The Son sees the Father face to face

And the Father who sent me has testified about me himself. You have never heard his voice or seen him face to face’ John 5:3 (NLT)

In this passage Jesus is talking about His relationship with the Father. Jesus talks about how the Father shows the Son everything He is doing, gives His Son authority to judge and the Father will show His Son how to do greater works than heal a man. He speaks about the testimony of the Father’s approval that goes with Jesus – His word and His miracles. Then at the culmination of the passage about intimacy with His Father Jesus speaks about hearing His Father’s voice and seeing Him face to face.

I was touched by this passage as I heard Jesus talking about His dad. He is trying to express intimate and private things to a group who do have no trust in Him. The height of His relationship and the thing so special to the Son was hearing His Father’s voice and seeing His face.

We have been adopted into God’s family. We have the privilege of being called His sons and heirs. We are to be shown our Father’s business, we are called to judge and do mightier miracles than heal a man. Yet in all this revelation, authority and power the thing that should grab our heart is not the wisdom, miracles and manifestations. The thing we can

Mother and Child watching each other

Mother and Child watching each other (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

hold most dear above all else is the fact that we can hear our Father’s voice and see Him face to face. This is the most wonderful thing of all.

The Golden Calf – identity

When the people saw how long it was taking Moses to come back down the mountain,

P question

P question (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

they gathered around Aaron. “Come on,” they said, “make us some gods who can lead us. We don’t know what happened to this fellow Moses, who brought us here from the land of Egypt.” Exodus 32:2

What had happened to the chosen of Israel? Those whom God had said of them ‘I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to me. If you will listen obediently to what I say and keep my covenant, out of all peoples you’ll be my special treasure. The whole Earth is mine to choose from, but you’re special: a kingdom of priests, a holy nation.’ Exodus 19:4-6 (MSG) When did they forget that they were a chosen nation – a  special people? Did they forget what God had done bringing them out of Egypt?

Moreover had they forgotten the vital role Moses took in laying his life down to rescue them from their strong oppressors?  He had been a skillful communicator, a powerful advocate and a caring leader. He had been willing to lay his identity down as a Prince in the palace to lead a group of lost ragamuffin slaves out into the desert. He had been faithful, consistent, strong, obedient to God and showed incredible courage. He had been the man who had met God face to face and spoken with him as a friend. Wow what a guy. Let’s look again at how the Israelites described him – ‘this fellow Moses’. How disrespectful, what a lack of honour and appreciation for who he was.

When we loose sight of all God has done for us, loose respect and honour for the anointed of the Lord  we loose our own identity

 Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off!  9

If you are the Son of God prove it. If you are God’s chosen people prove it. If you are a special nation prove it. If you are holy priesthood prove it. The enemy would like us to doubt who we are. He would love it if we felt we had to prove ourselves all the time. This leads to squabbling, jealousy, back biting, pushing ourselves forward and self promotion. He wants us to forget where we have come from, forget the miracles he has done for us, forget the journey we have been on, forget the times he has carried us and held our hand.  The enemy would like us to break heart connection with our Father and each other. When we are isolated and bitter we are no longer effective.

Let us instead honour one another, speak well of each other, remind each other where we have come from, speak highly of one another – this is the way we find ourselves and our Father. We are special, chosen, holy and royal – this is your identity.

Today;  Ask these questions of yourself: who are you, where have you come from, what has God done for you, what are here for and where are you going? For if you are confident in who you are you will be affirming and honouring of others and who they are.

Panic strikes! The Golden Calf is born

Dont Panic

Dont Panic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4 months into the journey and crisis hits! What is the dramatic news? Enemy attacks, drought, famine, pestilence? – no Moses goes up a mountain for 40 days. The people see him go up – but now don’t know what to do.

The people are learning to stand up on their own for first time. In Egypt they were always told what to do, where to sit, where to sleep – they had no choice of there own. Moses then led them with a strong arm out of Egypt – they followed him and his faith in God. Now they have been left on their own with their own thoughts, time on their hand and choices to make. Panic strikes!

When the people saw how long it was taking Moses to come back down the mountain,they gathered around Aaron. “Come on,” they said, “make us some gods who can lead us. We don’t know what happened to this fellow Moses, who brought us here from the land of Egypt. Exodus 32:1

Why did the people struggle so much?

In the next few days we will unpack what it was that caused this crisis and how we can learn from it. We will draw parallel with Jesus time in the wilderness. It is interesting that even the Son of God has his training time in the wilderness. A time where God called him close for intimate, undistracted fellowship.

1.        Make us = doing

Then the devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone.’ Luke 4: 3&4

The Devil was saying to Jesus “Don’t just sit there Jesus listening to Gods words spending time with God – do something”.

The Israelites were bored from spending day in day out working until the dropped – now they have so much time on their hands. They felt useless, a spare part, not valued because they were not doing something.

