Sunday, 23 October 2011

Coming to a place of thanksgiving...

"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think..." Ephesians 3:20a

In the middle of believing the Lord on an issue, the Holy Spirit impressed upon me to start thanking the Lord. The impression of the Holy Spirit was so strong that it quieted any questions I had within me 'am I just thanking Him because I want to force His hand on the issue? Is this what He really wants for me?' It was like the Holy Spirit had spoken to my inner man and said 'peace be still'!

I thanked Him concerning the particular issue i.e. what He was going to do about it, this did not mean attempting to force His hand to say it has to be my way but rather saying what You are going to do about it is going to be great, meaning whichever way it works out the outcome in the long run will be great, You will steer me in the best direction towards that ultimate good You have planned for me. You said if I commit my ways to You, You will establish my path so I am thanking You for the establishment of my path, I am thanking You for how you will sort everything out above what I asked You for, I am thanking You Lord for that breakthrough beyond my tiny imagination.

As I began to thank my Abba, the Spirit of the Lord reminded me of the word of God in Ephesians 3:20 around which a friend had been sharing a few days earlier. The Holy Spirit reminded me of certain things that God had brought me to, which before He did, I had no idea that they even existed, so really how could I have asked for them? Therefore I realised that one of the principles of faith God wanted me to tap into was trusting Him that He can do much better than I can ask or imagine and to begin thank Him that what He was going to do would be beyond my human requests or well beyond my imagination - better -abundantly better - exceedingly greater.

So I came to a place of thanksgiving, where I began to thank the Lord for that which He was going to do, thanking Him that it was going to be better than I had asked for or wished; the answers started to come through better than I asked or imagined possible!

This kind of thanksgiving represents trust in what God intends to do in and with your life, it signifies surrender that His way is better than your way - you can't out think God, so it's best to let "the PRO" handle it. Why grapple for a tricycle when you can get a Ferari? The Lord says just as the heavens are higher than the earth so are His thoughts higher than ours... see Isaiah 55:9

We really can't out think God.

This kind of thanksgiving facilitates breakthrough and exercises our faith...

''Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God'' Philippians 4:6

Is there something in your life today that you need to be thanking God for - thanking Him that He will do more for you than you have asked or imagined? 

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

God's grace is sufficient for you

Child of God, you qualify for HIS favour...

The Bible says in II Corinthians 12:9a 'And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee'

Maybe you have a weakness like Paul and just need the strength to make it through, or you are asking for a blessing that you have no qualifications for, in fact that old fox keeps giving you 1001 reasons why such a blessing can not be yours. Well the jury's out and this is what God's word says about it, God's grace is enough for you, God's name is El-Shaddai meaning The All Sufficient God. He qualifies you, He strengthens you... His grace is simply enough... it is sufficient.

Matthew 20: 1-16 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive.’

"So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.’ And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius. And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.’ But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’ So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.”

In the parable above the laborers called early were paid the same as those called late, when those called early complained, the landowner basically said "it is mine to give, I will give to whom I wish what I wish, I will be merciful and gracious to whomsover I wish, I will disperse my magnanimity which ever way I see fit and there ain't a thing you can do about it. Because you are unkind and will have another deprived of mercy and grace, will not keep me from being gracious."

When God chooses to be merciful & gracious to you and the enemy comes with a thousand and one reasons why you don't qualify for it, now you know what the word of God says about it, this is what you stand on. His grace is sufficient for you and it is His to give. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. Romans 9:15

Many are called but few are chosen is written because of the pharisees and scribes who rejected Jesus - they were called but not chosen because they rejected the Father's will. But for those who embrace His will, your portion is grace and mercy with God, you will qualify for things you never worked for, positions you never applied for, first class mentors you never sought, children you never dreamt because Jesus favours you.
"Then you will say in your heart, ‘Who bore me these? I was bereaved and barren; I was exiled and rejected. Who brought these up? I was left all alone, but these—where have they come from?’” This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I will beckon to the Gentiles, I will lift up my banner to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders. Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust at your feet. Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” 

Can plunder be taken from warriors, or captives rescued from the fierce? But this is what the Lord says: “Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save. I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh; they will be drunk on their own blood, as with wine. Then all mankind will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” Isaiah 49 vs 21-26

Friday, 22 July 2011

Heaven is still watching...

When I heard the man of God say 'Heaven is watching', it jolted me. He said Heaven is watching to see how much we really believe God's promises. He went on to illustrate that the demonstration of our faith will be shown by our actions... what do our actions say to heaven? 

