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healedAt our church we passionately believe that God heals.  In Exodus 15:26 God reveals that His very name is Jehovah Rapha, I am the God that heals you.  It is deep in the heart and character of God to heal and transform lives.  It is in the very fabric of who He is to heal.

In Psalm 103 we read

Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Healing is something very personal to me.  It’s been neat on fb this past week seeing fb memories about discovering I was allergic to wheat, beginning regular specialist visits, having copious amounts of blood tests, and yes, having to go gluten free… In fact in space of a few weeks I was gluten free, diary free to add to my egg free, nut free, seafood free, fruit free and it felt like, taste free.  One test revealed that I was 3000x the limit of what a normal person’s rate would be.   It was a diagnosis at the end of a 24 month journey of constant unwellness and reactions.  In one test they did out of the 18 things they tested I was allergic to 15 of them.  Only to go back the next month to say, oh you’re also allergic to these things now too.  18 out of 18.  Over achiever!

Now I tell this not to brag about myself but to brag about Jesus and to declare that He is the same today as He was  yesterday and will be tomorrow.

My life changed at His Presence Conference in 2014 one of the speakers begun the session saying that he had some specific conditions that he was going to call out and that God was going to heal.

Carpal tunnel.  Arthritis.  And then severe food allergies.  I stood up.  Now I had been prayed for so many times.  So many.  And sometimes saw some changes but was still battling the condition.  And sometimes people would pray for me and say wanna test it and I would be like, bless your heart. NO!

But this time as people prayed for me I had a sense from God that YES I could eat!   I KNEW I was healed.

So I did!  We had a lovely morning tea prepared around the corner and I grabbed some yummy caramel slice and ate it.

Now this would be a trillion times more than my body could have handled.  If I was reacting it would take about a minute for me to become uncontrollably itchy, for my lips to swell and for my temperature to rise, for me to feel dizzy and like my brain was fritzing out and well, there were other unpleasant things too that would have me in the bathroom for the day.

But none of that happened.  So I ate half a piece of toast the next day.  And the pizza the week later.   And donuts.

No problems.  Completely healed.

I tell you this because testimonies stir our faith.  They remind us that God can do the impossible, and I say if He can do it for me, He can do it for you.

We believe God heals and love to pray for healing.  We understand sometimes it is a process.  I had a few years of process to walk through UNTIL my healing, just like how blind bartimaeus was blind UNTIl Jesus healed him, just as the lepers had leprosy UNTIL Jesus healed them, just as Lazerus was dead UNTIL Jesus healed him and raised him from death.  But we stretch out in faith in every part of the journey, declaring and celebrating that our God is the God that heals.

Isaiah 53:5 says He was pierced for our transgressions, and he was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his stripes we are healed.

But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole and we received healing from his wounds

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The lyrics of this song are amazing.  It is one of those songs that I hadnt paid attention to on the album but every time it came on it would make me pause and listen and feel.

It moves my heart that Chris Quilala is the one leading this song as prior to this album they had a beautiful newborn baby die at birth.  He sings out of tragedy with raw faith.  Every time he sings I BELIEVE IN YOU my heart stretches to grow in faith.  Faith doesnt mean the absence of problems or pain but in those moments it believes that God is good, that He never changes and has all the power.

 

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tattly_tina_roth_eisenberg_yes_no_web_applied_02_grandeI just stumbled upon this article on Jesus Culture’s website. It kicks butt.

Many leaders long to see the people they serve walk in power, healing and the prophetic, especially outside the church. No longer satisfied to build a traditional ministry; they are stirred to impact their city. A passion is growing to see their regions and their campuses saturated in the glory of God, people surrendering their lives to Jesus, and the culture reflecting the Kingdom of God. But this shift in thinking requires a different set of tools, and we are compelled to seek revelation on how to make this become a reality. One of the most frequent questions I am asked by leaders is, “How can I release the supernatural in my ministry.”

In Matthew 5:16, Jesus makes it clear that one of the main keys to seeing the glory of God invade a city is a people shining their light—so those around them encounter their works. That word “works” is not referring to “random acts of kindness”, but rather, what Jesus demonstrated throughout His ministry as the sick were healed, the dead raised, the lame walked, and the blind received sight. In other words, as we manifest God’s power by laying hands on the diseased, prophesy over the broken, and radically love the lonely; our light will blaze through the darkness.

