A New Mind-set

God has been impressing upon me that you cannot put new ideas into old mind-sets.   We cannot get new results with old behaviours.    New wine needs new wineskins.

If we are stuck in old patterns of behaviours and have become rigid in our thinking, then I sense that we are going to miss what God is doing by His Holy Spirit in this new season.     God wants us to be open to new things in Him so He can lead us along new paths.

When we came to Jesus Christ we became new creations in him – ” Corinthians 5 17- “Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.”     We took on the mind of Christ.

Since that day of new birth and new mind-set in Christ Jesus,  we may have developed a different mind-set through being conformed to the culture of our times, religious thinking, disappointments, fear etc.    Attitudes which give us a wrong mind-set.     I pray the Holy Spirit will reveal if this is the case and help us change our mind-set.

Lord Jesus, reveal by your Holy Spirit any mind-set in me that is not of you and help me to take captive my thoughts and submit them to you.   Please come and demolish any mind-sets which I have which are not of you and will hinder the work of your Holy Spirit through me for your glory.

Repent – Change our thinking

Replace – “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds”.  Romans 12:2

Relax – let God’s Holy Spirit lead the way.

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Expectation – What is my expectation

I have been thinking about this today and it is a challenge.   What am I hoping/expecting to receive from God when I pray to Him or seek Him for direction in my life?

Do I have a confident expectation in the goodness of God?

I sense God is saying– What is your expectation of me?   Don’t be limited by past experiences. Widen your expectation – expect the unexpected.

God can do immeasurably more than we can do or think.   Do I come to Him with a limited expectation based on past experiences or disappointments and a misunderstanding of His word and character?   The truth is that God can do awesome things & totally surprise us by His grace & mercy.

It is easy to get in a rut and expect the same to happen all the time. Expectation can be stifled through habit & tradition. I am being encouraged to look for the new and expect something different – After all – God’s ways are far above our ways.

God reminded me of the story in the Acts of the Apostles of the lame man who was seated outside of the gate Beautiful begging for money.  He must have sat there day in and day out holding out his hands expecting to receive money from the people going into the temple. He had the same expectation of Peter & John, but they gave the lame man so much more than he expected. They gave him healing & restoration by the power of Jesus Christ.

It was interesting that the story also says that the people around did not expect a miracle of healing either because the man was said to be “old” – he was above 40 years of age – goodness what an expectation.  Does our age and what other people think of us affect our expectation of God – that we are too old or don’t qualify for him to move in our lives in power. God forbid.

The beautiful aspect of this story is that the lame man received so much more than he expected to receive. It is such an amazing demonstration of God’s abundant love & mercy.

I pray for a right expectation in the goodness of God, not limited by my past experiences but to be inspired by the Holy Spirit to increase my expectation and expect the unexpected.

Gideon’s army

This was a word which I had in 2018 when praying but I feel led to share it again in this season:  I sensed the Spirit was saying this to me:

“In the beginning was The Word and the Word was God.   There is power in My Word.   Whatever, I declare from heaven concerning a matter or a nation will be performed. My angels act on my commands. My Word is powerful. My Word is creative but also destructive. It can build up or it can tear down and root out.

Whenever I speak, My Word will perform whatever it is sent forth to achieve. I have declared a new time and season – a new day for the church.   Too long she has been weak, ineffective and struggling like a new born babe. Now she will rise up with renewed energy & VIGOUR. She will have learned how to use the tools with which I have armed her so that My Kingdom can advance. It is time to take the Kingdom (God’s) and push forward. To take the light into the darkness.

I do not need a vast army to achieve my purposes.   Only those who are willing to persevere, willing to count the cost, those who are bold, those who have courage, who take their strength from Me.   Those will be part of my army.   Those who are skilled in My Word, those who know their position, those who listen and obey.   They will receive the words to speak and declare in My name.   The will see My wonder working power at work. They will be my vessels to bring healing, holiness and salvation to nations.

I am on the move. My body the Church needs to discern where I am leading in this season. It is not time for the faint hearted, the men pleasers, and the timid.   This is the season for those who fear the Lord and show reverence and fear. Who love righteousness and hate wickedness, injustice and wrong – to be willing to stand up and be counted.   To be the carriers of My presence into all situations.   Everyday situations where I have placed them – whether home, work, family, government, schools – everywhere they find themselves.   They can have an impact.

Now rise up and go to war on the enemy -Satan. Pull down his strongholds and declare that his time has come to an end in this region.   There is a new King in town (Jesus).   A new Kingdom (Jesus’) being established and the enemy (Satan) is to be trodden underfoot and trampled.  Satan’s troops, his spirits will have to flee in the presence of My army.   Gideon’s army is on the march. It is time to advance.   Take the gates and push back the darkness. “

“Stop That’s enough – No further”

My friend, Geoff, heard these words in the Spirit when he was praying recently.  He sensed God was saying “That’s enough – Stop – You have come far enough.  You are not coming any further”.   He recognised that the words were not being spoken to him directly but did not have a further sense of what God was saying.

As we prayed into this in our fellowship group for more insight from God, one of our member, Heather had been reminded of the scripture in Job 11 when God says to Job about the seas “When I fixed My limit for it; and set bars and doors:  When I said , This far you may come, but no farther, and here your proud waves must stop!”

We had a sense that the enemy has been overstepping his mark.   That God was saying it is time to speak to the enemy and say “Enough is enough.  You are not coming any further”.    It was time to rebuke him for stealing from us believers- stealing our joy, our peace, our families, our relationships, our finances,  our seed, our harvest and to say “Enough is Enough” – “You are not stealing from us any more”.    As we prayed the Holy Spirit revealed areas in each of our lives that the enemy has been stealing from us and overstepping his boundaries.