Does my action say Father, I trust you completely with my future. Does my action say, it may not be the way I planned it but I have absolute peace and trust because my heart is stayed on you, so I am beyond fretting about timing now or how things will take shape, you have my absolute confidence. Does my action say, if there is one thing I know about you it is that you are faithful, the circumstances may not be lining up but God You will come through for me. Will I meet with You everyday for the rest of my life because I trust you and I am in fellowship, covenant and relationship with You. Will I tell You every time it bothers me that I judge You faithful, will I fall on my knees consistently and begin to thank You for what I already believe You are going to do, will I begin to ask You to prepare me in advance to be able to handle the blessing and fulfillment of Your word that is coming.

'Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised' Hebrews 11:11

My friend Mo the other day pointed this out to me - judging God faithful. What is the value that we place, that I place, that you place, on God's integrity. To judge someone faithful is to mean that based on the character and the strength of who that person is they will do what they've said.  A lot of young parents love to drop off their kids with the grandparents because they know they will be loved and cared for, they trust their parents... in that regard they have judged them faithful.

My understanding really started to open up that God watches to see if indeed I have judged Him faithful, do I really believe, what does my action say? my attitude? am I speaking with Him about the issue constantly - wheter it is to assure Him that I trust Him that He is still on the case, or to thank Him in advance, or to ask Him to prepare me so that when the opportunity comes I recognise it and when the blessing comes I am equipped to deal with it both mentally and physically. Consistency... do you judge Him faithful? How consistent am I... what does my consistency say about me? Have I set the Lord always before me. 'I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.' Psalm 16:8 To set God always before you means consistency... steadfastness... on an issue, in ur prayer life, in your decisions.

There are so many times that we say yes we believe for one thing or the other but deep down we know we don't, we just can't see how it can happen, we are disgruntled, we are put out, we are weary, we are downright discouraged. It is then that we need to come up higher in our walk with God, come up higher... come up higher in the Holy Spirit.

We need to come up higher to the place of judging Him faithful...

And here are some of the things I have been learning about that...

Jesus said I have many things to tell you but you can not bear them now, when the Holy Spirit comes, the Spirit of Truth, He will guide you into all truth. A lot of times we become discouraged, it is because we are not bearing the promises of God in the Holy Spirit... that is in the strength of the Holy Spirit.

That is why the baptism of the Holy Spirit is PARAMOUNT for every bible believing christian and the gift of an unknown tongue, praying in the Holy Spirit is important for our personal edification.

The bible says 'He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself...' 1 Cor 14:4a

Pastor Agu taught on this the other day and opened my eyes to so much understanding...

He explained the greek word described to mean 'to build a super structure', I went and looked it up on scripture4all Greek to English translation, the word used was translated as 'home building'. When we pray in the spirit we are being edified, we are being built up, being translated to becoming superlative, the Holy Spirit builds us up to receive what God has for us. Your faith or understanding of a situation might be shaky initially but as you open up to God and tell Him what you are dealing with, asking the Holy Spirit to pray for you and begin to pray in the Spirit, as you continue to be steadfast in prayer, you will begin to receive that superlative ability to come to the same understanding that Heaven has about your situation, your faith begins to stand, shakiness starts to fade. Jude said in verse 20 'But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost'


ye yet beloved to-the most holy of ye faith  building up yourselves in spirit holy praying

The above are the two literal Greek to English translations from scripture4all, the same translation of home building is used in both Jude and I Corinthians 14. The words translated to home building are 'epoikodomountes' & 'oikodomei'  respectively.
Paul said 'I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:' 1 Corinthians 14:18. Because of the controversy that has been around the understanding of some of 1 Corinthians 14, I feel people have often missed the point. Paul said he speaks in tongues more than all of them Corinthian people, he did not mean that he was speaking a much more celestial language than they were, we all speak according to the same spirit as He gives utterance, he meant that he spent more time praying in the spirit in tongues in his closet than them all. Paul, the man who gave us half of the New Testament Bible by the Holy Spirit, prayed in tongues so much that he could say he spoke in tongues more than the Corinthians. Simple as that big bro Paulo was a major "skabasha" in his bedroom, on his personal retreats, thats one of the reasons he was so effective, full of faith and courage.

Releasing faith, moving from a place of fear to faith can be done in prayer, in the bedroom, on your knees before God, praying in the Spirit, building yourself up on your most Holy faith... this is what I am learning.
"I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you." John 16: 12-15

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Heaven is watching...

"Heaven is watching" the preacher's words jarred through my thoughts and resonated with me, it reminded me of what my grandmother had said to me. "Demilade" she'd said, "your heart is too big and I worry about you, when choosing a spouse -  promise me that you will watch closely before letting your heart go, that you will be observant - to judge first who is worthy of you - with a heart equally as big as yours"; And I had tried to live by that motto especially in recent times, I think I know now what my responses to Dipo & Boye will be. Dipo and Boye, two men who happened to both be in my life at the same time asking the same thing, both wanted me to say yes to being more than friends and consider a relationship with marriage in view.

