Named By Him

by Tess Oosthuis

What a privilege it is to share with all you ladies today. I feel the word the Lord wants to release over you in this next season is a word of validation. Recently my father-in-law (Pastor Graham Oosthuis) spoke about the keys God has given us to His Heavenly Kingdom. One of those keys is the name by which He is has named us. We were named by Him before we were even conceived and He holds the scroll sealed with our name in His heart.

But now this is what the Lord says, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name, you are mine.”  Isaiah 43:1 (NIV)

On expecting our first child, there has been much discussion on the naming of our son. Careful thought has gone into our dreams for him, and more importantly God’s destiny for his life…..who he will be, what he will carry, and what he will become…..as we raise Him up to be a laid-down-lover of Christ.  Our heart is to see Him fervently advancing the Kingdom of Heaven……a forerunner in the next generation of believers – inspiring others to lay down all so they can know the lover of their souls and all that He’s called them to be! If these are our dreams for our son, can you imagine God’s dreams and desires for us!

I’m very sure many of you have looked into the meaning of your name and how it lines up with the destiny God has for you. Perhaps your parents didn’t have this in mind. The good news is…. God already knew your name from before you were born.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)

“All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:16

Our entire destiny was planned by God and written in His book. In other words, He has already given us everything we need to accomplish His plan for us as we seek Him with all our heart.  Your mistakes or regrets are no surprise to your Father, just as our mistakes and regrets don’t change who we are in our parent’s home.  His desire is to raise you as a son in His Kingdom, with an understanding of who He’s created you to be so that you can mature and walk in His authority….a son of the King! It doesn’t matter how many times you trip and fall. He’s always there to pick you up again and coach you…..until you’re mature enough to do that for others; raising up those around you to walk in sonship.

So what does God say about you in His book? Has He changed your name from that which has been given to you, or which you’ve labelled yourself with, to the name He already had for you? (as He did for Jacob in Genesis 32:28) Have you listened to what others have said about you and allowed that to define your destiny? Let’s stop listening to what the enemy calls us and let’s start proclaiming what God says about us!

In Matthew 16: 13-19 (NIV), Jesus asks his disciples “Who do the people say the Son of Man is?” Simon Peter replies with, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  Jesus then states “Blessed are you Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but my Father in heaven” and in verse 18, Jesus says “I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church.” Simon means “hearer,” and Jonah means “dove,” so in other words, Jesus was telling Peter that he was “hearing the dove,” – the Holy Spirit.  Jesus pronounced a new name saying….YOU Peter are a ‘hearer of the Holy Spirit’.  When we hear what Jesus says about us, our destiny scroll is unravelled and we come into full knowledge of who we were created to be!  Jesus was showing Peter his worth, his function, his destiny and what he carried – that he had the revelation on which Christ could build His church. He was saying – YOU Peter, are not just Peter who doubted he could walk on water, but you are a rock, built on ME – the rock, on which I can build my church.
God takes names very seriously. There are many instances of Him renaming his people according to what He had for them or the transformation He brought about in them. In Genesis 35, when Rachel gave birth to Her second child, she experienced much suffering during childbirth, and as she passed away, she just managed to utter her son’s name -“Ben-oni” which means: son of my sorrow. However, Jacob knew his son was not destined to carry a spirit of suffering/sorrow…….so he changed his name to “Benjamin” – son of my right hand. This speaks of God’s favour and as many of you know, Benjamin was the one to receive a five-fold blessing from Joseph when Jacob’s sons visited Joseph in Egypt (Genesis 43:34).

