The Battle

Right now, we are finding ourselves in the middle of a raging war. Have you noticed? I am not talking about the war against this dreaded virus, or any social or political agenda either. I am talking about a war that is happening in the realm of the unseen.

I started to take notice of it last week, as I lost my temper several times in the most horrendous way. I noticed it, as I dragged myself out of bed several mornings, after spending most of the night trying to switch off and struggling to sleep. I noticed it, as I have been increasingly getting irritated with little things and even started hearing myself say things like: “I just can’t do this anymore!”

What happened? Where did I lose my peace and my joy? Perhaps I haven’t been paying attention to the real enemy hiding behind the screen of COVID-19. An enemy who is after the most powerful weapon I carry: my heart.

My eyes were opened as I worked on my book last night. As I looked at the story of David standing toe to toe with Goliath (1 Samuel 17), I realised that the giant was only the puppet behind which the real enemy was trying to hide. The real battle was for David’s heart – the heart of the future king of Israel.

Perhaps the war started a long time before David even stepped onto the battlefield. Maybe the enemy tried to inject his heart with offence as David’s own father didn’t consider him as future-ruler-material. Maybe he stirred up jealousy in the hearts of David’s brothers when they weren’t chosen by the prophet. Maybe the enemy tried to discourage David when his oldest brother called him prideful and accused him of only coming to the battlefield to watch the “show”.

David, however, was not about to let a giant enemy taint the reputation of the God he knew and loved. Even against king Saul’s better judgment, he ran towards that giant without a shred of armor on his body; armed with only five smooth stones and a shepherd’s sling. But take a closer look at this picture with the eyes of your heart, and you will see that David’s true armor was fully intact.

He wore his helmet of salvation: a mind filled with the truth. He wore his breastplate of righteousness: he knew that he was not only in right standing with the Creator of Heaven and Earth, but he was deeply loved by Him. The Sword of the Spirit pierced the heart of that giant as David decreed what God was about to do, even before David decapitated his enemy with his own weapon.

In the natural it may have seemed that the scales were tipped in favor of Goliath, but the battle behind the scenes told a different story. The enemy hiding behind the giant puppet had no real power, and the little shepherd boy was backed by the angel armies of Heaven; even the Creator of Heaven and Earth Himself.

The scales were tipped indeed, but they were tipped towards David. It was never a fair fight to begin with.

The battle we read about is between the Israelites and the Philistines, but the actual battle was for David’s heart. The battle that we find ourselves in, today is not a fight for survival against this unseen virus. The battle is for our hearts. When we lose heart, we surrender it to an enemy who craves the creative power it carries.

Our mouths spill over with the faith we have stored up in our hearts. That faith can align with the Creator of Heaven and Earth, the One who came to give us life more abundantly. Or the puppeteer who only comes to steal, kill and destroy. That is why the enemy so desperately wants access to our hearts – we empower him as we agree with his thoughts.

David did not lose heart; he was not intimidated by the giant in front of him because his confidence was in the One Who was standing behind him.

Which makes me wonder what happened to my confidence? Have I surrendered my heart and allow the little frustrations and irritations intimidate me? Have I become weary in standing firm in the intimate knowledge of the One who deeply loves me? The One who surrendered His life for me?

It pains me to say it, but I have allowed the enemy access to my heart as I aligned with the arrows he fired at my mind. In agreement with his lies, I have uttered words of hopelessness and defeat; releasing his poison into the atmosphere in our house; but it stops here. He has been caught and I am taking my heart back today!

It’s time to remember Whose shadow I am standing under.

“But let them all be glad,
those who turn aside to hide themselves in you.
May they keep shouting for joy forever!
Overshadow them in your presence as they sing and rejoice.
Then every lover of your name will burst forth with endless joy.
Lord, how wonderfully you bless the righteous.
Your favor wraps around each one and covers them
under your canopy of kindness and joy.”

Psalm 5:11-12 TPT

HeartPrint:

Today, I hear the Father say: “Wonderful Child, look up! I am the shield around you, your glory and the lifter of your head. Don’t let your head hang in discouragement or frustration. Lift your eyes and allow your heart to connect with mine. Allow my strength to be your confidence. Receive my grace for your race. When you plant your feet on mine, you won’t get weary as we run. I have got you! We have already won.” ❤

The comfort of captivity

A few days ago, as I was folding washing in my bedroom, my daughter asked me a question about the movie, Tangled. Since I have embarked on the process of writing my book about experiencing the heart of the Father through this particular movie, it’s kind of been a regular topic in our household. Particularly for my daughter, who has discovered a fresh affinity for this movie.

“You know, Mum,” she said as I sat on the bed matching socks, “Gothel wasn’t really such a bad mother. She bought Rapunzel special paints and made her the food she liked. Rapunzel didn’t have it so bad.”

“My goodness, Zoe!” I exclaimed. “She stole Rapunzel from her real mother and father; and she used her, for her magical powers. She didn’t let her out of the tower at all.”

This was followed by a fun little debate as to whether it was so bad living in a tower, when you have everything you need inside of it. It was a lovely distraction from the chore I was doing and I didn’t pay too much attention to it, until later in the day, when I started thinking about the walls of my own stronghold that I lived in for such a long time.

Isn’t Gothel just such a great analogy of how the enemy loves to keep us confined in a stronghold, when we were created for the Kingdom? He loves to keep us busy and comfortable. Think about it, even our areas of brokenness and struggle can become a comfort zone. We get so used to functioning in our dysfunction, that it almost seem unbearably uncomfortable to step outside of our tower.

Leaving her tower was not just a huge risk for Rapunzel, but she was completely out of her comfort zone. She had no true frame of reference for the reality that would unfold before her; and I love the scene where she is so conflicted by her decision to walk away, because I can relate so deeply to it. That feeling of being unsure if you’re doing the right thing, when you’re walking away from everything that feels familiar.

