Faith – Meet God in His strenght

FAITH
Walking on the Waters – Meeting God in His Strength
Part 1
Walking on waters, eyes fixed on Jesus. Just as I write this line, I see myself already walking on a sea, sometimes agitated, sometimes calm. This famous instruction to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus takes a hold of me each time I’m tempted to crubble under the pressure when doubt assails me. But how to ‘fix’ your eyes on Jesus. Sentimentous phrase in the practice of the believers, but in the concrete, how to go about it. What does that mean? If I do not stay on course, will I sink? Like the apostle Peter, who in his passion and his impetuosity jumped out of the boat and thought it over, as if the very evidences had been effaced, and the voice of that Jesus whom he loved so much, had carried and made tremble with joy to the point of spanning the edge of the boat to think more about it. ‘Take the plunge’. And suddenly the weight and violence of physical reality, and the concrete tangible circumstances, made his faith and fierceness so violently tumble in despair and doubt, but before sinking into the depths of his rough sea, all his heart, his soul, speaks of it: “Lord, save me! For my part, which finds me in this situation, I pass through this portion of the chapter which says: “Perhaps I am mistaken? The moment of a moment, furtive but languid, this anguish assails me. What do you think? Some will comfort me by saying to myself, “Everything will be better tomorrow, it is not the end of the world, or worse, a little like the friends of Job will tell me. You are wrong because you want too much, you dare too much, you dreams in colors, you have need. No my friends, that’s not what I need today. I need to stay firm. I need to stay ‘on the cape’, and I do not need to be consoled to deceive, and I still do not need to ‘reprimand’ me. That is why I will remain silent. Not in the dark, not in depression, but I will remain silent. Not just for the right reason that if I speak, I will have to explain myself, and then, how to explain the inexplicable. I can not explain why: well, I have responded to an invisible impulse, of the kind that one seizes in flight, in a moment at the crossroads of madness and faith, that moment of genius and insane. I grasped it and suddenly I felt myself to be carrying on this adventure towards the advent, towards the depths of my being, in the unknown. I had to discover what Jesus was hiding in this mysterious world of faith. I had to go further, at the end of my security, to test it, to smash it if in my unconsciousness my security was lodged in my capacities. I had to be clear about it. So I made a decision, while praying, to strike the waters of my situation, as Moses took what he had to confront the impenetrable sea. He struck the waters under the instruction of His God and used the small and miserable stick he had in his hand to confront the forces of nature. Placed at the foot of the wall of this stretch of water, the impossible and the unthinkable, the unimaginable occurs. A path was opened not only for him, but for all who walked after him. Unknown … not that much. What I explore after the euphoria has passed, the ‘smells’ of my fears. These fears that were woven gradually in the very heart of my identity. Yes, even within my being that I have acted, reacted and chosen in such and such a way for many years. But the cross-roads in life brings their share of passage or our ‘self’ must live moments of ‘stripping’. It hurts. It hurts in the bowels but is necessary to progress. As my friend Sylvie said to me: Natalie, it hurts but it does not hurt long. The benefits are beyond the momentary pain I know one thing. I am convinced of that. This walk on the waters has the potential to make us aware of the reality of Jesus with us even more tangibly. An effective reality for our earthly life. It is a way to bring the concrete of the Kingdom of God into our everyday workings. Allowing us to access the richness of the revelations that God gives us, transmits us, shares us, communicates us.

The Letting Go !

Why not letting go !
Article by our french correspondand : Marc Vialle

Why not let go: Stop the constant reasoning ! Abandon yourself! Why not let go? The price of an active and intimate spiritual life with Christ would not be without a good dose of ‘letting go’. The renunciation of our own efforts, of our own intelligence, to become the tangible manifestation of God on this earth.

