Sunday, April 20, 2014

45 Years Ago

Today is my spiritual birthday!! 45 years ago (Resurrection Sunday 1969 at Ngaruawahia NZ) Jesus won my heart and I have run after Him ever since. He is Faithful and True. Thank You my Savior!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Glory of Zion - Passover Conference

Right now I am in the Dallas area at the Glory of Zion Passover conference. This is Chuck Pierce's church - wonderful meetings!

Today during the worship, a New Zealand Maori brother who lives in Hawaii, did a maori war dance and put some serious hurting on the devil:


Here are some pictures from the meetings:

Chuck Pierce Prophesying

The worship team

I love this guy!! (Of course!!)

Cindy Jacobs spoke tonight
I was a little far back, but a good view on the screen.
Wonderful message.

Waring with flags

Me playing around back at the hotel
My friend, Jaime, bought a Tallit

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Don't Fall Short

There are two things in the Bible where we fall short - glory and grace. At first glance, they appear to be two unrelated issues, but they are very much linked:

Rom. 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Heb. 12:15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;

Both of these (glory and grace) are too important to do half heartedly. They require our utmost dedication. 

Grace is an inescapable expression of God's glory...and glory is a reflection of grace.

The glory of God is the ultimate goal of our existence. Paul says that all mankind has sinned and fallen short of glory. We haven't fallen short of salvation...or missions etc. sin has caused us to fall short of the glory


Grace the way to reach God's glory. The writer to the Hebrews insists that we must not fall short of grace.

I am in pursuit of these two expressions of God's great favor and love...I long for more of both in my life - come Lord!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Triumph Over Your Past — And Boldly Face Your Future

Here is an article that came from The Elijah List today - it was written by Bobbly Conner. This goes with the repentance theme from the past few days:

God Restores and Refreshes

Dear Believer, we have entered a new season. It is the season of a fresh start! We are in a divinely appointed time of refreshing and restoring:
"So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame" (Joel 2:25-26).
This is a new day in which you may boldly declare, "Old things have passed away!" (see Isaiah 48:6-7).
God Offers Forgiveness
One of the sweetest words in any language is the word forgiven! God promises that even if your sins are red like crimson – bright, obvious, glaring, unmistakable – they have been forgiven, washed white as snow, because of the crimson Blood of Christ (see Isaiah 1:18)!
Not just a few sins or a handful of mistakes, but each and every betrayal, sin, and offense is under the Blood of Christ. Each and every mistake is forgotten and erased. Truly, beloved, it makes no difference how twisted and tangled your life has been or now is: Through the shed Blood of Christ at Calvary, God has made all forgiveness and grace abound toward you!
Heaven and earth may pass away, but "His compassions fail not" (Lamentations 3:20-22). Why? Because Christ Jesus already bore our sins and iniquities!
...Because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:12
God Forgets Your Past

Through our repentance, God always makes a way to free us from our past. Brothers and sisters in Christ, take this encouragement to heart: Do not let your past failures keep you from experiencing your future victories! Remember this vital promise:
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death" (Romans 8:1-2 KJV).
The Lord has already lavished you with abundant, extravagant forgiveness and grace to empower you to leave behind every single past sin and failure, the days of regret, doubt and fear, the many missed opportunities and failed relationships, the seasons of backsliding and passivity, the detours of the works of the flesh.
As we believe His Word of forgiveness and set our heart to seek the Lord, we will find overwhelming grace and mercies for each day (see Jeremiah 29:12-13). Never give up; never give in again to a mindset of guilt and failure (see Hebrews 10:35). You were created by your Maker to carry His glory and presence into a lost and dying world. God has confidence in you (see Deuteronomy 28:13). Remember, you are His choice (see Ephesians 2:10), chosen for "such a time as this" (Esther 4:14).
God Redeems Your Wounds
Truly, it was by the stripes of Jesus Christ that we were healed (see Isaiah 53:5). Take comfort in this, dear Believer: Even the wounds that you have suffered will become great avenues of healing. When we are healed from our wounds, then we receive grace for healing others! We bring Christ's healing and comfort to others in the areas in which we ourselves have been afflicted (see 1 Thessalonians 5:11).
God Brings Breakthrough!
God is even now releasing divine favor to us for accomplishing great exploits for His glory. In Psalm 84:11 (NLT), we learn how He lavishes His blessings of grace and glory:
"For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right."
Even if you have not succeeded in previous days and years, do not lose heart! God is saying, "Try again!" It is time to regroup and try again, knowing that failure is never God's plan (see Jeremiah 29:11). You will see doors open that were closed to you previously. God is granting breakthrough.
I pray that your entire family will experience the overwhelming love and favor of God as you leave the past behind and boldly take hold of the blessings and promises of God!

