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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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.

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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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The Lion has roared

Amos3and8Lately the King has been speaking to me about a Lion roaring.  The Lion is associated with judgement.  I know his roar can make the earth shake.  Why would the lion roar? 

The lion has roared– who will not fear? The Sovereign LORD has spoken– who can but prophesy? Amos 3:8

Prophecy isn’t one of my top gifts, discernment is.  I discern signs and go to the Lord with what I observe.  I then read the Bible to see what He says, and I pray.  From the ends of the earth, I call to Him.  This is what I have discerned.

Have you noticed over the last ten years that western countries have made laws in opposition to God’s covenants?  To God, interfering with His covenants is a poke in the eye.

I’ll start with my own country, NZ.  There have been sweeping changes made by minority groups to the social and moral fabric of the nation.  Since then, we have had several earthquakes.

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Christchurch NZ, 2011

The first quake struck Christchurch in September 2010.  Even though it was 7.1 on the richter scale, no-one was killed.  We called it a miracle.  It was a warning.

The first sign of judgement was the second quake that struck six months later in February 2011.  It was devastating.  The city is having to be rebuilt and it destroyed the Christchurch cathedral.  It’s not hard to see what the judgement is on. “Judgement begins with the house of the Lord.”  1 Peter 4:16

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Seddon statue in front of the Beehive, NZ Parliament

The second sign of judgement was over the authority of the NZ government.  An earthquake struck in July 2013, on the eve of same sex marriage coming into law – another law that was passed despite public protest.  It was located in Seddon and felt strongly in the capital.  The town of Seddon is named after Richard Seddon, New Zealand’s longest serving Prime Minister.  There’s a prominent statue of him outside our Parliament Buildings.  Seddon has come to represent the authority of the government in NZ.

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Eketahuna, NZ

The third sign of judgment was over “real New Zealand.”  An earthquake struck Eketahuna, a little NZ town with a big Kiwi statue to represent that it is a stereotypical rural NZ town – “the real New Zealand”.  This was the third sign of judgement.

Britain is another country that brought same sex marriage into law, in the 60th year of the Queen’s coronation.  I noticed Prime Minister Cameron called the UK floods ‘biblical’ after the Thames burst it’s banks on 11th Feb 2014. 

There seem to have been a string of storms, beginning with the  St. Jude storm on 27-28 October 2013, which was also known as Cyclone ‘Christian’.  Why is it significant?

Jude was the brother of Jesus.  He urged the Church to contend for the faith, warning about certain people who have secretly slipped in among the Church; ungodly people, who pervert the grace of God into a license for immorality.  Jude 1:4.  When the Queen ratified the same sex marriage bill it into law, she broke her coronation oath where she swore to maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel.

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Lion cloud in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, May 2014

God was trying to get Britain’s attention.  After that, the Lion appeared in the sky during a storm in May 2014.

We need to be like Daniel for our countries.  Before Gabriel came to tell him about the end times Daniel humbled himself and prayed for forgiveness on behalf of his nation.
We need to pray like the prophet Daniel;

“Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land … ” Daniel 9.

I recommend praying the whole chapter, and substitute the name of Israel where appropriate for our own nations.  We have entered a time of judgement.  It’s time for the Church to rise up, be on alert, and pray.  This is what the Lord told me seven years ago; “We are born for such a time as this. We need the Isaachar anointing, to understand the days we are living in. The sons of Isaachar discerned the times, and knew what to do.  This is our time.  We need to humble ourselves, and seek God’s face.  May His Kingdom come.

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.

The spirit of submission

Have you ever read the verses in the Bible about women submitting themselves to their husbands?  It’s in Ephesians 5:21-33.  The narcissist quoted it in an attempt to get authority over me.   (Chapter 4 Warning).  Its really useful for control freaks.

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It made me want to puke.  I found the verses really demeaning.  I thought if that was what Christian marriage entailed, I didn’t want it.  I told myself I was happier being alone than being a second class citizen in my own home.  It was stopping me from having a chance at a happy marriage.

I’m not a feminist, although my daughter thinks I am.  If a man holds a door open for me or shows deference to me I see that as respect and thank him for his lovely manners.   However I will not tolerate male chauvinism or sexism or being talked down to.  I believe men and women should be treated with respect.

What concerned me were these offending passages in the Bible by the apostle Paul.  I still consider him a complete chauvinist.  But one Sunday our Pastor, a big Samoan guy, redeemed the subject by preaching on it.  This what he said;

“What is the spirit of Christ? It is the spirit of submission. In marriage, it is for the man to lay down his life for the woman.”  It means the husband has to put his wife first.  He has to lay down his life, to sacrifice for his wife, just as Christ sacrificed Himself for us.   He went on to say that the wife would naturally submit to any man when the love is there, and call her husband ‘Lord’.

I didn’t have any problems with what he said, and am sharing it here in the hope it may help other couples.  So many churches have mishandled this subject.  There has been so much misunderstanding.

The pastor’s correct teaching and handling of the subject helped me make my third wish.

The earlier wishes are here:

Chapter 6 The road to freedom

Chapter 15 True Beauty

The Gate Keeper

battle-readyWe’re in a war, and it involves our homes.  I should know.  I come from four generations of broken homes on my mother’s side.  I never knew my own grandmother.

The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.  Proverbs 14:1

I repeated the broken home pattern myself, but unlike my maternal grandmother I refused to abandon my children.

My children did not have an ideal home as the father was missing, but unlike the previous generations, I turned to God and he turned this family around.  He gave me strength, self worth, boundaries and a lot of practical help.  When the children reached their teenage years I was given a second chance at marriage.  The man I married is a good man who loves my children like they are his own.

I put two things on hold while I was raising the children on my own – dating and a career.

