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I love how the old testament has so many things that happen in real life that picture something supernatural and spiritual.

Take for example when the Israelites were in the wilderness, fleeing from exile, heading towards the promised land and they were hungry.  Their reaction always amuses me – they were slaves in Egypt, treated terribly, forced to work in extreme conditions, oppressed and persecuted, yet here they complaining and wishing they were back in Egypt where I quote “here we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”  Now from reading previous chapters of the conditions they faced I’m not sure their filter was accurate.  They’re painting their past like it was satisfactory and forgetting that they belong to the God of miracles who split the sea to set them free.   And I confess I have read it and gone silly Israelites, you are so stupid, how could you forget your God, oh ye of little faith.

Until God reminded me, that I too am like a silly Israelite, forgetting my God, oh me of little faith.

We have moments in our life when the journey when hardship comes from left field, or things aren’t working out like we expected and we forget that the God who does miracles is with us and for us and at work doing a zillion things behind the scenes but we might see only 3 of them.

Gods solution to their complaining met their needs on a practical level but also on a spiritual level.  God provided manna that would fall every morning – like a supernatural bread that would appear around them – that they were to gather every day.  They were to gather just enough for that day for themselves or their families.  There were of course some that tried to hoard but when they went to open their manna pantry the next day their manna had rotted and was filled with worms!

Everyday they had to gather the manna for that day.

Everyday they had to find their satisfaction in God.

Everyday they got a tangible reminder that God is with them and for them.

Everyday they got a reminder that they are special to God.

Something in real life that reveals something supernatural and spiritual.

Everyday we have to gather the manna for our day.

Everyday we have to find satisfaction in God.

Everyday we need that tangible reminder that God is with us and for us and that we are His children and that He loves us with a never ending love.

Now we’re not heading out the backdoor to the lawn to pick up the days kai, our manna is time spent with God, in His word, in prayer, in worship and its not filling our bellies but filling our spirits and souls with peace, hope, grace and wisdom that being in God’s presence gives.

Jesus said in Matthew 4:4 that we do not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from God.

The passion bible puts it like this: Bread alone will not satisfy,[d]
but true life is found in every word,
which constantly goes forth from God’s mouth.”

 

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When I was flatting in Dunedin we had this amazing flat on Clyde St.  It was a bright red block terrace house, with a yellow door.  No room was matching.  My room had wall paper that had massive green vines.  And orange curtains.   The room upstairs looked like the 60s had thrown up in there.  The living room was tiny and literally fit only 6 people seated.  We could hear the neighbours pee when we sat at our dining room table.  The toilet had windows that didn’t shut and seriously in winter there was a layer of frost!  Ahh we so loved it.

It was there we learned to live and to cook.  I learned that there is more than one type of pastry and that short pastry is for desserts, not mince pies.  And that mince and peas is from the devil.

Anyway the great thing about this flat was that it was a block away from uni.   So our flat had an open door policy.  You could come hang out at ours any time.   Especially if you brought chocolate.

During study time it wasn’t unusual to have 10 of us squished in the living room for mammoth study sessions.

We would get knocks on the doors and windows often late at night as people would drop round.

However one night we took the open door policy to the next level.  I got up one morning to find the front door wide open.  Someone, anyone had forgotten to close it!  Talk about a freak out moment.  Not that we had much to steal, our tv was so rubbish that it didn’t show the colour red.  Everyone had green lips and superman looked like he was captian planet.

But yikes!

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Revelation 3:20 –  Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

 

Jesus is standing at the door of your life, knocking.

His knock is the invitation to a changed life.  His knock is an invitation to adventure.  His knock is an invitation to love.  His knock is an invitation to peace and security like you could never imagine.   His knock is an invitation for us to know Him, the creator of the universe, who breathed out the stars, who created the giraffe, who imagined the oceans and the stars and the forests and the mountains.

When you encounter God you are never the same!

When I was 16 I went to a youth camp, just like this one.  Over the course of the weekend I felt that knocking on my heart.  I couldn’t explain it, I couldn’t shake it.  It was this sense that God was there and that He was real and that I could know Him, but that the choice was mine to take it or leave it.

I had always thought that God was far away, on a cloud somewhere, indifferent to the world and especially indifferent to me.

But all of a sudden there was this intense awareness that God knew me inside out, all the good bad and the ugly and that He wanted to change my life.  Read the rest of this entry »

 

In Your presence there is freedom
In Your presence there is hope
In Your presence there is healing
Love restores me, I am whole
No matter how far I run
You are with me
No matter how far I fall
Your love is everlasting
Your kindness never ends
God You never leave me
Your presence goes before us
Your glory has no end
God You never leave me
In Your presence there is power
Through Your spirit, strength will rise
In Your presence there is mercy
And in Your presence I’m alive Read the rest of this entry »

*** 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. 

 

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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

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‘Revival is more than a series of meetings, revival is cultivated and carried in the hearts of all who yield to the power and presence of the Holy Spirit to transform us to be carriers of His Glory wherever we go. Revival is not meant to be a temporary state of being. God is looking for revival people who will open their hearts to the King of Glory, and create a permanent dwelling for perpetual revival to touch the earth. You are called to carry revival! Step into His glory and let the river flow in your heart, your family, your city and your nation.’ 

