The Thread

Imagine a living tapestry of threads and colour. Some of the threads are generations old. We, the children of men, can’t see the big picture yet, but one day we will. For now, we are children in our understanding. All we know is our part, in the back of the tapestry.

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 1 Corinthians 13:9-12

The Lord thinks generationally whereas we tend to think everything revolves around ‘me.’ The Lord is thinking of the ‘big picture’ while we often can’t see beyond our small world.

God looks ahead to the generations to come and says, “There is more at stake here.”

Have you ever had times where you feel like you’re hanging by a thread? I have this year in 2020 after going through two lock downs and now cancer.

These are the times where, if we wait on the Lord, He will add His thread to ours to strengthen us. The Hebrew word for ‘wait’ is ‘qavah,’ which means ‘to bind together by twisting.

I know the colours of the threads that God the Father likes; threads of gold, blue, and purple.

They’re the colours in the curtains of the tabernacle and in the garments of the priests.

The big picture is beautiful, but if we spin the yarn, it can get tangled and there’s way too much scarlet in it. With the Lord’s help, the thread is untangled, exchanged for gold, and woven into a pattern in the fabric of redemption.

Redemption

Jesus has an interesting family line.

Rahab was a prostitute. She tied a scarlet thread on her window at Jericho and both she and her family were spared. Joshua 2.

Tamar acted the part of a prostitute after Judah forgot about her, and from that union came twin sons. At birth one of the sons had the scarlet thread tied to his hand to indicate he was to have the designation and privileges of the firstborn. Genesis 38:27-30.

To all appearances, Zerah seemed to be the one, but God had different plans, and Perez was the firstborn. The name Perez appears in both genealogies of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Wedding Garment

The thread can run through a wedding garment. Psalm 45 is a wedding song which speaks of a princess wearing a gown interwoven with gold;

All glorious is the princess within her chamber; her gown is interwoven with gold. In embroidered garments she is led to the king; her virgin companions follow her — those brought to be with her. Led in with joy and gladness, they enter the palace of the king. Psalm 45:13-15.

I think the thread was exchanged by the King at his arrest and trial. Mocked by the Roman soldiers, Jesus wore the scarlet robe for us.

Job, a good man known for his suffering said, “But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 23:10

You’ll see the scarlet thread in my story, and you’ll see where it’s been interwoven with the gold. My book ‘The Kingdom, Here Be Dragons, Here Be Dreams’ has had very good reviews at Goodreads. I will supply the book free in exchange for a review or the purchase of my second book.

Links

What is the significance of a scarlet thread?

A Braided rope

Recently I earned my first commission payment for my second book. It was a small beginning but I was delighted. It was in the same week I received the shocking news I had breast cancer. As if 2020 wasn’t challenging enough.

The hospital didn’t muck around after my diagnosis. I’ve had my operation and now I’m waiting to hear how much chemo I’ll need.

Despite it all, I’m in good spirits. I’m healing well, and I’m not in any pain, thanks to the skills of the surgeon and medical staff, and all the prayer that has gone on on my behalf.

There’s a proverb that states a person’s spirit will sustain them in sickness. Proverbs 18:14. It’s a broken spirit that can’t be borne.

2020 has left me feeling a bit frayed.

I remember the saying, “when you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on to it.”

The Hebrew word for ‘wait’ is ‘qavah,’ which means ‘to bind together by twisting.‘ It means entwining our spirits with God’s so two separate entities become one – we in the Father and the Father in us. If we abide in Him and He abides in us, then the Word says we may ask what we will. John 15:7

It’s during this plaiting of our spirits that the exchange takes place. And the advantage of a braided rope is strength.

http://momsense.co.za/waiting-on-the-lord/

I probably look idle right now, but I’m looking up and gathering strength.  I will rise up on eagle’s wings. I’m not going to be a sick person, I’m going to be a full-time writer.

Come fly with me.

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

2020 vision

Hello from second lock down.  Yes, I am deprived of my liberty again.  What a year.  There are lots of jokes about 2020.  I’m sure we’ve all got some.  Here are my favourites …

All jokes aside, I see 2020 as the dawning of a new era – the day of world government which must come before Jesus returns.

It’s an evil day.  The world government is being aided and abetted by the World Health Organisation.  Did you notice it has for its logo a snake on a pole?  It signifies Asclepius, a son of Apollo.

In Revelation 12:9 the snake is defined as that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.”

