Balance (Grace & Truth)…

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14 NASB)

Back on the 22 Mar 19, I shared the below publically on my Facebook page…

As a follower of Jesus, it is my aspiration to simultaneously accept everyone (including myself) as they are in love yet only approve of those things which anyone (including myself) does which are in accordance with Jesus’ character and written word in truth, I believe this is the balance which Jesus walked when He was on earth… 

I had a situation here in New Zealand which was playing out in mind as I shared that, and it seemed appropriate to put forward my position publically…

There is another situation over in Australia currently playing out which I feel to share this post in relation to…

Whilst accepting everyone (including myself) as they are in love, this does not mean that I accept them (or myself) based on their (or my) behaviour (whether it be good or bad)…

Jesus died for everyone, Jesus paid for everyone’s sins, all died in Jesus, everyone has their pardon fully written out with Jesus willing to act as their Advocate with the Father, waiting for them to sign it and say, “Yes, I want to receive Jesus as my substitute before God, I want Jesus to stand in my place before God and have His Perfect Life credited to me so that my sins can be forgiven and His Righteousness will be permanently and forever credited to me so that I do not need to face God’s Judgement for my sin”…

Anyone who believes they are a sinner (i.e. have fallen short of God’s Glory) and have not lived (in their heart, actions and character) as Jesus lived (in His heart, actions and character) while He was on earth, can accept Jesus’ offer to be their Substitute and give their lives to Jesus for Him to live through them…

He does all the work…

No eternal judgement…

Eternal Life instead…

That is an amazing offer from God, the most amazing offer any of us will ever get in our lifetimes…

So I accept everyone whether they are believers or unbelievers as those for whom Christ died and as those for whom Christ longs to be reconciled to Himself, I treat unbelievers as ‘pre-believers’ or ‘potential believers’, i.e. ‘potential brothers or sisters in the Lord’ and I treat believers as brothers and sisters in the Lord whom the Lord has told me to accept…

Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “THE REPROACHES OF THOSE WHO REPROACHED YOU FELL ON ME.” For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God. (Romans 15:1-7 NASB)

But here’s the flipside…

God is God and what God says in His word, the scriptures, is the truth…

There is no wiggle room on that…

God doesn’t water down what He’s said or lower the bar on what He’s said the truth is to make people feel better about themselves…

None of us (period) can feel good about ourselves, we’re all sinners outside of Christ…

So God is the great leveller…

It’s not just some people who need to repent and give themselves to Christ, it’s all people, everywhere, in every nation and for all time…

None of us is any better than anyone else – this is what scripture tells us…

We are all sinners and none of us can save ourselves…

So to say that God singles anyone or any group out as being bad while siding with any other person or group as being good is just plain wrong…

God says that everyone outside of Christ is 100% bad – because even if you only sin once God views that as having committed every possible sin – there is no hope once any of us have committed even one sin – we are lost without Christ…

But on the other hand, you have this most amazing offer – to be credited with Jesus’ Righteousness and be accepted, loved and forgiven by God and placed into Jesus so that all that Jesus enjoys and will enjoy you too will enjoy for all eternity…

All that Jesus has, you too will have for all eternity…

That’s amazing and I’ve just got to shout, “Hallelujah!!!”… 🙂

Then on the flipside, scripture tells us that Love rejoices with the truth…

This is the approval side of my quote above…

To give approval is to agree that a particular action, in motive and deed, was an enactment of the truth – the character of Christ – in a particular situation…

Only those with the Spirit of God within them and living through them can complete such acts…

Thus the only approval I can give is to those (including myself) with the Spirit of God within them who (including myself) are yielded to the Holy Spirit in those areas and committing those acts under the control of the Holy Spirit…

The Fruits of the Holy Spirit are Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness and Self-Control (Galatians 5:22-23)…

The ‘fruits’ of those who either don’t know God or do know God but aren’t at that moment experiencing the Holy Spirit living through them are immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these (Galatians 5:19-21a)…

If we were to drill into immorality, impurity and sensuality, from scripture we would find that all of us are guilty of these three sins in some way or another, whether we would categorize or identify ourselves as heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender…

God has a very clear and narrow path – His prescribed path – for our lives with respect to doing the opposite of immorality, impurity and sensuality – (unless we are gifted as a eunuch for the sake of the Kingdom in which case we have no sexual interaction with ourselves or anyone else at all, either on the inside in our hearts or physically out through our bodies) it consists of men marrying women, treating them as more important than ourselves, never forcing ourselves on our wives sexually, never abusing our wives sexually or in any other way, in laying down our lives for our wives, never being interested in or attracted to anyone other than our wives and giving only our wives our hearts and our attention in the deep matters of our hearts (those things that should be shared only between a husband and a wife), becoming one with our wives and with respect to our bodies, only experiencing sexual intimacy – which is a two-way free giving activity – with our wives…

