Last week I preached a message titled ‘Alignment’. There have been a number of sermons over the last 10 months that have looked at ways to equip us and empower us to walk not only as children of God who are in relationship with Him, but as a people with authority. The challenge for us is that if we don’t choose to align with the truth of the Gospel, and walk in obedience to that, then they are nothing more than just messages.
The word Alignment is a noun. It shows something that is complete. For me to be in alignment with God, I need to align myself to Him. That is where the action happens. As I align myself with Him, I make the change. God doesn’t need to come into alignment with me because He is perfect. I need to align myself with Him. I need to do the work.
As I said last week, “Too often, we are wanting God to do all the hard work. If we want to be like God, then we need to align ourselves with Him. We need to be the one’s who will pay the price and action out the change.”
If you are wondering whether you are in alignment with God, imagine yourself doing an activity you really enjoy. Now imagine the Holy Spirit suddenly asking you to stop doing it. How would you respond? Would you ignore Him, or would obey because you are choosing to remain aligned with Him?
The simple truth is that when we are not aligned with God, we don’t care what He thinks. When we choose to be aligned, we respond to His convictions. Sometimes it might be after stamping our foot a bit, sometimes it might be after wrestling with Him over it, but we choose to align ourselves, because we know He has something greater for you.
This week, I want to challenge you to ask God to point out things in your life that need adjustment (we all have them). Then simply choose to align yourselves with God. He’s worth it.
Have an amazing week, Adrian Nyhuis
Luke 7:36-50 gives an account of a woman who anointed Jesus with a very expensive perfume. In verse 37 she is described as a sinner and her actions show she was weeping, as well as anointing and kissing Jesus feet with expensive perfume that filled the whole room with a fragrance. She wasn’t just a servant doing a job, there was evidently a visible repentance there. What was she doing? She was aligning herself with Jesus.
Alignment is an interesting word. It is not an action, it is something that is complete. We can’t have alignment without first choosing to align ourselves. The action has to come first. Too often we ask Jesus to do the work. I read an article the other day and the heading was “Lord, align my heart with yours.” Too often, we are wanting God to do all the hard work. If we want to be like God, then we need to align ourselves with Him. We need to be the one’s who will pay the price and action out the change.
Alignment isn’t always easy or cheap, but it is worth it, and it will be noticed, especially by Jesus. If we look at Matthew and Marks account of the event, we see that the perfume was very expensive. It cost her something, but she didn’t care. Repentance and alignment may cost something, but can we really place a value on our salvation? How much value do we place on Jesus? What cost are you prepared to pay to be aligned with Him.
In John’s account, he tells us that the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. You can rest assured, Jesus notices when we sacrifice ourselves and the things of the world, and choose to align ourselves with Him.
Alignment can be a challenge for some people, because in order to align ourselves with God, we need to align in everything, not only some thing, but rest assured, the rewards are incredible. God’s plans are to give you a hope and a future, so why not align yourself with Him today.
Have an amazing week,
Genesis 1:2 says, “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”
The word ‘hovering’ is used in the New King James Version, but the Hebrew word used here means ‘brooding’. When a bird is brooding it is sitting on its eggs waiting for them to hatch. The purpose behind the Holy Spirit’s ‘brooding’ is the creation. Furthermore, when you look at the particular Hebrew word used here, we see something very interesting. The way a word is used tells us whether it is descriptive, a name, an action, a future tense, past tense and so on. The word here when describing brooding implies not only action, but intention. The Holy Spirit was working; He was brooding with intention; He had a plan.
The Holy Spirit was present at the day of creation and there was purpose and intention in what he was doing. He wasn’t just ‘hanging around’ there with nothing to do, and He does not ‘hang around’ today. He wants to partner with us for something bigger.
In Matt 16:18, Jesus said, “I will build my church”. That is a phrase of intention, and the Holy Spirit is partnering with Jesus and the Father to bring that to pass. He is still intentionally brooding with the purpose of bringing life and building the church that Jesus said He would build.
Acts 1:8 says, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” The Holy Spirit empowers us so that we can be the hands, feet and mouthpiece of Jesus.
We have that power on us even today. Our commission is to go into all the world and make disciples. We are part of Jesus vision and strategy to build His church, and the Holy Spirit is there intentionally helping us to our part in the great commission. Let’s partner with Jesus, and join the Holy Spirit to work with intention, and grow the church Jesus wants to grow.
Have an amazing week, Adrian Nyhuis
In Luke 2:21-40, we read about Jesus dedication. I love the words used in the New Living Translation in that it says, “His parents took him to Jerusalem to PRESENT Him to the Lord, but consider what that involved. They weren’t able to just get in the car and drive for a few minutes across town to the nearest temple - they had to walk, and Bethlehem was almost 9km away from Jerusalem.
I wonder how serious we would be about the things of God today, if we had to walk everywhere. Today we take so many things for granted. We live in a fast-paced, instant-gratification world, where if I can’t get it now, then I don’t want to wait for it.
