Power, Love, and a Sound Mind – Ps Geoff Wiklund

Power, Love, and a Sound Mind

Ps Geoff Wiklund

Hi, Campers! We’ve come to the main message. Power, Love and a sound mind. This is the main scripture ‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind’. I want to have a look at firstly, what God has not given us. He hasn’t given us fear. You can actually translate that word cowardice, and we know that cowards don’t enter the Kingdom of God and so you have to understand here God has not given it to us. So it either came from within ourselves or it originates with the enemy.

So Job said something very interesting. He said, ‘that which I have feared, has come upon me’. So you can fear things into being or faith things into being. Which would you rather have? That which you have faith about or that which you have fear about? I know for me its faith. But faith and fear are actually the same thing. The definition is the same; you’ve heard me say this before. It’s the expectation of things not seen. And so, it’s kind of important that we understand that fear doesn’t come from God, it comes from the enemy. So we have to really come to the place of faith rather than fear. And there has got to be a replacement there. God will give you faith we tend to come up with fear ourselves.

It’s interesting that Jesus said this: ‘Not heeding the word spoken, said unto the ruler of the synagogue, fear not, only believe.’ Wow. Jesus’ words ‘fear not, only believe’. I think as I am speaking this today, some of you hearing the sound of my voice, it’s a word for you. God is not asking you to have fear here, He is asking you to just believe what He has said. So it doesn’t matter what your circumstances are, traumatic as they might be, all you have to do is believe. Okay? We need to banish the fear; we’ll talk a little bit about that.

Look at what Proverbs says: ‘anxiety actually causes depression, but a good word makes it glad’. Where do I find good words? In the Bible. You know what, I find it as I read the Bible, there’s good words in there for me and they are the things that guide me day by day. My wife and I, every morning get up at seven o’clock. I feed the cat, and then the cat comes and sits with me. We have devotions, Joanne reads, I read, and we talk about what God’s been speaking to us. We pray and we have communion. It’s our daily routine, it’s what we do. When Kirsty found me this morning, I was waiting for her because I had an early start this morning and hadn’t quite finished my Bible reading. What did she find me doing? Just doing the last chapter of that and God speaking to me. So the way we replace fear is to just get into the Bible and just read it, but meditate on it, think about, see what it is saying to us.

Look what Philippians says to us: ‘Do not be anxious for anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known unto God, and then, the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus’. Now, some people have a different translation. There it says: be anxious about everything, and moan and winch about it, and then let everybody else know about it. That’s not quite what it says there! It says to let your request be known to God, not your moaning and winching to anybody else. I think we need to get the translation correct!

So what do we do? There are things that will happen that we are anxious about. We got to put them into Gods hands. He says ‘cast all your cares unto me because I care for you’. Hey folks, we got to learn to do that. We got to give those anxieties and fears to God because He says He wants them. Okay? Let’s learn to do that.

Then we talk about Power. It’s this word where we get ‘Dynamite’ from. It means strength, power, ability, inherent power, power residing in anything by virtue of its nature. Its goal is excellence. So three things we can divide it into.

Firstly, there is the power for performing miracles. So right there in you, God has given you the power to do miracles. Isn’t that amazing? He just uses ordinary, everyday people like you and me, in order to work out His power. I just love that. God just says lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. He doesn’t say that you have to be special, or gifted, or anything else, just ordinary people. You know what? God has just actually limited Himself to our prayers so that His power has worked through us. And I can just think of testimony after testimony, where Gods power has been released through ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

The second part of it is there’s a moral power. We talked about the ability to say no before, and the courage to say yes. That’s the moral power. That’s where you and I say: ‘Hey listen, we’ve got some standards here, and we’re not moving from those. Our behaviour is dictated by what the Bible is speaking to us, and we’re not going to steal, not going to cheat, not going to backbite, these are the things that… we won’t gossip, those are the things. So there’s a moral power. I want to say God patrols those things and enables you in order to live a Godly lifestyle.

The third part is influence. Now, it does mean that riches and wealth can have an influence, but also the resources of numbers. The more people who stand up to say no to things, or to say yes to God, we create a positive influence in the place. So it’s incredibly important we realise that there’s a power that comes from us having the courage to live a Christian lifestyle.

