Thursday, 26 February 2015

Words are powerful weapons

The Lord has been recently challenging me on some of the words I speak (even in the sharing of testimony) and the motives of the heart that underline those words that come out from my mouth.  Words are powerful things and if we allow the Lord to reveal what is underneath some of our words, then we realise what is actually at the root or at the heart of the words we speak that may need healing or truth spoken into such things.

With our tongue comes either blessing or cursing.
With our tongue the overflow of the heart speaks (Matt 12:34)
With our tongue we can turn a whole ship, or set a spark which creates a huge fire that sets the whole course of our life (James 3:5)
With our tongue we praise our Lord and Father and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness (James 3:19)

Prov 19:16  “How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver.”

For example:
  • are  the words I am speaking lifting me up and putting others down? (sarcasm and gossip does that).
  • or making me look good in other peoples eyes?
  • or judging or criticising another?
  • am I speaking with anger and if so why?
  • or coming from a heart that is harbouring hurt, rejection or fear?
  • are the words I am speaking coming from unbelief and doubt and not bringing faith and hope into a situation?

It's a hard challenge to accept and receive correction on in the Lord, but when we do, we will receive not only forgiveness, but a blessing and our lives will take a different course and bring life and blessing, not only to ourselves, but to all those around us.  People will want to come to you because you bring life and not death, as it is in the power of the tongue.
Pro 16:12 “Kings take pleasure in honest lips, they value a man who speaks the truth”.

Prov 19:14 
“May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight O Lord, 
My Rock and My Redeemer.”

Lord I thank you that you reveal truth that sets me free.
Thank you that you show us through our words what actually is in our heart if we allow you to examine the motives of our heart.  
Lord bring healing to those places of our hearts that need your touch, your forgiveness and help us to be a people that our words promote life, that people are drawn to us because of the words we speak.
Thank you Jesus that you are turning everything for good for those who love you and are called according to your purpose, that you redeem and restore what has been lost and turn it for your glory and that we are being transformed by the renewing of our minds day by day and that there is no condemnation in you.  Thank you Jesus.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Stir up the gifts within you - Advance!

There is a call I believe in the spirit at the moment, a call of 'advance'.

For many God has been teaching and renewing truths of who we are in Christ and the authority we have being children of God, but now I believe the season is changing to one in which we actually take dominion over the land that is before us.  We can only do this when we know who we are and whose authority that we carry, that we can actually move forward and take the lands that the Lord has given us to possess.

The word that keeps coming to me since returning to the Waikato is "Stir up the gifts within you!" 2 Tim 1:6.  As we keep praying this is the sense that is there, stir up those gifts and talents that are with you, stir up them and use them for the Kingdom of God.  We are an army and we need each other and I believe there is a call of 'advance' in the body of Christ, now is the time to take the land (and has always been) but there is a fresh wind of the spirit coming as we stir those gifts up, step out by faith and see the Holy Spirit move like you have never seen him move before.

Dr Myles Munroe writes "The gift is in us, but we have the responsibility to stir it up",  "It is something God gave us.  It is something we need to discover and then stir up.  No one else can activate your gift for you.  You have to do it yourself.  You stir up your gift by developing, refining, enchancing and using it.  That is where education comes in.  Education can't give you your gift, but it can help you develop it so that it can be used to the maximum.
Prov 17:8 says "A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it; whithersover it truth, it prosperth".  (KJV)  In other words, a gift is like a previous stone to the one who has it, and whenever he stirs it up, it turns into prosperity.  If you use your gift, it will prosper you.

What is your gift that the Lord has given you, give thanks for it and step out in faith in it.

So many of us are trying to be something that we were not created to be and find ourselves discontented instead of flourishing, longing for things that we are not called to be and do.  For myself I am called to preach the word of God,  others can never do that, are not supposed to do that, and yet want the anointing that I carry, but cannot do what I do in order to do that.  Just like I am not an accountant, or a business person, or a youth leader, or a nurse.
We all have different gifts and callings and so we need to stop being jealous of one another's different gifts and wanting to be something we are not called to be, repent for discontentment of what the Lord has given us and rejoice in who God made us to be and step out in a whole another level in that calling in such a way where the Kingdom of God is glorified in all that we do and in who we are created to be.

Do you feel small and insignificant today? Well be encouraged!

