Sunday, August 21, 2016

Friend of God


I had an encounter with The Father not long ago where I found myself walking with The Father on a long beach.  When I looked across the water I could not see land.  It felt like I was walking on a sandy beach beside the ocean but I knew that I was in the Spirit, and in the Spirit the ocean or sea represents the nations.  As I was walking The Father began to speak what it meant to be a Friend of God.  Before I go on I want to give a bit of insight on my walk, or let’s say relationship, with the Godhead.  The revelation I am receiving determines whom I see.  I see the Father as an older looking man like in the book of Daniel.  I will see Jesus as younger man in His thirties, and the Holy Spirit as a young boy.  Yet they are all one and the same.  That’s what makes God so Great.

Now back to my encounter.  As we were walking The Father was talking to me directly, but also putting a call out in the Spirit to others who wanted to move into a new level within their walk with God.  Meaning that this revelation is not just for me but also for the nations (walking by the ocean). This call will look different for many; for some it will come through a prophetic invitation from someone prophesying, for others it will be a vision or dream, but for most it will be the small sweet voice of Holy Spirit.  It will require a response and will lead most into a very different walk with God than one is used to.



While walking along this beach He began to speak on what being a Friend of God looks and feels like.  He stated that it is much the same as having a best friend here on Earth.  One who you can walk close with and share your heart and secrets without feeling judged or having to worry that they will be shared with others.  This is what the Father is desiring from us, but let’s be honest many will find this type of walk with the Father too hard to walk for any length of time.  This type of walk leads one into a great level of intimacy - without the touch.  What He has shown me is that being a Friend of God is very different than being a Lover of God (which I will write on later in a different section).  Both will have you dripping with Love for God but the Friend will go without the hype, glory, bling, shaking, or being overwhelmed with the presence of The Father, and much more.

Being a Friend of God means walking side-by-side and face-to-face with the Father.  You will learn many of His secrets and truths that you might never ever speak out loud, which can be very difficult because we love to share the things that God has been showing us.  The hardest thing I want to point out with this type of walk is being void of being driven by feeling.  Yes, you will feel but for the most part you will stand face-to face with the Father and not feel anything.  It will still feel like you are standing on Earth in front of a friend.  That is the big difference to being a Lover of God who feels everything in the Spirit.  Both have their roles but are called to have very different walks.  If you are a feeler and are moved by feeling you might not consider this type of walk unless God makes it clear to you.  I want to make something really clear; these types of walks can only come through an invitation from God, but the invitation comes because of a deep hunger in our spirit to see God and walk with Him in a face-to-face relationship. 



When I first encountered God I became a Lover of God and loved all the different encounters within my emotionally make up, but after some time it began to disappear.  I thought for the longest time that I had fallen in sin or angered God.  Yet I knew He did not cut me off because I was still having encounters and visions on a regular occurrence, but there were no feelings or emotions to go with them.  It has taken me eight years to come to terms with this, and once I did then the Father brought the understanding I was looking for to explain the reason on this, and the difference between Friend and Lover.  One is not better than the other they are different and created for different reasons.  We need to stop and make sure we are pursuing what God has called us to do and not what others are doing around us.

God is calling ones to say yes to being a Friend with God, which is a lifestyle not something you do once in while and then leave it because you are bored or things did not turn out the way you thought it should.  I do need to say this; once you have encountered God at this level it will change everything you know, both within Church and the Market Place.  At the time of writing this it has been ten years since the Father asked me to be a Friend and leave everything else behind.  Of course I said yes at the time but I truly did not know what I was saying yes to.  I will say it has been the hardest thing I have done.  Being able to see the Father face-to-face on a daily basis does not make life easier it actually makes it harder, but I would not trade it in for anything. 

I love my walk with the Godhead.           Do you?




Monday, August 15, 2016

Pure Grace


Do you know what grace looks like?

We all know the story of ‘bad boy turned good.’ 
When we have gone away from God, and reached the end of ourselves, it is easy to see evidence of grace, rescuing us from the situation(s!) we got ourselves into. 
The worse the situation, the clearer we see the grace of God. 
A before-and-after comparison of our lives clearly highlights the difference made, and we feel the grace of God, and know His grace first-hand. 
For many, that understanding of the grace-which-rescued-them is almost tangible.  Their story can be shared, and others are impacted by the level of grace God showed.  It is clear, and obvious.  Grace.

