Imagination

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Discover creative ways to encourage others and to motivate them toward acts of compassion doing beautiful works as expressions of love.  Hebrews 10 : 24-25

 

“What is it that when you do it, causes you to lose track of time and get lost in it? What do you do that makes you think “I could do this forever” What is it that causes you to think, “I was made for this”. What do you love to do now that will go on in the age to come”… I like this quotation by Rob Bell, this is what I call partnering and communicating with God, understanding “Heaven on Earth” as a place of increasingly expansive expressions and dimensions of creativity, beauty, and design. So, if you love doing what you are doing, keep doing it and let nothing stand in your way. Believe, and it will be so for you, what you believe about the future determines how you live today.

I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination, flooding you with light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of His calling.  Ephesians 1:18. (tpt)

The concept of  “Millennium Reign Imaging” was birthed in me a few years ago not knowing at that stage how this would develop as a platform to show my work and make it more meaningful to people viewing my images, and, to relate to them on a deeper level. Carefully and with purpose I am in the process of developing this site, quotations spoken by others besides my own, also I thought, would be a way to combine my work with words that inspire and bring light and life into our lives.

 


 

 

 

Darkest Before Dawn

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Even though I am a person of faith, sometimes my heart finds faith hard. Sometimes I think God waits too long to intervene, too long to move hearts and souls, too long to change circumstances. I want Him to come on the first watch, not the fourth.

 

The Greatest Commission

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Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you.   Luke 10:19

 

Awakening the Dawn

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Scriptures promise that if we seek Him, we will find Him, Proverbs 8:17. Fasting a bit of slumber, allows God’s transforming power to work an “awakening” within those who answer the call.  As we respond, the task becomes easier, the insights brighter, the revelation stronger, the Word more empowering.  The world is in great need of “spiritual muscle” to grow, exercise and stand the watches.  In the night hours, as we respond to the call, the light and power of His Presence penetrates us, and we emerge stronger, more focused than before.

 

The Journey

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There is a company of people that see something more then just dying and making it to Heaven, we begin as high as we can get, but not as deep. Depth is a journey…if in this journey we seek the Lord for His sake alone, if we long to know Him as He knows us, then He will draw near to us in startling reality.

 

The Time of Love

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“As I past by again, I looked at you and saw that you were old enough for love, I covered your naked body with my coat and promised to love you.  Yes I made a marriage covenant with you, and you became mine”.  This is what the sovereign Lord says.  Ezek. 16:8, describing this stage as courtship. For the believer this is a time of intense joy and severe testing.  An acute longing begins to grow within such believers. They realize that nothing will satisfy this hunger except a deeper union with Christ Himself.

 

Endurance

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I Noticed this beautiful succulent cactus plant one morning on my hike in the Karoo desert, so beautiful yet full of little thorns. The cactus plant symbolises endurance, it endures the intense heat of the desert and survives, blossoming and flowering it keeps on growing. Not unlike people who survive the heat of life’s furnace and die a little too themselves. I think maybe we die every day. Maybe we’re born new each dawn, a little changed, a little further on our own road. When enough days stand between you and the person you were, you’re strangers. Maybe that’s what growing up is. Maybe I have grown up.”

 

Purity and Faith

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Two things will cause you to leap out of yourselves into the great promises of God. One is purity, the other is faith. God has no room for the man who looks back, thinks back, or acts back. – Smith Wigglesworth –

 

Innocence

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My very first photograph ever taken on the streets of Johannesburg, a borrowed nikon and lots of determination. The year was 1973, and little did I know what was to follow….

 

Surrender

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May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children – Rainer Maria Rilke

 

The Perfect Storm

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“The beauty of being shattered is how the shards become our character and our marks of distinction. This is how we are refined by our pain. When the storm rips you to pieces, you get to decide how to put yourself back together again. The storm gives us the gift of our defining choices. You will be a different person after the storm, because the storm will heal you from your perfection. People who stay perfect and unblemished never really get to live fully or deeply. You will not be the same after the storms of life; you will be stronger, wiser and more alive than ever before!”  ― Bryant McGill

 

The Passion

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Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance. It means to suffer.” ― Mark Z. Danielewski

 

Harmony

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Dreaming with God unlocks deep reservoirs of creativity in each and every person, in different areas of gifting and talent. But in too many sectors of the church, creativity is on lockdown because people fear their desires and dreams. Religion, cruel and boring, bottles up the creative impulse God has put inside of every person. Each of us has a right and responsibility to express ourselves creatively in whatever area of life interests us. Yet so many of us have the horrible habit of doing things the way they have always been done, for reasons of fear and safety. We’re descendants of the Creator and yet we stick with old tired methods. We ask God to do a new thing through us, but expect Him to do it in a familiar way…. -Bill Johnson

 

Worship

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My passion for creating beautiful images has surpassed my need to be a good photographer, that is not my focus any longer, my focus now is how can I make this more expressive and how can I create more of a dimension in order for that image to speak or have an impact on someone in a positive and transforming/healing way. That fleeting moment in time of just the right lighting is always something I look for when I am out there photographing, but not always available when I would like it to be. I like my images to be bold and detailed, so with my love for creating something meaningful, it then becomes an act of worship.

 

Expansion

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“When you allow yourself to remember that you truly are a multidimensional being, you will begin experiencing yourself in a much more expanded way. What previously was believed to be supernatural becomes natural. Then you come to a realisation that now you can see what has always been there yet it remained hidden to you who chose to see something else.” ― Raphael Zernoff

 

Peace

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Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.” – Colossians 3:15 “Let the peace from Christ rule and act as umpire continually in your hearts …

 

Trust

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Trust is never out there. The soul essence that we call trust resides within you. Trust is a decision. It is a reflection of what you have decided to believe.Trust is not about being comfortable. It is about being willing to move beyond your comfort zone when there is absolutely no evidence that you will be supported.Trust is not about looking for evidence that you are doing things right every step of the way as you move toward the end result. Trust is about keeping the end result in mind no matter what steps you have to take to get there, or how bad you feel while you are stepping. Trust is not about the work you have to do in life being easy or having other people support you in getting through the work. It is about your ability to do the hard work without losing sight of why you are doing it, when other people try to convince you that you should be doing something else. Trust is not about getting something back for the work you do as a sign that you are doing the right thing. It is your ability to keep doing the work even when it looks like there is nothing coming back. Think of it this way. Trust is based on your ability to stand your ground, knowing that no matter what happens, you will be better off than you were in the beginning. Anything less than this is not trust.

 

Barrenness

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I don’t see the desert as barren at all; I see it as full and ripe. It doesn’t need to be flattered with rain. It certainly needs rain, but it does with what it has, and creates amazing beauty.   -Joy Harjo

 

Nautilus

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I found this paper nautilus shell on one of my walks on the beach, took a photo of it and created this image. It reminded me of the stages of growth we experience on our spiritual journey. In order to begin a new stage in our lives, we have to think “outside the box.” Yet, every time we abandon an old worldview for a new and wider vision, we merely find ourselves in a larger box. And while each box serves its particular function for a time, we are always in danger of claiming that the chamber we currently occupy is the ultimate one. The spiral shape of this shell suggests that it can keep growing forever. There is no design for a “final” chamber. The creature must keep building new chambers as long as it lives. It cannot go back to the previous ones; they no longer fit. It cannot stay in its present chamber or it will die. It has no choice but to move on. And on. In Christ we are always changing and expanding, it is religion that holds us captive in those chambers.

 

Fields of Dreams

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We all walk onto the fields of creation on level ground. Rich or poor, white or black, male or female, allegedly brilliant or certifiably, um, challenged. You bring to that level ground the one thing I do not have – your own unique experience. Your own story. Your own parcel of things seen, and heard, and loved and lost, and you have experienced what it means to be human in a way that I have not. And from that place you will speak to me about that and teach me new things, show me new light that might just work on my particular darkness in a way my own light does not. You will show me new ideas and new beauty and new solutions to my problems. And, if this all works that way I believe it can, we’ll both become richer, deeper, and more human for it. I need you. We all do. – David duChemin

 

Backdoor to Heaven

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“Be sure that the ins and outs of your individuality are no mystery to Him; and one day they will no longer be a mystery to you…God will look to every soul like its first love because He is its first love. Your place in heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone, because you were made for it–made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand.” ― C.S. Lewis

 

Glory Revealed

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This image was taken on a trip into Namibia, we drove through some fascinating landscapes, and one of them inspired me to create this scene…a moment of His presence and Glory. Today, look for the moments. The writing in the sky. The breeze upon your cheek. The flower pushing its way through concrete. Expect the unexpected. Let yourself be romanced by a sudden glory moment from God.

 

Rooted and Grounded in His Love

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Embracing the privilege of creative expression is consistent with being made in the image and likeness of our creator. I love it when he gives me fresh revelation and renewed inspiration that tells me of his unrelenting love for me and it causes me to never ever give up!