Now I want to talk a little bit about love. It says ‘brotherly love, affection, goodwill, love and benevolence’. What does Jesus say? He says: ‘By this, you will know you that they are my disciples if you love one another.’ Wow. People know that you are a Christian if you show love. You know, I’ve been to camp now for over thirty years, and one of the key things that makes camp camp, is that people love one another. I just watch people hugging on one another, crying on one another, praying for one another, caring for one another, it’s just pure unadulterated love, and that’s the difference. That is it.

So, how important is love? Well, Romans says: ‘Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good’. When you and I respond to a negative with love, it just destroys the power of that evil. So, hear what I am saying today. This love that we’ve got here in our key verse, it means that when stuff comes our way in a negative atmosphere, Gods saying I want you to overcome it with love. When these guys were trying to destroy the woman caught in adultery, what does Jesus do? He just loved her. He said ‘I’m not going to condemn you’. And so it’s about you and I learning not to condemn, but to love in a Godly manner. God is love, that’s what the Scripture says. If we are going to be like Him, then you and I need to love.

I don’t know, here am I, sitting this age, John and I were just talking about how old we are, and I’m getting older by the day. I’m starting to learn this stuff that love is actually the most important thing in the Bible. You know what, as I was driving down here, and thinking about this message, I didn’t put this into the PowerPoint, but God just gave it to me… you know, 1 Corinthians 13, that very powerful message on love… He actually talks about what it is. Love is not being proud; not puffing itself up, love is giving people the benefit of the doubt, not jumping down their throats. And so we need to look at that whole 1 Corinthians 13 and how do we live that out on a day by day basis? Love is not being impatient, love is not being unkind, it is the actual opposite of those things, and yet, that is what we flip into so easily. And God says hey we’ve got to make a change.

So how do we know? That’s interesting. I spoke on John 5 recently and Jesus said this: ‘you do not have the love of God in you’. And who was He speaking to? Here are some signs that we don’t have the love of God in us. Firstly, they won’t come to Jesus. Well, you got to think about that, don’t you? Jesus was inviting them to come, but they wouldn’t come. What about you? Are you holding back? Interesting….

Secondly, they were looking for the honour that comes from man and not from God. So, if we are looking to be honoured by people, the motivation for that is not love, the motivation for that is pride, glory, all the wrong things.

The third thing, you take a look at John 5 you’ll find these things there; ‘they don’t hear God at any time’. There’s a lot of voices out there at the moment, you know, people send me stuff on Messenger… Goodness me, if I watched all the things that people sent me, I’d be spending hours. Most of them just go in the bin, I’m sorry; I just have no time for them. You know, what I have got time for, is hearing God. I want to say to you today: that’s the key thing. You and I, we’ve got to hear from God.

Here’s the fourth thing, they don’t believe. We’ve talked about the importance of faith, but those people, who don’t have love, they don’t believe.

And here is the last one: His word doesn’t abide in them. It might come and flit for a visit for a while, but it doesn’t abide… it doesn’t make its home there. I want to say to you people, that if we want to have love in our lives, the Word of God has got to live in here… That’s fairly severe, isn’t it? That’s a bit testing, but you know what? That’s Scripture. That’s what it is all about. I think that’s a good test for us to have a look at, maybe be convicted.

Then lastly, he talks about a sound mind. ‘Admonishing or calling to soundness of mind, to moderation and self-control’. Now, I just want to note: men, it says self-control, not remote control. You know, they’ve found that some men after they’re dead, their thumbs are still moving three days later! Tell ya, serious…

We need to grab this gift daily for victory. In order for us to live in victory, we need what God has given us. There’s three little things here. It is sound. In other words, it lines up with Scripture. A sound mind is one that lines up with Scripture. If it doesn’t line up with Scripture, it’s not sound. It’s going to fall over.

Secondly, it’s moderate, it avoids all the extremes. You know, you’ve got these people way out here, and way out here, whatever. You know, that’s not where God’s at. I don’t think. If we read Ecclesiastes, it says that God is able to grab this side and this side and bring them together. Isn’t that a powerful thought? That’s to me, it’s not that the extremes don’t exist, but we’re able to grab a hold of it.

And the third thing is this: we exercise our God-given authority. How much authority did God say you are given? All authority. All authority, we have to grab a hold of that God-given authority and do it.

So, in conclusion, what are we saying today? I think we got to banish fear. We got to get rid of that you know. Here is a reality folks, if you want to give that fear to God he’ll take it from you. We just need to offer it up to Him as a sacrifice.

