Author:Ian Peters

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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Look Out, Look Up!

Psalm 102:1 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come to You.

Prayer meetings can get you down sometimes because, lets face it, the requests can be a litany of woes. A missionary is having health problems. A child is in hospital. A couple you have known for a long time is getting a divorce. The economy is in a bad way. And you have struggles of your own. The more requests you hear, the wearier you grow.

But then the prayer warriors get to praying. With confidence, they come before the Lord, knowing that He hears them. With tears, they intercede for the lives of those who are in need. With honesty, they acknowledge that we don’t always understand what God is doing. Like the psalmist, they turn a time of complaining over man’s problems into a time of praising God for His power to work miracles. Prayer turns to praise because one saint believes that the Lord hears “the prayer of the destitute, and shall not despise their prayer” (Psalm 102:17).

Are you struggling with difficulties in your own life or the overwhelming problems of friends and loved ones? Learn to hand them over to our faithful, loving God.  That’s how prayer meetings become the most exciting meetings in the church!

Although the outlook may be bleak, the “uplook” is always bright. (Unknown)

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Coming through the Wilderness

Job 42:10 And the Lord restored Jobs losses when he prayed for his friends.

Testing/trials/wilderness experiences are common to all people.  Job is the most classic example of someone who faced trials/testing and 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 the value of 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 experiences, is that it is a “nothing” time. But it is more like being pregnant – it’s not wasted time – it is FORMING something within 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 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 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.

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See what we are up to

Dear Friends and Partners,

Time for another update from us!

Singapore June 2016
I ministered at a couple camps and two churches for their weekend meetings on this trip. It was not uncommon during this trip to be on my feet for 4 hours ministering to individuals at the altar as the Lord spoke prophetically to so many and touched their lives!
Special thanks go out to my good friends Pastor Paul Ng at Church of Christ the Rock and Pastor Robert Lum of Eternal Life Assembly. This would have to be one of the most powerful times of the release of the word of the Lord I have experienced.

Australia
Due to a late cancellation, I was left a space of 5 days with nothing scheduled in Singapore. Thank God for budget airlines and for His miraculous provision at the last minute. I was able to fly to Sydney to visit with my parents and Maree’s mom for far less than it would have cost me to stay in a Singapore hotel! It was a quick trip but one of great value to our parents and to me.

Summer in the USA
For the first time since September 2015, I got to spend more than 3 weeks in the same time zone. Summer can be a slow time for itinerant ministries so we took the time to visit with Maree’s brother and his wife in Philadelphia, PA. It was a relaxing time and I got to do a few ‘bucket list’ items such as visiting Washington DC and New York City.
Ministry has been slow but there is always plenty to do around the house.

Coming Up
As always, we have more requests for missions trips than we are able to handle financially. Here is what is coming up:
August 15th – 29th: Church conference in Kenya and youth conference in Uganda
October 1st – 18th: Singapore, Philippines and India
November 1st – 11th: Nepal (to be confirmed subject to finances).
November 28th – December 11th: Two major pastors’ conferences in Uganda – one for about 700 pastors and one for about 300.
We are still working on requests to Myanmar and possibly France.

Partners
We are so grateful to those who partner with us financially and through your prayers. It would be impossible to keep going without you.
At the moment there is an urgent need for financial resources for the mission trips mentioned above. This is so vital as I am training future generations of pastors and leaders when I go. Honestly, I would do mission trips full time if I knew we could pay the bills at home. If you would prayerfully consider supporting Citylights Global please go to our website:  https://citylightsglobal.cloverdonations.com/citylights-global/ where you can make a secure one time or recurring donation online from anywhere in the world or send a check to:

Citylights Global
PO Box 654
Big Lake, MN 55309

All donations made in the USA are fully tax deductible. You may even designate where you want the gift to go. 100% of designated gifts go to that cause – we do not withhold administrative fees!

Finally, and most importantly. Would you keep us in your prayers? Health, safety, receptive hearts, open doors, greater move of God… Drop us a note now and then. We would love to hear from you. Pass this update along to someone you think would like to receive it!

We pray for every success and blessing for you!

Ian and Maree

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Functioning in the Supernatural

Acts 2:43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.

Every major revival outpouring has been accompanied by supernatural manifestations. This is actually the spiritual birthright of all born-again believers. “To divorce ourselves from a rich heritage in the supernatural is to live BENEATH our inheritance.”

If we are born again, we received the SAME Holy Spirit that was poured out at Pentecost. This is the SAME Spirit that empowered Jesus to work miracles and even rise from the dead. This is the SAME Holy Spirit who resides in every believer.

