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The first Encounter event for 2011 took place on 12 February. The Lord’s presence was with us as we worshipped and received Jesus’ promise that his truth will set us free. It was a morning for breaking free from burdens we’d carried within ourselves, locked in by the enemy’s lies. It was a time for embracing God’s promise of restoring what was lost.

Joel 2:25 gives us a promise of restoration – of bringing us back to the places where we will dream again. Not dreams of yearning for what was not, but dreams of fulfilment and hope.

In Jos24:13,  Israel is reminded that they acquired what they had not laboured to build. God didn’t just give them victory, he gave them a readymade conquest. This is a picture for us not just of the victory we have in Jesus, but that this victory includes the totality of God’s healing and restoring of our lives.

The promise of Joel and the picture of Joshua assure us that God alone can bring us to the place of fulfilment, where what we lost is not just paid back, but paid back with interest. When we stand in the place of God’s healing and restoring, we find that what we lost hasn’t held us back and in fact God has grown us so we are where we should be – if not even beyond that – had we not suffered the loss. So it’s like having our youth renewed AND soaring with the eagles.

The problem for us, so often, is that we live locked within the consequences of hurtful and damaging experiences of life – consequences that leave us with a burden of losses that we feel we will carry for life. Not just material losses, but loss of peace, health, character, self worth, innocence, abilities, relationships ….. The reality appears to us to be anything but the promise and the picture. We appeart to live in the opposite realm, where we are slaves to the consequences from the past.

What keeps us bound and unable to experience God’s healing and restoring?

A major factor is the lies of the enemy. Jesus called satan “the father of lies” and so identified a key weapon he uses. Because Jesus is Truth and he sustains all creation, truth is part of our essential DNA. Truth is ingrained into our very being. We are designed to be held together by truth – it is like a thread that keeps us together and aligned with what is right and good for us. We live in wholesomeness, balance and fulfilment when we live in truth. So when we embrace lies and accept lies into our beings, the result is an unravelling of our personalities, poisoning of our spirit and even destruction of our bodies.

No wonder that satan uses lies to undermine us in every way he can, to steal, kill and destroy all he can. No wonder he will keep us chained to lies that seek to convince us that we will never be free from damaging consequences arising from losses and bad experiences we’ve had in life.

How can we be free, to experience God’s healing and restoring – to know the reality of the promise and the picture?

The first step is to recognise and acknowledge the lies that we have accepted and chosen to believe. Because lies don’t just stick. They stick because we choose to accept them and believe them. We may then need to repent of any wrong attitudes we have held towards God as a result of accpeting the lie (e.g. not trusting him; not accepting his goodness). We need to renounce the lies (i.e. refuse to recognise them any longer; stop engaging with them). And then receive and affirm God’s truths for us.

It is not necessarily easy. And the longer we’ve  lived with the lies, the more they will seek to hold onto us. So we will at all times need the Holy Spirit’s revelation and enabling strength. But if we are willing, then he is certainly more than wanting (to free us) and is able to do more than we could ever imagine.

Jesus said, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”.

Shalom.

You can listen to a podcast of teaching related to this topic, from the Encounter Morning of 12 February. Click here.

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2010! We look forward to sharing with you in more of God!

Sunrise, 1January2010

Whatever this coming year may hold, there’s one thing that continues to engage our hearts, our spirits, our passion – AND THAT’S MORE OF GOD!

Whatever your plans, expectations, aspirations, desires for the coming year …..

LEAVE SPACE FOR GOD! (and plenty of space ….)

There is nothing more precious to the Lord than our relationship with him.
So make a decision now, to attend actively to deepening your walk with God, this year. Give him quality time, from your life. As well as your regular devotional time with God, why not mark out specific times in your diary (you could do it now!) that will be for you and God, alone. Time that you will protect and keep free from intrusion. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you (James4:8).

Gyms and health clubs get very busy at this time of year, with so many people looking to shed pounds (or kg!) and get fit. How many will stay the course, in the weeks and months ahead? We all know that “desiring” is one thing, whilst seeing the results only comes through commitment.

Will you commit to a closer walk with the Lord, this year? This will certainly involve shedding baggage that comes between you and God. Amongst many things this may include reassessing your priorities, or changing wrong attitudes, or setting damaged relationships right, or stopping harmful habits, or receiving healing from the poison of imbedded hurts. Some things we may be able to address quite quickly, others will be a longer journey. What’s important is that we remain honest with ourselves and with God and stay open to the Holy Spirit. Let him search you and lead you deeper into the love, grace, healing, peace and joy of the Lord.

You’ll find the plan for this year’s Breakfast events under the “Diary” tab. This will be updated, as needed.