Secondly, we need to move in power. When we pray all of heaven is behind what we pray in order to move Earth to make His will happen.

Thirdly, we need to respond with love. When stuff comes at us, we just need to ask the Holy Spirit, Lord, how do I respond in love? Because if I just respond out of myself, it won’t be good, so we have to very careful to respond the way Jesus would have responded.

Lastly, we need to be of sound mind and the way we’re of a sound mind is through the power of the Holy Spirit. That self-control, that discipline, that soundness, the Holy Spirit gives us that.

Let me pray for you. Father, I pray for each one in the sound of my voice, Lord, that you will fill them with your love, according to Romans 5:5. Lord that they would move in your power. Lord, that you will deliver them from fear and Lord we receive that sound mind, that self-control, by your Holy Spirit today, to walk in victory, in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.

The Courage to Say Yes to God – Ps Geoff Wiklund

The Courage to say Yes to God 

Ps Geoff Wiklund 

Welcome Back. Now we are going to look at the courage to say yes to God. Always when we say yes to God it requires faith. It was interesting as I was driving down to do this recording a song came up on my iPad that was talking about saying yes to God and how it always brings trials and how difficult it can be that we seem to have to work through these things but it always leads to a better place. So understand that when you say yes to God it is going to require faith.

Secondly, it can be scary. I have said to God, yes, so many times and then I am so scared as a result of it. People look at you and say Oh Geoff you’re a confident person but you know inside you still think ‘Oh God what have I let myself in for here’. But here’s the real kicker for us, it always results in blessing. Every time I say yes to God I’m blessed, just in so many ways. I’m not just talking financially. I’m talking about that wonderful feeling that comes when God does something and you’re just a small part by saying yes. How good does that feel? And there are so many blessings. Of relationships, ah the blessings go on and on. Here’s the real amazing thing, every time you say yes to God He gives you the grace, that is the empowering, to actually do what He’s asked you to do. So when He says I want you to this and you say yes, He then gives you the ability and the empowering to make sure that you are able do it. We just need to believe.

Our problem is that we find excuses. A rude guy wrote to me from an African nation the other day because he was inviting me to come, I think all he really wants is my money and when I said ‘well I can’t travel at the moment and I’ve got a lot of other thing that I’m doing’ he said ‘Oh you’re too full of excuses I said ‘oh yeah, okay. Well I’m not the first one, Moses had the same problem.’ Moses said to God, ‘who am I that I should go?’ How many of you listening to this today kind of feel like ‘Well, who am I?’ I think we all feel like that don’t we? I mean, I know I do. Who am I? The reality is we are God’s children. And it doesn’t matter who we are, with God on our side and the Holy Spirit working through us it doesn’t really matter. Because God can do stuff through a donkey.

God says; What is his name? What should I say to them? This is Moses excuse; I’m not quite sure what I’m going to say to them. Well I tell you something, God will always give you what to say. And then he says ‘Suppose they will not believe or listen to my voice. Suppose they say the Lord has not appeared to you? You know, its always a bit of a problem when God gives you a word or something and you think what if people don’t believe. Hey it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t really matter what people think or what they believe. All our responsibility is, is to deliver what Gods given us. Then it’s up to them what they do with it, it’s not your responsibility. Your responsibility is to say yes to God I’m going to do it.

Moses says ‘Lord I’m not eloquent enough’. Ah and you know I’m slow of speech and slow of tongue. I remember a situation when I was in Bible College we were invited to speak in a church. There was a team of five of us and we divided up all the responsibilities. One was going to lead worship, one had a testimony, I was preaching on the Sunday and there was another guy who was going to speak on the Saturday night. And I felt really, really uneasy about it because he stuttered and could hardly finish a sentence, it was so slow.

But he insisted on it and he got up and he gave this slow stuttering message on Saturday night and I thought you know what; I shouldn’t have let him do it. I just felt for him. And then he took an alter call and I thought oh who is possibly going to respond to this? You know what? 75% of those youth went forward on the altar and suddenly I realised it wasn’t his ability to present it was the Holy Spirit speaking through a faltering voice that people heard. And they over looked his stuttered because of what God was saying through him. And that night God gave me a wonderful lesson. It doesn’t matter what it sounds like, it’s the spirit behind there. I guess that was a bit of a beginning for me for working with people with disabilities. To understand as you all know. We’ve seen people in our camps get up and they’ve had to communicate through a communicator or they’ve had to use sign language but we’ve seen God’s spirit on it and we’ve seen something. So the fact that we are not eloquent doesn’t really matter because God is still able to use us.

