THE JUBILEE CENTRE

The land on which Paradox church stands located on Fifty road is very significant. The land given to Paradox was literally GIVEN to them!

Similarly, the Hebrew people were given the promised land after their 40 years in the wilderness. The Hebrews did not purchase the land with their own money or even trade their own property in exchange for their promised land, in order to secure it as their property, it was given to them by the Lord, as the Lord took dominion over the land, defeated their adversaries, delivered them from slavery and prepared the land for the Hebrews to occupy and call their own.

It was nothing the Hebrews could do in their own strength to claim the land as theirs, it was the Lord’s hand alone. He alone paved the way through His authority and sovereignty alone. However it took unwavering obedience from Moses, Aaron and Joshua to follow every instruction from the Lord, regardless of how impossible it seemed in the natural. It required leaders who feared the Lord, and had an uncompromising, unshakeable faith and trust in their Almighty God to open the way for them and their followers to freely enter their promised land and have full ownership over it.

I believe what is so significant about this story is that it demonstrated not what made the Israelites look good and favourable, it demonstrated the mighty power, glory and faithfulness of the Lord to fulfill His promises when His children are fully surrendered and yielded to His will.

I believe the Lord is saying that this story is a prophetic parallel to what He is doing through the Paradox Church body of Christ! The land on Fifty road was given to them, an incredibly rare occurrence! Never have I heard of a church being given property without having require some form of payment. I believe the Lord is demonstrating his Mighty power, grace and faithfulness to the body of Paradox church because of their unshakeable faith, and yielding obedience to Him alone! Praise the Lord!

The Lord then showed me the incredible significance of this physical land being intentionally located on FIFTY ROAD. The number 50 is commonly known as the year of JUBILEE.

Jubilee (“Year of Release”) deals largely with land, property, and property rights. According to Leviticus, slaves and prisoners would be freed, debts would be forgiven, and the mercies of God would be particularly manifest. Leviticus 25:8–13 states:

You shall count off seven Sabbaths of years, seven times seven years; and there shall be to you the days of seven Sabbaths of years, even forty-nine years. Then you shall sound the loud trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month. On the Day of Atonement you shall sound the trumpet throughout all your land. You shall make the fiftieth year holy, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee to you; and each of you shall return to his own property, and each of you shall return to his family. That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee to you. In it you shall not sow, neither reap that which grows of itself, nor gather from the undressed vines. For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you. You shall eat of its increase out of the field. In this Year of Jubilee each of you shall return to his property.

Wow!!! 50 literally marks the declaration of reclaiming land that was stolen, celebrating deliverance, and being RELEASED into freedom and restoration! Yeeew this is so amazing!

I believe the Lord is saying that you, Paradox, have officially exited the 40 year wilderness period and have entered the promised land, the year of JUBILEE! Hallelujah!

I see Paradox being a;

  • JUBILEE CENTRE: A place where those who are stuck in “bondage and slavery” (addiction, brokeness, depression, mental illness, suicide, physical infirmity, broken families and marriages) come to claim their land/inheritance/rights back and have it restored to them! Their IDENTITIES are being restored, rebuilt and reclaimed!
  • God is decreeing a JUBILEE ANOINTING; where people will step into the land and experience full deliverance, restoration, freedom and reconciliation as they encounter the manifest presence and Glory of God. Because the land itself has been transformed and consecrated into the tabernacle where God permanently dwells!

    I see, like those who returned back to their families in the story of Leviticus, The Lord is saying many who have wandered away from the Lord will come to Paradox encounter the tangible presence and power of Jesus and will return home to their Father (Their first love, like the Prodicals son) their rightful home.

    Many are going to come to Paradox and not only experience major freedom and deliverance, but also transform into living beams of His light! Many will turn from their false idols and come back to their one true God and worship Him with fear, reference, awe and wonder. They will burn bright in Holiness and Righteousness and manfifest is Glory through signs and wonders that bring liberty to captives!

