Saturday, 20 April 2019

This Easter "Go again"

Are you feeling discouraged, tempted to give up on what the Lord has told you, 'believing and yet not really believing' because you haven't yet seen the promise in which the Lord has given you.   Perhaps for healing, for your children, for your ministry?
I want to encourage you this morning "Go again", don't give up, the promise is on the way.
"Though there be no fruit on the vine, yet will I rejoice in the Lord." (Ham 3:17)
There is this sense for some that it's been a hard long road and it feels like there is no fruit from all the labour, yet the Lord would say to you this morning "Go again".  Don't give up, keep going.

Like Elijah who in 1 Kings 18:41-45 tells the story of hearing the rain coming in a time where there was a drought and yet he heard the sound.  "Go and look toward the sea"... "There is nothing there"....Elijiah said "Go back"...The seventh time the servant report "A cloud as small as a man's hand is rising from the sea.  Habakkuk was asking the question -  "How long, O Lord must I call for help...."  v5  The Lord's answer - Look at the nations and watch and be utterly amazed.  For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.....2:2  For the revelation awaits an appointed time, it speaks of the end and will not prove false.Though it linger, wait for it, it will certainly come and will not delay."  

Today is Resurrection Sunday

Jesus was dead, he was buried, the dream, the promise was over, or so it seemed.....
Does it look like there is no hope left?
Does it look like your dream is over?

Today brings hope in the midst of death

  • A day where dreams and promises that have died came back to life
  • A day where hope arose again in the hearts of man
  • A day where victory overcame death.
Lets believe again, lets be a people who live by faith and not by sight, LET HOPE ARISE in the midst and that the Lord would say to you this morning "Go again"


Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Our words create our worlds

 
 Last week I had a vision and I saw fire coming up from the ground and water coming from the sky, it was chaos and people were running for their lives as disaster struck.

I was asking the Lord about it as it felt like judgement coming and I was trying to reconcile judgement with my God that I know who loved the world so much that he sent his only son to die for us not to condemn the world but to save the world, and he said to me - Sarah "your words create your world."
Everything God created was good and in Genesis we see God gave Adam and Eve dominion over the earth.  And through Jesus, God has given us authority and dominion over the earth, the same authority he gave Jesus now lives in us to those who believe.  And I realised that as a people we can reap what we sow in respect of our words.  The power of the tongue is powerful, it either tears down or builds up, life and death is on the power of the tongue.  In John 1:14  "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us."  And so as a people we need to be careful that we do not bring judgement but that we bring life, we bring hope, we bring healing, we bring restoration, we bring faith and not fear, we bring honour instead of dishonour, we bring joy for mourning etc etc.

We have a huge responsibility currently with the events that have taken place over the last week in New Zealand, and other events happening around the world, and also in respect of an earlier preaching I had at the beginning of the year, that "we are on the brink of war and we needed to watch what we said and what we did" (see the video recording).  Lets' be a people who speak life, who speak and bring love to a broken and hurting people.

Isaiah 61
"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion -
to bestow on them a crown of beauty 
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks or righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendour."

Monday, 28 January 2019

Aphids and Slugs - Resisted or Received?

Morning.

The last week or so I have had some very powerful pictures through my garden and life in which the Lord used to speak to me that I would like to share.

The first picture:

160623_090.jpgWhile caring for my roses, I notice that one particular rose is not doing well and I see aphids and disease on the plant and so I spray it again hoping that it will kill what is attacking them.  A week later I see it has not been effective and so I am prompted to try another different form of disease killer, an oil rather than the pesticide, and the Lord speaks to me;
"Sarah, what was used in the last season, won't work for this new season".

We are in a different season, and the way we ministered or dealt with things in the past, won't work in this new season we are in.  The reason being we (as a people) have become 'familiar' with the styles and ways of ministering and hence the 'enemy' is already aware of it and becomes 'resistant' to it.
A bit like how our antibiotics aren't working these days because we have become resistant to it.  So we need to be asking the questions of the Lord - How is it now Lord that you would have us minister? How is it now Lord that we are to present the message that will be 'received rather than resisted?'
Asking the Lord the questions of our own lives in areas that we may have become familiar in.
For example; The way we treat our spouses, our children, the way we move in the anointing, the language and tones that we may use, that may not be getting the desired response it should be etc.