The further you walk though, the more you discover that you were never meant to be stuck in a tower. There is abundantly more than you could ever hope, dream or imagine, waiting for you as you keep putting one foot in front of the other; but, it’s going to take courage and endurance.

The enemy doesn’t thwart the plans of God for your life by showing up in a red bodysuit and pitchfork; he makes you comfortable in your dysfunction. He makes you so busy focusing on your problem, that you can’t see beyond the walls of your stronghold.

Dear friend, if you’re feeling uncomfortable and unsure about your journey right now, I want to tell you it’s a great thing! You have stepped out of your tower and you are walking towards your destiny. Yes, it’s uncomfortable, but you’re about to step into everything you were created for. Isn’t that worth the little bit of discomfort right now? Oh, I am so preaching to myself right now! I want to echo the words of Paul:

“I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover.  I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus.”
Philippians 3:12-14 TPT

We don’t have to run as fast as anyone else, we just need to keep moving in the right direction: towards the One who is inviting us to draw near, so that we can lay hold of everything that belongs to us in Jesus.

Let go of the comfort of your captivity and say goodbye to your stronghold, awesome child of God.

You’re not going back there!

HeartPrint:

Today, I hear the Father whisper: “Beautiful Child! It’s time to awaken to the strength, wisdom and power that is on the inside of you. Let go of yesterday’s chapter, I am writing a new one. It is full of new adventures marked out for you; designed to bring you to the fullness of what I have given you through my Son. Every step will be worth it! Promise.” ❤

The End

Who doesn’t love a good movie ending? The guy gets the gal and saves the world in the nick of time. The princess finds her prince charming and they all live happily, ever after. You have to admit, you can’t beat a happy ending.

There’s nothing that frustrates me more than an ending that is open for interpretation. I want to be able to perfectly conclude what the future holds for each of the characters before I say goodbye. Don’t leave me hanging, I don’t like it!

The reality is that life is full of open endings. Every ending is just a new beginning in disguise: the end of pregnancy means a new beginning for a little person and their mum; the end of your education means the start of your career; the end of one project opens up an invitation to dream about the next one.

Why are we always in a rush to get to the end, only to find a new beginning?

A few nights ago, as I was trying desperately to switch my busy mind off and get a few hours sleep, I sensed the Lord show me a whole new entire direction with this book. “Oh no!” I thought, “I was so close to the end!” What He showed me was so much greater than what I could have imagined.

I know that what He is breathing into this book will be worth every minute spent re-wording and restructuring and as demanding as this process feels, I know it is working something in me that no amount of money or time can accomplish. God is creating a new beginning.

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
Revelation 21:5 ESV

Can I trust Him to lead me to the end of this process and help me transition into the new season ahead? This is a question that does not just apply to my book, but to every area of my life.

Dear friend, I pray that we will have the courage to live comfortably in the in-betweens. Where ever you find yourself from the beginning or the end, may you have the grace to embrace the moment, because He uses all of it for our good and for His glory. He will make something new out of everything we surrender to Him.

Today, I remind myself to just sit close enough to hear His heartbeat, until my own syncs up with His; and as I hear the Words He whispers to my heart, I will faithfully write them down and enjoy every moment of the journey.

After all, the end is only just a new beginning in disguise.

HeartPrint:

Today I hear the Father whisper: “Faithful One. How I wish you could see the future that awaits you as you put your trust in me. I will never disappoint you or leave you wanting. You are the very beat of my heart; my image on the earth and therefore, I love to bless the work of your hands. There is a great blessing on your diligence, so keep up the good work, dear one. I don’t miss a thing!” ❤

A Heavenly Mandate

“And they shall rebuild the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former desolations and renew the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.”
Isaiah 61:4 AMPC

It’s been a weird old week. I have been running full steam ahead and haven’t skipped one day of writing since the first day of this year. However, this last week I just seemed to crash. I’m tired.

Silencing the perfectionist in me has been an effort in itself. There is a gaping whole in my blog-feed and it has been bothering me. Ha! Then the rational-me comes to the defense and reminds me that I can’t give out of an empty well. I need to rest.

This week has given me a much needed break, but it has also been full of moments where the Father has broken through the weariness to lift up my head and remind me that what He has called me to do, is not just a crazy whim but an actual mandate from Heaven.

I have been blown away by the many different ways that God has confirmed this Word through many different channels and people; going back to the original mandate has empowered me to jump back into the race set before me.

For over half a decade I have tried to write this book, but didn’t get very far. At some point of the process, I stopped believing that there was any treasure to be found in this message and I put it out of sight and mind. Towards the end of 2018, I felt a gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit to pick it up again.

On the 10th of January 2019 whilst praying, I had a vision: I saw myself standing in an overgrown forest, inside a broken-down building. It resembled an old cathedral; the walls were torn down in part, but there were some stained-glass windows still intact. Bright light was piercing through the trees and windows, pouring into the ruins. I sensed Jesus standing next to me. A strong wind started blowing inside the building. I knew that it was the Spirit of the Lord. It moved everything around. Leaves were lifted off the floor; bricks were put back into place. Everything inside these ruins shifted and moved into its original, beautiful design.

This is what I wrote down in my journal, as I sensed the Spirit of the Lord saying:

Beautiful Ruins,
Restore, Restore!
The temples of my Holy Spirit.
My dwelling place.
Containers of life, peace, joy and love.
Life-light piercing in and pouring out.
Rebuild, rebuild my beautiful ruins.
Broken walls rebuilt – even stronger than before.
Precious gems and jewels and gold and silver and marble – only the best for the King of Glory.
I am the Glory that fills the dwelling place.
You are the dwelling place of the Most High.
I live in you.
Riches and Glory are in my House.
You are my House.
Restore.
Rebuild.
I’m coming soon.
For a beautiful Bride: glowing, strong, standing in her true identity.
Wake Up my Sleeping Beauties.
Time to Rise and Shine – Your Light has come.
You are the sounding alarm of Love.
You are my Beautiful Voice echoing through the nightmares: “Wake up from your slumber! Beautiful Ones, Radiant Ones, Shine!”