 

Door Into Eternity

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Creativity isn’t about doing it right or wrong. Impose all the constraints you want on yourself; that can help your creativity. But beware the voices from outside with their formulas, prescriptions, and rules. No one but you knows what you’re trying to do, or the path you’ve chosen to get there. Be open to the possibility that there are better ways, that the things we did yesterday may not serve us today. Be willing to learn, and to fall down. But as failure is so often our best teacher, don’t let anyone dissuade you from “doing it wrong.” Because it’s only in risking the possibility of getting it “wrong” that we draw close to getting it awesome. I’ve come to believe that most people equate different with wrong. Don’t let FODIW (fear of doing it wrong. I just made that up.) stop you from doing it differently, it’s the only thing that’ll keep you moving forward and keep us all from the homogeny that threatens to suffocate our creativity and joy.  – David duChemin

 

The Bateleur (Warrior Eagle)

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“Problems help us to become brilliant. We are warriors, we’re not afraid of anything! I don’t want an easy life. I want a brilliant one! I want an amazing one! I want an astonishing one! I want to see and I want to taste the powers of the age to come. I want to see Heaven on Earth! I don’t want some piddling Christian experience. I want something even better!” – Graham Cooke

 

Living Water

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“Aliveness, is a gift available to all by God’s grace. It flows not from taking, but giving, not from fear but from faith, not from conflict but from reconciliation, not from domination but from service. It isn’t found in the upper trappings of religion -rules and rituals, controversies and scruples, temples and traditions. No, it springs up from our innermost being like a fountain of living water. It intoxicates us like the best wine ever and so turns life from disappointment into a banquet.” ― Brian D. McLaren

 

Coming Home

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“When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take the step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen….There will be something solid for us to stand on or we will be taught to fly.” ~ Patrick Overton

 

Faith

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“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.” ― J.M. Barrie

 

Pilgrims Path

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“We are not here to be earthbound in our spirituality. We’re not here to have the world dictate to us how we can see and how we can think. God is setting us free to think from a place above, to set our mind on things above, not on things on the Earth, to actually be raised up so that we can actually connect with Him in spiritual places.” – Graham Cooke

 

Mysterious Presence

There is an unexpected mysterious presence who meets each of us in our lowest moments when we have no strength when we have nothing left and we can’t go on we hear the voice that speaks those words destroy this temple and I’ll rebuild it do you believe this? that’s the question Jesus asked then and that’s the question he asks now Everybody believes something everybody believes somebody Jesus invites us to trust resurrection that every glimmer of good every hint of hope every impulse that elevates the soul is a sign, a taste, a glimpse of how things actually are and how things will ultimately be resurrection affirms this life and the next as a seamless reality embraced graced and saved by God Rob Bell

There is an unexpected mysterious presence who meets each of us in our lowest moments when we have no strength when we have nothing left and we can’t go on we hear the voice that speaks those words destroy this temple and I’ll rebuild it do you believe this? that’s the question Jesus asked then and that’s the question he asks now Everybody believes something everybody believes somebody Jesus invites us to trust resurrection that every glimmer of good every hint of hope every impulse that elevates the soul is a sign, a taste, a glimpse of how things actually are and how things will ultimately be resurrection affirms this life and the next as a seamless reality embraced graced and saved by God. ~  Rob Bell

 

A Golden Moment

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Nothing compares to the warm promise of the sun who asks not for who it shines, it just shines. – Valerie Millett

 

The Magic of Africa

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The fact of your birth, the same as every human on this planet, gives you permission to live, as much as possible, on your terms. To live out loud. To colour outside the lines. To know what you want to create, and how, and to do so with joy and purpose.  – David duChemin

 

Moonlight Reflections

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“Each time a person passes by you and you say ‘hello’, imagine that person turning into a candle. The more positivity, love and light you reflect, the more light is mirrored your way. Sharing beautiful hellos is the quickest way to earn spiritual brownie points. You should start seeing hellos as small declarations of faith. Every time you say hello to a stranger, your heart acknowledges over and over again that we are all family.”
― Suzy Kassem

 

Mirage

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“If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.” ― Roopleen

 

The Heart

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“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living, I want to know what you ache for, and if you dream of meeting your heart’s longing.” ~ Oriah

 

Imagination

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“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” ― William Blake

 

His eye is on the Sparrow

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I’m pondering this truth again… The measure of a man is the measure of his love. I want to live in love, Love Divine not the fading kind. – Misty Edwards

 

Wild and Beautiful

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“I am not interested in having the world revolve around me; that’s too boring of an idea. I would rather revolve around the world and try to leave my fingerprints, everywhere. My fingerprints mingled in with all the other fingerprints and all the laughter and all the beautiful things like gratitude, grace, faithfulness and flowers.” ― C. JoyBell C.

 

Sinister Ibis

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“The enemy plotted against you and awaited your downfall. Look at you surviving. And your enemies can not figure out how. What you have inside is greater than any negative force.” ― Amaka Imani Nkosazana

 

Change

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“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.” ― C. JoyBell C.

 

Majesty

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“When you draw on God’s grace to put off your self-centered attitudes and act on His principles, you put His glory on display. Your life points to His vast wisdom, compassion, and transforming power, and as you look for God’s glory, the impact reaches far beyond yourself because you give everyone around you reason to respect and praise God. Glorifying God is not about letting others see how great you are. It’s about letting them see how great the Lord is.” ― Ken Sande

 

Change of Seasons

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“With the change of the seasons, God reminds us that darkness always ends. Light always exists and will always return when missing. There is no night that doesn’t end. No nightmare from which you cannot awaken. No hurt that cannot heal.” ― Sharon Bayliss

 

Purity

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“Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.” ― John Lubbock

 

Karoo Beauty

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True wisdom comes from above and is given by divine revelation to those who are teachable and humble before God…

 

In Another World

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“She was always daydreaming. She never wanted to live in the real world; she always seemed to be separated from other children her age. They couldn’t understand her or her imagination. She was always thinking outside of the box, breaking rules, and only following what her heart told her was right.” ― Shannon A. Thompson

 

Nature’s Tapestry

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“Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion.” ― Lorraine Anderson

 

The Triangle

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“Love is made up of three unconditional properties in equal measure: 1. Acceptance 2. Understanding 3. Appreciation. Remove any one of the three and the triangle falls apart. Which, by the way, is something highly inadvisable. Think about it — do you really want to live in a world of only two dimensions? So, for the love of a triangle, please keep love whole.” ― Vera Nazarian

 

Longevity

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The Lotus Flower is one of the earliest and most spiritually meaningful symbols ever. The blossoming Lotus Flower ascends above the murky water to unveil its glorious petals. Late in the evening the petals close and withdraw beneath the surface, then at daybreak, the flower again lifts up to the sky and unfolds its majestic crown. This flower represents the virtue of the soul, purity of the heart, and an intellect firmly established on divine ideals. The ideals of prosperity, character, well-being, and longevity are often symbolized by the Lotus Flower.

 

Wisdom

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In the beginning we were there, for God possessed us even before he created the universe. From eternity past we were set in place, before the world began. We were anointed from the beginning.Before the oceans depths were poured out, and before there were any glorious fountains overflowing with water, we were there, dancing! Even before one mountain had been sculpted or one hill raised up, we were already there, dancing! When he created the earth, the fields, even the first atom of dust, we were already there. When he hung the tapestry of the heavens and stretched out the horizon of the earth, When the clouds and skies were set in place and the subterranean fountains began to flow strong, we were already there. When he set in place the pillars of the earth and spoke the decrees of the seas, commanding the waves so that they wouldn’t overstep their boundaries, we were there, close to the Creator’s side as his master artists. Daily he was filled with delight in us as we playfully rejoiced before him. We laughed and played, so happy with what he had made, while finding our delight in the children of men.

 

 

 

 

 

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Faith Like Feathers (testimony)

 

 

“Our capacity to remember what God has said and done in our lives and throughout history— the testimony— is one of the primary things that determine our success or failure in sustaining a Kingdom lifestyle of power for miracles.”  –  Bill Johnson

 

The reason why I write these posts is not so that I can talk about myself…but to glorify His name in all of this that I experienced. I am by nature a shy person and I would dare to say a bit of a “Mystic” always desiring to seek His presence in all circumstances. So, what is a Christian Mystic? A person concerned not with knowing the letter of the Word, or religious dogmas, but with knowing the Spirit of the Word, which is to say living from within the experience of God’s word at the very core of being. A mystic, quite simply, is a lover of God who pursues the beloved from a deep realization that life as a Christian is evolving as the soul moves toward its fullness and destiny in relationship to God. My hope is that what I have written down here, may help people to recoqnise what they might have encountered with this awesome God we serve but never dared talk about.

Living the over coming life is not for the faint hearted nor is it for the one who looks back and regrets the mistakes they have made. A friend of mine once said to me are you an overcomer or an undertaker, I thought about that and realised that I definitely had buried a few things in my life that I needed to dig up and revive. (Dry Bones – Ezekiel 37: 4) They were God ordained things, things that I was given but did not know how to handle correctly because of Spiritual immaturity, opportunities that presented themselves and I blew them because of pride and lack of wisdom. I had buried these things because I gave up on them and saw myself as a failure not measuring up to “peoples” expectations. I have learned that we cannot overcome by the strength of our flesh, it is only by life in the spirit when we have died with Christ and been resurrected with Him to live a Godly life, a creative life filled with His resurrection power that constantly revives us and inspires us to take our mountains instead of going around them again and again… our trying to have victory according to the law will only bring frustration. Rather than trying to kill the flesh by the flesh, we walk by faith that it is Christ in us who empowers us to overcome. Yield to the work of My Spirit says the Lord…and you will overcome! My mistakes have become my stepping stones to a higher experience in Him, where there are no boundaries or limits to what we can accomplish.

