Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Reflections on 2009

It's easy to forget what God does throughout the course of a day, let alone the course of a year! I really want to be someone who remembers and regularly gives thanks to God for His lavish goodness. 2009 has been an incredible year...here are just a few of my highlights:

1) Life changing trip to Bethel in February - Revelation of God's goodness; Sozo; Impartation (I'm hoping to go back for more in 2010!)
2) Provision of my good friend Becky to take over leadership of Innovation (King's Arms youth group) She has done an amazing job and Innovation continues to grow from strength to strength
3) Starting up of TSM - Training for Supernatural Ministry. Basically my dream job! It has been an absolutely incredible first term!
4) Provision of incredible friends and deeper healing in my heart to allow me to be me -I feel the most free to be and enjoy who God has made me to be at this point than at any other time!
5) God's Kingdom breaking out (both in the church and out on the streets) - Healings, deliverance, salvation, peace, joy, His presence...It just keeps increasing!
6) Discovering Costa (specifically Vanilla Lattes!)

Obviously 2009 has had its highs and lows. I have had to work through some really tough times in the midst of the joy of breakhrough and freedom...and I continue to do so. The amazing thing is that because my heavenly Dad is always working for my good, He has always brought good out of every circumstance. There are still goals that haven't yet been fulfilled (I still long to see cancer and deafness and blindness submit to the name of Jesus) But I feel increasing courage to go after these conditions. It is only a matter of time.

Most of all I'm grateful for how my relationship with the lover of my soul has changed this year. As we approach the end of 2009 I feel so much closer to my God than I did at the beginning. Now, more than ever, it feels like a relationship. I've recieved life changing revelation this year of who He is and who He says I am and I will never be the same because of it. I end 2009 being more like Jesus than when it began, That can only be a good thing!

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Treasure in King's Lynn

TSM had its first Mission Outreach opportunity a few weekends ago. 20 of us made the hour and a half journey to King's Lynn to serve Andy Moyle and the church he's leading there. We had such a great time as God broke in on the streets (as He always does!)

One of my highlights happened along the waterfront in the freezing cold. Nothing 'outstanding' took place, but I was reminded again of how incredible God is at bringing clues together at just the right time and how He has such a brilliant sense of humour. I think God loves treasure hunting because His kids are totally dependent on Him and He gets to blow their brains!

So one of the clues I had was yellow coat. As we were waking along the waterfront, up ahead I spotted an older chap cycling towards us wearing a very bright yellow coat. I pointed him out to the team and then we spent the next few minutes trying to decide whether or not we should stop him - would it be too dangerous to try and stop him as he was cycling? He was moving pretty slowly so it could be done, but would it bless him?? He was literally a few metres away from us when I made the call that it would be too dangerous to try and stop him so we decided to move on. That's when God broke in.

I kid you not, as the chap in the yellow coat got directly next to where we were he slammed on his breaks and stopped to watch a flock of birds taking off from the water - UNBELIEVABLE!! God clearly wanted us to speak to this man and as we did we found a whole load of clues that showed us he was God's treasure; He attended St Margaret's church; He had problems with his knees; his name was Bob. As it turns out he didn't want any prayer, but he left feeling blessed and we left feeling very encouraged. Being in relationship with God is so much fun.

One team during the course of the afternoon had an incredible encounter with a bunch of teenagers where they saw God break in to heal 6 or 7 conditions in one hit! Listen to Nicky share the full story here.

(The journey back to Bedford was lots of fun too. We were playing the animal game in our car and I won! For more details about the game and how to lose all your points speak to my friend Ruth :o))

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Picked out on first visit!

If you've read my previous posts you'll know that I've been trying to stretch myself when it comes to my words of knowledge gift. Jesus said that if we're faithful with what we have more will be added to us. Up until recently I'd been playing it safe in bringing words of knowledge at the front of church. A teaching session at TSM gave me fresh motivation and so this Sunday evening before our service at King's Arms started I spent time asking God who He wanted to speak to.

I felt He gave me a few words but one was particularly specific. He showed me someone who suffered with regular blackouts - about 2-3 times a week - that meant they weren't able to drive. When it came time for words of knowledge to be given at the end of the service I shared what God had given me and waited, but no-one responded. That is until I was praying for people right at the end of the meeting!

A girl I'd not seen before came up to me with her friend. She said she wasn't sure that she was the person God wanted to speak to because she doesn't really suffer with blackouts any more but when I asked her for details it was clear to me that she was the one God was picking out. It turned out that when she was in her teenage years she suffered from a-typical migraines which would lead to her having blackouts. These would take place about 2-3 times a week and meant that when it came time for her to learn to drive she wasn't able to (which was a big deal for her because she lived in a village and was desperate to be able to get about)

What was even more fun for me was that this was her first time visiting the King's Arms. She'd just moved back to Bedford from Cambridge and has been in and out of church for the last little while. She'd never experienced anything like this before and had come along that evening to see if this could be a place she could see herself getting involved. God picked her out - I'm fairly confident she'll be back!

And the next lesson for me in growing in my gift? Be asking God if the specifics of the word are happening right now or if what I'm seeing happened in the past. We'll see what next week brings!