MERCY AVAILABLE

Our God is a God of Mercy. The writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews tells us that we can come boldly to the Throne of Grace – or the Mercy Seat – and receive grace and mercy to help us in our time of need.

Jesus said to the Pharisees to “go and learn” what mercy over sacrifice means. They were obsessed with outward religion, but neglected to offer mercy to the weak and the struggling. They hadn’t understood the mercy in the Father’s heart.

Here’s today’s encouragement for our prayer focus.

THE OTHER SIDE

What a fantastic Sunday morning it was in God’s Presence yesterday!! Wow and ‘many wows’ again!! How privileged are we in Golden Valley Church that God in His love and kindness continues to show up at the meetings and connect with us in His awesome holiness.

After giving thanks, as it was Remembrance Sunday, for all those who gave their lives in war so that we could have freedom, and taking time to pray for the personnel and families at our own local NATO unit, wishing to give honour, we began in worship, thanking Jesus for His death that brought us life and freedom, and there was an immediate way open into the Father’s awesome Presence.

It was the kind of morning where we could have stayed there forever, as He continually invited us to come in deeper, as we are!

One was aware of God being there, seeing us, and speaking. How holy it was. How tangibly we were in His Throne Room!!

The speaker later in the meeting was Mick Taylor, regional ‘Catch the Fire’ representative. Mick spoke on ‘Crossing Over to the Other Side’, basing his talk on Mark ch. 5 where Jesus crossed over to the Gadarenes –  a land forgotten and dark. And yet He had an appointment there with a man who was deranged, chained, and rejected, but who despite the demonic in his life, ran to worship Jesus and call for His help. Jesus met him where he was, and healed him, and set him free.

Maybe at this time God is calling us to ‘cross over’ into areas of life that are unfamiliar and even ‘threatening’ to us, and yet where He has divine appointments lined up. What will we do? Stay in the familiar and comfortable (boring), or go on an exciting adventure with Him into new things, and carry His awesome love and presence with us to others who are in need?!!

THE GLORY SCHOOL

Report on the ‘Extreme Prophetic’ Glory School in Golden Valley Church, 6 – 8 May 2010 by Jean Packer

The Glory School brought to us by Rob and Lynn Packer from New Zealand began at the Holiday Inn in Barnwood on Thursday evening and carried on through to Saturday evening.  The venue was  very comfortable and we were made very welcome by the staff.  Throughout the sessions the worship was amazing and increased daily, powerfully accessing, and taking us into the throne room of God.  Many were overwhelmed by the presence and love of God that was experienced in a new way as we ministered to Him.  People were often prostrate before God in adoration and we opened up our hearts deeply towards Him.

Rob began by declaring prophetically that  The Lion of Judah is roaring our destiny over us and His fire is going to burn up the dross within us. The church is a sleeping giant  that is waking up to becomes pioneers and trail blazers and it is God that is causing an unsettling within His people so that we will reach out for more of the Spirit operating in our lives. What God is doing in the spiritual realm will resonate out because we are in a spiritual revolution that  people are hungry for as there is a high level of disillusionment in the world.  The membrane between the natural and spiritual realm is getting really thin and this is opening up on both sides.

We are overcomers because Jesus died on the cross for us so that we can never be separated from the love of God. Man was offered an eternally secure relationship with God through believing in the finished work of Christ on the cross.  Redeemed, we are invited to be partakers in the heavenly glory realm and invited to freely access the throne of grace through the blood of the Covenant.

Threads that are foundational to us for accessing the glory realm depend firstly, upon our worship to God; that He is to be exalted at all times, the inerrant authority of the word of God, total dependence of the leading of the Holy Spirit  and, its through faith that we access all of our inheritance.  Once these are in place we are free to enjoy, explore and experience.  Emphasis was given that there are no levels of maturity in any of the spiritual activities that we can embark upon. They are all equally valid.  In fact, we were told that well-known prophets of God all claim that their largest revelations usually come out of the small ‘nudges’ that God gives to them that they then follow through.  God wants our hearts and the purpose of any experience is to have a deeper intimacy with Father.

Both Rob and Lynn opened up the way for us to understand and receive new revelation.  Experience of the heavenly glory realm was demystified and made available to us.  We were shown that our imaginations and dreams are our built-in vision centres to greater revelation.  Our hearts and minds can both think, and we develop as we allow God to renew us.  We were given activations to complete at the end of each session.  These ranged from asking God for a picture, seeing angels to having an experience in the heavenlies.  We were also taught how to ask God questions throughout the occurrence and to ask what He wanted us to bring back to give away to others.

We were shown how to develop our close relationship with the Holy Spirit.  It is through Him, we are able to operate in two realms at the same time.  Our spirits can worship and experience while we continue to operate in the natural realm.  Under the leading of the Holy Spirit we can bring back the prophetic words we’ve received to declare over our lives and the lives of others.  There is no time or distance in the spirit realm so we can return to the same revelation and gain deeper insight any time.

Many members of the school commented that they had received spiritual experience before but had not recognised it, or known how to interpret and develop it further.  Things that they had shut down through lack of knowledge were opened up again.  The Glory School has released us to receive into our hearts and minds more of God’s intimate presence and to grow in the knowledge of Him.  We can enjoy the heavenly glory realm, walk in it and build relationship with Him.  We increasingly become obedient hands, feet, eyes, ears and mouths for Him.  Like Jesus only did what the father was doing, we can grow in sensitivity to His nudges and step out in bold faith to bring demonstrations of His glorious presence and power on the earth.