Kingdom multiplication

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“But if he is caught, he must pay back seven times what he stole, even if he has to sell everything in his house.” (Prov 6:31)

Has satan tried to steal some things from you? Has he tried to steal from your destiny? Now do you think Jesus sits by and watches and shrugs and says, “Oh well… whatever”. The Word of God is clear, we don’t have a ‘whatever’ God. Do you think our faithful and true God doesn’t have a day in mind when He will recompense His people for every single thing the enemy has taken through his various systems of and modus operandi? For it says that while the enemy has come to kill, steal and destroy, Jesus has come that we might have life and life in abundance.

He is a good God. Still, while most of us speak of His grace and mercy, we shy away from speaking about His justice. God is a just God. When and how He will work this out, I don’t know. Only He knows and no-one can pretend to know. What we do know is He says He hates crime and injustice and that even be it in the eternal picture, He will restore what the locusts have eaten and He will reward His people. He will put right what is wrong.

I think we forget the devil’s highest ambition is to be like Jesus. If Jesus is the Son of God and shines with his own light like the sun. The enemy of God is like the moon, trying to reflect this light and trying to claim it as his own. He’s not the anti-God. He’s the anti-Christ. When he was in Heaven, he was God’s archangel, a close companion of His, walking close with the Father and knowing Him intimately. I think too often we look for him in the alleys. We think he will have devil’s horns. Rather, he hides in compromises and in twists of scripture. His weapon of choice against Jesus in the wilderness was knowledge of spiritual law. Satan didn’t come at Jesus with a knife. He came at him with something apparently benign – trying to use spiritual law and understanding to his own advantage. Jesus, deep in the Word of God and anointed by the Spirit of God, spotted the lie. Satan gave him half a truth. Jesus didn’t entertain him with clever debates. Rather, He said, “Satan, it is also written…” Jesus knew that every Word of Scripture mattered. Satan had legalism. Jesus had revelation.

In the completeness of scripture, in studying the Word and understanding the Alpha and Omega sovereignty of what is written, we find a beautiful story emerge. Sometimes it seems God’s answers are slow to come. Sometimes we wonder why it seems those who put their faith in wicked practices and in idols appear to prosper. But we must remember He is the Omega too and He’s not done writing. He is Genesis to Revelation. Jesus wrote a book. He wrote the whole Book. All of Scripture is God-breathed. When your hope fades, read His Book. Read the whole thing. Study it. He is clear. His Word is life.

If you focus on the moment, you might miss what real power is. See, I might be able to impact the spiritual realm in the ‘now’. I might have knowledge of spiritual law. Satan does. The demons do. They were angels who fell. They experienced Heaven and intimacy with the Father. But all these little ‘now’ moments are controlled by a greater hand, which is writing above time and space a greater story. Real power stands eternally. Jesus certainly can step in and do the miraculous. He does every day. He holds all things together. Still, there’s a greater story and He has been faithful in writing it and will be faithful in writing it to its conclusion, into eternity.

Imagine the enemy’s delight when he takes something from one of God’s children. He might have a trophy room and display it there as a trophy. As the accuser of the brethren, he stands before God’s throne accusing God’s children, using the word of God as leverage to hurl his insults and accusations. Thanks be to God, the blood of Jesus cancels satan’s claims and has the power to rectify every wrong done. Satan used scripture to ‘rightfully’ blame God’s kids but Jesus has provided the loophole. God is just. He cannot lie. He cannot go against His Word. So when satan comes to blame, the blood holds you innocent because by this same spiritual law, Jesus’ blood is enough to declare you innocent.

“But if he is caught, he must pay back seven times what he stole, even if he has to sell everything in his house.” (Prov 6:31)

Now this same word speaks of a multiplication of blessing for every blessing stolen. When the enemy has been exposed, he must repay sevenfold. He took the red trophy. According to God’s Word, a rainbow will be given to you. While weeping might last through the night, it is promised, joy comes in the morning.