Boye... a cardiothoracic-surgeon, Oxbridge trained like I was, our fathers had been at school together, our parents had introduced us and needless to say for them it was a match made in heaven. Boye was good looking, tall, slender, an impeccable dresser, rather easy on the eyes, had that whole Boris Kodjoe thing going on and had the Oxford tlit to his voice, well spoken and well mannered. He'd taken me out to Claridges for my birthday and made sure we'd called mummy, he let her know he was looking out for me, that I wasn't alone on my birthday. He called regularly for a busy surgeon, almost every other day to say hello. He'd invited me as his date for the annual cardiothoracic-surgeons' ball at the Dorchester, Kemi had said that was a total sign of my 'wifey' status, I'd met some of his work colleagues, it was an absolutely grand affair... plus all the good they were doing in the world saving lives. He was an exteremly intelligent man, went to university at 15 plus, already a consultant and visiting surgeon at teaching hospitals in the UK, US & Australia, at 36 that was a considerable achievement and everyone said what a fine mind he had. We moved in the same circles, it was an easy transition hanging out together socially...

Dipo... Dipo... Dipo, we were both project managers on the same program running parallel projects, he was man's man in a no of ways, average height, slightly stocky, slightly rugged with the cutest dimples ever, he had more of the Taye Diggs look, a Cranfield man - engineer turned investment bank project manager. For my birthday he'd got me the Anya Hirschman glitter clutch I'd been eyeballing the last time we'd been at House of Fraser during lunch, I'd said I'd wait for it to go on sale in January but He'd slipped it into my desk drawer on my birthday. He'd been there when I had foot surgery, groceries and take out in hand, quite unannounced, rang me up 5 mins before and said he was in the area and if it was ok he stopped by to see how I was doing. He'd joked about how he'd worried I'd starve to death, cooking up a storm of a week's supply of jollof rice, spiced chicken and efo, he'd also taught me how to make microwave eba all in the same afternoon - to save me standing on my feet for too long... all the while joking that he just felt like showing off his culinary skills, I think I knew better than that or was starting to... The same way he'd turned up at my doorstep the day after my sister had gone off to the US for her masters program and taken me bowling to cheer me up, he knew how close we were. He teased me whenever he called and my voice was muffled because I had been crying from watching a movie but tried to pass it off as a regular cold. He admired me insistently and was always very attentive whenever we were together.

I had been watching these two men for some time now and my decision was made, good enough my project was rounding off and I had already accepted an offer at a different bank, that would sort out the issue of Dipo and I working together.

Dipo - the man who seemed to know me inside out, despite the tough exterior I put up at work, we worked in a cut throat investment banking environment, there were deadlines to be met and deliverables we had to enforce across our teams, with high maintenance investment bankers to please. He saw through all that, He knew when I was hurting even when I tried to hide it, he made a note of things I liked and his heart was huge; Raised by a single mom, he'd put his brother through university. He was kind and also driven, most importantly he feared God, Dipo couldn't hurt a fly. Boye hmmm you couldn't really fault Boye, he did all the right things but I noticed how he never really remembered anything special or important to me except those "official" good boyfriend type things you had to do to tick the boxes, how his eyes glazed over anytime I tried to discuss my work, how his phone calls only managed to last for not more than 2 mins, he didn't even remember I was going in for surgery and then pretended that he did, his work and his opinions always seemed more important than anything I had to say; I always got a sense that I never quite had his full attention, like the other day we went out to the Kemi's party, his eyes kept darting all over the place, scoping like a predator and I knew if I wasn't with him, it probably would have been a different story. He didn't know my story, all he knew was 'I fitted the bill' but Dipo, he knew my story, he knew the stuff that made me up. Boye had no real depth neither did I really matter enough to him, I was his audience whilst he wanted always to be my stage.

Yes the preacher had a point, if I can watch these two men and weigh in the balances their actions, surely the Lord must do the same.... after all didn't He say He looks at our hearts not the lip service that we may pay but the heart and the corresponding actions that demonstrate our hearts.... Paul said I will show you my faith by my works...Grandma was right, now I had found a man with a heart that matched and understood mine & I his...

The above story is fiction, my name is not Demilade and there are no two men called Dipo and Boye vying for my attention at the moment... but I wanted to get your attention. The only reality in it was that I did hear a preacher say 'Heaven is watching' and he challenged something in me and taught me a thing or two... which I hope to share in the next blog.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Some things I have learnt about prayer...

