Monday 28 January 2008

Fellowship with Abba, Father

Praise be to Abba, Father!

This past week has been another exciting time with the Lord! The Spirit of revelation (Eph. 1:17) is upon us and the Lord is revealing more and more of Himself to us in our meetings. Hallelujah!

At our weekly prayer meeting on Tuesday, the Lord spoke to us about His Kingdom and how KLF is the yeast of His Kingdom that is precious and is influencing the Body (Matthew 13:33, 44, 45).

On Wednesday morning, at the women's meeting at Star Bucks, the Lord spoke to the women about how His glory is in His face and that we need to seek His face to see His glory! The week before, the Lord revealed more about "gates" and how His Kingdom people are gates to God's Kingdom! We praise God for revelation and the privilege of being able to feast on His Word and being taught by the Holy Spirit (1 John 2:27)!

Friday's IMPACT! meeting was very exciting as KLF's youth got together to meet with God and one another. We had a profound time exploring the significance of the "keys to the Kingdom" and how God has given His children the keys to bind and loose in order to manifest the Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 16:17-19)!

Yesterday's meeting was very powerful once again. The Lord is speaking to us about abiding in Him and we have seen that to have eternal life is to know God. To know God is to have fellowship with the Father and the Son. To have fellowship with Him is to abide in Him and He in us. As we grow in our knowledge of God through spiritual revelation, the Lord is revealing Himself to us as true royalty (see last week) but particularly as Abba, Father. So, yesterday the Lord was showing us the following:

When we believe in Jesus,

  • we are born again and become children of God. 1 John 3:1
  • we have a right to be called children of God based on what God has done for us. John 1:12
  • we receive the Spirit of sonship by which we call God our Abba, Father. Gal. 4:4-7; Rom. 8:14-17

The reason the Lord wants us to know Him as Abba, Father is the following:

  1. The Lord wants us to grow in intimacy with Him as we come to know Him both as Abba (Daddy) and Father.
  2. The Lord is exposing the Devil's plot to destroy God's image in man as Creator and Father.
  3. The Lord wants to restore natural fatherhood in this fatherless generation to reveal true spiritual Fatherhood.
  4. The Lord wants us to recognise that what we sow in the natural we will reap in the spiritual. Therefore our attitude toward our earthly father reflects our attitude toward our heavenly Father.
  5. The Lord wants to restore the true image of Fatherhood so that His children can reveal Abba, Father to the world.

The Lord then showed us something very profound and exciting. Looking at Numbers 21:8,9 and John 3:14, Abba, Father revealed the following:

  1. The Israelites were disobedient and consequently received the punishment they deserved. Numbers 21:4-7
  2. Moses prayed for the Israelites. 21:7
  3. The Lord did not remove the snakes!
  4. The Lord made provision for the healing of the Israelites by making a bronze snake that was to be raised upon a pole so that anyone who looked at the bronze snake would be healed. 21:89
  5. Consequently, that which was distorted in the natural was restored in the spiritual by looking at perfection.
  6. Jesus reveals in John 3:14 that this incident is a shadow of God's purpose in Christ's death and resurrection!
  7. Whoever looks at perfect Life, the Son, will be healed of that which has poisoned one's life.
  8. Similarly, the Lord was showing us that as we behold Abba, Father, we will be healed of the consequences of distorted and poisoned fatherhood (abuse, rejection, absent father etc).

What is exciting about this revelation is that it confirms that it is as we worship God and fix our eyes on Him that we are healed. It is Abba, Father's way of healing His children. Glory to Him.

Quote of the week:

"Both Scripture and experience teach that it is we, not God, who determine the degree of intimacy with Him that we enjoy. We are at this moment as close to God as we really choose to be. True, there are times when we would like to know a deeper intimacy, but when it comes to the point, we are not prepared to pay the price involved. The qualifying conditions are more stringent and exacting than we are prepared to meet; so we settle for a less demanding level of Christian living." J. Oswald Sanders


Wednesday 23 January 2008

Preparing a Banquet for the King!

Glory to God!

The Lord is continuing to speak to us about fellowship with Him. On Sunday the Lord showed us how we need to prepare ourselves before we enter His presence. Looking at Esther 5:1-4, the Lord spoke to us about how we need to approach royalty. We were inspired to prepare a banquet of worship that would satisfy God's hunger for true worship!

We also had our first children's ministry time (Sunday School) for the kids this Sunday that will be available on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month. We praise God for providing us with anointed workers who will help build up a Spirit-filled ministry for our Kingdom Kids!