Any heterosexual activity which doesn’t conform to the above is a sin in the eyes of God…

Even if that sin only occurs in the heart and not in action…

That’s how serious it is…

In terms of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender behaviour, all this is sin in the eyes of God…

None of this behaviour conforms to His prescribed path in scripture at all…

Those are the facts from scripture…

Now having said that, the Lord protects us all by saying that none of us has any right to judge or condemn or look down on anyone else…

Why?  Because we’re all just as guilty as each other…

There is only One Lawgiver and Judge the One who is able to Save and Destroy…

In dying for our sins Jesus earnt the right to have all Judgement entrusted to Him by the Father…

He is the Only Judge…

So is it right for ‘christians’ to look down on ‘non-christians’?  No, it is not…

Is it right for ‘christians’ to condemn ‘non-christians’?  No, it is not…

Is it right for ‘christians’ to condemn ‘Christians’?  No, it is not…

In fact, in the area of morality is anyone better than anyone else?  No, they are not…

Even for those who scripture tells us have been released from their sins, even these ones aren’t to think they stand but to take heed lest they fall…

Even for those who know God and do fall, those who haven’t fallen are to restore such ones in a spirit of meekness (submission to the Lord) watching themselves lest they also are tempted…

Scripture paints a pretty bleak picture of any believer who gets forgiven and freed by the Lord and then goes out and starts trying to lord it over or look down on or condemn those who are yet to be forgiven and freed by the Lord…

Scripture says that the Lord allows that one to be chained up by the tormentors and I believe to be reacquainted with their past bondage to sin until they realise that they must forgive others for their sins in the same way as the Lord has forgiven them…

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32 NASB)

If we refuse to forgive others then practically the Lord will let us wallow in our past sins until we do…

Scripture paints a pretty bleak picture for anyone who wants to set themselves up as being better than anyone else, eh?

Scripture is the great equalizer…

We are all equally guilty…

None of us has a leg to stand on…

We are all offered God’s mercy (not getting what we deserve) and grace (getting what we don’t deserve) and our eternity is in our hands, in what we do with that offer…

If we gratefully accept that offer and trust God through scripture that Jesus has paid the price and risen again from death and ascended into heaven then we’re ‘all good’ (Eternity in the Presence of the Love of God which starts when we believe in Jesus)…

If on the other hand, we choose to try and establish our own righteousness before God (and remain steadfast in that pursuit until death), we will spend eternity in the Presence of His Wrath in the lake of fire and brimstone…

The things which scripture tell us are God’s will for us are the things which the Holy Spirit will do through us…

The Holy Spirit won’t do anything through us other than the things which God’s word in scripture tells us He will…

The Holy Spirit won’t sin through us, He can’t – He’s the Holy Spirit…

The only way we as believers can know God is by letting the Holy Spirit live through us…

As we do this we start to see the Miracle which God has created in Christ and the Church – who is Christ’s Bride – and we start to see why male and female fulfilling their unique roles within the covenant of marriage is so important to God…

It’s His Blueprint, His Plan, His Purpose, to reveal Himself in all His Fullness, to us… 🙂

But, to those who believe in Christ, there is no condemnation as we move from ‘glory to glory’ in Him and are transformed in an ever-increasing measure (strength to strength and grace upon grace) into His Image…

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Love, Acceptance & Forgiveness…

I woke up from a dream yesterday morning where the Lord was telling me that all that was important for me – with respect to myself and others – was love, acceptance & forgiveness…

I remember attending a Church service back in late 1999 or early 2000 just before my wife and I got married where the Pastor invited up to the front anyone who felt they needed to forgive themselves…

I remember getting a lot of freedom that day as the concept of forgiving myself wasn’t one that I’d thought about before then…

To truly forgive myself is to remove all expectations that I have on myself from myself…

It is to accept myself and to accept the fact that only the Holy Spirit through my new self can make any change for the better in my life…

It is also to accept who I used to be and that who I used to be might still be seen although hopefully in diminishing amounts through me at various points in the remainder of my life on earth…

It is also to forgive myself for everything I’ve ever done, for the things which I haven’t been able to undo and for the effects on others which these actions have had or will have…

To understand God’s Sovereignty is very helpful in these considerations…

How could I come to a place where I’m so at peace with my failings that I’m not trying to stop myself from them but am completely surrendered to the Lord to work His new way through me in His time and for His glory?

