Friday, February 25, 2005

The Prodigal Son 2

To The Saints !!!!!

Since Adam has returned to live with us he has changed radically. Two weeks ago he went to see Jackie Biutenhousing a Christian psychologist. She just blew him away as she spoke the Truth of Jesus Christ into his life. He came back from her and he just wanted to talk to Allie and myself about Jesus and the plan and purpose that God has for his life. He had also started to read the Purpose Driven Life. And man are we having chats/discussions that are just mind blowing this from a young man who has for the past nine years hardly ever spoken to me. GOD is just waaaaaaaaaaay AWESOME !!!!!!!! There is just no ways I can capture our feelings in words at the moment.
But it does not end there. Last night some time after 11pm I was sleep reading the newspaper in bed. Adam came to call me. He said he wanted to show me something. I stumbled outta bed and I followed him to the lounge my spirit inside woke me up and I became so spiritually aware. I looked at Adam. His eyes were sparkling he was radiant. He told me that he could feel, really feel God inside him and it was an awesome feeling. He could not describe it. He said he'd been crying but that it was a good feeling and not sad tears. He had earlier just felt God's presence through His Holy Spirit and had asked Jesus to be the Lord of his life. HALLELUJAH !!!!!! Man was I rocking with the angels in heaven.
His Spirit kept me calm and we chatted. He told me he had seen seen visions while Jackie was praying with him earlier that night (his second visit to Jackie). He saw Jesus on the cross and tried to get Him down, he also saw himself walking with Jesus and helping him carry His cross. WOW!!!!x10 to the power of a zillion!!!!
We talked of many things and eventually I went back to bed. I woke Allie up and together we just prayed our thanks to God our Abba Father and we also prayed for the salvation of Lisa, Allies daughter, Donovan her husband, my brother Clive and his wife, Libby. I eventually dropped off to sleep.
In the morning it was just tears of gratitude again and again. I remembered that Adam had said last night when he called me that he wanted to show me something, people would normally say that they wanted to tell you something but he wanted to show me himself a new creation born again of the Spirit of the most high God. HALLELUJAH !!!!

You are beautiful my sweet, sweet song
You are beautiful my sweet, sweet song
You are beautiful my sweet, sweet song
And I will sing again

You are so good to me
You heal my broken heart
You are my Father in heaven

You ride upon the clouds
You lead me to the truth
You are the Spirit inside me

You are my strong melody, yeah
You are my dancing rhythm
You are my perfect rhyme
And I will sing of You forever

You poured out all your blood
You died upon the cross
You are my Jesus who loves me

You are my Father in Heaven
You are the Spirit inside me
You are my Jesus who loves me
(You Are So Good To Me by Third Day)

LoCTY !!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

No Greater Love.....

To The Precious Saints !!!!

Today I sit here totally overwhelmed by the majesty of God's love. I'm just kinda sitting here at work plonking away mechanically at my keyboard but my soul, spirit, mind and body my whole inner and outer being is totally consumed by God's love. I'm crying in gratitude for the work He has done this past Alpha weekend, I'm crying in gratitude for the way He works through ordinary everyday people (yea jars of clay) and transcends us into such magnificent instruments of love and healing. Do I understand it. No not really but I feel it somewhere deep down inside. When I woke up this morning I went to prepare Matthews cereal and I wept (kinda like that old Neil Diamond song, crying in your pretzels) I went to shave, as I looked in the mirror I wept (okay I know some of you are thinking if they looked in the mirror and saw my face they'd also weep!).
Did we see mountains move? Did we see limbs grow back or any such physical miracles? No not really. But what we did see is all types of brokenness being healed. Spiritual eyes being opened as the truth was revealed by His Spirit to His children. We saw God saving lives for eternity.
Some snapshots. Mike's(our minister) friend giving His life to Christ and being filled with His Holy Spirit. Mike has been praying for him for 33 years. A women giving her testimony about falling so far from God, she used to be a lay preacher in Namibia, saying basically that God's love never fails. She was invited to Alpha by the guys doing Street Evangelism last year in November. You know just one of those chance meetings(yea right!)
We shared the weekend with the Roman Catholic Church (St Josephs) of Goodwood and they too were just blown away by the experience. They had just never experienced anything like this before. The raw (but gentle) power of God's love. When the Holy Spirit ministry was in progress many of them just stayed watching, after they had been prayed for, and just could not get enough.
Then on to an extended period of praise and worship and it was so great to see everyone worshiping the one true God in spirit and truth. Yes His Holy Spirit brings unity in Christ!
So many things to write about the weekend I cannot possibly put them all down here.
On to Sunday evening. And we have a celebration service, the church is packed and man do I get goosebumps when 400 or so people worship God with all they've got. God's grace and mercy just continued to flow as after the service so many people came up for ministry. This morning Allie received an SMS thanking us for prayer given last night. I have received phone calls about last nights service this morning at work, thanks for prayers and just how awesome it was.

