The Tabernacle

Creating 'spaces' to experience the presence of God

Day of the Father

April 4th, 2017
Received 17/03/17 by Helen Goatley
“There is coming now a new move & this new move will be of my presence as Father. What will wash across these southern shores is a new revelation & encounter of sons and daughters with their Father God. It will not be like past waves of my Fathering presence – it will be new and fresh and different. For a new generation has come to time and it is a new day. For theirs now is a glorious encounter after glorious encounter with the love of the Father. Many upon many will find their way home now. This is the day of the Father.”

Dwarf or Brave

August 20th, 2012

I awoke early. As I lay there I found myself suddenly in a vision. I saw my hands open in front of me & sitting on my palms were two figures. On the left hand was a cowering, terrified but raging dark dwarf with whip in hand. In my right hand stood a straight, confident, fully mature man brimming with peace & boldness.

Then I heard the words,

“We know how much God loves us, & we have put our trust in His love. God is love, & all  who live in love live in God & God lives in them. As we live in God, our loves grows more perfect. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, & this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.” (1 John 4:16-18)

Suddenly I realised what was in my hands. “Perfect love expels all fear”. Perfect doesn’t mean without err or imperfection. The word actually means completeness, maturity, man vs boy (gk: ‘teleios’). The complete, the mature have learnt to own & love their story rather than shame it or meter it out on others. Maturity has taught them to value courage and freedom that is not controlled by externals. That courage has taken them to encounters with truth, where they discover they are honourable because they have value. An encounter with the love of God always affirms their value, a value that NEVER changes because of theirs or others actions and choices.

I was mesmerised, there the mature man boldly stood on my right hand! Unintimidated. Fully Alive in Truth.

Reminds me of the one who wore the name, Jesus / Yeshua (Hebrew). He was fully God & fully man. Love looks like something & it looked like His life & death. He knew that to love was to be vulnerable & to be vulnerabie is not weak but the most accurate measure of courage.

I glanced across & there stood the twisted, raging dwarf.  This dwarf has a name. It is a greek word, ‘Kalazo’ & it means dwarf, penal infliction, torment. (1 John 4:18) Fear will always twist & fear will always reach for the intimidating whip of threat & punishment to protect & justify its cowardly position. Fear loves to mull us. Mull our identity. Mull our destiny & suffocate us with shame.

I have noticed that when fear wafts its foul stench over me, & I listen & agree to it, I take on a posture mentally, emotionally, spiritually & outwardly which is more liken to a dwarf. Ever felt that? Squashed, small, twisted by externals, not really yourself, not at all free or bold?

In contrast there is nothing more appealing, more dangerous than one who has met & dwells with perfect love. So the question is, do we “know how much God loves us, & we have put our trust in His love?” (1 John 4:16)

This is a question of relationship. Relationships require hanging out together – doing life..living it with others. Such a strange word in this day & age when disconnect, blame & hiding are king. Yet it is the deep pain of our dwarfed souls. But doing life with others, requires of us choice, intentionally & a belief that we are worthy of love, connection & belonging. It is a commitment to ourselves & to courage.

When it is settled in us that HIS love never fails, that he never rejects us or is horrified at our mortal states, but remains bullet proof in His position FOR me, completely safe & utterly predictable towards me, I am living in who He is! So what’s settled for you? What are you living in?

God has ONLY ONE posture towards me – love. His love is a journey that concludes with a feast. He offers more. Always. Feasts in the Bible are a picture of  hospitality, significant joyous moments, & covenant. All of these remain ways today in our society of reflecting love.

When we celebrate friends coming over for a meal, when a child has a Bar Mitzvar, or an 18th & of course at a reception on the wedding day, we enjoy a feast. This is a relational thing. When a feast is reduced to function, we call it a business meeting.

This is who God is. He is into feasts! And his feasts have banners over us declaring I love YOU (Song of Song 2). He loves to celebrate us. He loves us from our fearful dwarf ways, right into a mature fully aged bold, free bride of love!

This is His ONLY posture towards you. Towards me.

I have a choice. Agree with & dress myself with love, or agree with & dress myself with fear. One diminishes me, the other builds up.  The way of love, is not for the faint hearted. It is not for a dwarf mentality. Love expels this. Either we feed from the left hand or the right.

Maturity is expensive, but so is a dwarf mentality & life!

People perfected in love, not perfected in fear, are some of the most attractive, dangerous, world changes I know. They are completely safe, completely predictable. Infused with the power of love itself, for they have settled in it & it in them! (1 John 4:16) They have only one face. The face of Jesus. And from this face they live, breathe & speak of one thing, love.

Love’s name is Jesus, God incarnate.

So what am I being perfected in?

Love or punishment? The perfect love called Jesus or the dark dwarf of fear?

It’s in your hands.

The Australian Shake…

March 22nd, 2012

As we met with some intercessors, the following impression was received. The Most High God – El Elyon – is rising up and making a way for Himself!