You are born to embody and benefit from everything God has named you with! It’s time to proclaim it, embrace it, and walk in the power of it!! It’s time to get out of the prison of allowing others to ‘name’ you and start enjoying all that God has placed in you and equipped you with. The world needs you to take your place as a son named by your heavenly Father, because only you can accomplish what God has placed on your scroll for you to do. Let Him validate you and restore your worth as you seek to know Him and the thoughts He has about you.
With Love,photo(4) Tess

More about the amazing Tess:

Tess Oosthuis resides in Bergville, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa with her husband, Wendell Oosthuis. They are the founders of Open Heaven Ministries. They hold various healing and school of the supernatural conferences as well as travel to different churches, teaching them how to engage heaven and release it’s supply into the world. Tess is also passionately involved in leading worship with her husband and her heart’s desire is to see the captives set free. She is a prophetic seer and she carries a strong anointing in healing and deliverance ministry.

Songs Of Victory

Yesterday I turned 32! With that, for some, may come the fear of aging and the things that come along with… wrinkles, grey hair, more responsibility, and even the possibility of acting more and more like my Mother. Which, most women realize is actually a blessing, all jokes aside. My Mom is amazing!

So alas, reviewing the past year before my birthday God has shown me some amazing things that have taken place in my life and what lies ahead. Shortly after turning 31, God began speaking to me about Destiny Doors and that this was the year to walk through those doors. Specific assignments had been given and a unique blueprint designed by Heaven was being unfurled. Now, this isn’t just for me, but I’m sharing my personal experience from this past year. Each one of you has a unique call and purpose you must fulfill! Seek God to know what it is.

Last year about 2 months after turning 31, God took me back to Beijing, China. It had been about 14 years since I stood on that soil where martyrs had given their blood to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was there that God began to fulfill a prophetic destiny and promise he had given me. It was the beginning of a change in season.

Over the next several months of that year, we transitioned from 2014 into 2015 and our family prepared for a 3 month missions trip to the United Kingdom and Europe. It was there that God began to spark dreams inside of me, that I didn’t even realize were there. I came alive in new ways!

As my birthday rolled around and I began to look into the Biblical and Spiritual meaning of 32, I discovered; 32 is comprised of the numbers 3 and 2. The meaning of number 3 is completeness, the God-head, Trinity, it can also mean the creative and so much more. The number 2 can stand for union, as in the marriage union or Christ and the Church. The sum of 3 + 2 = 5. The number 5 symbolizes God’s grace and favor. We also know that 8 x 4 = 32… 8 being New Beginnings! In all of this God has shown me for the new year I am entering into, the marriage or union of His completed work in me, the creativity he has placed inside me and the new beginnings he is taking me into this year and that His GRACE and FAVOR will be all over it!

I also asked him for a Scripture on my birthday and He led me to Psalm 32. Specifically, Psalm 32:7-11,

“For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.’ Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord. So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!”

The great thing about Scripture is that the promises are available to anyone who believes. God will surround you with songs of victory and guide you on the best path for your life! If you trust in the Lord, His love will surround you so be glad and full of joy. So just as God gave me this scripture yesterday on my Birthday, you also can take hold of the promise. It’s not just for me as I turn 32, but it’s for everyone who wants to receive from the promises of God! Today, no matter how old you are or what your circumstances are… God will surround you with SONGS OF VICTORY! I decree and declare the BEST PATHWAY for your life and that it is filled with the love, joy and completeness found in Him alone.

A Journey Into Prophetic Destiny

by Miranda Nelson

miranda headshotMany people ask me how I stepped into ministry. To be quite honest, it was a journey.  I was released into full time ministry at the early age of 23, having preached and taught and moved in the prophetic and healing gifts long before that age, but truly started on my international platform of recognition at the age of 23. As a woman in ministry, and a young woman at that, it wasn’t an easy feat and I faced a lot of challenges, the biggest being the many times I was overlooked by pastors and leaders around the world and ignored because of the honor they had for my husband.  I was proud of my husband and was always thankful for his gift and calling, but it was hard when we would go places that would honor him and not me, knowing that I was called, chosen, and gifted too. Ladies, do not lose heart in doing good, for in due season you will reap if you do not grow weary (Galatians 6:9).  Know that even when man does not acknowledge you, God does.  He sees every little or big thing you do for Him, and He believes in you!  He will always make a way for you when there is no way and He will always open the right doors at the right time (Isaiah 22:22), as you remain faithful to Him.

