Did you know that Jesus prayed for you?
Reading through John 17 again I came across these really encouraging words of Christ.
vs 20 “My prayer is not for them (Disciples) alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one.”
I love the thought that Jesus prayed for us before we believed. Kind of mind blowing that Jesus would not only pray for us before we believed but that he prayed that we would be given the same glory that God gave him. The word glory can mean praise and worship or honour and dignity. I think when Jesus prayed that we have the same glory as He had it wasn’t that we would be praised and worshipped but that we would receive honour and dignity.
Give them the same honour and dignity that you have given me was his prayer. This is the great and encouraging thing.
God through Jesus has set it up that we not only praise Him but that he extends honour back to us. How do you know that you’re truly loved by someone? It is shown in how much they respect and honour you. Greater the honour, greater the love. Christ asked that as we come into that place of belief in Him we would receive the same honour as He received so that we can be one with Him.
You who believe today receive the glory (honour and dignity) that God gives you. Stand in that place, know you’re true worth. The glory of the Lord is upon you and you walk with God.
I’ll let that simmer in your minds for this week.
Nu and Taua
In preparing for Sundays message about the theme of Courage I had this thought: “We are at our most courageous when the risk is at its greatest. The level of risk involved increases the level of courage required.”
Not sure if I completely nailed it but here’s what I meant by this statement.
It’s a lot easier to be courageous when everything is fine, when there’s no threat of harm or loss. But once that threat becomes real, like running into a burning house to save a person, then we see how courageous we really are.
In our lives it won’t always be a time of dancing in the daffodils (it won’t always be bad either) but when times are difficult and the threat is real, remember that there is great courage in you. The Holy Spirit fills you with supernatural strength to face the most unbearable situations and overcome them as he did with Peter who in spite of his obvious fear of man, stood up in front of thousands and spoke about Christ.
The Bible is full of reminders of the courage we possess. Romans 8:37 says “We are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Joshua 1:9…”Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
As the challenges arise know that you have what you need in you to go through it. Let’s be honest if you’re still standing after all the challenges you’ve had to do with Earthquakes, repair work, health, relationships, financial issues and strains then you are definitely in the category of the courageous.
Keep holding on to that truth this week. We are praying for you.
Blessings Nu and Taua.
Firstly I want to thank the amazing people who serve us each week in our Host teams, Music and AV teams, JTeam, Powerzone and Utopia Ministries. Our church is built on the dedication of its members and we have some very dedicated members. Please remember to thank our volunteers, give them lots of encouragement and definitely lots of smiles.
Also I have to say thank you to our staff who helped to make Sundays great in particular Anna Benny, who is doing a fantastic job of coping with all the demands whilst expecting their first baby in September.
Last Sunday was a great day. We honoured our Mums in a very special way but most of all God was in the place. The Presence of God was so strong that we had people weeping at the altar and in their seats. Even the music team felt the strong anointing of God in the place. We are in for exciting times.
This Sunday as part of our Courage series we have a courageous couple, Josh and Trish Hastie, being interviewed about the challenges and blessings they face in raising their son Bob who has Williams Syndrome. I will be sharing a message that has be brewing in my heart about the mind-set of courageous people. Also we are trialling a new service order. I want to trial having the worship after the message so as to give more time to ministry and response to the word. This means there will only be one praise song at start and then family time. This won’t change our finish time. We’ll give this a few weeks and then review. Do let me know how it is for you.
I’m believing for a greater increase of the Presence of God in our meetings. Come expectant, God is moving and will meet you right where you are at.
Have a great week, see you Sunday
Good morning church,
It’s good to be back after a quick trip down to Dunedin to speak for Ps Adam Dodds at our Elim Church there. It was such an amazing and inspiring time. They are so hungry for God and passionate about reaching their community. I know they are going to make a huge difference in our movement and throughout our Nation.
I heard from Taua and Phil that Sunday was great with Ps Murray Robertson. From what they said his message on Courage was very Prophetic for us as a church in this new era that are in. I want to encourage to listen to it again online and let it speak to your Spirit in a fresh way.
This week we get to honour all the Mothers in our Church family. Where would we be without our mums? Do whatever you can to be here this Sunday, I’m really looking forward to it and we have an amazing mum and leader from our church, Michelle Greenstreet, speaking on Courage.
We are planning to do a bit of ministry at the end of the meetings so come expectant, come prepared, and let’s seek God for breakthrough in the areas of our lives.
Blessings and love, have a great week. Nu and Taua Telea