It is in understanding that the Lord has absolute control or the last say in everything which either happens or doesn’t happen in His world…

All souls are His…

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof…

The enemy could only do to Job what the Lord permitted him to do…

The Lord didn’t purpose Job’s suffering or instigate it but He definitely allowed it…

What the Lord allows through my imperfections to be experienced as pain by those in my sphere of influence has the potential to draw them closer to Himself…

Our response to the sinfulness of others who are in our sphere of influence will either make us or break us as human beings…

And so it turns outward from being an inward facing thing to being our response to all those around us…

Having loved, accepted & forgiven ourselves we start to see that all the people around us need our love, acceptance & forgiveness also…

And so we see in that place that our freedom is in forgiving them for the impact they have had on our lives…

In accepting them and in loving them in spite of the impact they have had on our lives…

There is nothing to cause us to stumble in this place…

This is the place of freedom…

The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. (1 John 2:10 NASB)

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When there’s nothing left to fear…

When the anti-Christ spirit, the religious spirit and the Jezebel spirit have been removed from the Church what is there left to fear?

False teaching & Pride will no longer be there…

Expectation & Striving will no longer be there…

False authority, Injustice & Condemnation will no longer be there…

Rejection & Apathy will no longer be there…

When everyone, irrespective of the gifts and mantles they have been given by the Lord, takes their place in considering others as being more important than themselves and takes the place of a servant in the Church, then there is unity, then there is peace and then there is harmony…

Then, in that genuine place of knowing that only God does anything of value in our own individual lives and only God sets us free from our sin to enjoy Him and enjoy serving others, in that place we can be (within the bounds of peace) truly transparent with each other and as the Lord releases it, we can receive freedom from the Lord from our besetting sins as the entire Body works together to nourish itself in love…

When the anti-Christ spirit, the religious spirit & the Jezebel spirit are not ruling in a meeting where God’s people come together (i.e. they are given no place) and the Holy Spirit is given His Place to have absolute freedom to minister to His Church, then where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty – absolute liberty to share and be healed without fear – in an atmosphere of acceptance – in the Presence of the Lord…

I long to see that day in the Church, I long to be a part of a Church where this occurs and Revival follows… 🙂

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Heresy…

I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? But those who are outside, God judges. Remove the wicked man from among yourselves. (1 Corinthians 5:9-13 NASB)

This topic has definitely been on my mind…

It was strongly on my mind before going to sleep early (surprisingly early for me) last night and I’ve woken up early this morning and still can’t get this topic off my mind…

I need to explain where I’m coming from on this before launching in…

I am by no stretch of the imagination perfect with respect to the above list of sins…

God knows my heart and He knows that my new self doesn’t want to do or do any of those things and when His Holy Spirit is working through my new self neither does my body…

I’ve shared on this previously in A New Creation

Sin which dwells in me, however, wants to do and does the things on the above list of sins both inside me and also out through my body at various points in time…

Paul clearly states in Romans 7 that this is not me doing those things but sin which dwells in me…

What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind; for apart from the Law sin is dead. I was once alive apart from the Law; but when the commandment came, sin became alive and I died; and this commandment, which was to result in life, proved to result in death for me; for sin, taking an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. Therefore did that which is good become a cause of death for me? May it never be! Rather it was sin, in order that it might be shown to be sin by effecting my death through that which is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful. For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. (Romans 7:7-20 NASB)

So what exactly is Paul talking about in 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 above?

Because honestly, based on my forty-seven years of life experience to date, I wouldn’t be able to associate or eat with anyone (including myself) who called themselves a brother, i.e. I would never be able to go to any Church or meet with any so-called fellow believers based on those words if I interpret those words to mean that those sins are going on within a person on the inside and practised by them on the outside when the Holy Spirit isn’t in control of their bodies…

Holding each of our lives up to God’s truth means that each and every one of us falls short of the glory of God, whether we have a new creation or whether we don’t…

Those who don’t have a new creation fall short 100% of the time, those of us who do have a new creation fall short somewhere <100% of the time, but we all fall short…

So what is Paul trying to say?