    The anointing that is on the Paradox community will spill over the boundaries and into the surrounding regions! The cup of blessing will overflow and spread into the surrounded areas. Many from far and wide will come to Paradox seeking their Jubilee promise. God’s favour upon Paradox Church is unquestionably unique and unparalleled to anything else in this Nation!

    All praise, honour and glory to Jesus our precious most beloved saviour. Amen!

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    HEBREWS 12 – SONSHIP

    Keys to Unlocking Your Identity In Christ

    ” Run swiftly towards Holiness. For those who are not holy will not see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:4

    We cannot encounter His manifest presence or hear His voice or experience His tangible love unless we actively pursue holiness. To pursue holiness is to pursue His presence. If we aren’t running towards holiness we cannot access his presence, not because He is purposefully removing Himself from us as punishment, it’s that we are removing ourselves from Him.

    To be holy as He is Holy (1 Peter 1:16) means to fully grasp your identity as being seen perfect in His eyes. When you know who you are as His child, when you know who He is as your loving Father, when you fully embrace and believe who you are and who He says you are: royalty, Holy, perfect, delightful, wanted, pure, unblemished, valuable, precious etc. you trust Him. When you yield and trust Him completely with all of you – your mind, will and emotions; your hopes, dreams ambitions; your relationships and material possessions, just to name a few, knowing He loves you like a good father, you will effortlessly “submit to His life giving discipline (Romans 12:9),” trusting like an innocent child (faith like a child) fully surrendered (free falling into his arms – will) in the security and safety of His love, correction, training, sanctifying, restoring and fortifying.

    In this place of total trust, you will want nothing but to delight Him and step into all He has made you to be: HOLY! You will want to clothe yourself in His nature.

     

    A Holy one is a laid down daughter and son who puts their whole trust in their Father fully surrendered to His love, willing to obey Him at any cost, who is marked with the fear of the Lord and humility.

     

    Essentially, if you are not “running towards holiness,” you are running directly away from the presence of the Father. You are denying and rejecting your identity and sonship; you are not trusting nor yielding to the Fathers love and discipleship, therefore you are choosing to listen to the enemies voice. While you are listening to Satan’s voice, there is no room for God’s voice.

    Rejecting holiness is forfeiting your adoption and inheritance as His child. If the condition of our hearts is this we are unable to yield to the Fathers nurturing sanctification which means He is unable to draw you to Himself (Hebrews 12:6). In this place we cannot experience His manifest presence or experience His tangible person. Therefore we cannot see the Lord because we have chosen to separate ourselves from Him and rebel. To rebel is to trust in our won understanding, its exalting your flesh and carnal nature above God, as well as believing the lies of the enemy, which leads us into a heart that is deceived and blinded. We live life with veiled faces unable to perceive the mysteries and realities of heaven.

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    A Tornado is Coming!

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    Tornado! I saw a tornado of His love, His Spirit is coming over many in the body of Christ. The tornado is not destructive BUT it is mighty and powerful!

    This tornado of His Spirit will sweep over you, it will knock you off all the false foundations you have been anchored in. It has been false anchors, a false sense of security and safety. But the Lord says He is bringing a swift POWERFUL tornado of His Spirit, of His love, and of His TRUTH. I see a tornado that is combined with His powerful love and powerful truth. It will knock many off their false foundations and pull down false structures that many in the body of Christ have built their lives around. It will be fierce, it will be powerful, and it will cause many to be holy convicted, a holy sorrow will come upon them.

    But this tornado of love will bring many into a complete rebuilding and renewing of their identity which is in Christ. There will be a mighty rebuilding in the body of Christ of those who have lost their way. This tornado of God’s love and truth is going to powerfully pull down structures of confusion, deception; of false idols and false thinking that has caused many to stray from the narrow road. This mighty, glorious, and beautiful tornado of His love will sweep away the lies of the enemy that many have believed – even without knowing; Lies that they are finding their identity in.