Reading Psalm 68 and verses 24-27 struck me
……Verse 27 “There is the little tribe of Benjamin, leading them….

What struck me this morning in the great assembly of Israel, in the great congregation, the Little tribe of Benjamin led them.   It hit me how it was a little tribe that led the great congregation.

Straight away I got other pictures that came to mind, that of a small tug boat that leads a huge ship safely into harbour, and of the story of the Lion and Mouse where the lion was caught in ropes but the mouse ate the lions ropes around him, setting him free.
“God chose the weak things of the world to shame the wise”

You may feel you are little, you may feel you are small and what effect could you have, but like that of Gideon with only a small number of warriors, came up again defeated thousands in the Lord.
Like David in the eyes of Goliath and yet David overcame Goliath.  Like yeast in a loaf of bread and how it infiltrates everything, so too can the little things in God work its way through effecting those around you.

So it was an encouragement to me as God can use small things to lead many, God can use the little things and the weak things of this world to change a nation.  So don’t think you are small and can be of little or no effect, its not the truth.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Too busy already this year??!!

Last night I had this dream where I saw myself crossing the road over traffic going one way and then the other and train tracks in the middle and I saw my husband calling me back and as I started to come back to him the traffic was so busy I had to wait in the middle, there were big trucks coming one way, big vehicles coming the other way and the road was really busy and I just sat in the middle until there was a pause in the traffic to get back.

As I looked at this dream this morning I know in my heart the interpretation that there is a call to come back to the heart of worship which is Jesus, there is a call in the busyness of life and all that is happening and going on around me, that I need to ensure that I am with my husband (the Father) and not going off on roads that are the wrong road. 

At the beginning of new years we start afresh and get busy organising this and that, but it is very important in this time that we keep our focus on Jesus, that we keep spending that time with our Father who is peace, who leads us by still waters, who speaks to us in the quiet and directs our steps, who says this is the way walk in it.
If you find yourself caught up in the busyness, if you find yourself with so much going on around you at the moment, take a moment and come back to the Father, come back to the heart of worship and let him lead and guide you as He never gives you more than you can cope with.

Sometimes we feel like we can do nothing to stop the traffic coming and then I am reminded of the movie Notting Hill where near the end of the movie they are in a hurry to try and get to the girl and there is a car load of them and they are stuck in a traffic jam and can’t get out and one of them in the car gets out and stands in the middle of the traffic and puts his hand up and stops the traffic and they continue on, leaving him behind making it in time to see the girl (Julia Roberts)  Sometimes we need to get out and actually put a stop to some of the traffic that is hindering us getting to the Father.

This is a link to the song by Matt Redman of "I'm coming back to the heart of worship" - take the time to listen and just allow Him to come.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

"I am ruined for the ordinary"

“I am ruined for the ordinary”

A statement that can possibly be to some, come from a place of judgement, or it can be from a place of there is more in the Kingdom of God that I am yet to experience or understand, revelation that I have tasted of something that actually shows me that I have not tasted of anything yet.  A place where there is such a contentment and joy in what I have seen and longed to see and yet a revelation that there is way more "beyond what I think, ask and imagine" (Eph 3:20) and one that spurs me on to seek and discover all the fullness that could be ours in the Kingdom of God.

When we as Christians see other Christians going places or experiencing things that we don’t understand or perhaps we have not yet moved in, we can either become jealous of that person and judge and bring them down to our level, exclude them from our lives or we can choose to be excited by what is happening and be encouraged and spurred on in the Lord for the more than can be had than what we are currently experiencing.

One response will come from a thinking like that of the parable of the Lost Son, where the brother got upset with his brother when he received stuff that he was not ‘worthy’ of, and so get upset - an orphan type thinking and become critical, jealous, judgemental and angry.
The other response will come from a place of knowing that because we are brothers and sisters in Christ, I too can have what they have and experience and see more in the Kingdom of God and if I am not yet, then it will spur me on to ask the questions  "why am I not seeing or experiencing what they are seeing and experiencing?" - a searching out and in the searching out, will receive what they are asking for.  "You do not have because you do not ask".  John 14:14 "You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it."

