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!!

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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

Cultivating awe

As 2014 draws to the close, I will share a few posts about some of my year.

Cultivating Awe.
This in a way sums up 2014 for me… or rather what has been one of the major impacts this year.

One aspect of God is His father-heart. A place of love and intimacy. It is vital to know Him as our father. I’ve written and spoken on this many times.

Yet, there is also another aspect of God’s nature. Where we tremble at His glorious greatness. And in this season, I’ve been seeking to know Him more, in this gloriousness.

God is The Great I Am. He IS majestic. All powerful. He IS holy. He is splendor, He is beauty. He is overwhelmingly good, faithful, loving, generous, …. you get my drift.  He is my God and I love to be in His presence.

This year I have begun to more purposefully seek to know Him in His might and  ‘glorious-ness’. My soaking / waiting-on-God times changed. I turned off the worship music, and began to just sit. In Awe. To see Him in His vastness. In His greatness. To sit revelling in who He is. In wonder.

And it’s impact has been powerful.  It flushes out ego… removes the who-I-am nature.  It builds discernment.  It is resting in Him. Waiting on Him. Faith increases. The atmosphere of the miraculous. Of the supernatural. Of being caught up in the Spirit.

As in the book of Revelation… the living creatures in the presence of God encounter His majesty and purity… the cry is “Holy, holy, holy,  Lord God Almighty” Rev 4:8

Our greatest days

Our greatest days are upon us.

Holy Spirit spoke this to me recently and I cannot shake it or dismiss it. ‘Upon us.’ To me, that means no longer ahead, in the future, a dream being dreamed, – but now. Right now. In other words, they have begun!

Nothing may ‘look’ different yet. And seeing what is happening in the world, in the news, on facebook feeds, in conversations, looking at the sorrows many are facing, perhaps this statement seems out of place. For some, it may feel far from what is being currently experienced. And I don’t want to minimise struggles, pain and challenges, but I maintain that our greatest days have in fact begun.

I believe it’s right on point. These are days initiated from God’s heart. We have entered into something new. He is revealing Himself. His glory. His splendour. His power. His righteousness. His mercy. His grace. He is showing that He is God.

Here are a few verses that have been highlighted to me. They seem like a big chunk written here, but so much is in this Psalm that I’m drinking in, that I’ve given you the whole Psalm. It’s a good one to speak out loud. To declare and release!

Psalm 65 -Amplified version

 To You belongs silence (the submissive wonder of reverence which bursts forth into praise) and praise is due and fitting to You, O God, in Zion; and to You shall the vow be performed. O You Who hear prayer, to You shall all flesh come. Iniquities and much varied guilt prevail against me; [yet] as for our transgressions, You forgive and purge them away [make atonement for them and cover them out of Your sight]! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man whom You choose and cause to come near, that he may dwell in Your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple. By fearful and glorious things [that terrify the wicked but make the godly sing praises] do You answer us in righteousness (rightness and justice), O God of our salvation, You Who are the confidence and hope of all the ends of the earth and of those far off on the seas; Who by [Your] might have founded the mountains, being girded with power, Who still the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the tumult of the peoples, So that those who dwell in earth’s farthest parts are afraid of [nature’s] signs of Your presence. You make the places where morning and evening have birth to shout for joy. You visit the earth and saturate it with water; You greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; You provide them with grain when You have so prepared the earth. You water the field’s furrows abundantly, You settle the ridges of it; You make the soil soft with showers, blessing the sprouting of its vegetation. You crown the year with Your bounty and goodness, and the tracks of Your [chariot wheels] drip with fatness. The [luxuriant] pastures in the uncultivated country drip [with moisture], and the hills gird themselves with joy. The meadows are clothed with flocks, the valleys also are covered with grain; they shout for joy and sing together.

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Just a couple of comments that I will make at this time, on the above passage:

Silence and awe. I have written about this previously. Awe has a lot to do with these great days. Being in awe of God. I have been building this more and more into my daily life. Taking time out to be in silence and cultivating that place of reverential awe. The more time I spend like this, the hungrier I get to spend even more time with Him. ( Balancing this with family, work, and other life factors is a whole different post!).

Bounty. God is bounty. Overwhelming giver of goodness, love, faithfulness, power, freedom, peace, resources, revelation, His Spirit, …… These days we will be experiencing His bounty because that is who He is.