If we are going to empower people to transform their cities and campuses for Jesus, our methods must move beyond holding events to equipping lifestyles. As grateful as I am for the testimonies of the supernatural at our Jesus Culture conferences, I am only truly satisfied when I see these encounters multiply in and through the lives of the attendees when they return home. We are still learning everyday but here are a few keys.

1) Demonstrate God’s extravagant love

Healing, prophetic ministry, and signs and wonders are all extremely exhilarating. When one lays hands on someone who had scoliosis and physically feels their back straightening out, it is an amazing experience. Most importantly though, as healings and prophecy begin to flow, it is crucial we contend for love to remain the core reason and motivation for ministering in power. Galatians 5:6 tells us that faith works through love. Faith to demonstrate the power of God flows through love. The Kingdom we represent is founded in love and we are called to display it not only in word—but also in power (1 Corinthians 4:20). Signs and wonders are to point people toward a greater reality—the extravagant love of God. If we don’t equip our people to ground their walk in love, healing becomes just another fad that’s fun temporarily, but with no lasting affect.

2) Teach That The Anointing Is For Everyone

The level of anointing that many of the fathers and mothers of the faith operated in like John G. Lake, Oral Roberts, and Kathryn Kuhlman is available to all who are hungry for it. My senior pastor, Bill Johnson describes it this way: “God gives certain individuals a ‘spike’ in human experience, not so they can merely gather people around themselves to minister to them, but that they would be positioned with favor to equip the saints, so that their ‘high point’ becomes the new norm.” The anointing is available for everyone… young and old, extrovert and introvert, new and mature Christian. Our people must be given the opportunity to step out in the anointing. Whether it is having them pray for each other during a meeting, on their campuses, in their homes, or in their workplaces people need frequent opportunities to experience this reality.

3) Make room

At our church we make room for the supernatural. Every service we pray for the sick. Whether it is trained ministry team or the congregation praying for one another. It might be in the middle or at the end during the ministry time, but there will always be an occasion for those in need of a supernatural encounter to receive prayer. We have this same focus with the youth ministry and my leaders and I model it and do it with the youth. We regularly give part of every meeting for words of knowledge, healing prayer, prophetic opportunities and the like.

I would encourage you to reassess your agenda and rearrange your schedule to give them as many occasions as possible to lay hands on those in need of a physical healing. The more you make room for it in their lives, the more it will happen naturally elsewhere and become a lifestyle.

4) Develop a culture of risk

Among university students, I noticed a pattern inhibiting them from experiencing the breakthroughs in healing they desired. These students passionately believed in healing but were not seeing it regularly. “Pressing in” to see healing, they were not actually “stepping out” to pray for people. They were crying out for God to move—but they themselves were not moving! There was a sense that if they persevered long enough in prayer, an anointing would fall from Heaven and they would obtain results. While I absolutely believe we need to reach for a greater anointing, we all have an anointing to minister supernaturally that is available right now. But it requires us to position ourselves to take risks. When you are faithful with what you currently have, the Lord entrusts you with more.

As leaders we are responsible to nurture an environment within our ministry that both encourages and necessitates risk. In the midst of their insecurities our people thrive when leaders come alongside and call out the greatness in them as they take risks in the supernatural.

If we as leaders are going to expect the people we serve to take risks outside the walls of the church we must give them opportunities inside the church and inside community to develop. As they learn to take risks in a safe environment their confidence grows in public. For example, train your people in healing and the prophetic and then push them to give words of knowledge or prophesy over their peers. When someone needs healing, ask people to pray for him or her. They might be scared and nervous but stand with them, and champion their courage.

You will likely find that many are afraid to fail. This is one of the main reasons why many people never see the power of God demonstrated in their life. They are frozen by the thought, “What if I step out and nothing happens?” This fear must be overcome. Strengthen them to conquer this fear. Many times the results we are seeking are on the other side of persistence. I heard one time that John Wimber prayed for a 1,000 people before he saw his first breakthrough in healing. The more we take risks and God shows up in answer to our prayers, the more we will mature into expressing a supernatural lifestyle.

5) Use Testimonies of Power To Unlock Their Potential

This is a simple but profound principle. If your people are not living in the realm of the supernatural, continually bring before them stories of the miraculous being outworked. This communicates what is possible, and if God will use one person in that way He will use them as well. Christians instinctively know they are designed to demonstrate the Kingdom; therefore testimonies reach deep inside to awaken those areas in their life. If you don’t have any testimonies within your community, then borrow someone else’s. God is no respecter of persons!

