Love Revolution

•October 20, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Love Revolution.

Love Revolution

•October 20, 2012 • 2 Comments

Today marks week six of my new settlement arrangement with the Lord. I am now living in the United States of America in the beautiful state of California in a small town called Redding. If you know what Redding is famous for you know why I am here?  Have you ever heard of the Jesus Culture Movement or the Church called Bethel? You guessed it; I am a student at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. I relocated from South Africa six weeks ago when God said I would study further.

I am coming out of a revival atmosphere back home in South Africa and seeing miracles that would have most speechless for days. I have seen God’s love and His fire but I guess I never understood the measure of it. Coming here I often think what the school is going to offer me. When one comes from Africa you have a fairly good understanding of the supernatural but I am most amazed at what God is doing in my heart.  I see the fire of God in classes fall on people and it is so great to witness people encounter God but why can’t I feel the fire right now?

When I sit next to people in class they end up falling sleep next to me. It’s pretty weird, because it even happened in church. A man who I never saw before said that he got healed by sitting next to me. I thought how this was possible and then he said to me that his body went into a state of peace around me and he could feel the presence of God. So here I was, wanting the fire but God was giving me His peace and it was overflowing onto the next person. I was leaking.

God has told me not to pray for people this season but just to rest in His presence. I have been doing that and surprisingly God has been using me in a different way. I heard about this woman months back that God uses mightily. She is called by many as a General in God’s army. Her weapon of choice is so different though. She fights with a weapon of love. I heard about how she loves to hug people and that because of the love of God she carries people get healed and restored. I thought to myself I want that God. I call it the hug anointing.

Yesterday as I was walking to class a girl walked pass me and fell under the power of God. I have seen her around before. Full of tattoo art, really pretty and I knew God had His eye on this girl. She is so out of the box. The power of God came on her and she cried so loud. I could hear her heart opening up. I remember thinking why is no body stopping. We are quite use to seeing things like this in class. God just encounters people. Then I realised I needed to stop. So I sat there and stroked her face and held her as she cried for what felt like hours. I told my friend I missed worship because I got stuck hugging someone till the person stopped crying. Her response hit me. She said Shannon that’s how we met. I was crying my heart out at camp and you sat next to me and held me for a very long time. It looks like the lesson is being repeated.

I have been doing it without realising that it was what I desired. I love the fire and I love miracles but I think God is changing my mind and my weaponry. He wants me to use love as my sword to fight an enemy that wants a generation to feel isolated, broken and rejected. So even if I don’t see a miracle this year I will be happy with God increasing my capacity to love. To be able to love and have the heart of God is a miracle worth telling. I want to be part of this love revolution that displays God’s heart.

Letting Go

•October 19, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Letting Go.

Letting Go

•October 19, 2012 • Leave a Comment

SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS:

There are things and people who you have been holding on to that are no longer relevant to your life. You must now release everything that keeps you connected to the past in order to make room for what is coming. Much of what you have refused to let go of has actually become an anchor that holds you back. I call you to raise your anchors and unfurl your sails so that the wind of My Spirit can move you into the freedom of My purposes for you, says the Lord.

John 3:8 “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

As I read this word by Marsha Burns I could feel my heart drop inside in my chest. I knew God was asking me to give up something and someone. This year had so many someone’s. I have lost more relationships than any other year and the year is not over yet. That said this year has definitely been the most amazing and happiest year of my life. I have seen God’s hand on me like never before. I experienced being part of a Revival, Miracles, Salvations, Testimonies, Supernatural breakthrough in every realm. The opportunity to travel and with that comes the hard part. I call it the “letting go” part. I find that every time God wants to do a promotion in my life a shift happens. I stand at the door and watch someone leave my life. I wonder if there ever is a formula for getting people to stay or if God needs people to leave to make room for others to come.

The Word of God says obedience is better than sacrifice. Sometimes they feel like the same thing. It takes obedience to leave your nation and go to another nation and not be able to see your family for a long time. I think this must be how Abraham felt when he parted ways with his. He went into a foreign land to be established. God wants to moves us into the next season and next promotion but sometimes we are a lot like Lot’s wife. We turn and look back and in that moment we become pillars just as she was frozen in salt so we get frozen in fear and still stand. Watching people leave our lives feels like rejection. We ask ourselves whether we did something wrong or we didn’t try enough? In most cases rejection is protection. Letting go can be seen as protecting your heart from something later that could rip it apart.

