on that blog. The ability to exhibit patience has been lost by the majority of mankind in the western world. Patience was once a virtue that was coveted by many. St Augustine wrote that patience is the companion of wisdom. Today this word is not found in most western people’s vocabulary. Take for instance, you have arrived in a high rise building and you wish to go to the top floor. You push the elevator button, and wait; you push the button again and fret; you push the button again in desperation of annoyance, as if pressing the button more times makes the elevator arrive faster. Were has our patience gone? I blame this loss of patience on the......
The snake spoke to me this week.
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Earlier in the week I asked God what I should blog on and he spoke a single word to me. That was fine although I did wonder if that was a wise choice of reply. Thursday came and I had not received another word from God concerning my blog. So guess what I did – I began to doubt that I had heard correctly. Maybe it was not God speaking to me. Maybe it was my own idea. Maybe, maybe, maybe and so it went on in my mind, as I began to question and second guess what my blogs topic should be. So much so that I began to think of something, some topic that made more sense, that was easier on the mind and appeared logical and in tune with my experience. As I was mulling over these thoughts, it came out of the blue, like a thunderbolt and gave me a ‘sucker punch.’ These doubts that......
Did jesus preach two gospels?
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Over the last few weeks I have been introduced to the idea that Jesus preached the Kingdom of God or Kingdom of Heaven message [both are inter changeable] to the Jews who were still living under the Mosaic Law, with the suggestion that this Gospel is not intended for us Gentiles under the age of Grace. I have thought and wrestled with these concepts over the past weeks, while reading other bloggers responses to this teaching. I have noted that some were totally antagonistic to this revelation, while others were agreeing. Me; well I was not certain as in all my exposure to the things of God and the scriptures this was all new to me. But I kept my silence and turned these thoughts over to my teacher, the Holy Spirit, knowing that he will guide me into all truth as long as my ears and eyes......
God bless you – what do you mean?
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When we ask God to bless us do we really know what we are asking for? What do we expect God to do? When we pray for Gods blessings are we doing the right thing by asking? The concept of blessings and being blessed by God has been mis understood by the majority of believers. By invoking God to bless us are we sure this is the correct thing to ask for? I believe Bless, Be a Blessing, God Bless are words and conceps that we use rather loosely and with no real understanding. It is interesting that the Hebrew word for “Bless is Barak” and its root meaning is to Kneel, to Bow down, to be broken. Let us look at the first few verses of Ephesians - Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ......
Let’s remember to k.i.s.s.
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Life can be a real burden, like blowing into the wind, or pushing water up hill. We seem to be on a merry-go-round and we are sitting on the horse that is going up and down and round and round. Life is too complicated. Life is complicated, as it starts before we are ready, it continues while we are still trying to figure out the point of it; and it ends long before we have figured it out We need to simplify things; to slow down and smell the coffee, to take the dogs for a walk, to lie on the beach or stroll through the woods. We need to ‘Keep it Simple Stupid.’ We need to KISS more often. We need to experience some simple pleasures from life again. The KISS principle needs to be applied to this forum. We have waded through some heavy stuff here of recent months. We have batted......
Walk like enoch
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Enoch walked with God and was seen no more as was taken directly into the heavens. This character who was the grandson of Adam (through Seth) , the son of Jared, the father of Methuselah, and the great-grandfather of Noah pleased God. The statement that Enoch walked with God seems to me, to be a significant aspect of his life here in earth, for we are told that this walk of faith was pleasing to God. I long to know how he walked, how he communed with God in such a way that God was pleased with his attitude. I wish we had more information from the Cannon about his way of life. It appears to me that God is longing for us to emulate the life Enoch displayed for we read in Hebrews that without Enoch’s faith we cannot please God. Here is a simple test - when we run into a tight spot how......
The walk of life
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I will wager that many of church goers who have been to a worship service over the past month are not walking the Christian walk by faith; instead they are living the life as a believer in a hypocritical manner. The majority of ‘born again believers’ are play acting their way through life. Outwardly they appear as lambs of God but inwardly they are goats of the enemy. They are making and doing all the correct actions that signals to the world that they are born again, but God who sees the heart of us all, knows differently. We meet them all the time as the serve on the committees of their local church and sing in the choir, or at times stand in the pulpit and expound the word of God. They are active in the community and are well respected citizens. But they are play acting as......
Faith that is pleasing to god
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Faith is an interesting concept, for in the most part it is used rather loosely by sincere Christians who do not have a real grasp on its meaning. In many cases the word is treated like a commodity, as if faith can be purchased or lost. We hear comments such as – ‘If only I had more faith’ or ‘That persons faith is weak’ or ‘That person has the gift of faith; wow’ or ‘If they have more faith they would have been healed.’ When I was in Sunday school one dear teacher explained faith in this manner - When you proceed to sit in a chair you flop right in with no thought of , ‘will it hold my weight’ – that is faith in the chair. Same with God; for in God we trust. Do we really understand faith? I believe for the most part......
As a child we find gods kingdom
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Lord where do I begin as there is so much to cover and so may understandings” The Lord said, “I will help you.” With my time at Theological college I read may books and discussed many lectures on the Kingdom of God and if I remember rightly there was an exam question for one of my papers concerning the Kingdom. But God has been slowly and painfully removing any trust I had in my intellectual understanding of the scriptures and has been teaching me to trust his Spirit for guidance. Not that I hasten to add, I have succeeded as it is still a work in progress. But oh what a relief when I do not have to trust my understanding and try and recall my lectures, which are only repeating dry as the dust words that have no life. Gods word is a living instrument and as we have been......
Forgiveness is a gift given by gods mercy
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God is calling us to examine our hearts so that there is no root of bitterness lying dormant ready to sprout; that we have not hidden a grudge away into the dark places of our mind. Forgiveness is such a powerful word whose energy ripples through the universe. I believe God has sent out his warning; that there is coming a time when we will be tested as to our level of forgiveness. Forgiveness is not a one time act at certain points in our lives when we feel the probing of the Holy Spirit. Rather our total life must be lived in an act of forgiveness. Forgiveness should be a way of life, for we have the risen Christ born into our hearts. Is he not the epitome of forgiveness? Since we have the fullness of Christ dwelling with in us, and since the life we now live, we live by the faith of the......
To be or not to be
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When we were born again and sealed with the Holy Spirit, God looked on us in a different manner for we were clothed with the righteousness of Christ. And being born of the Spirit, the life of Christ was born into out hearts. It is here that we often make a stumble, for we begin to live the Christian life the same way that we have been living the ‘old’ life. The world has taught us well for we find that we are ingrained with its attitudes and motives, along with the world’s ideals and standards. This is why the Bible tells us to renew our minds and to bring every thought into subjection to Jesus. To be of value in this world we have to be seen to be ‘doing’ something, to have accomplished a goal, to work towards a dream. The world expects those that are......