I was quite astounded as I wrote down these words in my journal. Is this really from the Lord? I have to be honest with you, I wasn’t sure. But then the Holy Spirit led me to read Isaiah 60, 61 and 62:1-4 and I cried as these scriptures, beautifully confirmed the words I received from Him.

This is not just a book, but a heavenly mandate. A call to wake up all the beautiful children of God to come into the light and be seen for who they truly are: Strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. It’s time for each one of us to shine with the Light that God has placed on the inside of us.

It is time to untangle from the things that have defined you as “less than”, “worthless”, “victim”, “slave” and rise up into what God calls you: “Holy”, “Free”, “Beautiful”, “Victor”, “Child”.

Beautiful friend, I don’t believe that it is by chance that you are reading this right now. I want you to know that you are here, on this earth for such a time as this and that God wants to do a full restoration work in you. In all of us, because we are entering our time to be filled with His glory-light and shine. I am on this journey with you, yielding to the work of the Spirit as He removes all the dross from the old season. As He shifts and moves everything into place.

It is a new day. It has felt overwhelming at times. It certainly feels uncomfortable and uncertain, but I believe it is going to be a glorious day. However, we do not have to clean up our own act. We have a supernatural task force that will do the work in us as we yield to the Spirit and to Truth.

Today, I am picking up my pen to continue the work I was assigned for, believing that the Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because He has anointed me to tell my story.

It is a story that will awaken you to the heart of a Father who is good. It is a story that will silence the voice of the one who is afflicting you. It is a story that will untangle your broken heart and bind it up with words of tender love. It is a story that will open the eyes of your heart to who you truly are; giving you the permission and authority to step our of your stronghold.

It is a story that will tell you what you need to know more than anything:

You are His favourite.

HeartPrint:

Today, I hear the Father saying: “My Favourite One. Yes, you! You are the one my heart delights in. Not because of what you do, but because of who you are. Fashioned in my likeness: glorious and brave. You have all the grace to run your race. Sit with me. Walk with me. Run with me. In boldness and power, with Heaven behind you. We are unstoppable. It’s time!” ❤

Tomb to Womb – step 5

We are at the fifth and final step to turning a tomb into a womb! How are you doing? Have you put all the other steps into practice? They are so simple and so practical. If you have been following along, please comment below and share your experience. You can also contact me at newcreation2020@outlook.com. I would love to hear from you.

So let’s do a quick re-cap before we go into the fifth and final step.

Step One: Pay attention to what you are hearing

Step Two: Stay in the Word

Step Three: Guard your heart

Step Four: Watch what you say

Today, we’re going to look at the last step to create room for the impossible to be conceived, developed and birthed from within your heart. Step five is simply this…

Hold on to the vision

“Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; then stick to the path and stay safe. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.”
Proverbs 4:25-27 NLT

One of the things that is keeping me going in this weird season of uncertainty, is keeping my focus on the assignment that God had given me at the beginning of the year. I am so busy writing the book that God put on my heart to write, that I haven’t had much time to pay attention to what is happening out there in the world.

Joining a mentoring programme in November last year, has helped me to clarify the vision God has put on my heart and as I followed the little steps they have put before me, I can see this vision taking shape.

There is something powerful that happens when we respond to the Word and take little steps of obedience towards it.

Mary had to make preparations for this new life. She did not only have to conceive and give birth to Salvation, she had to raise Him. Until it was time for Jesus to fulfill the prophetic promise of becoming the Saviour of the world.

Mary wrote down the vision as she wrote a song of praise. You can read it in Luke 1:46-56. She created a clear picture as she wrote down her words of adoration, not just for the little baby that was to come, but for the Saviour, Deliverer and King He would grow up to be.

Having a clear vision of what God has asked of you, is the first step to releasing the Word that He has planted in you. Next you need to define some clear steps to get there. For me, this meant investing in a mentoring programme that could help me define the steps to take. This is why I joined Unlockingyourbook.com.

You don’t need to have all the answers right now in order to be obedient to the call of God on your life. You just need to take the first step of obedience. The Lord will show you the door, and He will open it for you. Just follow in His footsteps. He is faithful to lead you all the way to the end.

Activation:

What is the assignment that God has put on your heart? Write it down. Break it down into little steps that will move you forward. Don’t listen to the voice of the enemy that will try to tell you that you’re not called or qualified. You are both!

As you take your assignment seriously, the Spirit Himself will come upon you, take up residence within you and surround you as you take your first steps of obedience.

Step by step you will grow in confidence and walk out every step of the call that God has placed on your life.

Prayer:

Dear friend, I pray that you will rise up in the confidence of who God says you are. May you believe that you are both called and qualified by the blood of Jesus, to be one who releases faith for the impossible on the earth. I pray that you will have a clear vision of what God wants to do through you. May you have the boldness to lay hold of every promise that God has written on your heart.

Amen!

HeartPrint:

Today, I hear the Father say: “Awesome Child! How I delight in your little steps of obedience. Let me assure you that with every step you take, Heaven aligns with you. You have my life-creating Spirit and my Word of Truth dwelling inside of you. These life-forces are unstoppable. You may see yourself as a jar of clay, I see you as a vessel of creative power. There is great treasure in you. Believe it. Release it. See the impossible.” ❤

Tomb to Womb – step 4

We are four days in to discovering five simple and practical steps to turn what may seem like a tomb-experience into a womb-experience. The Lord has been showing me how in this season of being shut in and separated from the rest of the world, is not the end of the dreams and visions that He has given us. It is only the beginning of something new and fresh. The dawning of a new era.