I want to share with you a bit about my journey into full time ministry and the keys to promotion according to my experience and the Word of God.  After all, everyone wants promotion, don’t they? I’ve been a Christian all my life and have been blessed with having gone to a Christian high school and ministry schools.  I know that all these things were training grounds for me, but I also know that for anybody- whether saved as a child or just discovering Jesus later in life- abiding in Christ, humility, and servant-hood are the real keys to promotion.  In fact, you can have all the training you want, do all the seminary or ministry schools you want, but if you don’t live in a place of intimacy, humility and servant-hood, you won’t go far. Jesus modeled this. I love Philippians 2; it truly shows the lifestyle that Jesus walked.

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.  Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name.” (Phil 2:3-9)

Promotion (as seen in the life of Jesus) comes from humility, obedience, and servant-hood.  Jesus laid down His life for others, even before it came time for Him to fully lay His life down on the cross. He empowered others, believed in others, and loved others well.  He was a man of grace and truth (John 1:14). He is our model. Humility is the key.  I knew since I was a little girl that I was called into ministry, but I also didn’t know how it would look exactly.  When I was fresh out of high school, the Lord spoke to me to do a Discipleship Training School with YWAM (Youth With A Mission), and from there the journey into ministry started. God is looking for radically obedient lovers of Him- ones whom He can trust with His words, spiritual gifts, and supernatural nature. A huge part of humility is laying down your rights for God’s; it’s utter dependence on God.  When you listen to His voice and obey whatever He says to do when He says to do it, you’re laying down your rights for His and you’re walking in one aspect of humility. God tests our hearts by looking at our actions and our response to His voice. Do you heed His voice and obey every little prompting He gives you? From the time I was 17 years old and I was filled with the Holy Spirit, I really began to hear His voice, but He would often ask me to believe for the impossible. Isn’t that like God? He asks us to believe for the impossible so that He can reveal His greatness to and through us.  (1 Cor 1:24-25 and Luke 1:37)  Many times He asked me to give all my money to another minister/ missionary in need and give into their vision and call.  (This is what it looks like to put another man’s vision before your own, and in due season, God will raise you up.)  He always provided for me.  You’ve heard the saying, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”; I believe (and have seen firsthand) that when there’s a call, there’s a way.  God always provides for the call He has set before you.  And when you sow (whether in finances, time, or energy), you will always reap.  He asked me to go places and do things I could have never done on my own, except by His Spirit.  These were all tests of obedience, which would later bring promotion.

As much as I gave financially (even as a teenager between the ages of 17 and 20 years old), I always reaped back provisions AND I began to walk in supernatural authority and power.  I began to see and decree and see manifestations of the Kingdom of God in very tangible ways.  I began to see the rains stop and weather patterns change as I did what Job 22:28 says: “Decree a thing and it will be established for you”.  I also began to see healing miracles take place and began to grow in my prophetic gift.  I didn’t have an international platform at this point, but I got to travel the world and grow in the gifts God gave me.  As I shared my gifts with others, praying for the sick when I had opportunities (both on the streets and in church meetings and conferences), I was not only serving others, but God was watching me.  He watches to see if we’re faithful with the little, so then He can entrust us with much.  Through my late teens and early twenties, I did everything I could to serve ministries that I honored and admired, serving freely with joy, not even expecting anything back.  I worked book tables, cleaned bathrooms for ministers I loved, and volunteered at ministry events and conferences.  I went to early morning prayer meetings, served in youth groups, and gave my time to the work of the ministry, even before I had a real platform.  This was the key to my promotion.  I didn’t serve to be promoted; I served to honor God and people with a heart of joy and love, and as a natural principle, I reaped what I sowed.  It was only a matter of time before people saw my prophetic gift, recognized the call of God on my life, and began to open the door wide for me to preach, teach, prophesy and move in the gifts in full services.  As a young married woman, my husband was invited many places worldwide, and some places asked me to speak, and others didn’t.  I learned to be content in the place God put me in.  I learned to be content when I had the platform to preach (and sometimes it would be a massive platform with massive influence, other times not so large), and I learned to be content when my husband was the respected one and I would only be given the mic to prophesy, but not to preach.  That’s ok.  In due season the Lord would lift me up, and it was really only a matter of time before I became known worldwide, not as “Jerame’s wife”, but as Miranda Nelson, prophetic voice and preacher in this generation.  I continue to serve and give to spiritual fathers and mothers, doing my best to live a lifestyle of servant-hood and humility and of course intimacy, understanding that no matter how promoted we become, there’s always more in the Kingdom.  We must decrease so He can increase (John 3:30).