Bearing abundant fruit
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Our problem is “How do we produce this good fruit? Firstly we must remain in the vine – we are the branches that have been grafted into the vine. Jesus is the vine we are the branches. Secondly our focus is on growing and drawing our nourishment from the vine. We do this by the words of Jesus remaining in us. Thirdly we allow the gardener to prune the branches so they can produce more fruit. We do this by counting it all joy when we suffer for righteousness. This is called being discipline by the Father. One important truth becomes clear as we focus on these words- we do not grow fruit by focusing on producing fruit. The branch that bears grapes does not concern itself about whether the fruit will be large or small or what colour or variety. The branch only concerns itself......
Seeking gods direction
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Seeking Gods will for your life can be one of the most frustrating searches that you may ever encounter. Trying to find an outlet for the gifts and ministry that you believe God has given you can be fraught with tears and anger. Knowing the direction God has for your life can be a battle, which if we are not careful, can de-rail your Christian walk. In this blog I will hopefully, with Gods wisdom, provide some guidelines to assist you from falling into the pit of doubt and despair. To do this I wish to take you to the Biblical story of Moses, who having been brought up in Pharaohs court, thought and acted like the world of an Egyptian. One day after Moses had grown up he went to watch his people doing hard labour so he killed the foreman. The next day he saw two Israelites fighting, so he......
Living a life of holiness
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On the one had we have the command to be Holy, but on the other hand we reason how can we be holy like God? We read in the scriptures, that the creator of heaven and earth, there is no one like him, as he is above all things. We also know that the only holy person who walked this earth was a man named Jesus. Hence we have a dilemma, for we cannot be holy as God is holy. No way is this possible. How do we solve this enigma? There are a number of ways. Firstly it is all too hard, so we slip into a luke warm state of Christian existence and in most cases try to live as a model citizen. We throw ourselves into church work – deacons, committees, cleaning etc so that our life revolves round the church. We attend twice on a Sunday including any prayer meetings. Surely this is living a holy......
Be careful; words are important
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Today the English language is being destroyed in countries where English is the major tongue. There was a time, not too long ago when the English language, vocabulary and grammar were taken seriously. Letters were written in a beautiful long hand with carefully chosen words with correct grammar and punctuation. People’s speech contained the rich words of the English language as great orators spoke powerfully, with conviction using beautifully balanced sentences and authoritative, descriptive words. We can think of Churchill during the Second World War, or Martin Luther with his “I have dreamed a dream” speeches, or maybe Abraham Lincoln. Words, especially great words, have the capacity to present before us a vision of what could be, to inspire us and touch our emotions......
The richness and affluence of gods glory
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The other night the Lord showed me his Glory. All week I knew that my blog for the next insertion would be about Gods glory as the Lord had indicated this to me at the beginning of the week. I must confess that I had not taken much notice of this term, which embarrassed me that I knew so little. The Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance Pauls words -we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Cor 3 v 18 He also directed me to an experience that Ezekiel recorded as -Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell face down,......
A good soldier of christ jesus
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The battle lines of this world are becoming more and more obvious as the days go by. There is no need to outline the plummeting decline in moral standards over the past 10 years. One does not fail to notice the appalling destruction that our youth are causing to themselves, their families and our communities. The list goes on and on. But even the church does not escape this destructive spirit that is pulling down believers into the pits of unbelief and hell as many de-throne Jesus from their lives. In the midst of all this gloom, the wonderful news is that God is calling out a remnant of warriors from within the body of Christ who will be at the fore front of this battle with the returning conquering King. God is still recruiting his soldiers from all walks of life, countries, ethnic......
I am ashamed at easter
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I am also disappointed and sad and at times despondent. Easter is the pinnacle, the holy celebration of our faith. For the cross, as explained in the scriptures, is the reason that Jesus was born into this world. God has sacrificed his Son to save us from his everlasting wrath in the days to come. The church has had around 2,000 years to tell the world of this tremendous occasion; that Jesus loves you and died to set you free. But how does the world acknowledge this? Generations ago the general populace may not have attended church but they all knew by and large what Easter stood for in the Christian calendar. Can we say the same today? Ask any child today what Easter means to them. The answers are varied but they will include the following:-Egg Hunts, Chocolate Easter eggs, The Easter......
Where has the cross gone?
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When we talk of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, how many believers today really understand the full meaning of that act on Calvary? How many believers have wrestled with the truth of the Cross? How many Christians know anything about the cross? Why is it that at this time of the year, we church goers cast a quick glance at the cross in a ritualistic manner, and then forget all about the shed blood of Jesus for the rest of the year. Maybe I am too harsh on us all, as maybe we do understand the meaning of the cross. But if that is the case, why do we hear so little about the cross from today’s pulpits? When was the last time you listened to a preacher open up the word on the subject of the cross? Can you recall a bible study on the meaning of Christs shed blood on that hill out......
Two sundays in march
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What a contrast between the two Sundays; what a turn around in six days. From absolute exhilaration, for gloom and despondency. The Palm Sunday crowd were full of enthusiasm, for Jesus was to be their King who would restore their fortunes. He would bring in the messianic kingdom of David, and shatter the yoke of the domineering Romans. This was to be their moment of glory and freedom. They were going to live again in the glories of the Davidic kingdom when they were the centre of the world. They would have prosperity and fortune. As they cut down the palm branches they were already thinking what this new kingdom could do for them. Maybe a bigger house, more money, a better job, certainly better clothes and a more respected position in society. As they waved the palm branches they were......
How will the return of jesus affect you?
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Can I predict that when Jesus returns almost all of mankind, at least 99.9% will be aghast at who they see as the returning Jesus. They will stand with their months open at the sight of the returning Son of Man. In most instances they will not recognize him as the Jesus that they have in their minds eye. Why is this? Simply because they do not know who Jesus is. When we speak of Jesus in the 21st C. which picture comes to mind? Is he a respected prophet in the line of Abraham, Moses and say Elisha? Do we picture him as a great moral teacher who gave us the so called ‘Sermon on the Mount’? Maybe we are influenced by the paintings that well know painters have portrayed on their canvas. Painters such as Leonardo da Vinci for instance. When the historical Jesus ascended into......
So the 266th pope is
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By now the entire world is aware of the Roman Catholics churches new leader, a pioneer Pope who has taken the name of Francis , a pastor rather than manager to resurrect the church it was reported from Rome yesterday. He becomes the 266th leader of the Roman Catholic Church whose lineage stretches back to Peter the Apostle. Over the centuries the office of the Holy Father has under gone many twists and turns, but the papacy as we know it today did not become established until around the 400’s. It was at this time that Leo the Bishop of Rome consolidated his power after both Egypt and Syria broke away from his dominion. If I remember my church history correctly there was a time when the Papacy was moved to France in the city of Avignon. It was during the Middle Ages that the power......
Have we been in camp discipline or camp castaway
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The bible is full of Gods promises beyond which we have not dreamed or imagined. It has been reported that there are at least 7,887 promises made by God to mankind according to Dr. Storms writing in the Contact magazine. Because God is Lord of all it is hard to single out a more important promise, but one of my favourites is found in Genesis 15 where God says to Abram – “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward." Gen 15 This is a wonderful simple promise – in Hebrew the word shield means what we expect it to mean; namely protection. God has promised that he will protect his children who walk by faith and are heirs to Abraham’s faith. God has promised to surround us with his hedge, and place a covering over us like a mother hen will......