Right now, we have an opportunity to create and environment where seeds of faith can take root and start to grow in our hearts. Due time is coming. When we emerge from this period of isolation, there will be a great work that has taken place on the inside of us. However, we have to choose to partner with the Lord as He creates the impossible in us.

We have been following the example of Mary (Luke 1) as she received the Word an it was made flesh in her. She conceived and gave birth to Salvation: Jesus the Messiah. You and I can follow her example by following 5 simple and practical steps that will turn our tomb into a womb for the impossible.

These steps are found in Proverbs 4:20-27:

Step One: Pay attention to what you are hearing

Step Two: Stay in the Word

Step Three: Guard your heart

And today, we are looking at step four:

Watch what you are saying

“Avoid all perverse talk; stay far from corrupt speech.”
Proverbs 4:24 NLT

Whenever I have read this verse, I have always though of perverse or corrupt talk as cussing, slander, gossip or lying. But I believe that it is much more than that. I believe that it includes every world that does not line up with the Word.

The word ‘perverse’ is defined as: showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave in a way that is unreasonable or unacceptable.

Coming into agreement with what God says is a form of surrendering to His will for our lives. When we speak words that do not line up with His promises, we are deliberately obstinate. You may think this is a little harsh, but I believe this is much more serious than we think.

I see this as I read Zechariah’s response to the word from the angel, Gabriel, in contrast with Mary’s response. Zechariah knew that in the natural, it would be impossible for him and Elizabeth to conceive a child. He refused to believe the angel. Gabriel’s response is harrowing:

“I am Gabriel! I stand in the very presence of God. It was he who sent me to bring you this good news! And now, since you didn’t believe what I said, you won’t be able to speak until the child is born. For my words will certainly come true at the proper time.” (Luke 1:19-20 NLT).

The angel shut Zechariah’s mouth. He was unable to speak any words that would be detrimental to the conception of this miraculous baby. The angel had to do this, because our words can either nurture the Word in us, or destroy it.

Proverbs 10:11 says that death and life is in the power of the tongue. I have always wondered why it said “death and life” and not “life and death”, why is death mentioned before life? This is just my opinion, but I believe that we are naturally geared to speaking negativity over ourselves and our lives. Even over others. We have to mind what we say!

We are not going to speak life without making an intentional decision to do so. We have to speak that Word we have been given out loud, consistently and continuously. That is how we nurture the promise of the impossible in us. When we do that, that Word will come to life at the proper time.

Don’t be like Zechariah. Respond like Mary: “Let it be unto me, according to your Word.”

Activation:

Schedule a few minutes a day to speak life intentionally over the seed of the Word that you are nurturing into life.

If you have it written down on a visual aid, put it where you can see it often. Speak it out loud whenever you see it. Speak life on purpose!

Find someone you can be accountable to. Someone you trust. Ask them to pull you up when you speak anything that doesn’t line up with your promise.

Prayer:

Dear friend, I pray that you will have the discipline to keep nurturing the Word implanted in your heart. I pray that you will find new and creative ways to use your words in line with the promise that God has given you through His Word. I come against any words that have been spoken over your seed that is not life-producing. I cast them down and I declare that the Word that God has spoken to you, will not return void, but it will accomplish everything for which it was sent.

Amen!

HeartPrint:

Today, I hear the Father say: “Precious Child. Created in my image: Co-creator. Carrier of my Spirit and my Truth. As you release the Words that I have spoken to you, it will produce the life that you are expecting in hopeful anticipation. The power is in the Word. Plant it. Water it. Nurture it. Due time will come. Stay in it!” ❤

Tomb to Womb – step 3

Over the last few days I have been unpacking a Word that the Lord had given to me on the 13th of March. At the time, I was excited about the wonderful words the Lord had given not only to me, but many people in the body of Christ, about 2020 being a year of seeing vision fulfilled.

A week later, my family was asked to self-isolate and a few days later our whole country was in lock-down. This is not what I expected for this season. However, God has been speaking to me about this unprecedented season we are finding ourselves in.

It may feel like a time of uncertainty and darkness. With it, can come a lot of worry and anxiety about the future. Fear of the unknown. But right now, we have an opportunity to take what feels like being trapped in a tomb, and turn it into a womb: a place where we can conceive and birth the impossible.

So far, we have looked at two simple and practical ways that we can create a womb for Salvation to be birthed through us. We are using Mary’s response to the Word from angel Gabriel (Luke 1) as an example and our five steps are found in Proverbs 4:20-27. Today, we are going to look at step three…

Guard your heart

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.”
Proverbs 4:23 NLT

Your heart is your power-source. It is where faith is generated, that is why it is so important to guard it against any influence that will go after the Word-seeds you have planted in it.

Only a few days after Mary received the Word, she went to stay with her cousin Elizabeth who lived out of town. Elizabeth was carrying a supernatural child too; John, who was born to prepare the way for Jesus. She stayed there for three months. A period of time when conception is at it’s most vulnerable.

Not only was Elizabeth a visible representation of God doing the impossible, but she declared words of life and faith over Mary as they both prepared to usher in a new era.

Receiving a promise for the impossible, will require us to be really careful with that seed. We have to guard it and protect it from fear, doubt and unbelief. We have an enemy who comes to kill, steal and destroy. He is after one thing only, and that is the seed of the Word.

In Mark 4, Jesus shares the parable of the sower. He explains that the seed sown is the Word and the soil is the heart. Some of the seed fell on a hard path and the birds immediately came to snatch the seed. It had no time to take root. (Mark 4:15)

The enemy loves a hard heart, that is why he will direct circumstances that are painful and disappointing to get us to harden our hearts. A hard heart, can’t receive the seed of the Word. That it why we have to take care of the condition of our heart.