If we were to believe his literal words in the scripture above from 1 Corinthians (factoring in what he says in the above scripture from Romans 7), Paul wouldn’t have been able to associate with or eat with himself either…

Only Jesus would have been able to associate with and eat with Himself but not with any other so-called believer…

And yet we see Jesus living with and eating with the twelve (who called themselves followers) for three years, even cooking them breakfast on the beach when they’d patently disobeyed His command to go to a certain mountain and wait for Him but instead went back to their old fishing jobs (to me that disobedience is being covetous of money, looking after themselves and their livelihoods instead of waiting on the Lord for His provision), they’d also forsaken Him in His hour of need with one of them even denying that he knew Him (and this was the one whom Jesus reconfirmed to be the leader of that group)…

You might argue, “No Andrew, Paul isn’t speaking about what goes on on the inside, he’s speaking about what is actually practised on the outside – it doesn’t matter what goes on on the inside as long as you ‘keep it together’ on the outside”…

I disagree with this, Jesus Himself said, that if a man looks at a woman to lust for her he has already committed adultery with her in his heart – deed done…

That’s the severity of God’s Law…

It’s absolute, no one is practically perfect, no one is practically sinless…

If someone had of been then Jesus wouldn’t have needed to come and sacrifice Himself…

When the woman caught in adultery was brought before Jesus to be stoned to death, “Remove the wicked man from among yourselves” which is the verse Paul is quoting from the Law, what did Jesus say?

Let him who is without sin cast the first stone…

How dare we condemn what God has justified!!!

Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another. For each one will bear his own load. (Galatians 6:1-5 NASB)

So knowing that Paul wrote 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, what exactly was it that the Holy Spirit was meaning through what He wrote through Paul?

Was the Holy Spirit wanting each of us to have the gift of discernment to such a degree that each of us could look into every other potential brother or sister and see whether they were thinking or doing the sins of that list every time we were about to say hello to them or head out for a bite to eat with them?

Did the Holy Spirit want us to have to complete sleuth work, like private detectives with respect to any potential brother or sister we ever encountered before we’d even acknowledge their existence?

That would not be the Holy Spirit that I know…

I’m just calling a spade a spade here…

The Holy Spirit I know has given me discernment about what’s going on inside certain believers and He’s specifically told me to keep that to myself and pray for them, to encourage them and to accept them, just as Jesus has accepted me, to forgive them and encourage them, to point them towards the good plan that the Lord has for them, to encourage them that the Lord loves them, has accepted them, that there is no expectation on them from the Lord to perform but that He will, through His Holy Spirit within them, do the work and that Jesus’ yoke is easy and His burden is light…

I encourage them that anything else is striving…

I take the pressure off them and encourage them that it is God who works in them to will and to work for His good pleasure…

I don’t want to know what is going on inside my brothers and sisters hearts, I honestly don’t…

When the Lord gives me discernment to see some of those things I then have a responsibility to pray for them and that is honestly hard work…

What I’m trying to say is that I’m much happier to just mind my own business and not know what is going on inside my brothers and sisters…

To their own Master, they stand or fall and stand they will because the Lord is able to make them stand…

I have no business to be a busy body and focus on all my brother and sisters potential faults and think I’m offering some service to them by pointing those out…

That’s why the Holy Spirit has been given to each of us – operating inside each of our new selves – to point out to us the lies which we’ve believed which are allowing sin which dwells in us the ability to keep practising the sin which it so loves to practise…

Love always trusts and love covers a multitude of sins…

Who would want to be a part of a ‘church’ where your behaviour was continually scrutinized (by your fellow ‘members’ and ‘leadership’) with the end result being that you could potentially be removed from that ‘church’ because of your behaviour?

I know that I personally wouldn’t want to be part of such a ‘church’ – that reminds me of being in Communist China/Russia or Nazi Germany – I’m just being honest…

I don’t believe the Church should be on an introspective witch-hunt amongst its own members – life is too short…

Our job is to surrender ourselves to the Holy Spirit, allow Him to lead us into all truth from the scripture and to transform us as He wills – it is His will to sanctify us – we just offer ourselves to Him in this process and trust Him to do the work…

I’ll never forget back in my twenties how I did a street ministry called ‘Drug Arm’ on Friday nights and my fellow team leader was a guy who’d been saved out of drugs (which I believe is included in the ‘drunkard’ category from the list above) and how his Pastor at the time wisely told him, don’t worry if you get high a few more times, don’t focus on it…

It was that advice, freeing him from the fear of failure and showing that his Pastor accepted and believed in him (really believing in the Holy Spirit within him and seeing his new heart) which freed him from his drug addiction…

That’s the Holy Spirit I know…

The Holy Spirit I know has sat with me in all my sexual addictions and promised me that I will be free…

He hasn’t ‘excommunicated me’ or told me that He won’t associate Himself with me or eat with me until I’m perfectly whole sexually…

In fact, He’s done the opposite…

If it wasn’t for Him I’d still be just as sexually addicted as I was on the inside before He saved me in the first place…