The world is rolling the dice
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According to an article in the Readers Digest Asia is on the cusp of a gambling boom and Singapore is bidding for a front line position. In another article in our local paper it is reported that a group of investors in Les Vegas plan to build Panda habitats, tea gardens and red pagodas that have never been part of the visual vocabulary of the Las Vegas Strip. Both of these stories illustrate the fact that the world is on a roller coaster road of chance and fortune, disguised very cleverly as entertainment. These gambling resorts, for that is what they are, are called by exotic names and are appealing to families as fun places to be. Not only, that, but the two new casinos in Singapore are expected to bring a diverse range of job opportunities of up wards of 20,000 employees. The world......
Gods spirit is leaving the visible church
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If I am correct with remembering my church history studies from college, the visible church went through a large number of metamorphoses. These transformations were ignited by Martin Luther with his Ninety-Five Theses nailed to the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg in 1517. These radical teachings, as viewed by the Roman Catholic Church were seen as heresy and Luther was hauled before the Diet of Worms where he refused to recant. The heart of Luther’s objections concerned a theological issue. Luther’s teachings spread rapidly like a bush fire across Europe. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit the church underwent further purification. From this further transformations we grew Ana Baptists, Baptists, the Reformed Churches, Calvinism, Presbyterians, Puritans, Methodist,......
I am making a highway of holiness
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God’s heart goes out to his children who have fallen into the deep shadows of life. In today’s world the enemy has been active amongst Gods children and has sown his evil into the very hearts of those that confess to trust in God. I am aware that today there are many believers who are hurting because of their circumstances. Many have financial struggles; others have marital strife, while others are wallowing in a state of confusion and despair. They look for light but they cannot see any glimmer for they walk in deep shadows. They long for some light to shine and guide them on their way, but they are like blind men groping their way along a wall fearful that they are lost. When God called us into his kingdom he did not expect us to walk in the shadows of life for after all he......
God has enrolled me in his boot-camp
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Although I was unaware of Gods plans for me that day, my boot camp experience with God as trainer began as I walked to the letter box on a beautiful summers day, with not a cloud in the sky and the cicadas singing loudly in harmony. As I opened a letter from the Transport Authority I wondered why they would be writing to me. I had no fines or any reason for them to wish to write to me. As I opened the envelope the reason became clear; I needed to renew my driver’s license. No big deal I reasoned, but as it turned out God had other ideas. As I walked into the licensing authority’s office the queue was longer than I would have liked. As I am not comfortable with long waits in queues I smiled sweetly to the others and joined the line. After some 10 minutes I found myself at the......
I blew it big time
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It happened on our first night of camping. My wife and I arrived at our campsite overlooking the surf beach with a wonderful vista across Ngunguru Bay to the headland – beautiful blue sky and sea. With a promise of some later afternoon drizzle we hurriedly pitched our six metre tent. Each of us had our designated jobs and we worked as a well oiled team. But then the first set-back occurred. As we were inserting the front fibre-glass rod that would stabilized the front end of the tent the rod broke. Never mind I said to my wife I have a repaired spare pole. We hurriedly extracted the useless rod and inserted the repaired into the nylon insert and the aluminium pole. With excitement I again lifted the front end of the tent up and inserted the poles in the pins. Look said my wife, that......
Do not be deceived; god will act
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Today was the second anniversary of the devastating earth quake that destroyed the CBD and eastern suburbs of Christchurch, my countries second largest city. When the dust had settled; literally, 185 people lost their lives and the repair bill has been estimated at NZ$15 billion, making it by far New Zealand's costliest natural disaster, and the third-costliest earthquake (nominally) worldwide. Today the people of the city remembered, but the grief and pain remains as heartbreaking as ever for those left behind. Under grey skies at a civic memorial service in Latimer Square, used as a makeshift triage centre during New Zealand's worst natural disaster, Prime Minister John Key said February 22 will always be a poignant day. I am now going to write what for many people will be......
Shinning like stars
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It all began on our last night of our camping holiday. My wife and I had gone out for pizza and I had ordered my favourite – Hawaiian. We enjoyed a wonderful evening together eating our pizza in the small towns park, with the sound of ducks in the background and a cool breeze rustling the trees. But as I lay down to retire for the night I was aware of an awful feeling in my stomach and a strong urge to go outside the tent. With anxiety in her voice my wife asked what was I doing? I have to go out for a walk I replied. You cannot do that she explained as you will wake the other campers. But I had an inner urge to walk outside. As I walked down to the main road about of about 100 metres, God said to me, “Look up and see the stars.” Which I did, and being in the country......
How much faith do we need?
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We live in a world that has been conditioned to believe and expect that best is bigger, faster, greater than, better than. We have been brought up to expect things and goods to be better than the previous model; take for example the rush to purchase the latest iphone where potential customers will queue all night to be first in line to be photographed purchasing one. We are encouraged to purchase the super size when really the normal size will be sufficient. We are bombarded by slick advertising to upgrade, to purchase the latest gadget, to be seen with the best labels. This is the way of the 21st C. world and we cannot escape such information coming into our senses and lodging in our mind, so much so that we are taken up with such thinking and are sweep along with the tide of human......
Gods warning from recent world events
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In the last two weeks the news has featured a number of startling events that have brought gasps from many and sent reverberations across the media world. I was on holiday when I caught a flash on the radio about the Pope doing something unheard of since I do not know when. Being on holiday this was something that I did not want to think about too much. After all holidays are to retreat from the world and to relax are they not? It was only when I came home that I caught up with the bombshell, as one news item reported the resignation of Pope Benedict VXI. I have since learnt that this was an unprecedented move, as it was reported that this has not happened in more than half a millennium. Following on the heels of this bombshell came the shocking news of Oscar Pistorius' alleged......
Daily bible verse: colossians 3:1-2
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Since we have been raised with Christ who is seated at the right hand of God, and we are seated with him; which is the throne room of the universe where God rules over the affairs of the universe, why then do we not live victorious lives. Why are so many believers struggling with their faith and relationship to God? Why are so many born again disciples struggling to live a life of victory over sin? We live in the engine room of the universe where we have immediate access to the Supreme Power; God the creator of the universe. Yet we live at times defeated ineffectual ambassadors for Christ, but we are with Christ above all principalities and powers. We have been raised with Christ, lifted up above the sin and chaos of this world; therefore let us walk with courage on the waves of despair......
A nauseating practice in the church!!!
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Culling within a church fellowship is the work of the enemy, as he has blinded you by your own self importance. Who gave you the right to judge your fellow brethren says the Lord. Am I not the owner of the harvest and I will be the one who separates the wheat from the tares. Have you not listened to the words of my son when he was here on earth? He spoke in parables so that the people without my spirit within them would not be able to understand. He told the parable which you have called the parable of the weeds, which Matthew my faithful servant recorded in his letter. This is to be found in chapter 13. You will note that the owner’s servants where all for pulling up [or culling the weeds] the weeds, but the owner was very clear in his reply when he said – “No,' he......
Do we know which country we live in?
