Nuggets from a Pastor’s Wife

Sorry there has not been much movement….No movement has not meant no busy :D. Its does mean 30 000 words and 156 pages and lots of proof reading! After the kids settled into schools, school books were covered and sports schedule sorted, I started seeing these words flooding my brain. One morning I sat down and decided to see where this was heading and after 5 hours of typing, I realised I had approx 5000 words. I emailed it to a couple of people and asked if there was a future.

And so….Nuggets from a Pastor’s Wife was birthed! It deals with some of the commonly accepted little white lies in a church and brings the truth and how to apply it daily. Little lies such as ‘I am been abused by the church’, ‘I am blessed’ ‘I am going through the desert’ ‘this country is in a mess’ ‘smoking and drinking are sin’ Will post a chapter or two from my book every now and then. Sent via my BlackBerry from Vodacom – let your email find you!

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BREAKTHROUGH @ CHRISTMAS TIME

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Christmas time again!!!!

For many, a time of looking at advertising brochures (especially the children looking at the gifts they want), a time of spending more money than we intended, a time of eating more than we should (the main culprits usually been the Christmas mince pies, Christmas cake, Christmas puddings and the ever guilty Christmas lunch), and for some a time of rushing and working long and tiring hours.

But for us as Christians, our spiritual association of Christmas is with the Birth of Jesus

(forget about if it is the right or wrong date, that is not the debate here) (refer to my blog post: It is Christmas Time).

As Christians, during this season, we take time out to reflect on the Birth of Jesus as the Miracle of the Christmas.

Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus

See Luke 1:26-35

But as is true with the entire Bible, there are multiple revelations of one event, everyone revealing a new truth in God and His Word.

God recently showed me a revelational side of Christmas I had never in the 22 years of being saved, ever discovered.

This key can be found in Luke 1 v 34:

“Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?”

We have read this line so many times over the years of Christmas and never connected Christmas with the key to breakthrough in our lives.

We know Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit, and in our minds, we immediately jump to v 35:

Luke 1 v 35

And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

And we miss the importance of “how shall this be, seeing I know not a man?”

Having had a year where God told us we needed to “break every chain” in the Spirit, we’ve had to rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us during every meeting, on every camp, for every conference, in every situation we found ourselves in to be able to find the Godly key to breaking that particular stronghold we found ourselves in at that time.

God told me many people are trusting God for a Breakthrough in certain areas of their lives. But they are looking in the natural as to where the door is going to open. Or more accurately, they are looking for the “right” person, or the “right” connection or the “right” network to open doors for them. And that their breakthrough is not going to come through the “right”. Jer 17 v 5 tells us if we are not looking to God to bring about our breakthrough, but we are looking to the “right” to bring about our breakthrough, we actually open ourselves to a curse.

Jer 17 v 5

5 Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man, and makes flesh his strength and whose heart departs from the LORD (NKJV)

Your breakthrough is only going to come through the “Godly solution” of “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee”

God is saying:

“Your breakthrough is only coming through My Spirit. I will open the doors for you in ways you have not been able to reason out. Be faithful and trust Me. I will bring the breakthrough you need by My Spirit”.

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Encouraging Scriptures

James 4 v 10

10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Zec  4 v 6

6 So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.

Ps 75 v 6+7

6  For exaltation comes neither from the east Nor from the west nor from the south.

7  But God is the Judge: He puts down one, And exalts another.

Is 43 v 19

19  Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.

We wish all of you a Wonderful Blessed Christmas and may your time with your Family and Friends be blessed!

Remember: It is the Goodness of God that leads people to repentance. So let’s share the goodness of God in this season that is focussed on the Birth of His Son.

Deliverance from a Fiery Furnace?

Daniel 3 is our storyline.

We all know the story of Shadrach, Meshack and Abed-nego and the fiery furnace, so I am not going to retell the story. The part that fascinates me whenever I think of this story is the part that follows after King Nebuchadnezzar, full of fury commands the furnace to be made seven times hotter! (v19)

After the King commands his “most mighty men” (v20) to cast our 3 friends into the burning furnace, the King’s “most mighty men” are all killed by the heat of the furnace (v22).