So how do I get there you ask? It works this way with me. When I focus completely on God I realise that I move into a place that is new and I realise what and who I thought were important don’t seem to really matter to me. People always grow into our hearts and letting go feels like we uprooted their love. Perfect love casts out fear and if there is any fear then that probably wasn’t genuine love to begin with. A carbon copy of what God is yet to bring along. I won’t settle for false companionship. I will not settle for friendships which hold me in a place of comfortability that allows me to operate in mediocrity rather than confront my stagnancy. There will always be inner circles which will not change with time but there will be replacements for the Judas you have left to hang around. Your increase and promotion from God will not intimidate them or cause them to be jealous because they have experienced the blessing of the Lord. To increase in favour here’s a tip. Sit under and befriend someone who walks in a greater measure of favour than you.

God never removes without replacing. He always gives better. For our hurts he gives healing and for our despair joy. So when we surrender a thing or someone to God maybe it is because we trust God for more even when it feels like we tying our Isaac on the altar.

Tensions Boil as Israeli Oil Riches Grow

•October 19, 2012 • 1 Comment

God’s Hidden treasures found by Israel

Originally Posted by News Watch

Israel’s once hidden oil riches are now certain to be so large its treasures  could make it the richest oil country in the world. And, its neighbors are not  only noticing, they’re boiling mad.It was just forty years ago when  Golda Meir, the former prime minister of Israel once famously quipped, “Why did  Moses lead us to the one place in the Middle East without oil?” Well  Prime Minister, Moses turned out to have a pretty good eye for what a promised  land might look like.Since oil was first discovered in the Middle East,  Israel has been cut off from the world’s exploration resources because of its  Arab neighbors. No major oil company would dare explore there in fear of an Arab  backlash.

Over time technologies in oil exploration have improved and  international experts have noticed Israel’s potential. In the past,  oil-exploration adventurers would visit Israel, some of them reminiscent of  Indiana Jones, arguing enthusiastically that there had to be legendary oil  reserves in the promised land. The adventurers picked their drilling sites  according to concealed hints in the Tanach, especially Yehezkel, but the  drilling ended in disappointment. The legend of oil riches in Israel turned  into a cruel joke. They simply didn’t know what they were looking for and didn’t  have the proper technology to find it. But, in the last three years  Israel has discovered one mega-discovery after another. First, it discovered 1.5  billion barrels of oil onshore at Rosh Ha’Ayin, located about 10 miles inland  from the Tel Aviv coastline. It was a small but important find that sparked a  flurry of exploration activity. Then, a big one followed by another –  both are noteworthy, and rare, and are the largest finds anywhere in the last  decade. US Geological Survey (USGS) estimates, the entire Leviathan Basin holds  1.7 billion barrels of recoverable oil and 700 billion cubic meters of  recoverable gas.Expert surveys for the Tamar field conducted by the U.S.  petroleum consultants Netherland, Sewell & Associates indicate that the  field contains proven reserves of 217 billion cubic meters of gas.And  then another find. It turns out that Israel has the second-biggest oil shale  deposits in the world, outside the US:”We estimate that there is the  equivalent of 250 billion barrels of oil here. To put that in context, there are  proven reserves of 260 billion barrels of oil in Saudi Arabia, says Dr. Harold  Vinegar, the former chief scientist of Royal Dutch Shell.”Let’s do the  math. That’s 250 billion in shale oil, 3.2 billion in conventional oil in  estimated reserves, or enough oil to match that of Saudi-Arabia. Plus, that’s 50  trillion cubic feet of natural gas, giving it about 10% of the entire world’s  gas reserves — all while Israel’s exploration activities are just  beginning.I’d say most rational people would say this is nothing short  of a miracle. But one man’s miracle is not a miracle to another. Economic  miracles tend to upset a lot of sovereigns eager to get their share – whether  they can legitimately claim it or not. The backlash has begun and the  geopolitical crisis now playing out will be worthy of the most serious prophetic  predictions. Israel, whose exploration is the most advanced, is making  plenty of new discoveries. Cyprus, too, is on the cusp of energy riches and  (Iranian backed) Lebanon is anxious to launch exploration of its waters. As would have it, all this excitement is exacerbating old  rivalries between Israel and Lebanon and between Turkey and Greece, with Russia,  Syria, Egypt and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip likely to get drawn into  some serious drama.Worse yet, Russia is determined to rival Turkish  ambitions for regional influence and cannot help being dragged into the  conflict.