There are a number of exciting events being planned for the coming months so please keep an eye on "upcoming events" on our website.

Also, please check out the "Our Values" document that is now available on our website under "About Us."

We have had word from the "Finanzamt" concerning the "Satzung" for the "Verein." A number of changes and additions are required but we praise God for Claudius Paul of Treffpunkt Leben who is assisting us with the process.

We praise God for adding to our number weekly and taking us into deeper and deeper fellowship with Him.

Quote of the week:

"Just as long as your fellowship is rich and your spiritual life is as flood tide, faith is triumphant." John G. Lake


Tuesday 15 January 2008

Abiding in the Light

Glory to God!

Sunday's meeting was awesome! Words cannot describe God's presence! The Lord is teaching us to abide in Him and showing us that in order to know Him, we need to receive spiritual revelation (1 Cor. 2:10-14; Eph. 1:17). We saw that the apostle Paul lived out of revelation (Gal. 1:11,12; 2:2; 1 Cor. 11:23; 14:6; 2 Cor. 12:7) and that revelation is received through Jesus (Luke 2:32; 2 Cor. 4:6).

To receive revelation is to receive light so that we can know the Father and the Son. From Hebrews 6:4-7 we learned that to be enlightened is:

  • to taste the heavenly gift of eternal Life
  • to share in the Holy Spirit
  • to taste the goodness of the Word of God
  • to taste the powers of the coming age

We also learned that to abide in God is to abide in His Light (1 John 1:1 - 2:11) and to continuously drink from Him (Heb.6:7; Psalm 36:6-9).

The Father also revealed to us that He wants to draw us into His bosom; a place of closest possible intimacy and rest (Gen. 16:5; John 1:18 - KJV).

Following communion, we entered into a time of worship as we focused completely on adoring our King. As we worshipped, God entered and His presence was heavily upon us. As we closed the meeting, two people testified to being healed during the meeting! Glory to God!

The Lord wants us to continuously abide in His presence so that His presence is always with us, thereby making Himself known to the nations through His holy people (Ezek. 36:23). Hallelujah!

On Sunday evening we joined TPL to minister to the poor and needy. We praise God for lives that are being touched and the relationships that are being formed.

Quote of the week:

"For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ." 2 Corinthians 4:6


Monday 7 January 2008

Abiding in the River!

Praise the Lord!

Yesterday's meeting was an awesome start to the new year! We are being blessed with the Lord's presence as He reveals more and more of Himself to us in worship and in the Word.

The Lord is speaking to us about the River of Revival and how we are to abide in the River of Life! To do so, the Lord showed us the following:

1. Eternal life is to know God.

"Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." John 17:3

Eternal life is not some THING the Christian possesses that he can lose, but a relationship with God!

2. To know God is to have fellowship with the Father and the Son.

"..truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ." 1 John 1:3

There are 3 kinds of fellowship:

  • Physical fellowship
  • Soulish fellowship
  • Spiritual fellowship

The soulish Christian has a conditional relationship with God that is dependent on the individual's subjective understanding, feelings and desires (self).

The spiritual Christian has an unconditional relationship with God that is based on God's revelation of Himself to the individual. (Matthew 16:15-17; Ephesians 1:17)

3. To have spiritual fellowship with God is to abide in Him.

"Abide in me and I in you." John 15:4

Therefore, eternal life is to know God. To know God is to have spiritual fellowship with Him. To have spiritual fellowship with God is to abide in Him and He in us.

We are looking forward to an exciting year in which the Lord has told us that He will establish Kingdom Life! Hallelujah!

This week we will resume our regular meetings and will be joining Treffpunkt Leben this Sunday to feed the needy with physical and spiritual food at the monthly soup kitchen.

Quotes of the week:

"..the moment you are born again, eternal life comes into your spirit." John G. Lake

"The foundation of Christianity rests on inward revelation and inward knowledge. That which is merely traditional or imitative is not true Christianity. The foundation of the church lies in revelation. With revelation comes life. When we were saved, we did not substitute life with doctrine. In like manner, after we are saved we still must not substitute life with doctrine. If a person hears only doctrine and receives no light, what he obtains is only doctrine, not Christ....Our emphasis on doctrine and not on revelation accounts very much for the weakness, failure, and barrenness of the church. How can the church not be weak if she is being weighed down with too many doctrines - all of which are passed from one to another without any inward revelation?" Watchman Nee

"He who has the Son has life." 1 John 5:12