Time to stop and ponder: our 3 friends were bound hand and foot (v21), so they had to be helped/carried/assisted to the edge of the furnace. Our 3 friends were the only ones left standing close to the furnace after watching these “most mighty men” fall down dead around them from the heat.

Now if it was me, this would be going through my mind:

“Oh yeah King! You see! I told you my God would deliver me!”

(v17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace , and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king)

At that point, I would have summarised the situation very quickly and realised, not one of the Kings other men would have come close to me to throw me into the furnace, their friends were lying dead at my feet! If I decided to at this particular point, to actually plead my case with the King, he would probably have listened because he would not want to die throwing me in the furnace. He knew at that particular point, he was in a very negotiable position as to making him look really powerful or really powerless before his entire nation.

Me, I would have thought that God had started opening the door for my deliverance with the guards dying, because at that point, the 3 friends were in a position of power.

Looks like the Son of God in the Fire (v25)

And our 3 friends? They decided to throw themselves into the fire without the help of the “most mighty men” of the king or without any further assistance! (v23)  The end result we know, they walk around in the fire with Jesus.

When we go through “fiery situations”, we are inclined to expect God’s deliverance before the flames reach us, but sometimes God has a bigger picture in mind than our immediate comfort zone.

A New Testament version of  this Old Testament story.

Read John 18:1-6

Judas is coming out to betray Jesus into the hands of the Pharisees with a band of men, soldiers and weapons.

(v 6) As soon then as Jesus had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

At that particular point, Jesus was free to escape as all who had come out to take Him captive, where lying on the ground, out under the power that came on Jesus when He took up His full authority by saying “I am He!”

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In both stories, God had a bigger plan of redemption in place than the individuals involved’s deliverance out of that particular situation.

In the 1st story a nation got to know a new God, and in the 2nd story, all the nations were freed from the curse of the law of sin and death through the death of Jesus on the cross.

Going through our trials and our own “fiery furnaces”, when we get to that point where there seems to be a deliverance from our immediate circumstances and we can walk away almost “justified” or “redeemed” or “vindicated”, we need to be very sensitive to the Holy Spirit and listen what God’s perfect purpose is for the situation. Sometimes the battles we fight are not just designed to bring us into freedom, but also the people around us. If we walk away at the 2nd best deliverance, we might miss God’s best for our lives and the lives of others.

God always gives us the choice. We can stay and go through the trail, or at a point, we can walk away. Walking away frees us and no one else. But going through, potential frees the entire body of Christ with the new truth you have learnt.

At what point in your fiery trail, do you consider yourself “delivered”?

BREAKTHROUGH – BY CHANGING THE SEED YOU SOW!

Hi Guys!!!

This is a 20 minute message I shared at a recent Breakthrough Fire Conference we hosted!

Many of us are repeatedly reaping cycles in our lives that we do not enjoy, such as anger, bitterness, resentments, judgments, strife and division. If you do not like what you are reaping, change your seed. If you do not like what you are reaping, change your seed.

I look forward to hearing some positive testimonies from the change of fruit in your life!

Ever felt like giving up on people?

Watching helplessly as friends and family go through hard times is probably one of the hardest things for a person to do graciously. Every time it’s happened to me, I’ve felt very helpless and clueless as I have never known how to deal with the situations at hand. I’ve learnt advice never helps and prayer has always felt so hopeless in these difficult predicaments I’ve found myself facing with people who often mean the world to me. Well, this January was no different. Once again, I came face to face with a Hopeless situation!

But, if I read the Bible correctly, my God is a victorious God, He loves people and only Blessed them! So why are so many of His people taking strain under yokes of bondages. This time I watched a family very dear to me get ripped apart through lies! But in the spirit God had shown me the calling He had on this family about 6 months prior.

So when this onslaught came, I got mad that the devil was going to win again. I did not like that very familiar feeling of helplessness and powerless, because in my heart, I believe in my God!