Doing is where I have found solace sometimes. I can  find or hide myself in doing. I can find on days when I am angry, upset or confused that I just want to clean and tidy – or do something to distract myself. Do I measure my self worth on what I achieve. I have notice that when people greet each other they ask “What have you been doing?” The underlying message is “How have you demonstrated your usefulness? What have you achieved? Are you worthwhile? We give labels we give ourselves as doers as this adds meaning to our life – I am a gardener, a cleaner, a children’s worker, a steward etc.

Business is not godliness. We were made for spending time with God throughout the day– not meeting God in meetings. If we can’t fit time in our day to meet with our Father then we are doing something wrong and need to adjust our lives. We were made to be children of God, to be new creations, to be lovers of God

Today: think soberly about your life. Do you find identity in what you do or do you find your identity in the presence of God. Make sure that being with God is prioritized over doing.

Presence of God

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English: Crop of File:Souvenir Seller – Moscow – Russia.JPG focusing on woman. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have been struck recently as to how ordinary most days are for most people. We try to fillour lives with exciting moments – but our every day life can be mundane. I wonder how ordinary it must have been to wander around the wilderness. There must have been a lack of fun places to go, things on tv to watch or coffee places to hang out in. This is why when God shows up the ordinary day turns into something amazing

On the morning of the third day, thunder roared and lightning flashed, and a dense cloud came down on the mountain. There was a long, loud blast from a ram’s horn, and all the people trembled.  Moses led them out from the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. All of Mount Sinai was covered with smoke because the Lord had descended on it in the form of fire. The smoke billowed into the sky like smoke from a brick kiln, and the whole mountain shook violently. Exodus 19:16- 18

In the middle of the empty landscape God comes down and it was rather dramatic! Thunder, lightening, billowing smoke, earthquake – what a sight. I don’t think you could have missed God’s entry into the Israelite camp even if you were the doziest of folk!

Here comes God letting all his people know that shop is open, he is town, the show is on the road and He is in the business of spending time with his people. Tragically the people did not want to spend time with God.

When the people heard the thunder and the loud blast of the ram’s horn, and when they saw the flashes of lightning and the smoke billowing from the mountain, they stood at a distance, trembling with fear. And they said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen. But don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die!” Exodus 20: 18&19

The people had become so fixated on the mountainside dramatics that  they had forgotten the tender words of the Father holding them and loving them. God comes as a Father with power. This is who He is. Let us not be so desiring the big experiences, the healings, the manifestations that we miss the Fathers face and His voice. Both come together. The gentle loving Father full of power and wonder.

We sometimes hide from God when he comes to speak with us face to face. Just as Adam hid in the garden afraid to face up to God it can be due to feelings of guilt, shame, having let him down and thinking we are inadequate. Sometime it can be afraid of the demands we feel he will put on our life or of feeling unworthy. But He is the one who calls us by our name, holds us close and  carries us when we are weak. He only wants the best for us and to help us in our troubles. We need not fear his response to our mistakes, failures or lack – He only has compassion and love for us.

God calls us up the mountain and wants us to come to meet with him. Spend time with him. Share heart with him. He turns the mundane walk of life into something else! The ordinary becomes exciting, the intimate becomes powerful, the plain becomes a wondrous adventure – 3D into 9D!

Today: Ask the Holy spirit to show you if there are any hindrances in your life that stop you freely talking to God face to face. With his help deal with these issues.

Back in Manila

If you take a camera out you get a crowd!! :P

If you take a camera out you get a crowd!! 😛

The House of Grace children sing for Mother's Day

The House of Grace children sing for Mother’s Day

Yesterday we flew back on the plane from Palawan to Manila. We were delayed by 2 hours so arrived just gone 3pm after having left the hotel at 9.30am. We were scheduled to meet with groups in the afternoon and evening. I met with the New Day and we talked about being loved, walking with God and leaning into his presence. We spent some time hearing his voice and practically learning how to prophecy. I then wanted them to just relax in God’s love and learn to lean in to hear him and feel his presence. As I sung and we started to worship the presence of God came down very heavily. We sang in the Spirit but a lot of the time we just sat. It was a precious time together. Trevor spent time with a leadership discipleship group sharing heart on being intimate with God. He says he had a good time with them. In the evening I had the privilege to spend time with the worship group for a meal. I shared heart on what God was doing in the church at the moment. The importance of learning to rest in God presence and soak him up. It was a beneficial time. I gave Eden and Fe the book ‘Culture of Honour’ after we first arrived in Manila and she said she can’t put it down it is blowing her mind. It is all she dreamt the church should be like. Trevor wasn’t with me that night as his stomach is not good – so please pray for him. This morning we met with the church in Manila. It was lovely seeing everyone again and I was very excited as to what God would do. Fe lead a great time of praise and worship, Trevor preached a good word about meeting God face to face. It isn’t enough to hear his voice we need to press in until we meet with Him face to face like Moses did. I then sang ‘I see your face its beautiful’ and again the spirit came and started to touch lives. We prayed and ministered to those who wanted to press in further. God is so good and loving. After all this we had a media presentation and song by the children as it is mother’s day here. We all got a fold away fan and chocolate!! It was lovely and very touching. Then came the photos!! How New Day love having their photo taken!