What do you do when things go horribly wrong or when there's a lot coming at you at d same time and you feel overwhelmed or you are just plain... dare I say it... scared?

Cover yourself in prayer... it seems pretty basic but you'd b amazed how many times the enemy talks us out of praying either by trying to make us feel guilty for getting scared or we just get plain lazy or are too busy worrying...

Friend get ye praying...
Get thee to a good old holy roller prayer meeting where there are brethren praying & you can be lifted up... A wonderful woman of God used to tell me 'Sister Lara as long as you can still sit, get yourself to a prayer meeting' and if there is something I learnt from this woman of God and her Pastor husband it was the power of prayer...

There seems to be a lot I'd like to share on prayer, so I'll post this message as a series...

There are several types of prayer and there are several ways you can feel when facing difficulty, my goal is to share scripture and truth on how we should address each situation...

I was reading 2 Chronicles 20 today, it's one chapter that I really like because it encourages me and because Jehoshaphat was so plain. "Brother Jeho" did not form, he was not a "former". Those not familiar with this Nigerian Urban English... to form means to pretend, to hide who you are, to give an impression other than what is. 

The bible says in verse 3 that 'And Jehoshaphat feared...'  However he did not just stop at being afraid, he went beyond himself, he went beyond fear (we can all get scared though we don't always have to but we can). The bible goes on to say that he 'set himself to seek the Lord'. Jehoshaphat ran to God, he humbled himself and prayed, he told God 'for we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us, nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You' verse 12b. Jehoshaphat knew he could not face the multitude on his own and he acknowledged that before God, he knew he was afraid and yep he ran to Daddy...

Neither did he let satan beat him down with the fear, he went to the only place where fear can be turned to faith...he went before God. The bible says in Proverbs 25 vs 26 that 'a righteous man who falters before the wicked, is like a murky spring and polluted well.'

Two things Jehoshaphat did: he did not retreat before the enemy and he sought the Lord where the fear was dealt with, God said 'do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you' 17b

There is a point where fear has to end and faith start, however you may not reach that point until you get on your knees before God in prayer like this... Father I am overwhelmed & afraid but O God is it not You Who created the heavens, the moon and all the stars, my eyes are on You, I am here before you waiting to see what You will do for me, I will wait on you, I will come here everyday and kneel before You and wait on You...

Next time lets talk about how to unlock that faith in the place of prayer.....

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Don't cower in the corner...

for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Joel 2:13b

If you feel like you've missed God i.e. you have missed the mark either due to neglect or disobedience or whatever reason... don't hide away from God, He is full of grace and mercy, indeed of great kindness & compassion and regretful of any evil against you. I remember the first time I truly understood  Hebrews 12:24 which tells us that the blood of Jesus speaks better things than the blood of Abel... I always thought... yes ofcourse this is the blood of my Lord, yes yes it is stronger but I didn't quite fully grasp it's meaning until a man of God explained it and I caught it... the blood of Jesus speaks mercy whilst Abel's blood cried out for vegenance - for justice but the blood of Jesus speaks more than justice, His blood speaks mercy on our behalf - herein we see mercy triumph over judgement.

We see God's mercy saying, they should be judged but I accept their repentance and the blood of Jesus which covers their shortcomings, therefore justice has been assayed by mercy. Someone I used to know once said God takes no pleasure in our shame or bringing us down... therefore today friend if there is something that is holding you back from fully enjoying fellowship with God, you feel you have failed and don't deserve a second chance, maybe it's in a particular area, maybe it's life in general, I am here to tell you today, that Jesus says I am giving you a second chance ...maybe it's your fifth chance, God's mercy is available for you today. And not only will He fully restore you, He will surpass your expectations. I always tell people about my Daddy the over compensator... yes He's my Daddy... my Papa... the Elohim of me. Don't just take my word for it, take His word for it 'I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten - the great locust and the young locust (big problem or small problem), the other locusts and the locust swarm (other locust - the uncommon locust... the uncommon problem or situation... the unique issue - maybe you can't even tell anyone about it and the swarming locust - they have come at you in hordes, you feel like an army is arrayed against you), My great army that I sent against you (because of sin and disobedience, you became an enemy of God and His army came against you). Joel 2:25

Now God is saying if you will return to me, with your heart not just saying it and not meaning it, if you will leave what you are doing, priotize getting right with me over all other seemingly pressing committments 'Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber' Joel 2:16b

'Let the priests who minister before the Lord, weep between the temple porch and the altar, Let them say spare your people O Lord...' Joel 2:17a

'Rend your heart and not your garments' - Joel 2:13a. God is after your heart... there are no pretences with God, if you are coming back, He expects you to come back all the way and that begins with the state of your heart before God... your resolve to do all it takes to be right with God, your willingness to obedience.

