Changing the calendar

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As the sun goes down on 2015 and comes up again for 2016, the calendar is changed to show a fresh new January.

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Ummm- Actually in reality, the fridge was blank for a few days because I hadn’t purchased a new calendar, and another calendar in my home was only sorted yesterday…which was the 5th…so I guess I am only now ready for 2016.

But long weekends over Christmas and New Year gives space to think about the threshold. Crossing from one page to another.

2015? That was a great year. My last post which was written ages ago (oops) talked about a new season ….and absolutely it has been. It is still unfolding, and I feel I am on a roller coaster, feeling the g-force,  holding on for dear life, laughing with joy, and feeling the absolute pleasure of The Father towards me.

2016? I can hardly wait!  I haven’t made resolutions. That’s just weird. But I have made a brainstorming board / flow chart type thing instead. Like this:

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where the numbered boxes represent outcomes – some are vision and dreams, some are necessary, some are God’s promises or leadings,  some are for fun. There are those that I have the faith for, some are still waiting for that faith download to occur. Then I move into the middle boxes…and some have sub boxes and sub layers.  Here is where I put the more practical steps needing to be done, or achieved and put in place, and ‘ticked off’. These are my starting steps for 2016. I am not going to beat myself up if they aren’t crossed off… removing the fear of failure provides the release to be adventurous in dreaming!!

But most importantly I consider these fluid, because I want to live by the Spirit’s leadings; and obedience to God is a far better idea than crossing off steps in my boxes. And it’s increasing in discernment that I believe allows us to hear His leadings clearer and quicker.

So, happy new year to you!! How do you cross into a new calendar?

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Spring up. Spring forth.

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Spring is in the air.

Not that it feels like it today. Hail last night and a cold wind doesn’t make one think of the coming hot sunny days of summer. But as I was outside a couple of weeks ago having a look around the soggy garden…I saw these flowers. Spring is appearing.

And all week I have been struck with  the verse from Isaiah 43:19

 Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

I believe the Lord is releasing a new thing.  And I release this word over your life as you read this, in His name. I release the blessing of a new season springing up. Of freshness of His presence and His glory upon your life. I bless that which has appeared buried, snuffed out, aborted, barren or dormant;  to bud into life.  That His splendor will be unveiled.  That His Glory will be seen. I bless your dreams and visions.  I bless your friendships and connections.  I bless your families and your decisions. I bless your courage and your vulnerability, your humility and your faithfulness.

I bless the new thing the Lord is doing in your midst. Behold, it springs forth!!

Time for a new wineskin

I’ve been on holiday for a week.  Which is always a great time for contemplation. And these are a few of my mullings:

It is time for a new wineskin.

 Then the disciples of John came to Jesus, inquiring, Why is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, [that is, abstain from food and drink as a religious exercise], but Your disciples do not fast? And Jesus replied to them, Can the wedding guests mourn while the bridegroom is still with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. And no one puts a piece of cloth that has not been shrunk on an old garment, for such a patch tears away from the garment and a worse rent (tear) is made. Neither is new wine put in old wineskins; for if it is, the skins burst and are torn in pieces, and the wine is spilled and the skins are ruined. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved. Matthew 9:14-17 Amp.

Wineskins.

Christ -The Anointed One abides in us. The Spirit dwells within is. We are the earthen vessels, the containers so to speak, the dwelling place of God.

And our revelation of who God is, is what we release to those around us. Our wineskin contains our revelation.

Twenty years ago there was a stretching of wineskins as God began revealing Himself in a fresh way as The Father. Our eyes were unveiled (and continue to be) to His love and intimacy , to His goodness, and near-ness. We became fresh wineskins as we mourned for Him. That is, we began to see our lack in our understanding of who God is, we longed for Him, we cried out for Him, to meet Him in His aspect of the Father that we had not known. We were undone by His love.

Now God is beginning to stretch us again. He is adding to our revelation of who He is. He is beginning to display Himself in His Greatness and Power. It will take a fresh new wineskin to hold this.

We are to contain both aspects of who He is. His intimacy, love and goodness, as well as His majesty, His awe generating Greatness, His Holiness. His Glory. It has to be both. That is who He is.

I’ve heard His Glory described as His reputation. It is who He is displayed. His Glory is not shared with us…it’s not our power and might. Yet Jesus says we are given His Glory. We contain His reputation, we are to be wineskins holding the revelation of who God is. Witnesses of His supernatural love, supernatural peace, supernatural hope, supernatural resurrective power.

I don’t think we are able to comprehend what this will look like. We’ve heard of stories from the past, just take Azuza Street for example. But that was one church. What will it look like on mass worldwide scale?

I know my wineskin needs refreshing, renewing, replacing, updating  – however one would phrase it. New wine is put into fresh wineskins. I am surrendering my old wineskin, saying God I want to hold the fresh revelation you are bringing. Greater understanding of who you are!

 

 

Appointed place. Appointed time.

 And Moses said to the Lord, If Your Presence does not go with me, do not carry us up from here! – Exodus 33:15

This has always been my prayer. To be where God wants me to be. As a student leaving home for university, I was more concerned about where the Lord wanted me (turned out it was the other end of the country – Dunedin), than what to study (I didn’t get into fine art school, so went for an art history major along with archaeology/anthropology/chemistry/history mix).

