Some things aren’t built to move

What do you think of same sex marriage?  The Church didn’t see it coming, and we’re left scrambling.  Some Churches see themselves as inclusive, and they will conduct gay marriages.  Other Churches are taking a “wait and see” approach.  The Church I belong to is sticking to what is written in the Bible, that marriage is between a man and a woman. I agree with my Church. 

Now you may see me as being an intolerant bigot.  No, I’m a repentant sinner.  There’s this saying I like; “Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes“, and I am going to.  Please hear me out.

I have the same right

Jesus was very clear about divorce, and marriage being between one man and one woman.  You can read it for yourself in Matthew 19:3-11.

My story “The Kingdom” began when I was a divorced woman with a married man.  At first, I didn’t regard that as being a terrible sin.  I mean, he was going to get divorced!  Do you see how messed up that was?

When I got to know God, He showed me that He regards divorce, adultery, and homosexuality as sin.  It was a struggle for me to trust God to get me out of all of that.  I got there with a lot of help from my friends and support from people in different churches.

After my divorce God in His mercy gave me a second chance, and I was able to leave all of that behind me.  I am now very happily married to a man who loves the Lord as much as I do.

What do you think the Church is here for?  It’s to deal with sin.  We’re like a cross between a school and a hospital.  We teach the truth, and bring emotional, physical and spiritual healing to those who are wounded by sin.  That is what we do, knowing that we ourselves are sinners.  We are not perfect, we’ve been forgiven.

The church is there to help turn our lives around, so we can go the other way.  That is what we are.  We are like a lighthouse – an oil filled one.  Oil is a symbol for the Holy Spirit.  If your Church is offering same sex marriage – run.  It’s a Church without any oil.

Jesus told a story about a Bridegroom and oil in Matthew 25, the parable of the 10 virgins.  That Church is not interested in dealing with sin, or your spiritual condition.  The Church is supposed to deal with sin, not accommodate it in the name of “tolerance” or “inclusiveness”!

We can’t change the marriage covenant.  It would mean abandoning our faith to do it.  You might as well be asking for a lighthouse to move!  Here’s a clip about the USS Montana and a lighthouse.

40

40You know how you hear a song and it takes you back to a certain time in your life? U2’s song ’40’ is one of those songs for me.  

When I first heard the song, I was on my own, and miserable.  The narcissist I was in a “relationship” with put me through hell.  I remember finding comfort in the words to Psalm 40.  It was like a promise.  Back then, I was living in a street called Pitt Street.  It was there that the Lord turned to me and heard my cry.  He lifted me up out of the pit and got me onto solid ground.  He brought me safe people and taught me how to have healthy relationships.  I can’t sing His praises enough.

U2 think the same thing.  The song ’40’ by U2 is taken from Psalm 40.  Have you heard it?

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Here’s a clip of them sing ‘Yahweh’ and ’40’.  40 comes on around the 4 minute mark.  Enjoy.

U2 are not a Christian band, but here they are giving the King the glory and recognition He deserves.

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

Hearts and Flamingos

A lot of people have trouble with dating and courtship.  Even Solomon, the wisest King in the Bible, said it’s a thing he did not understand.

There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand:
The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maiden.”  Proverbs 30:19

Its interesting that Solomon should include an eagle, serpent, and ship in his observation about courtship.  What do they all have in common , besides being familiar sights to him?  Let’s see.  Flying. Sliding. Sailing. Courting.  I guess its all about the moves.

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A flock of Caribbean flamingos in Yucatan, Mexico, form the shape of a heart while feeding on a lake.

Pink Flamingos have the moves when it comes to courting.   God sends us signs, and I found this picture of a heart on The Telegraph website.  What might He want to tell us about the Flamingo?

They do a really cute dance.  I like the way they’ve been designed to bust out the moves.  How is it they know what to do, and we don’t?

Here is a link for a short movie clip about the Flamingos in Celestun, Mexico.  The people there know to protect the Flamingos – because it’s part of their heritage.  I wish we had the wisdom to teach our children about courtship and protect the marriage covenant in our own societies.

What kind of moves do men and women make when it comes to courting these days?  Courting is out of fashion isn’t it?  I knew it as ‘dating’ and my daughter calls it ‘hooking up’.  What is courting?  What are the rules, etiquette, and social mores?  I know its not what we see portrayed on TV and the films.  It’s not even close.  If children don’t see it from Mum and Dad, how are flamingosthey supposed to learn?  The media is the wrong place to learn about courtship.  When it comes to the world, eveything goes.  Now my children are trying to find their way through the same maze, and it’s grown even worse now that there’s all sorts of immoral stuff being passed into law.

What’s God’s pattern for courtship and marriage?  Right from the start, He designed marriage to be between one man and one woman.  The Old Testament kings and patriachs had plural wives, but this would have been a result of sin – not His perfect design.

God inspired Solomon to write that a threefold cord is not quickly broken.  Ecclesiastes 4:12.  He, being the third strand.  It makes all the difference.  God designed marriage so a man and woman could become one, and from that union, produce a family.  He also uses marriage to strengthen families where the father or mother is missing.  Listen, God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.  Psalm 68:6.

