The Rules Have Changed

For those you don’t know, I am one of the pastors at DaySpring Church, Sydney. After sharing on Sunday night, I had a number of people ask if they could have a copy of my notes. Since there was not much to my notes, I thought I would put my experience onto my blog and try to capture what was going on.

Around 4pm on Sunday afternoon I received a phone call. It was my mum, who was scheduled to speak at DaySpring that evening. She had been feeling a little sick over the last few days and decided that trying push through it would actually contradict her message on rest she had shared that morning. Subsequently, she asked if I could fill in.

With having nothing already prepared and only 2 hours before the service, I did what any normal person would do. I went to the gym! More specifically, I went to Virgin Active and made use of their ‘Chill-out Zone’.

While rocking back and forth in the strange pod-type chairs suspended from the ceiling, I took out my iPad and starting praying. I was not sure what God wanted to say to the church that night, but I had a feeling it was going to be a little out-of-the-ordinary.

As I prayed, I started experiencing that sensation you have after waking up from a dream. You know what it’s like…trying to remember the details but the more you concentrate the less you know but you can still feel the emotion? So I started writing down what it felt like.

It was as though God was writing us a letter; very visual with some not-so-subtle paradoxes thrown in. It contained concepts of graduation and bestowment of the authority and wisdom that only comes with age while, at the same time, a reminder of the words Jesus spoke in Matthew 18, “unless you be like children…” and, as always, there was purpose and identity.

I’ve included what I shared below for those who are interested. I believe it is as much for my own church as it is for anyone else. I know it definitely resonates with me personally and I hope that anyone who is encouraged by it will also take it as a word to them, their family or their church.

(Please bear in mind that the purpose of sharing this is not for a theological debate nor to discuss the merits or place of prophecy, etc. I was asked to share it, so here it is.)

Sunday – August 7, 2011. DaySpring Church

Welcome to your coming-of-age party. It is my pleasure to welcome you to the greater things. Explore my house and you will see the doors unlocked. My house is yours; I give it to you. I want you to see the delight on my face as I introduce you to new experiences, new resources, new victories.

I am changing the rules in your favour. It’s time to have relax and have fun. The promises I have made are mine to fulfill, not yours to worry about. See the new grounds I have made for you. There have been new lines drawn. The enemy won’t know how to handle your behavior now because I have equipped you with freedom.

What was arduous yesterday will bring you peace today. What took away your energy will now give you joy. I have changed the rules.

You may find yourself in familiar territory, but it’s purpose will be different. Yesterday’s battleground is now your playground. Your enemies will be bound by the rules of warfare; but you, like children playing in a playground, will make up the rules according to how you see fit. If you don’t like the game, change it. You have that power. Like children in a playground, when you enter my kingdom you will be filled with a joy that will overpower every dominant authority that is sent against you. Watch and you will see your mourning turned to dancing.

I have changed the rules for you, I have given you a new joy that cannot be quenched. I have turned your battles into games and battlegrounds into playgrounds and your enemies will simply not know what to do.

Rely on me. Lean on my Spirit. Enjoy the grace, the empowering presence, that has been dedicated to you. Enjoy your identity, your authority. Enjoy your mission: to turn every battleground you see into playground. To spread the word that the rules have changed.


About bcrab

Eight+ years in marketing and communications, with a specialty in digital marketing strategy and social media development. Consulted for, launched, and managed online and social marketing campaigns within industries including wine and spirits, professional athletes, music and events, and non-profits organizations. From Sydney, Australia. Now living Denver, Colorado. View all posts by bcrab

4 responses to “The Rules Have Changed

  • Pam Proudfoot

    This is so powerful, the anointing that was over you & on the place on Sunday was majestic. It was peaceful, yet awe inspiring..
    Thank you for Brad.

  • Chris Harvey

    Hi Brad

    I have just pulled out the prophetic word again – stimulated in part by going back to Graham Cooke’s word from Nov 2011. Your word is SO on the money for me. While there are quite specific things that I relate to, there are also layers that I have yet to get to the bottom of.

    I also see your word sitting alongside Graham’s to and think it would be good if the church considered the two together. I’ll mention it when I talk to the appropriate people, but you might suggest it too.

    Great listening!


    • bcrab

      Thanks Chris, I really appreciate your comment. I also think there is more to it and putting it alongside GC’s makes it all the more interesting. I was thinking about sharing it again when i’m on next week.
      Thanks again!

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