“The underground is stirring across this land.
As they stir, things will shake.
The ground will shake.
The heavens will shake.
The economy will shake.
Relationships will shake.
There is nothing that the power of this shaking will not touch.
But this is a shaking like none before.
This is the Australian shake.

It is the shake of the hand.
The shake of reconciliation.
The shake of a bride’s heart as she sees her bridegroom.
The shake of heart’s connecting
of meeting
Of relationship begun.
The shake of the hand.

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This shake will unite not only this vast nation.
But key nations as we stand in a pivotal moment of history.
Together we will advance and lead into a way not walked before.
Together the fire of His passion,
The fire of His love will set a world ablaze like never before.
He is roaming the earth
Looking and finding his lovesick lovers
Who receive His hand,
and walk with Him. (Josh 3:3-4)
A bride prepared.
A co-heir of His son.

Such is the moment that is upon us.”

17 March 2012  – Helen Goatley

Unprecedented

November 14th, 2011

image021.jpg What a brilliant time in history we are living in!

On the 11/11/11 all over the world, nations, families, communities set aside time to worship God. This is unprecedented in the history of mankind that worship to God was given on such a scale globally.

As I sat hearing Father’s heart now, He begun to speak more of the nature of this unprecedented time we are in.

As we worshipped around the world on Friday, He likened this to David dancing before the Lord with all His might as the Ark of the Covenant (the physical place God chose to dwell) entered the city of Jerusalem. (2 Sam 6)

In the New Testament, the new Jerusalem is likened to a prepared ‘bride adorned for her husband’ (Rev 21:2).

He whispered to me then when we as God’s bride dance before Him, worship Him, minister to Him, we are being prepared & preparing the way for Him to come.

Jesus is coming!

What came from this moment of dancing before the Lord, would set in motion the golden years for the nation of Israel & result in a resting place built by Solomon for God to finally live with His people & inhabit their praises.

This moment was so profound, so prophetic, for the people of Israel would now live around the presence of God. He no longer was outside the camp. He was the centre point of it! He was lifted up on one of the highest mountains of Jerusalem & would draw ‘all men to Him” (John 12:32)

Such was the ‘drawing power’ of a lifted up God & the favour He bestows on His lovers, that the Rulers of this world would come desiring what Isaiah prophetised.

“The nations shall come to your light and Kings to the brightness of your rising.” (Isaiah 60:3)

There is NOTHING more attractive, more beautiful, more stunning that His glory (this being the manifested presence of God) & His presence/glory being seen on His bride!

For what comes when He is ‘centred around’ is His glory risen on us. (Isa 60:1) The revealed presence of God captivates, consumes, makes sick with love. In this sickness it impossible for many to function & operate in a normal way. They are undone, longing for Him alone, dripping with Him.

And this attracts. This romances. This awakens something in others & they are drawn.

But another thing happened in this moment. “As the Ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window & saw King David leaping & dancing before the Lord, & she despised him in her heart.” (2 Sam 6:16)

Michal stumbled in her heart. The Hebrew word used here is ‘bazah’ meaning to disesteem, dishonour, distain. Her stumbling was because David “revealed himself before the eyes of His servants.” (2 Sam 6:20) This was unprecedented!

He broke the rules she had. The Pharisaical, Religious Spirit loves rules above freedom, especially when it comes to worshipping God! A free worshipper of God is terrifying to a Spirit of Control & beautiful to those chained to slavery.

Jesus is coming! God is making himself present more & more! Can we recognise when HE turns up or will be stumble over what His ‘David’s’ are not doing?

Our ability to honor what another carries in God, directly determines what we can receive. Michal stumbled over what David was not doing, & missed what He was carrying…. the Presence of the living God!

The consequence of this for Michal was barrenness. (2 Sam 6:23) Dishonour closes the door to receiving, evoking emptiness & desolation.

So much hinges on our ability to recognise the presence of God!

May the “eyes of your heart be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope..” (Eph 2:18)

Bill & Beni Johnson prophesied in Melbourne Australia last year that this next move of God would be about the presence of God. Can we recognise & respond to what others carry of God’s presence or will we stumble over what they are not? This is the preparation of a bride being adorned for her husband.

Many last week danced before the Lord. He is coming in & will forever change the tilt of our centre point. This is an epic transition! His glory will cover the earth!

My worship to you

November 11th, 2011

And so this moment has been visited upon me again.

 

Here, I have come to lay it all down at the feet of the ONE.

He has beckoned me again.

Beckoned me to surrender ALL,

holding

nothing…

 

This is a sacred, hallowed place.

A place of great tenderness,

vulnerability

& trust.

 

In so many ways, this is what holiness looks like,

at least in my journey, my story.

 

This is abandoned worship… abandoned living.

 

A lifestyle of consecutive moments where what is precious, what is dear, what is loved greatly in my heart,

is offered & laid down at His feet.

In this sacred moment

I relinquish what I grew to love, gave in sacrifice for…

to HIM.

 

And today on this day of global worship, this is my worship.

