Cliff Lockyer was a man of God, a prayer warrior for many years, who quoted the Word of God both in his prayers and in his speech. The words he gave me when I was ill were like a life-line to encourage and strengthen.
Irelle, Louise and I visited Cliff in ICU after a heart attack, he also had difficulty breathing. He so wanted to share a message and somehow he gained strength.
This is what he told us:
He was in a marble room with a door and he was told not to go any further because it was the door to hell. He was then told to "Go and tell my people to wake up".
A few days later on Friday 15th March, a day New Zealand and the world will always remember, we attended Cliff's memorial service - then an hour or two later we heard the news of the massacre in Christchurch. It was indeed just as the headlines said "A Dark Day For New Zealand".
So I feel it is so important to share Cliff's last message.
Verses in scripture tell us to wake up and also tell us why we have to wake up.
Romans 13 says "You shall love your neighbour as yourself - and do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ".
Ephesians 5 tell us "Awake (become attentive to our dangerous position), you who sleep. Arise from the dead and Christ will give you light. See that you walk circumspectly not as foolish, redeeming the time because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is... be filled with the Spirit".
A promise from Isaiah 60 says "Arise, shine, for your light has come! The glory of the Lord is risen upon you . For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people. But the Lord will arise over you and his glory will be seen upon you. The you will see and become radiant and your heart will swell with joy".
Many times the Lord has been saying to me, to seek Him with all my heart and Deuteronomy 4:29 says we will find Him (in a much deeper way).
In February Pastor Mark shared "You will experience more of God when you seek Him" also "God is calling us back to what really matters".
God's word says "Look to Him and be radiant" (Psalm 34:5).
In dark times light will penetrate the darkness.
I believe the message to the church is "Wake up, seek Him - and His presence will be seen in us.
I believe the coming harvest will be the result of Christ's Presence in us.