Calling all forerunners!

Luke 1:13-17 Read here

Are you a lover of adventure and change?

A forerunner is a visionary who sees the future and brings it into the present. They are motivated to build, create, innovate and reform whatever they are engaged in. They are both passionate about and gifted in reformation and transformation.

John’s mission was clear and simple. He was called to prepare the way as a ‘forerunner’ for the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ. He was to make ready people’s hearts by declaring a message of repentance and proclaiming that the Kingdom of God was coming to earth.

That is exactly what he did and many were baptised in preparation for Him who was to come. It was through the same anointing that Elijah carried, that John also turned hearts toward their God.

God is unleashing a forerunner mantle otherwise known as the ‘Spirit of Elijah’ upon His people. He is downloading prophetic revelation and blueprints of what He is about to do.

Are you ready and willing to be used of God like John the Baptist to prepare the nations once more to bring the Kingdom of God to earth and usher in the second coming of Jesus Christ?

Unusual blessing from the King!

2 Samuel 9:1-7 NLT

One day David asked, “Is anyone in Saul’s family still alive—anyone to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” He summoned a man named Ziba, who had been one of Saul’s servants. “Are you Ziba?” the king asked.
“Yes sir, I am,” Ziba replied.
The king then asked him, “Is anyone still alive from Saul’s family? If so, I want to show God’s kindness to them.”
Ziba replied, “Yes, one of Jonathan’s sons is still alive. He is crippled in both feet.”
“Where is he?” the king asked.
“In Lo-debar,” Ziba told him, “at the home of Makir son of Ammiel.”
So David sent for him and brought him from Makir’s home. His name was Mephibosheth; he was Jonathan’s son and Saul’s grandson. When he came to David, he bowed low to the ground in deep respect. David said, “Greetings, Mephibosheth.”
Mephibosheth replied, “I am your servant.”
“Don’t be afraid!” David said. “I intend to show kindness to you because of my promise to your father, Jonathan. I will give you all the property that once belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will eat here with me at the king’s table!”

This was a very unexpected and random blessing that Mephibosheth received from king David.

How exciting that suddenly one day he is called before the king to receive all the property belonging to his grandfather Saul.

The King sought him out to deliberately shower him with favour. Not only this, he also got to eat with the king from that day onwards!

You too have a great inheritance waiting for you spiritually and physically for this lifetime. God desires to blow your socks off with kindness and it may just come out of nowhere when you least expect it.

He is seeking you out to make a way to bring prosperity to you. Maybe there is a family inheritance awaiting you, a cheque in the mail, some land with your name on it or another form of exuberant and generous supply coming your way. Whatever the case, the King will provide for you and it will be more glorious than you can imagine.

God will shut the mouths of those lions

Daniel 6:13-22 MSG

Then they said, “Daniel, one of the Jewish exiles, ignores you, O king, and defies your decree. Three times a day he prays.”
At this, the king was very upset and tried his best to get Daniel out of the fix he’d put him in. He worked at it the whole day long.
But then the conspirators were back: “Remember, O king, it’s the law of the Medes and Persians that the king’s decree can never be changed.”
The king caved in and ordered Daniel brought and thrown into the lions’ den. But he said to Daniel, “Your God, to whom you are so loyal, is going to get you out of this.”
A stone slab was placed over the opening of the den. The king sealed the cover with his signet ring and the signet rings of all his nobles, fixing Daniel’s fate.
The king then went back to his palace. He refused supper. He couldn’t sleep. He spent the night fasting.
At daybreak the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. As he approached the den, he called out anxiously, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve so loyally, saved you from the lions?”
“O king, live forever!” said Daniel. “My God sent his angel, who closed the mouths of the lions so that they would not hurt me. I’ve been found innocent before God and also before you, O king. I’ve done nothing to harm you.”

These governors wanted any opportunity to get Daniel into trouble and came up with a good plan. They knew that he was loyal and unwavering in his faith toward God so he would surely not be found praying to anyone but his King. By breaking the decree he would be thrown into the lions’ den and mauled to death.

He really was that sure of his God that he faced death and did not succumb to their taunting and bow to another god.

These conspirators were like lions in Daniels life coming up against the assignment God had for him.

Lions will try and rip you to shreds with negativity as you really advance the kingdom of God and they will present themselves in many forms. They may bring fear, anxiety, religion, rules, distractions, ridicule or persecution. While their attempt is to bring you down, God will shut the mouths of the opposition in your life.

Don’t try and run from them or close them down yourself. Just pray and leave it to God, for he has sent an angel to shut the mouths of those lions. If you trust Him, you will be coming out without a scratch.

But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
2 Timothy 4:17‭-‬18 NIV

It’s just what you learnt in the field

1 Samuel 17:34-37 NLT

But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!”

David spent many years training for what was ahead for him. He had fought off lions and bears, even extracting the lambs from their mouths. Nothing was too big for him out in his field. He had a confidence and authority that went way beyond his size and natural abilities.

David also had a dependence on a God that was sure to deliver him every time without fail. So when it comes to his big moment to shine, his experience in his field along with his faith in his God sends the giant crashing down with a single stone.