Many years ago I was given a dream or it could have been a vision (I’m not sure what it was), it was so clear and vivid that it has always stuck with me up till today. In the dream I saw myself climbing up huge stone stairs very much like the stairs of a Roman collosseum When I reached the top of the stairs there were three beings standing there, two males and one female. The female was standing in between the two males, she was much older than the males. Her hair was long and grey and she emanated an air of wisdom, the males were young and strong with beautiful long hair. As I reached the top of the stairs one of the male beings reached down to me and handed me a stone. Not having completely reached the top yet, I reached up and took it from him. I looked at the stone, it was very light in colour, almost white and there was something inscribed on it but I could not understand it. I asked the young male what it meant and then he said to me “you will know in time”. That was the end of the dream/vision, it never left me . It was only a few years ago that I became aware of a scripture in God’s Word, Revelation 2:17 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.” This scripture literally jumped off the paper when I first became aware of it and reminded me immediately of the dream/vision I had back in the seventies, when I lived and worked in Los Angeles as a Freelance photographer. There have been many things over the years since I had that dream, that I was called to overcome. Only through caring for my heart did I learn to hear His voice and did I start having some major victories in areas that seemed so blocked and bound up. Our hearts are the dwelling place of God. Caring for our hearts is how we protect our relationship with God, it is how we commune with Him. It is where we hear His voice. Caring for your own heart isn’t selfishness, it is how we truly begin to love. What will you bring to others if your own heart is dry and empty and trampled on? There is so much wisdom behind Jesus’ urging us to love others as “we love ourselves” (Mark 12:31) I see so many people struggle with this, they would rather practice the Christianity of principles and as a result never hear God’s voice. The Journey is painful… but as we purify our heart by taking care of it and not allowing unforgiveness or anger to lodge in it, not allowing it to be defiled through wrong influence, there will be more room for Him to occupy and lead us into higher dimensions.

 

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Is there such a thing as a true born again experience? I know there is…it is a true awakening where old things fall away and the new takes its place in our lives. (2 Corinthians 5:17 ) This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person, the old has gone and new life has begun. Do you belong to Christ? (the Light of the world) and how would you know? Is your life any different from what it used to be, is there a renewal in your thinking? The word of God says that only the Father can draw us to Jesus Christ. Any efforts made by man through manipulation or control will not do it, it won’t last. Only through our own hunger and desire for a higher existence and even then it is because we had a taste and glimpse of that realm, will we pursue that intimacy required of us. Those moments when we cry out to God in total surrender and His love envelopes us and surges through us, that is when our hearts expand and we become willing and pliable in His hands. Many people have seen His Glory and experienced His goodness, only to be enticed again by the world and its principalities and powers of darkness. Jesus tells us in Matthew 6: 24-34 that we have to make a choice, no one can serve two masters. The idol of this world cannot coexist with the God of the bible. That’s pretty clear isn’t it…we want to throw it all together and expect a happy outcome, then we wonder why we are full of anxiety and have no peace in our lives. Something has got to give, obedience is better then sacrifice. Be anxious over nothing Jesus says, when you abide in Me, My peace I will leave with you. Wow! how much more simple can it get. He says stay and have relationship with Me, give me some of your time in surrender to Me and I will indwell in you, give you My peace beyond all understanding. Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and I will give you everything you need! ( Matthew 6:33)

The Little Red Bible, The Blood and The Fire.

I am going back now to the very beginning of my story where my heart was being prepared for this very strategically designed plan of God for my life. I was living in Los Angeles at the time and received a phone call from my family letting me know that they bought me a ticket to come to South Africa. It was early November and they asked me to come for a Christmas holiday.
I excepted with a grateful heart not at all realising what lay ahead of me, most probably a good thing because if I would have known I wouldn’t have gone.
It was there that I received Christ in faith, was baptised in water by a Pentecostal couple who were very much from the old school of ministry which I found to be really scary and knew little about. She prayed over me in a language I did not know, asked me to open up my little red bible which I had miraculously found in a bookstore just about a week before that and proceeded to randomly turn the pages to three different places and blood fell on three different scriptures,  Ephesians 2:13  But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  Is it important that I let you know what those scriptures were? I think so because they so applied to me and the life I lived. Here they are… Romans 3 : 10-18 , Romans 4 : 7-8 and Philippians 2 : 7-11. These scriptures told me everything about where I was at, how God saw me and where He was taking me. To go back in time a bit, the little red bible was a small miracle He wanted to impress me with and the thought of having a big black bible did not appeal to me at all, that was way to austere for me. So I said, I will get a bible but it has to be a small red bible. It is amazing how He cares about every small detail of our life. So off I went looking for a small red bible. Now you have to know that little red bibles were nowhere to be seen or found in those days, black and brown was it. The first bookshop I walked into had a Christian book section in the back of the store, walking towards it I noticed the shelf with the bibles on it, I expected to see the little red bible – and there it was, in the middle of all the black and brown bibles… it was alive and illuminated! Believe me, that is how I saw it. On returning to Los Angeles everything was different and I saw with different eyes, I saw it all for what it was and felt no attachment to it. The next thing that happened was, what I later learned is called the Baptism of Fire. One late afternoon I was sitting on my bed contemplating and thinking about the things of God when I suddenly had this urge to ask God to fill me with His spirit and saturate me with His love. What was to come I was not prepared for and it totally took me by surprise… there was an energy that started to take a hold of me, a warmth that gradually turned into heat and became hotter and hotter as if I was set on fire from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet. I did not know where this was going to go so I dropped side ways on the bed and let it take its course, wave after wave of heat surging through me so intense I could hardly stand it. In Matthew 3 : 11 it says “I baptise you with water for repentance. But after me will come one that is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire”. How long this went on for I don’t know, it seemed like hours until finally this power started to subside. I fell asleep and when I woke up in the morning I felt as though I had been turbo charged and had to go out for a run. From that point on my life took a drastic turn in a new direction.

 

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My journey into the heart of God.

I am not a theologian, I have read the bible once from cover to cover which was a huge task for me. Then I started searching the Word and found many answers to many questions I had. “ And you will seek Me and find me, when you search for me with all your heart .” This was not the only way I encountered Him, I encountered Him again when I listened to a strong unction I had to follow His leading into the desert. A beautiful place, it was like Heaven to me…like stepping into another realm and coming home, a place of healing and rest. I left the world as I knew it behind me and took another leap in faith. I say “another” because my whole life seems to have been about stepping in to unknown territory. This place was different from any other place I had ever been to, maybe because of the awareness of His awesome presence being with me and around me every minute of the day and night. I realise now, looking back, what an incredible gift that was and how it changed my way of seeing and perceiving life around me. For those of you who know and have experienced the journey into the wilderness, this should not be unfamiliar to you. For those who have yet to meet Him, I say surrender all, let go of everything you’re holding on to because there are no limits in Him. There is a creek I use to go to in that beautiful high desert place. After a brief hike through and across the creek, which was not easy to get through because of rushing water and river stones, I found a huge flat rock (red in colour) so inviting that I could not resist lying down on it. The silence besides the sound of the running creek and birds chirping and singing was other worldly, I remember it so clearly…the kind of silence that causes you to loose track of time and space and invites you into the moment without fear or anxiety. Is that not what we all long for? To be in that place of complete surrender (centredness, oneness, call it what you are comfortable with) knowing that we are safe there. It was in those moments that anything supernatural could have happened, like an Angel appearing before me or the heavens opening up and God Himself speaking to me with a thundering voice, which would have been incredibly intimidating or scary, but no, not with me…He knew what I could handle, He knows me better then anyone else and He knew just what I needed! Instead He opened up that rock for me – yes the flat rock that I was lying on. I literally sank into it like a warm embrace enveloping me taking away every last drop of emotional hurt, fear and insecurity and filling me with joy, happiness and peace. The Lord is my Rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. ( Psalm 18 : 2 ) He is so awesome! This is how I know Him, and this is how He wants you to know Him, not like some dead idol that needs to be revived through boring repetitious sermons and religious songs. You are being robbed if that is the extent of your knowing about God. A religious fog has gotten a hold of you and blinded you from seeing the real Jesus. Jesus the God of the supernatural (He walked on water remember?) Let go of all your preconceived ideas, your traditional values and unrealistic expectations, His Kingdom is an upside down Kingdom where you die to live, go lower to get higher and you give to receive. Don’t get me wrong…I haven’t totally gotten there myself yet, but I am well on my way!

 

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On Earth as it is in Heaven.