And this is what He said He will do after repentance and you have to wait for it, you have to tarry before God to receive it and you have to be willing to ask for it.

In vs 28 of Joel 2, God says 'afterward I will pour out My Spirit on all people...' The spirit of God Who can keep you from going back to having to cower in the corner and making the same mistakes again... ask God to be filled with His spirit, for that is the grace we all need to live a holy life.

And this is the conclusion of the matter vs 32 'For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance...' Mount Zion is the mount of holiness and in Jesus there is deliverance.

You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death. The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear. But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. Hebrews 12: 18-24

Jesus loves you!

Thursday, 14 April 2011

I am there....

Hand over your heart
Why are you weeping
Why do you cry
Did you know, that when they hurt you, they hurt Me?

I am there, in the midst of your deepest pain
Your hardest sorrow, I am there
Your pain, My pain
Your tears, My tears
Your heart, My heart
I am there
Yes, I am there

I never left
I am with you always
Hand over your heart
I am there
Yes, I am there

Psalm 73 vs 17 "Only when I came into God's holy place did I [finally] understand what would happen to them" Take heart when the world laughs at you because you love Jesus...they are not just laughing at you, they are laughing at Him Who is with you. Unlike the world, the Lord will never leave you at your darkest hour, all you need to do is reach for Him ...He is there.

Jehovah Shammah - The Lord is there.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

The ministry of the Holy Spirit in prayer

I'd been standing in my front yard for over 15 minutes now, trying to unlock the door, I could feel my palms beginning to sweat, if I was fairer skinned I'd be a nice shade of red by now, I was smarting with embarrassment. I wondered what the neighbours were thinking, grateful that I hadn't heard the sound of sirens yet ..the nosy old lady from across the road must be out or maybe it was just my lucky day ..some lucky day though.

Reading Luke 11 vs 1-13, I had always wondered why the Lord said in vs 13 "If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" Why is the Holy Spirit mentioned ?

Verse 1 shows a disciple asking the Lord to teach them how to pray. We see the Lord giving us the template for prayer in the Lord's prayer (1), we see Him teaching on the effectiveness of faith reflected by boldness in the parable that followed (2) and then we see Him concluding in verse 13 with the Holy Spirit (3).

Rather than standing in the front yard like the scenario described above trying one key after the other. The Holy Spirit allows us to access God's mind to find out what He thinks about a situation, this is what the Bible refers to by saying we have the mind of Christ, if we have His Spirit then we have His mind. It is by the ministry of the Holy Spirit that we have the mind of God revealed to us. Rather than walking about in a haze without any real confidence that we are praying according to God's will, we can cultivate the habit of leaning on the Holy Spirit for direction in prayer (how to pray) and steps to take after prayer, on whatever our issues are (what to do).

After reading the above referenced scripture in Luke 11, the Lord opened my understanding to begin to cultivate the habit of leaning on the Holy Spirit for direction on how to pray aright. The disciple had asked to be taught how to pray, the last step in the 3 step answer the Lord gave was: ask for the Holy Spirit. In asking for the Holy Spirit to help us in prayer, we are essentially asking to know the mind of God. We are welding God's mind and power in prayer to bring about His will. We are accessing Heaven for details ..for depth. We are accessing for solution, We are accessing for peace, We are accessing for the best. We are optimising our prayer.

There have been instances where based on my human reasoning, I would have probably taken a very different route from the optimal route revealed by the Holy Spirit. I have learnt to simply say 'Holy Spirit I don't know what to do about this situation, pls help me to pray aright essence teach me to pray'. I am seeing wonderful changes in my prayer life, hearing His voice within my spirit saying 'ask for it to be like this' or 'go and do this or that' so rather than trying key after key without any direction, I am learning to locate the right key. Being able to walk in the confidence that I have the right key ..the right path (God's will) in the face of opposition maintaining my peace & confidence, fearing the judgement or criticism of no man or foe.

1 Corinthians 2 vs 9-15 'But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.'

Rev 4 vs 1-2a: After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this. At once I was in the Spirit

God is saying come up here, let me show you the details for your life, come up here let Me share with you the good things I have to give you ..a future and a hope expected end, come up and let me share My heart with you. Will you come up? Will you access His vision for your life by the Holy Spirit? Are you tired of standing in the front yard trying key after key? Tired of dictating the outcome of a life for which you really only have a limited view or blue print? The Holy Spirit has been sent to earth to help you optimise your life, let Him help you.

