He will open the scroll for you

Revelation 5:2-5 NIV

‘Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?’ But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.’

Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah and He is the only one found to bring revelation to a problem that no one else was powerful and worthy enough to solve.

Sometimes there are mysteries and secrets that are unable to be unravelled no matter how hard we try to find an answer. There will be times where our circumstances are so perplexing that the only way we can be delivered is through the supernatural power or wisdom of God.

Many times we search around, discussing things with friends and trying different methods, asking questions that no one else seems to know the answer to.

If the scroll appears locked and your problem seems beyond human remedy, don’t despair because there is One who is worthy to show you the key to your deliverance.

Only the Lord Jesus Himself can break you out of this dilemma; what is impossible with man is possible with God. Look to Him!

‘Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.’ Rev 5:4 NIV

Time to celebrate!

Nehemiah 8:11-12 NLT

And the Levites, too, quieted the people, telling them, “Hush! Don’t weep! For this is a sacred day.” So the people went away to eat and drink at a festive meal, to share gifts of food, and to celebrate with great joy because they had heard God’s words and understood them.
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The people were saddened as they read the words from God’s law because they became aware of their sins.

The law exposed their short comings. The word of God penetrates the heart and brings our dark areas into the light.

But both Nehemiah and the Levites encourage them to celebrate and be joyful. Why? Because they have discovered a wonderful thing. Their creator is having relationship and communicating with them.

When God teaches us and reveals things to us we should be full of festivities and gratitude. If we really value His Word and understand the power in it, we will move from weeping over our failures to being quickly affirmed by His love.

There is nothing more reassuring than receiving instruction and correction from the Most High. He wants to shape us, teach us and show us His ways. And if we want Him to continue to give us counsel and wisdom, then we need to reverently celebrate Him.

So eat and drink and encourage others to feast and find delight in Him.

Enough for all

John 5:1-9 MSG

Soon another Feast came around and Jesus was back in Jerusalem. Near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there was a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda, with five alcoves. Hundreds of sick people—blind, crippled, paralyzed—were in these alcoves. One man had been an invalid there for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him stretched out by the pool and knew how long he had been there, he said, “Do you want to get well?”

The sick man said, “Sir, when the water is stirred, I don’t have anybody to put me in the pool. By the time I get there, somebody else is already in.”

Jesus said, “Get up, take your bedroll, start walking.” The man was healed on the spot. He picked up his bedroll and walked off.

It is disheartening that this man waited so long for his breakthrough all because of a wrong mindset. He had come to the place of his healing, the moment of being made well, time and time again but was always left feeling disappointed.

He had an ‘orphan spirit’ that believed only the first to get in the pool after the stirring of the waters would be cured. He went through this cycle for thirty eight years and never gave up. But unfortunately his mindset was limited to his experience.

But then his moment arrives and at just the right time Jesus appears. He reveals that the man needn’t even dip in the water to be healed but simply stand up right where he was. What a shock after so long.

The breakthrough comes like rain in the barren desert but no water is required for his healing. You see, Jesus was the well of water that bubbled up and this man had connected with Living Water Himself.

His mindset was completely transformed and he experienced the love of the Father. He understood that the healing was not a matter of what he could do but what Jesus could do for him!

There is more than enough for everyone in Jesus, whatever ailment or problem. We don’t need to line up and take turns to receive from Him or hear from Him. No. He has a never ending well and no matter how much is drawn out, His love, His healing, His provision and His faithfulness are always able to be accessed in abundance and with no limitation!

God has chosen you for the work

Haggai 2:23 MSG

And on that day’”—this is God’s Message—“‘I will take you, O Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, as my personal servant and I will set you as a signet ring, the sign of my sovereign presence and authority. I’ve looked over the field and chosen you for this work.’” The Message of God-of-the-Angel-Armies.

We are living in perilous times right now across the nations. There are crazy things occurring with wars, terrorism, famine and catastrophic natural disasters.

It is a time of shaking on earth as well as in the government, financial systems, families and relationships. There is a ‘moving’ occurring and a dramatic change approaching us in every area.

In the midst of this overwhelming disorder and turmoil, we (the body of Christ) are like a butterfly breaking forth and undergoing metamorphosis. It is a beautiful sight amongst a chaotic environment.

God has scanned His people and has specifically chosen YOU for a great work. Yes, you! He has singled you out and made you like a signet ring as a sign of being His personal servant.

This ring is representative of your value and the sheer weight of worth in His eyes. It symbolises His sovereign presence and your God-given authority to carry out the work to which you are called. By His presence and authority embrace the work He is calling you forth to complete.

Whatever He tells you to do, do it! (Part 2)

Numbers 24:16-26 NIV Read here

V)26 Balaam answered, ‘Did I not tell you I must do whatever the Lord says?’

Balak was very persistent at trying to tempt Balaam into cursing Jacob and denouncing Israel.

However, the command Balaam had received from the Lord was to BLESS them so he speaks powerful and encouraging words over Israel time and time again. Although Balak continues to persevere in getting Balaam to curse the nation, he WILL not!

Eventually Balak gives up harassing him because he realises he is obedient to the Word of God.

Just as Balaam experienced, there will often be a tempting from the enemy to oppose God’s word and direction for your life. You must be relentless and tenacious in whatever the Lord has commanded you to pray or do.

Keep at it. Remain steadfast in your conviction and it will pay off. As Balaam said “I must do whatever the Lord says”. It will then be said of you, “See what God has done!”

Whatever He tells you, do it! (Part 1)

John 2:1-11 (MSG) Read here

Mary contended for the miraculous sign. She insisted that Jesus solve the problem of the wine shortage.

She may not have understood or known how He would sort out this embarrassment, but she knew WHO to call upon.

Did Mary’s pursuing of a miracle cause it to manifest before her eyes? Whatever the case she certainly knew that if Jesus said to do something, then it would be very wise indeed to ensure the command was carried out.

What has Jesus told you to do in anticipation of your miracle? Has He given you a command that you haven’t yet fulfilled?

It is necessary to seek out if there is anything He requires of you as you contend for your breakthrough. He may just be waiting for you to coerce Him a little bit through your persistence and obedience.

It is absolutely imperative that you completely obey what the Master shows you. It might be as simple and irrational as filling up some water pots. But your best wine is counting on your compliance to Him, so whatever He tells you, do it!

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

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