Author:Ian Peters

Coming Through the Wilderness Sept 2019 News Update

In SE Asia through June, back in July, August was a blur and just like that, summer is over, and we are gearing up for the Fall. Plans for the Fall are moving just as fast (maybe even faster) than the passing of the summer!

DEVOTIONAL

I am still working on the first devotional book.  Here is an excerpt – Coming Through the Wilderness – complete with Prayer Points, Additional Scriptures and a Personal Challenge based on the passage.

Wilderness experiences are not a “nothing” time.  They should be likened to a pregnancy – a time of formation of something within you that has been conceived in the mind of God for you from before the foundations of the world!  Read more here

ITINERARY

I have just completed the latest additions to our itinerary to the end of November. Check it out here.  As you can see, there are just 3 weekends open for local (USA) ministry.  Please contact us if you would like us to come and minister in your area/church.

PRAYER

  • Provision and wisdom for 2020 schedule – I have plenty of opportunities but need to work through them.
  • Time and clarity to complete my daily devotional book.
  • A vehicle for our refuge.  This is a desperate need as the old vehicle died and it is costly to rent a vehicle. Public transport for the various appointments takes many hours!

THANK YOU

Once again, thanks to all our friends and supporters. Your selflessness is so appreciated.  For those in the Minneapolis area (and those willing to travel) we are looking at hosting a gathering simply to say Thank You for your friendship and faithfulness.  We will let you know as plans come together. We would love to hear what God is doing in your situation and how we can pray for you. Send us an email or drop us a line at:

Citylights Global

PO Box 654

Big Lake, MN 55309

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Coming Through the Wilderness

Job 42:10 “And the LORD restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.” NKJV

Testing’s, trials, “wilderness experiences” are common to all people. Job is the most classic example of how someone who faced trials and testing came through. These experiences are not about how good or bad, righteous or unrighteous you are or have been. They are about proving something. God already knows. He wants YOU to know. Through the situation, Job learned and grew in his revelation of the greatness of God. Eventually, he was able to say, “I have heard of You with my ears but now my eyes see You!”

Many times you hear people talk about their wilderness experiences. Maybe we need to understand these times more fully from Gods perspective to appreciate and value them. They are a proving ground!

Moses and the children of Israel spent 40 years in the wilderness. This was not just to wait for the end of an unbelieving generation, it was to give birth to a new generation of believers.

The problem with traditional understanding of wilderness experience is that it is a “nothing” time. But it is more like being pregnant – it is not wasted time – it is forming something with in you. That something has been conceived in the mind of God since before time began and He needs you to carry that to full-term and to bring it to birth at the right time!

Jesus submitted to the wilderness experience and he came out in the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul had a God encounter on the road to Damascus and he heard God speak to him then went out to the desert for 13 years. He came out and wrote over half the New Testament. Deal with weaknesses and failures in the wilderness then come out and live the life for which you were saved.

Prayer Points

  1. Help me to understand God‘s provision in the trials.
  2. Give me endurance through the time of testing.
  3. Give me a renewed mind and revelation of his presence and power to bring me into victory.

Additional Scriptures

Old Testament New Testament Wisdom Example
Job 5:18-20 Hebrews 10:35, 36 Psalm 126:4 Joshua 3:14-17

Personal Challenge

If you are going through – or have been through – a trial or wilderness experience, what are you learning or what did you learn? Are you missing Gods plan because you are looking for something by yourself?

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Generosity in Deeds

Romans 12:10-13. “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.”

Too often Christians feel that generosity and service to the body of Christ is fulfilled by placing our 10% in the offering plate. Indeed, many give more but giving is about more than money. The way we interact with or respond to others shows much more about how generous we really are.

There is ample precedent in Scripture for having a generous demeanor which most often results in generous deeds. Showing your affection for others without the thought of getting some reward; honor to all people regardless of their status in life, age, race or deservedness.