If we don’t stay in the Word long enough for it to take root, it will also not produce anything for us. (Mark 4:16-17). Often we may hear a Word, believing for a little while. When that Word doesn’t come to pass quick enough or in the way we anticipated, we can get offended, displeased or resentful. We want it to happen now, but we need faith and patience, just like planting natural seeds. We don’t immediately see the fruit of our labour.

Allowing thoughts of worry and fear to mix with our thoughts of faith and belief, will also destroy the seed of the Word in us. (Mark 4:18). We have to carefully and consistently take those thorns and weeds captive, and pull them up by the root, if we want to protect the seed.

We are not guarding our heart against people, we are guarding it against an enemy who wants to steal our seed. However, we do have to be careful who we surround ourselves with, especially in the first semester of our promise-pregnancy. Don’t allow people to speak anything else but life, hope and faith into what you are believing for. Surround yourself with Elizabeths; those who are carrying the impossible too. Those who dared to believe the Word they were given.

Activation:

What is the Word you are believing for in this season? Are you paying attention to it? Are you staying in it?

Take a few moments to think about any areas of unbelief or fear that you might have about this promise coming to pass. Write them down. Lift them up to the Lord in prayer and surrender it to Him. Make a declaration that you are pulling those weeds up by the root and they will not touch your seed. Tear those thoughts up and throw them in the bin, where they belong.

Prayer:

Dear friend, I pray that you will have the wisdom to guard your heart against disappointment, discourage, worry, anxiety, fear and doubt. May you find people around you that will speak life and faith to the Word you are carrying in your heart. May you have the patience and endurance to keep standing in faith; in hopeful expectation that due time is coming.

Amen!

HeartPrint:

Today, I hear the Father say: “My Wise One. Protect the Word that I have planted in you. Do not allow the cares of the world to destroy the Life that is growing in your heart. Take care to uproot thoughts of worry and fear. Shut the door to resentment, offence and unforgiveness. They will rob you of every promise that is your rightful inheritance. Stand strong in the mighty power of my Word. Do not let go. You will see your miracle.” ❤

Tomb to Womb – step 2

Following on from the last two devotional blogs, we are looking at the next step to turn the tomb into a womb. What seems to be a time of darkness and uncertainty may perhaps make you feel like you are shut in or closed off. You may even be questioning the dream and vision that God has given you for 2020.

Take a deep breath. That is simply not true. Right now, we have an opportunity to take what feels like a tomb, and turn it into a womb; we can create an environment where we can conceive and give birth to the impossible. God wants to do the impossible through you; to establish His plans through you. You are needed in the Kingdom, for such a time as this.

So how do we do this? How do you turn your tomb into a womb?

The Lord has been talking to me about the encounter that Mary had with the angel, Gabriel in the first chapter of Luke. Her response to the call of God on her life, is a beautiful example of how we can receive and nurture the promises of God when things may seem a little uncertain or even overwhelming.

Proverbs 4:20-27 also gives us five simple and practical steps that we can apply, as we follow Mary’s example. We too, can create an atmosphere that will birth the miraculous. Yesterday, we looked at the first step (Proverbs 4:20), which is to pay attention to what we hear. If we want to turn the tomb into a womb, we have to live with our ear towards Heaven. The next step is to…

Stay in the Word

“Don’t lose sight of my words. Let them penetrate deep within your heart, for they bring life and radiant health to anyone who discovers their meaning.”
Proverbs 20:21-22 NLT

It was at a time when we were contending with friends for breakthrough that I discovered something significant as I cried out in frustration to God. “Lord, you said that nothing is impossible for you. Why aren’t we seeing any breakthrough?” I didn’t hear anything from the Lord, so I thought I would go find scripture and verse and remind Him.

So, I Googled it. Ha! I found it in Luke 1:37. I read every translation and then I saw the Amplified Classic version and I had to sit down.

“For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.”

The power of the miracle is in the incorruptible seed of the Word! It is the Word that brings about the impossible, as it takes deep root in our hearts.

We had been praying and contending and declaring and doing everything we could possibly think of to do (all good things, great things in fact!) but we hadn’t seen any breakthrough, because we were all over the place. We just needed one Word.

However, we needed to stay in that Word until it took root. Until it conceived the impossible in our hearts and minds. Until our imagination started to line up with it and our words came into agreement with what we saw in our spirit as we dwelled in the Word.

Mary only had one Word from the angel, but she made sure to guard that Word with her life. It was the Word given to her that conceived Salvation within her. Jesus became the Word made flesh. My friend, you only need one Word, but you need to stay in that Word, until you can see it. First in your imagination, and then in reality.

Proverbs 4:22 says it is the Word that produces life and radiant health, to anyone who discovers their meaning. How often do we go from one Word to the next, without really sitting with it for long enough to take root in our hearts? We run from one prophecy to the next, without staying in the first one, until we can see it become flesh in us. (I’m speaking from personal experience).

There was a time when I was clinging for dear life to one scripture, as I tried to overcome an issue with anger and depression. When my kids were still very young, I went through a time when I woke up feeling incredibly angry when I woke up every morning. I couldn’t bare to get up and face the day.

As I dragged myself out of bed and got ready for the day, I would sit on the edge of the bathtub in the morning, waiting for it to fill and I would say out loud: “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” I felt no joy. I felt no strength. But I said it anyway. I put my trust in the Word to do the work.

Months passed, but one day I woke up and I wasn’t angry anymore. I haven’t woken up angry since! If we anchor our hope in the Word, it will produce in us what we can’t do for ourselves. The Word contains our breakthrough when we stay in it long enough to take root.

Activation:

Did you receive a Word from the Lord when you did yesterday’s activation? Or do you have a Word that you have been holding onto?

Take that Word and make it visible. Write it out somewhere, where you can see it and say it out loud whenever you do.