They say the definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, so I sat and meditated on the Word and decided the first thing in, is definitely prayer. So I started praying. But that did not change the helplessness. I still felt like I was not changing anything in the spirit.

So I decided to start fasting. My hubby is very familiar with fasting, he’s been fasting every second day for 4 years now. Me? I’m not so keen on it! Because of that helpless feeling getting the better of me again, I decided to join him. No lies, no sugar-coating, no stories of heroism! …it was tough!

I had to not just keep my focus on why I was fasting (that’s was to break the stronghold over my friends lives) but during that time, I was faced with overcoming the greatest challenge of my spiritual walk: witchcraft (not sure if it was all connected in the spirit).

We had 7 weeks of utter chaos and confusion in our home, but I decided we had started on this journey, we had to complete it God’s way! In the 1st week of March i felt the 1st signs of release as if the battle for my friends had been won. But the picture in the natural did not line up with the release I felt. By end of March the family where back together praising the Lord once more and I realised the most important lessons ever:

1. I can make a difference to someone by never giving up on them.

2. If I call myself a leader in the christian faith, I need to be prepared to walk the extra mile for someone God loves to break spiritual strongholds over those I relate to.

3. I learnt to keep my mouth shut. Not once did the family know I was praying and fasting for them (they still don’t know). Not once did I tell them they were not where God wanted them or that they were sinning. I only confessed the calling that God had shown me earlier.

4. I learnt, if you desperate enough, you’ll do it!

I am glad I learnt these lessons. God has restored the peace in my home supernaturally & brought my entire family through victorious. Praise the Lord for His goodness.

But I’ve also learnt I have the ability to help people if I’m prepared to crucify my own flesh by getting out of my own comfort zones.

I found this scripture in Isaiah 58 v 6:

6 “Is this not the fast which I choose, To loosen the bonds of wickedness, To undo the bands of the yoke, And to let the oppressed go free And break every yoke?

I like being in the “yoke destroying, breaking every chain” business because I’ve seen results, lasting results. It gives me hope for the future again 😀  I’m not sharing this to make me look like a saint, I’m sharing it because I have found a key that worked!

Don’t ever give up on a person that God loves! He can use you to make a difference. You do not have to go as severe as what I did, fasting every 2nd day! But start to fight for the ones you love!

God Abides to His own Word in 1 Corinthians 13

Whilst on vacation, we recently spent an evening on a jetty fishing with our kids.

While we witnessed a beautiful blue sunset,

we were having much fun taking photographs and making family videos.

The result: My 1st Video blog!

I recorded this post on a small handheld 8px camera held in my right hand in the dark with my son providing the lighting by torch on a moving jetty…what fun!!!


My video posts will be short, 1 minute nuggets, so I look forward to doing more!

FEEDBACK ON “GOD LOVES ME”

Little did I realise while I was writing the post “God Loves Me” (dd 28 July 2011), what the real implication of this revelation would have on my life!                            

It is now 258 days & counting that I am living FREE from a Spirit of Rejection!
I expected repercussions in the form that the devil would set up situations to lure me back into this stronghold of rejection, but these never came. But I never expected what lay ahead.

There have been two very eye-opening lessons I’ve learnt from it:

The first:
After basking in the bliss of freedom for the first a couple of months, I am still sharing my testimony regarding this so often, it brought up the question inside me “But God, how are these people going to get their healing if they don’t have a similar experience?” And God’s reply sent me on another path of discovery. The answer was simple: “they get healed by faith.”

Rom   15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”

Obviously, joining the dots, I realised I had not received my healing by Faith, so I started asking God why did I need to have such an AWESOME encounter with Him regarding the vision. The answer was simple “because you made your rejection problem bigger than Me”

Slowly the realisation sank in that I could have had my healing and been living rejection free 20 years earlier than I had. And only because I made such a big issue of it begging God to heal me of something He had already given me, He went BIGGER than my problem to show me how much He loved me.

I am now actively learning to take God at His Word BY FAITH!