Sadly, some have confused the concept of spiritual power with being “spooky”.  We see what others are doing and mimic them in an effort to get something to happen because they got results when they did or said it that way! For example:

  • Screaming at demons to “come out”(are demons deaf?);
  • Elongating the name of JEEEEEESSSSSUUUSSSSSSS (if we spoke to our friends this way I don’t think they would hang around for long);
  • Praying or prophesying in King James English with lots of “yea, my little children” and “thus saith the Lord’s” (I guess if the Old Testament prophets and Jesus and the apostles spoke KJV it must be more spiritual, right?).

I have to say, at that point it is more about “superstition” than “supernatural”.

There is a GENUINE realm of the supernatural where real ministry takes place. It’s not a matter of waiting for some new sovereign outpouring or us crying out for heaven to open. Heaven has been opened for 2,000 years. What are we going to do about it?

Let’s take one step deeper into Acts 2 and contend for everything promised—that His glory would be seen, the church would be struck again with the fear (awe) of the Lord.  Psalm 40:3 many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.

Here are a few thoughts to help us function in the supernatural in a more real way:

  1. Keep your eyes and focus on Jesus. Welcome Him and everything He brings to reveal His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
  2. Be naturally spiritual and spiritually natural.  Super-natural: His “super”, our “natural”.
  3. Operate in the gifts of the Spirit to benefit the recipient and to bring Glory to God – not to make a name for yourself! i.e.  Would I do this if no one was here to witness it or record it for YouTube?
  4. Wrap the gift in love…  Otherwise it is simply noisy activity.
  5. Remember, spiritual gifts do not always equal spiritual maturity.  God once used a donkey to speak to His prophet.
  6. Do as the Holy Spirit instructs.  Nothing more, nothing less.
  7. Operate in such a way that people walk away more impressed with Jesus than with you.
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Do Not be Afraid

2 Kings 6:16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

We all face challenges.  Many end up comparing their challenge or pain with others and end up feeling cheated by God or life and feeling sorry for themselves.  What we see or perceive with our natural senses becomes the entirety of what we understand. Fear, based only on what we know can take hold and cause panic and despair.

Much of the advertising industry – especially in the area of politics – is based on arousing this fear and manipulating peoples responses accordingly.  We have seen entire campaigns based on the premise that if you vote for the other side, they will take your money, your liberty and your security – so you really have no choice but to vote for us.

But there is another dimension that is unseen by the natural eyes – it is supernatural. You are not in the fight alone.  The Lord has sent His armies to fight for you in the unseen realm. This is a big part of what the Apostle Paul was talking about when he said there were things that God has prepared for us that we could not see, perceive or imagine.

Do not let fear manipulate you.  Let the Word cause faith to arise and begin to trust and see what God has set up for you in the supernatural realm.  He did NOT give you a spirit of fear but of power, of love and of a sound mind.

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How to be a superhero!

Mark 16:17

Hollywood loves all things supernatural – from zombies, vampires and ghosts to superhero movies – Superman, Batman, the Hulk, Dare Devil, Spiderman; the Flash…  In all these movies people have been touched by special power to make them “more than human” – some touched by goodness others by darkness.

The Bible also has super heroes!  We don’t call them super heroes; we refer to them as men and women of God.  He took normal ordinary people with natural gifts, talent and ability and super charged them so they did exploits beyond their own ability. This was the work of the Holy Spirit.

Sadly, a large portion of the modern church has tended to ignore the power of the Holy Spirit or down played the importance of His ministry.  But the Bible declares the Holy Spirit is God. The impact He has on people is awesome and makes natural people supernatural – He comes upon/fills ordinary people and makes them extra ordinary.

Acts 2 saw the release of a fresh dimension of the supernatural into the natural realm. What was once the experience of a “few” people as the Holy Spirit came upon them, is now accessible to EVERY believer.

Operating in signs and wonders:

  1. Signifies the release of the power of God into the earthly realm
  2. Results in the release of thanksgiving, praise and worship to God
  3. Celebrates the release of provision from God
  4. Releases supernatural revelation to the natural mind

 

Allow God into your life – decide to surrender to His will and power in and through you today. Humble yourself before the mighty hand of God and invite His Holy Spirit to fill you – to add His “Super” to your natural.

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How to Vote Biblically

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It seems that the “way of the world” is to vote according to ‘left wing’ or ‘right wing’ philosophies.  Whatever ones opinion or preference is, there are some clear Scriptural guidelines for government leaders.  In a democracy, we get to be part of that process by casting a vote.  This is not only a civic duty but a spiritual responsibility.