Then Moses says, look why don’t you send someone else? How many of you have felt like that? I’ll let someone else prophecy, I’ll let somebody else do it but Gods speaking to you. We have to say yes to God and be available to do it. Here’s a great example, Jesus is walking by the sea and he sees these guys working with their nets fishing and he says follow me. The Bible says immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Then he comes to a couple more by their boat and He says follow me again and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed Him.

I think God is looking for instant obedience. He’s looking for you and I to simply say yes and say yes straight away. I don’t think he’s really asking you and I to say ‘I’ll fast and pray about it Lord then I’ll get back to you’. I think God’s really saying; why don’t we just say yes and get on and do it? Saying yes to God normally means putting aside what we are doing and doing what He is doing. I want to say to you that sometimes that is inconvenient, because I’ve got my plans, I want to do this and God wants to have the impertinence to interrupt my day and get me doing something different. Until we come to the conclusion of course that actually Gods more important and what He’s telling us do going to result in something great. I think we need to realise that we have to put aside our own agenda and do what God wants.

And we have to settle some things in ourselves. What do we have to settle? Well firstly is our worth. Many of us don’t feel good enough. Do you know what? I’m absolutely certain that that feeling comes from the devil because God’s not about us being good enough. God is about using us not matter who we are or what we are, He just wants to move through us. And so I want to say to you, you’re worth has already been settled because you have been made worthy because of His blood and His sacrifice. Okay? So let’s settle that right now, you are already worthy and those feelings of unworthiness actually come from the devil.  Because He has actually separated your sins as far as the east is from the west and they never join you need to understand that you are worthy.

One of the other questions we have is, where is the money going to come from? I remember the first time they invited me to Africa and I looked at my costings and it was going to cost me $6000 dollars and I thought well where is the money going to come from? Well I think if I look back today I still couldn’t tell you where the money came from. It came in lots of $20, that’s a lot of $20. People kept giving me $20 notes and before you know it I had enough money to go. Where will the money come from? I don’t have the answer to that question. I just know if its God vision there will be Gods provision.

I mean were going through this whole Covid thing which is why I’m not there speaking. And you know what; all my speaking engagements have been cancelled. How do I earn my living? By speaking, at the moment I can’t speak. Where’s the money coming from? I can’t tell you. I just know every month somehow the money comes. So don’t worry about where that’s coming from just say yes to God and it will happen.

I guess we want to say well how will I do this? You know I get consumed with this one, I’ve go to be honest with you. How am I going to do this? It bothers me. Because I’m one of these people who likes to plan and work things out and God has been speaking to me about going to Poland. I’m going Lord I don’t speak Polish and I don’t know anybody there. How am I going to this? God is saying well it’s not really your concern; your job is to just say yes and go. So guess what. I don’t have a good answer for you on that I just have to say we have to trust God. God will show you when you need to know.

What will it look like? We all want to know that because were inquisitive and we kinda like to have our little finger in there But you know what, God is just asking you to say yes. When those fishermen said yes I’ll follow you, did they have any idea what it was going to look like? That they would be traipsing all over Israel for three years, giving out fish and bread, and casting out demons? They had no idea what they were saying yes to. They just said yes. And do you know what, that’s part of the excitement of the journey when we say yes to God. I just think of some of my missionary journeys when I’ve really not known what’s going to happen and when God did stuff it was just marvellous. Looking back I’m glad I said yes.

The reality is it requires faith. We don’t have all the answers but what we do have is Gods assurance. He says wherever you go I will go with you. That’s the assurance that we have. People I want to say that when you say yes to God have this assurance that God will be with be with you. It might be uncomfortable but He will be with you.

