Who’s your neighbour?

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Sometimes we get so caught up in fighting for a cause, we forget what we are fighting for.
The story of the Good Samaritan was Jesus’ response to someone asking who his neighbour was on Jesus’ instruction he should love his neighbour.

Jesus launched into the story of the man who lay beaten and in a pitiful condition at the side of the road. A priest and a levite passed him and took no notice of him.
Who knows where these two were off to? Perhaps they were off to address pressing church issues. Maybe the levite had something in his programme which was for the Lord.The priest perhaps had an important message to preach.
You can bet they were off to do the Lord’s work.

But in their programme-mindedness, they missed what was in front of their eyes. How could they not see it? How was it that this ‘heathen’ man, this Samaritan, was able to see what they could not.

They forgot the very reason for their faith, so pressed were they to do ‘the next thing’.

Paul said, “Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.”1 Cor 9:19-23.

The story goes, after the priest and levite, a Samaritan man came along – unqualified, without checks of approval from the synagogue – but with a heart for the lost and those in distress.
He was a foreigner to this man in distress, but he recognised this man was a kindred spirit and did his best to care for him.

Jesus asked in vs 36 of Luke 10: “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

When you surrender your life to something greater than you and open your eyes to see the opportunities Jesus has put in front of you – to bring a miracle in someone else’s life, then Jesus calls this ‘finding your life’.
In His kingdom, you lose your life to find it.
Praying for a miracle? Why not become the miracle? Today, see how you can be a miracle for someone else.

Don’t get so caught up in works, in programmes, that you forget what you are fighting for. Jesus could be dangling something beneath your nose that could change everything in a moment, not just for you but for someone else, if you just humbled yourself to see it. Sometimes the way He makes, or the door He opens, looks really small and unassuming, and you have to humble yourself to enter.

Want to live out loud? Why not break free from religious thinking and just listen.

©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.

Turn up the volume of your praise!

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I don’t know if you are like me and sometimes imagine what song would be playing at different points in your story. As in a musical, if you will.
The story of the Bride of Jesus is a bit like this in scripture. The Sovereign Lord, the great composer of history, has through His Word created a masterpiece – breath-taking, diverse, deep and beautiful. He says that no man can fathom what he has done from beginning to end. “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecc 3:11)

There’s the book of Lamentations, in which everything looks dire for God’s chosen people. A lamentation is a sad song. To ‘lament’ is to weep, wail and cry.
You can imagine the pathos and dramatic strokes of the composer’s keyboard as the book’s author recalls the devastation of Jerusalem.

Lamentations 1 (from vs 1):
“How deserted lies the city,
once so full of people!
How like a widow is she,
who once was great among the nations!
She who was queen among the provinces
has now become a slave.
Bitterly she weeps at night,
tears are on her cheeks.
Among all her lovers
there is no one to comfort her.
All her friends have betrayed her;
they have become her enemies.
After affliction and harsh labor,
Judah has gone into exile.
She dwells among the nations;
she finds no resting place.
All who pursue her have overtaken her
in the midst of her distress.
The roads to Zion mourn,
for no one comes to her appointed festivals.
All her gateways are desolate,
her priests groan,
her young women grieve,
and she is in bitter anguish.”

Despite her weakness and imperfection, Jesus continues to weave a story of His love for His Bride. In the soundtrack of His Word, there is also a poignant love song, Song of Songs, a metaphor of the all-encompassing love the Lord has for His Bride.
Many have blushed reading this chapter of overzealous love.

His Story unfolds with the dawn of a new era, as the promised Messiah steps into the narrative, Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
In the gospel accounts of Jesus’ ministry, the children sing out ‘Hosanna! Glory to the King!’ as Jesus enters the gates of Jerusalem.

Isaiah foresaw this moment as the Spirit of God whispered His divine plan to His servant – a plan so great, this same Jerusalem which sat in ashes, singing lamentations – would rise to beauty, with a song of joy! (Isaiah 54).

Jesus awakens and crowns His Bride as the splendour of the nations, preparing a feast for her in the presence of her enemies. He promises her in Revelation 3 that the synagogue of satan will bow and declare that He has loved her.

In Isaiah, He reveals how everything that was sent to destroy her was to fashion her into a weapon for His glory. See the enemy had no insight into this. All his efforts to bring her to nought, through his systems of deception, lies, accusations and betrayal, have culminated in this moment of the Bride’s grand reveal. “No weapon formed against you will prosper!” the Lord declares. (Isaiah 54:17).
Does she know who she is, this Bride? What if she stands up and just starts to speak the Word and trust in the authority given to her by the Sovereign King of Kings, her Bridegroom. What would happen then?

This story, His Story, is sacred to the Lord – all of His Story was written about Him and His bride. He has invested everything in its narrative. Its authenticity has been sealed by His own blood.
His Bride must choose Him. His Bride must know He loves her. Choice and sacrifice, a true love is forged. Through His Story He lets us into His heart and we glimpse this most beautiful Jesus who desires more than anything a true love relationship with His Bride.

Here’s the thing, true love can only exist with perfect choice.

Why He wrote it this way is a mystery but it is His story. He wanted it this way. He’s God – and who knows how to write a story of true love better than the Word of God? He existed with God in the beginning and is Himself God. Jesus of Nazareth.

Because she has been so downtrodden, Jerusalem doesn’t know who she is. She has forgotten. She has believed the lies of the enemy. The book of Isaiah speaks of how leviathan, the spirit of lie and deception, has tried to confuse her and draw her away from her Messiah.
But God says in the end He will deliver His people and restore her song of joy.
She doesn’t overcome by her gallant efforts but by the blood of the lamb and the power of her testimony. (Revelation 12.

So do we wait until everything looks perfect before we sing for joy or do we accept in our hearts that this Word we hold so dear is true and sing for joy because it was finished, victory was won, at the Cross? The deceiver (the liar), the destroyer (the killer and thief) was defeated at the cross. The enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy but Jesus comes so that we might have life and life in abundance. (John 10:10).

Do you know that Jesus inhabits the praise of His people?
You are waging war against the spiritual enemies of the Lord through your worship, not in your strength, but through ushering in the King of Kings, God of Heaven and Earth.
Your praise opens the gates for the King of glory to enter into your situation. It was this way when Jehoshaphat was given strategy by the Lord to send the choir ahead of the soldiers.
Can you imagine this – the choir singing sweet melodies ahead of Israel’s brutish, tough soldiers?
Their opponents must have scratched their heads: “What’s going on?”
The spirit of the Lord moved with the praise of Jehoshaphat’s army and it says the enemy became so confused that the three armies standing against Israel turned against each other and defeated one another.
Imagine the shouting of victory from the Israelites as they witnessed this spectacle. They didn’t even lift a finger in the battle. They just sang. They praised God for the victory believing it was as He said it was – that the victory had been given to Him.

Like Jehoshaphat’s army was promised victory, we as His Bride have this same promise. This is why Jerusalem can exchange her sad song for a song of joy. Bear in mind, the prophet wrote Isaiah 53 and 54 as a continuous revelation, so after the victory of the cross, revealed to the prophet of the Lord in Isaiah 53, the Spirit of the Lord then showed His prophet that His people could stand and sing for joy (because of the revelation just given, Isaiah 53).

His Bride just has to believe it has been finished!
And then stand!
And thank Him for what is done!
And sing!
Sing for joy Jerusalem!

All the enemy has succeeded doing, according to this passage of scripture, is turn her into a weapon – a sword, if you will, to cut off his own head (much as David cut of Goliath’s head with his own sword).

So turn up the volume of praise in your life and sing. It’s time to live out loud. Sing a song for joy and praise Him because his love will never change! Not even if the mountains are shaken. Not even if the hills are removed. In the grand finale of your story, His Story – written about Him and His Bride – is a song of complete joy.
In this world you might have trouble but He has overcome the world!

When the devil rises to make you doubt this – because of your circumstances or stuff you are going through – remind him, “The show isn’t over until the fat lady sings!”

“See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
is heard in our land.” (Song of Songs 2:3-4).

“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zeph 3:17

To read the story behind the Living out Loud blog, visit https://living-out-loud.blog/2017/12/30/the-birth-of-a-new-blog/

©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.
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The Covenant-keeping God

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The sacrifice of Jesus has made it possible for us to walk in victory

Jesus. The rainbow after the storm. The promise that evil will not prevail. He ushered in the new Covenant, purchased by His blood and sacrifice on the cross. This is a Covenant which cannot be shaken. We can through faith in Him enter into Covenant with Him, and when circumstances around us are shaken, this Covenant is as watertight as the ark which no rising flood could sink.

The Covenant he has secured through His blood is enough! Believing means agreeing with Him and His Word –“It is finished!” The battle has been won. Jesus has given you His Holy Spirit and the spiritual weapons you need to embrace this victory of the cross in your own life (See Ephesians 6).

Do you know today who you are as a believer in Jesus? Do you know that you have covenantal rights which He sacrificed Himself on the cross to give you?
You might be trying to live on your terms, in your strength, getting worn out in your efforts just to be you and live out loud – but Jesus has paid His blood so that you can step into His promises for you and take back what is rightfully yours from the kingdom of darkness.
The way to the Promised Land is paved by the Blood of the Lamb. As it says in Revelation 12, they overcame the dragon by the Blood of the Lamb and the power of their testimony.

In the book of Exodus, in the series of encounters between Moses and Aaron and the Pharaoh of Egypt, Pharaoh’s magicians tried to replicate the signs and wonders of the Almighty God but God exposed the deception and foolishness of Egypt’s idols. He left the piece de resistance of His display of glory for the final act of this showdown – the blood.
The magicians and sorcerers, so used to manipulating the spiritual realm to produce false signs and wonders, could not replicate this Divine sign. When the angel of death swept over Egypt, the magicians of death found their ‘power’ lacking. Death came to the Egyptians, but life was protected for the children of the Most High God. The blood of the sacrificed lamb on the lintels of their homes, a precursor to the Blood of the Lamb later shed by Jesus of Nazareth, covered the people of the Lord. Life was theirs by covenant and this wasn’t just ‘whatever’ life – this was abundant life, the kind Jesus spoke of when He said in John 10:10: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

You don’t have to agree with every negative, defeating thought in your mind, or even with how things appear to be. You are who His word says you are, and what His word says is yours as his child, is yours.

Jesus has given you the authority to speak His Word and affect change in your family, community, even nation. He has given you the privilege of His Holy Spirit, to walk alongside, fellowship with, and trust for guidance, comfort and help in your hour of need.
It doesn’t matter what scary picture the devil holds up. You don’t have to agree. Jesus said through covenant with Him, we have been given life and life in abundance.
From Isaiah 54:10: “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”

The floods might rise, the storms might threaten, but no power of hell can sink the Covenant that the Lord has with His people. He Himself said, “I, Lord, make the following promise: ‘I have made a covenant with the day and with the night that they will always come at their proper times. Only if you people could break that covenant.” (Jer 33:20).

Will you be among those who pointed fingers at the ark and refused to believe – as the heathen who trusted in their own power and idols when Noah built the ark? Then the rain started to fall and the floods started to rise – and this ‘foolish’ ark started to appear quite ingenious. It is written, the gospel is foolishness to those who are perishing but to those who are being saved (those whom God is pulling out of a pit or setting free), it is the power of God.

As a nation, we can enter this secure ark through faith in Jesus, and as covenental people start to take back our land, our blessings, our peace, our joy, our identity… basically, our stuff.

If I want to live, I must agree with the source of life. If I want abundant life – life out loud – I must stand in agreement with the Author of life and the Creator of me – the One who knows and understands me and who paved a way for me into the promise.

When I began this blog, it was with me in mind. How was I going to live out loud for Jesus, how could I get it right? The Holy Spirit has progressively opened up my understanding that the answer is not so much in me ‘finding me’ but in The Answer, who is Him. ‘Life out loud’ is accessible to me because I am His, by faith in Him and His sacrifice for me on the cross. This faith brings me into covenant with Him.
Now I must stand, and shake off my chains – those self-limiting, defeating thoughts; those behaviours that hinder, any agreements I have made with the kingdom of darkness through doubt and negative confession – and embrace life. Abundant life.
It doesn’t cost you anything to be His. He paid for you. Salvation is free for ‘whosoever’ believes.

To read the story behind the Living out Loud blog, visit https://living-out-loud.blog/2017/12/30/the-birth-of-a-new-blog/

©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.

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By ‘Grace, grace!’ He will crown your story with victory

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Inspired by Luke 8:43-48: Who was this annoying woman who pushed her way through the crowd to get closer to Jesus? They all needed prayer. Why did she think her needs were more important than theirs? She was breaking all protocol, pushing her way past the people with her crumpled, pathetic form and hands weathered from years of lack of self care. Who was she?