This is the Good News which Jehoshaphat and his army and the choir guys marching out at the front, possibly with a spring in their step, embraced as they marched forward, singing of the goodness of God. Yes, He is good and His love endures forever.

“After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever.” 2 Chronicles 20:21.

(By Heather Djunga)

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©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.

The benefits of honey

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Which is the preferred drink? Coca Cola or Pepsi? There was a study done whereby both drinks were offered on a sample table, without their labels, with the sample group then rating each drink according to preference. The study initially confirmed Pepsi as the preferred drink… a confusing find for researchers since Coca Cola was the bestseller between the two.
It was then discovered that when more drink was poured into the glasses, Coca Cola became a firm favourite.
What was the reason for this discrepancy?
Apparently, too much Pepsi left a bitter aftertaste, even though initially it tasted sweeter.
‘Sin’, by definition, means missing the mark.
Those little compromises might be costing you everything, but you continue to sip away, not realising that the aftertaste is bitter.
This is why Jesus explained that the sweetness of compromise eventually leads to a bitter aftertaste. It’s sweet to indulge in certain things. Sometimes the sweetness of immediate reward is a great seduction. The devil said this to Jesus in the wilderness – “Compromise on God and I will make you famous! I have been given the authority to give fame and the kingdoms of the world to whomever I choose”. Jesus, the Son of God, didn’t blink twice. “It is written…” he replied.
You have drunk half the glass. What will what you are drinking taste like at the end of the glass? Will it still be sweet?
The same is with sugar. It’s sweet to the palate but in excess, it compromises on one’s health.
As I have given up sugar, for health reasons, I have realised the need for a replacement. Honey might not seem as sweet at the outset, but in the long term, having this instead of sugar pays its dividends.
Scripture calls the Promised Land a place of milk and honey. This is because it is a place of nourishment and restoration. Honey has many benefits – even nourishing, anti-sceptic, healing properties. The Promised Land could have been called the land of ice cream and jelly and maybe many would clamour to get there, but in the Creator of Heaven and Earth would not lead you into a land of compromise, which would eventually result in you falling into corruption, deceit – eventually stealing your destiny and leaving you in a waste land of bitterness and despair.

I remember reading the testimony of a high priestess of satan and how she met someone at a club who told her if she compromised and served satan, he would make her a famous singer. She now gives her testimony and shares how she wishes she had had the courage to turn her back on this sweet seduction and instead choose the sweeter way, the Lord.
She now has a muscular degenerative disease and said she knew of others in her circle of fame who had even committed suicide because they had opened a ‘Pandora’s Box’ through trying to force things in the spiritual realm and messing with God’s law.

The blood of Jesus washes away our sins and grace covers us, but Jesus says in His word that when the Holy Spirit comes to live in you, He becomes your compass to the land of milk and honey. The sweetness of sugar no longer seems as sweet, and suddenly you just don’t want those things that once had a hold over you.
It’s like a sheep which falls into a mud puddle. The sheep hasn’t become a pig if it falls in the puddle. Its identity as a sheep is established by the Shepherd and cannot be shaken, as is revealed as the sheep shakes itself off after leaving the puddle. A pig on the other hand doesn’t see why the mud is not so great.
So grace covers sin, but grace also changes the heart. Things just look different because of grace. You have become a new creation as a child of God.
The Lord is calling us to consecrate ourselves to Him. This means understanding our identity as set apart for His purposes. The land of milk and honey is found in identity. Understanding you carry God’s presence in you as a born-again believer and then walking in His presence – the presence born of covenant – which parts the Jordan to bring you into that sweet place with Him.

Today’s reading: “So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. 15 Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, 16 the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 17 The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.” Joshua 3:14-17

CS Lewis: “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

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©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.