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We read in Hebrews that the people who pleased God longed for a better country and to these same people God gave his blessing of righteousness. In this modern age many believers have put their roots down in the place they call home and they have spent a life time making themselves comfortable in their home and town. They have amassed wealth in the purchase of a house, car, household appliances, children and all the trappings that go with today’s accepted standard of living. They have gathered friends and family around themselves and are living a life of comfort relative to their countries standards. Yet God has placed us in another country by his grace and the majority of his children do not care. Throughout scripture we are reminded and exhorted not to set our minds on things of......
21st.c. tower of babel
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I have just heard a news item on our local radio which reports that a higher percentage of girls born this year will live to be a hundred. This is great news for the world that medical science is now so far advanced that we can do this. Let us bow down to mankind’s great ability and greatness. The article reads - appearing in the medical journal The Lancet, shows that based on current trajectories, more than half of all babies born in industrialized nations since the year 2000 can expect to live into the triple digits. The trends included in the article show that many Western nations will have most people living past 100, with half of all babies born in 2007 in the U.S. likely to live to age 104. The whole tone of the article has an underlying theme – ‘look at our clever......
Forgiveness do we really understand it?
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There are many passages of scripture that one can recite off by heart, John 3 v16 would be one of the most recognized verses to commit to memory. The scriptures in the so called “Roman Road to Salvation" would be another, plus the 23rd. Psalm. Up there in these passages would be the Lords Prayer. In fact if we had a vote for the most recognised passages, the Lords prayer would be right at the top. We can recite it easily from memory and it is recited in many public functions. In fact it is recited so often that the words fall off our lips with no real understanding of the meaning as our minds are often in neutral waiting for the prayer to end. The other morning I opened my browser to the site which posts a Bible verse each day and I read these words - For if you forgive men......
Solid teaching - what is that?
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In Gods providence the year 1517 was the beginning of an out pouring of Gods spirit that could not be stopped as Martin Luther’s radical, or as the Roman church labelled it, heretical thoughts set fire to the church in Europe. Up till this time the Roman church controlled anything to do with so called Christianity. This time has not been called the Dark Ages for nothing as the prince of the air ruled over the church that Jesus had established. Their priests were corrupt and they, because they could read Latin were the only ones who could read and study the Bible. Therefore the laity was in no position to know Gods truths in the scriptures. The laity were held captives to the power based that had grown impregnable in Rome, particularly through the practice of indulgences and the so......
Thoughts on being still, if even for a few minutes.
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Be still says the Lord for this is the only way that you will hear my voice. In the coming days of fear, anxiety and depression among the peoples of your town or city there will be believers who will be calm and composed. Why? Because God has been in touch with them and they at rest. I believe that there will be many believers who will stumble and weave among the chaos of the later days as they will be drunk with fear. But those who have the Holy Spirit bubbling up within their hearts so as to hear the voice of Gods spirit will be calm and sober in mind. Be still says the Lord. These words bring to mind the story of Jesus calming the wild wind tossed Sea of Galilee after the disciple had woken him Only Jesus can calm the raging seas within us that threaten to sink our dreams and hopes.......
Gods answer to our difficulty in praying.
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Since my last blog on why we have so much difficulty with prayer and a general lack of understanding concerning prayer, God has been teaching me certain aspects of prayer that he wishes me to pass on to the CB family. I am still in Luke 11 where my eyes have been opened to these two verses that Jesus gave on prayer. "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. These two verses follow on from the parable that we discussed in my last blog entitled “Why do we find prayer so difficult? And my answer was that we need to have an attitude of Boldness as we approach God in prayer, because of the finished and......
Why do we find prayer so difficult?
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One of the most essential tools that a believer will need to have as we go into the last days is an effective line of communication to God. Prayer; talking to God and asking him for his assistance is still a great stumbling block for many sincere Christians. The whole subject of answered and unanswered prayer continues to haunt the church of today. We read through the book of Acts that the early believers seemed to have no trouble communicating with God and their prayers seemed to be answered. God led me to Luke 11 where Jesus is teaching the disciples to pray. Good place to start I reasoned; so I read the chapter through asking for the Holy Spirit to speak his truth to me I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man's......
Woe betide those of you who are stiff-necked
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As I was pondering my next blog I was convinced that one that I had written some weeks ago, and which God has over-ridden in my desire to blog it; its time had come. But to my surprise and annoyance I cannot find this blog in my saved docs. file. Another ‘senior-moment I thought. As I was considering my memory loss God turned my attention to a verse in Exodus 33; which reads - Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way." As the children of Israel wandered around in the wilderness they had the cloud by day and the pillar of fire at night. Whenever they stopped Moses would erected a tent outside the camp called the Tent of Meeting. Whenever Moses went into the tent to......
God is holy – what does this mean?
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There are numerous mentions in the scriptures that God is Holy; in fact there are over 30 references. There are many more passages that indicate the Holiness of God. But are we clear in our minds what this holiness means? For most believers it is just another phrase to describe God and think no more about it. But this is being careless and treating Gods word with contempt, which I might add we are very good at doing much to the chagrin of God. Why do we not take time to understand God? Why do we not want to learn of him? I will tell you because the great deceiver tells us that we do not have time for that as we have pleasures that we have to follow! When God says that he is holy, it means simply that he is Separate from all others. “When the Bible calls God holy it means primarily......
Holiness for 2013, anybody?
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When the Lord ask me to write on holiness for this blog I was not too worried as I knew what the subject matter would consist of; after all to be holy as God is holy is to do Christian things and live a life that tries to please God. One prays and reads the Bible and goes to church and tries to live a good honest life. How wrong I was as God opened my eyes to what holiness really is from Gods perspective. What God calls holiness and what we call holiness is not on the same page. Here again we have taken a hallowed biblical term and trampled it underfoot by putting our own spin on the meaning of holiness. Why do we do this? Because we do not want to understand and hear Gods meaning, and besides we are more intelligent than the writers of the scriptures who lived way in the past - man this......
Daily bible verse: 1 corinthians 2:4-5
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This verse has come at the correct time as Gods timing is also exquisite for this is the exact topic that many bloggers have been blogging about. Far too many church leaders are parroting the words in their sermons and scriptural writings that copy the thoughts of reason and human understanding. Where are the pastors that preach a sermon these days that have waited on the Lord for the meaning of that verses or passage? For far too long we have been feed a diet of rubbish that is clothed in spiritual language as being the truth of Gods word. Whenever I hear someone say the scholars agree or this commentary says this I cringe and look for the voice of the Holy Spirit in the message. In most cases it is missing as it has been trampled underfoot by the reasoning of the speaker or author. I......
Today’s church has lost the 1st love
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After I have finished my last blog from Revelation I was prepared to move on and sought the Lord for guidance as to where my thoughts and focus should be. God said to me one word “Love” My mind went straight to 1 Corinthians 13, the great love chapter and I had a sinking feeling of how was I going to construct a blog around such a vast topic as Love. While my mind was reeling with this the Lord rebuked me and said “First Love.” My spirit sank a little bit as I knew this was again in Revelation. Any way I am relieved that it was not 1 Cor. 13 as @tchable has blogged a far better blog on this topic than I will ever manage to achieve. As I have blogged before, I have avoided the book of Revelation due to its complex imagery and controversial opinions that the book......