He’s done a lot with me in respect of the renewing of my mind so far but He’s still got a lot more to do in the future – I know this, I’m happy with this and I’m content to let Him do it in His time…

Jesus Himself welcomes us to associate with Him and eat and drink with Him as often as we take the bread and wine to remember that it was His death, burial and resurrection which gave us life…

OK, so here’s what I believe this scripture means…

I believe the Holy Spirit is telling us that if we come across a person who says defiantly, openly, proudly and publically, “I practice [insert name of particular sin from the above list], I have no intention of ever stopping, God’s OK with it, God’s got nothing against it, it’s not a problem, I’m a Christian but I’m also going to keep doing this for the rest of my life, you should accept me into your Church, I should also be able to have a leadership position, I fully belong with the rest of you as an equal but I’ll be practising [insert name of particular sin from the above list]”, in that case – being as (a) that is the testimony of that particular person, (b) in giving that testimony they are encouraging others to ‘go and do likewise’ and (c) being as that testimony has been heard by two or three witnesses, i.e. it wasn’t ‘witch-hunted’ out of that person but they declared it freely themselves as their intent – they shouldn’t be allowed to be a part of that Church, that local group of believers…

There’s a huge difference between saying, as I have personally stated in the article above, “Look, I believe in Jesus, I submit to the authority of the scripture, what scripture says is sin, is sin, it is wrong, I believe the Holy Spirit will remove it more and more and more from me, I’m not perfect yet, I’m trusting the Holy Spirit to sanctify me more and more and more, every sin is surrendered to Him by me, I want Him to fill me entirely and Baptise me with His Holy Spirit and with Fire more and more and more, as per His word I am ‘hanging limp’, I have ‘ceased striving’, I am ‘being still’ and knowing that He is God, I am trusting Him to transform me into His image and as such I submit myself to the Church to receive any genuine words or insights from the Lord and in accordance with scripture to head me in that direction”, and the preceding statement…

The preceding statement is proud and arrogant and willful and rebellious and is setting up an alternative authority to the word of God as revealed in scripture – that just doesn’t belong in the Church…

There can only be one authority in the Church – and that is Jesus Christ Himself and His written word the scripture…

It’s OK for us as believers to be broken, I am broken, I understand brokenness, I understand addiction, I understand the importance of undoing lies which we have believed, I understand the importance of forgiveness, I understand that there are layers in our behaviour which bring us into deeper and deeper and deeper freedom in the Lord, it’s exactly that – and exactly that pursuit that we should be pursuing together in our Churches – without any shame or any ‘looking down on’ behaviour – but encouraged by the leadership of the Church knowing that there are no taboo subjects in the Lord, that the Lord is not scared of us openly discussing our failures, our failings and our sin, as in that open discussion – that bringing of those things hidden in darkness out into the light – in that place and in that place alone (not in jamming them down inside us and hoping no one will ever find them because we’re scared of being rejected or despised by our so-called ‘church family’), that we will together find freedom…

When one suffers we all suffer…

When all are free, imagine what that freedom will look like – we will all share each other’s joy in being free… 🙂

So the person who does not submit themselves to Jesus and His word revealed in scripture – His truth revealed in scripture – to the person who does not align their confession or their testimony with that of scripture but endeavours to establish an alternative truth, i.e. they call evil good and good evil, they are not welcome in the Church of Jesus Christ…

I personally believe that those people are to be treated as if they are not believers at all – they should not have any part in our meetings or voice in what we believe, I believe we need to tell our Church members what those people have said so that our Church members can know what they stand for and make their own decision as to whether they agree with them and also want to leave our Church or whether they submit to scripture and the process of believing truth which we have not yet perfectly walked but are surrendered to continue to believe as we’re transformed more and more and more into the image of Christ but with no time-frames set (i.e. no expectations set) on how quickly this must happen for any of us – just the trust in the Lord and in each other (the discernment) that we belong to the Lord and are here to help each other (without any force or control) as He leads us towards us as a Body becoming individually and collectively more like Him…

Thus our testimony to the world is intact, i.e. that we submit aspirationally to the practice of all the truth revealed in scripture, but we are also seen by the world as being real in that we have not yet attained to this aspiration but are on a journey of trust and discovery as we look to the risen Jesus to achieve this transformation within us as we journey together from grace to grace… 🙂

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Sexual Intimacy…

The Lord has shown me what sexual intimacy will look like in a relationship which He inspires and blesses with the freedom – in His Holy Spirit – to be surrendered – both husband and wife to exist for the pleasure of the other – in freedom and abandon…

