HOW DO YOU COPE WITH YOUR LIFE’S STORMS?
With the ANZAC Spirit?
Or some other kind of spirit?
When you are storm-tossed under giant waves of life, having tried everything to find a way up to the surface, but now you cannot see any chance of rescue, do you grit your teeth and hold or just hope for the best outcome?
Sometimes holding on to life is a massive challenge. It makes one think that there is a dark force in the world that wants to rob us of our most precious possession, our life.
There is hope.
On ANZAC Day I celebrate the true-blue Aussie character and culture exemplified by the men who fought at Gallipoli
Who is the true-blue Aussie nowadays really? You cannot describe him and her by ethnicity. He and she were formed by a mix of genes from different ethnic sources and we are becoming more so. The Anglo-Celtic origin of most of the Australian population before World War I has changed. While we continue to be influenced by our British origins – such as in government, law, education, culture, religion – Australians have embraced other cultures and religions with enthusiasm.
With typical Australian ingenuity, in the furnace of this dry continent we have scooped away the dross – class, ritual, superiority, self-importance, pomposity (maybe that’s where we got the label ‘Pom’ for the Brits) – and retained the gold of our inheritance, refined it, alloyed it with gold from other sources and turned it into better bullion.
Neither can you describe a true-blue Aussie by his and her physical characteristics, education or occupation.
You can only tell a true-blue Aussie by his and her ingenuity, tolerance and acceptance of others’ differences, self-deprecating humour, and non-judgmental-ism; performance, perseverance, self-confidence and modesty being the only bases for recognition of the worth of a person. And of course by his and her Aussie accent.
Lest we forget.
This article is one of a series on Australian Culture by Tom Lovett
Tom’s father fought in the AIF in WWI.
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Tom’s webpage iswww.recoveryourdream.org.au
TOM’S EASTER MESSAGE
Recover Your Dream Australia program No 124
Now available on CD
WHY AM I STILL HERE LORD?
Revival is the solution to our economic, social, health, welfare, indigenous and other problems.
I come from a long line of Christian revivalists.
I am called to seek, to expect and to pray for revival.
I think we have a radio station that genuinely wants revival in the Central West and Blue Mountains.
Whether we can handle it is yet to be seen.
There will be many attacks against us, as there have been against me. Will we stand?
Revival means expectation, change, criticism, disruption, discomfort, and much more.
God sends me to where He wants me. Whether this is the end of my time here, or not, depends on Him. It is my job to unsettle the people and open the way for God to work miracles.
I have to speak as I will have to give an account of my stewardship. Luke 16:2
Revival is not new to Australia. There have been many revivals.
My great grandmother, Mary Vickery started the first Methodist ladies prayer meeting in Sydney in the 1830s, and in 1901 her son, my father’s uncle, Ebenezer Vickery* financed the Central Methodist Mission, now the Wesley Centre and in 1902/03 he financed large tent meetings led by Rev. William Taylor in Sydney and eighty NSW towns, in which 25,000 converts were made and many Methodist Churches and Sunday Schools were established.
In the 1860s Australian born Methodist clergyman Rev. Watsford, was used to ignite the fires of revival in Ballarat, in Parramatta, in the inner city suburbs of Surry Hills and Balmain, and in country towns such as Windsor and Goulburn.
Of a service in the Bourke Street Methodist church, Sydney, in 1860, Watsford (1901:123) reported:
“To a congregation which packed the building I preached from ‘Quench not the Spirit’. What a time we had.
“The whole assembly was mightily moved, the power was overwhelming; many fell to the floor in agony, and there was a loud cry for mercy. The police came rushing in to see what was the matter; but there was nothing for them to do. It was impossible to tell how many penitents came forward; there must have been over two hundred. The large schoolroom was completely filled with anxious inquirers.
“Lack of real prayer is a major hindrance. For many of us prayer is of no great importance. It is just an ‘extra’ to a busy life. But prayer that brings power takes precedence over all else. Nothing should be allowed to steal away time spent with God in prayer” (1989:55).
