July Update from the Mountains – 6th July 2019
The Blue Mountains is worth a true expression of Yahweh, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
How do you picture heaven? How do you see heaven and the realities of that place? We have been experiencing an unfolding communal revelation that the best thing that can happen in these mountains and the plains either side, can be for it to look more and more like heaven each day. We believe that. We really do. Not more Christian activity for the sake of it, but people all across these mountains seeing the reality of Isaiah 35 come to pass in their lives and the lives of those around them. The set free and the soon to be set free. The young and the old. The mature and the immature. The ones who believe in other gods and the ones who have already a hope and future.
The heavenised version of the Blue Mountains is our mandate. Authentic, beautiful and sacred expressions of Yahweh’s kingdom in every area of these mountains in dynamic and different ways. That these mountains would be famous for one SON and nothing else. That people would flock here in droves and encounter JESUS and be changed forever more. That there lives would then reflect and release His kingdom in all they do, that every knee would bow and every tongue would confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, Saviour and Kingsman Redeemer.
One of our brothers in our kingdom family recently shared that Yahweh’s economy is not buying and selling but is giving and receiving. Its always been that way and Jesus has been highlighting through our teachers that Jesus is always upending the exchange of unrighteousness things so that His Fathers House is always founded as a House of Prayer. It is okay for Jesus to mess it up and the Holy Spirit to change the script, we love how He has been leading us in profound ways.
Together we continue to see an ever increasing glory in our midst, and we just love spending extended times with Jesus together. We keep hearing and practicing the art of not rushing and slowing down, we know that the quickest way to get somewhere in the kingdom is to stop. This flies in the face of the worlds ways and some of what has crept into the body of Christ in different expressions, fast paced services that get people in and out quickly and methodically. That may work for some, but we see the biblical expression of koinonia as a lingering together, modelled in the book of ACTS and continuing to be worked out all across the world today. That we wouldn’t just be an ekklesia (a group of like minded people) but be transformed into a koinania (a kingdom family).
Much is being and has been said about revival, awakening, presence, glory and power and those all in Christ inside a biblical framework are wonderful, but outside of a kingdom family, they tend to draw people to people and to movements and methods, rather than to Christ as the only Head. We desire to live in and continually see a Revelation 11 v 15 where the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of Yahweh and of His Christ. That we would see the actual and literal release of Romans 8 v 19-23 in our very midst, not waiting for a day to come but experiencing it now and contending for more and more and more, for people and for places, for hearts and for faces. We are praying for a manifestation of Ephesians 3 v 14-21 to be what we carry and what people experience through our kingdom family.
One of the stories being weaved live in our kingdom family has been the story of a pattern and type of family where we don’t simply think of what Yahweh is doing now, but we have a heart and mindset that is forward thinking, moving together towards preparing a place and culture where those who have not yet joined the family, and those who are being built up in the family have a place of maturity to rule and reign with Christ, a movement that is intentional about the generations both in the present and the future. Where people are joined of different ages and cultures, we dare say different christian expressions in one mind, one body and one spirit, yielding and yearning together to see His Kingdom come and come and come and stay and become the only standard we have and need.
Slow Build // Slow Burn
Yahweh’s plans are so different to the way in which the world would do life. They are so magnificent and extraordinary that the body of Christ needs to spend copious amounts of time hearing the Fathers voice and learning the Fathers ways, so that they can reflect and mirror the kingdom of heaven here on earth. Authentic moves of Yahweh, are never quick and flash-in-the-pan moments that pass quickly with no fruit, true moves of Jesus that are sustainable and long-lasting are full of fruit and maturity. Jesus is calling His people to the slow build and the slow burn. Jesus was famous for His ability to use agricultural terms and food terms to explain his kingdom and how it works. He actually spent all His time on earth between the resurrection and the ascension speaking about and training His men and women in the kingdom of God. Its was a time of the slow burn and the slow build. Imagine eating a beef brisket after one hour cooking; it would still be edible but imagine the taste, the saviour, the smell, the aroma after twenty five hours! Oh it is joy to be rid of rushing and intentionally slowing down to build with Christ, not trying to get big in the eyes of worldly success but being obedient to Christ and His plans for us. What if the Lord was redefining big back to its original intention; a people who have become a kingdom family; that are carrying heaven and releasing it; seeing the whole cosmos around them be transformed from the inside out and outside in.
Not the Sanctuary or Sanctuary Church just Sanctuary.
So biblically what is Sanctuary and why did we call this Sanctuary. The bible text if full of encounters with Yahweh God, full of encounters with people of all walks in life. Biblically Sanctuary is the word: Miqdash which means a sacred and holy place. A shelter from the wind of the world. In the middle ages if someone was in trouble and needed refuge they could find a town with a kingdom family and cry out “sanctuary” and they would be rescued. Then a process of redemption, reconciliation and renewal would take place in their lives. Between them and God, them and Jesus and them and the Holy Spirit.
We had several encounters with the Lord Jesus in 2014, dreams and visions, prophetic words and bible encounters where we where led to Sanctuary. It came from a place of obedience and relationship with Jesus. Our hope and prayer is that every person in the this region and beyond encounter sanctuary in God, where they too are shielding in Christ from the wind of the world and renewed so they can carry renewal wherever they are. We are so thankful for each and every person who we are linking arms with each day, who sow time, energy, life, finances and prayer into what we are all doing together. It is so beautiful and we are so grateful.
For those who are reading this who have not experienced who we are and what Jesus is doing, you are so welcome to come and spend time with us and experience this for yourself. You are so loved.
As we continue on in all He has called us to together may be always found doing more and more and more and more of the ONE THING (Psalm 27 v 4).
~ Love and blessings, Adam and Cath.