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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Riding on a white horse

One of the things I continually asked God since my mom died was to give me a glimpse of her in heaven.  I desperately needed to see her happy – she was so miserable, depressed and full of aches and pains the last two years and I haven’t seen her happy for a long-long time. 
I knew that if I could see how happy she is I would have peace. During these last few weeks God has spoken to me in a dream about this but I wanted more. Needed more. 
Just before I fell asleep last night, I asked God to make me dream about Him. I missed Him terribly and besides that, I love to dream about God of us just spending time together.
It was still in the wake of the morning when God woke me up; I was so aware of His presence and of what He had shown me. I knew I was sleeping but I also know it was not a dream….God took me to a place where my mother was….and I saw her ! 
I clearly saw her face, a much younger version of her, and she was riding on a white horse beside Jesus.  
She was not laughing and smiling and playing around as I have envisioned so many times. But I saw even something greater; it was almost as if they were in a ‘war atmosphere’ – together with Jesus they patrolled the heaven realm, on guard, and ready to protect. Even though she was not laughing and playing, she was ‘on top of the world’.  She was with Jesus and I am eternally great-full to God that He is our Saviour.
As I meditate on this vision this song I know and love so much keeps flowing through my spirit:

I saw heaven standing open
And there before me was a white horse
His eyes were like blazing fire
And on His head were many crowns
He’s dressed in a robe dipped in blood
His name is the Word of God
The rider on the white horse
Named faithful and true
The rider on the white horse
Salvation for me and you
Armies of heaven were following
Dressed fine line, white and clean
Out of His mouth came a sharp sword
With which to strike down the nations
He treads the wine press of fury
Of the wrath of God Almighty
On his robe and on His thigh
He had this name written


Heaven is Your thrown

My Father, I know You are not too far to see
You know everything that happens 2 me
Your presence is the most important part of my day
This is the reason why I pray

Make this world see-through so that I can clearly see You
Make me Your servant just like the angels in heaven are Your servants
Give me the ability to hear what You say
Your words will give me new energy for today

Help me to take the punch when people treat me unfairly,
just like Jesus did when people treated Him unfairly
Stop me from doing the wrong things
and keep me save from the evil king

You alone can do all that I have asked because You rule
Heaven is Your thrown and the earth Your footstool
In the darkest night Your beauty glows
For ever let it be so

In Jesus Name I pray

Friday, 12 October 2012

Could God watch us die?

But when Jesus heard it he said, "This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it." - John 11:4.
Recently, a good friend preached on Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. With great passion, he drew a sharp distinction between worldly ways and the Kingdom of God. In reading how Jesus waited two full days after hearing the news that Lazarus was sick, my friend uttered, "Jesus did not react to situations or the words of men, but listened to and obeyed the Father."
In reality, many of us saints would rush to help Lazarus, or at least be obsessed with comforting his sisters without delay.
We rush to need. We rush to opportunity. We rush to significance. We rush at things that seem right. We rush along in the grooves of tradition.
Yet it was clear that Jesus waited deliberately. John 11 implies that he did it because he loved Mary and Martha! "Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.” - John 11:5-6.
Why did this delay magnify His love? Because their faith was going to grow massively through a testimony of resurrection power, not just a testimony of healing. Lazarus' faith was going to explode too! The comfort would be greater, the joy higher, the testimony more profound, the future witness more bold, the promises more sure, and the world less terrifying. The sting of death - even of their own future death - was going to be removed as surely as the grave cloths were soon to be removed from their dead brother.
From the day of his resurrection, all these things would just keep growing - every time they would see Lazarus drinking juice, eating fish, brushing his hair, and walking in the fields, they would know about the Resurrection and the Life!
Why is this account significant for you and me? Is it not true today that so much of our lives are still held captive to the fear of death? Even though we have been raised spiritually from the dead, so many strongholds in our souls and in the church resist the thought of death and heaven, the destruction of the temporary and the removal of the things we cling to. We remain captive to earthly things.
So now, could it be true that God "waits two days" before responding to our crushing needs? Could He - the Lord of Love – be waiting for us to die too?
Could it be that a more infinite Love waits - seeing the object of love writhing in pain – so that the final glory and joy would be greater? Is this not the message of the Cross itself?
- Could it be that He delays answering our prayers for breakthrough, until wrong motives are dead?
- Could it be that
He delays financial blessing so that our love of money and terror of poverty are fully revealed? Could He delay things here so that we are taught to trust in His goodness and bounty?
- Could it be that
our prayers for the defeat of our enemies are not answered, so that meekness is raised from the tomb of our self-preservation? Could He tarry, so that resurrection love would be magnified all the more? Could God be making sure our fleshly anger is fully dead?
- Could it be that
God does not deal with false accusations against us, so that our rewards at the resurrection would be enlarged? Did not Jesus say, "Great shall be your reward when men speak falsely against you"?
- Does He
delay coming to change your spouse until selfishness dies in you, His spouse?
- After all other doors have closed, could it be that
He delays his open door, so as to teach us trust; so as to wean us off our own self-reliance; so as to deliver us more into becoming servants of the gospel and less slaves to a career? Does He not sometimes even do this with our wages and provisions?
- Could it be that
He delays bringing promotion and headship in the church until selfish ambition is dead in the tomb of our obscurity? This might just be so, that when He calls us forth eventually, it would be with renewed hearts and hands, to wash the feet of others.
- Does he even delay His return, so that faith and patience finish their course and produce Christ in us and our children?
Oh my, how often I have mourned his delays, like the cries of Mary and Martha, together with their wailing sympathisers at the tomb of Lazarus. But how blind have I been to the Glory being multiplied, as death takes full effect. Through faith and patience, Life will shine forth like the glorious day!
It is true that the Father even delayed rescuing His own Son for three full days after His death. He could have rescued him at any time, even a second before the Roman soldiers swung their hammers down on those iron nails. God waited, feeling Christ's pain, yet knowing that the divine delay would bring far, far more glory and eternal joy for Jesus - and not only for Him, but also for the billions of people to come, trapped in the valley of the shadow of Death.
"Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery". - Hebrews 2:14-15.
Could it even be that every delay we suffer at His bidding is another inch of sharing in the ministry of Christ Himself? In this we hear the heart of Paul, who wished to "Share in His sufferings, so as to somehow attain to His resurrection".
I thank God - through some pain - for His delays.

 ~ Posted by Nick Davis


Tuesday, 9 October 2012

World Day of Prayer -- 4 your husband

We seek Your Forgiveness

"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. 

We know Your Word says, "Woe to those who call evil good", but that is exactly what we have done.  We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
We have shot anti-abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.
We have abused power and called it politics.
We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.  Amen!"
~ a Prayer by Minister Joe Wright


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