HOW EXTREME IS GRACE?

The subject of grace is a hot topic in some parts of the church right now. I have observed friends who have received greater revelation of the grace of God in Christ which has given them a new sense of freedom, joy, and peace. I applaud such fruit. Amazing GraceThe grace of God which is ours through His Son Jesus and His sacrificial death on the cross is meant to produce in us such results  .

What can we say about grace?

It is ‘amazing‘, as the hymn goes. It is meant to make us stand in awe and wonder at the goodness and kindness of God in dealing with our sins and sin-nature, once and for all.

It is ‘extreme‘. The Father welcoming back His prodigal sons and daughters and throwing a party for them, completely covering their shame and dirt with His own robe of righteousness sounds almost too ‘extreme’ to be true! Yet that is the grace that has been imparted to us through Jesus Christ. He came to bring us to this very Father as sons and daughters. Continue reading “HOW EXTREME IS GRACE?”

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ISRAEL AND REVIVAL

Catch the Fire 20 years

Catch the Fire Toronto – 20 years of revival

I don’t think it is without significance that on the morning of the twentieth anniversary of the “Toronto Blessing” I sat in my hotel watching Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressing the Israeli Knesset and pledging the ongoing support of his nation to Israel. Two poignant moments occurred together for Canada – honouring revival and honouring Israel. I believe the two are inextricably linked in the heart and mind of God. Continue reading “ISRAEL AND REVIVAL”

DISTRACTION OR DIRECTION

This morning in Golden Valley Church, Muriel brought a great preach on apostle Paul’s prayers in Ephesians. He reminded them of all the wealth they had received in Christ, and prayed for them to see it, so they could live it.

Paul penned the letter to the Ephesians who were not grasping their prosperity in Christ and were failing to live in what was already theirs.  God looks for a church of power, not mere words.

When we pray for each other, what do we see? What do we talk to Him about? Shortcomings, failures? We don’t need to remind Him of any of that stuff.  He already chose to forget them and put them behind His back. He sees our potential and who we are in Him. His heart for us is that we live in and access the riches of His grace.

When we live in the riches of God’s grace, we will have direction. If not, we easily become distracted. Direction or distraction – where are you?

We all know how easy it is to be distracted. The ploy of the enemy to take away our focus on the Kingdom of God. Allow Holy Spirit to shine into our hearts and show us our distractions, so we can repent and change.

Where are we laying up our treasure? THAT is where our hearts will be. And THAT is where we will reap.

There is a challenge today in a world of mess and stress, that we focus back on the One Who has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness. Get undistracted!  Distraction isolates. Direction of Holy Spirit unites.

PRAYER

It’s summer holiday time. A time for many, to relax, hang out with friends and family, go away, and enjoy the sunshine. Isn’t it great that in all our much needed rest times, God Himself  “neither slumbers nor sleeps” but faithfully continues caring for us and watching over His promises to fulfil them.

Our teaching in GVC the past two Sundays has been a reminder to us that in all our summer changes prayer is still absolutely vital!

We looked at the two prayers of Paul the Apostle in Ephesians chapters 1 and 3. The first is a prayer for revelation. The second is a prayer for impartation. In a world that is swamped in information – far too much information – what is needed is revelation and impartation from God.

Paul prays we would have revelation of three things: the Hope of God’s calling on us, the Riches of His Inheritance in us, and the greatness of His Power towards us. This can’t come by the human mind – only by the Holy Spirit. He has to reveal it all. As He does everything changes!

Paul also prays for that we would have an impartation of strength in our inner man, that Christ dwells in us by faith, and we are absolutely taken over by His love. Love changes everything.

We have another prayer that we will be looking at in a couple weeks time. This is Nehemiah’s prayer, when He is faced with news of the state of Jerusalem, in Neh. 1. He is so sensitized in prayer that he weeps and fasts and calls on God because the news has touched him deep inside. How often we are totally de-sensitized by life and the world around us; by sin and acceptance of ungodly things!

As we proceed from here. Let’s pray these prayers: Revelation, Impartation, Sensitisation. May God bless you this summer.

GET REAL!

Sunday 20th March 2011

by Jean Packer

Penny brought us a refreshing word through Acts 23 this week. She spoke about how Paul was a humble man. He apologised for speaking against a ruler, yet he cared enough to speak the gospel message to all who would listen. He was bold and stood up for what he believed. He was an honest, God-fearing man. He was full of the Holy Spirit and fully himself! He trusted God completely and stepped out boldly in obedience. Signs and Wonders followed!

How much do we long to have this purity of heart? To see that the fields are ripe for harvest and be able to gather in the harvest freely and joyfully! What stops us? Penny expressed this as fear of man. What would others think of us? Fear that we may become stumbling blocks if we wavered in our own opinions in order to accommodate others? What would happen if the way things are, changed? We worry about being contaminated? We want to be in control of how things should be… the list could go on and God can show each one of us our own personal fears if we ask Him to.

Yes people watch, and criticise us sometimes. Yet we need to grow up in these times, weigh up what is said, and discard what is not true. Die to what people say about us otherwise we will just go up and down in our emotions. We are loved and protected by God. Jesus died on the cross for our, and their sins. The Pharisees spoke against Jesus (Luke 6:7), yet we are urged to speak boldly (Luke 6:22). Lets not be man pleasers but God pleasers. Luke 6:26 actually says “Woe to you when all men speak good of you”! Lets stand bold and trust God! Don’t compromise our faith… get into His intimate presence to hear His voice… and step out in obedience to whatever He tells us. Know what we carry inside us and reach out to people and share His love.

Jesus spent time with outcasts! He was comfortable with them! He fitted in and accepted them… just as they were, and they knew it! They felt loved! God wants to change our theology, which is sometimes religious… He wants us to be available to Him whenever The Holy Spirit prompts us to act. In whatever ways that may be. These may not fit into our mindsets and expectations and we may worry what others may think, but He wants us pliable and open. He wants us dead to our reputations! It doesn’t matter what others think or say. The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all accusations! He wants our whole hearts….minds and soul for Him and for others. It is love that convicts … we don’t have to do anything else but love one another as He first loved us.

Lets get real! Be fully ourselves through Him! Love ourselves as we are… He made us… love one another… let’s be open and transparent, like Jesus. The world sees who we are. We are called to be mighty warriors for Him – Fearless in all we do and to step out in faith and trust. We need to get rid of poverty mindsets and trust that all our provisions will be met as we need them. God wants to remove our limitations. We can do all things in Him!