A Generation Rising
The love of God is never failing, even in the darkest pit He is there. Where can I hide from His love? If I go to the mountain He is also there. The nature of the carnal man is sin and rejection. Yet He sent His son that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Life presents its ups and downs and the notion is that this is the status quo till we part from this earth. Yet the spirit of God has promised us so much more. He wants us to be a dwelling place for God to rest in our hearts, all of a sudden, we become royals, a city that is set on a hill in a dark and fallen world. A saint is just a sinner that falls but rises again. We will be the bride that rise up when the saviour returns to take us home.
In this season, God is raising up a generation of saints who are seeking after the heart of the Father. Not caring about what the world thinks or the standard of the natural man but instead taking up their rightful place in victory and in purity, declaring that the return of our King is at hand. All must repent. There has been a burning desire in my heart to see a city captured by the love of our saviour Jesus Christ. Goodbye to religion and hello to the intimate relationship that the Father seeks for all humanity.
I turn around in gatherings and see a few connecting and others spiritually dormant. Indeed, salvation is an individual race but someday somehow a people will and must rise. A fervent army, hungry for a move of God in their communities, cities, nations and generations to come. Yet still the very depth of man speaks forth a desire to belong to some sort of move, some sort of ministry, some sort of church, when the Father requires the church to be inside of you, the move to rest inside of you and the ministry to be your very life.
My soul longs for a daily kiss from our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. I long to see the face of the soon coming King. The one that spoke to the woman at the well saying that one day she will worship in Spirit and truth, the same King promised that in her will be a fountain of living water springing up into everlasting life.
You wonder why your heart is not settled at your 9-5 or you’re not settled during that lecture? It is the deep calling out to the deep things of God. The Spirit hovers around searching for a place where He can reside. Revival must start from within, all it takes is a few people who are hungry for a move of God, a profound and everlasting move. A people not concerned about themselves but instead are hungry for more of the one that died for all.
He is indeed from everlasting to everlasting and His word is Yea and Amen. Lord gather a people who seek nothing but you. Gather a generation who are ready to forsake all and follow you, wake up a selfless bride that yearn for purity and righteousness. After all, your Word says that we should possess our minds, bodies and souls through sanctification and honour. In these last hours, prepare us for the last harvest and turn a generation’s heart back to you. In this time and season let the called accept the mission statement. In this time and season let the called become the chosen, in this time and season let the precious Holy Spirit fill the land, in this time and season let our lives speak of you. The sceptre of Righteousness is a Sceptre of the Kingdom of God. Send us forth in diligence and consistency until you return, we will be among the number.
In Jesus Name.
Daily I lay my head on my pillow knowing that this night could be the last. Yet my heart rests in the hope that one day I will meet my maker. The church must change the mind from right now to eternity. A recent message from a preacher named Nathan Morris, touched on Ecclesiastes 3, the Father wants to put eternity in your heart. The eternal mind is the victorious mind. Daily setting your thoughts and agenda on things above will awaken the spirit man within you. After all, no one is promised tomorrow. The Father is seeking a people that have a childlike surrender and walk with Him. Knowing that He supplies all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. When I think about eternity I think about the heavens, I think about the whole host of angels, I think about the elders, I think about all the greats documented in scripture, I think about a white horse, I think about a heavenly crown, I fathom that our Lord and saviour will be closer than He has ever been before. Yet I remember that He wants to be close to me even now. You see, the transition from the now into eternity is simply a line that you cross over. A man of God at a recent conference made this quite clear, eternity is not something we works towards, eternity can happen at any moment.
Therefore, we must press on towards the mark of the higher calling, daily seeking the face of the one who is worthy, the one who is holy, the one who was slain before the foundation of the world for you and I. I heard this once and I will never forget it. If one died for all, all must live for the one.t The beauty is that we live in HIM. I have tasted the so-called pleasures of this world, similarly I have tasted the pleasures of the kingdom. There is only one that is good and that is the eternal kingdom. When heaven comes down and touches your heart, you’re never the same. The heartbeat of man becomes the heartbeat of God. His ways are not our ways, His thoughts are not our thoughts but how I long to know His ways and His thoughts and yet all is revealed in that one moment with the Father, the secret place.
