The heart of a father

“My son, don’t forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commands;” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:1‬


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Can I Share my Heart with you?

It was this announcement with the header “Prayer request and update” from our dear and close friends, that came in that day that landed on the “many thoughts and processes” I have been experiencing during the past some month’!
With the experiences of Internet and social media, I had decided long ago that in no way I would give myself to the “reacting mode” as we all by now are moulded to react on reactions through reacting! Therefor, since I have a very creative mind, I had dedicated myself to the “hearing and answering” discipline. That morning early I awoke and decided to write the following:

An early morning reaction, not able to sleep. Troubled by the many thoughts that surrounded me like that fly that keeps on testing me just now.

Oh Father, how long will we have to struggle, how long do we need to wait?
Father, we totally trust you, but it seems (looks like) there is such a lack and no answers. Initiatives that die, houses not to be sold, people in lack, loneliness, absence of corporate praise…

My head is making overtime, pushing itself into the trust mode while my soul is crying out loud that it is TIME FOR ANSWERS!  Not just comforting words but visible deeds!

Is God about money? No, but everything around us is!

Father, what are we missing?
I am so willing to fast but than You say:

Will the fast I choose be like this: A day for a person to deny himself, to bow his head like a reed, and to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Will you call this a fast and a day acceptable to the Lord? Isn’t the fast I choose: To break the chains of wickedness, to untie the ropes of the yoke, to set the oppressed free, and to tear off every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, to bring the poor and homeless into your house, to clothe the naked when you see him, and not to ignore your own flesh and blood? Then your light will appear like the dawn, and your recovery will come quickly. Your righteousness will go before you, and the Lord’s glory will be your rear guard. At that time, when you call, the Lord will answer; when you cry out, He will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you get rid of the yoke among you, the finger-pointing and malicious speaking, and if you offer yourself to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted one, then your light will shine in the darkness, and your night will be like noonday. The Lord will always lead you, satisfy you in a parched land, and strengthen your bones. You will be like a watered garden and like a spring whose waters never run dry. (Isaiah 58:5-11 HCSB)

God, they (as we) all have been willing to make bold steps, trust You to the full…
Father, this is no longer about them and their steps but about Your honor as it seems that “wickedness” pays off.

And at the end… we know, we will be still and know that You are God, but in the meantime, please arise from your throne on behalf of you children!

I just needed to reflect my heart and hope we can unite in this.

Last year the Lord spoke about 2014 as “the year of the Symphony”!

http://theheartsofthefathers.me/2013/12/07/the-prelude-and-the-symphony/

Coming in agreement is a joyful Sound!
When we elevate the personal needs to a corporate praise, a Sound, a Frequency will break the yoke!

A last thought….
Lets break the Silence!

Well, I can say that a chain of “reactions” started to come in as my inbox almost exploded, but they all had the wonderful identity of “hearing and answering” and it was that day that the “individual need” landed in the heart of the “hearing ones” and caused a floodgate of unity and proved that God had build “community” over the past lonely  and seemly desolated years!
I will share more later in the days to come but through the impact of the bold and urgent “Prayer Request and Update”, while the Lord told me to “be still and wait” through observation, I saw a the contours of His strategy in the time ahead. Promises came more into the visible through a deep and profound Sound that started to grow in strength!

As I normally close down my e-mails with: Dutch by birth, Sweden by choice, Kingdom by Grace, today I can fully say with a proud and grateful heart that I am Dutch by birth and Choose to be send to Sweden, but mostly that we (as a family) live, through His Grace, from the identy of His Kingdom!


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I Love Books…

The following Word that entered my inbox this morning through our valued brother Glenn H Jackson, reminded me on the post I wrote some years ago about the enormous amount of information that is demanding our attention. Even more today as parents, it needs skills and discernment to handle this pile of messages that try to reach us and our children. The way we handle the “main entrance” of our “houses” as Gatekeepers as of great importance for the development of the spirit of our children. Never ever take it for granted!

It is EXTREMELY important in this hour for every last one of My children to partake of only those “ministries” that I, by My Spirit, directly lead them to partake of. For any other path one takes will SURELY lead them into some form of confusion and darkness concerning spiritual things.

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you”…. John 14:26 NASB

“Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it. But the gate is narrow (contracted by pressure) and the way is straitened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it. [Deut. 30:19; Jer. 21:8]”…. Matthew 7:13-14 The Amplified Translation

“God is not [a God] of confusion but of peace”…. 1 Corinthians 14:33 NASB

“But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides”…. Matthew 6:33 The Amplified Translation

Ecclesiastes 12: 9-14
The Conclusion of the Matter
Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs. The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.
The words of the wise are like goads, their 
collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one shepherd. Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them.
Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.
Now all has been heard; 
here is the conclusion of the matter: 
Fear God and keep his commandments, 
for this is the duty of all mankind. 
For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.

I love books, they always have an attraction on me, they shout on the shelves and beg to be bought! The nicer the cover, the more it has its call to me!
I like to buy books, I like to read books. Bookstores, libraries, all the same! When I visit someone, my first look (after meeting the people of course) is to examine the bookshelves! What they read helps me to have an understanding of their interests.
Publishing books has always been my passion and creating covers that reflects the message was the challenge I often gladly took!
Then, one day, I discovered that it did not satisfy me as I looked at the (many) books in my bookshelf and wondered, how many of these books did I start and how many did I really finish? It was that day, that I discovered that the whole issue of books was a tremendous hunger for impartation. Hunger for the “teachers” to teach me, for the “fathers” to impart and thats where my determination was born to reveal and make available, to store and to provide.

As this morning the announcement of (an other) good book came in, I realized that, how good the book probably is and how many more books carries the label “must read”, there is no way that I can find the time to read them all.

The book of Ecclesiastes is a great help in that way and reading the final chapter, it helped me to put it all in perspective. I have said it before and repeat it today: “Excess (more than necessary) information is corrupt information” and I like the words of Solomon as he concludes his ‘blues’ moment, writing this book!
Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.

In the same way I agree and see the importance in the one statement:
Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind!

I pray that Teachers will impart knowledge of upright and true words, words that are like firmly embedded nails.
I pray and make effort that it will lead to reveal hidden things, whether good or evil!
I thank the many, many writers for imparting the words as they were embedded like nails in my life! I thank the teachers, that taught me how to and what… and I hope that my writings will do the same.


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When the Climate becomes a Culture

My writings on Climate and Culture mainly are meant to be a help of first recognising in order to be able to deal with it on a biblical way.

When the Climate in your “house” has turned into a Culture it will be sustained by strong, invisible Strongholds, which are mindsets that we allowed to develop over time (years).

