The rock with a tap?

Who on earth would have expected this? – it is like a Harry Potter film. How did flowing

Old Razorback Mountain at the Black Rock Desert

Old Razorback Mountain at the Black Rock Desert (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

water suddenly appear out of a dry rock. Not just a little dribble but enough for a whole nation to drink, bathe, cook with. In other words a gushing stream.

 Ex 17 :6 I will stand before you on the rock at Mount Sinai.Strike the rock, and water will come gushing out. Then the people will be able to drink.” So Moses struck the rock as he was told, and water gushed out as the elders looked on.

 1 Corinthians 10:4 and all of them drank the same spiritual water. For they drank from the spiritual rock that traveled with them, and that rock was Christ.

On this adventure we are going to see some strange sights. Sights that will make our eyes pop out of our heads. Things that will make no sense our your brain but every sense to our hearts.

We know there is one that travels with us. He is a rock. He is Christ. This rock not only has the normal characteristics of a rock being solid and dependable, a sure foundation but also has heavenly surprises   Even in the hardest, driest place this rock travels with us so we know we are safe and then the rock overflows with water to refresh our thirsty souls.

Today: In the heat of today, in the hard parts of this week turn to the rock and know you are secure. Then drink deeply refreshing waters that flow out of Christ

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Learn more about how much the Father loves you

Try reading this book – Daddy, you Love Me: Living in the Approval of your Heavenly Father   Brent Lokker

Daddy Loves You

Daddy Loves You (Photo credit: Joe Shlabotnik)

I realise that for some of you this title will put you off. It seems a little gushy for you. I felt a little like this and find the book perhaps over the top. What I love about it is that it completely challenges the way I think and feel about my Father God. I am letting it wash over me until one day I understand it  and believe it fully.

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

Re-tuning our hearts to heaven’s melody

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I would like to share a little about the purpose of the wilderness adventure and then a vision I had on Wednesday night in his presence.

 Purpose

When I was a child I thought that the wilderness was about having no food or water. A place of dryness, hunger and harsh testing. As I read all about the Children of Israel now I see a Father who provided water, food in love and who was calling his children to spend time with him to get to know him.  The wilderness is about a Father training his children and desiring heart change.

 “He didn’t bring us out of Egypt in order to camp out in the wilderness, but to take us into the promised land of ever-expanding life in the knowledge of him” Face to Face with God Bill Johnson

There is a saying God took his people out of Egypt but then had to take the Egypt out his people. The Children of Israel were so stuck in ways of slavery, oppression and captivity that they had a mind set that need changing. They needed to re-learn sonship, love, honour, trust, adventure etc.

 “The giving of the Law at Mount Sinai was intended to facilitate the process by which Israel would unlearn the thinking of Egypt and learn how to walk in their new identity as priests of the Lord. In describing what he required of them God was unveiling His holy and righteous nature, which they would need to emulate in order to walk in relationship with Him. ” Face to Face with God Bill Johnson

We, the church, for centuries have been on a journey of  increasing desire for freedom. With the move of the spirit 25 years ago hearts have changed and we have started to journey out of Egypt into a place of water and freshness, now God is retraining our thinking and understanding. For us, this adventure is not about where we are going, but about a Father training his children and sharing heart with them. It is about getting time out to see what is on the Father’s hear and learning to understand our relationship with Him.  It is about re-aligning our hearts up with the truths of heaven and re-tuning our voice to agree with what God says. It is a transformation of heart and mind and soul.

Vision

As a child we were shown videos about keeping healthy at school  which included investigations of a smokers lung full of tar and  the damaged kidney of an alcoholic. The organs were wrecked, full of gunk and not malleable. God showed me a picture of a heart that looked like these damaged organs . It was stiff and not able to function as it was created due to pollution, damage and lack of care. It was not able to love or to be loved as it was made to be. He then showed me the most beautiful hollow wooden oval encasing with one violin string. He talked to me about the process of re- aligning my heart to him. The fact that my heart has taken on lies and wrong ways of thinking. It has taken on pollutants of my thought life, habits and damaging situations. He wants to wash it all out with  his life waters and  bring a new way of being.