“The 1902/03 tent meeting crusades in rural NSW led by Rev. William Taylor and financed by Ebenezer Vickery, resulting in the conversion of 25,000 souls, was nowhere more wonderful in its manifestation than in the coal mining villages of the Illawarra when 2,735 professed conversion or some 15% of the region’s population. The fire of the Spirit fell on each coal mining village in a work described as ‘gloriously monotonous’. At Mt Kembla 131 professed conversions; Mt Keira 214; Balgownie 183; Bulli 292; Helensburgh 234 and so on. At Mt Kembla ‘an intense emotion with an evident assent to the Preacher’s burning words were imprinted on every face and feature’.
“What about the impact on the moral tone of the community? At Mt Keira swearing disappeared and the pit ponies in the mines stopped work as they could no longer understand their instructions, a phenomenon also reported in the Welsh revival three years later.
Asked, what was the evidence that the revival was genuine, the Rev. D. O’Donnell replied that the question was a very proper one, since there should be ‘works meet for repentance’. He catalogued four evidences:
“First, payment of debts. Tradesmen report the settlement of accounts they had long regarded as bad. Second, a pure language. … It is said that in the Mount Keira pit an oath has scarcely been heard since the Mission . . . Third, a fair day’s work. The proprietor of one of the mines told me that the biggest day’s output of coal they ever had, followed the Mission. Fourth, attendance at Church. All the churches report greatly increased congregations and increase in the membership” (Colwell 1904:630).
After service as an envoy in charge of Springwood Outpost of the Salvation Army (an offshoot of Methodism) and as evangelist for Western Sydney Division – in 1994 I instigated the largest evangelical gathering ever held in the Blue Mountains – it seems to me that our beloved Anglican Church, the mother of Methodism, and grandmother of the Salvation Army, has quenched the Spirit.
I pray that as we gather to work for Him we shall overcome our innate conservativeness and reluctance to be open to the moves of the Holy Spirit in our midst.
I witnessed such a move at Synod last October, when the Archbishop, bishops and some 600 clergy and laity stood in silent heartfelt repentance.
Sydney Anglican Churches hold one of the keys to the re-awakening of Christ in the hearts of our nation’s leaders and population.
Even if you do not desire the Holy Spirit’s fire for yourself at this time, I ask you, do not prevent others receiving Him. For only He can save.
Let Holy Spirit fire be ignited in the Central West and Blue Mountains I pray.
Tom Lovett, March 2016
* My father at age 14 left his family and their inner suburban home and cycled to Cowra where he became apprenticed to a watchmaker. He changed his name by deed poll from his father’s name Vickery to his mother’s maiden name Lovett. She was descended from a convict transported to Port Arthur, William Lovett, who became Attorney General for Van Deiman’s Land.
SCHOOL BULLIES AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT THEM
Recover Your Dream Australia Program No. 122
Now available on CD
If you are being bullied:
You don’t want it to continue
You don’t want it to spoil your success in school
You don’t want it to make your life unbearable
You don’t want it to damage your future success
You don’t want it to scar your emotions and make you hyper-sensitive
So you had better do something about it hadn’t you?
What can you do?
DECIDE that you will stop the bullies bullying you and MAKE THIS A FIRM DECISION
ACT on that decision immediately
MAKE UP YOU MIND that it is up to YOU to stop them
PREPARE A PLAN OF ACTION
YOUR PLAN OF ACTION
KNOW YOURSELF – make a list of your attributes. Get someone to help you complete this list:
Example: I am a child of God, He loves me, He gave His Son Jesus to die for me; I am made in God’s image (body, mind and soul/spirit); I have physical, emotional and spiritual gifts (name as many as you can); I have a good home, a loving family and parents; etc., etc.; I do well in school and …. (name your extra-curricular attainments, hobbies, sports, etc))
REALISE that school bullies are weak, sad, lonely, miserable people, are probably bullied at home, and are jealous of you; they like to take their pain out on others to feel powerful and not inferior for a change – that’s why they want to make you feel inferior, it gives them a feeling of power
THINK about how you might be able to help the bully leader to overcome his/her inferiority complex because their lives are so sad.
PLAN small steps, e.g. offer a small gift, do this with self-assurance and self-confidence, be prepared to walk away if your first offer is rebutted, without losing face. Don’t give up on your mission to help the bully – remember your own happiness is at stake – offer some help in other small ways until the bully leader succumbs to your kindness. Your biggest bully can become your friend (it’s happened to me).