Atmosphere: the pervading tone or mood of a place, situation, or creative work
Climate: the prevailing trend of public opinion or of another aspect of life
Culture
: the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society

It all starts with a certain atmosphere

The atmosphere over a nation is a response to spiritual influences whether good or bad. Once the atmosphere is affected over a period of time it affects the climate. If that climate is prolonged, then it becomes a pattern of thinking and possible stronghold. The climate becomes a culture, a behavior, or a way of living through silence agreement. Our Heavenly Father has called us to break those cultures, climates, and atmospheres that we have created over our nation, our Cities and even our family-life, by seeking first His Kingdom (Matt. 6:33), letting every breath sing praises to Him (Psalms 150:6) as we count it all joy in the midst of our trials and tribulations (James 1:2). This may seem too simple and silly, but it is the pattern Apostle Paul used to break the chains while in prison (Acts. 16), and it is today the pattern used in other countries that are predominately of other religions. When you visit for instance Istanbul, Turkey you would hear prayers sung over the city several times a day.

And it only takes one person to change the atmosphere which will change the climate and the culture.

If you want to be able to work on a shifting of the culture, firstly it need recognition and acceptance of the fact that a shift, a change is needed. I remember this moment where boldly 7 words were defined by a brave couple in our church and even when we took it to a church-weekend as the main theme, over the months and even years that followed at the end the problem was that everybody had his own idea of implanting the words. Mainly what you can say is that there was no real Kingdom need of change/shift and where the words were birthed through a honest and godly desire, without the urging hunger for change, nothing happened as all went back to normal. In the same time, this is the fact in families, cities and companies.

7 words

God will use the trials and conditions of our life to reveal and introduce Himself for the purpose of our life and the circumstance of it. And through that process He brings us to the edges of our self-created or inherited “culture” were the desire rises for a real and fundamental change.

So than again, imagine the strength of a True Covenant Relationship that stands together, agreeing in the need of their own change and through that influencing the surrounding environment.

It all starts with recognising to prevent it from a fruitless act! Therefor, let us honestly pray for God to reveal all that stands in the way of the culture of the Kingdom of God!

Worth listening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LyZtzKIdhU


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Let’s Address the Culture Issue!

As the original title was Club vs family: The Culture of Missional Communities, I just wanted to reblog this post of http://3dmeublog.com to underline the need of the culture shift I talked about in my former post. Reading this post really helped me to work it out by comparing the different cultures of Club and Family.

Club vs family: The Culture of Missional Communities
By Nic Harding

“Culture eats strategy for lunch”, so said Dick Clark of Merk Pharmaceuticals in the magazine Executive Leadership. We all know how as leaders we have put a great new strategy or structure in place, thinking it will be the answer to all our problems, only to find that we have the same problems we had before, just packaged differently.

If we want true change we have to address the culture issue. Generally churches function on a transactional consumerist basis – we give this, and we expect to get that. Every attempt we make to change it to a contributor basis with true ownership of the vision we fail at the first hurdle.

So culture change is the order of the day. And when it comes to building Missional Communities, this is never truer. Don’t do what we did at Frontline and make the structure change before addressing the culture issues. We have had to do a lot of ‘retro-engineering’ of the culture to make our communities work. Thankfully we are getting there. But it’s slow. We changed the structure overnight, but the culture change is taking years

As we seek to build our Missional Communities and grow healthy ‘families on mission’, I’ve found it helpful to think about the difference between a family and a club. Family is the culture we are looking for. Club is the old consumer mind-set. So let’s look at some of the differences:

Club Family
Subscription based Common pot of finances
Time defined by membership Long term identity
Focused on specific activity Focused on life
Competitive / comparative Supportive / developmental
Exclusive Inclusive
Uniformity Diversity
Compartmentalised bit of life Integrated
Set times All the time
Recruits new members Delights in new birth
Identity in function Identity in belonging
Image and performance based Honesty and vulnerability based
Not allowed to fail Encouraged to fail
Grows by addition Grows by multiplication
Skills are valued Maturity is valued
Led by chairmen, presidents and secretaries Led by Parents
Boundaries set Porous boundaries / flexible

The problem with having a club culture is that everything happens on a transactional basis. Nothing is permanent, nothing can be built on. Everything is based on performance and convenience. It operates as long as it suits me, and as long as it serves my needs. It happens in a tightly defined compartment of my life. Does that sound like some of our Missional Communities?

Family on the other hand is all-pervading, it’s 24/7, it’s chaotic, creative and highly inclusive. It’s a supportive place of shared resources. It’s a place where failure is celebrated as a learning experience, not berated as a losing experience. It’s a secure place of belonging where new and innovative things can happen, and where newcomers are loved into finding their place.

A young Muslim with a failed asylum seeker claim found Christ among us as a community. He quickly felt the love of the family and started to share his pain and rejection. He benefited from our shared resources, from meals in many homes and finances, to an MP3 player with the bible in his language. He found a place to serve, helping others with their gardening. He helped one of the guys in business remodel his offices. He knows he can call when he needs help, and has been supported in putting together a fresh asylum claim. He has a sure hope for eternity even if his hope for this world is still very uncertain. That uncertainty is massively mitigated by his new family.

So for those of us involved in or leading a Missional Community,  here’s a question to mull over:

What are our Missional Communities (Church) more like – club or family?

Nic is senior pastor of Frontline Church in Liverpool. Nic and Jenny have 4 daughters and 6 grandchildren. Nic also has an increasing role in the Covenant Kingdom Network of churches. A good book in a coffee shop is his favourite kind of recharging time.


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The shortcut effect

If you prefer beautiful routes over short ones…

It was this statement in an article about GPS routing that stood out as a flashing light! The short one, the cutting off, the easy way…
The header was: Forget the Shortest Route Across a City; New Algorithm Finds the Most Beautiful.

In an algorithm orientated digital world we nowadays find everything and our life is made so easy. As Google and Yahoo are our daily companions, they help us find “whatever needed” (and we even trust them)! No big effort to “know” and discover. Of course the side effects are more scary than we can imagine as our brain and our body is no longer pushed to the limits and beyond and with it “the new” is not new at all!

I know that I am not revealing new insights by my statements above but I have always chosen to be surprised by Life. Even when I had to go to my office, I prevented myself to get bored by finding out at least 5 ways to get there. 5 routes that kept me from routines and I always choose the random. Not a routine, not a predicted way of living. But… when time goes by, you find out that even the random can become rhythm!

The problem on being focussed on a preconception of “what it has to look like” is that we focussed on the arriving part, the things we want to reach and with it we keep ourself from the most beautiful thing that life can offer you: The Process!

There is so much to discover, so much to see when you keep yourself from finding the “shortcuts”! Mostly it makes you humble by discovering that there is too much outside there to discover in your little tiny life. So much goes on now as I could address so many other “findings” but mostly my message is: Let Him lead, follow His voice, let Him decide the route, because HE KNOWS BEST!

Just to add: I have been watching this amazing documentary about many examples of being led and being surprised…
http://holyghost.wpfilm.com


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If two of you agree…

Matthew 18:19

Parallel Verses

New International Version
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.

New Living Translation
“I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you.

English Standard Version
Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.

New American Standard Bible
“Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.