Preferring one another – leading by example is the thought expressed by this Greek word – involves a level of humility and selflessness on our part. This is more than a religious duty. It is meant to show genuine honor toward others – sometimes even if they may not deserve it.

I spend a lot of time in airports. Recently, I was waiting in a particularly slow line to clear security when I noticed a group of six elderly, obviously inexperienced travelers, behind me that were anxious about missing a very tight connection. I decided to let them skip in front of me so they could make their flight. It was worth it to see the look of relief on their faces as they thanked me in broken English and hurried to their gate.

Take time to be kind. In many cases, being kind is better than being right! It is one of the best ways to be generous in our deeds,

Prayer Points
Help me to see others through your eyes.
Today, lead me to someone who I can show generosity in deed
Help me not to think of my own lack but how I can help others instead

Additional Scriptures
Old Testament: Proverbs 11:25

New Testament: Hebrews 13:16

Wisdom: Psalms 37:21

Example: Acts 2:42-47

Personal Challenge
Practice random acts of kindness till it becomes a lifestyle. Let people in line in front of you in the grocery store. Mow your neighbors front yard when you do yours. Even when people are not kind bless them anyway.

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By My Spirit

Zechariah 4:6-7 So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” ’ ”

Zerubbabel was concerned that he will not be able to finish the work the Lord had called him to do. The obstacles before him seemed like a mountain that had to be moved. There were political enemies, threats of physical violence, and the people who were doing the work had their own concerns for family and safety. Then the angel of the LORD conveyed a message from the LORD to Zerubbabel. It is not by might or power, but by the Spirit of the LORD that things are accomplished.

The message went on to say that the mountain of obstacles would become level ground. He would bring out the final finishing stone while the people shout blessings on the finished Temple.

You probably can see a mountain that must be moved in your life and have asked many times how it can be removed. Man often intervenes with his power and might and ends up making a bigger mountain. It is not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of the LORD. Ask the LORD to do it by His Spirit. Act only at His leading.

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Keys to Restoration–Repentance

Jeremiah 15:19

Spiritual change implies a return to God. The term repent, signifies “to have another mind,” to change the opinion or purpose with regard to sin and set a right course.  Religion has presented grief over sin rather than abandonment of sin as the primary idea of New Testament repentance. The change wrought by Biblical repentance is so deep and radical that is has an effect on the whole spiritual nature and involves the entire personality.

The story of the prodigal son is a classic example of the process of repentance and the restoration it brings.  Instead of using his portion of the inheritance to prepare for his bride, the son went to a far distant country (as opposed to the closeness of a portion of his Fathers property) and wasted it. When hard times came – as they inevitably do – he was all alone.

Greek philosophy equated redemption with the concept of coming to senses – which is what he did –  but Biblical repentance takes it further.  It requires a response:

  1. Recognition of the condition or need
  2. Decision to make a change
  3. Action that “puts feet” to the decision
  4. Confession of the failure/sin and need for salvation/redemption/restoration

When he had done this, not only did he find the father waiting for him but he found forgiveness and complete restoration.  It is a sloppy, false gospel that promises salvation and restoration without repentance and confession.

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14 Things NOT to Say to Your Pastor

The following article was received through an email list I am on. It was written by Thom S. Rainer who is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources (LifeWay.com)

I have added my (sarcastic) responses (or how I wish I could respond) in italics.

Remember people, this is meant to be lighthearted!

I bet almost every pastor has heard all of these in the course of a ministry.  Enjoy. But do not repeat (at least to your pastor).

1. I wish I had a job like yours, where I would work only one day a week.  I wish I had a job like that too!

2. What do you do with all the free time you have?  Listen to inane comments about how little I work and how much free time I have.

