I Make All Things New

new-lion If there is one message that comes consistently through most of the prophetic utterances of recent months, it is this:  God is moving in a new way – he is opening up the Kingdom Age upon this earth, releasing new change, doing new things, and breaking bondages.

These prophecies, and recent events around the world, are an exciting confirmation that our God is truly the master creator, that He has not finished (and never will finish) creating, that man was made and called to work with Him, and that He has not taken His hand off the wheel – although there are times when, in our limited perception, He seems to have forsaken us.

These prophecies are also a vindication of many years of prayer by spirit-filled intercessors world wide.  Why should that be?

We need to remember our beginnings:  that God created us to manage His creation, to walk with Him in the cool of the day to strategize, and plan, and fellowship.  Making a huge investment in man, He also limited Himself by arranging our relationship so that the exercise of His power on earth needs the acquiescence (ie prayers) of His people to fully release it.  If you doubt me on this, Dutch Sheets’ excellent book “Intercessory Prayer” is regarded by many as the best guide and explanation out there, as to why intercession is so important.

As an example, check out 1 Kings 18  where God used His prophet Elijah to deal with the wicked king Ahab:
And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, show yourself to Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.

And Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria.” (1 Kings 18:1-2)   We know from James 5:17-18 that this drought and famine had been brought on 3 years previously by Elijah’s prayers at God’s request.  The story continues:

And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, Is that you, the one who troubles Israel?

And he answered, I haven’t troubled Israel; but you, and your father’s house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and you have followed the idols of Baal.

Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel to mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table.”  (1 Kings 18:17-19)

There follows a test of strength between Elijah and the 450 prophets of Baal, to prove whether Baal or Jehovah is the true god.  This is a must read at 1 Kings 18:20-40, and it culminates in the total defeat of Baal and the vindication of Jehovah.

So the people are overcome, and turn from their wicked ways.  Now comes the illustration of intercessory prayer to restore rain upon the land:

And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees, [the birthing position]

And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again – seven times [seven is God’s number of perfection and completion].

And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there arises a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand.   And he said, Go up, say to Ahab, Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.

And it came to pass in the meanwhile, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel.

And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.” (1 Kings 42-46)

Why would God limit Himself to needing man’s prayers in this way?  For one big reason – He wanted that relationship, that fellowship, that companionship – and He wanted it freely given by beings with a choice.  He did not want to work with a bunch of robots and He didn’t want to rule the world like a despot – and if we imagine ourselves in His situation, we can most certainly buy into that.  It is a beautiful plan.

God has a vision of what He wants in eternity, and it includes man – a redeemed man – working alongside and fellowshipping with Him, and it has taken the sacrifice of Jesus to make that possible.

So we need to remember that it is not God, but man, who delays the fulfillment of this great partnership.

In the Book of Revelation, John wrote:
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”  (Revelation 21:5)

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This is God’s promise for the future – the end times future. But I believe it also has relevance right now, when He is getting ready to pour out His spirit on the earth and we can expect renewal, restoration and change in many things, including the churches – and great revivals.

We need to be open-minded enough to accept change, and the new ways God is revealing Himself to people on this earth, because THAT is changing radically.  We also need to press forward with intercessory prayer to enable the fulfillment of God’s plans for renewal at this present time.

Go, prayer warriors, go!!

Blessings,

Patricia

You Will Be Free Indeed

free-iconIt was Jesus who made this statement – quoted in an earlier post – about Himself, actually:

“Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”  (John 8: 31-36)

Jesus was referring to the freedom that comes from a life in Him, but I believe this statement applies equally well to the freedom that comes from living in a country that follows His values and His precepts.  Until this last election, America was slipping further and further away from the Godly principles of freedom for a nation.  Personal freedoms were being eroded, standards were being sabotaged.  Standards were being twisted and reshaped out of all recognition.  America had lost its standing as a world power.

If there had been another term under the same regime, many believe American democracy would have been gone for good.  This would impact not only the USA, but also the rest of the world.

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Many intercessors have prayed that the scales would drop from the eyes of those deceived by the Great Deception that has been taking place.  It is a blessing that Americans saw the issues, realized the urgency, and made the choice for Freedom.

Stand strong again now, do not be deceived by the enemy’s new displays and threats, and do not be drawn into more division and strife.  Above all, don’t believe that to carry on under the existing system would have caused things to improve – far from it.  That was the slippery slope.  Instead, pray for grace, for everyone.  God has said, “I am doing a new thing.”  So remember this:

“Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”  ( 1 John 4:4)

Satan is ‘he who is in the world’ – and you can absolutely count on the fact that Jesus is far, far greater.  He will bless America again.

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”   (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Patricia

In The Beginning

the-word-iiconPhoto of one of my bronze sculptures – ‘Genesis’ over an acrylic wet-on-wet sky background.

The koru style of the globe represents earth, its minerals, plants and living creatures.

The koru – derived from the shape of the unfolding fern frond or fiddlehead – is an important symbol in New Zealand, where we have ferns from the most minute to the towering, 45′ Cyathea medullaris, the black mamaku tree fern.  The koru has the connotation of new beginnings.

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“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
John 1: 1,3.