Selah ...pause & think about it.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

I shall become a tree...

Luke 13: 18-21
Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches. Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to?  It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”

The Lord showed me that the garden and the dough signifies the child of God. I know this because in John 14:23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them." & Luke 17:21b says "the kingdom of God is within you" NKJ, the literal Greek to English translation of the scripture is "the kingdom of the God inside of you is"

The text above from Luke 13 has a two fold meaning for me, the Holy Spirit showed me that I could take a stand based on that particular scripture and believe God in the face of doubt or opposition. Whenever doubt rises on the inside of us causing us to want to shrink back, telling us that we will never get there, that our beginnings are small, that we don't amount to much spiritually, this is what the Lord says in return: You will get there though your beginnings are small and you started off as a little mustard seed of faith in Him, you will become a tree where others can and will perch drawing on His strength within you. This is the confidence we have as we serve and continue to seek Him. I felt God's encouragement & comfort when I read this text in a very real sense, enabling me overcome doubts & opposition.

Here comes the second part on how we become trees: the woman in the parable takes some yeast and she mixes it till it is worked all through the dough. The yeast is the kingship of God that is His authority over us. As we make way for His will in our lives, His authority & sovereign rule leading, guiding, working in and through us, permeating the whole of our lives, allowing Him to spread through every area of our lives, holding nothing back, then like dough which rises because of the yeast applied & kneaded all through the flour, we too will rise becoming the trees we are called to be. The key to this is we stop compartmentalizing our lives from God, wherein we let God in only so far, but beyond a certain point He is not allowed in to rule & have authority.

I learnt something once, I discovered the sovereignty of God. That if He rules in our lives, we don't tell God what to do, He tells us what to do, we depend on Him. We find out what His will is on a matter then we seek it, not the other way round. When we don't know what His will is, we ask Him to guide us and trust Him to lead us to it. We also have the word of God which shows us what His general will for all of us is.

Simon Peter was afraid once when He looked at His own humanity I can't do this ...but Jesus said don't be afraid see Luke 5: 8-11. This same Simon Peter leaving everything & following Jesus, walking in the power of God's strength went on to turn the world upside down!

Friday, 7 January 2011

When the Mountains Flowed Down....

The Scottish Revival (Western Isles) -  Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell: Duncan Campbell (1898-1972) was raised in the Highlands of Scotland. He came to know God as a teenager and served congregations of the United Free Church (Presbyterian) and as an itinerant evangelist. In addition to his involvement in the Lewis Awakening, he was much in demand as a speaker throughout the British Isles.

All Scriptures KJV: This article is adapted from a taped message delivered by Mr. Duncan Campbell approximately thirty years ago to the students of the Faith Mission Bible College in Edinburgh, Scotland. It chronicles some of Mr. Campbell's experiences and insights related to the revival from 1949-1953 in Hebrides Islands off the northwestern coast of Scotland.

Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence. As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence! When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence. Isaiah 64:1-3

I never read that third verse without my mind going back to what actually happened in the parish of Barvas on the island of Lewis. At the outset, let me make it clear that I did not bring revival to the Hebrides. I had the privilege of being there and in some small way leading the movement for about three years but God moved in the parish of Barvas before I set foot on the island. Revival is still a sign which is spoken against, and you cannot believe every story you have heard about the Lewis Awakening. Down through the years things have been said which have no foundation in fact, however, facts are powerful things.

Revival Defined

First, let me tell you what I mean by revival. An evangelistic campaign or special meeting is not revival. In a successful evangelistic campaign or crusade, there will be hundreds or even thousands of people making decisions for Jesus Christ, but the community remains untouched, and the churches continue much the same as before the outreach. In revival, God moves in the district. Suddenly, the community becomes God conscious. The Spirit of God grips men and women in such a way that even work is given up as people give themselves to waiting upon God. In the midst of the Lewis Awakening, the parish minister at Barvas wrote, "The Spirit of the Lord was resting wonderfully on the different townships of the region. His Presence was in the homes of the people, on meadow and moorland, and even on the public roads." This presence of God is the supreme characteristic of a God-sent revival. Of the hundreds who found Jesus Christ during this time fully seventy-five per cent were saved before they came near a meeting or heard a sermon by myself or any other ministers in the parish. The power of God, the Spirit of God, was moving in operation, and the fear of God gripped the souls of men - this is God-sent revival as distinct from special efforts in the field of evangelism.