Beloved! U don’t need to wait for your miracle! Find out what the Word says and believe it BY FAITH and do not doubt, cause it delays your miracle!

In summary…. I only have an amazing vision to share because I did not believe God the 1st time!

Eish…somehow I feel like the sucker here that’s been conned out of saying “20 years & 258 days rejection Free!”                  

But by Faith I’m learning
“There is now there for no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus….”

I’m taking it as an expensive lesson learnt and applying it to the other challenges I’m facing!

The Second:
Because of the length of this post, I’ll deal with the 2nd outcome in a separate post. This one opened a whole new revelation to me that took me through one of the roughest times I’ve ever encountered as a Spirit filled Child of God. But God is good! You come through the fire and you don’t smell like smoke!
The attack started on 17 January and ended on 26 February, and incidentally gave me the scriptural key to the next post on “The Supernatural (part 2): The Woman with the Issue of Blood” which has been burning in my Spirit but I’ve had no release to write!
If the Supernatural Part 1 did not get you meditating long on why it should be classified as part of The Supernatural series, you will definitely get your pondering cap on with Part 2!

Blessings to you and your families in this special time!

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Woman of God: Modern Day Esther and our Government

What a perfect time in our beautiful nation’s timeline to discuss one of the most popular woman in the Bible, Esther!

The part of Esther’s story that grips us all and keeps us riveted, is the idea of being pampered in a spa for an entire year! What body would not flourish after a year of pampering! It is a thought we all equate directly to heaven!

                  So much so that we actually overlook many very obvious facts about Esther!

  • Esther was an orphan – not a fate any of us would like to process emotionally – thus in todays terms, an emo teenager?
  • Esther was, in not such harsh terms – abducted or taken hostage by the King’s men – if we or our daughters went through that, we would all be screaming about our rights and our 1 phone call! In today’s terms, permanently in therapy cause she’s to emotionally unstable to overcome?
  • Esther was been “interviewed”, for the position of Queen, by having to sleep with someone not her husband or betrothed or even loved by her – in today’s terms – a possible Golddigger

Sounds very much like we are a couple of plastic bags & white powder short of a modern-day human trafficking story!

The only reason we accept the story of Esther without flinching is because we know the outcome. Esther goes on to become Queen, the “bad man in the story” Haman tries to eradicate her race (genocide) and Esther saves the

day by doing the “right” things. A classique story of Good overcomes Evil. And for the feminist amongst us, “Whoooaaa a woman saved the day!”

Now matter which way we look at it, if we do not relate to Esther’s emotional journey, we will never make the parallel to where the world is at today. Many of us have had absent, divorced, been emotionally deprived by not having loving, caring & upbuilding parents in our lives. That has left us with an orphan spirit.

Many of us have had many of our rights stolen, actually, more rights than you are even aware of. We know we have rights and we sense in the spirit they have been stolen, but because of our inability to identify them, we retaliate in the natural and focus on the natural which leads to insecurity, been intimidated, division, hatred, a spirit of fear spreading and a wave of helplessness growing, “nothing that I or anyone else does is going to change these situations”.

Sometimes we feel that the right to have a life or to be alive has been stolen from us.

Esther’s legal guardian, Mordecai and the Jews faced were faced with certain death on a specific date with the approval of the King. Their very right to live was threatened. They reacted the way we all would.

Esther 4:1-3

1 When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry;

2 And came even before the king’s gate: for none might enter into the king’s gate clothed with sackcloth.

3 And in every province, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.

In today’s terms:

  • We can dress in black (our equivalent of Mordecai’s sackcloth and ashes) all we want.
  • We can arrange protests or marches every day of the year.
  • We can badmouth our leaders in public.
  • We can blog, Facebook, Twitter and print all we want to.

