The river

About ten years ago I had a memorable dream.  I was wading into a clear river holding my Bible in one hand and the Kingdom story in the other.  The river got deeper and deeper until I was waist deep. 

I’m not sure what it meant, but I know when God wants to tell me something.  Looking in my Bible, I was reminded of the river in Ezekiel which seemed to fit my dream.

Ezekiel 47 describes a river that flows from a future Temple in the Millenial Kingdom that goes from ankle deep, to knee deep, to waist deep, to a river deep enough to swim in.  A real river, a future river, the river of life.  A river where the trees on both banks will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them.  Ezekiel writes, “where the river flows everything will live.”

I have heard revival being compared to a river.  I think it’s great that people want more of God, they want this river.  But be discerning.

NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) author Rick Joiner wrote about a river in ‘Epic Battles of the Last Days,’ saying “This River of Life is coming to His church.  This River is going to overflow all of its present banks.  None of the dikes erected to keep it in place will be able to restrain what is coming,  No stronghold can stand before this River.  You are called to be a part of it, and no evil will stand before you as you flow with Him.”

That’s a bold claim.  His statement is at odds with the Assemblies of God Statement on RevivalThey compare the Holy Spirit to a mighty river, and the Scriptures to the banks of that river. Great harm occurs when the river overruns the banks, but that the river does great good when it stays within the banks.

My advice is come to the river, but test the water.  Is the river flowing within the banks of Scripture? 

“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”  1 John 4:1

Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:16

Ezekiel 47-9

The Te Waihou River, NZ


Related posts:

Salus per Aquam, Healing through waters

Come to the River

 

 

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Feeling insignificant?

sea-of-facesDo you feel small and insignificant to God? Just a face in the crowd? Lost in the big picture?

Go to this site, place your computer’s cursor in the mass of people and double-click a  couple of times. Scary sharp!!  Not so easy to hide in a crowd anymore.

http://www.gigapixel.com/image/gigapan-canucks-g7.html

This was from an email sent to me by my Aunt.  The picture was taken with a 70,000 x 30,000-pixel camera  (2100 Mega  Pixels.)  These cameras are not sold to the public and are being  installed in strategic locations. The camera can identify a face among a multitude of people.

If the camera technology we’ve now got can pick you out of a crowd, how much more can God?

Did you know God saw you and wrote about you before you were even conceived?  It’s there in Psalm 139, and it says that God’s thoughts outnumber the grains of sand.

I’ll leave you with one of my favourite songs by Kutless, Sea of Faces.  Enjoy, and remember that as far as God’s concerned, you’re to die for.

“I see the city lights all around me
Everyone’s obscure
Ten million people each with their problems
Why should anyone care
And in Your eyes I can see
I am not just a man, vastly lost in this world
Lost in a Sea of Faces
Your body’s the bread, Your blood is the wine
Because you traded Your life for mine
Sometimes my life it feels so trivial
Immersed in the greatness of space
Yet somehow you still find the time for me
It’s then You show me Your love
And In Your eyes I can see
And in Your arms I will be
I am not just a man, vastly lost in this world
Lost in a Sea of Faces
Your body’s the bread, Your blood is the wine
Because you traded Your life for mine
If only my one heart
Was all you’d gain from all it cost
Well I know you would have still been a man
With a reason
To willingly offer your life
I am not just a man, vastly lost in this world
Lost in a Sea of Faces
Your body’s the bread, Your blood is the wine
Because you traded Your life for mine
Just one in a million faces” – Kutless

Kingdom authority

Kingdom AuthorityLaughing I’d sprung up onto the horses back, waiting for my brother to sit behind me.  What a happy day, the day my father bought us the horse; a gleaming chocolate-brown mare called Lady.  I couldn’t wait to learn how to ride her.  Being the eldest I got to sit in front and hold the reins.  Unfortunately the joy didn’t last.

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The day we got Lady

The help’s children heard about the horse as soon as their mother got home.  They arrived the next day, all four of them.  I can still see them crossing the creek and running over the paddocks to our place.  I was a timid seven-year old and no match for them.  They were older, aggressive and mean – with a huge sense of entitlement.  The reins were snatched out of my hands as the usurpers helped each other onto her back.  I was left standing by the gate in tears, watching them ride our horse.

