REPORT: THE CONSUMED GATHERING August 24 - 26, 2006
"In Your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
About 36 people from 9 different churches from Prince George attended the Consumed Gathering in Edmonton last week.
We wept a lot and the children and nations were brought to the forefront at this gathering of about 3,000 people, young and old.
John Ziemer said:
“The two main points I noticed were, the way the children were front and center of what the Lord was doing...the carefulness to include them strategically.
The second point is that this is no longer just about Canada, but has now moved to the place where we and the nations must push together.
One morning after a beautiful and long time of intimate worship, we were silent. Then we were aware of a child's voice coming over the microphone. She was weeping and interceding for the glory of God to come. It was true intercession according to Romans 8:26 and 27. Weeping began to break out in the crowd. Then when she paused, clapping started to erupt, but David Demian immediately stopped that, saying it was not time for clapping...this was about the presence of the Lord. The girl, who was around 10, carried on... until the Spirit of the Lord lifted.
Also, Avi Misrahi, a Messianic Jewish pastor from Tel Aviv brought a beautiful shofar as a gift to David. David called up several men to blow it. They only managed a squeak. Avi then began to say that the person in their congregation who could play it the best was his daughter, who was 11 years old. David asked if there were any girls in the crowd who wanted to blow the shofar. Three immediately ran up and all three where able to get the true, loud sound of the shofar! It was very powerful.
A 12 year old girl played the violin with the worship teams at times. She was very anointed. David had arrived in Edmonton a few days before the Gathering began and met with the worship teams. This young girl came up to David and said. "Do you remember me?" She had been at a gathering of leaders as a two year old, after the Victoria Gathering in 1996. David had spoken about the glory of God. This little girl had run forward and with a loud voice said, "Yes! Yes! The glory of God is coming! It is now time!" She had been under the anointing. This had been a great encouragement to David as he had felt like quitting as the Victoria gathering did not seem to break into what was on God's heart.... and here 10 years later, was this girl and nations were now coming to the Gatherings
David Demian spoke about children saying:
Children are making declarations! The disciples asked the children to be silenced. Jesus said, "The stones will then cry out if these are silent". Today as the girl played the violin, the children started to dance and shout "Hosanna! Hosanna!" which means: "God save us! God save us!" The devil does not know what to do when the children cry out. This Gathering marks a new era. The nations are witnessing. We all came anticipating a shift. NOW IS THE TIME! The church has prepared the way. God has answered the cry of His people.
THE GREATEST VICTORIES WILL COME BY SIMPLE OBEDIENCE TO THE WORD...LIKE THESE CHILDREN... The girls who could blow the shofar...the men could not. THE SECRET IS TO LISTEN AND OBEY AND DON'T WALK ALONE.
THE SECRET IS TO BRING PLEASURE TO THE LORD BY YIELDING TO HIM AND LISTENING TO WHAT HE SAYS AND HUMBLING OURSELVES LIKE CHILDREN. IT IS NOT BY MIGHT, NOR BY POWER, BUT BY MY SPIRIT,
says the Lord
God wants to lower the human factor.
Your obedience brings pleasure to His heart.
The Old Testament stories have the message again and again: THEN GOD SHOWED UP.
People ask me: "Tell us the strategy." I begin to shrink because I do not have a profound thing to say. I don't know how it happened. We just did what God asked us to do.
OUR PURPOSE IN LIFE IS TO PLEASE HIM AND HE WILL ESTABLISH HIS KINGDOM.
Also, the children were always called to the front to dance and worship. There were young people there among them guiding them. They also had some sessions separately. At one of the sessions, they were asked to write out or tell of a time when the Lord spoke to them or revealed Himself to them in a special way. A 10 year old girl shared how when she was five years old, her mom had a baby - a sister, who died. This girl was so grieved and hurting, she said she was angry with God for 5 years of her life. Then one day, she had a dream or vision, that a cowboy came down this glass staircase. He had red hair and freckles. He took her up this glass staircase and to a place where there were many places. Over one place was the name of her great - grandmother. He asked her if she wanted to go see her. She said yes she did. There was her great grandmother and with her a little girl with a tutu and ballet slippers. She was very happy. Then the cowboy said it was time to go down again. She did and said from then on she was not angry with God any more. God healed her heart through this vision or dream. (Interestingly, I had just thought about God as a cowboy a few days before...as a group of intercessors were praying, I saw God lassoing prodigals and the lost, and never missing...always getting them with the first throw)
We need to be a humble nation to serve other nations. Our weakness is pride. Keep us from falling back into that trap that we have to understand how it will work.
Canada is a womb - to help give birth to destinies of other nations. Germany is going to surprise the whole world -- we will say "WOW!" The enemy tried to abort the destiny of Germany...used to be called The Fatherland. Germany is a father nation...they are a most passionate people. God will restore the fullness of passion. Germany and China have a calling for the Arabs and Jews.
The Chinese, Taiwanese and a group from Hong Kong were called up...around 70. They just thanked Canada for what has been happening here...it was so humbling. They said it was not sacrifice for them to come...they just feel so blessed and served by Canada and are so hungry to do this in their nations. One pastor said that Asian pastors are so busy and efficient, but when he has been here for just 3 days, he has wept and wept day after day, as THIS is what his spirit is hungry for....to hear the voice of the Father, to wait and hear what is on His heart....not be so busy doing so many things! Another pastor shared how he has been able to speak to several conferences of pastors: One in Myannanmar...around 500 pastors, and another one in another Asian country of 800 pastors....he has just shared what God has been doing in Canada with the Watchmen Journey over 11 years. These pastors wept as he told them. It was so amazing to hear. The nations are wanting the glory of God to come...and they are realizing it will only come as we position ourselves to not initiate anything, but to take time in intimacy with Him, hear what is on His heart and obey and do that which He tells us. Not good strategies, plans, and visions. We can even get the strategies from the Lord, and then run to fulfill them in the strength of our own might....not being led of the spirit in the timing and the how, the place. God wants our gaze to be upon Him, not on the strategies. ALWAYS!! Oh, Lord grant that we would get it!! Praise God, we will, because the Word of God promises that He is coming for a Bride without spot or wrinkle.
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