Transformed In Christ

Stand in awe of who you really are and what you possess In Him

I AM ACCEPTED

Galatians 4:7/Ephesians 1:5    I have been adopted as God’s child
John 15:15    I am a friend of Jesus
1 Corinthians 6:17    I am united with Christ
1 Corinthians 6:19-20    I have been bought with a price, I belong to God
1 Corinthians 12:27    I am a member of Jesus’ body
Ephesians 1:1    I am a saint
Colossians 2:20    I am complete in Christ
Ephesians 2:18    I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit
Ephesians 3:12    I can approach God with freedom and confidence
Colossians 1:14 &22    I have redeemed and forgiven all of my sins. I am holy and blameless
Romans 5:1    I have been justified. I am fully pleasing to God. I am declared righteous.


I AM SECURE

Romans 8:1-2    I am free forever from condemnation
Romans 8:28    I am assured that all things work together for good
Romans 8:35-39    I cannot be separated from God’s love
Ephesians 3:17-18    His love for me is endless
2 Corinthians 1:21-22    I have been established, anointed and sealed by God
Colossians 3:3    I am hidden by Christ in God
Philippians 3:20    I am a citizen of Heaven
Hebrews 4:16    I can find grace and mercy in times of need
Hebrews 13:5    God will never let me down or leave me
1 John 5:18    I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me
1 John 4:4    God in me is greater than the devil in the world
Romans 8:31-34    I am free from any condemning charges against me. God is FOR me.
2 Timothy 1:7    I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind
Philippians 1:6  I am confident that the good work God has begun in me will be perfected


I AM SIGNIFICANT

Matthew 5:13-14    I am salt and light of the earth
John 15:5    I am the branch of the true vine, a channel of His life
John 15:16    I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit
Acts 1:8    I am a personal witness of Jesus
1 Corinthians 3:16    I am God’s temple
2 Corinthians 5:17-21    I am a minister of reconciliation for God
2 Corinthians 6:1    I am God’s co-worker
Ephesians 2:6    I am seated with Jesus in the heavenly realm
Ephesians 2:10    I am God’s workmanship
Philippians 4:13    I can do all things through Jesus who gives me the strength I need


I AM BRAND NEW

2 Corinthians 5:17    I am a new creation in Christ. The old has passed away.
Titus 3:5    I am regenerated. Renewed by the Holy Spirit and new life has been imparted  to me.
Hebrews 10:10    I have been sanctified. Set apart and dedicated for God.
1 Corinthians 6:11    I have been justified. My sin has been cancelled. I am declared righteous.


I HAVE BEEN GIVEN

1 Corinthians 15:25   I HAVE dominion and authority.
John 14:14 / Mark 16:17    I HAVE the name of Jesus Christ to use over my life.
2 Peter 1:4/ 2 Corin 1:20    I HAVE the promises of God. Yes and Amen in Jesus
1 Corinthians 1:30    I HAVE the wisdom of God in Christ
1 John 5:18    I HAVE freedom from the devil as I take authority.
Ephesians 1:7    I HAVE forgiveness from my sins
Romans 8:16    I HAVE an inheritance from Him
Ephesians 1:3    I HAVE blessing in my life
2 Corinthians 9:8    I HAVE prosperity. I have abundance through His grace
John 16:13    I HAVE the Holy Spirit. He will lead me into all truth.
1 Peter 2:24    I HAVE healing. He carried my sickness through the cross.

How I journey THROUGH disappointment

fullsizerenderI have recently journeyed through a tough, but thankfully, shortish season in my life. And it’s caused me to reflect on how I handle life’s many disappointments whether that be as pastor, a wife, a friend, a church builder, a missionary to another land or just plain me with all the different desires of my heart.

Disappointment happens to be one of my biggest enemies. It attempts to rob me of perspective, it places the focus on myself and has a habit of highlighting what I do not have rather than what is right before me.

I have take myself to this truth in every foggy and cloudy season: What I have in God is greater than what I do not have in life. It’s an absolute spiritual reality that anchors me and takes me through the storms of the mind.

One thing that has taken me years to embed into my heart: at the end of every thread of disappointment is HOPE. Hope is the person of Jesus. And when that hope IN Him becomes stronger and more tangible in my spirit than my current disappointment – that thread of disappointment will eventually snap and break. I have found that as I continually I speak His word and promises over my life, sift out all other voices to focus on Him alone and return to simplicity- I know my breakthrough in my heart is coming even if the circumstances do not change.