It was no good going to my mother.  She had her own problems – bipolar illness and a big family.  The big family wasn’t entirely her fault – after me and my brother were born she had two sets of twin girls.  After the birth of the last set of twins, she was completely unable to cope with us.  I’m not going to go there with the bipolar thing.  All I will say is the day the horse arrived is my only happy memory from that time.

My father hired Miriam, a woman of Samoan/Maori blood to help my mother in the house.  I know we got her and her family the same year as the horse.  I didn’t know Miriam was the help.  I thought she was a friend of my mother and her children were our “friends”, even though they seemed to look down on us.  I foolishly trusted her as an Aunty.  I didn’t know it as a child, but Miriam despised me because in her words “I was always crying”.

There is a proverb which says “A shrewd servant will gain authority over a master’s worthless son and receive a part of the inheritance.” Proverbs 17:2

I went into the house to ask the adults for help.  They told me I had to “share”.  Hearing this and knowing I had no authority as the daughter of the house, Miriam’s children sneered at me and assumed ownership of the horse.  At first I cried and became a victim – but I was a determined little kid.  I wrested control from them after I worked out how to bridle the horse, jump on her back and ride across the paddocks to my grandparent’s place.  I did this until they got the message about who the horse belonged to.

Still I felt worthless and powerless.  I wasn’t allowed to have boundaries.  I lost faith in people and felt I had no one to turn to.  Parents who don’t give their children boundaries send them defenseless into a world full of controlling manipulative people.

So how does this relate to the Kingdom of God?  What would Jesus have done?  He would have put the smallest children on the horse’s back first.  The children of the servant would have had to ask permission to ride.  If we had said yes they would have had to wait their turn.  The Lord is a firm believer in boundaries and treating people with respect.  Boundaries were the first things He helped me construct when He became my King.

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https://kingdom777.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/chapter-23-rebuilding-the-wall/
https://kingdom777.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/chapter-39-mercy-not-sacrifice/

He gives power to the faint; 
and to them that have no might 
he increases strength.  
Isaiah 40:29.

God will help us in our weakness if we recognise His authority.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, 
for theirs is the kingdom.  
Matthew 5:3

There was once a powerful man who recognised his own sin and helplessness.  This man, a roman centurion, saw Jesus and recognised His authority;

When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”  Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”

The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.  For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.  I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.  But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.”  Matthew 8:9

The Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.  We haven’t been left as orphans.  Jesus has given us his authority.  We need to know our authority as sons and daughters of the King and walk in it.

I’ll leave you with a clip of some beautiful horses responding to their master’s authority.  These horses were originally bred as “war horses” in the days of knights and armor.  As armor got heavier, bigger horses were needed and the Friesian almost became extinct.  They are back, and are one of the most beautiful horses in stature as well as gait.   These horses are native to the Netherlands.

https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/Y5XJbSqwriM?rel=0

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May you find your joy in the LORD, and may He cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land … (Isaiah 58:14).

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Called out

Gypsy fairSummer in my home town heralded the arrival of the Gypsy Fair.  They would roll into town and park their colourful house trucks by the river.  I’d wander down there with my children to have a look at the entertainment and goods for sale.  I would look at the crafts, clothes, jewellery and watch the entertainment – but I steered clear of the tarot card reading. 

Why?  Fortune telling – isn’t it just a harmless bit of fun?  A friend from a different church took her daughter to have their fortunes told.  “What’s the harm in it?” she said.  There was no way I was going to do that.  Some of you are going to think I’m judgemental.  No, if I had been I wouldn’t have gone to the Gypsy Fair in the first place.  As a Christian I’ve been forbidden to indulge in witchcraft.  Leviticus 19:26 … “Do not practice divination or sorcery.”

Some of you will be thinking the Gypsy Fair is no place for a Christian.  Yes it is, the people need Jesus.  We are commanded to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”  Mark 16:15.  Yes we have to be wise and make the most of an opportunity to witness, because we know the world doesn’t think the gospel is good news.  Bear in mind that preaching doesn’t always have to be done with words.

