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Hey God I want my watch back!

Recently I lost my watch – the one my husband gave to me on our wedding day – it was engraved and very special. I looked  everywhere and rang all the malls -no sign.  I had got into the bad habit of taking it off and putting it into my pocket when I was out…

I remembered what Bobby Conner once preached – asking out loud to God for what was lost to be restored. I prayed everyday for ages – shouting it out in the car (my 3yr old got quite good at asking for it back)

I gave up…it was gone for a couple of months. Then about a week ago my son tipped over his tin of pens and when I went to pick them all up – there was my watch!!!

Thanks God! For restoring what was precious to me!

What is important to you is important to God!

Have a great week all!

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How great is our God

It says in Malachi 3:16 “Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another; and the Lord listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who meditate on His name.”

“Faith that God will be true to His name is the key to unlocking the whole realm of the miraculous” John Paul Jackson

When we pray we can confidently know that God will be true to who He says He is – that is what His name reveals about Himself. And we will find that the answer to all our needs is in His name.

Who do you need Him to be for you today, this week for your family?

Here are but some of His names:
Jehovah-M’Kaddishchem – The Lord who sanctifies you (Leviticus 20:8)
Jehovah-Shalom – The Lord is Peace (Judges 6:24)
Jehovah-Shammah – The Lord is there (Ezekiel 48:35)
Jehovah Rapha – The Lord who heals (Isaiah 53:5)
Jehovah-Jireh – The Lord will provide (Genesis 22:13-14)
Jehovah-Nissi – The Lord is our Victorious Banner (Romans 8:31, 37)
Jehovah-Raah – The Lord is our Shepherd (Psalm 23)
Jehovah-Nigad – The Lord who predicts the future (Isaiah 42:8-9)
Jehovah-Ahavah – God is love (Isaiah 63:9)
Jehovah-Tsedek – The Lord is Justice (Isaiah 30:18)
Jehovah-Magen – The Lord is a shield (Genesis 15:1)
Jehovah-Chesed – The Lord is Merciful (Exodus 34:6-7)

How great is our God!!! Look at His character and nature that are displayed in His names!

The Champion

In the 1973, in the United States, a horse named Secretariat came out of obscurity to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stake and the Belmont Stakes, thus winning what is known as the Triple Crown. Setting new track records in winning these races, he became not only one of the greatest race horses of all time, but one of the greatest athletes. At the Belmont Stakes, the third jewel of the Triple Crown, his performance was so awe inspiring that it stunned the world, and even today remains a notable feat.

Secretariat won the Belmont Stake by a huge margin of 31 lengths. A margin so dramatic that it was a challenge to keep him and the other racers in the same camera shot. His win is remembered as one of the most incredible events in thoroughbred racing history and one of the most amazing individual athletic achievements ever, both human and non-human. Such was his win that in the same week he graced the covers of Time Magazine, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated.

 

Phrases like “to watch him run was like a supernatural event” were common. The commentator at the time was reported to say “An amazing, unbelievable performance by this miracle horse.”

What fans did not know was that Secretariat had a secret. One that was only discovered after his death. An autopsy revealed that the horse’s heart was precisely 2 ½ times larger than the average horse of his weight. It weighed some 22 pounds!

God had given this horse a supernatural heart. He had greater capacity than any other horse in recorded history. His large heart meant that he could sustain a fast pace for much longer than an ordinary horse. Having come into the races as an outsider, judged on his outward appearance, this hidden secret quickly made him a favourite.

Through Christ in us, we all have supernatural abilities. The world may disregard us based on external qualities – status, wealth, appearance and position. But God’s standard and purpose for us goes further than that, it delves into our hidden spirits. We are living in a time when God is demonstrating His power and love through ordinary people. He is using those who have supernatural hearts – that is a heart totally surrendered to Him. Much like Secretariat, these people will become champions, emerging from obscurity to run some of life’s greatest races, demonstrating God’s power.

In other words, ordinary people living extraordinary lives for our God!

FaithWorks

 

Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind Him and touched the edge of His coat. She said to herself, “If I only touch His cloak, I will be healed.” Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” He said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment. (Matthew 9:20-22)

 So what can we learn from this woman?

Faith takes Risks – The woman was an outcast. The law in Leviticus 15 would have meant that the woman in this story would have been classed as unclean as she had been bleeding for twelve years. In fact, the law says that if anyone even touched her he or she would also be classed as unclean – no one would have wanted to be near her and she would have lived in near isolation for years. She took a huge risk to push through the crowds to touch Jesus cloak.

Faith Speaks – Proverbs 6:2. Confession of faith. That is, she thought within herself, she reasoned the matter in her mind, she concluded upon it, and firmly believed it; Maybe she had heard of instances of healings that occurred by people who just touched Him. 

Luke 6:19  And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all

Matthew 14:35 “People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.

Faith Acts – She touched the coat. To touch in Greek is to attach oneself to; to fasten to. Laid hold of. Cling to. To activate the promise. Portrays what was going on in the spiritual – connecting with the Lord and provision.

 The KJV – “For she said within herself”. Be conscious of your thoughts and what you say. Our words can bless or curse our lives. They can discourage or build our faith.

Faith in Jesus and His loving purpose for our lives must be the motivation for continuing no matter the setbacks or circumstances. We have to keep pressing in to get what God has for us.