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So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea; then they went out into the Wilderness of Shur. And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water.  Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” So he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet.  Exodus 15:22-25

God is the God of yesterday, tomorrow and the future.

He is with you today, He was with you yesterday and He has already being in tomorrow. He is eternal and outside of time. However as humans we are bound in time and I know for myself, my brain begins to ache when I explore the unlimitness of eternity and God’s time bending nature.

Today, whatever obstacle you face you can be confident and assured that God has prepared a way forward.  He has prepared a tree.

Before Moses and the Israelites even began on their adventure in the wilderness God had prepared a miracle.   Twenty years before the people of Israel arrived beside these bitter waters, dry, parched and desperate for hydration, God had made a way where there seemed no way.  A seed found its way into the ground, grew and flourished.  A tree with a purpose, purposed by God.

The God of past, present and future provided for their present time of testing back in their past.

Likewise, the God of past, present and future has provided for you present and future in your past.

There is a tree. A tree of hope.

In Exodus God told Moses to break a branch off the tree and to throw it into the water, and the water would be healed. This tree that grew from a seed many many many years before was their remedy for their time of distress.   God nurtured the solution through seasons of drought and winter. He protected it as it grew from a seed to a sapling. Away from the spotlight the tree grew.

What is in your world that will bring healing and provision to your point of need?

2000 years ago God used another tree to prove His power and grace.  A tree that God had prepared from before the foundation of the world.  Jesus Christ hung and died on that tree to give us a new life and to heal us from all our diseases.  By His stripes we are healed.   There is a tree.  Yahweh Rapha, The Lord who heals, was wounded for our sin.  The Healing God bore upon Himself all our sicknesses and death for our healing, physically, emotionally, spiritually, eternally.  There is a tree.

When God looks at me He sees Jesus, His perfect Son who fulfilled every part of the law, who was obedient in all things.  By that perfect man’s death and obedience I am healed.  In Christ I am righteous.  He came and lived the life I could never live and died the death I deserved so that I can walk in healing and favour with God.

As you stand in your place of desperation fix your eyes upon God. Be confident in His limitless ability to heal, to save, to overcome. Stand fearless knowing that God is good and great and that He has made a way when there seems no way.

There is a tree.

10356202_10153319292279258_6184601864101469717_nAt the start of the year when I said yes to being the youth pastor here there were 3 things that scared me….

  1. Driving the van
  2. Feeding 30+ people at camp or on a Friday night
  3. Camping over at church during Ascend….

I can now tick off 3 things and say DONE…  and really they were only half scary… except driving the van.

In my first week Dean took me for a test drive and I was like oh my word.  This is big.  It takes a ladder for me to just hop up to drive, just kidding…   I confess, I also have a bit of a record with things with wheels and accidents.

Had part of my finger amputated after a tricycle accident.

Broke my leg in 4 places after a bicycle accident.

Flipped a motorized go cart over a ditch.

Wrote of my parents 4 wheel drive when I was 17….

Got hit by an 84 year old lady driver and had car written off.

So yeah… I didn’t want to add CHURCH VAN to my list of driving “adventures”….

But I have a confession to make.

2 weeks ago I crashed the van.

It had been “one of those mornings” and anyway long story short when I got to church as I was parking I “clipped” Grace’s bumper and wheel.  Man did it make a horrendous noise.  There is nothing like the crunch of metal against metal to make the heart stop!  The kids were like ooooooh (thanks kids) and I uncharacteristically burst into tears.  The whole ugly cry thing.  The worst thing was that the van and Grace’s car were stuck together at the wheel part and until Grace moved her car forward we were stuck there, in the middle of the driveway, on a Sunday morning.  Aka everyone was going to see it and see me.  So as my calm husband began to sort things out I slunk into church and made my tearful confession to Peter .  I’ve crashed the van!   He came out to look as I continued to sob on Annikas shoulder.  Tony then was like, “Claire, have you had a look at this?”  I was like no, I don’t need to look, the sound told me everything!  I imagined the side had caved in and that well… yes.  He took me by the hand and took me round the side, where Peter was looking bemused.   Let’s just say my tears tried to stop as I looked at a small dent and a black line.  Yes we were stuck on Grace’s wheel, but once she moved, it was all okay.  No major crisis.  No cave ins.  No write offs.

