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In my previous article I talked about times of pruning by the divine gardener, and how we should find our identity in our bud rather than the branch. The bud is our dream, our intimacy with Christ our future hope for fruitfulness.bud_break

We also saw how in the pruning times the vines weeps and then dries back. In the desert time the danger is that the dryness might even destroy the precious bud.

This can sometimes happen leaving a feeling of total devastation and emptiness in the ministry. We may pray, fast and implore the Lord as we see the bud dying…

How do you survive the death of a bud, “the dark night of the soul”, the death of a dream?

Well, we can learn a lesson from good vine dressers…

Always leave a second bud!

Understand that God has left a second bud. There is always the possibility of a new beginning. As your tears dry and you come to terms with the loss and the dry barrenness, you suddenly discover that there is still the possibility of a new dream.

The story of David in 2 Samuel 12:15-25 can illustrate this concept in a moving metaphor of a second chance.

David’s first “bud” is dying, slain in innocence by the sin of its environment. “The Lord struck the child…” 

David hangs on, pleading with God, fasting, weeping and spending his nights “lying on the ground.” Like all of us, he cannot bear to see his dream die.

Beautifully Broken Web Banner“On the seventh day the child died.” For David it was seven days, but it may be seven years or thirty. God knows the perfect time to die and end a season.

I take great encouragement to see how David reacted at this critical moment of finality.

 

He “got up from the ground.”

He refused to stay crushed under the weight of sin and failure. He defies the natural gravity of depression and chose to move on. Perhaps God might be asking you to get up from the ground as well?

He “washed”

Seasons of loss can impregnate our spirits with sadness, unbelief and bitterness. It is important to allow the cleansing blood of Christ to wash us clean.

“The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!”  Hebrews 9:13-14

He “put on lotions”

Be perfumed by the Holy Spirit. When the woman broke her jar in the Gospels, perfume was released. Your very brokenness and loss releases more of God’s fragrance on your life.cleansed-25561-300

He “changed his clothes”

Allow the Lord to move you on to a new context. Like clothes that may have become old-fashioned or too small, we might need to put on and move into a more relevant Christian identity.

He “worshiped”

This was his beautiful victory. Like Job of old, he turned away from his personal problem and lost himself in the contemplation of the divine.

“The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” In all this Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.” Job 1:21-22

May we too have this same worshipful victory of keeping our hearts from any bitter slur against the loving character of God.

He “comforted”

The ultimate Comforter, the Holy Spirit, restored David and with the comfort he received he was able to pass on comfort to his wife. Take time to be comforted and restored. If necessary take a time out to heal, and renew the close relational links you may have.

And as he came to terms with his loss…he discovered that God had left a second bud!

He found “Jedidiah”

jedidiah-04His wife gave birth to a new son. The people knew the son as Solomon, who was to become a great and reigning king, but the hidden prophetic name was Jedidiah – “loved by the Lord.”

After the “man of blood” there was the man of peace who would build the temple. After the cross there is always the second bud of resurrection. After the guilt there is always a second chance at innocence.

May you find your second bud today if you need it. May you discover your own new beginning in Jedidiah and may you be truly “loved by the Lord.”

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Fat and perfumed…

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 “In that day their burden will be lifted from your shoulders, their yoke from your neck; the yoke will be broken because you have grown so fat.”  Isaiah 10:27

 “You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox; fine oils have been poured upon me.” Psalm 92:10

Lent simply emphasises the ever-present opportunity we have to pray together – feasting on God’s word and perfumed in intercession. Passport_to_Perfume_Logo%20(1)

The Lord is constantly questing to  take us into a deeper anointing. Like a car that comes in for an oil change, the Holy One is filling us with a fresh dynamic. We are maturing, throwing off the old yokes that have chafed, receiving healing, comfort, and looking forward to a new “Rehoboth” yoking to our Beloved.

King David also grew into the anointing. This “warrior/poet, lover/prophet” can model many aspects of our own history and future destiny in Christ. He was anointed three times in his life. With each fresh touch of God the anointing drew him into deeper conflict with the enemy. Higher levels…New devils!

We shall take a brief look at these times as they mirror principles that we are called to practice.

David annointed1. The “disciple” anointing of a young man – 1 Samuel 16 & 17

 We are all born in this anointing. We learn to love God’s Word and meditate on his precepts. We strive in prayer and are surprised by joy in intimacy and worship. We smooth our pebbles in the river of revelation and store them as vital weapons in our heart for the coming Kingdom conflicts. Getting up early – winning the blanket battle!, sacrificial giving and serving, praying around the maps – no place for the empty silence of “non-prayers!”, driving miles and trekking together to adventure and challenge. We face our Goliaths, the personal fears and temptations, the crucifying choices, and we get the victory which sets us free to Holiness. We must continue to live in this inheritance and pass it on to each new generation.

2. The “building” anointing of gathering a tribe – 2 Samuel 2

 At some point we need to have a track record of having actually built something. We are not just called to individual fulfillmentField of daggers but rather to the greater challenge of building a family, a team and a church. Any who have put their hands to the plough in this will know that it takes time and effort with many tears on the way. Whenever you look to join a few people together you will confront one of the greatest challenges of the enemy – the spirit of division. Brother against brother. Back stabbing, rejection, hurt and betrayal are all part of the enemy’s demonic cocktail designed to destroy the Body of Christ. We may risk falling in our very own “field of daggers – Helkath Hazzurim.” May God renew our determination and zeal to build. Faced with the challenge of post–modern Europe, and the vast unreached swathes of Asia where the most foul spirits of destruction have reigned unchallenged for years, let us commit ourselves afresh to the long haul of digging in and building brick by brick.