King James Bible
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Again, I assure you: If two of you on earth agree about any matter that you pray for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven.

International Standard Version
Furthermore, I tell all of you with certainty that if two of you agree on earth about anything you request, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven,

NET Bible
Again, I tell you the truth, if two of you on earth agree about whatever you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Again I say to you, that if two of you will agree in the earth about any matter which they will request, it will be done for them from the presence of my Father who is in Heaven.

GOD’S WORD® Translation
“I can guarantee again that if two of you agree on anything here on earth, my Father in heaven will accept it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father who is in the heavens.

King James 2000 Bible
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth concerning anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father who is in heaven.

American King James Version
Again I say to you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

American Standard Version
Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father who is in heaven.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Again I say to you, that if two of you shall consent upon earth, concerning any thing whatsoever they shall ask, it shall be done to them by my Father who is in heaven.

Darby Bible Translation
Again I say to you, that if two of you shall agree on the earth concerning any matter, whatsoever it may be that they shall ask, it shall come to them from my Father who is in [the] heavens.

English Revised Version
Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

Webster’s Bible Translation
Again I say to you, That if two of you shall agree on earth, concerning any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them by my Father who is in heaven.

Weymouth New Testament
I also solemnly tell you that if two of you here on earth agree together concerning anything whatever that they shall ask, the boon will come to them from my Father who is in Heaven.

World English Bible
Again, assuredly I tell you, that if two of you will agree on earth concerning anything that they will ask, it will be done for them by my Father who is in heaven.

Young’s Literal Translation
‘Again, I say to you, that, if two of you may agree on the earth concerning anything, whatever they may ask — it shall be done to them from my Father who is in the heavens.


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Your own ways, your own pleasure, your own word…

If because of the sabbath [rest], you turn your foot from doing your OWN pleasure on My holy day, and call the sabbath a delight, the holy day of the LORD honorable, and honor it, desisting from your OWN ways, from seeking your OWN pleasure and speaking your OWN word, THEN you will take delight in the LORD, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth.
Isaiah 58:13-14a NASB


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How first is first…

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. (‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭33‬ HCSB)

Those three amazing chapters in Matthew, all red as it is full of His speaking, again this (early) morning took me so deep! Matthew 5, 6 and 7, are the chapters I read when life gets to overwhelmed and to full of people’s (mine) conclusions. Just returning to the moment when the way we do life and church and christianity we so easily defend and repeat day after day was still in front of us, ready to be written.
In those moments when Jesus, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the One who was and is and is to come, just set with the men and explained life and brought it back to this one sentence beginning with: But seek first…

And then I read and write and conclude that the demanding part of life is distracting us and the mind is drifting off, listing the “firsts” that took control of me. The worries, the attractions, the visible “needs” that ought to be in the category of “things that will be added” became so easily the first we have been “seeking”!

To Seek
to seek in order to find
to seek a thing
to seek [in order to find out] by thinking, meditating, reasoning, to enquire into
to seek after, seek for, aim at, strive after
to seek i.e. require, demand
to crave, demand something from someone

First
first in time or place
in any succession of things or persons
first in rank
influence, honour
chief
principal
first, at the first

The kingdom
royal power, kingship, dominion, rule
not to be confused with an actual kingdom but rather the right or authority to rule over a kingdom
of the royal power of Jesus as the triumphant Messiah
of the royal power and dignity conferred on Christians in the Messiah’s kingdom
a kingdom, the territory subject to the rule of a king
used in the N.T. to refer to the reign of the Messiah

Source: Blue Letter Bible

It is the most important question you have to ask yourself: How first is first? As “in the beginning” is about the Alpha, the “one who was”, the “before creation”, that is where first is first. Where His word was The Word, where no commandments were needed, where all our conclusions were not defiling the atmosphere and where the Word was with God and the Word was God (John 1:1).

As even today, life demands your decisions, where the conclusions of mankind distract you, subject everything under the rule of His first and live the proclamation that all the rest is just “things that will be added”!


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The Next Step

When the next step is too obvious, the chance of repeating the past is almost certain!

But how come?

We shout it out almost for decades, A New Thing Is Coming and as obvious is the repeating, so is the disappointment.
Reading the post of my beloved “mentor” Ron McGatlin, could maybe help us to understand the needed change and its obstacles!

The Changing “Church”
By Ron McGatlin

God is not the author of confusion. However, God is the author of change.

Confusion often results when mankind resists God’s change and attempts to hold on to the status quo too long. Natural man is prone to desire unchanging life structure and systems. However, religious man is even more dogmatic about resisting change especially regarding religion. It is nearly impossible for a devout religious person of any faith to accept major change. Jesus referred to this condition regarding the resistance to accepting the word of the kingdom as hard rocks or the hardened soil of the heart of man that would not grow the seed of the word of the kingdom (Mat 13:16-23).

Much of what we call church today is devoutly holding to the structure and systems of the past and thereby finding difficulty in accepting and moving with the kingdom of heaven reality that is coming forth on earth in the hearts and lives of many maturing sons and daughters of God. It should not be surprising to us that often newly born again, Spirit filled people can receive the word of the kingdom before those who have spent many years in religion. In biblical terms harlots and tax collectors can enter the real kingdom life before some strongly religious people.

“Church” means a different thing in the kingdom age than it did to Christians in the passing age. This is well defined in the article “Church in the Kingdom Age.” If you have not read this article lately, please read it before reading on. As we move further into the season of change more meaning may come through reviewing the article than at the first reading.

Religious Christians around the world have been well trained by religious church traditional systems. For example, we have been trained that church was a place you went to worship God with a group of people. It was led by a vicar, priest, or pastor who did most all of the religious stuff and the people watched and agreed from pews mostly as an audience. Due diligence was done as tithes and offerings were brought to pay the leaders and provide for the facilities and some mission type projects.

In recent decades there have been changes in the systems which often opened the way to lively worship and other limited participation by the laity. The distinction remained clearly defined between the clergy and the laity. The clergy were those who were ordained leaders by the system, and those who were not ordained were just ordinary people. In some Charismatic type churches, the line between clergy and laity has blurred a bit as prophetic utterances, testimonies, and prayer ministry was opened for some participation of the laity. However, it was always under the close scrutiny of the clergy or leadership that was either ordained by a system or self-appointed.

Basically the word “church,” in the kingdom, means something different unlike what it meant to most people in the religious church systems.

Church is seen as the living breathing spiritual Body of Christ. In kingdom thinking “church” refers to the spiritual family of God on earth and in heaven all connected to the One Head, Christ Jesus. Local or regional gatherings are spiritual family gatherings of spirit beings terrestrial and celestial. The rule and order of the church (family of God) is LOVE – the pure holy love of God that consumes all of our desires, inadequacies, temptations, or any other aspect of natural life. There can no sin or evil abide in the manifest presence of God and His LOVE. The pure holy love of God filling our hearts and saturating our entire being spirit, soul, and body is the manifest presence of God in us and among us.