Is there a possibility that our relationship with God is lived in the same way? What would be different if our response was, “God, not matter what, I will serve you; no matter how long it takes to see break though, I will stand believing; no matter what the cost, I will do what you want me to do.” Not only would that be a powerful response, we would be powerful individuals.
Consider Joseph and Mary. The committed to bring their Child up in the ways of God, but there also came a time when Jesus had to choose for Himself that He would see this through. People may say, “Yeah, well He was God. It was easy for Him”. Well, Jesus was still human. He still had to make choices to obey His Father. He had to stir Himself; and He had to get up and pray when he was tired; He had to deal with people (some had tempers, some were thieves, and yes, some were just like you and I). We have that same responsibility. As parents we are required to bring our children up in the ways of God and as adults, we are required to live this out in our own lives.
We see baby dedications (or presentations) in church, Why not present yourselves again to the Lord? Go again.
Pray this: “God, today I surrender to You again. No matter where I've come from, as of today, I choose to give you my best.” Then determine to live it out and see what He will do.
Have an amazing week, Adrian Nyhuis
Regardless of the fact that Mark 11:25 says if we won’t forgive God can’t forgive us, the word ‘forgive’ still gets interesting looks and comments from people as though God never thought of their case when He told us to forgive.
I’ve been listening to neuroscientist Dr Caroline Leaf this week and learned some very interesting things about forgiveness which blew my mind and when you understand this, my guess is that you will want to forgive people who have hurt you faster than you would drop a hot potato.
Quantum Physics (QP) looks at this things we can’t explain rather than what we can measure, touch and feel. In QP there is no past present or future; no time, space or dimension. There is however, a law in QP called ‘Entanglement’ and refers to ‘Relationship.’ Entanglement simply means that everything in the universe effects everything else. God made us for relationship and even science is proving that. Scientists have also proven that even a photon coming into existence a billion light years away will affect us, even though we don’t notice it.
Here’s where ‘Entanglement’ gets interesting and I hope I can explain it correctly. If you have been hurt by someone, the trauma associated with that affects your brain. The way to deal with that trauma is to forgive, but before you react, check this out. Through that trauma, the other person literally became linked to your brain, and even though they may be now on the other side of the world, their thoughts towards you still have an impact on your brain as though they were still in the room traumatising you. Remember, QP is not affected by time , space or dimension. The awesome part of this is is that by forgiving them, scientists have proven that you break that connection and then begin the process of healing. You may hate what was done to you and want the other person to suffer and pay for what they did, but you are keeping yourself connected to them through unforgiveness. If you want to be free, forgive them and cut that connection. Don’t worry, “God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you” (2 Thessalonians 1:6)
Jesus knew the impact of this because Mark 11:24-25 Verse 24 says, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. “"And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.”
We are to forgive every time we pray. When we do, God can forgive us, but it will also set free your mind so that God can to do amazing things in your life. Forgiveness isn’t a dirty word, it’s something God gave us as a blessing.
Trust him in this and see what He will do. Adrian Nyhuis
Have you ever been caught out by your tongue? In James 3 we see the following verses: "Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity… But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God."
The words we speak are very powerful. Consider the fact that we have been created in God’s image and His likeness (Gen 1:27). If we are like God, then we need to behave like God. Proverbs 18:21 tells us that the words we speak can either bring life or death. How do we know that? Firstly, God’s doesn’t lie. Secondly, if we are made in the likeness of God and he spoke and the worlds were created. He gave life through His words. If He did, then we do… Now that’s a powerful thought.
The words we speak can encourage people, build people up, stir them to great things, or they can tear people down, and belittle them, not to mention damage and destroy people’s reputations, or self image. All this because of simple words.
If we go back to James 3, we see that he says, “No man can tame the tongue”. Do you know why that is? Because it’s your tongue. You are in control of it, not someone else, which means we can't blame others either for the words we speak. We can't say it's their fault. We are in control of the words we speak.
Our words will affect our destiny, they impact lives and they change lives. If we want to ensure that we are continually reflecting God in all we do, then we need to start filling our mind with His Word, because it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks. If you have been caught out by your tongue, then you need to look at what you are allowing to go in to your mind. We know the old saying, “Garbage in, garbage out”. The same can be said for our words - "Life in, Life Out!"
Now that’s a great thing to be feeding on this week - His Word!
Father, I ask your forgiveness for the words that I've spoken that haven't reflected you well. I want my words to point people to You. I declare that today I will be on who chooses to speak life. In Jesus name, Amen
Ex 6:5-9 "You can be sure that I have heard the groans of the people of Israel, who are now slaves to the Egyptians. And I am well aware of my covenant with them. “Therefore, say to the people of Israel: ‘I am the Lord. I will free you from your oppression and will rescue you from your slavery in Egypt. I will redeem you with a powerful arm and great acts of judgment. I will claim you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God who has freed you from your oppression in Egypt. I will bring you into the land I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I will give it to you as your very own possession. I am the Lord!’” So Moses told the people of Israel what the LORD had said, but they refused to listen anymore. They had become too discouraged by the brutality of their slavery.