But what of those of us who don’t have that story; who didn’t wander from God?
Have we still received grace?  Can we still understand grace?  I don’t mean on an intellectual level, I mean on an experiential level.  Knowledge and understanding don’t really mean the same thing.  True understanding usually only really comes when knowledge is accompanied by experience. 

As a toddler we don’t understand how to eat just because our parents tell us to pick up a spoonful of food and put it in our mouths.  We learn through trial and error how our hands and arms work.  We learn though experimentation where our mouth is.  And we learn through experience whether or not we even like the little bit of food that successfully ends up in our mouths!

I don’t have a ‘bad girl’ story.  No one would think about pointing me out as someone in whose life the grace of God had been abundantly evident in rescuing me from anything.  And yet I maintain that I too have experienced the grace of God.  His Pure Grace.

God’s grace has kept me pure.

When I say that, I don’t mean that His grace stopped me from doing anything that I was considering that would have been detrimental.  No, He kept me from even wanting to do anything that would lead me away from Him.

I went to an ordinary, mainstream school, attended numerous extra curricula activities, and the majority of my friends didn’t even know God, yet He was so present in my life and so real to me from before I could remember, that it never even occurred to me to stray from Him.

I have been called Mary Poppins (i.e. Practically Perfect in Every Way), but that simply is not true!  I too have made mistakes, and I don’t reflect Jesus in all I do – just ask my family!

My purity has little to do with me, and much to do with Him.  Of course, I had to make a decision to love Him.  I had to choose to want Him.  But He is the one who covered me, the one who guided me, the one who held me in His arms, and who took me by the hand and led me through all that must have been happening around me.  And that is grace.  Pure grace.  Grace to protect me, grace to cover me, grace to guard me, grace to keep me pure for Him.  And all because He has a purpose for me which requires that.

It was His grace which stopped me being led into temptation.
That is no different from the grace which delivered someone else from evil.
These are two parts of the same verse, the same sentence, connected by the conjunction ‘but.’  (Matthew 6:13)  How can one refer to grace, and the other not?  One is prevention – keeping me safe.  The other is cure – rescuing grace.
 
So, I don’t have a dramatic story to share.  There is no before-and-after.  He has always been there, pouring out grace in my life. 

Perhaps your story is like mine.  Maybe it is the complete opposite.  Or it could be somewhere in between.  Whatever your life journey has looked like, know, receive and truly understand his Pure Grace.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Spiritual REALm


What do you think of when we talk about the Spiritual Realm? 

It is the very REAL realm all around us.  Much of the time most of us cannot see the realm, but we can see the effects it has.  Just like the wind – we see the trees moving, hear their leaves rustling, feel the warmth (or coolness) of the breeze, and smell the BBQ cooking next door.  With the spiritual realm we experience it rather differently, but nevertheless we see people set free of addictions, cured of disease, and lives turned around.  We experience inexpiable peace, unexpected provisions, and unmerited favour.  All of this, and much, much more is due to actions taken in the spirit.

Most of us don’t see in the spirit realm in high-definition technicolour, but you may see more than you realise.  When you are praying for your friend and an image pops into your mind – it may not be a fully defined artist worthy picture, but it is still a snapshot from the spiritual realm impressing on you an element that requires prayer.  And those dreams you have are “movie scenes” from the spiritual realm, guiding you.
Sometimes we can physically feel the war going on around us, despite being unable to see it.  On occasion you receive a prompting which you are later extremely grateful that you acted upon, and these too are experiences of the Spiritual Realm.  Despite the fact that most of us cannot see it with the clarity we see the natural world around us, the spiritual realm is more REAL than we can even fathom.

It doesn’t matter which of your senses you use to experience the spiritual realm, in terms of one is not more valid than the other.  Just as hearing the leaves move is no more or less of an experience than seeing them move.  However, it is good to know how you best understand the Spiritual Realm and to learn from others who sense in a different manner, so that we can discover a fuller picture together.  Hearing the wind in the trees can give us an idea about how strong the wind is, but seeing them move can tell us the direction the wind is coming from.  Both are true experiences, and inform us about an activity, but together they can provide more detail than individually.

Timothy sees.  He can access the Spiritual Realm with his other senses, but predominantly he uses sight.  Whilst I do see, especially in dreams, I am more of a feeler / discerner.  Timothy is concept oriented, and I am more detailed.  He sees more for the future, and I for the present.  So, in revelation, I fill in the details for the concept he receives, or he gives a framework for the revelation I have.  We complement each other. 

