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Modeling Christ this Easter

This is the most important time in a Christian’s year. The death and resurrection of God’s beloved Son and our glorious King. 

However, we attend the church services and listen wholeheartedly to the sermons, but when the weekend is over we forget to live the lives from what we just learnt in church. We don’t walk the walk. How can we take the themes of Christ’s sacrifice for us and apply it this weekend, and ultimately extend it to the rest of our lives?

Obviously we have to encompass all of Christ’s goodness, purity and mind into our lives consistently; but I’ve chosen four themes to focus on this weekend, and really apply them diligently, so that by the time Easter is over I can have a stronger grasp of applying them: mercy, grace, forgiveness and love.

mercy-grace

“Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful” Luke 6:36
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” Matt 5:7
God has granted us overflowing mercy by providing us with redemption, but being merciful can be a tough one for anyone to master. Our flesh detests mercy and prefers to inflict physical and psychological harm!
How can we be merciful? A person who is merciful is basically compassionate. It is realising that we are all sinners and no one is perfect.
Mercy relates to grace. Mercy is not getting what you do deserve, while grace is getting what you don’t deserve. So forget the offence and hurt done against you. Do kind things without wanting to be thanked for them in return. Doing this glorifies God because we are obeying His commandments and are a reflection of His wonderful mercy.

forgive

Luke 6:37 “…Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
Matt 6:14-15 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
As humans, sometimes it feels like that if we don’t respond to an offense with bitterness, anger and even revenge, we have let the offender “get away with what they have done to us.”
But God let us get away with our sinful natures, through Jesus!  It is an alarming thought to me that if I don’t forgive someone God won’t forgive me! And I need a lot of forgiveness! That verse is so important to me that often I ask God to bring to my mind anyone I have not forgiven in my past or present, because sometimes we don’t even realise we are harbouring unforgiveness for someone.
Do you know what a simple test is? This is how I test myself: If you think you have truly forgiven someone, assess your reaction to them when you are in their presence (or even if you think about them) – how do you feel? What thoughts are going through your mind? If any thought or feeling is ungodly or works against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:5), you need to ask God to help you to truly forgive that person. “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven.”
Forgetting is not forgiving! It will creep up on you. But forgiving will help you forget it.

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“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” John 3:16
God loves us through all our faults and weaknesses. His Son had to die for a wretched species. Yet He loves us still.
How can you honour God by showing love this weekend?
Love is patient and kind (1 Corinthians 13:4). When your spouse or child, for example, does something to start welling up feelings of irritation in you, remember how God was patient with you 5 minutes ago when you sinned! My husband is such a wonderful model of kindness and patience for me. When I’m having a bad day and so desperately want to throw a tantrum, he always turns the other cheek, or gives me a hug and responds to me with gentleness. You will find that if you respond to the other person in an attitude of love and kindness, it very quickly diffuses the entire situation.

Dear Readers, I encourage you this weekend to model these themes with me of Christ’s sacrifice for us. Let us be a light to those around us so that the world can see what true Christianity is really all about – mercy and love to a lost world. Let our Father be glorified! 

The night my husband was saved – a demonic attack!

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When leading someone to salvation I always try to remember to tell them not to expect fireworks or angels coming down from Heaven to sing them a melody. Too often people complain that once they accept Christ they “never felt anything.” And they end up disappointed. It is so important to let them know that the insurmountable joy and peace you receive is far better than worldy joy, and it is based on faith, and our walk with Jesus will never be based on feelings.

So after waiting for this for 5 years, what do I get? I got the exact opposite of singing angels the night my husband gave his life to Christ. After a joyous experience, I got a houseful of angry and revengeful demons!

We had just bought a new bed and my husband’s back was taking a lot of strain getting used to it, and as a consequence, hardly getting any sleep. The night he was saved he said he was going to sleep in the spare bedroom to try catch up on some sleep. I had then offered my daughter Jordan, who was 3 at the time, a special treat to sleep with mommy that night, to which she excitedly agreed.

