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I destroyed the Amorite …
though he was tall as the cedars
and strong as the oaks.
I destroyed his fruit above and his roots below
Amos 2:9

What an amazing statement of the Lord’s work of healing and deliverance, in our lives!

We’re having a bumper harvest of raspberries, this year! And it’s also going to be a good year for figs! Earlier, we had blackcurrant profusion! Going by the many requests we see from others to “please come and help yourself to our fruit/veg”, this looks like a year of fruitful harvests, all round. Even our tomatoes, that usually end up splitting on the plant, are beautiful and complete, this year!

How good it is and how thankful we are, when we can enjoy such abundance of good fruit. Then we know that the roots, too, must be good.

There are times, though, when we see the evidence of bad fruit in our lives. This may be in the form of negative self-beliefs, or damaging behaviour we can’t avoid, or relationships that are a constant source of hurt, or that nothing ever seems to go right, or any number of other negative experiences we seem unable to shake free from. And we know that the root bearing this fruit, lies deep within. And the root is not good. Yet we seem powerless to do anything about it.

The great news is that God’s promise holds true! In His words through Amos, the “Amorite” represented the enemy of His people. His promise is that whatever wars against us – the bad roots, however they got there, and the damaging fruit they produce – HE has destroyed, on the cross of Jesus, by whose wounds we are healed. We don’t need to live with bad fruit, nor with the roots that continue to produce them. As we take hold of the healing and deliverance available through the cross, we WILL receive and live in freedom!

At the 2016 Encounter Weekends we are exploring this in greater depth and uncovering the tremendous riches of Isaiah 53. There are still places available if you’d like to join us or know someone who would benefit. We’d love as many as possible to have the opportunity to be renewed, refreshed and restored!

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At the end of October, at the Mustard Tree, we completed the last of our Encounter Weekends for this year. Psalm 34:5 (Those who look to him are radiant, their faces are never covered with shame) was the theme for the weekend. We gathered to seek our Father afresh and allow the Holy Spirit to ignite a deeper connection with Father’s heart. We
wanted to make the time to gaze on him and experience his gaze on us. We were not disappointed!

Breakthrough

Simply to say that Father met with us, is rather like saying, “We stood under a waterfall and got a bit wet!” What’s it like to bring ourselves into the torrent of grace and love that flows from his heart?

xxxthere was rejoicing for those who were freed from consuming fears
xxxthere were those who reconnected in their relationship with God
xxxand Father’s special, for some who for the first time in their years of walking with Jesus, were able to experience Father’s embrace and call him “Father”
xxxan amazing answer to one person’s practical and deeply felt needs, through someone they’d not met before, yet who came (unknowingly) equipped with the detailed and exactly right answer: that can only be Father God!
xxxthere was soaking in his enveloping peace and enjoying his favour to us and warmth of his gaze
xxxa lady came, suffering from acute pain – a consequence of 30 years of scoliosis (curvature of her spine). She was permanently on Tramadol, a narcotic like pain reliever. She had tried every remedy, with no cure. The Holy Spirit revealed that she was bound in her affliction by an evil spirit, like the lady in Lk13:10. The word of deliverance was spoken over her and she was set free from 30 years of pain and disease. She was up and bending over to touch her toes and tying her shoe laces, all for the first time in over 20 years!

Hallelujah! Our Father is so good!

Freedom

And  we were hugely encouraged, too, to have confirmed that a lady who attended the Nicholaston weekend in September (and this one) was freed from OCD that had meant a repeated compulsive behaviour that was interfering with her daily life and making a chore out of many normal activities during any day, for over 30 years. She needed constantly to check and recheck that everything in her apartment was secure and it was an ordeal every time she went out. When she returned home from the September weekend, it suddenly dawned on her that the Lord had delivered her from this compulsion. At the Mustard tree she testified to how she had enjoyed a month of “normal” behaviour!

“I sought the Lord and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears … taste and see that the Lord is good”, said David in Ps34:4,8. So many of the folk from these last two weekends, at Nicholaston and the Mustard Tree, would say a big AMEN! And certainly we would add, “The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy”.

And more ….

Well, it didn’t end there! Shortly after the weekend, we heard from a dear friend. Best let her tell her own story:

I received a healing a week ago that has made my life so much more pleasant!  Since the age of 17 I have had trouble with my wisdom teeth.  One in particular that apparently could not come through because there was no room.  The hospital did not want to try and extract it because it was too high in the jaw.  The dentist hoped that it would come down enough to be removed. I have had endless pain and infections over the years, a very bad one recently that was the worst the dentist had ever seen. This was part of my problem over half term. I could not open my mouth to eat. Pain killers had little effect. As I lay in bed last Thursday feeling sorry for myself because I had no one to pray for me at that time, I thought of Conrad and his assertiveness regarding healing. In particular I remember him saying that you need to claim your healing- the healing you are entitled to, so I thought that I would pray for myself and do exactly that. I fell asleep and woke up with a big white glistening wisdom tooth in the right place!

How great is our Father God!

Podcasts of the weekends’ teachings can be downloaded from here.

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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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