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We can’t see power with our eyes. It has to be in operation. The world’s fastest runner doesn’t ooze strength with sparks from his fingertips. He sits talks, drinks coffee, and looks fairly ordinary. I expect he feels ordinary too. But put him on the race track and suddenly there’s a burst of awesome strength. So many Christians want to feel power, pray for power and keep looking to see if they have power. They mean to go into action when power pushes them into it. They wait every week in prayer meetings to become suddenly so full of power they brim over with it, even sitting in an armchair. But it isn’t like that. To experience power we must go into action. A sprinter must run to demonstrate what lies in him and we must go for God to realize the anointing of the Spirit. Until then we shall feel ordinary and the devil will tell us we are. Yet the anointing is there when we need it. Even in a casual witness, perhaps in the street, the power and anointing of God operate. David was anointed. He slung a stone from a shepherd’s sling at a giant, and God gave it the velocity needed to fell Goliath. By the anointing our witness has impact and force. Whether we see it or not, God is with us. Accept it.  ~Reinhard Bonnke

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You will face the unplanned and the unexpected today, but you’re loved by a Saviour who knows no surprises.  

Paul David Tripp

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Remember this: the cross is God’s great stop sign. The devil may be moving in against us at full speed, but when we put up the cross, he slams on his brakes and comes to a screeching halt because he cannot pass the cross. That’s where Jesus stopped the way against all our enemies. – Derek Prince

**** church notes from an awesome message by Pastor Peter @ The River this morning


John 4
Being continually filled and empowered in season and out of season

Living water
In him a spring of water welling up to eternal life

When this happened Jesus was on His way somewhere
Samaria isn’t the destination – it was on the way

"When I arrive God can use me"

Its not just about the destination but about the on the way, every moment, where ever, who ever. Not just Sundays etc. Not just spiritual zones. Live it out all the time in your real life.

Jesus wants to invade your normal life
You’re not of the world
You represent Jesus in the world

Have something to give. The world needs the power of God.

He is just as interested in moving in your lives on the way, in your ordinary lives

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When the Holy Spirit comes, He comes with power.
Where the Holy Spirit goes, He goes with power.
Whom the Holy Spirit infiltrates, He infuses with power.

We who have placed our trust in Christ Jesus, the living, breathing-on-us Son of God, have been clothed with power from on high. (Luke 24:49) And it’s supposed to show.

Every limb of our lives where we welcome the Holy Spirit can be infused with strength not of this world and, yes, even in continued weakness or infirmity, should that be the case of our present calling. The coexistence of the two is the mystery of it. We’re not superwomen. We’re a long shot from perfect. But we were meant to be vividly powerful through the One who saved us and made Himself at home in us. Let’s not forget that today. Let’s not be satisfied just to talk about it. Let’s not just clap and cheer during that part of a service when a pastor or teacher tells us we’re called more than conquerors. The New Testament is not the theory of Christianity.

You may feel powerless right now, but, if you are in Christ, make no mistake: you are not. Get some backbone back in your prayer life if your spiritual spine has deteriorated. With reverence for His holiness and with the boldness He said we could bring to the Throne of Grace, read to God from His Word where He promised His people victory as they looked to Him alone…

…and where He promised to clothe us in power
…and where He said He’d make Himself conspicuous through our spiritual gifts and through supernatural works in His Name.

Tell Him you’re going to ask for it and ask for it and ask for it in His great Name and for His glory until He gives it to you and frees you from whatever this present powerlessness is. And then DO IT. Ask and ask and ask and tell Him you will do whatever it takes to cooperate and mean it! Throw your hands out to receive. And, then, when He gives it – and He will – don’t take credit for it. Appreciate it. Thank Him and thank Him for it. Know that it’s grace. Use it audaciously to bring Him attention.

You cannot fulfill your foreordained purpose without power. Go back after it but, whatever you do, don’t try to get it without Jesus coming with it. Power for power’s sake will blow you up. God-given unction isn’t meant to just come and go with periodic personal revival. We were meant to live powerful lives. Let’s get to them. If you’ve got an area of carnality that is quenching it, I promise you it’s not worth it. Believe me, I’ve been there. Repent, turn from it and get on with it. You’ve got a calling. And it takes divine power.

from ~ Living Proof Ministries

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The coming revival must begin with a great revival of prayer. It is in the closet, with the door shut, that the sound of abundance of rain will first be heard. – Andrew Murray


impressed with Hillsong Conference – got to watch it streaming online – loved the message by td jakes on the blind man who called out to Jesus and got healed… your miracle is never in what you lost but its always in what you have // the blind man can HEAR and finds His miracle by HEARING Jesus was there! – he couldnt SEE Him but could HEAR Him! and the blind man could scream – He got Jesus’ attention and Jesus stopped and the man was healed… but he had to leave his cup and his coat behind… If you always do what you’ve always done, then you’ll always be where you’ve always been… come on, leave the cup, leave the coat, hear that Jesus is HERE and get up and go!