 

All He has given me, I give to Him.

And I trust Him again.

 

And He begins again to steal my heart away.

 

This is the dance

the romance.

 

This is my song of worship to you today, my Jesus.

You have my ‘YES’ again

 

anything

anywhere

anytime. Lord I am willing.

 

You have my ‘Yes’ again.

This is my worship to you, the fairest of them all.

Lovesick

November 11th, 2011

This morning I awoke aware of these lyrics echoing over & over again in my spirit & mind.

“All you ever wanted was my affection

All you ever wanted was love from me & just sit here at your feet. “

(Arms wide Open by Misty Edwards)

As the sun rises on this 11/11/11, I sit with the deep longing, the deep realisation of these words. These are the pained words of a lovesick bride who’s heart He has stirred & awakened. Who’s heart He has begun to steal again.

The awakened heart carries an ache, a longing for Jesus. It is filled with a heavy simple love and adoration for Him alone. A building hunger. Sometimes unable to eat nor sleep. Often finding the normal stuff excruciatingly boring. Crying out for His beauty night and day, gloriously heavy in desire for more of Him.

Dripping with Him.

And this is all He ever really wanted…

On this day of worship globally, may He awaken & stir up love… for Him again. For a lovesick bride worships from a whole other place!

As you read these words, may He stir up such a longing & hunger in you again. I bless that in you today.

“For love is as strong as death, jealousy as cruel as the grave. Its flames are flame of fire,

A MOST FIERCE flame.” Song of Songs 8:6

 

Exciting week of God moving powerfully

October 29th, 2011

Camping around His Presence!!!

October 12th, 2011

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Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot in Israel) begins sundown today!

Time of joy & worship in Israel when they remember God’s kindness & faithfulness in the wilderness reaffirming their trust in Him. It was during this time that they lived in Sukkah’s, tents or booths also known as Tabernacles. But it wasn’t just the people of Israel who lived in these tabernacles, God himself chose to dwell in a Sukkah. Such is God’s pursuit of us, that the King of the Universe, chose to live in a tent!

The picture here is outstanding! A nation of people ‘camping out’ around the presence of God who camped with them!

The people of God on a journey! This was infact the definition Vatican 2, came up with in the 1960’s for Church… people of God on a journey.

And we do it best, when we are camped around Him, around His Presence!

All nations are called to worship the King, the Lord of Hosts at this time! (In Zech 14:16-17)

Rain is the prophesised result of this time of worship. (Zeph 14:17) It was at this Feast Jesus declared, He was the water which we could drink of & be satisfied!

For sometime now & especially during this incredible time of Feast of Tabernacles, I contemplate the question… at what point in Church History did we stop camping out around His Presence & begin ‘camping’ around sermons?

I invite you to take a time over these next 7 days & ‘camp out’ around Him in worship!

For more information, check out this brilliant website by Biblical teacher Ray Vander Laan who passionately loves Jesus & in doing so has studied under 5 different Rabbis in Israel to understand Jesus the Jew more!

Jewish Feasts | That the World May Know
www.followtherabbi.com

ONE

September 25th, 2011

One conversation. One topic. One thing.

Nothing else matters.

Abandoned to Him.

He is my very breath.

Wasted

September 5th, 2011

“So here I am again. Wasted.

Wasted over you

Poured out over you

You’re Beautiful!
.

In all the ways I could be used,

I could be valued

I could be seen.

Instead, the preciousness of my life

is ‘spent’

used

offered

served upon you,

Beautiful one!
.

Extravegant is my gift – it’s all I have,

my life

given

all for you.

I am a waste

my talents

my training

my intellect

my love..

a waste…

Over you.
.

There is a price to pay in this day for such a gift,

such a choice.

I pay it with the one thing that is most dearest to me,

my heart – the throne of all my affections.

What outrageousness!

What apparent craziness!

But you have my yes.

This is my yes.
.

What will be the measure by which my life will be valued?

What will be the point of my days?

Only heaven’s summary is valid now.

Heaven has been given my life, my days, my yes.

Wastefulness on earth

priceless in heaven.

Sacrificing the temporary for the eternal.
.

So here I am again

and I see your face, you’re beautiful!

I am yours

exclusively

offered

wasted.”

Etchings from this sojourner called like Moses to “Arise, take your journey before the people.” (Deut 10:11)

Time of His eyes

August 29th, 2011

Today on the calender marks a new moon. It is the end of one cycle & the beginning of a new. The effects of this day will have far reaching consequences. Even the tides of the sea will shift because of it.

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What can come for all of us is one of the most amazing times in God. I submit to you that this is a time of His eyes.

Next month, the nation of Israel will be celebrating Rosh HaShanah. This is the start of their new year. God calls this time the Feast of Trumpets. From now until the next full moon, trumpets & shofars (ram’s horns) are commonly heard every morning in Israel.

This is a time of preparation, a time of yearning.

Within one month of the Feast of Trumpets, the Feast of Atonement (Yom Kippor) & Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) is celebrated. This time is all about relationships.

