Thursday, March 20, 2014

WORK OUT.


What's your spiritual BMI? (Body Mass Index - based on height & weight). There is no use wanting to go higher, to have titles to be perceived to live on a greater level when behind the cloak you're an anorexic giant LOL!!


Is there anything to your diet? Paul said "I fed you with milk and not with solid food" because the carnal are not able to receive (1 Corinthians 3:1-4). What is my food? My food is to do the will of Him who sent me (John 4:34). It's possible to be grown in age but a babe in wisdom. I'm young but I let no one despise my youth, it doesn't limit my growth (1 Timothy 4:12). My lifestyle determines my development. David was young and underestimated; nobody knew that God was training him up in obscurity with the bears and the lions (1 Samuel 17:34-36). Is He trying to train you, not to lean on your own understanding but His (Proverbs 3:5). Goliath was physically strong, the only problem was he was on the wrong team (against God's people) and his faith was in his strength alone. David seemed small to the naked eye but a discerning eye can see that by faith he was a spiritual giant (1 Samuel 17:45-47).

Faith paired with works brings triumph. Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). The Lord does not save with sword or spear, nor by might or strength but by His Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). His Spirit lives in anyone who has received Christ as their Lord and Saviour (John 14:16-17) for He (Jesus Christ) went that He (Holy Spirit) might come (John 16:7). Sow to the Spirit and not to your flesh (Galatians 6:8) God's words are Spirit and they are life (John 6:63). See God's word as your daily bread, for it is written, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). Eat well and exercise! Build yourself up in your most holy faith (Jude 20) then walk it out (James 2:18-20)

We show faith BY our works, Abraham was justified by works and not by faith only, they work together and by works faith is made perfect (James 2:21-24). So we have to 'work out'. Trials are like the track, except this is long distance running and not a sprint. He who endures to the end will be saved (Matthew 24:13). Tests are like the gym, you feel the pain before you see the results, but let patience have its perfect work (James 1:4). They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31)Let the weak say "I am strong" (Joel 3:10). Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They have bowed down and fallen; but we have risen and stand upright (Psalm 20:7-8).

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Teach You

                                                       

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Falls Apart

God is so GREAT and I don't just mean great as in good, I mean beyond comprehension. Isaiah 55:8-9 "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. I mean mind blown. Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. Expectation. Everyday. I had a vision early 2012 and it symbolised a transformation. Key colour/material was gold (Job 23:10), a key theme was 'stripped'. It takes being stripped down to be clothed in new garments and a breaking down of faulty foundations to be built back up to reach new heights. You cannot pour old wine into new wineskins. Transition is the strangest thing. I really do feel new :0 What has happened internally, I can't explain, well I can and I will (although I always say it better in song, this will have to do for now).

Luke 5:36-39 Then He spoke a parable to them: “No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved. And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is better.’”

You know that verse John 7:38 He who believes in Me, as the scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water; that's exactly how I feel. Bubbling forth. Abundance. It's a continuous flow. My cup runs over (Psalm 23:5). Do not be drunk with wine, but be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). "You've been holding back. God said let go" I thought hmm this is true but ___insert excuses here___. It's fear really... of the unknown. I knew scenery would change (yass change this situation) but then I had to pen lyrics "Is it me who changed?" O_____/ Discomfort is the best thing that happened to me. "The removal of those things that are being shaken... so that which cannot be shaken remains". Hebrews 12:25-27 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake  not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.

ONCE during worship I felt the ground shake beneath me. I was like :0 :0 :0 (that was new) spoke to mum on the phone (we lived in different cities at the time), at her church the sermon that Sunday was on 'The Shaking'. When I returned to my home city, I searched our office bookcase (for anything of substance really) and found a book on 'The Shaking'. God shaking the nations e.g. economy, church 'system'. Sometimes things have to 'fall apart' to come together. Nice neat plans, perfect presentation, tidy environment and yet you still can't find what you seek. Watch what happens when you let go. Consider the disciples, Jesus: "Leave that and follow Me" just 'disrupting' lool (Luke 5:11; Matthew 16:24; Luke 18:22). When you've had an EXPERIENCE when you live in relationship you forsake all including 'their' opinions. Of course it looks crazy. They forsook all and followed Him. Matthew 10:39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

God sees the end from the beginning. We're at the beginning calling it the end. Finish the race. Press toward the goal. Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. Don't expect everyone going through a hard time to break, many will blossom. The darkest place looked like the end, but it was the beginning - of walk by faith not by sight.That uncomfortable place has been my most creative space because there I have to live inspired. What can I cling to? I'll cling to You. It may look like things will never change but they always do. Genesis 8:22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease. So if you're in a 'falls apart' season - your autumn or winter, expect spring - new birth

I would say 'hold on' but what I really mean to say is 'let go'.





