Thursday, 29 August 2013

"The water is rising like never seen before in the Waikato in May"

Yesterday afternoon these words ran before me;

"The water is rising like never seen before in the Waikato in May".

Then after that I had this vision where a fighter plane fell to pieces in front of me and crashed to the ground with parts going everywhere.  I saw the pilot fleeing for his life with two children and hiding underground for protection with other fighter planes that too were hidden.  It was a scary frantic time in the vision and I was having to avoid the damage from the plane and hide so as not to get hurt.

For me, waters represent The Holy Spirit, the presence of God.   'May' can represent increase but it may also mean the time in which we see it happen.  From what I am seeing and believing for, I believe there is going to be an increase of the presence of God like never seen before, which is exciting but it will also bring a  challenge with it, as seen by my vision that followed the words.

And in this time of testing I believe ministries/people may fall, but for those that hide in the shadow of the Almighty and rest and trust in Him and His word, will be alright.  There were two children which can represent witness, testimony, division or separation and I believe we are coming into a time where there will be division but that we as a body of Christ we need to stand together and help each other.  In the vision I saw this pilot fleeing, but I saw that other fighter pilots were helping him to safety.  We cannot afford to leave our brother or sister stranded as they come under attack, but we must come alongside and help them find the way to the place of safety, to the protection of the Lord, to the place of hiding which is found only in Him.  Hidden in the shadow of his wing.  We must not judge or we too will be judged, we must help people come into the Lords protection.  In the time of testing, stuff will rise in us that we did not know was there,  but when it does rise, please, as a body of Christ, believers together, do not judge it, as the Lord is bringing healing to people and setting them free.  Allow for God to do what he needs to, to see people free.  Be patient with each other.  Give grace to each other.

For myself I know that when the "Glory of the Lord" has been released in all its fullness, there have been people who through lack of understanding and knowledge (christian people) who have risen and judged me and thrown words or arrows at me, either in the physical or the spiritual, but the Lord has been my protection, my strong tower, my fortress and I find myself hidden in the shadow of his wing, totally protected by Him as I trust him to be my deliverer.   At the same time it has been an exciting time as I have seen people set free in the Lord in a way I only dreamed about.  So although there have been the people that have tried to attack me, there have been far more people who have been blessed through what God has done, as His Glory has been allowed to be released.

I believe we are in for exciting times in the body of Christ where lives are going to be changed and transformed so powerfully as the Glory of God is released over our nation and yet at the same time there will be the attack of the enemy that is wanting to take down any that will stand for Christ no matter how it looks.
I know for myself I am certainly aware and to be honest a little 'fearful', of what is coming and am asking the Lord for courage and the boldness that is found only in Him.  And I have experienced a supernatural boldness in times of this, like that of Stephen found in the book of Acts and a joy that far outweighs and exceeds any attack that the enemy brings.

I read this a few days ago in Jeremiah 32:38 -41 and it spoke to me "They will be my people, and I will be their God.  I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them.  I will make an everlasting covenant with them:  I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me.  I will rejoice in going them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul".

There is a 'fear in the Lord' that is good and I believe the Lord is releasing in His Glory, a Holy fear of Him, a fear that leads us to him, not away from Him.   He is love and all his gifts to us are good and so although there may be some testing times ahead, it will be for our good and not only for our good, but also for the generations to come.

Psalm 91: "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust."  Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence.  He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.  You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day.......v9 If you make the Most High your dwelling - even the Lord, who is my refuge - then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.  For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;"

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

The lie of a lack of spiritual fathers and mothers

My ponderings this morning.

I believe we have a generation (of which I am a part of) at the moment who believe that there were not the spiritual mothers and fathers who taught them in the things of the spirit; of the way they should go etc. I believe to some extent there is truth, we don’t seem to have seen the ‘spiritual hero’s’ that we want to follow in our daily worlds around us. But I also believe that our generation or those who don’t believe there have been the spiritual parents, actually need to repent for not honouring the ones that the Lord has put in their lives and in which we have not received them as such and honoured what they inputted into our lives.

There have always been people around us sowing into our lives, sowing truth, sowing help and hope, but because it has not come the way we expect it, we have not honoured what those people have brought. Sometimes too those people sow into our lives with truth that we don’t want to hear and so we walk away from those who are the people that God has placed in our lives for our good. But in walking away and not honouring what they brought, what they have said, then we have reaped what we have sown and believe a lie that we don’t have spiritual parents in the Lord and so don't receive what they bring.  In actual fact we have many, we just have not honoured the ones that the Lord has given us.