We have all experienced that moment when the face of someone we love appears & the immense value we place on that relationship attracts our attention & suddenly diverts our priorities. Relationship creates access.

There are 7 feasts in the Bible which God calls His. (Lev 23;2) The Hebrew word for feasts is ‘mo’ed’ meaning appointed, fixed time or season, marriage. These are seasons where the natural realm alines in a specific way with the realm of God. They are points of access to a deeper love with God.

John, a follower of Jesus known as the one “Jesus loved” (John 13:1) had such a powerful encounter with the manifest presence of God during one such feast that it overtook him physically. (Rev 1:17)

John says that “He was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day & heard behind a great voice as of a trumpet.” (Rev 1:10) We are given the time indicator here of ‘the Lord’s day’, also known as the Feast of Atonement.

As soon as John hears the ‘great voice as of a trumpet’, he has an incredible vision of the ‘Son of Man’, Jesus. John is awed by the face & eyes of someone who loved him (Rev 1:14). Never underestimate the potential of an encounter with the presence of God especially during His ‘fixed times’.

There is something in this season like at no other time. His face is turning. His eyes of love are burning, longing for us!

Love’s invitation

August 9th, 2011

It is with pleasure that I introduce to you a dear friend, who upon being consistently in the private place with Jesus her lover, has offered to share some of this journey with you. May you be blessed as you marinate in these words, images & invitation, especially as the world shakes again looking for a ‘safe haven’.

Dripping Myrrh

“What is the story behind the words love, oneness, consummation?  What is the Heart whispering to the heart?

Peering into the process of learning to trust the Voice, the call, the invitation, we see a glimpse of the wooing heart of Jesus in Song of Songs 5:2-6.

There we find the beloved in her chamber, washed and reclining, at rest.  But her heart is awake and calling, “Open to me, my beloved.”

With pained reluctance, she hurls her excuses perhaps in weariness, maybe pride, or even shame.  Can a lover love so much that he withdraws in order to create true freedom in response?

Without anger, without frustration, without condescension, He, who is perfect love, paints oil on the very barrier inhibiting consummation.

Not just any oil, it is the oil of myrrh!
It’s the ointment of healing, a life preserver.

It’s the priceless balm of a burial spice.
It’s the wealth of a King mixed with the bride price.

The fragrance of sacrificial love stings, yet it leaves the residue of grace.
……the Invitation remains, but now… there is space.

This is not distance, as if abandoned, but space that punctuates freedom.

“Come unto me or stay in your chamber, either way my Heart is alive and passionate for you. You can’t alter the depth of my love.  I will endure with you until you know you are truly free to receive all of who I am, wherever you are.”

“Open to me. Come unto me.”  Can you hear it ring?  Can you feel it pull on the aches of your heart to be known, to be rescued, to be defended, to be lavished upon?
“Open to me, my perfect one!”  He’s calling…….

The invitation is the fragrance of sacrificial love!  The invitation is in the space between His advance and our response!  The invitation is to be free to be loved wholly, extravagantly, openly.

You see, beloved, Jesus means to draw you out from the chambers of your rest and into the chambers of His heart, eternal rest!  He purposes to envelop you with His waves of mercy and unconditional agape!  He desires to arrest you in the day, in the night, in the upper room, at the city gates!

There is a scandalous reality that the purity of His holy love intimately manifests in the unseen chasms of the inner being,  yet it is fully flaunted in the world.

Beloved, let Him love you in the lowliest of valleys, at the height of the heavens, at the table before your enemy, and in the secret place.  No more compartments of love!  The invitation stands for us to move from portions of love into an experience of its fullness!

He’s knocking on the door of our hearts.  He’s knocking…..not ambushing, not demolishing, but knocking.  Can you feel His gentleness?

Can you see the goodness in the freedom He offers?

Will you permit yourself to respond to love and in so doing, be free indeed?

Even the “yes” in your spirit will lead you to open the door,
and there you’ll be met by love’s oil, dripping myrrh.”

Amy Eben, Colorado USA

Dwarf or mature man?

June 24th, 2011

I had a vision this morning. I saw my hands open & sitting on my palms where two figures. On the left hand was a cowering, terrified raging dwarf with whip in hand. In my right hand stood a straight, confident, fully mature man brimming with peace & boldness.

Then I heard the words,

So we have come to know & to believe the love that God has for us.

God is love, & whoever abides in love abides in God, & God abides in us.

By this is love perfected in us..There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.

For fear has to do with punishment, & whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

(1 John 4:16-18)

Suddenly I realised what was in my hands.

“Perfect love casts out fear” says 1 John. Perfect means completeness, full age, man (gk: ‘teleios’). The complete, full aged man perfect in character, courageous because he is not controlled by externals, totally free, intent on only one thing, love.

Reminds me of the one who wore the name, Jesus / Yeshua (Hebrew). He was God. God is love (1 John 4:16). His life & death punctuated this point. He now sits at the right hand of God the Father.