The Father’s Passion

I have been touched recently by the story of the Israelites’ exodus as written in Psalms 78.

Fathers Love

Fathers Love (Photo credit: lachicaphoto)

The story is written in a poetic form and quite different from the account in the book of Exodus.

As I read this chapter I heard in this retelling of the story the heart cry of a Father for his children. What a tragic story.:a Father who takes his kids for some time out. He wants to share his story with them, connect with them and love them – but instead they constantly bicker and blame him for everything.  You can see through the verses the way the Father cares, provides and nurtures his children. His desire was that they would trust Him. He didn’t want lip service (verse 36) He wanted a heart connection with them.

Oh, how often they rebelled against him in the wilderness and grieved his heart in that dry wasteland. Psalm 78:40 (NLT)

This verse is so full of grief as a result of their rejection of Him that I could feel his tears falling. Their rebellion, indifference and lack of trust saddened his heart. He desired a heart change but “again and again” they test their patience.

  • They did not remember his goodness :42 & 43 

Do we remember and count all the good things he does?

  •  They rebelled :40

Are our hearts soft and responsive? -not cynical or angry.

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  • They turned their backs V9

Do we refuse to accept all that God is trying to teach us?

  • They fled on the day of battle v9

Do we back down out of doing the things we are called to out of fear and self preservation?

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  • They did not keep covenant  v10

Do we obey him and take seriously the fact that he is Lord/boss in our life?

  •  They tested him with demands v18

Do we place blame on God when things don’t go well and expect Him to cause everything to turn out right?

  •  They spoke against God 19&20

Do we criticize the way God is moving, changing things or the way he chooses to use different people?

Today: Read the list slowly of ways the Israelites tested God’s patience and ask yourself is there any changes you need to make. This isn’t to make God love you – he couldn’t love you any more than he does already – it is so that you can learn to stay responsive to the Father’s heart.

Let Yourself Be Loved

Love heart

Love heart (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Part of finding out more about our relationship with our Father is letting him love us. When we ‘soak’ in God’s presence we lie back and say right God just let me know more of your love. It is how we breathe life back into our damaged hearts.

“Let someone love you just the way you are – as flawed as you might be, as unattractive as you sometimes feel, and as unaccomplished as you think you are. To believe that you must hide all the parts of you that are broken, out of fear that someone else is incapable of loving what is less than perfect, is to believe that sunlight is incapable of entering a broken window and illuminating a dark room.”  Danny Lee Silk

Chris found this and I thought you all would like to read it……

How he loves you

God’s love for us is enormous, extravagant, endless. God doesn’t love us sometimes. He loves us all the time. God doesn’t love us conditionally He loves us unconditionally. Psalm 36:5 says, ” God’s love is meteoric, His loyalty astronomic, His purpose titanic, His verdicts oceanic. Yet in His largeness nothing gets lost; not man, not a mouse slips through the cracks. Whilst it is great to know this truth, I have found that knowing it in our heads doesn’t always translate to holding in our hearts. Even though God’s great love is demonstrated on the cross, the truth is we often don’t feel or experience the love of God. This lack of feeling God’s love is more about us than it is about Him. He loves us!

We drastically underestimate God’s love for us. Three of the most common reasons why we underestimate how he feels about us are:

 1. It is Easy to feel “Common” to God

It’s very common for us to feel common to God. Since there are 7 billion people in the world how could I possibly be special to God? How could he possibly be “jealous” for me?

 2. It easy to feel ” alone”

It’s the exact opposite of the feeling above. Even though there are 7 billion people in this world we feel like we are all alone. “It’s my problem, it’s my battle to fight, it’s my issue to sort out”. But God says, ” I see where you’re at and I’m actively working on your behalf”. We are never out of his sight! Matthew 10:29-31 reminds us, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

3. It is easy to feel “unlovable” because of our failures and sins

We know God’s high standards. We know His holiness, which then causes us to feel as if we don’t measure up. So we reject His love from a place of feeling unlovable

What I am trying to tell you is that God is crazy about you! He has abandoned all hesitations, all apprehensions and is completely committed to love you with an everlasting love. He is not ashamed of us. He is not willing to abandon us. Even when he doesn’t approve of what we’ve done, He still approves of us!

K Wise

Champion Life Magazine