Thursday, February 6, 2014

Team: Confirmation (5)

5.2.14 Confirmation of 'It's Time' 

Elijah List - Robert Hotchkin

God is Moving - We Are at the Beginning of Something Beyond Anything We've Ever Seen

"Think of the Israelites in the desert. They knew the Lord as Deliverer, the One who brought them up out of Egypt. And now He was leading them – cloud by day, fire by night – across the wilderness into all He had spoken to them of in the Promised Land. Day by day the Israelites learned to look for and follow the presence of the Lord. Sometimes, for days, He would remain in one place with them, helping them to see and know Him as Provider, Healer, or some other aspect of I AM.
But then a day would come when the cloud would move. The Israelites had to be in active relationship with the Lord to realize He was not "where" He had been; they had to be looking for the cloud of His presence each day. When the cloud moved they had to trust that He was still with them and seek where He had moved to, so that they could follow.
It is the same for us today. God is moving. The key to following Him into all He is bringing us into begins with us trusting that – even if we are not finding Him where He "was," He is still present. After all, He never leaves us nor forsakes us (Hebrews 13:5-6). God is wooing the Body right now in a powerful way. There is a great grace for increased intimacy and relationship with Him – a great grace to know Him in new ways and follow Him into new depths."



Monday, February 3, 2014

It's Time.

When I look back and wonder HOW, I see GRACE... but I also sense when that grace has lifted and shifted me into a new season. I'm talking about the grace that enables you to endure, the grace that allows you to operate in a particular area. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 tells us that there is a TIME and SEASON for everything.

Everything Has Its Time

1 To everything there is a season,
   A time for every purpose under heaven:
2 A time to be born,
   And a time to die;
   A time to plant,
   And a time to pluck what is planted;
3 A time to kill,
   And a time to heal;
   A time to break down,
   And a time to build up;
4 A time to weep,
   And a time to laugh;
   A time to mourn,
   And a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones,
   And a time to gather stones;
   A time to embrace,
   And a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to gain,
   And a time to lose;
   A time to keep,
   And a time to throw away;
7 A time to tear,
   And a time to sew;
   A time to keep silence,
   And a time to speak;
8 A time to love,
   And a time to hate;
   A time of war,
   And a time of peace.

How did you manage to keep it all in when now you're bursting to share? It was a time to be quiet. Now it's time to speak up. How did you persevere when you didn't see results? It was a time to plant. Now it's time to harvest. Don't be shocked when what previously failed, works. Don’t be shocked when closed doors open. How did you keep it all together in your pain, tears, and loss? It was grace that kept you, but you are transitioning and because of grace you are also worthy of your season of healing, laughter, love and abundant life. John 10:10 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. The danger is in becoming so accustomed to being robbed that we don’t know how to be restored. We expect fight after fight like we cried tear after tear and end up defensive when God sends a messenger (Joshua 5:13-15). God says, what has eluded you in past seasons “I have given into your hand” (Joshua 6:2).

Some of us got so used to turning away or being turned away that if we're not careful we'll reject what we should embrace. There is a time to scatter but there is also a time to gather. Equally, we shouldn't try to rebuild what was meant to be torn down. Instead of holding on to the things that once made you comfortable let go, grab a hold of your now and continue moving. Some are holding on tightly as if their fingers are gripping the edge of a cliff, you won’t die. Change might scare you but it won’t kill you. To refuse to change is to refuse to grow, which causes you to stay stagnant and become paralysed. It’s time to pick up your mat and walk (John 5:8). God, help me tell the time *falls out & cloaks self* Daniel 2:21 ... He changes the times and seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. 1 Chronicles 12:32 ... The sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do..."