None of it changes our situation. All it does is to spread the Fear. Fear is extremely contagious, more so than any biological weapon man can invent. The best acronym for fear I’ve ever heard is “False Evidence Appearing Real”

Many (across the world) are feeling that their governments do not have their interest or their rights at heart. Many consider the option that if only we have a godly government, it will be so much better for us. What we do not realise is, is that a godly government and ungodly government do not exist. Israel had the choice of God and government and they choose the government over God. Governments have never been God’s 1st choice for His children. God Himself wanted to reign over His people.  God told Samuel that Israel had rejected Him by choosing a government. According to 1 Samuel 8:6-18, there is only one type of government and one type of action (fruit) of a government. Those consequences did not specify a godly or ungodly government, only government.

1 Sam 8:11-18: 

11 This will be the behavior of the king who will reign over you: He will take your sons and appoint them for his own chariots and to be his horsemen, and some will run before his chariots.

12 He will appoint captains over his thousands and captains over his fifties, will set some to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and some to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers.

14 And he will take the best of your fields, your vineyards, and your olive groves, and give them to his servants.

15 He will take a tenth of your grain and your vintage, and give it to his officers and servants.

16 And he will take your male servants, your female servants, your finest young men, and your donkeys, and put them to his work.

17 He will take a tenth of your sheep. And you will be his servants.

18 And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the Lord will not hear you in that day.

 Still, the people chose to have a government. And this was where the complaining against the government started! The government is not interested in the people who voted them in, we have to pay too much in taxes, we pay taxes and our roads are never fixed, they declare a war and our children have to go fight and get killed, health policies are not adequate, pensions to the elderly are insufficient for them to live from. In summary, everything the government does is never good enough for anybody.

Even though we as people made the government choice, God’s heart was still for us to have the best, which is Him as our King. So once again, God had a principle in place knowing that our choice would soon leave us controlled, in bondage and poverty stricken.

In our story, Esther was taken by the king’s guards and was in our terms “pampered” with 6 months of oil of myrrh, and 6 months of with perfumes and preparations for beautifying women. (Est 2 v 12)

The symbolism of Esther in our society is that Esther is the church in preparation for her king, and God is the king. The part we miss which costs us and other people dearly, is the part of the time period of separation and PREPARATION for a year.

The myrrh is used to, what we would call detox, cleanse and heal the body. We as believers, need to come and be detoxed of our old ways of thinking. We need to be cleansed of the way the world system operates and we need to be healed.

It is a time to overcome and get rid of that which separates us from God.

We then need to be “rubbed down with oils and perfumes” to make us beautiful before the king. There is a time of preparation needed to make us think, walk, talk and behave like royalty.

The way I like to phrase it: “we need to learn to think beauty, talk beauty, walk beauty and act beauty, and have beautiful intentions because everything about God is beautiful and good”.  This side of the process is fun if we tackle it scripturally.

Many Christian are inclined to skip both these processes and to announce themselves as conquerors, overcomers and having the mind of Christ, and they go even further to say, they act and speak on behalf of the King, whilst in reality, all they have done is get saved.

What we as people do not realise, it is our actions and words that give away our source of thinking, not just words. If you have the mind of Christ, life looks different, you act different, you think different, you speak different, you treat other people as important.

Many of us want to race through the process to gain access to the king. Once the king extends his ear, we air our grievances and according to us: the king needs to deal out justice very swiftly on the people that harmed us. If we are still of the mindset that “I am right and another person is wrong”, we have not quite perfected the mind of Christ yet. We need to realise, irrespective of who is right or wrong, God loves us all. God loves the saved and the unsaved equally. If we are wanting God to “judge” somebody for an injustice (even if it is against God’s word), we still need to go back to the “oil of the Myrrh” so we can detox and be in health.

One of the purest signs that Christians have the mind of Christ, is when they can look at other people and acknowledge that God loves them, that Jesus died for them, and that we as the “Esthers” in the our times, are prepared to risk our lives to appear before the king to petition on behalf of an unsaved, and often in our opinion, an ungodly person.

God in His mercy and love still made a way for us to live the life that He wanted for us to have under His reign. God’s heart for us has always been to have a life “quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and honesty”.