Chapter 69 The Courtship tells the story about the courtship that began with the man God found for me.  I’d been a rebellious one living in a sun scorched land, before I came to trust the Lord and accept His pattern for marriage.  My husband had been a lonely guy, waiting for the wife the Lord had promised.  I am so glad that God chose him for me.  It’s better to dance to God’s tune.

I found a couple of good links about courtship here:

17 Tips For Effective Courtship

http://dareadaramoye.wordpress.com/2013/08/03/17-tips-for-effective-courtship/

“God really does write the best love stories.”

http://kindredgrace.com/real-life-isnt-always-like-the-courtship-books/

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match …

matchmakerMy second marriage is a bit different because we had God acting as the match maker.  It is a match made by God in Heaven, but lived out here on Earth.

How did He get us there?  God led me through the story I write.

Over seven years He told me things along the way about the man he had chosen for me.

In the story, I referred to the man as “the Chosen”, and when I met him, “Prince Mentor”.  The Lord has asked me to put the story online.

When I did meet “the chosen”, it wasn’t love at first sight.  There was no romance.  I presumed that because I had been told about his nationality, and the fact that our paths would cross in a circle, that he would know about me.   Not so.  He presumed the Lord had some other woman for him, and kept telling me about her.  It was a mind game for me.  I got really obstinate and decided not to reveal anything the Lord had told me about him.

To complicate matters, I had a friend named “Ishmael” who loved me and gave me words of affirmation.  He spoke my love language!  He was only a friend because he was from a different culture, and a moslem.

It was never going to happen and I’d told him to go back to his wife, but we remained friends.  Ishmael bolstered my self esteem.  I basked in the warmth of his approval, feeling wanted and desired.  It was completely different with “Isaac”, the chosen guy.  I felt unwanted because of his actions.

I ended up talking to them both until the Lord made me put a stop on Ishmael.   The Lord said I needed to tell Isaac that he was the man God had chosen for me.  I said no to God, repeating what Isaac had said – “he didn’t want any uncomfortable moments.”  Nor did I.

In fact I said a bit more than ‘no’ to the Lord.  Then the King in my story turned into a lion and basically made me tell him the story.

I was afraid he might trample my pearls into the mud.  It had happened to me once before, when it hadn’t been about a match made by the Lord.  That time I’d been trying to build some boundaries, without knowing how.  The Lord assured me that this man was not a pig.  He told me the parable about the merchant who sought after pearls, and found one of great price.

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”  Matthew 13:-45-46

So with white knuckles I obeyed the Lord and sent the story to the man.

What happened next?  You’ll have to read my book.

The Kingdom and the Pearl

What does the Kingdom look like?  Jesus used a story about a pearl to tell us about His Kingdom.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”  Matthew 13:45-46

Pearl, Kingdom of Heaven


First, let’s look at the pearl.  A pearl is formed from an injury to a mollusc or oyster.  If a grain of sand lodges inside the shell it causes it great discomfort, and it will deposit a layer of nachre (also known as mother of pearl) around the thing causing the hurt.  This process is called one of nature’s most prized secrets.  For all of our technology  man cannot replicate this phenonoma outside of an oyster.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T18E58vOTus

Let’s look at nachre, the wonderous material that makes up a pearl.  It is not just a soothing substance, it is made up of millions of microscopic crystals, each aligned perfectly so that light passing along the axis of one is reflected and refracted by the other, to produce a tapestry of light and colour. Light reflected from the layers produces the iridescent lustre.

So the pearl is made up of millions of structures, each designed to align perfectly, each reflecting and refracting iridescent light.  Do you see the Kingdom yet?  Let me take you to the gates; The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl.  Revelation 21:21

Who is the mechant who seeks these pearls?  He is the one who sought the pearl, found the pearl, recognised it’s value, and gave up everything He had for it.

Pearl and JesusDo you know how valuable a human life is to God?  This is from the Bible;
“No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them–
the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough–so that they should live on forever and not see decay.”  Psalm 49:9

Jesus said of Himself  that “He did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Matthew 20:28.

Jesus is the merchant, and we are the pearl.  We’ve all been formed out of pain, and He knows it.  Will you see yourself reflected in His eyes?  Will you believe that you are worth a King’s ransom, allow Him to pay the ransom, and become His?

Choose this day …

WChoicee live in a sea of possibilities and choices.  Some choices are bigger than others, for instance who we will marry, or where we will spend eternity.  Sometimes we are the answer to someone’s prayer. 

On Easter Monday we picked up a guy from the side of the road, I’ll call him Shaun.  This guy didn’t have a lot of choices to make at this point of his journey – just stick his thumb out or keep walking north.  He was stuck in the North Island at Easter without any money or transport.

We had a choice to make too.  Should we turn the car around?  We’d gone past him, but 3kms up the road the Lord asked my husband to turn the car around and go get him.  I’m glad we obeyed.  We found out he’d been standing for two hours waiting for a lift, and hadn’t eaten for two days.