Bobby Conner
Eagles View Ministries

Bobby Conner: This "Gentle Giant" is uniquely anointed with refreshing humor and razor-sharp prophetic accuracy, which has been documented around the world. Bobby's dynamic capacity to release outstanding demonstrations of the miraculous – healings, signs and wonders – reveals the very heart of the Father toward us! Surviving a dramatic abortion attempt by his mother, being rescued again by the hand of God from drug dealing and suicide, the story of Bobby Conner is a display of a man who now walks in his God-ordained destiny to set others free! Highly esteemed as an internationally acclaimed conference speaker, Bobby has ministered effectively to over 45 foreign countries as well as here in the States for many years.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

David Wesley - "How Deep The Father's Love For Us"

I just LOVE this music by David Wesley - such talent - such vocal range and precision - Wow!

Here is a good one for this Easter season: "How Deep The Father's Love For Us" by Stuart Townend from the UK - he wrote this in 1995 - I love the lyrics - reminiscent of an old hymn. One interesting thing about this song is how it goes between the 6/4 and 4/4 time signature - so well done, you hardly notice. Some have it written out in 5/4 time and that works just as well:

How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that left Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Follow the link from this song on You Tube - there are many selections of hymns and contemporary songs in this a cappella format - each one is wonderful.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Repentance - A Doorway To Intimacy

Lately, I have been dwelling on the concept of being restored in my soul. So much of this work is God's doing. Psalm 23 says that HE RESTORES my soul. However, as we prepare our hearts for this wonderful work of restoration, we may come upon issues where repentance is required. You can always be assured that He will bring you to this place with the utmost kindness and grace. 

Look at this precious piece from Cindy McKenna, an artist from Canada (Paisley, Ontario). Cindy describes this process perfectly on the back of a card she painted, called:

He reaches his hand into hearts
like a farmer gathering eggs from a nest.
He is gentle
and does not ruffle the feathers
of the timid bird that he loves.
With great skill and grace
he removes the stones which have built up there.
He removes them with compassion and truth
and fills that void with his love
so that the little bird can snuggle deeper into her nest.
Resting peacefully his love.
He will not wrench the stones from under her
as she has spent years adjusting to the place they have in her nest.
He gently removes them...

Cindy's painting on the front of this card, shows a bird's nest in the shape of a heart with a couple of eggs and a few stones that could be mistaken for eggs, but are definitely out of place in the nest.

That's how it often is with sin...we can become comfortable with it and rationalize its presence in our "nest." The Master Farmer, however, waits patiently as we come to the conclusion that all sin must be removed no matter how comfortable we have become with its presence in our lives.

I am certain that the Lord will make us aware of these 'stones" that must be removed, and will grant us the perfect time and place for their removal. He is firm but gentle; clear but patient; honest but kind; insistent but tender - all at the same time. The bottom line is that He is unwilling for anything in our hearts to keep us from the intimacy and fellowship that He desires with us.

The prophet, Joel is not as gentle as Cindy in his call to this process, but he issues a powerful call to repentance: 

Joel 2:12 (Amp)  
Therefore also now, says the Lord,
turn and keep on coming to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning
[until every hindrance is removed
and the broken fellowship is restored].

The Lord wants us to turn back to Him - not because He has caught us out, but because He is not willing for any degree of sin to keep us from Him - We come to repentance based on relationship, rather than rules.

Joel goes on in the next verse:

Rend your hearts and not your garments
and return to the Lord, your God,
for He is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in loving-kindness;
and He revokes His sentence of evil [when His conditions are met].

A few steps as we rend out hearts and return to the Lord...

Turn back to God – This is the secret to the heart of repentance (turn and keep on turning - turn as often as is required)
Confront yourself

Forgiveness – This is the secret to the release of repentance (forgive others and yourself)
Wash yourself

Be restored to God – This is the secret to the depth of repentance (As we are restored, He takes us deeper into relationship with Him - this is what He really wants all along)
Know yourself

Obey God – This is the secret to the power of repentance (walking in obedience reveals that repentance is at work in our hearts, and its fruit is growing)
Die to self

Fear of God – This is the secret to maintaining repentance (the fear of God involves relationship with God at its core. It is not so much about being afraid of God - rather, it is the foundation of intimacy with Him)
Abandon yourself 

May we find Him near and run back to Him - the One who is gracious, merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness!