The post that will make no sense unless you know His Love.

17 days.

Then she is here. Carla, my little girl. Her name means strength and that she is. Her “home” at this moment is my David’s favourite seat. He can’t wait to get home from school and climb up his whale of a mum to come and sit on his “throne”, her home. King David ruling from above. But she doesn’t only accept it just like that. I then become a punching bag from within as she tries to get him off.

A couple of weeks ago I had a strong urgency for close friends to pray over Carla. I asked a couple of close warriors to please pray for me and my girl.

Then it happened:

It was 3 in the morning, and I woke up because my heart was beating very very fast, my body was on fire and Carla was going crazy in my tummy. Fear gripped me and I had to really focus to calm down. I kept on declaring His peace. I was scared for her. I could feel her fighting my body and the attack on it. After 20 minutes of struggling to breathe, erratic heart beat and a hot flush that I do not wish for anyone to experience, my body went back to normal. All was calm again. The reality hit me. I am not doing well under this pressure.

I started to cry, with tears streaming down my face I cried out to God. I was angry and disappointed.

Then He spoke loud and clear: ” Stand up and come and worship Me.”

3:30 I went into our family prayer room and I worshipped my God.

Because Worship is connection.

I needed to be connected to the Source of life again. I had to feel Him, He is my Shephard.

In the early morning hours, I was filling my soul with the One that has been singing over my life. As He gave, I returned it in worship. Allowing Him to be my God. To be my protector, my salvation, my reason.

I breathed Him in, I filled my being with Him.  And gave Him all the love and adoration I had for this God. He has been there from the beginning of time. It is He who has the final say and He that is victorious.

No weapon formed against me shall prosper because of Him.

My connection with Him causes a connection with my { Spiritual and natural } family. I belong.

After about an hour, I walked out of my prayer room and His presence was everywhere.

My little boy was sick but the next morning, when he woke up he was perfectly fine.

God my redeemer was in my home during a very dark hour of my life.

The God who first Loved us.

 

adam Cappa

 

I met a king and queen.

I always wondered what it would be like to meet a real king and queen. I recently watched Cinderella, the grown-up version, with my son. In the movie, Ella met Prince Kid and did not recognise him. He was very much impressed with this, obviously because people normally know who he is, all for self-gain. But not Ella.

Today the “important” people in our world make themselves known by various ways: their entourage of cars and bodyguards, their self-made palaces and by their titles. Just think of the Joco advertisement of the man who is losing his temper with a flight attendant, starting his threats with: “Do you know who I am?” Her response was classic: ” Sorry sir, I had no idea. ” And then she proceeds to make an announcement over the intercom that if someone lost a gentleman, he is standing with her.

We want people to know we are important and that we count so we proceed to explain ourselves. We define ourselves with our words and actions daily, desperate for the world to recognise us. ” I am important, I count!” is what we shout day in and day out. We use threats, intimidation, connections, money, title, social standing, religious convictions, our looks and even our children to say: ” Do you know who I am?”

This past weekend I met a king and queen, and I knew it immediately. Not because of their entourage or titles, nor by their dress code but because of their presence. They were not “puffed up”. I was shooting a wedding and they were part of the guests, but when I spotted them in the crowd, I was immediately drawn to them. They sat in the back, no arrogance, chatting softly with each other. At the end of the service, they were called by the pastor to come and pray for the couple, and then it all made sense. I saw their spirit man. I saw who they are in Christ. They successfully allowed His truth to penetrate the world around them through them. They carry Him. They carry His authority, His mantle and His Presence. I saw the King of Heaven and earth in them, without them ever saying a word.

That impressed me and humbled me.

Last night Stoffel and I spoke about what I want to do with my life. I always have a new business idea running through my mind. After talking for about ten minutes, explaining what I want to do, I stopped mid-sentence when a realisation hit me. I want to preach the gospel. You see, the Gospel, the message of the cross, transformed both my husband and I. At this moment, I am going through the bible with a group of women, teaching the gospel and after every hour, I just realise again: We are only touching the tip of the iceberg. I walk away from those meetings, fully satisfied but hungry for so much more. There is power in His name and I still only see it partially. I have walked many roads, attended many self-love courses, read many books but nothing matches His truth:

The King of the Universe exchanged His life for mine, He made me worthy to say to the mountain: ” Pick yourself up and throw yourself in the ocean.” All authority in Heaven and Earth has been given to Him and He gave it to me. He made me righteous, without blame, spotless, a priest, a king, a ruler and a servant. I am clothed with power and humility and Love is my oxygen. I am fully alive, fully satisfied because of Him, yet I yearn to know more of Him.

This weekend, watching that couple, I realised one thing: if I believe the above about Jesus with faith as small as a mustard seed, no words are needed to make the lost aware of the King of Kings. Your life will testify of Him through your worship. Nations will be drawn to Him, through you.

I was in the presence of a King and a Queen this weekend, and their revelation of Him changed my thinking. Now that is powerful.

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Our perspective on Reality

Due to being pregnant, I wake every morning right before the sun rises. I then just lay in silence and think firstly what day it is and then I chat to God.

I spoke a lot about 2016 and how that year changed me. Again, reading this, you may have your own opinions on what that meant. But this morning I thought about it, my perspective changed drastically. My perspective did not change about my life but about God. I saw Him.

And oh my word, I cannot express what I see. This is not a weak GOD! So every morning I meditate on who He is. I listen and I pray and through the day I try and stay connected. I am so alive because of this magnificent God. This morning while driving to school, I burst out in tears just because of His Goodness. I cannot express enough on how Good He is.

The thing is, He was all these things since the beginning of eternity but we did not see it because we were caught up on our own perspective of Him. We made our minds up on how old-school He is, how traditional, how strict, judgmental and so much more, but here is a question: Have you asked Him who He is?

Recently I heard another gossip story about me. {Yes, another} I found it so ironic that people have the time to gossip about me and the things they say is really so far fetched. All I do day in and day out is work and be a mum. According to the things I hear, I do much more than that. Well, according to this story I am just short of a witch. 🙂 I say this with a smile on my face. Why do these stories not phase me anymore? Because specifically, this lady that is spreading these lies doesn’t know me. She doesn’t even have my phone number, she is a co-worker in my industry and somehow I came on her radar.

This is the same with God. Why does the world listen to those who do not know God about God? The Bible is extremely strict about this. You judge a tree by its fruit. If a Christian comes across judgemental, and his/her life is a life that you do not want to live, then I can say that this Christian doesn’t know God yet. Bold statement? Yes, because I was there, I had opinions about stuff that I today I will never say it. By this, I am not saying we do not make mistakes, but we do take it seriously when we do. As I journeyed through life, I became less aware of myself and what I know and more aware of Him. Believe me, if you see God, you will walk with a holy fear of God that will keep you filled with love and full of honour. Man, His goodness quiets you.

I have so much respect for my husband in this regard. When he speaks about God I listen, his life testifies of God. When I am upset with him, he immediately comes to restore, doesn’t matter whether I was wrong. I am his goal and his relationship with me is far more important than being right. Now that sounds Godly. He doesn’t walk around all puffed up and say: “woman, submit.”

My biggest wish is that people, pastors, Christians and unbelievers will allow God to be God. We so easily decide for the other person. Let God be God and allow Him to show you Who He is. I promise you, like me when you see Him, you will fall flat on your face and not stop worshipping Him. Not because He requires it, but because you won’t be able to stop it. He is beautiful!

But at the same time, as Paul says, some preach Christ for own gain and others preach Christ out of sincerity, either way, the gospel is being preached. God is not limited to the wrong perspectives of Christians about Him. He is above it.

My prayer is that you will get to know Him, unedited!

You and your calling

This morning my little boy woke up all very joyful. He was playing hide and seek, helping his dad getting dress and full of cuddles. But in a matter of twenty minutes, this sunshine child had a thundercloud hovering over his head. Apparently, this behaviour is very normal for his age group, but to his dumbstruck parents, we were at a lost for words. Why did this child go from mr. I love you to mr. I don’t like you in a matter of minutes?

As he was screaming his head off on Stoffel’s lap I went through the process of illumination, I offered food, it got smacked out of my hand, I offered his favourite soft toy, Leeu,he got thrown right across the room. Bottle, nope. Dummy, nope { was a surpise} then I remembered, we always show him some cartoons, while I make breakfast and his dad finish getting ready for work. So I put on good old faithful Mickey Mouse and the kid went from screaming to giggling in a matter of minutes.

And on we went as normal.

I was sitting with him waving goodbye to his dad with Mickey and Pluto still playing when I heard another fit of giggles. I looked at my boy, but he was still waving tata to his dad, completely lost interest in Mickey. I hurt the giggling again, then I heard God say: ” Is it not absolutely marvellous how Walt Disney could make his imagination tangible? I gave him that imagination and he used it as a gift to others. “{This morning Mickey was a gift.}

God loved how Walt used his talents to bless. Yes, he made a lot of money through it, but I think we all should realise that the currency money is just a reflection of your day’s work. Your time is valuable.Walt took his precious gifting and made something valuable with it. Obviously, it will cost something!

This made me think. God loves it when we take our talents and let it work for us. God loves us to work. We all know that very well known parable:

Matthew 25:14-28 NKJV – 14 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man travelling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 “And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16 “Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 “And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18 “But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 19 “After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 22 “He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 ‘And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ 26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 ‘So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming, I would have received back my own with interest. 28 ‘Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

But even more so, the blessing for us is when we recognise someone else’s talent and add value to it accordingly.

Luke 10:7 NKJV – 7 “And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the labourer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house.

1 Timothy 5:18 NKJV – 18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain,” and, “The labourer is worthy of his wages.”

Jeremiah 22:13 NKJV – 13 “Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness And his chambers by injustice, Who uses his neighbour‘s service without wages And gives him nothing for his work,

Jesus had said that it is more bless to give than to receive. I am fully for this principle when it comes to me as a boss. I only have a couple of people working for me, but I train them well, develop their skill and I pay well. I go even further to trust God with them for that extra. Every month I trust God for extra in my income to give it away, and ever since I started doing this, my business is booming. I give, not to receive, but to be like this master of the talents, to see how what I give develops, to create even more wealth for the people under me.

I dislike it when my friends do something in their trade for me for free, I never ask for a discount, if I can’t afford what I want, I do not buy it. { This being said, I have one specific friend that I fight with about her offering her services for free, I leave money on her desk and when I later open my handbag, she sneaked the money back into my handbag. This is her way to bless so I accept it.} I am sold out to honouring the skill and talents of my community just as God honours my giftings.

And I am incredibly blessed. This principle has set me free from performance and strive in my business. This is peace and trust in His provision is by FAR more valuable than any amount of money in my bank.

How does this apply to you?

First up: Realise that you are valuable. This includes your skill and talents. Want to know what your calling is? Look at what is in your hands. In other words, what skills do you have that can create wealth.

My husband is in the world of finances. He has a incredible sense of justice and hates injustice in any kind of form. Recently, they took on one of our government institutions because of this. He wants to see justice prevail. For months he equipped himself in the law of our country to understand what is happening. He is a very gentle soul except when this issue is raised. 😉 So his talent is working with other people’s money but he successfully  got this talent to work for him. He now fights for those people, letting the Kingdom of God come in this area of finances as well.

This the key, let what you do serve the Kingdom, not you. Trust God for a breakthrough in your world for the sake of the Kingdom. Whether this happens by erasing poverty through what you do or financing missionaries in the mission field. If we only trust God for more but never give it away we are struggling with greed. You might think you are well established but in reality, you are not. If you cannot give it means that you have a master and that is Money. The fruit of a master that is not God is a life without peace and a life filled with strive, envy and hatred.Signs are that you are up all night worrying about money, or when your child needs something it has become a war in your house.

” We just bought this last month!”

This is not freedom.

Secondly, Learn to trade. Develop your skill well and ask a value that reflects your level. I am in the photography business and this is an ongoing battle. We are constantly cut by younger inexperienced guys coming in and asking next to nothing, just to build a name. This is not sustainable. You will attract clients, but are they the clients you want? I have a policy, I do not work with clients that want a cheaper price than what I offer.  {I once received an email from someone going on and on how expensive photographers are and she knows I am a Christian, so she knows that I won’t rip her off. She then asked me to photograph her wedding for R800. I said no.}

I spend hours working really hard and developing my skill. I have a family and a life outside of my work. My time costs money and if you can’t respect what I charge, then you are not my client. I am in a luxury industry, in other words, my business is not a basic need, it is a want. Therefore I do not have thousands of clients. So I have to charge a higher price to be sustainable in my business and life.

This I learned through many years in the industry. Learn to trade. Do not let people treat your value as invaluable. But also be prepared to deliver, so work hard.

Lastly, gain respect for yourself. Learn to love you. God wants you to prosper. So act accordingly to His voice and Truth.

 

I hope this helps!

 

 

You and hearing God speak

Before Stoffel and I were married, I had a dream of my children. I saw the two of them, a boy and a girl, and I heard their names, David and Carla. For a long time, I thought Carla will come first but seems like I heard that part wrong. My son David is my firstborn, and I am now expecting a little girl. Naturally, her name is Carla.

While I was pregnant with David, I decided that I don’t want to name him David. I wanted to honour his grandfathers and name him after them. So since the moment I knew that I am expecting a boy, I named him Daniel-Andre. I introduced my belly to people as Daniel-André.

Now I know, this was silly of me. God had them named and here I was, going against what God wanted. I didn’t saw the significance of the name and reasoned that the names I received in my dream were only an encouragement that Stoffel and I will have children one day, rather than a declaration of who they are.

One day, while in worship still being pregnant with my boy, I heard God speak about my boy. He is going to be an adventurer and a worshipper. His love will be for the continent of Africa and his joy will open hearts of many to welcome him.

Two days after this, Stoffel came to me all distressed, he really felt like we need to obey God and call our boy David. I eventually agreed with two conditions: We will call him David for two weeks and only the two of us will know this. To rest of the world, he was still Daniel-Andre.

As I said his name, David kicked.

The next two weeks God decided to confirm this. I was teaching at two different occasions on the prophetic. Not mentioning my walk with God about my boy, when two people on two different days came up to me saying, they saw a little boy, dancing in front of God, caught up in worship, just like king David. They felt like his name should be David. The one actually said you named your boy wrong, his name is to be David.

Needless to say, I obeyed and am I thankful I did! David is now 18 months old and all the attributes that were prophesied about him, is already evident. He absolutely loves music and carries a little toy radio with him wherever he goes, he will then press a button and old mac daddy or whatever children song will start to play. He then breaks out into a dance. When we are in the church he watches the musicians and dance in abundance.

He is the most joyful boy I have ever met. Laughing out of his belly with his contagious little giggles. He is a sensitive boy, but so content with his music and joy. And he loves to wander. We cannot let him out of our sight.

The reason why I tell this story is because this is also you. God spoke wonders about you even before you were born. In you are promises that He lovingly released, not for the world to watch in awe, but for Him to enjoy with you. God is a God who is speaking. He speaks daily and I found He actually is not often silent. His words are water to our thirsty souls and all filled with incredible empowering Love.

I know so many of us struggle to hear  His voice. We have no idea why we were created. Let me tell you that your purpose is not a place of obeying a master but rather obeying a Father. Your purpose is set before you for His joy. He loves to encourage you, help you and set your feet on a rock.

John 14:21, 23 NKJV – 21 “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” … 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

I decided to share out of my own life how I hear His voice.

Firstly, make sure that you have a living relationship with God. In other words, know Jesus as your saviour.

Then, His word is our base as Christians. Read it, doesn’t matter if you don’t understand it, just read it because it is living and active. Try and not seek a scripture that fits your circumstances, there is a time for that, but rather read the word and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the true God to you as you read. I always say to people who are overwhelmed with the bible, to start with John. This book is known as the book of love and that is the first foundation for this christian walk: God loves you. That is a fact and a truth.

As you read His word, you start to see the character of God. Remember, this is a love relationship that you and God have, not a work relationship. We obey Him because of love and not out of obligation.

Then, as you go about your day expect God to speak to you. I always say, if what you hear in your thoughts does not contradict the Bible, then take that as God speaking. Remember that His voice might sound like your own thoughts. I then judge what I hear with what I experience. If I experience peace, love and joy while hearing what He is saying, I know this is God. If you experience fear, anger and anxiety while he speaks, let it go.

Worship helps me tremendously to hear God. I always have worship on in my car, at my home. I am cultivating a heart turned to God. And worship helps to set my eyes on Him and not on what this world is throwing at me.

Lastly, write it down. Write down what you hear, see or feel. When writing it down, you can always go back and read what He has said. Knowing Him, He will always confirm or answer what He has said.

The more you practice to more confident you will become.

 

But above all, this is a love journey so enjoy it!

 

 

It is a love revolution

I only have one resolution this year: To Know God intimately. Since 1st of January that has been my journey. I think of Him often and really starting to quiet myself to hear Him. My focus is Him.

I once heard a great answer to a question often asked by Christians: “Why do I struggle to memorise scripture, but I remember all the best moments of my favourite TV show?”

It is because that what you focus, give attention to, will determine the value of it in your mind and make you remember it better than that what you don’t focus on. So to us Bible believing Christians who struggles to memorise Scripture, it just means that something else in your mind carries a higher value than the Word.

I figured that it then must be true about all things in life, therefore I deliberately decided to choose God first in my day. “But Linda, you are this Christian and write all these blogposts? I thought you chose God all the time?” The truth is I did, but I did it out of my view and need. What do I need at that moment and approached God accordingly.

This year I made Him my sole focus. I seek Him first. And since He is LOVE, that is where I started. With His Love. I am only 16 days in, and already I have cried more than I have this past year. Not tears of sadness, but absolute tears of joy and ridiculous believe that this God actually exists. I have come to realise that His Gospel is to Good to be true, yet it is. It keeps me busy, this whole thing of the cross.

His love is outrageous, and I stand in absolute wonder when I hear Him call my name. He calls me, He doesn’t hide, He doesn’t hold back.

His Love is a real force to deal with. And I am slowly finding myself to become completely addicted to it.

I know when I write these things, people read it out of either their own perception of me or if you don’t know me, just read it out of what they are going through. These blogs make me very vulnerable and I expose myself to so much criticism or judgement.

I guess what I am trying to say is it doesn’t matter, what I am experiencing at this moment with God, just by reading His word, worshipping Him and resting in Him, is more than enough.

I once read a vision someone had of worship in Heaven. Jesus was standing in the middle of this field and thousands of people were standing around Him, worshipping Him, some were standing eyes closed, others were kneeling down, a few were lying with their faces flat down on the ground. I always wondered about those ones. What did they see to cause them to flatten themselves before God? It is the same with King David. What did he see when he danced undignified before the ark of God when it came to the city of Jerusalem?

By the grace of God, I am starting to see.

We are part of a massive Love Revolution.

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Where my faith is without borders.

2016.

Recently, while driving, to a family wedding, with David fast asleep on the backseat, my husband and I started to talk about this last year. There is absolutely no way for me to even start to speak about this year without tears streaming down my face. This one was deep. My husband and I do not recognise me at all after  this year. So much has changed and shaped in me, but one thing is for sure, I am walking free.

This year I faced a lie that was rooted in me for 32 years. Yes, I am 33, which means that this lie was part of my life from the beginning. Being a mom, I know that we want to protect our children { and loved ones } against all the schemes of the Enemy. The thing is, and this I learned the hard way: We can’t.

The lie that I believed from the beginning of my time, was that I am a victim. Not going to go into the details on why I believed this lie, but I remember one stormy night in my marriage this past year, where Stoffel looked at me and said: “You see, that is the thing, I can’t say these things to you without you thinking that you are the victim.”

Believing that you are a victim makes you selfish to the core. Yes, we can dolly it up by  saying things like: Go for your dreams only you can make them come true, believe in yourself because no one else will or be the light that you want to see in this world. All powerful sayings. All based on one concrete lie: It is you against the world.

You have to fight for yourself, you have to protect yourself, you , you, you… From the outside, it looks noble, but truthfully, it reeks of self-righteousness. Harsh  words? Harsh  reality.

The thing is believing this lie makes you an orphan in your thinking:

Here are just a couple of examples of the differences between the thinking of an orphan and that of a Son:

  • Image of God : Orphan – See God as a Master, a slave driver, far away. Son- See God as a loving Father.
  • Future :  Orphan – Fight for what you can get. Son- Sonship releases your inheritance.
  • Dependency : Orphan – Independent/ Self- reliant.  Son- Interdependent/Acknowledges needs.

The truth that I finally embraced this year is that God is God and I am not. 🙂 Obviously, Linda, yes, obviously, but how easily do we really trust God? It is easy to put out your faith for something big like a new car , or promotion, but I have come to realise that it is way more difficult as an orphan to believe God with my life.

To believe that He’s got this. I look at my boy and my heart wants to protect him against anything. Until one morning when Papa gave me a gentle nod and said : “I am God the Redeemer.” My son needs to make mistakes and learn to accept the embrace and guidance from His heavenly Papa.

The same with me. I needed to learn to live with faith without borders. To believe that as His daughter that He will provide, take care of me. This changed my prayer life,  no longer was it a rumbling on of what I need as if I needed to convince and remind God that He is a Good God. No, I trusted in His Goodness and accepted His Love. That is why I cry so often now in His presence. I have learned that He truly loves me.

I learned this year that my whole life is filled with His grace. I cannot move without His grace. I am absolutely nothing without His grace in my life. He upholds me, guides me, protects me. I have learned to say: Let’s trust Him. I have learned that even with really sad situations in my life that He comforts. I have learned that He does set free and He does liberate. I have learned to take responsibility for my actions. I have learned to manage my actions to live a life that will give honour to Him.

But at the same time, I started to get to know a God that mesmerises me. He is not a weak God, He is the God of justice and His word needs to be taken in a serious light. I listen to so many who doesn’t believe God, talking about Him and I shudder. I want to warn them: This is not a God that you want to challenge in your pride.

One specific Sunday after the pastor spoke about God pruning us, a lady walked up to me and said: “Surely God won’t do that! He won’t prune you so much that nothing is left of you?” I just looked at her with my history of this year in my mind. I was incredibly thankful for His pruning, it saved my life. My answer: ” Well, if all of you is bad for you, The Good Father will prune to make sure all the bad is dead and that only the good grow. ”

You see faith is the only place where you can meet this God. It takes the move of the impossible to bring about His kingdom in your life.So many of us think that we can control our lives, marriages, family relationships and businesses.But I have learned and I saw so many others learn it this year, we  ALL need His grace.

My prayer for 2017: Jesus, call me out on the waters, to find you in the Mystery. To live with faith without borders. I am not interested in doctrines, my soul found the One that Loves.

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A moment that silences you for eternity

“But why?” I asked Hephzibah, my tour guide on my recent trip to Israel, after she finished yet another sad story of the Jewish people’s persecution  “Because they hate the God of Israel.” was her answer.

I am not Jewish but have tremendous respect for the Jews. I, however, believe in Jesus and that He is the Messiah. But these words of Hephzi really hit a cord. Walking in Israel made the onslaught and hatred of the enemy so evident. He hates God and will do anything to destroy His people. He will literally go as far as trying to destroy a country that was given to the people of God.

Instead of trying to wrap my mind around why there is so much evil and why , my heart wondered to a scripture by Paul in Ephesians:

Ephesians 6:12 NKJV – 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

I had to ask myself who is this God that they are warring against? The extremeness of this hatred had me asking why?

I went to Israel as a Christian, walked where Jesus walked, saw what His eyes saw. But all through it on several occasions, I saw a True picture of Him.

This is not a weak Messiah that needs to defend His ways. He came, He conquered and He is sitting at the right hand of God waiting for the time that His enemies will be made His footstool.

Hebrews 10:12-13 NIV – 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool.

This is not a God to be taken lightly.

With all the stories of horror, you still hear the miraculous stories amongst the Jews. Their God is still their guard, waiting patiently for their eyes to see the true Messiah, Jesus Christ.

I remember a reading in the Chronicles of Narnia about a description they had about Aslan the Lion, C.S Lewis portraying of Christ:

“Aslan is a lion–the Lion, the great Lion.”

“Ooh!” said Susan, “I’d thought he was a man. Is he–quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”

“That you will, dearie, and no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver, “if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.”

“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver. “Don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King I tell you.”

This is how I feel. I saw a Jesus with fire in His eyes. The fierce look in His eyes is that of absolute justice and righteousness, consumed with perfect love. There is absolutely no way that you can walk away from an encounter like that and not be changed. Yet through this radical revelation of the Fear of God, I heard Him loud and clear, I am His and He is mine.