In 1 Tim 2:1-3, God tells us how to obtain the life He intended us to have:

1. I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

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The very 1st thing God want us to do, is to pray for all men, kings, and all that are in authority. Why you may ask, does God want me to pray for a government if it is not a godly institution and never can be?

God puts up a huge billboard telling us if we go in the direction He points us in   “So that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all Godliness and honesty.”

No more spending that extra money on alarm systems, burglar bars, trellidors, electric fences, pepper sprays, etc!

If we obey God by praying, God kicks in His overriding “principle” or “clause” and He promises to turn the heart of our rulers in the direction He wants.

Prov 21:1

The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

And we all know, GOD ONLY WANTS TO BLESS US!!!!!!!! There is no evil in Him.

So the flip side of the coin is rather obviously, if we are NOT living a quiet and peaceful life with no godliness and no honesty…. can we make deduce that the Christians are either NOT PRAYING or are NOT PRAYING CORRECTLY the way God instructed us too?

We should not be praying for a godly government, it will not solve our problem.  We should be praying that our current leaders get to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. God’s heart is that no man, woman or child should ever be lost for eternity. He created hell for the devil and his demons. Not for the people God created and whom He loves. What we should be praying is for God to reconcile our leaders, pastors, families, friends (1 Tim 2 v 1 reads: ALL MEN) hearts to Him.

It is not our job to pray our leaders in and out of positions, because God promotes (and by flip side of the coin, allows a person to be removed from office as well). It is not our job to overthrow governments; it is our job to honor them as Rom 13 v 7 tells us too. It is not our job to judge whether our government is doing what we think is a good or a bad job.

Because Israel chose Plan B, God showed us through His Word how His children could still bring about His purpose of peace on this earth, even if we are under the rule of a government.

I’ve been following people’s responses to the secrecy bill this week, and this was the truest statement I read:

“Ag u know all I’v read and seen today about the Bill being passed is b*tch, b*tch b*tch, bt guess what I bet as citizens we won’t even try, stand together or actually take action against this horrifying reality.

We all still gonna sleep tyt tonight, go about tomoros events as if nothing happened and basically sit back and wait til tragedy or something BIGGER takes place to get us off our feet. Everyone is good at following

but no one knows how to lead…”

A direct quote from one of SA’s Young Adults (aged 20)

This is what our future thinks of us as the leaders. Our future is in a bad state when our young people can identify that we have no leaders who have courage to lead. We have the same disease the Israelites had when they choose a king.

We want someone else to go and do the responsible thing, while we do the easy thing, judge and complain.

Rom 13 v 14 tells us to put on Christ (specifically when dealing with the government) and make no provision for the flesh.

Let’s dig down deep inside and separate ourselves to God for our “Year of Pampering”. Entering  into our King’s presence boldly bringing about the deliverance the people of this beautiful nation need. Let’s not waste time by doing the wrong thing and bringing about the undesired results.

Lets Lead in Prayer!

MY HEART: MULTIPLICATION or DIVISION

My reaction to my 1st born is probably a natural, stereotyped reaction any parent has towards their child. When I saw her for the 1st time, I made all the same promises to my child that most parents make. I promised her I would love her, I promised her I would protect her and silently I promised myself I would annihilate any person who ever hurt her (a very Christ-like response really demonstrating I never understood God’s heart of LOVE at all). Praise God one of the promises I also made was to train her up in the way of the Lord that was appropriate for her so as she grew and we faced challenges together, I realized I needed to change some values that were not biblical.

My biggest challenge to loving my child came when I realized I was expecting my 2nd child.

I loved this little child so intensely in my life, I could not fathom how there would ever be a place in my heart for my 2nd child. For many months I struggled inwardly with the concept of having to love two kids. The picture I mentally had for each kid was that they would each have a turn to be the centre of my heart. It felt like my heart was going to be compartmentalized, and that I would need to become this very good actor and manager who would have to learn not to reject the child that was not centre of my heart at that point. My reasoning was I thought acting like that, becoming a good manager or having a good façade, would keep the door open to loving them later and not rejecting them. Little did I realize Love is experienced and that actions carry an experience with them.