Through the Breakfast events this year, we will continue to draw closer to God, minister to him and receive all the Holy Spirit brings, with the Presence of God.

Do join us when you can. We look forward to sharing with you in more of God!

With our love and blessings,

Erik and Mary.

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Giving up idols

It was good to be back after the summer break and for so many to to come together, hungry for an encounter with God. We were not disappointed.

We were challenged during the evening to examine what a passion for Jesus meant for each one of us, individually. Jesus clearly stated, Anyone who loves his father or mother … son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me (Mth10:37-39) …. If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters – yes, even his own life – he cannot be my disciple (Lk14:26) … If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me (Mt16:24).

Strong words! Jesus didn’t mean that we should literally cast others aside in hatred and neglect. He was speaking of the comparison of different things that grip our hearts. He calls us to a passion for him that arises above every other passion. He challenges our most treasured relationships, our closest ties, our most valued possessions, our most consuming desires, our deepest ambitions, our most meaningful areas of service – and asks us, how does our passion for him (not his works) compare to our passion for these? He shows us in these words that at the heart of true, Godly passion is not sentimentality or excited feelings, but a ruthless dying in our SELF, to every other desire – whatever its source – that arises within our hearts to challenge the place of our desire for him.

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From Tony in Porthcawl ….

Jesus did not tell us to go out into the world and have theological arguements and create splits.

Paul had to have serious words with the Corinthians: “I appeal to you, my brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, agree among yourselves ……….I have been told …….that there are quarrels among you.”
Jesus told people then and is telling us now to go out and baptise people and create a Christian world of Christian brothers and sisters.
This is one of the facts that I love about Breakfast On The Beach. There is no such thing as an emphasis on denomination. The emphasis is on Christians, often from different denominations, getting together, learning and maturing as brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ and together experiencing deep encounters with his Holy Spirit.

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One of those days, when the Holy Spirit ministered to us in a deep and personal way ….

We continued on the theme of Pursuing God, taking the time to allow his Spirit to search us and realign our hearts to be centred on God, rather than the pursuit of other goals. Pursuing God is not just life embracing, it’s life changing. Inevitably, as we draw closer to his light, it reveals what’s hidden in our lives – sometimes even from ourselves – that keeps us from a deeper relationship with Jesus. Negative emotions, hurts, wrong beliefs and other baggage that we carry around with us can all be exposed in a way that only the Holy Spirit can do, when we know in our hearts that he has put his finger on an issue we’ve been hiding away or secretly struggling with.

Our reaction can be to run and hide. But these things are unveiled not to condemn us, but so that the Spirit can deal with them and free us from carrying these burdens and being chained by them. His intention is to draw us deeper into knowing the love of God and the freedom we have in Christ.

Some comments received (names supplied) …..

… thank you for your ministry to us … also for the personal prayer time afterwards. I feel God took me there and it was such a great place to be!

… I much benefitted from your personal ministry … it has really made a difference … I have stopped blaming myself.

Thank you Lord, for the peace of dwelling in your presence.

Thank you for so many blessings of reassurance and peace in wonderful surroundings.

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Pursuing God

The theme for this evening was “Pursuing God”. For those present, it was a special opportunity for taking the time to go deeper with God and pursue his Presence. Pursuing God is part of each and every person’s heart desire – whether we realise and acknowledge it or not. It is built into our “creation fabric”. We speak of pursuing God, not because he is running away from us or making it difficult for us to find him. We pursue him as a beloved pursuing  her(his) lover. Having experienced God and “tasted” his closeness, we just can’t get enough of him!

This was an evening for very personal times with God and Holy Spirit was clearly busy at work in a sweet, gentle but powerful way. Thank you, Jesus.

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The Holy Spirit, faith and fellowship

It was good to spend the morning and afternoon together, in the presence of God, enjoying the fellowship and ministry of the Holy Spirit. An excellent soup lunch was enjoyed (thanks, Glen!). The theme of the day was “Living Faith”. We thought about the challenge to come “up to the line” in faith, trusting in God’s word and his character and promises. Our reponsibility in coming “up to the line” is to trust God and leave the outcome to him – but (and this is so often the “sticking point”), regardless of the outcome (i.e. whether God behaves in the way we expect/demand of him) we should not allow that to diminish our trust and hope in him (e.g. because he didn’t answer my last prayer the way I wanted, next time I trust him less). The way God answers – or doesn’t appear to answer – what we seek, is not a measure of how much he is to be trusted.

A number of folk found the message for the day spoke directly to their circumstances and gave them fresh direction and encouragement. Holy Spirit released people to minister to one another in prayer and words of encouragement and one person even had their feet washed, to affirm to them, Father’s love.

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