It is in this spiritual holy environment in the presence of God’s love that we are transformed and made whole by the supernatural love-charged environment of the manifest presence of God.

Hebrews 12 provides us with a word picture of the kingdom family gathering:
22 But you have come to Mount Zion,
to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem.
You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly,
23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven.
You have come to God, the Judge of all,
to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,
24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant,
and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

The transition from religious church systems to the kingdom of heaven age requires severe shaking to remove anything of the past that cannot enter into the kingdom of God New Jerusalem life. Anything in the religious “church systems” and anything that it has allowed to be formed in the world that is not a part of the design of God can and will be shaken. All that can be shaken will be shaken, and only that which cannot be shaken will remain. Make no mistake, it is God who is shaking our world. God is speaking from heaven in our day.

As we continue reading in Hebrews 12 warning is given, and the shaking is described.
29 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks.
For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven,
26 whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.”
27 Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made,
that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
29 For our God is a consuming fire.

The shaking is part of the changing to the true kingdom age church of the Spirit. All the religious man-made extra stuff that had been added to God’s original plan and purpose is being shaken away. There is a certain painfulness in the transition into the fullness of the kingdom of God church coming forth.

Even the pain of transitional shaking is needed. It becomes a blessing from God as it brings us to a state of inner brokenness that becomes the platform for God’s pure holy LOVE to fully come forth in our hearts and lives. The end result of the inner brokenness from transitional shaking is the tangible pure holy love of God that consumes and changes everything in us.

I am not sure there is any other way to truly experience this intense love for God and for one another without first experiencing the painful shaking that dissolves our strength with brokenness. Everything within us that lifts itself against the perfect way of our loving God must be dissolved. All of our self-made agendas and motives are destroyed by the painful brokenness clearing the way for the pure holy LOVE to overcome and fill our lives with the life of Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit.

We can then say with assurance, “It is no longer I that live but Christ Jesus living by the Holy Spirit where I once lived.” Thank you, Jesus; Praise you, Father God, for life in your Holy Spirit. Amen!


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Staying on the Save Side

Oh yes, we all know the story and their explanations: Peter, the boat, the stepping out and the staying in… But going through the process, the process of stepping out and also the process of staying in, staying “save”, that’s an other story.
We (my wife and I) are in the middle of such a situation. Not self, but in the support of others. We watch those who stepped out, we hear those who stayed save in and it is a saddening thing to look at it. It bring you back to the moments you stepped out and you still hear the voices, the sounds of concern and in a way I know those concerns were honest, not meant to be judgemental. We take responsibility for “scaring” the people by our decisions and their results.
Would we do it different? I don’t think so, but still we understand. It were those moments where covenant, trust and friendships were tested. It were those decisions that proved relationships in their value. It were also the moments where people were not able to continue standing with you because the bond was build on “agreement” in the “as usual” and the “don’t push the traditions”! Mainly life was build on an invisible agreement how we are supposed to life and as long as you keep yourself to that agreement, all is well.
By now, overcoming the rejections and judgments, I have learned to value our decisions and to even honor them as they made a way for “the new”. We paid a price, but it was worth it.
Another significant thing for those who stayed in, was their prove of our wrong and irresponsible steps, when things “went wrong”! People who live from the “right and wrong” perspective will always find their right in staying on the safe side. It is obvious that pushing the limits of the status quo will bring the risk of failure. Leaving the save boat for the shore is something totally different than stepping on the water.
Well, I have to say that we are not made to walk on water. Our feet are not really formed for that, so don’t make the mistake to think that walking on water is a normal thing. The issue has never been walking on water. It was the agreement with his Lord that made him step out and THAT’S THE PART THE OTHERS MISSED!

Many of the steps we have to make are there not for the prove of right decisions, but for the challenging of our perspective on what is safe! To challenge the things that keeps God from bringing bigger understanding on the things, experiences, moments we miss by defining SAFE AND TRUE!
Today, Gods judgement is sweeping the church worldwide in an intense way, questioning our values, our believes and with it pushing us into an unknow, “unsafe” realm where we need to live from our total trust on Him. He is challenging our idols, our boats, our structures that “worked” for us but kept the multitudes out. It is a time of testing the foundations, the Rock we build on and… the outcome will be scary but great. When God is shaking our Safeside, what will be our reaction. My favorite chapter in that is Isaiah 22, where the king was not aware of the fact that it was God, attacking the strongholds in His judgement. Not to kill, but to safe!

He removed the protection of Judah. You looked in that day to the armor of the House of the Forest; You also saw the damage to the city of David, That it was great; And you gathered together the waters of the lower pool. You numbered the houses of Jerusalem, And the houses you broke down To fortify the wall. You also made a reservoir between the two walls For the water of the old pool. But you did not look to its Maker, Nor did you have respect for Him who fashioned it long ago. (Isaiah 22:8-11 NKJV)

When the Lord removes the protection of our fortified cities, what will be our reaction? Breaking down the “houses” for the sake of our safety or recognize Him in it and allow Him to be our only safety and protection?!

Jesus, by giving Peter the permission to come, challenged the definition of safety and revealed the hearts of him who stepped out and those who stayed in.
The process God is allowing in (y)our lives is a deep but beautiful one.
Building new faith, new trust, new safety will be the glorious result and with that truth, that value, I will travel back to a nation in need of this truth!


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When we still live from “the Old”

Encouraging blogs has been forwarded to me, in reaction of my last posts. Interesting conversation too, through phone and FaceTime. Touching something significant although knowing that it is not a total “new” message.
There is this church, “suddenly” going through an intense process of change with some challenging happenings. The ” ” in the suddenly has more to do with us not seeing it coming, than the process that happens. The surprising part is because of the misinterpreting of what has been going on. It is mostly because of not being able to have an open mind while being in/going through the process.

But, than again, you never saw those red Renaults on the road, until you drive one. “Suddenly” they are all over…

What’s going on and where can God lead us, when we let Him?

I was watching this interview the other day about Gay marriage and the bible. The interesting issue is that we always try to find a part in the bible that confirms our thinking. We hope that somewhere (as in this case on many places) there is a statement that underlines the issue we are defending/fighting/teaching. I was so pleased with the answer of the guy (Dr. Michael Brown) that wrote the book, as the subject in it self is not so relevant here, but more the way he answered. In this case He simple addressed the “creating part” of marriage, as the reflecting of “the image of God” where he pointed us to the character of the Creator and with it, elevated himself above or maybe better said, distant himself from the “right and wrong answers” discussion. Pointing at Gods character, suddenly something else was at stake here, which is the identity of Father God.

For me, this reflects where the church is today, defending itself within a dying structure, keeping the ball rolling, rebuilding itself and even reshaping itself within the “same way we have done it but only different” attitude. And… we forget that the church -being the reflection of Father God to a society- last that part of pointing to Gods character. How can we show fatherhood, when all the church we represent today is about “leadership”? How can we live healthy marriage when all around us is about organization and ministry.