The second picture:
Jumping up from my bed I automatically switch on the coffee machine but suddenly the sparks start flying and smoke starts rising from my power point.  I run and switch off the mains as recommended by a friend and I try to work out what has happened to the power plug. We find as we open up the power point there is a slug weaved around the power connections causing it to fry.  What a powerful picture for me.  There are 'slugs' destroying the power of the body of Christ.
Fried slug :) 
For many of us I believe we have become sluggish in our "familiar" and not taken hold of the truth and waged war with our familiar in our lives and hence are not seeing the fruit of which we are believing for.  Things have become 'entrenched' and a part of us that it has become who we are, but in actual fact is not we are called to be as a new creation in Christ and is in actual fact  hindering the power that could be ours in Christ.

Prov 6:9  
"How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
When will you get up from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest -
and poverty will come on you like a bandit
and scarcity like an armed man."

If we find ourselves going around in circles not seemingly getting the breakthrough or the promise that is ours in Christ, then perhaps there are areas that we have become "familiar" with that need to shift and change in order for the 'flow' to be released, for the blockages to be removed.  It is easy to say "that is just who I am' but in actual fact that behaviour pattern, that default pattern is not who we are in our new nature in Christ.  And we have allowed it to remain instead of going deeper in the Lord and  dealing with them with the truth of the word of God.  It takes courage to take a 'true' look at ourselves and even perhaps the words we speak over ourselves or others.  It's helpful if we have friends that love us that we can allow to speak into our lives as they can be a fresh set of eyes, have different life experiences, can look at things differently to you and can help with our blind spots.  Someone who is not afraid to challenge you to a new way of seeing or thinking and will encourage you to push through whatever challenges that come.  God has the best for us and wants us to be walking in all that He has paid for at the cross.

So I encourage you in this blog, firstly to allow the Lord to take you into 'new places' in Him, not remain in the familiar of what we know which will hinder all that He has for you and for the body of Christ as a whole.  That we would be a people who allow the challenge of those who love us and can see from a different perspective, to take us deeper into a place of being 'more fruitful'.  Pray that Lord would reveal those things that have wrapped around us without even knowing.  And I pray that you would be released into all the new and good things He has for you and for those around you.  Many
blessings!

Prov 3:5
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him 
and he will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones."




Friday, 14 December 2018

2018 in Reflection and where to in 2019?

Firstly a huge thank you to all who have journeyed with us this past year.  It has been a great year of growth and expansion in many stepping up and stepping into new things that the Lord has encouraged each to step up into.  You all have been amazing!

Some of the growth this year has been:
  • A year of two services on a Sunday
  • Shifting into two different buildings
  • New groups formed - Wednesday Womens, Thursday Evenings and Mens Ministry
  • Interns 
  • Guest Speakers
  • School of the Spirit
  • Labour Weekend of Worship
  • Financial Increase
  • Invitations within New Zealand and Overseas for teaching and training.
None of this would have been possible without your support and encouragement practically, spiritually, financially and emotionally.  

Some of the words of the Lord in brief over the past year.
  • "Restructuring of the Body of Christ"
  • "Change is coming and it will happen quickly."
  • "How long will you wait before you enter the promised land?"
  • "Deut 8:2-10  He humbled you in order to know what was in your heart... to teach us that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.  ... For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land."
  • "Burn the ships - no turning back"
  • "Purity of the gospel - Daniel 2: 31-45 We are not to be 'partly strong and partly brittle, a divided kingdom is unable to stand.  We cannot be partly of the Kingdom of God and partly of the World."
In looking forward to 2019....

The Lord is making it clear that things are going to change from where things were in the past to where they are going in the future.  I believe he has and is positioning us for more teaching/training/equipping with the new building, but other things he is talking about are;

  • Mentoring
  • Outreach - Weekends of Worship in different places - tent meetings
  • Invitations - both overseas and here in NZ
  • Church Gathering
  • Internet
  • Workshop training days
So how these all come together and work out in the practical, we wait upon the Lord.  
If any of these things listed above is of interest to you and you want to know more, please contact us.
If you would like to sew financially into all that God has done and is doing in seeing lives changed, impacted, and in love with Jesus, then please see the donations page on how you can do this.
If you would like us to bring a team and hold a 'worship weekend' in your town, then also please contact us.
We would love to serve you in whatever way we can.  
We thank you again as it is not just one individual but a body of people working together in unity that commands a blessing.

We pray for you this Christmas Season that the Lord will refresh and refire you in His Love.  That He will keep you safe and that he will guide you and lead you in the new things he has for you in 2019.






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.