Now this story isn’t just for confessions sake…

It was one of those moments where God spoke clearly.  “this is about perspective” He said.  Yip.  My perspective was that i had munted the van and that it was all bad.  The fact was that there was a small dent and a black line.  It wasn’t until I went around and looked for myself that I saw the extent of the “damage”.

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This year I’ve been incredibly blessed to be able to do an amazing Life Coaching Course (up to level 2).

Each week I drive over the Harbour Bridge into adventure.

I meet with an awesome bunch of people and our tutor and we learn the skills, and “practice” upon each other.   It’s insightful being both coach and client.  We walk in the shoes of what it feels like to peel back the layers to explore limitations and beliefs, values and purpose.  It takes courage to open yourself up to the questions of a Life Coach.  Sometimes its not easy to push past the surface into the real why of what is going on.  But I have learned that freedom is on the other side of that uncomfortableness.  Awareness releases new strength and strategies to overcome.  Sometimes we need to have that brave conversation (with ourselves, or a friend, or a coach) that will reveal the hidden chains that hold us back.

These chains can be the very thoughts we think about ourselves, or things that people have said about us.

As people we have to be prepared to peel back the layers of our hearts before God, to allow Him to transform us from the inside out.  We need to allow Him to write new truths upon our heart that empower us to live the life He is calling us into.  Yes, it can be uncomfortable.  But it is so worth it.

God wants to exchange our mourning for joy.  Beauty for ashes.  Strength for weakness.

What layer do you need to peel back today?

* preaching notes from my message at The River Christian Church, Sunday 26th April

God is my healer.  I have seen Him time and time do dramatic WOW unexplainable radical things in my life and body.  This morning I’m going to weave my story into what I share about how God is our healer.  He is Yahweh Rapha – God our Healer.

I don’t know about you, but this week as I’ve read my Bible, I’ve had a whole new perspective of the name and heart of God.  Every time I read LORD GOD in all caps, or Jehovah God, or Yahweh God, it has touched my heart in a new way.  This is His personal name, His personal revelation of His heart towards us.  This is His personal promise, not out of duty as God or I must cos I’m God, but out of His love and grace towards us.  How awesome is that.

As we discover the different revelations of God’s name, the different expressions of His character and heart, our hope is that you will be inspired to a new level of love and awe at our incredible God who is all powerful, all creative, all wise, all loving, all amazing and that as you live that out in your real life that these are the truths that you hold onto.

We have to be confident in the character of God.  He is deliberately mysterious. God is outside the box, His ways are higher, His thoughts are above any spectrum our thoughts are on.  I believe He also calls us deeper, to seek out those depths of who He is, to stretch out beyond what we know today into more revelation and truth.  God is inviting us into more.

Jeremiah 29:11-13For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will SEEK me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

God invites us to seek Him and promises those who seek, will find.

We are just like the Israelites, on a journey.

If you could turn to, or turn on, Exodus 15:22-26 – which is where we find the Israelites and were we find God reveal, for the first time, His name, Yahweh Rapha.

Yahweh Rapha means God is our healer.  He is our great physician.  He is the one who heals our diseases and our brokenness.  He repairs our lives and restores and keeps us in health.

Psalm 103 says:
Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The revelation of this name of God, this defining name worthy characteristic, reveals that God’s heart to us is to heal us and restore us. It is God’s personal promise, woven into His name, to care for us and to demonstrate His great power over all of creation to keep us in health.   It comes from His heart and is His heart for you and I today.

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Recently I got to watch a clip of a 12 year old boy give a speech in the Auckland speech finals.   His sister died in the Elim cannoning tragedy in 2008.  His speech was on legacy and the challenge to his audience was  What are you doing to leave a legacy?  He challenged us to make our lives count.

Life is more than breathing.  It’s more than minecraft (shock), more than our friends, more than today.

You may think, yeah I’ll think about that when I’m 21, when I’m a grown up, when I’ve got a job.  But today matters.  Today counts.  Today you are creating your legacy.

The greatest legacy we can leave is lives changed eternally.  To see His Kingdom Come.

DL Moody, a famous old dead guy who was a famous preacher and revivalist said ““The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to him. By God’s help, I aim to be that man.”

 

“The world has yet to see what God can do with a man or woman fully consecrated to him. By God’s help, I aim to be that person.”

 

That is the challenge that I throw down to each of you, to myself.   To know God and make Him known.

So how do we make that real in our lives?

 

When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home.  Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them,  four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat.  They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.”