Again a link to the site I mentioned yesterday of Rivers of Eden by Debra Westbrook: Two posts What about this new thing? and Outsource – Prophetic Focus Outward Rather Than In Christ Alone.

What’s my point, as I always have to take you on the journey of my thought-life?!

Over the past few month I noticed this one big error/danger in discussing the “new”! It is our almost impossibility to let go of the old. Great conversations, challenging moments and than in just one spit second we are back in the “as usual”! I have pondered on it, tried to find the reason and with it always has this inner reaction of my spirit that cries out NOOOOOOOO! No, not in the automatic mode, not in the “fear for man” not in the conclusion of the centuries!

How hard is it to embrace the new when we still live from the old. We “pastor” the church and within the system we love to quote the “He make all things new” verses, but we know it is scary because the “old” still pays/hires us!

A last thought for now as I do not have the intension to deliver a full readymade  message.

Acts 8
And Saul approved of their killing him.
On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. 3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.

It is definitely not a script we would write. Absolutely not a thing we would have in mind, praying for the new! But, the result of this “strategy” was an explosion of christianity, all over the world!

I don’t say that this will happen, I just want to challenge you to let God make the design of the NEW!


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Discover Divine Strategies!

Discover Divine Strategies!
Which Produce Stability in Shaky Times!

By Bobby Conner
May 5, 2014

God’s Urgent Invitation

Hold on help is on the way (Hebrews 10:35)! The Spirit of Truth is now releasing Divine Wisdom for divine strategies for these days of shaking! Passionate seekers of truth will quickly discover that God has opened wide a door of divine revelation for them, for all who turn away from the carnal, natural mind and choose to live by the Word of God and His Spirit, abiding in God’s holy Presence (Psalm 91:1). Never forget it is in HIS presence that fullness of joy abides (Psalm 16:11).

Specifically, this Divine Wisdom will lift us up to a higher level in the realm of the Spirit so that the Lord may reveal His divine strategies and plans (1 Cor. 2:6-7). These divine strategies will reveal the understanding that Our God Reigns, and He is in complete control. These divine tactics release to us greater understanding of unfolding events from a much higher perspective (Isaiah 55:9). None can afford to stumble about in the darkness, divine light is available (John 8:12).
Consider this powerful promise:
Therefore He says, Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine (make day dawn) upon you and give you light.
Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people),
Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.
Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled and stimulated with the [Holy] Spirit. Ephesians 5:14-18
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Beloved, hear this call! The Lord is imploring us to receive Divine Wisdom. Specifically, He is extending a very specific, very urgent invitation to His Bride to “come up here” (Revelation 4:1) to receive His Divine Wisdom for His Kingdom’s advancement on earth.

God’s plans are perfect—but they do not just simply occur. God’s perfect, heavenly plans are brought to earth through His divine synchronization: His will and our obedience working in tandem with the Holy Spirit. The Lord requires that we participate in collaboration with the Holy Spirit in order for heaven’s purposes to be made manifest on earth: only the guidance of the Holy Spirit can bring about the congruence needed to reveal God’s purposes on earth, His higher way.

Indeed, His ways are much higher than ours and we desperately need His Spirit to reveal His purposes. Consider the following Scripture from Isaiah:
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.
For as the rain and snow come down from the heavens, and return not there again, but water the earth and make it bring forth and sprout, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:8-11

Obscurity To Prominence

The Bride of Christ will be brought from the corner of the field (the world’s stage) to the very forefront because of insights and strategies from heaven. Just as Boaz promoted Ruth from the corner of the harvest field to the center of prominence, the Bride of Christ is coming to the forefront of human history (see Ruth 2:15).

Divine Wisdom is Required

Beloved, seeking Divine Wisdom is not an option. As believers, we are commanded to attain Godly Wisdom and prize it above all else. In fact, Scripture instructs us to obtain Wisdom no matter the cost. Consider the admonitions of Proverbs 4: 5-9:
Get skillful and godly Wisdom, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation); do not forget and do not turn back from the words of my mouth.
Forsake not [Wisdom], and she will keep, defend, and protect you; love her, and she will guard you.
The beginning of Wisdom is: get Wisdom (skillful and godly Wisdom)! [For skillful and godly Wisdom is the principal thing.] And with all you have gotten, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation).
Prize Wisdom highly and exalt her, and she will exalt and promote you; she will bring you to honor when you embrace her. She shall give to your head a wreath of gracefulness; a crown of beauty and glory will she deliver to you.

How much better it is to get skillful and Godly Wisdom than gold! Understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. We are to seek God’s Wisdom above all earthly treasures (Proverbs 16:15-16). In your search you soon discover that Wisdom is a Person (Christ Jesus) see: 1 Cor. 1:30.

Divine Wisdom vs. Natural Understanding

The Lord said to me, “Knowledge without Wisdom is worthless; however, knowledge with Divine Wisdom is priceless!” Consider this profound insight from Proverbs 23:4: “Cease from your own human wisdom.”

What does this mean? Mere human, natural knowledge and understanding without Divine Wisdom is empty. In fact, the plans and purposes of man are destined to fail: only the divine strategies of God will stand (see Matthew 7:24-27). Despite our best efforts and intentions, our natural mind and human intelligence, without the guidance and illumination of the Holy Spirit, do not have the ability to understand the Word of God, commune with God the Father or follow the leading of the magnificent Person of the Holy Spirit of God.

Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.
But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, even the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:1-16

In other words, our natural mind is not merely insufficient: following our carnal thoughts and reasoning is actually enmity toward God. This is a serious matter, beloved!

For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace. Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Romans 8:6-7

As Disciples of Christ, we dare not continue to rely on our natural minds, but we must renew our minds to become “spiritually minded.” If we do not renew our minds, our lack of knowledge of the Holy One will eventually lead to our destruction! The Spirit of God warns us in an exceptionally blunt truth in Hosea 4:6: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

Scripture is not speaking about mere human knowledge, but rather divine enlightenment, Wisdom from above. We face destruction if we fail to appropriate Divine Wisdom—if we continue to live according to our own human reasoning.

This is not the season to stumble about in the maze of human philosophy or psychology, vainly speculating about the future. These mental speculations and examinations may seem righteous and even holy, but Scripture warns us that there is a way that appears right unto man however it is the way of death and destruction (see Proverbs 14:12).

We must allow the Word of God to become “flesh of our flesh” by replacing the carnal pathways of worldly reasoning and beliefs with the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ as revealed to us in Scripture:

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2

Divine Wisdom—Through Holiness and the Fear of The Lord

No treasure in heaven or on earth is more precious than this Wisdom from above—Wisdom that is actually the Person of Christ our Lord! This is why Divine Wisdom is so extremely important and, indeed, priceless. Wisdom is Christ Jesus. Paul states this fact so clearly in his first letter to the church at Corinth:

Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 1 Corinthians 1:24

But of Him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom…. 1 Corinthians 1:30

God is offering to each of us a much higher Wisdom released by the Spirit of God. Now is the time to embrace true Wisdom, Christ Himself.