We need to “call things that are not as if they were” (Romans 4:17). What we speak, we are calling for.  We are reaching into the spiritual realm and drawing according to our words. We can reach into Satan’s realm, the realm of curses, and draw out evil and negative things, or we can reach into God’s realm, the realm of blessings, and draw out good, positive things. We need to see through the eyes of the Spirit beyond our present state. We need to engage our faith. Too often though we have our mind working against us not for us.  We are either empowering God or the enemy by our agreement.

My challenge for us today is to be people whose faith is active.

Let us be people like St Augustine who see the reward of our faith. He said “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.”

Let us be like the woman in Matthew – “If I could just touch his cloak” What do you need to take hold of Jesus’ coat for?

Once Lost – Now Restored

Further to my posting of lost things being restored, we had an awesome testimony at Church yesterday. A dear elderly lady lost her engagement ring the week prior. She rang the office during the week and came to look for it – but no sign. The Church carpark is used by factory workers during the week, we’d had a youth meeting, cleaners, contractors all through the church as well.

On the Sunday morning it was shared that it was lost – we all prayed together in agreement that it would be found. The lady (in her eighties) also had a dream that it was restored and was remaining hopeful.  

At the end of the service, one lady had a look for it – couldn’t find it, then stood at the entry to the Church and prayed! She looked up and across the carpark and saw it!

We were able to return a much loved special ring to a dear follower of Christ. God is good!!

And you know what – it was Valentines Day when it was found!!! A love gift for a lady from Her Heavenly Father – how awesome is that!

This year God wants to restore lost promises – ones forgotten, ones given up on. He wants to restore them to you!

Blessings 🙂

The Way of Love

We love because God loved us first

 Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not – CS Lewis

We used to sing at Sunday school – Hey kids do you love Jesus – and we’d reply yes we love Jesus – why – “because he first loved me”

To be secure in who we are we need to lay hold of and keep hold of the revelation of God’s love for you. For that will be what will sustain you through life – through the trials, through the trenches.

It says in 1 John 4:19 that “we love him because He first loved us”. In Revelation 2 we read that you have forgotten your first love. It is about returning to the revelation that he first loved us. It is this revelation that strengthens our love for Him.

Here’s another way to look at it. In John 18 we read of the disciple whom Jesus loved – this bemused me at first – was he Jesus favourite?? It occurred to me that the author of this Gospel John is the one who wrote it. Just a second – this is in the gospel according to…John…not in any of the other gospels. John had the revelation that it is about Jesus loving us – not us loving him. It is Christ’s love alone that sustains us – our souls can’t. Peter said in the same chapter “I will lay down my life for you” yet at the time of Jesus crucifixion Peter had already denied him. And it was John who was near the foot of the cross who Jesus then entrusted with his mother. Jesus loved all the 12 – but John knew it and lived it – he leaned on Jesus – showed his dependency on him.

Jesus says in John 15 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love…” He modelled this for us – He was secure in His Father’s love for Him and displayed it to his disciples – He tells them to remain / live / rest in this love.

It is in Jesus love we need to abide – then we will not be tricked by the enemy. It is about God’s love for us not what we have done or who we are.  It is the only sustainable way to live – the way of love –knowing that he loved us first. It remains then all about him and not about us. I should declare He loves me!!!

What I’m reading & listening to

Book Review – Jesus Culture, Banning Liebscher

Don’t read this book if you don’t want your life to change! Don’t read this book if you are comfortable with your expression of faith! Don’t read this book if you are not looking for a challenge! Because reading this book will do precisely that! It will challenge you, inspire and change you!

From the forewords by Lou Engle and Bill Johnson, right through to the last page, this book is about what life as Christians should be like – a life that is naturally supernatural, that is bold in its pursuit and demonstration of Jesus! Banning writes of a life that is meant to be burning for Jesus – fuelled by passion and sustained by prayer. He inspires us all to be History makers and change makers in our families, workplaces, cities and nations. Fortunately for the reader, Banning goes beyond inspiring us to giving us immensely practical and sustainable strategies for being a passionate follower of Christ.

Banning is the leader of Jesus Culture from Bethel Church, Redding, California that has brought us Jesus Culture Band and their albums including Consumed and We Cry Out. If you love their music and their message then this is a must read! Aimed primarily at youth and young people – this book transcends generations and has something for everyone!

CD Review – Kristene Mueller – Those who dream

If you’re a Jesus Culture Fan, if you enjoy easy listening worship music to wash over you, or even if you’re on the hunt for a Christian CD that you can play in the background rather like Norah Jones or Bic Runga you need to get this CD!

Released last year by Jesus Culture Music, the album “Those Who Dream” by brand new artist, Kristine Mueller is a real joy. Kristene has devoted her life to God in the secret place and comes to Jesus Culture from being a worship leader with Justice House of Prayer San Francisco. Her heart and passion for God exude from every song.

I have found the CD to be delightfully refreshing and yet compelling at the same time. Even when played as background music to tasks at hand I have find myself drawing into the presence of God. I particularly love the song Redemption with lyrics “The deeper sin the stronger the blood, the more to forgive, the more reason to love, so I place my trust in You.”

“Kristene’s sweet and deeply devotional ballads will move your heart to heaven and your hope to earth.” (Lou Engle)

 “Her songs are breath and life right from heaven” (Beni Johnson)