God has shown me that many of you are having revelations of His Kingdom and what it means to ask for His Kingdom to come here on earth.
You are crying out for the miraculous, for a supernatural encounter with your Creator, not just for yourselves but out of a desire to bring others into relationship with their Saviour, the one who can transform their lives and who will use His people to prove it!
I believe that God is reminding us that one of the keys to this outpouring is Sanctification!
He is calling us to sanctify ourselves, to consecrate ourselves to Him! To set ourselves apart, for Him!
As God was giving me the word ‘sanctify’ over and over again, He reminded me of this verse:
And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” (Joshua 3:5 NKJV)
It is AFTER the sanctification that The Lord performed miracles among His people!
I like words. I’m not always eloquent with them, sometimes Im not even coherent with them, but I like them.
I like fancy words, slang words and even some of the acronyms that are being passed off as words among our youth. YOLO! ….Actually, I hate that one!
God has been challenging me lately, to think about the words I use flippantly, the big one being ‘awesome’.
I’m easily excited. I like to see my family and friends happy, I like to encourage them when they do something well, and I often say; “that’s awesome!”.
But it is?
Is what was just shown or said to me ‘awesome’?
Did it produce a feeling of great awe in me?
Did it strike reverential fear and respect into my heart?
If not, why did I use it?
If I’m using it, and others similar, what words have I reserved for my Creator? The very Spirit who SPOKE the earth into existence, who formed the universe with its galaxies, oceans, life and all it holds and the mysteries it is yet to give up?
What word is reserved for the times I kneel at the feet of my Heavenly Father and FEEL His majesty?
After God had challenged me, I came across this quote by C.S. Lewis, who did manage eloquence when he spoke of a similar challenge:
“Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say infinitely when you mean very; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.”
This is something that is a discipline, a very conscious choice that I am having to make, and so far not succeeding all of the time.
But I invite you to join me in this challenge if you feel led.
This is the communion talk I shared in church today. I share it hear in the hope that it resonates with you.
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
God gave this verse to me a few weeks ago during a church service.
It’s a verse that He has continued to remind me of since.
Having just come out of the Christmas season I was reminded of something that really bothers me…..
Have you ever bought a gift voucher for someone and they haven’t used it before it expired?
Or you’ve cleaned out your wallet and found a voucher that you’d totally forgotten about?
I get frustrated, I think; “don’t you know what you could’ve bought with that?
Don’t you realise that cost something? I PAID for that and you’ve wasted it!”.
Jesus paid for us to have abundant life, yet so often we waste it.
Yes, we’re saved, and we will spend eternity revelling in His glory…. But we don’t have to wait till Heaven.
We don’t need to let our ‘vouchers’ expire on earth.
We can live abundantly now.
We’re expected to.
He wants us to!
He wants to see us enjoy our gift, to use it for its purposes. He wants to bless us. We are co-heirs with CHRIST! CO-HEIRS!
Lets start claiming what is ours.
How would we feel if we got to heaven and realised we had a ‘spiritual wallet’, full of gift vouchers that we’d never used?
How much do you value your church family?
How much do you value your leaders?
Do you cry when they cry?
Laugh when they laugh?
Do you grieve when one of them stumbles, or are you quick to point out all the tell-tale signs of sin that you discerned in the lead up to their downfall?
Answer in your heart, when you saw those signs, what did you do?
I believe God is stirring us to pray for our leaders. To uplift them in prayer and service on a daily basis.
The people you rely on for prayer, accountability, sermons, healing, counsel and so much more, fight extra battles that you cannot even begin to imagine.
They are held to a level of accountability by God that can at times seem extreme. Many wonder if the convictions they are required to live by are worth it.
But for those leaders, your leaders, it is worth the sacrifice, it is worth the battle.
YOUR freedom, YOUR revelation and YOUR salvation is worth it to them.
I believe in faith that God will pour out His Spirit in greater ways than our earthly minds can imagine, as He responds to our passion, our hunger and our cries for freedom!
We serve a compassionate God who is slow to anger and abounding in love!
But amid this outpouring there will be great opposition.
The leaders of Christ’s church will be required to stand firm as never before.
Don’t let them do it alone.
Lets make an effort to uphold them in our prayers and our hearts.
Let us pray that they won’t lose their footing and be led into temptation!
May God give us a revelation of community and a graceful attitude for those who are called to lead it!
Condemnation is an insidious thing.Completely opposite to conviction.
Conviction pierces your spirit, you are grieved by your sin and in humility and repentance you turn to Jesus.
Condemnation holds you in your sin.
Sometimes even after confessing sin, satan will use condemnation to keep reminding us of how gross we are, how often we fail, how filthy and ‘unforgivable’ our sin is.
This is something I had struggled with in recent months.
Knowing I am forgiven but battling guilt and feeling desperately unworthy of the acceleration in revelation and relationship with Father God that I am experiencing.
And You know what? I am unworthy. It IS undeserved. THAT is the divine mystery of Grace and all that was accomplished at the Cross!
About 3 months ago when condemnation regarding my past sins (and boy are there MANY, some that I wish were much further in the past than they are), God gave me a vision.
I saw an expanse of water, like an ocean but still, like a lake.
As far as the eye could see there was nothing. Not one island, not one beach, not one ‘edge’. Nothing but water.
Except…. Right in the centre of the water, lying on its side was a gigantic wooden cross. Surrounding the cross the water was blood red.
As I took in the vision, God spoke to me and said; “Your sin sits at that cross. You can NEVER reach it. You will never be able to swim to it, or built any type of bridge to connect back to it. So stop trying!”
I was a blubbering mess.
And that’s it.
That’s where my past sin, where my future sin- though I hope far less regular as I learn to be more and more like Him, will also go, and stay.
I’ve spent enough time living it, without needing to go back to it via guilt memories.
This vision was powerful for me.
I am not any more precious to God than any one person reading this, so if condemnation is something you struggle with, ask God for a personal revelation of how far away your sin has been removed!
What He has done for one, He will do for another! I release in faith a personal experience of grace for those who desire it, in Jesus’ name!