    Be ready for this sweeping of His Spirit! Do not be afraid, but know that a healthy holy fear of the Lord will come and will be glorious and life changing. This tornado of His Spirit (love and truth) will cause a new pure revelation of Christ’s death and resurrection to overcome many in the body of christ. I see PRIDE. I see the anchor of PRIDE in many, a structure of pride that has built a hardness in the hearts of His people. A hardness that has trapped many in strongholds of addiction, anger, bitterness and resentment. This PRIDE has locked many into trapped and hindered thinking. It has hindered the voice of God in many.

    But the Lord says it is time! It is time for the winds of change! A MIGHTY TRANSFORMATION through a powerful tornado of His love and truth. Because the TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE! Many will be swept into this tornado and it will cause them to humble their hearts, to repent with pure hearts and SURRENDER. Many will be forever changed and transformed by this tornado of love and truth. You will begin to encounter the Lord in a way you never knew was possible! You will begin to seek His face and His voice will be the ONLY voice you will hear and obey. You will have a passion for Jesus so deeply; you will love Him and know Him. You will love holiness, you will love obedience, you will love purity and you will LOVE LIKE JESUS.

    Be encouraged, be ready for this tornado of His Spirit to come upon you, for your Father in Heaven loves you with a mighty, powerful and holy love!

    When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a VIOLENT WIND came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.  Acts 2-4

    In Jesus Name, Amen.

    Gatekeeper of Peace

    Peacemaker: PROTECTOR or GATEKEEPER of Peace. 

    Jesus comes to make (create, form, build, install) and breathe peace into His people. To make/give peace in ones soul, in their inner person and in their identity, means being willing to pull down, challenge, prune, question, rebuke and even turn the tables (see Matt 21:12-13) of anything in their lives that is contrary to His truth and His Peace. You cannot have one without the other. You cannot have truth without peace nor peace without truth. They are co-inhabitants, they are one of the same. Jesus said He is the way, the TRUTH, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). The person of Jesus Christ is also described as peace itself. He is the true and full embodiment of peace, and in Him all truth and peace resides. 

    What are the characteristics of Peace? The Hebrew translation Shalom, is derived from a root denoting wholeness or completeness, and its form of reference throughout Jewish literature is bound up in the notion of perfection. Shalom is also defined as a blessing and manifestation of divine grace (myjewishlearning.com). Our common understanding of peace would lead us to believe it is simply a sense of tranquility and stillness within ones being, however the Hebrew translation points to something much deeper. To gain the fullness of peace, to be one of peace means to be one who is whole and complete in their identity in Christ – they are filled with the Holy Spirit whom is the source of their perfection and wholeness (Matt 5:48 therefore you are to be perfect, as your Heavenly Father is perfect). Peace is becoming complete in the one who is peace himself  – Jesus Christ.

    In the bible peace is also described as a gift; a fruit of the spirit, it’s the beautiful result of a son and daughter fully yielded to the Father. It’s the fruit of a son or daughter fully surrendered trusting ONLY in Christ. Peace can only come when a person is willing and humble enough to lay down their flesh – their selfish ambitions and agendas. Jesus as a peace maker was NOT a peacekeeper. There is a striking difference. He did not come to keep peace, rather He came to make peace within the hearts of His people which required coming in truth, love and rebuke. He wasn’t afraid of offending people or avoiding conflict for the sake of keeping everyone happy. 

    For example: a truly good father disciplines their child when their child has rebelled, not because they want to punish them and hurt them or get out their frustration, but because if they leave them to their rebellion and to their own devices their children will experience the harsher most painful consequence of their sin: the absence of peace and joy. 

    Another definition of peacemaker is described as one who makes peace by reconciling parties at variance. Jesus has come to restore peace by reconciling us to Himself; by His blood shed on the cross and for the forgiveness of sins we are reconciled back to the Father and are no longer slaves to sin. The peacemaker, and gatekeeper of peace was Jesus Christ who reconciled us back into our true identity in Christ through repentance, grace and love. He embodies peace because He is peace.

    We have true peace when we are in right relationship with the Father. We are given peace when we humbly repent and submit our hearts and lives to God so that we can be made perfect through Him. He is our peace and only by having our eyes fixed gazing upon the beauty of Jesus, by keeping ourselves free of sin and spotless shall we know what it is to have peace. To have peace is to have Christ himself living inside of you, and being in an intimate relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus’ death and resurrection destroyed the barriers between God and His children and now we have peace with God in the Holy Spirit. The veil was torn in two.