Thank you all for your prayers for the weekend.

Over the mountains and the sea
Your river runs with love for me
And I will open up my heart
And let the Healer set me free

I'm happy to be in the truth
And I will daily lift my hands
For I will always sing
Of when Your love came down

I could sing of Your love forever
I could sing of Your love forever

Oh, I feel like dancing
It's foolishness, I know
But when the world has seen the Light
They will dance with joy
Like we're dancing now

I could sing of Your love forever
I could sing of Your love forever
I could sing of Your love forever
I could sing of Your love forever
(I Could Sing of Your Love Forever by Delirious)

LoCTY !!!!

PS Peter B I'm only sending this to you internally so it makes it easier for you to pass it on to your group.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Purrrrspektive

To The Precious Saints !!!!!!!

Ya YOU, don't look around or behind you or at the person next to you and if you are working away by your little lonesome self, don't feel lonely 'cause He is with you always. Jesus is saying U RRRR PRECIOUS TO HIM he paid the highest price that one can pay for anyone. So no matter how vrot you are feeling today that does not change this truth.

If you ask the majority of people about Mondays, you kinda get the colour answer, black, blue or a combo black and blue, if its really a bomb of a day. Mondays are such clich├ęs, everything seems to go wrong and what makes it so difficult is that my brain is still in neutral weekend mode when Monday springs up on me and screams in my ear SURPRISE!!!! its Monday. Oh what joy. I'm looking so forward to going to work, all those exciting deadlines, playing with exciting financial packages, meeting all those terribly depressed and morose people. Everyone is just so hyped and motivated to serve their fellow citizens in Cape Town, yea right.

So there I am hanging on to a leather handle of the bus, like a choice piece of meat, while trying not to put too much weight on my fractured toe. The bus is crammed, standing room only. Yea running late again, gee wot a surprise. We are caught in a tailback from Cape Town to Timbuktu and everyone is enjoying sucking in all the free carbon monoxide fumes. Its stifling hot in the bus and a woman is virtually fainting as she decides discretion is the better part of valour and sits down on the floor. I'm miffed I can't read or sleep as the bus driver tries doing his best Schumacher impression all the way to town.

A couple of years ago my spirit would have been crushed to the point of desperation. My thought then was. Man is this it? Is this all that life is cracked up to be? This endless joyless trudge of spending most of your time doing something you don't want to do. Now and again you get a "happy spark" when something good happens to you and you hang on to that memory and cherish it. You collect those memories, you treasure them and you try your best to plan and create new happy moments. When you go through a dark times then you call up those happy moments and you also look forward to creating those new ones. But this is such an inadequate philosophy to use in your life, you start falling apart from within, but that's okay as long as you look good and fashionable from the outside. I'm Kooel ! Oh yea what about you dieing some day? Listen I've got enuff on my plate I'll deal with that when it comes up.

Thank goodness Allie, when she was going through some of the darkest moments of her life started asking the same questions that I had been ignoring for years. She really started truly searching and eventually found a place and a person of truth. Me I was not interested. Church!!! Huh that's just a place full of hypocrites (always room for another one hey). Somehow through God's grace and mercy and the love of Christ He reached out and changed our lives forever.