Father forgive us for not honouring the people around us that you have put into our lives for our good. Father thank you for those people who have spoken truth, who have tried to help us even when we have not seen it. Father for those ones we have hurt along the way without even realising it, forgive us, and help us to see the people in our lives that you have given us and to honour them.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Dirty cups and rocking houses.

The past few weeks have been a real challenge for me as The Lord has shown me different things and the challenge has come in how to share the things He has shown me.

I have had several dreams.  One where I saw before we worshipped there were still dirty cups that needed cleaning out before we could worship.  As I went to wash these cups out, my Father and Mother gave me some ashtrays to take back with me to the meeting.

Another picture I had was of a beautiful Christian family that I know and I was meeting them in their lounge and as we were talking their house started to sway and I saw their foundations were in sand.

So firstly the one of the cups needing cleaning.  That talks about the inside of people needing to be cleaned out before they come to The Lord for worship.  I believe The Lord is trying to show us that coming to him 'dirty' is not what he wants.  For me that makes sense.  When you go to someone's house for a meal, you do not go in your dirty clothes from work but you have a shower, get cleaned up and then go out.  I believe it is the same for The Lord, too many of us are coming to worship, are coming to him, but not taking the time to get cleaned up before coming to him.  We are coming with our stains, our hearts, our sorrows, our walls up and so when we come we cannot actually have relationship with The Lord because there are walls up around our hearts.  The ashtrays can represent according to a dream interpretation book,  things like sorrow, oppression, bitterness etc.  And I believe The Lord is saying those are things that make you dirty, that hinders the fullness of the relationship with The Lord.  The Lord has made you clean when you came to Christ but once made clean we have a responsbility in the Lord to keep ourselves clean.  Like at the beginning of each day you get dressed and go to work but through the day you get dirty and need a shower sometimes before you go to bed or the next morning, so it is with the Lord.  There are things that happen during the day, in our lives that bring a stain to the inside of our hearts and these are the things that need attention.    He wants us to worship Him in spirit and in truth and these things like sorrow and bitterness is actually not coming from a place of truth in our hearts, to some level I believe, and have seen in my own life.  Unless you deal with these, unless you get rid of this sort of stuff, you cannot have fellowship with The Lord and with the Holy Spirit.

Eccl 7:3 says "Sorrow is better than laughter because a sad face is good for the heart.  The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure".  These things mentioned above like sorrow and bitterness etc. are actually really good for us as it shows us the state of our heart, but it also makes us question about why we feel the way we feel.
And in the questioning, in the sorrow, or the bitterness, The Lord is leading us to truth if we allow Him too and don't shut off the process of pain, so as that we can be healed.  The Lord's desire is that we be free with nothing that hinders as we come to worship as He has set us free, but some of us stay in bondage because we don't know truth and perhaps are not willing to deal with it or see it.
The Lord wants to set you free so that you can live a life of joy and of peace and of hope but things like sorrow and bitterness rob you of what you can have in The Lord, the fullness of joy.  And so that is why in Eccl 7 sorrow is better than laughter because it makes you take a look at areas of your heart that are in pain and if you allow, The Lord wants to bring truth and healing and freedom to it.

The other dream I had about the beautiful christian couple whose house was actually on the sand too is a picture that could be taken the wrong way but actually what The Lord is wanting to do is show you the truth and reality of the state of your house, not so as to be judged, but for you to learn things so that when the storms come in life, you will not be hurt, you will not be moved as once again he wants so much more for you than where things are at right now.  In Luke 7 it talks of the story about houses built on sand and those built on the rock, and the difference being that your house will be built on rock when you put into action the Jesus words.  Verse 47 says "I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice.  He is like a man building a house who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock.  When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it because it was well built."  The other day The Lord showed me a picture of my own house and I saw a flood underneath my foundations to a metre under our deck but it didn't come any further and I was safe and that is the place that we want to be, knowing that when those storms come and they will that our house will not be washed away.  Those storms can be anything from the loss of a job, from a diagnose of cancer, to the loss of a loved one, or even words friends would say that would hurt you.  Whatever it may be, the Lords heart for us is to be able to stand through whatever trial and temptation comes our way and hence the pictures he has given me to share because there are those right now that are looking good on the outside but the truth of the matter is another story.  For myself The Lord showed me that there was a flood but that we were safe but I also know that Jim and I have been digging down deep and putting into practise the words that Jesus has shown us and that it has cost us many things in doing so, but as we have done this the joy of The Lord has just become such a deep thing that whenever things come to challenge me, I tend to just laugh now because I know whose hands I am in and that nothing that can come against me will shake me, yet at the same time remaining in a position that knows that without The Lord I cannot stand, and without The Lord holding me up I will fall because I can do nothing in my own strength and the moment I think I am standing firm, then I have done it in my strength and I need to be careful.