Fear on the other hand, is linked with punishment here. The word is ‘kalazo’. It means dwarf, curtailed, penal infliction, torment.

I have noticed that when fear wafts its foul stench over me, & I listen & agree to it, I take on a posture mentally, emotionally, spiritually & outwardly which is more liken to a dwarf. Ever felt that? Squashed, small, retarded, not really yourself, not at all free or bold?

There is nothing more appealing, more dangerous than one who has met & dwells with this perfect love. So the question is, have we “come to know & to believe the love that God has for us?” (1 John 4:16)

This is a question of relationship. Relationships require abiding. Abiding is staying, enduring, settling. They require of us choice. And it is in this atmosphere of choice that love grows.

When it is settled in us that HIS love never fails, never runs out, is for me, totally safe, always constant, & utterly predictable towards me, I am abiding. So what’s settled for you? What are you abiding in?

God has only one posture towards me – love. His love is a journey that concludes with a feast. Feasts in the Scriptures mark hospitality, significant joyous moments, & marriage. All of these remain ways today that reflect love.

When we celebrate friends coming over for a meal, when a child has a bar mitzvar, or an 18th & of course at a reception on the wedding day, we enjoy a feast. This is a relational thing. When a feast is reduced to function, we call it a business meeting.

This is who God is. He is into feasts, because His banner over us is love (Song of Song 2). He loves to celebrate us. He loves us from our slavery or dwarf ways, right into a mature fully aged bold, free bride of love!

This is His only posture towards me.

I, on the other hand, have a choice. Agree with & dress myself with the posture of love, or agree with & dress myself with the posture of fear. One diminishes me, the other builds up.

The way of love, is not for the faint hearted. It is not for a dwarf mentality. Love casts this out. Dwarfs & mature men can not dwell together in the one body. It is either the left hand or the right.

Maturity is expensive, but then again so is a dwarf mentality & life!

Men perfected in love, not perfected in doing, are some of the most impressive, dangerous, world changes I know. They are completely safe, completely predictable. Infused with the power of love itself, for they have settled in it & it in them! (1 John 4:16) They have only one face. The face of Jesus. And from this face they live, breathe & speak of one thing, love.

Love’s name, Jesus, God incarnate.

So what am I being perfected in? What are you?

Love or punishment? The perfect man Jesus or the dwarf of fear?

It’s in your hands.

“Homeland” – why Sydney & the Blue Mountains

June 21st, 2011

“Homeland”

July 2010 – received by Kevin Johnson, USA

Over 10 years ago while Mark & Helen were members of Wycliffe Bible Translators, they begun to be stirred by ‘thin places’ that litter the landscape of the United Kingdom & Europe as they led teams of young adults on missions tours.

These ‘thin places’ where the distance between heaven & earth is so tangibly thin, begun for them what is now their pursuit, creating such spaces for the presence of God. Affectionately they call them “Tabernacle Spaces”; a reference to the Tabernacles of Moses & David that occurs in the Scriptures.

Over the years as they have lived in Germany, Australia & USA, they have witnessed the emergence of ‘Tabernacles’ in the privacy of people’s homes as well as in public places such as church buildings.

From the very beginning, they have held a somewhat detailed vision of establishing a place where the nations would come to simply be in the presence of God. This watering hole/presence place they are now contending for in Sydney from the gateway of the Blue Mountains. (If interested in the prophetic words & journey of this http://tabernacleblog.all4him.org/category/syd/)

In the vision of a watering hole/presence place, they have seen a property with one building centrally upon it, surrounded by nature & space. This building is the ‘tabernacle space’. It is an open, accessible space full of light, continuous worship & the beauty of His presence.

The following prophetic word was given to Mark & Helen Goatley as God called them to move from USA to Sydney Australia in 2010.

“Beloved friends, the Father says He’s giving you a homeland. When He finally brought and settled Israel into her Promised Land, so too is He wanting to bring you into His special place prepared for you, and He is going to plant you in it: yes, it is a planting of the Lord’s choosing as a home base for you, a place where He will cause you to take root in, and from this place He will continue to send you out into the nations, though now the nations will begin coming to you as also . . . like streams flowing out and in, so you and the nations will be flowing out and in, coming and going, going and coming, coming and going and going and coming.

As the water flows from the temple in Ezekiel 47:1-12, so will His River flow from this place where He is planting you: rivers that will flow out into the nations through you – rivers of His Presence for healing and life. The rivers that will flow from this homeland He is going to show you and bring you into are rivers of His Presence . . . His Life . . . His healing and reconciliation . . . and of His Love; all flowing from this homeland He is going to bestow to you here on earth for His dwelling.

Beloved He gives this to you as inheritance by way of promise according to His desire, and He will plant you here so you fully possess it: it is here He will open a highway to the nations for you to go out and them to come in; you and the nations, coming and going, going and coming, and the Glory of His Presence will spread out into all the earth from this place as rivers of living water, for He says it is a gateway through which He will pour out His Spirit and Glory upon the nations in the times ahead.