Can we [attempt to] define faith?
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If we look at the faith chapter in Hebrews 11 one has to admit that faith as defined by the ancients comes with an underlying aspect of Obedience. Look at Noah who was told to build an ark – so he went and built an Ark on dry land, far from any water. Look at Abraham who was told to move out from his county and just go. No GPS or maps provided, but he went. When God told Abraham to sacrifice his son, all Abraham could say to Isaac was that God will provide and he preceded to build the alter with no animal in sight. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after the Israelites had obeyed the Lords instructions for marching and blowing the horn. Did not Jesus say that he only speaks the words his Father gives him and does the acts his Father asks him to perform? Therefore the Faith of......
Daily bible verse: 1 john 4:18
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If we are anxious, if we are concerned and worried, if we are unsure of our standing with God we have fear in our hearts and the Love of God has not yet permeated into our inner-most being. Once we surrender all and cling to God as a drowning person clings to a life raft only then will we be flooded with the Love of God and the realization that we are not worthy of Gods mercy and grace at all. Does the Love of God well up like living streams of water in our heart? God longs for his children to know no fear. It is far better to have Gods perfect love in our hearts, than perfect faith, or hope, or strength, or wisdom, or knowledge....
Daily bible verse: hebrews 6:10
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God expects us to make our salvation secure and he is watching to see that we do not fall away as we have been enlightened and tasted of the heavenly things; the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age. We must not become lazy and throw away our inheritance but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. But God is not unjust and he is aware of the work that we are doing imitating the actions of his Son....
The 4 pillars essential of our faith
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As we approach the run down to the return of our Lord I cannot emphasise enough the importance of being ready, not only to greet our Lord but also to with stand the confusion and terror that will precede Christ return. Make no mistake the worlds situation will become much worse than what it is now. Many writers to this blog have warned us that there will be an increase in natural disasters with destruction and loss of life every where. These calamities will increase in their frequency and intensity as the months roll by.. No only this but the moral standards will sink to a low that even you and I cannot imagine. Along with this declined there will arise many false prophets who will led hordes of believers astray. If we are not strong in our faith we will be sucked into the vortex never to......
God’s strategy for coping with persecution
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This blog was not meant to be about Revelation as I had decided that two blogs were enough and I had already written my next blog which I mentioned in my Persecution blog. But God had other ideas and he would not let me proceed until I had taken a look at verse 10 in Revelation 13. This verse reads –“If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints . As mentioned in my last blog persecution is coming, but what I did not make clear is that this is to be a world-wide persecution from the pits of hell. This persecution will be like no other before it in its severity as this destruction of the church is controlled......
Persecution is coming
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When I wrote my last blog from revelation 12 I had hoped that would be the end of Revelation. But God, despite him knowing that I had avoided this book for years would not let me go and kept nudging me into the next chapter. I even tried to fool God [silly I know] by doing a blog on the birth of Jesus. But this was to no avail so here we are at chapter 13. When I first read the chapter I was horrified as all my fears concerning the book stared me right in the face. This is so speculative I said to the Lord; but he would not listen to my pleas. Again I have tried to sit back and allow the Holy Spirit to guide me in understanding this complex vision of John. As I mentioned in my previous blog from Revelation more harm has been done to the spread of the gospel by well meaning Christians......
Gee wiz wasn’t the birth of jesus a p.r. disaster
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As I was reading Luke’s account of the birth I was struck at how ‘low key’ this birth ways for the Son of God. God who had revealed himself in grandiose ways in the Old Testament to the Israelites using various names. A God who professed to be stronger than all the other gods combined in the nations surrounding Israel. One needs only to read some of the Psalms or parts of the latter chapter in Isaiah to garner this impression. For instance read Ps 96. But the birth was a Public relations disaster – there were no trumpets blaring, there was no dignitaries of the Jewish, Roman or Greek world in attendance. There were no scribes ready to describe what they saw so as to inform the then known world. In fact God himself could have put on a spectacle – thunder......
Have you allowed the accuser to get under your skin?
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God has drawn my attention to Rev 12. At first I resisted this drawing as the book of Revelation “scares” me as there is so much controversy over its interpretation and I did not want to be part of that. But God keep nudging me back to chapter 12. Finally as one does I accepted Gods better judgement on this and began to read and think about the passage; but I was determined not to read into this chapter any aspects that were not blindly clear. For instance when I started to do some research on this chapter I came across extravagant interpretations including astrological meanings and such like. I have always maintained that the word of God should speak to ones heart rather than trying to add your understanding to the verse or passage in question. So often we re-interpret a......
Gods open letter to his children
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Dear Believer for whom I died to save you from sin, I am pleased with your life as a Christian for you have been faithful in attending church every Sunday; in fact some of you have ministered in my name. While a few of you have caste out demons in my name. I have noticed that you have not succumbed to the pleasures of the flesh, nor have you fallen for false prophets. I have watched your hard work and endeavour to be a modern Christian in this world and I have been proud of the way some of you have stood up to the encroaching evil in your cities. But I have this against you. You have forsaken your first love. No longer am I the first person in your life for you have forsaken me and turned to other gods. You would not call them other gods as you have been lied to by our enemy. Remember the......
Will we survive these last days?
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As we approach the last days, will we endure the upheaval that is coming upon the world? Will we cope with the change and the tribulation that the world has never seen before? Will we come through better than when we entered the troubles, or will we be devoured by the pressures building within and without? For the Last days says the Lord will be a shaking and sifting of all people on the earth, great world leaders will be brought down, while well known church leaders will be exposed. Who can stand in these times? Everything that we hold dear now will be taken from us and the foundations that we have built our lives on will be shaken and in cases will fall. Can we picture the panic and chaos? No we cannot for those days will be like nothing that we have ever experienced. The Lord has......
An ultimatum from god - a prophetic word
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My children I will not strive much longer with you – why are you so stubborn and ignore me. I have called and called but you do not listen for you have turned your ears away from me and filled your ears with things and pleasures of this world. Again I say to you repent and return to me for I will at some time soon shut the gate and you will not be able to come in I have sent warnings after warning to you and your land but still you do nor acknowledge me for your eyes are glazed over by the things of this world and its technological pleasures. I have worked miracles in your midst and still you do not attribute these to me but you say it is a man made happening, but it is I who have healed you and intervened into your life and land. O my children wake up and see what the enemy has......
Today is the day of decision -blessings or no-blessings
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Today many of us who read these blogs have come to our River Jordan in our spiritual journey. We have been wandering around in an arid dry spiritual place for some time and like the Children of Israel we stand on the banks of our Jordan. We gaze across the Jordan and we see a promised land; a land of blessings where God will water, feed and care for us as we journey into his promised place for us. But as we stand on the banks today we have to make a decision – will we cross the river or stay on this side. Today God is giving us a choice – blessings or no-blessings. Which life will we choose? Will we cross over the river and enter into our rightful placed in Gods plan for us? God says to us today if you love me and obey my words and cross over I will bless you abundantly, for......