He has promised me that I personally will experience this with my wife at a point in time in the future where He brings me and my wife into that place where we are one soul with each other…

I have seen a vision of Him literally blending our souls on that day so that we are no more two separate souls but one blended soul – in the picture it was as if our individual blood was blended together (that was the metaphor He was using) – He was blending it together to make us one…

Our consciousnesses were shared and what I knew about my wife was total – there were no secrets – and what she knew about me was total – there were no secrets – and in that place, there was absolute acceptance – from each other – of each, and a sharing of both our strengths and our weaknesses – both of the good and the bad – so that she became me and I became her – we were literally one…

We thought together, we solved problems together – any problem either of us had was our problem – there was no expectation on us to sort anything out – we were trusting (together) in the Holy Spirit to continue His work in us – we were brought together into this place by Him and for His Glory – and He was the One making us one in our souls…

He had already made us one in our spirits – we were walking on the same path, in the same direction, with the same understanding of His call on our lives and the path which was ahead of us, although steep – was sweet and anointed with His newness and dripping with His new day fragrance…

This fragrance led us forward in eager expectation of what lay ahead and a desire to walk with Him right to the top of the mountain which was His call for our lives together…

I knew her and she knew me, I loved her and she loved me, I desired her and she desired me…

There was no need – only appreciation and the desire to give and receive from each other as freely given to by the other…

The desire to meet the deepest needs in each other and to give to each other in the deepest possible way, pleasure in every aspect of life – culminating in the sexual area…

The sacredness that I saw in this oneness truly took my breath away…

It was so intimate, so sacred, so given, so exclusive, so free, so genuine, so real, so felt – it was truly that we knew that we genuinely loved each other and were giving – wholeheartedly – to each other with no regret or filter and in the knowledge that this was ordained by God and blessed by God and in the power of God for our pleasure and enjoyment and to blow our minds at His love for us in creating such an amazing other-centred relationship – in which there is no regret – for us to enjoy and see His nature at work…

It was so sacred that it wouldn’t be talked about or discussed with anyone else – except in those overall terms – but what we specifically did in those times of sexual oneness or intimacy were private and confidential – protected by His boundaries – a special personal relationship just between us – which was just ours – just our business – which was so special – and meant that we could completely relax in His presence knowing that we were safe to be absolutely transparent with each other because this experience would forever stay within our bedchamber…

I have to say that when the Lord showed me this it completely took my breath away in awe at the Lord…

The Lord is the opposite of a prude…

The Lord has created intimacy between a man and a woman in a given covenant relationship where each has unconditionally given themselves to each other to be each others’ – come what may (forgiveness is key in this relationship) – for the rest of their lives together on earth…

The issue of acceptance is covered – it is a given…

The issue of trust is covered – the Lord gives the faith to believe and know that to give yourself to this other person is the right thing to do and that He will enable you (and them) to grow in this relationship and trust Him that He will hold you and cause you to come closer and closer and closer to each other and to Himself…

The issue of letting down your defences or your walls is covered as what is shared with your partner stays between the two of you – it is safe in the vault of that sacred privacy and will never be used against you…

The two become one and tackle life’s problems together as one – putting all their combined talents and wisdom together – to forge a way through life which is efficient and wise (yes, I can’t think of a better word so I’ll use that word again) – perfect…

It is no one else’s business what goes on on the inside of this relationship – that is the beauty of it – it is not broadcast or publicized – it is not displayed on a reality TV programme – it is the privacy of it which gives it God’s special stamp of intimacy and makes every unique couple who He so calls together special…

Every unique couple, whoever they are, from whatever walks of life they are from, with whatever financial endowment they so find themselves with, have each other and this special relationship, given by God to them – and they know this – that God has brought them together to be one inside His covenant relationship of marriage…

Male and female – made one – perfect diversity – dwelling together in unity…

Intimacy – it is just beautiful – based on honesty and acceptance…

Not seeking honesty and acceptance but flourishing off that foundation which has been set there permanently by God Himself…

Growing in freedom from that place of acceptance and love – knowing that this is the one who the Lord has given to share the rest of your life with (or however long it is until He takes one or both to be with Him in Glory)…

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The Future of the Church – Honouring His Word…

In The Future of the Church & The Future of the Church – Indigenous Leadership I believe the Lord has been building a picture of what the Church will undergo to prepare Her for the great end-time harvest and His ultimate coming…

In this post, I believe the Lord wants me to share what He showed me with respect to Honouring His Word…

There was a Prophetic Conference held recently in Christchurch, New Zealand…

My wife attended this conference…

I didn’t feel from the Lord to attend but one morning during the conference as I lay in bed the Lord gave me a vision…

