| 23 February 2012
The most disturbing word of all is not the 'F' word you associate with a dirty mouth but rather the 'F' word that robs us of hope and a future– FEAR. In Jozi where crime is rampant and fear a very real issue, we run the risk of losing the vision Papa God has for this city, by letting fear dictate our view, instead of faith allowing us to hold a dream for this city that comes from the reality of God’s heavenly throne room. Faith allows us to hold in our hearts the realities of an unseen realm. Not only is faith a hoping for a reality we don’t always see, but also the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen. (Heb 11 v 1). That means there is a practical outworking to demonstrate the truth, a tangible reality of that which we are holding out for.
We are able to pull the reality of heaven into this world through the reality of heaven –Jesus- living in us! And faith comes from my intimate friendship with Jesus – it is a gift from Him to be able to see the world the way that He does. We understand our world by the faith that is in our hearts.
How exciting is this - as son’s and daughters of the King we become part of the transformation of our city. Carrying His love, His hope and His Kingdom with us, we become the change that our city needs. Not crippled by fear and the realities of circumstances, we look to the realities of our Papa’s Kingdom and hold out for that heavenly reality to kiss earth – to kiss our city, Johannesburg. The men and women, children and babies of our city are going to encounter the kiss of the father through the Presence of Jesus in and through our lives!
So in our city, where we see crime and poverty, corruption and greed, the Father sees people that are the focus of His love and attention, men and women He wants to pour His love on that He has a hope and a future for! Five years ago God gave us this promise for our city:
Isaiah 60 The Message;
I’ll install Peace to run your country,
Make Righteousness your boss.
There’ll be no more stories of crime in your land,
No more robberies, no more vandalism.
You’ll name your main street Salvation Way
And install Praise Park in the centre of town.
He wants to give us dreams for our lives that will bring transformation in our city, our nation and the nations of the world. God loves cities because they are full of men and women, children and babies that the Father is passionate about. Yay! We love you Jozi! Bring on the Love!!