If you are looking for an understanding of what it is like to enter the Spiritual realm, “The Call of Daniel” gives great explanations, so that Daniel (a pre-teen) can understand what he is going through.  If you want a journey into the world of the angelic, seeing both Heaven and Earth from the spiritual perspective, then “Angelic in the Making” will show you that.  We try to cover a variety of other elements of the spirit as we experience them, in these blogs, but as always, if you have questions on the Spiritual Realm, then please let us know.

The best way to understand the spiritual realm is to experience it, and to talk with others who have done the same.  It is great to be able to talk with those who sense in the same way as you, as you can go on the same journey, but don’t neglect spending time with those who sense in a different manner – you may discover a great truth that sheds light on your own revelation and understanding.

Keep on journeying and enjoy the adventure.



Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Rest of Your Life


On my 18th birthday a family friend wrote me a birthday note saying,

“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”

I thought that was very profound, and I still do.  Not because that day was a turning point in my life, but because that statement is true, no matter who you are and when you read it. 

TODAY….



Today means today.  It means that whenever you choose to accept that statement your life can begin – again.  It does not matter if you have had 52 or 252 “starts” already; today your life begins again.  God’s mercy and love is new every morning (Lamentations 3:23), and so is our opportunity to do something with our lives.

I know that it’s easy to become stuck in a routine, or be comfortable with your current life, but today you could change that.

What is it that you really want from life?  What has God called you to do?  What has He gifted you to do?  When He made you, He made you with a plan and a purpose for your life.  If you are still on this earth then you still have that plan and purpose for your life.   (Jeremiah 29:11)

Your purpose does not end; even if you’ve achieved more than you ever thought possible, God still has more for you.  Purpose and calling are independent of age; so don’t say that you are too old to start the rest of your life!  God still has a purpose for YOU.

Lazarus was given a second life (John 11).  Have you ever wondered what you would do if God gave you such an opportunity?  How would you live your life if you had died and been brought back to life?!  The great news is that we don’t have to wait for death before we have that opportunity.  We can start a new life today, living intentionally for Him, fulfilling His purpose for our lives.  Sometimes all it takes is a change in attitude, other times it needs greater action, either way, we each choose each day where we are and what we do.

There are endless possibilities for what you could do.  Sometimes it involves taking a risk.  But if God has put a desire in your heart then today is the day to do something about it.  Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

In John 10:10b Jesus said that He came so that we may have life, and have it to the full – abundant life, surely means intentional living.

Perhaps you are in pain, or grieving, have lost your job, or have some other difficult situation you are facing.  Today is your opportunity to make a change.  That job is no longer holding you back, the pain has prevented you from travelling down the path you were on, so you are now free to travel on another path.  No matter what your circumstances, you have an opportunity today to influence the rest of your life – and the lives of those around you.  Of course, it goes without saying: do not do anything that is contrary to the Word of God.  God does not put desires in us that don’t line up with who He is.  His plans for you do not include something that goes against His nature, nor His word.  


This leads to the obvious question… What is your purpose?  If you are not sure what your purpose is then ask Him.  God says “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13) So, He will tell you, if you truly want to know.  Remember we are all responsible for what we know. 

This message is just as true for those of you who don’t yet have a relationship with God.  He still has a plan and a purpose for your life, even if you don’t know Him yet.  God set a certain day, calling it ‘Today’, when He said: Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts. (Hebrews 4:7).  Today is your opportunity to choose Him.  He says that when you come and pray to Him He will listen to you. (Jeremiah 29:12).  Today could be the first day of (the rest of) your life - with Him.

We all have a certain number of days here, and every day we live is one day closer to eternity.  We don’t know how long we each have; so don’t live with the regret of a calling or God-given-desire unfulfilled.  Make every day count. 

What are you going to do with the rest of your life?
Let today be that first day.



Tuesday, May 31, 2016

How much are you willing to give up?


Ten years ago, in preparation of marring Timothy, I gave up a well paid job, sold my house, gave away almost everything else, said goodbye to my family and friends, and emigrated to Canada, with a rucksack of clothes, two suitcases of precious things, and a wedding dress.


