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The Social Cancer of our day

November 21st, 2017

“Don’t copy the behaviour & customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is GOOD & pleasing & perfect.”
Romans 12:2

Do you know what are the behaviours & customs of this world? WHY EVEN CARE?

Ironically, the Business world is studying very carefully your behaviours & customs. Google & YouTube can even predict them! Crudely put, you are being studied because ultimately you have needs & needs = money = profit = happiness & worth. Or so they say. We are built for meaning & significance. We have worth & value, & the world knows it.

Do you?

We are now on the other side of the tipping point that happened this month. There is a weightiness to this time we live in, & everyone is sensing it. Politicians, Social Scientists, Prophetic leaders, Teachers, Musicians & Artists are all speaking about it.

Do you know what is God’s GOOD will for you in this weighty hour?

I want to encourage you today.

I believe from all the research that is coming out from so many different sources right now, we are living in a SHAME based culture. The behaviours & customs that are being evidenced right now are the outcomes of what I call the SOCIAL CANCER of our day, SHAME.

The world is diseased with SHAME & it is fatal. I submit that if we do not arrest this disease, it will be the end of our destinies, organisations, & our very civilisation. Right now I believe this to be the no 1. reason taking out so many Churches & individuals.

Shame has a story. Shame has a narrative. It is a narrative that can be CHANGED! But we must be willing to hear the story. Emotion is the way to that narrative.

Again one of the biggest concerns & focus in Business & Education right now is around helping people develop a value, respect & maturity in their emotions. We call this emotional literacy.

Shame is an emotion & experience. Shame says “You are bad”, “Who do you think you are?”, “you are not _____ enough.”  It erodes our identity &  suggests our behaviours are our identity. It has the same impact on the brain as trauma. And it was all over the first moments of Adam & Eve’s story.

This is its narrative.. “I will reindentify you with your worst day, worst choice, worst actions.” It attacks our creativity, our lovability & our divinity.

Even right now as you read these words, you probably are experiencing that emotion. Speak the word SHAME, & it typically triggers shame. But the inverse is also true, speak the word SHAME & it dies.

Every morning we wake up & armour up. The world is a tough place. Life has its moments of grabbing you by the scruff of the collar & yelling in your face, “I am serious. What will you do with the time you have!”

And so in SHAME based cultures, we armour up with fear, blame, disconnection, perfectionism, comparison, competition & slander. All of these are ways to off load pain & the discomfort of believing the social narrative that you are bad & not _____ enough.

The world begins to transform us with this thinking. Recent Sociological research under Dr Brene Brown has discovered that when SHAME is running the narrative of the day, the behaviours & customs are addiction, aggression, abuse, suicide, eating disorders, bullying & violence.

Who we should fear & who is to blame is the strongest narrative of SHAME’s story. Every morning every newspaper & news show centres around these two questions. Every day in our family homes, these two questions pop up.

The power of the Sovereignty of Jesus is that He put SHAME on the cross. The whip of mockery, His body took. This was the human cost of taking our shame & covering us with His love & healing. When we receive Jesus & do this for each other, it is transforming. Darkness trembles. Dignity is restored.

The greatest transforming moments of my life have been when I encountered the narrative of honor & love that covered my imperfections, my dances with shame, rather than exposing it, punishing it, disassociating from it or slandering it.

There is nothing more amazing than being around those who do not think according the pattern of this SHAME world, who have been healed & work hard at resilience to this social cancer.

Jean Vanier in his book Becoming Human, says it this way. “We can bring each other to birth as we respect & love one another & as our value is revealed to us through the love of others.”

This is why I care.

I have seen it.

And it changed me forever.

You?

 

MORE?

If this blog has stirred or inspired you to pursue more about how you can get free of this social cancer, check out our Living Courage & Creating Great Relationships courses. Get some friends together & go after more!

Tipping Point

November 17th, 2017

This morning the words of this song kept coming, “Day and night let incense arise.” It’s a reference to Revelations 8:5 about the prayers of the saints.

I keep hearing over and over, pray! Pray while making coffee. Pray while driving. Pray while gardening. And pray WITH THANKSGIVING! Thanking God is prayer and it is the function that cultivates joy. Joy is not an emotion that comes from circumstances, it is a skill. Skills need to be developed.