A Foundation of Intercession and Vision

How did this gracious movement begin? In 1949, the local presbytery issued a proclamation to be read on a certain Sunday in all the Free Churches on the island of Lewis. This proclamation called the people to consider the "low state of vital religion . . . throughout the land . . .... and the present dispensation of Divine displeasure . . . due to growing carelessness toward public worship . . . and the growing influence of the spirit of pleasure which has taken growing hold of the younger generation." They called on the churches to "take these matters to heart and to make serious inquiry what must be the end if there be no repentance. We call upon every individual as before God to examine his or her life in light of that responsibility which attends to us all and that happily in divine mercy we may be visited with a spirit of repentance and turn again to the Lord whom we have so grieved." I am not prepared to say what effect the reading of this declaration had upon the ministers or people of the island in general, but I do know that in the parish of Barvas a number of men and women took it to heart, especially two old women. I am ashamed to think of it - two sisters, one eighty-two and one eight-four, the latter blind. These two women developed a great heart concern for God to do something in the parish and gave themselves to waiting upon God in their little cottage.

One night God gave one of the sisters a vision. Now, we have got to understand that in revival remarkable things happen. It is supernatural; you are not moving on human levels; you are moving in divine places. In the vision, she saw the churches crowded with young people and she told her sister, "I believe revival is coming to the parish." At that time, there was not a single young person attending public worship, a fact which cannot be disputed. Sending for the minister, she told him her story, and he took her message as a word from God to his heart. Turning to her he said, "What do you think we should do?" What?" she said, "Give yourself to prayer; give yourself to waiting upon God. Get your elders and deacons together and spend at least two nights a week waiting upon God in prayer. If you will do that at your end of the parish, my sister and I will do it at our end of the parish from ten o'clock at night until two or three o'clock in the morning." So, the minister called his leaders together and for several months they waited upon God in a barn among the straw. During this time they plead one promise, "For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring" (Isaiah 44:3). This went on for at least three months. Nothing happened. But one night a young deacon rose and began reading from Psalm 24, "Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation" (Psalm 24:3-5). Closing his Bible, he addressed the minister and other office bearers in words that sound crude in English, but not so crude in our Gaelic language, "It seems to me so much humbug. To be waiting as we are waiting, to be praying as we are praying, when we ourselves are not rightly related to God." Then, he lifted his hands toward heaven and prayed, "O God, are my hands clean? Is my heart pure?" Then, he went to his knees and fell into a trance. Now, don't ask me to explain the physical manifestations of this movement because I can't, but this I do know, that something happened in the barn at that moment in that young deacon. There was a power loosed that shook the heavens and an awareness of God gripped those gathered together.

Breakthrough in Barvas

Now, I wasn't in the island at the time. I was in another area when word came asking me to come to Lewis for ten days. I had other meetings scheduled and wrote back that I would put Barvas on my calendar for the following year. However, due to circumstances I won't go into, my other meetings were cancelled, and I found it possible to go to the islands as requested. Arriving by boat, I was met by the minister of the church and one of his office bearers. As I stepped ashore, the office bearer came to me and said, "Mr. Campbell, may I ask you a question? Are you walking with God?" I was happy to be able to respond, "I can say this at any rate, I fear God."

They had arranged for me to address the church at a short meeting beginning at nine o'clock that night. It was a remarkable meeting. God sovereignly moved, and there was an awareness of God which was wonderful. The meeting lasted until four o'clock in the morning, and I had not witnessed anything to compare with it at any other time during my ministry. Around midnight, a group of young people left a dance and crowded into the church. There were people who couldn't go to sleep because they were so gripped by God. Although there was an awareness of God and a spirit of conviction at this initial meeting, the real breakthrough came a few days later on Sunday night in the parish church. The church was full, and the Spirit of God was moving in such a way that I couldn't preach. I just stood still and gazed upon the wondrous moving of God. Men and women were crying out to God for mercy all over the church. There was no appeal made whatsoever. After meeting for over three hours, I pronounced the benediction and told the people to go out, but mentioned that any who wanted to continue the meeting could come back later. A young deacon came to me and said, "Mr. Campbell, God is hovering over us." About that time the clerk of the session asked me to come to the back door. There was a crowd of at least 600 people gathered in the yard outside the church... Someone gave out Psalm 102 and the crowd streamed back in to the church which could no longer hold the number of people. A young school teacher came down front crying out, "O God, is there nothing left for me?" She is a missionary in Nigeria today. There was a bus load of people coming to the meeting from sixty miles away. The power of God came into the bus so that some could not even enter the church when the bus arrived. People were swooning all over the church, and I cannot remember one single person who was moved on by God that night who was not gloriously born again. When I went out of the church at four o'clock in the morning there were a great number of people praying alongside the road. In addition to the school teacher, several of those born again that night are in foreign mission work today.