You might be asking how to obtain this much-desired Divine Wisdom—the passionate quest and resounding question throughout human history. The Holy Scriptures clearly reveal the answer. God’s Divine Wisdom isn’t reserved for the special few, but is available to all believers who hunger for intimacy with the Lord and sincerely seek to advance His Kingdom.

If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God Who gives to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him. James 1:5

And then consider this promise:
But to man He said, Behold, the reverential and worshipful fear of the Lord—that is Wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding. Job 28:28

The reverent fear and worship of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and skill [the preceding and the first essential, the prerequisite and the alphabet]; a good understanding, wisdom, and meaning have all those who do [the will of the Lord]. Their praise of Him endures forever. Psalms 111:10

The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning and the principal and choice part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but fools despise skillful and godly Wisdom, instruction, and discipline. Proverbs 1:7

The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning (the chief and choice part) of Wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight and understanding. Proverbs 9:10

What are the steps to receiving the Wisdom from above?

First, we must ask for the Wisdom of God—and keep on asking, doubting nothing. And then we must understand that the Lord’s Divine Wisdom is entered through two gates, holiness (as expressed in humility) and reverence or fear of the Lord. These are the gates leading to the pathway of Wisdom. God resists the proud but He gives grace to the humble (Proverbs 3:34, 1 Peter 5:5). What is this grace that He bestows upon the humble? It is the grace or divine ability to know Him and His strategies for bringing His Kingdom to earth—the grace for Divine Wisdom.

Divine Wisdom—Through the Holy Spirit

It is indeed the Holy Spirit alone who imparts Divine Wisdom. Notice the words of Christ recorded in John 16:13:
But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future].

The Teacher who will lead us into Wisdom is God’s Holy Spirit. The Spirit alone—not our natural minds—can guide us into all Truth, Truth in the Person of Christ Jesus our Lord. Specifically, the Spirit “will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future].”

Divine Wisdom—Through the Word of God

A good, practical exercise for gaining Divine Wisdom is to study a chapter in the book of Proverbs each and every day. You will be surprised at the sound Wisdom that will be imparted to you by the Spirit of God. The greatest textbook on life is the Holy Bible; within its pages are the insights that will transform your entire outlook on life (Psalms 119:9-11). Take time each day to feed your soul with heaven’s manna.

As you read the Scriptures, approach the Lord with reverence and awe, humbling yourself before His majesty. We come not with our own holiness and righteousness, but clothed in Christ! Approach His throne of grace boldly and ask our Father God with a sincere heart for the Wisdom of Christ. Ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten the eyes of your understanding:
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened… Ephesians 1:17-18

If we ask in simple faith, believing His Word, God has promised that He liberally bestow this much needed Wisdom:
If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him. James 1:5

The benefits and blessings of Divine Wisdom are enormous. Wisdom produces understanding revealing the divine strategies to navigate uncertain days, which brings prosperity and favor: “He who keeps understanding shall prosper and find good” (Proverbs 19:8).

Christ Jesus states that as we seek first His Kingdom, everything else will be put into proper place (Matthew 6:33).

Divine Wisdom—To Preach Christ in Power

As we humble ourselves and seek God “with clean hands and a pure heart” (Psalm 24:4), the Spirit of Council will release to us the much-needed Divine Wisdom for our day. God desires to release revelation and discernment on a higher level, bringing us out of the world’s confusion and chaos. As we renew our minds with the Word of God, we will know God and “will shine ever brighter and do great exploits” (Daniel 11:32).

What are those great exploits? Preaching Christ in the “power” of the Spirit. Our witness of the Gospel is not to be with “persuasive words of human wisdom” (1 Corinthians 1:17), but, as Paul continues:
…in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

To experience the power of God, Paul knew that he required the Divine Wisdom of God, not mere human reasoning. Paul writes that he does not speak “the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age,” but rather he speaks “the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory.”

Divine Wisdom—the Answer for Humanity

The days that we are facing demand that we all move and speak in a revelatory—not natural—understanding of the times and seasons, receiving Godly guidance as we embrace the promise of Nehemiah 9:20, which assures us that God will release to us the Spirit of God to guide us.

As world economies implode, retirement savings dwindle and earthquakes, tsunamis, famines and floods devastate communities, it would seem that the entire world is seeking to know what will happen in the future. Without a real relationship with Christ Jesus, humanity cannot find true Wisdom. These are days of strong and deep deception. Most of humanity is deluded, blind to the truth, stumbling toward death and destruction (Matthew 7:13). As men and women continue to reject Christ, spirits of fear, accusation, bitterness, anger, occultism, envy and jealousy and rejection divide and destroy families, neighborhoods and nations.

As true followers of Christ, we walk as light-bearers in a dark age. Through us, the Spirit of God will release Divine Wisdom to set men and women free from the captivity of satan’s lies (John 8:12). God’s children will shine with Divine Wisdom, Christ Himself. We must rely only on the revelatory light and illumination of Christ and share His Wisdom with those whose minds are shrouded by lies and deceptions. It is only in Christ’s do we truly see light (Psalm 36:9).

Beloved, let us contend for the prize possession of Christ, the Wisdom of God! Earnestly desire this Divine Wisdom, seeking Him above all else, and prepare to witness the mighty power of the Lord to love the addicted and lost, minister to the poor, heal the sick, raise the dead, prophesy to nations and advance the Kingdom of God on earth—through your own hands and heart!

Bobby Conner
Eagles View Ministries
www.bobbyconner.org


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A pursuit of the wind…

I applied my mind to know wisdom and knowledge, madness and folly; I learned that this too is a pursuit of the wind. (Ecclesiastes 1:17 HCSB)

“We all know the tragic ending of Solomon…” The word landed in my heart, especially when he continued “but I am focused to finish right!”
All during the preaching I could not concentrate as those words keep pondering in my spirit. Wasn’t he? Wasn’t Solomon determined to finish right?

Pursuing Wind
At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream at night. God said, “Ask. What should I give you? ” (1 Kings 3:5 HCSB)
It was this amazing question and a “right” answer that brought him the riches as well, as he choose to “seek first” and with it received a wisdom incomprehensible! What a fame it brought him as the world traveled to meet him and stood in awe!
But, at the end he described it as “the pursuit of the wind”, an untouchable source the only brought “storm” and disaster!

“We all know how he ended..” was a hurting sentence to me and I felt sorry for Solomon! I heard his cry, as he knew that after the “hail the king” will come the cry for another “king”! The cry that, years later went from “Hossanah” to “crucify Him”!

I am there, questioning all the “blessings” promised, concluding with Solomon that with the pursuit of “the more” there is the emptiness of the now. I am ready for the new!