Take some time to sit with that Word. Think about that Word, like a mother expecting the birth of her baby. She would imagine what that little body will look like and feel like as she holds it in her arms. Imagine what your life is going to look like when Salvation comes. When your breakthrough is finally here. Because it is coming. In due time!

Prayer:

Dear friend, I pray that you will have eyes to see what the Lord is doing in your heart right now. May you have a supernatural vision of the Word He has sown in your heart. I pray that you will have the courage to cling to it and to stay with it until you can see that promise with the eyes of your heart.

Amen!

HeartPrint:

Today, I hear the Father whisper: “Creative One. Dream with me. Allow your imagination to run wild with possibility. For nothing is impossible with me. Embrace the power of the Word that I have planted in you. Allow it to grow deep roots within you. I have given you my Word and I will watch over it, to perform it. Rest and dream. See me do the impossible.” ❤

Tomb to Womb – step 1

Yesterday, I wrote about a Word that God gave me on the 13th of March titled, ‘Make Womb’. With everything that has been going on in the world right now, I haven’t really thought about that Word for a couple of weeks, until the Lord dropped it in my spirit again yesterday, in the early hours of the morning.

As I went back to that Word, I sensed that the Spirit was saying that even though we are in a season that feels like we’re enclosed, shut off, unable to move forward (almost like being in a tomb), we are in fact in a place where God wants to conceive and birth the impossible through us. We have an opportunity to turn the ‘tomb’ into a ‘womb’.

This period of time may feel like a dark, uncertain place for you. I have certainly questioned why God would give me a Word about new beginnings and then we seem to be living the end of a bad apocalyptic movie! This is not the end, my friend. This is the beginning.

Just like the disciples thought that their only hope of a new beginning was over when they saw Jesus dying on the cross and his body put in a tomb, there was a new beginning around the corner. One that was much bigger and better than what they could have imagined.

How do we turn a tomb into a womb?

Over the next five days, I will share with you what the Lord has shown me through the conception of Jesus and Mary’s response to the Word she received from the angel Gabriel (Luke 1). The Lord has also given me 5 very simple and practical steps that we can apply, that will create and environment for the impossible to be conceived and birthed; even in this time of uncertainty.

These 5 steps are found in Proverbs 4:20-27 and today, I would love to share with you the first step:

Step One – Pay attention to what you hear

“My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words.”
Proverbs 4:20

In order to turn your tomb into a womb, you have to live with your ear towards Heaven. There is so much information that we are currently bombarded with and it is easy to get caught up in the worry and fear when it is constantly on display on every screen in the house.

Facts and figures can be sobering, but it is important to remember that there is something greater than fact: Truth. I don’t believe that God wants us to be ignorant of the facts either, but I sense that while we are going through this pandemic, He is inviting us into a conversation.

What I loved about the conversation between Mary and the angel Gabriel, was that she was brave enough to ask questions. Even though she asked “How will this be?” she wan’t asking form a place of unbelief, but with a heart who wanted to engage with the plans of Heaven.

Mary knew that in the natural it would be impossible, but she chose to respond to the Word that was given to her. “Let it be unto me, according to your Word,” she said, as she partnered with Heaven to bring Salvation to the earth.

Every born-again child of God has the ability to hear His voice. Few invest in developing this gift. Although angelic encounters still happen, we don’t need to live from one supernatural encounter to the next. We have a responsibility to develop our spiritual ears to hear; and we need to pay attention when we hear.

This was a major obstacle for me. I lived on second-hand information. Believing that other people were more qualified and able to hear God than me. Through the ministry of a great friend and mentor, I learned how to hear God for myself and it has made ALL the difference.

It starts with believing.

The ability to hear God’s voice starts with believing that you can. In John 10:27 Jesus says that His sheep can hear His voice. When I started to develop my spiritual hearing, I declared this over myself every morning: “Thank you Jesus, I am your sheep. I can hear your voice.” I speak this over my children every morning: “Thank you Jesus, they are your sheep, they hear your voice and the voice of a stranger they will not follow!”

Faith comes by hearing (Romans 10:17). So as we speak and declare the Word, as we start to hear it, faith comes. We start to believe it. As we start to believe it, we start to hear more clearly.

It grows with practice.

The voices I can recognise the easiest, are the ones that belong to the people I live with. I can hear my husband and children’s voices over any crowd of people because I have spent a lot of time with them. I know them. This is the same with learning to hear God’s voice. We have to spend time getting to know Him.

We can learn about Him in the Word. There are so many great teachings about God’s character and nature, but when He speaks to us directly we develop an intimate relationship that is both uniquely special and incredibly powerful. For many years I was satisfied with knowing about Him, but knowing Him has opened up the realm of possibility in my life, like nothing else. Because I know Him, I can trust Him.

It requires a response.

What I love about Mary’s encounter is her response. She received a Word and she responded with a resounding “Yes!” – are you responding to what you hear from the Lord?

How often do you hear a good teaching, or read something amazing in the Word, or see something in a movie that makes your heart leap, or hear a song that stirs something in you, and then just go about your day. Hand up! I have done it. But, I have also learned that the more I honour those (seemingly insignificant) encounters, by noting them down, by responding in prayer or worship, the more I seem to hear.

Yesterday, I had a chat with my wonderful friend, Katie. She told me that she woke up with a random song in her heart that morning. I encouraged her to sit with her journal, and ask the Lord what He wanted to show her. She sent me a message later to say that she had filled four pages in her journal with what God gave her!

God will honour any effort we make to draw close to Him. He will speak as we make ourselves available to hear.

Activiation:

Take a few moments today to quiet your heart to hear God’s voice.

(If you have never done this before, please be patient with yourself and remember you can hear from Him. He is your Shepherd and you have been born with the ability to hear. It takes time to develop your hearing, but God will reward you for taking that step.)