Out of nowhere, just after midnight, Jordan woke up with the most terrifying blood curdling scream I have ever heard come out of her mouth. I sat up with a shock trying to calm her down, thinking she was having a bad dream. I put on the light but her screams never stopped and she jumped into my arms and screamed, “Mommy, get them away from me!” I was so confused and told her she was having a dream and that I was there to help her, but the look on her face registered pure terror as she clung tightly round my neck and looked back in horror at something behind her.  At this point I could see this child was actually wide awake and not dreaming. She clung again and screamed, “Mommy! Mommy! Please! Get the monkey away from me!” And then I knew. My child was under attack. I furiously rebuked the demon bothering her and commanded that he leave the house at once in Jesus’ name.

At that point my husband came running into the room asking what was going on and when I told him he said that he just saw a demonic evil looking wolf growling at him and drooling. Being married to a wife who had told him about every bit of spiritual warfare for the previous 5 years, he knew to rebuke the demon he had seen in Jesus’ name; but Jordan’s screams were the perfect opportunity of getting him to sprint out of the room to where we were instead of being alone! It was great to see though – my newly saved husband being bold in Christ rebuking demons left right and centre!

Jordan then screamed again and backed up right against the bed’s headboard shouting, “Mommy get them away from me!” To see pure terror on your child’s face is not a party. I said, “Demons! I take authority over you in the name of Jesus Christ and I command you to leave Jordan and remove yourself from this house at once! She is covered by the blood of the Lamb and you have no right to her!” Things then calmed down and Jordan seemed okay, but asking her to go back to sleep was pretty much out of the question.

I offered that we go play in her bedroom and she agreed. She wanted to build a puzzle. Building puzzles at 1am is just awesome, especially when you have uninvited guests. We sat on the floor and she wanted to be close to me, so she came to sit on my lap. No sooner had she picked up the first puzzle piece when she jumped up in horror and backed away toward the door looking at me like I was an alien. I asked what was wrong and she pointed to me with a quivering blood drained lip and said, “Mommy, there’s an owl on your lap!” (!!) Do you know how difficult it is to remain calm with a demon on your lap and not freak out so that your child doesn’t freak out? Try not to scream, it will make the situation worse. Just be calm, you already have the victory in Christ, you only need to apply it. I calmly, and not loudly, rebuked the demon off my lap in the name of Jesus. I could see it fled because Jordan’s face relaxed and she came back to me.
I anointed her room and kicked any demons out again.
The struggle continued until about 4h30am and then only was she able to go to sleep.

Satan doesn’t hate anything more than salvation! I think he was particularly livid about my husband’s salvation because my husband was pretty worldly! But if he wants to release an army of demons on you to get you to change your mind, he will. Just be ready. Your salvation means you have already won because of Christ. Just take the devil by the horns  fight him off with the weapon Jesus has given you – His victory on the cross!

 

I saw Jesus advertising Coca Cola

Prov 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

My favourite conversations are about Jesus and what Jesus has done and all the wonderful things He continues to do in my life and others. Nothing gets me more fired up than testimonies and it is what sparked this blog, to glorify Jesus, and in the hopes others may learn from my experiences.

I have been saved since small, and the years have taught me many things. Satan has had it in for me since I was tiny, so I have learnt a lot along the way. I have strong knowledge on spiritual warfare, so it comes to the point where someone asks me something and I am able to answer them right away.

Good? Well….maybe not always.

It was nearing the end of 2011 and I was feeling frustrated as I felt that I wasn’t moving or growing with the Lord all of a sudden. I wanted to do greater things, more things to bring glory to His name. But I felt ‘stuck’. So this had been bugging me for a while and I had prayed numerous times about it.

The one night I had the weirdest dream. I dreamt I was visiting my cousin, who is also saved. I was standing in his bedroom and suddenly noticed a poster positioned on the bottom of the wall. I have no idea why the poster was placed on the bottom of the wall and not at the top like posters usually are.