Very recently have I discovered the power in fellowship, that loving moment where the one written about becomes more than text but He becomes the very living word spoken about in scripture. That holy presence in the room when everything is silent… priceless. Jesus said that many will come on that day crying out ‘Lord Lord’, yet he will say, depart from me for I never knew you. In order for the Christian man to truly be the Christian man, you must know him. I implore all who read this therefore to know this Jesus. You may be going through tribulations, addictions, habits, sin whatever it may be. The vicious cycle that you may have been struggling with for years. But I write to you today and say that whoever the son of man has set free is free indeed. The joy is that, whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. You are already set free, hold on to that word and look at how your life changes, look to the finished work of the cross. Steward the freedom and liberty each day by spending time with the one who freed you, and your life will always burn for Him.
Purity of Heart
Today I had the privilege of sharing a word during our monthly "Women of Faith" meeting and it was amazing! When Aunty C first asked me to share in the meeting I had a million and one ideas but nothing really stuck. Eventually, I did what I should have done in the first place and left it to God. I asked Him to purify my heart and give me only what He wanted to talk about, true to His word I woke up this morning knowing exactly what the topic was going to be. Below is an excerpt from my notes written at 6:30 this morning.
My prayer going into this is: “Lord it’s not even about me, it’s not about accolades or making Aunty Caro proud. It’s about You. Purify my heart and my intentions. Empty everything else out so the only thing on it will be what You put there.” Last night I fell asleep with no plan but God in His loving faithfulness had something better. He gave me a dream illustrating the destruction caused when our hearts aren't pure, we may not act in physically destructive ways but the little things we let slide because they're "not that deep" push us closer and closer to the edge until one day we wake up at the bottom of the cliff wondering why we jumped.
The dream starts with me at an event flirting with two guys. I knew both had feelings for me but I had no interest in either of them - it was just meant to be "harmless flirting". The event comes to a close and it's time to go home, one of the guys lives near me so we decide it makes sense to ride together. The other guy sees this, his ego gets bruised and he starts a fight. Now I'm standing there embarrassed but not surprised, asking myself "why did I do that?" as the dream fades out.
I hadn’t physically done anything to trigger this fight. Neither of them were my boyfriend so I wasn't cheating. In the eyes of the world I was blameless. However, my interactions with both guys were nowhere near on par with the standard God calls His daughters to handle their brothers. My inappropriate behaviour opened the door for their false sense of entitlement which later led to jealousy and violence. In the eyes of the Lord I was wrong and I knew it.
A lot of the time we relate purity to sexual or physical acts but it covers a lot more than that. It’s the intent behind the things we do and the words we say. God wants us to be pure in our thoughts, words and actions. All of which flow from the heart. Therefore when we think about purity we can’t limit it to our actions, we have to start at the heart.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
- Proverbs 4:23 NIV
God wants us to be pure for our own good. He doesn’t want us to be sad about losing things He never wanted us to have. He definitely doesn’t want us triggering fights between guys who have no entitlement to us in the first place. Living a life that honours God becomes second nature when we are obedient and obedience is less of a battle when we let go of our own desires.
A common prayer we pray is "not my will but Yours Lord”. By saying this we’re saying that we only want the things God wants to happen, yet a lot of the time when things don’t go our way we’re upset. Even though it’s natural to be upset we need to be able to check ourselves to avoid dwelling in a place of sadness. “Why am I crying about this? Who am I grieving for? Myself or God?” If God removes something that He didn’t will for us to have why are we upset? Our prayer has been answered, why do we resent Him for it? Being pure in heart enables us to see God for who He is (a loving father, protector, provider) rather than who He isn’t (dictator, the one who took my boyfriend away, the one who won’t let me have fun).
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
- Matthew 5:8 NIV
That being said, it’s easy to say “be pure” but how do we put that into practice? By focusing on good and holy things. We need to be so filled with Him that there is no space for hatred, so focused that we can’t even see the things we've "lost".
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
- Philippians 4:8 NLT
What happens when we find ourselves thinking negatively?
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
- 2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV
In closing, my prayer is from Psalms 51:10, that God will create a pure heart and renew a steadfast spirit in us all.
Jesus 18’ – A shift in Orlando
Often times, when one goes to a Christian conference, they tend to receive from God; something that the Lord has been wanting to give them. And receive we did, but it was a lot more than that for a few of the YOTN (Youth on the Narrow) members that embarked on this life altering trip to Orlando. Already, I see an eyebrow raised and I completely understand. As a matter of fact, I don’t blame you in the slightest. For JESUS 18, was a moment in which our lives were marked and changed forever. Not only did we receive so much from the Lord in the space of one week, but we were also privileged to be emptied of ourselves in order for God to give to others through us.