They didn’t know her or her story. They didn’t know that she avoided eye contact with them, not because of pride or haughtiness but because of deep shame.
Had she stopped to tell them her story about the years of pain, they probably wouldn’t have listened or believed her.

No one had ever heard her story. She had been from pillar to post, looking for someone who could heal her brokenness – but not one had been able to.
What she did have in her favour in that moment, was that Jesus was nearby. So close, she could, if she just stepped out from her shell of shame – touch Him.
She made a beeline for him, abandoning all fear. She knew He could do what no one else could do – not just heal her, but take away her shame.

“Has she no shame?” the crowds must’ve thought, as she reached out with every breath in her, her fingers brushing across the hem of His garment.

She had plenty of it.

It says that in that moment, Jesus stopped. “Who touched me?” Many pressed up against him from all sides but just one managed to touch Him so profoundly He was moved by this touch.

“And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto Him before all the people for what cause she had touched him…” (Luke 8:46)

‘She declared unto Him… for what cause she had touched Him’. She got real before His throne. She told Him her story.

He heard more than just the song of her heart. He heard her tears, her desperation, and in this, her faith.

He said to her: “And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.” (vs 48)

You have a story and maybe you have considered it with shame, but Jesus wants to transform it into a testimony for His glory. Get real with Him. In the stillness before His throne, tell Him what is really going on in you. You can’t begin to live out loud until you have gotten real and given him your cloak of shame and allowed Him to give you his Cloak of Righteousness.

I believe Jesus wants to set some desperate, hurting people free. You’ve worn that cloak of hurt and brokenness too long. We think if we just open up, Jesus will turn us away because we are too flawed, too broken to receive grace but
Jesus said come to his throne of grace with confidence in our hour of need.

Maybe your story didn’t start well, but He isn’t just the Cornerstone (the beginning, the foundation stone), His Word says He is the Capstone too (the end, the crowning piece of every story and of all creation). He has the last say in all things, including your story. “Who art thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth its capstone with shoutings, crying, ‘Grace, grace!’ to it.” (Zec 4:7)

By ‘grace, grace’ a woman left the crowd transformed from the inside out, her story forever changed because she had reached out to the only one who could crown her story of hurt and shame with victory.

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©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.

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Put on your running shoes and get ready to run!

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What’s the Lord asking you to do today? That thing that you know that you know that you know He has called you to. Put on your running shoes and get ready! It’s time to run into destiny. Jesus has you covered.

You don’t have to agree with every thought and doubt that comes into your mind. The Word of God tells you who you are. You don’t have to agree with the lies and doubts of naysayers. You don’t need everyone else to agree with what the Lord has spoken over your life for Him to fulfil His promises to you. Only you have to agree.
That thought you have that you aren’t worthy and aren’t enough is not from Him. That lie you keep believing that if you step out of the boat onto the water in obedience to Him, you will sink – is not from Him.

We don’t serve a dead Jesus. We serve a living Jesus. We believe because He fellowships with us. He is alive among His people and He lives in you, if you have accepted Him as Lord and Saviour.
He who is in you is greater than the prince of this world.

(No weapon formed against you shall prosper…” (Isaiah 54:17)

Jesus said He created the destroyer to create a weapon for His work. So you’ve been through some stuff? All the enemy has done is shape you for God’s purposes. Did you know that the word ‘Gethsemane’ means ‘oil press’. Have some people betrayed you or hurt you? Been under some pressure? The weight of Gethsemane, the oil press, is what the Lord uses to squeeze out the anointing, that purpose and gift He has placed in you. The destroyer has only served His purposes.

He gave you those running shoes for you to wear and use. They’ve sat on the shelf too long collecting dust.
You’re waiting for Him. Maybe He’s waiting for you.
Dust off your shoes and get ready. It’s time to run.

“See, it is I who created the blacksmith
who fans the coals into flame
and forges a weapon fit for its work.
And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc;
no weapon forged against you will prevail,
and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
and this is their vindication from me,”
declares the Lord.” (Isaiah 54:16,17)

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognise the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.” (1 John 4:4)

To read the story behind the Living out Loud blog, visit https://living-out-loud.blog/2017/12/30/the-birth-of-a-new-blog/

©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.

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A life that roars

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Every person eventually enters the valley of decision. Here you must make a choice – an intensely personal choice. This choice might require everything of you. No, it will require everything of you – and only you can make it.
“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” (Deut 30:19).

