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A voice of one, calling from the Kingdom

Welcome, this is one person’s journey through the Kingdom of God, in a story called “The Kingdom”.  The Kingdom takes two forms; Zion – the Kingdom that will come, and the Kingdom Of God that is within.   Jesus told Pilate “My Kingdom is not of this world”, and the Pharisees were told “the Kingdom of God is within you.”  Jesus stood on the mountain and taught the crowds to seek this place first, saying “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God”.  This story is a take on that.  I drew inspiration for the setting of this inner world from Psalm 45, an ancient song about the King;

JesusMy heart is stirred by a noble theme
    as I recite my verses for the king;
    my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer

He (the King) is fairer than the sons of men
    and his lips have been anointed with grace,
    since God has blessed Him forever

Since it is written in John 1:10 that all who believe in the King and receive Him are given the right to become children of God, in the Kingdom I call myself a Princess.  The gown of the Princess is woven with gold.

The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace;
Her clothing is woven with gold.
She shall be brought to the King in robes of many colours.   Psalm 45

In the inner world of the Kingdom, I am but one Princess.  There are many of us in the worldwide Body of Christ, the Kingdom of God.  He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor.  (1 Samuel 2:8)  We who are many are one body, for we all share the one bread.   Together, the threads of our stories weave into a robe of many colours.  Let me bring you to the King’s palace.  In my Father’s house are many rooms.  The King has gone to prepare a place for all who will accept Him as Lord.  You may already know the way.  If you don’t, let me show you.

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Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the story.  I will put extracts from the story in my posts.  If you want to read the whole book you are welcome to.  I will send you the password.  Any constructive feedback will be welcomed.  The story can be downloaded here: The Kingdom

Aries, the sign of the Lamb of God

ram b&wThe Mazzaroth is an ancient Zodiac, mentioned in Job, the oldest book in the Bible.  The 12 signs of the Mazzaroth tell the story of redemption and point towards the Messiah.

Aries is one of the signs.  As it is coming up to Easter, I’d like to show who Aries speaks of.

The Hebrew name is for Aries is Taleh, the lamb. The Arabic name is Al Hamal, the sheep, gentle, merciful.   The ancient Akkadian name was Bara-ziggar.

Bar means altar, or sacrifice; and ziggar means right making; so that the full name would be the sacrifice of righteousness.

Its chief star,Passover Lamb (in the forehead), is named El Nath, or El Natik, which means wounded, slain. The next, (in the left horn), is called Al Sheratan, the bruised, the wounded. The next (near to Sheratan ), is called Mesarim (Hebrew), the bound.

Aries is the sign of the Lamb of God in the heavens.  Passover was the sign of the Lamb of God in Egypt.  The ram provided to Abraham and Isaac on Mount Moriah in Israel was the sign of God providing the sacrifice for sin, Christ’s death on the cross.

John the Baptist saw Jesus and called Him “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world”.  Take another look at Jesus this Easter.  He is who He said He was.  He thought us worthy of His sacrifice.  What is He worth to you?

 

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The Lamb of God

lamb-of-god “The lamb of God” is another title for the King, a title that describes Him well. Why did Jesus have to be the sacrificial lamb?

Did God the Father demand sacrifices, or did he desire mercy?  He desired mercy.  This is what God says;

For I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
    and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.”  Hosea 6:6

This world is short on mercy.  People had to learn that a sacrifice was needed in order to pay for sin.

Sacrifices were to provide an atonement for sin.  They were designed to point to the fulfilment of God’s ultimate sacrifice for us.

God will provide a lambDo you know the story where Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son Isaac on the same mountain that Jesus was crucified on?  When they came to Mount Moriah, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” 

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.  Genesis 22:6-8

God asked Abraham to do this because he was pointing to a future sacrifice that He, as a Father was going to make of His Son.  That was the first sign.

God provided that sacrifice. It cost Him everything.

fGSLTW“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that we may not perish, but have eternal life”.  John 3:16

The Passover was the next sign.  Lambs were first sacrificed at Passover, on the night before Israel’s exodus out of Egypt, nearly 3000 years ago.  The lamb was taken into the household 4 days before the Passover.  Why, I wonder?  The Passover lamb, a male lamb with no blemish, was sacrificed on the 14th day of Nisan, the first month of the Jewish year. The blood was to be a sign for Israel.  

The blood of the lamb was put on the sides and tops of the doorframes.  On that night, the firstborn of both people and animals were struck down in Egypt.  When God saw the blood, He passed over the houses where they were, and the people were spared.

The story of that first Passover is detailed in Exodus 12.