(Matthew 16:24)

Sometimes we remain stuck in certain habits, ways of thinking and acting. This requires us to let go, to take some distance from our situations. Realize that it is no longer I who lives but Christ in me, realize that if I live today it is by faith. (Galatians 2:20)
Don’t you think, our focus should be to praise Him, to worship Him, to simply contemplate Him. Practicing His Presence is a way of living an abandonment of reason, an abandonment of our flesh, looking to the one in whom we believed.
“For the preaching of the cross is foolishness for those who perish; but for us who are saved, it is the power of God.
Therefore it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will destroy the understanding of the wise.” (1 Cor 1: 18-19)

Do not reason any more! Can we say that only madmen have not lost their reason. (1 Co 1: 25-27)  Detached from all sophism of reason, running in order to complete the race, fought the good fight of faith for if we can receive the crown of life. For it will be your strength, your intelligence, your wisdom. That is what will make the difference in your choices, your decision-making, acts of faith perpetually erected against all enemies, fights and negative realities. The simple fact of giving up reasoning by your own intellect, letting go is the key to pure faith. “It is not by power nor by strength, but by my spirit,” says the LORD of hosts. Practice his presence, rise up to his Glorious revelation. Abandon yourself! Abraham, the contemplative, who with his eyes fixed on the sky looking at the stars, has let go. He did not reason because he had received more than any philosophical wisdom, he dropped everything because he discovered His divine presence there. He abandoned himself because there was this revelation. He had more than what a human life can contain. He let go of everything … his country, that is to say, the abandonment of his culture, his country which represents his social condition, his father’s house, that is to say, his intimacy. Such is the starting point of all mystical life, it is an essentially mystical fact, so mysterious in its essence, however tangible in its results. Why not let go simply and give up to him. It is the glorious reality that He always attracts you closer to him. It is such a powerful force of attraction, so powerful and so glorious that you can do no more than praise Him, worship Him and contemplate Him. “All of us who, with their faces uncovered, contemplate as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, we are transformed into the same image, from glory to glory, as by the Lord, the Spirit. (2 Cor 3:18) It is in this that all our present afflictions will appear so futile and devoid of any meaning. “For our slight afflictions of the present moment produce for us, beyond all measure, an eternal weight of glory, because we look, not at the visible things, but at those that are invisible; for the visible things are transient, and the invisible are eternal. And he who has formed us for this is God, who has given us the earnest of the Spirit. We are therefore always full of confidence, and we know that by remaining in this body we remain far from the Lord because we walk by faith and not by sight ” (2 Co 4: 18/2 Co 5: 1-7)

Be sensitive to this call, no longer look at your earthly circumstances, it is a step in front of you. Something tells me that nothing can separate you from this divine presence. Develop this way of life based on His word, His presence. Let go and no longer reason, abandon yourself to him. We must sacrifice to God our ambitions, our personal interests; abandon our superficial egocentric conceptions and attitudes. Abandon yourself freely and hold this position of humility before Him, who in His great goodness gives us free access to the Glorious Throne of His grace. Be inspired, intuitive, and contemplative. Let God act as he pleases in your life! Open your hearts and allow God to reveal His glory to you!

 

Let God send you into the nations of the world!

 

 

 

2017 is already going fast

We are going through 2017 so fast. After 2 months in the caribbeans meeting wonderful brothers and sisters, encouraging and teaching. Experiencing together the intimacy with God, His presence, His proximity. Its now time to minister in our native province, Quebec.

As soon as we arrived the traveling within Canada started and we are warmly received by our compatriotes.

One nation under God, for He is above this country and King over His nation, over his children.

After Ottawa, Toronto and Kitchener, Montreal, we are now heading up North and East to be with burning people. Revival Center that are just getting ripe to hit the road with a fresh and powerful message of His love and His faithfulness.

Joint us if you can before we embark into our next portion of the year over Europe starting mid May all the way to September.

Until we speak again, remain bless and filled with the Holy Spirit.

Pursue His presence, experience His love, pour out the graces you receive and be filled again.

In his Love,

Natalie

Politics from here and above

My thought of the day will be for politics… BUT hang on, don’t flee, it could be funny.

Wow. Ouch.. Ouf… and more…

I have seen intensity during these last 15 days preceding the US election of November 8. As the nation it lives in, one things is clear, the Christian camp is divided as much as any other circles of influence, and as much as in any other subject. The major issue is this: as believers and disciples of Christ, the one thing we are to be known for and make a difference, is that we should be known for unity and love, but that my friends seems to be passing by way ahead of our priority.