What will your life be about?

Will you leave fear behind to embrace the ‘you’ who you know you were created to be?

Will you let go of the past to take hold of the future?

Will you step completely into the new day, choosing to embrace Him fully both as Lord and Saviour and to live out loud for Him?

Will you obey His call?

This decision is where you abandon excuses and choose to act on what you know is true instead of just speaking it.
With each decision, a new path is forged. The choice you make in the valley of decision will affect everything about your future.

Are you at crossroads today? Do you also sense it’s time to cross over?
Is the Lord calling you to step out from the past, to step out from fear and to trust Him to do what He has promised?
For each person, this decision to leave the crossroads will require stepping forward in obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit – stepping out of the boat, towards the one calling you across the water.

When a lion or lioness roars, this doesnt just require the lion opens its mouth and make a ‘whatever’ sound.
A half-hearted effort from a lion will never produce a roar. A squeek maybe.
A roar requires everything from the lion. Its whole heart.
He made lions and lionesses to roar – and He made His children to roar too.
Jesus said: “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12)

I don’t know about you, but I want my life to roar for Jesus. This means choosing to be 100 percent true to what He has stirred inside my heart.
A life that roars is a life lived with a whole-hearted devotion to Him.
‘Lukewarm’ never achieved anything.
Imagine if every believer in this country made a decision – I’m going to embrace His call on my life, I’m going to give Him this life and trust Him with it. Im going to give Him my everything. I’m choosing life.

What would happen in this nation?

“…Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” (Deut 30:19).

Today’s reading:

Hebrews 11:
1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.

3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

4 By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.

5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.”[a] For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she[b] considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”[c] 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.

21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

22 By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.

23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.

24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.

29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.

31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.[d]

32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning;[e] they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.

39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

 

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©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.

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Wake up sleeping giant!

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Imagine you were a giant and these little people came and put miniature ropes and chains all over you. If you were in a slumbered state, as in the picture, you might believe yourself to be pinned down. How could you ever be free? If you lay down for too long, you might even forget you were a giant.
What if that same giant wakes up? All he – or she – has to do is just stand up, right? All he – or she – has to do is just shake off the chains. If you look in the picture, you can see the chains holding Gulliver, in this illustration of Gulliver’s Travels, have no real power over him.
Now what if someone told you that the One in you is greater than the prince of this world, and that if you just woke up and realised who you were in Christ, you would see you were fully able to stand up and be who He created you to be.
Victory over every chain holding you has already been won at the Cross. Deceptions must be broken in Jesus’ name. Covenants and agreements made over you by the kingdom of darkness, chains of oppression and poverty and sickness and despondency snap like a twig when the power of Jesus gets a hold of the determined giant.
A man sat begging by the gate called Beautiful. He was right there, at the gate, which was open! He could reach out and touch freedom but in his eyes and understanding he was a beggar. When Jesus’ disciples came past him, the Word of God says that he looked at them expecting something. They didn’t give him silver or gold. According to the Biblical account, they gave him something better. They woke him up! They told him, in the name of Jesus, get up and walk!
He stood up and the chains that bound his legs fell off. In this moment he realised Jesus was with him and this made him a giant. He went off, entering the gate called Beautiful, walking and leaping and praising God!
I have realised too many times I have refused to enter ‘Beautiful’, believing myself to be unworthy, not seeing clearly who I am or rather who He who lives in me is.
Jesus says to His people in the Isaiah scrolls to stand up and shake off the dust. Chains become dust in the presence of the Lord. He doesn’t say to ‘break’ the chains off, rather just to shake off the hindrances and chains. This is because the enemy was defeated at Calvary and your entrance into the Beautiful gate has been made possible only by the blood of Jesus. You don’t have to sit begging at the other side of the Beautiful gate anymore.
So wake up and declare your victory. Speak to your mountain. Speak to the chains. Jesus has won the victory but He wants you to wake up, step up and take back what is your’s.

“Awake, awake, Zion,
clothe yourself with strength!
Put on your garments of splendor,
Jerusalem, the holy city.
The uncircumcised and defiled
will not enter you again.
Shake off your dust;
rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem.
Free yourself from the chains on your neck,
Daughter Zion, now a captive.
For this is what the Lord says:
“You were sold for nothing,
and without money you will be redeemed.” (Is 52:1-2)

“Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses. (Joshua 1:3)

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