“I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no-one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields – and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life.  Mark 10:29-30

This is a great verse, and it has been applied to me.  People would tell me how much my ‘sacrifice’ would be rewarded…though it was often incorrectly rendered as “no one who has left home or brothers or mother or father or fields for me will fail to receive a hundred times as much in the age to come.”  i.e. that we make a sacrifice for God, and in Heaven we will be rewarded.  No, He said we shall receive our reward here, in this present age.  Wow, what great news!  Well, yes, that is until you read the small print – the after thought, enclosed within the brackets, separated by that little hyphen, the four words “and with them, persecution.”
Um…not such great news afteral!!!!

So, part of our ‘reward’ for sacrifice is persecution!

Sacrifice is not exactly a fun and comfortable thing at the best of times, else it wouldn’t be sacrifice.  But to make matters worse, we have persecution to look forward to afterwards.  Not exactly the best P.R. job to promote the idea of giving up everything for Jesus, is it?!

Jesus didn’t actually say that we needed to give up home, family or fields (income generation abilities, and means of feeding yourself and others).  He does not ask the exact same sacrifice from each of us.  However, a true sacrifice will be uncomfortable – it will take you out of your comfort zone – and into His.  It will require that you think of others or Him, more than yourself. 

I told you my ‘giving up (almost) everything’ story.  But that sacrifice was ten years ago.  What about now?  I know I cannot base everything on what I once did for God.  Abraham left his country, his people and his father’s household (Genesis 12:1) when the Lord called him to.  But after that God did not just say to Abraham, ‘Well done, I know what you are willing to do, so just keep on with your faithful life here, and I will give you everything you ever wanted, now and forever.’  No, He then asked him to give up his precious son –a pretty huge sacrifice, if you ask me.  God did, of course, reward Abraham with family, with land and a home, and with eternal life in the age to come, but Abraham also faced a whole lot of challenges here, even after his sacrifices.

So, with the ‘good news’ of the hundred times as much - and the persecutions to go with it…how much are you willing to give up for God?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

No mistake


..trees pleasing to the eye.. Gen 2:7
As I look around I see only beauty.  I am sitting in a clearing, deep in a pine forest interspersed with silver birch.  The trees stretch up, tall and straight and provide homes and playgrounds for wildlife too numerous to count.

Huge rocks lay scattered throughout the undergrowth, some almost hidden beneath the moss and plant life. 

The music festival I am enjoying is provided by a large variety of birds, singing some familiar tunes, and many songs which are new to my ears. 
Peace.
Beauty.
Creation - seemingly unspoilt and undisturbed, despite my intrusion. 

Could this be even one thousandth of what it was like in the Garden?  Certainly the Spirit of God is hovering (Genesis 1:2) and even though I see only a tiny reflection of that beautiful place I see "that it is good." (Genesis 1:10)


It is so easy, surrounded by nature, to experience God, and even easier there to appreciate the beauty of His creation.  So much so, that it can be tempting to believe that mankind is simply a blot or scar on creation.  That somehow we tarnish what God made.

But in Genesis 1:31 “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”  That word “all” includes people.  He created us as well, and we too are considered “very good” in the eyes of the Lord.  We were not a mistake.  You are not a mistake. 

How many times do you look at a person and feel a sense of peace; of beauty; of the hovering of the Spirit of God?  I venture to suggest it is very rare.  Somehow we don't see people with the same eyes that we see the rest of nature.  Yet God made us both.  And He was, and is, pleased with what He created. 

Sure, our actions don't always please Him, but we do.  Perhaps we need to change our perspective of people. 

I know that I don't always reflect God’s beauty, nor His peace and I doubt I remind others of the wonder of God’s creation.

We sit in wonder of the trees and other parts of nature, but God made us part of that.  He made me as a human being, with my own personality, and responsibility just like the trees:- To point to Him… To reflect His beauty...To be someone in whom the Spirit of God hovers… To be full of His peace.  It is a tall order, but if the trees can do that then it should be possible for me too.  I know I may not always get it right, but I can at least try.  
 
Will you?







Monday, May 16, 2016

More Of Me


Have you ever asked “What now, God?” when in reality what you are wanting is the answer to which way to go, or what is the best thing to do to stay in His will.