The serpent has different names according to the culture where it was worshipped.  In Egypt it was Uraeus, the sacred serpent.  In 2018 a sculpture called Uraeus was installed at the Rockefeller Center in New York.  It consists of a gigantic open book with eagle’s wings 30 feet in span, both made of lead, on top of a 20-foot-tall lead-clad stainless steel column. Clustered around the base of the column are further outsize lead books, while a large snake coils up the column.

uraeus-1

Does it remind you of anything?

WHO

I see that serpent wrapping it’s coils like a python around each country, constricting us in the name of health, and choking the life out of our economies and our livelihoods.

After this vision, I learned that Satan is written with three Hebrew letters: The letter Shin, which means to consume or destroy, the letter Tet which means a snake, or to surround, twist, entwine and ensnare, and the letter Nun, which means life. So Satan means ‘the snake which surrounds, consumes and destroys life’.

It’s time to put on our armour and make a stand.

The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
Romans 13:12-13

My brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Therefore put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Ephesians 6:10-13

We are up against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world.  The principality making itself felt worldwide is in Geneva, where the headquarters of the World Health Organisation and GAVI are.

GAVI is the Global Vaccine Alliance that Bill Gates started in 1999.  It’s a mix of private-public partnerships, i.e. government and big pharmaceutical companies.

The WHO is a United Nations organisation.  Bill Gates is the second biggest donor, which gives him an inordinate amount of influence. Neither he nor the head of the WHO are doctors. Gates wants to marry a universal biometric ID with vaccines, as part of Agenda 2030.  The initiative is called ID2020.  You can check it out on my other blog, the one I use for warning people.  I began warning about this in November last year, and again in January, before the Covid thing kicked off.

The UN has an agenda for us all.  As part of Agenda 2030 the World Health Organisation intends to use vaccines to replace our God-given immune system with theirs.  The goal is called Immunisation Agenda 2030.  That’s why you’re now hearing about “global health.”

Who is behind the WHO?  Satan is described in the Bible as the god of this world, or of this age.  I believe it’s his symbol on the WHO logo.

The serpent on the pole is a counterfeit healer.  The devil can also perform miracles, but Jesus was the one who was lifted up on a pole; And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:14

The account is in Numbers 21, where the Lord sent venomous snakes among the people who spoke against God and Moses.  The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.”  Numbers 21:8

The snake god is ancient, and the Lord took it on in Egypt.  The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Perform a miracle,’ then say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh,’ and it will become a snake.” 

So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake.  Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts:  Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. Exodus 7:8-12

As God’s ambassador, Moses staff was more powerful than those in the court of Pharaoh.

The magicians’ names were Jannes and Jambres.  Their names crop up again in the last days, when Paul warned there will be perilous times in the last days.

Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth.”  2 Timothy 3:1-9

Society is going to be very divided.  There are churches who have abandoned God’s eternal truth in favour of a social justice gospel.  Their ministers are false teachers, wolves in sheep’s clothing.  Do you think they’ll help if people are forced to take mandatory vaccines?  Will they warn about not-so hidden agendas if people start trusting the World Health Organisation for their health and healing?  When people put their faith in a counterfeit, it’s called idolatry.

How do we stand?  How do we battle this thing?

First, we should submit to the government as far as we can.  Now that’s a radical idea, but in Romans 13:1-2 we’re commanded to be subject to the governing authorities, unless their laws demand that we disobey the Lord.  When that happens we can practice civil disobedience.

In the name of Covid-19, we’ve been forced to put a Ministry of Health Covid-19 tracking app sign on the entrance to our business.  Do I like it?  No – but I have to obey the government.

Second, we need to pray for discernment.

The image of the serpent on the pole that Moses had made was supposed to prepare Israel for Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross – but when the people turned away from God and started worshipping the image instead, it was destroyed.

You can read it in 2 Kings 18:4:  Hezekiah the king of Judah broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. 

rrem

Nehustan

The serpent on the pole was called Nehushtan, which in Hebrew meant “a worthless thing of brass.”

Third, we need to turn away from the worthless thing, stand on the Word of God and shield ourselves with faith in His Word.

Psalm 91 promises that “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  In verse 3-6 we read, Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.  He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler (small shield.)  You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.” 

Verse 9 promises, Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.” 

The shield of faith is one of the six pieces of the armour of light.  So put your faith in Jesus, be wise, and don’t listen to those who employ deception.  Turn off the TV if you have to, it’s broadcasting fear.