Be careful that we do not erect idols
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The book of Hebrews has become one of my better treasured books in the New Testament. The book contains gems of spiritual truth that give us an anchor for our walk in the last days, coupled with the heroes of faith that we would do well to dwell on and learn from their experiences. Early on in the book we are warned not to be like the children of Israel and harden our hearts like the Hebrews did in the desert. We learn that the children while in the wilderness began to question Gods ability to assist them – they complained that they were better off in Egypt where they had a roof over their head and meals on the table. But in this hot place, what did God think he was doing bringing us out here to die – there are no shops where we can buy food. Many of us reading this comment......
Are we walking with open eyes in these last days?
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As the end times approach we can be certain of some things that will take place. Life as we know it will change. The things that we have relied on to see us through the years and guide us will be no longer assist us.. The traditions that have stood our forefathers in good stead over the decades will no on longer be there to guide us. Our way of life that we have become used to will disappear. Everything that we have held dear to our hearts will have been taken away. The world is going through a winding down phase as things change and disintegrate before our eyes. The earth groans and struggles as the early stages of death engulf it. Jesus told us that in the end times there will be earthquakes and up heavals in the physical world – we have seen, and many of us have experienced......
Gods word of comfort and tenderness
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God is calling out a multitude of believers who have their hearts and minds tuned to his calling. As Samuel lay on his bed so to these chosen ones have heard the call of God to be ready for his coming. They have been in tune with the Holy Spirit and are obedient to the voice of the Holy Spirit as he guides their every day activities. They have completely surrendered their wills and egos over to God and God is using them to point the way forward to all who have ears to hear. Their faces are fixed on the City of Righteousness and they long to enter her gates, the gates of salvation that have been erected by the blood of the Lamb. There is joy in their hearts all day and night as they send up a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. The enemy cannot touch them as they are wrapped in the......
Gods lament over his children
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His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. As God looks down from heaven onto his children, the children that he has rescued from the lust of this world, he is saddened at how his children treat his great sacrifice. God gave up his son to redeem us from death and save us from our sinful way. For God so loved this world that he gave his son to be put to death because we were guilty of the death penalty. Not only is God saddened but he his grieved at our callous treatment of the gift he has given......
Gods covenant of peace
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God has made a covenant of Peace with us. We read in Malachi chapter two that God had set up a covenant of Peace with Levi the priestly tribe. But since we believers have become royal priests through the death of Jesus this covenant has been transferred to us. This agreement with God has placed on us the obligation to honour this agreement. God has said that he will give us his peace if we are faithful in honouring our side of the covenant.. How do we do this? By honouring him with a sacrifice of thanksgiving. We read in Philippians 4 these words - The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds......
Another fresh look at the kingdom of god - part 3
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As the Lord has been leading me to take another look at the Kingdom of God he led me to a verse in Romans 14 which I do not recall seeing and the Lord said this is the verse I will speak to you about. The verse is - For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, The context is concerning ones understanding of the Law and how it is to be observed. Each party is arguing their point - much like a theological or translation or doctrine discussion today. Paul reminds us that the Kingdom of God is Righteousness, peace and joy. Therefore those of us who have come into the kingdom of God as born again Christians are told this how we are to behave; this is how God expects us to live. We are to walk in righteousness, peace and......
Another fresh look at the kingdom of god
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Following on from my first blog concerning the Kingdom of God in Matthew 6 v 13 the Lord has led me to take a look at on one the most difficult verses in the Bible, as not all translations have the same meaning. The verse is found in Matthew and Luke, but for the purposed of this blog I will stay with the verse in Matthew which is identical to the one in Luke’s gospel. It is found in Matthew in 11 v 12. The NIV version 1986 which is my favoured translation writes it as follows-: From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. The KJ 2000 Bible has it as follows -: And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. The Bible in......
A fresh look at the kingdom of god
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This is a vast subject with many different facets and many different interpretations, that I cannot hope to cover in one blog, and nor will I attempt to. Jesus was the one who introduced the term into our understanding. In the OT the concept of a Kingdom with God as King was not contemplated. In the OT if a kingdom was mentioned if was always referring to an earthly geographical region with a King after the heart of David. This concept was so ingrained in the Jewish thinking that when ever the Jews spoke about the coming Messiah that God had promised them they always thought of an earthly kingdom. The Jews all prayed and longed for a Messiah figure who would sit on the throne of David and rule as David did. In the history of the Jews this was their golden age. With David on the throne the......
Do we know what the blood of jesus means to us?
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The Blood of Jesus is one of the most powerful gifts that God has given us, yet many Christians have no idea of the significance of the poured out blood that Jesus shed on the cross. O they have a vague idea that it has something to do with the forgiveness of sins but even then that is a little hazy to them. No the Blood of Jesus is much more than just a forgiveness of sin. This is not to diminish Christ's work of forgiveness but to show there is much much more. The enemy has robbed many Christians of the power of the blood of Jesus. There is an old hymn that has gone out of fashion that had the lines – “ There is power, power wonder working power in the precious blood of the Lamb.” Do we know what this power is and how it can bless us? Many of us have been robbed......
Redemption - how does this effect your life?
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This is one of the most powerful words in the New Testament, yet it and it derivatives are only used sparingly. The Greek word is “Apolutrosiß” or translated as Apolutrosis. To get a real grip on understanding this term we must focus our minds on the practice of slavery. In the 1st Centaury slavery was culturally accepted as the norm, therefore the readers of Paul's letters would feel right at home with this imagery. The term Redemption means simply = liberation procured by the payment of a ransom . In this case a slave was released from slavery to become a free person. To further understand the term Redemption we have to skip back into the Old Testament to understand the images such a term would conjure up in the minds of the author and readers. Cast our minds back......
Reflections on the us elections
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Reflections on the recent US elections As I have been praying and reflection from afar here in New Zealand the Lord has been speaking to me concerning the outcome and the prophecies that God gave before the election. My heart has been heavy as I realized that the outcome that so many expected did not eventuate, and because of this confusion and an element of doubt has seeped into many bloggers hearts. I would encourage you to read the following selection of verses from Isaiah that the Lord has lain on my heart. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD."As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to......
Justification and gods plan
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We turn our attention to another significant term used in the Bible that of Justification. The word is a judicial term, which is used in the context of a law court. The word is defined as the judge finding the guilty person “just” – therefore that person is acquitted. This judgement is not as a description of moral character but as a statement of his status before the court. This means that when we read in the New Testament, particularly in the letters to the Romans and Galatians the term Justification as in this verse – “-for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. – it means in Gods court of Law all sinners have been declared just. Or “just as if......
Please listen to my voice
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Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts." Heb 4 7 God’s problem with us today is not so much that we will harden our heats when God speaks, but that we never hear God speak! When was the last time you heard Gods voice? When did God last speak to you? When did you hear the audible voice of God speaking to your heart? Today’s generation of believers have shut Gods voice out of their lives. No-one hears Gods voice anymore. The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah – he was told to go and stand at the temple gate and cry out – “While you were doing all these things, declares the LORD, I spoke to you again and again,......
