Thursday is Verse Day @FaithUnlocked – 1 Samuel 15:22-23

Samuel replied:

“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as much as in obeying the Lord?
To obey is better than sacrifice,
and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is like the sin of divination,
and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
he has rejected you as king.”

– 1 Samuel 15:22-23

The Game Before the Game

“Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you”
Joshua 3:5

This is the second in a series of posts on summarised Lessons from New Wine – United 2014. @kenjcosta spoke on the verse above in Week 1 of the conference.

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What the world needs, we have – “Remember Jesus Christ raised from the dead“.

There is a season coming when God will move in power. We must prepare; we must consecrate ourselves – where God plans, God prepares. Before we take the game to the world, we must play the game which comes before – we must believe, and prepare.

A440, which has a frequency of 440 Hz, is the musical note A above middle C and serves as a general tuning standard for musical pitch. Jesus is our ‘A440′ who resonates the purest pitch which we must follow, lifting him high as the Light of the World to banish confusion.

AAA, stands for Access All Areas, and if we allow the Father, Son and Spirit into all areas of our lives, He will power our ministry into all areas of the world.

Acting in Jesus’ Authority, an authority conferred in special favour by God, we accept His anointing – customized to the responsibilities to which God calls us; not to be held back, but to do a new thing in His name and for His glory, for a missional purpose – to be sent, not left searching.

Anointing precedes preparation; preparation for appointment; appointment to take action. David, anointed with pure oil and dedicated to God, went back to the sheep for 20 years before becoming King: pastoral preparation prior to leadership.

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Consecrate Yourselves

Holy Week – Wednesday – Mark 14:1-11

Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away,
and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him.
‘But not during the festival,’ they said, ‘or the people may riot.’
While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper,
a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard.
She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another,
‘Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages
and the money given to the poor.’ And they rebuked her harshly.
‘Leave her alone,’ said Jesus.
‘Why are you bothering her?
She has done a beautiful thing to me.
The poor you will always have with you,
and you can help them any time you want.
But you will not always have me.
She did what she could.
She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.
Truly I tell you,
wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world,
what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.’

Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them.
They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

– Mark 14:1-11

God’s Power for God’s Church

Apostles of the Lord!
Rise up, obey your anointing;
Lead our church in God’s power
According to your calling!
Know that His kingdom is near,
Help us show Heaven here,
As we open wide our heart’s eyes,
To see as our Father sees.

Holy Spirit gift us now, with faith
Overflowing beyond our fill;
Fuel our church with holy power,
According to His sovereign will.
Tend your fruit in our lives,
As a witness to the Truth;
Signpost sinners to the Way
Unlocking the door to eternal Life.

Led in Power

God’s vision and plans,
Voiced and tasked for Heaven here;
A heart for the lost;

A hunger for His word;
Cradling God’s children with love:
His church led in power.


Release your true self
Revive God’s church in power –
Restore our lost world

Sinners saved by grace
Move into maturity –
Saints in God’s kingdom

God’s purpose revealed
The saints obedient to Him:
Church revolution

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Isaiah 6:8

Written over a wonderful weekend of teaching and ministry – thank you both: Alan and Jan – and the presence of God amongst His people


Come Holy Spirit,
To bless and gift servant hearts:
Church given power

Ripples moving out,
Freedom, redemption; Jesus!
Name above all names!

Salvation for all,
Healing and deliverance:
God be glorified!

“You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high”
Luke 24:48-49