Sunday, 18 November 2018

He makes me look great!.

There is a saying that behind every great man there is a great woman and it is said to be true of the other way around as well.
But I say, behind every great person of God there is a Great God.

We can often attribute success or a persons giftings' to a persons ability, talent, drive, character, nature, etc but for me as a Christian, whose nature and character is in Christ and as one who has died, been buried and raised again in Christ, I am a new creation and that new creation comes from only one person - Jesus Christ.

I was mediating on the word this morning that was brought in church yesterday, Psalm 18 and in particular the scriptures 32-36:
"It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he causes me to stand on the heights.
He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me;
your help has made me great.
You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way."

As I read this v35 "Your help has made me great."
God makes us "great" as we trust in him, as we rest in him, as we allow him into every part of our lives, he makes us great.  And yet as He makes us great, He gets known among the earth and His name is glorified through us, through his creation, because we realise everything we are, everything we can do, is not from our own doing but rather from our Creator and Author of our lives, Father God.

When I look at my daughter as she has grown, people often say how she looks like me.  And as I watch her nature, her strength and her boldness develops, I can see a replica of me in many ways.  And so in the same way, as we mature in Christ, we become more and more like our Heavenly Father, full of love, full of glory, full of His greatness flowing in and through us to those around us.
All glory goes to God who arms us, who trains us, who strengthens us, who is our saving help, whose right hand sustains us.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Meerkats may be cute, but they can be dangerous.

This morning I saw in a dream I was in a car with some people travelling along and they saw a bunch of meerkats that they thought were cute and they invited them into the car.  I was trying to tell them not to let them in, but they continued to let them in.  And then shortly after that I saw another very cute animal that people wanted to pick up and cuddle, but it too was a very dangerous animal that would cause harm.

As I was asking the Lord about it and I got the scripture;
"There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death" Prov 14:12

For myself personally I am looking at next year and praying and asking the Lord for the plans for next year as many of you leaders may be doing the same.  We can continue with what seems right and good, and has gone well in the past, but I believe the Lord is saying, be careful as what you think may seem right and good, actually may cause harm.
I encourage you, especially Pastors and Leaders, don't necessarily continue on in what you have done this past year in moving forward into 2019, even if it was good and produced a great harvest.  God may have other things for you in the coming year.

For those who are not leaders or Pastors, but are thinking about their next steps in the Lord, please take the time to put it to prayer and to know the confirmation and peace in the Lord.  Sometimes the things the Lord asks us to step into are not necessarily what we would naturally do, but as we step in we find God's purpose and plan for it.

Many years ago the Lord called Jim and I to China.  At the time we didn't understand why, as there was no 'position' where we felt we fitted, it didn't seem to fit who we were as practical people with our skills and personality, and yet we could not get away from God's call for us to go there.
We received confirmation though other people and one scripture was sent to us out of the blue, which was "stand firm, don't let anything move you".    That one scripture spoke to us and helped us continue on when opposition came.
So we went still unsure as to why except the call of God on our lives that we could not deny.  But as soon as we got there we saw why - we fitted!  The  Tibetan people were exactly like us, not because of 'spiritual or practical' reasons,  but because of who we were as 'sheep and beef farmers',  just like they were and our humour was the same as theirs.  We were accepted and could relate on so many levels because we had similar backgrounds.  So I want to encourage you that although sometimes things don't seem to make sense, God knows and sees the big picture of both who you are and what He is asking you to step into, that in the end produces and leads you to the desires of your heart, (Psalm 37) that you may not even be aware of that you have.

So please lets be careful what we 'pick up' this coming year that may be seem good, but not necessarily lead to the life that the Lord has for us.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Labour Weekend 2018 In Reflection

We had an amazing weekend with Labour Weekend and so I wanted to share some photos, some words that the Lord brought, so that what He did, doesn't get lost in the busyness and distractions of the next day and share some testimonies.

Firstly - A thank you and testimony:
Dear Team...  to everyone involved in an amazing weekend. WOW.. Weekend Of Worship !!  it sure was WOW !!!   Thank you SO much team... there are not words enough to express deep gratitude to you all, for allowing the Lord to use you all to minister to us in deep and wonderful ways.  The Lord bless you all abundantly !!

Some words/pictures brought;

Encounter/Visitation -  Jim shared about from the moment of visitation to the promise, things can almost look like they are going backwards before you are thrust into the destiny.   For example Joseph went to prison before he fed a nation.  And so not giving up in the in-between from visitation to the promise land.  David was running around in the desert hiding in caves before he became a King.  In the process in the 'in-between' God was building treasures in their lives in order to carry out the promise that he had for them.  We all need an encounter with the Lord to keep us on the road to the promises and so the call for the weekend was for an encounter with the Lord to touch peoples lives, bringing encouragement, refreshment, refiling and re-firing.

Prophetic Reset - There was a picture of like bones were being rebroken in order to be set right.  It was like foundations that had been there for a long time were set incorrectly and the Lord was 'rebreaking' in order to have the right foundations.
For many of us our foundations are based around what we know and the culture we are used to in which we live and move, but are not necessarily the foundations of the gospel.

Purity of the Gospel - It was like there was a muddiness of the gospel, where things had been watered down by the world's thinking and way of doing things and was no longer pure, but the Lord I believe brought a purity again of the gospel message.  It is easy like in the picture above of the prophetic reset to take in world views and mix them with the gospel making them 'user friendly' instead of the 'truth' which is powerful for tearing down strongholds.  As Christians I believe and I know for myself, how easy it is in our working out of theologies and the issues that go on in life to 'water down' the truth of the word of God or what God is trying to say.  And so I came away from the weekend I believe with a 'purity' being re-instituted, a clarity to see things were things had been a little mucky, a seeing of the way forward where there had been questions before.  