I have always loved lying in God’s presence and waiting for him. Although I don’t revel in the term soaking ( 🙂 ), I do think that the act of just resting in God’s presence is essential (especially during this season). It not only provides time of enjoying the Father’s love and deepening your relationship with him – it also provides time for God to re-align your heart, wash away pollution with His Spirit and repair damaged parts of you. This process cannot be rushed – it takes time.

I desire that my heart will become like a single violin string – re-tuned to heavens

Violin's heart

Violin’s heart (Photo credit: Ro’tten)

frequency. Free to move and respond with every touch. So in tune with God He need only breath and my heart with resonate with heavens song.  Free from distortion, pollution and damage. My heart will respond to his voice, vibrate with passion for Him and live for His glory. I am just one string – and I need you to make a fuller sound. He is re-aligning the heart of the church around the world to vibrate with the sound of heaven. As we all start to play the tunes from above we find we are playing the same music across the land and a global orchestra is born. The sound of those whose hearts sing heavens melody will fill the atmosphere, change the airspace until the whole world can hear heavens  song!

Starfish survival

In our life group this week Naomi brought this video to my attention . She said

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English: Large red starfish Gomphia gomphia from Komodo National Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

it reminded her of what God is talking to us as children of God. We make mistakes and then want to hold on to things. We want to do what we think is best and we won’t let go.  We hold onto all the pain, unforgiveness, anger, fear and grief. All we need to do is let go, lie still, face up to heaven and call out to daddy. Just like the children learning new skills in the video we need to learn to rest in God’s love, breathing and surrendering ourselves without a struggle. We may not understand how strong his love is, or how we will stay afloat but we can trust the one who teaches us to the way to be still.

No longer striving to do, but resting in being loved.

Made for Heart Connections

Our hearts  were made to be connected.

The Heart

The Heart (Photo credit: petalouda62)

 

I look around and see iphones, ipads, yourgymn, ipaper it all about me (or I). I sit on my facebook by myself. Watch tv by myself. I wonder what has happened to community and the heart of living together. Have we, the church, picked up the ‘I’ culture or do we recognise how integral community is?

Let us look at the beginning of how God made us and the very nature of who we are:

The way we were made

  • In God’s image

Genesis 1:26-27 (NLT)

 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in  our image, to be like us. .. So God created human beings in his own image.  In the image of God he created them;  male and female he created them.

God has always been an us  ‘Father , Son and Holy Spirit’. He has always  been in perfect relationship, sharing heart, ideas and creative fun together. Here we find God chats among himself and comes up with the creative idea to make man. There is a consensus and God together makes it happen. God forms man in His/their image.

When he made mankind he made  ‘a them’.  He didn’t make a ‘he’ or a ‘she’ but a ‘them’. We were made in the image of God to be in perfect relationship, sharing heart, ideas and having creative fun together.

  • Not made to be alone

Genesis 2:18

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.”

Because God  has always been ‘a them’ He has never been  lonely. It is in his nature to enjoy company and open hearted relationship in unity. We were made in God’s image with His DNA. We were made to be together in open hearted relationships with soul companions, it is against our very make up to be on our own. God desire is unity with us and unity among us.

  • Made to be open with each other

Genesis 2:23-25

“At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone,    and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’    because she was taken from ‘man.’”This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.

 Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.

The idea of being naked goes further than not wearing clothes. It is a picture of the open honesty Adam and Eve  shared. There hearts were connected in such a way that nothing was hidden and their weaknesses were not a hindrance. They were one in body, heart and spirit. They were joined in heart connection and this is shown in the oneness that intimacy brings through physical union.

Heart connections

The heart is more than just a place we love from it is the core of our being and passions in life. If we are hiding our hearts in hurts and disappointments we cannot connect our hearts with others.  This leads to loneliness and rejection that is against the way we were made to be. Is this why so many are suffering from metal illness and depression in our society? We are living against our very nature hiding our hearts in brokenness.

Today: Recognise that you were made in God’s image to be in heart connection with others. Think about the state of your own heart and how easy you find it to be connected to others. Determine that you will seek to go to the healer and get your heart healed up so that you can join it in relationship with God and kingdom lovers.