Ps Gina speaks of the life that God sees for us.....God is a lover of feasts and celebrations! He set out seven feasts each year for the Children of Israel. Everyone is invited to these feasts. In John Chapter 7 we see Jesus attending the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem. All Jews had travelled to Jerusalem to take part in this seven day feast. This was Wall to wall excitement in Jerusalem, and a celebration of God's provision to His people while they were in the wilderness - manna and water. During this feast they would celebrate the future outpouring of God's ‘water’, the Holy Spirit.....Then on the most important day of the feast, the last day, Jesus stood and shouted out to the crowds — “All you thirsty ones, come to me! Come to me and drink! Believe in me so that rivers of living water will burst out from within you, flowing from your innermost being, just like the Scripture says!” Jesus was prophesying about the Holy Spirit that believers were being prepared to receive. But the Holy Spirit had not yet been poured out upon them, because Jesus had not yet been unveiled in his full splendour. (John 7:37-39 TPT). Ps Gina then spoke of the vision that Ezekiel had about the River of God flowing from the temple......the temple being the life of the Spirit-filled believer. This is what God wants for us - His LIFE flowing from our lives...(Ezekiel 47:1-12 NKJV). Ezekiel saw this prophetic vision whilst he was in exile in Babylon and his land (that this prophecy was about) was desolate. This shows us that even when things look lifeless and impossible, God has other plans! This was prophetic for the Jews at that time but it is also for us today as Spirit-filled believers, temples of the Holy Spirit. God wants His Spirit to flow from our lives. His living Water is to fill us and flow out of our lives. He doesn't want us to stay ankle deep, knee deep, or even waist deep. He wants us to swim in His Living Waters and for it to flow out from our lives in increasing measures.
The Life God Sees for Us
February 23, 2020 • Gina Elmes
Abide in the Lord
Andy Elmes • March 22, 2020 • Andy Elmes
As we are instructed by Government to be socially distanced from each other during this time of dealing with Covid-19, Pastor Andy provides a clear message about guarding our hearts and coming into deeper relationship with God. Now is the time not to be distant from God but to reach into him, feast on his presence keeping our lives based on The Word rather than being filled with fear from the evil one, media etc. 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind".
Prepare The Way Of The Lord
Micah Wood • March 15, 2020 • Micah Wood
Ps Micah speaks about preparing the way of The Lord. Isaiah 40:3-5 NKJV refers....The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord ; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough places smooth; The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, And all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” In verses 3 and 4 the way of the Lord is prepared; in verse 5 the result of this is that the glory of God is revealed to all flesh. We must 'prepare the way of the Lord' in our hearts. Not so that we can be a container of God's glory, but so that we can be a conduit of God's glory to this world. God's purpose isn't to have a remnant, but to work through the remnant in order to pour out His Spirit. So, God doesn't just want a handful of believers in Family Church to see His glory; He wants to pour His glory out through His church so that the City sees His glory! The condition of Heaven is the responsibility of God, but the condition of the Earth is the responsibility of man. He has delegated authority to His Church, to His sons and daughters on the Earth. Our responsibility is to walk in such a relationship with God where He can flow through our lives. God wants to bring down the high places (pride), the crooked places (the parts of our lives that the world has warped), and the rough places (personality quirks that cause us to grate with others). As we allow God to prepare the way in our lives in this way, He will be able to pour His Spirit though our lives. God is the One who was, and who is, and who is to come.....is He the God who came, who is with us now, or who is coming? Yes! He is all of those things....He has prepared the way and is preparing the way. We live in the days of God's Spirit having been given to those who believe. Greater days than when Jesus walked on Earth! The Holy Spirit is here to prepare the way for the King who is coming. But each one in his own order: Christ the first-fruits, afterwards those who are Christ’s at His coming. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him, ” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all. (1 Corinthians 15:23-28 NKJV). It is always the case that what God is doing in your life today is preparing the way for what God wants to do in and through your life tomorrow. Why does God need the way prepared? Certainly it is not for His sake, it's for humanity’s sake. He desires that all would come to repentance before He comes. So the preparation is not so that God can move as God can do what He likes! It’s so that people are able to receive the move of God: Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord (Malachi 4:5 NKJV). It is a great day for those who are ready and prepared for His coming.....but a dreadful day for those who are not prepared. The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, And all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah 40:5 NKJV). God's heart is for all people to be prepared for His coming by the outpouring of His Spirit upon all flesh. "Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat"? (II Peter 3:11-12 NKJV).
Are you taking your seat at the feast
Andy Elmes • March 8, 2020 • Andy Elmes
Following last weeks message about the Season we are in, Pastor Andy speaks concerning whether we are actually taking our seat at the feast which God has prepared for us (Psalm 23:5). Despite what is going on in the world right now, God is still in charge of the seasons. He has called us into a season of Feasting. We need to be true to the season we are in. We need two things when we go to a banquet.....Etiquette and also Appetite. God has invited us all to the feast but He can't make us come and eat! (Luke 14:7-24). We must exercise humility, not sitting in a seat that isn't meant for us. Likewise, when we put on a feast, we invite people who wouldn't usually be invited (verses 12 through 14). In Luke 14:15-24, Invitations were sent out but those who were invited made excuses about why they couldn't come. The host of the feast became angry when those who were invited made excuses about why they couldn't come. He was angry that they were missing out. But the host still wanted people to take those seats that would otherwise be empty. So the broken and lame and those from undesirable places were invited instead. The difference between the response of the 'content' and the 'hungry' was hugely different. The response of the hungry delights the heart of God! We are in a season of FEASTING. It's a time of "plenty" - like Egypt that experienced seven years of plenty followed by seven years of drought. Here is the challenge....Will we take our seat at the feasting table (the things that God is doing right now); Or will we allow someone else to take it? The "feast" isn't primarily about the food or the people who are there - it's what the feast represents that is more important. Don't miss out on what God is doing right now! Matthew 5:6 (NKJV) tells us..."Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled."....It's the hungry who are blessed with God's feast. How hungry are we for God?