The Kingdom of God is not in word but in power, it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes. If God created everything, heaven and earth, then He is all powerful isn’t He? May your Kingdom come and your Will be done on earth, as it is in heaven, we the body of Christ will be bringing down heaven to earth by faith, only when we follow in His likeness. God’s Kingdom resides within us here on this earth, it is not some far away place that we hope to go to when we behave a certain way or are good enough. Jesus instructed us to pray the Lord’s prayer so that God’s name would be Glorified and His Kingdom established within us. How many of us today can live in that realm and consistent atmosphere of Miracles, Signs and Wonders? How many of us are that faithful and are walking in that kind of single mindedness. The world’s ways are designed to bring down our faith in God. To keep our eyes on the Kingdom and Kingdom economy takes believing and knowing Him intimately and experientially. Intimacy is a wonderful discipline to learn in the realm of the Spirit, when we learn to access this realm and live in it, everything starts making sense, it all seems to fall in to place for us and everything that comes against us just drives us deeper into God. Oh! to live in His presence…remembering what He has done for us in the past and bringing that into our present situation, believing without a doubt that He will do it for us again. Jesus Christ, when on earth, lived in that realm because He spoke out of the deep and divine abundance of His heart. He spoke of the things He knew about, the things He had seen and experienced in Heaven and we the body of Christ are called to follow in His footsteps. Being satisfied with accepting Jesus Christ into our hearts are our beginning baby steps and that is good, but we were never meant to stay there. Extraordinary living is required here, a life that is exceptional, amazing, unimaginable, well and abundant. Do we fully understand what this Kingdom of Heaven is all about, and what takes place there? God uses our faith to bring things into existence, should it be healing in our bodies, our need for finances, the fulfilment of a vision and promise we were given long ago. Jesus said “don’t be afraid only believe”. In the word of God it says that we cannot please Him without faith. On earth and in our flesh we are limited by the laws of nature, never the less God is in control of all things. Our adversary has rulership of this physical world for now. Children have no problem accepting the supernatural, they remember. Looking back I remember as a little girl, my mom tucking me into bed in the evening and I would tell her there were birds flying all around us in my room. She would look at me and say go to sleep now and stop your nonsense. Wouldn’t it have been amazing if she would have been able to respond to that in an open minded and inquisitive way, like “what kind of birds”? tell me about it. Things would have been different, we would have grown up being secure in the fact that it is okay to have visions and that there are other realms we can tap into. We could have grown in that and not been taught to believe that it was something weird.

If you are standing in expectation of His Kingdom coming here on earth as it is in Heaven and not waiting and hoping that we will go to Heaven one day through our own efforts and good behaviour, you are heading in the right direction.

Faith Love Grace

Tell me this one thing, did you receive God’s Spirit by doing what the law requires or because you hear the Gospel and believe it! ( Galatians 3:2 )
God puts us right with Him, by the power of God’s Spirit working through our faith. So what really matters is faith that works through love.
It is the Grace of God that saves through faith. This is not our own doing, it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

 

A word I received :

you are delightful

like sunrise and the stars at night fall

you light up a room

with your love sense

and whisk through moments

of heavy as if they were fistfuls

of dust that need to give way

to the powerful fist of the

One Who has the last say

 

Here are some excerpts out of books that have empowered me and always just appear in the right timing on my journey with Jesus.

The word of God clearly tells us that it is God’s purpose that we experience days of heaven on earth. Many now are entering into a supernatural walk with the Lord like never before. While a large portion of the church is basically hanging on and waiting to get to heaven when they die, there is an ever increasing number of Christians who are beginning to enter into a supernatural walk with Jesus. The number of Christians that are being supernaturally transported to different parts of the world to pray for people or encourage people often healing people is increasing daily. Many more are being taken to heaven in order to be taught by the Lord or by angels, this is all biblical. The Apostle John was one of those in the bible who was taken to heaven to be taught and given understanding of these End-Times. Enoch became so at home in the heavenly realm that God finally took him there permanently. These are days where heaven is merging with the earth. There are many who have been experiencing this for a number of years who are now beginning to come out and share these experiences. Everything in the word of God is available to us today and a great number of Christians now are beginning to walk with God like many old saints of God did. It is time to move on and go higher in the realms of God.

Blessings
Neville Johnson

 

Our Greatest Challenge

If it is true that the promises of restored cities and healed nations are actually millennium promises… and if the promise of God’s glory being manifest all over the earth is far off into the future…and if in fact the people of God will not reach a place of true maturity, living like one mature man- then I must ask the question- is there anyone hungry anough for what He has shown us in the Scriptures that we will pull into our day something that is reserved for another? Is there anyone willing to lay themselves down to bring more of God’s promises across another great divide? If you can see God’s coming future promises, and He hasn’t blinded your eyes to His intent, then He is hoping to hook you into the role of calling “into being that which does not exist.” It is the role of the desperate heart of faith. We have the opportunity to affect the direction and flow of history through our prayers and intercessions. This is where we take hold of the future. This is why He wants to show us, “things to come.”The future is now, and it belongs to us. It’s a new day…dreamers, Let’s Gather  –    (The Physics of Heaven    By  Judy Franklin & Ellyn Davis)

 

Without supernatural power, Christianity is reduced to a set of laws and a list of principles. But God is not contained by human philosophies and externalized religion. He is the creator of the universe and the lover of our souls. Every human being on the planet has been designed to have a relationship with Him. We, therefore, do not need to be embarrassed  about the gospel. We can confidently and openly share God’s love, and His powerful dealings with human beings, with any person we meet.  ( “Wired”  by  Dr.Dionne van Zyl )

 

This lifestyle of His Kingdom manifested is one of conscious awareness of His Presence and it is unique, indeed. It is an incredible combination of brokenness and power; weakness and resolve; doubt and confidence; fear and assurance. His Presence reflects absolute dependence on Him and absolute certainty of His Life pulsing through the believers veins. It is exhilarating and frightful; natural and very much supernatural.  –  Don Nori

 

 

Hope

 

 

You have seen what you don’t want. You have seen the work of the enemy against you. You have seen the works of men. You have had plenty of chaos and trouble that tried to destroy the tenderness of your heart towards God. You know what it is like to experience the meanness that protects religious and legalistic attitudes. Don’t go down that path again.

Find the path of love, of peace, of righteous living. Find the way of the Holy Spirit and never deviate from it again. Set your face like flint to seek God, no matter the cost or distraction. This is a year when you can reinvent yourself. What you simplified and fortified in the last season will become your dwelling place in the next season.

Marsha Burns

 

 

 

Spirit to Spirit

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This divine bond is an intimate Spirit-to-spirit connection, a fire to fire—a union that goes beyond that of a man and woman in marriage. It is a bonding in which the Spirit of God says, “You are in Me, and I am in You. Let Me breathe through you. Let Me use you. Let Me flow through you to others. You are flesh of My flesh and bone of My bone.”

 

Carriers of Hope

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“We never know when our last day on earth will be. So, love with full sincerity, believe with true faith, and hope with all of your might. Better to have lived in truth and discovered life, than to have lived half heartedly and died long before you ever ceased breathing. ” ― Cristina Marrero

 

Cormorant

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Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. ~ Albert Einstein

 

Changing Hearts

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Prayer changes hearts, but it never changes God. God is the same today and forever; He is always full of love, full of entreaty, and full of helpfulness. If you always come into the presence of God, you can have what you come for. You can take it away and use it at your disposal. And there is nothing you can find in the scriptures where God ever charges you for what you have done with what He has given you. God scolds no man, but you can come and come again, and God is willing to give if you believe. – Smith Wigglesworth –

 

God’s Rest

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“Rest and peace are never passive. They are active learning. I like to be active in my peace. I like to think peacefully. I like to feel peaceful, so I am rejecting things that make me feel anxious or worried.” – Graham Cooke

 

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“The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too” ― Vincent Van Gogh

 

Heaven

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When you forgive somebody, when you are generous, when you withhold judgment, when you love and when you stand up to injustice, you are, in that moment, bringing heaven to earth….

 

Serene Rhythm

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When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused. – Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Harvest Moon on Wilderness Beach

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You may not be a Picasso or Mozart but you don’t have to be. Just create to create. Create to remind yourself you’re still alive. Make stuff to inspire others to make something too. Create to learn a bit more about yourself.” ~Frederick Terral

 

Dancing Flamingos

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When I first heard about the Flamingos coming to Wilderness beach, I was very surprised, never heard of Flamingos coming to the beach. They usually like to hang out in swamps and marshes looking for food. They are social birds that live in flocks, sometimes numbering thousands. This particular flock was not larger then maybe one hundred and fifty birds. Flamingos also have been known to symbolize beauty, balance and grace. They teach you the importance of balance in your emotions, are you leaning too far in one direction? Interesting how they balance so beautifully on one leg when they are resting. The Flamingo is flamboyant and vibrant and offers joy and love, teaching us not to be afraid to show our emotions. So when the Flamingos make their appearance….one wonders! I felt so drawn to go and photograph them, not a soul on the beach except for some gliders flying overhead. Slowly and carefully I walked up to them with out creating too much unrest, they did not seem to mind too much but became disturbed by the gliders. A hundred meters was about the space between us and I sat down to observe them and take some photo’s. The ocean, the Flamingos and myself…it was special and felt like a divine appointment, just another way God speaks to us…

 

Tides

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“Half of me is filled with bursting words and half of me is painfully shy. I crave solitude yet also crave people. I want to pour life and love into everything yet also nurture my self-care and go gently. I want to live within the rush of primal, intuitive decision, yet also wish to sit and contemplate. This is the messiness of life – that we all carry multitudes, so we must sit with the shifts. We are complicated creatures, and ultimately, the balance comes from this understanding. Be water. Flowing, flexible and soft. Subtly powerful and open. Wild and serene. Able to accept all changes, yet still led by the pull of steady tides. It is enough.” ― Victoria Erickson

 

The Gift

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“Being out there by the ocean, God’s creation, it’s like a gift He has given us to enjoy.