When Lot, his family, his servants, goods and everything was taken captive by the enemy, Abraham got together his armed servants and went in pursuit.    He recovered Lot and everything which was stolen.   I believe it is time for the body of Christ to say to the enemy “Stop – Enough is enough -you are not stealing from us anymore”.    “You are not coming any further”.    Then I believe it is time to actively pursue restoration and recovery of those things the enemy has stolen from us.    The Holy Spirit will lead us and guide us into how we activate our faith to do this in prayer and also showing our faith in works.    It’s time for a prayer offensive.

Let’s not be on the back foot any more but let us exercise our faith in Christ Jesus and the victory that He has secured for us by His death on the cross and resurrection,  over all the works of the enemy.   Praise be to God in the highest.    It’s time to move some boundaries and push the enemy back where he belongs.

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Beware of a false peace

Perfect peace is found in God and not in our circumstances or situation which is changeable.  Today as I was worshipping God,  I saw a picture of a big storm, a hurricane.  As the hurricane passed over there was “peace” at the eye of the storm.  However,  people know from experience that this peace is a “false peace” because the rest of the storm is still to pass over.   In whatever our circumstances, we could be deceived into thinking a temporary lull is the answer to our prayers and relax.   We may not then be prepared for the rest of the storm.   I sense God is warning us not to be deceived by a false peace but to remain watchful and seek Him.  To fix our eyes on Him.  To continue to pray and intercede as the Holy Spirit leads us.  Seek Him in all situations for Godly wisdom and discernment so that we continue to press in and do not relax our prayers.   Keep pressing in.

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A Daniel Anointing

In the book of Daniel we read about Daniel and 3 other young men, Hananiah, Mishael & Azariah – young Israelites who were taken from their homeland to a foreign land to be trained to serve before King Nebuchadnezzar.   These were hand picked young men who showed great promise but they were foreigners in an alien culture.

We read that these young men were bold and not prepared to compromise their faith in God and defile themselves by eating the King’s rich food and drinking his wine.   This diet of rich food was specifically designed to ensure that the young men being trained for service grew strong & fit.   Food fit for a King indeed.     Instead, Daniel asked for a simple diet of vegetables & water for him and his friends because he did not want to be defiled by eating such food.  Food which God had forbidden his people to eat as set out in His commandments.

This was a very bold & dangerous request.    It would have seemed ridiculous & foolish to the chief steward to ask such a thing.  How could a diet of vegetables & water possible be better than the King’s food.    How could this request be wise – and weren’t these supposed to be clever young men – the best of the bunch.    Daniel was in a foreign culture now so shouldn’t he just fit and do what all the other young men were doing – life would be so much easier surely.    Fortunately, Daniel was not prepared to compromise his faith and just do what everyone else did – following the perceived wisdom of that age.

The steward was understandably extremely worried to do such a thing especially in disobedience to the King’s order.    His life was literally on the line and he was in danger of losing everything to allow Daniel’s request.    Daniel was certainly asking a lot of him.    However,  God had granted Daniel favour in the steward’s eyes and the steward liked and trusted Daniel.    Daniel also recognised this was a big ask and so he also exercised wisdom by asking the steward to give them 10 days eating just the vegetables & drinking only water to demonstrate his point.    A test for the steward’s benefit.

At the end of the 10 days the young men appeared better and fatter than the other young men who were eating the King’s food.    The steward was satisfied that the diet was working and so gave orders for it to continue.

God rewarded the faith and obedience of these young men and gave them “an unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom.  And God gave Daniel the special ability to interpret the meanings of visions and dreams”.

At the end of the period of training  all the young men were brought before the King to be interviewed.    It says that no-one impressed the King more than these young men and  they became his advisers.   Not only that, but it says that when the King asked for their advice he found them “ten times better than any of the other advisers” – many of whom were magicians and enchanters – in his entire kingdom.

I pray that in these times God will release a Daniel anointing on Kingdom men & women of God that they will excel in all wisdom, understanding and knowledge.  That their sphere of influence will increase and they will stand before Kings, Governments & the key decision makers in Government & business to input Godly wisdom & direction to re-establish justice & righteousness.   I pray that their advice will be sought out and will be valued above all other advice.    That the favour of God will be upon them.

I pray for Godly dreams and visions to be released with the gift of interpretation.

I pray for boldness to come upon us so that we no longer follow the herd but are willing to stand up for righteousness and truth and make Godly decisions which will influence nations.   Let the pillars of righteousness and justice be re-established.  Amen.

 

 

 

Healing & Wholeness

The other week during worship in the Sunday Morning, I was reminded of the story of the lepers who Jesus healed.

As I was thinking of the story, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and reminded me that one of the lepers returned to Jesus and thanked him for healing him.    Jesus then told him to go -“your faith has made you whole”.

I believe the Holy Spirit was emphasising that there is a difference between healing and wholeness.    Even though you may have experienced healing, you can still bear the scars from your experience.   Physical or emotional.    The illness may have been healed but its effects are still apparent.

In the case of the lepers – leprosy devastated your skin.   You only had to look at someone to know that they had leprosy – it was not a hidden disease.    I believe the man who was sent away whole was not only healed from his disease but his skin was also completely restored with no evidence of the leprosy.   The effects of his illness was no longer evident.

Some of us still have the scars of our illnesses or experiences.   They are still evident in the way that we behave.    We have been effected on deep levels and the physical and emotional scars still affect us.

This is the day that Jesus can make you whole again.  He wants you to be whole.   Totally restored in Him.   Jesus is in the business of restoration.

Ask Jesus to make you whole.    Thank him for healing you but ask him for full and total restoration of every part of your life so that you are whole physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Blessed by His name.    May His face shine upon you today.

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