Intimidation, grief or inadequacy are about in the atmosphere. November has been by many prophetic voices called a ‘tipping point’ month. And haven’t we seen that in many nations! This is a significant time in a significant month for what God is doing. Don’t be fooled, intimidation, grief and inadequacy are NOT you! It is in the atmosphere and it wants to sabotage all God is doing and stirring within and around you and in your nation.

Zechariah 4:10 was a scripture God took me to this morning.

“For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven REJOICE to see the plum line in the hand of Zerubbabel.”

Don’t despise this turning point day. To despise is to shame! Shame says “I am not enough. Heck I’m a looser.” It reidentifies us. Shame is not worthy of you! Rejoice! Pray with THANKSGIVING! There is so much to be thankful for with JESUS! Remember JESUS! Remember!

The power of regret. Living real.

November 8th, 2017

1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell is selected to run the 100m for England. Upon arriving in Paris, Eric is informed that his race is to be run on a Sunday. Joy turns to crisis. Sunday is God’s day & therefore a day of rest. This is a value he can not compromise. He can not run. With no possibility of changing the date of the race, Eric finds himself in the stands sitting next to his brother watching the final. Just as the runners line up, his brother turns to him & says, “Any regrets Eric?” Eric’s response is stunning. He replies, “Regrets yes, doubts no.”

As we chose to live courageously, the most meaningful things in life will always be on the other side of fear & challenge our values to the very limit. Fear influences us to a lesser risk, to living small especially with God. This is where the power of regret can be a positive thing in our stories.

Regret is a powerful emotional reminder that change & growth are required. Research has found that regret is a function of empathy & calls us to courage & learning. It’s a fair but tough teacher. Regret’s pathway leads us to wisdom if we will walk it.

Emotions are opportunities for intimacy. They are a gateway to building emotional connection and trust. They are not a waste of time or dangerous but a God build part of how we connect with Him & each other.

Because of its power, regret has the same impact on our souls as bitterness. The bottom line is that loving God’s presence is an invitation to growth. If we choose not to grow & learn, but opt out, abort a moment of opportunity or disconnect from the truth, we miss out on so much. For sure regret is a hugely difficult emotion to digest, but what is worse, fear & doubt having the final say.

Eric’s Olympic Games had regret, but no doubts & because of his commitment to courage, he ended up taking away the gold medal in the 400metres.

Don’t be afraid of regret. Be afraid of doubt. Live Courage. Live faith. That’s being real.

Vulnerability, Compassion & Light-Horsemen changing the world

October 31st, 2017

I believe vulnerability & compassion can change the world. I also believe that these are the foundations for powerful intercession that moves heaven like nothing else does.

Today 100 years ago, 800 Australian Light-horsemen charged Beersheba in Israel, armed with vulnerability & the tangible compassion of God’s heart, took in a day what the British Army had been trying to do for weeks with thousands of men.

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“Kings of the Feathers” these Light-Horsemen were known as & history now declares that “the fall of Beersheba swung the battle tide against the Turks in Palestine; and changed the history of the Middle East.” This moment opened the way to Jerusalem & a short moment late on December 9, 1917, the Turks surrendered Jerusalem to the Allies. The 10th Light-horsemen were the first mounted troops to enter the city.

Vulnerability, that one thing we all look for in others but are most hesitant to offer ourselves, surrounded this day. Vulnerability has been defined in recent research as risk, emotional exposure & uncertainty. But it is only in this type of soil that courage grows.

It was later told that an Australian General had in the context of his personal relationship with God received a dream where God gave him the strategies for this charge on Beersheba.

Never underestimate the power of God to communicate His compassion for mankind! His compassion knows no bounds or limitations. And His compassion always has sat in vessels of vulnerability.

Out of dreams & intercession, came the plans for victory.

We are in a season right now, where there is a gentle but clear invitation to intercession. Intercession has always preceded great moves of God’s compassion & Presence.

Intercession is about relationship, about connection. Intercession is a means of connection between God & people. Connection doesn’t exist without giving & receiving. Giving & receiving are fundamental needs of our humanity & of our vulnerability.

Intercession is not about telling God what He should do, it is about giving Him space & receiving His heart, His Presence, & out of that we then declare what Heaven wants on earth. These declarations attract & release angelic movements & assignments. For the Australian Light-Horsemen are not the only Kings of the Feathers!