 

Only Believe

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“I think one of the biggest reasons people have difficulty believing in God is because they don’t understand Him. You often hear doubting comments like, ‘If there is a God then why this and why that and how could He allow…?’ Perhaps if people were to invest true, sincere effort getting to know Him they’d discover a mindful Father molding his children for a higher purpose. Because, like it or not, believe it or not, agree with Him or not, He is God.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

 

Hope

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“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” Robert Fulghum

 

Clarity

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“When your purpose and passion are in alignment, your work becomes your calling, your life becomes your dream, and your mindset becomes 20/20 in clarity.” ― Farshad asl

 

 

 

 

 

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Meditate on these things…

      Each new dawn I will attempt to write down words that are on my heart, reaching deeper, as God allows me the amazing privilege of boldly entering His presence.       On Earth As it is In Heaven The Lord is “God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath”  […]

 

 

 

Where Two or Three are Gathered

They loved power and not purity, they loved healing and not holiness, they loved miracles, signs and wonders and not the Will of God.  Often I have wondered about the people of God who will stand in prayer lines to receive healing in their bodies but remain ignorant of what could be causing their forever ongoing ailments.  Now I am not saying that God would not heal them right there on the spot. He is sovereign and does what He wants. Why, if when, with two or three gathered in His name we are able to displace the powers of darkness that are against God’s purposes in the earth,  are we not yet walking in divine health?  Jesus told us as His Kingdom representatives, “I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven and whatsoever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven and whatsoever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in Heaven.” (Matt. 16:19). We are agents representing another world and we are releasing the reality of that world into this world through our agreement in purpose. We should all have the same purpose, ie bringing Heaven to earth.  Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. He loves to live in a healthy, pure and Holy environment. Therefore, Honor God with your body. The bible has a lot to say about eating healthy, let’s at least make an effort to keep the junk out. Foods that are weighing us down and dulling our senses,  replace those with nutritious natural foods that are life giving.  Do you love Him enough to break the stronghold certain foods have over your life? when the only stronghold should be occupied by God Himself.  If we want to get up higher into God’s presence and deeper into His mysteries we will have to pay a price.  There is no such thing as a magic wand getting us there making it all happen. We allow so many things in our lives to control us, like unhealthy mindsets, relationships, food addictions, unbridled emotions, etc.  What if we only allowed the Spirit of God to control us and learned to say “no” to certain things that drain our energy and cause us to feel used and abused.  Be careful not to move into works with doing things as  “unto the Lord” which may not be the Lord’s Will for you.  You will know what that is because it will drain you, it will not bring life and upliftment.  Preserve yourself for Him, because only He can lift us up into the place He wants us to be by allowing Him to be intimate with us, rising above that religious spirit.  We will then see what God requires of us and it will change our perspective of things around us. He said I love those that love me, those that seek me diligently, will find me…  Religion tells us what to do and what not to do. True Christianity tells us what to become, and how to become it. Love describes His nature, and Light describes His spiritual essence and power.  That Light is the creative power of God, the healing power, the power that imparts revelation and understanding.  Many Christians are focused on wanting to become more powerful, they want more authority, more gifts, more anointing. Often that kind of focus and motivation is wrong. God now first requires of us to become ‘love’ in order to qualify for Kingdom power. Religion is based on laws, true Christianity is based in love and acting out of love.  The Mature children of God are those who are moved by the impulses of the Holy Spirit. “And you did not receive the ‘spirit of religious duty,’ leading you back into the fear of never being good enough.”  (Romans 8 v.15 tpt) If we live and walk in love we will fulfill all the requirements of the Law and the prophets.  When love is pouring through us, Light is pouring through us, and that Light will transform us.

I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead.  I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus.  So let all who are fully mature have this same passion, and if anyone is not yet gripped by these desires,  God will reveal it to them.   Philippians 3  (tpt)

 

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On Earth As it is In Heaven

The Lord is “God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath”  Joshua 2:11

My question this morning is, are our beliefs supported by His manifested presence? If not, then we are believing wrongly. Are we walking around feeling depressed, what on earth are we thinking? It’s not complicated, where there is sin, sickness, torment, gossip, slander, divisions, strife etc. there cannot be a kingdom called heaven.  We have to be intentional about how we decide to behave or think under all circumstances in our lives.  The word of God clearly tells us to take every thought captive in obedience to Christ.  We need to put that into practice.  In James 2 : 19-20 (tpt)  it says  ” You can believe all you want that there is one true God, that’s wonderful!  But even the demons know this and tremble with fear before Him, yet they’re unchanged – they remain demons.”  To be joyful is to know God’s presence, our circumstances should not dictate our behaviour.  I owe Him my complete trust no matter what things look like, He has done for me, and shown me so much.  Jesus never made an excuse for a problem, nor did He camp out around that problem.  He always demonstrated what the Father’s Will looked like.  When our faith is weak, He always makes provision for access to greater faith through miracles, signs and wonders.  It has always astounded me that after experiencing a miracle, sign or a wonder, people still have difficulty believing.  Why? because of disobedience and sin in their lives.  Most Christians are still in bondage to something other than the Holy Spirit.  Change comes when we are touched by the Spirit of God through an encounter with Him, so that our character would be consistent with God’s power.  His manifest presence should be with us everywhere we go unless we are thinking or believing contrary to God’s ways.  The knowledge we gain through studying and searching the scriptures after we give our life to the Lord is good, but without an encounter with God it merely puffs up and makes us prideful.  Our walk with Jesus needs to be in His manifest presence so that we can sense His nudging and we become  sensitive to His leading.  Our walk should be “that we only do what we see our Father doing, and we say what we hear our Father say.”  Believe me, when I say that my actions  and reactions are more Christlike today than they were thirty five years ago, I’m not saying that I have arrived. The process is ongoing. I will say, that without those encounters I would have lost heart a long time ago.  Press in for more of God, don’t be satisfied with the ordinary in the natural, reach for the extraordinary in the supernatural.

 

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Living love Letters

Where are the living love letters in the body of Christ? Where are the people that are so filled with Christ that it spills over onto others. Warming hugs and brotherly kisses, we all should be there by now.  It’s time to let go of our own self-importance or maybe our insecurities and fears?  We need life changing God encounters.  The people of the world will know when their attention is caught by the supernatural manifestations that surround the sons and daughters of God who have overcome their fears and are walking in perfect love and not competition, pride and comparison with others.  As Christians we are the living love letters that the Lord Jesus has sent into the world to spread His love.  How do we gain an awareness of that perfect love that seems so elusive to many of Gods people? By overcoming our fears.  Fears of not having enough, fears of giving, fears of rejection, fears of sickness and disease and ultimately, the fear of death.  I remember a time of testing after I had given my life to Jesus Christ a few decades ago.  He led me into the wilderness, a beautiful place, and orchestrated a time of “surrendering” for me.  My finances were about to run out and I had to come up with a revelation as to what to do.  Fear took hold of me and paralyzed my body.  At that time I did not know that fear was a spirit and that I could have taken authority over it.  I remember now that I sat down on a chair and stayed there for a long time fighting that spirit of fear, it wore me out!  There were a lot of things I did not know yet, I was thrown into the deep end of a life lived by faith and trusting in Him.  In Matthew 4:1 it says that Jesus was led into the desert to be tempted by the devil.  My coming out of Egypt was supernatural for me, something I could have never done without the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the Word of God.  Psalm 91 was my constant companion and my awareness of The Spirit being with me at all times was such a gift and blessing.  I was not guided to a church or tribe in the body of Christ after I got saved.  I was discipled by the Holy Spirit who took me on a roller coaster journey, teaching me to walk in faith and overcome my fears.  It became my conviction that the wilderness experience is that time in our walk with God when the road becomes narrow, wide enough for only us and God.  All others fall away, so God can have His most personal time with us.  So until you embrace and enjoy the wilderness, our ability to handle God’s best for us, is at best, weak and incomplete. The biggest favour we can do for ourselves is to let God have His way with and in us. It is only the son’s and daughters who have been gently broken by God through the wilderness experience who understand, appreciate, and truly know His love, power and grace.

In Ephesians 3:19, Paul prays that we should “know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge”.  Can you think of anything else that you and I need to know, that would transcend this?

 

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His Presence the Place of Strength

When we are living in that place of not yet, it has got to be the most difficult and holiest of all.  The process between the anointing and the appointing is crushing, to say the least. From the day that we give our lives to God, which for me is now thirty five years ago, there has never been anyone that has prophesied over me that I would have a “ministry”.   I was told about fifteen years ago that I was not a prophetess per se, but an exhorter.  I was also told that my faith was limitless and that the anointing of the Lord is on me to stir people into having faith in the sovereignty of God.  That totally ministered to me.  My experiences with God have always been outside of the church environment and completely supernatural in nature.  He gave me glimpses of the world to come by experiencing displays of the power of the Holy Spirit. I believe that there is a direct connection between the expansion of our hearts, the renewal of our minds, and the seeking of His presence that opens up the heavenly realms to us.  We can’t be passive about the thoughts we are allowing to stay in our minds if we want our souls to prosper, God’s thoughts are much higher than our thoughts, He challenges us to change our thoughts.   I have learned that God meets us at our level of understanding.  He said to me that this is the level of understanding I have given you, an understanding of peoples’ unbelief for the impossible and for you to stir people into having faith in the sovereignty of God, to pull them up higher and encourage them to believe that all things are possible with God. Now walk in it!  Do not be afraid and be of good courage because its takes courage to act outwardly what you see on the inside.  Don’t let others hold you back from exercising your experiential faith.  Enoch was a person who sought to be in the presence of the invisible God. It was his practice to meet with God in the sanctuary of his own heart and Godly imagination which pleased God.  ‘But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a re-warder of those that diligently seek Him.’  ( Hebrews 11:5-6 )

He only needs a willing heart and an open spirit, once you believe that God can and you have faith that He will, you open yourself up for God to move in your life.

