Whosoever will may come…

This blog post has been percolating through my mind for a few days maybe even weeks now as I’ve contemplated something which the Lord started to talk to me about back in 2012 relating to my own personal life…

It was something which He said about willingness which started this whole train of thought off and it’s been percolating in the background since but really been coming to the boil over the last few weeks and now to the point of sharing…

It’s not those who say they will journey with you and express that in beautiful tones, like music to your ears, but those who actually come and roll up their sleeves and do it, who we are to invest our lives in to ensure that they are successful in the call on their life…

Jesus told a similar parable in Matthew 21:28-32 (NASB),

“But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’ And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterward he regretted it and went. The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, ‘I will, sir’; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?”They said, “The first.” Jesus *said to them, “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.

There’s another couple of scriptures (in bold below) related to this which I never understood either which He’s just shone His light on over the last few days,

“Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.” Matthew 13:18-23 (NASB)

For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:14 (NASB)

“These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.” Revelation 17:14 (NASB)

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Revelation 22:17 (KJV)

There are different calls, there is a general call where the Lord has a plan for each and every persons’ life and if that person is willing to come to Him (‘whosoever will may come’) and then surrender to Him and continue to let Him take possession of them, then that call will become a complete reality in their lives…

In that sense, everyone is called…

Those who actually respond to that call, actually surrender to the Lord and actually continue to let Him take possession of them are the ‘called, chosen and faithful’…

Within the definition of ‘faithful’ I believe are the sub-groups of 30 fold, 60 fold, and 100 fold…

I believe that relates to how much of us the Lord manages to practically possess throughout our journey, the more of us the Lord manages to practically possess, the more fruitful we are…

It is possible to be ‘chosen’, i.e. given the gift of salvation, without being ‘faithful’, as 2 Timothy 2:13 indicates,

If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.

Also, as 1 Corinthians 5:5 states,

I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

This is because anyone who joins himself to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him…

But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. 1 Corinthians 6:17 (NASB)

So prophetically we see the future and see other people, specific people, with us in that future and believe that they will be with us and begin to invest time in prayer to see them with us, in unity with us, towards that future…

But then part-way through that process as we commit all that to the Lord, we begin to hear the Lord telling us something different, that, “Such and such is not willing to come” and that His plan that He’s already shown us prophetically, which had His stamp of approval, is no longer going to happen through them… 😦

This can be ‘soul-destroying’ for us as prophetic intercessors and can leave us questioning the integrity of God, questioning His reliability and questioning His honesty…

It also makes us double our efforts in praying for that particular person or people and petitioning God for Him to change His Mind but after we do this we get to a place where we see that this is not going to happen and we let go of what He initially told us and trust Him for the result…

This is where He explains to us, ‘whosoever will may come’…

Adam and Eve were meant to be together, the Lord provided all they needed…

Eve decided to leave Adam for the promise of the forbidden fruit…

Adam decided to leave God to stay with Eve…

The dream was ended…

Abraham told his servant the below,

“The LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my birth, and who spoke to me and who swore to me, saying, ‘To your descendants I will give this land,’ He will send His angel before you, and you will take a wife for my son from there. “But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this my oath; only do not take my son back there.” Genesis 24:7-8 (NASB)

So on the one hand, “you will take a wife for my son from there” but on the other hand, “if the woman is not willing… then you will be free…”…

Thus we see that the Lord can tell us that something will happen but if the other party isn’t willing then we are free in that instance, our faith and our believing were good but we are released…

This is a great freedom for the prophetic intercessor, otherwise, there is no release from the burden which we are carrying and we go ‘over and over and over’ with God petitioning and fighting with God (as Jacob did that night) to get what He originally told us was His plan to fulfill…

There’s something very powerful about the biblical principle of ‘in the loins of…’ in relation to this topic…

And, so to speak, through Abraham even Levi, who received tithes, paid tithes, for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him. Hebrews 7:9-10 (NASB)

for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Romans 11:29 (NASB)

Because the gifts and the calling of God – the thing He wants doing and the ability to get it down – are irrevocable and because God’s word doesn’t return to Him void but achieves everything for which He sent it, it is possible for the call on one person’s life, when rejected by that person (due to their lack of action in accepting it, no matter what they say with their mouth), to pass on down to the next person on God’s list, and down and down and down until God finds someone who is practically willing to fulfill that call and give themselves fully to Him for Him to work that call through them, Amen? 🙂