3. Can I have a couple of minutes before you preach? Sure, if you will give me a couple of minutes WHILE I’m preaching!

4. I love you pastor, but _______________________________ (fill in the blank).  I love you, but… too!

5. I like your preaching, pastor, but I really like _______________ (fill in the blank with television or podcast preacher).  I’m sure you could get ______________ to come visit you in the hospital or counsel you when you need it.  After all, we only work one day a week and have so much spare time!

6. Can your wife play piano? My wife can’t even play the radio! Can you learn how to play piano on Pinterest?

7. Your kids shouldn’t behave that way. After all, they are pastor’s kids.  They were simply trying to follow the examples of your kids.

8. Your low salary is good for you. It keeps you humble and dependent on the Lord.  You are so right and my deep, deep, deep humility keeps me from telling you what a great impact the low salary has had on my character development.

9. I bet you don’t spend any time preparing your sermons.  Of course not – that would cut into my free time.  Besides, I am getting so much material just from talking to you!

10. Pastor __________ (predecessor pastor) didn’t do it that way.  And how did that work out for him?

11. You don’t have a real degree. You went to seminary.  Actually, I didnt even go to seminary, I wrote into an ad I saw in the back of a Christian magazine!

12. How much longer do you think you’ll be at our church?  If there are many more like you, about 30 seconds.

13. Did I wake you up pastor? It’s only 1:00 am.  No, I had to get up to answer the phone anyway.

14. Did you hear what they are saying about you?  I’m sure I am about to!

Do you have any statements or questions to add to this list?

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Counting the Cost

1 Chronicles 21:24 Then King David said to Ornan, “No, but I will surely buy it for the full price, for I will not take what is yours for the Lord, nor offer burnt offerings with that which costs me nothing.”

David wanted to purchase the ground upon which to build the altar and later the Temple. Ornan offered to give it to him. You might say he was generous, but remember that he was standing in the shadow of an angel with a sword (see vs 16, 20). David insisted on paying full price because it was his sin that brought this situation on his people and therefore his responsibility. Even though it was offered to Davis as a gift it would have still been Ornan’s sacrifice!

It’s very easy to start to claim something as our entitlement from the Lord because we heard some preacher mention it, read it in a book or even for ourselves in the Word. Often this comes from taking something out of context or not seeing that there may be a condition attached to the promise.

How often have we held back from doing or giving something to the Lord because we felt it would cost us too much?  Everything comes at a price.  Offerings cost. Our salvation came because Jesus paid the ultimate price on our behalf.

We live in a culture where more and more people claim rights but very few accept responsibility.  The idea of spiritual things coming at a cost is considered ridiculous. The concept of sacrifice is virtually forgotten.

What are you offering to the Lord?  Is it what is left over of your life or time when everything and everyone else has been done?  Or is there an understanding that we need to bring Him our best – even (or maybe especially) that which costs us something.

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A complete work

 1 Peter 2:24  He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right.  By his wounds you are healed.  (NLT)

As we have already seen, Jesus sacrifice and death on the cross was more than just symbolic. i.e. He was not just the symbol of the necessary sacrifice, He WAS the sacrifice.  He took our sins, sorrow, and diseases on HIMSELF.  He did not send an animal as a substitution this time.  The blood of bulls and goats had to be offered each year because the shedding of their blood would NEVER completely satisfy the penalty for our sin!

A perfect sacrifice was needed to accomplish a complete work! There could be no other than the Son of God Himself – the spotless Lamb. In fact, so complete is the work that Jesus did on the cross, that the concept conveyed in the Greek literally means to be separated from our sin so that it no longer influences our standing with God.  Where once sin was our master, now we are to be ruled by righteousness because of what Jesus suffered on our behalf.

Healing is inherent in the finished work of Calvary! The phrase, “by His stripes we are healed” is a very graphic picture in the original language.  Peter was there when Jesus was scourged and he saw the welts came up and the skin break and bleed as the whip came down across His back.   The effects of sickness and disease would be reversed because of what He took on Himself that day.