Just some rich writings that got my attention this day and reflects the thoughts I carry:
Sacrificing Today on the Altar of Tomorrow
And a blog of Debra Westbrook with a bold decision: The prophetic word centered and focused on Christ Jesus

That the riches of His eternal Truth will guide us in this journey!


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The Strategy Revealed

Nehemiah 13:4-5 Now before this, Eliashib the priesthad been put in charge of the storerooms of the house of our God. He was a relative of Tobiah and had prepared a large room for him where they had previously stored the grain offerings, the frankincense, the articles, and the tenths of grain, new wine, and oil prescribed for the Levites, singers, and gatekeepers, along with the contributions for the priests.

I was reminded of this post I wrote on my former blog, while we talked about giving and levites and more of that in this wonderful men-meeting this week.

The Strategy of the enemy

I found some interesting information on this guy Tobiah on the web, which provide a good introduction to my writing this day! To be honest, I am on the hunt as hunting season is getting near here in Sweden!

Tobiah was an Ammonite official (possibly a governor of Ammon) who incited the Ammonites to hinder Ezra and Nehemiah’s efforts to rebuild Jerusalem. He, along with Sanballat the Horonite and Geshem the Arab, resorted to a stratagem, and, pretending to wish a conference with Nehemiah, invited him to meet them atOno, Benjamin. Four times they made the request, and every time Nehemiah refused to come. Their object was to frighten him from completing the restoration of Jerusalem’s walls and to do him some kind of harm.

Tobiah also had married a daughter of Shecaniah, a Judahite leader, and had given his son, Jehohanan, in marriage to the daughter of Meshullam, another Judahite leader, for ostensibly political purposes. Because of this, he somehow gained enough of a Judahite coalition to use the Judahites themselves to send letters to Nehemiah, telling him of Tobiah’s “good deeds” in an apparent attempt to weaken Nehemiah’s resolve to keep Tobiah out of the rebuilding effort. Tobiah meanwhile sent intimidating letters directly to Nehemiah.

Additionally, Tobiah had established a close relationship with Eliashib the High Priest, whose grandson had married the daughter of Sanballat the Horonite, such that Eliashib leased the storerooms of the temple, intended to be filled with the Israelite’s grain offerings, incense, temple articles, and the tithes of grain, new wine and oil meant for the work of the temple and the temple workers themselves, so that Tobiah could conduct business in the newly constructed temple. Upon hearing this, Nehemiah, who was then in Babylon serving Artaxerxes II (as there was no work at the Temple during the reigns of Darius the Great, Ahasuerus (probably Xerxes), or Artaxerxes I,) requested permission to return to Judah. After returning, he promptly threw all of Tobiah’s belongings out of the temple room, purified the room, and put back all that had originally been there.

What is the constant factor in the story of Nehemiah and Ezra, the key figures in the rebuilding process, mentioned here in the bible?

Delay, discouragement, lack of focus and lack of passion as intimidation and fear is walking hand in hand!

If you can’t conquer them join them is the constant strategy of the enemy of the rebuilding process.

When you read through the whole book of Nehemiah, how those three guys have been around and tried it from the left and the right, from the front and even from the back, but the most effective strategy turn out to be from within. I call it, Marrying yourself in! Just make sure that one of your grandchildren get an eye on this beautiful young Israelite and you only have to wait until your appearance is “familiar” so they even prepare you a room in the temple!

Now, let me ask you this question, which of your “close relatives” has been given the storeroom where they had previously stored the grain offerings, the frankincense, the articles, and the tenths of grain, new wine, and oil prescribed for the Levites, singers, and gatekeepers, along with the contributions for the priests?

Let me give you the advise to do what Nehemiah did as he was greatly displeased and throw all of Tobiah’s household possessions out of the room. He ordered that the rooms be purified, and he had the articles of the house of God restored there, along with the grain offering and frankincense.


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Abortion

I was watching this clip of the testimony of Jason Upton and was reminded of this post about the subject of what I would now call “spiritual abortion” on my former blog, The Legacy of a Dreamer. Really felt to reblog it in the line of discipleship and raising children. Be so blessed!

So sorry that the reason for this blog, a wonderful clip of David Wilkerson on the subject of Abortion, is deleted from Youtube…

But watching it, my thoughts went off in a philosophical way on the issue of abortion…
How much “life” did you ended premature lately? Thoughts, ideas, impressions, beginnings of something great, something life-worthy, that was not received and recognized.
The Church is guilty of killing destinies, potentials, beautiful beginnings by the power of words and flesh and ego and doctrine! I survived many attacks on the many ‘new births’ over the years and thank God, I have understand that it needs wisdom to recognize Life! Being aware of the small beginnings, learning to understand that “it has live potential” is a thing you learn close the the heart of the Giver of Life. I have done many “mouth to mouth” savings of dying potential and wounded destinies and I have learned to “march” and “demonstrated” with the banners high up, in order to make people aware of the “killing in the back-yard” of our “christian life”.
Today, in the natural, a new generation is arising. A generation of survivors with the understanding of the fact that millions of their fellow youngsters have been murdered by the simple statement of “right of the woman”! In the same way, I thank God that there is a spiritual new generation arising, a generation of survivors of abortion, that are longing for the “breathing of life”, the confirming of destiny and the laying down of life “fathers and mothers” that serve this upcoming generation.
We need to humble ourself and dedicate our life to this future generation and humbly pray that we will recognize the “small beginnings”!


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So what’s about the piano?

He asked me why I put the new header with the piano on this blog (which shows up randomly)… And I could only answer: Nice pictures and that’s where we started the conversation that led to this post.

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The conversation was too personal, but mainly this morning I want to start again this conversation with you my precious readers.

As by now I have to take care of 3 blogs, which all represent a part of the why of my being in Sweden, being around people and loving God, I have to think where I write what. This blog as about the great compassion of God, sending the spirit(anointing) of Elijah, in order to turn the hearts but mostly to avoid the curse coming true! The heart of a Father, refusing to let His precious children, His amazing “in His image” creation die without destiny and it is about “turning your heart” that I want to write about!

The Piano
In our conversation it were the pictures that touched something in the heart and brought up some emotions. There are many ways to “observe” the piano! Of course the ultimate way of “observing” is when the ear catch the sound! When the ear is able to purely receive what the pianist wants to communicate, it is where we “connect” in a deep way!

I have been thinking about the three years, Jesus was walking with the 12, as they observed their master, their teacher and even their friend. In the same time it was Jesus “observing” the guys, the 12 chosen, called ones, knowing their destiny but in the same time seeing the obstacle of reaching. He needed this deep and intense way to be together in order to be sure that the message they had to distribute was understood by heart. Investing in their personal relationship, by watching Him to walk, talk, work miracles and even watching Him dying! The trust that Jesus had in His “strategy” where there was no hidden agenda, no “steam course for world evangelism”, but a heart to heart implanting of a Culture of Heaven. It confronted them with every step they made and… it was ok! Jesus was ok with that as it needed to be like that.
That is for me where the piano comes in, where we choose how to observe and even connect with the instrument.