When Jesus began His ministry, John the Baptist said “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”  John 1:29

The prophet Isaiah saw the Lamb of God 700 years before His birth.  He prophesied “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.”  Isaiah 53:7

1250 years later, Jesus made it clear to the Disciples that He was going to give up His life in exchange for ours at Passover. When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, “As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”  Matthew 26:1

When He died on the cross, his final words were “it is finished”.  The actual word was “Tetelestai” – meaning to bring to a close, to finish, to end, passed, finished, to perform, execute, complete, to fulfil.

Do you believe that Jesus is the Lamb of God?   If you do not yet believe, will you take the lamb, and examine him for yourself over the next 4 days?

 

The covenant

Abraham's promiseWhen God made Abraham gaze into the night sky, He had stars in his eyes. “He took him (Abraham) outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”  Genesis 15

God made a land covenant with Abraham that starry night, promising Abraham a son.  Abraham and Sarah decided to give God a little ‘help’ with that promise, as Sarah was too old to have a child.  Abraham had a son named “Ishmael” through Hagar, Sarah’s handmaiden.

Ishmael means ‘God hears’.  Abraham asked for his first born; Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!”

 Then God said: “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year.” Genesis 17:17-21

When Sarah laughed, the Lord asked “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Genesis 18:14.  Isaac means ‘laughter’.

Ishmael became the father of the Arabs, and Isaac the father of the Jews.  There is emnity between them to this day.  Ishmael’s descendants founded the religion of Islam, and they believe they are the rightful owners of the land of Israel.

I believe that God has not forgotten about Israel.  It states it quite clearly in Romans 11;
1 “Did God reject his people? By no means!
2 God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew.
11 Again I ask: Did they stumble as to fall beyond recovery?  Not at all!

The Church does not supplant Israel or take her promises.  Romans 11:28 makes it clear that Israel has a separate covenant with God, which still stands.  I love the Jewish people.  How could I not?  Jesus was a Jew.  The church was born in Jerusalem.  In Romans 11:17 it says that Israel is the olive tree, and the ingrafted branch of the Church is nourished from the root of that olive tree.God's Kingdom

 In the New Testament the Apostle Paul explains how Sarah, the mother of Isaac, and Hagar the mother of Ishmael represent two covenants; 

There is the covenant of the law.  God gave us the 10 commandments at Mount Sinai.  Its been a law that none of us can keep. The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

The new covenant is provided by Jesus who could keep the law.  He has been the only man born without sin, and He fulfilled the law to save us.

“For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman.  His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise.

These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar.  Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children.  But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.”  Galalations 4.

Even though Abraham is the father of the Arabs and Jews, and spiritual father of the Christians – we don’t all get along.  How can two walk together unless they are agreed?  I was friends with an Arab man, a Moselm from Iraq.  He wanted more than a friendship, but that I could not give him.  I belong to a different covenant, and I will not bow to Allah.  I encouraged him to return to his wife who had left him (by the way, it had nothing to do with me).  We have remained friends.  In the Kingdom story, his name is Ishmael.  I wondered why had I attracted Ishmael?  Why had my life been a desert?

God wanted me to trust Him.  He told me I was the one who chose the desert, and that is why Ishmael appeared.  I was trusting in myself, rather than God’s promises.

Ishmael always appears first.  Like Abraham, we are told to get rid of the son by the slavewoman, because he doesn’t share in the inheritance God has under the new covenant.

 “Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman’s son.”  Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.”  Galations 4:30.

This does not mean that God has forgotten the children of Ishmael.  Jesus has been appearing to many Moslems in dreams.

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They can and do come to Jesus, and when they make Him Lord they also come under the new covenant.  I believe God had that in mind when He saved Hagar and Ishmael from the desert.  The sons of Ishmael have this in common with the sons of Isaac;   they both have difficulty understanding the new covenant, which began in Jerusalem on the night of Passover;LastSupper2 resized

At the last supper, Jesus took the cup saying  “Drink from it, all of you.  This is my blood of the covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 

I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”  Matthew 26:28-29

The new covenant is available for all who believe and accept Jesus.  Will you believe and drink from the cup the King has provided?  Think about it this Easter.

 

Chapter 61 Ishmael and Isaac

god-quote-pictures-life-quote-pics-sayings-images-600x337Ishmael was on the mind of the Princess, and she let something slip about him when Prince Mentor walked into her lab later on in the day.  Prince Mentor slowly said “That is significant. I have been told about Ishmael”.  She replied “I never meant to say anything about ‘Ishmael’. I don’t even know how that came out”.

Smiling he replied “I understand how it came out. I was meant to hear that. It will be a test of your trust in me.” She hated it when men demanded her trust, but she let it pass. The things the King had shown her were kept to herself. She was not ready to reveal all she knew. Wary, she waited to see how he would treat her before she decided about trust.

