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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 !

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From the womb of the dawn…

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“The LORD says to my Lord: Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.
The LORD will extend your mighty sceptre from Zion; you will rule in the midst of your enemies.  Your troops will be willing on your day of battle. Arrayed in holy majesty, from the womb of the dawn your young men (and women) will come to you like the dew. (You will receive the dew of your youth.)
The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind: You are a priest for ever, in the order of Melchizedek.
The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath. He will judge nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth.
He will drink from a brook beside the way; therefore he will lift up his head.” Psalm 110

This “Messianic” Psalm is one of the most quoted parts of the Old Testament used in the preaching and writings of the New Alliance. It’s emphasis on the victorious “Lord” encourages us to turn our eyes towards Christ and his eternal priestly ministry. Following on from lasts week’s challenge of finding a new context for mission I have found a stong prayer encouragement from the inspired words of this Psalm.

Are you sitting comfortably…?

Then I’ll begin! God will truly begin to tell a new story of victory in our lives as we humble ourselves afresh, like Mary, to listen at his feet.  God is calling us to “Sit”. This is a renewed place of faith and intimacy with Him – a “Barnabas” place. Before being named “Barnabas”- son of my right hand, Jacob’s son bore the name “Ben-Oni” – son of my trouble or suffering. (Genesis 35:9-10) Resurrection to the “right hand” always follows the troubled deaths and humiliations we go through.

A growing sphere of influence…

“Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth…as it is in heaven.”

Doubtless we have joined our own longings to the synergy of generations who have hung their hopes on this prayer. It is time to wield the sceptre! The burning fire spoke from the bush and asked Moses what he held in his hand – Exodus 4:2, and this may be the time for whatever humble tool you have been holding over the years of your pilgrimage to be transformed to greater influence. Could Moses ever have dreamt that his personal “walking stick” would become a means to liberate a whole nation from bondage?

A new willingness born from a new day…

As our hands engage a new context we will see a new day dawning. The labour pains of our intercession will birth a new day and a new generation of holy, willing workers, thrust out into the harvest fields of the world. As dew comes down from heaven, so a “God inspired” work will initiate, empower and freshen a global army. Ezekiel’s season of speaking to the dry bones is coming to an end and a new mandate of prophesying to the Spirit is beginning.

“Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they might live…and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet – a vast army.”

The other translation, which speaks of our own youth being revived, hints that this “new dawn” may also bring personal renewal, fresh anointing and the restoration of our “first love”.

The power of an indestructible life…

The “thief” comes to steal, kill and destroy and all the annihilating power of hell will be let loose against these vulnerable troops. Flesh and human ingenuity cannot prevail – it can only die, leaving the beautiful opportunity of “Melchizedek ministry” to emerge. Only this Christ impacted, sanctified ministry will stand the onslaught of battle. We need to be those who, like Melchizedek,

“…become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life.” Hebrews 7:16

Such a “band of brothers” will carry the oath of God’s intention with them as they forge an eternal place in history. Perhaps you feel you are “dying” at the moment. Hang on…you may well emerge in true Melchizedek ministry with the “Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead” living in you and giving “life to your mortal bodies.”  Romans 8:11

Don’t outrun the water!

No doubt we will be seeing more shaking and crushing of nations as God’s purposes advance. In the exhilaration of serving God in such exciting and demanding times we may well be tempted to run further ahead in ministry than the strength of our intimacy to Christ, the source, will allow. In ancient times many great battles were lost because the soldiers, in their enthusiasm, ran ahead of their water supplies and ended up weak with thirst. Make drinking deep of Christ a priority in your life. May you always be able to “lift up your head” in victory, refreshed in the Word and the Spirit, as you run on into your ultimate destiny.

Samson, after a wonderful victory with a dry donkey bone, found himself dying of thirst because he had not cultivated the art of Holy intimacy in his life. God had mercy on Samson as he cried out to the Lord. On “Jawbone” hill he opened up a spring to save Samson. The spring was called “En Hakkore” which literally means “caller’s spring”. Perhaps it is time for some of us to desperately “call out” afresh for renewed intimacy with Christ. Jesus himself became our “En Hakkore” when he cried out:

“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. By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.” John 7:37-39