Many tribes3. The “Hebron – Community/Alliance” anointing of many tribes – 2 Samuel 5

It seems that the Lord may well be underlining this aspect of the anointing at this time of emerging missions in the Global South. The astonishing growth of the Church in the non-Western world leads us all to ask for a greater understanding of how to move on, shoulder to shoulder with our brothers, to proclaim Jesus as King of all the earth.

We cannot underestimate the battle and we will no doubt be entering many valleys of giants. However the Lord is with us in the conflict. He is longing to give us victory. We will know a fresh “breaking out” of supernatural power to overcome the enemy and see souls saved and built into church as we step forward in faith.

“As waters break out the Lord has broken out against my enemies before me.”

 Many are longing to strengthen and develop strategic partnerships and alliances with indigenous church groupings and missions. Like David we will need to enquire much of the Lord to understand his unique, creative way of bringing the victory in each situation. However, one thing is sure. Many “armies” are beginning to march! We need to hear in faith the prophetic lead to such armies and march alongside or cheer them on.Giants

“As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, move quickly, because that will mean that the Lord has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine enemy.”

 The “balsam tree”- baw-kaw’, in Hebrew means the “weeping tree”, and, as we seriously come to terms with the real prospect of martyrdom and suffering that these armies will gloriously endure, our tears will surely flow with theirs.

I’m aware that there is only one true Holy Spirit anointing who glorifies Christ in our lives. However the Lord has given us in that “Christing” the call to be and make disciples, to build teams and churches, and to develop and partner with mission movements from many nations.

Christ’s own life knew the anointing at baptism which led him to the conflict in the desert; the “baptism of the cross” where he was pierced for our transgressions in his own “Helkath Hazzurim,” and the glorious day of Pentecost when His resurrection life was given to the Church and we have heard the sound of marching growing ever louder since that day.

Let us be encouraged and step into all that the Lord has on offer to our faith.

Be fat and perfumed in the anointing !

The goal of intimacy

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 “David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!”…” 1 Chronicles 11:17

 How does a pioneer work begin? What are the staff qualifications and what do the facilities look like?

1 Samuel 22: 1-2 gives us a hint of an answer. David is running from Saul and having to make a new start.  His first “mission’s base” is a hole in the ground – the cave of Adullam! A team of folks are drawn to him. At first glance they do not seem to be the most promising of people. Here we have the principle of “3D” pioneer teams. Do you have this vital “3D” qualification?

 “All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him and he became their leader.”

 Distress, debt and discontent also make you more desperate for God. God uses desperate people! The successful “happy clappy” folk never really change the world!

So team life may be a bit stressful with such a group of folks! You have a cave, people in debt, distressed, discontented…and something else. You have David’s holy anointing! You have God’s heart, vision and passion residing in the cave as well. This is a transforming anointing. It changes “3D” Christians into “mighty men and women”. You may have a cave of problems but you will make it through if you have the passion and purpose of the “Jesus” anointing with you.

1 Chronicles 11: 10-47 shows us how these desperate folks were transformed into mighty warriors. One of the keys to such transformation is intimacy with the king. Our intimacy with “King Jesus” will effect positive change in our lives.

Some of David’s key men were so intimate that they could hear his longings. The Philistine garrison had occupied Bethlehem making it enemy territory. So what was David’s longing? What indeed is the longing of Christ?

He is thirsty to drink water from the wells of occupied lands!

 It is a missionary longing, a longing to see the living water of life springing up in the occupied hearts of the nations. Jesus longs to drink living water from Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu hearts.

Like the three mighty men, our intimacy with Christ, if it is genuine, must lead us to heed his apostolic passion.

This “hearing” of longing goaded them into concrete action and adventure.

 “So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David.”

True intimacy leads to breakthrough!

Courage rises, apathy is cast out and pioneer, persistent “breakthrough” prayer rises from faith filled hearts!

People become “risk takers”, fear is cast out and bold action in enemy territory undertaken.

False intimacy lacks missionary passion. It leads to more and more sterile meetings in comfortable halls and hotels. We soak in the stench of our hedonistic comfort zone, never taking an inch of territory in the real world.The “bridal paradigm” becomes an impotent wedding – the hotel was nice, the beach pleasant, the food good….but no real action!

True intimacy leads to personal sacrifice and “risk”.

 “Because they risked their lives to bring it back…”

The Three mighty men undertook bold action in a dangerous place which could have cost them their lives. The longing of their King inspired their wild dream! They truly lived on the edge, enjoying the fellowship of the bold and the “sold out”.

True intimacy leads to “poured out” worship.

 “But he refused to drink it; instead he poured it out before the Lord.”

 All the glory of the missionary endeavor of the Church goes back to Christ. No prominent heroes only prostrate worshippers.

So the goal of intimacy is to overhear the longings of Jesus to “drink” from occupied lands. Intimacy will give us a missionary heart willing to take risks to satisfy our King.

He also longs to drink from the wells of your own heart which may be occupied by the enemy in sin and unbelief. Come close to Him and breakthrough into fresh anointing and grace. Allow Him to drink deeper in your own life.

 “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”    John 7:37-38

 May new streams of worship and love pour forth from you to satisfy the thirst of Jesus.

 So, I wish you a very happy “Bridal Paradigm”.

Enjoy your intimacy and take territory!