While he was sleeping his friend had ditched him at a motel, taking his pack and wallet.  Shaun told us his friend had got onto meth, which he hadn’t known abour prior to their reunion at Easter.  He noticed how much it had changed his friend, and had a bad feeling about it.  The bad feeling hadn’t stopped him being robbed.

choose wiselySomeone at Taupo (the town he’d been stranded at) contacted a church at Tokoroa – a town further north.  The church told him they could help with accomodation until he could get back to the South Island, he just needed to put $40 towards it.  We gave Shaun the $40, plus the food left over from the long weekend, including some Easter eggs.

I asked Shaun if he knew who was helping him, and what Easter was all about.  Shaun didn’t know, so we explained how Christ had died on the cross for our sins.

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Shaun realised he had a choice to make, and somewhere between Taupo and Tokoroa, he made Christ his Lord.  It’s the biggest and most important choice he has ever made or will make.

If you know you have a choice to make about the Lord, then don’t delay.  It’s getting dark out there.  Choose this day whom you will serve.

Now to the next most important choice, who we will marry.  I chose my first husband, and it didn’t work out.  When I came to know the Lord, I asked Him to choose the next one.  The Lord promised I would remarry, and told me He had a guy already chosen for me.  In the Kingdom I referred to this man as the ‘chosen’, and (after I met ‘Ishmael’) I called him ‘Issac’.

‘Isaac’ had been praying for a wife.  When he arrived in my life seven years later, he believed the Lord had someone else for him.  It tripped me up big time.  Isaac didn’t know he was ‘the chosen’, and I was grumpy and not saying anything.  I expected if I knew about him, it would logically follow he would know about me.  Not necessarily!  Chapter 62 Choosing the Chosen tells the story.

Sometimes we are the answer to someon’e prayer.  Happy choose day!

 

 

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 after him, 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.

People you need

 

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

 

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.

Every promise

The Post Turtle

Post TurtleSome people think God’s an old man with long white hair, sitting on a cloud waiting to smite us.  What do you think of Him?  I have discovered that He’s real,  wants us to trust Him and actually does have a sense of humour.   One day He told me “If you see a turtle sitting on top of a fence post, it didn’t get there by accident.” 

It was in the context of a situation where I had bitten off a bit more than I could chew, by taking on a job in my industry that I had no experience in.

It meant I had to rely on Bert, my predecessor to get me up to speed – quickly.  I hated it through fear of being left helpless.  Have you ever been in a situation where you are vulnerable and you’ve had to learn fast?

Bert knew things that I didn’t, that I needed to know.  That’s the BLIND spot.  In a learning situation, that’s where you are most vulnerable.  I’ve been attacked instead of helped in the blind spot, and it’s a bad place to be.  I promised myself I’d get the knowledge in whatever way I could, and learn fast.  Anything not to be reliant on a person.  When I met Bert I didn’t know him well enough to trust him, and this was the second time in 5 years that I’d replaced him in a job.  The first time, he refused to train me, saying he didn’t have time.  So the second time around I didn’t know whether he was going to help me, or harm me.

In communication, there’s a thing called ‘Johari’s Window’, where knoweldge is divided up into four categores:

CERTAINTY.  Things that I know that you know,

The BLIND spot.  Things you know that I don’t know,

HIDDEN.  Things I know that you do not know,

The UNKNOWN – Things that we all don’t know.

God is in charge of the UNKNOWN spot.  In the Kingdom, He told me things from the UNKNOWN, and I recorded His words and signs in the Kingdom story.  So there were things God had revealed to me about Bert, before I ever met him or knew him.

The things that I knew, that Bert didn’t, I kept HIDDEN.  He didn’t want any “uncomfortable moments”, and nor did I for that matter.  I would have kept what I knew hidden for Kingdom come, except God got in the picture.  He’s been in many roles in the Kingdom story; as Counselor, Shepherd, King, Guide, Friend, Lord and Father.  This time God was being a matchmaker.  He had His hands full with us because we didn’t particularly like each other.

Bert and I were both reading “Word for the Day”.  He’d bring me his spare copy.  God spoke to both of us out of the “Word for the Day”.

God talked about “a post turtle”, and a woman who was in a situation where she needed help but kept shouting, ‘I’ll do it myself!’  He askedAre you like that? Trying to do it all on your own?” and then He said; “Somebody within your reach knows something you need to know; something you’ll never learn on your own. They’re your mentor. Get close to them. ”

There are two stories about the post turtle.  The first story is a joke which is usually about politicians.

An old rancher is talking about politics with a young man 
from the city. He compares a politician to a "post turtle". 
The young man doesn't understand and asks him what a post turtle is.
The old man says, "When you're driving down a country road and you see 
a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a post turtle. 
You know he didn't get up there by himself. 
He doesn't belong there; 
he can't get anything done while he's up there; 
and you just want to help the poor, dumb thing down."

Don't joke about TurtleThe second story is more in line with what God told me; “If you see a turtle sitting on top of a fence post, it didn’t get there by accident.”

In the novel The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell,  Father D.W. Yarborough, the leader of the first Earth expedition to another planet, refers to post turtles in the context of seeming anomalies in nature and regards them as proof of the existence of God, specifically of God trying to get our attention.

My story about the turtle is told in Chapter 57 Message from the King, where God was trying to get my attention.