This vision was New Zealand specific but I believe it has ramifications for the Church in all localities as the Lord brings Revival…

I saw a Church, it was as if I was seeing the heart of the Church, they were a Church who honoured the Lord’s Word (what He has said in scripture) – this means that they trembled at and respected His Word – they held what He said in scripture in honour…

They wanted to protect His Name, to honour His character…

They didn’t have all the gifts, they didn’t have all the frills, but they did – on the inside – in their hearts – honour His Word…

I saw the Holy Spirit fill and consume every Church in New Zealand who were standing in honour of His Word (as revealed in scripture)…

I literally saw them consumed – set on fire – and all of sudden – they were in Revival…

This will occur…

Then I saw other ‘churches’ who didn’t honour His Word – they may have had a lot on, they may have had hype and frills and excitement – but they didn’t honour His Word…

In an instant, I saw these ‘churches’ completely reduced to ashes…

All that was left was the black soot of the remainder of their foundation and the smoke rising from their ashes…

I saw the entire superstructure burnt to the ground in an instant of time, incinerated…

This was quite a sobering picture or vision for me…

I knew what the Lord was saying…

He will take those who have been faithful in their hearts with what they’ve been given and who have honoured Him in their lives – may not have been flashy or impressive – may not have been popular but they’ve been faithful and stayed true to Him – He will Baptise them with the Holy Spirit and with Fire and they will come to life and burn in this nation…

The others, who have an appearance of being alive but have strayed from their honour of His Word and sought experiences and feelings in place of allowing Him to bring them into submission to His Word – who have compromised His Word – these ‘churches’ will be removed by the Lord – He will spew them out of His Mouth…

He will not have their testimony blighting His Name…

Immediately I started seeing this vision or picture I was reminded of the word which the Lord gave Smith Wigglesworth which I quoted in full previously in Speak the Vision – I re-quote a part of that word again below…

When the new church phase is on the wane, there will be evidenced in the churches something that has not been seen before: a coming together of those with an emphasis on the Word and those with an emphasis on the Spirit.

When the word and the Spirit come together, there will be the biggest movement of the Holy Spirit that the nation, indeed, the world has ever seen. It will mark the beginning of a revival that will eclipse anything that has been witnessed within these shores, even the Wesleyan and the Welsh revivals of former years. The out pouring of God’s Spirit will flow over from the United Kingdom to the mainland of Europe, and from there will begin a missionary move to the ends of the earth.

(Smith Wigglesworth, 1947)

This word was for Great Britain and what I saw was for New Zealand…

What this says to me is that this is what the Lord will do worldwide…

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The Future of the Church – Indigenous Leadership…

In my previous post, The Future of the Church, I mentioned that the first thing which will occur in the future of the Church is that the individual Churches who will remain, will sit in silence waiting for the Lord to release His vision as to their continued existence, i.e. whether He wants them to continue existing and if He does what it is that He has planned for them to do, and then to continue to sit in silence (believing) waiting for Him to provide the finances necessary for them to pursue that vision…

Those ‘churches’ who will not remain will not do the above and will be removed by the Lord, their candlesticks will be ‘snuffed out’ by the Lord…

Either more and more and more people will leave these ‘churches’ disillusioned with the lack of genuinely Holy Spirit inspired life, freedom and vitality which they possess or the Lord will open up the eyes of those who belong to such organisations what is being practised in the darkness in these organisations, bringing everything hidden in the darkness to light…

As the Lord does this, people will leave these dying organisations seeking for the real thing and they will join those Churches who are seeking the Lord for His vision and waiting for His provision, in humility and meekness, in submission to the Lord…

As we wait, the Lord will speak to us about Indigenous Leadership…

I am a white male…

I was born in New Zealand to white parents…

My mother was born in Birkenhead, England to white parents…

My mother’s lineage is English…

She emigrated to New Zealand in the early 1950’s…

My father was born in Blenheim, New Zealand to white parents…

My father’s lineage is a mixture of Scottish and English…

On the inside, I feel like England is my home (my native soil)…

I’ve felt this for a number of years (it’s been a growing realisation for me)…

I believe that New Zealand is the home of Maori…

The Maori people have authority or power or mana in the land of Aotearoa (the land of the long white cloud)…

They were given this land by the Lord…

Paul tells us in Acts 17:26 that the Lord set the boundaries for the people and gave the different pieces of land all over the world to those whom He wanted to give them to…

and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, (Acts 17:26 NASB)

When the Maori stand up in New Zealand and speak the word of the Lord over this nation, this nation will be in Revival…