Psalm 101v3

Jesus said, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” Matthew 10:16

Third, we need to remember this while making our stand, “owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:8

In New Zealand, our Socialist prime minister Jacinda Adern urged us to be kind in the so-called Covid-19 pandemic, while setting up a police line to dob in our neighbours if they were seen to be breaking the government’s restrictions.

Teddy bears in windows aren’t a substitute for kindness.  Jordan Peterson said that “Kindness is the excuse that social justice warriors use when they want to exercise control over what other people think and say.”

The snitch line is another thing I chose not to use, because we’re told in 1 Thessalonians 4:11 to make it our ambition to lead a quiet life: we should mind our own business and work with our hands, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that we will not be dependent on anybody.

So what do we have to do to make a stand?

#1 Submit to the authorities, but not if they contradict what God says,  #2  Pray for discernment, #3 Turn away from the snake on the pole and trust Jesus instead, and #4 Love one another.


Links


People will betray each other in the last days.

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 2 Timothy 3:1-4

New Zealanders begin to devour each other while Jacinda Ardern smiles and waves at the nation she’s put under house arrest

Ardern minions have filed “4,200 reports to police”, reporting on their neighbours who breach New Zealand’s house arrest rules. As The N.Z Herald quipped, “curtain-twitchers outing members of the public crashed the new police reporting site within an hour of it going live yesterday.” Neighbour devouring neighbour under a cloud of suspicion and fear, in an eerie echo of the kind of public denouncing, carried out by Soviet Stasi, and Nazi Gestapo, collaborators.


And, more about Jannes & Jambres: Watch Out For Jannes & Jambres


The serpent: Satan – Hebrew Word Study

The imposter: Satan is out to counterfeit what Jesus did.  My book “The End, The Wayfarers Guide To The Apocalypse” describes how the devil does it.


Know that we have the power of Christ’s blood, and in his blood is immunity: “Did you know there is proof for the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ?  We even know his blood type, from the cloth wrapped around his head. 

The cloth, called the ‘Sudarium’ is kept in a Cathedral in Oviedo, Spain.   And here’s something from the evidence room:  The blood stains match those on the Turin shroud … 

from AB-solute proof, the blood that speaks

Trust Jesus. He is Jehovah Rapha, our healer.  

The heart of the matter

Have you ever heard the noise of the heart?  I’ve heard it on a fetal heart monitor when I was pregnant.  It makes a noise like “Leb-bab, Leb-bab, Leb-bab.”  Leb and lebab is the Hebrew word for “heart.” 

Did you know the Throne of God has aspects of the human heart?

Twenty-four ribs guard the heart – twelve on each side, and in Revelation 4, twenty-four elders surround the throne of God along with the four cherubim.

The heart has to be guarded.  Proverbs 4:23 states,  “Above all else, guard the heart, for it is the well-spring of life.”

proverbs-4-23

Because the heart is the throne of our conscience, the seat of our decision making.  We need the cleansing of Christ’s blood.

1 John 7 states “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

Hebrews+9-14+The+Blood+of+Christ+red

Source: Knowing Jesus

The heart removes the C02 and pumps blood around the body.  Jesus’ AB negative blood is used for universal blood transfusions.   I’ve written about it on my Red Sky blog:

AB-solute proof, the blood that speaks

laminin

Laminin

In our cells we have laminin, the cell scaffolding protein foundation structure for most cells and organs.  Laminin is vital for the maintenance and survival of tissues.  Does laminin remind you of anything?

Colossians 1:17 states that Jesus “is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

As Romans 1:20 states, these are some of God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—to be clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.

Great designers always leave their mark.

My thanks to Carrie for providing the inspiration for this article.

Links

Hebrew word study: Lebab (03824) means heart, mind or the inner man, contrasted to the outer man (See Dt. 30:14Joel 2:13;1Sa 16:7). Lebab is often compounded with “soul” for emphasis, as in 2Chr 15:12 (cf. 2 Chr 15:15).

Heart – Leb, Lebab (Hebrew Word Study)

Body codes

With Jesus, we’re all one

There’s a whole lot of stirring going on in the western world right now over divisive racial issues.  It doesn’t surprise me, I expected there’d be something after people were penned up over this so-called pandemic.  It makes a mockery of of all the Covid-19 restrictions thhough, especially distancing.  Someone in the US said, “I don’t know whether to wear a mask or carry a gun!”