This should be really encouraging for us as prophetic intercessors…

Elijah was told that he would do three things by God after he fled from Jezebel but in reality, the first and second of those three things, ie. anointing Hazael as king of Syria and Jehu as king of Israel, Elijah never personally completed…

Elisha, his successor completed the Hazael task and we read that Elisha delegated the Jehu task to one of the sons of the prophets, who completed that task…

Thus Elijah’s task (or call) was delegated to Elisha…

Moses task (or call) was delegated to Joshua…

Peter’s task (or call) as Apostle to the Gentiles was delegated to Paul…

There we have examples of God getting His word (His vision or purpose) fulfilled, through whoever was willing…

The same is true today with the Apostolic Mantle which I believe proceeds down from generation to generation waiting for someone to take it up – Jesus’ final words to us before He went back to heaven about ‘discipling the nations’, ‘baptizing the nations’ and ‘teaching the nations to observe all that He commanded us’…

That Apostolic Anointing is still available today – David replaced Saul – David was willing to ‘serve God’s purpose in his generation’ (Acts 13:36) – where the word ‘served’ means literally like a rower on a ship (most likely a galley slave would have been the meaning in view there)…

The Lord tells us in Daniel 4:17 (NASB) that He gives His authority ‘to the lowliest of men’…

The ‘lowliest of men’ are those people who are willing to submit themselves to the Lord and trust that He will do everything in them – not to strive to prove that they can do it but to trust that God will do it through them – this is true humility and the absence of pride…

So God waits to be gracious to us…

Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him. Isaiah 30:18 (NASB)

Even if we’ve been the son who first refused but afterward went and actually did it, the thing his father wanted him to do, this delights the heart of God, until our heart is set on being forever unwilling to come to the Lord to fulfill His will (His call) on our lives, I believe the door is always open from the Lord to use us in whatever way He still can while we remain on earth…

It might be that we are the pot which was marred in the Potter’s Hand (Jeremiah 18:4), but even so He will still make something beautiful out of the remainder of our lives when we come back to Him in repentance for our unwillingness – it might be that we don’t complete the initial call which He had on our lives – but then it might be that we complete the unfinished portions of a call which was on someone else’s life…

It is true that we need to ‘Seek the Lord while He may be found’ (Isaiah 55:6a NASB) and in my experience in praying for certain ones there have been times where the Lord has shown me that the time given for a certain one to be willing to surrender to Him and to accept the call that He has placed on their lives has come to an end and that what He had planned will no longer occur…

I wondered about this and the Lord explained it to me in this way – none of us are islands – our lives and our willingness to submit to the Lord affect other people, we have ‘flow on’ or ‘ripple’ effects on others…

If someone else in our sphere of influence who needs our input is willing to ‘go on’ with God but we are not then for their sake the Lord needs to bring others into their lives to fulfill those things which we have not been able to due to our unwillingness to submit to the Lord…

The surrendered one cannot suffer (long-term, in the short term there is suffering) for the lack of surrender of the unwilling one – as ‘no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly’ (Psalm 84:11b NASB)…

At the end of the day – everything God does is good – so whatever part we can play with Him is a blessing to us and reveals His Character to us – He gets done what He needs to get done through whoever is willing and available at any point in time on His earth…

It is our privilege to partner with Him in this… 🙂

“All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, But He does according to His will in the host of heaven And among the inhabitants of earth; And no one can ward off His hand Or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’ Daniel 4:35 (NASB)

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Transparency Church – Christchurch, New Zealand…

As per my post on our Transparency Group website ‘The Church…’ I have it on my heart to start a church here in Christ’s Church, New Zealand called ‘Transparency Church’… 🙂

A church which is very much what I described in the above article…

A transparent church (I believe transparency is the armour of light) where those involved, are honest with themselves and everyone else involved about how ‘non-perfect’ they are and instead of focusing on eliminating their ‘imperfections’ (a negative focus) focus on allowing Jesus to live through their new selves more and more and more (a positive focus) in line with John 3:34, 1 John 1:7 and Romans 13:12…

Where we allow each other to grow at the pace which the Lord provides for each one, where there is no condemnation and no pushing but all who hold to ‘Our Values…’ (which are basically identical to the values I’ve shared, for our company), share ‘Our Vision…’, don’t have any opposition to ‘The Call…’, who know the Lord (or want to get to know the Lord) can be involved, in a non-threatening environment where they don’t have to pay anything to be involved (in keeping with 2 Corinthians 9:7)… 🙂