In the beginning, “before the foundation of the world”, Christ was The Word (and still is). He was the active, physical creator of all things, as distinct from God, who is the creative principle of the triune godhead.

And so it was that John,- closer to Jesus than any of the other disciples – was able to make this statement at the beginning of his gospel.    And later at the end of his life, in exile on the Isle of Patmos, it was he who was taken up to meet his Lord and experience the future, including the end times, so that the whole world might read of it in his written book of Revelation.

Patricia

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I Will Pour Out My Spirit…

joel-2-28r-iicon“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions…”

So spoke the prophet Joel at Joel 2:28.

This outpouring of the spirit, currently very much in focus as part of the End Times prophecy, is regarded as part of ‘The Day of the Lord’…

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…and the Day of the Lord and His subsequent millennium reign on earth is also described in a beautiful passage from Isaiah:

“…Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest.

“Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field.

“And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.”   (Isaiah 32:15-17)

Imagine the opportunity to pursue the things you love without limitation, in the company of the mighty creative power of the universe.     What more could anyone want?

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Acrylic painting, plus digital.

Artwork and Products available in my Damascus Road Gallery. Or click on the images.

Patricia

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Changing the Battle Ground

eagle-iconThis last 3 months have been a time of ‘rest’ and consolidation.  I’ve had issues to deal with, around wellness, and my proposed move South, and I needed to soak up some wisdom to help me.

Rest was pretty much enforced by the leg injury described in my post And He Shall Reign In Miracles – nothing REALLY major, but it brought pain and swelling, and affected the stability of the knee for several weeks.  My doctor later said the last horse kick on the leg she dealt with required a hip replacement.  Ooops!  Reinforced my gratitude:  evidence of the Lord’s protection.  I am sure angels were with me.

The Enemy At Work

Often we struggle too hard with our problems, when we should be acknowledging the supreme power of the Almighty, and resting in the Peace that Jesus offers us.

The reality is that for us, resting is the hardest part of all.  We fall into the big old trap of listening to Satan’s scenarios, and thinking that the only way to deal with things is by our own abilities.  When we look at the total picture of what is stacked up against us in the physical realm (as with my proposed move), we feel overwhelmed.   That is the time when we need to fix our thoughts on the Lord.  Not as easy to do as it sounds.  Why?  Because the enemy does not give up easily.  He returns again and again to the attack.

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Fight Like The Eagle

This morning I read something that spoke so clearly to me that I just have to share it.  It is a passage from an article by Jane Hansen Hoyt,  President and CEO of Aglow International.  It is a brilliant exposition of the battle tactics used by the eagle in fighting a snake.  And I am reminded of how many times in the last few weeks I have seen the Lord likened to an eagle:

“The eagle does not fight the snake on the ground.  He picks it up into the sky and changes the battle ground, and then he releases the snake into the sky. The snake has no stamina, no power and no balance in the air.  It is useless, weak, and vulnerable – unlike on the ground where it is powerful, wise and deadly. Take your fight into the spiritual realm by praying and when you are in the spiritual realm God takes over your battles. Don’t fight the enemy in his comfort zone.  Change the battle ground like the eagle and let God take charge through your earnest prayer. You will be assured of clean victory.”

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Ancient Greek coin replica – The Eagle and the Snake. Silver coin of Olympia, struck about 480 BC.  Obviously, the Greeks had many times watched the efficiency with which eagles defeated snakes in battle using this technique.

Artwork: photo of one of my epoxy sculptures. – Artwork and Products available in my Damascus Road Gallery. Or click on the images.

Patricia

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Nation Will Rise Against Nation

nation-shall-rise-icon“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains….

“At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”    Matthew 24: 7-8, 10-14.

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The words used for nations and kingdoms in the Greek NT were ‘ethnos’ and ‘basilea’.  We need to be aware that Jesus was not repeating himself here.  ‘Basilea’ has the meaning of a heriditary kingdom, or in modern parlance a nation.   But ‘ethnos’ means more a body of people, a caste or a tribe.

Looking at what is happening in the world today, where tribes and religious groups are fighting within countries, aided and abetted by independent nations,  Jesus knew exactly what He was talking about.

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Patricia

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Deception

deception-iconAs I waited in line at the supermarket checkout a few days ago and watched all the people hurrying to and fro, two questions flashed into my mind:

1) How many of these people know where they are going when the world ends? (As in its present form it surely will).
2) How many of these people know what is REALLY happening in world politics right now?

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Everyone was rushing around with their trolleys, their groceries, and in some cases their kids. It was not a good feeling at all to realise that the answer to both questions is most likely, “Very, very few.”

The Great Deceiver is at work as usual, keeping us all busy with life’s little problems – so we ignore the big ones.

“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” 2 Timothy 3:13.  This is part of what the Bible says about the end times – and we are in the beginning of the end times right now. Deception of people and of nations is rampant.  Do you know where to go to get enlightened explanations of world news and events?  Sadly, mainstream media has become yet another part of The Deception.  There are better places to go for your news update.

If you want more information, go HERE.

On the Israel question, I strongly recommend you watch THIS VIDEO.

“Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.”

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Patricia

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