I’m continually working out these simple but HUGE life truths into my True North!
~ That my honest love for Him needs to be greater than any personal pain I may carry
~ My devotion to Him more important that my dreams
~ My desire to obey Him stronger that my need to keep hearing Him
~ My hunger to fulfill His purpose for my life greater than the knocks that come my way
~ My contentment and gratitude with what I possess deeper than the disappointments that may prevail
~ My passion to build His House stronger than any setbacks I may face

Thank God He is ridiculously loving, forgiving and faithful even when we cannot see it yet!
Keep walking, keep holding onto Him, keep the main thing the main thing 🙂

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful
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The Suitcase

Amidst the crowded streets of Jerusalem
A woman weaves her way slowly
Through the crowds, the noise, the walls of stone
Dragging her suitcase behind her.

Her suitcase of life
Filled with the past. Thoughts of the future.
Carrying the joys, the pain, the memories
The hopes and dreams.

Yet made heavy with the disappointment.
Bulging with fear. Weighted down by discontentment.
Worry and anxiety hiding secretly in its corners.
Grief spilling out from it’s pockets.
Rejection corked in bottles.
Perfectionism wrapped up neatly in boxes.
Sin crouching in her shoes.
Unresolved issues in vacuum sucked bags.
And offence reproducing in the casing.
A spaceless case filled with emotional baggage.

Her journey is slow
And the weight behind her unbearable.
Yet she plods through the throngs
Grumpy as they jostle her
Barking at those in her way
Frustrated at the bulk she is carrying.

But she finds the path
Up to Golgotha
To find that cross
To find that man
That people say can lighten your load.

And when she finds him
Silhouetted against a dark sky
She observes the crown of thorns
The bare feet
The nails
The agony of a man close to death.

He sees her
She is held captive
By a look of love and hope
As she opens her case at the foot of the cross
She whispers through tears ‘ I can carry this no longer’
Please take these from me- I give them to you.

She empties her case
Of every item that ever made it’s home in there
Surrendering them at the cross.
As the drops of blood cover her burdens
And the power of His presence wraps around her.

‘Pick up your case and keeping walking’ he whispers
‘For my burden is light and and you shall have rest for your soul’.

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Impart Life

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We are created to be impartational people.

I find that God’s word consistently reminds us that we are born again as spirit people therefore we are called to explain “spiritual realities with Spirit- taught words” (1 Corinthians 2:13). The Spirit of God imparts life and that our words, like those of Jesus, are to be full of spirit and life.

Our default, however, can be to communicate truth from our head rather from our spirit. We forget that we are actually transmitters. We are those who pass on something of value, of abstract quality, to others. We are channels through which the spirit flows.

To impart is to deposit something of our own revelation and depth of Holy Spirit experience into the heart and spirit of someone else. My heart has always been to preach, teach, counsel and communicate spirit to spirit. Rather than from my head knowledge to your head space! I desire that you capture my real heart and my spirit-life not just my words. I want to impart vision not share it. We live in an age where people are hungry for authenticity. Therefore we need to understand the power of importance of impartation.

I have increasingly learnt to lead myself from a different zone. I can over think, second guess myself and find my own thoughts confusing! At times I can give space to wrong thoughts that contradict what I actually know deep down is true. But when I stop and allow the Holy Spirit room, I find myself tapping into something deeper and of greater substance. I cannot lead as a pastor from my head or emotions. I have to lead myself and others from my place of revelation and insight. And by my faith, which is not created in my head. It is stirred and birthed in my spirit where revelation lives.

I truly believe that the revival we so long to see in our churches will be stirred by a life giving spirit of unity. That runs deep. In our church, we teach that it is not opinions or preferences that will ever build the church. But a profound unity. That we learn to surrender the ‘I’ for the sake of the ‘we’ so that we form one unit, one body, one harmonious family:
“Make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind”. (Philippians 2:2)

Unity looks and feels like this to me: That I see what you see. I feel what you feel. That I love what you love. That I serve what you serve. That I submit like you submit. That I hunger for God like you hunger for God. That I hold fast to this vision as you hold fast to this vision. THAT is beautiful harmony. Which creates intimacy. And I believe that the more you choose to step into unity, the deeper your friendships will become. Bringing life to you.