Go! Do whatever it is He tells you

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You’ve strategized, planned, predicted, hypothesised. You’ve heard from the Lord. You’ve got your battle plan ready. Now really, all this is good but there’s a time when you’ve been hanging on the ‘…Get set…’ part of the start of the race for just too long and you need to just ‘go’!
I find myself here today.
I have sat in Camp Wilderness for too long.
The Israelites didn’t want to face their giants and I don’t much like the idea of facing mine but the alternative is another lap of the wilderness. More tumble weeds, more cacti… round and round. The Israelites knew what they had to do – just go – but they were afraid.
I have procrastinated and made excuses, but I know that if I keep my focus on the Lord, I can be a Joshua or Caleb, if not in the world, in my own life.
So who’s in with me? Who’s going to face their personal giants with me?
They say you encourage more people by your weakness than by your strength and I’ve learned this is true because there within the frail and flawed humanity of me, there is a great God who by His Spirit is able to resurrect all things back to life.
As His Body we need to wake up and stand now and be braver than ever, knowing our Lord has got our backs and has won the victory at the Cross. It’s time to get brave and to ‘go!’ and take the Promised Land in all its fullness.
So this is what the Holy Spirit has spoken to my heart today… three verses. I hope they speak to you too today.
“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 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” (Deut 30 vs 19,20)
“Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 3:17)
“When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to Him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why does this concern us? Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.”… (John 2:4-5)

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©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.

Let it go!

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You’ve sung the same song too many times honey. We’ve all heard it. We know the lyrics. It’s time to ‘let it go’.

If you watch a musical, you will notice a distinct narrative begins to emerge. This unfolds with purpose and momentum. To quote from Brother Bear: “Small things become big. Winter turns to spring. One thing always changes into another.”
Simply put, change is inevitable.

If the players on stage get stuck on one song – a few things might happen. Fine, they might release a smashing CD single but everyone’s expecting a full story not a stuck record.
The audience might get a little fed up. They might leave the auditorium. The singers might lose thier voices or their joy. You can only sing the same song so many times.
You would become like Israel, circling the wilderness, singing a lamentation and missing out on the Promised Land, where songs of joy abound. Or one of those circus elephants which has been walking in circles for so long with its foot tied to a peg in the ground, that when the chain is taken away, the elephant continues to go in circles – round and round, a stuck record.

Why is it so hard to let go of the past?

Memories don’t just hold our imaginations, they hold our hearts. When you have invested something of yourself into something of significance, letting go of this can seem a terrible thing. Maybe an experience has cost you – so much so that in your thinking releasing this to God seems an injustice. Does He know how much it cost you? Does it care?
I do believe He does. When the Lord spoke to His people and asked them to move forward through the wilderness and into the Promised Land, He didn’t dismiss their hearts. He even encouraged them to see ‘their story’ – the story they had with Him, which had a past, a present and a future. In fact, He continually asked them to remember what He had done for them in their circumstances. He reminded them of their hearts.
We aren’t robots. He wants us to love and care. Keep your heart but leave the past behind you.
The past wasn’t something to forget in scripture, rather something to mobilise God’s people towards greater frontiers…

I do believe there are stories which should never be forgotten. I do think that when our South African brothers and sisters speak of what they went through, this should be respected. It’s not just their story. It’s our story.
But in remembering, let’s move forwards.
Do you remember how He parted the red sea for us as a nation?
How he carried us across on dry land. When there were talks of civil war and unrest, we made it through alive because the Lord raised Nelson Mandela as a leader at this crucial time.He can do this again? Surely? He did it before and promised He would never change.
We have been in the wilderness, between the land of captivity and the promise, and do you remember how (as He did for the Israelites) He brought water from the rock and the Vaal filled up in record time. He can bring water from the rock again for Cape Town as they face drought.

Now as we stand at the brink of His Promised Land, we might see giants but remember how far we have come?

Remember the pre-1994 years? Look at us and the journey we have made.

In your own life, do you see how far you have come? Could you entertain the thought that God has more for you and that you can let go and trust He has your back.

He has heard your song. He knows what it has cost you.

This is really what the Holy Spirit has placed on my heart. Let it go. You cant be with one foot here and one foot there and walk into victory. It’s a decision you must make to let go of the past and embrace the new day Jesus has for you.

Today, let it go.
Yes, it was a great CD single and you have sung it over and over but could we please hear the next song!

Let it Go!

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©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.

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