Which door should I go through?
Some of you will have heard God very clearly on occasions, and that makes it very easy to know what to do.  This is like when I knew that God’s plan was for me to marry Timothy.  It was not difficult to decide what to do – it was simply a case of whether I would do what I heard, or not do it.  Often this is what we want – “just tell me the answer, and I will do it,” is our cry to God.  We understand how to be obedient, and it takes away the difficult decision making.  But if that were the way it were to always work, we would be no more than a young child, who needs their parent to make the decisions for them, because they do not have the faculties yet to do so for themselves.  Plus, as Timothy always says; the clearer we hear Him, the harder it is to walk it out.  This is because it comes with trials, and opposition, and we needed His clear voice so that in the midst of the opposition we can stand firm, knowing we are doing the right thing, regardless of the circumstances surrounding us.  And, whilst I love to hear His voice, I have to admit, that I do not relish opposition!

So, in an attempt to mature a bit we rephrase our questions.  “Is this what you want me to do, God?” Now we have made a statement that we have considered the options and this seems to be the right one, but we want God to give it the OK before we move forward, just in case we got it wrong! 

Just in Case! 
In case of what?  In case the wrong option brings about dire consequences?  In case we are about to miss out on our entire destiny? That is very unlikely without God giving you some pretty big warnings which you have chosen to ignore, or your decision conflicts with the Bible, in which case you already know the answer that God would give you!

Heads or tails?!
Of course, yes or no answers can be very helpful.  In the Bible the high priests used the Urim and Thummim (Exodus 28:30) to demonstrate the decisions of God, and now we have Jesus as our High Priest, but He does not want to always be the spiritual coin–tosser.  He wants relationship with us.  God does use this method to guide us through our journey, but He does not want us to always stay at that place either.  Imagine if your adult child still came to you each time they had a minor decision to make, to ask you if they were making the right choice.  After one week of early morning phone calls to ask whether you thought it was fine for them to wear a particular shirt that day, you would probably tell them to get some confidence in their own decision making – if your patience lasted as long as a whole week!


So, I need more of me.  More confidence in who I am.  More confidence in my decision-making abilities.  More confidence in my track record of moving in-line with God’s will for my life. 

What would I do if I did not have any fear of being wrong?  What would I do if I removed the emotion that surrounds the decision?

Sometimes, we hear from God and then, afraid of moving in the wrong direction, sit around and wait for Him to bring it about.  Of course, there is an element of relying on God needed, especially in relation to timing, but most often we have a part to play in it too.  If we go back to the example of our marriage, just because we both knew it was from God did not mean we had to sit around, in our different continents, and different time zones, and wait for it to happen!  We needed to communicate with each other.  We expected and trusted God to do His part, but without us playing our part too none of it would have happened. 

Often we need to take the initiative in walking out what God has given us to do.  If He tells you to feed the poor, that does not mean that you stay at home and wait until a poor man knocks at your door asking for food – unless God actually specified that of course!  There is a balance to be had here though.  We do not want to take matters into our own hands and decide to make God’s word come to happen, like Abraham conceiving Ishmael in an attempt to bring God’s promise in his timing.  Instead we should be like Paul who was sensitive to the Spirit; he made plans to preach in Asia, and to go to Bithynia, but the Holy Spirit prevented these from happening (Acts 16:6-7.) Paul was moving forward, not sitting waiting to be told where to go next, but whilst taking the initiative on carrying out God’s call for him to take the good news to the world, he continued to be open to the Spirit for direction.

Paul also writes “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ.  And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 1:20.  God has a part – but so do we.

God made me who I am.  He gave me the ability to relate to Him, and to build up a reservoir of knowledge and understanding about how He communicates and what His will is for my life.  Now, as I mature, He wants me to be in relationship with Him, not just for answers, but for a lifetime companion. 

If you are married it is likely that although you discuss major decisions together, you probably make small decisions every day; what to cook for dinner, whether to buy your friend a coffee, or in what order you tackle your tasks at work.  And because you have relationship with your spouse, you know them well, in fact, so well that in most things you know what they would say if you were to ask them the answer; you could order them the coffee they preferred, or cook them their favourite meal.  You can only do this if you put all of yourself into the relationship.  So, in my relationship with God I need all of me.  That translates into needing more of me, because, if I am honest, I don’t always put all of me into it.

I know He would like more of me.  Do you need to give Him more of you?




Monday, May 9, 2016

Out of My Comfort Zone - and Into His!


Let Me Introduce Myself
I (Karen) am writing this post to introduce myself.
Timothy and I have been writing this blog for some time now, but we realise that some of you do not actually know us in person.