 

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Burning for the Divine

The use of the word “Mystic” is difficult for many Christians to accept, it’s a word that people shy away from as we are much more inclined to gain our understanding of God through our reason and the bible, than we would be through a direct encounter with Him.  For some reason we believe our intellect is more trustworthy than our actual experiences.  I bet you that if you search the scriptures with an open heart you will find many verses about God’s people having mystical experiences or direct ongoing spiritual encounters born through intimacy with Him.  Would I be daring to say that if, in John 17:20 God said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” could that also include the knowledge of mystical experiences or God encounters?  There are people that stumble over writings of  Jeanne Guyon and Brother Lawrence etc. and yet we discover that their experiences resonate with ours.  Today we hear believers talking and praying about “intimacy” with God, and surrendering to His Presence, which to me proves that we are now practising His presence and desiring more of what He can work in us, and, therefore do through us. There are Leaderships in some churches that don’t like the idea of mysticism because it means that ordinary people can have an unmediated experience of God.  This can bring up all kinds of issues about control and hierarchy which can lead to “lovers of God” being accused of false spirituality because of having experiential faith. So, seeking to be a mystic is not popular, but, in the absence of knowledge amongst God’s people as to how to really grow close to Him, this is what happens.  People want to emulate those who are close to God.  Well, we can be as close to God as we want to be.  My own experience has been that we cannot draw closer to God than the depth of our hunger for Him. Our hearts need to become increasingly more open and pure before Him.  Until this hunger becomes bigger on the inside of us, it cannot manifest itself on the outside.  The depth of your hunger for God is the length of your reach to Him.  When you really hunger for God with all your heart and soul, you will have these deeper experiences with Him because you are being filled with the Holy Spirit every time you reach out to the Father in love.  It’s that simple.  Now is the time to begin your journey to a deeper relationship with Christ.  In James 4:8 we are encouraged to “draw near to God and He will draw near to you”  Isn’t this exactly what we ask for?  In Psalm 140:13 it says that “surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name; The upright shall dwell in Your presence… our fruitfulness and our growth depend on our knowledge of God. We ought to be able to understand that it works the same way in the human realm. As I grow in my knowledge of my friends (transparency) I enjoy being with them more and I have a greater desire to please them. That is what occurs in our relationship with the Lord. The more we know of His love for us the more we love Him in return.  And the more we love Him the more we want to please Him.  As we spend intimate time with the Lord and grow in our knowledge of Him we develop Christ-like traits and we will bear fruit and increase in every good work by the knowledge of God.  Lord, I want to be your resting place…

 If you continue on this seemingly mystical road, you will find others who have hungered for a deeper place of intimacy with God and as a result they gained an understanding of spiritual truth that religious rulers could not come close to with all their theological training and religiosity.  While we adhere to the infallibility of the Scriptures, God can and does reveal Himself in many other ways.

 

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Sensitivity in the Spirit

The closer we get to God, the more spiritually sensitive we become. Our personal relationship with God has everything to do with receiving revelation.  God’s possession of us ( setting us apart to belong to Him ) enables us to sense His presence with us.  So to the extend that we are possessed by God do we sense His presence with us and around us.  We need to heed the spirits call to “come aside”.  All of our senses are activated and enhanced as we surrender to our creator, yielding ourselves to God and complying to His will for our lives.  In Hebrews 5:14  it says that “Solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil”.   My experiences in God have been in the feeling and vision/dream realms.  It has been difficult having to continually surrender my feeling senses to the Holy Spirit so that God can use me in the way He intended when He created me…and not over react when sensing something in my body that is trying to tell me something about my environment or the people I am with.  I have become sensitive to atmospheric changes, feelings of pressure and release around me, also pains in different parts of my body that I cannot always identify.  What I do know now is that those pains are not my own, I can rest in that and turn to the Holy Spirit for guidance as how to react and pray.  My intention regarding discernment is to stay close to the Lord and follow His leading.  I have also smelt the sweet fragrance of the Lord on a few occasions, like a rose fragrance and would like to become even more sensitive to the Holy Spirit by keeping myself pure and continually watching over my heart asking the Lord for healing, and progressive sanctification in the area of unhealed hurts.  In Proverbs 4:23 it says ” Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the issues of life”.  I don’t think that any of us will be completely perfected in this life time, but we can expect God’s spirit to do miracles by getting into His word and drawing closer to Him.  Over the years there have been many dream/visions, which have been helpful in making me aware of something I needed to know.  God’s love for us is amazing! One of those dreams was about my dog, a dog I had when still living in Arizona.  I went to visit a friend in Los Angeles for the weekend and  took my dog with me, ( God loves dogs )  on arrival I decided to enjoy the late afternoon sun by taking a walk on the beach with my dog.  After a few minutes of walking, I set myself down against a rock facing the ocean with my dog next to me, I must have dozed of because when I woke up my dog was gone.  I jumped up and started to call her and look for her, she was nowhere to be seen.  The highway was close to the beach and my concern was that she had crossed the highway to the other side into the bushes. The sun was setting and I decided to leave and go back to my friends house. I had peace about the thought that I would see her again.  That night I had a very clear dream about me walking on the beach to exactly the same place I was the day before.  As I was walking along the beach, in the distance I could see a dog coming toward me, limping on three legs…I could not recognize the dog it was still  to far away. Then all of a sudden I saw it was my dog.  End of dream/vision.

When I woke up in the morning the first thing that came into my mind was the dream I had that night. I got out of bed and got dressed in a hurry to go back to the beach, to exactly the same place.  As I started to walk down the beach I saw a dog coming toward me, limping of course, just as I saw it in the dream.  I was ecstatic but at the same time apprehensive not knowing the condition of her leg, as she came closer I saw that her tail was wagging and she recognized me.  Her back leg (thigh) was in a bad condition and ripped open, it looked like she was hit by a car which had been my thought and concern. Back in the car, I took her to the nearest Veterinarian and they lovingly fixed her up. What an amazing example of Gods love for us and animals. He truly cares about every detail of our lives.

 

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Seven stages of Awareness

The journey for me has been about a journey of seeking and looking for God in all the right places.  I believe today that those places, were the right places for me, because it was in those places that He caused me to draw closer and closer to Him.  From sinner to seeker, to believer, to disciple and to overcomer.  I learned that I passed through seven stages of awareness in order to be brought out of bondage towards the fullness of truth and into the life of an overcomer.  The word “awareness” meaning the knowledge or perception of a situation or fact.  My first stage of awareness was a “hunger for truth”.  When I reached the age of about 24 years old and after abusing my body for about 6 years with alcohol and drugs, I hit a wall, and started to scream out to God for truth, and, that this life that I was living could not be all there was!  God heard me, and responded with giving me the desire to “seek for truth,” which was the second stage.  Note here, how I don’t call it “the Truth”, that was still a long way off.  Now, I don’t know why God took me down this road that I was about to embark on, but He did.  Maybe it was so that I can tell you that everyone’s journey is different and that He broke the mold when He created me and set me on my own individual journey.  The road that He set me on, finally led me to choosing “the Truth”, but only after almost ten years of “seeking for truth” which took me into eastern teachings, guru’s, channeling of certain beings, and 3 day intensives, this is where I was touched and never smoked a cigarette again…all these experiences caused me to see things from a different perspective and softened my heart, but, there was still something missing.  Only after I finally chose “the Truth”, which is the third stage and then started to except “the Truth”, that being stage four, did I have an encounter with the Lord that changed the direction of my life and caused me to go deeper with Him.  The fifth stage of awareness is knowing “the Truth”, and getting to know the Lord on a intimate level where His presence is felt in a tangible way and it starts to change us from the inside out. The sixth stage is believing “the Truth” where we start being tested in the things of God, His word and His promises, and then, to finally get to the seventh stage of living “the Truth” where we are now well on our way to living the life of a true believer in Christ and we are trusting Him and are being led and guided by Him on a daily basis, listening to the unctions and promptings He gives us. The level of awareness of God’s manifest presence in our lives will impact the way we live, pray, worship, treat other people and deal with problems.

As the revelation of our destiny unfolds, as clarity of heart and mind begin to align themselves to each other, we will begin to take our place in that which God has given us to do, and we will be able to say with conviction “for this purpose I came into the world”.

 

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Becoming Uncomfortable in what we were once Comfortable In

Often I have thought of the importance of a spiritual family versus a blood family, which seems to be something that becomes more clear as we grow up and mature into people who have found the greater threshhold, where the second stage of life may be initiated and begun.  To discover your purpose you have to lose your home, (metaphorically) the son of men had nowhere to lay His head.  We need to become uncomfortable in what we were once comfortable in.  In the gospel of Luke, Jesus says, “when you follow me as my disciple, you must put aside your father, your mother, your wife, your sisters, your brothers —–yes, it will even seem as though you hate your own life…this is the price you will pay to be considered one of my followers.  And anyone that comes to me must be willing to share my cross and experience it as his own, or he cannot be my disciple. So don’t follow me without considering what it will cost you.  If you have ears opened by the Spirit, hear the meaning of what I have said and apply it to yourselves.”  Jesus the King of love is not saying to hate, but to put aside every other relationship into second place.