The Princess asked “What does Ishmael mean to you?”   He replied “Ishmael was conceived before God had made the covenant of circumcision with Abram. This covenant marked the point at which Abram became Abraham. The addition of the H denotes the breath of God, and by implication the holiness of God. Abraham asked God to bless Ishmael, which God did. God’s covenant was with Isaac though.   The Hebrew meaning for Ishmael is, ‘God will hear.’   Isaac means laughter”.

From his reply the Princess could see that the King had not given him anything specific about her Ishmael, and relaxed, choosing a safer subject.  She spoke of the others she had met on the path; “The only difference is that with the others, I have picked and chosen who joins me, lately I haven’t been given a lot of choice!” Smiling, he replied “You mean He has chosen for you!”

Why did he say the King had chosen for her? She shot a quick look at the King. Had he revealed anything to him about being chosen? Prince Mentor continued “He’s bringing you to a point where you will have to face some issues. When you chose who walked with you it was possible to avoid those issues”.

She could not ask what the chosen meant to him, instead asking “What are you talking about? My gut feeling is you are normally open and honest, but you are holding something back. I can and I will figure it out”. He replied “As for holding something back … yes and no. As you start to understand the prophetic gift you will realise why this is so. He has shown me stuff that I can’t tell you, He will in His time.

He continued “I can tell you that His revelations help me from taking offense. Essentially it gives me grace to handle the ‘tantrums’.

He revealed I’m sharing part of a prophetic word over me, which should also give you more insight into what is happening. “….God says ‘…. For you have the ability to touch those that others can’t reach. You have the ability to really reach out to some that others don’t even want to be a part of.’….””….For God says ‘I’m releasing even within you the healing anointing that you can be able to walk with the heart that needs to be mended, needs to be made right, needs to be made whole.’ For He’s taken away the hurts, and the pains, and the sorrows, and the frustrations….” So as you can see, I’m only following part of His calling for me.

Need Direction  Jesus is the way  John 14:6The King bid her step forward and reveal herself. Gingerly coming out of hiding, she revealed who she was. She showed him her map. “At the start of my journey the Lord told me to set up signs and mark the road, and I did. I used the bible to do it; I use it as a map – that’s how I know where I am, and what this is. I use a Kingdom story, which is my safe place where I can go to work out stuff with Him, interpret the signs, get rid of dragons, and correct my walk”. Prince Mentor replied “His word is the Atlas. He gives me dreams and visions as mud maps” he smiled as he added, “So that’s how I know where I am. He also gave me a good dose of discernment.”

Stunned, she said “I feel like I am going into a different world a part of me knows, but never dreamed would come true. The Kingdom was a place where I could go, hear from my Father, and work out stuff in the outside world – it was a story!!!   I am shocked to see it become real. Oh, what have I done?” Prince Mentor replied “You haven’t done anything. Remember this saying. “Courage is fear that has said its prayers.” She described Isaac, but kept hidden the fact that the King had told her to ask from him, just before she had met him for the first time five years ago.

“In the story – Isaac is the one who knows the King, bows to Him, is taught by Him, understands scripture, wears armour, and has conquered the dragon in bloody battles, yet laughs easily. Isaac knows the desert, for he has lived there too. He’s Ishmael’s younger brother, but the inheritance is his. He is my equal.”

“I met Ishmael while I was walking through the desert. Ishmael won’t inherit what the King has, for he believes the King’s book has been changed, and so cannot accept the truth. I tried to help him towards the truth. I know the Father’s word never returns empty, and pray that He will come to know the King like we do.

She showed him the places where she existed and walked with the King. The desert is a harsh place; it leads to places like Samaria and Ishmael. I had been choosing the wrong places to go for water. The only well I knew was at Samaria, and I did not want to go back there, nor could I go to Ishmael.   The Lord took me back to Samaria, showed me the woman there, taught me about living water, and showed me what to drink. I said ‘the well is deep, and there is no cup’. So anyway I seem to have ended up here, with a bucket – when a cup would have done, a mentor I have to get close to, and a well that I did not trust because I thought it was deceptive. I didn’t trust you, so I had to test the waters. I am sorry for the bad temper, but I am wary, and here be dragons. I don’t know who I am yet, in the Kingdom story I write, I have no name.

Isaac replied “That confirmed most of what I had been shown. I did miss a couple of details, though I wasn’t surprised because they fit the scenario”. He said “Remember, Isaac has fought those dragons too”.

Cautiously testing the waters, she said “I know who you are”. He replied “Prince Mentor. There’s an irony to this that makes me laugh each time I see Him work like this.” Then he indicated where he wanted to go with her, “Some of Isaac’s mentors may appear to be dragons at first. You may be required to give them trust as well. Only time will tell on that score. To be scared is fine; just don’t let a spirit of fear take control. He never intended our walk to be a stroll in the park. We will have mountains and valleys to traverse; we just have to ask Him to be there with us.”

