Friday, 21 November 2014

"Winds of Crisis"

Pray for the “Winds of Crisis” to be stilled.

Last night I had this dream and I woke up frightened because of what I saw.  
I saw Isis attacking New Zealand, I saw a Maori man rising up like that of Isis full of anger, I saw people running up a hill to get away, but then I saw people handing in their guns in a gun amnesty and others holding onto theirs because if they didn’t they had nothing to protect themselves.

It was a frightening dream that woke me up and got me praying.

I thought of the scripture in 2 Chronicles 7:14 that says “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

I got up and I prayed until I got the peace of God that passes all understanding and no longer aligned or come into agreement to the fear that wants to come in and disrupt  and cripple with a dream such as this.  

We are in a time I believe, where things that are happening around us can seek to cause fear and disrupt our peace and trust in the Lord and the Lord is wanting to teach us how to stand through the trials, whatever trials that we may face, whether its an attack from Isis, whether its cancer, whether its financial crisis, whatever it may be.

Recently when we were in China (August) I was woken away with a very powerful and very frightening vision that I saw and the words that came in this vision were “Winds of Crisis are coming, watch what the animals do and do the same” and as I watched I saw the animals running for the base of a huge mountain and burrowing into the base of the mountain as something very powerful was coming from above that was going to cause a lot of destruction and if we didn’t burrow in like the animals into the mountain then we would not survive.  This vision was so powerful I got up and wrote to our daughter Kate back in New Zealand straight away telling her I loved her as in this vision I didn’t know whether I would ever see her again.

We are in a time where ‘winds of crisis’ are blowing everywhere bringing with it a lot of destruction, but like the animals that ran for the base of the mountain, we too have to learn to run and hide in Jesus as He is our mountain, He is our strong tower, He is our fortress our protector in whom we can trust.  
Heb 12:18-24  "You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm;... but you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God.  You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly... to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel."
And as I prayed this morning and came to the mountain - came to Jesus, my peace was restored, my trust was restored, my faith restored and my rest came again.
Deut 20:1-2  “When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them because the Lord your God who brought you up out of Egypt will be with you.  
When you are about to go into battle the priest shall come forward and address the army.
He shall say “Hear, O Israel today you are going into battle against your enemies.  Do not be fainthearted or afraid, do not be terrified or give way to panic before them.  For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”  

Its at times like this that we need to be reminded of the truth that sets us free, that our God is greater and He is able to fight our battles for us.  We need to be reminded of who our God is and the stories from the Bible give us courage and hope and reminders that if God is for us, then who can be against us.  
But as in the dream last night where I saw people laying down their weapons, we need to lay down our weapons of war that would fight against in retaliation to anger or coming into agreement with fear and intimidation, whatever is coming against us and pickup our weapons of warfare of faith, hope and love and those seen in Eph 6 of the helmet of salvation, that we are saved and have eternal life, of the breastplate of righteousness, that we are set free from sin, of our feet fitted with the gospel of peace, of the belt of truth, of the word of God the sword to tear down strongholds such as that of fear,  of the shield of faith that our God is able to do what He said He would do and bring the opposite spirit to what the world is bringing.  We need to pick up forgiveness, healing and restoration and as I prayed this morning I prayed for forgiveness to be released in this nation because people only fight and take up arms because of some type of offense and hurt and we need to be a people who forgives our brother and listens to the hurts and prays for those hurts to be healed.

So I urge you to pray for our nation, I urge you to awake to the circumstances and warnings that the Lord is giving through so many voices and not just carry on with life as if nothing is going to happen.  I urge you to as it says in 2 Chronicles to humble yourselves and pray, 
  • pray for healing in our land, 
  • pray for forgiveness to arise
  • pray for His perfect love that casts out all fear to come into hearts of man that the people of God would not become fainthearted or afraid and not give way to panic but come into peace and trust in the Lord no matter the crisis that may be before us.  
  • pray for whatever the Lord puts on your heart to pray.
Jesus spoke to the storm in the boat and it calmed down and the Lord is calling to us to speak to those winds of crisis and tell them to be calmed in Jesus Name and we do that through prayer and knowing the authority we have in Christ Jesus.

You wouldn't believe it but straight after writing my blog this morning I felt to go for a walk ( that doesn't happen very often at 6am :) ) and as I walked outside in the country between Christchurch and Lincoln on the road was walking an angry abusive Maori man swearing all down the road and had I not prayed earlier and prayed for healing and forgiveness and because peace came into my heart from my earlier dream I might have not gone out to walk as he was right outside our place but because I now had peace I went outside unafraid and walked alongside him and as I did I saw this monument right opposite of where we are staying which blew my mind which had a plaque on it saying  "Let peace cultivate our fields". I saw these as a sign from The Lord of confirmation of my blog.  So cool

Monday, 17 November 2014

"And this is love; that we walk in obedience to his commands."

Why do we do what we do?

2 John 6  “And this is love; that we walk in obedience to his commands.”
1 John 5:3  “This is love for God, to obey his commands.  And his commands are not burdensome for everyone born of God overcomes the world.

Jim and I have travelled down to Christchurch area for a time, why?  Because the Lord was directing our feet in this direction.  End of story.  But why?  What has He got for us here?  What are we ‘doing’ here?  Why spend the money to come down here when we don’t see the finances coming in that will be needed to cover the trip?  All sorts of questions arise as we step out in faith but end up not being able to answer all the questions that arise from various directions, various people in their hearts and our own, and yet we come and we come simply in obedience not knowing the outcome but knowing who our Lord is and that He has good plans for us.

Recently the Lord gave me a dream and it led me to the story of Jonah and his refusal to go where the Lord told him to go and the consequences that happened because of disobedience and then finally repentance came and he went where God had originally called him to go.  He didn’t go initially because of fear I believe and for many of us we don’t step out into what the Lord calls us to do because of some type of fear, but then because of that fear it cripples us in some form until we come to a place of repentance and trust in the Lord and finally do what He calls us to do.  When we do, like Jonah, I believe we will see things we never dreamed of or believed for.

A few years back we believed we were to go to China and it was the ‘last’ money that Jim and I had as such and so it was a huge step and once again we didn’t know why we were to go but we went out of obedience and eventually we understood why we were to go and it grew us immensely in our faith in the Lord to the point that when the Lord called us to go to Africa for three months once again with no money coming in or knowing the country or what we were to do there,  but because of seeing the provision in the previous trips, we had the faith rise up in us to step out again and we saw absolutely amazing things happen on that trip that we never dreamed of.  God is faithful and is able to perform all that he says he will do, if we will only but ‘obey’ not knowing the outcome.

There was an old song that was sung “Trust and obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus” and it is so true.  We so often don’t know the outcome of faith, but faith requires an action on our part in order to see the promises come true.  We have promises over this trip to Christchurch, and at this point we can’t see them but we are here by faith, not in what we can do, but knowing that our Lord is faithful and will do what He said He will do.  I write this not only to encourage others but ourselves in the Lord as we need to be reminded of what the Lord has done in the past to help us keep going in Him, to keep believing in Him when we may not see it yet.

May the Lord richly bless each one of you as you step out in obedience and love for Jesus into what he calls you each one to do.