 But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves,  “What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”

Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts?  Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk’?  So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said,  “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”

 And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!”  Mark 2:1-12

 

In this passage we see four men with radical faith, who created a legacy and made a difference.  They heard Jesus was in town and knew that Jesus was the answer their friend needed.   This was their one chance, their moment.

Their friend was paralysed.  He could not walk or move.  He could not get to Jesus himself.  He needed the deliberate intentional choices and actions of his friends to get Him to Jesus.

 

Who are you bringing?

 

Who are the paralysed people in your life?  They may not be confined to a wheel chair unable to walk or move, but there may be other areas that they stuck and paralysed in.  Loneliness.  Fear.  Rejection.  Depression.   Sin.

The paralyzed man had his whole life radically changed.  He could walk and run and dance for the first time.  And more importantly, his sins were forgiven.  His eternity was changed.   He knew that God loved him, rescued him and that God was real and amazing.  Heaven collided with earth.  It was more than just a story, it was more than just a good idea.  God did something so real and irrefutable, so big and spectacular that it blew the limitations that people had around God.

There is so much more possibility than we have seen before because Jesus is more amazing than we can dare, ask or imagine.  So lets dare, ask and imagine great things and see God exceed those things.

In my own story, before going to youth group I was paralyzed.  Just like that man.  I was stuck in the blackness of my life.  I didn’t know who I was or what I was doing.  I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life.

On the first night I was at youth group they sung a song – Don’t you know that I love you, don’t you know that my plans for you are good.  Look and see I’ve engraved you on the palms of my hands.”

When God saved me it was like I walked for the first time.  In fact, at the end of the meeting I went outside and did cartwells and couldn’t stop moving and talking and expressing the crazy happiness I felt on the inside!

I believe that as we bring people to Jesus we’re going to see people get up and walk for the first time.  We’re going to see the mess of people’s lives collide with the majesty of God’s grace.  We’re going to see people set free and discover that they are created on purpose by a very real on purpose God.  You are going to see the amazing things that God can do through someone that says YES.  Someone who is consecrated and goes hard out to see His Kingdom come.

 

The people who know their God shall be strong and do exploits.  Dan 11:32

 

 

** this is my message at Collision Youth Camp

 

This was my story.

For many years I had battled against food allergies and all the related problems that causes.  I had a complex set of allergies and specifics and spent 18 months visiting 3 different specialists each month for check ups, blood tests, progress reports.  I tried many elimination diets, some that helped and some that just made the journey more confusing.

But in the midst of the journey, in the midst of the fight, I believed that God would heal me one day.

One day.

Until that time I would have the symptoms and the reactions and the complications.

Until that time I would walk forward in my journey with allergies.

Until that time I would take my medication and eat restricted.

Until that time I would have allergies.

Just as the blind man was blind UNTIL Jesus healed him.

Just as the lame man was lame UNTIL Jesus healed him.

Just as Lazarus was dead UNTIL Jesus healed and raised him.

I walked by faith in UNTIL.

God was still always good and great.

He was still my healer.

He was still amazing.

I praised Him.

I was content and not content to be in the UNTIL.

I  had my UNTIL day on September 13, a Saturday at our church His Presence Conference.

On that day Jesus healed me.

Completely.

I walk in the freedom and the rejoicing of that incredible miracle.

 

What are you walking in today?  What are you trusting God for?

 

On Tuesday I prayed for a woman with plates in her legs, knee, arm, shoulder, neck and collar bone.  She had being in a serious car accident 5 years ago that left her with a broken neck and several other broken bones.  She walks with a cane and is in pain every day.  We were sitting outside my daughters classroom as both of us waited to pick kids up after school.

As I listened to her talk, and sympathized with her situation I knew this was a MOMENT.  A yellow shirt moment.  A moment for God to demonstrate His reality and grace.

I believe in the power of habits.  When X happens, then my response is Y.

When someone tells me about their pain or illness, instead of just sympathizing, I want to provide an opportunity for God to intervene.  I want my response to be an automatic heart reaction to hearing peoples stories.   These are the moments where I step out and God steps in!  As I prayed for this woman the bell rung and the kids came out of class.  She thanked me for my care and prayers and it was a case of pray and walk away, praying and leaving it up to God.

Nothing is impossible for Him!

I have experienced my own incredible miracle and know that knitting bones is something that only God can do.  Removing pain is something only He can do.   There is nothing in myself that can heal.  It is all Jesus.  All for His glory.  All for His fame.

However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves 2 Cor 4:7 AMP

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