As a foreign embassy is sovereign territory of that nation though it be in a foreign land, so is this homeland inheritance fully His, given to you for His Glory, and you will possess it. You will possess it. You will possess it. For He has made you His ambassadors in the earth, and from here will He reveal Himself to many, issuing Heavenly “visas” to the nations to some while causing a change in course for others. And He gives you, beloved, a new favor and authority in a Fathering spirit for the nations and those He’s sending and bringing you to, both young and old.

“Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously.” (1 Chron 17:9) ”

Wasted..

April 12th, 2011

The Alabaster box was made of marble stone. Within this particular Alabaster box was the ointment known as Myrrh. Myrrh, a white liquid that flows from a tree in Africa & Arabia, was the principal ingredient in the anointing oil used in the Tabernacle & Temple. In Jewish custom it was also used by those who were condemned to death by crucifixion.* But it was neither the Alabaster box nor its ointment that mattered in this moment.

A woman had come to the house that Jesus was visiting. She came & did only one thing that Mark recorded (Mark 14:3-9). She broke this most precious, expensive box & poured it’s equally precious & expensive contents onto the head of Jesus.

This one action caused the people around Jesus to become angry, resentful & annoyed. ‘Why was this fragrant oil wasted?’ they questioned. Jesus response was profound, it revealed his heart. ”Leave her alone. She has done a beautiful thing to Me.” (14:6)

This woman who’s name we’re not even told, did something to Jesus. She did not do something for Him, but to Him. She ministered to Jesus. She touched Jesus & it was beautiful to Him. Her action was that of one who loved Him. It was possible for her to serve Him but she chose to love Him. This action meant something to Jesus, it touched His heart & His heart is the most precious thing we can know. Jesus was blessed & ministered to.

Those around Jesus declared it to be a waste! They misunderstood & condemned her. But they also misunderstood & revealed their lack in knowing Jesus. They did not see with the eyes of their spirit, only the eyes of their flesh. After all this oil could have been sold & the huge amount of money given to the poor!

Instead this woman wasted it on Jesus.

Such has been the invitation over the last years for us. Over this time the Lord has repeatedly said to us, ‘If all you get is Me, is that enough? Am I enough?’ Countless times the Lord has positioned us so that all we had was Him, no ministry, no programs, no home of our own, no regular community nothing but HIM.

Our lives are precious, our time once gone, cannot return again. We are an alabaster box. Would we waste them on the Lord to simply be with Him?

In a time of countless opportunities, programs, conferences & things to do for the Lord, He invites us all to once again learn to wait on Him, worship Him, love Him for Him not what we can get from Him or even do for Him.

To be emptied of ourselves, our agendas, our plans, our works & programs. We have been ‘wasted’ as some people have declared. One leader from Israel said to us when we lived in Germany, ‘What a waste that you have had so few opportunities to speak to gatherings of people here in Germany!’ He went on. ‘But how else could you Mark & Helen, invite people to be wasted to be with Jesus, if you had not been wasted yourselves?’

This is the heart of the Tabernacle. Space that is set apart for the presence of the living God, to simply be with Him. It is a Holy, intimate place where there is no other focus, no other agenda but that a beautiful thing is done to Jesus, that He is blessed & loved. For it is all about Him, not us. This means something to Him.

This is the heart of a relational God. He is returning. Our bridegroom is calling to you, ’Rise up, my beloved, my fair one, and come away.’ (Song of Songs 2:10)

Would you be wasted so you could be with & bless Jesus?

Suddenly

March 15th, 2011

“Behold, I send my messenger & he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to His temple…” Mal 3:1

Will we recognize Jesus when He comes suddenly?

Can we recognize Him on others no matter how different or familiar they are to us?

Can we recognize when God comes suddenly & does something we have never heard of, we have never seen nor our hearts imagined? (1 Cor 2:9)

When Jesus came, creation itself took action & stars aliened. (Matt 2:2)

Jesus came a baby housed in a stable, simple & humble, a place full of stench & manure, yet the birth place for the Son of God & His presence.

Jesus came as one of a crowd to the river Jordan to be baptized by a radical called John who’s very life was to prepare the way for this Jesus, & yet in the moment that his whole existence was for, did not recognize Him. (John 1:31, 33)

Jesus came riding a young donkey, not a grand white stallion into the nation’s capital, Jerusalem (Luke 19:28-40). He came a spiritual savior, not the expected political Messiah.

Jesus came with a team of believers who “provided for Him out of their means” (Luke 8:3). He did not come providing for himself thru the means of a self sustaining business championing helpful products. He Himself was the product!

When Jesus came, it evoked such extravagant acts of worship & “wastefulness” to God that it caused one of Jesus’ very own disciples to betray Him (Mark 14:3-10).

Will we recognize Jesus when He comes?

Behold, the former things have come to pass, & NEW THINGS I now declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.” (Isa 42:9)

He’s doing a new thing!  How do we know?