Jesus told his followers:
“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons (and daughters) of your Father in heaven…” Matthew 5:44-45 New International Version (NIV)
“But I tell you, love your enemies. Pray for those who treat you badly. If you do this, you will be children who are truly like your Father in heaven…. Matthew 5:44-45 Easy to Read Version (ERV)
With Jesus’ help you too can do this. Pray, “Please help me Jesus”, and He will.
HARD WORDS JESUS SAID TO HIS FRIENDS
“In the world you will have tribulation…
“Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil…
“Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head’.”
- John 16:33, Luke 6:22, 9:58 NKJV
Don’t confuse tribulation with hardship. Hardship is our birthright.
Tribulation is inflicted on God’s people in many ways and means by persons, individually, in communities, groups and nations; from many sources; accident, sickness, social connections, relationships, employment, rivals, enemies, even families. Tribulation sifts and refines us.
In my lifetime I have experienced troubles at home, in school, workplaces, clients, associations, colleagues, churches and friends, and on occasions from members of my own family… and many blessings as well.
By trying to overcome individual troubles, other troubles become compounded. The outcome can be awful, almost unbearable tribulation.
The greater the tribulation, the greater threat you are to Satan.
It is strange how God allows friends and even members of our own family to give us trouble… “when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil…” I am not concerned because Jesus said, “…but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) God will make good come from every Christian’s trouble! Accept trouble; overcome evil with good!
When I way up my troubles against the troubles of others, mine are relatively minor. Severity of my troubles is subdued by the presence of Jesus in my life. I know He is with me even now. ‘Don’t worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks for what you have. And because you belong to Jesus Christ, God’s peace will stand guard over all your thoughts and feelings. His peace can do this far better than our human minds.’ – Philippians 4:6-7 ERV
The worst thing about trouble is feeling. Give your feelings to God.
Never fight against trouble and do not rile against evil in whatever form evil takes; you cannot win. Judge not, forgive, love and pray for everyone who persecutes you. Then you will receive God’s favour.
You will learn how much God loves and cares for all of us. He loves you. Tell Him what you would like answers to, in Jesus name. Your prayers will be answered. From: www.recoveryourdream.org.au Email: email@example.com
A joy filled and happy Easter Sunday 2016 to you from Tom
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INTRODUCTION TO RECOVER YOUR DREAM AUSTRALIA
By Tom Lovett
RYDA ministers to people who, while believing in the Creator God yet they have lost their dream. Their dream has been crushed by disillusionment, failure or self-inflicted wounds. Many have dropped out of church or are unwilling to attend a church. They are:-
- Often put off attending or leading in church
- They have lost their God-given dream
The Good News is God is ready to restore their dream or give them a new dream.
God gave you your Dream
God gives everyone a special dream at conception along with their DNA. God-given dreams threaten Satan. As soon as the child is born Satan attempts to crush and destroy the child’s dream. Parents, siblings, teachers and others may say negative things about the child’s ways, “Don’t be stupid,” “You will never be any good,” and similar put downs.
Children live their dreams in childish ways. They need encouragement not put-downs.
Children love to play. They love to play even more the more they can fantasize. One minute they are a fireman or a fairy princess. The next they are a policewoman or a great Ninja warrior. Give a child a simple prop, a toy helmet, a wand, a towel for a cape, or a white head-band, and he or she is living the fantasy in no time at all. The best thing about childhood is being able to be whomever you want to be for those magical moments and hours when you live your dreams.
But when I was in school kids were punished for day-dreaming. What disturbs adolescents most could be the realisation that they are losing the precious gift of fantasy.
Einstein never lost it. Einstein revolutionised science by day-dreaming.
Bryce Courtney never lost it. He fantasized and wrote the topmost selling Australian novels. There is no future in not fantasizing.
You don’t ever really lose the gift. But if you feel you have lost it you can get the gift of fantasy back and use it to change your life.
God is willing and able to restore your dream. Your dream is like a calling, or a mission. It calls you and eventually, if you pursue it long enough, it absorbs you.
Unless you find and pursue your dream you will never cease from yearning for something more or something better.
Where to find answers
We provide newsletters with testimonials, hold gatherings and present radio programs to help people recover their dreams. We are also planning for 2013 the first Recover Your Dream Australia Convention and a book is being written. For information contact:
Recover Your Dream Australia, PO Box 100, Mt. Victoria NSW 2786.