God said, “YOU CAN BE SURE I HAVE HEARD”. We need to realise that God knows what you’re going through, but He doesn’t sit back and do nothing. He promised to rescue Israel from slavery, to redeem them powerfully and to even claim them as His own people. The problem we see in verse 9 is that they refused to listen, because they had become too discouraged by their circumstances.
It’s easy for us to focus on the problems that are in our face. Satan wants us to think we don’t matter; he wants us to think God won’t respond and that our circumstances aren’t going to get any better, and whilst we are not walking as children of God that is true, but we need to come back to the truth that God made us in His image and likeness. He crowned us with Himself. He didn’t just promise to ‘rescue us from slavery, to redeem us powerfully and to even claim them as His own people’ – He has already done that. Jesus died to redeem us and rescue us. He provide a way for us to come back into right standing with God.
Don’t allow yourself to be discouraged by your circumstances. As a child of God; as one who has relationship with Him; as one who walks in authority because the Holy Spirit is living in you, declare your place in God! Declare your breakthrough, because you don’t need to be discouraged. Romans 8:37 says, “No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” So let's choose to walk out from under discouragement and walk in the victory that Jesus intended for us to live in.
Father I declare that my salvation is in Jesus Christ. I declare that you are my breakthrough. Whatever I am facing today is not greater than Jesus. He was given the name that is above every name and today I declare that breakthrough, freedom, redemption and deliverance are mine. I choose to walk out from discouragement and I choose to walk in the knowledge that I have been claimed as God’s own, In the name of Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour!! Amen!
May your week be a week of Breakthrough! God bless, Adrian Nyhuis
Easter is an amazing time of the year. It’s not just a day where we get chocolates eggs. That’s one of the traditions of Easter in the same way that giving presents is at Christmas. But the more I thought about the things this Easter regarding everything that Jesus went through, the more I realise something very subtle. Satan doesn’t want us talking about Easter from the perspective of Salvation and Redemption. He is more than happy for us to be distracted with all the festivities of Easter. He’s more than happy for you to plan a big day with family, and have Easter egg hunts with the kids, and even going away camping. But the one thing he doesn’t want you talking about is the cross, and the fact that Jesus died, conquered sin and death, rose again from the dead and ascended to heaven as the victorious Christ. He doesn’t want us talking about that because he knows that if you can really latch onto that, he loses. He wants us to have a whitewashed view of a powerful God because he knows that if we don’t believe we have a powerful God, we will never live as a powerful people.
We need to grab hold of the fact that Jesus Christ isn’t just someone that lived on earth many years ago and died a wimpy death on the cross. Too often today we see a G-Rated Jesus but He was much more that that - He IS much more than that. We need to understand that the Romans were barbaric in their torture. Is 52:14 says he was marred more than any man - that’s pretty severe. The brutal beating that Jesus alone took on our behalf is something I never want to have to go through, and I don’t have to, because Jesus did that for me. He paid the price for my sins. His love for us is incredible. I cannot get over the fact that Jesus went through everything He did for our Salvation before we chose Him. He even did it knowing that we may not accept His love, but either way, His love is unconditional, it is amazing, it is bigger than we can ever imagine.
This Easter, make sure that you acknowledge how great, powerful and loving our God is, because He went to incredible lengths to redeem you. Think about it; He died for you and I because He sees something valuable in us. We were made to be in relationship with Him.
Have a God inspired Easter, Adrian Nyhuis
Have you ever considered how powerful your mouth is? You should. Gen 1:26 says, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Think about that. You are created in God’s image and according to His likeness. So what is God like? We understand that He is loving, kind and compassionate, but He is also creative. When He spoke, worlds were formed. When He spoke, demons had to flee; when He spoke, people were healed. Now think again on Gen 1:26 - you were created in God’s image and likeness. You have an incredible power in your ability to speak so use it wisely.
Dr Caroline Leaf is a Neuroscientist and states, “Researchers have shown that hurt feelings from words affect the same area in the brain – the cingulate gyrus – as a broken bone or physical injury.”
Your words have the ability to destroy people, but God didn’t create you to tear down. He created you to be like Him. Did you realise that Satan was not created in God’s likeness? He has no creative power at all. That’s why he tries to deceive you and get you to say you’re sick, or you need a holiday or say things about other people and so on. He needs you to create with your words because he has no ability or power to do that. Your words can tear down, and your words can build up because you were made in the likeness of God.
This is the very reason we need to get the Word of God into us. Read it daily. Digest it. Chew it over and over. That way when things come up and you want to open your mouth, you will do it with words that are inspired by the Holy Spirit and that are filled with love, wisdom, Godly direction and the authority of God - the authority that you were created with.
Have a faith filled and God directed verbally impacting week.