*** as i’ve said i’m reading Holley Gerth’s book about being amazing already and so i’ve been following her blog – and love love love what she is sharing.  resonating within me.  this today went BOOM in my heart, gently, softly and with a yes claire. 




The disciples seem to scoff. “What do you mean? There’s a crowd around you.” But Jesus insists, “I know that power has gone out from me.” A woman steps forward to confess that, yes, she touched Jesus and she has been healed.

When I’ve heard this story told, the focus has always been on the healing. Yet in recent weeks my heart keeps coming back to what happens just before…to what Jesus experienced when someone touched him.

Power went out from him.

When Jesus in you touches someone else in a meaningful way power goes out from you too. And that is why you need rest and to be recharged more than you realize. You might have a heartfelt conversation that encourages a friend. Or you could show tenderness with one of your children that requires an extra measure of grace. Perhaps you navigate through a difficult ethical situation at work and manage to make a difference. In all of those, God’s power has gone out from you.

Yet instead of realizing that we berate ourselves for feeling tired. We believe we should be able to do it all, all the time.  That’s not the way we’re created. And when we live without recognizing that power is going out from us we wind up exhausted and burned out.

How have you been giving lately?

Where has God’s power been flowing out of your life to someone else?

What do you need to be recharged?


Holley GerthWhy you need to be RECHARGED more than you think

go along and read the whole post and let it touch your heart!




*** see also STRENGTH – You’re Already Amazing and EMOTIONAL MAKEOVER



“God is not dead. The gospel has lost none of its power. It is we Christians who have lost OUR power with God. God is able right now to give us the same times of blessing that He gave this church one hundred years ago—even greater! Are you willing to let God search your hearts to see that there are no sins which grieve God and keep back the blessing?”

From a sermon of the father of William Chalmers Burns preached at the gravesite of James Robe, whose pastoral efforts brought a great revival in Kilsyth Scotland in 1742


Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"

"Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked.
"I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied. "Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."

The men travelling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, "Ananias!"
"Yes, Lord," he answered.

The Lord told him, "Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight."

"Lord," Ananias answered, "I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name."

But the Lord said to Ananias, "Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name."

Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord-Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here-has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit." Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptised, and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. Acts 9:1-19

This is one of my favourite passages in the bible.  not just because of Saul’s salvation but because of Ananias’s courage and obedience despite what circumstance told him.

sometimes it takes one act of extraordinary courage to be the tipping point to bring change ~ Andy Stanley

Ananias is a man of courage and faith.  He was at home and had a vision from God.  His response, – YES LORD. 

in essence, here am i, send me.

how often have we prayed those famous words from isaiah 6 – but then when God calls us and sends us we hesitate or get spiritual amnesia (who me?) and doubt that we’ve really heard God.

Ananias heard God and heard God send him to the most feared destructive man in their world.  I would dare to say that Saul was their enemy, their joseph kony, their osama bin lama…  Saul spent his time hunting down christians and having them tortured and killed.

i bet Ananias wondered if he was QUALIFIED to do this mission.

i bet he thought he wasn’t spiritual enough.

had he ever prayed for anyone to receive their sight before?

had he ever prayed for someone to be healed before?

did he wear out his carpet pacing? 

or did he just go?

did he know that this one act of courage would be the tipping point for changing the world, that saul would go from persecutor to passionate preacher and church builder?

did he know that his one act of courage would change christianity as they knew it?

there was something in Ananias that rose up and enabled him to fight the fear and doubt and to cause him to go.  Jesus.  the Holy Spirit.

Ananias put his trust in God and his trust in the Holy Spirit in him and through Him.

Ananias put his trust in the power of God that when he prayed that God would work, that God would do something supernaturally remarkable.

Ananias put his trust in God, expecting Him to as He said He would.

in our lives we can have that same confidence.

If God says GO and DO – we can GO and DO in confidence of God’s power and might to perform mighty acts through us and in us.

Where God leads, He has gone before us.

Lets be people of courage who step out and follow God and see extraordinary things happen for His glory.

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