I’ve developed a faith and it’s bearing good fruit

It’s sometimes hard to recognise the power that is in us or at least believe that we have the same power as Jesus.  But when I think that the Holy Spirit now lives in me and consider how I am changing, I start to get it.  I am not just a new creation, I am a new creation with the power and might of Jesus within me, I just need to learn to harness this power to live out my anointing to bind up the broken hearted, heal the sick and free the captives.

The Holy Spirit gives me love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).  The Holy Spirit gives me wisdom (James 1:5).  The Holy Spirit makes me peace loving, submissive, full of mercy and a yielder of good fruit (James 3:17).  The Holy Spirit is there for me in my weakness and helps me to pray effectively (Romans 8:26).  The Holy Spirit helps me to resist and overcome Satan (James 4:7)

HOLY SPIRIT YOU ARE WELCOME HERE

At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, at the name of Jesus demons will flee, the prisoners will be set free, at the name of Jesus a power is released like you’ve never before seen, power to heal, power to raise the dead to life, power to overcome wars and strife, at the name of Jesus I proclaim I am redeemed, baptised in water and baptised in the Spirit, my life changing daily as I challenge the limits of human understanding, as God is transforming me through his Spirit, I’m growing in wisdom,  resisting temptation, I’ve even found patience despite my weakness, growing in kindness and goodness, I’ve developed a faith and it’s bearing good fruit,  resolute in my prayer, I’m becoming effective in battling and fighting the lies and deception of Satan who comes to kill, steal, destroy, but instead I’m filled with uncontainable joy

I won’t downgrade my expectations to fit your perception of reality

I am reading “The God Chasers” by Tommy Tenney.  Just into the second chapter and I am already reeling from the first.  When God turned up at church day after day the power was thrilling, his presence enough to draw non-believers from the street to repent, leaving those who experienced it first-hand, hungry for more.  That’s exactly what I want, I want to be a God chaser, I don’t just want to read about this, I want to experience it for myself.  I want to feel God’s power, witness his miracles and partake in the supernatural with God.  Do we stifle God sometimes by not allowing him to act in his way.  When we say “wait on God”, do we wait or get bored half way through our time and start talking at him?!  I am going to rethink my time with God and chase after the absolute best he can give to me.

Matthew 7:7 – Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you

Ephesians 3:20 – Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

FEARLESS

I want to be fearless in pursuit, risking it all, when they look at me let them see the girl who decided to “go for it”, more committed to God than to my comfort zone, not caring if that means I do this alone, chasing his power, surrounded by doers, believers and receivers, all of us recognising that we’re not here to fit in, I won’t stop believing, I won’t downgrade my expectations to fit your perception of reality, no, I upgrade them to match my promised destiny, chasing God who is capable of amazing things, to fly and touch the sky my dream, no longer waiting I hustle hard in my pursuit of the Lord, it says in his word I can do immeasurably more than all I have asked or imagined because of his anointing, miracles, breakthrough, I’m ready to smash through glass ceilings, don’t try and stop me I’m like a child who climbs the tree, earnestly seeking to reach the sky, some say don’t try you’ll never succeed, I say I know who I’d rather believe, my God is waiting for me to pursue him, to search for him with all my being, my life’s goal, to seek God fearlessly.

I know the one who held those oceans in his hands

Sometimes I think I forget just how great God is, just how powerful he is and when I think about that I wonder why sometimes I just don’t give him every burden just like that instead of clinging on.

I love Isaiah 40:31 – But those who trust in the Lord will receive new strength. They will fly as high as eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not grow weak.

Today I was reading an earlier part of that chapter and God’s power was really brought home to me.

Isaiah 40:12 – Who has measured the oceans by using the palm of his hand? Who has used the width of his hand to mark off the sky? Who has measured out the dust of the earth in a basket? Who has weighed the mountains on scales? Who has weighed the hills in a balance?

 GOD OF WONDER

God of wonder, God of power, oceans will rise and Kingdoms will fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever, alive and powerful, I know the one who held those oceans in his hands, he holds me too, I am not unloved, I was to die for and the same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in me, all the forces of darkness cannot stop what God has ordained, he flattens the mountains and enters my circumstances with power, when all else fades, God remains, when I had nothing left, I discovered that God is enough, he gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless, trust in him and you will soar on wings like an eagle, you will run and not grow tired, walk and not grow weak, our God is not meek, his might is unequalled, he is unrivalled, he’s measured the sky with the span of his hand, weighed the mountains on scales and measured the dust of the earth in a basket, I ask you can you think of anything more full of wonder than my awesome God who’s stronger and more powerful than all Satan’s armies, never lose sight of God’s immense might, don’t try and fight your battle alone, God knows, God sees, he says come to me, God protects, God shields us, God sent his son Jesus, cleared a way for the Lord in the wilderness, every valley lifted high that the glory of the Lord would be revealed, the Lord God full of might, the Lord God our everlasting light.

Receive God’s power and the weapons of the enemy shall fail

What a beautiful name it is, the name of Jesus, what a powerful name it is, the name of Jesus.  Just listening to that song as I wait for an important phone call and struck me that nothing is more important than our love of Jesus, our worship of Jesus and our trust in him.  This phone call is to find out the prognosis for my Dad now they have discovered secondary bone cancer.  But strikes me the fact that my Dad has now returned to the Lord and has made his peace with him shows how powerful the name of Jesus is. Of course, we all want a good outcome from his diagnosis but we can rejoice that Dad is no longer in the wilderness, he is right back in his Father’s arms.  I know God’s going to look after him no matter what news we hear today and no matter what we are facing there is power in simply speaking the name of Jesus.

