Consecration.

Communion is a time when we can come together before Jesus.  To worship Him. To humble ourselves before Him. Honour Him. To love on Him.. and to receive His love for us.

This morning’s message I shared a word I felt God was speaking to the church.

Consecration. To set ourselves apart to God.  We consecrate ourselves before God. The good, the bad and the ugly. Give Him our skills, our dreams, our relationship with Him, our relationship with others. Give Him our weaknesses, our sin, our struggles. Our disappointments, discouragements, loneliness. Consecrate ourselves as earthen vessels, that He would make holy, sanctified and filled with His Spirit.

Why? Among other reasons.. as the first step into a new season.

I heard the Word ‘Grow. Grow. Grow’.  A season coming of growth. Growth in skills and giftings, growth in intimacy with Jesus, growth in relationship, growth in knowledge of God’s kingdom, growth in wisdom.

 

So

Are there places in your heart that need to be consecrated.. brought before God?  Come before Him, get into His presence, wait on Him, and lay those things before His throne.

And perhaps the word ‘Grow’ is relevant for you too.  Where do you feel God is causing, asking, challenging, opening doors for you to grow?  In relationship with Him, in ministry, in your family, your job? Maybe a growing of fresh passions, of new ventures. Business ideas. Missions.

If this is you… take some time.. (you know.. that luxury in life) and come before God in consecration. It’s time to come before His throne.

 

Psalm 23:4

Let me back track to February this year.

I was getting ready to prepare a communion message.  Sitting on the edge of my bed with Bible and paper, I asked Holy Spirit what to speak on. Immediately He responded with the words of Psalm 23:4.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;

So I did.  I spoke on intimacy with Jesus, of being God’s presence.  In the midst of our adversary. Of our difficulties. Of our circumstances and situations.  His Table of goodness is prepared for us. His sustenance, strength, and love.  Looking towards Him.  Being in His presence. Soaking in Him. Receiving from Him.

Then in March, a visiting ministry came to speak.  Deborah Perez’s message.. Psalm 23:4.

As a side note, I love to discover fresh worship. God speaks prophetically through worship, so I love to hear new sound, new songs, His heartbeat.

Not long after this ministry came, I was having a listen to some worship on the net. I happened to drop in on a live worship session in Sacramento I came across, and heard a song which gripped me.  I sat weeping in the presence of God. She was singing Psalm 23;4!  I could find no link to listen to it again later, and had no idea if it was a previously recorded song, or was spontaneous, as I came in mid-worship.

Until now.  Although not exactly the same as I first heard, and the audio is poor quality, it is a beautiful worship song.

God prepares a table for you.  Today. In the midst of your circumstances.

Let me share it with you.

At the current Durban outpouring, Chelsea Regan singing The Table

 

 

Shaking mountains

Shaking Mountains

I love the dramatic start to this verse.  Such a proclamation!  And a verse that captured my attention this past week.  A cry on my heart.

Isaiah 64

New King James Version (NKJV)

64 Oh, that You would rend the heavens!
That You would come down!
That the mountains might shake at Your presence
As fire burns brushwood,
As fire causes water to boil—
To make Your name known to Your adversaries,
That the nations may tremble at Your presence!
When You did awesome things for which we did not look,
You came down,
The mountains shook at Your presence.
For since the beginning of the world
Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear,
Nor has the eye seen any God besides You,
Who acts for the one who waits for Him.

 

We need you God. Your presence.

That the mountains in our lives, and those around us may shake in His presence. And that nations, families, people  – may tremble at His presence.  (We all need to tremble a whole lot more in His presence). Be enlightened to who He is in a greater measure.  Even Paul prayed this for people he knew who loved Jesus and each other…

Ephesians 1:18

New King James Version (NKJV)

18 [that] the eyes of your understanding being enlightened;

 

Yes, I feel a fresh stirring to declare this verse from Isaiah. To see the mountains shake and come down. And fresh enlightenment to follow.

And I just read from James Goll’s February blog.

Yes, speak to your family mountain! Speak to your mountain of opposition and loss! In fact, release shouts of “Grace! Grace! Grace it it!” To every mountain of opposition release the revelation of GRACE! Speak to your mountain to be removed and cast into the sea.             

See Zechariah 4:6,7

 

May your mountains shake in His presence and fall!