What about a local example? I had a disabled guy turn up at my church. He was intellectually disabled and we were just starting out as a church. I said to him ‘well do you know what, everyone in this church has got to do something’ and I reached into my pocket and I pulled out my keys. And took the key for the church off my keyring, and gave it to him, and said Garry you’re going to be opening up this church, setting out the chairs, when we’ve finished you put the chairs away and lock it up. He did that faithfully until his family moved him to the South Island, never missed a Sunday. Highly intellectually disabled but you know what we gave him a job and he said yes to it. You know what it was amazing because he did a chair ministry when he left our church we gave him a lazyboy chair. Cost us over $1000 bucks, gave him the best chair that we could buy. You know what he said to me? ‘I’ve never had a chair before Pastor.’ Do you know what? In his house he didn’t have a chair of his own. His family don’t understand it but he’s got the best chair of the whole family. There’s a guy who said yes to God and he was a blessing to us and I think it was a blessing to him.

What about this one here? Jesus said what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went. Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go.  Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said to Him, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him.

Some say yes but they change their minds. Some say no but they change their minds. Is easier to say yes the more you get to know God. I can tell you now that having walked with the Lord for the number of year, I’ve now been preaching for 37 years. And do you know what? It’s so much easier to say yes. The first time I said yes to God, which is almost 37 years to the day, and I preached my first message and invited my next door neighbour along and he got to hear my preach that very first message. He was a lay preacher in the church for 60 years and I said to him at the end of it ‘Bill how was that?’ He said ‘Geoff I think that’s the worst message I’ve heard in 60 years.’ I was just devastated! I said ‘God you told me you wanted me to preach!’ And I’m a disaster! I said ‘I’m now down to preach next week what am I going to say?’ He said ‘That’s the question you should have asked the first week.’ I asked Bill to come back and hear me the next week because now I had Gods message not my message. I said ‘Bill would you like to come back and hear me again?’ He said ‘no way, once is enough!’ You know. But do you know the reality was? The message was a huge success and I had all these people coming up and asking me for prayer and I had no idea what I was doing. But you know what? The more you know God the easier it is to say yes to Him.

Jesus said this ‘If you love me you’ll keep my commandments.’ So deep down the basis of all this stuff is loving God. Amen? And he puts that love in us. You know it says there, someone taught me this the other day and I’d never thought of it like this. In Revelation it says you’ve forgotten your first love. Every time I hear that preached people preach oh you’ve forgotten what you loved at first but guess what do you know who our first love was? God loved me. How good is that? My first love is how God loved me and we’ve forgotten how God loved us at the beginning. Isn’t that cool? So guess what? Just let that love come out.

So what the application for us today? Lord I surrender. All I think He’s asking us to do is to surrender to Him. And you need to do that today. Say ‘God I’m yours’ and then choose to say yes. Every time you say yes to Him it’s going to result in blessing.

The Courage to Say No – Ps Geoff Wiklund

The Courage to Say No

Ps Geoff Wiklund

Hello, Campers! It’s a joy to be with you. As you can see by the screen behind me, I’m going to do two messages. The first one is ‘The courage to say no’ and the second one is ‘The courage to say yes’.

I’ve got this beautiful Scripture in Proverbs chapter 1 that says:  ‘My son if sinners entice you, do not consent’. Another translation puts it this way: ‘When peer pressure compels you to go with the crowd and sinners invite you to join in, you must simply say no’. What an incredibly good piece of advice. I have to say, in all my years, one of my weakest abilities is to say no. And it’s something I’m having to learn.

So, I want to give you something in your tool belt today. I want to give you the ability to say no. I’ve chosen the hammer there because I do want you to get hammered because you say yes to stuff, but you can see the tool belt is empty. I want to give you the simplest tool in there, and that is the ability to say no.

Look at Joseph’s situation. We find his situation here, that he is working for this guy, and his wife is a hot young thing, and she keeps asking him to go to bed with her, and he is looking at how beautiful she is. But he continues to say no, he said, ‘I will not sin against God’, and that is a key. Guys, when we are saying yes to sin, we’re actually sinning against God. And you know, when David got caught in sin with Bathsheba, God said; ‘why have you despised my commandments?’ So really what we’re doing is despising God. So this ability to say no is incredibly important to us.

So, let’s look at a situation that I have to put up with regularly. I get invited to go and speak somewhere and get there, I am too busy but I lack the courage to say no, and so I put myself under incredible pressure. You and I often say yes because we don’t want to hurt their feelings. They often invite us and say do you want to come to the movies with me, we’re tired, we don’t really want to go, we say yes because we don’t want to hurt their feelings.