By abiding in His presence & hearing His voice above all others. Those who know Him, know His voice. (John 10:4)

 

CROSSING OVER

February 4th, 2011

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This is a monumental time right now! Here in Sydney Australia, we are in midst of the hottest week on record. Cyclone Yasi has just hit northern Australia. From the top of eastern Australia to the very south east, every state remains on flood alert after unprecedented rains.

We are all part of an unfolding supernatural phenomenon.

Yesterday morning at 1:30 AM the Australian media’s headlines were “CROSSING OVER”. At this moment Cyclone Yasi crossed over onto Australian soil.

What was declared in natural has been for the past few months now, declared in the realm of the Spirit.

Today, we persevere in our personal prophetic story that begun in earnest 7 months ago now. The chapter we participate in today has us with no home of our own here yet, & no place for a waterhole/ presence place where the nations can come sit by to soak, love & adore HIM, the God of this epic time.

I submit to you an email sharing what the nations are seeing from their stand point as the story is walked out with the one who is the pioneer & perfecter of our faith, Jesus! I share with one purpose that you may be encouraged if your unfolding story today feels very epic for you.

In January 2007 the Lord began speaking to me about Him bringing His church through a great crossing over into her full inheritance (destiny, fullness of her calling) on a global scale in a number of respects.

There are two distinct things He said to me regarding the position/state of Israel just before and during their actual crossing over at the Red Sea & the river Jordan.  For one, He focused me on His bringing of Israel to a place where they had nothing of themselves at all but total dependence upon Him.

This happened right before He brought them across into their full inheritance. They literally had nothing but Him. It wasn’t of their strength, ability, agility, wealth, resources, wisdom, strategy, etc. They had HIM and a few promises.  This truth about their state of being before crossing over was highly visible to all peoples & nations around them who were watching their journey.  That was by Divine design, of course, because what He was about to do (and did) for them all would see was Him. This bringing Him great glory & showing Himself to be the One true God! 

You have been brought to such a place, beloved friends – you have nothing of yourself but Him and a few promises . . . and others can see your journey.  He spoke how it was only by faith & a supernatural act they could in actuality cross over, something needed to happen that was beyond what man could do in every way (the river drying up). 

Again, you have been brought to such a place.  These were two very key points the Holy Spirit brought to my attention for what He was going to do for those in His Body & church that were willing to go the distance with Him. Mr. & Mrs Goatley, it was a “remnant” few the Lord impressed upon me whom He would bring over first out of His global church body.

Finally, I see prophetically Peter out of the boat walking on the water. Peter only made it so far, He’s looking for those who will come all the way to Him on the water which cannot be done by anything . . . anything . . . of this world!  And, that is going to require exactly our eyes on Jesus. Peter began sinking only when taking his eyes off Jesus and peering into the storm, wind, waves, water, circumstances of his situation/position out on the water. Then . . . and ONLY then . . . did he begin to sink, or wobble.”

How strong, how stable is HE?

January 26th, 2011

We sit in an interesting hour. 2011 is barely days old & already there is a ‘summons’ of sorts that has the attention of many. Many things, many words, many events are being held up to our eyes.

Yet one thing has been repeatedly held up to my view. I have found myself continuously drawn back to Exodus 17:8-16 – the story of Moses & the people of Israel fighting their very first battle was free people.

The enemy, Amalek, attacks them. Moses goes to “stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in hand.” (Ex 17:9) During the course of battle, Moses arms naturally grow weary from holding up the staff of God.

This is an issue. For everytime Moses lowers his hands, Amalek the enemy prevails, yet when Moses lifts up his hands holding the rod, Israel prevailed. Enter Aaron & Hur who each take hold of Moses arm, one on one side & the other on the other side. Israel overwhelmed Amalek & wins.

It struck me how this is a prophetic picture of an Apostle. The word apostle actually comes from the time of the Greek & Roman Empires when specially assigned generals would go with the army to conquer & take new land. This ‘apostle’ was assigned to bring the culture of the Empire/Kingdom to this new land. The Greeks & Romans realized that if they simply entered a new land conquering it with military strength, the people in time would revert back to their old ways. So to make the land truly Greek or Roman, the apostle was sent to institute the culture, the ways & the values of his Empire to a new people.

Moses was God’s Apostle. He was used to make a people of the Kingdom of Egypt solely for the Kingdom of God. Now he is at war, holding up the “rod of God” on the hill by the edge of the battle zone.

Isaiah 11:1 says “There shall come forth a rod from the stump of Jesse, & a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.” Jesus would be like a rod from the stump of Jesse. This picture communicated the coming of Jesus.

It struck me that as Moses held up the rod, so the Apostle holds up Jesus, the rod from the stump of Jesse.

It was out of the stump of Jesse, a tree that was cut down, that something grew. It is in the ‘cutting down’ that Jesus grows. It is important to understand that when Jesus gives us himself & breathes His word upon us, this word is life & will grow in us & through us.