Walking in righteousness
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As we come closer to the end times we need to be clear in our minds the meaning of Gods understanding of Righteousness. As the age comes to a close many false prophets and evangelists and spiritual leaders will arise that will lead many a Christian astray. In these unsettled and times of upheaval many people will be looking for a hope; an explanation of the chaos around them. By understanding the meaning of righteousness as used in the Bible we will be able to stand tall against the enemy who knows his time is short on earth – hence his sole aim in these end times is to wreck havoc with a believer’s faith. The meaning of the word Righteousness – Dikaiosune in its broadest sense is – “state of him who is as he ought to be, righteousness, the condition......
Understanding the scriptures in the last days
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It is imperative that we have a clear understanding of how to interpret the scriptures. Presently we have different opinions regarding the understanding of the Bible which have resulted in denominations and separate cults. But in the coming days many false prophets and preachers will arise that will led may of Gods children astray – even the elect. Remember even the enemy can masquerade as an angle of light. For in these last days there will be rumours and false understandings and confusion relating to the Lords return, so much so that confusion sown by the enemy will take hold of many believers. Add to this the confusion that the end times will create will be the uncertainty over ones job, ones marriage, ones family, ones health;-plus the economic free fall which many nations are......
Gods words of comfort
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God has laid on my heart these words over half an hour ago. I the lord understand your distress better than you do for I am the Lord that created the heavens and put the stars in place and called them by name. Yes I am the Lord that who sent my Son to die for you so that you can come into my house and sup with me says the Lord. Do not say that I do not care for you as you are precious in my sight for I have written your name in the palm of my hand and you are always before me. Do not forget Jesus my Son who sits at my right hand; he is also interceding for you. Stand still and see the glory of the Lord displayed, for I will the bring the autumn and the spring rains to water your heart. I have included some verses that the Lord has drawn to my attention and my prayer is that these words......
The holy spirits message from 1 thess. chapt. 5
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The Holy Spirit seeks to draw our attention to 1 Thessalonians chapter 5 v1-11. As we live in troubled times many Christians are beginning to become anxious and worried about the future. One does not need to spell out the uncertainty that families faced today as we are reminded each time we watch the news. Within the church the once solid foundations that our fore fathers believed are being whittled down until now many churches are no different to specialized clubs or social events; even now the Anglican Church is debating gay priests. With so much confusion many believers are slipping into a dark place. The Holy Spirit seeks to awaken our thoughts concerning the day of the Lord. He is asking: will we be caught out and not be ready for the return of our Lord? We are reminded that the......
God is weeping over his church
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The Lord has shown me as I came before to write my next blog that his wrath is going to be poured upon his unfaithful church. In these last days says the Lord my anger is kindled against my people who have allowed my everlasting truth to be corrupted. As I was digesting this news he directed me to Lamentations 4. As I read this my heart was grieved and through tears and a heavy heart I could feel Gods anger and frustrations at his church that he has created from the blood of his Son. Lamentations read thus – “The LORD has given full vent to his wrath; he has poured out his fierce anger. He kindled a fire in Zion that consumed her foundations. 12 The kings of the earth did not believe, nor did any of the world's people, that enemies and foes could enter the gates of......
Warning - have you entertained this sin?
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In these last days God is shaking not only the world but the church. All those that profess Jesus as Lord are going to be shaken and sifted so that the true believers can stand up and form an army of God that will quench the fires of hell. Many Christians believe that when the scriptures talk of Gods sifting, or God sorting out the wheat from the weeds these passages are referring to Christians and non believers. But this is further from the truth as we have swallowed the Devils lie – when the Bible speaks of separating two groups of people the scriptures are referring to Christians being separated in to the wise or foolish, the wheat or the weeds, those that attend the feast and those that are shut out from the feast. Yes God is speaking of believers being culled as the end draws......
Simple truths for answered prayer
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I was thrilled to read Silverpens brilliant blog on answered prayer.-; entitled Times when prayers are not answered . If you have not discovered her blog I urge you to read it as it sets out the best reasons to obtain answers to your prayers. This blog and a number of other blogs on prayer has reminded me that some time ago God revealed to me some biblical truths on prayer, but at the time I felt that it was not Gods time to post such a blog. I believe now is the time but in no way do I wish to undermine silverpen; but rather to add to her excellent blog. As I have been slow to learn;that all things Biblical need to be inspired by God. With my theological training this has been hard for me to grasp and understand. Hence these following truths regarding answered prayer come from Gods heart......
Gods word to his people
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God gave me this message earlier today but I have sat on it as I did not want to be the bringer of more bad news. But God reminded of Jeremiah and he impressed upon me to trust him. Here is the word that God gave me today. I am the Lord God and there is no other, my spirit will not strive with men for ever. Even though I am long suffering I am also a jealous God and will have no other gods apart from me for my children today have fashioned other gods that they worship behind my back. Do you think that I do not know what you have been doing for I can see into the hearts of men for no thought is hidden from me says the Lord of hosts. Turn from your idols before I bring my wrath upon you – remember I can bring blessings or a curse. As I was finishing writing this down the Lord directed......
Gods prophetic message to his people
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God gave me this message on Wednesday 10 th Oct The day is drawing closer when I will exercise my judgement on my people says the Lord for I demand clean hands and a pure heart. Do not try to deceive me says the Lords of hosts for I will not be mocked. Clean your hearts you sinners you that call me by name for I do not know you says the Lord. Walk in my light and seek after me with all your heart and you will find me. My heart grieves over my sheep as they have wandered away from me and my judgement will begin with my people. Read Micah 3 Then I said, "Listen, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel. Should you not know justice, 2 you who hate good and love evil; who tear the skin from my people and the flesh from their bones; 3 who eat my people's flesh, strip......
Are we part of gods end time gathering?
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In Acts 2 v17 we read these words – “ “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. 21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. As I read the many blogs that God is inspiring his servants to write I see the hand of God written all over these articles and in this my spirit rejoices to be part......
How do we grow in faith?
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How do we Grow in Faith? I was wrestling with this question the other day when the Lord revealed to me the answer and he has asked that I pass this truth onto my fellow bloggers. Therefore in humble obedience I wrote this. But first we need to understand what faith is. When we look in any good dictionary we find this definition: - “Complete trust or confidence in someone or something. Strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.” The Greek word used is “ πÎστις” or “pistis” which means faith, faithfulness, belief, trust. But even these definitions do not do justice to the word particularly as we are exhorted to “Grow in Faith. But how do we do this? The......
Powerful and effective prayer
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I wish to look at the subject of prayer and in particular the aspect of answered prayer or in a negative sense;”Why does God not answer prayer, especially when we have read verses like in John 14v14 – “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. We have all been involved in or know some one who has prayed fervently and nothing has happened. We so often come to the Lord with legitimate requests for healing, conversions, and needs and yet the answers we hope for often do not come Now, I do not pretend to know the answers to unanswered prayer, nobody does only God; but He has taught me a few lessons from the school of hard knocks over the years that I wish to share with you. We read in James 5 these words -“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful......
Can my fellow bloggers stand with me in prayer
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I have just been told that my place of work is closing at the end of this month. Can I be encouraged to know that me fellow bloggers are standing with me in prayer. Pray that my faith may be strong and that I will not fall into unbelief. Pray that I will feed on these verses. "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ? 28 "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do......