Phone: 0408 167 963
is a support network started in 2003
RYDA comprises Australian and overseas people of all walks of life, all denominations and none
RYDA welcomes all people, especially people in need of healing and restoration
RYDA net-workers support each other with messages of encouragement, testimonies, prayers and fellowship
In Jeremiah12:10 God says many people are wounded in churches and religious groups:
“Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.” KJV
God repeats this in Jeremiah 23:1,2
Jeremiah 12:15 shows that God is ready to heal, to restore and to use us again:
“And it shall come to pass, after that I have plucked them out I will return, and have compassion on them, and will bring them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his land.”
Many ordained pastors and other Christian leaders leave Australian churches each year.
Many Australians have lost faith in the organized church.
People blame their family, church leaders, or themselves for their emotional and spiritual wounds and turn away to substitutes or to no religion. Literally they have been ‘plucked out’ by God.
Jeremiah 12:10 says, in effect, that God’s people have been trodden down.
Jeremiah 12:15tells us that God is ready to restore us.
RYDA is encouraging you to Recover Your Dream or find a new Dream
We wounded ones need to receive healing by the Good Shepherd Himself. We can then learn what He has in mind for us – return “every man to his heritage” – and receive or recover the dreams God gave us.
Through our wounds and experiences God teaches us how we may help others who have been ‘plucked out’.
The Great Shepherding Revival will see thousands of people restored. God is preparing many shepherds for His lost sheep.
Where are these extra shepherds now?
We are the ‘plucked out’ ones; scattered, nursing our wounds.
God is calling us.
If you have been ‘plucked out’ by whatever means, you have also been chosen to receive His compassion and recover your dream.
It’s time to end your wound-nursing and wilderness sojourn.
We would like to hear from you.
If you would like to read more, or if you feel encouraged to join the RYDA Network please let me know by email to email@example.com or by post to PO Box 100, Mt. Victoria NSW 2786
You are invited to pass this Recover Your Dream message on to others.
Tom Lovett, convenor
Interview #3 by Neil Johnson, for the 20/20 program, heard on Vision Radio Network (www.vision.org.au)
NJ: We’re talking about the ‘Dream Stealers’ and not letting your Dream be stolen. As a Christian believer there are times when you just feel like you are coming up against brick walls but there’s something inside you that wants to get through any barrier, to be able to fulfil those things that God has set before you. You recognise something of your gift, you find a local church and you wonder whether you might be involved in youth ministry or children’s ministry and you’re seeking to do something significant in the lives of people in the Kingdom of God. And there are all sorts of things that can come and steal your dream away. Talking about Dream Stealers and how to recover your Dream and how to protect your Dream. Tom Lovett, from Recover Your Dream Ministries is back with us today. Hello Tom, welcome to 20/20
TL: Hello there Neil, good to be here.
NJ: Tom Last time we were talking about the challenges the church ministers face. You mentioned that there are ten thousand church ministers who weren’t really functioning in their role and yet sometime in their lives, there was a dream there that they were fulfilling before God and somehow or other they were derailed. The same things happen for ordinary people in church life. How do you protect the dream that God gives you? And of course there is one who is trying to steal our dream away.
TL: That’s right. I have examined that very much in myself over a number of years. I got to recognise in one of my sons. When he was a little boy he did things which I thought well I’m going to encourage that and I did. He ended up building the Ark Exhibit in the Creation Museum in Kentucky. He spent two years over there. He is a Mechatronics engineer. He started out when I had dug a big gutter into the bush to drain the water away from ruining my lawn. He would dam that up and make little boats and then he would blow up the dam by throwing a big rock into the mud dam and watch the built up water and the little boats float away. I encouraged that. I could have gone crook and said “Don’t do that.” And I bought him lots of books on boats and sailing although we lived in the Blue Mountains and didn’t have much chance to go sailing. The end result was he built a fantastic website. It’s called www.worldwideflood.com woldwideflood is one word. Tim was asked to help Ken Ham build the Ark exhibit – a magnificent exhibit. He ended up building a lot more in the Creation Museum and he goes back there occasionally as a consultant.