No matter what your call is, be content in the season God has you in.  Know your call and don’t lose heart when you don’t see the fullness of it right away, but also know that God sees you, knows you, and believes in you. As you serve and honor your husband and his calling, as you sow generously into other peoples’ callings when the Lord leads, and as you love God and people extravagantly, you will see that He will raise you up.  He will always open the doors that He wants open and close the doors He wants closed for those who love Him, know Him, follow Him, and walk with Him.  In the meantime, do not fear the gifts He’s put on you, but use them as opportunities arise, both in the little and the large places.  I guarantee you that as you step out in both the little and the large opportunities, you will find satisfaction and joy because God is using you.

More about Miranda: Miranda Nelson is a prophetic revivalist with a passion for purity, no compromise, and intimacy with God. She moves strongly in the prophetic, and demonstrates the Kingdom of God through her gifts of healing, miracles, and the supernatural. She preaches the Word of God with wisdom, passion and youthfulness, and she carries out her creativity through various forms of art and fashion. Miranda has a heart to see a pure and spotless bride arise who hears the voice of her Beloved and walks out her destiny in Christ. Miranda also has a passion for souls and one of her greatest loves is preaching in mass healing and evangelistic crusades worldwide. Miranda and her husband Jerame are the founders of Living at His Feet Ministries and together they travel the world full time, ministering the Kingdom of God through signs, wonders, and miracles.

www.livingathisfeet.org

The Hidden Mystery Of Wisdom

“…for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.” (Proverbs 8:11) Never has a truer statement been made!

My name is Joanna Ridgway and I’m honored to be asked by Brynn to be a ‘guest writer’ on her amazing blog! I may not be as eloquent as she is, but I hope you’ll glean some ‘pearls’ along the way.

I live in Pickerington, Ohio and have been married to my husband, Jeff, for 28 years and we have two amazing children. Lauren is 25 years old and lives in Queens, New York (of all places!) with the absolute light of my life, my granddaughter, McKenna and her daddy, Mark (who works for the New York Mets.) Lauren is truly the best mommy I’ve ever seen and also works a few days a week being a wonderful and compassionate nurse to oncology patients.  And Chase, my 21-year old is a senior Nursing student at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Two years ago, Chase underwent major surgery to donate a portion of his liver to a family friend from our church who was dying with liver disease. They both recovered 100%! It’s an awesome thing to say that my child volunteered to do this of his own volition at the ripe old age of 19 during his college Christmas break. (You can’t tell I like to brag on my family, can you?!)

I’ve been on staff at World Harvest Church in Columbus, Ohio (where I met Brynn when she was there as a college student at World Harvest Bible College) for 28 years (yes, that’s a long time!) I’ve had the privilege of working closely with Pastor Rod Parsley in an executive assistant role for most of those years but I’ve recently transitioned into a position of research for sermon topics/ministry services and preparing for any ministry or speaking opportunities. And I LOVE it!  It’s definitely my nitch. However, if you would’ve asked me ten years ago if I could do this, I would’ve shrunk away from such an opportunity, thinking there’s no way I could ever do that – but God has a way of stretching us and sometimes even proving us wrong, doesn’t He?