I agree to disagree, there is no question about that. I’m learning to stand my ground and realise other are walking on the same planet earth. Could we reach a place where we could disagree with love and respect for goodness sake. The problem is that an awful big number of people are choosing the easy way, DISAGREEMENT equals DISENGAGEMENT.

We have to mature, it is urgent. Yes, some would say: I’m call to pray. Yes, we are all. Then after prayer, comes action. Remember the story of the boat, you float and you paddle. Otherwise the only thing happening is floating, not advancing. If you are lucky, winds will push you forward, and in the good direction… That would be wonderful, right?… But what about when contrary winds arise? What about if there is a due date you need to get somewhere, would you need to get active in paddling to move that boat faster. And more important to get that boat where it needs to go? (skills, strength and endurance, could come handy) People have faith, wonderful. But they are disconnecting it from their role and responsibility. Oh gosh, I plead guilty myself, but what now, should I remain disconnected or be part of the change?
My son told me not so long ago during a conversation that his dad and I were having with him, that we acted like ostriches on a certain subject and that we sweep the challenge at hand under the rug and avoid talking with him about this sensitive subject. It came in our faces like a hammer, but you know what, he was right. Did it hurt my feelings and my pride, oh yes…? Yes, we had a big divergence of opinion on that point, mix feelings and fears, and by and by, we avoid the responsibility to speak into his life with objectivity, stating our point of view, each one of our responsibility and thrive for the best solution. We were weak, we turn a blind eye on the subject. I sorrowfully regret but I learn.

I see the nations, the population and the church body doing exactly the same thing. It will not work. Those skeletons will come out of the wardrobe, and to make it worse they will when you don’t want it, went you can’t afford it, and most probably when you are already down on your knees. (not specifically praying but begging for help) ….

But I realize, help by the videos of many speakers from divers venue, that finally people will vote base on the charisma level of the candidate that appeals to them. Many and if not most of the time, if you ask people in the street why they vote, meaning what politics their candidates are representing, they won’t be even able to articulate 3 points that makes sense. If you push the interrogation further, they will have mentioned politics often preach by the opponent of your favourite candidates. Isn’t this appalling. It’s downright scary. Let’s engage, and educate ourselves.

We can debate again and again, we can come to the conclusion and the evidence that all politics and financial systems are rig, rotten and ridiculously manipulating the masses. We can decide to sit and let go of our rights to vote, for the past as shown that nothing is changing, NO, many things have changed for better in the past, and it will again, some change came with new reality, that’s ok, we reconsider, evaluate and keep on moving on, let’s work at making sure it changes for the better again.
But as I was listening to an MP from the UK government, interview by a man researching the impact of the movement ‘Anonymous’, she said: nothing will change if the movement doesn’t get inside. Especially the younger population, coming with their passion, energy, ideals and strength and the oldest with their experience, skills and wisdom. There is plenty of skilled, loving and world changer out there, we need to see them.
Many Christians say: politics is not of my business. But breaking news. How can it be not? Why did we stand for women right to vote, good lord, should we have stayed in our kitchen and knits sweaters… Nothing wrong with that, of course, but what else !!!
Politics is opinion, position and actions…Where do you stand? You’re not floating right? Now let’s find a way to hear you.
Some of us are partaker of this belief. God exists. He is God, King and Commander in chief: we are in God’s army. I agree. We obey, of at least try, to this higher hierarchy, coming from God our creator. It’s our foundation. We do believe that this supreme being in above us and in us, through His spirit.

Why can’t He bring change through you, through me?

How then can we be expected to go about our days, work, eat and sleep without engaging in the life we live in, in our society, in our community. We can make a difference where we are, and for many, God will lead you in new paths of possible influence if you are willing to obey, able to trust.

I am speaking to myself this morning. Where will my faith carry me? Will I be willing to engage and trigger something by putting my faith into action? Yes, it will need prayers, yes I will kneel many times in the face of the challenges barking at me. But when I rise up, will I be moving forward or will I stand still? His hope my anchor?