So now when I hang around (literally) on the bus seemingly going nowhere slowly, I know that this life is just a mist, a millisecond compared to eternity and its definitely not all there is. I'm going to live forever with Jesus in heaven 'cause He bought me with a price and nothing can separate me from His great and all consuming love. And He has a purpose and plan for my life while I'm here. So if you feel like nothing and pretty vrot then join me and all the Saints and dare to believe in the promises of God. Put quite simply it's the plain everlasting, loving, truth.

We have heard the thunder
We have seen the storm
Echoes of your kingdom coming
Rumours of our home
Where one day we will stand before you Lord
Our altogether beautiful reward
And we will give you glory, bring you honour
King above all kings, you deserve our everything
We will lift our voices with your praises
Jesus you are our King
Though now we walk in darkness
Though now we see in part
Right now we're warmed by the burning flames
Of the fire in our hearts
You've promised you will lead us to your throne
Where we will worship you and you alone
(King by Tree 63)

LoCTY !!!!!!!!!!

PS There are quite a few scriptures in here but have fun and work them out 4 yer self. Go on don't be so lazzzzy !

Wednesday, February 9, 2005

Prayer Please/Adam Update

To You The Saints of Grace, Love and Mercy doing all things through Jesus Christ !!!!

Well how did things go with Adam? To this I can hardly fashion an adequate answer. Adam came back from seeing Jackie a spiritually awakened man. He was blown away by the things she told him. She prayed for him before he left. He is going back next week. He in that short time has already developed a respect and trust for her. She spoke the truth of Jesus Christ into his life. When he came back he chatted a long time with me and we spoke about relationships, what being a Christian is really about, spiritual warfare, Satan etc etc. Yea, hello I am talking about Adam. It was just mind blowing. Hey Donny one of the scriptures I spoke to him about was Elisha in 2Kings 6, to see with spiritual eyes.
Yesterday while walking to the bus stop at about 4.40pm (app was at 5pm) I cried out to God to pour out a special extra portion of His mercy and grace on Adam.
Thank you so much for your prayers, you know the battle for Adam as for all of us is not over yet, please keep him in your prayers and keep covering each other in prayer.
What an awesome God we serve His love endures forever. All glory to Him.

See below is a prayer request from our sister, although I'm quite concerned about the terms of reference to yours truly. Just do the stuff.

Good morning Fruit Cake

I received a prayer request this morning from my best friend in JHB Sharon, she told me that her gran, Myra White, was rushed to hospital yesterday with heart problems, please could you send out a prayer request on her behalf. Funny she is a bit confused, her mother is a Mormen, she believes in God, but she feels that we all go a bit to the extreme. She phoned me first thing this morning to ask me to pray for her gran, AMEN to that!!!!!!!!!!!

love
debs

LoCTY !!!!!!

PS Sorry answer so late in the day, but I've been in back to back meetings today.

Wednesday, February 2, 2005

The Prodigal Son

To The Precious Saints !!!!!

