Connection to a local body  E-mail
Grant Flaum | 19 December 2018
How can you call yourself a believer and not have a connection to a local body of believers?

Scripture is not ambiguous about God calling out 'a people for His name'. Be careful of individualism, the curse of our modern day, it makes you think you can follow Christ 'on your own'.

Every local body has its flaws. If you are part of a family there are flaws aplenty but love looks like something. Love works out differences. Is patient. Forbears. It looks out for fellows on the journey.

The bible says we are like living stones rubbing together and forming part of this beautiful temple of worship to our worthy King (1 Peter 2:5). What a joy to see fellow believers progress in the faith and looking and acting like Christ!

Friends, we are in this together!! C'mon don't be a 'lone ranger' no longer, humble your heart and join in the collective - a people for His name, called to change the planet (together).
The power of worship  E-mail
Amanda Alexander | 19 December 2018
It's amazing the way Pappa shares a unified message with us.  As I was listening to Jaques' brilliant message on Wednesday night, I wanted to jump for joy, because I have been experiencing exactly the same thing - the power of a sacrifice of praise!

Recently Pappa spoke to me about my need of worshipping over some very painful, ongoing things in my life.  My situation is ongoing, and causes a lot of pain when it flares up, pain which has crippled my heart at times. When I came crying to Pappa, He told me to dance over these things, to dance(worship) upon the trouble and the pain.  Now maybe I'm the only one, but when I'm under intense emotional pain, I don't really feel much like dancing; in fact, what I really feel like is curling up in my bed and crying myself to sleep.  Fortunately, He gave me the Grace to act on what He had placed in my spirit, instead of following the pain of my soul, and so, just as Jaques did in his situation, I went to my room, closed the door and began to worship.
It's amazing, but when you are led by Holy Spirit, and when your spirit rises up to actually listen and put your soulish emotions under, the way is opened up for GOD'S provision and His blessing to flow.  What amazing times I have had- coming crawling in, weak and broken, to offer sacrifices of praise, only to find, in the secret places of worship, a beautiful transference taking place-Pappa, taking my brokenness and making me whole, and not only that, but soaking me with His joy, peace, rest and victory!
So when next you feel weary, broken, overwhelmed or crushed, try what Jaques and I have found- go into your room, close the door and begin to worship!  I guarantee, the God of peace will draw near, and bring you the perspective, rest and victory you so desperately desire and need.
Amen!  What an amazing God we serve!
With darkness, suddenly light is brought forth  E-mail
Ailie Baumann | 19 December 2018
Darkness, it always comes before the light, before the dawn.  What does it look like in our lives other than a physical blackness? Darkness is often found in the waiting for answered prayers and waiting for promises to be fulfilled.  In this waiting, circumstances and life begin to behave opposite to what we know God has promised to us and how he wants us to live.  We find ourselves looking at both and crying out to God.

“God, how does this work?  I know your promises.  I know your character.  I know that you are good. Despite all of this, my circumstances are saying otherwise.”

I have been in this place so many times this year with Papa.  I look around me and I see the whole world is largely plunged in a darkness. Waiting. Groaning for the dawning of a new day.  Longing to see the salvation of the Lord.

I have also seen a deep resilience arise in the body of Christ as His people hold fast to the truth of who He is and what He has promised. Still, the darkness seems to prevail.

I keep hearing Jesus say to me “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” I love this because it is filled with great promise.  The sun will rise with faithfulness in its wings.  The doors of breakthrough will open and the world will see that this is the year of the Lord’s salvation.

The past couple of weeks, Holy Spirit has had me meditating on Genesis 1.  I want to share with you what Holy Spirit has been showing me because I feel it is so applicable to many of us, our nation, and the world.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  Then God said, Let there be light; and there was light…. – Genesis 1:1-3 NKJV

Holy Spirit hovered over the darkness.  Before he created a world of life-giving opportunities and experiences, Holy Spirit hovered, brooded over darkness.  Holy Spirit is not afraid of darkness.  He knows that in those moments of darkness all that we have left to do is place our hand in his and trust him.  We trust him to lead us.  Our ears became heightened to the very sound of his voice.  We experience a deeper tangible presence because we are not fighting a myriad of distractions.  No, we are clinging to our hope, our life, our source. 

In his brooding, Holy Spirit deepens our desire for him.  He intensifies his manifest presence.  He takes the time to lead us out of self-ambition and self-righteousness into a place of complete surrender. 

We don’t know how long Holy Spirit hovered over the darkness.  He hovered until he knew the time had come for him to speak.  Darkness may come slowly and remain for a long time but when God brings light it comes as a suddenly.  God spoke and there was light. Instant. Suddenly.

God knew that in order for life to flourish on the earth, light and living water was required.  These worked together to create fruitfulness which could sustain life.  Out of darkness, God brings life-giving fruitfulness, overflowing rivers of living water and the glory of God. 

Beloved, there is a purpose to what you are going through.  God is encouraging you that your breakthrough is coming.  It will be a suddenly.  This is the season for suddenlies.  In the meantime, he is hovering over you, your family, your finances, your circumstances, and your life.  He is pulling you deep into his heart because the deeper you go the more glory you will see when the breakthrough comes. When God is finished with the work that he has begun, he will walk with you in the cool of the day and night.  You will experience a deeper intimacy.  The springs and wells within you will bubble up to sustain the life and creative miracles he has brought into your life, family, and situation.