We can’t complain about our situation if we are not willing to do something about it, and don’t you tell me you don’t… then 99% would be declare flat out liars. One mentor said once, if you can put up with it, shut up about it… Changes will only occur when you are willing to move out of the comfort of your uncomfortable situation…Easy, NO, but doing and believing for it is better than remaining miserable about it.

We are not just call to pray. It can’t be… That the starting point. Move by compassion, Jesus went about healing the sick. His love through us, is action. Like Heidi Bakker said: love looks like something. Simple, clear and a key we can all apply on a daily basis.

As believers we can seat on these pews for 1000 of Sunday morning, and swallow and 1000 sermons. But you know very well, or at least I should know by now, if I’m not love, and lovingly engaging… what’s next?

We are not defending God, He is. So was is our role in this relationship.

We are vessels call to be moulded a perfect fit to Christ character. Not that we can do this on our own strength and skills, but we call all yield to His voice. Its available to us to learn to walk in unity to His heart beat.

That does not mean act like carpets to walk on, but to reach a place where we can express who He is, not in a vindictive way, but a tangible way.

I choose hope, I choose that faith is active, relevant, and beautiful.

We don’t know the lengths of our days here on earth. Why not choose hope and faith, the joy provided when we hit breakthroughs is really out of this world! It’s worth the endurance it requires, the key element to see any durable changes.

I see the church walls as the panelling of a nice incubator: Warm, fuzzy and secure. (well I prefer the mama’s arm) … but for the sake of making this allegory. SECURE… a place where we can be though by leaders that have gone before us, not perfect, but perfectly aware of their portion and their role, thought by brothers and sisters walking the walk, with their good days and their bad days, give our bit of wisdom on the way, challenge and be challenge to reach full potential, and discover together the beauty and the depth of Him who made it relevant for us to gather in His name and then, there is the big wide world and now the big world wild web…..our play park, our living environment, our mission field, our daily action ground.

Some of us are I will add this. Christian have a wonderful place. By faith, we are seating in the heavenly places, seating at this table with Christ, where our Lord, Leader and Brother can share his heart and strategies to see His kingdom be manifested on earth. What a great privilege. It’s our right, our position, our mission.

Then believers or not, on earth we are all in it together. Each one is part of it and plays an active role, conscious or not. Let us be challenged this moment to live fully, and when our ticket to check out comes along, to be able to say, I gave it all, I did my best, now it’s your turn to live fully.

Jerusalem

We have been here since October 2nd…Timothy, our fourth son and I, right in the Rosh Hashana celebration (the new year on the jewish calendar, we are in 5777)  Michel joined us a week later for Yom Kippur.

For us it has been a time of waiting upon His voice, as he sorts out our desires, dreams, thoughts. Its a time set apart to clear out minds of any distraction and to be attentive to His voice. It could of have happen any where in the world, but it was our wish to be here.

We met new friends, bumped into old friends with so much joy.  Everyday is a surprise. We don’t plan anything really… we wake up and go from there, and so far it has been wonderful.

Yes there is some very quiet day, nothing very special, nothing extrarodinary.. but isn’t this part of the journey of waiting upon the Lord.
There is a work done by Holy Spirit to which we can only help by saying yes, and surrendering totally.

But there it is.. I said the special word : surrendering totally.. So in order to do that, we need time.. cause eventually, in our walk with God.. we get to some stop signs.. Not that He says no.. we do.. even sometimes unconsciously. So what can we do.. Accept the process.

So all this to say.. much as happen in these 5 weeks.

Time flies pretty fast and already this coming Tuesday, Michel will be flying out to France and we, Tim and I, are leaving November 4th…

 

Divine favor path !

We received the following word at the beginning of the year: He led them by the right way, that they might come into a habitable city. Psalms 107: 7.

A signal from the Spirit that this new year began under the sign of divine favor. A straight path, no detour, no unnecessary turn, no loss of time. Only one thing is necessary: be attentive to the voice of the Holy Spirit in us. It is in calm and TRUST that your FORCE will be. Your ability to obey instructions sometimes so subtle, that we must have made this inner journey through which God frees us from the various fears that darken our faith, our zeal, our determination.

Next …. coming soon