From our Monthly Prayer Meeting July 2012.
James 1 2-8
Genesis 12 1-4
Words and pictures:-
“Remember I have taken you out of your fathers land, the ways you were used to, to a new land, don’t go back to the old land.
New land, new seed, new furrows, a new harvest, a new mind set, the original purpose.”
“Picture of reservoir with small streams going into it, there is some eveaporation in the sun but the rest is feeding thousands of people. We are one of the streams feeding the reservoir – the church, Restoration, there is some stony ground and there may be rejection – the evaporation, we may only be small in our eyes but in God’s eyes we are big and mighty”
Is 58, it will be the fast He chooses, the things we are doing pleases Him, “spend yourself on those that are hungry and oppressed”
Is 61 7-9, Be prepared, not for what is coming against us, but for what God is about to pour out on us. God is excited about what He is going to release to us – pour out on us. He is just waiting for the right moment. When we are prepared to receive so that we are not overwhelmed and it doesn’t fall on stoney ground.
Picture of a chess game, God is playing with us. He says “ I’m going to make my move, you then have to make your move before I can move again”
When it starts to rain, get big drop then another then another then the downpour happens, we have had a few individual drops, people, be aware the raindrops are dropping in, its bigeer than the “fellowship” it’s the whole ministry.
Love of the fellowship – love of God is abroad in our hearts, see red stain – spreading – what we are spreading is love, it is our special gift.
Ezekial 34 v 11-16a. Fathers love, song “don’t you know the Father loves you”. Saw Jesus on the cross – horrid to see but drawn to it, can’t take eyes off, God says “this is for you”. Worry and stress pale to insignificance when we look to the cross.
Saw embers from a fire, drifting upwards until they became like stars in the sky, realising that we, small as we are, make up part of the whole picture God is building.