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Partner Letter November

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Dear Partner

Here we are at the end of another great year with our Lord. We began 2017 with Him calling us to Walk With Him and to Work With Him…and we would see Heaven Invading Earth.

James tells us in his letter James 4:8,

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

If we have ever not experienced the presence of God, it has not been on His part. As we read through the Word of God, we will see time and time again that God is constantly visiting, reaching, calling out, inviting man into His presence. In fact, the very existence of the Word of God is proof of this.

We would not even be aware of the existence of God if He did not tell us about Himself. It was His idea to visit Abram in Genesis 12:1-2,

Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.”

And again, in Genesis 17:1-2,

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. 2 And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.”

Almighty God…that is El Shaddai. The great God who protects, holds safe, nurtures, feeds and watches over you!

God’s great desire is for us to know Him. His greatest desire is to be believed! We are told in Hebrews 11:6,

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

As this year draws to a close, I encourage you…keep walking with God.

It is not a hard, laborious chore. It is not something that should bring pressure and concern. Jesus said in Matthew 11:30,

            For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

This does not mean that there will not always be a lot to do for Him. What it does tell me is that if I am taking heavy strain then I have not been walking with Him and have been trying to do things in my own might. Worry, concern, anxiety, stress are all symptoms of fear. If I have experienced any of these then that would tell me that I have not drawn into the love of God. John reminds us in 1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.

Remember, he said in 1 John 4:16,

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28-29,

Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

There have been some great challenges this year…and maybe the enemy has tried to bring doubt to our thinking. Instead of thinking on those things, as we head towards the New Year, take time to spend with your Heavenly Father. Draw into the precious presence of Jesus. Look back and recall all the great things where and times that you were aware of the presence of God and where you saw Him move in your life. Celebrate His goodness!

Know God loves you…Believe His Love…and you will see that you did indeed experience Heaven on Earth!

Janine and I love you dearly and pray for you every day.

Have a VERY blessed Christmas…and an Awesome 2018.

Jesus is Lord,

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