AN INVITATION


Around a year ago I was challenged by a statement … “What do you really believe about the goodness of God”?

Immediately God asked me …  “What do you really believe about my goodness”?

This was one of those moments when you realise that God already knows the answer. In reality He was not asking a question rather He was inviting me to allow Him to expand my heart to go on a journey of discovering what living in His unlimited goodness looks like.

A year before I had a couple of encounters with God through dreams, I got my journal out and looked them up.

In the first dream I heard over and over again …

“I can be trusted; the slightest unbelief diminishes who I can be for you and what it is possible to do through you”

The dream repeated a number of times, each time I was walking through a different situation. At a particular moment in each scenario I started to sense fear and unbelief. As soon as I realised this I would say “No, I will totally rely on God” and immediately I was filled with joy and peace.

In the second dream I kept on hearing …

“Everything is Yes in Jesus”

In various seemingly impossible scenes and scenarios the voice said … “There is a promise, everything is Yes”.

With the audible ‘yes’ came the word ‘yes’ superimposed in red over each challenge or situation. With each changing scene the “yes” got louder and bigger!

As I read through my journal Romans 15:13 and 2 Corinthians 1:20 came to mind.

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope, fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit

2 Corinthians 1:20

For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory

When we journey into His limitless goodness, fully trusting Him we are filled with joy and peace, overflowing with Holy Spirit empowered supernatural hope into the world around us.

This hope is the overflowing, joyful confident expectation of good, knowing that there is a YES for everything. That anything that wars against the love of God, His goodness, has an answer, a solution, a promise.

The promise is bigger, the Yes is bigger and we literally carry about within us the answer to any problem.

The signature of Heaven is love; our lives are the uniquely crafted pens through which the unlimited resources of the Kingdom of Heaven flow as God signature is left in the indelible ink of love over people’s lives.

Faith is being confident that what we hope for will actually happen, it gives us assurance about things we cannot see (Hebrews 11:1) … we cannot afford to see outside of hope.

Hope sees the yes, the provision, the answer and we have the privilege of living in the thank you of the yes. We have a responsibility to pray until we see the yes manifest – on earth as it is in heaven.

Supernatural hope lives from a place with eyes that can see answers, fully aware of the limitless resources available. As the ink of His goodness flows through us every solution that comes from Heaven, formed in the creative wisdom of God, carries this signature

When we overflow with the goodness of God, we get to look like our Daddy, the God of hope, as He flows through us impacting our lives, the people around us, towns, cities, regions, nations

In His name nations will put their hope. (Matthew 21:21)

A year on from accepting the invitation to travel further into the unlimited realms of His goodness I have only one thing to say …… MORE ….. come and join the adventure of all adventures.
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DUST AND STARS


Abraham faced the fact that his body was as good as dead, it gave him no reason for hope however the dust and stars spoke a different story.

The promise of fathering many nations was continually before him, the dust swirling around him in the day, kicked up as his feet trod the land promised to him, the stars, uncountable, shining brightly at night as beacons of hope, for this was the amount of descendents God told him he would have.

Day after day, night after night the dust and stars engaged Abrahams imagination, he did not hide his thought life, he laughed in unbelief but did not stay there, he actively interacted with God by asking questions, growing in faith, becoming fully convinced that God had the power to do what He had promised.

The journey of faith, intimacy with God, is developed in the context of an ongoing dialogue.

Our thoughts, the unspoken questions, dreams and desires of our hearts are not silent in Gods ears, He is present there. Abrahams relationship with God grew and developed into a friendship where God chose to share His plans with Abraham and Abraham in turn was able to influence those plans.

There is a momentum to all that happens in the Kingdom.  I love how God delights to add layer upon layer to what He has already shown us, discovering more about His infinite nature, growing in limitless intimacy and greater levels of faith engaging our imaginations with the dust and stars that represent the limitless yes of the promises over our lives, where against all hope in hope we chose to believe.

Hope is a person, He fills us with all joy and peace as we trust in him so that we overflow with outrageously glorious hope to the world around us. Hope is the confident expectation of good, the absolute conviction that God who is outrageously gloriously good will do what he has promised.

We are called to disciple nations, to look at the swirling dust, to peer at the uncountable stars, to keep the conversation going, to not stop, to not give up.

To trust, hope and persevere so that relationship leads to partnership and earth looks like Heaven ….. where ever our feet take us on adventures in faith as friends of God.