Biblical Qualifications for government leaders

Exodus 18:21  “Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.

Deuteronomy 1:13 ‘Choose wise, understanding, and knowledgeable men from among your tribes, and I will make them heads over you.’

1.         Fear God.  …such as fear God…

We cannot truly know what’s in a person’s heart but we do have a biblical basis to look at their fruit.

Romans 2:21-23 You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? You who say, “Do not commit adultery,” do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law?

  • How does the person respond to issues of faith?
  • Is there any sense of them honoring/dishonoring your faith as they decide policy?
  • How does their response/attitude affect my freedom to worship/express my faith?
    Do they demonstrate a fear of God (with respect to our Judeo Christian perspective).

2.     Upright Character…men of truth, hating covetousness…

We could possibly argue that politics almost requires candidates to not conform to this.  On both sides on the aisle, this is a rare quality.  We need to ask, “Have they kept their word”?

We hear politicians claim to have been evolving on some issues.  “evolve” – A gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex form.

Truth is eternal!  James 1:17no shadow (shades) of turning…
How does their track record stack up against the Ten Commandments?

3.     Wisdom and discernment…wise understanding and knowledgeable men…

Sons of Issachar – it’s not enough to know what is going on, we need to know what to do about it!

We have an overflow of KNOWLEDGE today but not a lot of wisdom and understanding on how to use that knowledge best!

There are two sources of wisdom according to James 3:13-17

Wisdom from above – it is pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.

Wisdom that is NOT from above – earthly (natural), sensual, and demonic

We need to ask the Holy Spirit for help in discerning where their wisdom comes from if not from God!

Remember ANY human government will have flaws and sadly sometimes the best choice is not perfect – you may have to give some to get some!  So decide first what the NON NEGOTIABLE areas are.

We are not voting for a pastor, or an elder, or a deacon of a church.We are voting for politicians/governmental leaders.  It is wrong of us to expect civic leaders to do the work of the ministry – that is up to the members of the Body of Christ.

By choosing wisely, we can choose candidates that will raise the standard BUT THAT DOES NOT DIMINISH OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO:

  1. Be vigilant
  2. Pray
  3. Evangelize
  4. Do the work of the ministry

If the people of God don’t work/respond to uphold these standards, the world system will impose their values on us
E.g parable of the trees Judges 9 – options to choose right and wrong leaders and the consequences.

 

Moral, religious and civic/social responsibility
Joshua issued a challenge to the people when he was leader of Israel – choose you this day, as for me and my house
Elijah did the same on Mt Carmel.  Make a choice but make it on clear evidence – not some ideal or unfounded preference.

Examples of moral, religious and civic issues (some of these issues may cross over)

Civic:

    • Standards for production, commerce.
    • Immigration, health care provision

Religious:

  • Free societies don’t limit your practice of religion unless it is harmful to someone else.
  • E.g. you can be a pagan but in this country you cannot practice human sacrifice.
  • E.g. legal age for marriage is different here than India or Middle East.

Moral:

Whatever your stance on any moral issue may be, “inclusivity” and “tolerance” are NOT the final Biblical standards.

  • Homosexual marriage; abortion; “transgenders”;
  • Leaders in the church need to understand that the debate on the legitimacy of this lifestyle is coming to their sanctuaries,
  • Gallup Poll of 121,290 in the USA revealed 3.4% identified as LGBT yet this issue is being played like the majority of our nation will be disenfranchised if we keep marriage between one man and one woman!
  • If we don’t face the issue now and provide a moral compass for our society we will ultimately face the battle later – and at a greater price.
  • If we let the politicians decide on this (or any) issue, they will listen to the lobby with the most to offer them!

 

We have to bring the Biblical worldview to everything we touch and if it happens to affect an election or the way you vote, fine. You should vote Biblically!

It is not too late for the church to rise up again. It is not too late for an awakening to come to this nation again. It is not too late to seek the Lord.

We need to heed the call of Joel 2:12-13  “Now therefore turn to me with all your heart with fasting,  with weepings, and with mourning.  So rend your heart and not your garments.  Return to the Lord your God.  For He is gracious and merciful.  Slow to anger and of great kindness.  And He relents from doing harm.”  

It is vitally important that we cast our ballots for candidates who base [most of] their decisions on the whole counsel of Biblical principles, will protect all peoples religious freedoms and the right to express those beliefs.

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