Unfortunately, Israel is seemingly giving Russia the cold  shoulder. As late as last week, the Russian government-backed oil producer  Rosneft held consultations on possible participation in the development of  Israel’s offshore natural gas fields, but emerged from the negotiations with no  “effective offers.” This geopolitical snub won’t go unnoticed by  Russia. Last month, Turkey, a former strategic ally of Israel and now one  of its most strongest critics, warned other major international companies  seeking exploration licenses from the Greek Cypriot government, (Israel’s new  ally), to stay away. Predictably, Israel responded by dispatching military  protection to the seas over its oil interests.

Turkey has now warned it  will stop Israel from unilaterally exploiting gas resources in the eastern  Mediterranean and suggests it is prepared to respond with force to make its  point and that, according to geopolitical experts poses a direct  challenge to U.S. policy. The U.S. has a strong interest in eastern  Mediterranean with countries finding and exploiting offshore reserves. But the  U.S. has its hands-full politically, and is ill-prepared financially to support  any new conflict. It currently borrows every dollar it needs to run its military  and the American people aren’t going to favor any new conflict they have to pay  for – even if it were necessary to protect Israel.

It is the  long-running issue of war-divided Cyprus between Turkey and Greece that is the  real key to understanding Turkey’s squabbles with Israel. Here’s  why. Cyprus was split into Greek and Turkish zones when the Turks  invaded in 1974 and seized the northern one-third of the Cyprus  island .Recent discoveries of natural gas are thus encouraging Turkey to  renew its diplomatic campaign on behalf of “Turkish Cypriots” in the so-called  Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Why? For the gas and oil it claims to own.  Thus, Turkey is launching its own exploration in and around Cyprus and any major  strikes it may make (and it will) will only fuel the crisis. So Turkey and  Israel aren’t seeing eye-to-eye and are willing to fight over it. So, the  next big boom (sorry for the pun) is firmly centered on Cyprus. Tensions  recently escalated when the Greek Cypriot government (the legitimate Cypress  government recognized by the U.N.) started pushing to open up its Aphrodite  field off the southern coast. It’s a whopper that’s likely to match the  Israelis’ biggest field, the Leviathan. Worse yet, it’s probably a geologic  extension of the Israeli-owned Leviathan.Aphrodite contains an estimated  22 trillion cubic feet of gas and sizeable oil deposits as well.On May  19th, Turkey drew a line in the sand. “Turkey will not allow any activity in  these fields,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry declared.But 15 companies  and consortiums, including Russia’s Novatec, Eni of Italy, France’s Total and  Petronas of Malaysia are all seeking licenses to drill in Aphrodite and 11 other  exploration blocks off (Israel friendly) southern Cyprus.

So get this  picture into your mind. There’s a crowd forming that could turn into an angry  mob with everyone wanting to plunder Israel’s newly found riches. The  Israeli’s and Cyprus plan is to funnel their gas through a joint pipeline  through Greece to Western Europe to reduce Europe’s dependence on Russia for  most of its gas. Mr. Putin, the Russian President, isn’t happy about the  possibilities of losing a big customer for its natural gas  production. On the other hand, Turkey is determined to restore its historical influence across the Middle East and Central Asia by applying  pressure to transform its resource-poor country into the key energy hub between east and the west – a direct challenge to an Israel/Cypress plan to pipe oil and  gas through Greece on to Italy to fuel the rest of Europe. That  increases the stakes in the eastern Mediterranean, with Russia, one of the  world’s top oil and gas powers, trying to find a way to cash in on the  boom.

