Don’t be surprised!

After getting blocked from posting on instagram, to having a fortune teller/”bible scholar” claiming to be the founder of Hidden Manna I knew the enemy was up to something!

Have you experienced weird and unusual obstacles and opposition to the work?

But what does God say about all this? Check out the latest video (sorry, it’s NOT upside down once you click!)…

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
1 Peter 4:13 (NIV)

What you need will come to you

Genesis 6:19-22 (NLT)

“Bring a pair of every kind of animal—a male and a female—into the boat with you to keep them alive during the flood. Pairs of every kind of bird, and every kind of animal, and every kind of small animal that scurries along the ground, will come to you to be kept alive. And be sure to take on board enough food for your family and for all the animals.” So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.”

Noah was called to hold onto the DNA of life as he knew it following a great flood. He was entrusted with the life blood of two of every creature as well as his own family.

His purpose was crucial to Gods plan as all of creation was counting on him if it was to continue. But the magnitude of this mission was not on his shoulders.

GOD had brought to Noah all that was required to fulfil this great plan.
Yes that’s right every single animal that was needed came to him.

You also have a critical vision and God is counting on your obedience to bring the animals into the boat.

However, just like Noah, things that you require will arrive at the door of your ark. God called them from all parts of earth and sky. He positioned them perfectly to bring about the promise that he had shown Noah.

God is bringing to you divine connections, finances, opportunities, a redefining of gifts and talents, healing, promotion, influence and whatever else He requires to position you for the vision.

If you obey as Noah did, all the things pertaining to YOUR future will come into alignment in preparation for the glorious move of God upon your life!

Living in the Spirit

Romans 7:6 (NLT)

‘But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit.’

This scripture makes it very clear that we are to serve and please God by living ‘in the Spirit’.

We are no longer bound by rules and regulations but we are to be guided by the Holy Spirit. What great freedom we have!

The Holy Spirit will reveal truth, vision and purpose for our lives. When we are not living in the Spirit we will lose direction, vision and faith.

By continuing in relationship with Him through the confessing of our sins and allowing Him to reveal things to us, we live in the Spirit.

It is by staying in faith and rest that our fruit will be love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and faithfulness.

Enter your boat

Genesis 6:17-18 (NLT)

“Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die. But I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boat—you and your wife and your sons and their wives.

God is bringing a flood to all the unfruitful areas of your life. He is cutting off and drowning sins, idols, distractions as well as other things that will stop you going forward.

He is literally flooding away all things that hold you back or waste your time; things of religion and habit.

But first of all you must enter your boat. This is the time for you to enter into a secluded place while God gets rid of some things that have attached themselves to you.

God is calling you to a higher place where you can start a fresh. He is taking care of the things of old. You might look back over your life and have regrets that have set you back but the time has come to get on the boat.

Disappointments, failures, bad decisions, abuse and heartache will be all washed away while you enter your boat into a dry and safe place.

Here you will find peace and rest for your soul as well as the nourishment to believe for a new beginning.

When you open up your eyes you will find yourself rested on your mountaintop overlooking a new future with green fertile pastures of promise awaiting you.

Your designated moment has come

Psalm 102:13 (AMP)

‘You will arise and have mercy and loving-kindness for Zion, for it is time to have pity and compassion for her; yes, the set time has come [the moment designated].’

God has seasons for blessing, more sometimes and more other times. This was Zion’s season for blessing as God showed compassion on her.

Likewise God has a set time for you. God has a designated moment where He will absolutely pour forth victory and abundance on you.

You might have been through some hard times, times of training and trial. But you held on and broke through, and now is your moment to reap rewards.

God planned this moment long ago and now it’s coming to fruition. Yes, He is arising in your town, your household, your finances and favour has found you.

The dam wall is about to break open and pour forth a mighty rushing river over your life.

His mercy and loving-kindness for you is being released and in single explosion. Get ready, for this is your divine designated moment.