Several years ago Timothy shared some of his story in This Is Me and This Is Me - Part 2 but the nearest I have come to explaining my history is in A Life Of Dreams.  So, here is a small glimpse from my past.


I was born in Canada House, a maternity hospital in Kent, England.  Perhaps that in itself could be considered a prophetic sign that Canada was always part of my destiny, though I did not recognise that until God brought me here.  I have to admit that I never had any desire to come to “the Americas.”  In Europe I could experience many different cultures after just a short journey time, so I would not even contemplate sitting on a plane for seemingly endless hours, just to visit a country whose culture was not sufficiently distinct from my own!

I had wonderful parents, a great childhood full of lots of special memories, and most importantly, I have never known a time without God in my life.  Of course there came the time in which I questioned what I believed, but in my opinion it is important for us all to really consider what we believe, and why.  Through this process God became even more real to me, and my faith took on greater depths.  Despite my questions though, I never strayed from God, and He never let me go. 

If I tell you that my first degree was in Mathematics, and my Masters Degree was in Business Administration, that I was a Chartered Accountant, and an Internal Audit Manager you will probably size me up pretty quickly as having been a structured, logical, organised professional who was rather strictly disciplined, and to be honest, you would not have been too far from the truth!  So, it would be of no surprise to learn that I like to have things planned out, and am not really one for spur-of-the-moment decisions.

Well, let me take you to September 2005...  I had just returned from a surprise 60th birthday party for my father in the Canary Islands, when God ‘suggested’ I go to Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship for the Catch the Fire Conference – which was to be held in just 6 days time!  

Perhaps if He had given me more notice I might have had time to voice all my objections –the second being the extremely long flight I would have to endure, and the first being the fact that it was not currently part of my plans for that week! 

Needless-to-say I went to that conference, in obedience but also with curiosity and excitement.  Why did God want me to go there?  What was going to happen there that could not occur in England?!  I never dreamed that, among other things, it would lead to meeting my future husband. (Though I still had no idea about that part until many months later – but we shall save that for another blog post some other time…)

It truly was ‘the trip-of-a-lifetime!’ and all because I allowed God to direct my feet in a path that I would not naturally have taken, and certainly didn’t have planned.  It reminds me of Proverbs 16:9 “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”  
That proved to be very true for me, and God profoundly impacted my life that week, taking me out of my comfort zone – and into His.  



Monday, May 2, 2016

What Are You Looking At?


Many years ago Mum gave me a wonderful piece of advice.  It was very simple and I have never forgotten it.  “Always have something beautiful in sight, even if it is a daisy in a glass.”  She was talking of course, of having a visual reminder of the wonder of God, so that even in the difficult times I would see and know how good He is.



The simple beauty of an English Daisy – a small and abundant flower, technically a weed, but one so beautiful that God thought to paint the underside of each petal pink every night to refresh the colour it lost through the day.


We so often need that beauty treatment too.  God gave us the gift of sleep, and the great gift of dreams.  Throughout the day we face life’s circumstances, and sometimes they erode away the rosy hue of hope which we start the day with.  Through our dreams God can reignite that hope, encourage us on our path, and steer us in the right direction.

Our situations may not be a bed of flowers, but a single, simple daisy can change our focus.

What are you looking at?




Monday, April 25, 2016

What do you see?




When you look around you, what do you see?  When you gaze out the window, what do you see?  When you are at work, what do you see?


It isn’t a trick question.  You are where you are for a reason.  God knows where you are, and what you are surrounded by, and God uses our environments to speak to us.

Don’t just take my word for it though.  In the Bible God says “What do you see, Amos?” (Amos 7:8 & 8:2) and then proceeded to speak to him through what Amos saw.  Amos wasn’t the only one.  In Jeremiah 1:11, 1:13 & 24:3 the Lord says “What do you see, Jeremiah?”  Again he asked Zechariah (Ch5:2).  Every time God asked that question, He spoke through what was seen.

God did not just ask these prophets to look around them, and then leave them to wonder what it all meant.  He explained to them the message He had for them, and for the people.


Isaiah 43:1 says “I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”  So you can be sure that God knows your name.  So, today in your quiet time with Him, allow Him to ask you “What do you see?” "What do you see, Timothy?” "What do you see, Karen?” and when you answer Him, with what He directs your sight to, wait on Him for an understanding of what that means for you and Him.