I met my husband, Jeff, at World Harvest Church ‘back in the day’! We were married there and raised our children there, and they even attended the school at our church. Jeff also worked at the church for 23 years before he was attacked with cancer in 2012. But God supernaturally healed him after he’d been in the hospital for seven long months and at death’s door three times. What a wild and crazy experience for all of us but needless to say, we’re all changed people after going through that ordeal. Let me tell you, you learn how to constantly gird yourself with the armor of God, confess the Word of God more than ever before, and come out the other side with faith that’s been tried in the refiner’s fire – but is stronger than you could ever imagine.

I’d like to take this opportunity to share a couple of nuggets I’ve learned on the subject of wisdom – things that I really wish I would’ve learned much earlier in life. (Please understand I’m no authority on this subject by any means – I just want to share some things I’ve learned along the way!)

Wisdom is truly a precious thing as the Scripture states – and it’s a much-needed commodity to make right decisions and to juggle “life,” not just major decisions but everyday ones, as well.

So how do you gain the wisdom of God? James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” That’s it – just ask! And He promises it will be given to you.

1 Corinthians 2:7 tells us that wisdom is a mystery that’s been hidden. Do you know why God hid it? He hid it so the devil – your adversary – couldn’t find it! He hid it FOR you – not FROM you. Neither the devil nor the world can have it, but you can access it and unlock the wisdom of God for every area of your life!

1 Corinthians 14:2 tells us “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.”

So here’s another key – pray in the Holy Spirit, and as you do, the wisdom of God is revealed or uncovered. And you will no longer have to ask God daily, “What am I going to do about this?  I don’t know what to do.” You will begin looking up and saying, “Lord, what are You going to do about this?”  And let Him begin to show you and lead you as you walk in the demonstration of His wisdom.

These truths have helped me in countless ways and in numerous areas of my life. As I stated earlier, I only wish I would’ve known them and applied them many years ago! But regardless of what stage of life or what ‘status’ you may find yourself – a daughter, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a single mom, a single adult, an aunt, a friend, a church leader, a pastor, etc. – the 35,000 decisions we’re all faced with daily can be made with Godly wisdom and eliminate unnecessary drama along the way (don’t we all need that?!)

I encourage you to carve out some time on a regular basis to pray in the spirit and in the understanding, specifically asking God for His wisdom. Gather some applicable Scriptures regarding wisdom and begin to confess them during this time of prayer. I believe this simple process can be a life-changer for you, as it has been for me!

Thank you, everyone, for reading my first ever blog entry and thank you, Brynn, for allowing me to contribute to Diary of a Preacher’s Wife!

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The Altar: The Place Of Sacrifice

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by Jane Schroeder

I had an encounter with the Lord that took place at the Wild Celtic Women Conference in January 2015, it was at the end of two days of intensive presence of the fear of the Lord. During this time, it was reported the sphere of heavens inflence/presence was felt two miles away from the conference centre. Wow!

In this encounter, He (The Lord) brought me the dance floor… The dance floor of romancing waltz turned into fire and a water fountain, all at the same time, sorrow and love mingled, flowed down.“Incendium Amoris” God is a consuming fire requiring sanctity. The fire, the melody of love.

The Seraphim hung crucified on the cross interchanging with the faces of God, blowing billows of fire onto the dance floor where people were worshipping dancing, romancing with their beloved Jesus. The fire glowed red-orange flames, incendium amoris came to mind, realizing that the floor had become a huge Altar of fire, burning coals. People began to walk onto the Altar, they became the Altar. The place of consecration, burning up their human sacrifice until they were all consumed to ashes.

On the mountain, Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac, this mountain of consecration. Therefore, Isaac is a type of Christ’s substitutionary atonement for sin according to Genesis 22:13.