A scripture this morning that came to my mind - John 14:2  (John 14:1-14)
“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you”  
For example; I can look at this scripture and search it out and ask the Lord to show me revelation on this and what does it mean? (which currently I am doing).  Recently there have been many people talking about going ‘into different rooms in the heavenlys”, now I can either, because I may not have yet experienced what they are talking about, say it is rubbish and want nothing to do with those who are sharing about such things or I can ask the Lord to show me what he is meaning through such a scripture as this and receive revelation, insight and understanding that may lead me beyond my current thinking or experience.
Another example could be on healing and miracles which can often be based on what we see or don't see and so our theology lines up with our experience rather than what scripture would teach us and hence we limit what God can do because of our belief system or past experience.
One stance can come from a place of pride and believing we know and already have everything, another from a place of humility and willingness to learn and grow that perhaps there are things that I don't yet have understanding of.

There is so much revelation and understanding to be gained as we search out the scriptures and as the Lord reveals and opens our eyes for things not previously seen or understood, that we come to a place where we realise we really don’t know anything and that there is still so much more in the Lord for us to ‘taste and see that the Lord is good’.  The more I have searched out scriptures and stepped out in faith on those scriptures, the more I am blown away by the Lord and how much I don’t know anything and yet it is there for us to have and it produces in me a hunger for more of the “goodness of the Lord” that I know is there.  It makes me realise that I am 'ruined for the ordinary', there is so much more in the Lord.
John 14:12 "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing.  He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father."
So what did Christ do that I am not yet walking in and yet he says here that we will do even greater? 

So I encourage people not to get jealous with different christians in the body of Christ as we are all one, we are all equal, no one greater than the other and if one is walking in things that you are not yet walking in that bring glory to the name of Jesus, don't get jealous by them but rather be inspired and spurred on in the Lord to search out and ask the questions of the Lord, as you too can walk in the same things they are walking in if you want to, and those who ask, receive.  Perhaps you may need to even humble yourself and go and ask those people how they learnt what they learnt.
But all for the glory of God that His name be lifted high!

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Criticism, Judgement & Pride

Last night this thought flicked through my head:

"Where there is criticism and judgement then there is pride".

It is so easy to step into criticism and judgement.  We look at people and instantly we judge them in some capacity.  We were at a wedding in the weekend and at weddings you sit and you watch people, perhaps on the dance floor, perhaps in how many times someone goes to the bar, perhaps in the way people are dressed or the tattoos on the arms.  In whatever way, we watch and in watching we form some sort of opinion which in reality is some form of judgement about that person.

In the same way in church we do the same thing.  Sometimes it can seem like it is all performance, people gathering on a stage and performing rather than worshipping the Lord but we can easily step into judgement and criticise that.  Sometimes we may find the service is not what we expect or how we like it and we step into criticism.  Sometimes there is a call for something that you know might have spoken to someone but people remain seated and don't go forward.  Or perhaps "the same people always go up", or whatever reason we can easily judge or criticise something.

The moment we step into a place of criticism in our judgement over another person or a situation, we may have found we have stepped ourselves into a place and position of pride.  Of being better than someone else.  Of thinking that we have something they don't have.  Of thinking their lives need to change.  Of whatever it may be.

This is the time as soon as we start to get critical or telling our opinions of others to others, that we may need to stop and ask ourselves some questions - am I building those people up?  Am I thinking I am more than they are?  This is the time we need to stop and pray and ask the Lord for forgiveness for judging and in essence condemning one of His beloved children.  This is the time we need to take our eyes off others and turn them back to the Lord and look at Him and Him alone.   It is so easy to do but I would like to encourage you to take a moment and stop before you go any further and say to yourself, is this criticism?  "Have I stepped into a place of pride Lord where I think I am better than somebody else?"
James 4:6-8
  '"God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."
Submit yourselves, then to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Come near to God and he will come near to you.'

Philippians 2:3 "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves."
v5 "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant..."

When we take our eyes off others and look to the Lord everything changes, our perspective changes, our love for others changes,  what we receive from the Lord increases, but when we stay in that place of a critical spirit, things in our lives decrease as we hinder what the Lord can give us.  So I encourage you today to learn to retrain your eyes and where they look and encourage them to look at Jesus rather than at others.

I realise in writing this, this is a topic that I have spoken a lot about in past blogs but I know for me it is something that I continually find myself being challenged with and growing in and continually needing to be reminded of to put my focus in the right place.