Sometimes we want to be accepted. We want to be a part of the crowd. We fear if we say no, we might not get another invitation. We might get left out next time, and so we feel this pressure to be accepted. Sometimes, we just want to be loved, and so we say yes because we want to be loved. Sometimes we say yes in order to get love, but’s not really what we want.

Another thing I think is that we lack boundaries. We’re not prepared to say no because we don’t have those boundaries set in place. One of the things I love about reading the Bible is that the Bible gives me boundaries, and so I’m getting better at saying no to things.

And here is another one that we often have and that is our values. What are our values? People say, come and watch the movie. There’s a little bit of swearing and a little bit of sex, but it’s a really good movie. Where are your values in that? Are we bold enough to say: ‘No, I’m sorry’? I always remember the EE training and they shared there about an omelette. And they said: come have part of my omelette, five of the eggs are okay, but one is rotten. Do you want that omelette? No, you don’t, because that little bit is rotten. Well, isn’t that the same with the movie? A little bit is rotten? And so, do we have the courage to say: ‘No, I’m sorry. I’m not going to watch that. I don’t think it’s going to be helpful to me. These scenes are going to stay in my mind.’ Because there’s no two ways about it for us, particularly as men, that visual images can get stuck in our minds and cause us problems later on.

Some people say just read the book, you know, it’s mostly okay. Well, I’m coming to the point now, where I’m thinking about is this book going to edify me, is it actually going to cause me to grow. Jim Hern used to say to me, Geoff, you’ll be the same now as you are in ten years except for the people that you associate with and the books you read. What are we reading? I look at some of these junky magazines and things and all the gossip in it. Are we prepared to actually say no to that stuff? That’s not going to help us.

Do I have the courage to say no to part of the conversation? Because I can see that this conversation is gossip, it’s pulling other people down, it’s backstabbing. Do we have the courage to speak up and say: ‘Hey, maybe we should pray for this person’? Instead of pulling them down which is not going to change anything. Maybe we need to have the courage to say, no, I’m not going to be part of that.

Maybe we have to say no to being a part of a deal, because the deal is crocked or it’s not going to be quite legal, you know. There is always the temptation to do things. One of the things people often put is cash jobs, just pay me the cash, because then I’m not going to pay taxes. But if everyone avoids paying taxes, our country’s got a problem, and so we’ve got to be bold enough to say no, I’ve got some values here, and my values are, I would rather pay the taxes. How good that is. I have a friend of mine who after 35 years of avoiding taxes, was done by the IRD. He’s now paying back his estimated taxes of $350,000. Yeah.

Nehemiah’s a great example. Look at this scripture here. ‘Sanballat and Geshem sent to me saying come let us meet together among the villages in the plain of Ono but they thought to do me harm. So I sent message to them saying ‘I’m doing a great work so I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?’ But they sent this message four times, and I answered them in the same manner.’ You know what, great example. They continue to pester him. He continues with the same answer.

I want to say that no often leads to blessing. Look at Psalm 1 “Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly (following their advice, their plans, and purposes) nor stands (submissive and inactive) in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down (to relax and rest) where the scornful (and the mockers) gather.”

I tell you what, no leads to blessing. We see with Nehemiah four times he just continues the same message ‘I’m too busy doing God’s work to come down.’ That’s got to be us people doing the things that we know that the Father wants us to do. Let’s just be bold enough to say ‘no I’m too busy’, and let’s see the blessing that comes when we say no.

Our no sends a message. It says here in Ephesians 5:11 ‘Take no part in, have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness but instead let your lives be in contrast as to expose and reprove and convict them.” So when we say no to things other people are convicted by that. They see that hey, maybe I should have the courage to say no as well, and so your no might encourage some other people around you, in actual fact, to have the courage to say no as well.

And be decisive. Jesus said let your yes be yes and your no be no, for whatever is more than these is from the evil one. So often we say no, but then people begin to put pressure on and encourage us and coerce us and whatever, and all of a sudden then ‘oh okay then’ and we give in. Hey, let our no be no. I think sometimes, what I’m learning is to say ‘What didn’t you understand about no?’ You know? Really, that’s the way it’s got to be.

So what’s the application for us today? Today I’m giving you permission to say no. You don’t have to do those things to be accepted in love, in actual fact, we’ve got to be accepted and loved by God and sometimes no is the right answer. You now have a new tool in your tool belt. It’s called no. Remember that verse? You just simply say no and mean it.