“Then Abraham looked up and glanced around, and behold, behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up for a burnt offering and an ascending sacrifice instead of his son!” (AMP)

“I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of all the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies presenting all your members and faculties as a living sacrifice, holy devoted, consecrated and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable, rational, intelligent service and spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1-2 AMP)

The fire comes ultimately to Prepare us for Holy Union with Christ! The fire consumes all things, and nothing resists it’s activity. It consumes all impurity within us to prepare us for Divine Union. The sweet fragrant smoke, ascends up as a sacrificial incense offering to the nostrils of the Almighty God. “Noah built an Altar to the Lord, taking every clean animal and every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the Altar. The Lord smelled the soothing aroma and the Lord said to Himself, I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from youth; I will never again destroy every living thing.” (Genesis 8:20-21)

The fire began to quell leaving only ash. God has sent me to give them a beautiful crown in exchange for ashes (Isaiah 61: 3), I looked up into Heaven to see the Lord God’s face pierce through a thin translucent atmosphere skin and sniff up the ash offering. As the fragrant offering entered his lungs the vapours exchanged into transparency of white mist. I could see the vapours traveling down his tubes into his belly, the misty particle transfiguring the purest white orb’s into living human beings in an internal dimension. So huge, so limitless- out of time and space. The Lord said this is a place of transformation; we are stepping into eternity. Seeing whole villages, towns appearing, whole communities spring up into life.

More about the lovely Jane… Jane lives in Wales UK and she has two grown up children. Jane loves to see Jesus heal people in everyday situations and has recently transitioned into full time ministry. Jane is a prophetic seer and is very passionate about intercession and heads up prayer for company of burning hearts.  She has travelled extensively throughout the nations releasing people into the seer realm and their destinies. Jane is hungry for revival and has a deep desire to see miracles signs and wonders released  again like it was through William Branham, Maria woodworth Etter etc.

Visit her website and itinerary at: www.nunontherun.org

In Him

by Rachel Abraham

Hey guys, what a privilege to be given space to write to all you lovely people. I have been pondering in my heart and chatting with Papa about what I should write about, I have thought of many topics; family, marriage, children, Revival, Holy Spirit, Love, Rachel bio picMercy and many more. He has brought me back to HIM….Jesus…. my beautiful one, my lover, my friend, my hope, my strength, my all in all, my universe…WOW! He died so that I might LIVE…. He is Creator of the universe and He thought of me, not just “little ‘ol me” like the saying goes but ME, everything about me, my good bits and my bad bits, my mistakes and my bad choices, my good hair days and my bad hair days….Phew!… What good news, Jesus lover of my soul and my hair!

Here’s just a little something about myself…I am a lover of Jesus, lover of my husband and a lover of my 4 wonderful children. I love to see people walking out exactly what is on their scroll and to dream and dream and dream!! I am no Theologian and Papa likes to talk to me in the simple ways. I don’t do complicated! So let’s ponder together…..

Jesus…. Jesus Christ…… Christ in us the Hope of Glory…… Christ in us the Hope of Glory……… Ponder this……… I love the mysteries of God…. Here it is in the Amplified version:

“To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of [realizing the] glory.” (Colossians 1:27)

It pleases God to reveal His mysteries to us. The original greek word for pleases is the’-lō, which means; to will, have in mind, intend, to be resolved or determined, to purpose, to desire, to wish, to love, to like to do a thing, be fond of doing, to take delight in, have pleasure.

God willfully intended and resolved in His mind to wish and desire for us to know His mysteries as it gives Him pleasurable delight. Wow! How amazing and how real! What a Papa we have that he delights in us sharing in His secret mysteries. What a journey…..

God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. (Ephesians 1: 9)

He wanted to reveal to us the secret of The Gospel, Christ in us; within us; and among us……………. IS the hope of Glory. This is so that He can commune with us on such a deeper personal level. He died that we might live in Him and through Him, that our breath would be His breath, that our walk would be His walk that our words would be His words. Living and breathing Jesus every second of every day and night for eternity. Waaaah! I get hit by such joy when I contemplate this.

This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. (Ephesians 5: 32)

How do we practice this everyday? Now everyone’s lives are different, you might work long hours or unsocialable hours, you maybe a career or a stay at home mum. Whatever your situation there are always going to be natural distractions shall we call them……The kids are crying! Washing to do…..Work to get to, demands from bosses, houses to clean!