Wait for the suddenly.  One moment it will be dark.  The next it will be light.  Jesus is working on your behalf. 

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage, do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9


What on earth are we here for?  E-mail
Claudia Kotzen | 19 December 2018
The gospel is the good news of what God has done for us; no strings attached. God always had a redemption and restoration plan. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins so that we can once again become children of God through our faith in The Messiah. This is such good news. And now, we have been commissioned to be fruitful and multiply, to fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over every living thing. The earth is crying out for the children of God to bring them some GOOD NEWS. Jesus is the person of the gospel. The world is hungry and thirsty and desperate for a Saviour. Jesus said, “Come after me, follow me and I WILL MAKE you fishers of men.

The conversation that happens between Jesus and the Samaritan woman in John 4 speaks so beautifully of the simplicity of the gospel and the essentials of what on earth we are here for. Every time I do the will of the Father who sent me, I enjoy a feast. (Jn 4:34 TPT).  It was the will of the Father that Jesus stop at the well and dialogue with the Samaritan woman. This was a moment in time that would impact an entire village, and this moment in time is a moment we all have access to with our Saviour. He stopped to pour time out on the Samaritan woman and at the well, she encountered The Messiah. Jesus completely disrupted the cultural norm of the day by sitting down and conversing with her. He broke through the expected and brought the unexpected. He stopped and spent time with her to say, “I’m going to give you a drink of life! You won’t have to keep coming back to the place of this man-made well to get it, it will be inside you, alive, bubbling over and leaping forth! I will give you LIVING water that is no longer a place, but a person, and he is inside you, with you, wherever you go.”

At the end of their exchange, the Samaritan woman left to share her encounter and story with the village. She was bubbling over. She told the village that she had encountered a man who told her everything about herself. The village saw her and heard her testimony, and wanted to meet this Jesus for themselves. At this point, the disciples (back from going to get food) were shocked that Jesus wasn't hungry (no one had fed him), but he explains to them that he's eaten of the Father’s will and it has nourished and fulfilled and satisfied him like a lavish feast. When the villagers met Jesus for themselves, they asked Him to stay with them, and He did for two days. Then many more believed in him because of his personal message. They told the Samaritan woman, “Now we no longer believe just because of what you told us; we believe because we have heard for ourselves personally, and we know that He truly is the saviour of the world.”

Too often we can get stuck at our place of the well. But, we’re equipped and empowered to move. We can no longer get stuck at the well. The well is a person, not a place. When we meet with Jesus, something happens. After every encounter, something changes. You are the answer to someone’s prayer. You are the answer to a desperate and thirsty world. Jesus is coming back for a glorious bride. He’s coming back for everyone He paid the price for. And guess who is empowered through the Holy Spirit to bring Him to the world before His return? As we drink of His living waters, we become springs filled with life, and that life is sheer joy! Contagious joy!

 We have been commissioned to become messengers of victory and joy. We are carriers of the good news, spilling that good news out everywhere we go, and often, we need to choose to spill intentionally. We’re on the front foot because we carry a message of victory.

 It’s not our job to work out how this all gets done. It’s our job to believe that God is extremely good at His job and that He chooses to partner with us in His will being done on earth as it is in heaven.

 So where do I start? What if it feels too big? Well, he’s the one who does the heavy lifting. We get to partner with him. Stop at the well and meet with Jesus. Drink deep of his waters life, of redemption, of healing. Drink deep of his Holy Spirit. Give Him your well (your self-sufficiency, your control, your fears) and take His spring. While you're there, look for the ONE He brings to you while you surrender yourself to do the will of the Father. That ONE you stop for, may just be a ONE who will go tell an entire village about his or her Saviour. You may even be the one who will tell an entire village your message of joy.

A testimony from Azusa SA  E-mail
Grant Flaum | 19 December 2018
An incredible testimony from one of our visitors at last week's Azusa SA multi church gathering:

For approximately 7 years I had a bony (cartilage) growth on my right foot and about a year later another one appeared on my left foot. The one on the right foot was the largest. I had it x rayed 6 years ago and my dr advised me to leave it if it did not give me any problems, as it was not malignant and it could grow back after an operation. At that stage It didn't give me any problems, but about a month ago my feet became very painful. I had it x rayed again on the 7th of April 2016 and the report showed that it was still not malignant, but that I had arthritis in both my feet. 

On the 9th of April, the Saturday evening, my husband and I attended one of your church services with my daughter and son-in-law.  The testimony of the miracles of the amputee's leg that grew back and the lady who was instantly healed of cancer, touched me deeply. I do believe in miracles and have in the past experienced firsthand how God has used me as an instrument to pray for people, who were healed, but somehow my faith was much stronger when I prayed for other people than for myself. 

During praise & worship, I prayed to God that if He could make an amputee's leg grow back, I know and believe with all my heart that He can remove the growths on my feet and take the pain away and that because of Jesus's finished work at the cross, I have a blood-bought right to live in divine health. I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit very clearly as I prayed in tongues.

The next morning when I woke up, I looked at my feet and noticed that the growth on my left foot was almost completely gone and the larger one on my right foot was more than half the size smaller than it had been. After a day or 2 the pain also started to go away.  

I thank God for the miracle that by Jesus's stripes I am healed and trust that the last remaining bit of growth will completely disappear.
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