And in the words of Misty Edwards’ song ‘Baptize my heart’ …
I don’t won’t to be offended when it’s all coming down’…

That is one of my prayers. That as we move into what God is doing, as He reveals Himself more , as His supernatural heavenly realm manifests more prevalently,  I pray that I will discern Him, recognise Him, and not be offended by Him .

As we stand in awe of Him, and are overwhelmed by His love: Discernment increases. Revelation increases. Compassion increases. His light is reflected from us, causing those around us to come out of darkness.

Yes, our greatest days are upon us. Selah.

Prophetic dream regarding the children.

Thursday morning I woke from a dream. I woke exhausted, as if I had worked hard all night.

I dreamt of a child I know. She is eight years old, and the daughter of a friend. I haven’t seen her much in the last few years, not as much as I did in her baby/ toddler phase when our worlds connected more regularly.

In my dream, she was an adult, and she was in labour, about to give birth. I was her support person, encouaging her through the pain, rubbing her back, and reassuring her.

The dream felt it went on for hours, as though I dreamt her labour in real time.

After I woke, God unfolded what He was saying. This 8yr old girl was a symbol of her generation. Children now, but once they reach adulthood, God is going to birth something through them. And I (along with many of you), will be supporting them, encouraging them, mentoring them, as the Lord moves.

Awesome!

 

This year I am…

Sitting. Listening. That is what I am doing this year.

Isaiah 55:3 KJV

Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

Hear. That’s the word right there.

Psalms 46:10 KJV
Be still, and know that I am God

I want to be intentional in being silent before God. Waiting. Listening. In a much greater way than I have before. Not to replace worshipping Him, reading the Bible, praying etc, …I love my time with the Lord,…but in addition.

Because I believe there is more intimacy, more revelation, more discernment, more wisdom, more glory, more holiness, more goodness, more faith for the miraculous, in that quiet place.

And I for one, need more of all of the above!

Be still, and know that I am God has reverberated within me for over a year.

Recently I read of a conversation that  took place with Freda Lindsay. Here is an excerpt from the book The Panoramic Seer: Bring the Prophetic into the Healing Anointing by James Maloney

I was honored to be seated at a table next to her for lunch one day, and we were talking about all the many well-known healing ministers she had known for over half a century—which was just about all of them. She had put a pertinent question to each of them, “What in your opinion is the greatest key to seeing the Lord heal people?” She said they all replied without exception, every single one of those great men and women of God responded, “Silence.” Waiting before the Lord, quieting oneself so He could move through them. The miracles create a clamor, not the other way ’round.

And interestingly, I received an article earlier this month  by David Alsobrook on ‘Sitting before the Lord’.
Some excerpts..

Sitting before the Lord means emptying your mind of your plans about what you should do about anything.

Sitting before the Lord means allowing yourself to become empty and poor in spirit.

He wants our Awe to increase. When our hearts are filled with awe, He will bestow His all in our lives.

So, I”ve begun building silence into my day. And to be honest, that’s challenging in a day of school drop-off and pick-up, work, taking the young one to cricket practice, making dinner, homework supervision, watering the tomatoes, Bible study,…. but it is vital. Incredibly vital.

And incredibly exciting!!

Stirrings

Stirrings.

That feeling when my heart burns. When passion stirs, faith increases and excitement builds.

I have been spending the last few weeks increasing my time in prayer. Increasing time  soaking in God’s presence, listening to worship music, listening to podcasts, and digging into God’s Word more.   I would love to spend even more time, but life of a mum, and employer, means I can’t just take off into a cave at the moment. (oh how that would be good!)

Psalm 4:4B   captivated my heart last week.  Although somewhat out of context, it has  gripped me afresh.

“Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still.

My morning commute to work has always been a great time to pray.  Over this time it has become  a very powerful time.

I am excited. I am praying for an awakening in NZ. I’m praying for restoration for various people/ministries I know. Fires to be re-lit, intimacy with the Holy Spirit restored. I’m praying for signs and wonders. For salvations, conviction, the Holiness  of God. I’m praying for the power of God to be received when the Holy Spirit comes upon people.

I’m praying for more.

And I’m excited to read

Psalm 6:9 The Lord has heard my supplication;
The Lord will receive my prayer

I am filled with anticipation!