Hebrews 1:3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high

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Keys to Restoration

Acts 3:21 For he must remain in heaven until the time for the final restoration of all things, as God promised long ago through his holy prophets.

The Greek word for restoration (a noun) in this verse occurs only in this one time in the New Testament.  It signifies a return to original condition as in a broken limb being restored to its right placement in full health and strength. The verb from which it is derived occurs eight times and refers to healing, setting things in order and completion.

Scripture promises restoration for the people of God.  Things that have been lost, stolen or as yet unfulfilled – everything God has promised for our lives – He has promised to restore.  But restoration takes time.  Life is not ½ hour sitcom; 1 hour drama; 2 hour movie.  Most of our issues don’t get resolved by some “romantic” fictional storyline or scriptwriter.

For the believer, though, the script has been written by the Perfect Writer – the One who knows the end from the beginning.  The promise is that all things that were spoken by the mouths of the holy (God inspired) prophets since the beginning of time, will be restored.

Pray that every encounter, every touch, every word and every action will bring and minister restoration of Gods promises to you and those around you.  Be an agent of restoration through the power of God.

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Citylights Global December 2016 Newsletter

Dear Friends of Citylights Global,

THANK YOU SO MUCH for your prayers and practical support through 2016.  It has been a spectacular year for Citylights Global.  There is too much to tell, so here are the statistics and highlights.  You can also link to a short video clip of the action from this year! https://www.facebook.com/ian.peters.583/videos/o.118688885133/10154836186631382/?type=2&theater

  • Over 260 meetings preached (I attended about 40 more).
  • 11 nations
  • 170,000+ miles flown
  • 178 nights away from home in 36 different hotel rooms/beds. (Maree could come with me for 41 of these; 23 nights were spent on planes)
  • Hundreds of pastors (19 different pastors’ conferences/seminars) and churches touched, people saved, healed, baptized in water and the Holy Spirit and delivered!

One of the highlights for me this year, was going back to places I have been and hearing testimonies of lives that had been touched on a previous visit.  Some were saved and now in leadership in a local church; others had been launched into ministry – pastoral and missionary work.  I lost track of the number that reported on prophetic words spoken to them that had come to pass.  It would be impossible to measure the “Kingdom” impact as it spread out from the meetings.

 

PLANS FOR 2017

So far, I have felt to make 5 solid commitments for the New Year.  It’s not a shortage of invitations.  In fact, I will need to put some off till 2018!  Prayerful decisions need to be made on the balance between continuing to work with established relationships and responding to NEW invitations to 6 new nations currently before me. Please pray along with us on this.

As these invitations are on “the mission field”, we also need the financial resources to make the commitment. (Refer to our previous newsletter in November).  A decision needs to be made in about 3 weeks.

 

SHANTI NIVAS

We have had the privilege of working with a “transition home for trafficked and “at risk” women in India. To date, you have helped us purchase bunk beds, a generator, a refrigerator and a brush cutter for the home.  They now have 6 residents – all with heart breaking stories – and as they get more resources and the right staff they will be able to take up to 16 young women and turn their lives around.  Go here to read their last newsletter. https://www.facebook.com/groups/CitylightsGlobal/permalink/10157893132275134/

 

END OF YEAR DONATIONS

As we come to the end of the year, many are considering a tax-deductible donation.  Would you prayerfully consider Citylights Global?  There is much work to be done and we ask for your partnership with us in the harvest.  In the USA, all donations marked by or before Dec 31st will be eligible to receive a tax deduction for the financial year 2016.

https://citylightsglobal.cloverdonations.com/citylights-global/

You can donate online before midnight on Dec 31st at or mail a check dated and postmarked on or before Dec 31st to:

Citylights Global

PO Box 654

Big Lake, MN 55309

 

We want to take this opportunity once more to thank you for your love, prayers and support this last year and wish you Gods best for 2017.

All For Jesus,

Ian & Maree Peters

Citylights Global

 

 

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