If you desire to be more impartational- here are some easy truths to remember: Continue reading

There is power in the right question

~If you do not know how to ask the right question, you will discover nothing~ W E Deming

Over the past year I have been increasingly teaching myself to ask the right questions. Being of the female gender – I seem to possess an inner drive to ask a multitude of questions and have concluded that my brain loves to feed off them! Questions are powerful tools that can ignite hope and lead to new insights. Yet they can also destroy hope and keep us stuck in bad assumptions.

I have discovered that one of my keys to successfully handling others is in asking the RIGHT questions. Sitting in a leadership seminar last year, I heard someone say: the best leaders are the best question masters. A bell rang on the inside of me and since then I’ve been on a journey to unpack that truth further.

I have stepped back and discovered afresh that certain negative questions I ask of myself are very undermining as they can quickly take me to a place of either uncertainty; inadequacy or frustration and subsequently I have no creative energy to answer them. For example: Why is this so hard? Why bother? Why do I waste so much time? Why do I keep saying the wrong thing at the wrong time? Why do Dutch people do it like THAT? God – why did you let that happen?

So I have begun to consider carefully the questions I ask of myself and others whom I am pastoring. To choose to ask a question that empowers me and creates possibilities and FAITH. A green GO question and not a red one! For instance: How can I be productive with my time? As opposed to a WHY question: Why do I waste so much time?

My life spins around others all the time. Discipling, pastoring, in and out of interesting/ challenging conversations, leading people and encouraging them in their walk with Jesus. And I have found conversations more fruitful and more constructive when I have sought to carefully ask strategic questions to draw out truth, heart and motives. To seek to understand. I have always treasured the truth in this verse:

Proverbs 14:33 Wisdom lies in the heart of the discerning

I can be hot headed when I THINK about what I REALLY would like to say to people! It’s too easy to hastily rush in- with my own assumptions- and fail to draw out truth wisely, the nuggets of information I need, truth that will empower me to help deal with the situation and make someone genuinely feel that I want to hear their side of the story. The right, open- ended questions give me:

· Time to consider,

· Truth to reflect back to that person,

· A chance to dig a little deeper, and

· An opportunity for them to unburden or confess.

Put simply, wise questions equip me; to deal with myself wisely and locate the real issues in my heart, to work on my marriage more positively, to understand my kids more fully and to lead others more effectively.

Shadowlands

I created this poem to capture the heart of the woman in Mark 5 who had been subject to bleeding for 12 years. Her pain- her faith- her stretch- her healing. A remarkably brave woman…..

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She hovered in the shadows of her life
Weighed down by years of pain
Crushed by disappointment
Mourning for lost dreams
Afraid of the crowds
Unclean and hidden from view
Tired and worn out from waiting
Penniless
A shadow of the woman she once was

Yet that day. When He came
A surge of faith so audacious rose in her heart
To dare to do the impossible
The unacceptable
The unthinkable
To touch a man while she bled
To touch the Son of God.

She pushed through her fear
The shadows of darkness
And every obstacle that stood against her
She found him as she searched for Him
In total silence she stretched out in the unseen realm
She stretched out her trembling hand to him
Catching the fringe of his cloak
And entered a sacred moment
Creating a freedom miracle of her very own
Which transformed her life

He stopped.
Turning around in the throngs of people
Searching for her
For this woman who drew out his anointing
With her heart of faith

She fell trembling at his feet
Her story unfolding
In the shadow of her Saviour
And hears those beautiful words Spoken over her life
‘Daughter- your faith is what healed you.
Arise. Go in peace. You are free from your shadowlands.
Your shackles are gone.
I have turned your pools of tears into pools of blessing, your sorrow into joyful dancing.’

My thoughts are defeating me!

Lift up your eyes

In Colossians 3:1 Paul urges us not to shuffle along with our eyes to the ground, absorbed with just the things in front of us. But to ‘look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ- that’s where the action is. See things from HIS perspective’ (the Message)

Working out our salvation is largely about understanding how incredible and real the new nature God has placed within us is, and then THINKING and behaving in alignment with it. Our sinful nature is cut away and we have a new spiritual DNA. We are called to put to uproot and sever everything from our old life that is connected with death and darkness. Because EVERYTHING about us has been RAISED up. Our identity, our vision, our purpose, our self worth. And our thinking needs to follow…..

What you focus and think upon on is what will supremely shape you. Hence the need to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. Raising our thinking from earthly mindedness to thinking God thoughts.

Our thoughts take us somewhere. Negative, angry, jealous, defeated, fearful thoughts take us on a journey down the wrong pathway. Which is why Paul says in Romans- SET your mind on what the Spirit desires.