Many have been criticised because it looked like they were not progressing, but when it seemed like they were restricted and isolated they were really being processed and prepared - caterpillar - chrysalis. Others have been judged and rebuked as being out of order for moving, or going through a lot of changes, first dare yourself to say yes to God and watch Him disrupt your life. He told Abraham to get up and leave everything behind to go to a place that He would show him (Genesis 12:1). He told him to sacrifice his promised son, Isaac, and just before he could bring down the knife God changed direction (Genesis 22). Are you where God used to be - stale bread (Exodus 16:13-21). What is God saying now - fresh manna. Matthew 4:4 ... It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Revelation 19:10... For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Despite our worries about tomorrow, our fears of the future and the threats of the unknown, God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33). God is a God of guidance, He doesn't leave us to get on with it and figure it out by ourselves, He leads us. Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. I move with the cloud - glory cloud - His presence. His peace leaves when you stay in a place longer than you should. Numbers 9:17 When the cloud lifted from over the sacred tent, the people of Israel followed it. And whenever the cloud settled, the people of Israel camped. Numbers 9:18 In this way, they travelled at the Lord's command and stopped wherever he told them to, then they remained where they were as long as the cloud stayed over the Tabernacle. Verse 22 tells us that no matter how long, two days, a month or a year they stayed and did not move on, but AS SOON as it lifted they broke camp.

No matter how long your season seems keep following God's guidance. And as soon as He says it’s time, it’s time.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Strange Voice

Isaiah 30:21 Your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, "This is the way walk in it," whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left. John 10:4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. John 10:5 Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers. Give God your ear. Luke 12:12 For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that hour what you ought to say. The words that He speaks to you are spirit and they are life (John 6:63). You will find yourself in contradictory circumstances but (Luke 21:13) it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. Luke 21:14 Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; Luke 21:15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist. Reject strange voices that do not confirm or agree with God's word over your life. Strange voices bring confusion. Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the TRUTH? (Galatians 3:1)


The devil is a liar. John 8:44 ... he was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is NO truth in him... When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it!! John 8:45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Liars manipulate situations to their advantage. Through deception they bewitch others. Don't let a lie control your life. Sometimes it's shocking who becomes a vessel for the devil's lies. It's hurtful when those who should encourage you speak death and curse you. Luke 21:16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. Luke 21:17 And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Matthew 5:12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

I've been lied against to my face and accused and disrespected it's unbelievably RUDE!! I laugh in hindsight, I most certainly did not at the time. When 'friends' or even worse family lie against you it really makes you think twice about trust, bear in mind that it's not always deeply personal but for His sake. 2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. I had a prophetic dream about spiritual warfare, concluding in interpretation that it was 'Not My Battle', the DAY AFTER an upsetting 'situation' full of aggressive accusations arose. I was about to take the drama to heart, but thankfully it wasn't long before the prophetic message came back to me. Previously, in my own experiences I became so used to taking things into my own hands; I realised all these things distracted me and sought to steal my joy, disrupt my peace. When it comes to conflict humans have always had two options - fight or flight (adrenaline hormone). The problem is all this time you spend fighting out of frustration or fleeing in fear is time better spent on better things. It's simply not your battle. It's easier for strange voices to enter in and go undetected in the midst of chaos.

When you're on level 100 of angry, frustrated or depressed you start believing lies. You're vulnerable and easily manipulated. Whilst you're preoccupied with entertaining distractions the thief creeps in to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). Spot him and his agents lurking around your peace, swiping your joy, your ability to make wise decisions, dismantling your trust, your faith etc. If you keep listening to his lies he will steal your promise too; not by destroying it (that's in God's hands) but by keeping you wandering in the wilderness. Use your will to listen. Hear the word behind you saying "This is the way, walk in it". In this dream I peacefully watched as my enemies (symbolic in the dream) destroyed each other (2 Chronicles 20) no sweat off my brow. "You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you." Do not fear or be dismayed for the Lord is with you. A hireling sees the wolf coming and leaves but Jesus lays down His life for the sheep (John 10:11-16).