Mark 16:17-18 – These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover

Luke 10:17 – The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”

ALL HAIL

All hail the power of Jesus name, the mountains shake before him and the demons flee, enter his courts with praise and he enters your circumstances with power, be God centred,  be on fire for God, say his name out loud, be bold and courageous for the Rock of Ages is mighty to save, be not ashamed of his word, for it holds the power of salvation for all who read and believe, receive God’s power and the weapons of the enemy shall fail, his plans will never prevail when you use the power of Jesus name to break every stronghold and every chain, stand firm in your faith, stay alert, stay awake and pray for Jesus sake, sing praises to the Lord who dwells in Zion, rise up and seize the authority to trample on all the power of the enemy, for God has given us freedom, a hope and an assurance of eternal life in his heavenly Kingdom.

Breakthrough, breaking the chains that bind you

I have been learning more about prayer and have been looking at “breakthrough prayers”.  It’s great to really draw closer to God in prayer, using his word as a powerful tool to springboard our prayers but I also get that it’s important to use others to support our prayer life.

Matthew 18:19-20 – Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

I suppose the question is, do we have real faith to see this through, faith to pray big, bold and breakthrough prayers?

BREAKTHROUGH

Breakthrough, breaking the chains that bind you, chains of oppression, depression, obsession, chains of addiction and sickness, chains of weakness, use the name of Jesus, his name is power, higher than any other, Jesus empowers us to do his work, we are his church, his people on earth and wherever two or more are gathered he is with us, Jesus in our midst, if we stand in agreement there is freedom, stand on his word, it is our sword, separating the sin from the sinner, he delivers us from the enemy, he breaks our chains and sets us free, do you have a mustard seed of faith, are you ready to change people’s stories through praying powerfully for their freedom, are you perfectly placed to draw on the power of his Kingdom?

The snake gets it

Do you ever watch the news and just think what a chaotic world we live in.  How much more must God look on in despair at the mess we have made of his amazing creation?  But we as Christians can take heart from the fact that it won’t always be like this.  Our earthly governments are never going to succeed where God will and we know that Jesus will return again and bring peace, justice and righteousness to our lives for all eternity.

  • ISAIAH 9:6 – For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

CHAOS

Chaos, it won’t always be like this, Jesus came once and he’s coming again and this time it’s permanent he’s coming to reign and when he does the snake gets it, the sin, the dark, the sadness, the madness of the world will be gone, his tranquil rule of peace will spread through the new Jerusalem, justice and goodness into eternity, sweet victory of an awesome God and however hard you find it now knowing the truth is how you keep on going, knowing that justice will come, one day at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, God in control, the government on his shoulders and we stakeholders in his eternal Kingdom will not be bullied into silence, we will not lose our voice, we rejoice through times of persecution, we surrender to the Prince of Peace, to the child who was freely given, more surrender, more selfless living, integrity, humility, that is what it means to follow Jesus to glimpse his holiness, perfection in the resurrection of the man who gave spectacular evidence of God’s power, yet they still doubted, minds clouded by the enemy who doesn’t want us to see the glory of his Majesty, the enemy thrives on calamity and tragedy but God has won the victory, God has already won and no matter what you’ve done, nothing can separate you from the Love of Jesus, hand your stress to  him, hand over the pain, the sadness, the madness of your world and watch as he frees you from those bonds, he came to set the prisoner free and that means normal people like me, surrender all and do it today, the price for your sins has already been paid, give him the worries, the stress and the fear and allow him to clear the path for you to grow and feed your mind so you will know the reason for your joy, all connected to the birth so long ago of that baby boy.

Provide the obedience and God provides the power

I still get blown away by this passage which I read this morning.  Jesus prays for us.  Not only that it got me to thinking about how many people pray for us without us even knowing it.  Some praying specifically for us naming us by name and others including us in their prayers when they may speak about situations that we find ourselves in.  For example someone may pray,Father help all those battling addiction – that could be you?  They could ask for protection for church leaders – that could be you? You know we are so blessed by prayers, we may never know how many prayers surround us but we do know that the Lord Jesus Christ himself prays for us and it can’t get much better than that!

Jesus prays for all believers – John 17:20-26

‘My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. ‘Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. ‘Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.’

DRIVEN

Driven by eternity, provide the obedience and God provides the power, obey and he’ll make clear the way, pray faithfully, believe, intercede for those who are separate from God, reach out, love unconditionally, God loves us in our diversity yet he desires unity, take time to see the wonder and unique beauty in your fellow man, entrust yourself unreservedly to God’s hands, complete confidence in his provision, God loves us immensely, Jesus himself prays for us to be one with God, interceding for us that our faith will not fail and God’s love never fails, he offers peace, joy, forgiveness, all this and more, he is faithful he will establish you and guard you from the evil one, he sanctifies us, he yearns for us to be with him and see his glory  he wants to rescue us from Purgatory he’s never stopped working,  never stopped praying for us, he is relentless in his prayers for all who believe or who will believe, he never leaves us nor forsakes us, Jesus himself is praying for us asking his Father to have mercy, to protect us from the evils of this world and bring us victorious to the joys of the next, trust him, trust in the security of God’s love, we may have trouble in this world but take heart, God has overcome this world, give me the words to express my love to you God yet also give me the words to express how great your love is for others so that no one on this earth will suffer.