God has been training you and preparing you in your field right for this moment. While you have been fighting off enemies and practising your skills, you never would have comprehended how this has equipped you for a time such as this. Your faith has been stretched but your confidence steadily growing.

The field or area you have been developing in is simply the lead up to a great victory that awaits you.

This is the big one. So gather together everything He has taught you in your training time and accurately fire your stone at the forehead of the big fella.

DON’T HOARD (PT 2): The leftovers will spoil

Exodus 16:19-20 NLT

Then Moses told them, “Do not keep any of it until morning.” But some of them didn’t listen and kept some of it until morning. But by then it was full of maggots and had a terrible smell. Moses was very angry with them.

The Israelites disobeyed the simple instruction to collect only what they required. Only on the Sabbath were they allowed to collect two days worth in preparation for the rest day.

What caused them to dismiss God’s order is uncertain: greed, unbelief, poverty-like thinking or maybe even an orphan spirit? Whatever it was, the results of their unbelieving hearts were evidenced by the spoiled leftovers. In the end all their extra efforts were in vain and left them with the issue of maggots and a foul stench.

When we don’t trust God at His word, we will be left with the same problem. If we over indulge, and store up possessions, being so future focused and worrying about lack, then even what we have will decay. All our leftovers will spoil and become of no use to us.

So the lesson is to be generous with excess. Don’t run around chasing your tail, burning yourself out trying to store up for the future like the Israelites did. You may also find yourself left with maggots and a lingering bad smell.

DON’T HOARD (PT 1): Collect only what you need

Exodus 16:4-5 NLT

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow my instructions. On the sixth day they will gather food, and when they prepare it, there will be twice as much as usual.”

After a month of wilderness wandering the camp is overcome with unnecessary complaining and distrust in God. They are hungry and longing for what they left behind. Yet God is faithful and rains down from heaven exactly what they need to feed them for that day only. He tests them to see if they will obey the command.

What a temptation. They have the opportunity to collect a few days worth at least, just in case God doesn’t do it again the next day. The manna before their eyes was just what they asked for and God surely does send it down the next day, and the next. He keeps supplying their needs day after day, so all they need to do is collect enough for one day at a time.

God is testing you to see if you will take only what you need now and not hoarding junk, memories, paperwork, collections, clothes or even food for later on down the track. He doesn’t need baggage weighing you down, being carted around with you for a rainy day that never comes. He is testing you to see if you trust Him to open heaven and pour down exactly what you need for this moment. There is a ‘now’ blessing of manna coming your way.

‘But when they measured it out, everyone had just enough. Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough. Each family had just what it needed.’ Exodus 16:18

The wind is changing! Hooray!

Mark 6:48-52 NIV

He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified.
Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed.

Here the disciples are straining and striving because the wind is against them. They are really doing it tough until Jesus comes to them. He doesn’t come to them in a way that they were expecting but is walking on the water.

The timing was not how they pictured it either. It was the middle of the night, so they assumed He was as a ghost. They got such a fright that they cried out in fear. But Jesus, being the comforter reassures them.

Is the wind against you right now, pulling you in the wrong direction? Maybe you feel like you are out of control and getting dragged out to sea. Are you struggling to stay afloat?

Rest assured Jesus is on the way to assist you. He may not come in the way you think or even the timing that you had expected but He is walking towards you.

He is climbing into your unstable boat and taking control of it for you. Look and be amazed at how the wind is dying down and bringing your tumultuous situation to an end.

The Word of God cannot be contained

Acts 5:22-25 NIV

But on arriving at the jail, the officers did not find them there. So they went back and reported, ‘We found the jail securely locked, with the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside.’ On hearing this report, the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests were at a loss, wondering what this might lead to. Then someone came and said, ‘Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the people.’

These apostles had the Word of God burning on the inside of them. Even though they were imprisoned for proclaiming the Good News they were compelled to speak it out.

Everything within them was crying out for release. Because they were so focused on the mission that God had given them, the apostles had to be released from their captivity inside the jail, so the angel of the Lord opened the prison gates. They were discovered standing in the temple courts teaching the people the scriptures.

Just as death could not hold Jesus down, the Word of God will not be held captive either. It must burst forth and will not return void. If our main focus is to proclaim the Word of God then we will not be bound by our circumstance. So allow God to open the gates of whatever is trying to bind you up and walk free.

Release His powerful Word wherever your feet tread and leave behind you a trail of the scent of the Holy Spirit.

“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained.” 2 Tim 2:8-9

Motherhood: A different form of worship (video 4)

Do you often find yourself wondering if you are doing enough for God? You want to make a difference, have an impact on society, you want to change the world but you are “stuck” at home.

So many mums I speak to feel insignificant during motherhood, often having finished up jobs where they are highly respected, energised by accomplishments and motivated toward achieving goals. Then they feel unrewarded, tired and lack any sense of purpose. Guilt creeps in with feelings of not doing enough “ministry” work or letting others down.

You long for the freedom and time you once had to get caught up in worship with your heavenly Father but the daily grind is unrelenting.

If this is you…check out the message below and discover that You ARE making a difference. You ARE changing the world. One little life at a time.

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