People can paint you however they want to but God knows His sheep and they know His voice. You will try to do good and at times it will be thrown back in your face, you will walk in God's will and others will throw you out. Keep going, it wasn't for them anyway. Whatever you do, do as though you were working for the Lord (Colossians 3:23; Matthew 25:40). Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. You'll appreciate life much more when you choose to be at peace with it. The good, the bad, the ugly. How? Honesty and acceptance. Striving and struggling is what makes us bitter about life. Surrender instead. Not by my might nor power, not my will but Yours (Zechariah 4:6). The wisest use of free will is to do God's will, for in Him is freedom (John 8:36). Religion is where people get tied up. Get to know Him. You are aware that not everyone who says 'Lord Lord' will enter the kingdom of heaven. He will say "I never knew you" (Matthew 7:21-23). Don't force. Flow. Don't pretend. Become. You can lie all day long but you'll get stopped at the gate with "I never knew you". Who are you? Rephrase: Who are you today? *chuckles*


Matthew 25:31 When the son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. Matthew 25:32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from goats. Matthew 25:33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. TLC sang 'I don't want no scrub'... I'm gonna change it to 'I don't want no goat" loool. Word: You don't panic when dead hair leaves the comb. Don't panic when dead relationships drop off. Matthew 25:34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world". The wheat and the tares grow together UNTIL harvest (Matthew 13:24-30). That fall out, break-up, split had to happen. 1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us. God only allows the strange voice to manifest to EXPOSE IT, now you know don't listen. God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33) an enemy has done this (Matthew 13:27-28).

The separation won't be easy. At some point pain has to pack its bags and leave your house but be at peace with your tears. Cleansing. Jesus wept and wasn't ashamed. It's the shortest sentence in life. John 11:35 Jesus wept. *silence* Weeping endures for a night but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5). Don't deny trouble, it says in John 11:33 "When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled". The key is in not exalting emotion above your faith. He wept and was troubled but He still had faith to say 'Take away the stone' (John 11:39). He didn't let what He saw deceive Him *runs* If you deny it how can you speak to it!!!? Speak to the mountain (Mark 11:23). You can see the obstacle, now tell it to make way.  If it never moved you, you'd never move it!! Some of you are not groaning in physical or emotional pain, you're groaning in the spirit, labour pain. You've got a vision- change. A woman, when she is in labour, has sorrow because her hour has come (John 16:21). Call it forth!! (John 11:43). Transform your pain into passion and your passion into power. "Loose him, and let him go." (John 11:44). The enemy is mad that he's started something he can't finish! If he hadn't caused the pain you would never have found your passion. 

It all started with a strange voice in the garden of Eden, the voice of a snake whose deception caused man to disobey God. Satan thought his whispers could sabotage Eve's destiny but her seed bruises his head (Genesis 3:15). They should never have spoken about you because what you're about to birth is going to crush everything that would try to come against you. What you create will cancel out the enemy's plans. Your words have creative power - speak life, and the Spirit will bear witness that we are children of God (Romans 8:16). As God's children we must obey Him, for as many as are led by the Spirit of God they are the sons of God (Romans 8:14). Disobedience was the sin that caused separation, and it was for that sin that Jesus came, died and rose! The passion of Christ was to bridge the gap so that we might have relationship. When Jesus died for our sins He restored our relationship. It took the sacrifice of a son to bring forth communion that runs deeper than communication - to partake in a divine exchange, an intimate conversation. Silence the noise, Hear “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God (Isaiah 40:3).


Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Jella Gem (10)

No longer trusting someone is not the same as making them an enemy, but removing expectation because of frequent disappointment. Love is given, trust is earned. Love in its true and purest form is unconditional, it needs no return; hence the word trustworthy not 'loveworthy'. Trust is an investment. The love can remain but once the trust is gone a part of them closes off and you can no longer make withdrawals. Trust is important and like any good thing you never miss it until it leaves. Respect it. Protect it. Keep it. It's not always that people don't care, many are just careless with precious things. Running with a delicate, expensive & very fragile item in your hand, it doesn't mean you don't care, you're just being careless. Stop and think. It's not always that people are evil, many are immature. The question is will they grow out of it, that type of growth is always a choice. Some of the ones crying victim claiming to suffer from rejection were just blocked from making withdrawals. What did you give? If we are unselfish we will find that we all have something to offer. We're not babies so unfortunately we can't just demand and receive. Relationships aren't charities, they can't survive off one person giving and the other person getting, nor off pity. Are you fed too? Or are you drained? Are you mothering people too big to carry? Iron sharpens Iron. Seek to build mutual giving and mutual trust. It makes sense to say goodbye to that which you outgrew; maybe it didn't fit in the first place.