Controlling our thought life is a choice and it’s not all easy as we default to old patterns of thinking. The answer: our connection and relationship with the Holy Spirit. He is our connector to heaven. His role is to direct your eyes to look up and remind you of who you really are. He is your BUT GOD.

So when you feel defeated in your mind:

BELIEVE and be convinced you have a NEW nature and the old you is buried. Else you will always live with defeated thoughts

Make a choice. To let the Spirit of God within you take control and lead your thinking.

Allow the Spirit to interrupt and intercept your thoughts. Else they take root. Take those negative thoughts hostage from running free! Capture defeated thoughts about yourself. This is your battle with your enemy and you have the power to WIN!

Tap into the power of the Spirit within you. Take time. Allow Him to remind you of God’s Word, meditate on whatever is true and remember who you are and whom you are called to represent.

You are MORE than a conqueror!

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She is a Colossians Tree

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She stands
Gracefully
Exuding an undeniable presence
To those who cross her path

Leaves of brilliant green
Branches bent with sweet fruit
An immovable trunk of stature
A home for the birds of the air
Adventurous children
Shade for the weary traveller

She fears no season
For she knows each carries a purpose
She sends her roots down deep and wide
Faithfully tapping into all that’s good below
Securing her in the soil of richness

She knows her secret to success
The key to every season
In the dark cold days
When gusts of sharp wind seek to topple her
She extends her roots in hidden places.
Stretching…. seeking…
Pursuing the food that sustains her
Anchoring herself
Into the soil where she was planted

In the warm summer sun
She bears her abundant fruit
And attractive flowers
A blessing to passers by
The sweet produce
Of hidden roots in rich soil.

She does not stand alone
She sees dawn to dusk
With the trees planted around her
Their roots intertwining
Absorbing the goodness of the soil
Growing together toward the sun

Those who admire her height
Her beauty
Her foliage of freshness
Who stand in her presence and smile
Will never see that her depth…
Is her crowning glory

She is a Colossians Tree
Confident in her roots
Her life hidden in her Creator
Bearing fruit in every season.

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Anti Fluffy. Bring on the Power!

My head and heart are in the most wonderful space. Planning, dreaming, discussing, imagining, praying over our 2014 Everywoman Dutch Gathering for our C3 Churches. 12 days away…

I am convinced of this: that there is so often untapped power in gatherings of Christian women. I have been a pastor for many years and I am so acutely aware
of the secret worries in the hearts of women when they meet together. The fluffy and soft haze of perfume and conversation. The edge of female competition. The foreboding anxiety…will you be able to connect and click with others? Wondering what other women think of you. Hoping you are embraced for who you are not who you are trying to be. The vulnerability off carrying fresh wounds and pain into a female only environment! Eek…

Unknowingly, many women forget that deep down we all carry those same doubts and inhibitions at different points of our life. And we all have a desire in us to want to be known.

There are untold riches and strength in coming together as women in order to learn from each others journeys and hear how God has woven His goodness into our lives. Across the generations. There is a sacredness in committing ourselves to others in order to do life together and determining ourselves to grow past and beyond the inadequacies we feel as women.

There is nothing like feeling His love together, being inspired together, facing our giants together, praying over each other together, standing together and declaring that nothing is impossible with God before you and great women around you.

If you live in the Netherlands- don’t miss this opportunity!! ☺☺
Carve out time for yourself to hear God just for you. Whilst being surrounded by an army of loving, vivacious and awesome women. You may just position yourself for beautiful new friendships. And a whole lot more….

http://www.christiancitychurch.eu/amsterdam/index.php/en/calendar.html?itemid=482

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A Walk….. and a Whisper

Jesus looked at Peter. And asked:
“Do you love me?”
“Do you truly love me?”

Today
I heard that same whisper settle into my heart
As I walked in autumnal leaves
” Tell me that you love me….
I long to hear it as words from your lips
Tell me you love me being your Father
That you love me just for who I AM”

So I did
I showered God with my love
Telling Jesus I loved Him for His sacrifice
And the Holy Spirit for His presence

Realizing again how easy it is
To just love God for what He does
Thanking Him when He breaks through
Being with Him because I need something from Him

But Jesus gently asks
“Do you love me
Simply for who I am
And what I represent in your life?
Never lose the precious reason
Why you build my kingdom
It starts and ends with the beautiful truth
That I first loved you
And you love me”.

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