Did I earn as much money?  No. Did I have any romance?  No, just temptation.

Was it worth it?  Yes!  I still got to where I wanted to go, my children have safely reached adulthood,  happy and well adjusted.  They are navigating life for themselves now.  I pray to God that the unhappy pattern of divorces has been broken, to be replaced with happy marriages.

I now respect the home maker profession more than any other.  Although I’ve had two careers and now I’m a self employed business woman, I realise it is the most important job you ever get to do.

Satan targets women as they run the most important place – the home.   Mothers have the most influence on children – if a mother is broken and can’t raise her sons and daughters, he wins.

warHe will look for where you are most vulnerable, and tempt you there.  Be careful what you let into your home.

There are lots of sharks swimming in the sea of life, and you don’t always see their fins.

2 Timothy 3:1-9 gives you a list of them.

Here are some I encountered;

1) The narcissist who wormed his way into my home with charm, and destroyed it.

2) Religious wolves dressed as sheep – having a form of godliness but denying its power.  The ones that are easy to spot are the ones who turn up on your doorstep holding Bibles.  Not so easy to spot are the “apostles” who want a percentage of your income as “tithes”.

3) A friend of my daughter who was disobedient to her parents, unholy, and ungrateful.  She tried to get my daughter to shop lift.

4) A gossip who slandered a loved one.  Covered in an earlier post.

1) I invited in, 2) I did not invite in 3) My daughter invited her in 4) Got invited in with a group of people

Have nothing to do with them.

In 2 Timothy 3:1-9 they are described as “the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires …”Tellievision

Ouch, ouch ouch.  I asked myself some tough questions in the next chapter of my story.

Weak willed?  If they gain control, you have been weak willed.

Loaded down with sins?  Is there stuff in your life or family of origin stuff that hasn’t been dealt with?

Evil desires?  Just look at what is on your TV that may sway you, or your child.

So watch yourself.   If you are a mother, you are the gate keeper of the home.  Its dangerous times we’re living in.

Psalm 101 is a great piece of scripture for a gate keeper.  My advice is make it intentional.  Learn it, memorise it, and use it.  If you put it into effect, it will save you a lot of grief.

Also, Gate Keepers need discernment.  You can ask God for this gift.

 

Thirsty?

wellI spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land.  Psalm 143:6

We have to watch what we thirst for.  We can thirst for attention, love, approval, if we’re not given that as children, we’ll seek it somewhere.  God wants us to seek it from Him.  I sought it from somewhere else, Ishmael to be exact, and God certainly made sure I knew He wasn’t pleased.

In fact, He sounded jealous.

The story is told in Chapter 47 Why drink water from the River?

A jealous God?  Why?  Are we really that important to Him?  Yeah.  Look at the cross.  He has invested everything in us.  Oprah turned from Him because “it didn’t sit right in her spirit that he was a jealous God”.  That’s where Oprah got it wrong.  He wasn’t jealous OF her, He was jealous FOR her.

The Lord wants us to thirst for HIM.

“Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink”  He asks.  He was jealous because He wanted me to look for Him in the desert.

 Jesus told the woman He met at the well, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”  John 4:10

He is the only one who can promise us that “whoever drinks of the water that I shall give will never thirst.   The water that I shall give will become a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”  John 4:13

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Come to the River

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Te Waihou river

The Te Waihou River walkway follows a river of intense blue and green water, so crystal clear you can see the trout in the bottom of the river.

Te Waihou means “new water” (“Wai” water, “Hou” new).  So pure it doesn’t need treatment, it is the water supply for the local town of Putaruru,  The water is also bottled and sold around NZ.

I walked the path gazing at the unbelievable clarity and colour of the river, glad that I had found the place.

He leads me beside the still waters. Psalm 23:2.

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Memorial at end of walkway

At the end of the path there is a memorial to a wife and mother who died young.  Set in a circle of stones is a poem “Dust if you must.”  It’s about what is important in life.  The last verse speaks of returning to dust.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go (and go you must)
You, yourself, will make more dust.

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“Dust if you must”

It echoes the curse that God was forced to pronounce on Adam; “In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”  Genesis 3:19

But there will come a day where there will be no more death, no more returning to dust.  When the King returns.

Here’s a short video clip of the Te Waihou river walkway.  Come travel along this beautiful river for 2 minutes.

The river reminds me of the new water that will flow from the throne of the King, a crystal clear river that appears and reappears in the Bible.

The prophet Zechariah wrote in that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name.  In that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it east to the Dead Sea and half of it west to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and in winter.  Zechariah 14.

In the book of Revelation we read the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, will flow from His throne down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river will stand the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.  No longer will there be any curse.  Revelation 22:1-2

The prophet Ezekial wrote the water gets progressively deeper every 457.2 meters, or 500 yards.

“Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar.  He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side.

And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles.  Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees.

Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist. Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed.  He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river.  Ezekial 47:1-6

The water will flow toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Dead Sea.

Right now, we have the Dead Sea at the lowest elevation on Earth, bordering Jordan to the east and Israel to the west.  The land gets hardly any rain, due to the rain shadow effect of the Judean Hills.  It’s one of  the saltiest bodies of water on Earth.  The water flows in from the Jordan river, but it doesn’t flow out.

Ezekial wrote that when it empties into the sea, the salty water there will become fresh. There will be a great number of trees on each side of the river, fruit trees of all kinds.  Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them.

Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.  Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live.  Ezekiel 47:1-12

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The river also speaks of the spirit of God.  Jesus said “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'”…

The river is there in the Kingdom, with all of it’s beauty, and all of it’s clarity, and it’s different depths.  It will flow from the city where the King will have His throne.

And there will be no more death or crying, or laments about returning to dust.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.  Revelation 21:4