Well, it will cost you everything that you thought you could never live without. If you don’t believe me, just keep following Jesus. There is great joy in becoming free of earthly bondages. You can focus on what you would lose or on how hard it would be, but you forget that the reason you let go is to be opened to more joy.  You will then begin to feel more confident and more peaceful.  The upheavel of the one that decides to go to the next dimension, out of their comfort zone…needs the help of someone that has already gone there, such as a person in the spiritual family.  The blood family certainly has its place, we love our families, there is an emotional connection that binds us but not always in positive ways.  Negative, critical thoughts and words from our blood families do not make us better at life.  They make us feel stuck, weak and unmotivated to move forward. It is choosing to look at circumstances positively that will empower us to do the right things. Find the hope that new beginnings are always possible, no matter what.

 

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Promises Revealed to Promises Fulfilled

These last few days my mind has been on the “contending” for a promise given and the necessity of perseverance to see it through, no matter what.  This is not only for ourselves but for others, that they may see that God is good and that their faith may be strengthened because of it.  Some people just give up too soon when they are at the threshhold of breaking through promises revealed, to promises fulfilled.  When we receive a prophetic word from the Lord He has a date of fulfillment in mind.  After that word is released, He starts working in our hearts and lives to make sure that His word comes to pass.  Our lack of response to that process of change, causes the timing of fulfillment to be delayed.  This is not for the faint hearted or the worldly believer, I know, at times it takes all of our strength we have to continue.  I remember years ago in America when I was at the brink of breaking through a situation which really tested me. There was an opportunity that would have presented itself to me, should I have persevered and stuck it out.  It was something that I really wanted to do but I could not wait any longer for that door to open, and began believing it would never happen. Only some time after that, did I realise what actually happened there, it was total lack of faith on my part (spiritual immaturity) and allowing myself to come under the influence of negative voices of people that thought I was wasting my time there.  I learned a great deal through that experience, it taught me to always persevere in something I believed in.  It gets hard when we don’t see the results we are hoping for coming to fruition.  We run out of everything, but God is so good.  He gives us renewed strength and renewed hope on a daily basis and also the ability to keep persevering when this road grows long.  Our personal victory will build a testimony so that others may benefit from it, and it will help them to receive strength and encouragement to keep going. Who knows, we might be contending for the deliverence of our entire family, friends and church. This is not for us alone, there is a higher purpose in it…—-so that His name should be Glorified in all of this.

 

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Hiddenness and Manifestation

Have you ever thought about why it sometimes appears that God is nowhere to be found?  These are the seasons when God is hiding, so to speak, also known as a time of “hiddenness” which is when He wants us to totally rely on His word and promises, always busy stretching our faith. We all need to learn the discipline of walking by the Spirit and not by the flesh.  During these times of hiddenness ask Him for wisdom and understanding, God’s wisdom is the revelation of who God is and what He is doing in our life in a particular season of our life.  Faith depends on our understanding of the nature of God, knowing beyond the shadow of a doubt that He is faithful and that He will never leave us or forsake us.  We are like little children always wanting to unwrap presents, we expect life  to be adventurous and exciting all the time and we don’t want that to change, but it does!  There would be no spiritual growth if there were only times of “manifestation”, the seasons where we feel His tangible presence and His touch upon our lives in an immediate way.  I remember the time when I opened my heart to the Holy Spirit and was filled with His power, that was a time of manifestation, it was awesome.  This was a season where I truly entered another dimension, His presence manifested itself to me on a regular basis.  What an incredible gift that was.   I call those seasons “times of awe.”   Without these different seasons there would be no building of character, no trusting Him for our provision, and no faith walk required.  Our faith needs to become the “walking on water” kind of faith, not the “just getting the rent paid” kind of faith.  God always increases His flow when we are stretched, and when we decide to go deeper with Him… much is required of us, because much will be given to us which we will have to be responsible for.  When God hides from us it is a time to draw closer to Him.  He is with the risk taker, not the one that plays it safe…  —the testing that we go through is not evidence that we have heard Him wrong. All progress in the Christian life is by faith, and God has no plans on changing His way.

What can God do for us that He hasn’t already done, He can do it for us again!  We can come and come again, and God is willing to give, if only we believe…

We have become His poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny He has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it!  (Ephesians –  tPt)

 

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Uniquely Wired

This morning in my time with the Lord I thought about why there are still so many of God’s people questioning their purpose here on earth,  and are still wondering what they should be doing to bring that into fulfillment.   I believe that we are all uniquely “wired” for a specific gifting.  What has He placed in your hand?  What gift has He given to you, that you can use as a platform?  He wants you to use your gift as a platform. What God has for you is in the deep things, don’t be so careful…go deeper. Let me give you an example…

I received something in my spirit…and now I am walking in it.  Now if you have received something in your spirit and believe that you have received it, keep walking in it, and you will have it!  I am a spirit and I have the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit who searches the deep things of God and then reveals it to my spirit… how then can we still doubt when we have been given the Holy Spirit who knows all things.  Exercise your spiritual senses, you have them!  We have got so much more than we believe, the problem is that maybe we have heard something about ourselves ( an untruth possibly ) and believed it.  Until we change the words that are in our heads…nothing will change, because what we imagine in our heads will manifest in our lives.  “We did not receive the spirit of this world system but the Spirit of God, so that we might come to understand and experience all that Grace has lavished upon us.  And we  articulate these realities with the words imparted to us by the Spirit and not with the words taught by human wisdom.” (1 Corinthians 12.  (tpt)   Don’t listen to what other people tell you and to what they think is expected of you if it doesn’t feel right in your spirit.  Follow the road to fulfilment by understanding God’s redemptive design for you and allowing it to guide your footsteps.

“Things never discovered or heard of before, things beyond our ability to imagine – these are the many things God has in store for all His lovers.  But God now unveils these profound realities to us by the Spirit.  Yes, he has revealed to us his inmost heart and deepest mysteries through the Holy Spirit, who constantly explores all things.  After all, who can really see into a person’s heart and know his hidden impulses except for that person’s spirit? So it is with God.  His thoughts and secrets are only fully understood by his Spirit, the Spirit of God.”  (1 Corinthians 12. (tpt)

 

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The Liberating Action of Dying to Self

I want to run and not be weary; I want to walk and not faint. This boundless, sustained energy only comes from spending time with God. We can’t receive it through the laying on of hands or some other form of ministry; it only grows from resting in Him. Everything in life is a gift.  It’s a powerful moment when you’re broken and finally realize that the striving goes away, you don’t do things for recognition, you do things because you’re recognized by Him.  C. S.  Lewis wrote in his book  “The Weight of Glory,” that the Lord finds our desires not to strong but to weak.  We are half-hearted creatures, fooling around with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered to us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased…
For sure, living the overcoming life and standing on promises that have been given to us is not for the faint of heart. We come to church and expect God to do something for us, remove our mountains  perhaps? The mountains are placed there for a reason, not so that we can go around them and then expect victory. What is your mountain? What is it that you are not willing to let go of and let God do that needed work in you, that catapults you forward into his great promises. Is it your anger, pride, idolatry etc. Whether we are gifted or not, knowing that the gifts come without repentance, we still long to enter that promised land and that’s where it becomes costly.  Moses never entered his promised land and God used  him in a powerful way, unfortunately his anger and disobedience got the better of him. Too many of us are still postponing the inevitable where God will have His way in the end. Words spoken out over us is a heavy thing to carry and the price is high, God says  ——die for my Kingdom here on earth, flesh has no place here, only life in the spirit. We forget we are in a battle, and that bringing down heaven to earth is a fight.  Ease, comfort etc. are momentary states that rarely last a long time for a true deciple of Jesus Christ. When I say the price is high, by that I mean we have to give up certain things and let go of some other things that hold us back, and that offends our flesh and is painful. The enemy knows this and assaults us with disappointment and discouragement. Dying to self ultimately is a liberating action that produces joy and peace and also causes us to have a walk with God for ourselves, hearing from Him ourselves.

 

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Forever Hopeful

With out hope we are hopeless, as far as I can remember back into my childhood I’ve had hope and vision. As poor as we were, our house was always the best house with the warmest lighting flooding out of the windows (that’s how I saw it of course )  Coming home in the winter just after dark at about five pm I was usually running to get home in time, so that my mom wouldn’t worry.  As I approached our place I slowed down and looked at our windows thinking how inviting those windows appeared, the neighbours’ windows always appeared cold and unfriendly to me.  Even then God helped me to look beyond my circumstances and filled me with hope. We weren’t brought up in God, my mother did her best and raised us on good principles, and for that I am grateful. Hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen even when nothing looks like it will.  I had plenty of those days in my childhood.  Hope keeps us positive and gives us a will to live. Many times we were told not to put our hopes up, maybe that is why today I am forever hopeful. It says in Romans 5:5 that this hope is not a disappointing fantasy, because we can  now experience the endless love of God cascading into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who lives in us. ( tPt)  I dreamed and had visions of going to America, land of the free, and ended up there years later. My point is, don’t ever give up on your dreams and keep hoping for the miraculous to manifest in your life…don’t settle for less then what God wants to give to you which is the desire of your heart.