Where was the Apostle Paul in Acts 17?  He was in Athens, “a city wholly given to idolatry.  Where was Jesus when He revealed himself as the Son of God?  He was in Cesarea Philippi, a city dominated by immoral activities and pagan worship, a place dedicated to the Greek god Pan.  The locals called it “the Gates of Hell.”

“When Jesus brought his disciples to the area, they must have been shocked. Caesarea Philippi was like a red-light district in their world and devout Jews would have avoided any contact with the despicable acts committed there.  It was a city of people eagerly knocking on the doors of hell.  Jesus presented a clear challenge with his words at Caesarea Philippi: He didn’t want his followers hiding from evil: He wanted them to storm the gates of hell.”   Source: http://www.followtherabbi.com/journey/israel/gates-of-hell/

At the Gates of Hell, Jesus asked “Who am I?”  Peter answered “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”  Jesus replied “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.  And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not overcome it.”  (Matthew 16).

The rock that Jesus declared He would build His Church on is the rock at the gates of Hell and the truth that He is the Messiah, the Son of God.  The rock is not the Pope!

He will be a spirit of justice to the one who sits in judgement,
a source of strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.  
Isaiah 28:6.

PointI know that the fortune tellers at the Gypsy Fair sometimes got hassled by Christians.  They would be told they were evil and ruled by the devil.  http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/6224095/Tarot-cards-tell-a-story.

I didn’t agree with that.  In my opinion it would just drive them further away from the Lord.  My husband says that if you point the finger at someone there’s always three fingers pointed back at you.

The Pagans are trying to access the spiritual Kingdom without submitting to the Lord.  How many of us have done that until we’ve learned to obey God?  “For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.”  (1 Samuel 15:23) To approach God, truth is the cost of entry.  I chose to walk past and leave them in peace, silently praying for them to come to know the truth so they would turn away from witchcraft.

At the Gypsy Fair you could look through the house trucks for a gold coin donation.  The homes were all interesting and alternative, just what you would expect from Gypsies.  One house truck I stepped into was remarkable in how different the atmosphere was.  Jesus was there.  His music played softly in the cabin.  Bible tracts were scattered throughout the room for people to take.  Imagine that.  I was surprised to say the least.  As the house truck owner handed me a tract, I asked him what they were doing in a New Age, Pagan, alternative community?  He said it was their ministry.  God had called them into it.

I was glad to see them being Jesus to a community that I knew God cared about.  They were being the Church to a community that needed them.   I’ve never forgotten the lesson I learned that day from the travellers.Ekklesia

What do you think when you hear the word Ekklesia?  I used to think it meant religion and priests wearing robes.  Ekklesia are people called out from the world and to God, the outcome being the Church – the universal body of believers called out from the world and into His eternal kingdom.  Source:http://biblehub.com/greek/1577.htm

Here is a brilliant whiteboard demonstration of the role of the Ekklesia and the Kingdom of God;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVHz34eiSPE

A guest to the Blog named “Victory Truth” left a comment that inspired me;
“A pastor/friend once said we are a ministry of ministers, so if the church treats all of their members as equal then the community recognize the difference too. instead of Sheeple, they see a holy nation / a peculiar people. The leaves of THIS tree will heal nations! pray We can let our destiny become bigger than ourselves.”  

People of the King, it’s time for us to remember who we are.
We are all in Ministry.
We are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that we may declare the praises of him who called us out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9)
We are the Church, called out of darkness into glorious light.  We are the Church, let us turn back the battle at the gate. We are the Church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail against us.

Grains of sand

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Do you see what’s hidden?

The sand at Cobham Beach in Florida where my husband comes from is the whitest sand I’ve ever seen.  As far as sand goes we’re polar opposites.  The sand at my beach, 8000 miles away on the west coast of the North Island of NZ, is the blackest.

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Grains of sand magnified

Here’s a thought; White, black, red, and gold – the sand has different colours, just like us.

I love Psalm 139, it speaks of God knowing us.  He knows us individually, and our days were written in His book – even before we came to be.

Did you know the grains of sand outnumber us, and God’s thoughts outnumber the grains of sand?

“How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand”  Psalm 139:17-18

remember-me-sand-sculpture-14531294802839hJlHave you ever seen grains of sand magnified?  God crafted each grain of sand to be unique and beautiful.

Think of that if you feel insignificant or believe that you don’t matter to God.