You may want to ask the Lord for a specific Word for this season, or you might want to go back to a Word that He has given you before.

You might have a question for Him; write it down and wait for His response.

Respond to what He tells you by writing it down.

Share it with someone that you trust. Someone who has an intimate relationship with God.

Develop a daily habit of sitting down with the Lord. Start with five minutes. God will honour your five minutes. He always rewards those who diligently seek Him.

Prayer:

Dear friend, I pray that you will have a really awesome encounter with the heart of the Father today. That you will discover new dimensions of His incredible love for you. May you hear His voice more clearly than ever before. May you be truly blown away, by the incredible plans He has for you and the dreams He he writes on your heart.

Amen!

HeartPrint:

Today I hear the Father say: “Glorious Child. My heart delights in your willingness to draw near. As you accept my invitation to an intimate friendship, all of Heaven readies itself to partner with the dream I have written on your heart. You were created to conceive and give birth to the impossible. Keep your ear next to my heart and it will be an effortless journey. It is going to be great! It is going to be fun!” ❤

The Opposite

“It’s all a little bit surreal.” We have all heard this or said this, since we found ourselves indefinitely quarantined. Life as we know it, is very, very different. However, it’s not just life as we used to know it, it is also life as we expected.

Last night our smelly bull mastiff woke me up at 1am to open the door to the living room for her (she has recently developed a preference for sleeping on one of our chairs). As I stumbled from my bedroom in a daze, I heard the Spirit whisper: “Make Womb.” Well, this knocked me right out of my slumber.

On the 13th of March, I wrote about this as I shared what God was showing me about how we create an environment to grow the impossible. Just like Mary received a Word from the angel and conceived the Saviour, the Word became flesh as she nurtured and protected it.

The days leading up to it, I really felt God speaking to me about this being a season of breakthrough and new beginnings, but a week after I wrote “Make Womb,” we found ourselves in isolation, because my daughter was coughing in school. A few days after that, the whole country was in lock down.

This did not feel like breakthrough. This felt like the end, rather than the beginning, but I just carried on with what God has assigned me with; writing my book, keeping up my blog, working on the vision He gave me at the start of the year.

As I got ready for the day, the Lord reminded me of so many prophetic words that seemed to move in the opposite direction; Joseph was told he would be a ruler and ended up in prison. David was chosen as king, but spent years running from a mad one, in the opposite direction of the kingdom he was supposed to rule.

This morning, as I ushered my dog into the living room, I realised that all these amazing words that the Lord has put on my heart are all true. This surreal experience that we’re going through right now, is not the end. It’s the beginning. This is the breakthrough. The Lord said to me this morning, if you think this is surreal, wait until you see what I have prepared to come!

God is moving upon the Earth right now in ways we don’t understand yet. I believe we are going to see something truly surreal in the days to come, but not in the negative way that we might imagine while we walk through this pandemic. Something truly spectacular and amazing is about to unfold, so we have to make room. Or, “Make Womb.”

How do we make a womb to birth the impossible?

The Lord showed me five practical things that we can do to make a womb that will conceive and birth the impossible. It is found in Proverbs 4:20-27 NLT:

Pay attention and listen:

20 My child, pay attention to what I say.
    Listen carefully to my words.

Keep the Word before you:

21 Don’t lose sight of them.
    Let them penetrate deep into your heart,
22 for they bring life to those who find them,
    and healing to their whole body.

Guard your heart from unbelief, fear and worry:

23 Guard your heart above all else,
    for it determines the course of your life.

Watch what you’re saying and speak life on purpose:

24 Avoid all perverse talk;
    stay away from corrupt speech.

Hold on to the vision that God gave you:

25 Look straight ahead,
    and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
26 Mark out a straight path for your feet;
    stay on the safe path.
27 Don’t get sidetracked;
    keep your feet from following evil.

These five things are so simple, and will make such an incredible difference as we make room to conceive and give birth to what God wants to do in the earth.

Please don’t come into agreement with worry and fear, when it feels that things are moving in the opposite direction than what God has spoken over your life.

Jesus told His friends that He was the Messiah sent to save them from oppression; then He was crucified. Things must have felt pretty surreal for them. Seeing Him put in the tomb must have convinced them that everything they believed for was over. But… three days later they learned that what they thought was the end, was only the beginning. The beginning of something much better than they could ever hope for, dream or imagine.

So take heart, dear friend. You may feel like you’re in a tomb, but this is your time for a new beginning.

The best is yet to come!

HeartPrint:

Today, I hear the Father say: “Faithful Child. Do not abandon the dream that I wrote on your heart. Don’t be distracted by the circumstances around you, but embrace them. Push against them as you strengthen your faith in me. With me, it is impossible to fail. Keep running your race, I am right beside you. Empowering you. Cheering for you. All the way!” ❤

Simple Truth

“Tell the repo man,
And the stars above,
That you’re the one I love,
You are the one I love,
The one I love”
David Gray

Songwriters: Craig Mcclune / David GrayThe One I Love lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., BMG Rights Management

These were the words I woke up to this morning. David Gray is one of my favourite artists, but I haven’t listened to his music in ages. I know that when an unexpected tune drops in my spirit, I need to pay attention. I looked up the lyrics of the song and not being sure what a ‘repo man’ was, I did a little digging on Google.

Google says, a repo man is “a person employed to repossess goods for which a purchaser has defaulted on payment.” Aah, it’s short for repossess! I started listening to the song as I got ready for the day and I could feel the presence of God in my room. As I listened, I had a vision of dancing with Jesus on the deck of that bay hotel that David Gray was singing about.

There are times when I take life way too seriously. I think this probably stems from my upbringing as a first-born child of a pastor. My sense of responsibility and obligation seems to be over developed. Since responding to the call to write and publish my book, I have been working really hard and throwing myself completely into this project. Sometimes I lose sight of the joy of just dancing with Jesus.