As Moses holds his arms up, the text says his arms got heavy. The Hebrew word used here for heavy is the same word used for glory. When we hold up Jesus, our arms can tire because we hold up the glory of God & the glory of God is a weighty thing!

I submit that part of the weightiness, heaviness that comes, is because every word of Jesus is strong. Part of what makes something strong is challenge. The questions, the oppositions are the challenge to the Word.

God wants us to understand that it is important challenge comes to us, because He wants to raise up a people who will put their life on the line for the Word who became flesh & dwelt amongst us. (John 1:14)

No human being will lay his life on the line if they are not convinced something is stable, strong & can withstand assault. So God will allow conflict on any word He gives us, including on Jesus himself, the Word. As challenge comes we personally discover in our own experience the strength of that word.

We see it opposed & see it stand firm. We see that God has not changed His mind or heart & that we did hear from the Lord & it wasn’t just an emotional mountain top experience; it is the Word of the Lord.

This is an important part of the journey for every apostle. And this is a battle.

Lifting Jesus up is not done alone.  There is a company, a band of brothers to do this with. And when Aaron & Hur also hold up their arms to the arms of Moses, the people of God fighting, struggling, longing to prevail, do! When Moses, Aaron & Hur got breakthrough, so did the people of God!

At the end of this battle, Moses builds an altar to the Lord & makes a declaration that keeps echoing & echoing within me. “The Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.” (Ex 17:16)

Each generation has a moment to lift Jesus up & as they do so, help their brothers & sisters win the war.

This is our time… our time to find out for ourselves how strong, how stable, how firm is this Word given to us. And so like Israel, we are invited through the challenge to look up to Jesus, the pioneer & perfecter of our faith. (Heb 12:2) What we look at in this hour will feed what will become strong in us.

Floods, floor & radical change

January 13th, 2011

During a visit to a dear friend’s home at Christmas, the Holy Spirit also came in a very powerful way. The presence of God was so strongly present I ended up sitting on my friend’s kitchen floor. It was while doing some ‘floor time’ that I heard these whispers. I submit this to you for your ponderings & conversations with HIM from an Australia awash with floods & heavy rain on an unprecendented level.

Dec 21, 2010

“I am here.
My presence is strong right now.

I am aligning some very important forces now.
Changes are taking place on a powerful level.
This is a once in a generational shift.
A shift that you all will never return to.
Gone is the previous season.
This is the day for the light of foot.
There is an atmospheric speed right now.
I am in the whirlwind.
It is touching down now.

Big breathes now,
big breathes
beloved ones.

There is a shift occuring now so dramatic
so distinct
so different
you will not be able to comprehend
nor recognise this time you live in.
Things are about to so radically change,
you will not recognise your life.

Do not be afraid.
I love you.
I am safe.
I AM THE I AM.”

WHAT???

December 3rd, 2010

We are called to think differently!

Who else would ask a people to put their feet in the edge of the water & then stand firm in a river that was overflowing its banks, as a means of crossing over from one place to another?

Who else would think of ‘heaping up’ a river so it stood still?

Who else would think of asking a group of people to carry God???

Where are the engineers? Where is the marketing?

Where’s the bridge that required human effort, planning & resource?

What on earth is this? “You shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant (place of God’s presence), saying, ‘When you come to the edge of the water of Jordan, you shall stand in the Jordan.” (Jos 3:8)

WHAT???

God thinks so differently to us!

He thinks contrary; often in conflicting ways to not only how we think but how we see. He is God; completely free, completely unbound and unlimited in any resource or capacity. Everything & anything is possible to Him. He is other.

There is a brilliant word in the German language. It is öbernatürlich. öber means ‘over’; natürlich means ‘natural’. This is their word for supernatural. When literally translated it means, God is over the natural.

Who else would think to use nature? And in such a way?

No eye has seen. No ear has heard. Nor has entered the heart of man the things that God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Cor 2:9

We are not only called to think differently, but to think from a different place.

The Bible, the inspired breathe of God, states two things. Firstly we live in a place “whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe..” (2 Cor 4:4) The god of the age, pushes unbelief. Unbelief is opposite to faith.

This God of such radical ways invites us not to be conformed to this world, but transformed by renewing our mind with the mind of Christ. (1 Cor 2:16, Rom 12:2) It’s a lobotomy! We get to think what HE thinks, how He thinks, even when He thinks, this the mind of Christ.

How would you go not watching any TV for a week? How would you go fasting the world for a day or two & being in a place only surrounded by nature?

What would we think then? How would we think? Would we indeed, think?

Jesus Christ, son of God is not brain dead, powerless or uncreative. HE is God, He is a creator & He never does the same thing twice.

We are invited to think from heaven, from victory, through Christ who is not dead but alive. We think from a reality that is not always seen yet in the natural, but will be. We think over nature, supernaturally.

And this is faith – thinking differently, experiencing differently.

Bring on the flooding river that stands still! Bring on the obedience to step into such a river! This is the stuff of God.

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