Like those who dream

Psalm 126:1-6 (AMP)

When the Lord brought back the captives [who returned] to Zion, we were like those who dream [it seemed so unreal].
Then were our mouths filled with laughter, and our tongues with singing. Then they said among the nations, The Lord has done great things for them.
The Lord has done great things for us! We are glad!
Turn to freedom our captivity and restore our fortunes, O Lord, as the streams in the South (the Negeb) [are restored by the torrents].
They who sow in tears shall reap in joy and singing.
He who goes forth bearing seed and weeping [at needing his precious supply of grain for sowing] shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

Does what you’re believing for feel at times like a dream, so unreal and so glorious that if God were to fulfil it, you would be completely overwhelmed yet so full of gratitude toward Him? A ‘pinching yourself’ moment?

Well that’s the type of dream God is searching to fulfil. He desperately wants to complete what He has promised for you and is longing to bless you. You may feel like you have been exiled to a foreign land but the exiles are coming home.

He is not only going to bring this dream to pass but fill you with laughter and singing as well!

You might look around and not feel like laughing and singing just yet, but you will. Those seeds you have sown in the hard times have not gone unnoticed. That precious seed is so valuable because of the difficulty and struggle required to plant it.

You are about to reap a glorious harvest that will turn your weeping into rejoicing and singing. You will surely proclaim “The Lord has done great things for me!”

I will meet with you

Exodus 29:43 (NLT)

“I will meet the people of Israel there, in the place made holy by my glorious presence.”

There is nothing more frustrating than waiting for someone you are supposed to be meeting with. What’s happened to them? Are they coming, stuck in traffic or have they forgotten?

Well God is waiting to meet with us as He did with the people of Israel. He wants to meet us in a Holy place.

That place is made holy by the blood of Jesus and that place is right here, right now.

If you are a born again Christian the presence of the Holy Spirit is with you now wherever you may be, making you holy before God.

This is His promise; that He will meet with you right where you are.

Open your spiritual eyes and ears to experience the presence of Jesus in your living room, office, school or garden.

Let Him permeate your being, drawing you closer as you meditate on Him. He desires and is waiting to meet with you. Don’t keep Him waiting any longer.

Show me Your glory

Exodus 33:15-20 (NIV)

‘Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”
And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”
Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”
And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”

First Moses asks for God’s presence to go with them and God assures Him that it would because He is pleased with Moses.

Now He is asking to see His glory. Although Moses cannot see His face he gets a glimpse of the Glory of God!

Wow. Moses is so hungry to know that the presence of God is going with Him so that the Israelites will be distinguished as He leads them.

He won’t move until He is assured he is in the will of God, wanting God to shine through Him.

But now to ask for His glory as well? That’s right, first His presence and then His glory. Glory will come forth once His manifest presence is established.

If you have cultivated His presence in your life it’s time to ask God for His glory. He wants to distinguish you and set you apart so others will be drawn to Him through you.

Cry out “Show me your glory” and watch God shine through you just as he did Moses.

A ray of hope

Lamentations 3:21-25 (LB)

“Yet there is one ray of hope: his compassion never ends. It is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his loving-kindness begins afresh each day. My soul claims the Lord as my inheritance; therefore I will hope in him. The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for him, to those who seek for him”

Can you feel the anguish and agony of Jeremiah’s lament? The nation he loved had been destroyed and taken into captivity.

The sign of the prophet Jonah was nowhere to be seen in Jeremiah’s life, and unlike Jonah, he wept all the louder when he saw his nation taken away under force.

But in the midst of his lamenting, Jeremiah sees the truth, the ray of hope like a shaft of light piercing through the blackness of his dark dungeon.

He sees the God of mercy, the God of reconciliation, our God, who is longsuffering and full of unfailing love. He does not afflict willingly but rather desires to restore his fallen children.

God’s mercy had still kept them from complete destruction, His wrath had been held back enough to leave room for repentance that would enable God to pour out His love once more.

Amidst all the torture and heartache there still remained a compassionate God who, at our slightest turning would begin to pour out His mercy which comes afresh every morning.

Yes, it is true. Jesus is wonderfully good to everyone who waits upon Him and seeks Him out. Oh friend, there is still hope for you! You have not gone so far as to wander beyond the redemption of the Saviour.

“Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us; that we may live in his presence. Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth” Hosea 6:1-3 (NIV)

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