Moscow is nervous about Turkey’s ambitious regional plans. Russian  President Putin also intends to restore Moscow’s Cold War influence in the  region. That places Russia and Turkey on opposite sides, including in the  Syrian civil war. Moscow backs the Damascus regime, a longtime client; Turkey  supports the rebels. And, neither appreciates Israel’s newly found oil power,  which threatens the entire eastern Mediterranean’s balance of  power. Moscow is not without some links to the riches. It has strong  links with the Greek Cypriots but its offers to help Cyprus is motivated in part  by the prospect of losing Russia’s naval base at the Syrian port of Tartus, it’s  only toehold in the Mediterranean. If the Syrian regime falls, Russia loses its  military base in the region. So it’s seeking an alternative base for its Black  Sea Fleet in Cyprus – the epicenter of the oil discoveries. Syria too,  has great riches off its coast; a fact not lost on Russia. If the Syrian regime  falls it is certain that Russia’s desire to pick up the pieces (for its own)  will be irresistible. In summary, we have a newly enriched Israel  powerful enough to completely change the geopolitics of the Middle East on one  side. On the other, we have Turkey, determined to cash in – with force if  necessary – to establish its own claim to riches while Russia, with its  impoverished Muslim regional allies seeking attention. Then there’s  Persian-backed Lebanon, in need of development funding for its significant rich  fields just offshore of it’s own border. As the old saying goes, “the  best way to get attention is to start a fight.”And, that’s exactly what  will happen.

10 000 Egyptians gather in desert for three days to worship the Lord

•October 19, 2012 • Leave a Comment

10 000 Egyptians gather in desert for three days to worship the Lord.

10 000 Egyptians gather in desert for three days to worship the Lord

•October 19, 2012 • Leave a Comment

10 000 young people worshipping Jesus

Originally published in God Reports

Increased persecution, the election of a Muslim Brotherhood president, and the death of the Coptic Church pope has led to thousands fleeing Egypt in fear of the future. But there have been rays of the light of Jesus breaking through the gloom.

Earlier this month about 10 000 Christian young people came from all across Egypt for three days to worship the Lord and to seek God’s blessing for their country. The worshippers, mostly ranging from ages 13 to 30, gathered from 10 o’clock in the morning until 8 each evening. Many traveled hundreds of miles to the worship site in the middle of the desert north of Cairo.

“To sit among over 10 000 young people, worship with them in a roaring holy noise, listen to powerful and challenging messages and pray for God’s powerful presence in our lives; really, it is hard to describe in words,” says a Christian leader. “Sitting at the very back of the small soccer stadium gave me a good view of the scene. Thousands were sitting to my right, thousands to my left and thousands more in the middle. Hardly any empty gaps!

“The wonderful fact is that these young people came from all over Egypt. About 3 000 of them came all the way from many cities located in southern Egypt. They were accommodated in conference facilities available nearby. As for the remaining 7 000, they had to come all the way, every day, riding in the morning from Cairo and Alexandria in about 130 big buses, and then ride back home every evening for the night.”

According to the church leader, another 2 million followed the event on Internet and live satellite transmission. The three-day event was called “One Thing.” The theme of the meetings was taken from Psalm 27:4: “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.”

“The worship music was loud, the lights were attractive and the entire setting of this large youth conference was quite impressive,” states the leader. “However, what was really more impressive and touching, from my point of view, were those tears coming down the cheeks of boys and girls, and those genuine shouts of the name of the Lord that echoed across the silence of the desert proclaiming that our Father God is the Lord and Master in the hearts of a generation of Christian youth in Egypt.

“Imagine the empowering, heavenly force that those crowds of young people have taken back with them as they flooded back into their cities, towns and villages all across Egypt, assured that God the Holy Spirit is Himself living within them, determined to make them a blessing for the nation. God is at work in Egypt, no doubt!”

“The description the Christian leader gives of 10,000 young people coming together for worship in the desert is so inspiring. I am sure there was some danger involved regarding security issues for this huge event. We can learn so much from our fellow Christians who face persecution and an uncertain future. Pray to the Lord that He will continue to strengthen Christians in Egypt and give them boldness and courage,” says Jerry Dykstra, with Open Doors.

Egypt is ranked No. 15 on the Open Doors World Watch List of 50 countries which are the worst persecutors of Christians.

 
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