God is always speaking to us, but sometimes we need a visual prompt to help us to hear and to understand.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Sharing Revelation


When you have a dream, vision, or other God encounter, what is the first thing you do?
Dance around the room in delight? Tell someone else?  Write it down?  Thank God for what He showed you?   All of the above?


For some people revelation is a daily occurrence, but for others it feels like a once-in-a-lifetime-experience.  It is tempting, whichever category you fall within, or somewhere in between, to want at some point to validate your experience by telling someone else. 

 
In my book “Angelic in the Making” an important truth is shared regarding revelation….
“One thing you need to learn is what you saw and heard needs to be kept to yourself.  You will gain the wisdom you need to share it with whomever it pleases the Father, but most of what you have seen is for yourself.  If you share revelation out of timing others will move forward too soon, which will create problems.”
 

Mary is a great example of this truth in practice.  The Bible says “Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”  She did not go around announcing that she was the mother of the Messiah! She knew it was true, she had been visited by an angel, and told the she had been chosen, she was pregnant whilst still a virgin, shepherds had come to visit her baby, and even some wealthy foreign men had travelled and found her and Jesus, bowed before Him, calling Him a King, and brought expensive gifts.  Yet, she kept all this to herself and even those in her home town where Jesus grew up were never made aware of it!

Like Mary did, thanking God for what He has shown you is always a great starting point.  That puts Him at the focus of the revelation, and not yourself.  Yes, God has chosen to reveal His plans to you, but our aim should never be to draw people to us, but to point them to Him.  And I think God enjoys watching us dancing around and praising Him – for anything and everything.

Honour the revelation by recording it, so that when the time comes to share it, you have an accurate record of what God showed you, rather than a hazy or incomplete recollection of it.  But then talk with God about what He has shown you.  Ask Him if you are to share it immediately, later, or not at all.  If it is to be shared, discuss with Him not only who it is to be shared with, but how, and when.

Like I have said before, four years ago I had a visitation from an angel with a message from God asking me to write a book from the Angelic perspective, which I did and very much enjoyed writing, along with many visitations.  Yet once I had completed it I had to sit on that revelation for four years before the timing was right to share it. 
In a similar manner, much of the revelation shared in “The Call of Daniel” was received many years before I wrote the book.  There were significant encounters revealed there that I had not told anyone about, not even my wife, until I started to write the manuscript. 

Finally, you need to know when your role is over.  Remember, it is not your job to ensure they act on the revelation.  You were simply the messenger, not its author, and not the recipient. 

In the coming days, months and years we can look forward to many more dreams, visions and encounters, so now is the time to gain wisdom on how to handle them.


Monday, April 11, 2016

SPIRIT OF FEAR


Recently I had a dream in which, whilst walking through a green park I saw a large polar bear. 
I pointed it out to those around me and they started to panic.  I told them to keep calm and not to run, because that would attract the polar bear to them.  However, none of them heeded my warning and of course started to flee.
As I watched, the polar bear turned toward us and started to run in our direction.  I took my own advice and stayed still.  The bear headed straight for me, and I did not flinch, but continued to stand my ground, and he ran right past me, chasing someone who was running. 
This happened several times during the course of the dream, and never once did the polar bear even touch me.


Bears are mentioned several times in the Bible, and their image is not soft and cuddly!  Rather it is indicative of evil, and danger, something that is after what you possess.  Just because a polar bear is white and so has the appearance of righteousness, does not change the nature of the bear. 

A key point of the dream was the need to stand my ground.  2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” If we have no fear then the enemy cannot oppress us, because fear is his weapon.
If the enemy can get us to react out of fear then he has us running.  Fear can stop us doing all that God intends for us, and therefore we ourselves allow the enemy to take from us what we have, or should have – both a spirit of power, love and self-discipline, and also we give up on the plans God has for us, because we are afraid.

I know the dream was for me, but it is also a universal truth that can apply to anyone, and everyone, and so I feel to share it with you.

I am also very aware that in my dream no one heeded my words, but nevertheless I am sending this as advice to all who will hear it, because I saw first hand the results for those who would listen, and for those who would not.

James 4:7 says, “Submit yourself, then, to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

My desire is to see God’s people live free of fear, free to walk in the goodness of God, to fulfil all that He has planned for your life, and to see his purposes across this earth.  I want to see the enemy halted, because not even one single person will react in fear.  If you will apply 2 Timothy 1:7 and James 4:7 then that polar bear will have no one to chase.