When Baby no 2 was born, I felt all the same emotions as I felt with Baby no 1. I could handle that because I had expected that. What I did not expect was the love I still had for Baby no 1. That surprised me and shocked me all at the same time. My love for my 1st born never diminished or disappeared! I was grateful that my heart had the capacity to multiply to be able to love 2 kids and that each child did not need to receive portions of my love at intervals.

Through the years I’ve continually referred back to this principle of multiplication to to understand God’s heart even more. When I felt the urge to write about this, I asked God for the scriptural reference and God immediately took me to the story of The Prodigal Son (Luke 15). I did not make the connection immediately, as in my mind the Father kept waiting for His lost Son. He was been a good Father. He was doing exactly what I would have done.

But a gentle nudge highlighted the OLDER BROTHER and God said to me: “Many of my children know I love them, but they don’t understand I love them as much as I love their brother or sister. Many of my children have the mind set of the older brother where it is only me or him that CAN be blessed. They don’t see that I AM ABLE AND WANT to bless them both. What I do for ONE of my children, I AM ABLE AND WANT to do for them all.
They have not grasped that my heart has a multiplication ability and that their brothers and sisters don’t leave me bankrupt or unable to love them or to fulfill their needs. What I give to one, I am able to give to 10, to a 100, to a 100 000, I am able to give to every person who has lived, who is living and to those who are still to be born in this life.
Rom 8:39
39 Nor height , nor depth , nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Eph 3:17-20
17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and the length and depth and height
19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

In v20, the POWER is referring to the DUNAMIS POWER OF GOD {miraculous power (usually by implication, a miracle itself):ability, abundance, meaning, might (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.}
I never realized until writing this post that God’s love was refered to twice in the Word as the width and length and depth or height and any created thing:
1st was us realizing that nothing (not a brother or a sister) separates us from the love of God; and
2nd was us realizing with the saints (my brothers and sisters in Christ, the OTHER brother or sister) what the width and length and depth and height of God’s love is. The 2nd revelation roots us and grounds us in the love that the 1st revelation revealed to us.

Loving Each Other

IS THERE PLACE IN MY HEART TO LOVE GOD AND TO ALLOW GOD TO LOVE MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS?

IF GOD IS LOVE, WHY DO I NEED…

A thought twister!

1 John 4v8: God is love!

A statement we so easily confess about God!

If God IS LOVE, then LOVE IS God!

Because of my concept of time and eternity, for me eternity is a mind set that becomes a reality when I die and live in heaven forever and ever. So for me, the eternity concept sort of starts in my mind the day I die.
But an eternity existed before I was born. An eternity existed before God created the World.

We in our minds we’ve categorized Eternity. Let’s call it Post-Eternity. But a Pre-Eternity also exists.

We do not realize God lived without us (mankind) before we were created in Pre-Eternity. We as believers are going to live with God in Post-Eternity.

The crux – LOVE was enough for God to be a complete being in Himself during Pre-Eternity.

God made me because He chose to make me. He did not make me because He needed me to love Him. He is LOVE and existed fulfilled before He made me. I do not complete God, I am special because He chose me to live with Him in LOVE.

Why do we always think that we need an object or a person to love? If I have a new car, I’ll be happy.
If I’ve a husband or child, I’ll be happy.
If that person accepts me as a Friend, I’ll be ok.

Knowing the person of LOVE means I am fulfilled and choose to have people in my life. The opposite to NEED people in my life

People say LOVE is a verb, but LOVE is a noun. It is GOD and GOD is I AM.

If I know God and Love, I will act out of and act in love, then Love becomes a verb. But any LOVE as a verb without knowing the LOVE as a noun, is a work out of a religious mind set, destined to be burnt as wood, hay and straw. Deeds done from knowing LOVE, are never called works, they are an extension of the noun LOVE.

All I need I have in I AM, everyone else is in my life becomes I choose to have because I know the Noun LOVE and LOVE gives. Sent via my BlackBerry from Vodacom – let your email find you!