What did he mean by ‘Isaac’s mentors’?   She grew uneasy. Where was this going?   Then he went completely off track.   “You realise, that when things develop further with my lady friend, I will have to let her know about the ‘mentoring’. NOT THE DETAILS, just the fact that it is happening, and perhaps who is being mentored. You don’t need to worry about this, but you do need to know where I stand. I will be making myself accountable to pastoral / eldership oversight on this. No details, but my accountability person will know who it is. I’m praying who that oversight should be. If this is unacceptable, let me know, and mentoring will cease forthwith.”

She realized that although he heard nearly everything, he understood nothing, and was still focused on his imaginary lady friend! She had shared nearly every precious thing the King had given her, and watched him trample it underfoot. Who did he think he was? After the grief came anger. How DARE he try to take control?   What did he want to construct, another triangle?

Growing angrier by the minute, she threw the bucket down the hill and snapped at him, “What are you talking about? I only need you to mentor me at work!  I can look after myself, and I don’t need anybody to rescue me!”

After putting him in his place, she retreated into fuming silence and sulked.   He could see the door was closed, and misunderstanding his role he said “I believe you are missing it as far as the mentoring thing is concerned. I recognise it is my role to show you where healing can be found. Perhaps give you some insight as well. We obviously have different definitions of mentoring.”

“Obviously” she fumed. This prince thought she needed rescuing, not courting. Angry, she went to look for the King. “Where are you?” she cried.

The King replied while her daughter was watching the Princess Diaries, saying;

My dearest daughter,
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all. From now on, you will be travelling the road between who you think you are and who you can be. The key is to allow yourself to make the journey   -   the Princess Diaries

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Iron sharpens iron

proverbs_27_17_postcardThe devil used a relationship with a narcissist to try and destroy me, but it didn’t succeed.  It is true that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  I knew life could only get better, and God gave me an awesome promise;

“He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes, with the princes of his people.”  Psalm 113:8

God was true to His promise, but when the Princess met the Prince, sparks flew.  There is a saying in the Bible ” As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”  Perhaps that’s why there were sparks.

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Our relationship was different from the start because God brought us together.  We didn’t like each other to begin with, but God encouraged our friendship, and it grew from there.

Chapter 60 Iron Sharpens Iron tells the story

 

Chapter 60 Iron sharpens iron

Prov27-17_As_Iron_Sharpens_IronPrince Mentor did not know the things the King had revealed to the Princess about him. The Princess was a closed book, who kept her dreams and visions to herself. Sparks flew between them, but they were not sparks of attraction.   As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17.

The Princess appeared before the King, who was not pleased with all the sparring. She spread out her hands helplessly. “What did I do? I am not being dishonest. All I am doing is hiding. Don’t tell me off, it is his fault.”

The King replied “You cannot wear deception over righteousness. Show yourself friendly to him.
A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24crossed swords

The Princess frowned at the King and screwed up her lip. “Yeah, I would like to know how. I did not start this – HE did. Why don’t you go and tell him to stop his sparring and be a friend to me?”  The King chose to ignore her rebellious attitude.  She bowed, went away and thought how to be pleasant without being revealing anything.

Prince Mentor might not know where he was going, but the gift of discernment was very strong in him. She sensed he was trying to draw her out. The better they got to know each other, the more uncomfortable she grew, because of the signs she received of him. She hid these revelations, but it was becoming increasingly difficult to hide. She did not feel safe revealing anything about herself in the Kingdom, especially the things about him.

God’s promises, how to get them, hold on to them, and believe them

Logos and RhemaThe Bible is God breathed, double edged and speaks in two ways.

One thing God has spoken,
    two things I have heard … ” Psalm 62:11

First there is the LOGOS word, which is for general application.  There is history, allegory, prophecy, and wisdom.  The LOGOS word must be read on context, for us to understand what God us saying.

Secondly there is the RHEMA word.  It comes from meditation upon the word of God.  This is for personal application, where the Holy Spirit will speak directly to you, and it will bring revelation.  It’s like food.  If you are not partaking of God’s Word, you won’t receive revelation or nourish your spirit.

In the next chapter of the Kingdom, I’d had a Rhema word, which seemed not to be true.  I was getting really cranky with God over it.  God is not the author of confusion.  He told me he couldn’t lie, and He was waiting for His word to be fulfilled.  I just had to wait, and trust Him.

How do we know the difference between a Rhema Word and wishful thinking?  A Rhema Word will get confirmed, and God will bring it about in your life – if you believe in God’s word and don’t thwart His will.

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