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Around 9 years ago, I felt ‘the pull’ to support dear friends in their ministry. It was an intense pull, but as I hadn’t really experienced it like that before, I was hesitant for some time to make the change that would need to occur. Turning towards something, usually requires leaving something. And people are precious, and I dislike ‘leavings’. But the pull was that strong, that I knew resisting it, meant resisting God. I had to make the transition. And looking back I know it was the perfect decision. My heart was aligned fully with what God was doing.

Then, after a few years, sadly this ministry came to an end; (details of which I won’t go into). I was shellshocked. Lost. Disoriented. Orphaned in a sense. It was an utterly lonely gut-wrenching season.

And although the last few years has been a journey not only of healing, but of growth, of impartation, of discovery;  I have endeavored to be led by God, to be where He wants me to be. I have felt normadic, following the cloud by day and the fire by night, setting down and picking up. And I’m quite over the moving, I can assure you!

Always seeking where God wants me, each move in prayer. But never that pull, never that heart/spirit connection. Having experienced living in that place of heart connection, I have recognised it’s absence.

Until about 3 weeks ago. Is it to much of the ‘early days’ to tell you? No. I know that pull. That divine, supernatural, God inspired pull, (or ‘sending’ depending on your viewpoint. )

There was no dramatic prophetic word. No visible angelic visitation (and yes I’m open to both of those!), but where there had been an absence of that connection in my spirit for several years, it suddenly reappeared. All that had happened in the natural, was a text invite (that I couldn’t actually accept at that time due to family priorities.. Ie having son/mum time on the ps3. Yes, truly, that is a special time with my son, I try to do weekly). But that invite resonated on the inside of me. And I knew that despite not knowing the people involved in this ministry, having never met them, or how their ministry actually looked, I knew the Lord’s call.

Appointed place. Appointed time.
It is an appointing by God. Not appointed to be or do as in 1 Chronicles 9,15,16 where people are appointed over furniture, to sound bronze cymbols, to minister before the ark of the Lord,
But an appointed time (Genesis 18:9 ), and place.
A kairos moment of time.  As Mark Chironna writes in his book ‘The Prophetic Perspective’

“KAIROS IS A POWERFUL WORD AND A MORE POWERFUL EVENT. IT IS the pivotal moment in which two things happen: First, we become acutely aware of opportunity or potential. Second, we become acutely focused to apprehend it.”

I know that right now, at this time, I am to join this ministry. That God has purposed me to do so. An appointment from the Lord.

And as Mark writes further about the lead up to a kairos moment

“While it is unlikely that Peter and John expected an encounter with the Messiah that morning, something was already working within them; it was tangible enough that when He said, “Follow Me,”they followed without hesitation.”

And that’s the what that pull is. The Lord saying ‘follow me’. So, I am following, in awe.

Christ.

In all honesty, I’ve never been comfortable speaking the term ‘Christ’ as it is so bantered around my workplace in profanity, that it always seemed weird to hear myself refer to Jesus as ‘Christ’. Of course, I know He is; I have zero problem with the title, but just the word was too abused for me to want to use.  Until now that is.

Why the change?

Because ‘Christ’ means The Anointed One. That is powerful, and I’ve been meditating on Him as the Christ, asking for an unveiling of the knowledge and revelation of Him.

Paul in the New Testament spent time

 Explaining [them] and [quoting passages] setting forth and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, This Jesus, Whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ (the Messiah). – Acts 17:3

Jesus the Anointed One. As someone else puts it so succinctly:

Jesus as fully Man was dependent upon the anointing (Messiah and Christ mean “anointed one”) of the Holy Spirit.(1)

Jesus walked on earth as the Son of Man. Anointed, dependant on the Holy Spirit. How much we can learn from Him! He only did what He saw the Father do. We read of Him operating in words of knowledge, discernment,  prophecy etc. And if you reading this, believe and accept that Jesus is the Christ, you are a ‘little anointed one’ – christ-ian !!

He is also the Son of God. And now seated on the throne in His glory, in His splendour

Paul writes to the Ephesian folk:

 May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality]. – Ephesians 3:16

 May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, – Ephesians 3:17

Christ dwells within us! The Anointed One is within us. His love, His strength in us, so that we can ‘be filled with the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself’!  I just love the Amplified version!!

That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it]; [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]! – Ephesians 3:18-19

That’s what I want, to be wholly filled with God Himself. That the love, the compassion that flows from me, is His. That the words I speak are His. That looking into my eyes you see His love. That as I pray for you, you see and experience Him.

Christ within us. The Hope and Glory.

(1): Aletheia Eleutheroo by Dr J Maloney pg 125

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Another exciting bit of 2014 I want to share with you, is that I joined

The Voice of the Dove Company

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Voice of the Dove Company

James and Joy Maloney’s ministry has so impacted me over the last few years, and if you’ve read earlier posts, you’ll know the story of how God brought them to my attention through a random tweet I read.

Because their heart, writings, and ministry resonate so deeply,  it was a certain response on my part, to join their community, to support, to take a hold of the inheritance they carry!