Initially, I will be the ‘Growth Facilitator’ and our key scriptures (or triple tagline) will be ‘Your banner over us is love’ (taken from Song of Solomon 2:4), ‘You who began a good work in us will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus’ (taken from Philippians 1:6) and finally, because of this, ‘We will grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ’ (taken from 2 Peter 3:18)…

There won’t be any pattern or formula which we will follow in our meetings together, or any pre-planned agenda, we’ll just endeavour to give the Holy Spirit room to do whatever He wants to when we get together in line with Romans 8:14, 2 Corinthians 3:17 and 1 Thessalonians 5:19…

We believe in everyone being released to take part in our meetings together, in submission to the Holy Spirit and the scripture with everything being done decently and in order in line with 1 Corinthians 14:40 under His leading for the Glory of Jesus and God the Father… 🙂

We believe that God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are God, we believe that They love all people, we believe that all people have turned away from God and gone their own way, we believe that Jesus came to earth as God and as Man, lived a perfect life, sacrificed himself on the cross, became sin for us, shed His Blood, shed His Water, experienced God’s Wrath and gave up His spirit (i.e. physically died) on behalf of all people so that all people could look to Him (Jesus) and be saved, we believe that He rose bodily from the dead on the third day in the power of the Holy Spirit and that He ascended to heaven and now sits at the Right Hand of God the Father making intercession for all who believe in Him…

We believe in salvation by grace through faith in Jesus and His Finished Work, which is a gift from God not by works so that no one can boast, we also believe in water baptism as a symbol of what God did when He saved us in crucifying us with Christ and causing us to be born again, giving us a new heart, a new spirit and a righteous soul by which He enabled us to believe in Him unto salvation, we also believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the baptism of Fire to prepare and purify us for His service…

We believe that the purpose of the Church is to build ourselves up in our most holy faith (Jude 1:20) and to radiate Christ Jesus to all the peoples of the world (Matthew 5:14) showing them and each other His likeness in everything we do – this is a demonstration of the Manifold Wisdom of God to the rulers and authorities in the spiritual realm (Ephesians 3:10) – and shows to all of heaven His imminent right to rule and reign on the earth (Romans 15:12)…

If this – the creation of Transparency Church here in Christchurch, New Zealand – is of the Lord then He will provide us somewhere to meet (either gifted to us without us asking anyone for it or paid for by our company or a mixture of both) and also provide at least 7 founding (over the age of 21) members (of whom I will be one, so 6 more founding members) who share the same vision and values, have a desire to become a house of prayer for all nations and want to allow the Lord to work with them to shine the light of His love and salvation out to the entire world so that every nation will see it and be saved before His return in line with Matthew 24:14, Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 13:19, Joel 2:28-29 and Isaiah 9:6-7…

This post is really just a statement of intent that Lord willing will become a reality in the Lord’s time in the days to come, here in Christ’s Church, New Zealand, The Great Southland of the Holy Spirit (i.e. The Pacific Ring of Fire Region)… 🙂

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My pleasure…

My pleasure is experiencing Jesus living through my soul…

I had just gotten back from one of my weekday runs and was getting ready for the shower when this thought started to form as words in my mind…

Back in March 2010, the Lord whispered these words to me, “You have not been trusting Me for your pleasure”….

Those words broke me, what He said so non-condemningly to me was the absolute truth but His words came to me in absolute heartfelt sincerity filled with genuineness and love (there was absolutely no pressure put on me and I felt His protection around me – like He really cared)  – I love the way the Lord gets through to us…

I had been thinking about those words before my run tonight and when I got back I got these new words which really answered everything for me…

Even if I’m drowning in lava or being eaten by piranhas or any other tragic situation, whether I’m blind or deaf or unable to verbally communicate (mute), whether I’m able to relate to any other person or not, whether I have a job, a house, a car, a place to sleep, whether I have food to eat or pineapple juice to drink – nothing can change my pleasure…

Experiencing Jesus living through my soul is something which I can experience every moment of every day and I don’t have to try and stay up late to squeeze in more time with Jesus because, “He gives to His beloved sleep” as the scripture tells us, so I can rest in Him and let Him do the living through me…

I’m just seeing this tonight, I’ve definitely had other pleasures but I believe I’ve now seen the way forward…

Thank You Lord… 🙂

My pleasure is experiencing Jesus living through my soul…

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Comfort Me Holy Spirit…

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I Want To Know…

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Show Us A Sign For Good…

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Worthy of it All (David Brymer)…

Awesome worship song… 🙂

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