With all the hours that I have poured into my book, I have also been feeling a sense of guilt that I am not doing enough of my other Christian duties. I am not praying enough, or reading the Bible enough, or fasting (at all) or serving others enough. But what is enough? Can we ever do enough? Even Jesus said, that there will always be something more to do, but being with Him is the most important (John 12:8).

In John 12 we read how Mary anointed the feet of Jesus with her most expensive perfume. Judas called her out for wasting expensive perfume that could have fed many poor, hungry people, but Jesus put him right. Yes, we need to be doing our duties as good Christians, but not at the cost of being with our Beloved. Our duty and service should flow from being with Him.

Like Judas sniped at Mary, the repo man had been knocking on my door, demanding that I was behind in my religious payments; but my Beloved reminded me to tell that repo man: I am the one He loves. The payment has been made, I owe him nothing. I have permission to take my precious time and delight in presence of the One I love.

Dear friend, can I remind you, the repo man, and the even stars above that you are the One He loves. He does not require you to work your fingers to the bone in order to prove that you are good enough. It is from sitting at His feet, anointing Him with our praise and affection, that we become who He has created us to be.

I needed this reminder today (again). I needed to dance with Jesus.

Make some time to sit at His feet. Let Him tell you how much He loves you. It has removed all the guilt and condemnation from my heart this morning and I am going about my day, doing all my hard work, with a joyful song in my heart. With this simple truth:

I am the One He loves.

“Suddenly, he transported me into his house of wine—
he looked upon me with his unrelenting love divine.”
Song of Solomon 2:4 TPT

HeartPrint:

Today, I hear my beautiful Beloved say: “Lovely One. You have permission to enjoy me, just like I enjoy your company. You have permission to worship me in your unique, creative way. There is no standard to reach, I am your standard. Let your works flow from a heart that is connected with mine. Take my hand and we’ll dance upon the high places of challenge and responsibility. You have permission to be you.” ❤

Your Unique Value

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks over here; and I’m not entirely blaming the corona virus. I am in the process writing and publishing my first book and since joining a mentoring programme in November, it has been one steep learning curve. One that hasn’t lost momentum, even in face of this pandemic.

Last week we started the Marketing module and it has has rocked my boat a little bit. Coming to terms with the amount of work that goes into writing, publishing and marketing a book has been sobering to say the least. I thought I would just type out my story, stick it in a cover and let amazon worry about the rest. But I am discovering that there is so much more to it.

One of the exercises we were given to do, was to consider our unique value proposition. Almost like writing a menu of what we are bringing to the table. I printed my worksheet for this exercise and set it next to my laptop as I continued working on my e-book today. Not particularly feeling enthusiastic about jumping into an exercise that would require me to dig deep into past and present states, but knowing that it is an important exercise to do in order to connect with the right audience.

Then, something happened as I wrote a devotional piece in my e-book today. The words “unique value” were highlighted to me as the Holy Spirit reminded me of an incident that happened when I was in my teens, during a missions trip.

One of the older boys walked up to me and asked if he could have a word with me in private. He said that he wanted to apologise to me. He said that I was so shy and quiet, He didn’t know how God could possibly use someone like me.

I was so well versed in the language of the Liar, that I didn’t receive the part where he explained that God corrected him. I didn’t hear his apology or that God told him that my quiet spirit is beautiful and useful to Him. Before I knew it, I started to believe that I had nothing to offer. That I wasn’t useful or valuable in God’s Kingdom.

One of the destructive forces that drove me into desperate situations, was my need to be useful. My heart longed to know that it added value to someone’s life and because of that need, I ended up in rather compromising situations. Think: being chased by drug dealers, whilst driving the opposite way down a one-way street in the city centre of Johannesburg; risking my life for a friend who was struggling with a drug addiction. Yes, folks, the pastor’s daughter. Ha!

I know this may be a bit of a dramatic example and I don’t want to miss the subtle ways that this lie can play out, because it isn’t always as dramatic as that. It could be saying yes to good requests for help, when you know you already have too much on your plate. It could mean turning down God’s call, because you’re so busy doing things for others in order to feed your heart’s craving for purpose and meaning.

The last few years have challenged me beyond my boundaries of comfort and human understanding. I have had to let go of a well established, growing ministry position in a church I loved. I have had to step back from another opportunity to serve in a new church and risk being misunderstood. Behind these challenges, I was dealing with a heart wanting to cling to the things that gave it meaning, purpose and value: good works.

In the process of letting go of the good works, I learned a very valuable lesson. One that I have to revise every so often and it it this: my unique value is not based on what I bring to the table, but Who I am seated next to. My unique value does not come from what I do, or even from the message I carry. It comes from who the Father says I am.

Dear friend, do you know that your unique value is not based on what you do but who you are? Do you know just how valuable you are to your Father, simply because you exist?

Why don’t you ask Him to show you your unique value?

2 Corinthians 5:17 says that we are a new creation. Do you know what that word “new” implies? The Strong-Lite concordance (G2537) ascribes two different meanings to that little word: firstly, it implies something that is fresh, unused or unworn and secondly, it is something that is unheard of, uncommon, unprecedented. Something that has never been seen before!

My friend, you truly are unique and special. You are one of a kind. There is no one like you in this entire universe! Your unique value is not found in the works you do, but in who the Father says you are.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

HeartPrint:

Today, I hear the Father say: “Faithful Child. Do you know how much I value you? I delight in you simply because you are mine!Every step you take in obedience, bring me great joy and delight. As you exchange your plans for mine, I will open the doors of your destiny. There are great wonders waiting for you. Trust me, and see my plans for you unfold. Plans to prosper you. To give you a beautiful future. An unshakeable hope.” ❤