26th November 2017

I just want to say, wow! Wow God! Another awesome night with a difference; God’s ways and presence is endless! Right from the start we were met with a heavy sense of His presence. It seemed as we stood, asking for the Holy Spirit to come, His glory hung like a cloud above us. There was an invitation to respond to Him and reach out to receive; as we did, His glory seemed to fill the room.

As the night went on He seemed to build and build His presence. I’m not often stuck for words, but it’s hard to find the right words to adequately describe what we were experiencing. So this is me ‘having a go!’ We must have sat / lay / knelt for at least a half a hour in silence, under such a heavy anointing, not wanting to ‘disturb’ His amazing presence. His glory was ‘falling’ from above, yet like ‘heat waves’ rippling right across the room. Add to this a ‘blanket’ of His love wrapping around us, yet like liquid honey, thick , heavy, gentle, soft, holy, liquid glory, liquid love. All of this seamlessly reflecting our wonderful God who loves to connect with us!

How could we ever be satisfied with anything other than encountering His presence? And yet; and yet, there is much more to come!

Don’t ever be satisfied with anything less than his presence! Stir up your excitement and your focus because He wants to meet and connect with you!

And all that’s left to say is, “More Lord”!! 

Mary Ponder

12th November 2017

….And God ‘mixes it up’ yet again! Our God is a consuming fire, a mighty river & a good dose of His Glory thrown into the mix!!

I personally started the evening feeling pretty sluggish and stale. The moment Stewart & Marilyn started to pray for me, His presence fell and a heavy sense of His glory filled the room! It was awesome! We ministered through the night under that glory and from a series of pictures as the Lord inspired us.

Picture 1: imagine an old coal range burning for a few days and then the ‘scraper’ scraping out the ash that builds up; then the fire sparking back into life as the dampers are opened. This picture was likened to God scraping out yesterdays ash and re-igniting the fire in each of us and blowing on the flame with the wind of His spirit.

Picture 2: standing under a great waterfall so high you couldn’t see the top; sheets / torrents of water falling over us, “Lord, let your glory fall!”

Picture 3: the waterfall hitting the bottom causing a great churning and mist; and as the water hits the ‘fire’, steam was created. Apparently, in the science of water hitting fire the steam produced is 8 times its original volume. We prayed, “Lord, expand us and all we are created to do (x8)!”

Picture 4: the deep pool of water the waterfall creates. As we waded into this pool it was a place for healing, health, relationships, issues, finances, work, and other care and needs. We were encouraged to ‘see’ this ‘need’ as big solid brick and as we carried it into the water, (AKA: the presence of God), it began to dissolve turning into wet sand and washing away. Eventually, nothing was left and for some with an empty hand, the Lord came and took their hand in His. When we turn our ‘needs, cares and burdens’ over to Him, He takes them and transforms them in His presence. “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief.”

This week, let’s walk in the picture of the pool, casting all our cares upon Him for He cares for us! When we encounter Him anything and everything can happen. Let’s rise up in faith and in expectation this week with a fresh cry from our hearts; “More Lord!”

Mary Ponder

5th November 2017

How gracious, how precious and how awesome our God is!! Tonight, we had a bit of everything, including miracles and healing. Isn’t God a good, good God!? If I could pick three words that reflected what the Lord is doing they would be peace, glory and surrender. There was such a deep sense of His glory falling, like waves, yet a better word, sheets. Sheets of His glory coming one after the other above us, resting on people and dissolving over our heads and shoulders. There was a time of stillness quietness and peace as he bought an invitation of surrender, and as we responded to that a heavy anointing fell.

God is so drawn to our ‘surrender ‘. As we give him all; he gives “His all” back to us! What a great deal because He brings and He is more than we could ever hope for or imagine. When we surrender in response to His love, (our will, plans, our hopes, our everything); He comes in such power and anointing because our barriers come down. It is then that we find Him in His glory.

Surrender is the greatest key as we cry out to Him, “not my will Lord but yours be done”. For all who read this, I encourage you; find a deeper place of surrender this week and from that place no matter what you’re facing, cry out with all your heart; ‘MORE LORD’.

Mary Ponder

29th October 2017

What a privilege it is to be a part of this awesome move of God in this place! And there’s more to come!

Before Encounter Night even began His presence came and He just kept building us indeed; “His train begins to fill the temple.” It seems that the Lord has broken through ‘something’ and over these last weeks there’s a new and fresh level, higher ground (if you will). It’s not just coming, it’s here! All we have to do is draw on His Presence!

There’s a new, a deeper, a fresh fire of the Holy Spirit ‘breaking out’. I believe restrictions, limits and ‘glass-ceilings’ are breaking, and we are experiencing more of His glory in this place. There seems to be a new release of His anointing and we are seeing more of His power; as He ministers to us all. There are no words that adequately describe His presence! Really; you’ve got to experience it and connect with Him to understand. The Lord is providing that connection point now, right through our Sunday services.

The Lord WANTS to show himself; He WANTS to minister to us; and He WANTS to speak to each one of us. Wherever you are and however you can; position yourself to encounter and stand under and in His amazing presence. He’s just waiting for you. Make this a prayer, a cry, a declaration, an invitation; “MORE LORD”.

Mary Ponder

22nd October 2017

We used to sing this old song:

"O Lord, You’re beautiful. Your face is all I seek. For when your eyes are on this child. Your grace abounds to me"

What truth! How beautiful, how wonderful, how powerful is the name of Jesus. And the best, the very best thing to seek, His face! As we sought Him, He came! He continues to build His presence, more and more. He sure has bought a shift and He’s coming to hungry and expectant hearts! How awesome is our God!

During Encounter Night, I saw a picture of big rolling waves breaking on a beach. The tide had turned and each wave began to creep up the beach; covering the rocks, the sand and even an old path at its fullness. It was a spring tide. The wave of His Spirit is rolling over this church, this city and eventually this nation. As the waves rolled in, eventually they began to pull and draw people off the rocks, off the beach and even off the old path, the old traditional ways, and bringing many , many into His presence to soak and be refreshed. I believe the ‘tide has turned’ and the fresh season, the spring tide is just beginning to hit pockets of our nation. Pockets first, then the great swell of His mighty presence!

What a time to be in! What an opportunity! What an amazing invitation he extends to us all! In the midst of the waves of His Spirit, he transforms our perspective, our beliefs, our traditions, our focus and our direction. Lets cry out; hungrier and thirstier that ever, MORE LORD!

Mary Ponder