Psalm 139-17,18

Gifts and talents, in His Majesty’s Service

In the last chapter I was helped by a woman who had a gift of knowledge.  It was the first time I’d ever encountered anything like it, and it was quite an experience.  Actually it was incredible.

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This woman was a stranger who had come from 8,000 miles away.  God gave her the answer to a question that I’d asked him, that she had no way of knowing.  She also told me and my home group I was to be married soon.  No one knew that except me.  She said “You have dreams. God will speak to others out of these dreams.”

The apostle Paul told us to earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, but we have to have love for one another.  Without love, these gifts are nothing. (1 Corinthians 13).

My spiritual gifts are writing, faith, and discernment (the ability to distinguish between spirits).

The rise of the New Age has attracted many people, but
The idols speak deceit
diviners see dreams that lie;
they tell dreams that are false,
they give comfort in vain.
Therefore the people wander like a sheep
oppressed for lack of a shepherd” Zechariah 10:2

I want to use my writing, dream and interpretation gift to help guide hurting people to the truth – to a Kingdom that is real, and a King who is real.  I want others to know He can hear them, and if we are spirit led, we can hear Him.  Everyone has their own journey and story, and I hope me sharing mine will help others.

Spiritual gifts exist within the church to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.  Here are the gifts:

Concerning Spiritual Gifts

Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols.

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom,
to another a word of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,
to another faith by the same Spirit,
to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,
to another miraculous powers,
to another prophecy,
to another distinguishing between spirits,
to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,
and to still another the interpretation of tongues.

All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Do you know what gifts and talents are?

This is a useful site for finding them out: http://www.kodachrome.org/spiritgift/

Have you been helped by the Lord through somebody’s spiritual gift?  I’d like to hear your story.

Spiritual Gifts

Salus per Aquam, Healing through waters

Te Waihou River

Te Waihou river, meaning “new water”

Christmas for us in NZ is in the summer, and its usually when we do our travel.  In the same Christmas holiday where I discovered the Te Waihou River with its sapphire blue water, mentioned in my post ‘Come to the River‘, I also discovered the unique spa town about three hours south of where I live called “Te Aroha”.

Aroha is the Maori word for love, and Te Aroha means ‘mountain of love or ‘loved one‘.

Mokena Geyser

The Mokena Geyser at Te Aroha

The domain where the hot springs are was decked out in the fashion of the European Spas in the 1880’s, and it hasn’t changed.   The Te Aroha Hot Springs Domain is a unique place, the only complete Edwardian Domain in New Zealand, and the site of the Mokena Geyser, a geyser of hot soda water … the only one of its kind in the world.

It comes up from a depth of 70 meters and plays every 40 minutes.  It was named after the Maori chief, Mokena Te Hau, an early Christian convert who gifted the land to us.  His memorial Cairn is next to the No.8 Drinking Fountain, where you can drink the soda water for free.

The water is nice to drink, naturally carbonated without the sugar or preservatives.  Coke’s not the real thing, THIS is the real thing.  The pools are nice too.

The word ‘Spa’ is an acronym for Salus per Aquam or healing through waters.

In order for this unique fountain to be found at the Spa, it needed two things – a gift to the people from a chief, and for the people who discovered the healing power of the water to have enough faith in it to dig a bore 70 meters down to find the well.

There is a another great gift of water, a gift of God mentioned in the Bible.  All you need is faith to find it.  The scene is Jacob’s well in Samaria.  When Jesus met the woman at the well, He said;

‘If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water’.

‘Sir’, the woman said, ‘you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get the living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself?’

Jesus answered ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’  John 5:15

A great chief has given us a great gift, living water.  There is only one place in the world where it can be found.  All you need is to do to get this living water is to ask Jesus for it.

The water He gives is even better than the soda water at Te Aroha.  He will satisfy your thirsty spirit, and it well up within you to eternal life.  Its the ultimate spa gift, a gift of Aroha (love) from the King.  I hope you have received or will receive this gift of God for yourself.

Come all who thirst, come to the water.

The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" 
And let the one who hears say, "Come!" 
Let the one who is thirsty come; and 
let the one who wishes, 
take the free gift of the water of life.  
Revelation 22:17