BUT let’s not get bogged down with this stuff I have learnt to lean into HIM on a daily basis and after continually practising I now find it easy to find His presence in the day to day madness.

This is how I have done it, for example I am washing the dishes, I think on Jesus, I open my heart up to Him and by faith I physically turn my head as if I am relocating myself mentally into Him. I lean my heart and my spirit into His prescence, it’s a bit like placing your face into water, you can feel the difference something is different. I love that feeling when I am busy busy and you stop….relocate yourself and lean into Him….feel the peace, feel the love and the joy. Do you feel it? Practice it? It works… Now as time goes by you’ll find that this gets easier and easier and you no longer have to physically turn your head but the access you have to His prescence is in you…..Christ In you. The source of all your needs.

Lean on Him! Learn how to live your life In Him and through Him and with Him. Living out of the Ruach of Him in you… continual communion with Jesus the Son of the Living God. Ever thought about the word communion….. Comm/ Union. It’s the same, the coming together in unity… fellowship. The original greek word for communion is koi-nō-nē’-ä (don’t know how you pronounce that one!!) which means; fellowship, community, joint participation, the share which one has in anything, participation, intercourse, fellowship, intimacy.

Let’s practice turning into Him, that we might realise that He really does live in us. We are co-crucified with Him, co-buried with Him and co-raised with Him!

“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.” (Romans 6: 3-6)

So much Joy!! So much Intimacy!! So much Love!! So much Revelation!!

Well, it has been fun sharing with you, I pray that the spirit of revelation would come and open your eyes to new and thrilling doors that He has for you to walk through. That your walk with Papa, Jesus and Holy Spirit would take you to deeper dimensions in Him. You have Creator God living IN you……..no excuse……. lean into Him and dream Big!

More About Rachel:

Rachel Abraham is married to Justin Abraham and together they run a ministry called Company of Burning Hearts. She is firstly a lover of Jesus, followed by her husband and her 4 children. She loves to see people be free to be who they are supposed to be and being released into exactly what is on their scroll, their destiny! To dream the dream and not let it go. As a ministry Rachel does most of the administration whilst Justin does international itinerant speaking, releasing fresh manna from heaven. Check out their website Company of Burning Hearts

Believing For Succeeding

by Jennifer Martin

What do we as women believe about ourselves? Do I have to listen to the negative thoughts in my head? Can I really choose who I am? Does my destiny depend on my actions? Could who I want to be and God’s desires for me be one in the same?Does culture define who I am? Do my experiences create who I become or do they merely join me on my excursion in life? Must we as women become the product of circumstances that happened to us or can we choose who we want to be? Many of us have given in to the pressure and lie of imminent failure, like we are doomed to tread on a continual negative hamster wheel. We can deceive ourselves into believing that if we have failed time and time again, then imminent failure must be at hand always.

Yet, why put so much faith in our ability to fail rather than faith in out potentiality to succeed? Whichever one we choose takes much preparation mentally. On the one hand we can habitually think negative thoughts about ourself and put all our energy and focus into giving up. On the other hand, we can habitually choose positive thoughts and move forward towards success and freedom. Either way, I am living the same amount of hours, and breathing the same number of breaths. So how do I want to live them? I make a decision. I choose to think positively! I choose to believe! I choose to succeed!

Scientific evidence has proven the link between negative thoughts with failure as well as positive thoughts with success. The Bible says, As he thinks in his heart, so is he. -Proverbs 23:7. Or you could say, As she thinks in her heart, so is she. So are you one who places yourself in the category of desiring success? If so, then let’s begin by eliminating the root of failure, and instead planting the seeds of success.

What is the root of negative thoughts? Some may agree our present circumstances, childhood upbringing or how our parents raised us. Some may say the devil is the root of all negative thoughts. Now, what about God? Is He negative? No. The Bible declares that the kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Romans 14:17KJV). Therefore, the sources of negative thoughts can come from our life circumstances, the carnal mind or the devil.