This stripped me from me. It cleared me from all of me. No, I don’t believe that I must become less for Him to become more. No, I don’t believe in being a worm in front a fearful God. I was just silenced with absolute respect and awe of Who He is.

My natural instinct is to lie down of what I see as important: The praises of men, the ever seeking of who I am, the approval of many and just stand “naked” in front of my King fully aware that I have been accepted and completely humbled that this magnificent  God found me worthy.

I have so much  awareness of what my thoughts are, not wanting to tolerate anything that is not from His lips. I want to live my life worthy of His name.

This is not a meek Jesus on the cross. No, this is a Living God Who has set the captives free, Who made me a Son of the Most High. I am no longer a slave, I am a child of God.

and all I have to show for it is gratitude and faith.

 

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Vyf Minute

Dit gebeur so gereeld dat die lewe net aangaan. Ek dink vanoggend daaraan. Daar was al so baie seer in my lewe en net so baie oomblikke van absolute geluk. Met elke sekonde is U daar, en ek beweeg aan.

Vanoggend is ek haastig, ek het afsprake, ‘n kind en gaan Israel toe Vrydag. Israel, ‘n geskenk van U!

Ek tik my eposse vinnig, vergeet om te kyk of ek reg spel, maar my kop is al op die volgende . Ek draai net weg om op te staan weg van my rekenaar, toe ek die liedjie hoor.

“Vyf minute Linda,”Hoor ek sag.”Vyf minute saam met My.”

Ek ken U my Jesus, en allehoewel ek U al so goed ken, vergeet ek mensekind ook net te maklik hoe nodig ek U aanraking elke dag het. En ek het gesit vir daardie vyf minute. Daardie vyf minute het twentig geraak en ek het toegelaat dat U liefde my hart kom vul.

U woord het die laaste twee weke my lewe so gevorm. En vandag wil ek net aan U sê:

“Ek sit.”

Lief vir U en baie dankie vir my besige lewe.

He is a Father…

time

The biggest buzz at this moment in the South African Christian world is that the very controversial pastor from America, Steven Anderson, was banned from coming to South Africa.I followed the story, but quickly got bored with all bickering and went on with my day.

Today marked the day that my boy started to walk confidently. I posted about this event just two weeks ago, but a week after David took his first steps, he just stopped. I could not fathom why and google was at a loss with all my endless questions as to why he stopped walking. Finally, I just gave up and let him be, and what do you know, he starts walking confidently all by himself.

While I was outside with my boy walking away, I suddenly felt the presence of God. Peace came around me and mister waddle in front of me. Through all the giggles of my little who is discovering the world at an alarmingly fast pace, I was vaguely aware of His Presence. It was as if God was walking with me and both Him and I were astonished at the beauty of this boy and his innocence.

I took note of this and went of with my day.

I hurt my Achilles tendon through who knows what and was on my way to the physiotherapist this afternoon when I sensed God again. This time, just riding with me in my car, soaking up the glorious sunshine. My upcoming trip to Israel is two weeks away and the timing of this injury is just not ideal. I chatted to Him about it, but just received a calm reassurance that all will be ok.

As I pulled up at the practice, I heard Him say: “You are a beautiful woman.”  As He said it, I was right at the door of the practice that had a mirror in . I looked at my reflection and saw the bandage around my ankle and my very sweaty face, but I felt His adoration and lifted my head in confidence.

This evening we went to the beach and once again God came with. My dogs actually behaved themselves and allowed a little boy to pat them without jumping up against him. My husband was processing his day with me and again, I heard God’s voice: ” He is My beloved son.”

Only now, it dawned on me, I think Mr Steven Anderson has not tasted the love of this Father yet. He knows God but missed the heart of the Father. Only orphan thinking would wish doom on a country when he has been banned from it. Only orphans will point fingers filled with wrath at how lost our nation is .  A true son will take responsibility and step up to the plate. Like the One true Son did so many years ago. The One that was without sin, became sin for us to walk free. My prayer now for this man is that he will receive such a revelation of God’s Father heart.

He is a Father in our everyday lives and He is absolutely besotted with us. He is not ashamed to be seen with us. His Love is proud to be seen with me. He does not give His heart in pieces, He gave it wholly. His Love is a fire burning bright for me. His love is not passive and it is never disengaged. His love hangs on every word He says.

 

love

 

Selah.