 

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A Gift to be Unwrapped Over Time

If you are amongest those less fortunate to have not received an education, you are most fortunate and blessed to have received talents and gifts that can open doors that no man can shut. My whole life has been about stepping into unknown territory, hoping that the unknown territory would take me to my destiny. Our destiny is what we are best cut out for, it’s what gives our life meaning, hope, joy and deep satisfaction. I  discovered though, along the way, that the journey is more important then the destiny. It’s not only about  reaching our destiny, but about what we are learning on the way there. Are we learning how to love, have we died to ourselves and our own negative pride, have we learned to be grateful, patient, tolerant, etc. Preparing for our destiny is all about honing our skills and maturing into them, building character, so that we are able to handle not only what comes…but also what comes against us. It takes time and perseverance to come to a place of completion. Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. (Proverbs 16:3)  You can’t give up, destiny happens over a lifetime it is an unfolding of who we really are. It’s a gift to be unwrapped over time.

 

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Conditional yet Unconditional

I have always had a faith that was supernaturally placed within me and a love that is unconditional for my fellow man. This kind of love didn’t always serve me well until I gained some wisdom and understanding and was able to detach myself from certain people and situations that were very toxic. Trying to love unconditionally and getting it wrong can be a miserable journey. I love my partner/friend unconditionally doesn’t mean I love that person with a purity that transcends my everyday interaction, but it does mean that in every interaction, I come from a place of love. That place of love means I act respectfully and treat my partner/friend as an equal. That means I don’t judge or try to control and I don’t hit below the belt and use my partner/friend’s vulnerability against him or her. These conditions are best not to violate… If I love unconditionally but I am not loved in the same way, it isn’t unconditional love — it’s damaging self sacrifice.  Set your boundaries.  A boundary is nothing more then a healthy understanding of my own value, and of which behaviours value and devalue me. Boundaries are not conditions we set that say, I’ll only love you if you do X, or I won’t love you if you do Y.  Is God’s love unconditional? There is such a thing as unconditional love in God, but it’s not what most people mean by it. Yet when we read the scriptures, it shows that God’s love for us is conditional. For example;  It is not the love that will admit us into heaven when we die because John says, “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life”  and faithfulness is a condition. ( Revelation 2:10)  Also James 4:8 says “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you”  these are just a couple of conditions in the word of God. There are plenty more… —-for our good. So then,  how does God love us unconditionally, he loves us with electing love unconditionally. “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ” (Ephesians)  When we speak of the unconditional love of God it would serve us well to search out the biblical meaning of what the scripture says and find our feet on solid ground… —-for me this has cleared up much confusion and given me something to meditate on.

 

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He works all Things Together for Good

God wants to take us from strength to strength, from victory to victory, and from glory to glory.  In Ephesians 3:20 it says that he wants to do abundently above and beyond all that we could ever ask or think, according to his work within us. So, to the extent that he’s allowed to work in us, will be the extent that he does great things through us. After meditating on this for a while, I envisioned so many people walking away from their dreams, because people are refusing to die to themselves, and let God have his way in their lives. To what extent do you allow God to have his way in your life? I realise now that God is always good but that everything that happens to us, is not always his will for for our lives, but he is always able to bring good from any situation as we trust him. His awe inspiring, all knowing sovereignty means that he can take my weaknesses and use them for his glory. It means that  when people wrong me and the consequences of their decisions fall upon me, I don’t miss out on his favour. Whatever happens to me that is outside of his perfect will, he is able to work together for good, because I love him.

 

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To Be a Conqueror

And he chose us to be his very own, joining us to himself even before he laid the foundations of the universe. Because of his great love, he ordained us, so that we would be seen as holy in His eyes with an unstained innocence. Ephesians 1 : 4  (tpt)

God is not the back up plan for those of us that did not have a good upbringing, he knew us from the beginning and loved us, and, that alone should give us the confidence to believe that in him, we can do all things and succeed through Christ who strengthens us. When words are spoken out over us, hold on to those words, speak them out, read them over and over again. A prophetic word is an invitation from God for the person who is prophesied over to journey with God in relationship toward his desired outcome. It is to experience him and the reality of what it means to walk in relationship with him, to be guided by him and see his plans for our lives come to pass. The Word given, is to be a true representation of God’s heart and intent for us. Do not give up, if you give up at this stage, you will never get to the next stage. Yes there will be complications, without them, you can not be a conqueror.

 

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Viewing the World Through God’s Eyes

This morning during my quite time I reflected on my past and everything that I have gone through, no regrets, it made me the person I am today. I now realise that my faith played a big part in my past and without it, I would not have come to the place I am today…standing in faith for God to do what seems to be impossible in the eyes of others. I now also realise how faith and love are connected and that we cannot have one without the other. God puts us right with him by the power of his spirit working through our faith. So what really matters is faith that works through love! Why is faith so hard? Is it that we do not have enough love…how are faith and love connected, have you ever wondered what faith and love have to do with each other?  Galations 5:6 says; all that matters now is living in the faith that is activated and brought to perfection by love. When faith and love are brought together our entire outlook will begin to change and we will begin to view the world through God’s eyes.  God wants us to walk in love, because his love never fails.

 

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Loving Others as we Love Ourselves

Some more of my thoughts on love and the heart,  if we are centered we are living from the heart in a balanced state of love and trust that is in sync with the natural flow of God. Our perspective is one of balance and we tend to listen to the muttering of our own heart when faced with decisions. I think that a heart disorder is the manisfestation of the opposite mindset. If we are having heart trouble we probably tend to take everything to heart, or take things far to seriously. We are not allowing the flow of God in our lives and fighting the current to the point of physical and emotional exhaustion. We tend to deny our own needs and fulfill other peoples needs in order to be loved. We seek love through what we do for others…Jesus tells us to love others as we love ourselves, do we love ourselves enough?  I doubt it…something to meditate on and place before God. This has been something that I have had to deal with on my journey with Jesus.

 

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Christ our Ambition and Focus

We have a wealth of information stored deep inside of us, but we need to learn to access it, it was placed there by our creator from the beginning. When we let go of past hurts and deeply suppressed emotional imprints from our past, those channels unblock and revelation floods in. Yes, only God can do that but we have to place ourselves in an atmosphere of becoming increasingly separated unto God.  Sanctification comes in the realm of the truth, in the presence of the truth.  “Sanctify them by the truth”  John17: 17 The key to sanctification is to know and obey the truth…our identity needs to be found in Christ first, where we no longer chase after the desires of our flesh but instead seek to bring God glory in all areas of our life. Spiritual growth is a process, a progression toward holiness, embrace the process and lets get intimate with the one who is the answer…we can not grow in Christ if we are focused on our sin, failures, or the devil. The more we seem to focus on our struggles the more we become consumed with what we focus on. If we make Christ our focus, then all good fruit will grow out of that relationship, an abiding relationship.  He needs to be our ambition and focus…

 

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Beautiful Surrender

To be seated in heavenly places with Jesus means entering into His rest and giving up control of everything we do not have control over…then, by constantly using our faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside of us, and the resting place of God’s love will become the very source and root of our life.  Sweet beautiful surrender…that’s where I want to be, nothing is worth holding on too if it isn’t part of His plan and purpose for our lives. Our displacement pushes us into our purpose, I will never fit because I am not at home, not yet. So today again I surrender with a contrite heart and a longing soul for all things good…

 

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A Measure of Jesus

My thoughts this morning were on forgiveness and to me that covers a wide range of things. Do we tolerate eachother, do we except eachother for who we are, do we show genuine interest in one another? These are just a few things to me that cover forgiveness. Forgiving someone that has wrongly treated us is a small part of the whole, although a very important one. I have learned over the years that we can only get so much from people because none of us are perfect, the rest we have to get from Jesus. He is the only one. So my question always remains;  are we spending enough time with him? To allow him to change us…his nature needs to be formed in us so that we then can be all of the above. I love people so much but only with the measure that Jesus imparts in me…the rest would be conditional.

 

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Everybody needs to get to a Place where they get Touched by God

Again this morning…Lord take us deeper, lift us higher…help us to grasp the limitless possibilities of your presence. One minute of God’s presence can accomplish more than years of our striving to get it right in the love department. Everybody needs to get to a place where they get touched by God…cry out for it, cry out for the baptism of fire, do it for the sake of the Kingdom here on earth. Without His power we are powerless and in afective in our efforts to love others in the way that He loves us, conditionally, yet unconditionally!

Ken Mattox stated this so beautifully…

“There is going to be a remnant baptized with Holy Ghost and Fire, they are going to burn with passion and love, and you are going to catch fire when you are around them because they are lit up. Who wants to live un-lit? I love fire! I think God loves fire. God is fire. Every sacrifice had to be consumed by fire. God is a consuming fire. Israel was led by a cloud and fire. Holy Ghost falls in tongues of fire. I love that God has fire as an attribute of His character. Fire consumes. Fire empowers. Fire enlightens. Fire heats up the situation. I believe God is ready to baptize us with Holy Ghost and Fire.”

 

 

 

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