In Church, Meadow, and Moorland

From Barvas, the move of God spread to the neighbouring districts. I received a message that a nearby church was crowded at one o'clock in the morning and wanted me to come. When I arrived, the church was full and there were crowds outside. Coming out of the church two hours later, I found a group of 300 people, unable to get into the church, praying in a nearby field. One old woman complained about the noise of the meetings because she could not get to sleep. A deacon grabbed her and shook her, saying, "Woman, you have been asleep long enough!"

There was one area of the islands which wanted me to come but I didn't feel any leading to accept the invitation. The blind sister encouraged me to go and told me, "If you were living as near to God as you ought to be, He would reveal His secrets to you." I agreed to spend a morning in prayer with her in the cottage. As we prayed, the sister said, "Lord, you remember what you told me today that you were going to save seven men in this church. I just gave your message to Mr. Campbell and please give him wisdom because he badly needs it." She told me if I would go to the village, God would provide a congregation. I agreed to go, and when I arrived at seven o'clock, there were approximately 400 people at the church. The people could not tell what it was that had brought them; it had been directed by the Spirit of God. I spoke for a few minutes on the text "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent' (Acts 17:30). One of the ministers stopped me and said, "Come see this." At one end of the meeting house, the most notorious characters in the community were on their faces crying out to God.

On a trip to a neighbouring island I found the people were very cold and stiff. Calling for some men to come over and pray, I particular requested that a young man named Donald accompany them. Donald, who was seventeen years old, had been recently saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit about two weeks later on a hillside. As we were in the church that night, Donald was sitting toward the front with tears falling off his face onto the floor. I knew Donald was in touch with God in a way that I was not. So I stopped preaching and asked him to pray. Donald rose to his feet and prayed, "I seem to be gazing into an open door and see the Lamb in the midst of the throne and the keys of death and hell on his waist." Then he stopped and began to sob. After he composed himself, he lifted his eyes toward heaven, raised his hands, and said, "God, there is power there. Let it loose!" And at that moment the power of God fell upon the congregation. On one side of the room, the people threw up their hands, put their heads back and kept them in that position for two hours. It is hard to do this for ten minutes, much less two hours. On the other side, the people were slumped over, crying out for mercy. In a village five miles away, the power of God swept through the town and there was hardly a house in that village that didn't have someone saved in it that night.

In one area of the district there was bitter opposition to the movement because I preached the baptism of the Holy Ghost as a separate and distinct occurrence following conversion. Those who opposed me were so successful in their opposition that very few people came to the meetings. One night, the session clerk came to me and said, "There is only one thing we can do to the correct the situation which now prevails. We must give ourselves to waiting upon God in prayer. I have been told there is a farmer who said we could meet in his home. He is not a Christian and his wife isn't saved, but they are God-fearing people." About thirty of us, ministers and elders from the district, met in this farmer's house. I felt the going very, very hard. I prayed. All the ministers prayed. One felt that the very powers of hell were unleashed. About midnight I turned to one of the elders and told him I thought the time had come for him to lay hold of God. This man rose to his feet and prayed for about half and hour. (Of course, you must remember that we were in revival, and in revival time doesn't exist. Nobody was looking at the clock.) The man paused, lifted his hand toward heaven and said, "God, did You know that your honour is a stake? You gave the promise that You would pour water on the thirsty and floods upon the dry ground, and You are not doing it." I wonder how many of us could approach God with words like that on our lips? Then he said, "There are five ministers in this meeting, including Mr. Campbell, and I don't know where any one of them stands in Your Presence. But if I know anything about my own heart, I think I can say that I am thirsty for a manifestation of Your power." He paused again, then cried out in aloud voice, "God, Your honour is at stake and I now challenge You to pour water on the thirsty and floods upon the dry ground." And in that moment the stone-built house literally shook like a leaf. I immediately went to the Acts of the Apostles where it is recorded that they prayed and the place where they were assembled was shaken. As soon as this dear man stopped praying, I pronounced the benediction a little after two o'clock in the morning and went out to find the whole village ablaze with God. I went into one house and found nine women on their knees in the kitchen crying out to God. One woman saved that night has written some of the finest Gaelic hymns in our Gaelic hymnal. On the following Sunday, the road was black with the people walking two miles to the church. The drinking house in that particular village closed that night and has never reopened since. This is God at work. A God sent revival is always a revival of holiness.


It takes the supernatural to break the bonds of the natural. You can make a community mission-conscious. You can make a community crusade-conscious. But only God can make a community God-conscious. Just think about what would happen if God came to any community in power. I believe that day is coming. May God prepare us all for it. Amen

Source: International Revival Network:
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