Essentially, what I am trying to say about JESUS 18 is that there is too much to say. But in this short amount of time we have, I shall attempt to make it brief.
Much was to be expected from our trip to Orlando, but never in the way that we could have imagined. A lot of planning, preparation and thought had gone into the journey. Even on a 9-hour flight to get there, our stomachs clenched in anticipation and excitement for what God was going to do in this well renowned conference that we had heard so much about every year but had never had the opportunity to go. For now, was the time. The moment. That our hearts would be purified, and we would be marked with a true passion to seek the face of the Lord.
The first night of the conference set precedent. It allowed us to understand that this would be an experience like none other. With the presence of God so thick and tangible in the atmosphere, and bodies littering the ground after being slain by the Holy Ghost, we knew that God was coming for us in a new way.
Every night thereafter, got better and better. God began to break down our walls. Each of us encountered God in ways that we would never forget. Each day, we received from God only to pour out into others around us and it was amazing to see God completely “wreck us” (some new terminology we learnt while in the USA) and use us in the way He did. We met amazing people that we will also never forget, friends for life that God brought to us specifically. More than anything, we were baptized in His Holy Fire and with His Spirit. In fact, the most powerful encounters we experienced, were the ones back in the house that we were staying. I believe strongly that God was humbling us, inviting us to remove our eyes from the ‘man’ and fix our gaze on the Son of Man, Jesus Christ.
So much was learnt in Orlando 18, and God’s call upon each individual’s life became clearer. Most interestingly, as we have become accustomed to seeing, is the way God moved in our private lives post-Orlando. When we got back to London, we brought the fire of the Lord with us, and from that moment we understood that God was not done with us yet. Again, He was teaching us that His Presence was not restricted to conferences alone. The fire for God and His love begins in the home, and we learnt this truth very swiftly. We grew an appetite for His Presence and whenever we gathered, it ended in a time of prayer and worship and seeing God’s miraculous hand even in our own homes.
All in all, Jesus 18 changed us forever. From that journey, we cultivated a new ethos. That everything we did, and still do today, must have Jesus at the centre and at the forefront. Jesus must be everything.
Until next time.
God bless xoxoxox
A Time Away in His Presence
Don’t get familiar with how He comes.
One of the recurring themes of our first ever church retreat was this one key phrase. A lot of the time, we as Christians tend to hit a brick wall in our pursuit for more of the Lord. We feel as if the things we were doing before to get close to Him, no longer seem to be doing the trick and we become frustrated and perhaps even angry. But with that being said, if there is anything that I personally took home from last summer’s retreat, was to expect the unexpected. God never shows up in the same way every time, and sometimes it is a lesson we ought to learn. We cannot put God in a box or limit what He can do, because He is God and we are but dust and clay.
Embarking on this journey to Ashburnham amongst my brothers and sisters was truly a life changing experience. None of us knew exactly what to expect, but we were expectant none the less. We had been in and out of dialogue for months, about how desperately we needed just a day or two, away from the noise and busyness of life, and to simply linger in the sweet and blissful presence of the Lord. Boy, did we get that and much more!
Much was learnt there in Ashburnham, with unique encounters from God in each of our lives and a fresh infilling of unspeakable joy. You can imagine what it must have looked like. Waking up early, day and night, to simply rest in the presence of God and to worship and praise Him with a complete abandonment, and disregard for time might I add. We became so hungry and set ablaze with a new fire for the Lord, that even on our breaks, many of us youths would gather together in different rooms and invite the Lord into the room. We became addicted. Truly, looking back I can say with ease, that the retreat increased our spiritual stamina, but also provoked us to reflect on how we have been seeking the Lord. None left the same way that we came.
A lot happened in those few days we stayed, and all in all it was a time to remember. I encourage every single person to get away, whether that be by yourself, with family, friends or your whole church, and be with God, give Him your undivided attention, because it will change your life forever. The way you seek Him individually and even corporately will be altered. He will see your heart; your hunger and He will show up. All we have to do is come with open minds, without any preconceptions of exactly how He wants to come in and we will find Him.
God bless xoxo
Ashburnham - In His Presence 2018
Just a brief overview of what went down at our first ever retreat...