Gods call to my fellow bloggers
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As I was praying the Lord compelled me to write the following. This I do in humble obedience to his voice but trembling that I may have injected my own thoughts, but I leave you to pray that Gods truth will shine through and that you will hear his voice. Write this down says the Lord of Hosts I am The Lord, the Alpha and Omega who sees the beginning to the end. Listen my people I will not be mocked for I am a jealous God full of anger of wrath at those who mock me. Be careful how you walk in these last days for I am seeking a people who will walk before me, walking in the Light as I am in the Light. Those that say they are walking in the light and do not love me with all their hearts are not one of mine, for I know my sheep and I call them by name for they are continually before me, as I......
Armour of god -conclusion
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Finally we come to the last piece of armour Next; “take the sword of the Spirit,,,,,,,” This is the Word of God – much discussion is made over the use of the Greek word –Rhe ma instead of Logos, with some commentators saying there is no difference and others saying the choice of word is significant. I believe the choice is very important as again the father of all lies has convinced us there is no difference. Rhe ma is akin to the spoken word of God and is translated as such. This is seen in Rom. 10v17 where message and the word – rhema are used together. Likewise in the temptation of Jesus when Jesus says; “Man does not on bread alone but every word that comes from the mouth of God – Rhema is used here. To me the use by Paul of Rhema in Ephesians......
Can your faith survive in these last days?
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Can your Faith Survive these Last days? This is an important question. Why is this you ask? Have you not read the news lately – economic instability as countries run up billions of dollars in debt which impacts on you through your mortgage rates. Is your job secure? We read in the apocalyptic books of Daniel, Ezekiel and Revelation of the tribulation and the general decline in the health of the world with its increase in wickedness. In light of this will your faith stand firm or will it crumble? Let me ask you a question What is Faith? Allow me to make some statements about faith. Firstly Faith is a Gift from God . We read in Romans these well known words –“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God......
Armour of god part 5 the devils arrows
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We continue our study on the Armour of God - the last study we looked at the shield which leads onto the Arrows that are shot at us:- Lets move onto the “the fiery arrows of the devil.” What are these arrows? Some commentators list these as – Doubt, Depression, Despair, Discouragement, and Delay. Others mention - doubt, temptation, evil thoughts. We often make the mistake, again a lie festooned on us by the ‘father of all lies,’ that the arrows are the lusts of the flesh. No the lusts of the flesh come from our sinful nature so it is no use blaming the Evil One for our responsibilities. No the greatest arrow and the most prevalent is the arrow of Unbelief. This is not unbelief in a non Christian sense as the scriptures speak of Unbelief as being a sin for the......
Gods call to his people in these last days
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The shepherd is coming rejoicing to gather his lambs into his arms and take them home. Rejoice for the Shepherd has come to bring salvation to his lambs that have been tormented day and night by the enemy. Lift up your heads for your redemption is close by for the Shepherd will not only gather his lambs to himself but he will repair the sheep pens and rebuild the broken walls and gate. Wake up my lambs for the Shepherd is calling, can you hear his voice? He is gently calling over and over again - Come to me, turn from your unbelief and trust in me. Can you hear his voice – be still my sheep and you will hear my voice for you have been listening to the clamour of the worlds and all its pleasures. For the time is coming says the Head Shepherd that I will call no longer and the gate......
Armour of god cont.part 4 shield of faith
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Next we must – “hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows ”This shield was the “Greek word for “door.” It refers to the large 4' x 2' full-body shield. It was soaked in water before battle so as to extinguish the fire-tipped arrows. The words “hold up are the same as put on in v 13 – this is an urgent call to action. What is this faith? Is it theological doctrine? Or church teachings? Or a knowledge of the Bible? Or a combination of all three? Paul is clearly saying that we must deliberately "put on" something that can be either "put on" or "put off.”” Hence we must “hold up” faith which must therefore be in a completed stage. That is, a solder would not hold up an......
The bridegroom comes - a word of encouragement
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As I was praying and waiting on the Lord the following words came to me with the instruction to write them down. I believe that these words were not for me alone so in humility I post this message and pray that God will enrich and bless those that read it. Come quickly Lord Jesus. Rejoice for the bridegroom comes prepare the way cleanse your hearts you sinners so that you can stand clean before him. Wash your hands those that are defiled with the ways of the world for he comes quickly. Lift up your heads those that weep for your hope and salvation draws near. Those of you that have heavy hearts the bridegroom comes to lighten the load, for his load is light and his burden is easy. Lift up your hands those that cry and weep and let praise be your sacrifice. Strengthen your knees those that......
Armour of god cont.
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Previously we have spoken of the need to Put on the armour as a command, and looked at the belt of truth - which is Christ in you the great mystery tha the prophets longed to see. We continue Secondly we must put on the “breastplate of righteousness” – this is the righteous that Jesus has won for us as it is his righteous that has been gifted to us. Our sins have been covered so that we have the sacred privilege to come in the most holy of holies, into Gods throne room and gaze into His glory and present our petitions to him, knowing that we will be heard, and protected. Cf Hebrews 6v19 The curtain has been torn in two. What an honour to come before the creator of the universe knowing that he exists and that he will reward us with all the blessings that he has promised......
God is raising up a remnant
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We read in Isaiah 61 these words – “1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the LORD's favoured the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion-- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendour. 4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined......
Armour of god part 2 - belt of truth
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Previously we introduced the truth of thr armour of God where we spoke of the need to actively Put on the armour of God as our battles are in the spiritual realm - there is no option as this is a command Put on the armour!. Now we continue with the frist piece of armour - The Belt of truth Therefore we must put on – firstly the “belt of truth buckled around your waist,” The belt was a critical part of the Roman solders armour as it held the breastplate and sword in place. But what is this truth? Paul hints at this in verse 19 – “mystery of the gospel...” What is this mystery? I believe this to be what the prophets longed for, that is; Christ in you – Col. 1v27. & 1 Corth. 6v19 God spoke of this through the prophets when he mentions many times......
The armour of god - a study
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The Armour of God in these Last days Ephesians 6 I would like to express some thoughts on this passage which is not fully understood in the Christians walk, nor is the power of these verses realized. I believe that we can pay lip service to these truths and in so doing we live defeated lives, in that we do not experience the resurrection power that God has blessed us with. With the coming of the Last days we read that Satan is seeking full revenge – “Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short." I intend to submit this in short pieces using each piece of armour as a unit. But firstly The first and most obvious instruction......
The fatherhood of god in these last days part 1
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In these last days God is calling his family to himself and in doing so he is revealing himself to us as our Father. God is teaching us that we are his sons and daughters and he is our Father. H e wants us to view him in these last days as our Father – not our Lord, not our God, not our King, not our Saviour etc., but as our Heavenly Father. God wants to reveal to us in these later days the truth of God as Father. You will notice that as you read the NT Jesus referred to God as His Father and the parables that he told also by in large revealed God as a Father. In fact Jesus’ preference for calling God 'Father' (over 170 times in the Gospels) is distinctive In these last days the HS has come into our hearts and is urging us to cry out Abba Father. “Because you......