This past Saturday morning a few of us had an awesome time of prayer, praise & worship bible reading, holy communion and wonderful fellowship with His Holy Spirit. It was supposed to be a breakfast but we arrived at 7.30am and then had "breakfast" at 11.45am almost incidentally. We were more hungry for God then anything else and we wept together and prayed for each other and spouses, family and friends.
I kinda totally lost track of time (all right so why isn't anybody surprised!) so at about 11.30am I phoned home (yea, yea ET) to tell Allie that I'm still alive and living somewhere in Africa and will see her shortly. My step-son Adam answered on the other side. Wow talk about popping my spiritual bubble. I immediately sank into my sinful fleshly self. Allie came on the line and said that he (Adam) wanted to move back. Everything in me screamed a big NO WAYS!!! I just mumbled something to Allie I can't remember what I said.
To give you some background but not to labour the point Adam had moved out on the 1st of Jan this year. Over the years our house had become a battlefield of wills and personalities. Things just came to a head in December and Allie and myself said so far and no further. He has to go.
He came to see his mom that Saturday morning and he was really a broken young man, he has so much anger within himself and he just does not understand why he is like he is. At the moment most of this anger and frustration is mainly focused on me.
So it was a short drive home and Clint Gibson gave me a lift back. Inside me a huge battle was on the go. Have you ever felt that way when your emotions change from second to second. I was praying within for God to help me do the right thing and leaning on Him to control my emotions. Clint asked me how I'm doing and then the robot was red and he just put his hand on my shoulder and prayed for me and Adam (Oh thank you God for Clint, thank you for that prayer). Clint dropped me off and I walked inside. Adam and Allie were sitting in the lounge, I could not bring myself to look into Adam's face. I kinda said hello and went to the toilet, were I prayed, phew I felt so weak. Eventually I walked through to the lounge and sat down. Allie said that Adam wants to move back. Adam said," So how about it can we call a truce?" It must have been so difficult for him to say that. I asked him if that is what he really wants to do? He answered yes. He held out his hand for me to shake. By this time I was looking at his face and my heart cracked. I saw the little boy who I used to play with seemingly all those years ago. I got up from where I was sitting walked the short distance to him. I knelt down in front of him put my arm around his neck and said, "Adam I love you, I wish you were my son." I had tears in my eyes, he started crying. He had to get up and go to the bathroom. Then the practical in me kicked back in and I went to have my haircut. Which was a good thing because I had to walk (well a fast hobble) there and it gave me the opportunity to meditate, reflect and recover.
I phoned Clint and Pete that afternoon to tell them what had happened and Pete told me that the they had prayed into the situation again a little while after I'd left. Clint was also praying for us. What an awesome blessing and privilege to have your brothers and sisters in Christ praying for one. Thank you God!
Later that Saturday night Adam shook my hand and thanked me. WOW!!!!
I know there is still a long road ahead with Adam and I know that it is not going to be easy. I know there is a huge spiritual battle going on within him and he has so much potential. Allie said to him on Saturday that he needs God in his life (yea don't we all) but he said he doesn't know how. He is trying to address his problems and has gone to see a doctor who has referred him to a psychologist. Lets see that as start. Allie and myself can only encourage him in love all the time.
So my friends the scripture that came out in our time of prayer this past Saturday morning was the following;
Then as I looked over the situation, I called together the leaders and the people and said to them, "Don't be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your friends, your families and your homes!" (Nehemiah 4:14)
I've used it already in the previous message on Focus and it was no coincidence (but a Godinstance) that this scripture came up then and that I just happened to be away from home where God was preparing my heart and which gave Adam a chance to speak to his mom, without interference from me.
How do we fight? We fight back with the love of God, we pray and we praise and worship Him. Satan wants praise and worship for himself (y'know like the pride thing) and he hates it when we give praise to God. So give thanks praise and glory to God in everything you do and in every circumstance and may the joy of the Lord be your crowning glory.
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again - REJOICE ! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don't worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all that he has done (Philippians 4: 4-6)
So you might be saying to yourself that's easy to say/write but the doing is another thing altogether. Do you have any idea what I'm going through? Just consider this. Paul wrote these words almost two thousand years ago while in chains and under an armed Roman guard while awaiting trail which if he was found guilty carried the death penalty. Apparently he often had scribes who came to visit him to help write his letters. Can you imagine the scribe looking up from the letter and asking as he looked around at Paul's circumstances "Huh !, rejoice, don't worry, are you sure about this?"
So today I pray that God by the power of His Holy Spirit and the love of Jesus Christ puts a song in your heart that you sing praises to Him each and every day.

Blessed be Your name in the land that is plentiful
Where your streams of abundance flow blessed be your name
Blessed be Your name when I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in still I will say
Blessed be the name of the Lord Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord Blessed be your glorious name

Blessed be Your name when the sun's shining down on me
When the world's 'all as it should be'
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be Your name on the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in still I will say
Blessed be the name of the Lord Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord Blessed be your glorious name
You give and take away You give and take away
My heart will choose to say Lord Blessed be Your name
Blessed be Your name.........Jesus
(Blessed Be Your Name by Tree 63)


LoCTY !!!!!!
 

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