by Helen Murray
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These days we hear less of the glass ceiling (women had difficulty in obtaining the top executive ranks against men).
However, I feel in my bones there is another glass ceiling we need to notice.It possibly applies to the faith of many western countries, but I am in Australia.
My pastors have an international ministry in which they see many miracles happen. They long to see them in our church here at home. We have many long term sick or damaged people who are constantly asking for prayer, but not receiving the miracle so longed for. Yet we know the power of our God to heal, and we know the will of our God to heal! And yes, we do have answers to prayers that certainly appear to be through the miraculous intervention of Father. But in our church we do not see the sick leaping up to declare that God has healed them.
I have sensed this glass ceiling. Sometimes I long to go to Africa, or somewhere where faith is real, just to be in that presence which miraculously heals! Just to be among a community of people whose faith is whole and operative. Sometimes I long to go to another ministry where healings are happening and I can more certainly expect my healing. But another part of me says that I want my healing in my home church. I want to jump up and announce that God has healed me here. I want to bear testimony in my own city to what God has done. I want to announce that the fire of God is present in this place. I want to demonstrate to my unbelieving children what God has done. I personally want to walk in the works that God has prepared for us to walk in, with faith for healing the body. I do have faith for healing the emotions through a prayer ministry, God has given me for that, praise His glorious Name above all Names. But Jesus suffered the battering of His body for my healing, and I want to proclaim the total wholeness He came to achieve for us. I want to honour Him in this way!.
Now Ashish Macwan hit it right on the head in his article “Prophetic Word of God for the nation of Australia”. Perhaps he is being Abraham to our Lot! Our deep appreciation goes to you Ashish, together with your praying team.
My instinct (Holy Spirit?) says that indeed we have tried to climb into the sheepfold through the back door, and that we have let the nation slide too far (The perversion has taken hold). We have a very good life so far here, and we have wanted everything too easily. There is a praying people here who weep before the Lord for the nation, and there are those aiming at seats in parliament in order to put things right from there. My prayer is that Father will be patient just a little longer, and that many, many Christians will begin to do the hard work of prayer and fasting, and standing for public office. The modern Haaman is trying to crucify the people of the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ on the gallows of the media! As Esther (in public office!) called for a three day fast over the issue of genocide of her people, so may we have people in public office, for a season such as this, to call a great people of God (nation within a nation) to prayer and fasting on the issue of perversion(s) in this nation, that we may return to the heritage of being called the South Land of the Holy Spirit. Everything is possible with God – even this, and there is some turning of the tide, but we can’t rest yet.
I loved the ending of the Esther story! Isn’t our Father magnificent? Haaman was hanged on his own gallows, but not before he paraded Mordecai around town in royal dress and privilege! O Father, for a recurrence of this wonderful climax! It’s possible! Can you imagine the media being the instrument of revival in this country? Yes, it is possible! Our great Christian politicians are being obedient to the law of God as Esther was obedient to her Uncle Mordecai. If the king of this nation (the populace in general), holds up the sceptre to the Christian politicians, the tide will turn. Too long the humanistic lobbies have been prime minister, and currently they are trying to build a gallows for Christianity and its leaders. Like Haaman, they are not silent about their plans, and object to the Christian viewpoint entirely. They mock God openly, publicly and shamelessly, and actually create opportunities to do it through their vast media empire. But God is not mocked. Australia is at the crossroads. Esther is in the palace (and indeed may be increased this election!) There is a huge tide yet to turn. On your knees Australia! Fast this election as Esther and her compatriots fasted. Fast and pray.
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YOUR ARTICLE RESONATED WITH ME AS ONE I HAD BEEN ASKING THE LORD TO SEND ME TONIGHT. I FELT SO KEENLY THE NEED OF ENCOURAGEMENT, TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE OTHER CHRISTIANS OUT THERE WHO LONG TO SEE THE MANIFESTATION AND BLESSING OF GOD'S MIRACULOUS INTERVENTION FOR HEALING. TWOFOLD: HIS PROMISE OF PROVISION FOR HIS BODY, THE CHURCH- AND ALSO AS A SIGN TO CONFIRM THE CHURCH AND WITNESS THE POWER OF GOD TO THE UNBELIEVER. TOO MANY CHRISTIANS SUBSCRIBE TO THE BELIEF THAT MIRACLES CEASED WITH THE DEATH OF THE APOSTLES. THIS IS CONTRARY TO SCRIPTURE AND CREATES AN ATMOSPHERE OF UNBELIEF SIMILAR TO WHAT JESUS ENCOUNTERED IN HIS HOME TOWN OF NAZARETH WHERE HE PERFORMED NO GREAT MIRACLES BECAUSE HE WAS KNOWN ONLY AS "THE CARPENTER'S SON." FOR OVER A YEAR NOW I HAVE PRAYED FOR A SWEEP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ACROSS MY OWN COUNTRY, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, BEGINNING IN THE CHURCH, AND I INCLUDE MYSELF IN THIS PRAYER. I TOO NEED PHYSICAL HEALING AND THOUGH I BELIEVE IN THE PROVISION GOD MADE FOR US AS RECORDED IN JAMES 5:14 AND OTHER PLACES SUCH AS MATTHEW 8:17, THE CLOSING CHAPTERS OF THE BOOK OF MARK, AND ALSO THE MANY EXAMPLES OF JESUS AND HIS READINESS AND POWER TO HEAL-THE APOSTLES AND THE MIRACLES WROUGHT DURING THEIR MINISTRIES- I STILL AWAIT GOD'S MIRACLE, THE TOUCH OF THE MASTER'S HAND SO TO SPEAK. HE LEAVES ME SMALL CLUES TO ENCOURAGE ME, BUT... HEALINGS AND MIRACLES IN OTHER, SO-CALLED THIRD WORLD, COUNTRIES OCCUR MORE OFTEN AND SOMETIMES I WONDER IF AMERICANS HAVE GROWN SO SOPHISTICATED THAT WE LACK THE INNOCENCE OF THOSE WHO HAVE A SIMPLER, PURER, MORE CHILDLIKE FAITH. WELL I SEE THIS COMMENT HAS GROWN TO ARTICLE LENGTH AND APOLOGIZE FOR THAT BUT REALLY YOUR ARTICLE WAS TONIGHT SOMETHING OF A MIRACLE FOR ME. THANK YOU AND PRAISE GOD FOR INSPIRING YOU TO WRITE YOUR MESSAGE WITH SUCH CLARITY AND ENERGY. MAY GOD BLESS US BOTH WITH HEALING AND OUR BELOVED COUNTRIES WITH A REPENTANCE THAT HE ALONE CAN GRANT. WE NEED THE POWER OF PENTECOST, AFRESH.
Amen! Fast and pray, Australia! I'm Suzanne, by the way, another Aussie. I don't know if you're aware that there is quite a lovely little community of us Kiwi and Aussie FaithWriters. You can find us on the message boards of Faithwriters. Come visit if you're interested - in particular, the one where we're wanting to welcome you! http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=82273#82273
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