Let us continue chatting about culture change. would like to show you how dramatic it is to change from one culture to another. It is not a case of adjusting a few things, but of a massive upheaval. Please watch the following video to help understand what I mean.
I love the line from this clip ‘I have so many questions to ask’. This is exactly how I feel at the moment. Each time I discover something new I have more and more questions. I am finding there are few who can answer them – but that number is growing.
In the past I have had new vision and revelation at times. These have been life changing moments and I devoured all the understanding I could. Spurred on by someone’s sermon or seminars I read books, magazines, thought about it and then understood it –mainly with my head and then my heart was gripped with passion for what I saw. The Spirit brought me fresh revelation that amazed me. This new thing is transferred very differently. Yes I read, I watch videos, I listen to sermons and go to seminars, but the main way of catching this is heart transfer one to one. Let me try to explain this: When you want to experience the Philippines culture you could read manuals, watch programmes about it, visit the country and stay in hotels but until you spend time with the Filipinos and chat to them, visit the poorest and richest areas, let them share their history and dreams you haven’t experienced it all. Culture is all about people, not a place or traditions. It is about catching people’s heart.
I cannot catch this thing in my head, brain power is not how you understand the new changes. This can only be caught by a spirit, Spirit and mind blend. I love the Spirit and love moving in the Spirit but there is something different about this I have never experienced before. It is a heart connection with others and then somehow downloading their heart. Catching it with your spirit before your mind gets it. Understanding love, grace, freedom etc with my spirit first hand and then allowing my head to catch up. Letting God by his Spirit expand it inside bringing revelation and understanding. Thus the statement ‘ I have so many questions to ask’ is very true.
I do not have the answers, I do not understand it all, but what I do know is the way I have done things in the past is not enough for now.
Today: Determine to find out is who is changing around you, who has seen something new, who understands this new culture, who can you catch it off? When you see them and find them get alongside them. They may not be in your home town, they may not be leaders. I am chasing those with fresh hearts and asking them questions. It is like those people who chase tornados and find the spot on where the mighty twisters hits the ground and starts changing the landscape. Find the twisters. Let them share heart with you, do a heart connection download. Catch it!
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!
Who on earth would have expected this? – it is like a Harry Potter film. How did flowing
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
I remember the first time I danced before God. It was in a Spring Harvest meeting 1984
and I was sat a long way back. The song was ‘I get so excited Lord every-time i realise I’m forgiven’ It was a battle of wills for me but knew if I was excited I couldn’t sing the words standing still. I felt so embarrassed to start with and then a freedom burst inside that I had never felt before. I stopped taking myself quite so seriously. It was a breakthrough in truth that still causes me to dance even now.
“This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me.” Exodus 8
The Israelites were eventually given freedom by Pharaoh in order that they could go and worship their God. They were not randomly allowed to go free – there was a reason, a purpose. Our primary call, our purpose in being free, is to worship God. Lets use our freedom to worship God with unshackled hearts and hands.
In the story Pharaoh didn’t like this ‘free’ worship – he wanted to restrict and control the worship the people brought their God. He perhaps felt threatened that the people thought there was someone higher, greater and more powerful than he. It must have hurt his ego somewhat. He agreed to let God’s people go to worship Him but he tried to lay down guidelines in which to restrict them
- Ex 8:25 go sacrifice to God in this land
This is worship with not much effort or movement. There is no change to the position of what they are doing already. This keeps complete control on the activity.
- Ex 8:28 don’t go far away
This is worship with tight restrictions. You can worship a little way off but don’t go mad you still have tight limitations as to what you can do.
- Ex 10 :11 Go now you who are men
This worship is not inclusive of the whole family. It lacks united generations, enthusiasm of the young, wisdom of the old, practicality of the experienced and dreams of those starting out. It lacks unity, togetherness and therefore power! It is only half a family encouraged to worship.
- Ex 10: 24 Let your flocks be held back
This is worship of our body only but doesn’t include the sacrifice of our money or time. If we withhold our finances and belongings our hearts are severely restricted in overflow and abandonment.
Let us use our freedom to worship God with crazy overflow. To go all the way. To do what we feel God telling us to do – no matter what. This is what we were set free for.
Today: Is there any expression of worship that you struggle with or do not express? Eg lying prostrate, dancing, giving, standing on your chair, etc. decide that you will not be held back any longer but you will make full use of your freedom to bring all your worship
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.
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.
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
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!