Let’s give God his due, rather than the devil.  I’m glad that with God, we all matter, and we’re all one.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”  Galatians 3:28

In these troubled times, it’s good to keep our eyes on the Lord.  There’s power in unity.  Here’s a clip from five years ago, I thought it would be good to play now.  Be blessed.

And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:

“Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”

Revelation 5:13 New King James Version (NKJV)

Grandeur, beauty and a story to match

While I can’t go anywhere because of the Covid-19 shut down, I’ve been blogging about my walks.  One of my walks was to Wairere Falls in the Kaimai ranges, it’s the highest waterfall in the North Island of NZ.

You can come with me if you like.  You can admire the scenery, it’ll get you out of the house and I’ll tell you a story before our walk.  I’m a bit awkward in front of a camera but it’s a story worthy of hearing.  It’s about a young Maori girl called Tarore and the power of forgiveness.  You’ll see why, besides their grandeur, Wairere Falls is an important site.

Amongst the earliest missionaries to arrive in New Zealand were a husband and wife who settled in the Waikato and started a mission school near Matamata.  In 1835, the Bible Society published 100 copies of the Gospel of Luke in the Maori language.  Tarore was one of their students, and as she began to learn to read, she was given one of these Gospels.  She took the Gospel back to her village and read it to her tribe – and what followed has become one of the most important stories in the history of New Zealand.

Under threat of a neighboring warring Rotorua tribe, the mission school was in the process of relocating to Tauranga and Tarore went with them.

On October 19, 1836, while camped at the base of Wairere Falls, a raiding party killed 12-year-old Tarore and took her treasured Book of Luke.  Ngakuku, Tarore’s father did not seek utu (revenge), for he had become a Christian.

Later, unable to read, the other chief – the Rotorua chief discarded Tarore’s book until Ripahau, a slave boy read the text aloud to his fascinated listeners and the people understood its true value.

Convicted by the gospel, Uita, Tarore’s murderer also became a Christian.

Risking the customary tribal response of utu (revenge) – Uita sought for and received forgiveness from Ngakuku, the father of Tarore and peace came to the two warring tribes of Rotorua and Waikato.

A local re-telling of this story claims that as the men approached one another tears were shed and they embraced. After Uita humbled himself and repented peace prevailed between the two men and a church was built to honour the message which brought about this reconciliation.

This led to the conversion of many of the Maori tribes.  When missionaries visited both the North and South Islands, they discovered that many of the Maori tribes had already been converted to Christ due to the story of Tarore and her copy of the Gospel of Luke making its rounds…

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”  Hebrews 4:12

The Word Of God was sharper than any taiaha (maori spear) club or double-edged sword and by it the power of utu was broken.

When Tarore’s little book came down to Otaki, the warrior chief Te Rauparaha heard the message and built the Rangiatea Church in Otaki.

Maori warriors

A hidden gem

The height of the Wairere falls is 153 metres.

When Jesus called his disciples, he said, “follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”  (Matthew 4:17-18)

The miraculous catch of fish was the last miracle Jesus ever performed.  153 fish were caught and the net didn’t tear. (John 21:11)

153 is an odd number. What did Jesus mean by 153 fish?
153 means people.
153 adds from 1 to 17: 153 = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4+ 5+ 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 10 + 11 + 12 +13 + 14 + 15 + 16 + 17.
17 means nations.
17 is the number of nations present at Pentecost.

It reminds me of the Bible verse from Psalm 42, “Deep calls to deep, in the roar of your waterfalls.”  The significance is not lost on me.  I hope you liked the story and the trip to the falls.

Wairere Falls - Amos 5-24


Links

My walk to Wairere Falls

Tarore’s story: The story of Tarore is a taonga – the maori word for treasure or gift.  It is a treasure of the church in NZ.  NZ history and culture is built on it.  When Tarore’s little book came down to Otaki, the warrior chief Te Rauparaha heard the message and built the Rangiatea Church.  Sadly an arsonist burned it down 1995 but a replica was rebuilt and completed in 2003.

The number 153 represents the Kingdom of God and if you want to read another blog post, Number 153, signs and symbols, I’ll show you why.

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

 

 

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.

EPSON MFP image

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.

https://kingdom777.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/chapter-21-stones/
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

1-corinthians-42021_5009_1600x1200

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).

Run

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.