I don't know how I will react to the different things that come but I just have to trust that Jesus does and He is my rock, my refuge in times of trouble and I will run into him.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Eddie Cairns from Mission Outreach

Due to unforeseen circumstances our planned guest speaker for the 28th of August is no longer able to join us.  But in his place we are blessed and honoured to have Eddie Cairns, founder of Mission Outreach with a heart and call for the suffering church, joining us.  This will be a special time so please bring along your friends and honour a man of God that has served God now for many many years.

We also have Nicky Moran leading us in worship.

This Wednesday night 28th of August.  7pm at Puketaha Hall.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

The Walls of our heart are being broken down.

Earlier last week I had this dream and in this dream my friend was crying and then I went outside and it was raining.  Then I found myself inside a room and there was this very tall man telling stuff in the middle of the walls to go and as it went there was this horrible noise that screamed as it went and then people's eyes were being opened and it was a time of rejoicing.

For me I see this very much what I believe the Lord is doing, that the Lord is crying, is weeping for his people and he is sending the rain of revival and speaking to the walls in peoples hearts that have held them captive for so long, the walls of regret, walls of disappointment, of failure, of hurt and rejection, of things that have been lost or stolen such as dreams and visions that yet have not come to pass, that has caused a wall to go up in peoples hearts that actually hinder hope and faith being fully released.  For whatever reason that people have put walls up to protect themselves and the Lord is removing those things that have held people captive and in a place of not seeing who He is and His love for them and His healing and forgiveness.  And in so doing peoples eyes are going to be opened in a way that they have not seen before and it will be a time of rejoicing and celebration.

I was reading the book "Crossroads" by Paul Young earlier on and he wrote something that summed something up for me so beautifully.   "Walls divide, but boundaries honour".  Walls divide us and cause separation between one another, between God, in every sphere of relationship.  But the Lord wants to break down those walls in your heart and come into a new place of trust, of rest and of healing and to bring honour.

I encourage you in this time to allow Him to teach you to surrender, to teach you what it means to open up your heart in a good and healthy way that not only honours you and honours those around you.  I encourage you to believe that the Lord is bringing hope and faith again into situations, into relationships, into dreams.  That is who He is, as it says in 1 Cor 13, these three remain, Faith, Hope & Love.

Advance and Expansion are the words

There is certainly a massive shift happening at the moment in God's Kingdom, rule and reign being released here on the earth.  We have been in such transition and repositioning in the body of Christ for such a long time it seems but people are coming into their places, into their positions, the call for advance has been sounded and taking hold of those places that had long been held by the enemy are now ours for the taking.  Expansion is the word so be prepared for the unexpected, the miraculous, the provision, the joy, the authority to rise up and declare the word and works of the Lord in ways that will astound you.  Those things that you have been sowing into for years faithfully honouring the Lord are I believe about to be released in ways that will blow your mind, that will excite you, that will remind you who our God is, the maker of the heavens and the earth and all things are under His authority.

Friday, 9 August 2013

Guest Ministry date change

Unfortunately we have just heard that our guest scheduled for the 14th of August has just had to change the date of his visit due to not being able to get a visa into the country.  The date now is:

28 August 2013 7pm Puketaha Hall

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Guest Ministry

Wednesday the 14th of August at Puketaha Hall at 7pm we have a guest ministry coming and all are invited to come along and hear these special people.

Because of security I am not telling you his name but He is from China where he has served 23 years in a labour camp because he would not denouce his leader who was a contemporary of Watchmen Nee.  He is still active in diciplining and mentoring the leadership of the underground church.  He is joined with another person who has planted a chinese church in in Laos and now working with church plants.

There will be a love offering taken so please come prepared.

We also have Nicky Moran joining us in leading worship.

So should be a great night to come along and fellowship together and see what the Lord would say to you.
Bring others along and if able bring some supper to share.
Look forward seeing you there.