Dr Mahesh Chavda

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Wait for the Lord;
    be strong and take heart
    and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14

 

But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

 

 

In our church we make time to wait in the presence of God – to worship Him, to dwell in His presence, to linger. We have altar calls where we wait, with expectation and hope, for God to speak to us, and to draw close to us, to heal us, to restore us, to give us strength.

 

In the Bible the word most often translated “wait” in the sense of waiting on the Lord is the Hebrew qavah. Qavah means (1) “to bind together like a twisted rope” (2) “look patiently,” and (3) “hope, expect, look eagerly.”

 

The picture here, to bind together like a twisted rope is like a braid in the hair, there are three pieces, but they become so intertwined that it is hard to tell them apart. 

 

as we wait, we a bound together with God, transforming us, strengthening us, restoring us.

 

2 Corinthians 3:18, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

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Have you ever heard the saying "What you behold, you become?"
I believe this statement applies to our relationship with God. If we are in love with God, then out of that love relationship and time spent in His presence will flow a love for humanity and for the world. His heartbeat becomes our heartbeat; His passions become our passion; His priorities become our priorities.
Love awakens.
I believe that in order to wake up to the purpose of God for our lives and to the world around us, we must return to our first love and that is Jesus. If we try to wake up from our slumber because of a sense of obligation, guilt, or shame, then we will quickly jump back into our spiritual bed to avoid these feelings.
But if we really want to wake up, get up, and stay up, then we must passionately fall in love with Jesus. Nothing else will keep us awake. It is love that causes us to behold Him, and when we behold Him, we enlarge Him and become like Him.
Our relationship with God flows out of our love for God.

Christine Caine

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One of the things I want to be a defining characteristic of my life is a heart cry for the Holy Spirit to come. I want to be passionate about encountering God’s presence and knowing Him and more than that – I want to be active in pursuing Him!

As Moses was known as a face to face friend, so I want my life to be flavoured with that same intimacy.

Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the "tent of meeting." Anyone inquiring of the LORD would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. 8 And whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose and stood at the entrances to their tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent. 9 As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the LORD spoke with Moses. 10 Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to his tent. 11 The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent. Exodus 33:7-11

My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”  And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” Psalm 27:8 NLT

I hear the voice of God calling me, calling us – His children, to draw near and closer. We are created for intimacy with Him. He has opened His throne room to us by the blood of Jesus. We are adopted children, cleansed, made holy and righteous, accepted and given access.

The presence of God had a tangible reaction in Moses – his face glowed with the glory of God.

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD. 30 When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them. 32 Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the LORD had given him on Mount Sinai.

33 When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. 34 But whenever he entered the LORD’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35 they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the LORD. Exodus 34: 29-35

I want there to be proof of my dwelling in His presence – it may not be that my face glows – but that He shines through me and that the tangibility of the Holy Spirit is at work to others as well as producing transformation and fruit in my own life.

Come Holy Spirit.

I come to meet with You.

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in your presence God, we find hope
in your presence we find life and love
all we need is found with you.
when i am with you i know you are with me
and i never walk alone
so i turn my eyes
towards you
gazing with trust and surrender
knowing you are with me and i am never alone
i walk not by sight but with faith in you
your presence gives me hope
your presence gives me peace
with you i am found and am complete and whole
in your presence God, i find all the answers
in your presence its okay not to know
i will trust you all my days
i will walk and obey
your presence gives me life and hope
it is where i know i belong
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Ephesians 1:15-21 Therefore I also, hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus and love to all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and what is the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us, the ones believing according to the working of His mighty strength which He worked in Christ in raising Him from the dead, and He seated Him at His right hand in the heavenlies, far above all principality and authority and power and dominion, and every name being named, not only in this world, but also in the coming age.

I know for most of us this is familiar and wonderful, but again something jumped out and connected with me when i read this recently.

The whole segment is WOW but the bit that made me stop and read it a few times and talk to Jesus about it was v 19…

Paul prays that we will know…. what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us…

other versions say:

(GNB) and how very great is his power at work in us who believe. This power working in us is the same as the mighty strength

(ISV) and the unlimited greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his mighty strength,

and it goes on to say that this strength, mightly umlimited power is the same that raised jesus christ from the death. that amazing wonderful almighty power is at work in us. wow.

it made me ask what is that power doing in my life???

is that power showing and flowing in my life?

am i utalizing that power?  not for power sake but to reach the lost and encoruage the hopeless towards hope, to comfort the broken hearted, to set the captive free….?

am i using the power of God that God has placed within me for his glory and his kingdom?

am i allowing God to shape me and transform me?

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