I thought about that and why aren’t all little kids encouraged like that and end up fulfilling a great dream? After a lot of reading and a lot of prayer I realised we are all given a dream in our mother’s womb. I think it comes with conception along with our DNA. Of course as soon as we’re born Satan is ready there to snatch the dream away, crush it and destroy it. We hear from our peers, our parents and teachers, “Don’t be stupid, you can’t do that,” “Stop that, don’t make a mess.” All those bad things that children are supposed to be doing are the childish expressions of the great dream in them and it’s going to be crushed through life if we’re not very careful.
NJ: We know that the gospel says that the devil comes to steal, to kill and destroy. It seems the first thing he seeks to destroy is the dream. There are a lot of things he can work to destroy but that dream – without a dream you’re not going anywhere are you?
TL: That dream is very dangerous to him because the dream a child is given in their life might produce a C.S. Lewis or a Winston Churchill, or whatever, which would be very bad news for Satan. The sooner he can destroy it the better for him. But we can get it back. The good news is that God will give that dream back to you or restore it and you can recover your dream or God will give you a new dream. You don’t have to be a little child. You can be well advanced in life and recover your dream.
NJ: Practically speaking what are the main things that steal our dream? We know it is coming from the devil but he uses all sorts of tools, discouragement, rejection; all of those sorts of things. What are the main things we ought to be on guard about and be able to identify as dream stealers?
TL: That is a very involved question. To answer in a nutshell – it is the thoughts that you have that you cannot do something. You feel an urge to get up and pray in church, or you feel you would like to ask a question, or you feel you would like to do something and then you think, “No, I can’t do that,” or “No, its too much effort”, “I’m too old,” “I don’t have the education,” “I don’t have strength, or finances…”. To believe all those negative things, is to listen to the devil. Like he convinced Eve, he is working on convincing you that you can’t do it. The best way is to say, if the Lord wants me to do it, get up and pray in church, or do something unusual or better, even quit my job and go and do something else; if He wants you to do it – if He calls you He will equip you. Don’t worry about not being able, or not having the resources, or the strength, or the training. Just wait for God to equip you and look out for opportunities. If you take the next step, which might be to go and get a little bit more training, or talk to somebody, talk to a wise counsellor – bear in mind that nine out of ten counsellors are probably going to be negative so you have got to find that one out of ten who will support you. Then take it step by step, and it is amazing how rapid that progress can be although it seems slow. God is equipping you. Believe that and that’s the first step. Believe that you and God are a majority.
NJ: Well Tom, you have devoted your life to helping people recover their dream. You’ve seen some tremendous success stories. It really is possible that if you feel like you’ve had the rug pulled out from under you, it is possible to get back up and continue to do those things that you believe God put that dream in your heart.
TL: One of the reasons that the rug has come out from under you is because you might not have been in the right place. God might want to be using this to put you in the right place. I remember a story about a missionary who was serving the Kanakas in Queensland in the 1800s. She was touched by a missionary from China and felt a call to go there but she said to God, who will look after my boys (the Kanakas)? And God said to her, “If I want you in China, do you think you will be of any use in Queensland?” She went to China and did a great work there. If God wants you to do something else, do you think you will be any use where you are?”
NJ: So what you’re saying is that if what you are doing right now isn’t working for you you’re probably not pursuing the dream God’s given you. Getting on the right path really means first of all waiting for God, prayerfully considering those things and then actually making a decision and moving towards action. How important is action in recovering your dream?
TL: You’re doing very well. You can take over my job… Well, a lot of prayer, a lot of study; I did a tremendous amount of thinking and studying and reading… There are some books on dreams, fulfilling dreams, “The Dream Achievers”, “The Dream Releasers” and other books, mainly from America, they are good books. Read, listen to talks. Talk to counsellors, and probably best of all come to the Recover Your Dream Australia Convention later this year in the Blue Mountains.
NJ: And you will be able to get the details from the website www.recoveryourdream.org.au. Tom Lovett is the founder of Recover Your Dream Ministries. Tom it’s been a pleasure talking through these issues once again. I’ll give the email address too – it’s firstname.lastname@example.org for people to make a direct contact. Tom, it’s been a pleasure. Thanks for being with us on 20/20.
TL: I’m very pleased to be here and thank you for the invitation.
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