Also, I think we have to set boundaries. It’s one of the things that at my age on still learning. Is that ability to set boundaries, and I will not be lead away from my purpose. I’m not going to give up my purpose in God to do what others want us to do.

A Personal Testimony – Ps Geoff Wiklund

A Personal Testimony

Ps Geoff Wiklund  

Welcome to 2020 camp! Who would have believed that we would be doing it this way. I want to share a little bit around courage. I want to share a little bit of my story. And a little bit of David Vincent’s story really. David Vincent was in my church many of you will remember him. He was in a wheelchair, suffered from muscular dystrophy.

David wanted to do the Courage course, which was being put on by Ed, Dr Ed Cole. His dad was unable to take him, just because of some work that he was doing at the time, and so I put my hand up and volunteered to go with him. I’d go and pick up David every week put him in the van we’d drive there we’d drive back.

The courage course really brought out some very interesting things and David and I actually had some very, very deep sharing to and from the venue. David shared with me some of his inner struggles that he was going through and the fact that he realised he probably didn’t have too much longer to live, and he needed the courage to face that.

I found myself unwittingly becoming his confident as he shared the struggles with me. And I remember that courage course very well. And he and I cemented an incredibly close relationship with it. David found the courage in God to make that journey to Heaven.

I can’t say that I’ve had the same courage as David. But three and a half years ago God spoke to me to resign my church, sell my house and move north. It took incredible courage to resign my church. I pioneered that church 23 years before and the people in that church, I had won many of them to the lord personally. I had buried their parents, married them, christened their children, dedicated them. They were part of my life, they were family, they were friends. The relationship went very deep.

And to leave them was one of the most painful things that I’ve ever had to do in obedience to God. The courage to do that was just having to come from the Holy Spirit, I just couldn’t do it on my own strength. Then there were other things that weren’t as, I guess, close as that but the home that we’d had was my dream home it reminded me of the house that I’d had as a child. It was our dream place from the point of place of a view, plenty of room.

What’s more, financially it was good for us. We had a flat downstairs. That was paying the mortgage and I knew that once we sold this place we would not be able to complete the financial plan that I had put into place. But God was calling me to have the courage to trust Him. To do what? We didn’t really know at the time. We just knew that God’s hand was on me for a more prophetic role rather than a pastoral role. And that we were going to have to trust Him for our income, trust Him for another house and trust Him that His plan was better than what my plan would be.

Going on to that, the courage to take that step was huge and I have to confess I struggled with it. I knew I wanted to be obedient to God but then one morning very early at a prayer meeting a word came through and I knew that I knew, then that I could do it. And so I called Joanne up on the side of the road and said ‘Listen, I had this word this morning, we need to do it.’ And she said ‘Well that’s confirmation. Let’s do it.’

You know for you and I to come into this weekend, were talking about courage. I don’t know what Gods calling you to do but it will take courage. I believe that courage comes from the Word of God. It’s kind of a faith really in a way. But just like David knowing he was going on his journey, knowing that there were things that he had to go through, I want to say the thing I learned from David was I became the person he could talk to and share with.

And if there’s one thing we want to take out of this weekend is that for you to have the courage you need to have some companions on the way. When that man was lifted on the pallet and lowered through the roof, there were four men carrying him to Jesus. You need people carrying you to give you the courage also to get your miracle.

And so I want to say to you have some confidants. Have some people that you can talk to about your journey. I meet with four other men every Thursday morning and I can share with them my struggles, I can share with them when I need more courage.

Just recently God has challenged me again on another thing that I’m to go to Poland. I thought well, I don’t speak the language; I’ve got no contacts there. What possible difference could I make? And then God showed me Jehu. The prophet poured a horn of oil over him and when he anointed him that man went out from that place and changed the landscape. And I realised that my role in Poland might just be to prophesy over one person. And that one person could change the nation. And so it’s given me the courage to go even though I don’t know what I’m going into.

So today my prayer for you is even though you might not know what it’s going to look like, may you rise up in courage and do that thing that Gods calling you to do and set in motion things just like Jehu did. I pray that this will be a fantastic weekend for you. God Bless.

National Camp 2020 Online!

After much thought and careful consideration the Elevate Trust and the National Camp Committee have decided not to hold a physical camp this year. To ensure we all keep safe, National Camp in going online!

23rd to 26th October – Labour Weekend

Theme: Courageous Faith

Camp Verse: 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

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