Our life’s experiences and our upbringing definitely have a lot of influence over the way we think, but they do not have to define us. If we experience a lot of hurtful things, then we can easily become hopeless and pessimistic over the years if we don’t find our victory in the word of God. We can allow hurts we have endured to cause anger, bitterness, and unbelief. We begin to believe since life has always dealt us a bad hand then it will continue to.

Maybe we learned negative thinking from others that spoke negatively to us. What we hear and see, we can easily learn to copy and allow it to become a habit over time. Maybe it’s true, but can it be changed?

Let’s talk about the carnal nature… The Bible says, the carnal mind is at enmity (opposition) with God (Romans 8:7). The carnal mind is against God and thinks only of itself. It is only concerned with the flesh and the body. But we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinth. 2:16 KJV), after we have received Jesus and have been baptized in the Holy Spirit. Now we have the mind of the Spirit. We become thoughtful of spiritual things because we now have a spiritual mind. So now we have two choices of which mind we will take on; either one for the flesh or one for the spirit. Paul said,  For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. (Romans 7:22-25 KJV).  Who shall deliver us from the body of this death? Jesus Christ! He is our victory!

We don’t have to think the old ways anymore. We can choose to be free by believing, who the Son set free is free indeed. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:31-32, 36 KJV). As you believe, so be it done unto you, Jesus said (Matthew 8:13KJV). The devil has no power to control my mind anymore. I choose to be who I want to be.

Jesus said, And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. (Matthew 3:10 KJV). Jesus laid the ax to the root of sin when He died on that tree. He cut down the power of sin over us! And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:18-19 KJV). For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2 KJV) Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (Galatians 5:1 KJV)

Let us choose to believe that the blood of Jesus Christ and God’s Word has made us free today. Let us begin to move forward in the thinking that we are not bound by the chains of our past. We are not bound by the chains of our life circumstances. We are not bound by the pattern of negative thinking. No matter how many times we have failed, we can start again. Jesus said, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” (John 11:40 NKJV) Could it be that simple? Yes! From now on, I choose to believe what the Word of God says about me. I choose to think positive thoughts about myself starting right now!

Say this prayer and confession to help jumpstart you into a life of victory.

“Father, thank you for the freedom through Jesus Christ, your Son. I ask you to help me think the way you want me to think about myself. I am valuable. I am important. I was planned by you. I am loved. I have purpose. No matter how many times I’ve failed in the past I can get back up and start again. I ask for the strength to never ever ever ever give up. I choose to think right thoughts, positive thoughts, and lovely thoughts starting right now. I love you Lord. In Jesus’s name I pray. Amen.”

A little more about Jenn:

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“If Jennifer Martin were to express her desire, it would be the following: To experience Jesus face to face, to know his heart, and love others like he does. Jennifer Martin is a rising voice in this generation of women leaders in the body of Christ who imparts incredible encouragement wherever she ministers. Jennifer is the cofounder of and has faithfully served alongside Contagious Love International since 2001. She was ordained by Jeff and Jan Jansen of Global Fire Ministires in 2009. She has spoken in conferences with James Goll, Bonnie Jones, Jeff and Jan Jansen, and many more leaders in the body of Christ. She has a strong love for teaching true worship, and she ministers in the Glory realm of God, imparting miracles, healings, and incredible demonstrations of the Supernatural realm of Heaven wherever she goes. She homeschools our two children, graciously lays her life down for the call of God, while at the same time, is hungry for the greatest awakening the world has ever seen. She longs to see the lost know the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Her ability to help others cross over from passive Christianity into experiential Christianity is astounding! She has an incredible gift of compassion, ability to interpret dreams, and has an amazing partnership with the angelic realm. She is a Glory carrier! She is a true woman of God and I love her with all my heart.” ~Munday Martin (hubs to Jenn)

www.contagiousloveintl.com