The waiting keys, used and old but proven to be able to serve the player. The inner part, hammers, the strings, depended on the skilful trained person that would use this instrument to perform. But also the hours of labor, long before this old piano was what is  was suposed to be. The sweat, the love, the frustration and… the tuning! I love this way of “observing”, where this piano is much more that some willing tones, but where the whole environment defines the sound that comes from it.

Our conversation
Our conversation was about that. The beauty of an experience of observation. Seeing and even hearing beyond! Valuing more that the obvious, listening with more that our ears. Making a journey, backward and forward when we “observe” each other, the beautiful “instrument”! I love to observe the orchestra, the instruments, the old violins and the care of the owner by preparing it for their part in the Symphony!

This is how I learn to observe, to see you and to value you beyond what the eye can see. To confront myself when I know I limit you by my 2-dimensional soulish observation. I push myself to see more, to hear even more and in that way I understand that our lives and our connection needs fine-tuning!

So, you see what a “Just Nice Pictures” can do and I hope you are challenged to develop that skill!


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The Art of Celebration

It dropped into our mailbox early this morning, an invitation for a party, a celebration in the Netherlands! Right away I knew this would end up on my blog and I will tell you why!

Uitnodiging feestje bij The Bax Family in	Oldebroek zat 29 maart 12 - 17 uur

I left out the adress, because I don’t want the whole world to show up on their party as the Netherlands has experience in that area and I am not in the authority to invite you to their party :-)!

In short, the invitation states: You are so welcome on our party! Why a party? Well, why not! We are not yet in Hawaii (the brave calling of this big family) but there are reasons enough to have this party! The fact that we know you(!) and would love to see you(!) is one of them. And also that we are on this lovely place (selling all their stuff and going on this unknown journey)!

Celebrating when you don’t feel. Celebrating when everything around you shouts: NO. When people look at you and qualify your choices. When your wallet shouts “stupid” and your Spirit yells “Go on!”. Celebrating knowing me and you! Celebrating this little cottage, which has hardly enough room for a family with 5 really alive kids!

I just needed to honor this kind of steps and elevate them from “irresponsible” to”leap of faith”! It is for the critics an “offending of the comfort” and that in itself is all the reasons enough to do what they know they have to do!

And… I have sit with them seen their tears and their fears, so this is more that an ignorant life! They know the cost and  God gives the brave this extravagant joy of a child knowing that their Father is in charge!

So, welcome to the Party!

The following song is from the new album of Rend Collective Experience called:
The Art of Celebration!

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The Message of the Kingdom (part 2)

As I hope that you have been reading the essential scriptures from the post yesterday, you have to understand the perspective from where I review truth, faith, church and christianity.
Yesterday I was watching this great/funny youtube movie about truth and God. Maybe I better first let you watch it, before making my point.

For your understanding, my approach of writing is moving away from the subject instead of digging into it. It is so easy to get focussed on words, details, as of course details at the end define the value. But the bigger thing is the sum of the details not just one detail.
Why bringing that up?
Well, the message of Jesus was all about the bigger thing namely the Kingdom. Jesus was not about new teachings, a different view, a new doctrine, He was about the bigger picture, the view from Heaven, from the Throne! When Jesus said that He was coming to bring completion, in essence He said: Stop arguing guys, stop sifting words, insights, but become one, join hands and rise above it into a realm called the Spirit.
The beauty of His Kingdom is that it is not from this world and therefor can never be measured by our gravity limitation. Every word we release from the perspective of here and now is submitted to the law of gravity and therefor doomed to fall down, which in fact is meant to be because when it falls down to the ground it dies…
And then again, this is where the sower, the seed and the soil comes in.
Dying of the seed is the essence but not necessary the guaranty of a full harvest. It is the condition of the soul, the field that defines the end result.

Repentance
Now, what has repentance and soil to do with each other. As Jesus is using parables to make his point, He uses metaphors to explain. The funny thing in the little clip above is the “Jesus is the door” moment where this is emphazised.
A field full of stones as we see it all the time here in Sweden, is what the farmer approaches before starting to sow. The moment he realizes that the result of harvest is about removing, cleaning up.

For this is what the Lord says to the men of Judah and Jerusalem: Break up the unplowed ground; do not sow among the thorns. (Jeremiah 4:3 HCSB)
God is speaking here in Jeremiah 4 to His people: If you return, Israel — this is the Lord ’s declaration — you will return to Me, if you remove your detestable idols from My presence and do not waver, (Jeremiah 4:1 HCSB)
The essence of the message of the Kingdom is not just about ruling and reigning, but mostly about the abundance of harvest through the “breaking up of the unplowed ground”! The willingness to, every season again, break up the ground, lay it open, make it vulnerable with the cry, fill me! When we refuse to “break open” over time the farmer (and the preacher) will notice a hard and unwilling soil that rejects the seed and it has to be obvious that by now we have a “field” that is fruitless, barren, without any harvest. This is where God cries out: RETURN!
I can cry over the valuable seed, the beauty of Gods Word, the richness of the teaching, just falling down, destined to bring fruit but worthless because of the proud and hard rejecting “soil”! This is what I observe sitting in the benches. The funny or sad thing is that the rain we are praying for has even a negative effect, because firstly it does not really soften the ground and secondly flushes away the seed that just lays there.

So, what to do then?
When bringing these issues up, people think that I don’t believe in it anymore. Well nothing is less true. As said in the little clip and reflected in all the Words Jesus is speaking about the Kingdom, it is not one or the other, not truth in details, subjected by gravity. It is above, beyond, bigger and more.

The Kingdom of God, of Heaven is like…
Lets take a closer look in the week ahead to the stories of Jesus beginning with those exciting words sounding like: Once upon a time…


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The Flesh

A fresh and confronting approach of 1 Cor. 13 by Glenn H. Jackson.

The “flesh”[old nature] is impatient,
the “flesh” is unkind, and is always jealous [covetous];
the “flesh” brags and is arrogant;
the “flesh” acts unbecomingly;
it always seeks its own,
it is always provoked by what it “deems” to be a word or act contrary to its well-being,
it always takes into account a wrong suffered;
the “flesh” consciously or unconsciously always rejoices in “unrighteousness”, but never rejoices with the “revealed” truth;
the flesh bears nothing for it seeks only that which ultimately concerns itself;
the “flesh” believes nothing but that which it can perceive through the five physical senses;
it is capable of believing only that it [in itself] is omnipotent – and, thus,
it seeks to exalt “self” in its every word and deed;
the “flesh” rejects the Wisdom of God and “ever” considers it a threat to its own “exalted” position;
the “flesh” hopes with a “natural” hope – and, thus, never has any true [real] assurance of that which it hopes for; the “flesh” endures nothing for it is fearful and weak at heart.
The flesh “always” fails [falls short of the goal]!”

“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life”….. John 6:63 NASB