The poster was of Jesus. It was the picture of Jesus on the day of His crucifixion – I could only see from His bare chest up and He was wearing His crown of thorns drinking a 500ml bottle of Coca Cola. The caption read “Ladies! Why else do you think they call Him ‘Holy Holy Holy’?” (Rev 4:8)
My cousin then walked in looking as surprised as me about the poster. I could see he had not seen it before. We wanted to giggle at the funny caption but then kind of got angry at the blasphemy of it.

Interesting advert for Coca Cola, right!

I then woke up and I thought, “Lord? What on earth are You trying to tell me?”

Was the dream for both of us? I don’t know.

But I had asked one of my sister’s friends who has the blessed spiritual gift of prophecy if she might have an interpretation and this is what she said regarding my cousin who had backslid for many years and rededicated his life to the Lord:

Jesus has been boxed into commercial Jesus, and the true meaning of who He is has been missed. His blood sanctifies us and makes us whole and speaks of covenant (Eph 1:7). That is reflected in the Coke and shows a lack of belief that he has been made whole. The bedroom is significant because that is probably where he spends his time alone with the Lord and speaks of intimacy.”

When I approached my cousin about this he agreed that this interpretation was true.

However, I wasn’t at peace. This dream had to mean something to me too, or else why would the slogan have read “Ladies”?

It took me three weeks of prayer for an answer.

Before reading and studying my Bible I like to pray that God helps me understand what I’m reading and to bless me with wisdom as He wills (James 1:5)

I had turned to the Book of Ephesians and started reading; the Lord had led me there because revelation hit me like a tidal wave. Watchman Nee has stated that spiritual truth comes to us in much the same way a flashbulb would light a darkened room.
I was writing down notes so fast and going “oh my word, oh my word!” afraid I wouldn’t get everything down that was revealed to me.

 Ephesians 1:15-23Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,  the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Eph 2:5-6even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

This is what God laid on my heart about the dream:

God has confirmed, as above, that we are created in Christ for good works, and that He wants us to know what our calling is.
However, looking back at myself, I realise when someone asks me for biblical advice I am all too happy to help and I spew out answers immediately “just because I know the answer.” In essence I was treating Jesus and the Word like a textbook, like something commercial, just to refer back to. Obviously we need to give answers based on scripture, but I think because I am always excited to give an answer and help and teach, I don’t stop to pray about it first. Some instances don’t need an immediate answer, but prayer and waiting on the Lord instead. In hindsight, I sometimes did not check in with God first on what He wanted me to tell this person and receive His direction, but I relied on my own understanding (Prov 3:5). After all, I don’t have the answers, only God does, and He is the source of all wisdom and knowledge.

So at the point I felt I had my head up against a wall, going nowhere and not doing more. The reason for that is I was trying to find more of my calling for God in my own way and time, without leaning on Him for guidance. I’m a bit of a control freak and I guess that spilled over into my spiritual life! I was running, but He waiting for me to catch up in the other direction.

Looking further on in Ephesians God gently showed me that the same power that He used to raise up His precious Son is the same power that works within us! He raised us up together with Christ, and we all sit together in the heavenly places.
So, He has given me the power, as a gift. And in due time He will lead me to what He needs me to do; but I can’t lead myself there or do this on my own. He said, “You have the power because of My Son, but if you go this alone, I’m not coming with you!” Yikes! Then this was confirmed when I turned to Ephesians 2:5-6 and it says that we can’t go around doing things ourselves and then being able to brag about it. If you go it alone without God’s guidance and instruction, you are doing it in your own strength and you will ultimately glorify yourself.

God knows the plans He has for me, and us, (Jer 29:11) but we just need to learn to give up the control mechanisms and submit to His perfect will and reigning authority! Or we go alone. So every time I see the control coming, I remember Jesus taking a sip of Coke 😉