Ministries, Churches, families, individuals who base themselves in prayer, are the ones God is moving strongest through in this hour, for they believe this is where victory plans are received. After 20 years in Christian ministry, this is still our most treasured space & value. In the heart for His presence, intercession happens & they prophecy what will be. This is God’s protocol. He does nothing unless He reveals His secrets to His servants. (Amos 3:7)

God used one of the smallest, newest, vulnerable nations of the world, Australia who was but 15 years old then, to bring Jerusalem back into the hands eventually of Israel & thereby fulfilling a prophecy of Isaiah who 20 centuries before declared Israel would be birthed in a day.

Today October 31, known for other celebrations, we remember what God did. We remember & shout His praises, His victory that sat on the vulnerability & intercession of His prized possession, humanity.

Today, your vulnerability & your heart of compassion matters. Rested in intercession, you can change the world. Seize this season of heaven’s heart, for battle plans of victory are being released.

* for further reading www.lighthorse.org.au/resources/history-of-the-australian-light-horse/the-mounted-soldiers-of-australia

Practicing Honor

October 24th, 2017

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In a season of accelerated change, tension in normal. In the change we are being given an amazing opportunity to practice honor. Honor says “I will celebrate what you are and not stumble over what you are not.”

There is a tremendous invitation in the atmosphere right now to stumble with offence and off load discomfort and confusion through slander. Slander is a false way of connecting, & some of the most debilitating slander we can do is on ourselves!

The great tragedy of slander is that it stops us from owning our story. As we own our story we get to write it. When we don’t own our story, we hand it over to others to write. This is the misfortune of slander.

Slander is not that way of honor but the outworking of shame. It is in effect saying “I am feeling bad and deep down I believe I am not enough, therefore to make me feel better, I will prove you also are not enough.”

Honor sees the Jesus in another and calls this out. To love his presence is to see His Presence in others. As a people of God, this is a way we can fix our eyes on Jesus. Choose to see Him in others! Love covers. Love covered us while we were still sinners.

If you have a concern about another, get your courage and honor on and go and talk to them, not about them. Slander is below our dignity. Shame is below our dignity. Honor is who we are! Honor is who you are!

Papa God may a new revelation of our worthiness for honor wash over us as we navigate change. Papa God forgive us where we have partnered with slander & shame of ourselves & then of others. We repent of participating with something that is below our dignity & we humbly receive the honor you have shown us especially in Jesus. We receive & honor the blood of Jesus that makes us clean & restores the truth of our identity as a precious, worthy of honor & dignity child of God. We forgive those who have slandered us & we declare over them blessings & honor in extravagance today. Thank you your receive & value our pain & disappointment as we hand it to you now. Thank you for your love & great compassion that will heal our hearts. Thank you for empowering us to own our stories & love ourselves and others as we do that in these times of change. We love you Jesus.

Courage.. Resilience.. Not projection!

October 9th, 2017

“We need more people who are willing to demonstrate what it looks like to risk & endure failure, disappointment, & regret – people willing to feel their own hurt instead of working it out on other people, people willing to own their stories, live their values & keep showing up. We need these folks leading, modelling & shaping culture in every capacity.” Dr Brene Brown

I was reflecting on this morning. I believe we are in a season of honor resilience right now. In other words this season, is an invitation to honor people, honor the relationships that are important to us.

Right now the atmosphere is full of projection. The Miriam Webster Dictionary defines projection as the externalisation of blame, guilt or responsibility as a defence against anxiety. So the real fact of what we are living in today, is an atmosphere of high anxiety as change after change accelerates upon us.

Instead of finding the joy of vulnerability & honouring the value of another human being, projection off-loads our discomfort, pain & responsibility onto others. It is a way of painting another of the very thing we are wrestling with.

Courage stands tall & says I am not afraid to own my story, my vulnerability, my humanness, my honor. HONOR brings the truth of who I AM to you. Vulnerability is the way that truth is transferred.

Projection is also defined as the act of throwing or thrusting. How often do we all do that? “I’m uncomfortable. I’m stressed. I’m tired, so you are at fault because… & therefore you must….” Instead vulnerability which is risk, emotional exposure says, “I’m feeling stressed & tired & having a challenge managing my work load, season, I need…”

This is courage. This is leadership . This is honouring yourself & honouring others around you. This is the dignity of the human spirit. I bless you with courage today! Research has conclusively found that the ultimate measure of courage is vulnerability. It’s a practice! God bless you as you practice courage & honor today! This is truely who you are!

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

 

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’.

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“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”

June 21st, 2011

“Homeland”

July 2010 – received by Kevin Johnson, USA

Over 16 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.

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.

“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?

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