This is what we are waiting for, for unity among the various Maori tribes or iwi (including the Moriori who are just another Maori tribe who went to the Chatham Islands) and then a council of Maori elders who are in the Lord to stand up and welcome the Lord to possess and fill Aotearoa with His Long White Cloud of the Presence of the Holy Spirit…

The ministries which this council of Maori elders welcome to minister in New Zealand in the name of the Lord will be blessed and flourish in this nation but not without the blessing of these Maori elders, we need their invitation and they – in the sight of God – have rangatiratanga in this land, over the land…

Permission is required from these Maori elders, once they arise, to minister in this land, they are to be the spiritual gatekeepers of this land…

This is God’s Divine Order…

What have we seen instead of this?

The marginalization of Maori believers in New Zealand…

And yet we ask God for Revival?

How can there be Revival when the covenant which was made before God has not been honoured?  When Divine Order has not been executed?

The Lord’s blessing is released when brothers dwell together in unity…

Has this occurred within the Churches of New Zealand?

Paul went to Ephesus and set up a Church in Ephesus teaching the believers for three years and then set in place Indigenous Leadership before leaving…

This was the Apostolic pattern, go, preach, people get saved, baptised, baptised in the Holy Spirit, taught, elders are appointed to look after the people and the Apostolic team moves on and does it again in the next province or nation…

The Apostolic team didn’t settle down in the foreign territory and create a kingdom based around themselves…

They understood that the power came from the Indigenous People, the Tangata Whenua, having responsibility for the Spiritual Authority over their own land over the believers in their own land…

This is where the power comes from…

Who are the Tangata Whenua of Jerusalem?  To whom was Jerusalem given to by the Lord?  To the Jews…

Who are the Jews?  Well, the sign set above Jesus’ head as He died said, “The King of Jews” so we know that Jesus was a Jew and that the sign set above His Head was a true Prophetic Statement…

The Jews are all the physical descendants of Abraham, via Isaac and via Jacob, Jesus Himself was a descendant of Jacob’s son Judah as He was born of a Jewish mother via Mary…

Who therefore has true Spiritual Authority in Jerusalem?

Those physical descendants of the Twelve Tribes of Israel to whom Jerusalem and all the territory of Israel was given…

Were the ‘Ashkenazi Jews’, whom the Rothschild family identify themselves as being apart of, descended from one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel?

The Rothschild family paid for the establishment of the Knesset, the Parliament Buildings in Jerusalem where the Israeli Government sit and have a street heading up to the Knesset named after themselves, Rothschild Street…

But are the Rothschild family and are the ‘Ashkenazi Jews’ really Jews or are they actually usurpers of those who are really intended by the Lord to have spiritual authority over their land, i.e. the true physical descendants of the land?

We see that the native American Indians have had their place, their mana, their rangatiratanga, their turangawaewae, stolen from them by usurpers…

We also see that the Australian Aboriginals have had their place, their mana, their rangatiratanga, their turangawaewae, stolen from them by usurpers…

We also see that the New Zealand Maori have had their place, their mana, their rangatiratanga, their turangawaewae, stolen from them by usurpers…

What does this mean?

The Lord knows who He gave the lands to…

The Lord knows who He had in mind as being guardians of the individual boundaries which He set…

He knows…

And He will honour that authority…

It is those who have authority on their lands…

They have – in the spirit – the ability to welcome the Lord and the Lord’s people to minister life to those lands…

When usurpers are in control there is a false authority system in place and true authority cannot function…

There is no blessing…

So if we find ourselves as a foreigner residing in a land in which we are not the Tangata Whenua (the people of the land), what do we do?

We pray that the Lord will uproot and tear down, destroy and overthrow all false authority systems in place in that land and then build and plant all true authority systems in that land under true Spirit-led Indigenous Leadership…

This is in line with the call of Jeremiah in scripture…

The Lord called Jeremiah to be a Prophet to the Nations, as such here was his Divinely given mandate…

Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.” (Jeremiah 1:9-10 NIV)

This is the Lord’s intention in giving us this Prophetic Mantle…

False authority is not of the Lord, there is no blessing there…

The Lord’s blessing comes in unity and unity can only come when we all submit in our proper places under Divine Order…

There is order in Nations, there is order in the Church, there is order in Families, there is order even within our own individual beings…

All things must be done decently and in order, this is the command of scripture…

When we do this, i.e. line up with God’s word in surrender to His Holy Spirit with His Holy Spirit doing the work through us, then there is blessing released on ourselves, our Families, our Churches and our Nations…

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