Freedom -  For many there had been a sense that there had been a 'capping', a lid on people, that held them where they were, whether that was from others or from themselves.  The freedom of the gospel came again.  It says in Gal 5:1 "It is for freedom Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."  For many we blame others for our lack of freedom but in actual fact Christ has set us free and it is our 'responsibility' to remain in that place in our spirit.  Perhaps not in our situations but in our spirit we are free in Christ and He whom he sets free is free indeed.  This is not based on our outward circumstances but rather an internal reality.  And so the need to forgive others and to own our own freedom in Christ was brought.

In the Unity that commands a blessing - what are you asking for?
Psalm 133 : 1-3
"How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity!
.......For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore"

Someone asked me 'Sarah you need to be ready when unity comes, for what you will ask for'  And when it came the Lord showed me to ask for the ministry of reconciliation and restoration of all that had been lost.  
2 Cor 5:14 - 21
v18 "All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation".
That we would be a people who carried the ministry of reconciliation and that the Lord would restore all that has been lost and stolen by the work of the enemy.  Calling forth and prophesying into families, finances, relationships, unity in the body of Christ, etc. that we would be a people walking in power not just in talk.

Another Testimony - thank you Jesus!

Hello Glory Release Ministries!

I came to the weekend with a question in my heart about serving God full-time.  By the end of the weekend I had all the confirmations I needed from the Lord through receiving ministry at various times and through the Lord speaking to me during the weekend!  So, I am working right now on enrolling for a Pastor training course, and my Pastor has agreed.  I'm not young, but the Lord can still use me for some years!  Praise the Lord!

So we give thanks for all who helped, who prayed, who gave, 
and mostly to the Lord for all He did!  

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Burn the Ships - No turning back!

The other day Jim and I were given a word that we had 'burnt the ships' and I feel it is a word in season for the body of Christ in that we must be a people who 'burn the ships', 'no turning back' in our thinking, moving forward into the promises of God by faith, do not doubt, but step in trusting that God will do what he says he will do.

If God has been saying as a body to step into the land he has promised, then why are we not?  Are we afraid of making the 'wrong decision'.  Afraid we will get it wrong?  Whatever the reason's as to why we are not moving and perhaps sitting in indecision we need to speak the truth to.

For example, for us as a ministry recently we have been looking at our need of office buildings and so to step in by faith into leasing a building without the finances on hand but knowing that God is saying expansion, enlargement, people are coming etc and needing to prepare for that expansion and also with the promise that we don't need to worry about finances, then why am I hesitant and not stepping in?  Do I actually trust God to do what he says he will do and yet He is a covenant God, completely trustworthy.  He cannot lie.

James 1:6  "But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.  that person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.  Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do."

What are the 'what if's' that stop me from moving into the land God has promised?  More often than not it is ourselves and our fears, but if we seek the truth that helps us stand firm on our promises, truth from the word of God that says "It's only faith that pleases God", that "God is our provider", that "Don't worry about tomorrow"  "that God works all things together for good" etc etc. knowing that God's work done in God's way never lacks God's provision (Hudson Taylor) then fears get swallowed up in faith, inaction gets swallowed up by action.

Don't let your fears dictate your future.

Steven Curtis Chapmans Song "Burn the Ships"

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Education changes the fabric of community

Hosea 4:6  "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge"

"Education changes the fabric of community" was a quote by one of the ladies at the gathering of Women that I went to yesterday.  This quote struck me as I had never seen the impact that can be created in what we are are doing in GRM through "Schools of the Spirit" and in "training and equipping", "in preaching and teaching", people in the variety of ways that we do, how we can effect and change communities and societies. In reality that is what we are doing, if only in a little way, it makes a ripple effect that can change so much more than we think or realise, ask or imagine.(Eph 3:30)

They shared about what they consider "success" to look like and they defined it as people who:

  1. Had courage
  2. Tenacity and Resilience
  3. Integrity and humility
  4. Creativity
  5. Ambition - "Say Yes"
  6. Respect

This was a gathering of very influential women of society and business, not necessarily christian, but what they were sharing all had its basis in christian values and morals I realised as I listened to what they shared.

Some other quotes that might inspire you as they did me:
  1. "You are not a leader unless you have created other leaders"
  2. "Join companies whose values are your own"
  3. "Get a mentor and sponsors (people who speak on your behalf)
  4. "Appreciate the 'Devil Advocates' Role' when choosing the people around you who influence your decisions
  5. "Appreciate Diversity"
  6. "Be people oriented and let about goals"
Lets be a people who teach and encourage others on, we are all called to "make disciples" and in essence "make leaders", people who follow other people, and that is a place of teaching people and in essence changing the fabric of community and society.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

How long will you wait?

As we sit at the airport to go to Victoria Falls (May 31) I have some time to share a word that the Lord is speaking through. Joshua 18:3 "How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given you." 
So many of us have dreams and visions that the Lord has given us and yet we are waiting for them to come into being. But in Joshua they had seen God do the testimonies as we all have in our lives and yet they were still afraid to go into the land. Yes there are giants in the land but nothing is too difficult for the Lord. Often we hold back from going into the promised land because of fear - fear of failure, what others say etc, but if we understood who we belong to and that all of heaven comes to back us up as we step out in faith then we wouldn't hesitate so much. 
Joshua 21:44 "The Lord gave them rest on every side. .... Not one of all the Lord's good promises to Israel failed, every one was fulfilled." There is a promise and a reminder that the Lord will fulfill what He said he would do. Bless you all as you step in by faith to the 'land', the 'promise' the Lord has for you.