    To be a leader and disciple who makes peace in the hearts of those around them may sometimes require you to come with rebuke, correction and discipline in order to bring the broken back into the presence and peace of God. You are protecting them. In fact, you are a protector of their peace. You are protecting their relationships with the Father. Where there is a repentant humble heart, peace ALWAYS follows. However keep in mind that coming in rebuke must come from a pure spirit and not out of judgement and condemnation, as it says, kindness leads people to repentance not harsh bitter words.

    Being a peacekeeper means you are operating out of a fear of man. This means you will lead people astray becoming a wolf in sheep’s clothing without even realising it! If you are driven and enslaved by fear of man you will lead people off the narrow road even unto hell, and that is a sobering thought. You will lead those astray because you were too afraid of the opinions of others and their responses to do what ever it takes to lead people to life.

    Leading the broken to life means not compromising truth in love. Leading the body of Christ into peace and remaining in the presence of peace requires speaking and acting just like Jesus, because Jesus said He will come and live inside of us through the Holy Spirit – we are called to live Holy and righteous full of the fire of truth in our hearts. If you have a revelation of the fear of the Lord upon you, you will be more afraid of keeping silent because of the eternal side affects. In this age their are many being led astray because leaders are appeasing and compromising the gospel. We are led away from peace when we do not create a kingdom-spirit holiness culture. 

    We cannot afford to be deceived and preach a hyper grace gospel – this is the marker of a leader who is a peacekeeper rather than a peacemaker. We were called to be gatekeepers of peace, to go and make disciples of all nations and call people back into wholeness and completeness in God and this means being uncompromising in truth and love.

     “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.  If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.  If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’ John 15: 18-25

    My True Valentine

    It’s Valentines Day.

    And while some of us are enjoying doting on our ‘others’, many are grieving or reliving heartbreak.

    This day can be a reminder of loss and rejection. It’s a reminder of betrayal and failed relationships. For some it ignites feelings of deep loneliness and pain rather than passion and appreciation.

    This day can create heart ache for those in lonely or broken marriages. Maybe you’re in a marriage/relationship with someone who hurts you or doesn’t value you. Maybe you’ve lost all hope to ever find love or ever be in love ever again. Maybe you can’t fathom the idea of anyone ever loving you just for who you are. Maybe you wish that today someone would simply notice you and single you out to tell you that you’re beautiful/handsome.

    I’ve know heartbreak. Ive known what it is to put my hope and trust into another person only to be ripped apart from the inside. I know loss and grief. I have lived and breathed it all.

    BUT. Did you know?

    Did you know there is one who has utterly captured my heart? I’ve encountered a love so unparalleled to anything else in this world. I’m so utterly in love that I cannot keep it hidden because He has rescued me from the pit of hopelessness and despair. He has called me by name. He has never left me nor betrayed me. He has NEVER abused me, or used me. He has never been embarrassed of me or ashamed of me. HIS name is Jesus.

    Are you burned out on religion? Good! So am I! But Jesus isn’t a religion. He is a man who gave up His life to have a relationship with you. One like you’ve never had before! Can you say that anyone has died for you, even at your worst? Jesus has. He suffered just to show you how madly in love with you He is. Jesus is real friends. Not just some mad, angry vengeful God hanging out in the clouds waiting to make you suffer. NO. He is calling your name in the sunset and stars. He has known you from the very beginning and he wants to give you a life no one else can ever provide.

    This I promise you. Jesus loves you emphatically, no strings attached, but that you would simply open your heart.

    This might sound like a bunch of crap to you but I’m saying this from knowing who I am in Him.

    A few ago I was broken, hopeless and ready to give up on everything (including my marriage) but Jesus met me. Like really found me and I haven’t been the same since.

    Friends, this world and your life is short. Know what and who you’re living it for.

    He is ready, when you are.

    Xx